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Coast & Rainforest: Self Drive

Duration
7 Days
Prices From:
US$ 1,715

Experience a canopy ride and explore hanging bridges in Blanco River Canyon. In Liberia, hike to the Chorreras Waterfall then embark on a horseback ride to Rincon de la Vieja National Park.


Wedged between the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean is a country that has outlawed hunting and proudly wears its gold star for eco-tourism. This trip offers you a 7 day introduction to the natural wonders of Costa Rica.

Liberia is the gateway to Rincon de la Vieja National Park, one of the most volcanically active and wildlife rich parts of Costa Rica. Explore it on foot and on horseback, visiting hot mud pools and waterfalls, before relaxing in a thermal spring.

Get a bird’s eye view of the rainforest as you zip-line, rock-climb, rappel and wander through the forest canopy, where elevated bridges bring you up close and personal with a wide range of birds and primates.

Arrive in the popular beach town of Tamarindo, enjoying a full day at leisure before your transfer to Papagayo Gulf. A range of guided hikes and tours are available to help you get the most out of these beautiful destinations.

At Goway we are experts at designing personalized itineraries to suit your special interests, tastes and budget. Let us arrange your ultimate travel experience today.
Duration
7 Days
Prices From:
US$ 1,715

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Day 1

Liberia

Today you will meet a representative of Camino Travel, who will provide the Transfer from Liberia Airport to Rincon de la Vieja.

Canon de La Vieja offers you the beautiful experience of a horseback ride across a Guanacaste prairie in the company of a true Sabanero cowboy. This tour can last between 1 and 2 hours, depending on your preference. You will be able to admire the beauty of the nearby Rincon de la Vieja Volcano and the view of its breath taking natural surroundings.

Meal Plan Dinner
Duration2 Nights
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Canon de la Vieja Adventure Lodge

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    Canon de la Vieja Adventure Lodge



    Canyon de la Vieja Lodge is surrounded by beautiful gardens, just 8 km from Liberia. We offer a different way to enjoy the natural beauty of Rincón de la Vieja National Park, Santa Rosa and Palo Verde.

    Canyon de la Vieja Lodge is surrounded by beautiful gardens, just 8 km from Liberia. We offer a different way to enjoy the natural beauty of Rincón de la Vieja National Park, Santa Rosa and Palo Verde.

    Facilities

    • Horseback Riding
    • Spa

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Day 2

Rincon de la Vieja National Park

Departing from the park's ranger station, this 8km/4.9mile trek will lead you to the active crater of Rincon de la Vieja Volcano. The hike takes about 8 hours (4 hours to get there and 4 hours to get back) depending on the skill level of the hikers. The route explores 6 different types of vegetation that change with the elevation. Many animals, including Agouti (Guatuza), Coati (Pizote), spider monkeys, howler monkeys and an endless variety of birds, can be spotted.

Once you reach the foot of the volcano, the hike becomes more intense and exciting. You have to cross the last stretch before reaching the crater, which is a 300mts/984ft. trek along the thin edge of an incline with impressive views of Lake Nicaragua. It is not recommended to spend too much time here admiring the view since the gases emanating in the area can cause breathing problems.

To help you enjoy this exciting tour, Canon de la Vieja Lodge provides transportation as well as knowledgeable local guides who will help you out throughout the hike. A packed lunch can also be included (sandwich, fruit, cookie, and a bottle of water).

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 3

Liberia to Canopy Tour to La Fortuna

This canopy tour has a total of 9 cables and 17 platforms that travel from one end of the Colorado River canyon to the other. During the tour you will be able to enjoy an impressive view of nature seen from high above. The length of the cables varies from 150 to 360mts, and some are suspended 45mts above the ground. Just like the lodge's rafting tour, all security equipment used is top-quality, ensuring visitors' safety. A guide will accompany you at all moments. This exciting journey lasts around 1 1/2 hours.

Today you will meet a representative of Camino Travel, who will provide the Transfer from Rincon de La Vieja to Arenal.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration2 Nights
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Volcano Lodge Springs

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    Volcano Lodge Springs



    Costa Rica's northern region is known worldwide for its exotic beauty and the variety of natural experiences it offers. Set in the middle of this amazing country, Volcano Lodge and Gardens has become the entryway to its lush beauty. The lodge itself is set within ...

    Costa Rica's northern region is known worldwide for its exotic beauty and the variety of natural experiences it offers. Set in the middle of this amazing country, Volcano Lodge and Gardens has become the entryway to its lush beauty. The lodge itself is set within a tropical garden, watching over the fiery activity of the Arenal volcano and close to the thrills of a canopy adventure and the calm relaxation of some of the most beautiful hot springs in the world.

    Facilities

    • Internet Access
    • Multi-lingual Staff
    • Playground
    • Pool (s)
    • Spa(Hot-tub)/Jacuzzi

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Day 4

Arenal

You will depart from La Fortuna town and after driving approximately 5 1/2 kms/3.4miles, you will arrive at Rio Fortuna, a natural resource of great scenic beauty. Its hydrographic characteristics are unique, as is its soil formation and its shaping of the land. In addition, the tropical rainy weather of the area permits a great deal of diverse wildlife to make its home along its banks.

The river's waterfall is located within Arenal Volcano National Park. The area's annual rainfall of more than 4000mls and its temperature range of 18°-35°C (64°-77°F) allow for the growth of abundant vegetation and a great diversity of fauna.

