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Nature Highlights Tour

Sarapiqui - Arenal - Monteverde - Manuel Antonio
Starting at
$1,387
Cost per person (LOW SEASON)

Departure place

San Jose International Airport

Departure time

Any day of the year!

Trip Duration

8 days / 7 nights

Private services

4

Highlights

  • Lots of nature; enjoy of waterfalls, rainforests, cloud forests & wildlife!
  • Enjoy of private transportation from/to the airport & between most hotels!
  • Visit Arenal Volcano, the “must see “destination of Costa Rica!
  • Monteverde Cloud Forest, one of the main attractions of Costa Rica!
  • Manuel Antonio National Park; rated as 1 of the 10 most beautiful in the world!
  • Tours done in beautiful jungles, including the famous Monteverde Hanging Bridges!
  • Package includes all accommodations & breakfasts!
  • Additional stops to experience our culture; enjoy fruits, parks, towns & wildlife!
  • Nature Highlights Tour in 4 natural areas of Costa Rica!

 

DAY 1: Arrival & private transfer to Sarapiqui; waterfalls, hummingbirds & coffee

Welcome to our country! On the first day of your Nature Highlights Tour one of our reps will meet you at the gate of the airport to take you to Sarapiqui. We love to take visitors to Sarapiqui because of the natural beauty of this region & because it’s a great place for the observation of wildlife, especially toucans, we at Go Tours call Sarapiqui “toucan land”. On this natural journey would go along the “scenic route”, where we will show you 2 unique waterfalls, hummingbirds & a coffee plantation. Your lodging would be at Sarapiquis Rainforest Lodge in a standard room & breakfast included; private bath, safety box & terrace. Also, the lodge features pool, restaurant, bar, botanical gardens & Indigenous Park.

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DAY 2: Rainforest hike, cocoa farm tour and private transfer to Arenal

Today we’ll take you to the Tirimbina Biological Reserve, where we’d do a rainforest walk, wildlife searching & an ancient cocoa farm tour, on which you’ll learn to transform the cocoa fruit into chocolate in a traditional way. After your rainforest & cocoa experiences, we’ll take you to Arenal, considered as the “must see” destination of Costa Rica, featuring a conic shaped volcano surrounded by tropical jungles & hot springs. Your accommodation would be at Lomas del Volcan hotel (other hotels available), in a bungalow with breakfast included; A/C, cable TV, fridge, hot shower, phone, safe box & Wi-Fi. The hotel also features pool, restaurant, Jacuzzi & natural trails.

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DAY 3: Caño Negro Wildlife boat tour

The Cano Negro Wildlife Refuge tour is considered by us as one of the 2 best tours in the whole country for the observation of wildlife; as a matter of fact, a very large number of our previous customers have been able to see the 3 species of monkeys that live in that area; howler, white-faced & spider monkeys. Besides the monkeys, we normally see caimans, sloths, LOT of iguanas, basilisks, & of course several species of tropical birds; Cano Negro is considered by biologists as one of the richest sites in the continent for the observation of birds. On this tour you will also see the beautiful flora of our wetlands, as well as the many plantations of our northern region.

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DAY 4: Transfer to Monteverde via car-boat-car

On today’s transfer you would be crossing the scenic Arenal Lake by boat to get to Monteverde, famous for its unique cloud forests. Your accommodation would be at the Ficus Sunset Suites (other hotels available upon request); in a deluxe room with breakfast included; hot shower, TV, phone, mini fridge, coffee maker & terrace.

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DAY 5: Hanging Bridges & private transfer to Manuel Antonio with wildlife viewing

In the morning we’ll take you to the famous Monteverde Hanging Bridges, where you will get a different perspective of our Cloud Forests. Afterwards, we’ll take you to the Manuel Antonio National Park area, rated as one of the 10 most beautiful in the world. On the way there we’ll make a few stops to show you some unique things of our country, such as crocodiles; we also search for scarlet macaws & stop at the Jaco Beach lookout point. Your lodging would be at Costa Verde Hotel (other hotels available); in a studio-plus apartment with breakfast included (upgrades available); A/C, TV, Wi-Fi, safe box, fridge & balcony. This hotel also features pool with ocean view, 4 restaurants, bar, spa & nature trails.

