Starting your vacations in Costa Rica by its capital city is undoubtedly a good idea.
San José is the geographic, economic and social center of the country and a destination to discover some of its most iconic points such as the National Theater, the pre-Columbian museums of jade and gold and many shops that offer everything you may need for your trip and that you have forgotten.
Don’t miss, at the end of Central Avenue Boulevard, the picturesque Central Market where you will find numerous experiences that will fill your senses with aromas, flavors, and colors.
When you arrive at Juan Santamaría International Airport, a representative of the National Chamber of Tourism will be waiting for you after the immigration control and will accompany you to the exit to locate our driver who will be in charge of taking you to your hotel in San José.
Park Inn Hotel (or similar) - 1 night
Transfer Airport - San José
This day our representative will give you your rental car to start your vacation on the beautiful roads of Costa Rica.
We recommend that you leave early to the town of La Fortuna, the closest town to the Arenal Volcano area. The route is stunning, and you will have many opportunities to take photographs and enjoy the characteristic hospitality of Costa Ricans.
But, also, in this route, you will find exuberant cloud forests, which in the afternoons fill the road with a white mantle that makes visibility certainly tricky.
La Fortuna is a small rural town that has been transformed into a tourist center where you can find many options to eat and buy souvenirs. It also has banks, supermarkets, and pharmacies.
Arenal Volcano will be visible, on clear days, long before arriving in town and when you leave it, you will see that the route takes you around it until you reach your hotel, which has a fantastic view of the colossus.
It is an almost perfect cone covered with rainforest on one side and still, today, tons of ashes, stones, and sands on the other. Remnants of the recent eruptions.
This morning at the hotel we will deliver the rental car which will be used throughout the trip.
*Consult the advisor for insurance details.
Volcano Lodge Hotel (or similar) - 2 nightsBreakfast
Car rental for 6 days (Free Mileage, authorization for 2 drivers, GPS, maximum insurance coverage)
Today you will have the day to rest and enjoy the hotel and its facilities.
However, you can also choose to fill your vacation in Costa Rica with adventure and nature because in the area of Arenal Volcano you will find all kinds of experiences and forests full of wildlife and numerous species of birds.
If you are adventurous, you will enjoy intense activities such as rappel down waterfalls, long zip lines that will take you between the trees and above them, rafting in rivers surrounded by impressive jungles and water sports in the lake, such as kayaking or paddleboard.
If you prefer something quieter, the Arenal Volcano area also offers exciting tours of the ancient lavas, guided bird and wildlife trails, cultural experiences including school visits, tree planting or delicious cocoa, pineapple or coffee tours. And, of course, an incredible range of wellness treatments in the many spas in the area.
This day you will leave for the mountainous area of Monteverde. Driving west, you will take the route around Lake Arenal with breathtaking views and then go to the surroundings of the village of Tilarán and up through green pastures and picturesque villages to the popular Monteverde.
The Monteverde region is a preferred destination for a vacation in Costa Rica, combining magnificent cloud forests, humid and rainy in an area of more than 26,000 hectares in which we find a wide variety of species in flora and fauna.
The urban capital of Monteverde is the town of Santa Elena, a small center where you will find shops, banks, and restaurants.
The primary characteristic of Monteverde, of course, is its dynamic imposed on the conservation of its nature and water sources that supply the community and rivers of great importance in the Central Pacific of Costa Rica.
El Establo (or similar) - 2 nights
This day is free for you to enjoy the hotel and its facilities or for you to choose one of the many optional excursions in the area.
In Monteverde, you can find many adventure activities and within its magnificent nature.
From walks guided by expert naturalists, who will turn the trails into authentic documentaries about tropical nature, to extreme adventure for those who enjoy the adrenaline during their vacations.
It is also a destination to get to know the country’s rural culture, offering activities that show the artisan processes of coffee, sugar cane, and cocoa.
This day you will travel from the mountains of the Cordillera de Tilarán to the plains of the Central Pacific, passing through an incomparable amount of different landscapes that will show you that the diversity of this small country does not only refer to its forests and wildlife.
Enjoy the changes in panorama and climate, passing through cattle pastures, canals, ornamental plant and orchid nurseries, rice fields, and African palms.
Manuel Antonio is one of the most complete vacation destinations in Costa Rica and offers an impressive hotel offer, ensuring that your last days of vacation are pleasant and relaxed.
With lush tropical nature and surrounded by agriculture, this small national park offers such abundant wildlife that it’s hard not to see monkeys, sloths, coatis, agoutis, and iguanas in the hotel gardens.
Along with this fantastic biodiversity, Manuel Antonio 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 also one of the most easily accessible tourist regions in the country, as it is relatively close to the city of San José and the Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO) and can be reached either by plane or car.
Manuel Antonio National Park is CLOSED on Mondays.
La Mansión Inn Hotel (or similar) - 2 nights
This day we leave it so that you can simply relax at the hotel and the beach before ending your vacation in Costa Rica.
However, you can also choose from the impressive amount of activities in the region. Among the most popular are canoeing (either in mangroves or in the sea, zip lines crossing the forest, walks in the national park and/or nearby tropical forests, rafting in rivers immersed in unspoiled nature, and incredible sunset rides on sailboats or catamarans to see dolphins and whales and snorkel (depending on the time of year).
After having breakfast in Manuel Antonio’s hotel, you will go back to San José where you will return the car to the Rent a Car office near the airport.
The delivery of the vehicle takes place at 13:00 in the afternoon in the offices of Rent a Car near the Juan Santamaría airport.
Car rental delivery
*Price in US dollars US$ with taxes included (of the specified services). *Stay in standard rooms of the hotels, except when specified in every case. * Prices based on double occupancy. * Package subject to availability at the time of booking. * Important: Rooms for triple and quad occupancy only have 2 double beds. – Package valid for trips to be made on November 2019.
All taxes of law
7 nights of lodging with breakfast included
Daihatsu Bego 4x4 (or similar) for 6 days with full cover insurance *Ask you advisor about the insurance details
24 hour assistance from our office all days of the week Airport assistance the day of your arrival
Services and activities not specified in the itinerary