What do you think of when you think of Costa Rica? Lush rainforests, cloud shrouded pastures, waterfalls spilling out of green mountains, exotic birds and monkeys that come in all shapes and sizes…..a gorgeous beach, jaw dropping sunsets over the Pacific Ocean and the best cup of coffee you’ve ever had? If that sounds good, this is the perfect trip. 3 locations in 8 days provides an easy way to experience It all. Trip starts with your pick up from the San Jose International Airport and ends with a departure transfer to the Liberia International Airport.
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 .
Today a day to explore at your leisure unless you’ve signed up for our scheduled optional combo highlight tour.
Coffee, 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.
This morning after check out depart with your luggage on the full day tour of Arenal & Tabacon Hot Springs. 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.
Enjoy Tabacon’s signature buffet dinner with a great variety of specialties and of course a great view of the volcano! Back on board bus for your drop at your hotel for check in and overnight. Meals BLD
After breakfast, day free for optional tours or enjoy a self-guided walk through the 30 hectares (75 acres) of primary and secondary forest, with many paths and trails that will bring you to a myriad of the most amazing and colorful bird species of Costa Rica. Overnight Montana de Fuego. Meals B
Optional Tour: Sky Trek & Tram: $118 p.p
Sky Trek is combined with the Sky Tram to go up to the mountain’s highest point and then descend through a series of adventurous cables.
We have steel platforms, unlike traditional canopies that use wood platforms. We also have a unique and innovative system consists of pulley system so you do not have to use your hands to stop, providing improved safety over traditional canopy.
The Sky Tram will take you up to the highest mountain in the area, the cable car will offer amazing views, Our guide will explain about the flora and plant.
We have a viewpoint at the top, here you can stay and relax.
Early after breakfast depart on your 4 hour scheduled shuttle transfer to sunny Guanacaste. Upon arrival check in to the all inclusive hotel Occidental Tamarindo. All meals, drinks, daily entertainment and evening shows! Meals BLD
Enjoy two days at leisure and relax! Tamarindo Beach is part of a bay formed by a cape, Cabo Velas (velas is Spanish for sails or sailfish). Playa Grande lies to the north of Tamarindo Beach inside the bay. The two beaches are separated by a natural salt water estuary, Estero Tamarindo. South of Tamarindo Bay there is another beautiful estuary and beach, Playa Langosta. Meals B LD
A 50 minute transfer to the Liberia International Airport (LIR) for your return flight to the U.S. Meals B
- Arrival shuttle transfer from SJO airport
- 2 nights at Barcelo San Jose Hotel in San Jose
- 2 nights in Arenal at the Montana de Fuego Resort & Spa
- 3 nights in the all-inclusive beach resort, Occidental Tamarindo
- All meals, drinks, and entertainment at the beach!
- 15 Meals: 7 breakfasts, 4 lunches and 4 dinners
- Tour: 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 and stop in Sarchi Artisan Village
- Entrance fees to parks and and all places of interest
- Optional Sky Tram/Sky Trek at Sky Adventure Park Arenal Just $129
- All transportation within Costa Rica per itinerary
- Departure transfer to Liberia International Airport
- 13% Costa Rica Government tax (VAT)
- Optional Tours
BARCELO SAN JOSE
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 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.
Montaña de Fuego
Just by the foot of the Arenal Volcano stands Montaña de Fuego Hotel & Spa, a hotel inspired by its great natural environment, surrounded by 35 hectares of tropical forest on our private reserve.
In balance with nature develop a site of rest and fun that makes you feel in a new world. With our All-Inclusive Package in La Fortuna, you can enjoy a holiday full of sustainable adventure and cultural experience.
Montaña de Fuego Hotel & Spa has received the Fordor’s Choice Award for several consecutive years, distinguished by Fodor’s Travel as the best of hotels in the region of La Fortuna de San Carlos.
A tropical heaven awaits you at the Occidental Tamarindo***** in Tamarindo , Costa Rica . Situated on dazzling Playa Langosta, the crystal waters of Occidental Tamarindo offer guests a sanctuary to renew their souls while delighting in the natural surroundings at our hotel. Awarded a Four Star rating from Blue Flag for safe, clean beaches, and Three CST Stars, which are the Certification of Sustainable Tourism awarded by the Institute of Tourism and the Hospitality and Tourism Industry of Costa Rica.
The Occidental Tamarindo hotel is a surfer’s dream, ideal for warm-water surfing and scuba diving. Relax on the shore while you bask in the sun on a long stretch of warm, white sand or take a deep-sea-fishing excursion in the blue waters of the Pacific.