From the warm hot springs of the Arenal Volcano, and live one of the best experience full of culture, tradition and true Costa Rican customs. During these 6 days you will also know one of the beaches in the North Pacific of this beatifull country Costa Rica, where you can enjoy the sun and the pleasant waters of its beach and at sunset you will observe a spectacular sunset.
Welcome to Costa Rica upon your flight arrival in Liberia, one of our Ecoterra Costa Rica’s drivers will meet you at Daniel Oduber International Airport (LIB) at 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. If you pleased and you prefer to chill you can also simply relax in the gardens and enjoying the view of Arenal Volcano (when clear) or have a cocktail at the bar.
The Hanging Bridges Forest Reserve covers an area of 243 hectares (600 acres) of protected forest. This adventure is ideal for those who want to take in the characteristics and beauty of the tropical rainforest on foot.
The 3.1 km (2 mi.) circuit trail will cross 15 impressive bridges, some suspended over the forest canopy and others, which are stationary. The bridges have different lengths and altitudes and were designed to offer different perspectives from which to observe the flora and fauna, as you pass through several levels of the forest. From the bridges, you will have views of the treetops making it easier to locate animals and birds.
The topography of the terrain is relatively simple with some short slopes, suitable for all ages and ability levels. Some of the animals that we may observe in this type of forest are 3 different species of monkeys, multiple species of birds, snakes, peccaries, and frogs, among others.
Arenal Volcano Hike,El Silencio Private Reserve, to get as close to the base of the Arenal volcano as possible by vehicle. Next, we will walk approximately 1 kilometer along a volcanic stonepath with a moderate degree of difficulty, until we reach the viewpoint, the closest point to volcano permitted to access. At the viewpoint, our guide will provide relevant information on the formation of the Arenal Volcano, it's periods of activity, as well as unpublished details of its first eruption in 1968. You can also enjoy the excellent views of the Green Lagoon and Lake Arenal. On the guide’s indication, we will begin our descent along the same trail.
For a change of scenery, we will then enter the regenerating forest and onto the primary rainforest located along the outskirts of the Arenal Volcano. With a little luck, this 1.5 km (1 mi) trail will provide us with the opportunity to see a wide variety of plants and animals that inhabit the rainforest, like toucans, turkeys, orioles, peccaries,snakes, and monkeys. At the end of the tour our driver will be waiting for us with a delicious snack of tropical fruit before returning to your La Fortuna Hotel.
At the end of the walk visit Paradise hot springs where you will enjoy the thermal mineral waters and a great dinner. After about three hours on your own. Afterwards, we will pick you up to take you back to your hotel in our modern minivans.
La Fortuna is the best area in Costa Rica for activities & tours; you will have the day off to do optional best experience with extra cost, like our special trip to the Rio Celeste & Tenorio Volcano; this is one of the unexplored locations of Costa Rica, and might become a neat in sunny days (some physical effort might be required). The turquoise blue waters together with all the nature surrounding, make of Rio Celeste a place to enjoy. Located in the out skirts of the Tenorio Volcano, without any doubt this river is one of a kind.
Top things to do around La Fortuna:
After breakfast at 07:30 am we begin the ride in comfortable mini-vans from La Fortuna towards Guanacaste, known as the Chorotega Region of Costa Rica, home of the dry tropical forest.
We will drive around the scenic Arenal Lake, renowned as the largest lake in Costa Rica, and considered a RAMSAR location of great hydroelectric importance; and in the small towns of Tilaran or Nuevo Arenal, we will take a short restroom break before continuing our journey.
Next we´ll drive to Tamarindo Beach for drop you off to Occidental Tamarindo Hotel with All-inclusive program or to Tamarindo Diria Beach Resort with Classic program. Welcome cocktail will be awaiting, while the receptionist provide all the information for relaxing stay at the Resort.
Today you will have all the day off to enjoy the day on your way.
You can enjoy exciting activities for all ages, 3 outdoor swimming pools with Pacific Ocean view, 5 restaurants, 4 bars, casino, spa, wireless Internet and cable television with free movie channels in your room.
Also you can spend the day exploring the beautiful area surrounding the Surfing town of Tamarindo Beach with variety of activities like ATV´s, Surf Lessons, Sport Fishing Tours and Nightlife and more.
If you are departing from Liberia Airport (recommended): Last day from Tamarindo Beach to the International Airport the transportation is included anytime between 06:00am and 08:00pm. This service is about 1 ½ hour, and you might be at the airport at least 2 hours earlier, therefore we will be picking you up 3 ½ hours prior your flight time. If you need a transportation before 6:00am or after 8:00pm there might be an additional US$40.00 extra charge total.
If you are departingfrom San Jose Airport: (not recommended): Last day from Tamarindo Beach to the International Airport the transportation is included at 08:00am or 2:00pm. This service is about 5 ½ hours, and you might be at the airport at least 2 hours earlier, therefore recommend you to take a departure flight leaving after 4:00pm for the morning shuttle or after10:00pm for the afternoon shuttle. If by any reason you have a tight itinerary and you need a private transfer to the airport between 6:00am and 8:00pm it is US$241.00 additional; and between las 8:01pm & 05:59am US$281.00.