San Antonio De Belen

9-Day Best of Northwest Costa Rica from San Jose: Arenal Volcano National Park, Monteverde Cloud Forest and Guanacaste

San Antonio De Belen, Costa Rica
9 Day Best of Northwest Costa Rica from San Jose Arenal Volcano National Park Monteverde Cloud Forest and Guanacaste

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  • 9 days
  • Pickup offered
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English

Overview

Discover the extraordinary natural beauty and amazing biodiversity of Costa Rica on this 9-day tour of the country’s northwestern region. Departing from San Jose, visit Arenal Volcano National Park, Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge, the cloud forest of Monteverde, Tamarindo’s famed beaches, and Vida Aventura Nature Park in Guanacaste. The tour includes 8 nights of accommodation, all transfers, exciting activities, and many meals so you can skip the stress of planning and simply enjoy your spectacular Costa Rica vacation.
  • 9-day tour of northwest Costa Rica from San Jose
  • Get up-close views of Arenal Volcano National Park (Parque Nacional Volcán Arenal)
  • Soak in thermal hot springs at Baldi resort
  • Cruise down Rio Frío and spot birdlife in Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge
  • Soar along a zipline and horseback ride in Vida Aventura Nature Park in Guanacaste
  • See the forest canopy on a Sky Walk tour in Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve
  • 8 nights of accommodation, transportation and entrance fees included

What's Included

  • Dinner
  • 1 nights accommodation in San Jose
  • 2 nights accommodation in Arenal
  • 2 nights accommodation in Monteverde
  • 3 nights accommodation in Guanacaste
  • Sky Walk Tour
  • Arenal Volcano Hot Springs at Baldi
  • Transfers between San Jose, Arenal, Monteverde and Guanacaste
  • Meals as per itinerary (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner)
  • Lunch (3)
  • Breakfast (7)
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Gratuities
  • Optional activities in Guanacaste (tour of frog pond, Liberia city tour, Nicaragua in a day, etc.

Meeting and Pickup

Pickup points

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Start time

06:00 AM

What To Expect

Make the most of your time in Costa Rica with this action-packed, 9-day tour, expertly organized to maximize adventure and minimize stress. A friendly host will greet you upon your arrival in San Jose and transfer you to your city hotel for the night. The next day, set off on your northwestern adventure.  

Visit the artisan community of Sarchí, and soak in mineral hot springs at the base of an active crater in Arenal Volcano National Park. Take a Sky Walk through the misty cloud forest of Monteverde, and soak up the sun on the glorious beaches of Tamarindo. Embark on a floating safari through Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge to see native species like monkeys, sloths, and colorful birds. 

In Guanacaste, fly across the rain forest canopy on a zipline adventure, horseback ride through the hillsides, and detox with a thermal mud bath. Add on optional tours during a free day here to customize your experience.

Your choice of 3.5- or 4-star hotels, all transportation, many activities and select meals are all included. See Itinerary for complete tour details.
Day 1

Welcome to Costa Rica

1 Stop

San Jose

Admission Ticket Free

Accommodation: Country Inn and Suites or Presidente Hotel (or similar) in San José

Meals: Not included

Day 2

Arenal Volcano Area

2 Stops

Sarchi

45 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Arenal Volcano National Park

2 hours Admission Ticket Free

Accommodation: Arenal Paraiso or Arenal Kioro (or similar) in La Fortuna

Meals: LunchDinnerBreakfast

Day 3

Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge

1 Stop

Cano Negro Wildlife Refuge

2 hours Admission Ticket Included

Accommodation: Arenal Paraiso or Arenal Kioro (or similar) in La Fortuna

Meals: LunchBreakfast

Day 4

Transfer Arenal to Monteverde

1 Stop

Lake Arenal

3 hours Admission Ticket Included

Accommodation: Hotel Monteverde Country Lodge or El Establo Mountain Hotel (or similar) in Monteverde

