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Caribbean to Pacific - Self Drive

Depart on a 10-day coast-to-coast journey discovering the wild side of Costa Rica. Stay in a picturesque Caribbean beach town and explore the country’s inland in search for the awe-inspiring quetzal bird. Hike in lush rainforests, snorkel over an incredible reef, get an adrenaline rush on a white-water rafting adventure, and vbserve the vast variety of flora and fauna throughout the tour. Prepare yourself for a stunning trip you will never forget!

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$1,938

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Duration

10 days

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  • What's included :
    • 9x Breakfast
    • Accommodation included: 9 nights
    • TRANSPORT:
    • - Air-conditioned transportation for the arrival transfer from Airport to your first hotel
    • - Air-conditioned transportation for the departure transfer from the car rental company to airport
    • - Tour guides do not accompany guests during transport
    • CAR HIRE:
    • - Unlimited mileage
    • - Applicable Local taxes (VAT)
    • - Insurance with No excess
    • - Loss Damage Waiver (LDW)
    • - Supplemental Liability Coverage (SLC)
    • - Emergency contact service
    • - Replacement car in case of accident
    • - Full-Full petrol rate
    • - Second driver
    • - Coverage up to 70.000 USD per person or 175.000 USD per accident
    • OTHER:
    • - Meet and greet on Day 1
    • - Hotel taxes
    What's excluded :
    • Expenditures of a personal nature, drinks and meals if not stated explicitly in the programme
    • Airport taxes
    • Airport porterage
    • Optional tours
    • International / domestic flight tickets or visa fees and local taxes
    • Gratuities for drivers and guides
    • NOT INCLUDED IN CAR HIRE:
    • - Damage to a third party or to the hire vehicle due to negligence or inappropriate driving
    • - Loss or damage to aerials, jack, safety triangles and vests, windscreen, wipers,
    • petrol cap, luggage covers, or any other fixed or mobile component of the vehicle
    • - Damage to the engine through negligence
    • - Theft of the vehicle with keys left in the ignition
    • - Damage caused to the vehicle or to persons through driving under the Influence of alcohol or drugs
    • - Fines due to breaking traffic laws and regulations during the hire period are the responsibility
    • of the driver. In the event of fine being received there will be an administration charge
    • - Any extra equipment (GPS, baby seat, etc)
    • - Petrol deposit 100 USD; refunded when returning full

  • Day 1: ARRIVAL SAN JOSE

    Stop At: Juan Santamaría International Airport, Alajuela Province, Alajuela, Costa Rica
    Upon arrival to San Jose, the meet and greet services at Juan Santamaria International Airport will direct you to your transport. You will be transferred to the selected hotel in San Jose for your first night in Costa Rica.

    Overnight in San Jose.
    Duration: 12 hours

    No meals included on this day.
    Accommodation included: Standard=Holiday Inn Express Forum/similar 3*

    Superior=H. Inn Escazu/similar 4*

    Deluxe=Real Intercontinental/similar 5*

    Day 2: SAN JOSE – PUERTO VIEJO DE TALAMANCA (215km – 5 hrs)

    Stop At: Villas Del Caribe, Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, 70403, Costa Rica
    Begin your day with a delicious breakfast at the hotel. Afterwards, a representative of the car rental company will meet you in the hotel lobby to give you the rental car you will be using for your trip. Drive yourself towards the beautiful Puerto Viejo, passing through Braulio Carrillo National Park and its rainforest and admiring the spectacular mountain scenery, as well as the quaint villages of Costa Rica Caribbean region. Arrive at your hotel in the afternoon and enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure to explore the surroundings on your own or join an optional activity like a Horseback riding session. Meet your experienced guide, a great horse lover with whom you will share this wonderful experience. Once assigned to a horse, you are ready to ride towards Punta Uva to enjoy a beautiful stroll along the shores of the Caribbean Sea and reach the estuaries of Punta Uva River. Afterwards, begin returning along the paths of the wetland, an ideal time to learn about the different species of animals and plants encountered on your way. And if horseback riding is not your cup of tea, enjoy a memorable Canopy Tour. This consists of 9 aerial platforms and 13 ground platforms, with a total of 2,760 m of cable. The guide will teach you about the flora and fauna of the primary forest, including its use by the indigenous people. It is a great way to indulge in the Southern Caribbean coastal experience. The Canopy Tour and Horseback Riding are not included.

