Pura Vida—“pure life.” It sounds like a popular song, but it’s actually one of Costa Rica’s most popular greetings, and you’re sure to hear it on this vacation. And while we can’t give you “the pure life” back home, we can promise you pura vida on this 7-day vacation, because we’ve taken care of all the details for you. Your package includes hotel reservations, sightseeing, daily breakfast, one dinner and transportation between cities and the airport. We’ve also arranged for you to have the services of a Local Host®—someone who is there for you to answer questions, offer suggestions, let you in on little-known secrets, and help your vacation run smoothly.
Travel Best Bets Package Includes:
- Round trip airfare from Vancouver to San Jose
- 2 nights hotel in San Jose at Country Inn and Suites or similar
- 2 nights hotel in Arenal at Magic Mountain Hotel or similar
- 2 night hotel in Santa Elena at Monteverde County Lodge or similar
- Local Host In San Jose
- Meals: Buffet breakfast (B) daily, 1 three-course dinner (D)
- Sightseeing with a Local Guide, inside visits, and special features are shown in UPPERCASE
- Transportation: Round trip airport transfers; As outlined in the day-by-day itinerary
- Hotel baggage portage
Travel Best Bets Exclusive!
|March 28-May 31
|Vancouver||from $1999 + $231 tax|
|Victoria, Kelowna||from $2229 + $231 tax|
|Add 2 nights in Manuel Antonio click here for details||from $450 more|
Arrive in San José, where you will be met by your Local Host.
Hotel: San Jose at Country Inn and Suites
This morning, journey to the artisan town of Sarchi before stopping for a typical Costa Rican lunch in La Fortuna. Continue to the Arenal Volcano area, where you will stay two nights. In the afternoon, take a guided WALK through the lava trails of the volcano and appreciate how nature has found a way to recover from past lava flows. After the walk, visit the famous TABACÓN HOT SPRINGS and take a dip in the natural springs and pools of mineral waters surrounded by lush, tropical forest. Enjoy dinner at the Hot Springs.
Hotel: Magic Mountain Hotel
Today is at leisure to explore on your own. Perhaps visit the Arenal Hanging Bridges, a network of suspension bridges, platforms, and trails built in the cloud forest. From here, explore the forest canopy with a bird’s-eye view, giving you a different perspective of the forest’s wildlife. A great opportunity for nature lovers and birdwatchers! Alternatively, you may choose a rafting adventure, horseback riding, or spelunking in nearby Venado Caves. Hotel: Magic Mountain Hotel
This morning, begin with a short BOAT ride across Arenal Lake and admire different species of birds that visit and call the area home. Continue through incredible mountain scenery and the MONTEVERDE CLOUD FOREST, home to over 3,000 plant species, approximately 120 mammal species, 400 bird species, and 1,200 species of amphibians and reptiles. This evening, venture into Monteverde’s Cloud Forest just before nightfall with an expert Naturalist for a guided NATURE WALK to search for the jungle’s nocturnal creatures, like sloths, foxes, agoutis, frogs, and many more! Hotel: Monteverde County Lodge
Enjoy a day to do as you please. Maybe wake up early and visit Santa Elena Cloud Forest to best experience the animals in their natural forest habitats. Discover this misty and surreal wildlife sanctuary full of mosses, ferns, flowers, and other indigenous plant life. Also notice how the combination of climatic and geographic factors create temperature and humidity gradients, changing dramatically over just a short distance, or you could visit a local family’s farm to learn about sugarcane, coffee, and tilapia farming.
Hotel: Monteverde County Lodge
Return to San José today
Hotel: San Jose at Country Inn and Suites or similar (1 night)
DAY 7: SAN JOSÉ (B)
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight home
Call for details: 1-877-523-7823REQUEST A QUOTE