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Highlights
  • Explore Costa Rica
  • Visit Arenal Volcano
  • Explore this geologic wonder and the rich surrounding rainforests filled with waterfalls, wildlife and opportunities for exploration
  • Explore Cloud Forest cruise

The Tropical Volcano & Cloud Forest cruise extension is designed to complement our Costa Rica small ship cruises or appeal to travelers with a limited amount of time in Costa Rica.

Costa Rica is one of the world's most adventurous and friendly places, widely known for its dedication to peace, cultural exchange and environmental education. Our Costa Rica Tropical Volcano & Cloud Forest tour visits areas that exemplify these qualities creating wonderful shared memories for years to come.

Your journey begins at the Arenal Volcano, with its picture-perfect cone. Explore this geologic wonder and the rich surrounding rainforests filled with waterfalls, wildlife and opportunities for exploration. In Monteverde, hike through the lush Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve, walk the nearby platform bridges for an aerial view of these incredible forests and visit the shining example of sustainable tourism in the town of Santa Elena. The Tropical Volcano & Cloud Forest Extension includes a private guide and private transfers throughout, ensuring you make the most of your time in Arenal and Monteverde. Accommodations for this active adventure include wilderness lodges and boutique hotels.

This Costa Rica cruise extension can be arranged before or after your small ship cruise. Transfers are included for small ship cruise passengers arriving at the Herradura dock or in San Jose. Our Costa Rica experts will arrange your trip extension to flow seamlessly with your small ship cruise.

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A fun trip! August 2015

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The folks at Adventuresmith make planning a trip almost as much fun as the trip itself. They enthusiastically and efficiently helped us create two different adventures that I felt they would be thrilled to go on themselves. It is always very satisfying to find people who love what they do and are eager to provide the best possible service for their customers.
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Incredible trip to the Costa Rican jungle! August 2015

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My family and I just returned from an incredible trip to the Costa Rican jungle with AdventureSmith. Our trip was well planned, flawless and felt very personalized. We stayed first at the Tortugero Lodge in Tortuguero and had a great experience seeing the jungle there. Our guides were very knowledgable and welcoming. The lodge was beautifully laid out, had amazing food and was situated nestled in the jungle so we could enjoy the sounds of the jungle while we slept in luxurious open air bungalows. We took boat tours of the jungle and got to kayak up small waterways so we had the crocodile eye view! Next we transferred to the Oso peninsula via a thrilling Cessna ride through clouds to stay at Lapa Ríos, another jungle lodge surrounded by monkeys. The guides here were also fun, knowledgable and great with the kids. Best hike was the waterfall hike. So much adventure on this vacation, we all slept great each night! This was our second trip with AdventureSmith and I can't wait to book our next. They really know how to set you up for exactly what you want, even if you don't know exactly what you want. Can't recommend them enough!
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Very happy with AdvetureSmith. August 2015

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HIGHLY, HIGHLY RECOMMEND! August 2015

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Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Costa Rica

Accommodation: Hotel Bougainvillea

Upon arrival in Costa Rica at San Jose's Juan Santamaria International Airport you are met by a local representative and transferred to your hotel in San Jose.

Day 2: Arenal National Park

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Arenal Observatory Lodge

Start your tour with a scenic drive, in a private air-conditioned vehicle, to Arenal Volcano arriving at the Arenal Observatory Lodge. From the lodge, which is situated safely on a high ridge only 1.6 miles south of the volcano, take in an impressive view of this "giant which rumbles" with spectacular displays. The lodge is the only property located within the Arenal Volcano National Park, which encompasses thousands of acres of pristine rainforest and teems with tropical birds and wildlife.

Later explore the highlands of Costa Rica in the shadow of Arenal Volcano. Walk through Arenal Volcano National Park with the company of your professional naturalist guide. This area is home to some of the most unique birds and mammals in the world. Your guide provides insight and interpretation of this geologically special area and offers expertise in spotting the often elusive wildlife and birdlife that inhabit this region.

Day 3: Arenal Volcano & Hanging Bridges

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Accommodation: Arenal Observatory Lodge

This morning visit the Arenal Hanging Bridges, a complex of 6 suspension bridges rising above the jungle canopy, and almost 2 miles of brick and concrete trails through the lush rainforest. The bridges provide an excellent vantage point to observe the flora and fauna from the ground level to the top of the trees. The chainlink fence on either side of each bridge is about 50 inches high, so there is little chance of anyone slipping through. Walk the trails where you will see many varieties of heliconias, flowering ginger and varieties of butterflies, as you learn about the complexity and beauty of the rainforest and hear howler monkeys' distinct howls.

