Costa Rica Volcano, Mountain and beach Adventure - 09 days / 08 nights

San Jose (2) - Arenal (2) - Monteverde (2) - Tamarindo Beach (2)

 Day 1 : Arrival

* Meet and greet at Juan Santamaria International airport and private transfer to your hotel in San Jose.

* Night in selected hotel in San Jose


Day 2 : San Jose - Arenal (B; L; D)

* Breakfast in the hotel.

* Shared tour to Arenal Volcano and Hot Springs (entrance fee; lunch and dinner included).

* Few sites in Costa Rica inspire more respect and admiration than the Arenal Volcano. Located in the northern region; this impressive volcano is a natural phenomenon that attracts many tourists; thanks to its permanent and trusted volcanic activity. However; its upper part is often covered with clouds.

* On the way to La Fortuna; a stop is made in Sarchi; the country's most famous crafts and souvenir town.

* As the trip continues; we will pass by different plantations of tropical crops and ornamental plants and also cattle ranches.

* Lunch is taken in a cozy restaurant with an excellent view of the volcano.

* After lunch; a visit to the Arenal Lake is made.

* To end the afternoon; relax in one of the best thermal water places in the area where you can enjoy a healthy and relaxing soak.

* Hot springs are considered a natural expression of Earth's energy. Geologically; Tabacon Resort's thermal natural springs are 97% rain-based and 3% magma-based. Rainwater enters the earth through fissures on the surface and is then heated by magma found in the earth's core. Once heated; the waters rise to surface; taking with them minerals found in the earth's rocky stratus. Tabacon is a completely natural resort. There are five different springs in the property; with temperatures ranging from 25 degrees Celsius (77 degrees Fahrenheit) to 50 degrees Celsius (122 degrees Fahrenheit). Water flows by gravity throughout the property; forming in-river pools; waterfalls; and cascades. Hot springs provide many benefits thanks to various chemical; physical and biological effects; the most notable is a sensation of well being coming from relaxing tense and tired muscles.

* Shangri-La Gardens is a luxury area; exclusive for adults. It is a private area of lush gardens and six natural thermal mineral spring water pools; naturally heated.

* After dinner; transfer to your hotel in La Fortuna.

* Night in selected hotel in Arenal


Day 3 : Arenal (B)

* Breakfast in the hotel.

* Day at leisure to relax; to explore the area on your own or to take an optional tour.

* Night in selected hotel in Arenal

- Optional suggested tours (not included):

Arenal Sky Tram & Sky Trek

* Sky Tram is a tour for all ages and even for people with some disability; thanks to the space of the gondolas that can fit a wheelchair. The slow-paced Sky Tram gondolas soar smoothly; offering impressive views of the rainforest; the Arenal volcano and the lake. Accompanied by a bilingual guide; the ride takes around 20 minutes with the possibility of short stops to take one-of-a-kind photographs or to spot a tropical bird. This quiet and calm ride is combined with the exciting canopy tour or Sky Trek. Before the adventure begins; you will be fitted with all of the necessary safety equipment (harness; helmet; gloves); which the guides will take care to properly adjust. Guides will deliver a safety speech explaining the right way of gliding and the braking system. The canopy tour includes 8 cross-sectional cables with a total length of 1.7 miles and a maximum height of 660 feet.

* What to bring? Light; comfortable clothing; tennis shoes; binoculars; camera; sunscreen lotion and insect repellent.

* Important notes:

- For security reasons; children under 8 years old cannot take the tour.

- Sky Trek is a complementary tour of Sky Tram and it cannot be sold separately.

- People over 100 kilograms weight (217 pounds) must be evaluated by the staff (according to his/her height and physical condition) to determine if they are able to take the tour.

- Helmet; gloves and harnesses are provided.


Rio Toro Rafting; class III and IIV

* The Rio Toro offers over 45 continuous and exciting rapids along more than 16 kilometers of deep-canyon gorges and waterfalls; where sloths; monkeys and tropical birds; such as toucans and the Montezuma Oropendula can easily be observed. The thrilling Rio Toro is located only one hour from La Fortuna. Once at the river; guides will give you a thorough safety talk and will give you a helmet; a life jacket and a paddle before the adventure begins; you will be paddling for more than 2½ hours. A stop will be made along the way for a nice; tropical fruit break and a typical lunch is included after the rafting.

Includes: Professional; bilingual guides; safety kayaker; round-trip transfers; tropical fruits and lunch

Duration in the river: 2H30 approximately

What to bring? Comfortable clothes to get wet in; secure shoes and a change of clothes

* Important notes:

- Clients should know how to swim

- The maximum weight limit is 200 lbs

- Rafters should be ages 13 to 55 and in good physical condition

- If river conditions are unsuitable in Rio Toro; the head guide might make the call to change to a back-up river of equal level.


Day 4 : Arenal - Monteverde (B)

* Breakfast in the hotel.

* Shared boat transfer via Arenal Lake to Monteverde. Duration: 3 hours approx.

* This service; half tour half transfer; is a picturesque and fastest way to go to Monteverde from Arenal Volcano area.

* After a 30 minute ride to the dam; you will board a very comfortable and safe pontoon boat.

* After crossing the lake; (a 30 to 40 minutes boat ride); you will arrive to Rio Chiquito; a little town at the other side.

* Arenal Lake is the largest and the most important lake in Costa Rica. It was man made in 1974 to provide hydroelectric energy for the country. It is also a place where you can find different kinds of resident and migratory birds; sometimes mammals such as monkeys and sloths can be seen. In addition; in a clear day; there are great views of the Arenal Volcano.

* Once at Rio Chiquito; a bus will take passengers to selected hotel in Monteverde.

