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13 Days, San Jose to San Jose

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    • Want to physically engage with your environment
    • Are looking beyond a mere vacation as you hike, bike and kayak
    • Like exploring the world's greatest vantage points
What's Included
  • Overseas Medical Insurance for the duration of the tour (Sum of US$ 2,50,000 covered).
  • 12 nights accommodation (Hotels (10 nts), jungle lodge (2 nts)).
  • 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners.
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities (Public bus, van, bike, boat, raft, hiking).
  • Overnight rafting trip on Pacuare River and guided hike.
  • Guided Cycle Tour in La Fortuna.
  • Included surf lesson in Puerto Viejo.
  • Services of Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout the tour, local guides.
Please ensure that you print a final copy of your trip details provided by Cox & Kings as pdf format.
Important Notes
We recommend you to have a meal budget of USD 410-535 for food and drinks which are not included in the programme.
Day 1 Arrive San Jose
Day 2 San Jose/Monte Verde
Day 3 Monte Verde
Day 4 Monte Verde/La Fortuna
Day 5 La Fortuna
Day 6 La Virgen/La Fortuna
Day 7 La Fortuna/Pacuare
Day 8 Pacuare
Day 9 Pacuare/Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
Day 10 Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
Day 11 Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
Day 12 Puerto Viejo de Talamanca/San Jose
Day 13 Depart San Jose
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Places Visited
  • San Jose
  • Monteverde
  • La Fortuna
  • Pacuare
  • Puerto Viejo De Talamanca
  • DAY 1 Arrive San Jose

    Arrive at any time.

    There are no planned activities during the day, so check in to the hotel and explore the city. If you arrive early enough, you'll have time to explore the city.

    Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
    Tonight, the adventure begins. Feel free to explore - but make sure you're back in time to meet your group. After introductions, your CEO will review the details of your trip. (None (Meals on your own))

  • DAY 2 San Jose/Monte Verde

    Drive from San Jose to Monteverde to explore the verdant cloud forest and enjoy the surrounding area.

    Morning transfer to Monteverde. It can be a bumpy ride on some unpaved roads, but the views along the way are spectacular.

    Private Vehicle
    San Jose - Monte Verde 4h Morning
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle.

    Optional Activities
    Monteverde Coffee Plantation Tour

    Monte Verde
    No trip to Costa Rica is complete without visiting a coffee plantation. Visit Cafe Monteverde and learn how this fair trade coffee goes from crop to cup. Pick ripe berries, watch how the beans are separated from the husk, then dried and roasted. Sample and buy some of these excellent beans. The Santa Elena coffee co-op prides itself on sustainable practices: it recycles processing water, uses coffee pulp for fertilizer, and sends plant fibers and husks to make paper. (None (Meals on your own))

  • DAY 3 Monte Verde

    A free day to enjoy some of many optional activities in and around Monteverde.

    Your CEO will let you know about all the activities available and help you pick the best option for you.

    Free Time
    Monte Verde
    Spend free time in Monteverde exploring the cloud forest or visiting nearby attractions.

    Optional Activities
    Monteverde Horseback Riding

    Monte Verde 2h30m-3h
    25-45USD per person
    Enjoy Monteverde's breath-giving wilderness by horseback. Spot toucans, bellbirds and parrots as you ride private mountain trails through primary and secondary forest. Meet monkeys, see sloths, and possibly glimpse the Gulf of Nicoya through the clouds. Take photos, inhale the pure air and let your horse lead you on this memorable meander in misty Monteverde.

    Monteverde ATV Tour
    The ATV tour is a total rush. Mounted on a powerful four wheeling machine, you will follow a friendly and professional guide. Whiz along at a pace comfortable to you, through beautiful rolling countryside in the outskirts of Santa Elena. You set the pace. Slash through streams and mud, navigate narrow, winding trails, and inch your vehicle down rocky roads, ridden with potholes and impossible for cars to travel. After two action packed hours on these "cuadraciclos", as they are called in Spanish, enjoy the natural high.

    Monteverde Hanging Bridges
    Monte Verde
    Get up high and personal to see the tree tops of Monteverde's Cloud Forest from a bird's eye view. Cross a series of hanging bridges to discover what biologists once needed ropes and pulleys to glimpse - a lush, green vista accented by bromeliads, vines, and orchids. Wonder at this wet canopy, home to 90% of all the organisms in the forest, including thousands of species of birds, small animals, amphibians and insects.

