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Costa Rica Escape from San Jose Including Airfare

Escape to the picturesque and enchanting country of Costa Rica, where you can experience San Jose, Arenal, Monteverde, and Sarchi with this incredible package that includes airfare from Calgary. Get ready to immerse yourself in nine days filled with exciting adventures, starting with an exhilarating seven-day tour and topped off with one pre and one post night in the lovely city of San Jose. Includes round-trip airfare from Calgary.
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Costa Rica Escape from San Jose Including Airfare

DEPARTURE DATE: November 9, 2024
Countries Visited: Costa Rica

OVERVIEW

Get back to the garden with an escape to Costa Rica’s natural paradise. From heart-stirring suspension bridges through rainforest canopies to the lava trails emerging from the depths of the earth. See Arenal Volcano and explore the wild places where pumas and jaguars prowl. Look skyward to spot the hundreds of multi-hued birds, butterflies, and a dizzying diversity of wildlife in the Monteverde Cloud Forest. Find your head in the clouds in a primeval forest blessed by trade winds, rain, and fog by day, and unfettered stars above by night. Go where monkeys and macaws make your day with mischief and count yourself charmed to see some of the 160-plus reptile species—from tiny amphibians to titan snakes. Get civilized too, with visits to an artisan village and a tour of Costa Rica’s largest city and cultural capital of San José.

Travel Dates & Pricing

TRAVEL DATEPRICETYPE
November 9, 2024from $2,501 CADPer Person

What's Included

  • 9 days Costa Rica Tour (7 day tour plus 1 pre & 1 post day)
  • Flights from Calgary

Itinerary

DAYDATEPLACE
1Sat Nov 9San José - Pre-tour
2Sun Nov 10San José
3Mon Nov 11San José – Arenal
4Tue Nov 12Arenal
5Wed Nov 13Arenal – Monteverde
6Thu Nov 14Monteverde
7Fri Nov 15Monteverde – Sarchi – San Jose
8Sat Nov 16San José
9Sun Nov 17San José

Day 1 – San José

Pre-night arrival from Canada

Day 2 – San José (Tour Starts)

Welcome to San José!

Meet your Tour Director at your hotel.

Day 3 – San José – Arenal

Lava Love
Depart on a scenic drive past banana groves and pineapple and sugar cane fields en route to Arenal. Visit to La Fortuna Village in the shadow of mighty Arenal Volcano (currently dormant but known for consistent lava flows before 2010). Arenal is home to cascading waterfalls, thriving rainforests, abundant wildlife, and a wealth of outdoor activities with nearby nature trails and 400-year-old trees. Watch for frogs, monkeys, birds, and native wildlife.

Breakfast

TOUR HIGHLIGHT
WONDERS OF NATURE For 42 years, Arenal Volcano was Costa Rica’s most active volcano until 2010 when entered a passive phase. This area is one of the most bio-diverse areas in the world and is home to more than 850 species of birds and other wildlife. Time here can be spent hiking the trails around the volcano or relaxing in the many thermal hot springs.

Day 4 – Arenal

Bird’s Eye View
Today, take a guided excursion with your Naturalist to Arenal Hanging Bridges. Explore the jungle canopy atop 15 bridges suspended in the treetops to see various species of plants, birds, butterflies, monkeys, sloths, and other local wildlife. On a clear day, get a 360-degree view of the tropical rainforest and stunning views of Arenal Volcano. Free time the remainder of the day.

Breakfast

TOUR HIGHLIGHT
PICTURE PERFECT Explore the rainforest from a bird’s-eye perspective high above the jungle floor from the Arenal Hanging Bridges. This Naturalist-guided tour introduces you to the flora and fauna of the Costa Rican rainforest. With some bridges spanning over 700 feet long and 200 feet high, this is truly a unique way to admire the forest canopy.

Day 5 – Arenal – Monteverde

Heads in the Clouds
This morning, depart Arenal on scenic drive to Monteverde for the next two nights. Arrive in the cloud forest of Monteverde, situated on the continental divide under misty cloud coverage in one of the world’s most bio-diverse areas. Enjoy an afternoon and evening at leisure.

Breakfast

TOUR HIGHLIGHT
WILD & WONDERFUL Explore Monteverde Cloud Forest, home to over 3,000 species of plants, 400 species of birds, 60 species of bats, 1,200 species of amphibians, and 700 species of butterflies in one of the last remaining natural habitats of all six Costa Rica wildcat species—ocelots, jaguars, jaguarundi, pumas, oncillas, and marguays. Perhaps you’ll catch a glimpse of one of Costa Rica’s most beautiful birds, the resplendent quetzal.

Day 6 – Monteverde

Creatures of the Cloud Forest
This morning, take a Naturalist guided walking tour of Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve home to forest fauna such as sloths, jaguars, ocelots, monkeys, coatis, and numerous species of birds. With almost 100% humidity throughout the year, the cloud forest experiences almost 12 feet of rain per year. Free time this afternoon.

Breakfast

TOUR HIGHLIGHT
PARADISE FOUND This unique, high-elevation ecosystem of Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve is constantly enveloped in moisture-rich clouds formed from the warm winds from the Atlantic Ocean as they sweep over the Continental Divide, creating one of the most bio-diverse and rich ecosystems in the world. Prolific in many animal and plant species, this is a nature lover’s paradise.

Day 7 – Monteverde – Sarchi – San Jose

Artistry & Drama
En route to San José, visit Sarchi Village, the hub of Costa Rican craftsmanship, and see the artists in their workshops making their famous ox carts. Upon arrival in San José, a guided city orientation introduces downtown San José includes the historic National Theater and the Metropolitan Cathedral.

Breakfast

TOUR HIGHLIGHT
CULTURE & TRADITION Visit the local village of Sarchi and see firsthand how the traditional ox carts are hand-painted. Once used to transport coffee and sugarcane, these are now pieces of art with intricate designs.

Day 8 – San José

Adios y Gracias, San José!
Your tour ends with breakfast this morning.

Day 9 – San José

Post tour night

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