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Costa Rica Spotlight

From £1239 pp*

Costa Rica

5 Days / 4 Nights

Private Group (2-6)

Costa Rica Spotlight

From £1239 pp*

What You'll Do

Enjoy this 5 day trip of the most biodiverse and naturally spectacular region of Costa Rica. With volcanoes, waterfalls and canopy tours amongst other exciting activities this tour is sure to be an unforgettable one.

Tour Summary:

Day 1       Santa Barbara De Heredia

Days 2 & 3 La Fortuna

Days 4    Monteverde

Day 5       Transfer to cruise

This tour of La Fortuna and Monteverde will leave you wanting to explore more of what Costa Rica has to offer. You will get the chance to hike volcanoes, swim in waterfalls and fly over the rainforest on a zip line.

You will learn about the area with your private local tour guide who will teach you all about the region, its history and its culture. Also taste the authentic local cuisine as you join a local family for lunch.

Finally, you will also get the chance to interact with locals as well as seeing the vast array of wildlife home to this incredibly biodiverse region of Costa Rica on your night forest tour.

*from price is based on 4 people travelling

Experience
Highlights

See second largest volcanic crater in the world

Exhilarating Zip line over the forest canopy

Discover nocturnal life on the hidden forest walk

Your Local Host:

Roberto

I was born and raised in Costa Rica and have lived here my entire life. And ever since I could, I’ve been travelling the world. Soon after I left school, I travelled around Costa Rica and discovered every single part of it! Although, we do have a fairly small country, there’s an insane amount to explore, and I’m still exploring Read More

Experience Itinerary

Arrival and Stay at a Sustainable Coffee Plantation

Upon arrival, your driver will meet you at San Jose International airport and drive you to your hotel for your first night in Costa Rica. You will have the chance to relax and prepare for the next few days of adventure.

Your stay begins at the award winning sustainable coffee plantation Finca Rosa Blanca where you can get your first taste of authentic Costa Rica; combining luxury accommodation, a sustainable forested coffee farm and delicious cuisine honouring the culinary traditions of the coffee highlands.

 

Accommodation:

Finca Rosa Blanca Coffee Plantation Resort

Visit to Poas Volcano

Today you will set off on your Costa Rican adventure. Making your way towards La Fortuna you will first stop at the Poás Volcano, an active volcano with the second largest crater in the world at over 1.5 km in diameter and 320m deep.

At a height of nearly 3000m the volcano offers some of the most spectacular views in all of Costa Rica, on a clear day. The clouds start to form in the morning and so you will get there early to have the best chance of a good view. With the ever-changing climatic conditions, of course, this cant be guaranteed. The walk to the crater is an easy 10 minute hike each way on good paths, and if the weather allows you will be rewarded by a spectacular view of the dazzling blue lake in its centre.

As you approach the crater the air becomes noticeably colder and thinner and the cloud forest landscape is apparent,  many trees found in the cloud forest appear severely disfigured and gnarled, impacted by the cold temperatures and wind and also by the volcanic activity. The cloud forest is home to hummingbirds, tanagers, flycatchers, toucanets, Costa Rica’s national bird the clay-coloured thrush, and the famous, resplendent quetzal.

Due to the potentially harmful gases and unpredictable volcanic activity the time at the viewing point is limited to 20 minutes.

Then you will drive to La Fortuna and to Costa Rica’s best known volcano.  Until 2010 Arenal volcano was very active, erupting and spewing lava and ash on a regular basis, however it has now become dormant. It is a tall and imposing mountain with a perfectly symmetrical shape, a sightseer’s dream! The verdant lands surrounding it are home to abundant wildlife and you are likely to spot deer, tapir, howler monkeys, white-faced monkeys and birds such as parrots, orioles and brown magpies.

The geothermal activity in the area produces the natural hot springs  and this afternoon and evening you will have chance to relax and enjoy the famous hot springs of the Arenal volcano.

 

Accommodation: 

Noah’s Forest by Tifakara

Located in la Fortuna in Costa Rica, Noah’s Forest by Tifakara is surrounded by luscious rain forest and offers a unique opportunity to reconnect with yourself in comfort and luxury. The entire property is surrounded by rivers and forests, allowing you to share a unique natural experience with the inhabitants of the jungle; monkeys, sloths, toucans, frogs to name a few, and with a stunning view of the Arenal volcano.

The hotel offers villas in the heart of the forest, all rooms have a seating area and private patio with garden views. There is an outdoor pool, a spa and restaurant.

Meals: Breakfast

Waterfall and Volcano Hike

oday you will explore the area around Arenal Volcano: La Fortuna Waterfall visit and the Volcano hike is a great combo for the day.

The day will start late in the morning, at 11am so you can have enough time to enjoy a nice breakfast, explore the surroundings of the hotel and relax a little before your pick up.

Today you will need to wear your swimming suit as once you arrive at the top of La Fortuna waterfall you will have the opportunity to walk down the 500 steps to the bottom of this spectacular waterfall, which is 70 metres high. On the way down your guide will point out the various species that will be found among birds and mammals, go easy, there is no rush as you take in the gorgeous views you have ahead of you. Once you get to the bottom, there is a lovely clear water pool for a refreshing dip.

