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Costa Rica Volcanoes & Cloud Forest

6 Days, San Jose to San Jose
Costa Rica Volcanoes & Cloud Forest

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Head for the hills! Costa Rica's backbone of mountains and volcanoes hold some of its greatest treasures. The area around Arenal Volcano has adrenaline sports gal read more...

IS THIS Comfort TRIP FOR ME ? YES ! IF YOU...
    • Prefer meaningful small group travel with a little more polish and extra frills
    • Are eager to get off the tourist trail and connect with local people
    • Are excited by the prospect of handpicked hotels and guesthouses
What's Included
  • Overseas Medical Insurance for the duration of the tour (Sum of US$ 2,50,000 covered).
  • 05 nights accommodation (Hotels (05 nts).
  • 5 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 1 dinner.
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  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities (Shared shuttle/van, boat, walking.)
  • Arrival transfer.
  • Visit a hot springs resort including dinner.
  • Guided tour of Cano Negro Wetlands.
  • Guided walk through the Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve.
  • Services of Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout the tour.
  • Govt Service Tax of 5% payable to Govt of India.
VERY IMPORTANT
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 190-250 for food and drinks which are not included in the programme.
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Itinerary
Day 1 Arrive San Jose
Day 2 San Jose/La Fortuna
Day 3 La Fortuna
Day 4 La Fortuna/Monte Verde
Day 5 Monte Verde
Day 6 Depart Monte Verde/San Jose
Departures
  • Start
  • Finish
TRIP SPECIFIC SAFETY

Cox & Kings takes all reasonable measures to ensure your safety and enjoyment while travelling with us. The aim of this document is to give you an insight into ways you may further enhance your own personal safety while abroad.

Places Visited
  • San Jose
  • La Fortuna
  • Monteverde
  • San Jose to Monteverde Map
  • DAY 1 Arrive San Jose

    Arrive at any time and transfer to hotel.

    You will be met at San Jose International Airport and transferred to your hotel for the night. There are no planned activities, so enjoy the city on your own.

    Arrival Day
    Begin your adventure today. There are no planned activities so feel free to explore or rest up for the excitement ahead.

    Welcome Package Airport Transfer
    Receive a welcome package from your transfer driver that includes a schedule, documentation/vouchers, and pick-up times for all included activities. The package will also contain contact information, should you have any questions about the tour.

    Shared van
    Juan Santamaria International Airport - San Jose
    Climb aboard and make friends with your seatmate en route to the next stop. (None (Meals on your own))

  • DAY 2 San Jose/La Fortuna

    Transfer to the Arenal area. Enjoy some time at leisure before a relaxing visit to the hot springs.

    Shared van
    San Jose - La Fortuna 4h-5h 150km
    Climb aboard and make friends with your seatmate en route to the next stop.

    Hot Springs Soak at Tabacon Grand Spa Thermal Resort
    La Fortuna
    After a long day of exploring, take a relaxing soak in the cascading hot springs of Tabacon Resort. Situated at the base of the Arenal Volcano, immerse yourself in therapeutic waters heated by earth's magma and infused with healing minerals and salts. Rejuvenate your muscles, detox your cells, and stimulate all your senses in nature's thermal spa. Breathe in the pure rainforest air and marvel at the mystic surroundings of these outdoor pools of paradise.

    Free Time
    La Fortuna Afternoon
    Most accommodation is just outside town - opt to take a taxi into town for a walk and shopping. (Breakfast,Dinner)

  • DAY 3 La Fortuna

    Charge up your camera, bring your binoculars, and set off to spot a variety of birds, reptiles, insects and other animals on a guided tour of Cano Negro Wildlife Refuge.

    Shuttle
    La Fortuna
    Move efficiently from point A to point B aboard this dependable ride.

    Cano Negro Wildlife Refuge Tour
    Arenal - Cano Negro
    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. (Lunch,Breakfast)

  • DAY 4 La Fortuna/Monte Verde

    Transfer to the mountain community of Monteverde and the cloud forest. Shared van
    La Fortuna - Monte Verde 8:20
    Climb aboard and make friends with your seatmate en route to the next stop.

    Opt to visit the cheese factory or butterfly gardens.

    Free Time
    Monte Verde Afternoon
    Free time to take a walk through town - why not check out the cheese and ice creme factory?

    Optional Activities
    Monteverde Cheese Factory Visit

    Monte Verde
    10USD per person
    In search of a more peaceful lifestyle, a group of Quaker dairy farmers settled in Monteverde and by 1953, incorporated the cheese factory producing the country's first pasteurized cheese. Now the second largest cheese maker in Costa Rica, learn about the production of its 17 varieties, sample Gouda, Swiss, provolone, as well as caramels, milkshakes and ice cream (with flavours that include coffee, coconut, mango and pineapple) and learn how the factory provides work for more than 300 farmers and families in the central highlands. (Breakfast,Lunch)

  • DAY 5 Monte Verde

    Head off to the biological reserve for a guided trek through the lush, thriving cloud forest. The rest of the afternoon and evening are free for you to enjoy.

    Santa Elena Cloud Forest Guided Tour
    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 and Jane as you imagine swinging from the forest's giant vines, trudge along 12km (7 mi) of trails, watch for wildlife and trek to the top of the observation tower. Be sure to stop and listen too. Hear the haunting 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.

    Free Time
    La Fortuna Afternoon
    There are numerous active and wildlife options available for you to choose.

    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.

    Monteverde Butterfly Garden Visit"
    Monte Verde
    12USD per person
    Get close to butterflies, bump into giant bugs and make friends with hairy eight-legged spiders in this collection of gardens nestled in the mountains of Monteverde. Observe caterpillars, take prize-worthy photos of the iridescent blue morpho butterfly and check out the leaf-cutter ant colony. The nature centre is home to 30 species of butterfly, a whole bunch of insects, as well as white-faced monkeys, coatis, motmots and more.

    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. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 6 Depart Monte Verde/San Jose

    Afternoon transfer to San Jose airport or hotel.

    Shared van
    Monte Verde - San Jose 4h-5h 13:00
    Climb aboard and make friends with your seatmate en route to the next stop. (Breakfast)

  • Meal basis

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

  • TRIP DETAILS

    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 190-250 for food and drinks which are not included in the programme.

  2. 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.

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

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

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

  6. 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.

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


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