Monteverde and Arenal

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from AUD 3,090/pp

6 DAYS / 5 NIGHTS

Day 1 –  San Jose

Arrive at San Jose International Airport, where you will be met by a representative from Aurora Expeditions and transferred to your hotel.

Overnight: Doubletree Cariari Hotel by Hilton

Day 2 –  San Jose – Monteverde

After breakfast, commence your drive to Monteverde, a cool and verdant region in Costa Rica. Located on a high mountain ridge, its tiny village, Santa Elena, was founded in the 50s by a small group of conservation-minded Quakers who were looking for a peaceful place to live. The Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve is one of the most biodiverse tropical cloud forests in the New World and home to the resplendent Quetzal and the rare bell bird.

Enjoy time at leisure or get your heart racing on a ziplining excursion over the rainforest canopy at Selvatura Park, a nature and adventure ecological park located in Monteverde, with an area of over 850 acres of protected land.

Overnight: El Establo Hotel (B)

Day 3 –  Monteverde Reserve & Butterfly Gardens

In the morning, you will visit Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve accompanied by an expert local guide. This tour is a must for all visitors in Costa Rica! Founded in 1972, the Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve is among the most famous reserves in the world for its biodiversity, conservation, contributions, and scientific researches. You will hike through the well-marked-trails, waterfalls, creek, and the observation area of the park. If you are lucky, you might spot a “Quetzal”, one of the most beautiful birds in the world. It has an extension of 3,500 hectares, and was chosen in 2007 as one of the Seven Wonders of Costa Rica.

Return to your hotel for lunch (own expense) and a rest. In the afternoon, visit Monteverde Butterfly Gardens to encounter colourful butterflies in greenhouses and walk amongst beautiful flower gardens. Your local guide will tell you about the many species of tropical butterflies that are native to Costa Rica.

Overnight: El Establo Hotel (B)

Day 4 – Monteverde – Arenal Volcano Area

After breakfast, check out of your hotel and depart for Arenal, approximately 4 hours away. Transfer to Arenal Lake where you will board a boat to cross the lake and enjoy the impressive views of the magnificent volcano. You will be met on the other side of the lake to continue to your journey by road to your hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos. The region is home to cloud forests, a lake that is world-famous for windsurfing, and an incredibly diverse population of wildlife.

Overnight: Arenal Springs Resort & Spa (B)

Day 5 – Arenal

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast and the morning at leisure.

Meet your guide at the hotel’s lobby for your excursion to Arenal Volcano National Park, where you can hike along the many trails and enjoy the incredible views of Arenal Volcano and Arenal Lake. Stop for lunch (own expense). Afterwards, visit the Ecotermales Hot Springs. These are natural hot springs in the middle of the wilderness. There are five pools with temperatures ranging between 99°-106° F (37° – 41° C) in addition to one freshwater waterfall and pool.

Overnight: Arenal Springs Resort & Spa (B/D)

Day 6 – Arenal – San Jose

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before checking out of the hotel and transferring back to San Jose.

Meals included: Breakfast

Tour Inclusions

  • Arrival airport transfer (driver only, no guide)
  • Accommodation as specified including taxes and service charges
  • All meals as specified
  • All sightseeing mentioned including entrance fees
  • All transport mentioned including boat ticket (day 4)
  • Bilingual guide

From AUD 3,090 | GBP 1,668 | EUR 1,914 | USD 1,907 per person twin share

*Single traveller pricing available on request.

**Public Holiday Surcharges apply

 

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