This evening visit Ecotermales Fortuna for a relaxing hot springs soak and dinner. Located in what used to be a cattle farm, Ecotermales is a small oasis of natural forest with hot springs in a private environment away from tourist crowds. The spa has 4 different pools with different temperatures; the coolest one is 91 degrees Fahrenheit and the hottest one is 105 Fahrenheit. One of the pools has a cascading waterfall for a natural soothing back massage. Enjoy an authentic Tico family-style Costa Rican dinner.

Day 4: Arenal Volcano to Monteverde Cloud Forest

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Hotel Fonda Vela

Enjoy a morning hike to a nearby waterfall and an up-close exploration of a lava flow prior to the drive to Monteverde. Driving around Arenal Lake, make your way to Monteverde, one of the most diverse and richest tropical cloud forests in the New World. This area is best known as home to the Resplendent Quetzal but includes hundreds of other birds, mammals and plant species. Arrive in time to explore the nearby town of Santa Elena.

Day 5: Monteverde Cloud Forest & Zipline Canopy Tour

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Hotel Fonda Vela

Morning guided hike through the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve viewing the wet forest with its dense vegetation and majestic trees. The perpetually misty forests of the Reserve encompass 8 distinct ecological zones and protect more than 100 species of mammals, 400 species of birds and 1,500 species of plants. In the afternoon enjoy an exhilarating flight through the rainforest on an included Canopy Zipline tour, a system of sturdy steel cables that provides a thrilling experience within the cloud forest while offering the adventurous traveler a unique vantage point high in the forest canopy.

Day 6: Monteverde to Herradura

Meals: Breakfast

Spend the morning in Monteverde before a scenic drive through rainforest and coffee plantations down to the Central Pacific Coast. Arrive in Playa Herradura to board your cruise; non-cruise passengers will transfer back to San Jose or begin a custom trip to another region of Costa Rica.

Dates & Pricing

Price From

$ 1,895

Price Per Day:

$ 316 per person
 
  • Single Supplement (Single Occupancy): $ 395
Prices may vary due to local taxes and trip seasonality. Click "Request Info" to inquire directly with the tour operator for the final trip price.
Details
Trip Includes
  • 5 nights lodging
  • All land, air and water transportation within Costa Rica
  • All airport/hotel transfers when arriving and departing on the stated arrival and departure dates of the group
  • Meals as specified in the itinerary
  •  Hotel taxes
  • Entrance fees to National Parks
  • Museums and places of interest in effect at the time of booking are included unless otherwise specified
  • Guide services as specified in the itinerary
  • Guides' expenses
Trip Excludes
  • Airfare to Costa Rica
  • Airport departure tax
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Taxes and port fees
  • Gratuities to transfer and naturalist guides
  • Items of a personal nature such as alcoholic beverages, and insurance of any kind.
  • Small ship cruises mentioned in the itinerary
Optional Activities

During your stay in Jewels of the Cyclades offers you a variety of optional tours while in

Treasures of Costa Rica & The Panama Canal From: $3,190; 8 days

Costa Rica & the Panama Canal From: $6190: 8 days

Meals Included:

5 Breakfasts and 1 Dinner

Flights & Transport
Internal airfare and ground transport
Group Size:
Standard Group
Accomodations

1) Hotel Bougainvillea

Hotel Bougainvillea allows you to step back from the hustle and bustle of Costa Rica’s capital city to a quiet place between the mountains where country roads and villages, fresh breezes and never-ending spring seasons invigorate and renew.

Located just 10 minutes from San Jose, this family owned and operated inn is set on a hillside with wonderful views across the valley. Twelve acres of lush gardens feature over 50 species of bromeliads, Costa Rican native trees, numerous species of orchids, herb and cacti gardens, and radiant humming birds.

Rooms are large with two double beds, a sitting area with specially made Costa Rican hardwood furniture, cable TV and direct dial telephones. Each has a balcony offering marvelous views of the mountains on one side and the San José skyline on the other.

Hotel Bougainvillea has the charm of a family owned and operated hotel. Every detail of the hotel and restaurant is personally supervised by owner Hans van der Wielen. Guests can stroll in the gardens, swim in the heated pool, enjoy a sauna or use the tennis courts. Additional amenities include a gift shop, meeting & conference facilities, Internet access and currency exchance.

