Driving through Costa Rica’s Tropical Nature

8 DAYS – 7 NIGHTS
Itinerary

This 8 day self drive package will take you to Costa Rica´s most attractive destinations. Beautifully located hotels with tropical ambience add to your special experience.

For more information on this package or any other travel arrangement to Costa Rica please contact us at : reserv@crtteam.com

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Costa Rica National Theater/Costa Rica Teatro Nacional
Day 1   Welcome to Costa Rica !
San José, Costa Rica Night View / Vista Nocturna de San José
  • Arrival to Juan Santamaría International / San Jose Airport. Meet and greet by Costa Rica Representative (CRT) Once clients individually clear official entry procedures they exit the terminal building, where our bilingual tour guide will assist participants with the transfer to hotel and luggage handling.
  • Accommodation at Sleep Inn Hotel or similar.
Morazán Park, San José City Tour / Parque Morazán en San José
Day 2   San José - Irazú Volcano - Turrialba
Irazú Volcano / Volcán Irazú
  • After breakfast, you will pick up your SUV (Toyota Rav 4 or similar) and get ready for a full day of sightseeing. The drive to the Irazú Volcano will take about 1.5 hours   The volcano and it´s sleeping crater offer plenty of unique impressions. Check into your hotel and enjoy the rest of the night surrounded by lash gardens. Wagelia Espino Blanco Lodge is located in North Bervena, Turrialba, on a land of primary and secondary forest. Just 8 kms. Away from downtown and 65 away form San José. Buit with a special wood, cultivated for construction, as we preserve the environment. Rustic look surrounded by a colorful forest
  • Accommodation at Wagelia Espino Blanco Lodge or similar.
Monumento Nacional Guayabo / Guayabo National Monument
Day 3   Around Turrialba
Wagelia Espino Blanco Lodge
  • Today, you will be taking 2 of the most educational tours there are in the area, starting with a visit to the Guayabo National Monument: ancient stone carvings of alligator and jaguar gods, ingeniously engineered, Pre-Columbian aqueducts where water still flows and paved roads receding into a lush rainforest-all hint to Costa Rica´s mysterious past  civilizations…After lunch (not included), drive to the Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center to learn about how to improve the standard of living of rural families in the American tropics, while embracing holistic visions of human activity and its environment. 
  • Accommodation at Wagelia Espino Blanco Lodge or similar.
View from Hacienda Experience,Turrialba / Vista desde Hacienda Experience en Turrialba
Day 4   Turrialba – Puerto Viejo, Limón
Azania Bungalows
  • A mid morning drive would be nice to start your day off and to make your way to the Caribbean side of our country… Not only will you drive through beautiful countryside, but you will be passing along banana, pineapple, papaya and ornamental plants farms all along the way…
  • Accommodation at Azania Bungalows Hotel or similar.
Snorkeling Tour at Cahuita
Day 5   Day at Puerto Viejo, Limón
Puerto Viejo Beach, Caribbean Coast / Playa de Puerto Viejo en la Costa Caribe
  • Breakfast at the lodge and then snorkeling tour at Cahuita National Park: The coral reefs along the Caribbean coast are home to countless colorful fish and other sea life. Rest of the day at leisure to relax and to explore the area.
  • Accommodation at Azania Bungalows Hotel or similar.
SarapiquiS Rainforest Lodge/Alma Ata Museum
Day 6   Puerto Viejo, Limón - Sarapiquí
SarapiquiS Rainforest Lodge, Pool View / Vista de la Piscina en SarapiquiS Rainforest Lodge
  • Leaving Puerto Viejo behind, you will start driving back to the West, enjoying again some of the sights you had on your way to the coast. Check in at your hotel and then, take the tour to the Museum for Indigenous Cultures (part of the hotel amenities): the largest on site museum of rainforest ecology and indigenous and pre-hispanic history in Central America. After this, you will have the rest of the evening and night at leisure
  • Accommodation at Sarapiquí´s Rainforest Lodge or similar.
Chocolate Tour at Tirimbina / Tour de Chocolate en Tirimbina
Day 7   Morning at Sarapiquí-Arenal
Hot Springs at Ecotermales / Aguas termales en Ecotermales
  • Today you will join the Chocolate Tour first thing in the morning (within walking distance from your hotel): you will discover the marvels of one of the favorite foods of human kind: chocolate. A guided walk across a suspension bridge is also included. Then, pick up your belongings at the hotel and take a short drive to the Costarican Farm for the Pineapple Tour: here the guide will take you to the active operating Costaricancapineapple farm for a very interesting talk about the history and cultivation of this product. Then, drive again through beautiful sceneries all the way to the Arenal Volcano National Park area. Check into your hotel and the rest of the day is free to take a deep into the hot springs and to enjoy the magnificent volcano view!
  • Accommodation at Arenal Paraiso Hotel or similar.
Arenal Volcano View / Vista del Volcán Arenal
Day  8  Hasta pronto Costa Rica !!
We Deliver Costa Rica CRT Logo
  • Depending on your flight schedule, morning to enjoy the resort or either drive back to San José at the most convenient time in order to return your car and take your flight back home. Unless you would like to add one or more nights at the Pacific Coast, for which we have extension programs in the North and the Central Pacific, besides the rental car for as many days as you choose
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Package Information

Rates* per person in US Dollars/ Minimum 2 participants

Valid  Valid Single Supplement Double Occupancy/ Per Person Triple Occupancy/ Per Person
December 17th, 2012 to November 30th, 2013 $269.00 $789.00 $649.00

*Rates do not apply for Easter week, Christmas or New Year´s Eve

Accommodations**:
  •  One (1) night accommodation in standard room at the Sleep Inn Hotel or similar.
  •  Two (2) night accommodation in standard room at Wagelia Espino Blanco Lodge or similar
  •  Two (2) night accommodation in standard room at Azania Bungalows or similar
  •  One (1) night accommodation in standard room at Sarapiqui´s Rainforest Lodge or similar
  •  One (1) night accommodation in standard room at Arenal Paraiso or similar
  •   Hotel taxes (13% sales)
**For extension plans, depends on the selected hotel(s)
Transportation:
  •  Private transfer airport-hotel in San José
  •  Rental Car (Toyota Rav 4 or similar) from the 2nd, until the 8th day of your program (06 days-please note that the rental car must be returned by the same time you picked it up in order not to incur into additional charges). 
Activities:
  •  Guayabo National Monument (from Turrialba)
  •  CATIE (Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center)
  •  Snorkeling at Cahuita National Park 
  •  Museum for Indigenous Cultures (Sarapiquí)
  •  Chocolate Tour (Sarapiquí)
  •  Pineapple Tour at Corsicana Farm (Sarapiquí)
Meals***:
  • Day 01: No meals,  Day 02: Breakfast  Day 03: Breakfast  Day 04: Breakfast  Day 05: Breakfast Day 06: Breakfast, Dinner  Day 07: Breakfast  Day 08: Breakfast. Meal taxes (13% sales + 10% service) 
***For extension plans, depends on the selected hotel(s)
 
NOT INCLUDED:
  • The $26.00 airport departure tax, payable in Colones or US Dollars
  • Meals or activities not indicated on the itinerary
  • Rates are conditioned to gasoline surcharges if applicable and are subject to change without previous notice.

General Cancellation & No Show policies

  • CRT will refund 100% for cancellations made in writing and received at least 31 days prior to client’s arrival.
  • Cancellations of services received 30 days or less before arrival date are non-refundable and must be paid in full. No shows will be charged in full. 
  • Basic mandatory insurance (or other protection programs) for the rental car