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9-Day Best of Northwest Costa Rica from San Jose: Arenal Volcano National Park, Monteverde Cloud Forest and Guanacaste

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San Antonio De Belen, Costa Rica
9-Day Best of Northwest Costa Rica from San Jose: Arenal Volcano National Park, Monteverde Cloud Forest and Guanacaste

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Discover the extraordinary natural beauty and amazing biodiversity of Costa Rica on this 9-day tour of the country’s northwestern region. Departing from San Jose, visit Arenal Volcano National Park, Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge, the cloud forest of Monteverde, Tamarindo’s famed beaches, and Vida Aventura Nature Park in Guanacaste. The tour includes 8 nights of accommodation, all transfers, exciting activities, and many meals so you can skip the stress of planning and simply enjoy your spectacular Costa Rica vacation.
  • 9-day tour of northwest Costa Rica from San Jose
  • Get up-close views of Arenal Volcano National Park (Parque Nacional Volcán Arenal)
  • Soak in thermal hot springs at Baldi resort
  • Cruise down Rio Frío and spot birdlife in Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge
  • Soar along a zipline and horseback ride in Vida Aventura Nature Park in Guanacaste
  • See the forest canopy on a Sky Walk tour in Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve
  • 8 nights of accommodation, transportation and entrance fees included
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Dinner
1 nights accommodation in San Jose
2 nights accommodation in Arenal
2 nights accommodation in Monteverde
3 nights accommodation in Guanacaste
Sky Walk Tour
Arenal Volcano Hot Springs at Baldi
Transfers between San Jose, Arenal, Monteverde and Guanacaste
Meals as per itinerary (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner)
Breakfast (7)
Lunch (3)
Food and drinks, unless specified
Gratuities
Optional activities in Guanacaste (tour of frog pond, Liberia city tour, Nicaragua in a day, etc.
  • Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, San Jose Aeropuerto, Costa Rica , Sobre Autopista General Canas Ciudad Cariari, San Antonio De Belen 40701 Costa Rica
  • Arenal Paraiso Resort Spa & Thermo Mineral Hot Springs , 7 Km Oeste de la Iglesia de la Fortuna, Arenal Volcano National Park, La Fortuna de San Carlos Costa Rica
  • Monteverde Cloud Forest Lodge , 1 Km Este y 1.8 Km Norte del Centro de Santa Elena, Santa Elena 60109 Costa Rica
  • Tamarindo Diria Beach Resort , Calle Central, Tamarindo 50309 Costa Rica
  • Juan Santamaria Intl Airport , San Jose Costa Rica
  • Suppliers and travelers coordinate start times within the given time periods.
    4-Star Option: Double
    9/1/2021 - 12/10/2021
    Monday - Sunday:06:00 AM - 10:00 PM
    1/3/2022 - 4/30/2022
    Monday - Sunday:12:00 AM - 11:30 PM
    5/1/2022 - 6/30/2022
    Monday - Sunday:12:00 AM - 11:30 PM
    7/1/2022 - 8/31/2022
    Monday - Sunday:06:00 AM - 10:00 PM
    9/1/2022 - 12/10/2022
    Monday - Sunday:06:00 AM - 10:00 PM
    3.5-Star Option: Double
    9/1/2021 - 11/30/2021
    Monday - Sunday:06:00 AM - 10:00 PM
    1/3/2022 - 4/30/2022
    Monday - Sunday:12:00 AM - 11:30 PM
    5/1/2022 - 6/30/2022
    Monday - Sunday:12:00 AM - 11:30 PM
    7/1/2022 - 8/31/2022
    Monday - Sunday:06:00 AM - 10:00 PM
    9/1/2022 - 12/10/2022
    Monday - Sunday:06:00 AM - 10:00 PM
    4-Star Option: Triple
    9/1/2021 - 12/10/2021
    Monday - Sunday:06:00 AM - 10:00 PM
    1/3/2022 - 4/30/2022
    Monday - Sunday:12:00 AM - 11:30 PM
    5/1/2022 - 6/30/2022
    Monday - Sunday:12:00 AM - 11:30 PM
    7/1/2022 - 8/31/2022
    Monday - Sunday:06:00 AM - 10:00 PM
    9/1/2022 - 12/10/2022
    Monday - Sunday:06:00 AM - 10:00 PM
    3.5-Star Option: Single
    9/1/2021 - 12/10/2021
    Monday - Sunday:06:00 AM - 10:00 PM
    1/3/2022 - 4/30/2022
    Monday - Sunday:12:00 AM - 11:30 PM
    5/1/2022 - 6/30/2022
    Monday - Sunday:12:00 AM - 11:30 PM
    7/1/2022 - 8/31/2022
    Monday - Sunday:06:00 AM - 10:00 PM
    9/1/2022 - 12/10/2022
    Monday - Sunday:06:00 AM - 10:00 PM
    3.5-Star Option: Triple
    9/1/2021 - 12/10/2021
    Monday - Sunday:06:00 AM - 10:00 PM
    1/3/2022 - 4/30/2022
    Monday - Sunday:12:00 AM - 11:30 PM
    5/1/2022 - 6/30/2022
    Monday - Sunday:12:00 AM - 11:30 PM
    7/1/2022 - 8/31/2022
    Monday - Sunday:06:00 AM - 10:00 PM
    9/1/2022 - 12/10/2022
    Monday - Sunday:06:00 AM - 10:00 PM
    4-Star Option: Single
    9/1/2021 - 12/10/2021
    Monday - Sunday:06:00 AM - 10:00 PM
    1/3/2022 - 4/30/2022
    Monday - Sunday:12:00 AM - 11:30 PM
    5/1/2022 - 6/30/2022
    Monday - Sunday:12:00 AM - 11:30 PM
    7/1/2022 - 8/31/2022
    Monday - Sunday:06:00 AM - 10:00 PM
    9/1/2022 - 12/10/2022
    Monday - Sunday:06:00 AM - 10:00 PM

