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! 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 the best located hotel of Tamarindo Beach, The Tamarindo Diria Hotel. 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.
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 return back to San Jose and your hotel, Barcelo San Jose Palacio. Meals BL.
After breakfast, check out and be ready with your luggage for your departure to Costa Rica’s heartland.
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 checking in to your Arenal area hotel, Tabacon’s signature buffet dinner will be served with a great view of the volcano. Back on board for your drop off at The Arenal Volcano Inn. Check inAnd overnight. Meals BLD
Full day in Arenal, Costa Rica’s adventure capital. Choose from a huge array of exciting optional tours. Rafting, sky trams, zip lines, hanging bridges, volcano hikes, ATV tours, horseback riding and more!
Optional Tour: SKY TRAM & SKY TREK TOUR
After breakfast, if you join today’s optional tour. We are off for a great adventure! After a short drive, we will arrive at Sky Adventure Park.
Here we will embark on the Sky Tram. The Tram is.a series of gondolas that rise smoothly through the rainforest, offering up endless views during its mountainous ascent. This tour is perfect for people who want to take a different approach on admiring nature, without much physical effort but still be on spot where nature exhibits all its magic. On tour you will be attended by a bilingual guide who will point out different characteristics of the flora and fauna and other interesting facts. The Sky Tram travels up the mountain to arrive at a wide observation platform on the highest point of the reserve. Once there, enjoy the indescribable view. And of course, get ready for the thrilling Sky Trek portion of today’s tour, the ultimate Zip line experience!
Sky Trek is a thrilling zip line circuit that directly follows the Sky Tram starting at the observation platform. Here, all geared up and in harness & helmet, you will start riding down on a zip line track stretching across canyons and in between treetops, the exhilarating adventure of zip lining down the mountainside begins; ultimately returning you to the starting point at the main building. This is the most thrilling zip line in the country. It’s something you probably never thought you would do…but sure glad you did!
Return to hotel with great memories of an amazing day!
Overnight at your hotel. MEALS B
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 continuewith an adventurous drive up the mountain to reach the town of Monteverde. Check -in to the lovely Heliconia Hotel. Welcome to the Cloud Forest! Overnight. Meals B.
After breakfast day free to enjoy all that Monteverde has to offer on your own or take today’s optional tour, The Monteverde Biological Reserve Guided Tour
The Monteverde Biological Reserve Guided Tour
Tour departs in morning for a visit to 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 Heliconia Hotel. Meals B
After breakfast, depart from Monteverde for a scheduled shuttle transfer to Guanacaste and the beautiful beach hotel, Tamarindo Diria in Tamarindo Beach for a 2-night stay. Meals B Daily.
Morning transfer to the Liberia International Airport for your departure flight. Meals B
- 2 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, Arenal Volcano Inn
- 2 nights in Monteverde first class with buffet breakfast daily, Heliconia Hotel
- 2 nights in Guanacaste at the deluxe hotel with buffet breakfast daily,Tamarindo Diria Hotel
- 11 meals: 8 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
day Tour of Arenal Volcano & Tabacon Natural Hot Mineral Springs
with lunch & dinner and visit to Sarchi Artesan Village
- 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)
- Guided Hike in Moteverde Cloud Forest Reserve or Santa Elena $99
*Rate subject to change
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.
ARENAL VOLCANO INN
The Arenal Volcano Inn is a 25 room hotel surrounded by exotic nature that can be admired from the tranquility of your room or by taking a small walk around the hotel gardens. Every guest may enjoy the view of the Arenal Volcano from their own private terrace. Come visit us and make Arenal Volcano Inn your home while vacationing in Costa Rica. The Arenal Volcano Inn is the ideal location for those who want to discover the many diverse natural attractions that the Arenal Volcano area and La Fortuna of San Carlos offer.
Getting here is easy, as you can rent a car and self-drive, or opt to leave the driving to someone else, and take advantage of the many transfers and tours to the area in a comfortable air-conditioned vehicle.
Hotel Heliconia is located in Monteverde, a privileged location, that places it near two of the most beautiful protected tropical forests in Costa Rica, the well known Monteverde Cloud Forest Preserve and the Santa Elena Rain Forest Reserve (at six kilometers). The hotel offers a perfect setting for the visitors who love bird-watching, nature photography and serenity of a mountain retreat. It has been designed to offer home-style comfort in the warmth of all wood construction, assuring the guest an unforgettable vacation.
Around 1987, when the number of scientists and tourists visiting the Monteverde Biological Reserve hotel Heliconia began to rise significantly, it became clear that the Monteverde region required more lodging and restaurant services to meet the increased demand. Stepping in to fill this need, Hotel Heliconia opened with only five guest rooms,- thus launching itself as a tourism pioneer in Monteverde.
At the end of each day, gaze at an unforgettable palette of colors courtesy of Tamarindo’s oceanside sunset which can be viewed from while you dine at our beachfront restaurant, or sip a refreshing cocktail at one of our bars.
At Tamarindo Diria Beach Resort, all of our 240 different rooms in 5 different categories have been designed for the comfort and enjoyment of our guests. Each room category offers electronic door locks, safety deposit box, cable television with international news, sports and movie channels, air conditioning, national and international telephone service, king size bed or two queen size beds, and wireless internet connections in the rooms and in the hotel’s public areas.