Wow !! All the cool animals you’ve seen on TV are along the shores of this country and in its rainforests. You understand that a trip to Costa Rica offers as much adventure as you can afford on a trip through nature. Volcanoes and beaches, big city life and fantastic lodges in the rainforest. Everything is here in abundance! Once in a life time – let’s do it !! Abbreviated as CRI by abbreviationfinder, Costa Rica is a country located in Caribbean defined by countryaah.
Costa Rica – 20 days
Day 1 Departure Sweden – Arrival San José
Departure with scheduled flights from Sweden. Upon arrival in San José, you will be met by your English-speaking guide for transfer to your hotel.
Day 2 San José – Osa Peninsula
You will be picked up after breakfast for the short flight to Puerto Jimenez. On arrival you will be met for a 45 minute drive to your lodge located with wonderful views of the Pacific Ocean.
Day 3 to 5 Osa Peninsula
Lapa Rios Eco Lodge on the Osa Peninsula has 16 private bungalows. They offer comfortable rooms that really feel like one with nature as they are completely open, with mosquito nets as the only protection. All bungalows have sea views, a large wooden deck with sun loungers and a private hammock. Lapa Rios Eco Lodge is very caring about its surroundings and they have even opened a school for the village children where the hotel staff teaches English.
Day 6 Osa Peninsula – Pacuare
In the morning you return by plane to San José for further travel through the beautiful landscape to the Pacuare River. Pacuare Lodge is unlike any other hotel and is a “must” in Costa Rica. The best way to the jungle lodge is via wild rafting in an inflatable boat, and suddenly the term “hotel transfer” takes on a new and breathtaking meaning. High among the trees are exclusive suites that offer a carefree life on wooden decks in eco-friendly luxury accompanied by a thousand-year-old rainforest. Some suites have their own pools up among the treetops that are fed by spring water. One hour a day, the electricity is turned on and then the lounge becomes Pacuare’s natural gathering place. Then a three-course dinner is served in the dim light of the candles, haute cuisine presented on real porcelain and spiced with home-grown herbs. Pacuare Lodge is a unique experience.
Day 7 Pacuare
Together with the guides at your lodge, you make walks in the rainforest and explore the lodge’s own “Canopy Walkway” where you get a breathtaking overview of the rainforest’s treetops. Of course there is also time to just take it easy by the pool or listen to the sounds of the rainforest during a siesta in a hammock.
Day 8 Pacaure – Arenal
After breakfast you go rafting again to get out of the rainforest. After landing and changing, you meet for a transfer to Rio Blanco where you are picked up for a further trip to La Fortuna, one of the most beautiful regions in Costa Rica. Your hotel is nestled in the greenery overlooking Arenal Volcano.
Day 9 Volcano Arenal
The day on its own. There are a variety of adventure activities to choose from in the Arenal area. Some examples are: rafting, hiking trails, horseback riding, mountain biking, waterfall rappelling, hot springs, canopy tours, as well as cave tours. You decide for yourself if you want to decide on the spot for the day’s activities or book before your departure.
Day 10 Arenal – Monteverde
After breakfast you continue your journey to the cloud forests in Monteverde (approx. 4 hours). Your hotel is only 20 minutes from the Monte Verde Nature Reserve and there are opportunities for hiking on suspension bridges among the treetops or why not a ride on horseback in the beautiful surroundings. The afternoon on its own. You have the opportunity to visit a reptile park with over 40 species of lizards, frogs, turtles and other reptiles in their natural habitats.
Day 11 Monteverde Nature Reserve
The day is free for your own activities. The mountains are perfect for hiking, and the views are heavenly. Have lunch at one of the many ranches available here or visit the Monte Verde National Cloud Rainforest National Park where you can with a little luck find the protected bird Quetzal. The whole valley is an eldorado for bird enthusiasts. How about getting feather-light hummingbirds whizzing around your ears in the Hummingbird Gallery, or incomparably beautiful butterflies in the Butterfly Gallery
Day 12 Monteverde – Manuel Antonio
Today you continue your journey to the Pacific coast (about 4-5 hours) and your hotel which is nestled in the lush greenery by the beach. Here you will of course enjoy sun & swimming and walks along the beautiful beach, but Manuel Antonio National Park also invites to many other activities for those who wish.
Day 13 to day 17 Manuel Antonio
The days by the Pacific Ocean are first and foremost reserved for a relaxing sun and bathing holiday in a beautiful and inspiring environment. Of course, there are a plethora of excursions and activities that can be booked on site.
Day 18 Manuel Antonio – San José
In the afternoon you will be picked up for transfer back to San Jose.
Day 19 Return
You will be picked up for a transfer to the airport and checked in for the return journey.
Day 20 Return to Sweden.