2) Arenal Observatory Lodge

Set high on a ridge facing Costa Rica’s most active and spectacular volcano, the Arenal Observatory Lodge offers adventure travelers a unique, once-in-a-lifetime experience.

The Arenal Observatory Lodge has 48 spacious rooms, most with a direst view of the volcano and/or the forest. Five rooms are fully equipped for disabled travelers, with rooms, bathrooms, hallways, parking areas and even the new swimming pool designed accordingly. This lodge is also recognized as one of the highest rated eco-lodges in Costa Rica.

The lodge is located just 17 miles from the active crater of Arenal Volcano, and is separated from it by a deep river valley. Scientists from the Smithsonian Institute specifically chose the location for its close but safe vantage point from which to study the volcano. Arenal Observatory Lodge sits on 870 acres of land adjacent to the Arenal Volcano National Park. The site contains 270 acres of primary rainforest with well-marked trails, 400 acres of reforestation projects and 200 acres of working farm lands.

There are 7 miles of well-maintained trails for walking, horseback riding, biking, running and observing a variety of flora and fauna. Approximately 400 species of birds live in the area making the Arenal Observatory Lodge a preferred destination for bird watchers. Activities at the hotel include hikes to the waterfall or to explore Cerro Chato (an extinct volcano with a small lake in the crater), horseback riding, bicycling through the trails, enjoying a refreshing swim in the pool or simply relaxing with a massage in the spa.

Please take note that other adventure activities, local tours and trip excursions are located about 45 minutes away from the Arenal Observatory Lodge.

3) Hotel Heliconia

Hotel Heliconia in Costa Rica's famed Monteverde region is located on a 6-acre property surrounded by lush tropical rainforest. Family run by Doña Roxana and her family, Heliconia is one of the pioneer hotels in the Monteverde Cloud Forest area.

The perfect setting for those who love birdwatching and the serenity of a mountain retreat, the lodge offers panoramic views of Monteverde and opportunities to see hundreds of exotic birds and animals.

The ambiance at Hotel Heliconia offers home-style comfort, with fine wood finishing throughout. Standard rooms on our itineraries are Junior Suites, with two king-size beds, coffee maker, telephone, spacious private bathroom, flat-screen TV with cable, safety deposit box and a beautiful private balcony with sitting area and amazing views of the Monteverde mountains and the Nicoya Gulf. Upgrades to master suites and family suites may be available.

Two restaurants as well as a bar are onsite. Walking trails, scenic gardens and numerous jacuzzis dot the property. Amenities and services include free breakfast, complimentary Wi-Fi in hte lobby, concierge services and luggage storage.

Start City
San Jose
End City
San Jose
Cancellation Policy:

In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of $500 is required at the time of booking. A Reservation Form, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. The balance of the trip price is due 90 days before the departure date. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. Cancellations are subject to the following fees, based on number of days prior to departure:

Up to 91 days - 50% of deposit

90 to 31 days - 50% of total trip cost

30 to 0 days - 100% of total trip cost

Additional Information:

Travel Insurance

Protect your travel investment with insurance. Our partners at Travelex Insurance offer a variety of plans and policies to fit every trip and budget. You must purchase your travel insurance policy within 21 days of booking your trip for it to cover pre-existing medical conditions.

Unused services & personal expenses

Regardless of any other term in this agreement, partial refunds are not available for unused services including but not limited to hotel rooms, meals, air or land transportation, activity days or other sightseeing excursions. You will not be reimbursed for any personal expenses such as airfare, hotel or other travel expenses due to changes in itineraries or cancellations. If a portion of the services of your tour are cancelled by us or our third party supplier because of an event within our control or the control of our third party supplier, and you are not offered a replacement or alternative, we will refund the cost of that portion of the services.

Medical Insurance

It is mandatory that all clients have personal, travel-related medical insurance at the time of travel. It is the client’s responsibility to obtain personal travel-related medical insurance. Often, your personal medical insurance may not cover you for medical services, whether basic, urgent, emergency, catastrophic, or otherwise, while you are traveling. It is your responsibility to determine if your existing medical coverage is adequate for the duration of your tour. It is also your responsibility to have or to obtain sufficient coverage for any medical services you might require, including up to catastrophic, long-term medical services coverage. This insurance must cover personal accident, medical expenses, air ambulance, loss of effects, repatriation costs and all other expenses which might arise as a result of loss, damage, injury, delay or inconvenience occurring to the client.

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