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Natural Wonders of Costa Rica

9 Days 1 Country 4 Cities

Relax on tropical Guanacaste Beach and meet the locals on this intimate Country Explorer trip.

"Trip was magic, scenery stunning"

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    • Crossovers: All 2017 departure dates will operate per the 2017 brochure. Hotels and inclusions may vary. Please inquire at the time of booking.
    • Airport arrival will be at 9 a.m. on Day 9, please be aware when booking your flights.
    • Hidden Journey itineraries have a maximum of 26 guests.
    • Guaranteed Room Share is not available on this trip.
    • Please note: For the more remote areas of Costa Rica, we use the best available hotel facilities with comfortable but simple guestrooms and eco-friendly amenities perfectly suited to the natural surroundings. This journey requires walking on uneven surfaces and steps and sometimes through heavy showers (rain ponchos provided). This journey is best enjoyed by the experienced traveller in good health and who can take such conditions in stride.
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    • For trips that are part of our Guaranteed Room Share, please note that there is a no smoking policy in all shared rooms. Solo travel is not accepted on guided Family Experiences holidays unless travelling as part of a family group. 
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      Please read our Trip Notes before booking

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      • Crossovers: All 2017 departure dates will operate per the 2017 brochure. Hotels and inclusions may vary. Please inquire at the time of booking.
      • Airport arrival will be at 9 a.m. on Day 9, please be aware when booking your flights.
      • Hidden Journey itineraries have a maximum of 26 guests.
      • Guaranteed Room Share is not available on this trip.
      • Please note: For the more remote areas of Costa Rica, we use the best available hotel facilities with comfortable but simple guestrooms and eco-friendly amenities perfectly suited to the natural surroundings. This journey requires walking on uneven surfaces and steps and sometimes through heavy showers (rain ponchos provided). This journey is best enjoyed by the experienced traveller in good health and who can take such conditions in stride.
      • Trip prices are per person, land only, based on double occupancy and reflect applicable discount. Discounts are subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time without notice.
      • Trip prices are correct at the time of the products going live, however are subject to confirmation at the time of booking. All trip information is correct at time of trips going live, however are subject to change - please confirm all details at time of booking.
      • For full terms and conditions, please refer to our Website Terms of Use page.
      • Twin-share option not available for trips to South America, Costa Rica, Mexico, Alaska, Hawaii or for any holiday & cruise combination, or in Asia and Eastern Mediterranean except Highlights of Turkey (without cruise) & Best of Turkey. It's also not available on Small Group trips.  Guided Vacations included in this restriction are Newfoundland and Labrador (DNLA) as well as Panama, the Canal & Beyond (LPAN).  
      • For trips that are part of our Guaranteed Room Share, please note that there is a no smoking policy in all shared rooms. Solo travel is not accepted on guided Family Experiences holidays unless travelling as part of a family group. 

      About this trip

      Your intriguing adventure across the luscious landscapes of Costa Rica leads you on a journey through verdant tropical rainforests, to near perfect cone-shaped volcanoes and onto the impossibly green waters of their crater lakes. Find out the true meaning of pura vida on this breathtaking Hidden Journey that lets you uncover the secrets behind the nation's eternal optimism.


      Trip type: Hidden Journey

      Trip code: LCRW

      8 Nights

      accommodation

      15 Meals
      • 8 full breakfasts

      • 3 lunches (including Be My Guest)

      • 4 dinners

      On-trip Transport

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      Highlights

      What's Included

      Sightseeing Highlights

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        • View the Arenal Volcano, Rincon de la Vieja Volcano

        • Visit Sarapiquí, a wildlife rescue centre, Arenal National Park, Borinquen, Carrillo Beach, Palo Verde National Park, Los Angeles Cloud Forest Reserve


      What's Included

      Dining

        • 8 full breakfasts

        • 3 lunches
          (including Be My Guest)

        • 4 dinners


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        • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing

        • Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals

        • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)

        • Rain ponchos and umbrellas provided for your use

        • Cherry-picked hotels all tried and trusted

        • Hand-picked Insider Experiences

        • Optional Experiences and free time

        • All porterage and local charges included

        • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras

        • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver

        • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes

        • Airport transfers on the first and last day of your guided holiday

        • VIP entry to many sights


        Airport Transfers

      • Specific transfer information can be found on the airport transfers page


       

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      Arrive San José

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      San José – Sarapiquí – Arenal (2 Nights)

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      Arenal Sightseeing

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      Arenal – Borinquen (2 Nights)

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      Borinquen

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      Borinquen – Palo Verde – Carrillo Beach (2 Nights)

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      Carrillo Beach

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      Carrillo Beach – Los Angeles Cloud Forest

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      Cloud Forest – Depart San José

      Day 1

      Arrive San José Day 1 - Arrive San José

      Discover the secret to pura vida-Costa Rica's inimitable zest for life. Soak up the vibrant atmosphere before joining your travel companions for a Welcome Reception at 6 p.m.

