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Volcanoes, Nature and Caribbean, Self-drive

Explore Costa Rica´s spectacular nature, imposing volcanoes, and the pristine Caribbean beaches in this round-trip adventure that begins and ends in the capital city, San Jose. Enjoy nine days of memorable experiences, walking around Arenal Volcano National Park, discovering Tortuguero National Park, and relaxing on the Southern Caribbean Coast. Get to know a different side of Costa Rica, whose local population boasts Afro-Caribbean heritage. Explore the pristine beaches, hike through the emblematic rainforests, and admire the reef system during an unforgettable snorkelling tour. This journey is sure to impress, offering you memories to last a lifetime

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$1,791

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Duration

9 days

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  • What's included :
    • 8x Breakfast
    • 2x Lunch
    • Accommodation included: 8 nights
    • ACCOMMODATION:
    • - 8 nights' accommodation
    • TRANSPORT:
    • - Air-conditioned transportation for the arrival transfer on a shared basis,
    • from Juan Santamaria Airport to your first hotel
    • - Shared land and boat transfers to/from Tortuguero
    • - Air-conditioned transportation for the departure transfer on a shared basis, from the car rental
    • company offices in San José to the Juan Santamaría Airport
    • - Tour guides do not accompany guests during transport
    • CAR HIRE:
    • - Unlimited mileage
    • - Applicable Local taxes (VAT)
    • - No excess
    • - Loss Damage Waiver (LDW)
    • - Supplemental Liability Coverage (SLC)
    • - Emergency contact service
    • - Replacement car in case of accident
    • - Full-Full petrol rate
    • - One additional driver
    • - Coverage up to 70.000 USD per person or 175.000 USD per accident
    • VISTITS AND ACTIVITIES:
    • - All activIties in Tortuguero except the entrance fee to Tortuguero NP and optional activities
    • 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 flight tickets or visa fees and local taxes
    • Gratuities for drivers and guides
    • Entrance fees for optional activities mentioned in the itinerary
    • 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, meet and greet services at Juan Santamaria International Airport will direct you to your transport. Enjoy a relaxing drive before your drop off at your hotel in San Jose for the 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/other3*

    Superior: Holiday Inn Escazu/other4*

    Deluxe: Real Intercontinental/other5*

    Day 2: SAN JOSE – ARENAL (130km – 4 hrs)

    Stop At: Arenal Montechiari, 400 mts. Norte del Banco Nacional. Antes del puente a mano izquierda. Barrio Sinaí., Provincia de Alajuela, La Fortuna, 21007, Costa Rica
    Start the day with an early 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 during the trip. Drive to the region of La Fortuna, northwest of San Jose, home of the iconic Arenal Volcano. Have the remainder of the day at leisure to enjoy the area and hotel facilities or join one of the optional activities available. A great choice is spending great moments of relaxation at the captivating Tabacon Hot Springs. Take time to relax your mind and body as you enjoy these therapeutic volcanic hot water springs, surrounded by the natural beauty of the rainforest and the imposing volcano. The magnificent infrastructure of the pools, the stunning waterfalls and inviting wet bars will make your visit unforgettable. The visit to Tabacon Hot Springs is not included.

    Overnight in Arenal.
    Duration: 12 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Standard: Arenal Montechiari or similar 3*

    Superior: Arenal Springs or similar 4*

    Deluxe: Arenal Kioro or similar 5*

    Day 3: ARENAL VOLCANO NATIONAL PARK

    Stop At: Arenal Montechiari, 400 mts. Norte del Banco Nacional. Antes del puente a mano izquierda. Barrio Sinaí., Provincia de Alajuela, La Fortuna, 21007, Costa Rica
    Today after breakfast, enjoy the day at leisure to explore on your own or participate in an optional activity. Enjoy, for example, a guided or self-guided walking tour in Arenal Volcano National Park. Admire the verdant landscapes and the backdrop of the now-dormant volcano, as you keep a lookout for animals that live in this spectacular national park. If you are lucky you might spot sloths, howler monkeys, and even anteaters. Afterwards, return to the hotel and spend the afternoon at leisure or participate in one of the optional activities available. The exciting Arenal Nature Night Hike is a fantastic choice. This experience will take you to explore the depths of nature in its most spectacular moment – nightfall. Your night will be full of amphibians, reptiles, insects and excitement for all those brave enough to enter the rainforest with nothing more than the natural lighting and a flashlight. The mysteries of the tropical rainforest will be yours to discover, together with one of our experienced naturalist guides. The Arenal Natura Night Hike is not included.