    After booking, the operator will contact you about pickup time.

    Make the most of your time in Costa Rica with this action-packed, 9-day tour, expertly organized to maximize adventure and minimize stress. A friendly host will greet you upon your arrival in San Jose and transfer you to your city hotel for the night. The next day, set off on your northwestern adventure.  

    Visit the artisan community of Sarchí, and soak in mineral hot springs at the base of an active crater in Arenal Volcano National Park. Take a Sky Walk through the misty cloud forest of Monteverde, and soak up the sun on the glorious beaches of Tamarindo. Embark on a floating safari through Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge to see native species like monkeys, sloths, and colorful birds. 

    In Guanacaste, fly across the rain forest canopy on a zipline adventure, horseback ride through the hillsides, and detox with a thermal mud bath. Add on optional tours during a free day here to customize your experience.

    Your choice of 3.5- or 4-star hotels, all transportation, many activities and select meals are all included. See Itinerary for complete tour details.
    Itinerary
    San Jose
    After your arrival at the San José airport, you’ll be greeted by your driver and transferred to your selected hotel.
    Admission Ticket Free
    Accommodation:
     Country Inn and Suites or Presidente Hotel (or similar) in San José
    Meals:
      Not Included
    Sarchi
    Head north to explore the impressive Arenal Volcano, stopping first in the town of Sarchí, known for its family-operated woodworking factories and artisan craftsmanship. Choose from more than 200 stores to see the wooden bowls, rocking chairs and traditional carretas – elaborately painted oxcarts that once carried coffee from the highlands to the coastal port.
    Duration: 45 minutes
    Admission Ticket Free
    Arenal Volcano National Park
    Next, travel past cattle ranches and diverse plantations growing agricultural products and ornamental plants. When you arrive in La Fortuna, enjoy lunch in a cozy restaurant, affording excellent views of this natural phenomenon that attracts thousands of visitors each year. In the afternoon, enjoy a 1 1/2 hike through through the forest and then, relax in one of the best thermal baths in the area at Baldi Hot Springs resort. Dinner is included.
    Duration: 2 hours 
    Admission Ticket Free
    Accommodation:
     Arenal Paraiso or Arenal Kioro (or similar) in La Fortuna
    Meals:
     Lunch  Dinner  Breakfast  
    Cano Negro Wildlife Refuge
    Get ready for your adventure at Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge, considered one of the most biologically diverse in Costa Rica! Begin your journey in the village of Los Chiles, a border town just two miles (4 km) from Nicaragua. From here, embark on a 2-hour floating safari along the Rio Frío through tropical rain forest and pastures until you arrive at the marsh, Lago Caño Negro. Within the refuge, view a variety of resident and migratory birds plus iguanas, sloths, turtles, caimans and three different species of monkeys. Your cruise will end in the afternoon, and you’ll have the rest of the evening to do as you wish in La Fortuna.
    Duration: 2 hours 
    Admission Ticket Included
    Accommodation:
     Arenal Paraiso or Arenal Kioro (or similar) in La Fortuna
    Meals:
     Lunch  Breakfast  
    Lake Arenal
    Transfer to Monteverde, including a 30-minute boat tour across Arenal Lake. Along the way, spot several small islands and enjoy panoramic views of the natural surroundings. Once you’ve arrived on the other side, ride in a comfortable van directly to your hotel.
    Duration: 3 hours 
    Admission Ticket Included
    Accommodation:
     Monteverde Cloud Forest Lodge or El Establo Mountain Hotel (or similar) in Monteverde
    Meals:
     Breakfast  
    Monteverde
