San Jose is the capital city of Costa Rica and is in the Central Valley. In this area, you will find more than half of the country’s population.
It is the center of culture and history where you canf find the National Theater, the pre-Columbian museums of jade and gold and many shops, here you will be able to experience a bit of Costa Rican urban culture.
Starting your vacations in Costa Rica by this geographic, economic and social center city is undoubtedly a good idea.
When you arrive at Juan Santamaría International Airport, our representative of the National Chamber of Tourism will be waiting for you. After the immigration control, will accompany you until locating our driver in charge of taking you to your hotel in San José.
Auténtico Hotel (or similar) - 1 night
Airport Transfer – San José
On the way to Tortuguero you will go across the Braulio Carrillo National Park, where you can see its landscapes, forests and numerous waterfalls.
Once in the Pavona Pier, you will travel between the multiple canals of the area until you reach your hotel.
Tortuguero is a river, a national park, a village, and a forest with impressive biodiversity. It is an area with countless canals, some artificial, others natural, all surrounded by an ecosystem that contains many species of birds, mammals, reptiles, and insects of all types and species.
Known as the Costa Rican Amazon, Tortuguero never disappoints nature lovers.
Pachira Lodge (or similar) - 2 nights
Full board (drinks and bottled water not included)
Land and boat transfers (San José - Tortuguero - Guápiles)
Visit to Tortuguero National Park
On this day you will make a boat excursion through the many Tortuguero canals, where you will see its impressive biodiversity and learn the rainforest thanks to your naturalist guide.
In this tour we recommend you to have your senses on high alert so you can observe the gigantic trees, listen to the mixed sounds of birds with insects, and frogs, and appreciate the different shades of green on you way.
After this marvelous experience you can rest in the hotel by the poolside or arrange one of the optional excursions that the hotel offers such as walks, kayak or artisan fishing.
During September we recommend you to organize the night tour to see the turtle nesting by an additional cost.
*The schedules and the order of the activities are defined by the guide the first day depending on the weather conditions and the behavior of the animals.
Regular tour of the canals
This morning you will be at your leisure to enjoy the last moments in the fascinating North Caribbean. Later back on the Pavona Pier, our representative will give you the rental car which will be used throughout the trip.
Approximate duration of the transfer from Guápiles to Arenal: 2:00hrs / 125km.
*Consult your advisor for insurance details.
Arenal is a a tourist region that gathers in its foothills adventure activities, excursions to appreciate its nature, genuine cultural experiences, several thermal water complexes, and multiple spas.
The national park covers 12,124 hectares and four different forest types. It is a biologically very diverse area, with more than 54% of the country’s total bird species and 134 species of mammals.
This colossus, which made continuous eruptions from 1968 to 2010 and has become one of the obligatory places of the tourist panorama of Costa Rica.
A peculiarity of the area is that its inhabitants, mostly cattle ranchers or prosperous farmers, turned their farms into hotels or tourist projects, giving an authentic Costa Rican flavor to the whole region.
Arenal Volcano Inn - 2 nights
Car rental for 8 days (Unlimited mileage, 2 additional drivers included, full coverage insurance))
You will have the day to rest and enjoy the hotel and its facilities. You can also choose to fill your vacation in Costa Rica with adventure and nature and in the area of Arenal Volcano you will find all kinds of experiences and forests full of wildlife and numerous species of birds.
Between the options you will find aventures as rappel, zip lines, rafting, kayaking; or more quiet activities in the area as guided bird and wildlife trails or wellness spa treatments and thermal waters.
You will have the morning free before heading towards the Central Pacific mountains to the popular Monteverde area.
Approximate duration of the transfer from Arenal to Monteverde: 3:30hrs / 120km.
The Monteverde combines cloud, humid and rainy forests that allows to find a wide variety of species of flora and fauna. The area also characterizes by the conservation of its nature and water sources that supplies the community and rivers of great importance in the Central Pacific of Costa Rica.
Currently, there are two important reserves to visit with two distinct forest types: Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve and Santa Elena Reserve. In addition to numerous private reserves and a conservation area that extends to the Arenal Volcano area.
Monteverde protects more than six different life zones in approximately 26,000 hectares and it has become an obligatory destination to appreciate the rich Central American nature. In addition to its exuberant nature, you will find numerous activities of adventure, culture, ecotourism and agrotourism.
Poco a Poco - 2 nights, Pay 1!
This day is free to enjoy the hotel and its facilities or to choose between of the many optional excursions in the area. In Monteverde, you can find many activities, from walks guided by expert naturalists to extreme adventures.
It is a destination to get to know the country’s rural culture, the artisan processes of coffee, sugar cane, and cocoa.
There are night tours in the cloud forest where animal activity multiplies at nightfall; there are frog ponds and serpentarium, butterfly farms and sanctuaries for bat observation.
Day with the morning free to then travel from the Cordillera de Tilarán to the plains of the Central Pacific, where you will be able to observe cattle pastures, canals, ornamental plant and orchid nurseries, rice fields, and African palms.
Approximate duration of the transfer from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio 3:30hrs / 190km.
Manuel Antonio is another vacation destinations in Costa Rica that ensures pleasant and relaxed days. It has a lush tropical nature with abundant wildlife.
It has some of Costa Rica’s most beautiful beaches and many water activities to enjoy a climate that borders 28° C all year round.
Manuel Antonio is a region, a national park, a small town and another mandatory destination for any visitor. Manuel Antonio National Park is the smallest in the country and for decades has been surrounded by the banana company first, and then by rice fields and African palm; what makes that the preserved forests became a sanctuary where there is an abundant quantity of animals.
Manuel Antonio National Park is CLOSED on Mondays.
La Mansion Hotel 3 nights, Pay 2!
Manuel Antonio offers impressive amount of activities to enjoy on your free days: canoeing in mangroves or in the sea, zip lines across the forest, hiking in the National Park and/or nearby tropical forests, rafting in rivers immersed in the nature, sunset rides on sailboats or catamarans to do snorkel (or to see dolphins and whales depending on the season).
We recommend a guided walk in Manuel Antonio National Park. Currently and depending on the time of year, the park limits entry to 800 people, so we recommend you book the tour in advance.
You could also do one-day tours to Corcovado National Park, Carara or Marino Ballena Parks, which are relatively close.
On this day you will return to San Jose on your car rental to deliver it to the Rent a Car office near the airport and take your flight back home.
Car rental delivery
* Promotional price applies with selected hotels. * Price in US dollars USD with taxes included (for contracted services). * Prices based on Double Occupancy, standard rooms except express indication, in the regime indicated in each case. * Package subject to availability at time of booking. * Important: The triple and quadruple occupancy rooms only have 2 double beds. – Package valid for trips to be made on September and October 2019.
All taxes of law
24 hour assistance from our office all days of the week Airport assistance the day of your arrival
10 nights of accommodation
8 days of car rental (with full cover insurance)
Guide to certain tours