Hiking Arenal Volcano’s lush rainforest draped in vines, mosses, and orchids will have you searching for monkeys, toucans, and other exciting wildlife! Then you’ll travel to the small seaside village of Manuel Antonio to discover an area of beautiful tropical white sand beaches found along the central Pacific coast. In addition to the volcano hike, you can choose a bird’s eye view of the jungle canopy by walking over hanging bridges or soaring through the forest by zipline. A guided hike into the Manuel Antonio National Park will likely reveal a sloth or two plus prehistoric-looking lizards and so much more. All this in only 7 days! Perfect for a family vacation.
Number of nights: 6 (customizable)
Per person price from *$877pp (triple occupancy)
Welcome to Costa Rica! As you touch down at the San Jose International Airport (SJO) you’ll receive a VIP greeting from a representative of Pacific Trade Winds who will provide transport to a beautiful eco-resort surrounded by tropical gardens directly across from the iconic Arenal Volcano. Located outside of the colorful, bustling town of La Fortuna, your resort includes onsite hot springs exclusively for its guests as well as a swimming pool, Jacuzzi, and variety of restaurants. Optional spa services are also available.
An informative nature hike will take you on groomed trails through the rainforest along the base of the volcano. As you walk the floor of the giant forest, you’ll be surrounded by vines as you listen for tropical birds and animal life. Your guide will explain the area’s interesting history while pointing out visible wildlife that often includes monkeys, agoutis, and tropical birds, plus varieties of orchids and other interesting air plants. On another day you’ll have your choice of exploring the jungle canopy by walking across hanging suspension bridges or soaring by zipline over the treetops. OR, the high flying ziplining course provides 12 different cables of various lengths and heights ending with an awesome Tarzan Swing!
Next, you’ll leave Costa Rica’s temperate interior and head over to the beach for some fun in the sun! The small village of Manuel Antonio on the Pacific Ocean welcomes visitors to its pristine palm circled coves with white sandy beaches washed in turquoise blue water. At Manuel Antonio National Park, the must-do guided hike along trails and boardwalks takes you in and out of various habitats specific to unusual wildlife such as sleeping sloths and crocodiles. No food is sold or allowed within the park so bring your water bottle to keep hydrated. You’ll end up at a beautiful cove where you can choose to swim while in the park, or you can explore one of the equally scenic nearby public beaches on your own.
You’ll enjoy the luxury of a condominium stay with spacious rooms, full kitchen, and sweeping views from your patio. The chef at the onsite restaurant, open for all meals, prepares both traditional and international dishes with a flair. The covered outdoor seating, surrounded by tropical foliage and overlooking the ocean, offers spectacular sunsets. Many other amenities include an infinity pool, Jacuzzis, and shuttle service to a nearby secluded beach.
The weeklong Rainforest Volcano and Beaches vacation invites you to experience the amazing diversity of Costa Rica’s outdoor majesty and ends with an effortless private transport back to the airport on the day of your departure.
Day 1: Welcome to Costa Rica and on to Arenal Volcano
Once you arrive at the San Jose International Airport (SJO), a representative will greet you and provide transport to Arenal Springs Resort and Spa, located across from Arenal Volcano just outside the town of La Fortuna. Relax and enjoy the onsite hot springs!
Arenal Springs Resort and Spa
Day 2: Arenal Volcano Nature and History Tour (B)
You’ll be picked up and taken on a professionally guided hike around the base of Arenal Volcano. Your naturalist guide will point out areas of interest and identify the day’s visible wildlife.
Arenal Springs Resort and Spa
Day 3: Choice: Canopy Hanging Bridges OR Zipline (B)
Today you’ll have a choice of exploring the lush rainforest canopy either by Hanging Bridges OR a Zipline adventure. The Hanging Bridges tour will take you on a leisurely guided hike over the tree canopy across suspension bridges. The Zipline adventure will have you zooming over the treetops along 12 different cables stopping at strategically placed platforms.
Arenal Springs Resort and Spa
Day 4: Arenal Volcano to Manuel Antonio Beach (B)
A transport will take you to the coastal village of Manuel Antonio where you’ll be staying in a condominium at the Los Altos Resort overlooking the Pacific Ocean.
Los Altos Resort
Day 5: Manuel Antonio National Park (B)
You’ll be taken to Manuel Antonio National Park and led through the park by a certified naturalist guide to explore a variety of interesting habitats and tropical animal life living along the beautiful coastline. Bottled water recommended. (Food not allowed.)
Los Altos Resort
Day 6: Free Day to Explore Manuel Antonio Beach (B)
Today is yours to spend any way you like. You may want to relax at the resort pool and Jacuzzis, take the shuttle down to the beach and use the lounge chairs, or do a spa day. If you like, you can even add an additional tour as your itinerary is fully customizable.
