Costa Rica Highlights

This trip is designed for those that would like to see the highlights of Costa Rica without the hassle of having to drive yourself. Natural Mystic Travel designed a trip that winds along the most beautiful places with all transfsers and a lot of tours included.

DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION San Jose, Costa Rica
DURATION OF TRIP 12 Nights
ADVISED MONTHS OF TRAVEL All year round
INCLUDED
Airport Transfers
12 Nights Lodging w/Breakfast Included
2 Nights in San Jose
3 Nights in Puerto Viejo
2 Nights in la Fortuna
2 Nights in Monteverde
3 Nights in Manuel Antonio
Pacuare Rafting Tour w/Breakfast & Lunch
Monteverde Canopy Tour
Transfers between all destinations
Trimaran Sailing & Snorkeling Tour
24/7 Natural Mystic Travel Assistance
NOT INCLUDED
Flights
Meals other than included
Optional extra Tours
Personal expenses and tips

Additional information

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Day 1: Arrival

Upon arrival your driver will wait for you at the airport. He will bring you to your hotel downtown San Jose where you will spend your first night. Your hotel offers comfortable rooms and is located nearby many great restaurants and shops.
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Day 2: The Caribbean Coast

Today you will head to your first destination on the Caribbean Coast: Puerto Viejo. A shared shuttle will pick you up from your hotel in San Jose and will drop you off at your lodge in Puerto Viejo. The small village of Puerto Viejo is vibrant and there is always something happening; live music, many great restaurants and a night of dancing underneath the stars with your feet in the Caribbean sand will add to the Caribbean feeling.
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Day 3: Discover Puerto Viejo and surroundings by bike

One of the most fun things to do in Puerto Viejo is to rent a bike and start cycling along the coastline. You are able to rent bikes pretty much everywhere in town for just $5 a day.
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.
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Day 4: Cahuita National Park

A full day in Puerto Viejo and around. Within a 20-minute bus drive you will find Cahuita National Park. The local bus is easy to catch and only costs a couple of dollars per person. This park is easy to walk on your own and you will see lots of monkeys, sloths, snakes, raccoons, birds and many more species! The park is also located next to the beautiful beach of Cahuita so don’t forget your swimwear to take a refreshing dip in the ocean.
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Day 5: Pacuare River Rafting

Today it’s time for adventure as you will head towards the volcano by rafting the Pacuare River. The tour includes professional guides, breakfast, lunch and will drop you off at your hotel in La Fortuna. As you come closer to La Fortuna you will see the perfectly shaped active Arenal Volcano from a distance. For the next two nights your hotel will be Arenal Springs Hotel; a beautiful lodge and rooms with a private terrace and a great view of the Arenal Volcano. You can relax in the Jacuzzi, swimming pool or in-house Hot Springs, stroll around the lodge in search for birds, monkeys and sloths or just enjoy the wonderful view of the majestic Arenal volcano.
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Day 6: Arenal Volcano

Today you’ll have the whole day to discover the area. There is a lot to do here: canyoning, hanging bridges, hot springs, the waterfall of La Fortuna…
Let us know if you would like to book a fun tour in advance or we can also add this once you are here.
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Day 7: Monteverde Cloudforest

Today you will be picked up for a 3-hour drive towards Monteverde. The drive is very beautiful as you will also cross the lake of Arenal by boat. At the other side of the lake a scenic route will bring you your destination. When getting close to Monteverde you will have great views of the lake, the valley and the coffee plantations. Your hotel for two nights will be Monteverde Country Lodge.
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!
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Day 8: Flying like Tarzan

Today you have a canopy tour included: swinging through the treetops like tarzan! For the ones that are scared of flying, no worries, the cloud forest is great to see during a guided walk along the Hanging Bridges as well. You can choose! Transportation and professional guides are included.
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!
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Day 9: On to the Pacific Coast

: In the morning you will be picked up to head to the Pacific Coast: Manuel Antonio. On your way here, you will drive by Rio Tarcoles. Here you will find the biggest population of crocodiles in Central America! A lot of fun to see these pre-historic animals from above. Some of them are as big as 5 meters long! Manuel Antonio is a place where you will not get bored. The beaches are breathtaking, The National Park full of wildlife like sloths and monkeys and the sunsets are spectacular! You will be staying at the amazing Costa Verde Hotel, located close to the national park  and beach as well.
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Day 10: Manuel Antonio National Park

