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  • Vulkan Arenal
  • Rainforest
  • Celeste
  • Beach

Day 1: Arrival

Highlights:

Central Valley

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Transfer to the hotel

Day 2: Into the jungle

Highlights:

Selva Bananito

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Shuttle service through the Braulio Carrillo National Park to Selva Bananito Lodge

Day 3: Hiking in the Rainfo...

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Hiking in the rainforest, optional tours and pure relaxing

 

Day 4: Reggae-Feeling

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Transfer to Bananito, shuttle to Puerto Viejo de Limón, possibility to relax at one of the beautiful beaches

Day 6: Shuttle to Tortuguero

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Past banana plantations, transfer by motor boat through the canals of Tortuguero with your guide

Day 7: Boat tour & wild...

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Optional boat trip (not included) before breakfast, hiking in the rainforest or boat trip

Day 8: Arenal Volcano

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Rental car delivery, journey to the Arenal Volcano

Day 10: Tenorio Volcano

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Tenorio

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From Arenal to Bijaguas, in the afternoon easy hike and optional wildlife observation

Day 11: Day at leisure

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Optional: Tenorio National Park

Day 12: Guanacaste

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Trip to Guanacaste, watch the local cowboys, bathing in the hot springs of Rio Negro

Day 12: Day at leisure

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Optional hiking tour at the Rincón de la Vieja National Park

Day 15: Day at leisure

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Optional tour in Monteverde

 

Day 16: San Jose or Pacific...

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Central Valley

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Return to San José or optional beach extension on the Pacific Coast

Day 17: Departure or beach ...

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Transfer to the airport
Experience wonderful beaches, deep green rainforest and the fascinating cloud forest Monteverde with this rental car tour through Costa Rica
from $ 2001.00
per person/DBL

Included Services

 

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Tour Highlights

 

  • Rainforest adventure in the Selva Bananito Lodge
  • Beautiful Caribbean beach Playa Chiquita
  • Boat trips incl. wildlife observation in Tortuguero
  • Imposing Arenal volcano
  • Picturesque waterfall at Río Celeste, Tenorio National Park
  • Dry forest and gushers at the Rincón de la Vieja volcano
  • Mystical Monteverde Cloud Forest
  • Relax on the Pacific beach (optional)

 

Included services

 

  • 16 bed and breakfast in selected hotels and lodges
  • Full board in the Selva Bananito Lodge and in Tortuguero
  • Shuttle transfers in air-conditioned minibus
  • Airport to the beach hotel
  • San José to the Selva Bananito Lodge
  • Selva Bananito Lodge to Puerto Viejo de Limón
  • Puerto Viejo de Limón to Tortuguero
  • Transfer from/to Tortuguero by boat and bus from the lodge
  • Transfer from the hotel to the airport
  • Rental car according your choice (see travel configurator)

Your contact person

Jesica Mora Sanchez
jesica@ticotrotter.com
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Mo-Fr 7 bis 16.00 (GMT-6h)

Travel tip & Info

 

 

You don't have that much time? Have a look at our 15-day tour Chasing the Sun in Costa Rica.

 

 

 

Hotel selection subject to availability at time of booking. Should the one or other hotel be fully booked, we will book an alternative in the same or better standard

 

Price per Person

1999.50 USD

Total price for ALL Travellers:

3999.00 USD
According to your request

TourDetails:

This rental car tour leads you firstly to the Carribbean coast with beautiful beaches and deep-green rainforest. Get to know the lonely nature, bright beaches, boat tours in the canal system of Tortuguero, active volcanoes and breathtaking cascades. Watch monkeys, sloths, coati mundis, tucanas and many other animals, oftern right in front of your nice accommodations. After a stay in the famous Monteverde cloud forest, you will relax the last few days in a four stars hotel at the Pacific beach.

 

Day 1: Arrival
Today you will land in the tropical Costa Rica. You can already see the huge mountain tops and volcanoes as well as countless houses during your flight over the central valley. If you arrive at night you will see a plenty area full of flashing lights. As soon as you come out of the airport, you will be picked by a driver who is waiting for you with a plate in his hands. He will bring you to the lively city San José, where you can relax from your long journey.

Transfer time takes approximately 20 to 40 minutes depending on the traffic (approx. 18 kilometers)

No meals included

Optional activities not included

 

Hotel Grano de Oro**** in standard room (standard option B)

 

Day 2: Through the Braulio Carrillo National Park to the Carribbean Coast
After breakfast the trip starts with a shuttle transfer to the Selva Bananito Lodge. Thus, you can first get some impressions of the traffic before start driving on your own. The trip takes you through the impressive Braulio Carrillo National Park where you can see endless rainforest, deep canyons and cascades right from the minibus. Afterwards you will pass the Carribbean beaches and the banana plantations up to Bananito. Here, a private 4x4 lodge transfer is already waiting for you and will bring you over broken stone streets and rivers to the fabolous ecological lodge.