    Santa Elena Cloud Forest Visit
    Monte Verde
    Pull on your poncho and boots and head into the cloud-covered forest, past over-sized ferns and exotic orchids. Harness your inner Tarzan as you imagine swinging from the forest's giant vines, trudge along 12 km of trails, watch for wildlife and trek to the top of the observation tower. Be sure to stop and listen too. Hear the haunting hollow call of the bellbird and perhaps catch sight of the brilliant green and red resplendent quetzal. Feel good about protecting the preserve and sustaining the quality of local schools through payment of your park fees.

    Monte Verde 3h-4h
    45USD per person
    Buckle up your harness, don your helmet and prepare to launch. Glide along cables suspended high above the cloud forest canopy. Dare to let go andreach top speeds as you zip past stunning scenery. Forget your fear as you spot a toucan or exotic orchid in this adrenaline-filled experience.

    El Trapiche Tour
    Monte Verde 2h-3h
    30USD per person
    Step back in time into El Trapiche (the sugar mill), home of three generations of Costa Rican farmers. Explore plantations of sugar cane, coffee, bananas and cacao. Start with a walk through the farm, learn about coffee and cocoa harvesting processes, ride a Costa Rican ox cart, and finally make artisanal sugar cande candy and liquor. Finish the tour with a fragrant cup of coffee made from beans grown right here on the farm! (None (Meals on your own))

  • DAY 4 Monte Verde/La Fortuna

    Transfer from Monteverde to La Fortuna, where there is free time to explore.

    Make the journey today between Monteverde and La Fortuna, enjoying some of Costa Rica's best views on the way. Arrive in La Fortuna around lunchtime with free time in the afternoon for optional activities or just to relax. Spend the afternoon outside, viewing local wildlife, marveling at the Arenal Volcano and getting to know more about the fortune of La Fortuna. There are many options to keep you busy all day long.

    Private Vehicle
    Monte Verde - La Fortuna 3h-4h 60km
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle.

    Free Time
    La Fortuna Afternoon
    Free afternoon in La Fortuna. Experience the outdoor adventures, amazing wildlife and natural wonders in this area. (None (Meals on your own))

  • DAY 5 La Fortuna

    Free day in La Fortuna. Experience the outdoor adventures and feel the presence of the volcano in this rural town surrounded by natural wonders.

    Spend another day getting your adrenaline pumping, viewing local wildlife, marveling at the Arenal Volcano and getting to know more about La Fortuna's Costa Rica.

    Free Time
    La Fortuna Full Day
    Free day in La Fortuna. Experience the outdoor adventures, amazing wildlife and natural wonders in this area.

    Optional Activities

    86USD per person
    Hold on tight and get ready to rappel down the face of rushing waterfalls. Fear and fun collide in the rainforest as you throw caution to the monkeys and launch yourself into nature. Get soaked and feel completely alive. Trek through rivers, wobble across a hanging bridge and keep your eyes peeled for exotic birds and wildlife. Let the action begin!

    Stand Up Paddle (Lesson and Tour)
    59USD per person
    Grab a long wide board and show those surfer dudes how it's done without waves on Lake Arenal with the volcano looming above. Tour picks up from the hotel and includes a tour of the west-end of the Lake while you're getting the hang of the paddle board. Enjoy the amazing view, with chances to spot wild birds like Great Blue Herons or even Howler Monkeys. Learn more about the area while exploring the lake and snack on some tropical fruit before heading back to the hotel.

    Kayak Arenal
    Zip up your life jacket, grab a paddle and get ready to be wowed by beauty in every direction. Admire Arenal Volcano as you kayak the blue-green waters of Lake Arenal, Central America's second largest lake. Scan the shores for more than 300 species of birds, listen for howler monkeys and fish for sharp-toothed rainbow bass. Take time to float and soak in the stunning scenery of the rolling hills, secret coves and sky that stretches forever.

    Extreme Volcano Hike
    Cerro Chato 4h-5h
    59USD per person
    Feel like getting a sweat on? This intense hike cuts through the lush rainforest to the crater of the inactive Cerro Chato Volcano, where there's now an emerald green lake. Hike back down and enjoy the lush landscape, then cool off in the waterfall of La Fortuna.

