Costa Rica Affordable Explorer Tour

7 Days

Overview

A classic Costa Rica combination allows you to experience Arenal Volcano, the coffee and cloud shrouded highlands, Poas Volcano and the waterfalls of La Paz all from the comforts of your hotel stay at the 5 star Barcelo San Jose before heading out to Costa Rica’s stunning central pacific coast and the treasures of white sand beaches housed in Manuel Antonio National Park where you will complete this 7 day Costa Rica vacation package. Save big on this very affordable way to experience the most on your Costa Rica vacation at a very affordable price.

Highlights include a trip to Doka Coffee plantation, Poas & Arenal Volcanoes, La Paz waterfall gardens and the amazing Tabacon Hot Springs and 3 days to enjoy Costa Rica’s most iconic  beach, Manuel Antonio! All transportation including a private transfer from Manuel Antonio to San Jose International airport makes it easy to sit back, relax and have fun.

Itinerary

Welcome to Costa Rica. After clearing immigrations and customs follow to the exit and take the transfer to the hotel, less than 30 minutes away.
Check in to the Barcelo San Jose.

Coffe, volcano, waterfalls and rainforest come together in this fantastic full day tour. Starting with a drive by the city of Alajuela passing by the Agriculture Monument, the Monument to Juan Santamaria and the famous Mango Park we make our way out of the Central Valley.

As we ascend towards the Poás Volcano we will notice the change in temperature and vegetation, palm trees are replaced by pine and cool air overcomes the lowland heat. We will see coffee plantations as well as fern, flower and strawberry farms along the way, creating a beautiful landscape that paves the way to our next stop, The Doka Estates Coffee Plantation.

Upon arrival at Doka Coffee Estate enjoy a delicious breakfast followed by a coffee tour, in the actual coffee plantation. Here, we will learn about the ancient techniques used by the experts to produce one of the best coffees in Costa Rica. Learn about the careful process involved on the cultivation, harvesting and roasting of the Golden Bean.

Next, we will continue to Poás Volcano where we will not only admire the impressive main crater with its sulfur fumaroles, but also learn about the different ecosystems in this beautiful national park.

Following the visit to the volcano we will continue to La Paz Water Fall Garden for lunch and tour. On arrival to the La Paz, we will walk through a trail, leading to a spectacular waterfall in the middle of the rainforest.   Inside the park we will also visit the largest butterfly observatory in the country, the impressive hummingbird gallery, the serpentarium, the bird house and the frog?s exhibit.  Return to San Jose and your hotel. Meals BL

The Arenal Volcano with Tabacon Hot Springs tour is one of the most popular tours that we offer.
This tour offers the best of both worlds, in terms of the raw untamed beauty of the imposing Arenal Volcano, which is juxtaposed against the lush and soothing thermal waters of Tabacon Hot Springs. All this set against a backdrop of lush vegetation and breathtaking views of the nearly perfect conical shaped lines of the volcano.
Situated in the northern lowlands of Costa Rica and about a 2 hour ride away, the impressive Arenal Volcano is a magnificent natural wonder that attracts thousands of tourists who come to see an active volcano which on clear days allows one to witness white plumes of smoke that emanate from this conical shaped behemoth. It should be noted, that the volcano had previously been assumed to be dormant, until in 1968, when to everyone’s amazement it experienced a major eruption.

Enroute to the Arenal Volcano there will be a stop in the famous town of Sarchi, known as the birthplace of Costa Rica’s Artisans. In Sarchi, you can see many of the handicrafts that Costa Rica has to offer, as well as the possibility of feasting your eyes on the world largest ox cart. The cart is made of cedar and is painted with several coats (4) of orange paint and is multicolored. The design is typical and intricate, indicative of traditional oxcarts. The oxcart is two stories high and took nearly 70 days to construct and paint. For the record, according to the Guinness book of world recorded, the cart is nearly 45 feet long (14 meters) and weighs 4400 lbs (2 tons).

The journey will then continue, traversing diverse plantations with agricultural products, including pineapple farms, and mango groves, ornamental plants and cattle ranches until arriving to the small town of La Fortuna, and stopping to enjoy lunch at a cozy restaurant with a magnificent view of the volcano.

Then you will go on to relax at one of the best hot springs in the area where you will revel in the cleansing and rejuvenating effects of the thermal waters. Tabacon is nestled at the base of mighty Arenal with a view of the Volcano towering in the background. Here, thermo-mineral springs flowing from Arenal run at a soothing 102 F through a maze of pools, waterfalls and exotic tropical gardens. You’ll love exploring the springs many nooks pulsating with these magic hot waters!

Tabacon Hot springs combines the four elements of nature; the heat of the volcano, the flowing waters of the hot springs, the pure air of the rainforest, and the fertile earth of the Fortuna de San Carlos Region, to provided visitors with a first rate experience.