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DAY 6: Free day to relax at Manuel Antonio Beach

The 6th day of your Nature Highlights Tour is free for you to enjoy of Manuel Antonio Beach, the hotel’s pool or to book some additional activities. Some ideas for things to do are: horseback riding in the rainforest, waterfall rappelling, ATV tours, parasailing, surfing lessons, snorkeling, mountain biking, national park tour, kayaking, or a relaxing massage. Please let us know if you would like to add any of these activities & we’ll be happy to do the coordination, the idea is for you to relax & enjoy of your vacation, we can take care of the logistics for you.

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DAY 7: Free day to relax at the beach & private transfer to San Jose

The 7th day of your Nature Highlights Tour is free for you to enjoy of Manuel Antonio Beach, the hotel’s pool or to book some additional activities, like horseback riding in the rainforest, waterfall rappelling, ATV tours, parasailing, surfing lessons, snorkeling, mountain biking, national park tour or kayaking. Late in the afternoon, your private transport will take you to the Country Inn & Suites Hotel (other hotels available), close to the San Jose Airport. Your lodging would be in a standard room with breakfast included (upgrades available); A /C, cable TV, coffee maker, mini fridge, mini bar, hair dryer, high speed internet access, room safe & phone. The hotel also has restaurant, pool & gym.

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DAY 8: Good bye Costa Rica

It’s time to go back home. Your own private transportation will take you to San Jose International Airport for your returning flight.

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Inclusions

  • Private transfer from San Jose Intl Airport to Sarapiquis Rainforest Lodge.
  • 1 night lodging at Sarapiquis Rainforest Lodge in a standard room with breakfast included.
  • Rainforest hike and cocoa farm tour; including bilingual guide and entrance fee to Tirimbina rainforest hike and cocoa farm tour.
  • Private transfer from Sarapiqui to Lomas Del Volcan Hotel in Arenal Volcano area.
  • 2 nights lodging at Lomas Del Volcan Hotel in a bungalow cabin with breakfast included.
  • Caño Negro wildlife boat tour; including round trip transportation, bilingual guide, boat ride and lunch.
  • Transportation from Arenal to Ficus Sunset Suites in Monteverde via car-boat-car.
  • 1 night lodging at Ficus Sunset Suites in a deluxe room with breakfast included.
  • Cloud forest tour at the Monteverde hanging bridges; including round trip transportation, bilingual guide and entrance fee to hanging bridges. 
  • Private transfer-tour from Monteverde to Costa Verde Hotel in Manuel Antonio Beach.
  • 2 nights lodging at Costa Verde Hotel in a studio-plus apartment with breakfast included.
  • Private transfer from Manuel Antonio to Country Inn & Suites Hotel in San Jose.
  • 1 night lodging at Country Inn & Suites Hotel in a standard deluxe room with breakfast included.
  • Private transfer to San Jose International Airport. 
  • All current law taxes.

Special Notes

  • *The rate shown for our Nature Highlights Tour package is based on 2 people traveling together and sharing hotel rooms.
  • On day 1 we’ll be able to show you the waterfalls, coffee farm & hummingbirds if your flight arrives to Costa Rica around noon or before then.
  • *Rates are subject to change without notice, based on any new tax regulations by the government.

Additional Information

This is our feature package, the vacation itinerary our customers choose the most, ideal for nature lovers who seek to admire and learn about the rich Eco-systems of Costa Rica. This vacation package was designed for those who want to see it all: beaches, waterfalls, rainforests, cloud forests, plantations, volcanoes, hanging bridges and of course, lots of the amazing wildlife that Costa Rica has to offer.