After lunch, you will have time to simply relax in the hammock of your comfortable bungalow or do an optional tour. The lodge offers Treeclimbing, Horseriding and different Rainforest-Hiking-Tours.

Transfer time takes 4 to 5 hours depending on the traffic (approx. 150 kilometers)

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

Optional activities not included

 

Selva Bananito Lodge *** in standard bungalow (standard option B)

 

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Day 3: Rainforest Hiking and animal observation

Today's program is a guided rainforest hike. The local guide (english-speaking) will take you along economical plantations of the Finca (ranges and palm oil plantations) up to the primary rainforest. Here you will to to know the ecological system of the rainforest very well and may also see some monkeys, wild pigs, coati mundis and many bird species. A bath in the natural pools of the river gives you a very energetic refreshment.

You can relax in the rest of the day or do some optional tours. In the evening, you enjoy the amazing candle light dinner. There is no electricity in the lodge; this fact makes the rainforest experience even more intensive and you will fall asleep only with the natural background noises. The temperatures at night are very pleasant for sleeping, partly they go down to 20 degrees. Consequently, you can easily acclimatize yourself in the first days of your trip.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

Optional activities not included

 

Selva Bananito Lodge *** in standard bungalow (standard option B)

 

Day 4: Reggae-Feeling, sun and lonely beaches
In the forenoon, the lodge's transport will bring you back to Bananito. From this place, the trip will continue by shuttle transfer to Puerto Viejo de Limón. The region is characterized by the afro-american influence of the ancient railway and banana plantation workers, who were brought from Jamaica to Costa Rica. There is even an own language in this region, named "Patua", a mix of English and Spanish. The atmosphere is relaxed, the music influenced by Reggae and the general life in Puerto Viejo is a slack mix of working, surfing and sunbathing. There are many shops, souvenir places and restaurants in this place. You may also find small backpacker-hostels in the center. The upperclass hotels are located outside the town in the south, along the small streets to Manzanillo. Here, once can also find beautiful beaches.

After your arrival at lunch you can enjoy a bath in the warm water of the Atlantic.

Transfer time takes approximately 2,5 to 3 hours (approx. 60 kilometers)

Breakfast included

Optional activities not included

 

Namuwoki Lodge *** in standard bungalow (standard option B)

 

Day 5: Palm beaches and time to relax
The sun comes up and there is a lot of noise on top of the bungalows. If you watch in the tree tops you will see the cause for all the strange noises. A monkey family is jumping through the trees and has breakfast. The day starts and you are free to decide how to spend this beautiful day. It is recommended to go to the beach right after breakfast, as the temperature is very pleasant at this time. A small path through the forest leads you to the hidden beach "Playa Chiquita", where one can find silent beach areas with a natural pool and only few waves (depending on the weather). Active people may optionally rent a bike and ride through the town or hire to the Manzanillo National Park. Additionally, there is a variety of adventurous optional activities such as the indians' reservations of the Bribri at the bottom of the Talamanca valley or snorkel- and dolphin tours. Hiking lovers may enjoy a visit of the Cahuita National Park.

Breakfast included

Optional activities not included

 

Namuwoki Lodge *** in standard bungalow (standard option B)

 

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Day 6: Trip to Tortuguero

The shuttle bus will already pick you at your lodge at 6 am and bring you to SIquirres to the Carribbean Dish Restaurant or to the El Ceibo Restaurant - depending on the harbor which will be used as the lodge's transfer point (depending on the weather). In the restaurant, you will change to the lodge's bus and pass the banana plantations until you reach the landing place. If the arrival is between monday and friday and the weather is nice, the banana production will be explained locally right in a field. Afterwards, a two-hour boattrip through the Tortuguero canals will start. You will arrive at the lodge for lunch and can enjoy a welcome cocktail in the tropical atmosphere.

In the afternoon, you will explore Tortuguero and its region with a local, english-speaking guide. Then you can take a walk on the lodge's paths or just relax in the hammock. During breeding season, which is from March to June (leather turtle) and from July to October (green turtle) you have the chance to do a night excursion to the breeding places (not included and costs approximately 35$ per person).

Transfer time takes between 4,5 and 5 hours depending on the traffic (approx. 95 kilometers + boattransfer)

Lunch and dinner included

Optional activities not included

 

Pachira Lodge *** in standard room (standard option B)

 

Day 7: Boat tour with animal observation
You may do an optional boat tour (not included) through the Tortuguero canals before breakfast. In the forenoon you can decide whether you go hiking with a guide through the deep rainforest in the Tortuguero National Park, where one can see many bird species, reptiles and mammalians OR you enjoy another boat tour through the Tortuguero canals and see explore some herons, ice birds, crocodiles, monkeys and sloths. All boats are equiped with quite motors, so that the animals are not being disturbed. The entry to the national park is not included and has to be paid locally (approx. $10 per person).

