(4 DAYS/5 NIGHTS)
Get a feeling for Costa Rica´s central Tilaran Mountain Range by visiting two of its great protected areas, Arenal Volcano, and Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve. Visit the unique La Paz Waterfall Gardens, Arenal´s hanging bridges, and zip through the cloud forest on a canopy tour! Costa Rica Sun Tours has over 20 years experience planning and executing ecotourism trips in Costa Rica, we put our considerable experience to work for you, always paying close attention to detail to ensure you receive high quality service and leave with unforgettable memories.
Day 1: La Fortuna de San Carlos – Arenal Volcano – Northern Plains of Costa Rica
At the morning you will be picked up at your hotel in San José and transfer to Arenal Volcano area. This volcano is the most popular in Costa Rica for his cone form and also because is one the most active volcanoes. This area is very well known for the different touristic natural and adventure attractions, like Arenal Volcano, Arenal Lake, La Fortuna Waterfall, also for the practice of canopy (zip-line), cannoning, kayaking and many more. In the afternoon you will be picked up at the reception of your hotel for a tour to Arenal Volcano, where you will hike with a naturalist hike who will explain the importance and characteristic of the volcano. After this activity we will enjoy and relax with one of the most popular activities in Arenal, it is relaxing at the Natural Hot Springs. After leisure time you will enjoy a delicious dinner. Overnight in Arenal (D)
Day 2: La Fortuna Waterfall
We will start our day with a delicious typical breakfast that consist rice with beans called “gallo pinto” with eggs, fruits, toasts, Costa Rican coffee, hot tea or hot chocolate. After this nutritious breakfast you will be picked up at the reception of your hotel and visit La Fortuna Waterfall, but in this case you will visit this magical place in a horseback riding tour. This amazing waterfall of 70 meters height. Also when you visit this place you are contributing to the Local Development Association. After this tour you will have free time to visit La Fortuna Town and take some photos of his church, the central park and his surroundings. This is a very beautiful place with a Costa Rican typical style and very kindly people. You will have to return to the hotel by your own way. You can also take an OPTIONAL TOURS: sky trek canopy tour, the lost canyon cannoning, wild water rafting at Balsa River or at Toro River, Visit Arenal Hanging Bridges. Overnight in Arenal ( B)
Day 3: Transfer to Montervede – The Trapiche Tour
After our breakfast, you will be picked up at your hotel and transferred to Monteverde Cloud Forest. This transfer will be totally different because the first time is a shuttle transfer since your hotel to Arenal Lake and after we will have a boat tour around the lake and with a perfect and unique view of Arenal Volcano. After this boat trip other shuttle will wait for you and take you to your hotel in Monteverde. After checking- in at your hotel we recommend you take the lunch at the restaurant of your hotel. In the afternoon you will enjoy one of the most popular tours in this area that is The Trapiche Tour. It is a Costa Rican family own business where you can get a glimpse of plantations as sugar cane, coffee, bananas, plantains, tubers, oranges and more. Also you will enjoy a coffee tour where you will learn all the process for the preparation of the coffee. Also they have some surprises for the end of this wonderful experience. Overnight in Monteverde (B)
Day 4: Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve
After breakfast you will be picked up at the reception of your hotel and then you will enjoy a tour inside of the magical Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve. In this place you will have a hiking tour with a naturalist guide that will explain the history and nature importance of Monteverde. This is one of the cloud forest that is left on the world. At the afternoon you will have a leisure time to enjoy Santa Elena Town or stay at your hotel. Also you can take an OPTIONAL TOUR Canopy Tour,Visit the Monteverde Hanging Bridges, Horseback riding into the cloud forest Overnight in Monteverde (B)
Day 5: Transfer back to San José
After breakfast transfer back to San José (B)
- All meals as described on itinerary (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)
- 4 nights of lodging.
- Transfers (land and water) described on itinerary
- Arenal Volcano hike
- Entrance fee to the natural hot springs
- Horseback riding and entrance fee to La Fortuna Waterfall
- Jeep-boat-jeep transfer
- The Trapiche Tour
- Entrance fee and tour inside the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve
- Local Taxes
- Departure taxes ($28 per person)
- Optional Tours
- Private guide and private transportation
WHAT TO BRING?
Bring shorts and T shirts, but just in case bring a jacket for nights in Monteverde. Swimming suit is necessary, hiking shoes or good snickers and an extra pair of shoes, close sandals, suntan lotion, insects repellent, a rain coat, binoculars, and camera.