This great natural adventure begins at the not-so explored Sarapiqui area, where you will be able to see the richness of our Tropical Rainforests. On the way there we will show you some beautiful natural wonders of our country, like waterfalls, volcanoes (from the distance), forests and a coffee plantation, where you would have the chance to taste if you wish, some of our worldwide famous coffee, from a plantation that won the award of the best coffee in the world in 2001-2002. Once in Sarapiqui your hotel would be the Sarapiquis Rainforest Lodge, a charming and rustic accommodation that imitates the houses of our native tribes. This hotel is very unique, because it has ample gardens with all kinds of tropical plants, a botanical garden with medicinal rainforest plants, a real indigenous cemetery and it is located next to a Biological Reserve, so seeing wild animals at the grounds of the hotel is a very common thing. From this Sarapiqui Hotel we would take you to visit the Biological Reserve, where you would do a rainforest walk to admire our diverse flora and fauna, as well as participate of their traditional chocolate tour, a presentation in a rustic building next to an old cocoa plantation where you would learn about cocoa from A to Z. This Costa Rican Chocolate Tour will allow you to see the plants where the cocoa fruits grow, the ways our native tribes used it (it was actually sacred to them), the way they processed it, and the way it is processed in modern times to transform it into chocolate, one of mankind’s favorite treats. Degustation of chocolate would be done of course, in the form of the drink our ancestors use to make, as pure cocoa beans (roasted and un-roasted), as pure-liquid cocoa and as chocolate bars!

After all these great experiences in Sarapiqui, we would take you to the Arenal Volcano area, The Main Touristic Attraction of Costa Rica. On the way to Arenal we would show you other interesting aspects of our culture, as well as beautiful landscapes. Once in Arenal you would be staying at the Lomas del Volcan Hotel, a mid-range type of accommodation with ample beautiful gardens, nature trails and excellent views of Arenal Volcano, because this mountain is literally the backyard of this hotel! From Arenal you would enjoy of a Wildlife Observation Tour by boat at the Cano Negro Wildlife Refuge; we consider this reserve as one of the 2 best places in all Costa Rica to see wild animals in their natural habitat (the other is Tortuguero). At Cano Negro you would board a large pontoon boat for about 2 hours, from which is very common to see the 3 species of monkeys that live in this area: howlers, white faced capuchin and spider monkeys.  Other animals we commonly observe are iguanas, caimans, sloths, parrots, basilisks and lots of tropical bird species, including toucans.

After your adventures in Arenal we would take you to a totally different landscape and habitat at the Monteverde Cloud Forest area. On the way to Monteverde you will have the unique opportunity to cross the Arenal Lake by boat, from where you will get spectacular views of the volcano and the surrounding rainforest mountains of the area (weather permitting). Once in Monteverde your accommodation would be at the Ficus Sunset Suites Hotel, a mid-range accommodation located right in the charming town of Santa Elena. Here in Monteverde we will take you to see the Main Attraction of the area: the famous Hanging Bridges in the Cloud Forest. The total length of the trail is about 3 kilometers (1.9 miles), including a total of 8 suspension bridges, from which you could take the best pictures of the Cloud forest (weather permitting). This walk is done mainly on flat terrain and it takes about 2.5 hours to complete it at a slow pace, for you to learn about the details of this rare eco-system and have time to take great pictures of your experience.

Your following destination will be the Manuel Antonio National Park area, the Most Beautiful Beach of Costa Rica. On the way to Manuel Antonio we would also be making multiple stops for you to experience of our Costa Rican Culture and to search for more wildlife. As part of this transfer-tour we stop in a bridge where we normally observe lots of big crocodiles at the Tarcoles River, which has one of the largest crocodile populations in the world. We would stop near the Carara National Park too, to look for scarlet macaws, the most beautiful birds of Cost Rica; and at the Jaco Beach look out point, for you to take pictures of this beautiful bay area. Once in Manuel Antonio, your accommodation would be at the Costa Verde Hotel, a great accommodation option that combines convenient proximity to the beach and great ocean views, something that not too many hotels here can brag about. Also, this hotel borders with the Manuel Antonio National Park, so seeing wild animals in the grounds of the hotel is something very common; as a matter of fact, the hotel’s motto is “still more monkeys than people”. We understand that there are other hotels closer to the beach area, but we’ve decided to include this one because of the beautiful nature around it, making it ideal for this particular Nature Vacation Package. Here in Manuel Antonio you would have a couple of days to relax a little after your adventure around the country, or for you to explore the nearby beaches and the National Park’s trails on your own.

We are sure that you will have a great time in Costa Rica traveling with this itinerary, but please remember that we can customize it and make as many changes as you wish, such as doing other activities, visit other places, do hotel upgrades, etc., we can fine-tune your vacation to make it the experience of a lifetime!

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