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Costa Rica Nature Vacation Packages

Costa Rica Nature Vacation Packages 8 Days / 7 Nights Program

DAY 01 - Arrival to Costa Rica

  • Upon arrival to San Jose’s International airport a CRT guide will meet and greet arriving guests, followed by the transfer to selected hotel. Guests will also receive travel documents and a complete explanation on the following day’s activities.

    Accommodation at hotel in San José  

Poas Volcano National Park

DAY 02 - Poas Volcano National Park & Doka Coffee Tour (B/L)

Passengers will enjoy a great buffet breakfast at the hotel and get ready for the day activities.

7:00 a.m.

Pick up at the lobby of the hotel for the transfer to Poas Volcano National Park area for tour and lunch.

Departing from San Jose, en route we will see the Agriculture Monument, the Monument to Juan Santamaria and the popular Mango Park. Then we will continue our trip through the fern, flower and strawberry farms taking in the scenic vistas along the way.  There is a noticeable change in temperature and vegetation, so be prepared to experience the cool and exuberant cloud forest of Poas Volcano National Park. At the volcano we will have time to enjoy the impressive main crater with its fumaroles, and then go on a light hike traversing a trail to the beautiful Botos Lagoon to learn about the different ecosystems.

Journey continues with lunch on arrival at the coffee estate restaurant “La Cajuela”

DOKA Estate is a real working Coffee plantation, located on the slopes of the Poás Volcano, offering a fantastic learning opportunity, for participants to be guided through all the coffee production stages, from the plant on the coffee field where first choice beans are hand picked and after a selection process these are turned into a fabulous cup of coffee. Walk through the planted fields at their breathtaking panoramic view location, see the “beneficio” (coffee mill) and smell the aroma emitted by sun bathed patios where the beans are sun dried every morning. Finally you will be able to sample all of the roasts and purchase unique gifts at the “Casa de Artesania”, while gaining a new perspective about Costa Rica’s coffee Culture!

Accommodation at hotel in San José 

DAY 03 - Tortuguero Experience (B-L-D)

Early morning pick up at hotel, followed by transfer to Caño Blanco dock with a stop en route in Guápiles for a traditional breakfast.

On arrival to the dock visitors will board a boat, which will take them through canals to the Tortuguero National Park (approx. 2 hours). On the way they may observe different flora, fauna and wildlife. Arrival to the lodge on time for lunch and to check the schedule for local activities with the hotel guides Visitors will be at leisure in the afternoon to experience the local culture developed in this lush tropical environment, visit some of the area's natural attractions, walk the nature trails or just relax in comfort on a hammock from a location overlooking the lush canals.

Accommodation at lodge in Tortuguero

DAY 05 - Onroute to Arenal with Chocolate Tour (B/L)

After an early morning breakfast, participants will be collected from the lodge and taken back to Caño Blanco, where land transportation will be waiting for them.  Stop on route for lunch at a local restaurant in Guapiles, and change bus to continue the route to Arenal with stop on route to learn more about our local products with the Chocolate Tour at Tirimbina Biological Reserve.

The Chocolate Tour: Discover the wonders behind one of the world’s most tantalizing foods — chocolate! The cacao tree originated in Mesoamerica and has a rich and extraordinary history, being one of the most important products for Mayan and Aztec civilizations, as well as other Central American cultures. The discovery of the Americas led European explorers to introduce chocolate to Europe, which transformed it into the delicious product known today. In this activity you will discover the marvels of one of the favourite foods of humankind - chocolate. The tour includes a guided hike across the Tirimbina suspension bridge to a cacao plantation, as well as to a forested section where you will observe forest species of cacao and how the product originally developed there.  During the hike, the natural and cultural history of the cacao tree is explained.  Onsite, you will learn about the process by which cacao is processed into chocolate (harvesting, fermentation, drying, milling).  There also you may taste different types of chocolate, made from organic chocolate grown by the Association of Amazilla Women of the Caribbean, a group of rural women from Pueblo Nuevo de Guácimo dedicated to the production of organic chocolate.