A full day in Manuel Antonio today. We suggest to visit the National Park and make sure you get there early as this time of year it can be very warm and the animals are most active early morning. The national park opens at 7 am and guides offer their services at the park’s entrance. You don’t need a guide as the trails are very accessible and well-marked. For sure you will see a lot of wildlife! Don’t forget to bring your swim gear as the crystal clear Pacific waters will invite you for a dip!
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Day 11: Trimaran Sailing & Snorkeling Trip

To finish your vacation with a big bang, we included a sailing & snorkeling trip for you. You will board a trimaran to spot the dolphins and sometimes even whales, go snorkeling, and food and drinks are included! A great way to spend your afternoon! Surfing, deep sea fishing or diving are other options for water lovers, but if you like to keep it dry you can just relax at the beach.
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Day 12: Back to San Jose

Waking up in Manuel Antonio with the sounds of the howler monkeys. After your breakfast you will have the morning at leasure as in the afternoon you will be picked up to drive back to San Jose where you will stay one more night, before your flight back home.
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Day 13: Flight back home

At time for your flight, our driver will pick you up to bring you back to the airport.

EXTENSION TIP: If you would like to extend your travels, add Tortuguero or Corcovado National Park to your itinerary. Contact us for more details!

Your Natural Mystic Trip at a glance

This trip is designed for those that would like to see the highlights of Costa Rica without the hassle of having to drive yourself.

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. From here you will head over to La Fortuna by rafting the famous Pacuare River. In La Fortuna, you will stay at the foot of the Arenal Volcano. A beautiful transfer by boat will then bring you to the cloudforest of Monteverde where you will fly like Tarzan between the trees. To end your trip, we choose the beautiful beach and National Park of Manuel Antonio, where you will stay for 3 more nights. You will sail and snorkel on your last day with dinner and drinks included and might even spot some dolphins before heading back to San Jose.

Your Selected Lodging for this trip

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The Hotel Sleep Inn, a four star hotel in downtown San Jose, located only 20 minutes from the San Jose Airport, is a good place place to start and end your vacations in Costa Rica.

Due to the central location you’ll find the central market, the parks, churches and other sights of San Jose in close proximity, as well as many restaurants.

Hotel Sleep Inn features a restaurant, casino, gym and spa.

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Azania Bungalows is located in Cocles Beach, referred to locally as the “Beach Break” because there is no coral reef here and the waves break directly on the beach, which makes this a perfect spot for surfers on the north end and the cool sweet water of the Río Cocles to the south.

Nested in a tropical garden, just steps from the beach, Azania offers spacious bungalows, a nice pool, Jacuzzi, restaurant en friendly local staff; a perfect spot!

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Arenal Montechiari is a cozy small hotel, offering bungalows at just 400 meters from to La Fortuna center, yet offering a beautiful view of the Arenal Volcano. A swimming pool is nested in the tropical garden.

The charming rooms have an exterior terrace from which you can view birds, butterflies that flutter amongst the flowers and plant life in the hotel gardens. You can read your favorite book or simply breathe in the tranquility that you feel at this hotel.

The bungalows are spacious enough for families; a good option to stay in La Fortuna at the slopes of the Arenal Volcano.

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Monteverde Country Lodge offers a traditional and cozy ambience, environmental responsibility, high quality conveniences and the kindness you can find only in Costa Rica.

The lodge offers comfortable room, a bar & restaurant and in addition, guests are able to use the indoor heated pool at the sister property Hotel Poco a Poco free of charge, as well as its exercise room, kids club and Jacuzzi.

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Hotel Costa Verde; just three hundred yards from the beach overlooking the world famous Manuel Antonio National Park, Costa Verde features 3 cliff-side pools with sundecks and spacious rooms, studios and bungalows. All guestrooms offer balconies with a bird’s-eye view of the Park’s majestic coastline or rainforest canopy vistas dotted with toucans, sloths, coatis and monkeys.

Costa Verde also boosts private walking trails, an exciting adventure center, a wellness spa and multiple restaurants on-site.

Note: All selected lodges subject to availability, let us know if you would like to see different lodging options or upgrade your stay!

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