      Hotel

      Studio

      Meals

      • Welcome Reception

      Hotel

      Studio

      Meals

      • Welcome Reception

      Day 1

      Day 2

      San José – Sarapiquí – Arenal (2 Nights) Day 2 - San José – Sarapiquí – Arenal (2 Nights)

      Embark on an adventure heading toward Poás Volcano coffee country, along the way visiting a working coffee plantation to learn about its rich history, which dates back to the 18th century. Travelling through lush tropical rainforests, home to the endangered great green macaw, your journey takes us to Sarapiquí and Hacienda Pozo Azul where the Quintana family share fascinating insights into their unique way of life over a traditional Be My Guest lunch. Then travel toward the active volcano, Arenal, where an afternoon of relaxation awaits in your hotel's steamy hot springs.

      Hotel

      Arenal Kioro Hotel Suites and Spa

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Be My Guest Dining
      • Dinner

      Hotel

      Arenal Kioro Hotel Suites and Spa

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Be My Guest Dining
      • Dinner

      Day 2

      Day 3

      Arenal Sightseeing Day 3 - Arenal Sightseeing

      The day begins at the wildlife rescue centre, Proyecto Asis, where we have the rare opportunity to interact with some of Costa Rica's native animals, many of which are rehabilitated for their eventual return to the wild. After a tasty traditional lunch, be treated to a Cultural Insight, a performance by local children who dance to the sounds of calypso music before heading to Arenal Hanging Bridges. Here you'll get to interact with brightly coloured birds, cheeky monkeys and slow-moving sloths all while surrounded by luscious landscapes.

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Lunch

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Lunch

      Optional Experiences

      Canopy Tour*

      Feel the maximum adrenaline rush on these 12 high-adrenaline platforms! Soar above the tree tops over one of the lushest tropical forests in Guanacaste. The trip to the first platform can be done on horses or with our off-road vehicle. The tour ends across from the stables on the hotel grounds. Child rate applies to those 11 years of age or under. Gratuity included.

      Adult Price: US$60.00

      Arenal Volcano Hike

      Ever since the 1500s, locals considered Arenal to be just a regular everyday mountain. However, everything changed on the morning of July 29, 1968 when the mountain erupted, spewing ash and lava over the region. Up until 2010, the volcano was still quite active but has settled down in recent years. Your guided hike will allow you to see the areas that were destroyed in the 1968 eruption up close. Hike through recent lava flows and see how Mother Nature has brought life back to the region. Total duration is approximately 4 hours. Gratuity included. (Minimum 2 Guests)

      Adult Price: US$65.00

      Kayak On Lake Arenal*

      Arenal Lake is the largest in the country and home to a wide diversity of birds, both resident and migratory, such as flycatchers, kingfishers and great blue herons. Kayaking on Arenal Lake is a great way to take part in an outdoor activity while you enjoy the amazing, one-of-a-kind views of Arenal Volcano. Along the shoreline, watch for howler monkeys enjoying the good life high in the trees. Total duration is approximately 4 hours. Gratuity included. (Minimum 2 Guests)

      Adult Price: US$63.00

      Day 3

      Day 4

      Arenal – Borinquen (2 Nights) Day 4 - Arenal – Borinquen (2 Nights)

      Today, travel to the land of the sabanero cowboy to traverse through picturesque forests, past hot springs and beneath wondrous waterfalls to reach the imposing Rincón de la Vieja. Here you will enjoy a unique opportunity to spend two relaxing nights on the slopes of this magnificent volcano.

      Hotel

      Borinquen Mountain Resort and Spa

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Dinner

      Hotel

      Borinquen Mountain Resort and Spa

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Dinner

      Day 4

      Day 5

      Borinquen Day 5 - Borinquen

      The day is free for you to explore any number of exciting activities, such as ziplining, biking or hiking up a jungle clad mountain for a bird's eye glimpse of Guanacaste's spectacular Pacific coastline. Trek to hidden waterfalls, hear the astonishingly loud sound of cicadas and look out for beautiful butterflies, spider monkeys and the brightly coloured beaks of toucans. If you prefer to lay back and relax, immerse yourself in a thermal hot spring or enjoy the sensation of a natural steam room.

