Pura Vida - Highlights of Costa RicaA sample of Costa Ricas treasures

Pura Vida - Highlights of Costa Rica
Pura Vida - Highlights of Costa Rica
Pura Vida - Highlights of Costa Rica

Location: Costa Rica, , , Nationalpark Tortuguero, Rio San Carlos, Arenal & Hot Springs, Cloudforest Monteverde, Nationalpark Manuel Antonio, Corcovado Nationalpark


Day 1: Welcome to Costa Rica!

Welcome to Costa Rica! Upon arrival our representative will greet you at the airport and hand you in your travel information. Afterwards he takes you to your hotel for the first two nights. Depending on your flight schedule you can explore the city center on your own or just relax at the hotel pool. Nearby there are some nice restaurants - we have some nice recommendations for you!
ON Radisson Hotel (No Meals) 


Day 2: Poás Volcano & La Paz Waterfall Gardens

Early in the morning you will be picked up at your hotel in San José and drive to the province of Alajuela. On the way ascending to the Poás Volcano you will enjoy the beauty of the landscape of the Central Valley passing by coffee and fern plantations and strawberry farms. Enjoy a delicious breakfast at the Doka coffee plantation and afterwards you will learn a little bit about the careful process and the techniques involved in the cultivation of this famous beverage. After the visit of the Doka Plantation you continue your trip to the majestic Volcano Poás, the most visited National Park in Costa Rica. You will admire the impressive main crater with its sulfur fumaroles and learn from your guide about the different ecosystems in this beautiful National Park. The next stop is at one of the most beautiful destinations in the area: La Paz Waterfall Gardens. It is a private nature reserve with a beautiful orchid garden and one of the biggest butterfly gardens in Central America. Furthermore, a Hummingbird garden, wild cats, reptiles, monkeys and lots of tropical birds are waiting to be discovered. Enjoy a delicious lunch before you take a walk through the rainforest passing wonderful waterfalls! Taking pictures a must! After an exciting day the tour bus takes you back to your hotel.
ON Radisson Hotel (Breakfast, Lunch)  


Day 3: Tortuguero National Park

Very early in the morning you will be picked up at your hotel and you will take a short drive through the Braulio Carillo National Park to the small town of Guapiles, where you enjoy a hearty breakfast. From there, a transfer will take you to the small port of Pavona or CAño Blanco depending on the weather and the water level. From there, the trip continues by boat until arriving at your lodge. During the boat trip your guide will point out birds and animals and will explain the natural history of the area. After arrival at the Lodge you will enjoy a delicious lunch. In the afternoon you will take part in another interesting boat trip through the canals of the Tortuguero National Park. Afterwards, you will visit the lovely village of Tortuguero together with your guide. In the evening you enjoy a typical caribbean dinner and try out one of the nice cocktail at the pool bar!
ON Aninga/Evergreen Lodge (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) 


Day 4: Rainforest Hike

In the morning, after breakfast you will join a rainforest hike to observe wildlife before you return to the Lodge to enjoy lunch. In the afternoon you have time to explore the canals on your own with one of the hotel-owned kayaks. The rest of the day you have time to relax at the pool or enjoy the facilities of your lodge. 
ON Aninga/Evergreen Lodge (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) 


Day 5: Caribbean Coast - Cahuita

In the morning you enjoy breakfast and afterwards you will take a boat transfer back to Pavona/Caño Blanco and from there a bus transfer to Guapiles. Here you will have lunch before a shuttle bus takes you to Cahuita, a small town on the Caribbean Coast where you can enjoy the magic of the Caribbean. Visiting a Reggae bar is a must! Your hotel is a small family-run business located directly at the entrance of the National Park Cahuita.
ON El Encanto (Breakfast, Lunch)


Day 6: Hike & Snorkeling in the Cahuita National Park

Today after breakfast you will visit the Cahuita National Park and you will explore its beautiful environment under water as well as on land.  During this tour you will be taken on a small boat to snorkel in Costa Rica’s most important Coral Reef for about two hours. While snorkeling you will see different species of corals, tropical fishes, sharks, eels, urchins, shellfish, crustaceans, algae, sea turtles, sea cucumbers, ocean sponges, lobster and shrimps. After snorkeling you will enjoy a delicious tropical fruit snack and some water before you begin with the second part of the tour: Hiking along the trails of the Cahuita National Park with a local naturalist guide. Together with the guide you will observe various types of snakes, sloths, white-faced and howler monkeys, anteaters, armadillos, raccoons, blue morph butterflies, birds and many more. After a hearty lunch you return back to your hotel. 
ON El Encanto (Breakfast, Lunch)


Day 7: Volcano Arenal

In the morning you enjoy breakfast and afterwards a shuttle bus takes you to La Fortuna, a small town on the foot of the famous Arenal Volcano. In the afternoon you can relax at the pool or enjoy the hotel’s own hot springs.
ON Arenal Springs (Breakfast, Lunch)  


Day 8: Kayak Tour Lake Arenal

Today you will join a nice kayak tour on the lake Arenal. During the tour you can admire the beautiful landscape around the Arenal Volcano from the water. Before you either go alone or with a partner on a journey of exploring it all by yourself you will get some security instructions as well as some tips, how it is the easiest to do the paddling. While you are paddling around on the lake you can enjoy the marvelous view of the Arenal Volcano and take some memorable pictures!
ON Arenal Springs (Breakfast) 