And for a perfect ending, before going back to San José, Tabacon’s signature buffet dinner will be served with a great view of the volcano so that you do not miss any opportunity to look at the magnificently shaped volcano. Meals BLD

After breakfast, be ready for your scheduled shuttle semi-private transportation to Manuel Antonio.  You’ll be heading west to the gorgeous Central Pacific Coast and to the treasure of white sand beaches housed in Manuel Antonio National Park (park closed Mondays). Check in to your selected hotel; the family run Dievisimar Hotel (3 stars), the Karahe Hotel (4 stars) or The Parador Hotel (5 stars) your base for adventure over the next 3 days. Meals:  B

Two days to enjoy this great destination. Manuel Antonio has so much to offer, you can visit Manuel Antonio National Park or Mangrove Isla Damas by boat (Day w/Lunch or Night w/Dinner)
Explore the park, its trails and of course it’s beautiful beaches, considered the most beautiful in the country.

Or go to the Best Catamaran Adventure in Costa Rica and Manuel Antonio(Lunch or dinner)

Meals: B

After check out, private transfer to the San Jose International Airport in time for your return flight to the U.S. Meals: B

Includes:

  • 3 nights in San Jose deluxe hotel with buffet breakfast daily, Barcelo San Jose
  • 3 nights Manuel Antonio
  • 9 meals: 6 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 1 dinner
  • Full day  Combo Tour to Poas Volcano, Doka Estates Coffee Plantation and the Amazing La Paz Waterfall Gardens with lunch
  • Tour of Arenal Volcano & Tabacon Natural Hot Mineral Springs with lunch & dinner
  • Entrance fees to parks and and all places of interest
  • Optional Manuel Antonio National Park
  • Optional Mangrove Isla Damas by boat
  • All
    transportation within Costa Rica including scheduled shuttle transfer
    To Manuel Antonio and private transfer to San Jose International
    according to your departure flight time
  • Services of SLT local representatives throughout
  • SLT guaranteed tour performance warranty
  • SLT $1 Million Insurance Protection Plan

Excludes:

  • 13% Costa Rica Government tax (VAT)

 

  • Optional Tours:
    • Optional Manuel Antonio National Park $107 per person
    • Optional Manuel Antonio Ocean King Catamaran $112 per person
    • Optional Mangrove Isla Damas by boat $84 per person

    *Rate subject to change

BARCELO SAN JOSE – Standard Room

What makes the Barcelo San Jose so special is a particular paradise. While it’s location defines the 254 room deluxe hotel as a city hotel, being just 15 minutes from the San Jose International Airport and 10 minutes to downtown San Jose, arriving guests quickly realize they’ve found a bit of Eden in the city.

It’s lovely outdoor spaces including pools and gardens planted with indigenous native Costa Rican tree species coupled with outstanding attention to guests
and it’s recognized commitment to the environment (evident by its Sustainability Certificate displayed in the lobby) make the Barcelo San Jose Palacio Hotel our favorite.
An outstanding buffet breakfast is included daily and features Costa Rican favorites, European specialties and all the things you would expect from a grand buffet. Enjoy well appointed guest rooms with views of the Central Valley.

Barceló San José Hotel offers spacious and bright rooms renovated in 2013, with classic and elegant style. With the comfort of our guests in mind, all of the rooms include a 32” LCD TV, free Wi-Fi and a free electronic safe with capacity for laptop computers.

 

MANUEL ANTONIO HOTELS

DIVISAMAR HOTEL*** (3 STARS) – Standard
is where you will find your Costa Rican family friends ready to make your stay in  Manuel Antonio Beach an enjoyable and memorable experience.  Walk, trek, relax along the beach and enjoy the rain forest and  warm water of the Pacific Ocean at a beach and jungle Resort owned and operated by a Costa Rican family.

We are a small reasonably priced hotel,  located Halfway between the rain forest of Manuel Antonio National Park & the town of Quepos. Hotel Divisamar is located in the hills  of one of Costa Rica’s premier tourist destinations.

It is situated near the center of everything this beautiful area has to offer including tourist stops, restaurants, stores, souvenir shops, local tours, sandy white beaches, the rain forest, and more.

KARAHE HOTEL **** (4 STARS) – First Class
Karahe Hotel is located just in front of the beautiful beach of Manuel Antonio in the Central Pacific coast of Costa Rica, a place known by providing an experience that goes beyond a room in a beach hotel. Our food, location, personnel, and 30 years of providing quality service in Manuel Antonio, makes us the ideal place to unplugged from the routine and enjoy a personal connection with nature.

Our beautiful gardens are the home of hundreds of exotic species, because Karahe is located very close to a national park where you can observe species such as squirrel, white face and howler monkeys, sloths, iguanas, hummingbirds, agoutis and others. In addition to been located just 1 kilometer from the world famous Manuel Antonio National Park, where you can enjoy one of the top ten famous beaches in the whole world.

PARADOR HOTEL ***** (5 STARS) – Garden Room
With such close proximity to a national park, it is no wonder the hotel gardens receive any number of very unique visitors on a daily basis, including several species of monkeys, sloths and a wonderful variety of birds.

And thanks to its privileged location set between the jungle and the beach, Parador Resort & Spa is an ideal destination for couples, families and even incentive groups. There’s truly something for everyone here and it’s first class all the way!

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Costa Rica Affordable Explorer Tour
From $1,199.00
/ Adult
From $499.00
/ Child
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  • Sight Seeing
  • Breakfast
  • Poas Volcano, La Paz Waterfall Gardens, Arenal Volcano, Tabacon Natural Hot Springs, Manuel Antonio beach

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