Costa Rica – Tropical Jewels

8 days / 7 nights, from $2500 per person

Highlights: Night time jungle hike, Rainforest medicinal plant tour, Arenal Volcano hike, Tabacon Hot Springs tour, Los Angeles Cloud Forest

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Trip Itinerary:

Day 1: San Jose

Meeting upon arrival in San Jose, transfer to hotel, remainder of day at leisure to relax. (Depending on what time you arrive an optional tour of San Jose can be arranged)

Day 2: San Jose / Osa Peninsula

After breakfast, you will be transferred to the local airstrip for a short flight to Puerto Jiménez located on the Osa Peninsula. Upon arrival, four wheel drive transportation will be waiting to transfer you to Lapa Rios Eco lodge. 
Lapa Rios is an eco lodge that was designed to exist in harmony with the environment and that strives to teach visitors the importance of preserving fragile tropical forests. The bungalows at Lapa Rios are located on a property that is more than 2500 acre of preserved forest that allows guests the opportunity to share a true natural experience with the plants, birds and animals that surround them. After dinner depart on a jungle trail for a night walk with a naturalist who will point out and offer insight on the ecology of the jungle as the night creatures come to life. (BLD)

Day 3: Osa Peninsula

After breakfast set out to explore the rainforest with your guide as they will point out flora and fauna of the daytime as the jungle is a vastly different environment between day and night. Explore a spectacular waterfall that is surrounded by giant trees. (BLD)

Day 4: Osa Peninsula

Morning at leisure to explore on your own. After lunch, you will learn about the medicinal plants that can be found through out the forest. You will learn how the healing properties are extracted from the leaves and tree barks which scientist are currently studying. This is a unique and rare opportunity to discover the secrets and traditions that have been used by the indigenous people of the tropics. (BLD)

Day 5: Osa Peninsula / Arenal

Morning transfer to local airstrip for you flight to Arenal, an area know for it’s perfect cone shaped volcano that is still active today. Transfer to your hotel, time to relax and enjoy the views of the volcano and the hotel facilities. (B)

Day 6: Arenal

After breakfast you will visit the Arenal Volcano National Park; an easy hike through the park allows you to understand how fragile and important the recovery from the 1969 eruption is to the environment of the area. As you hike along the different trails you will see the recent lave flows while other trails you will hike under the canopy of the rainforest. Under the jungle canopy there will be an opportunity to see the many different species of plants and animals. Tonight, visit the Tabacon Hot Springs, these natural hot springs are the results of rainwater that is heated underground to the perfect temperature before resurfacing into a gentle flowing river of cascading waterfalls and wading pools that are surrounded by lush tropical gardens. Time to relax and let any stress that you have float away. (BD) Dinner at Tabacon.

Day 7: Arenal / San Ramon

After breakfast you will be transferred to the small village of San Ramon located in the Los Angeles Cloud Forest on the western edge of the Central Volcanic Cordillera. This short transfer offers breathtaking views of the rainforest and picturesque landscapes of rural and agricultural communities before arriving at your charming mountain hotel. Hotel Villa Blanca is a property where comfort goes hand in hand with conservation. The hotel’s philosophy is to combine the hospitality of the Costa Rican rural style with a deep respect for the natural environment. The afternoon is at your leisure to relax in the conform and enjoy the rainforest, or you can go to any of the self-guided trails which offers great opportunities to discover the rainforest at your own pace. (B)

Day 8: San Ramon / San Jose

Morning at leisure, transfer to airport in time to connect with your flight. (B)

B = Breakfast | L = Lunch | BL = Box lunch | D = Dinner

B = Breakfast L = Lunch D = Dinner

Price

from $2500.00 per person based on two passengers traveling together sharing a double room.

Included in Price

  • 1 night hotel accommodation in San Jose
  • 3 nights hotel accommodation at the Lapa Rios Eco Lodge
  • 2 nights hotel accommodation in Arenal
  • 1 night hotel accommodation in San Ramon
  • Regular and private transfers through out tour
  • Domestic flights * with in Costa Rica (San Jose/Puerto Jimenez/Arenal)
  • 7 Breakfast 3 Lunches 4 Dinners
  • Touring at Lapa Rios Eco Lodge
  • Arenal Volcano Hiking tour including park entrance fee
  • Tabacon Hot Springs tour with dinner
  • Hotel Tax

Not Included in Price

  • Air transportation to/from Costa Rica
  • Meals not specified in the program.
  • Optional activities or tours.
  • Tips to guides and/or drivers.
  • Local and/or international phone calls.
  • Travel Insurance (Highly Recommended)
  • Airport departure tax $29.00
 (paid at airport in San Jose)

Important Information

Domestic flights with in Costa Rica allow a maximum luggage allowance. If you luggage is more additional cost will apply and will be paid directly to the airline.

A $7.00 airstrip tax in Arenal in not included in price and will be paid directly at airport upon arrival.

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