4 Day Whistle-Stop
Excitement in Costa Rica
Monteverde and Arenal Volcano Costa Rica
Where: Monteverde and Arenal
On this fun-packed 4 day adventure package in Costa Rica you'll explore the beautiful areas of Monteverde and Arenal Volcano. See amazing cloud forests, waterfalls, nature reserves, local farms, wildlife, volcanoes, hot springs and waterfalls. Enjoy the thrill of horseback riding Costa Rican style, white-water rafting,canyoneering (rappelling) and canopy zipline tours.
7.00am Pick-up from your hotel in downton San Jose by shared shuttle transport. Or they can pick up at some airport hotels but if you are staying elsewhere in Alajuela you may have to take a short taxi ride and meet at Denny's Restaurant, 5 minutes from the airport, all the taxis know this restaurant. (For $49pp you can change to private transport and your driver will be waiting at your downtown San Jose ot airport hotel in Alajuela to start your adventure in Costa Rica!).
Enjoy the scenery as you make your ascent to the beautiful green mountains of Monteverde (4 hours). There will be a stop along the way for a bathroom stop and a snack. The views of the distant Monteverde Cloud Forest are amazing as well as the Gulf of Nicoya. Now with some road improvements to Monteverde the journey is less of a challenge and more of a wonderful photo opportunity (although it is still a bumpy route for the last 45 minutes)!
Afternoon: Two Great Canopy Choices! 100% Aventura Canopy Ziplines OR Hanging Bridges at Selvatura Park
Aventura Canopy Tour has the longest zipline (1590 meters) in Latin America! The tour includes 11 ziplines, a swinging rope bridge, an exciting rappel and 2 thrilling superman cables (where you literally fly through and over the forest face-forward, just like superman! Also included is a MEGA Tarzan Swing: this swing to a height of 45 meters (148ft).
The Aventura Canopy has 11 cables that are connected to platforms located high in the trees. You will be fitted with specialized equipment (harnesses, gloves and helmets) and given an explanation of exactly what this exciting adventure entails and what you have to do. The first cable is shorter and slower so that you have a chance to practice. The cables traverse from tree to tree and you will ´glide´ along the ziplines, stopping at each platform along the way.
There are daily checks on all cables and platforms before the first tour and there are regular maintenance schedules. The guides are experienced guides and are with you the whole time to ensure your safety. There is also the chance to go tandem if scared (depending on weight of person).
2.00pm Selvatura Walkways (Hanging Bridges)
In the afternoon you will have a chance to enjoy the forest from a whole different perspective, high in the canopy of the cloud forest. Selvatura is a private park located near the Santa Elena Cloud Forest in Monteverde.
The canopy walkways which are a series of suspended bridges, high in the canopy of the rain forest connected by hiking trails that wind between the bridges. In total, these trails cover 3.3km. There are eight different bridges which have lengths and heights that vary between 50 to 170m long and 12 and 60m high.. Every bridge is 1.5m wide and has a capacity for 60 people. The hanging bridges are designed for people of every age and reasonable physical condition. The duration of the tour is usually about 1.5 hours.
8.00am. Taxi-Boat-Taxi: A scenic way of travelling to Arenal Volcano. The tour consists of 1.5 land transport (the taxi-boat-taxi service picks up at various hotels and you'll be with a group of people), though rolling countryside until you reach the picturesque village of Rio Chiquito and then onto Arenal Lake on the foot of the Volcano. There will be a quick bathroom stop before setting off on a covered boat to take you to the dam at Arenal Lake - about 30 minutes. Be sure to have your camera ready for some very great photo opportunities! After reaching the dam you will be taken to your hotel. The whole journey takes about 3.5 hours.
ALTERNATIVELY (FOR $56PP EXTRA ON THE PACKAGE PRICE) You can go by horseback :
Horseback Ride to Arenal Volcano. A wonderful alternative way to travel to see Arenal Volcano, one of the most active volcanoes in the world! We travel along Arenal Lake from Rio Chiquito to the Cano Negro River (near El Castillo). The route follows a beautiful lakeside trail and rural farm traffic road with good safe trails in ALL weather and is suitable for all levels of riders.
Along the Lake Trail there are many tropical birds, views of the volcano and scenic jungle parts. The horses are well cared for and healthly. Helmets are provided and rain ponchos if it rains. Luggage goes by boat.
This wonderful journey includes a boat ride on Arenal Lake and a fruit fiesta. The horseback ride is about 3 hours and total tour takes approximately 5 ½ hours with land transport, boat and breaks. This tour is broken up as follows:
a) 1 ½ Hours by car from Monteverde to Rio Chiquito
b) 3 ½ Hours by horse from Rio Chiquito towards the volcano with a break
c) ¼ Hour boat ride across the lake
d) transport ride from the Arenal side of the Lake to your hotel
1.30pm. Volcano Hike and Baldi Hot Springs. Arenal Volcano Hike:Natural History Tour
A visit to Costa Rica is not complete without seeing Arenal's famous volcano! Hike through lush rainforest with an experienced naturalist, bilingual guide who will point out flora and fauna in the primary and secondary rainforest that lines the base of the Arenal Volcano. You'll then arrive at the observation point - the closest you can get to the base of Arenal Volcano . At sunset the view becomes even more awesome. Note though.. that it is more than 6 years since lava activity has been seen, although your can still hear it and it is still emitting gases. However, tours are still very interesting as you learn about the history of this impressive volcano!
