The best seller trip in Costa Rica
From 2650 $USD
Why choosing this trip ?
The perfect shape of Arenal Volcano
The amazing beaches at Manuel Antonio
The incredible Pacuare Lodge nested into the tropical forest
San José city, it´s history and culture
This trip will allow you to explore the most beautiful sites of Costa Rica, with one of the most beautiful beaches in the world: Manuel Antonio, the sueprbé volcano Arenal and the incredible Pacuare Lodge.
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Day 1: Arrival at San José
Your will arrive at the international exit and one of our representatives will be waiting for your to take you to your hotel. Once you do your check in, our representative will provide you your roadbook with all details for your trip and contact information.
Situated on a shady street just off Paseo Colón, San José’s main thoroughfare, Hotel Grano de Oro is a sanctuary in the heart of the city. It is ideally located for exploring San José, it’s museums, urban restaurants and other local sites as well as for enjoying a host of day trips to the rainforest, volcanoes or experiencing the thrill of white water rafting.
Day 2 :San José City Tour
Enjoy breakfast in Grano de Oro restaurant, you do not want to miss the costarican coffee.
You will visit San Jose City. A visit to the Central Market is a must, with over 100 years old this is the best place to buy souvenirs, try the local food at very afordable prices, try the Sorbetera Ice Cream, costarican homemade style ice cream. This is a very costarican experience.
Using the Avenida Central, the central avenue boulevard, we will walk to the National Theater. The National Theater is considered the finest historic builiding of Costa Rica. And a few blocks away, your final visit is the National Museum. Since 1950 until today, the National Museum ‘s home are the facilities of the former Bellavista Headquarters.
At night time we will suggest you to visit one of the many great restaurants in San Jose with a great urban nigth life. San Jose offers an amazing variety of restaurants right in the city or in the new Barrio Escalante, just 15 minutes from yor hotel, providing endless choices of restaurants and bars. This is the new trendy área of San Jose.
Day 3 : Car rental pick up and drive to Manuel Antonio
Enjoy breakfast at your hotel and a car rental representative will meet you at the hotel to deliver your car.Then you will drive to Manuel Antonio.
On your way make sure you stop by the Tárcoles River, where you can take a view from the bridge to the biggest american cocodrile population in the country.
If you have the chance we recommend you to take a boat trip along the mangroove or enjot the hike at Carara National Park.
Manuel Antonio National Park beach has been rated one of the most beautiful beaches of the world. This is one of the most unique opportunities to experience the wildlife in their natural habitat, sloths, three different types of monkeys, toucans and more.
Day 4 : Manuel Antonio National Park Hike
This national park is one of the most famous in our country due to its wide variety of flora and fauna specimens. On this Manuel Antonio tour you will be accompanied by a nature guide who is knowledgeable about everything you will see. Throughout the hike your guide will stop and explain the different nature specimens that can be observed, you can take photographs or just admire the view. One of the highlights of this Manuel Antonio tour is that the park is home to 3 of the 4 existing monkey species in Costa Rica. Half way through the hike you will make a leisure stop at the third beach located within the national park. You will have approximately 30 minutes to rest on the beach or play among the waves if you so choose. Throughout the hike you will be able to observe sloths, birds and reptiles as well as admire orchids, butterflies and tropical trees. Departs is in the morning to spot all the animals.
Park is closed on Mondays.
Day 5 : Savegre White Water Rafting
The road trip to the rafting site offers picturesque views of African palm plantations, little towns, small rivers and jungle vegetation. Your guide will gladly tell you all about the things you see along the way. Occasional stops with be made for bathroom breaks or to take photographs. Upon arriving at the put in you will receive a safety talk and an opportunity to practice before getting into the river. The Savegre River boasts class 3 rapids and is filled with bends and turns full of excitement. You will spend approximately 2 ½ hours in the raft taming the rapids, taking occasional pit stops to rest and admire some of the region’s beautiful flora and fauna. Towards the end of this tour, the river waters become calm and easy, allowing you to take a closer look at birds flying overhead and colorful vegetation adorning the shoreline. Your drive back to base camp will be much shorter, you will arrive in about 30 minutes where you can change your clothes and savor a delicious homemade meal. Participants must be at least 8 years old.
Duration: 5 ½ hours
What to Bring: Sunglasses with croakies cord, bathing suit, waterproof camera, sandals and beach towel.
Day 6 : Continue to La Fortuna
This morning you will enjoy breakfast at the hotel and then start driving to La Fortuna
The Arenal Volcano area is an exuberant destination, which combines adventure with nature.
During your visit to La Fortuna, you can not miss the relaxing hotsprings, the majestic Fortuna Waterfall or the extraordinary Arenal Lake.
