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GATEWAY TO COSTA RICA - 2019

Tour Code - 1600 7 days - SAN JOSE to SAN JOSE From $1149 USD

Welcome to a world of volcanoes, cloud forests, coral reefs, and a rich diversity of wildlife that make Costa Rica a nature-lover’s destination. From the artisans of Sarchi to the pristine National Parks of Arenal and Manuel Antonio, your 7-day expedition through the rainforest is accompanied by a naturalist to show you this remarkable part of the world. Explore the volcanoes of Poas and Arenal, walk through the treetops on Arenal Hanging Bridges, and venture on to Manuel Antonio on the Pacific Ocean shores—with dense mangrove swamps and pristine beaches favored by iguanas and monkeys alike. You’ll have a wealth of activities availed to you, including kayaking, nature walks, snorkeling, and mountain biking. This environment of sparkling coral reefs, rainforests, tropical vegetation, and a spectacular variety of animal species is sure to spark the adventurous imagination of any budget-minded traveller.

 

Standard Features

Destinations

  • SAN JOSE
    Visit Poas Volcano; Guided tour of Doka Coffee Estate Arenal Volcano National Park, and Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve.
  • SARCHI
    Visit the town of Sarchi.
  • ARENAL
    Guided tour of Arenal Hanging Bridges.
  • MANUEAL ANTONIO
    Guided tour of Manuel Antonio National Park.
  • PROFESSIONAL TOUR DIRECTOR
  • TRANSPORTATION
    Private, deluxe airconditioned motorcoach while touring.
  • HOTELS
    Includes rooms with private bath or shower, hotel taxes, porterage, tips, and service charges.
  • INSIDE VISITS
    as shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.
  • COSMOSGO
    Get our mobile app for trip information.
  • MYACCOUNT
    Personalise your tour ahead of time with additional excursions. Visit our website for details and conditions.

Meals

Breakfast Lunch Dinner
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Breakfast, lunch, and dinner indicated by breakfast (B), lunch (L), and dinner (D) on the itinerary.

Day by Day

  1. SAN JOSE.
    Welcome to Costa Rica. Upon arrival in San Jose, you will be met by your Cosmos representative, who will help you get acquainted with this fascinating city.

  2. SAN JOSE. EXCURSION TO DOKA COFFEE ESTATE & POAS VOLCANO.
    Start your day at POAS VOLCANO, considered the largest active crater in the world, with frequent geyser-like eruptions. A walk along the incredible trails leads you through cloud forests filled with stunted and twisted vegetation from the volcanic emissions and cold, windy, high-altitude habitat. If weather conditions allow, you will have the chance to see Lake Botos, which fills an extinct crater. The area is also home to many cloud forest birds, like hummingbirds, tanagers, flycatchers, toucanets, clay-coloured robins, and the resplendent quetzal. Next, visit DOKA ESTATE, one of Costa Rica's premium coffee plantations and producer of internationally acclaimed coffees. From the picking of the coffee berries to the roasting and grinding of the coffee beans, you will see how Costa Rican premium coffees are processed and prepared. Be sure to take a walk through the BUTTERFLY GARDEN, home to 15 species that undergo the complete metamorphosis within these walls. (B,L)

  3. SAN JOSE-SARCHI-ARENAL.
    Your journey continues to the Arenal area, with a visit of Sarchi town, known as the centre of Costa Rican handcrafts and where you will see the artists in their workshops making the famous oxcarts. Along the way, enjoy amazing views of the mountains as well as a major source of revenue in the area: agricultural crops that include pineapple, bananas, and sugar cane. This afternoon, arrive at La Fortuna Village, situated in the shadow of mighty Arenal Volcano. The evening is at leisure to do as you please. (B)

  4. ARENAL.
    Nature lovers from around the world come to visit the ARENAL HANGING BRIDGES. Journey through the rainforest with an expert Naturalist to learn about the surrounding wildlife and vegetation, and take in nature's beauty at its most pristine state. With 15 bridges ranging from 5 to 100 metres long, one at a height of 45 metres, you will get a 360-degree view of the tropical rainforest. Plus, if the weather is on your side, you will see the most amazing views of Arenal Volcano. Tonight, you may opt to spend time relaxing in the thermal, healing waters at Tabacon Hot Springs. These natural springs are heated by magma found in the earth's core and they carry minerals found in the earth's rocky stratus, which your body absorbs as you soak in the natural pools here. (B)

  5. ARENAL-MANUEL ANTONIO.
    Depart Arenal towards the Pacific Ocean to the Manuel Antonio area. Dense mangrove swamps, sheltering a variety of wildlife, back up to the pristine beaches in this area. It is not uncommon to see iguanas and white-faced monkeys on the beach. For the more active, there are jungle hikes suited to all levels. Other local activities include canopy tours, deep-sea fishing, diving, sea kayaking, and mountain biking. (B)

  6. MANUEL ANTONIO.
    Enjoy a Naturalistguided WALK on the trails of MANUEL ANTONIO NATIONAL PARK, considered one of the most beautiful areas in Costa Rica. It combines a beach of crystal-clear waters with coral reefs bordered by exuberant tropical vegetation and rainforest. Once in the park, your Naturalist guides you along different trails to observe the abundant flora and fauna of the tropical forest. In particular, several species of monkeys, iguanas, birds and, possibly, even the three-toed sloth can be seen. One of the trails borders Cathedral Point, where the view of the park and the sea is spectacular. During the afternoon you can relax at your hotel, or you can participate in one of the optional activities offered in the area. (B)

  7. MANUEL ANTONIO-SAN JOSE.
    This morning, bid adios to Manuel Antonio and travel back to San Jose for your homebound flight. The tour ends at the Juan Santamaria International Airport. Please schedule flights after 1 pm. (B)

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Pre/Post City Start Date End Date Single Price
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PRE SAN JOSE 01 Jan 2019 31 Dec 2019 $118 USD $64 USD $54 USD
POST SAN JOSE 01 Jan 2019 31 Dec 2019 $329 USD $170 USD $132 USD
Charge Type Name Price
OPTIONAL Gratuity $85 USD

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