    Overnight in Puerto Viejo.
    Duration: 12 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Standard = Villas del Caribe or similar 3*

    Superior = Cariblue or similar 4*

    Deluxe = Le Cameleon or similar 5*

    Day 3: CAHUITA NATIONAL PARK

    Stop At: Villas Del Caribe, Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, 70403, Costa Rica
    Indulge in a flavorous breakfast at your hotel and enjoy the day at leisure, exploring on your own or participating in an optional activity, such as snorkelling and hiking through the nearby Cahuita National Park. This is the most important coral reef of Costa Rica. Full of sea life, be prepared to see many different species of coral, an abundance of tropical fish, sharks, eels, sea urchins, shellfish, crustaceans, algae, sea turtles, and more. After discovering the beauty of the underwater world, you can hike through Cahuita National Park, with the possibility of observing various types of snakes, sloths, white-faced and howler monkeys, anteaters, armadillos, and many others. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure relaxing or participating in an optional activity. If you didn´t adventure yourself into joining the exciting Canopy Tour or the relaxing Horseback Riding experience, today you have another chance! The optional activities mentioned, as well as snorkelling and hiking through Cahuita National Park are not included.

    Overnight in Puerto Viejo.
    Duration: 12 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Standard = Villas del Caribe or similar 3*

    Superior = Cariblue or similar 4*

    Deluxe = Le Cameleon or similar 5*

    Day 4: PUERTO VIEJO – TURRIABLA (180km – 4 hrs)

    Stop At: Villa Florencia Hotel, 600 meters north of La Susanita, Provincia de Cartago, Turrialba, Costa Rica
    Start the day with a rich breakfast at your hotel. Then, drive to the village of Turrialba. Enjoy a four-hour journey and have the rest of the day at leisure. Explore the mesmerising surroundings or just relax, luxuriating in the hotel facilities. Unwind and prepare yourself for an optional rafting adventure down the River Pacuare or a memorable river canyoning experience tomorrow.

    Overnight in Turrialba.
    Duration: 12 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Standard = Villa Florencia or similar 3*

    Superior = Guayabo Lodge or similar 3.5*

    Deluxe = Casa Turire or similar 5*

    Day 5: PACUARE RIVER

    Stop At: Villa Florencia Hotel, 600 meters north of La Susanita, Provincia de Cartago, Turrialba, Costa Rica
    Have a nice breakfast to make sure your energy reserves are high for today’s adventurous outing. Adventure in the optional Pacuare white-water rafting experience, keeping in mind that this considered one of the best rafting rivers in Costa Rica! Feel the adrenaline rush as you paddle through the thrill of the rapids, and observe the natural beauty that surrounds you, admiring the paradisiacal cascading waterfalls and a variety of tropical flora and fauna. The Pacuare white-water rafting experience is not included.

    Overnight in Turrialba.
    Duration: 12 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Standard = Villa Florencia or similar 3*

    Superior = Guayabo Lodge or similar 3.5*

    Deluxe = Casa Turire or similar 5*

    Day 6: TURRIABLA – SAN GERARDO DE DOTA (120km – 3 hrs)

