A great holiday vacation! This is the most classic itinerary for the first time visitor to Costa Rica. You’ll stroll through cloud shrouded coffe fields, peer into the world’s widest rimmed volcano, feel the spray of La Paz Waterfall and breathe in the clean air! Explore the Arenal Volcano National Park with a hike on its ashen trails. You’ll love soaking in the magic waters at Tabacon, hands down this is the finest hot springs in Arenal.
Enjoy Monteverde Cloud Forest and it’s quirky little town, gateway to the rich biological diversity found in the reserve. Here excellent trails wind through dense forests layered with thick vines, dripping moss and more shades of green than you might have thought existed.
Next, off to Costa Rica’s Gold Coast, Guanacaste and to the stunning views at the very trendy Hotel Esplendor in Tamarindo. Unwind and enjoy this iconic Costa Rican beach town. Pedestrian friendly Tamarindo offers great dining and shopping in a relaxed but trendy surf town ambiance. A great place to usher in the New Year!
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.
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. The volcano’s active crater is one of the largest in the world. Poás Volcano National Park protects a spectacular cloud forest that offers tempting trails that lead you through the exotic flora of this unique environment.
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. La Paz has five magnificent waterfalls with nine viewing platforms allowing visitors an up close and personal view of the falls and the spectacular La Paz River.
Enjoy a delicious buffet lunch at the terrace dining room before we transfer to Arenal your hotel Montaña de Fuego. Meals BL
A morning to relax or perhaps treat yourself to the lava rocks massage at the hotel’s spa.
Later this afternoon you’ll be picked up from your hotel for the most populat “must -do” tour of Costa Rica, Arenal Volcano Hike at Dusk & Tabacon Hot Springs Tour with deluxe buffet dinner. This is a tour you’ll never forget! Make your way to the active side of the Arenal Volcano to observe the tumbling lava rocks and spewing gases. As the evening approaches and your sense of hearing heighten, the hike takes on a surreal quality due to the amazing sounds the volcano makes in the distance. As you experience this tour, your well-trained bilingual guide will teach you a great deal about the activity and history of the volcano. Next, head for a bit of rest and relaxation at the beautiful Tabacon Resort! The indescribable hot springs and exotic tropical gardens will soothe your body and soul. When the sun sets, the show begins with the grace of clear skies permitting, and the sight of redhot lava boulders rolling down the volcano as you soak in the springs, will stun you. 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! Latter, a truly fabulous buffet is offered in the open air restaurant. Transfer back to your hotel for a good night’s sleep. Meals BD
Early in the morning travel between Arenal and Monteverde via crossing on the country’s largest man made lake, Lake Arenal. Once on the other side, we continue with an adventurous drive up the mountain to reach the town of Monteverde. Check -in to the lovely El Establo Hotel. Welcome to the Cloud Forest! Overnight. Meals B
After breakfast you will visit the Monteverde Biological Reserve, a cloud forest rich in tropical flora and fauna. It stretches from the lush ferns and mosses which blanket the ground to the dark canopy formed from the tallest trees. It is composed of six different,
highly diversified ecological communities of plants and animals. Then a visit to the Hummingbird Gallery to view nature photography at its best. Afternoon at leisure. Enjoy Monteverde’s quirky town vibe and check out the many restaurants and bars just near the hotel. Overnight at the El Establo Hotel. Meals B
After breakfast, depart from Monteverde for a scheduled shuttle transfer to Guanacaste and the beautiful beach hotel, Esplendor Tamarindo in Tamarindo Beach for a 2-night stay. Meals B Daily
Morning transfer to the Liberia International Airport for your departure flight. Meals B
- 1 nights in San Jose deluxe hotel with buffet breakfast daily, Barcelo San Jose
- 2 nights in Arenal Volcano first class Inn with buffet breakfast daily, Montaña de Fuego
- 2 nights in Monteverde first class with buffet breakfast daily, El Establo Hotel
- 2 nights in Guanacaste at the deluxe hotel with buffet breakfast daily,Esplendor Hotel
- 9 meals: 7 breakfasts, 1 lunches, 1 dinner
- Full day Combo Tour to Poas Volcano, Doka Estates Coffee Plantation and the Amazing La Paz Waterfall Gardens with lunch
- Arenal Volcano guided hike & Tabacon Natural Hot Mineral Springs with buffet dinner
- Guided Monteverde Biological Cloud Forest Reserve tour
- Arenal Lake crossing
- All transfers with baggage handling throughout
- Entrance fees to parks and all places of interest
- All transportation within Costa Rica
- Services of SLT local representatives throughout
- SLT guaranteed tour performance warranty
- SLT $1 Million Insurance Protection Plan
- 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.
MONTAÑA DE FUEGO
The hotel is immersed in 45 hectares of primary and secondary forest , at the foot of the majestic Arenal Volcano , which makes it a true oasis of peace, enriched by an exuberant vegetation and diverse fauna. Montaña de Fuego has become one of the most beautiful hotels in the area, with one of the most privileged panoramic views of the Arenal Volcano.
Nestled in the misty cloud forest of Monteverde, El Establo offers the best quality services that will make your trip an unforgettable experience: The area`s best view, heated indoor pools, spa, restaurants, café-bars, special events center, internet access, souvenirs shop, tennis court, basketball court, mini soccer court, hiking trails, canopy tour and the most charming staff. This half Costarican – half Quaker, family owned hotel, will allow you to share the best of both cultures.
We also have a serious commitment with the environment and promote sustainable and responsible practices that insure the minimum impact to our most valuable resource… “Nature”.
Located in one of the most beautiful corners of Costa Rica, Esplendor Hotel Tamarindo offers a space created to relax and be comfortable, where natural beauty, adventure and elegance combine to perfection.
Virgin beaches and natural scenery offer guests a unique experience. You will enjoy spectacular sunsets while strolling on the beach, o while enjoying a drink in our exclusive Pool Bar. Every day will be a unique and unforgettable experience.
Esplendor Hotel Tamarindo is a unique complex where your vacations will turn into a real experience. Luxury amenities, an unmatched scenery, comfortable and ample rooms, restaurant, wet and dry bar, spa, and all the services a great hotel must offer.