    La Fortuna Waterfall Swim
    La Fortuna
    8USD per person
    Take a walk, taxi, or horse just outside the town of La Fortuna to the nearby waterfall. Once at the gate, pay a fee then start the descent on rough steps (more than 500 of them!) to get to the base of the falls. The water cascades 65m (200 ft) down the side of the dormant Cerro Chato. Sit on the rocks, get sprayed, watch for iridescent blue morpho butterflies and then plunge into the cool waters.

    Cano Negro Wildlife Refuge Tour
    Arenal - Cano Negro
    59USD per person
    Travel north to Cano Negro Wildlife Refuge near the Nicaraguan border. Take a guided tour by covered boat through one of the world's most important wetlands; home to a vast array of plants, birds, reptiles, fish, and mammals. Keep your eyes peeled and you may see an three-toed sloth or a Jesus Christ lizard. (None (Meals on your own))

  • DAY 6 La Virgen/La Fortuna

    Cycle the area around La Fortuna on a guided half-day biking tour. At night, opt to relax and soak your muscles in the hot springs at the base of Arenal Volcano.
    The town of La Fortuna lies near the base of the Arenal Volcano, with Costa Rica's largest lake, Arenal, located on the opposite side. La Fortuna is a perfect launch pad to go wild, and let the adrenaline flow, with a range of adventure sports.
    Pedal through the surrounding villages on a guided half-day cycling tour before soaking in the naturally heated hot springs at the base of the volcano.
    Arenal Cycling Trip
    Arenal 3h
    Ride on a mixture of rocky dirt and paved roads through small towns, past farms and with mountains in the distance. Total distance is approximately 15 kilometers.

    Optional Activities
    Los Lagos Hot Springs

    The natural hot springs at the Los Lagos Hotel, Spa & Resort are fed directly from pristine rainforest springs. Soak in the healing pools, feel your muscles relax as you luxuriate in the warm water heated by the Arenal Volcano. Enjoy the tropical jungle setting and let your senses soar. (None (Meals on your own))

  • DAY 7 La Fortuna/Pacuare

    Enjoy a two-day guided rafting expedition along the Pacuare River, stopping at times to explore on foot, then stay the night in rustic cabins built along the river.
    In the morning, transfer from La Fortuna to the put-in point for rafting on the Pacuare River. On this first day, stop down river for a short hike to explore waterfalls, and scenic, hidden canyons. In the evening, stay at a jungle lodge on the banks of the Pacuare River in a scenic, but remote location.
    Overnight Pacuare Guided Rafting Expedition Day 1
    Rio Pacuare 3h-4h Afternoon
    Raft down class III-IV rapids on the Pacuare River toward our remote jungle lodge. Explore the surrounding rainforest and waterfalls on a network of hiking trails and enjoy the beauty and tranquility of the untouched natural environment. Continue paddling past waterfalls and through canyons. Stop for the first of two nights for a well-deserved rest. (Dinner,Breakfast,Lunch)

  • DAY 8 Pacuare

    Continue rafting along the Pacuare RIver, stopping to explore the jungle and other areas of interest along the way.

    In the morning, hike through the rainforest to a natural waterslide and possible visit to a local Cabecar indigenous village. This combination of nature and adventure forms the perfect recipe for an unforgettable Costa Rican vacation.

    Overnight Pacuare Guided Rafting Expedition Day 2
    Rio Pacuare 5h-6h Full Day
    Explore the surrounding rainforest on foot. Hike with local guides to see waterfalls, swim in small streams and learn about the natural environment that is home to the Cabecar indigenous peoples. Relax in a hammock and enjoy the sounds of tropical birds calling above the roar of the rushing river. (Lunch,Dinner,Breakfast)

  • DAY 9 Pacuare/Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

    Continue down river to the take-out point, then travel to the Caribbean coastal town of Puerto Viejo.

    Raft to the take-out point in the morning, then catch a bus to reach the Caribbean coast.

    Overnight Pacuare Guided Rafting Expedition Day 3
    Rio Pacuare Morning
    Get back on the river for a final morning of rafting Pacuare's class III-IV rapids. Take a long look, jump out for a swim, then paddle to the put out point and head back to base camp.