Day 9: Manuel Antonio National Park

After breakfast a transfer will take you to Manuel Antonio - it is a small but very popular National Park located on the Pacific coast in the province of Puntarenas. Due to its gorgeous beaches it is one of the most beautiful and most visited parks in Costa Rica. The hiking trails start right next to the beaches and offer the possibility of discovering amazing flora as well as monkeys, iguanas, coatis, and sloths. Here you can combine enjoying the wonders of nature with a nice day at the beach. Spend the rest of the day at the beach or try out one of the many restaurants located between Quepos and Manuel Antonio!
ON Plaza Yara (Breakfast)


Day 10: Hike in the National Park

Today you will visit together with your guide the Manuel Antonio National Park, famous for its natural beauty and peaceful atmosphere. Explore the park and observe numerous species of tropical butterflies, birds, monkeys, snakes, sloths and orchids, and afterwards take a swim in the crystal clear waters of the Pacific Ocean! The afternoon is at your disposal to visit the beach or enjoy the amenities of your hotel! Besides, Manuel Antonio offers many things to do - from canopy, zip lining, jets ski, snorkeling, and surfing - everything your heart desires!
ON Plaza Yara (Breakfast)


Day 11: Osa Peninsula

In the early morning you will have a shuttle transfer to Sierpe, where the boat transfer is already awaiting you. After the one hour boat trip and after arriving at the lodge you have time to explore the area around the hotel, with miles of pristine beaches and tropical rainforest. Or you can simply relax on the beach with a good book and enjoy the jungle atmosphere. Tonight you will fall asleep to the sounds of the waves as well as the rainforest and its animals.
ON Aquila de Osa (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)


Day 12: Corcovado National Park

After a delicious breakfast your adventure begins! With your local naturalist guide, you take a 15 minute boat ride to get to San Pedrillo station, the entrance to the Corcovado National Park. The cool morning hours offer a good opportunity to spot wildlife and to observe some of the incredible variety of birds that abound in the park. Some of the animals that can be seen frequently are: monkeys, coati-mundis, squirrels, spiders, macaws, bats, leaf cutting ants, and more! At the San Pedrillo ranger station under shade trees on the beach you will enjoy a picnic. After lunch there will be time to explore the beach or to just relax. In midafternoon the boat comes to pick you up and take you back to the lodge.
ON Aguila da Osa (Breakfast, Picnic Lunch, Dinner)


Day 13: Caño Island

Early in the morning you will enjoy a 1 hour boat transfer to Caño Island, where you can enjoy the great snorkeling opportunities! At noon, a picnic lunch is served right on the beach! Following lunch, you are at your leisure to swim and soak up the sun, or snorkel among the corals and brightly colored reef fishes. By late afternoon, it's time to return the short distance to your hotel by boat, but through an entirely different world. Watch out for dolphins and whales along the way!
ON Aguila de Osa (Breakfast, Picnic Lunch, Dinner) 


Day 14: San José

After breakfast you will take a boat transfer to Drake and from there you take a local flight back to the capital San Jose where our drivers awaits you. He will take you to your hotel for the last night. Enjoy the last evening in Costa Rica!
ON Radisson Hotel (Breakfast)


Day 15: Goodbye and Hasta pronto!

Transfer to the airport according to your flight-schedule. We wish you a safe flight back home! 

Pura Vida - Highlights of Costa Rica

Pura Vida - Highlights of Costa Rica:

Duration: 15 Days / 14 Nights
Type of trip: Highlights of Costa Rica with Shuttle Transfers
Highlights: Volcano Poas, National Park Tortuguero, Caribbean Coast, Volcano Arenal, National Park Manuel Antonio, National  Park Corcovado, and Caño Island.  
Please note:
  • Low Season: 01.05.2019 - 30.06.2019 & 01.09.2019 - 30.11.2019 
  • High Season:   01.12.2018 - 30.04.2019 & 01.07.2019 - 31.08.2019
  • During Christmas and Holy Week a surcharge will apply
  • Bookings are subject to availability

Services included:
  • 2x ON/Breakfast Radisson***
  • 2x ON/All Meals Aninga/Evergreen Lodge***
  • 2x ON/Breakfast El Encanto***
  • 2x ON/Breakfast Arenal Springs****
  • 2x ON/Breakfast Plaza Yara***
  • 3x ON/All Meals Aguila de Osa***
  • 1x ON/Breakfast Radisson***

  • Airport Transfer on arrival & departure day
  • Transfer Bus & Boat  San José – Aninga/Evergreen Lodge – Guapiles together with other international travellers
  • Shuttle Transfer Guapiles - Cahuita 
  • Shuttle Transfer Cahuita - La Fortuna
  • Shuttle Transfer La Fortuna - Manuel Antonio
  • Shuttle Transfer Manuel Antonio - Sierpe
  • Boat Transfer Sierpe – Aguila de Osa - Sierpe
  • Transfer Sierpe - Airport Drake Bay
  • Inbound flight Drake - San Jose
  • Transfer National Airport San Jose - Hotel
  • Visit of the Volcano Poas and the La Paz Waterfall Gardens including Transportation, English-speaking Guide, Entrance fees, Breakfast, and Lunch.
  • Tours in Tortuguero 
  • Snorkeling Tour and Hike in Cahuita National Park including Transportation, English-speaking Guide, Entrance fee, and Lunch.
  • Kayak Tour Lake Arenal including Transportation, English-speaking Guide, and Equipment.
  • Hike in National Park Manuel Antonio including Entrance Fee, and English-speaking Guide.
  • Visit of the National Park Corcovado including Entrance Fee, English-speaking Guide, and Picnic-Lunch.
  • Visit of Caño Island including Entrance Fee, English-Speaking Guide, and Picnic-Lunch.

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