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Ultimate Adrenaline Adventure

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8 days / 7 nights (2nts San Jose - 1nt Arenal - 1nt Monteverde - 2nts Manuel Antonio - 1nt San Jose)

Map This itinerary is perfect for the action seeker looking to “do it all” in one week. Several of the most thrilling activities and tours in Costa Rica are included in this itinerary and additional options for more action are available to complement your vacation. This itinerary is not appropriate for families with younger children or travelers who do not have a reasonable level of fitness required to partake in some of these activities.

The San Jose region offers a private forest oasis ambiance combined with close proximity to a variety of soft adventure activities in and around the bustling capital city including tours to Poas and Irazu volcanoes, La Paz Waterfall tours, cultural heritage sites such as the National Theater, Jade and Gold Museums, nearby Sarchi Village for local handicrafts and INBIOparque, a 20-acre theme park run by the National Biodiversity Institute with ecosystem displays and other exhibits.

The Arenal region is rich in natural attractions; experience thermo-mineral hot springs, waterfall hikes, horseback riding, birdwatching, biking and boat tours on the Cano Negro. Visitors to the Arenal region enjoy easy access to the nearby bustling town of La Fortuna with its local nightlife, restaurants and shops. Arenal Volcano puts out an unforgettable light and smoke show nearly every day. Nighttime viewing is the most spectacular, with glowing lava and mini-explosions lighting up the sky.

The Monteverde region is one of the most fascinating destinations in Costa Rica. The area is cool and verdant and rich in biodiversity and a multitude of microclimates. The Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve supports four different Life Zones. There are over 100 species of mammals, more than 400 species of birds, 120 species of amphibians and reptiles, and 3000 species of plants (among them 500 different kinds of orchids), as well as tens of thousands of insect species.

The Manuel Antonio region combines the rainforest with breathtaking white-sand beaches, among the most beautiful in the world! Manuel Antonio and the adjacent port town of Quepos have become a Mecca for jetsetters who come to enjoy the serenity of the place combined with an active nightlife that includes restaurants, bars and discotheques. Manuel Antonio National Park is a "must-see".

Recommended Hotel Pairings:
Option 1: Doubletree Cariari in San Jose, Los Lagos in Arenal, Heliconia in Monteverde, Hotel Parador in Manuel Antonio, Doubletree Cariari in San Jose
Option 2: Doubletree Cariari in San Jose, Mountain Paradise in Arenal, Heliconia in Monteverde, Arenas del Mar in Manuel Antonio, Doubletree Cariari in San Jose
Note: The booking form at left will auto-fill with (and your itinerary will be priced based on) the Option 1 hotels (the most economical option). The suggested upgraded hotel pairing can be manually entered if so desired. To upgrade to the Option 2 hotels simply make your alternate hotel selections during the shopping process.

Included Tour Activities in the Areas: Tortuga Island Tour, Arenal Hanging Bridges Tour, Half Day Selvatura Park Tree Canopy Tour, Half Day Manuel Antonio National Park Tour
Additional Optional Tour Activities may be added online prior to finalizing your booking. Click on the links below to see a list of the optional tours available in each area.
San Jose Optional Tours
Arenal Optional Tours
Monteverde Optional Tours
Manuel Antonio Optional Tours

Private Transfers (and Shared Transfers where available and feasible) are included in the above itinerary from/to the Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO), as well as from region to region. A less expensive Car Rental Option is also available for those who prefer to drive themselves.

Travel Tips:
Bring along long pants, attire for dining in town, camera, light-weight jacket, swimsuit, binoculars, walking/hiking shoes, rubber soled shoes for water activities, small backpack for excursions and rain poncho.