    Stop At: Hotel de Montaña Suria, Main Road Copey, San José, Copey, 11403, Costa Rica
    After a delectable breakfast at your designated hotel, drive yourself to San Gerardo de Dota, in the Los Quetzales National Park, a cloud forest reserve where the iconic quetzal bird lives. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure to explore the area on your own or join an optional activity. Visiting the Guayabo Monument is a fantastic choice. Veiled in the shadow of the Turrialba Volcano, like a mythical lost city from a storybook, lies a mysterious ancient city that was home to over 10,000 people who seemed to have mysteriously vanished just before the arrival of the Spanish in the 16th century. This area, known as Guayabo National Monument, is Costa Rica’s most important archaeological site and its only named national monument. A guide will walk you through the park while explaining the findings of the excavations and the history of the people that once lived there. Another great activity is the Tropical Biking Tour at CATIE. This tour takes place in and around the plantations and botanical gardens of CATIE. The topography of the trails used on this tour is for all levels of bike riders and children over eight years old. As you go along, your naturalist guide will explain the great diversity of forest and fruit plantations, which can include coffee, cocoa, sugar cane, citrus, plantain, bananas, macadamia, pineapple, mangosteen, mango, avocado and many other exotic species from tropical countries all over the world. Thanks to the diversity in flowers and fruits, the plantation is also an ideal site for the observation of birds, mammals and some reptiles. The Canyoneering and Canopy Tour is another memorable activity availed today. Canyoning involves rappelling and descending cliffs and waterfalls within the canyon. Begin this exciting tour with an introduction of our guides and the equipment, as well as with a safety speech, to help you familiarise with the activity. Your guide will make sure you know the mechanisms and procedures for canyoning, ensuring you a safe and fun experience. You are off on a 2-3 hour adventure, rappelling down four waterfalls, zip lining down four canopy cables, and walking across a 40m hanging bridge – all giving you an unforgettable adrenaline rush! The optional activities mentioned are not included.

    Overnight in San Gerardo de Dota.
    Duration: 12 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Standard = Suria Lodge or similar 3*

    Superior = Trogón Lodge or similar 4*

    Deluxe = Savegre Lodge or similar 5*

    Day 7: Day 7: SAN GERARDO DE DOTA

    Stop At: Hotel de Montaña Suria, Main Road Copey, San José, Copey, 11403, Costa Rica
    Wake up and savour a tasty breakfast at the hotel. Spend a new day exploring the magnificent beauty of Costa Rica. Join an optional activity in San Gerardo de Dota or just wander around this area and admire the landscaped surroundings. San Gerardo de Dota is proudly hosting a large population of quetzal birds. And one of the most interesting options is to go out on an optional ‘quetzal quest’. This bird’s metallic green plumage, bright red breast, spikey head, and its incredible tail feathers make spotting a quetzal in flight a magical experience.

    Overnight in San Gerardo de Dota.
    Duration: 12 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Standard = Suria Lodge or similar 3*

    Superior = Trogón Lodge or similar 4*

    Deluxe = Savegre Lodge or similar 5*

    Day 8: SAN GERARDO DE DOTA – MANUEL ANTONIO (150km – 3 hrs)

    Stop At: Hotel Villabosque, 300 mts oeste de la entrada principal al, Parque Nacional Manuel Antonio, Provincia de Puntarenas, Quepos, 60601, Costa Rica
    After indulging in a delicious breakfast, drive to the Central Pacific Coast down the Pan-American Highway to San Isidro de El General. Enjoy a beautiful drive, admiring the stunning surroundings, take the road to the South Pacific, and finally the coastal route will take you to the town of Quepos, just outside of Manuel Antonio National Park. Check in to your hotel and have the afternoon to enjoy the inspiring area.

    Overnight in Manuel Antonio.
    Duration: 12 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Standard = Villa Bosque or similar 3*

    Superior = San Bada Hotel or similar 4*

    Deluxe = Parador or similar 5*

    Day 9: MANUEL ANTONIO NATIONAL PARK

    Stop At: Hotel Villabosque, 300 mts oeste de la entrada principal al, Parque Nacional Manuel Antonio, Provincia de Puntarenas, Quepos, 60601, Costa Rica
    Begin your day with a luscious breakfast and then, take the opportunity to visit the Manuel Antonio National Park on your own. The trail is flat, picturesque and loops through the park, making your course about two miles long. The park is a great place to take pictures or just to admire the impressive views. One of the highlights of this tour is that Manuel Antonio is home to three of the four existing tropical primates living in Costa Rica. Halfway through the hike, enjoy a leisurely stop at the world-famous ‘Third Beach’. Take a rest on the soft sand or play in the waves. Throughout the hike, it is common to see sloths, birds and reptiles as well as admire wild orchids, butterflies and tropical vegetation. The entrance fee to the Manuel Antonio National Park is not included.