At Arenal Volcano National Park, you can see the “lava flows of 1992”, it will be very close to the volcano and you will enjoy the view of the lake and the Tilaran mountain range. Enjoy a free day in La Fortuna where you can choose from several options of activities: explore the majestic waterfall of La Fortuna, enjoy a walk on the hanging bridges, take an adventure tour or visit a biological garden …
Day 7 : Canopy Tour
Enjoy breakfast at your hotel.
Fly above the treetops and fill your lungs with fresh air while you admire the wonderful views of the tropical rain forest. This is a perfect combination of nature and adrenaline! Our experienced guides will handle the safe and simple equipment, so you can sit back and enjoy the day! This tour is for anyone, it doesn’t matter the age, all you need to do is have fun!
Duration: 2.5 hours approx.
What to bring: Long pants, secure shoes, camera, sun block, insect repellent.
Canopy Tours 275 pounds maximum weight. Pregnant women not allowed
Day 8 : Hanging bridges walk
Walk right into the forest across suspension bridges. Enjoy this environmentally – friendly project where you can have unique and impressible views of the surrounding nature and the Arenal Volcano. The trails and bridges bring you as close as you could ever hope to get to the birds, the flowers and the lush vegetation of this primary rainforest.
Duration: 4 hours approx.
What to bring: Long pants, hiking shoes, camera, binoculars, sun block, insect repellent, and rain gear.
Day 9: Car rental return & flight home.
Beakfast at hotel. This last day you will enjoy breakfast at your hotel and then you will drive to the car rental office close to the airport to return your car. At their office you will take a shuttle that will bring you to the airport to take your international flight back home.
Note: If your flight departs before 3:00pm, you will need to spend your last night in San Jose.
of your trip
– 9 nights in the recommended establishments or equivalent with hotel taxes included.
– 7 days car rental with basic insurance, GPS, roadside assistance and unlimited kilometers
– All breakfasts in the selected hotels and 1 additional meals (1 lunch see the description of the itinerary.)
– Savegre white water rafting
– Manuel Antonio National Park hike
– Canopy tour at Arenal
– Hanging bridges guided walk.
– Travel Assistance by Morpho Evasions 24h / 7d.
– Transfers from the airport to the hotel at your arrival (with travel documents)
– Accueil en français à l’aéroport et remise du carnet de route.
– Découverte du Chocolat à Sarapiqui
– Ponts suspendus à Monteverde
– Randonnée nocturne à Monteverde
Price do not includes :
– Services not mentioned in “your trip includes”
– International flights
– Departure tax of Costa Rica ($ 29 / per) or of any country of origin of the client
– Meals and drinks not mentioned above
– Any additional service proposed “as optional” or as a suggestion
– Personal purchases and souvenirs.
– Transport taxes or temporary entrances (Entrance for private property, for example).
– Tips to guides or drivers.
– National parks or natural reserves entrances not indicated as included.
– The fuel or tolls of the rental vehicle.
The hotels selected for this tour are of superior category or charming lodges before comfort.
The water is drinkable throughout the country except in some areas of the country or Tortuguero where hotels are meticulous at your disposal drinking water at will. Other options are offered at the continental breakfast (hot drink, pastries, side dishes and cold drinks). The vast majority of Costa Rican dishes are rice and black beans. It’s called the “casado” (married man), whether it’s two other foods, cooked bananas, salad and choice of chicken, meat or fish.
PASSPORT / VISA
US nationals do not require an entry visa to Costa Rica. However, they must have a current valid passport and a return ticket to exit Costa Rica within 90 days. (Either to return to your country or to go to another country). US passport must be valid for a minimum of one day from the day you enter Costa Rica. As a tourist US nationals cannot stay more than 90 days. For a stay longer than 90 days a residence permit must be established.
To rent a vehicle you will need a credit card (valid for at least six months) with the driver’s name + a passport + a valid driver's license (not necessarily an international permit). A deposit (often around $ 1000) will be blocked on the card. The basic insurance is always included in the daily rate of the rental, if you want the "full" insurance or other complementary services, you can subscribe when taking possession of the vehicle. Attention, you are not allowed to leave the country with a rented car.
Costa Rica has a quite well-developed road network. The country counts two "highways", the Caldera which connects the capital San Jose to Tarcoles (Pacific) and the "Panamericana", which crosses the country from north to south. One-lane national highways connect the rest of the country. In general, except for the two main roads, the national roads are often damaged (potholes, pavements that need repairing, bridges, etc.). Secondary roads are for the most part dirt or stone. In times of heavy rain these roads are more difficult to access. This is why a 4WD (4 Wheel Drive) is often recommended on this kind of road,
Long live the adventure! Those roads are sometimes responsible for the long duration of certain trips. To get an idea of the distance between two points, do not hesitate to contact us.
