4 Day Highlights Travel Package - Monteverde and Arenal Costa Rica
Costa Rica Tour Packages ......On the 4 day highlights package tour you will spend 4 days traveling through the beautiful areas of Monteverde and Arenal Volcano where we'll explore amazing cloud forests, waterfalls, nature reserves, local farms, wildlife, volcanoes, hot springs and waterfalls. The 4 day highlight's package tour starts with a pick-up from San Jose or Liberia by private transport. Forget the worries about public buses and safety. Our Costa Rican driver will pick you up from your hotel reception or the airport and bring you to our office in Monteverde. Here you will meet up with the Desafio Adventure Company staff member who will give you advice and tips about the area.
7.00am Pick-up from your hotel in San Jose or Liberia by private transport. Enjoy the scenery as you make your ascent to the beautiful green mountains of Monteverde (3 - 4 hours). There will be a stop along the way for a bathroom stop and a snack.
12.50pm Coffee Tour or 1.15pm local horse tour
12.50 pm Coffee Tour: Picking coffee in Costa Rica has been a family tradition and on the Don Juan Coffee Tour you get to share one of the most interesting activities of the Costa Rican culture. Bilingual guides will explain the whole process of coffee production, from the plant to the cup. You will learn how coffee is grown and harvested and see germination beds, plantations, sun dryers, roasters and various machines involved in the process. Of course, the tour is not complete without tasting a delicious up of Monteverde coffee! The tour takes about 2 hours.
1.15pm Local Horse Ride -
Enjoy the wonderful scenery of the Monteverde Zone. The ride will be along little used back roads passing by farms of coffee, sugar cane and bananas.The route offers open views of the surrounding countryside as well as the Gulf of Nicoya. This ride can be done at Sunset or any other time and is suitable for those with experience or not. Children's saddles and helmets are available. Rain ponchos (if necessary!) are provided. The ride is fully insured and only experienced guides are used.
The ride is 2.5 hours long plus transport time
5.30pm Night Hike at El Bosque. A 2- hour, fun and informative hike with a bilingual guide, through a series of trails to observe the nightlife of a growing forest. The trails are well marked and easy to walk in the dusk’s failing light, yet rustic enough to remind you that you’re in a wilderness environment. The walk is generally flat, but there are some not-too-steep uphill and downhill sections. The type of wildlife you might see as day turns to night includes porcupines, toucans and other sleeping birds, owls, agoutis, coati mundis, snakes, walking sticks, tarantulas, katydids, and an array of other cool insects. Once it gets really dark you will hear the creatures that move around at night!
Please bear in mind that there are no guaranteed sightings, so don’t expect all these creatures to be waiting just for you! Typically though, this time of transition into night offers a good opportunity to view nocturnal mammals as well as diurnal animals as they prepare for night.
7.10am. Hike the Monteverde Reserve. You'll be picked up at your hotel and taken to the park entrance where your bilingual guide will be waiting. The guides at the Monteverde Reserve are some of the best in Costa Rica and they have a wealth of knowledge about the Monteverde Cloud Forest, it's fauna and flora, the history and the growth of Monteverde. You will go on a 3- hour hike around this wonderful forest.
Afternoon: Two Great Canopy Choices!! Selvatura Canopy or Monteverde Skytrek
Option 1 Selvatura Canopy Tour
12.20 pm. Selvatura. 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. It is a private park located near the Santa Elena Cloud Forest in Monteverde where you can do the canopy tour, one of the most thrilling and safest adventures in Costa Rica . The canopy tour is entirely built inside virgin and secondary cloud forest with a total of 15 ziplines and 18 platforms. Plus one amazing (and optional) tarzan swing! Visitors will travel between 2 miles of cables attached by a secure harness and a maximum weight support pulleys plus other security gear to ensure safety. At all times guides will assist you on the tour. Tour takes 2.5 hours. Afterwards you can the 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. If you do not wish to do both tours you can choose one or the other.