    Overnight in Manuel Antonio.
    Duration: 12 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Standard = Villa Bosque or similar 3*

    Superior = San Bada Hotel or similar 4*

    Deluxe = Parador or similar 5*

    Day 10: MANUEL ANTONIO – DEPART SAN JOSE (160km – 3 hrs)

    Stop At: Juan Santamaría International Airport, Alajuela Province, Alajuela, Costa Rica
    Enjoy a tasty breakfast and, at the appropriate time, drive from Manuel Antonio to the airport for your flight back home. Drop off your car at the car rental office and take a shuttle transfer to the airport.
    Duration: 12 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    No accommodation included on this day.
  • Departure Point :
    Traveler pickup is offered
    Upon arrival to San Jose, the meet and greet services at Juan Santamaria International Airport will direct you to your transport. Airports
    • Juan Santamaria Intl Airport, San Jose Costa Rica
    Departure Time :
    Suppliers and travelers coordinate start times within the given time periods. Deluxe Hotel Category Car C 7/1/2020 - 11/30/2020
    Monday - Sunday:12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
    1/4/2021 - 4/30/2021
    Monday - Sunday:12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
    5/1/2021 - 11/30/2021
    Monday - Sunday:12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
    Superior Hotel Category Car B 7/1/2020 - 11/30/2020
    Monday - Sunday:12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
    1/4/2021 - 4/30/2021
    Monday - Sunday:12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
    5/1/2021 - 11/30/2021
    Monday - Sunday:12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
    Standard Hotel Category Car A 7/1/2020 - 11/30/2020
    Monday - Sunday:12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
    1/4/2021 - 4/30/2021
    Monday - Sunday:12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
    5/1/2021 - 11/30/2021
    Monday - Sunday:12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
    Return Detail :
    -
    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 9 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Most travelers can participate
    • The minimum age to rent a vehicle or be a driver is 21 years
    • All drivers must have a valid driver's license
    • The person who signs the contract must have an international credit card, Visa or Master Card, AMEX
    • Pick-up service at the San José Airport is 24 hours
    • Pick-up service at the Liberia Airport are from Monday to Sunday, 05:00 to 21:00 hrs. Pick-up outsideof these times are subject to a surcharge.
    • Pick-up hours at other locations are from Monday to Sunday, 08:00 to 17:00 hrs
    • All pick-up times at other locations will be set according to the office hours.
    • Accident/theft reporting must be notified within 24 hours of incident
    • If the customer returns the vehicle earlier than the agreed upon drop-off date stated in the rental contract, the rental company will not refund the customer for any unused days.
    • Deposit by credit card: Visa or Master Card only
    • Please note that local conditions prevalent at the time of travel may result in modifications to tour contents without prior notice
    • For self-guided visits, you must pay your entrance fee directly at the front desk of each park or attraction
    • Recommended arrival before 14:00 hrs.
    • Recommended departure time after 15hrs.
    • What do I need to bring? Comfortable and light clothing is the most suitable for travelling in Costa Rica. Visitors should not wear sleeveless shirts, shorts, short skirts or skimpy clothing when visiting temples, religious or official buildings. Sun protection, sunglasses, a hat and mosquito repellent can be very useful during your stay.
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
    • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
    • Face masks required for guides in public areas
    • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
    • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
    • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
    • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
    • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
    • Guides required to regularly wash hands
    • Regular temperature checks for staff
    • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
    • Covid-19 risk assessment of the activity completed (routes, visit of sights, possible crowds, number of people in the group, reduced services).
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.

Language

English

Age Req.

-

Fitness Req.

None

Group Size

3

Organised by Destination Services

Activity ID: V-36560P261

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