The Road rules are identical to the French ones although the signaling system is less developed. There are not often signs indicating the arrival in a village, but to know where you are, find landmarks, churches, above the bus stops, the name of sodas (typical restaurants) or sometimes the school’s names.
Important, buses always have priority, in the capital, they have a priority lane and in the rest of the country, they have the right to stop anywhere to pick up passengers. So be careful when you follow a bus! We advise you to avoid driving at night due to lack of lighting on the secondary roads.
Parking is fairly easy in Costa Rica, almost all hotels have parking and in towns and villages you will find paid, supervised car parks. Most of the time, it as a single day fare that remains cheap. If you park in the street, guards wearing a fluorescent vest monitor your vehicle in exchange of a tip. You can give what you want, usually 100 to 500 colones (about 0.50 €) depending on the duration of parking. Be careful when it comes to tourist areas where the price of parking can vary from single to double only 500m away.
The addresses in Costa Rica are based on a geographical orientation system, neither numbering nor street name, your hotel will be for example 100m north of the Church and 150m west of San Juan College.
BUDGET AND EXCHANGE
National currency: the colon (1 $ USD= 570 colones). For your everyday purchases (eg drinks, food, souvenirs, etc.); we recommend paying in Colones. Colones can be picked up on arrival at the airport, at currency exchange offices or at ATMs (Visa / MasterCard) in major cities across the country.
The US Dollar remains a reference currency and we advise you to bring Dollars in small denominations with you.
When you leave the country, you will have to pay an airport tax (US $ 29).
For meals, plan between $5 and $15 per person for a typical hot meal.
This is a usual and not mandatory practice. Depending on your satisfaction, at the end of a service or at the end of your trip, it is customary to tip your guide and the local team. It must be adapted to the standard of living of the country and the duration of your stay. It is your gesture of appreciation in relation to the service received.
On the other hand, in some establishments, prices do not include taxes (13%) or service (10%).
110V, 60 Hz, American style flat plugs.
Tropical, usually humid and warm. The average temperature is 23 ° C in San José, 31 ° C on the coast and north, only slightly cooler at night and this all year round. At altitude, the temperature drops quickly: at 3000m, it is 5 to 15 ° C. There are two distinct seasons in Costa Rica: winter, humid from May to November (short but torrential rain), summer, from December to April (sun and clear sky).
You can travel to Costa Rica all year long, because it never rains the whole day.
Each period of the year has its advantages:
- From January to April: sun, wind and drought on the Pacific side. Beware, the dry season is less marked on the Caribbean side.
- In April-May: it’s spring, the rainy season starts at the end of May.
- In June-July: it's the "veranillo", the little summer! Rainfall is decreasing throughout the country.
- From August to October: Beautiful sunny periods on the Caribbean coast.
- October to December: sunny periods interrupted by showers. December, the return of the dry season announced by trade winds on the Pacific.
We advise you to take light luggage, especially as it is easy to wash clothes on site. As a precaution, remember to bring in your cabin luggage, your basic requirements for a couple of days in case your luggage does not arrive at the same time as you!
We propose to you a short packing list meant only as a guideline:
- Light cotton clothing
- Canvas trousers
- Long sleeve shirts against mosquitoes
- A vest / sweater
- A waterproof windproof jacket
- Rain cover or umbrella
- Shorts and t-shirts
- Chapeau / cap
- Solar cream
- Mosquito repellent
- Flash light
- Closed walking shoes
- A light backpack for excursions
- An alarm clock
Avoid bringing valuable jewellery, leather clothing or bags, and bulky, solid suitcases that are less convenient to carry than soft bags during tours.
FOOD - WATER
The water is drinkable all over the country except in some remote areas such as Corcovado or Tortuguero where the hotels will provide you with drinking water.
If you eat fruits bought by roadside, remember to wash them with drinking water.
The majority of Costa Rican dishes are rice and black beans. The most popular dish is called "casado" (married man) which includes in addition to these two foods, cooked bananas, salad and choice of chicken, meat or fish
The most famous fish is called Tilapia and is most frequently eaten fried. Other dishes such as chicharones "fried beef" or chifrijo "beans, rice, tomato, avocado, cooked beef, are eaten as tapas in bars.
Make yourself a basic first aid kit (Analgesic, anti-diarrheal, laxative, antacid, disinfectant, bandages, sterilized compresses ...)
Dengue: The risk of contagion by mosquito bites is low. It is advisable to protect yourself by applying repellent cream or spray. We do not encourage the use of preventive treatments when they are not needed.
No vaccine is required to enter Costa Rica.
If you are traveling through a country in South America (Colombia, Panama,), check that the airline does not recommend you to take the yellow fever vaccine to enter Costa Rica.
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