Costa Rica Essence of Nature Vacation Package

8 Days

Overview

For those who know what they want out of a Costa Rican eco-adventure. Visit the southern most part of Costa Rica’s pacific, the wonders of the Osa peninsula! Snorkel off Cano Island and hike the virgin rainforest trails of Corcovado National Park. Head north with a flight back to San Jose where a 4-wheel drive vehicle awaits for a scenic mountain ride to the Arenal Volcano region.

Itinerary

Arrival in San Jose International Airport where after clearing immigrations, luggage claim and customs proceed through exit door and turn right to hotel shuttle point, located directly in front of the public phones, just a few feet away. Here you will be met by Barcelo’s shuttle service for the short drive to Barcelo San Jose Hotel, for check in

Early morning departure to San Jose Domestic Airport for a 45 minute flight to Palmar Sur. Upon arrival, a taxi will be waiting for the 30 minute drive to Sierpe Town, where you board a boat for a 25 mile boat ride along Rio Sierpe, viewing the largest mangrove forest in Central America. This mangrove contains the 7 different types of mangroves in the world, and an additional 5 miles on the beautiful Pacific to Casa Corcovado. Lunch will be served at the lodge. Afternoon at leisure to enjoy hotel installations or explore the surrounding nature. Dinner and overnight at Casa Corcovado Lodge. Meals BLD

After breakfast depart to Corcovado National Park. Corcovado National Park, known as the Amazon of Costa Rica, spans over 40,000 hectares of virgin and secondary rainforest. Many trails wind through the rainforest as well as along pristine beaches. Other trails follow riverbeds up to deep swimming holes and rushing waterfalls. Overnight at Casa Corcovado Lodge. Meals BLD

Breakfast at the Lodge. Morning departure to Cano Island Biological Reserve. This island is located just 10 miles from Drake Bay, but is a world apart from the mainland. Indians once used the island as a burial ground, however, little is known about the pre-Columbian artifacts found on the island. A morning hike will take us through the forest and the rest of the day will be spent on the beach. Take advantage of the Reserve’s clear blue water and snorkel the coralline reefs. (Snorkeling gear is provided). Overnight at Casa Corcovado Lodge. Meals BLD

Early morning departure by boat to Sierpe Town where a taxi will be waiting for your transfer to Palmar Sur Airstrip for your 45 min. flight back to San Jose. Upon arrival, your car will be waiting for you to begin your drive through the lovely scenic slopes whence Costa Rica earned the name “The Switzerland of Central America”. Your drive through this gorgeous landscape will take approximately 2 1/2 hours with great places to stop for breathtaking photos! As you approach the town of La Fortuna and weather permitting you should be able to get your first glimpse of he Arenal Volcano. Arrival at your hotel Arenal Springs Resort or Mountain Paradise Hotel  for check-in so you can settle in to your unique guest room, your base for adventure over the next several days. Evening at leisure to enjoy the active Arenal volcano at night, the lively little town of La Fortuna or visit the Hot Springs. Meals B

A day to enjoy exploring the area with the flexibility of your rental car. Visit some of Arenal’s top attractions, like the Sky Adventure Park or the Arenal National Park. Enjoy a day of free style exploration in Costa Rica’s adventure capital. Overnight at Arenal Springs Resort or Mountain Paradise Hotel. Meals B

Mid morning you’ll be picked up by your professional river rafting guides for a fantastic trip on the class III Balsa River. Challenge yourself as you paddle through fun & safe rolling rapids with names like “Morning Coffee” & “Rock around the Croc” and then play around in tranquil river pools in an isolated rainforest river canyon! And only 30 minutes from La Fortuna!
Your professional, experienced bilingual guides will give you a safety talk and paddling instruction, lifejackets, helmets & then you’re off…
Hopefully you’ll get to see lots of wildlife like monkeys, sloths and tropical birds such as ospreys, oropendolas and toucans. This unique river trip is the best way to combine adventure and nature.
And even includes a delicious home-cooked Costa Rican lunch & an exclusive, small-group tour through their family finca. A lovely cultural experience! Return to your hotel. MEALS   BL

