- Arenal Volcano
- Budget Backpacker
- Caribbean Beaches
- Costa Rica
- Family Friendly
- Shuttle Transfers
- Solo Traveler
From the Caribbean Coast, via the Pacuare River towards the Arenal Volcano on to the Monteverde Cloud Forest to end your trip on the Pacific Coast…
|DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION||San Jose, Costa Rica|
|DURATION OF TRIP||12 Nights|
|ADVISED MONTHS OF TRAVEL||All year around|
|Customize Your Trip||Change Destinations, Add Destinations, Add Tours, Modify Lodging, Upgrade Rental Car|
Day 1: Arrival
Day 2: The Caribbean Coast
Day 3: Discover Puerto Viejo and surroundings by bike
Once you start cycling towards Manzanillo, you will pass by the Jaguar Rescue Center. This center is a great place to visit as you will be able to see the animals from very close. They are open 2 times a day; 09:30 and 11:30 for a tour and has an entrance fee cost of $20 per person. By visiting the Jaguar Center, your donation will go directly to caring for our rainforest guests.
Day 4: Cahuita National Park
Day 5: Pacuare River Rafting
Day 6: Arenal Volcano
Let us know if you would like to book a fun tour in advance or we can also add this once you are here.
Day 7: Monteverde Cloudforest
After your arrival you can opt for a coffee and chocolate tour, or a twilight walk to see the animals that are active after sunset! We can make reservations for your preferred tours.
Santa Elena has some very nice dining options. We love to have dinner in the excellent Treehouse; a memorable dinner in the top of a tree!
Day 8: Flying like Tarzan
In the afternoon you can explore the Monteverde National Park or the Santa Elena reserve. The trails are well marked and lead through the ancient cloud forest; a beautiful piece of preserved nature!
Day 9: On to the Pacific Coast
Day 10: Manuel Antonio National Park
Day 11: Trimaran Sailing & Snorkeling Trip
Day 12: Back to San Jose
Day 13: Flight back home
EXTENSION TIP: If you would like to extend your travels, add Tortuguero or Corcovado National Park to your itinerary. Contact us for more details!
This trip is designed for those that would like to see the highlights of Costa Rica but don’t want to spend a fortune.
You will start off at the Caribbean Coast to relax at the beach and discover wildlife at Cahuita National Park and the Jaguar Rescue Center. A great place to go around on bicycle and discover all the beaches and the surrounding jungle full of wildlife!
From here you will head over to La Fortuna, the small village on the slopes of the Arenal Volcano by rafting the famous Pacuare River; a lot of fun and adrenaline guaranteed.
In La Fortuna, you will stay at the foot of the Arenal Volcano and you can add your preferred tours.
A beautiful transfer by boat will then bring you to the Monteverde cloud forest where you are able to fly like Tarzan between the treetops and for sure walk the famous hanging bridges.
To end your trip, we choose the beautiful beach and National Park of Manuel Antonio, where you will stay for 3 more nights. If you prefer we can add a day tour to the beautiful Corcovado National Park, or you can just soak up the sun, enjoy the pristine beaches and relax after this wonderful Natural Mystic Costa Rica Trip.
Your home away from home, a small rustic-colonial typical San Jose hotel in a quiet part of town, yet close to all sights.
The Hotel Aranjuez offers budget and superior rooms and is famous for their wonderful breakfast buffet! A nice terrace and patio and friendly staff in this familiar like hotel.
A good place to stay for the first and/or last night in San Jose after of before your flight back home.
Cabinas Guarana is located in the small, peaceful village of Puerto Viejo, on the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica, between Cahuita and Manzanillo. Due its geographical location, Puerto Viejo is not only a Caribbean paradise, but also a strategic spot for visitors. In proximity to Puerto Viejo you will find some of the most beautiful
beaches of all Costa Rica.
It is situated in one of the most quiet and central streets in Puerto Viejo, 200 m. from the beach. The hotel is safe and private and a lush, tropical garden refreshes the environment and view with all of its fantastic flowers and tones of green.
The reception is decorated by hand with stencils and mosaics for a cheerful effect and an alchemy of colors that turn luminous, here, in Guarana, on even the most rainy days.
As guest you have the possibility to cook your own food in the completely equipped communal kitchen and to eat it in the comfortable dining area.
From the tree house you will be able to admire the spectacular sunset and observe a typical Caribbean village kissed by the ocean waves and caressed by the exuberant surrounding jungle.
Set on a landscaped property fronted by palm trees, this cool, unassuming hotel is a 4-minute walk from Parque de La Fortuna, 7 km from La Fortuna Waterfall and 18 km from Arenal National Park.
Basic, bright rooms have traditional wood furnishings, and come with flat-screen TVs and free Wi-Fi. Parking and breakfast are free. Other amenities include an outdoor pool and an open-air restaurant, as well as activities such as horseback riding and adventure tours.
Monteverde Inn is located in the Valle Escondido Reserve, offering hotel guest free access to the reserve to explore the abundant nature, waterfalls and wildlife in the Monteverde primary cloud forest. The Inn is a small familiar place where you will feel right at home!
Still close to all Santa Elena and Monteverde has to offer, it is a nice quiet secluded place. They offer guided walks after sunset; highly recommended!
This beach hotel is located at the entrance of the Manuel Antonio national park and close to the beautiful beaches. Perched atop terraced landscapes, near a 40 foot waterfall feature, El Faro Hotel offers the most amazing ocean views in all of Manuel Antonio.
Each room has a fresh, clean, modern feel while juxtaposed by the original dark hard-wood floors of its’ previous life. Enjoy private balconies, two infinity pools, a swim up bar, two mouth-watering restaurants, a chauffeured golf cart on premises and incredible service throughout your stay.
Note: All selected lodges subject to availability, let us know if you would like to see different lodging options or upgrade your stay!