* Costa Rica is one of the most biologically diverse countries in the world; having 4% of all the known species of plants and animals in only 0.04% the earth's surface.

* Due to its altitudinal variation and climatic factors that vary between the Pacific and Caribbean slopes; Monteverde is perhaps one of the richest regions in the country where there are 3;021 known species including a total of 755 species of trees.

* The town of Monteverde; located at the south end of the cloud forest; had its beginnings in the early 1950s with the impetus of a group of Quakers from the United States; a group that came to Costa Rica attracted by its pacific inclinations and disarmament. They established themselves in the region and devoted themselves to produce milk and quality cheeses.

* Monteverde is located 172 kilometers northeast of San Josי.

* The climate is temperate and humid; with an average of 17 deg C (60 deg F). Nights are cool and sometimes even cold; especially when the trade winds blow.

* Night in selected hotel in Monteverde


Day 5 : Monteverde (B)

* Breakfast in the hotel.

* In the morning; we have an Adventure Combo Tour in Selvatura; including a Canopy Tour; Suspension Bridges; a visit to the Butterfly Garden and transportation.

* Selvatura Park is a cloud forest conservation project where a wide variety of tours are hosted.

* Visitors can glide through cables and zip lines through the cloud forest or take the Treetop Walkways consisting of a 3-kilometre trail and eight different bridges.

* The park also has a butterfly garden hosting more than 50 different species of butterflies and a hummingbird garden; a treat for photography lovers and a spectacular show for anyone who loves nature.

* There is also an Education Center with a large private insect collection; property of world famous entomologist Dr. Richard Whitten.

* A Cloud Forest History walk teaches visitors about the natural history of Monteverde and all about the cloud forest ecosystem.

* Night in selected hotel in Monteverde


Optional suggested tour (not included):

Morning visit to the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve.

* One of the main attractions of Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve is its 13-kilometer network of trails.

* While walking the trails; visitors are presented with a number of options. One alternative is to walk to "La Ventana" scenic overlook; where they may witness the contrasting panorama exhibited naturally by the Continental Divide; a geographical feature that traces the principal mountain ranges of Costa Rica.

* At this location; visitors can experience the force of the moisture-laden trade winds blowing in from the Atlantic coast; and witness how they descend at high velocity toward the Central Pacific and Northern coastal plains of Costa Rica.

* There are over 500 bird species living; including the majestic quetzal and the three-wattle bellbird; 120 species of reptiles and amphibians and more than 3000 plants among them; the highest diversity of orchids in the world.

* In the main building visitors will find a restaurant and a Gift Shop

* Includes: Entrance fee; tour with a bilingual naturalist guide and transportation.


Day 6 : Monteverde - Tamarindo Beach (B)

* Breakfast in the hotel.

* Shuttle transfer to Tamarindo Beach. Duration: 5 hours approx.

* Tamarindo Beach; located on the Pacific coast; is part of a bay formed by a cape where Playa Grande lies to the North of it; inside the bay.

* The two beaches are separated by a large mangrove estuary; Estero de Tamarindo. South of Tamarindo there is another beautiful estuary; Estero de San Francisco; and beautiful Playa Langosta.

* These beaches and estuaries are part of Las Baulas National Park. Most of the native people are descendants of the Chorotega Indians who for many centuries were isolated by the challenging surrounding terrain.

* While the cultivation and export of coffee and bananas has long fueled most of Costa Rica's economy; this region stands apart.

* Due to its drier climate and sprawling geography; this area has instead developed a prosperous cattle industry.

* Dating back to Colonial times; the proud ranching tradition fostered a Hacienda System of land ownership which enabled the local Indian population to share in the region's economy. Nowadays; although the cattle trade still flourished; tourism is now Guanacaste's most thriving industry.

* Night in selected hotel in Tamarindo Beach


Day 7 : Tamarindo Beach (B)

* Breakfast in the hotel.

* Day at leisure to relax at the beach or to take an optional tour.

* Night in selected hotel in Tamarindo Beach


Optional suggested tour (not included):

Surf Lessons

* If you want security; fun and easy going tips to learn how to surf; try this lesson. Tamarindo and the surrounding area is one of the most popular destinations for surfing in Costa Rica.

* Long sandy beaches and warm waters create an ideal environment for experienced as well as beginner surfers.

* To learn how to surf all you need is the ability to swim and a good sense of humor.

* Lessons last two hours and include an introductory on-beach instruction where you will learn the basic surfing techniques; as well as safety and etiquette.

* Once in the water; the instructor will guide you until you feel confident.

* The instructors guarantee that you will be able to stand up on your surfboard and ride your first wave in your first class!

* It includes: transfers from hotel in Tamarindo; bilingual instructor; a bottle of water; surf board and surfing equipment.


Day 8 : Tamarindo Beach - San Jose (B)

Breakfast in the hotel. Around noon; shuttle transfer back to San Josי. Duration: 5 hours approx.

Night in selected hotel in San Jose


Day 9 : Departure (B)

* Breakfast in the hotel.

* Transfer to Juan Santamaria International Airport.

* Check in at airline counter must be done three hours prior to flight departure.

* Services end at Juan Santamaria International Airport.

* Thank you for choosing Azure Travel for your Costa Rica experience. We thank you for your patronage & look forward to serving you again in the near future.

* Important Notes:

- Minimun: 2 pax.

- Maximum pax per instructor: 5 persons.

- A minimum of 2 persons are required to open a group as a regular; shared lesson.

- Children under 10 years old must pay a private lesson because they required extra attention.

- A waiver must be signed.

- Surfboards used for lessons are made of foam or expoxy covered by foam. If the student wants to use a fiber-glass or epoxy boards; a credit card deposit will be asked.

 - Lessons will be arranged according to the best times of the tides.


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