Then you will have lunch with the Rodriguez Family: they will cook a traditional lunch that you will not forget! Enjoy lunch by the side of the river and experience Costa Rican culture, paired with a delicious and freshly brewed cup of Costa Rican coffee.

Lastly you will visit the amazing Arenal Volcano National Park where you will start a beautiful hike around its base, while learning everything about the eruptions and the old lava flows. You’ll experience the most extraordinary views of Arenal Volcano during the gentle hike along the lower slopes.  Although currently in a resting phase, Arenal has been Costa Rica’s most active volcano for the past 43 years and its eruptions have affected the region and the people who live here.

 

Accommodation: 

Noah’s Forest by Tifakara

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Boat trip to Monteverde and Night Tour

Today, you travel from La Fortuna and Monteverde. This trip in itself is like an excursion as you drive through the mountains in a jeep down to the boat dock on the Arenal Lake. You then board the boat and as you cross the lake you will have amazing views of the volcanoes and rolling hills.

You will arrive at 1440m above sea level. So prepare yourself for much cooler weather! You will have the afternoon free to explore the mountain town and visit the shops and coffee houses.

You will end the day with a Monteverde Cloud Forest Night Tour which offers a unique experience to all its visitors. The tour allows visitors the opportunity to see the vast biological diversity in Monteverde from a different nocturnal perspective. The hike begins in the Hummingbird Gallery and continues through a trail of about 1.8 kilometres where different insects, birds and nocturnal mammals can be seen. The tour lasts approximately two and a half hours and will be an incredible experience to tell all your friends and family about.

Your accommodation for the next two nights will be in the Eco Lodge Koora, a luxury ecolodge in the heart of the cloud forest, with just 10 cosy suites and bungalows this boutique hotel is the perfect nature retreat.

With stunning treetop views only the natural beauty of Monteverde can provide, you will feel the magic of the cloud forest as you sip coffee or enjoy a late-night drink on your private balcony.

You will sleep in the treetops, literally! The suites and bungalows seamlessly integrate with the surroundings and you’ll be able to gaze at this natural oasis from the floor to ceiling windows with the chirping and singing of birds as the soundtrack. The rooms have handcrafted furniture made by local artisans, comfortable beds, and  hot showers and some have kitchenette.

After an action-packed day, you can dine at the Restaurant Kiré with its delicious fresh local produce and amazing views.

 

 

Accommodation: 

Koora Hotel

Meals: Breakfast

Canopy and Coffee Tours

In the morning you will take part in an thrilling canopy tour where you’ll have the adrenaline rush of swinging from platform to platform attached to a harness as you zip line on the longest and highest cables to be found in the area. At the same time, you’ll be able to enjoy the awe inspiring panoramic views that can only to be seen from high above. If you’d rather take a more sedentary route you can walk the high hanging bridges above of the canopy of the forest.

In the afternoon, you’ll have a coffee, chocolate and sugar cane tour! The coffee tour begins with the wonderful history of coffee in the world, and importance in Costa Rica’s development. You will see all the stages of coffee growing and harvesting to the delicious final product, the cup of coffee. The second part of this tour is the delicious chocolate tour, which is not only the perfect complement for coffee, but has influenced the traditions and culture of Costa Rica through the ages. Then you will learn about the sugar cane, its history, plantations, different types of harvest, and processing. You’ll live the experience of creating refreshing sugar cane juice.

 

Accommodation: 

Koora Hotel

Koora Hotel photos | Monteverde Cloud Forest Costa Rica | Gallery

Meals: Breakfast

Departure

Today, your tour has come to an end, you will be collected and transferred to Puntarenas to embark your cruise ship and continue your latin American Adventure.

Location Information

You will arrive at San Jose airport to begin your Costa Rican Adventure, visiting some of the country’s highlights in your 6 day tour.

1. Santa Barbara De Heredia – Surrounded by extensive herb farms and photogenic coffee plantations, with gorgeous lush valleys and rolling hills as well as many activities like stunning hikes, it is a must visit for anyone going to Costa Rica.

2.  La Fortuna – The town lies at the foot of the majestic Arenal Volcano, a great base for travellers to explore. Enjoy hiking through the lush rainforest, see the amazing volcano and the breathtaking La Fortuna Waterfall.

3. Monteverde – Situated in the cloud forest this little town is home to an array of activities and culture. With boutique coffee shops and local crafts to enjoy as well as amazing experiences like zip lining over the impressive canopy. However, it’s the vast array of wildlife and spectacular views make this place so special.

  • All transfers to and from the airport, accommodation and activities.
  • 1 night Finca Rosa Blanca BB
  • 2 nights Noah's Forest by Tifikara BB
  • 2 nights Koora Hotel BB
  • Shared lake crossing
  • Poas Volcano and National Park visit
  • Arenal Volcano and La Fortuna Waterfall visit
  • Guided visit to Eco Thermales Hotsprings
  • Monteverde Cloud Forest Night Tour
  • Zip lining experience
  • Tour of Don Juan Coffee Farm