    Overnight in Arenal.
    Duration: 12 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Standard: Arenal Montechiari or similar 3*

    Superior: Arenal Springs or similar 4*

    Deluxe: Arenal Kioro or similar 5*

    Day 4: ARENAL – GUAPILES – TORTUGUERO (210km – 5 hrs by road / 2 hrs by boat)

    Stop At: Pachira Lodge, Ent al Área de Conservación Tortuguero, Limón, Limon, 00000, Costa Rica
    Your day begins bright and early with a drive to the town of Guapiles. Arrive to the established local restaurant to enjoy breakfast and meet your guide for the following days. You must leave the car locked at the restaurant’s parking lot. Afterwards, continue in shared transportation to a pier and then continue by boat, cruising the rivers and canals of Tortuguero National Park. Arrive, check in, and enjoy a delicious lunch at your eco-lodge. Board the boat again for a visit to the stunning Tortuguero village. Stroll its beautifully arranged streets, explore its laid-back beaches and get closer to the locals. During the turtle hatching season, we will look for the baby turtles trying to find their way down to the ocean. Nesting is from July to September, hatching from September to December. Enjoy the rest of the day relaxing at the hotel, surrounded by the beautiful tropical forest and wildlife.

    Overnight in Tortuguero
    Duration: 12 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    Accommodation included: Standard: Pachira Lodge or similar

    Superior: Evergreen Lodge or similar

    Deluxe: Aninga Lodge or similar

    Day 5: TORTUGERO NATIONAL PARK

    Stop At: Pachira Lodge, Ent al Área de Conservación Tortuguero, Limón, Limon, 00000, Costa Rica
    Today you will have some free time to relax by the pool and experience the Tortuguero National Park on a three-hour trip. Observe over 350 protected species of birds, monkeys, crocodiles, and sloths, as well as lush vegetation. During the July to September season, you can join an optional Late Night Turtle Nesting Tour purchasable directly at the lodge or enjoy an exciting Tortuguero Canopy Tour. The Canopy tour is a unique experience in Tortuguero, offering visitors 11 platforms, 4 suspension bridges, 7 cables, 1 scaling wall and the fantastic Tarzan swing. This is an ideal tour for adventure seekers! The Late Night Turtle Nesting and Tortuguero Canopy tours are not included.

    Overnight in Tortuguero.
    Duration: 12 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Standard: Pachira Lodge or similar

    Superior: Evergreen Lodge or similar

    Deluxe: Aninga Lodge or similar

    Day 6: TORTUGERO – GUAPILES – PUERTO VIEJO DE TALAMANCA (220km – 2 hrs by road / 2 hrs by boat)

    Stop At: Villas Del Caribe, Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, 70403, Costa Rica
    After breakfast, depart by boat back to Guapiles. Here, you will stop for a delicious lunch and pick up your rental car before driving yourself to the coastal Puerto Viejo area. Have the rest of the day at leisure to enjoy the Caribbean atmosphere and the local Afro-Caribbean culture of the region.

    Overnight in Puerto Viejo.
    Duration: 12 hours

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

    Superior: Cariblue or similar 4*

    Deluxe: Le Cameleon or similar 5*

    Day 7: CAHUITA NATIONAL PARK

    Stop At: Villas Del Caribe, Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, 70403, Costa Rica
    Today, after breakfast, enjoy the day at leisure to explore on your own or participate in an optional activity, for example, snorkelling and hiking through the nearby Cahuita National Park. This is the most important coral reef of Costa Rica. Packed full of sea life, so be prepared to see many different species of coral, an abundance tropical fish, sharks, eels, sea urchins, shellfish, crustaceans, algae, sea turtles, lobster, shrimp 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, such as boas, eyelash vipers, as well as sloths, white-faced and howler monkeys, anteaters, armadillos, racoons, blue Morpho butterflies. and much more. The afternoon is at leisure to participate in other optional activities or simply relax and enjoy the hotel facilities. 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 8: PUERTO VIEJO – SAN JOSE (215km – 5 hrs)

    Stop At: Escazu Christian Fellowship, Guachipelin, San José Province, San Rafael de Escazú, Costa Rica
    Take the morning to rest and relax. In the early afternoon, transfer back to San Jose for your last night in Costa Rica.

    Overnight in San Jose.
    Duration: 12 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Standard: Arenal Montechiari or similar 3*

    Superior: Arenal Springs or similar 4*

    Deluxe: Arenal Kioro or similar 5*

    Day 9: DEPART SAN JOSE (25km – 30 min)

    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.

    Breakfast included.
    Duration: 12 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    No accommodation included on this day.
  • Departure Point :
    Traveler pickup is offered
    Upon arrival to San Jose, 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-36560P264

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