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Discover Costa Rica

Overview

Starting your discovery in the capital San José, make your way to the world famous Arenal Volcano where the sheer size and surrounding lushness will take your breath-away! There is even time for a really relaxing soak in thermal pool heated by the volcanoes activity - as natural as it gets! Lie back and let your worries fade away!

Head into the rainforest of the Arenal and explore an area rarely seen on your average rainforest hike - the canopy! Take a invigorating sky walk and traverse the hanging bridges of to get a different perspective of your amazing surroundings.

The tour continues to the hidden wilderness of the incredible Manuel Antonio National Park - where you can observe some fascinating wildlife in their natural habitat; Watch sloths and monkeys, search for anteaters listen to the song of hundreds of birds and much much more! Costa Rica has a biodiversity like nowhere else so immerse yourself in nature and embrace the incredible surroundings of Costa Rica!

Want to extend your stay? Make the most of your time in Costa Rica - get in touch to find out more about adding some days onto your tour!

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival - San José
Today you arrive in beautiful Costa Rica! Your guide will be waiting for you in Juan Santamaría International Airport. Transfer to your hotel for the evening.

Day 2: San José – Arenal Volcano
Today, transfer to Arenal Volcano for a tour. Few sites in Costa Rica inspire more respect and admiration than the Arenal Volcano. At 5437 feet, it’s tall and conical shape stands imposing over the pastured green hillsides that surround its base. Although currently in a resting phase, Arenal remains Costa Rica’s most active volcano for the past 43 years! After some time at the volcano continue on to La Fortuna. A stop is made in Sarchi, the country's most famous crafts and souvenir town. As the trip continues, the group will pass by different plantations of tropical crops and ornamental plants and also cattle ranches. Lunch is taken in a cozy restaurant with an excellent view of the volcano. After lunch, visit the pretty Arenal Lake. To end the afternoon's tour, you have the opportunity relax in one of the best thermal water places in the area - Tabacon Resort's thermal natural springs, pure bliss!

Day 3: Arenal: Sky Walk - Hanging Bridges
Today embark on a guided tour ideal for nature lovers. This is the perfect combination between a hike through the lush rainforest of the Arenal area and the adventure of the suspended bridges. Until recently, little was known about life in the tropical forest canopy layer, as it was nearly impossible to reach. Early explorers used ropes and pulleys or ladders carved into the trees’ trunks to make their way up. Today, biologists use towers, suspension bridges and construction cranes to make their investigations.There is an abundance of leaves, fruit and seeds up here that attract many animals. Costa Rica’s rainforests have some of the world's most complex ecosystems; the Sky Walk gives visitors the unique chance of observing this complex ecosystem up close - a truly unique experience. You have the afternoon free to explore the area or take an optional tour.

Day 4: Arenal – Manuel Antonio
Today take a shuttle bus to Manuel Antonio. The Central Pacific possesses the beaches closest to the capital city. Among the most popular are Herradura, Jaco, Dominical and the ones at Manuel Antonio National Park. They enjoy the characteristics of a very hot and humid climate, with a season of brilliant sunshine from December through the end of April and warm waters all year long. Hills covered with green forests compose the common landscape of the area. Some of the features, which have made Manuel Antonio one of the places most preferred by the tourists, are the white sand beaches, cliffs, rivers, rain forests, the large variety of animal life
and climate. The Manuel Antonio National Park is home of the White Faced, Mantled Howler and Red-backed Squirrel monkeys, Two and Three Toad sloths, among other mammals, as well as a number of species of birds. Punta Catedral (cathedral point), the bay of Puerto Escondido (hidden port), and the beautiful beaches with blue green waters represent some of the main attractions of this park.

Day 5: Manuel Antonio
Today, take a shared guided visit to Manuel Antonio National Park: Watch sloths and monkeys moving through the tree canopy, hunt for nocturnal silky anteaters, surprise iguanas resting on a tree and listen to the songs of the various birds. And if you are lucky, you might spot one of the 1,000 remaining endangered Mono Titi or squirrel monkey that live in Manuel Antonio National Park biological corridor. See how many different kinds of flora and fauna you can spot just in the span of a 2 ½ hour nature walk and enjoy some local fresh fruits and refreshments at the end of the trail. If you like, you can hike additionally through the trails and enjoy unspoiled, un-crowded, pristine beaches after or you can stay at the beach for a relaxing afternoon once the tour is over.

Day 6: Manuel Antonio – San José
After breakfast in the hotel, this afternoon take a shared shuttle transfer back to San José.

Day 7: Departure
Today take a private transfer to Juan Santamaría International airport for your onward travel.

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Essentials

Included:
  • Private arrival and departure transfers with English speaking assistance
  • Accommodation with daily breakfast
  • Lunch and Dinner on Day 2 in San Jose
  • Tour to Arenal Volcano area and Hot Springs
  • Lunch and Dinner on Day 2 in San Jose
  • Morning visit to Sky Adventure for a Sky Walk (hanging bridges). Guide and transfers included
  • Guided walk to Manuel Antonio National Park. Entrance and transfers included
  • All ground shared transfers
  • Hotel Taxes
  • Not Included:
  • International flights
  • Departure tax (US$29 per person)
  • Optional tours
  • Meals & drinks not mentioned in the final itinerary
  • Tips & personal expenses
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Essentials

    Are you wondering about flights, deposits and other bits and pieces? Here are a few items of essential information that could help with the planning of your trip with Tango Tours. If you have any questions please just contact us.

    International Flights
    Getting to Costa Rica is straightforward from most areas of the world, but you may find that the choice is bewildering, or you’re not sure about the easiest route. Tango Tours are experienced in planning flights and we are very happy to advise you on the different choices available. Because prices tend to increase closer to your departure date, we advise that you buy your international flight tickets as soon as you have made a decision about your tour. As an ATOL bonded tour operator, we can assist in your purchase of international flights. In fact, your entire tour can be protected under our ATOL licence by booking your international flight with us. Please note that flight tickets are non-refundable and 100% of your flight ticket price is payable on tour confirmation.

    Internal Flights
    As with international flights, Tango Tours' friendly and knowledgeable staff are on hand to book your internal flights for you if required. For some itineraries, you need to arrive at a particular destination at a required time/date therefore, it is vital that you book the correct flights and times of arrival. Our ATOL licence will protect your whole tour if your internal flights are purchased through us. Please note that flights are non-refundable and 100% of your flight ticket price is payable on tour confirmation.

    Payments
    To confirm your booking with Tango Tours, we require a payment of 20% of the ground-based arrangements and 100% of all flights. The remaining balance of your tour is then payable 10 weeks prior to departure. For any bookings made within these 10 weeks, the full amount is payable.

    Activities
    We provide brief activity/excursion information in the itinerary. If you would like more in-depth details regarding any included activity/excursion then contact us! Please note: itineraries may be subject to change.