Option 2 - Skytrek
2.30pm Skytram and Skytrek Monteverde. This great option consists of a tram (cable car) ride to get you all the way up to the ziplines with fantastic views of the cloud forests and surrounding countryside with plenty of time for extraordinary photos! The cable car transport means you do little hiking to get up to and between the ziplines. This way you can concentrate on the thrills of the canopy without lugging your equipment from platform to platform like other canopy tours.
The Skytram tour starts with an approximate pick-up of 2.30pm from your hotel (which means you have plenty of time for lunch after the morning activities). There are currently ten zip line cables and they range in height from 40 meters to 100 meters and in length from 100 meters to 750 meters! No hanging bridges on this tour but you have the tram instead!
7.45am Today you will go to La Fortuna, the nearest village to one of the most active volcanoes in the world, Arenal Volcano. You will travel by what is locally known as "taxi-boat-taxi". This is a method of getting from Monteverde to La Fortuna and takes about 3 hours and involves the following:
- 1.5-hour microbus ride from Monteverde to Arenal Lake
- 30-minute boat ride on beautiful Arenal Lake on the foot of the volcano.
- 25 minutes microbus transport from Arenal Dam where transport to your hotel in La Fortuna
Hike through lush rainforest with an experienced naturalist, bilingual guide who will point out things 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 the volcano. At sunset the view becomes even more awesome and can hear the rumblings of Central America's most-active volcano. Note thought that over the last few months there has not been much lava activity, 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!
After the 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, this 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.
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).
Safari Float. This is the ideal rainforest river float for those looking for a peaceful encounter with the plentiful wildlife that abounds along the Peñas Blancas river only 25 minutes from the Arenal Volcano. Our professional bilingual naturalist guide will assist you as you paddle along a smooth, class-1 river and explain about the various plants and animals of the area.
With a bit of luck you might spot monkeys, sloths, iguanas, crocodiles and caimans, plus a large variety of species of tropical birds such as the Sunbittern, keel-billed toucan, herons, kingfishers and our favorite the Montezuma Oropendula.
1.00pm Approx. Onward Transport After the tour you have the option of private transport to San Jose or a shuttle bus to one of the main beach.
Price $576 per person (Based on double occupancy)
NOTE THAT WE CAN UPGRADE ANY OF THE HOTELS FOR AN EXTRA FEE
Hotels (Monteverde): 2 nights
In Monteverde we use Hotel Montana Monteverde whenever possible. Monteverde Montana is historically the first hotel in the Monteverde area and has since been remodeled to modern standards. The hotel has wonderful views of the Golf of Nicoya and its own trails. It is ideally located in an area called Cerro Plano, situated between the small town of Santa Elena and the Monteverde Reserve, . It is not far from the Ecological Sanctuary and a short walk to various restaurants in the area.
The hotel offers very comfortable rooms with private bathroom. Breakfast is included in the package. There is also a restaurant with a wide menu and a jacuzzi which clients are able to use .
Hotels San Bosco (La Fortuna, Arenal): 1 night
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 with plenty of hot water and cable television There is a swimming pool, 2 jacuzzis and some gym equipment. While lava flow is very rarely seen from La Fortuna, the volcano is plainly visible from the hotel San Bosco on a clear day.
Minimum 2 people (Double occupancy): $579 per person
Dates of trip: We can schedule dates by request.
Included on Trip: All accommodation except in San Jose, all transport, all tours in the itinerary and English speaking
Not Included: Flights to Costa Rica, hotels in San Jose*, meals, optional tours or transportation to other tours.
What to Bring: T-shirts, shorts, long pants for riding, sweater or light jacket, sandals, light hiking boots, rain jacket, sun screen, insect repellant, any personal medication, swimming wear, towel, riding hat if you want one (they are not compulsory in Costa Rica), traveler's insurance (to include white-water rafting and horse riding), full passport (a driving license is not sufficient), traveler's checks and a credit card (VISA, 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
* Note we can arrange hotels and transport in San Jose and other parts of Costa Rica. Please let us know if you need our help. Info@monteverdetours.com