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Costa Rica Elements: Self Drive

Duration
7 Days
Prices From:
US$ 1,244

Costa Rican authorities have set aside one-third of the country as protected and eco tourism is taken seriously. Embark on the best sustainable travel option that Costa Rica has to offer.


This 7 day round trip from San Jose is the ultimate sustainable travel option through Costa Rica, introducing you to its most famous volcano, Arenal, and the Monteverde Cloud Forest.

Towering above fern, strawberry and coffee estates, the perfect conical shape of the active Arenal Volcano is one of Costa Rica’s most iconic symbols. The volcano has been ‘resting’ since 2010, but its level of activity has turned the surrounding area into a breathtaking ecological environment. Go rafting, horseback or bike riding, rappelling through waterfalls, zip lining or caving. Or just wander through the expansive forest, admiring abundant wildlife.

More than 100 species of mammals and 400 species of birds can be found in Monteverde Cloud Forest, so a wildlife walk is a must. Consider a guided nocturnal walk to see some of the area’s more elusive creatures. Then explore the forest canopy along a series of hanging bridges and walkways. This tour also includes a visit to a butterfly garden and the chance to learn about the many reptiles that populate the area. 

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Duration
7 Days
Prices From:
US$ 1,244

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Day 1

San Jose

Upon arrival into San Jose, you will be welcomed inside the airport and assisted during customs procedures. A guide from our local representative will meet you outside the terminal before an introductory briefing about Costa Rica, where they will review the itinerary with you and provide you with your welcome kit. The guide will be able to answer any questions you may have during the transfer to your hotel. After check-in at the hotel, your evening is at leisure.

Duration1 Night
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Country Inn and Suites

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    Country Inn and Suites



    The Country Inn and Suites is located near the San Jose International Airport. The hotel has convenient access to many of the popular San Jose attractions, historical sites and shopping.

    The Country Inn and Suites is located near the San Jose International Airport. The hotel has convenient access to many of the popular San Jose attractions, historical sites and shopping.

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Day 2

San Jose to Doka and La Paz Waterfall Gardens to Arenal

After breakfast at the hotel, your rental car will be waiting for you at the hotel. After a quick briefing and receiving your documentation, maps and GPS, you head off to visit the family-owned Doka Coffee Estate, located on the outskirts of the Poas Volcano, where you will learn about the coffee production process, including a trip to the Ranch and a coffee tasting.

Then you carry on traveling towards La Paz Waterfall Gardens hosting a wide variety of plants and bird life amongst stunning scenery. Here, you will walk down a trail leading to a series of spectacular waterfalls amongst a dense cloud and rain forest. Moreover, you will also visit the hummingbird gallery with 26 documented species, the snake farm, the aviary, the butterfly garden, the Jungle Cats and the Frog Exhibit.

This learning experience concludes with lunch included at the site, buffet style. Following lunch the trip continues to La Fortuna, the closest town to the Arenal volcano.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Duration2 Nights
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Catarata Eco Lodge

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    Catarata Eco Lodge



    Set against the spectacular backdrop of Arenal Volcano, Catarata Eco Lodge is located at the foot of the Volcano in Arenal's no risk zone. The surrounding landscape is littered with picturesque waterfalls, thermal waters and lush tropical rainforests. Naturalist and adventure activities like canopy tours, ...

    Set against the spectacular backdrop of Arenal Volcano, Catarata Eco Lodge is located at the foot of the Volcano in Arenal's no risk zone. The surrounding landscape is littered with picturesque waterfalls, thermal waters and lush tropical rainforests. Naturalist and adventure activities like canopy tours, sky walks, night hikes and horseback riding are all available nearby.

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    • Internet Access
    • Laundry facilities
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant(s)

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Day 3

Arenal Volcano

Your morning is at leisure to enjoy the facilities of the lodge and the surrounding area.

Drive from your hotel to the National Park for your tour of the Park and Ecotermales Hot Springs. The tour begins on the active west side with a hike along the Las Coladas Trail, where it is possible to observe a variety of flora and fauna. From there, you will reach the recently formed lava flows from where there is an exceptional view of the volcano, Lake Arenal, and the surrounding forest.

Following this guided walk, the tour continues to the Ecotermales Hot Springs where you will have time to relax! To get to Ecotermales, you will enter a private gate and travel 1 km through deep woods, before seeing fairy lights twinkling through the darkness. The pools are in the middle of lush jungle and a cattle farm; clean hot spring mineral water enters the large pool and flows out the other end, down the river. There are 3 small pools where cascading falls give a natural massage. Behind one waterfall there is a natural sauna. After having dinner at a restaurant in La Fortuna, drive back to your hotel.

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Day 4

Arenal Volcano to Monteverde

After Breakfast, you will drive to Monteverde. Once there, you will check in at the hotel and the rest of your day at leisure. There are a number of optional activities available (own expense).

