QUINTESSENTIAL COSTA RICA ITINERARY
14 Nights, 15 Days

Starting at $2,048 per person

Price includes tours, hotel, transportation, and taxes.

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Experience all the beautiful country of Costa Rica has to offer with our Quintessential Costa Rica Itinerary.

You will begin your adventure in San Jose, Costa Rica’s capital and largest city. Spend your first night at Hotel Gran del Oro, located just 20 minutes from the San Jose International Airport. Converted from a Tropical Victorian mansion, the 40-room hotel maintains the warmth and comfort of a private home with all the amenities of a fine hotel.

quin1Your travels will truly begin in the “Amazon of Costa Rica,” spending two nights in Tortuguero, host to an incredible biodiversity of wildlife and animal species native to Costa Rica and the Americas. Home to Tortuguero National Park, Tortuguero is a popular Ecotourism destination to explore the rainforest canals, watch sea turtles nest, and see wildlife.

quin2Next you will travel to La Fortuna, spending four nights at the adventure capital of the Costa Rica and home to Volcano Arenal. La Fortuna was voted by TripAdvisor as one of the “Top Ten Emerging Destinations of 2013.” You’ll quickly find out why – with beautiful hot springs and an abundance of tours including whitewater rafting, ziplining, horseback riding, and volcano hikes, you will be sure to get more than your fair share of Costa Rican adventure during your time in La Fortuna.

quin3Monteverde is your next stop, home to the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve. Spend three nights here and experience life at a higher altitude – some 4,662 ft (1,440 m) above sea level, to be exact – and enjoy the wonders of the cloud forest and the unique wildlife it fosters. Explore the cloud forest on a canopy or suspension bridges tour, visit a local coffee farm, or check out some of the museums in downtown Santa Elena.

quin4 At long last, the beach is calling! Enjoy the last four nights of your trip in the paradise of Manuel Antonio. Manuel Antonio contains a charming combination of rainforest, beaches, and coral reefs. These beaches are some of the most beautiful in the country, lined with lush forest, and the snorkeling is excellent, too! The forest is home to sloths, iguanas, the rare and adorable squirrel monkeys, and millions of colorful little crabs. Whether you are looking for total relaxation, more adventure, or a bit of both, Manuel Antonio offers each with ease.


1 NIGHT / SAN JOSE
DAY ONE
Welcome to Costa Rica! After arriving at San Jose International Airport, transportation will bring you to Hotel Gran del Oro, located just 20 minutes from the San Jose International Airport. Converted from a Tropical Victorian mansion, the 40-room hotel maintains the warmth and comfort of a private home with all the amenities of a fine hotel, allowing you to rest after your flight and prepare for your exciting adventure.


2 NIGHTS / TORTUGUERO
quin5DAY TWO 
Rise and shine! Private transportation will pick you up bright and early to begin your three-hour drive to Tortuguero. You will be staying at Laguna Lodge, a rain forest ecotourism lodge that offers an extra touch in style, comfort, and personalized service. Upon arrival, enjoy a tour of their botanical Garden and enjoy the exclusive use of their frog garden, pools, bars and Caribbean beachfront. From June to October, you can also witness the green turtle spawning, a huge attraction for tourist around the world.
quin6DAY THREE
Enjoy a morning tour throughout the Tortuguero National Park Canals and witness the exuberance of the tropical rainforest. Later on, visit cozy Tortuguero village to check out souvenirs and local eateries. Go on a guided boat or kayak tour within the canals to see unique wildlife, check out the sea turtles at Tortuguero National Park, hike through the rainforest, or go birdwatching! Relax and enjoy.


4 NIGHTS / LA FORTUNA

quin7DAY FOUR
Private transportation will pick you up from Laguna Lodge to begin your five-hour journey to La Fortuna, the adventure capital of Costa Rica. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the beautiful scenery – you will notice a definite difference in the landscape! You will be staying at Volcano Lodge, a beautiful hotel that sits at the foot of the majestic Arenal Volcano offering a number of amenities including four swimming pools, two Jacuzzis, and a restaurant.

quin8DAY FIVE
WHITEWATER RAFTING
There will be no dull moments as you raft on the Class III/IV Rio Sarapiqui.  This river winds through dense tropical wilderness and is fed by waters flowing from the Poas volcano. Your tour will begin with a one hour, scenic drive from La Fortuna to Rio Toro, and upon arrival you will be outfitted with gear and given a safety orientation. This daylong tour includes a stop to enjoy locally grown fresh organic fruits as well as an authentic Costa Rican lunch.

quin9DAY SIX 
A.M. CANOPY ZIPLINING
Get ready for the ultimate adrenaline rush! First you will ride an open-air gondola up to an observation deck to enjoy beautiful panoramic views of Volcano Arenal as well as Lake Arenal. Your ride back down will be a 2-mile circuit of zip lines stretching acrosscanyons and between treetops for the ultimate rush. You will see the rainforest as well as the lake and volcano with a whole new perspective! Ziplining across 8 cables will be sure to get your blood pumping, soaring high with distances up to 2,460 feet long and as high as 660 feet. There are ten zip line cables that range in height from 30 meters to 200 meters, and in length from 200 metersto 750 meters. Go-Pro cameras are available for rent to capture your entire tour.

quin10P.M. VOLCANO HIKE & HOT SPRINGS
Visit the Arenal Volcano National Park and see the majestic Volcano Arenal up close and personal during this hiking tour. Observe agreat variety of plants, wildlife, and magnificent lava rock formations while experienced guides provide interesting and educational information regarding the history of the volcano and national park. The tour concludes with an optional relaxing stop at the mineral hot springs.