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Dinner

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Dinner

      Optional Experiences

      Canopy Tour*

      Feel the maximum adrenaline rush on these 12 high-adrenaline platforms! Soar above the tree tops over one of the lushest tropical forests in Guanacaste. The trip to the first platform can be done on horses or with our off-road vehicle. The tour ends across from the stables on the hotel grounds. Child rate applies to those 11 years of age or under. Gratuity included.

      Adult Price: US$60.00

      Day 5

      Day 6

      Borinquen – Palo Verde – Carrillo Beach (2 Nights) Day 6 - Borinquen – Palo Verde – Carrillo Beach (2 Nights)

      The village of Carrillo is famed for its crescent-shaped beach and the beautiful backdrop of mountainous forests that form beyond it. Here you will stay for the next two nights and get to venture into the verdant landscape that makes up Palo Verde National Park where the Tempisque River also flows. Enjoy lunch together in the park before heading back to the beachside retreat of Carrillo for more rest and relaxation.

      Hotel

      Nammbú - Beachfront Bungalows

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Lunch

      Hotel

      Nammbú - Beachfront Bungalows

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Lunch

      Day 6

      Day 7

      Carrillo Beach Day 7 - Carrillo Beach

      Today is yours to soak up the sun and simple life on Playa Carrillo where you can read, sunbathe or enjoy a beachside picnic. Hop on a shuttle to nearby Samara for a lunch and some souvenir shopping or choose to embark on an optional experience to explore Costa Rica's pristine coastline, which offers an assortment of activities, such as kayaking, snorkelling or surfing.

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

      Day 7

      Day 8

      Carrillo Beach – Los Angeles Cloud Forest Day 8 - Carrillo Beach – Los Angeles Cloud Forest

      After a leisurely start to the morning, head back toward San Jose with a stop at Los Angeles Cloud Forest. This secluded private reserve protects more than 347 species of birds, as well as an assortment of plant life, like ferns, mosses and orchids. Later, share experiences with your fellow travellers at a Farewell Dinner.

      Hotel

      Villa Blanca Los Angeles Cloud Forest Resort and Nature Reserve

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Farewell Dinner

      Hotel

      Villa Blanca Los Angeles Cloud Forest Resort and Nature Reserve

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Farewell Dinner

      Day 8

      Day 9

      Cloud Forest – Depart San José Day 9 - Cloud Forest – Depart San José

      Your journey through Costa Rica and the land of pura vida comes to its end as we take you back to Juan Santamaría International Airport to catch your flight home or choose to extend your stay at the Studio Hotel in San José.

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

      Day 9

      Available Departures

      Please see http://www.trafalgar.com:80/eu/tours/natural-wonders-of-costa-rica for the latest discounts & departure information.

      The Trafalgar Difference

      • Be My Guest
        Join Don Alberto and Doña Ana Quintana for a traditional Costa Rican lunch at their Hacienda Pozo Azul, a 2000-acre working ranch

      • Cultural Insights
        Watch a group of talented local children perform traditional Costa Rican dances to the sweet sounds of calypso

      • Hidden Treasures
        Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure

      • Join Trafalgar
        Travel Today, Sustain Tomorrow Arenal Vida Campesina Organic Farm This self-sustained, organic cultural education centre, produces food, spices, tropical fruits and medicinal plants for educational purposes. During your visit, you'll learn about sustainable agriculture in harmony with the environment.

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      Sightseeing Highlights

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        • View the Arenal Volcano, Rincon de la Vieja Volcano

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      Dining

        • 8 full breakfasts

        • 3 lunches
          (including Be My Guest)

        • 4 dinners


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      Travel Highlights

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        • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing

        • Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals

        • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)

        • Rain ponchos and umbrellas provided for your use

        • Cherry-picked hotels all tried and trusted

        • Hand-picked Insider Experiences

        • Optional Experiences and free time

        • All porterage and local charges included

        • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras

        • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver

        • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes

        • Airport transfers on the first and last day of your guided holiday

        • VIP entry to many sights


        Airport Transfers

      • Specific transfer information can be found on the airport transfers page


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