Duration: 1.5-2 hours of an easy hike (although there are some muddy sections and a little uphill in parts).
After the afternoon hike we will take you to Baldi Hot Springs where you can soak any aches away from the past few day's activities. Located near La Fortuna, these Arenal hot springs is a place where you can really relax and pamper yourself. Baldi's has a series of pools and hot springs fed by Arenal Volcano which are set amid glorious tropical gardens so that you can relax in the water, while enjoying the surroundings. The pools vary in temperature, from the temperature of a swimming pool to the warmest at around 39C (102F). It's a place where, on a clear night, you can sit in a warm pool, sipping the cocktail of your choice.
NOTE: BALDI HAS QUITE A PARTY ATMOSPHERE SOMETIMES SO IF YOU WOULD LIKE A QUIETER HOT SPRINGS WE CAN UPGRADE THIS TO ANOTHER HOT SPRINGS (this will have an extra cost)
You might also decide to pamper your body by opting for one of the many body treatments which are available such as massage, reflexology, body polish, volcanic mud wraps and facials (these are not included on the tour).
Includes: bilingual guide, transportation, entrance to private reserve and volcano viewpoint with beverages. Entrance to Baldi Hot Springs.
8.30am Whitewater Rafting.
Exhilarating fun on a Class 3-4 river. Non-stop whitewater action! The river canyon includes exotic wildlife and continuous rapids. The tour run by the very experienced and safety-conscious, Desafo Adventure Company, departs from your hotel about 8:30am and returns around 4:00 pm. The tour Includes tropical fruit fiesta and hot 'casado' lunch. If the river is too high we have alternative rivers to choose from and for those who like a little less action there is the option of a the Class 2/ 3 Rio Balsa or the half-day Safari Float, which is a gentle float down a Class 1 river, with opportunities to see monkeys and other wildlife.
Go Big! Lost Canyon Adventures Canyoneering!
Imagine yourself in the midst of the cloud forest at the top of a series of tropical waterfalls. Prepare to get wet as our guides put you into your safety harnesses and assist you as you rappel through a magical canyon full of waterfalls with surprises at each step. There are several tropical waterfalls, 4 of which you repel down with the following heights:
Watefall One: 20 meters
Watefall Two: 150 meters
Watefall Three: 20 meters
Waterfall Four: 220 meters
Or for those who want a little less adventure and don't wish to do the canyoneering you can opt for a walk to the La Fortuna Waterfall. This is an opportunity to swim in the refreshing waters of the famous La Fortuna falls. You'll be picked up after breakfast and taken to the entrance where a 40 minute descent will bring you to the base of the waterfalls. You'll have time to relax and swim before beginning the climb back up.
After the visit we'll stop for a short while at the hotel to freshen up, collect your bags before setting off on a shared shuttle at 1.00pm, back to San Jose (or you can opt for a shuttle bus to one of the main beaches if one is available). Or for $31 per person extra we can upgrade to a private transport so you can depart when you like!
Monteverde Hotels: 1 night
In Monteverde we use Hotel Rustic Lodge whenever possible. Small, charming bed and breakfast It is ideally located in residential area a few minutes walk from Santa Elena village in Monteverde, where hotels, stores and banks are located. The hotel offers very comfortable rooms with private bathroom. Breakfast is included in the package. We can upgrade this to other hotels.
Arenal Volcano Hotels: 2 nights at Hotel San Bosco
Located on the edge of the town La Fortuna, Hotel San Bosco is a good-sized hotel with about 34 rooms. Rooms are very comfortable with A/C, private bathrooms and cable television There is a swimming pool and jacuzzi. The volcano is plainly visible from the hotel San Bosco on a clear day. We can upgrade to other hotels
Beach Extensions! Ask for details about adding some days at the beach - we can arrange all transport, hotels and tours. Manuel Antonio beach and Samara beach are popular choices. We can also arrange hotels and transport in San Jose and other parts of Costa Rica.
Minimum 2 people (Double occupancy): $605 per person
Dates of trip: We can schedule dates by request.
Included on Trip: All accommodation except in San Jose (which can arrange for an additional cost), all transport, all tours in the itinerary, all breakfasts and 2 lunches, guides
Not Included: Flights to Costa Rica, hotels in San Jose*, evening meals and some lunches, optional tours or transportation to other places not included in the schedule. The horse ride part of the journey to Arenal - this is $50pp extra if you wish to do this.
What to Bring: T-shirts, shorts, long pants, sweater or light jacket, sandals, light hiking boots, rain jacket, sun screen, insect repellant, any personal medication, swimming wear, towel, traveler's insurance, full passport, and credit cardS (VISA and MC, other cards are difficult to use in Monteverde).
NOTE: Adventure tours such as whitewater rafting, horse riding, kayaking, canyoneering and hiking require physical effort. Clients should be in good condition. For client safety and enjoyment, Desafio Adventure Company reserves the right to offer a substitution, postpone, change or cancel any tour due to unfavorable conditions. Full refund is given if (on rare occasion) a tour is cancelled. Desafio Adventure Company and its affiliates are not responsible for lost, stolen or damaged items.