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    Map Day #1
    Most flights arrive at San Jose's Juan Santa Maria International Airport early afternoon. Enjoy your afternoon at the hotel or explore the capital city of San Jose.
    Overnight: Doubletree Cariari by Hilton (4*)

    Day #2
    Rise and shine early for an exciting full day of the Rain Forest Adventure 3-in-1 Tour, which includes a tour of the Poas Volcano, the Doka State Park and the La Paz Waterfalls. See animals and birds along the way...all in all an unforgettable experience! Previous rafting experience is required and breakfast, snacks and lunch are included in this tour.
    Overnight: Doubletree Cariari by Hilton (4*)

    Day #3
    This morning make your way to the Arenal area, which is about a 3 hour drive. Your drive through the countryside is easy and will offer a great look at the diversity the country has to offer. As you get closer to the Arenal area you will be able to spot the famous Arenal Volcano. After check in at your hotel, make your way to the meeting point for touring the Venado Caves for those who don't mind getting wet and muddy! In this fascinating underground adventure, only 45 minutes from La Fortuna, your guide will take you through narrow passages and incredible labyrinths and chambers where you will see the famous rock formation known as "La Papaya" and other stalactites and stalagmites that will astonish you. Also you will see spider sand bats which are frequent inhabitants of the caves.
    Overnight: Los Lagos Hotel, Spa & Resort (3½*) or Mountain Paradise (4*)

    Day #4
    Your stay in Arenal is over and you will be picked up early for your transfer to the Cloud Forest of Monteverde. You will be transferred either by boat across Lake Arenal or via private car transfer around the lake. Once you have reached the other side you will travel through rolling hills and amazing vistas to the Monteverde area, approximately a 2 hour journey. Included in your package is a visit to the amazing Selvatura Park located in the Cloud Forest. Here you will experience a wonderful Tree Canopy Tour with 15 cables, 18 platforms and one Tarzan Swing; it’s one of the longest canopy tours in Costa Rica! You will be escorted by professional guides. Enjoy an evening at leisure at your hotel or take a stroll through the small village of Santa Elena
    Overnight: Hotel Heliconia (3*)

    Day #5
    Your transfer to Manuel Antonio will depart early. Enjoy the beautiful scenic drive through the countryside and learn more about the amazing diversity of the country as you make your way to the Manuel Antonio area. Your driving time is approximately 4-5 hours. Check in at your hotel and enjoy your afternoon and evening at leisure. Take a stroll down the beach where many vendors are selling local goods or explore the delightful town of Quepos.
    Overnight: Hotel Parador (4*) or Arenas del Mar (5*)

    Day #6
    Rise and shine early for your ½ day tour to the Manuel Antonio National Park. Even though one of the smallest national parks in Costa Rica, Manuel Antonio is immense in beauty with its impressive combination of tropical rainforest, abundant wildlife and two idyllic beaches. Follow a professional guide through this impressive park, home to numerous species of butterflies, monkeys, orchids and more! The Manuel Antonio area offers a large variety of tours and activities. Enjoy your day!
    Overnight: Hotel Parador (4*) or Arenas del Mar (5*)

    Day #7
    Enjoy your morning at leisure or opt for another optional tour. This afternoon your transfer will depart for San Jose, approximately a 2 hour transfer time. Your Ultimate Adrenaline Adventure has come to an end. Enjoy your last evening in San Jose, where you can relax and recover from your many thrilling adventures.
    Overnight: Doubletree Cariari by Hilton (4*)

    Day #8
    You will be transferred from your hotel to the nearby Juan Santa Maria International Airport for your return flight home. Pura Vida!

    Hotels listed in above itinerary are recommendations based on first-hand experience. You may select other hotels during the online shopping process if you prefer. Similarly, tours have been selected based on recommendations from our ground operator as well as personal experience - however, the itineraries are designed to be flexible and allow for the substitution of both hotels and optional tour activities as well as transportation options. Please note that not all tours operate daily. If you select travel dates that will put you in the area on a day the tour does not operate, it will not be included in your package automatically. Other optional tours for that region will be available for purchase. You may add additional optional tour activities as well. Note: Tips to porters and guides and airport departure taxes of US$26 pp are not included.

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