DAY SEVEN For your last day in La Fortuna, choose from a day of waterfall rappelling, participate in an authentic Costa Rica cooking class, or visit to the La Fortuna waterfall by horseback or ATV’s. It’s up to you!


3 NIGHTS / MONTEVERDE

quin11DAY EIGHT
Rise and shine! Get ready for your JEEP-BOAT-JEEP venture from La Fortuna to Monteverde. You will be picked up at 8:30AM from your hotel by jeep and driven to Lake Arenal, where you will then board a boat to journey across the lake.
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After crossing Lake Arenal, you will be picked up by jeep and taken to Monteverde, home to the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve. Upon arrival, you will settle into Hotel & Spa Poco a Poco, a cozy boutique hotel that offers luxury amenities with eco-friendly, sustainable practices.

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DAY NINE
CANOPY ZIPLINING, HANGING BRIDGES & HERPETARIUM ADVENTURE
Get your heart pounding by taking a zip line ride through the cloud forest canopy. You’ll whizz along 1.7 miles of cables slung between towering tropical trees! To get to the zip line, you’ll ride the Sky Tram, which offers breathtaking panoramic views of the Monteverde hills and Nicoya gulf.

quin15After your ziplining adventure, get ready to explore the rainforest at a slower pace on a nature hike and hanging bridges. Constructed within the cloud forest, these trails and suspension bridges allow for a more tranquil introduction of the flora and fauna of the forest canopy with a naturalist guide. It also gives you the opportunity to see wildlife up close and personal, like monkeys, snakes, insects, and more. There quin16are five bridges in total, the longest of which spans around 984 feet. The trails extend for slightly over a mile and a half (2.5 km), making this tour extremely feasible for anyone in moderate shape.

Finally, you will be taken to Santa Elena for a visit to the Herpetarium to learn about Costa Rica’s amphibians and reptiles.  The facilities are ample and modern and offer a cozy, extensive atmosphere and adapted temperature for the animals. You can appreciate over 40 species including venomous and non-venomous snakes, poisonous frogs, toads, lizards and turtles.

quin17DAY TEN
COFFEE & CHOCOLATE TOUR
The perfect tour for coffee drinkers and coffee lovers alike, this tour brings you into the wonderful world of coffee and the history of Costa Rican coffee. Enjoy a beautiful walk on the Don Juan Coffee Plantation accompanied by a bilingual guide, and learn about the entire coffee production process from planting to brewing. Afterwards visit the Coffee House and try a delicious cup of coffee white admiring the beautiful scenery of the farm and the Gulf of Nicoya.

quin18Later, become immersed within the world of chocolate enjoying its delicious aromas and learning about its history.  You will participate in the chocolate making process and have the opportunity to taste the fruit of the cacao and observe how the small cocoa beans are magically converted into a rich tasting chocolate drink. At the end of the tour you can enjoy the taste of the chocolate you’ve made in a variety of forms: liquid chocolate, plain chocolate, spiced chocolate and of course, coffee chocolate.

4 NIGHTS / MANUEL ANTONIO

quin19DAY ELEVEN
At long last, the beach is calling! Private transportation will pick you up from your hotel to begin your four-hour drive to Manuel Antonio. Buckle up and enjoy, the views are beautiful! Upon arrival, you will settle into your room at Hotel Si Como No, a stunning Greentique Hotels resort that offers the perfect combination of Pura Vida attitude and barefoot luxury. It features a full array of spa & other resort amenities as well superb dinning for your stay.

quin20DAY TWELVE
P.M. SAILING & SNORKELING
Welcome aboard! Explore the Manuel Antonio Marine Preserve and watch dolphins, sea turtles, whales, and birds in their natural habitat. Observe many species of colorful tropical fish while snorkeling within a protected bay. Afterwards, enjoy a feast of grilled fish brochettes, pasta salad, fresh local fruits, and natural drinks, all accompanied by the hospitality of a your Costa Rican crew.

DAY THIRTEEN
Free Day! This is your day to relax and enjoy Manuel Antonio.

quin21DAY FOURTEEN
A.M. MONGROVE KAYAKING
Quietly explore the protected estuaries of Damas Island. Easily paddle the lush mangroves to watch the abundant wildlife including many birds, mammals, and reptiles that live in this tropical habitat known as the mangrove. This tour will show you nature’s unparalleled wonders as you paddle protected inland waterways and explore coastal mangrove areas and wildlife. The pace of this tour is according to your abilities and includes a certified, bilingual guide as well as breakfast, fruits, snacks, and a full lunch.

DAY FIFTEEN
Hasta luego! Your transportation will pick you up from your hotel and take you to the San Jose International Airport to catch your flight home. Until next time… Pura vida!