In the afternoon  you can enjoy the beautiful nature in the lodge or refresh yourself in the pool.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

Optional activities not included

 

Pachira Lodge *** in standard room (standard option B)

 

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Day 8: Off to the Arenal Volcano
Via boat, you will return to the landing place (La Pavona or Caño Blanco) after breakfast. From this place the lodge's bus will bring you to Guápiles, where you will get a typical national dish. Afterwards, you overtake the rental car and drive on your own in the direction of La Fortuna, at the bottom of the imposing Arenal Volcano. La Fortuna is a small town, where you will find some shops and many different restaurants. Due to the toursim, the city has developed a lot in the last few years and has now many opportunities for tours in its region.

Transfer time takes approximately 3 to 3,5 hours depending on the traffic (approx. 148 kilometers)

Breakfast included

Optional activities not included

 

Hotel Lomas del Volcan *** in standard room (standard option B)

 

Day 9: Free day at the volcano

This day is free and you may organize it however you wish. There are many optional activities in the region (not included). Go hiking through the Arenal Volcano National Park through lava fields and explore the famous tree giant hidden in the forest. On the rope bridges one may get to know the rainforest from a unique perspective. The small Danaus Ecocentro has nice animal observation opportunities, a reforested area and oasis for animals and plants between ranges. These thermal springs are heated by the active volcanoes and are surrounded by beautiful tropical forests.

Breakfast included

Entries to national parks and optional tours not included

 

Hotel Lomas del Volcan *** in standard room (standard option B)

 

Day 10: Trip to the Tenorio Volcano
Today, your trip will lead you around the Arenal Lake up to Bijaguas, with an impressive view on the water and the volcano cone. Your next accommodation has a wonderful view on the Tenorio and Miravalles volcanoes. In the afternoon, you can do some first walks on the lodge's paths or just watch some colorful birds in the lodge's garden and relax.

Driving time takes 3 hours (approx. 90 kilometers)

Breakfast included

Optional activities not included

 

Tenorio Lodge *** in standard bungalow (standard option B)

 

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Day 11: Bright-blue river and the giant Río Celeste cascade

After a short drive of approximately 30 minutes, you will arrive at the Tenorio National Park. The cascade as well as the river have a bright-blue color due to special minerals. Especially because of the surrounding stones and plants with different green tones, the cascade's bright blue water attracts a lot of attention. If one wants to continue hiking, one may go to the hot springs in the river (swimming not permitted) or go to the place, where the minerals are washed out of the ground and  build the blue color of the river. There live some monkeys and tapirs in the national park, which can be seen sometimes.

Attention: the steps to the cascade are very steep. The national park is closed on tuesdays and the entry is only possible before 2 pm.

Breakfast included

Optional activities and entries to national parks not included

 

Tenorio Lodge *** in standard bungalow (standard option B)

 

Day 12: Dryforests and the Guanacaste volcano
After a breakfast with view to the Tenorio, the tour goes on to the Guanacaste region. On the way, we recommend to take some photos of the colorful red aras in the trees during a coffee break in the Mi Finca Restaurant in Limonal. Afterwards, you will pass Liberia and drive in the direction of Curubande and will finally reach the country of the Costa-Rican cowboys (Baqueros) with huge ranges, cow flocks and haciendas. Your lodge is located near to the Las Pailas Sector at the Rincón de la Vieja Volcano National Park. After arrival you will have some time to take a walk on the hacienda, to watch the cowboys with their horses and cows, to swim in the thermal springs at the Río Negro (not included) or to enjoy a body procedure with volcano slurry in the spa (not included).

Driving time takes approximately 3,5 hours (approx. 120 kilometers)

Breakfast included

Optional activities not included

 

Hacienda Guachipelin*** in superior room (standard option B)

 

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Day 13: Rincón de la Vieja Volcano National Park
You will see some gushers and fumaroles during today's optional hike in the Rincón de la Vieja National Park. You will pass hot springs and a small, active crater in the Las Pailas Sector through the dryforest. The dryforest can be well differentiated from the rainforest during summertime (December to April) as the trees lose their leaves. There are many spine bushes, lianas and also cotton trees and in February Costa Rica's national flower, the Guardia Morada orchid, blooms in this place. Armadillos, coati mundis and even tapirs find their home in these forests.

Furthermore, the lodge offers many different optional tours, such as Canopy or Horse-Riding-Trips.

Attention: The national park is closed on mondays.