Arrival to the hotel in Arenal in the evening for rest at leisure and enjoy the hotel facilities like the spa and pool. Dinner is at leisure on own.

Accommodation at hotel in Arenal

DAY 04 - Tortuguero National Park (B-L-D)

After a family style breakfast at the lodge, begin the day with a nature walk trip, returning to hotel on time for lunch.

Tortuguero is situated on the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica. The park covers 18,947 hectares and protects green turtle egg-laying grounds (July to September) and lowland rainforest which is home to a wealth of wildlife – 300 species of birds including toucans, herons, hummingbirds and green macaws, and other animals including monkeys and the rare manatee. The plant life in the area is also particularly rich due to the very high annual rainfall. You can explore the wildlife from the canals.

Afternoon canal boat tour followed by dinner at the lodge

Optional activities available

•      Early morning boat tour for wildlife observation on the Tortuguero canals scheduled from 06:00 am to 08:00 am

•      Night Walk through the private trails to observe the nocturnal wildlife

•      Kayaking tour of the waterways and canals

Please let us know in advanced if you would like to book one of the above activities, in order to take care of the details for your guests.

Accommodation at lodge in Tortuguero

DAY 06 - Arenal Area (B)

Breakfast is included at the hotel.  Participants will have this complete day at leisure to explore the surroundings or just enjoy the hotel facilities such as spa treatments.  Always remember that optional tours may be available for those more adventurous, such as:

  • Rio Balsa White Water Rafting
  • Stand Up Paddle
  • Lost Canyon Adventure
  • Conservation, Culture & Community Experience… and further more

costa rica kayaking tour

DAY 07 - Sky Trek & Tram (B)

Breakfast included at the hotel. Guests would be picked up at the lobby of the hotel in order to start today’s activity.

Enjoy a different perspective of Arenal Volcano on the Sky Adventures Park. First you will start with the tram that reaches an observation area at the highest point of the Arenal Reserve, from where you can admire the natural beauty of the rain forest, the volcano and lake. Once you have reached the observation deck, you will feel the adrenaline and enjoy magnificent views on the Sky Trek. This is a tour of adventure full of adrenaline high above the treetops, allowing you to observe the rainforest at its best and stunning views of the Arenal Volcano and the Arenal Lake. The tour includes 8 cables with distances up to 2460 feet and a maximum height of 660 feet.

Return to hotel after lunch on your own with ample time at leisure to rest or enjoy the hotel facilities. Dinner is on your own.

Accommodation at hotel in Arenal

DAY 08 - Good Bye Costa Rica

After breakfast (if flight schedule permit), departure on transfer back to international airport to fly back home… OR Continue the adventure with a travel extension to another unique destination within Costa Rica.

IMPORTANT:

  • According to the International Airport requirements, all passengers must be at airport at least 2 hours before departure flight time for safety and to complete check in procedures.  For passengers going directly to the airport, we recommend to book flights departing after noon considering that driving time from Arenal to the airport is approximately 3 hours.
  • Airport departure tax is $ 29 USD per person, and must be paid directly by departing passengers  at  Juan Santamaria International Airport

Natural Costa Rica

8 Days / 7 Nights Program

NET RATES PER PERSON in US Dollars
PRIVATE TRANSPORTATION OPTION

VALIDITY

December 1st, 2014 to November 30th, 2015

  • Minimum participants
  • 2 passengers
  • $ 308.00
  • $ 1079.00
  • $ 990.00
  • 4 passengers
  • $ 308.00
  • $ 882.00
  • $ 793.00
  • 6 passengers
  • $ 308.00
  • $ 850.00
  • $ 760.00
  • 8 passengers
  • $ 308.00
  • $ 835.00
  • $ 746.00