    2-hour Sky Walk tour – a series of suspension bridges and well-maintained walking trails built 984 feet (300 meters) above the tropical forest canopy of Monteverde Cloud Forest. Explore the forest safely and easily as you admire the area’s flora and fauna with commentary by an expert guide. After you descend, enjoy the rest of the afternoon relaxing at your leisure. You’ll have the additional option to go on a canopy tour, frog pond or butterfly garden (own expense).
    Duration: 2 hours 
    Admission Ticket Free
    Accommodation:
     Monteverde Cloud Forest Lodge or El Establo Mountain Hotel (or similar) in Monteverde
    Meals:
     Breakfast  
    Tamarindo
    Start your day with breakfast, and then take a 3-hour trip to Guanacaste, a province known for its beaches and its dry tropical forest.
    Admission Ticket Free
    Accommodation:
     Hotel Tamarindo Diria or Cala Luna Hotel (or similar) in Tamarindo
    Meals:
     Breakfast  
    Province of Guanacaste
    Head to Vida Aventura Nature Park, located in the Guanacaste mountain range, for a full day of ziplining and horseback riding, as well as relaxing in hot springs and a mud bath! When you arrive, put on a harness and get trained on riding the zipline. Then, take off through the canyon and soar around the forest canopy along seven cables. After you’ve landed, mount a horse for a ride over hillside trails, learning about the diverse flora and fauna as you cross streams and pastures. Keep an eye out for two active volcanoes, Rincon de la Vieja and Miravalles, and admire the spectacular panoramic views along the way. When you’ve completed the horseback ride, enjoy a typical Costa Rican lunch. Then, soak in a thermal mud bath and hot spring in gorgeous surroundings.
    Duration: 4 hours 
    Admission Ticket Free
    Accommodation:
     Hotel Tamarindo Diria or Cala Luna Hotel (or similar) in Tamarindo
    Meals:
     Lunch  Breakfast  
    Province of Guanacaste
    Enjoy a day of free time, either exploring Guanacaste at your leisure or enjoying optional tours (own expense).
    Admission Ticket Free
    Accommodation:
     Hotel Tamarindo Diria or Cala Luna Hotel (or similar) in Tamarindo
    Meals:
     Breakfast  
    Liberia
    You'll be picked up at the lobby of your hotel and transfer you to Liberia International Airport (LIR) for your departing flight. Note: If you would like to end your tour in San Jose, a private transfer can be arranged and be paid on the day of travel (approx. USD $205)
    Admission Ticket Free
    Accommodation:
      Not Included
    Meals:
      Not Included
    • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
    • Please note: you can book optional tours while in destination for this multi-day trip
    • If you would like to end your tour in San Jose, a private transfer can be arranged and be paid on the day of travel (approx. USD $205 per person)
    • Note: single rooms are only available for 1 person, double rooms for 2 and triple rooms for 3. If you book additional passengers in the rooms, your booking will be rejected and a full refund will be processed
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Infant seats available
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers
    • OPERATED BY Central American Tours
    You can cancel up to 7 days in advance of the experience for a full refund.
    • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 7 full days before the experience’s start time.
    • If you cancel less than 2 full days before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
    • Any changes made less than 2 full days before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
    • Any changes made less than 6 full days before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
    • For a 50% refund, you must cancel 3–6 full days before the experience’s start time.
    • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

    Learn more about cancellations.

