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Costa Rica: Jungles and Java tour

Costa Rica: Jungles and Java

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Travel Style: A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level: Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
9 days
From: $ 1,732 $ 192 / day
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Overview

Highlights

  • Taste some of the best coffee in the world at a coffee plantation in Costa Rica's fertile central valley.
  • Soak in healing thermal water at Tabacon Hot Springs, bordered by Arenal Volcano at one end and Arenal Volcano National Park on the other.
  • Get your adrenaline pumping on a thrilling zip line tour through the Arenal rainforest or walk across a gravity-defying hanging bridge!
  • Enjoy both sides of the beautiful Manuel Antonio National Park: golden beaches and lush tropical rainforest.
  • Sample typical Costa Rican dishes like gallo pinto and casado, and don't forget guaro (Costa Rica's national drink).

Short Description

This 8-night vacation is Costa Rica in a nutshell - rolling green hills, rainforests, volcanoes, and tropical beaches. Add in friendly inhabitants, outstanding coffee, and tasty food and you have one of the best experiences south of North America!

Trip Type N/A
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value - 3 star
Flights & Transport Airfare included
Start City San Jose
End City San Jose

Trip Includes

  • Round-trip economy class airfare to San Jose (SJO)
  • Round-trip airport transfers
  • 2 nights in Naranjo at Chayote Lodge, or similar
  • Half-day Espiritu Santo Coffee Plantation Tour
  • Transfer from Naranjo to Arenal Volcano area
  • 2 nights in the Arenal Volcano area at the Hotel Arenal Springs, or similar
  • Visit to Tabacon Springs
  • Transfer from Arenal Volcano area to Manuel Antonio
  • 3 nights in Manuel Antonio at the Parador Resort & Spa, or similar
  • 1 night in San Jose at the Radisson San Jose, or similar
  • Daily Breakfast and 1 Dinner

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Itinerary

Day 1: Welcome to San Jose!

After arriving at Juan Santamaria Int’l Airport (SJO), a Swiss Travel representative will meet you and provide information about your trip. From the airport, drive through the Central Mountain Range heading to your first destination in Naranjo.

After check in, enjoy the rest of the day and evening at leisure in Costa Rica's Central Valley.

Transfer to Naranjo hotel

Day 2: Naranjo

Wake up this morning with a delicious Costa Rican breakfast and fresh coffee, then go deep into the history and culture of this ancient beverage on a tour of a coffee plantation. See how coffee was once transported on a traditional carreta!

Later in the afternoon, take an ecological walk along the paths of the hotel as you admire the flora and fauna.

Espiritu Santo Coffee Plantation Tour (half-day)

Ever wondered where your daily cup of joe comes from? At the Espiritu Santo Coffee Plantation in Naranjo, you'll learn all about coffee (and get to try some too). Surrounded by over 600 acres of top quality coffee plantations, Espiritu Santo (meaning "Holy Spirit") offers visitors a full immersive experience into growing, harvesting and roasting coffee beans. Learn the traditional methods that transform the small reddish fruits into one of the most popular beverages in the world. After the tour, stop by the souvenir shop and pick up a bag of beans to take home!

Day 3: Naranjo - Arenal Volcano

Mid-morning you will transfer to the northern lowlands, passing through the towns of Zarcero, San Carlos, and Florencia. Depending on the season, you will see pineapple, banana and sugar cane crops on your drive.

Arrive at La Fortuna Village in the late afternoon where the mighty Arenal Volcano will welcome you with its impressive perfect conic shape. This volcano has been active since 1969 and it has become one of the world’s most active volcanoes and one of Costa Rica’s main highlights. In the evening, visit the Tabacon Hot Springs to relax in the mineral-rich thermal waters.

Transfer to Arenal Volcano area

Evening Visit to Tabacón Hot Springs

Visit the world famous Tabacón Hot Springs! These natural hot springs feature a hot river that flows through a series of pools. From cascading falls to tropical gardens, the hot springs are the result of rainwater heated by magma in the Earth’s interior.

Once heated, the waters rise to surface, taking with them minerals found in the earth’s rocky crust; this way, waters become very beneficial to your body because of its temperature that helps to relax muscles, clean pores and rejuvenate the skin. Tabacón is a unique location full of must-see natural jewels that cannot be missed when visiting the Arenal Volcano area.

Day 4: Arenal Volcano

Today is yours to explore the area. We highly recommend a visit to Arenal Volcano National Park (extra cost). The attraction of this volcano has helped to develop the area as a prime destination in the country; formerly a small town of cattle and agricultural farms, it is now home to tour attractions, adventure activities, hot springs and water sports.

Day 5: Arenal Volcano - Manuel Antonio

Travel to your next destination on the central Pacific coast - the famous Manuel Antonio National Park. Pass through a scenic mountain road with various climates and elevations until reaching the town of Quepos.

Arrive at Manuel Antonio National Park where you will be greeted by magnificent beaches and Pacific ocean. Check into your resort and spend the rest of the day lounging by the pool or relaxing in your airy room.

Transfer to Manuel Antonio

Day 6: Manuel Antonio

Have a beach day! The two main beaches inside the park are Playa Espadilla Sur and Playa Manuel Antonio. The latter is best known for its spectacular views, but if you’re looking to escape the crowds, venture a bit further down the main trail to Playa Espadilla Sur.

The park's light sand beaches are popular for relaxing, swimming, snorkeling, and surf lessons.Manuel Antonio's beaches are also known for their stunning, brightly-colored sunsets, so stick around and be treated to a show.

A Tip For Your Trip: Keep in mind Manuel Antonio National Park is closed on Mondays.

Day 7: Manuel Antonio

While it may be the smallest park in Costa Rica, Manuel Antonio is home to an abundance of wildlife. Capuchin, Howler, and Squirrel Monkeys are some of the most social creatures of the park and you will likely meet a few along the way. Hike the main trail, a 1.3-mile flat, sandy trail that links the park’s beaches. A slightly more challenging trail is Punta Catedral, a beautiful 0.9 mile loop trail with a few steep inclines.

Day 8: Manuel Antonio - San Jose

Today you will be transferred back to San Jose where you will enjoy one final evening at your leisure. Thanks to an influx of artists, foodies, and entrepreneurs, San Jose has become less of a stopover and more of a destination. Head to the downtown area and stop in one of the restaurants to try casado, a dish of meat, rice, plantains and beans. Toast to your last night with a shot of guaro, Costa Rica's national drink!

Transfer to San Jose

Day 9: Depart San Jose

Your Costa Rican adventure ends today. After breakfast, you will be transferred to San Jose Int’l Airport for your departure flight back home.

Transfer to Juan Santamaria airport (SJO)

Fly home!

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Accomodations

  • Chayote Lodge
  • Hotel Arenal Springs
  • Hotel Arenal Manoa & Hot Springs
  • Parador Resort & Spa Manuel Antonio
  • Radisson San Jose

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