Meals: Breakfast

Day 5

Monteverde

1 Stop

Monteverde

2 hours Admission Ticket Free

Accommodation: Hotel Monteverde Country Lodge or El Establo Mountain Hotel (or similar) in Monteverde

Meals: Breakfast

Day 6

Guanacaste

1 Stop

Tamarindo

Admission Ticket Free

Accommodation: Hotel Tamarindo Diria or Cala Luna Hotel (or similar) in Tamarindo

Meals: Breakfast

Day 7

Vida Aventura

1 Stop

Province of Guanacaste

4 hours Admission Ticket Free

Accommodation: Hotel Tamarindo Diria or Cala Luna Hotel (or similar) in Tamarindo

Meals: LunchBreakfast

Day 8

Optional Activities

1 Stop

Province of Guanacaste

Admission Ticket Free

Accommodation: Hotel Tamarindo Diria or Cala Luna Hotel (or similar) in Tamarindo

Meals: Breakfast

Day 9

Departure Day

1 Stop

Liberia

Admission Ticket Free

Accommodation: Not included

Meals: Not included

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Please note: you can book optional tours while in destination for this multi-day trip
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • If you would like to end your tour in San Jose, a private transfer can be arranged and be paid in advance (approx. USD $250 per transportation)
  • Note: single rooms are only available for 1 person, double rooms for 2 and triple rooms for 3. If you book additional passengers in the rooms, your booking will be rejected and a full refund will be processed
  • Infant seats available
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers

Cancellation Policy

This experience is non-refundable and cannot be changed for any reason. If you cancel or ask for an amendment, the amount you paid will not be refunded.

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      No much information between one tour...
      Nelida M, Jun 2016
      No much information between one tour and other. Transportation terrible. hotel terrible not air condition, not TV, and Not Wireless. To much waiting time from activities to activities.
      It was an excellent well organized...
      Michelle H, Jun 2015
      It was an excellent well organized tour. The tour company did not miss a beat, our hotel rooms were booked at every location and tours were timely with pick up. I was traveling with my mother who is 78 years old. They were incredibly respectful of her. Some of the activities were strenuous, and they ensured she was safe every step of the way. Good: We chose the 4 star option hotel package and the hotels were very nice. The tours were well done and the guides were friendly, knowledgeable and courteous. Advice: Be ready for long, bumpy van rides. The roads are rough and everything is spaced apart. In Monteverde you will do the sky walk tour, there are actually 3 things that you can do in the Reserve the sky walk, sky tram and zip lining. The sky walk is 2 hours and it is an active walk. I wished we would have done the zip lining at our own expense. People raved about it and how safe it was, and the sky tram was included with zip lining. The bad though not bad enough to reduce the rating: In Guanacaste we stayed at Cala Luna Hotel, elegant hotel and the food was incredible. Access to beach swimming was disappointing. The beach was close, however there was nowhere to swim unless you hiked. The Vida Aventura Nature Park tour, they could not do the tour on the day offered and we were lucky to have a free day and switched the tour. I had mixed feelings about this tour. There was no warning that it was going to be a 3 hour van ride each way we went through Liberia. Although fun, the zip lining did not seem all that safe and the trails to some of the lines were tough. The horse riding was great and very adventurous. The electricity was out so they could not fill the pools, so we drove to another hot springs location and it was a total let down. It was just pools in the direct sun that might have been natural water, but looked just like a pool with chlorine. So due to circumstances beyond their control we did not experience their hot springs or mud bath.
      Excellent trip! Hotel choices, the...
      Sigurd T, Jun 2015
      Excellent trip! Hotel choices, the tours, and trips were all very well planned. The punctuality of tour guides was very impressive. We had a wonderful time and highly recommend it!!
      This felt like a bit of a gamble...
      Bob K, Jan 2015
      This felt like a bit of a gamble because we had no idea whether would be in a van with 4 well-behaved adults or a bus with 20 obnoxious ones, but it turned out to be the former. Our tour guide was helpful and extremely knowledge. Arenal and Monteverde were great, the beach a bit overly tourist.

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