The waterfall's torrent is created by the waters of Rio Fortuna and its small tributaries, springing from the mountains of the national park. These hills include The Lost Ones, Placas de Mayo, and Cerro Chato. All of them have rocky (and valuable) geological bases, greatly enhancing the natural beauty of the area.

By visiting Rio Fortuna's waterfall, you will not only be able to obtain a great inner motivation for the appreciation of natural beauty but you will also be helping to bring resources to the Community Development Association. This organization invests in social projects, schools, the local nutrition center, the local children's house, road infrastructure and more.

At present, the volcano's green area is located mainly on its eastern side; other small green segments can be found on the north and the south.

For this tour you will be transferred from your hotel to Arenal Volcano National Park. During this gentle hike, you will be able to enjoy the most extraordinary view of the colossus, walking around its base. The hike begins on a trail close to the volcano, a path that will take you through the forest and the area destroyed by the 1969 eruption (now in regeneration process). The whole hike takes around 2 1/12 hours.

After the walk, participants can enjoy a healthy and relaxing soak at at Tabacon Hot Springs. These springs are considered a natural expression of Earth's inherent energy. Geologically, Tabacon Resort's thermal natural springs are 97% rain-based and 3% magma-based. Rainwater enters the earth through fissures on the surface and is then heated by magma found in the earth's core. Once heated, the waters rise to surface, taking with them minerals found in the earth's rocky stratus.

In total, there are five different springs spread throughout the property, with temperatures ranging from 25°C (77°F) to 50°C (122°F). There are two main branches of the thermal river that flow through the gardens, as well as one cold river spring that flows down from the rain forest. Two more springs are pooled for cold water consumption for those visiting the resort.

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Day 5

Arenal to Flamingo Beach

Arenal's Hanging Bridges are located only 4 km (2.5 miles) west of Tabacon, within a 250 hectare (618 acre) reserve of primary forest. Nature lovers can enjoy 15 bridges with a friendly design (measuring from 5 to 100mts in length) along a 3kms (1.8miles) long rain forest circuit of interpretive trails built with paving blocks (to prevent slipping).

The bridges were built using aluminium, galvanized steel, and concrete, ensuring maximum security for visitors. They were designed by structural engineers, adhering to the most demanding security standards in the world. During the tour, your naturalist guide will open the door to the fascinating and colorful world of the tropical rain forest. The imposing vistas of Arenal Volcano, experienced from a hanging bridge suspended high above the forest floor, make for an unforgettable experience.

Today you will meet a representative of Camino Travel, who will provide the Transfer from Arenal to Flamingo beach.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Duration2 Nights
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Margarita Ville

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    Flamingo Beach Resort is located on Playa Flamingo Beach on Costa Rica's Pacific Coast. This impressive resort features several outdoor pools with a waterfall. The hotel is 10 minutes from Reserva Conchal Golf Course and 15 minutes from Las Baulas National Marine Park, where leatherback ...

    Flamingo Beach Resort is located on Playa Flamingo Beach on Costa Rica's Pacific Coast. This impressive resort features several outdoor pools with a waterfall.

    The hotel is 10 minutes from Reserva Conchal Golf Course and 15 minutes from Las Baulas National Marine Park, where leatherback turtles nest.

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Flamingo Beach

Located on a beautiful white sandy beach with amazing views, it holds the prestigious Blue Flag designation for its clean waters and planned sustainability. The lush vegetation and tranquil atmosphere invites rest and relaxation.

This resort has a 24-hour front desk, an expansive swimming pool with a variety of depths, including a covered children's area with an adjacent playground, tennis courts, a fitness room and an arcade/game room. The OnZen Spa features Jacuzzi tubs, saunas and a steam therapy room. Massages and beauty treatments are available for a fee.

Margaritaville provides guests with several dining options. The oceanfront Banana Wind Cafe serves locally sourced seafood and grass-fed beef seasoned with fresh organic herbs grown at the resort. Cappriccios Pizza Bistro and Cafe offers Italian fare in the evening. The 5 O'clock Somewhere rooftop bar provides guests with panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean while enjoying hand-crafted cocktails, cold beers and a full food menu. The resort also has a swim-up tiki bar, License to Chill, that offers refreshing signature cocktails, lunch and light fare. Margaritaville offers guests a choice of meal plans from no meals to all-inclusive, or breakfast only. Room service is also available during limited hours.

Special touches include: complimentary daily activities, such as table game tournaments, karaoke nights, treasure hunts, dance lessons, eco walks, cocktail mixing classes and more, Photo Shop, which is a team of professional photographers who will capture the best moments of your Costa Rica vacation, and an independently operated Water Sports Center, that provides guests with beach equipment rentals and tours.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 7

Onward Travels

Today you will meet a representative of Camino Travel, who will provide the Transfer from Tamarindo Area to Liberia Airport.

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DEPARTURES: 

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PRICE INCLUDES:

  • 6 nights accommodation
  • Arrival and departure transfers
  • Hyundai Tucson or similar 4x4 with manual transmission
  • Basic insurance (obligatory by Costa Rican law),
  • Horseback riding
  • Canopy touring
  • Meals as indicated. 

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Certain Pick up and drop off fees
  • Baby chair: Reservation required.
  • Booster seat: Reservation required.
  • Roof Racks: Reservation required.
  • Additional Driver: Reservation required.
  • International and domestic flights and airport taxes
  • Travel insurance
  • Transfers on days before or after official start / end days
  • Tours listed as optional
  • Drinks and items of a personal nature

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from", per person, based Twin share. Other accommodation options available on request and subject to availability. 

TB CAMINOTLIB20SG: CR CR 2
11 Nov 2020
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