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Wild Costa Rica – 9 Day Tour

  • Monteverde National Park

Trip Highlights

9 Days

San Jose – Costa Rica’s cosmopolitan capital
Lake Arenal – picturesque highland lake
Manuel Antonio National Park – beautiful beaches, lush rainforest and lots of wildlife
La Fortuna and the active Arenal Volcano
Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve – shrouded in a canopy of cloud and home to a wonderful array of flora and fauna


6 breakfasts
San Jose airport arrival transfer on day 1
Excursions to Monteverde Cloud Forest and Manuel Antonio National Park
Specialist local guides for included excursions
8 nights simple hotels, hostels & guesthouses
Local transportation – public buses, private van and boats

Escorted by a tour leader

Not Included

International flights, departure and border taxes and visas.
Meals – allow US$25-30 spending money per day to cover meals, snacks, drinks, limited souvenirs and any extras.
Tips on all excursions. Tip for your tour leader – an entirely personal gesture.
Airport departure transfer – can be booked at an additional cost upon request.


Day 1

San Jose

Welcome to Costa Rica! Upon arrival at San Jose Airport you’ll be met by a representative and transferred to our hotel. Spend the remains of the day at leisure in Costa Rica’s cosmopolitan capital city, which is nestled in a fertile valley among coffee and sugar-cane farms.
Overnight: San Jose

Days 2-3

Manuel Antonio

San José – Manuel Antonio. We travel from the Central Valley to the Pacific coast, through very lush green countryside to Manuel Antonio, where we will visit the Manuel Antonio National Park, one of the most popular parks in the country. This celebrated park is blessed with beautiful lagoons, palm fringed beaches, a vast array of animals and lush green forests. Some of the many creatures that call Manuel Antonio home include sloths, pelicans, white-faced monkeys, anteaters and huge iguanas. It is also famous for its beaches – although almost deserted on weekdays, keep a sharp eye on your belongings, as the monkeys and raccoons are seasoned thieves!
Overnight: Manuel Antonio Village  |  Breakfast x 1

Days 4-5

Monteverde Cloud Forest

Manuel Antonio – Santa Elena. We travel to the old town of Quepos, once a very important port for the exportation of bananas. We then ascend a steep mountain road that offers great views over lush green hills that flatten to meet the Pacific ocean. We then continue our journey to the small town of Santa Elena, which is our base for exploring the beautiful Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve with its unique canopy of cloud. The reserve is a nature lovers paradise and an excellent place for bird watching, we go in search of the endangered Quetzal, a bird with incredibly beautiful and unique plumage and visit the Hummingbird Gallery where these energetic birds buzz around sipping on nectar.

There are lots of optional activities on offer in and around Santa Elena to keep us entertained, from its famous ziplines over the cloud forest and sky walks on suspension bridges above the forest canopy, to horse treks and nature-spotting twilight walks.
Overnight: Santa Elena  |  Breakfast x 1

Days 6-7

La Fortuna

Santa Elena – La Fortuna. Our next journey takes us through the mountains of the cloud forest and across picturesque Lake Arenal by boat, en route to the sleepy rural town of La Fortuna which is located in the shadow of the Arenal Volcano. After settling into our hotel you’ll have time for a leisurely lunch and to explore the town. You can visit the luxuriant local hot springs for a relaxing dip.

There’s plenty of free time in La Fortuna to partake in a variety of exciting optional excursions; from caving or white water rafting, to canoeing, horse-riding or trekking in search of the local wildlife and beautiful waterfalls.
Overnight: La Fortuna  |  Breakfast x 2

Day 8

San Jose

La Fortuna – San Jose. Today we travel back to San Jose for our final night in the capital.
Overnight: San Jose  |  Breakfast

Day 9

San Jose

After hotel check out on day 9, our journey through Costa Rica comes to an end.

Contact us for more information & details!

Tour code:  onthego

About the Author:

Laurie Johnson is travel writer, agent, and founder of Pura Vida Vacations. She finds her inspirations from travelling of the beaten path, meeting the locals, and sharing her travel stories, reviews, and tips with her readers.

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