Los Altos Resort
Day 7: Back to the Airport (B)
Transportation will be provided to deliver you back to the San Jose International Airport three hours before your scheduled flight time. Buen Viaje!
The temperate rainforest surrounding Arenal Volcano offers endless exciting activities such as ziplining, canyoning, river rafting, waterfalls, hanging bridges, and numerous volcanic thermal hot springs, some in secluded grottos. Hiking through the giant jungle trees looking for wildlife next to the iconic volcano creates an illusion of prehistoric time. Listening for telltale sounds might mean sighting a rare and beautiful bird, playful monkeys, or even a slow-moving sloth. The freshness of the air invigorates as you discover the wonders of nature around you. For this very reason, the area is often referred to as The Adventure Capital of Central America! View this destination...
Some animals that live in Arenal… (actual images may have been taken in other locations)
The inviting white sand beaches at Manuel Antonio, picturesque palms, turquoise water, and rocky coves alone make it a memorable journey, but add to that a lively abundance of jungle wildlife and you have Costa Rica’s premier vacation destination! Here also you’ll find Manuel Antonio National Park, the most visited in Costa Rica. Besides the beautiful nature walk, you can swim inside the park, but food is forbidden due to the animal bandits! Los Altos Resort offers private shuttle service to a beach exclusively for its guests. View this destination…
Some animals that live in Manuel Antonio… (actual images may have been taken in other locations)
An all-time favorite, Arenal Springs Resort’s charm can’t be beat. Individual bungalows surrounded by tropical gardens and colorful flowers dot the expansive grounds. Each has a full view of the majestic Arenal Volcano giving guests every opportunity to catch the amazing moment when the clouds lift and the grandeur overwhelms. Guests can easily walk the grounds but can also call for a golf cart to catch a ride to one of the resort’s three restaurants, beautifully landscaped pools with swim-up bars, and heavenly onsite hot springs! In addition to the main restaurant, there is a sushi bar near the pool and an Italian restaurant. A welcoming staff provides excellent service to ensure your comfort. Guests who book through Pacific Trade Winds are given a 15% discount at the Spa. View this hotel…
Guests of this luxurious five-star condominium resort will enjoy spacious living with tasteful decor in every room, a full kitchen, and outdoor patio. You may see troops of monkeys playing in the trees or a sweeping view of the ocean depending on your level. Perfect accommodations for families or friends traveling together. One bedroom apartments are also available. The restaurant at the infinity pool offers happy hour and fantastic sunsets. You can walk to nearby shops and cafes as well as to the beach. The resort provides a private shuttle service to the beach for its guests. The restaurant serves up a variety of dishes for all meals including eggs benedict, burgers, and snacks, tropical salads, fresh ceviche, and grilled dinner options. View this hotel...
A naturalist will provide a wealth of information as you go for an intimate guided hike through the rainforest surrounding the base of Arenal Volcano. You’ll learn about the history of the iconic volcano while being introduced to the amazing trees, plants, and jungle animals living in the forest visible on the day of your visit. Towards the end, the trail will open to a mirador, or lookout point, where you can experience excellent views of the volcano (weather permitting). View this tour...
A) The HANGING BRIDGES tour provides an amazing opportunity to walk at different levels while exploring the rainforest canopy. The leisurely guided hike begins along terrestrial trails and continues up into the tree canopy where you’ll walk over suspended bridges to look down into the lush jungle below. Bilingual guides will share their knowledge of the forest with you, pointing out areas of interest and identifying visible wildlife.
B) The CANOPY ZIPLINE offers an exciting adventure for anyone seeking a full-on adrenaline rush! Your professional guides will lead you into the forest canopy where you’ll zoom over 12 different zipline cables landing on platforms all along the way. At the end, you can channel your inner kid as you fly through the trees on the Tarzan Swing.
The rich abundance of wildlife at Manuel Antonio National Park makes it the most visited national park in Costa Rica. Professional guides with spotting scopes will point out visible tropical wildlife and interesting plants as you walk through different types of distinctive habitats. Comfortable boardwalks allow you to walk over the mangroves to safely look for crocodiles. The hike ends at one of the park’s beautiful beach areas where there are changing rooms if you want to stay to go swimming. No food is sold or allowed within the park and backpacks are checked. Bottled water is recommended for hydration. View this tour...
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Low Season 2018 rates start at $1,049 USD* per person double occupancy, $877 USD* pp for triple occupancy, or $1,939 USD* pp for single occupancy for the lodges listed above. High season 2019 rates start at $1,408 USD* per person double occupancy, $1,201 USD* pp for triple occupancy, or $2,662 USD* pp for single occupancy for the same lodges. Low Season 2019 rates start at $1,315 USD* per person double occupancy, $1,119 USD* pp for triple occupancy, or $2,477 USD* pp for single occupancy for the same lodges. You can upgrade or downgrade hotels to match your preferences and budget.
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