From the warm hot springs of the Arenal Volcano, and live one of the best Campesino Farm 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 beatiful 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.
We will start at 7:30am. Our guide will pick you up at your hotel and begin the short drive to the Sloth Territory. This beautiful area is located approximately 5 minutes from downtown La Fortuna. There, we can observe one of the most beloved animals of Costa Rica, the sloth, as it captivates us with its tenderness and peculiar slow behavior.
We will walk on trails for approximately 1.5 km (1mile), while our guide gives us information and emphasizes the importance ofthe protection of this species. Our specialized guides are experts in locating them, so we can guarantee their observation. We must remember that the sloth isa solitary animal and that most of its time is spent sleeping and resting in the treetops.
At the end of this walk we will continue our trip toa village called Agua Azul, and after approximately 15 minutes we will arrive at an agroecological farm, owned by a local farm family that always welcomes us with open arms. At the farm, we will start the tour with a welcome beverage made from delicious fresh fruit. Our guide will detail the main objectives ofthis family project, which include promoting the sustainable use of natural resources and the preservation of Costa Rican customs.
After this warm welcome, we will milk cows manually. Anyone can participate in this unforgettable farm experience. Children can also feed calves and chickens, and observe rabbits, geese, and quail, among otherspecies of animals that are on the small farm. Then, we will extract sugar cane juice and enjoy taste-testing of the pure juice and it combined with a variety of ingredients. Next, we will go on to taste artisanal liquor and other traditional products obtained through the fermentation process, while we observe the distillation process in the traditional Costa Rican manner. We will visit a small archaeological ranch where we can observe different indigenous artifacts found on the farmlands, and use them in the creation of artisanal cocoa, tasting from the fruit to the chocolate itself.
At the end of the tour, we will enjoy a delicious traditional Costa Rican lunch with farm-fresh ingredients such as coffee, cheese, tortillas, among others. This is undoubtedly an experience full of culture, tradition, and Costa Rican customs.
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.
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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.