Considered by many as one of the most beautiful in world, this country has delightful beaches, spectacular natural surroundings and a variety of outdoor activities. One week in Costa Rica visiting the Arenal Volcano and Manuel Antonio National Park you will discover many of those wonders that offers us.
- Departure: Alajuela
- Arrival: International Airport Juan Santamaria SJO
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One of our Ecoterra Costa Rica’s drivers will meet you at Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO) at 08:30 am or 3:00 pm; in order to drive you to the Arenal Volcano National Park Region; the transportation to Arenal takes about 3 hours. Lodging at Casa Luna Hotel or similar hotel. After checking in you will have off time for enjoying the pool or you can have a massage at Luna Spa, which you can arrange in advance with your travel planner; if you pleased and you prefer to chill you can also simply relax in the hotel gardens, enjoying the view of Arenal Volcano (when is clear) or have a cocktail at the bar.
After breakfast, we will pick you up at your hotel at the reserved time to begin this exciting journey to Sloth Territory, located within a small family ecological project just 5 minutes from La Fortuna. The project has a 1.5km (1 mi) trail that is suitable for adults, families, and children of all ages. The tour of approximately 2 hours will take us through amazing flora, alongside a river bordering the property, and of course to the Guarumo trees; the favorite food of these emblematic animals. During the tour, we will stress the importance of sloth protection, due to its growing popularity, illegal trade of this species has increased significantly, which is why Ecoterra Expeditions, together with the Rodriguez family, work to preserve a privileged space for their protection. Our specialized guides are experts in finding them, so we can guarantee their observation. We must remember that the sloth is a solitary animal and that most of its time it is sleeping or resting in the treetops. During The tour, you can observe two types of sloths: Two-toed sloth and the three-toed sloth. If we are lucky we will be able to observe a mother with her baby; a thrilling experience. At 2:30pm our guide pick you up at your hotel, the tour begins with a 20-minute drive from the hotel to the Peninsula section of the National Park, near Lake Arenal. Here we will begin a 1.5 km (1 mi) long walk along an easy trail for about an hour. Throughout the tour you can enjoy excellent views overlooking Lake Arenal and the Tilaran Volcanic Mountain Range in the observation bays that are found along the trail. At the end of the walk, we will have the opportunity to climb to the observation platform of approximately 12 meters (40 ft) high for a closer and amazing view of the volcano, and receiving a full explanation of its history, activity cycles, and geological formation among other relevant data. At the end of the trail, we will enjoy a snack of fresh fruit before taking our boat for a tour along the forested shores of Lake Arenal and islets to try to find some animals. This is the ideal place to take scenic photographs of the volcano, if it is clear. After about 45 minutes, the boat docks in the sector of the Arenal Dam. At the end of the day, the perfect place to relax will be at the Arenal Paradise Hot Springs including a dinner served at the Hot springs Restaurant. At about 9:00 pm you will be picked up to return to the hotel.
Today is a day off to relax at your hotel or for do optional Arenal activities with extra cost, some things to do recommended are: Venado Caves, Arenal Hanging Bridges, Safari Float in Peñas Blancas River, La Fortuna Waterfall or Nocturnal Experience, or if you are interesting in another experience let to know to your travel planner that will recommend you the best suits that your requirement.
After enjoying the breakfast at your hotel en Arenal Volcano, you will departure to Manuel Antonio National Park. Once all the passengers in the van, will drive through the road to Manuel Antonio, on the way we crossing the Tarcoles River, the most famous river with one of the largest populations of American crocodiles (Crocodylus acutus) in America. Check in and lodging at the hotel of your convenience, the receptionist provide all the information for a relaxing stay at the hotel. The recommend hotels is located just 5 minutes walking from Espadilla Beach in Manuel Antonio area.
Day off in Manuel Antonio, choose one of the following activities to add to your package (already included) • Surf Lessons (Shared) • Guided Walk to the Manuel Antonio National Park (Shared) • *The National Park is closed on Mondays • Ocean Kayak & Snorkel (Shared- Lunch included) • Horseback Riding (not on the beach) (Shared-lunch included) • Damas Island Boat Tour (Shared-Lunch included)
Today, you have the shuttle back to the Juan Santamaria International Airport in Alajuela at 08:00 am or 12:15 pm. Please consider this transfer takes about 4 hours to the airport, and you must be there at least 2 hours earlier your flight time for checking in; if you require a transportation on a different time we can arrange a private transportation for some extra bucks. Note: local flight from Manuel Antonio to San José Airport is available just contact to your travel planner for the price.
- Free breakfast
Arrival: International Airport Juan Santamaria SJO