Departure for your 2 1/2 hour drive back to San Jose International Airport for car rental return and check in for your return flight to the U.S. Meals B

Includes:

  • 1 night in San Jose deluxe hotel with buffet breakfast daily, Barcelo San Jose
  • 3 nights in Osa Peninsula deluxe lodge with all meals, Casa Corcovado Jungle Lodge
  • 3 nights in Arenal Volcano first class hotel with breakfast daily, Arenal Springs Resort or Mountain Paradise Hotel
  • 14 Meals: 7 breakfast, 4 lunches and 3 dinners
  • Full day guided Corcovado National Park Tour
  • Full day guided Cano Island Biological Reserve & snorkeling gear
  • Balsa River Rafting Tour – Class III
  • 4 day four wheel drive car rental including unlimited mileage and insurance (cat D)
  • Round trip flight from San Jose to Palmar Sur and taxi/boat transportation to Casa Corcovado Lodge
  • All guided tours and excursions as outlined in the itinerary including admission fees to parks and places of interest
  • All transfers and transportation with baggage handling throughout
  • Services of SLT local representatives throughout
  • SLT guaranteed tour performance warranty
  • SLT $1 Million Insurance Protection Plan

Excludes:

  • 13% Costa Rica Government tax (VAT)

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.

CASA CORCOVADO

Is located on the Osa Peninsula in southwestern Costa Rica. The 170-acre private reserve borders Corcovado National Park, the “crown jewel” in Costa Rica’s world-renowned national park system.

The jungle lodge offers the closest accommodation to the park. The bungalows are clustered on a hilltop high above the sea, surrounded by tropical gardens and rainforest.

Corcovado is the last remaining Pacific lowland rainforest of sustainable size in Central America, and has been called “the most biologically intense place on earth” by no less an authority than the National Geographic Society. Here among Costa Rica’s largest trees can be found Central America’s densest populations of tapir, jaguar and scarlet macaws.

There are no roads to Casa Corcovado Jungle Lodge; access is by boat only. Boats leave from our dock and reception centre, ‘La Hacienda’, on the banks of the river, in the town of Sierpe. From there, it is a 90-minute journey downriver, through the mangrove system, and then out into the Pacific, where we follow the coast to the hotel.

ARENAL HOTELS:

HOTEL ARENAL SPRINGS

Arenal Springs Hotel is located just 5 miles away from the town of La Fortuna on the way towards the Arenal Volcano National Park.
Each distinctive Junior Suite comes with direct views to the beautiful Arenal Volcano. Each room is surrounded by exotic gardens, and beautiful flowers, where Costa Rica´s native species of birds and animals are readily seen.
Each Junior Suite offers you one king size bed or two double beds. Also, we provide rooms with handicap access, and adjoining rooms for families who want to stay together.
Hotel Arenal Springs Resort offers you in each Junior Suite the best amenities for your comfort, and our grounds will delight and inspire you. Our hotel have a nice swimming pool perfect for children and adults. We have natural and therapeutic Thermal Springs and exclusively for our guest.

OR MOUNTAIN PARADISE

Mountain Paradise Hotel, in Arenal Volcano, Invites you to enjoy a real paradise, with the perfect balance between nature, service, simplicity and the fashionable.
This remarkable project has a totally Costa Rican environment as its main strength, united to the highest standards in service. The hotel currently has 46 bedrooms in three categories: Honey Moon Suite, Master Suite with private swimming pool, Premium Suite 12 Units & 24 Junior Suites. It also has exclusive service areas such as, Deva’s SPA, two gourmet- style restaurants, Ave del Paraíso (Capacity 75 people) and Arenal Koita (capacity for 150 people), swimming pool with Jacuzzi, with the added value of having warm water, and laundry service. Among other conveniences for clients, we could mention wireless internet service in common areas, free parking lot, welcome cocktail and more.

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Costa Rica Essence of Nature Vacation Package
From $2,599.00
/ Adult
From $2,549.00
/ Child
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  • Corcovado National Park, Arenal Volcano

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