    Free Time
    Puerto Viejo de Talamanca Afternoon
    Take some time by the shore of the Caribbean Sea in Puerto Viejo. There's plenty of activities to enjoy, or take the time simply to relax.

    Private Vehicle
    Rio Pacuare - Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle. (Lunch,Breakfast)

  • DAY 10 Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

    Costa Rica is famous for its sun, sand and surf. In Puerto Viejo, pull on a rash guard, grab a big board and get ready to hang ten like a local with an included surf lesson.

    Enjoy an included surf lesson from the beach to try and master this cool sport on Costa Rica's beautiful Caribbean coast.

    Surfing Lesson
    2h-3h Morning
    Grab your swimsuit and get ready to hang ten! Learn how to find and ride the waves with surfing lessons from local experts. Enjoy the fresh sea air, and try to spot local marine life while enjoying the waters.

    Free Time
    Puerto Viejo de Talamanca Afternoon
    Free time to enjoy the beach and laid-back Afro-Caribbean town of Puerto Viejo. Don't worry, be happy. (None (Meals on your own))

  • DAY 11 Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

    Free time in Puerto Viejo. Take a long walk along the fine white sand beaches and discover the warm turquoise water is ideal for swimming, fishing, kayaking, boogie boarding, and surfing.

    Soak up the sun on the Caribbean coast of Puerto Viejo. Opt to take a boat trip, snorkel the nearby reefs, or cycle around the town. Surf lessons and board rentals are available. If relaxation is the order of the day, visit the Jaguar Rescue Centre and learn more about these elegant cats.

    Free Time
    Puerto Viejo de Talamanca Full Day
    Free time in Puerto Viejo. There are beautiful white sand beaches and the warm turquoise water is ideal for swimming, fishing, kayaking, boogie boarding or surfing.

    Optional Activities
    Kayak in Puerto Viejo

    Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
    Punta Uva is known as one of the world's best 'fun fest' beaches. You decide! Grab a paddle and hop into a kayak for a relaxing trip along a river. Spot a zoo full of wildlife, including monkeys (howler, whiteface, spider), turtles, spiders, sloths, lizards, iguanas, and birds, as well as several medicinal plants and trees, such as the big fig tree, indio desnudo, bread fruit, ylang ylang and more. (None (Meals on your own))

  • DAY 12 Puerto Viejo de Talamanca/San Jose

    Return to San Jose and take advantage of a final day to shop for souvenirs (coffee anyone?) and explore the city.

    Return to San Jose with some time to explore the city.

    Local bus
    Puerto Viejo de Talamanca - San Jose 5h-5h30m 217km
    Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride. (None (Meals on your own))

  • DAY 13 Depart San Jose

    Depart at any time. (None (Meals on your own))

  • Meal basis

    As per itinerary - B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals


    If you have booked this trip or are curious about all of the details, you can download this trip's information as a PDF.

    Please ensure that you print a final copy of your Trip Details to review a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes that affect your plans.

  1. We recommend you to have a meal budget of USD 410-535 for food and drinks which are not included in the programme.

  2. This programme is operated on a Coach tour. Maximum Group size is 16 passengers, at an average there are 08passengers travelling on this tour.

  3. Itinerary descriptions are guaranteed with the exception of unforeseen conditions which include, but are not limited to, road closures due to weather, acts of God, safety concerns, changes to highway legal restrictions, and acts by third parties beyond the control of Service Provider.

  4. There is no refund for any non-utilization of any services.

  5. All holiday prices are subject to Govt. Service Tax of 5% payable to Govt of India.

  6. At this point of time no services are confirmed and the same is subject to availability.

  7. Request for an early hotel check in or late checkout is at the discretion of the accommodation unless pre-booked and pre-paid in advance.

  8. All payment to be made strictly by cheque / Demand Draft / Direct bank transfer in favour of 'COX AND KINGS LIMITED'.

  9. Costa Rica will not be allowing anyone to enter the country without proof of a departure ticket (bus, airplane, boat, etc.). If you are travelling through a few countries in Central America, you will need to show proof of your itinerary and a departure ticket from your last destination. Please print the itinerary and voucher and bring it with you.

    You should NOT participate in rafting if you fall into any of the following categories - pregnant, have had major surgery in the last 6 months or major injury e.g. spine or neck problems.

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