Monteverde is the most appropriate way to introduce visitors to the wildlife sanctuary it preserves. This community, secluded on a 1400-metre high plateau, was founded in 1951 by a group of North American Quakers. Although some of the original virgin forest was cleared for dairy farming, the founders' environmental consciousness, together with help from private organizations, led to the creation of a biological preserve that hosts one of the richest ecological systems in the country. Due to its location at a relatively high altitude, Monteverde's climate is rather fresh.

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Duration2 Nights
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Monteverde Cloud Forest Lodge

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    Monteverde Cloud Forest Lodge



    Monteverde Cloud Forest Lodge is located in Costa Rica's northern Tilaran Mountain Range, at an altitude of 5000 feet above sea level. Built in a quiet and secure location, surrounded by 70 acres of private property with primary and secondary forest, Cloud Forest Lodge offers ...

    Monteverde Cloud Forest Lodge is located in Costa Rica's northern Tilaran Mountain Range, at an altitude of 5000 feet above sea level. Built in a quiet and secure location, surrounded by 70 acres of private property with primary and secondary forest, Cloud Forest Lodge offers 5 kilometers of private trails where you can find more than 180 species of birds. Cloud Forest Lodge also offers amazing views of the Cloud Forest and Gulf of Nicoya.

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Day 5

Monteverde Reserve

This morning, you will will drive from your hotel to the Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve. It is one of the most important private reserves in Costa Rica, with a total of 3,500 hectares of land. Enjoy a four hour nature tour through the Reserve where a local professional naturalist guide will show and give you explanations concerning all the different macro/micro flora and fauna. Visit the Golden Toad's unique habitat; see birds like the resplendent quetzal (the most beautiful bird of the Americas), the three-wattled Bell Bird, and the Black Faced Solitaire.

This afternoon, you will enjoy the Trapiche Tour. This is a Costa Rican Family project. Take a walk on the farm and learn about the production of sugarcane and coffee, and the traditional ways of cultivating bananas, arracache (a local legume), avocado, macadamia nuts, as well as other products. You will also observe the Tilapia Fish Project and a small forested area where it is possible to see various flora and fauna. Also on the farm there are oxen with a traditional cart waiting to transport you to the sugarcane mill where they will demonstrate the process of making brown sugar and other sugarcane products. You will also enjoy a representation of the extraction of guaro, a Costa Rican alcohol made from sugarcane. You will enjoy "picadillo de arracache", a traditional vegetable hash, accompanied by a cup of coffee or lemonade, before returning to your hotel.

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Day 6

Monteverde to San Jose

Today, you will visit the Butterfly Garden in Monteverde. This is an educational project with the purpose of educating visitors concerning the conservation of different species of butterflies and arachnids. In this garden, forty-five to fifty different types of butterflies are raised throughout the year, as well as a great variety of other arthropods. During the tour, you will learn about the different defense mechanisms, feeding habits, and behavior of Costa Rican butterflies.

Following you will visit the amphibian and reptile garden. The project houses natural environments to guarantee the animals' comfort as well as to provide security for visitors. All of the animals are housed terrariums that imitate the animal’s natural habitat and that allow visitors to observe them in complete safety. During this tour you will take a guided tour through the serpentarium, acquiring knowledge about poisonous and non-poisonous snakes.

Next we visit the fabulous world of bats. Visitors will learn all manner of details concerning their behaviour and natural habits.

Transfer back to San Jose after the day's activities.

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Duration1 Night
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Country Inn and Suites

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    Country Inn and Suites



    The Country Inn and Suites is located near the San Jose International Airport. The hotel has convenient access to many of the popular San Jose attractions, historical sites and shopping.

    The Country Inn and Suites is located near the San Jose International Airport. The hotel has convenient access to many of the popular San Jose attractions, historical sites and shopping.

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Day 7

Onward Travels

Today, transfer to the airport for your onward travels.

Please Note: Check-in at the airport must occur 3 hours prior to your departure.

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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 Costarican law),
  • Horseback riding
  • Canopy touring,
  • Meals as indicated. 

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • Items of a personal nature
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned
  • Gratuities

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please inquire.

 

 

As part of your tour price you receive a VIP Meet & Greet Service which includes:

Meet & Greet service San José by an English - Speaking guide 
The guide will do a general introduction of Costa Rica, pointing out the essential information for first time visitors, including tips, routes and recommendations and will review the program in detial in order to clarify any doubts or questions they might have.

Information Package: 
Detailed program including the route descriptions and the activities included per day depending on the client itinerary. It also includes also security tips and important information while traveling in Costa Rica and brochures of the different visited hotels visited.

VIP service San José Airport: 
Upon arrival clients are welcome at the gate inside the airport terminal with a sign with their names on it. They will be given a sticker to wear through immigration and customs to speed up the procedures inside the restricted areas.

Please obtain your sticker which designates you as a Goway VIP from the person holding the sign. The sticker will also help our guides and drivers to identify you when you are outside the terminal.

Costa Rica Map 
A full color Costa Rica map will be included in the information package of the client tourist attractions, national parks, Pacific and Caribbean beaches, main roads and highways and GPS locations.

 

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