    The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
    Q:
    What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during 9-Day Best of Northwest Costa Rica from San Jose: Arenal Volcano National Park, Monteverde Cloud Forest and Guanacaste?
    A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

    • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
    • Face masks required for guides in public areas
    • Face masks provided for travelers
    • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
    See all safety measures taken by 9-Day Best of Northwest Costa Rica from San Jose: Arenal Volcano National Park, Monteverde Cloud Forest and Guanacaste.
    Q:
    What is the policy on sanitization during 9-Day Best of Northwest Costa Rica from San Jose: Arenal Volcano National Park, Monteverde Cloud Forest and Guanacaste?
    A:The policies on sanitization are:

    • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
    • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
    • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
    • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
    See all safety measures taken by 9-Day Best of Northwest Costa Rica from San Jose: Arenal Volcano National Park, Monteverde Cloud Forest and Guanacaste.
    Q:
    What is the social distancing policy during 9-Day Best of Northwest Costa Rica from San Jose: Arenal Volcano National Park, Monteverde Cloud Forest and Guanacaste?
    A:The policies on social distancing are:

    • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
    • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
    See all safety measures taken by 9-Day Best of Northwest Costa Rica from San Jose: Arenal Volcano National Park, Monteverde Cloud Forest and Guanacaste.
    Q:
    What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during 9-Day Best of Northwest Costa Rica from San Jose: Arenal Volcano National Park, Monteverde Cloud Forest and Guanacaste?
    A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

    • Guides required to regularly wash hands
    • Regular temperature checks for staff
    • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
    See all safety measures taken by 9-Day Best of Northwest Costa Rica from San Jose: Arenal Volcano National Park, Monteverde Cloud Forest and Guanacaste.

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    star-2
    No much information between one tour...
    Nelida M
    , Jun 2016
    No much information between one tour and other. Transportation terrible. hotel terrible not air condition, not TV, and Not Wireless. To much waiting time from activities to activities.
    star-5
    It was an excellent well organized...
    Michelle H
    , Jun 2015
    It was an excellent well organized tour. The tour company did not miss a beat, our hotel rooms were booked at every location and tours were timely with pick up. I was traveling with my mother who is 78 years old. They were incredibly respectful of her. Some of the activities were strenuous, and they ensured she was safe every step of the way. Good: We chose the 4 star option hotel package and the hotels were very nice. The tours were well done and the guides were friendly, knowledgeable and courteous. Advice: Be ready for long, bumpy van rides. The roads are rough and everything is spaced apart. In Monteverde you will do the sky walk tour, there are actually 3 things that you can do in the Reserve the sky walk, sky tram and zip lining. The sky walk is 2 hours and it is an active walk. I wished we would have done the zip lining at our own expense. People raved about it and how safe it was, and the sky tram was included with zip lining. The bad though not bad enough to reduce the rating: In Guanacaste we stayed at Cala Luna Hotel, elegant hotel and the food was incredible. Access to beach swimming was disappointing. The beach was close, however there was nowhere to swim unless you hiked. The Vida Aventura Nature Park tour, they could not do the tour on the day offered and we were lucky to have a free day and switched the tour. I had mixed feelings about this tour. There was no warning that it was going to be a 3 hour van ride each way we went through Liberia. Although fun, the zip lining did not seem all that safe and the trails to some of the lines were tough. The horse riding was great and very adventurous. The electricity was out so they could not fill the pools, so we drove to another hot springs location and it was a total let down. It was just pools in the direct sun that might have been natural water, but looked just like a pool with chlorine. So due to circumstances beyond their control we did not experience their hot springs or mud bath.
    star-5
    Excellent trip! Hotel choices, the...
    Sigurd T
    , Jun 2015
    Excellent trip! Hotel choices, the tours, and trips were all very well planned. The punctuality of tour guides was very impressive. We had a wonderful time and highly recommend it!!
    star-4
    This felt like a bit of a gamble...
    Bob K
    , Jan 2015
    This felt like a bit of a gamble because we had no idea whether would be in a van with 4 well-behaved adults or a bus with 20 obnoxious ones, but it turned out to be the former. Our tour guide was helpful and extremely knowledge. Arenal and Monteverde were great, the beach a bit overly tourist.

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