Breakfast included

Optional activities and entries to national parks not included

 

Hacienda Guachipelin*** in standard room (standard option B)

 

Day 14: The mystic Monteverde Cloud forest

The next tour station is the Monteverde Cloudforest. The trip will firstly go to Liberia and from there on along Limonal, up to Las Juntas. From this place, Monteverde is already provided with road sins and the last part will take you over adventurous broken stone streets before you reach Santa Elena.

The cloudforest impresses with its breathtaking beauty. High trees, full of braids, mooses and bromelies characterize the vegetation. The climat is fresher and in the evening it may cool down up to 15 degrees.

Depending on the departure time at the Rincón de la Vieja, you may have some time for an optional tour in Monteverde in the afternoon.

Driving time takes between 4,5 to 5,5 hours (approx. 142 kilometers)

Breakfast included

Optional activities not included

 

Arco Iris Lodge*** in superior room (standard option B)

 

Day 15: Free Day in the cloudforest
You may arrange this day depending on your own preferences. There is a wide variety of optional tours in Monteverde and Santa Elena. Explore the tree tops during an adventurous canopy tour or on the rope bridges. Coffee lovers are recommended to go on a coffee tour at Don Juan and if you are interested in dairy products and would like to taste the regional cheese, you should visit the local cheese dairy. Friends of nature can find nice hikes in the Santa Elena reservations, Monteverde and the Children's Eternal Rainforest. In these forests one can often see different mammalian species, the Quetzal god of birds with his colorful feather dress, capochin monkeys and tucanas. If you are interested in snakes and frogs, you should explore the Serpentarium with many different species.

Breakfast included

Optional activities and entries to national parks not included

 

Arco Iris Lodge*** in superior room (standard option B)

 

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Day 16: Trip back to the Central valley (or optional beach extention)
Today you will return to the Central valley. First you drive to Puntarenas over the highway and through the mountains. Here you will spend your last night near Alajuela in a hotel with a fabulous view on the lights of the Central valley. The rental car will be picked at the hotel at 5 pm.

Transfer time takes 4 to 5 hours (approx. 180 kilometers)

Breakfast included

Optional activities not included

 

Hotel Xandari**** in a Prima Villa (standard option B)

 

Day 17: Flight back home or tour extention 

A transfer will bring you to the airport. Here you journey back home will start with many nice experiences and impressions of the tour. Please prepare the departure tax (not included) of approximately $29 per person to pay at the airport. We wish you a comfortable flight.

We reserve the right to make some changes in the tour details or the choice of hotels. The accommodation standard and the included services will be changed to your advantage. There will only be some changes if it is necessary to keep the general tour character.

 

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Daihatsu Bego 1.5cc the small car 549.00 USD
Hyundai Tucson 4x4 4x4 SUV 567.00 USD
Mitsubishi Montero 4x4 spacious SUV 900.00 USD
Hyundai Starex H1 Minivan for the whole family 963.00 USD
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Bungalow hotel Tango Mar 4****
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Bungalow hotel Namuwoki Lodge 3***
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Bungalow hotel Bahia del Sol Beach Front Hotel 4****
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Bungalow hotel Pirate Cove Lodge
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Bungalow hotel Casa Conde del Mar 4****
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Good and affordable Luna LLena 3***
3 TROTTERMUNDO sustainability scale
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Good and affordable Guacamaya Lodge 2**
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Luxury Hotel Gaia Hotel and Reserve 5*****
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Luxury Hotel Punta Islita 5*****
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Luxury Hotel Le Caméléon 4****
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Luxury Hotel Copa de Arbol Resort 5*****
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Bungalow hotel Plaza Yara Hotel 3***
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Tropical Suite with own Pool 0.00 USD
Standard room with ocean view the waves at your fingertips 0.00 USD
Tiki Suite Bungalows on stilts 0.00 USD
Standard bungalows charming caribbean style 0.00 USD
Mastersuite elegant with king size bed 0.00 USD
Standard room with 2 big beds 0.00 USD
Deluxe room with private Jacuzzi 0.00 USD
Studio Suite with living and eating area 0.00 USD
Two-bedroom Suite two seperate bedrooms 0.00 USD
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Standard room 0.00 USD
bungalow The comfortable way of camping 0.00 USD
Studio Small but nice 0.00 USD
Jungle View Suite 65m² luxury for 4 persons 0.00 USD
Suite with private Jacuzzi 0.00 USD
Villa with two bedrooms perfect for families 0.00 USD
Deluxe room affordable luxury 0.00 USD
Suite A romantic retreat 0.00 USD
Casitas with private pool 0.00 USD
Superior room with own terrace 0.00 USD
Deluxe room with view into the garden 0.00 USD
Junior Suite Relax in the hammock 0.00 USD
La Caméléon Suite space for up to 4 people 0.00 USD
Bungalow with fully equipped kitchen 0.00 USD
Standard room furnished lovely in italian style 0.00 USD
Suite Space and a great terrace 0.00 USD
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Total price for all passengers according to your request
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