FLY & DRIVE OPTION

VALIDITY

December 1st, 2014 to November 30th, 2015

  • Minimum participants
  • 2 passengers
  • $ 308.00
  • $ 997.00
  • $ 908.00

ABOVE RATES INCLUDE:

ACCOMMODATION

Moderate Hotels:

  • Two (2) nights accommodation in Standard room at Radisson Europa Hotel or similar in San Jose
  • Two (2) nights accommodation in Standard room at Evergreen Lodge or similar in Tortuguero
  • Three (3) nights accommodation in Standard room at Magic Mountain Hotel or similar in Arenal

Costa Rica Government Taxes included (13% Sales + 10 % Service Taxes on F&B)

TRANSPORTATION

 

PRIVATE TRANSPORTATION OPTION

  • Private guided arrival airport transfer
  • Shared ground & boat guided transfer: San Jose to – Dock – Tortuguero - Guapiles
  • Private guided ground transfer from Guapiles to Arenal
  • Private guided ground transfer from Arenal to San Jose Int. Airport

FLY & DRIVE OPTION

  • 4 days of renting on a 4x2 Automatic SUV Car
  • Insurance ($ 19 USD per day for basic option) and guarantee deposit NOT INCLUDED, must be paid directly with the client’s international credit card once at destination 

TOURS & ATTRACTIONS

  • Full Day Private Poas Volcano National Park & Doka Estate Coffee Tour
  • Visit to Tortuguero Village & Turtle Museum
  • Tortuguero Nature Walk
  • Tortuguero Canals Boat Tour
  • Chocolate Tour at Tirimbina Biological Reserve
  • Sky Trek (Zip Line) & Sky Tram (Aerial Tram)   

All activities include transportation, bilingual local guide, entry fees (exceptions apply) and meals as per itinerary

MEALS (F&B)

  • Day 01: No meals
  • Day 02: Breakfast & Lunch
  • Day 03: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Day 04: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Day 05: Breakfast & Lunch
  • Day 06: Breakfast
  • Day 07: Breakfast
  • Day 08: Breakfast

 

  • Costa Rica government taxes on F&B (13% sales + 10% service)

NOT INCLUDED:

*      Tortuguero National Park entrance fee to be paid locally at $10 per person

*      Turtle Museum fee to be paid locally at $ 2 USD per person

*     Costa Rica government departure airport tax USD$ 29.00 per person Meals or optional activities not indicated on the itinerary. 

*     Gratuities 

*     Meals, beverages or activities not specified on the itinerary

*     Gratuities and any other surcharge applicable

IMPORTANT REMARKS

  • Fuel surcharges for the ground transfers may be applied at short notice. CRT will inform in written about any change in this regard.
  • This package does not apply for peak seasons: Christmas Week, New Year Eve
  • Week and Easter Week
  • Rates are subject to changes due to changes on government taxes.

**CAR RENTAL CONDITIONS

CAR RENTAL REQUIREMENTS

  • Valid driver’s license and passport
  • Minimum 23 years old
  • Valid International Credit Car, charges are in USD and payable at destination.

IMPORTANT

  • Mandatory insurance and guarantee deposit are NOT included.
  • Mandatory basic insurance: Collision Damage Waiver (CDW): $19.00 per day NOT INCLUDED
  • Mandatory deposit starts at $100 and can go up to $750.00 directly related to insurance contracted for car rental and includes GPS rental.
  • Mandatory deposit and daily insurance must be paid directly by clients to car Rental Company with personal / international credit card.
  • Full cover insurance – Super Damage Waiver (SDW) and Supplemental Liability Insurance (SLI) – is available for an additional cost from $15.00 per day plus an additional USD $100.00 mandatory deposit.
  • Insurance rates may change any moment without previous notice. We will reconfirm the amounts when confirming reservations.
  • The car included comes with automatic transmission; standard transmission car can be requested subject to a different car size and availability.
  • The car must be dropped off with the same amount of gas specified in the contract, otherwise any fuel shortage shall be charged.
  • Mobile Phone rental available for an additional cost per day.

