Costa Rica Jungle & Beach

Welcome to Costa Rica! Enjoy stunning tropical beaches, grand aventures, the wonders of nature and a warm welcome from the local population. 

Duration
8 days
Best time to go
Dec - Apr
Options
Private basis, Escorted
Start your journey
Sloth in trees in Costa Rica

Trip highlights

  • Arenal Volcano
  • White water rafting
  • Frog sanctuary
  • Manuel Antonio Park

Welcome to Costa Rica! Private transfer from Juan Santamaria International Airport to your accommodation in La Fortuna, home of the wonderful Arenal Volcano.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Arenal Hotel

Breakfast included at the hotel. Today you are invited to live a fusion of sweetness and adrenaline! The first part of this day takes you to immerse yourself in the aromas and delicious flavors of the world of Cacao. During your taste tour you will discover the history of chocolate. You will love to see the transformation of the Cacao bean into the dark chocolate products. While participating in the hands-on demonstration of the chocolate-making process, you will get the opportunity to get crazy mixing chocolate with different exotic ingredients such as Jamaica flower, natural cinnamon, nutmeg and chili powder.

After these delicious treats, continue to the second part where you will experience the excitement and adrenaline of the white water rafting at the Balsa River! Get wet and wild through rapids such as ¡“Magnetic Rock” and “Dredges”!  A 15-minute break in the river allows us to taste delicious fruit while enjoying a tropical setting, surrounded by monkeys, toucans and other exotic species. In the way back to Fortuna town we will enjoy a delicious lunch at a traditional country estate with the aim to let visitors experience the genuine and peaceful way of country life in Costa Rica. You will enjoy a delightful lunch prepared on the original wood stove and served in a traditional way.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Arenal Hotel

Breakfast included at the hotel. After breakfast, take an experience that is a must do while in Costa Rica, natural paradise for adventure: Pedal Board at the Lake Arenal!  Glide across the calm and peaceful waters of Lake Arenal that sits at the foot of the breathtaking Arenal Volcano. This peaceful freshwater lake is surrounded by large rolling hills, farmer’s fields, and the impressive Arenal Volcano. You will be so close to the volcano that you can see the details of the dried up lava flow from its last eruption decades ago. Your professional guide will lead your group, pedaling towards the Arenal Volcano and pointing out interesting wildlife that you may find on the shore or birds flying overhead.

At night, there is prepared an ideal evening for those who want to take advantage of their nights in Costa Rica. Visit a small town located just 30 minutes from La Fortuna. Here, you will meet the Mendez Family, a local family dedicated to farming which has also devoted part of their land to the natural regeneration of plants and animals. Once you arrive, take the trail of 600 meters into a small patch of reforested rainforest with some mirrored lakes, which facilitate wildlife observation. You can expect to see a variety of nocturnal birds and mammals, insects, amphibians, bats, and more. The trail will take you around the mirrored lakes to the frog sanctuary, which is an area dedicated to the regeneration and natural reproduction of frog species. Here you will discover countless species such as the dart frog and the bull frog, the smallest and largest species in Costa Rica, as well as the spectacular Red Eyed Tree Frog, and the beautiful Glass Frog. After the tour, a delicious Costa Rican dinner prepared on a wood burning stove will await us. You will enjoy a dinner viewing the lights of the valleys of San Carlos, before returning to your hotel in La Fortuna.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Arenal Hotel

After checking out of your hotel, priavte transfer take you to your next destiantion - Manuel Antonio Beach.  

In the evening you will discover the fantastic jungle where you will experience aquatic tropical gardens and a night jungle tour of Manuel Antonio, when many nocturnal species come to life.

This unique 2-hour guided walk through the jungle at the Manuel Antonio Nature Park and Wildlife Refuge provides an opportunity to explore the tropical humid forest at night.

The wildlife refuge protects species such as Kinkajous and Armadillos as well as several reptiles and snakes. 

Your guide will accompany you through the sights and sounds of the jungle where the frogs and toads that make their home.

Some of the most popular endemic species you will observe are the Red Eyed Tree Frog, Glass Frogs and the Wet Forest Toad.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Manuel Antonio Hotel

Breakfast included at the hotel before visiting the Manuel Antonio national park.

Explore the pristine natural beauty of this world-famous national park filled with exotic wildlife such as monkeys, sloths, birds, reptiles and butterflies.

Your picturesque 2-mile hike will take you to one of the beaches named the most beautiful in the world by Forbes magazine.

Experience the lush rainforest behind you, white sandy beaches below, and crystalline blue waters during this refreshing 20-minute beach stop. Have your camera ready, as your knowledgeable guide sets his trained eyes on diverse flora and fauna for you to capture along the way.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Manuel Antonio Hotel

Breakfast included at the hotel. This morning you will set sail towards the horizon and cruise over sapphire hued waves onboard a catamaran. Enjoy a picturesque trip departing from Quepos and gliding around the back of the Manuel Antonio National Park. Your guide will point out notable wildlife and vegetation, so be sure to have your camera ready. You can admire bird nesting grounds and marine wildlife. Beverages and snacks are available onboard, throughout the trip. After touring the coastline, your captain will set anchor at Biesanz Bay where you can snorkel or simply rest onboard. You are most likely to spot parrotfish, starfish, angelfish and if you are lucky a dolphin! During the tour you’ll have a tasty barbeque lunch onboard, while admiring the lovely waterscapes.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Manuel Antonio Hotel

After breakfast at the hotel this is your last day in paradise. Take your time to enjoy the surroundings and relax at the hotel at your leisure. 

Suggested Accommodation

  • Manuel Antonio Hotel

After breakfast, check out of the hotel and continue to your next destination or airport.  Transportation not included. 

Included

  • Meet and greet at San Jose Juan Santamaria International Airport
  • Private transfers in and out
  • Private transfers between areas
  • 3 nights accommodation in Arenal
  • 4 nights accommodation in Manuel Antonio
  • Daily breakfast
  • Meals mentioned in the itinerary
  • Excursions mentioned in the itinerary as included (shared excursions)

Not included

  • Services not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Optional excursions
  • Meals and alcoholic drinks not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Airport departure taxes
  • Personal expenses and tips