The Best Of Costa Rica
Central America
Countries Visted: Costa Rica
8 days / Trip Code: CRT 103
$1325.00 (double / per person)

Trip Overview:
Explore the Pacuare River, Hike the Turrialba Volcano, and bike the tropical CATIE plantation. Enjoy snorkeling the calm beautiful bays of Corcovado's Cano Island - Whales and marine wildlife is abundant around the island of Cano. End this fantastic journey by experiencing wildlife of the the Hatillo Mangroves. On the Best of Costa Rica adventure , you’ll be surrounded by beautiful landscapes, admiring wildlife and lush, captivating forests that will make you feel one with nature pura vida style.

This Adventure Includes:
Program Includes
Meet & Greet at the airport
- Arrival transfer
- 6 days Daithasu BEGO 4x4 car rental including free mileage and LDW
- 2 nights / El Rodeo Hotel / superior room (B)
- 2 nights / Villa Florencia / standard room (B)
- 3 nights / Villas Rio Mar / junior suite (B, except on Day 5)
- Pacuare River - Whitewater rafting (L)
- CATIE Mountain Biking Adventure
- Snorkeling Caño Island Tour (B, L)
- Hatillo Kayaking Mangroves
- All meals described above.
- Taxes and service charges.

This Adventure Does Not Include:
International Airfare and departure taxes
Some meals - review itinarary

Service Level:
Three Star Level (The Three Star level features 3 star accomodations and comfortable transportation on the itinerary. Daily private guides and great service. Some Eco lodges that are remote may require shared facilities where noted.)

Physical Demand Rating:
3 (Somewhat Demanding)

Departure Info:
Guaranteed Daily Departures - Minimum 2

Additional Trip Notes:

Adventure Type:
Budget Adventures, Classic Adventure, Drive & Explore, Multi Sport Adventure

Budget: $1001 ~ $1500

Days: 8

Day 1:
Arrive San Jose
A representative will meet you at the airport and transfer you to the Hotel El Rodeo Country Inn located outside San Jose. Overnight at El Rodeo Hotel, Superior room. Breakfast is included.

Day 2:
Pacuare Whitewater Rafting - Turrialba
Today our adventure starts early morning to reach the Pacuare River for a rafting trip. This river has been officially declared a Wild and Scenic River, and offers some of the finest white water in Latin America, winding deep inside of one of Costa Rica’s most impressive primordial rain forests. Breakfast on route and lunch is served along the river. At end of the tour, you will be dropped off at your hotel in Turrialba. Conveniently located between San Jose and the Caribbean Coast, this lively region is distinguished for its green rolling hills and fertile volcanic farmland. At Turrialba visitors can enjoy an array of natural attractions and exciting tours: hiking up to Turrialba volcano’s crater, visiting the ancient ruins of Guayabo, an adrenaline rafting ride through the turbulent and scenic Pacuare River and much more!
Overnight at Villa Florencia, standard room. Breakfast is included.

Day 3:
CATIE Mountain Biking Adventure
This tour will take bikers through the tropical plantations and botanical gardens of CATIE. The topography of the trails is not difficult. All level bike riders and children older than eight years old can enjoy this trip. During the bike ride, a guide will explain the great diversity of the forest and fruit plantations such as: coffee, cacao, sugar cane, citrus, plantains, bananas, macadamia, pineapple, mangostan, mango, avocados and many other exotic species from tropical countries. Bike riders will see the fruits in the plantations when it is the specific time of the year for the fruit. Bike riders will finish the tour with a visit to the Tropical Botanical Garden, After the tour, a Daihatsu Bego will be delivered at your hotel in Turrialba.
Time to explore Turrialba country side on your own. Overnight at Villa Florencia, standard room. Breakfast is included.

Day 4:
Drive from Turrialba to Playa Domincal Beach
Drive to Playa Dominical. Approximate driving time: 4 hrs
Located south of Manuel Antonio this area has become in the last couple of years, a favorite stop for many tourists. In here you will find miles of unspoiled lonely beaches, beautiful bays along the coast, and the tiny village of Dominical which offers various cozy restaurants and ''sodas'' (local food). For surfing, fishing, and diving, you will be at the right place! Over night at Villas Rio Mar. 01 Junior Suite, No meals included.

Day 5:
Snorkeling Caño Island Tour
We depart early in the morning in our comfortable van from Dominical, for about 90 minutes to Sierpe. We will stop there to have breakfast (included into package). We will then take a comfortable 90 minute boat ride through the largest area of mangrove swamps in Central America to Caño Island. Once through the Sierpe River Mouth we'll boat past two of the most scenic areas in the country, Drake Bay and the Marenco Biological Reserve. Along the beautiful coast we'll keep an eye out for Dolphins as well as Humpback, Pilot and Killer Whales.

After arriving at the island we will snorkel for an hour in the crystal clear waters, followed by a tasty picnic lunch. We offer several options for the second part of the trip: 1) Hike up the trails to the archeological cemetery where your professional guide will tell you about the significance of the stone spheres. 2) Another session of great snorkeling or 3) Stay on beach; as you prefer. Finally, we’ll start heading back to Dominical, returning you to your hotel. Over night at Villas Rio Mar. 01 Junior Suite, Breakfast included.

Day 6:
Kayaking Hatillo Mangroves
Mangrove swamps are one of the richest natural environments in the world. Mangrove trees are the only plant that thrives in salt water. You'll see a great variety of birds in the swamps. Some of the reptiles indigenous to the swamps are the Green Iguana, Jesus Christ Lizard, Boa Constrictor snake and 6 different species of crabs. Departing from Dominical, heading north for about 7 kilometers, we will arrive at the Hatillo Mangrove Swamps next to Guapil Beach. We may stop along the way to view sloths, toucans or monkeys. At the put-in spot your guide will give safety instructions and will explain to you the grand significance of this environment. We will then introduce you to an easy, 3 hour paddle through the canals discovering the beauty and the great variety of fauna that this estuary offers. The tour's departure time depends upon the tide. Duration: Half day Afternoon at leisure. Over night at Villas Rio Mar. 01 Junior Suite, Breakfast included.

Day 7:
Return Drive to San Jose
Return to back San José. Approximate driving time: 4 hrs.
Overnight at El Rodeo Hotel, Superior room. Breakfast is included.

Day 8:
Depart San Jose
Drive to the International airport. Drop off the car at the car hire company at the airport.

Pre-Trip Travel Information:
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29–8 days: 40% of trip cost
7–0 days No refund

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Deposit Note:
A required deposit per person is $300.00 unless otherwise noted. The balance is due within 60 days of departure. This may vary depending on destination and requirements of our travel partners.

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