ADDITIONAL SERVICES

  • Cellular rental for unlimited local calls, and additional charge for international calls: $10.00 per rent. Mandatory deposit of USD$100.00 per rental. It must be requested when making the reservation and it is subject to availability.
  • One free waiting hour after confirmed drop off time. After this hour the rental company will charge a penalty for the delay or even the day rental rate plus any applicable charges mentioned above.
  • Rental period is 24 hours.
  • Baby Seats and boosters available at additional cost and subject to previous reservation.
  • Coolers and surf racks available without any additional cost but subject to previous reservation and availability.
  • Free map.

Optional Tours

San José

  • Tortuga Island Catamaran Cruise
  • $139.00

Tortuga is a paradisiac island with a white sand beach, coconut palms and a beautiful blue ocean, located in the Golf of Nicoya on the Central Pacific Coast of Costa Rica

  • Poas Volcano National Park
  • $49.00

We will have time to enjoy the impressive main crater with its sulfur fumaroles, and hike on a trail to the beautiful Botos Lagoon as we learn about the different ecosystems in the park

  • Rainforest Aerial Tram
  • $106,00

Twenty minutes outside of San Jose you will cross the Continental Divide and enter Braulio Carrillo National Park to reach a 1000 acre private reserve of virgin forest.

The Open-sided cable-cars hold 5 passengers and a guide. The guides are quite knowledgeable about flora and fauna

  • Irazu Volcano/Orosí/Lankaster
  • $86,00

With this excursion you will see an impresive volcano, visit important historical and cultural places in our country and also will have the oportunity to see beautiful plants

  • La Paz Waterfall Gardens
  • $79.00

As we arrive to La Paz, we will walk through a trail, leading to a spectacular waterfall in the middle of the rainforest. Inside the park we will also visit the hummingbird gallery, the serpentarium, the bird house, the butterfly garden and the frog’s exhibit

  • San José City Tour (Afternoon)
  • $44.00

This tour immerses you in the rich Costa Rican culture and history by experiencing the beautiful museums and historical sites of San José

  • Pacuare River Rafting (Class IV)
  • $99.00

Experience the full explosion and excitement that is the thrill of white water rafting!. The route is scenic and the ride is exhilarating. The vegetation will surround you, while the raw unbridled power of the waters will transport you into a great wild adventure

Arenal

  • Cultour at Casona Río Fortuna
  • $105,00

Cultour is a cultural tour with a family taste in the country side of Costa Rica.

Creative & commitment towards show the best

of Costa Rica countryside, experience while preserving the local culture, customs, folklore and traditions.

  • Sky Trek & Sky Tram
  • $84,00

Enjoy a different perspective of Arenal Volcano on the Sky Adventures Park.

This is a tour of adventure full of adrenaline high above the treetops, allowing you to observe the rainforest at its best and stunning views of the Arenal Volcano and the Arenal Lake. 

  • Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge along Río Frío
  • $65,00

You'll do a peaceful boat ride in an area unsurpassed in natural beauty Along the shores of the river and in the trees, visitors will be able to spot birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians. There are howler, spider and white-faced monkeys, three-toed sloth, caimans, turtles, and Jesus Christ Lizards

  • Venado Caves
  • $65,00

Explore Earth's inner-depths during a 2-hour trek through underground waterfalls & smooth, stone passage-ways – see prehistoric, marine fossils & exotic cave formations

  • Lost Canyon Adventure (Canyoning)
  • $99,00

The Lost Canyon is an experience of a lifetime – go where very few have had the privilege to roam: Imagine yourself in the midst of thick rainforest at the top of a magical canyon full of tropical waterfalls with surprises each step of the way.

  • Stand Up Paddling (SUP) at Arenal Lake
  • $65,00

Get Ready to "Walk on Water!"

SUP has its roots in ancient Polynesia and looks exactly as it sounds: you stand up on a large, wide, super buoyant surfboard & use a long paddle.