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Natural Wonders of Costa Rica

9 Days 1 Country 3 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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9 Days, 1 Country, 3 Cities

Natural Wonders of Costa Rica

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San Jose (Costa Rica), Costa Rica

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San Jose (Costa Rica), Costa Rica

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Travel to Europe often requires an overnight flight. Please arrange your flights to arrive on or before day 1.

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    • Crossovers: All 2016 departures will operate per the 2016 brochure. Hotels and inclusions may vary. Please inquire at the time of booking.
    • 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.
    • Hidden Journey itineraries have a maximum of 26 guests.
    • Guaranteed Room Share is not available on this trip.
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  • Double-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 traveling as part of a family group. 
  • Travel to Europe often requires an overnight flight. Please arrange your flights to arrive on or before day 1.

About this trip

From San José and Sarapiquí to the Los Angeles Cloud Forest and Carrillo Beach-the urban highlights and natural wonders of Costa Rica are revealed on this in-depth adventure.

You'll enjoy Insider moments like... waking up to something new and exciting every morning and trekking through some of the most biodiverse regions of the world. Experience the locals in the urban cities and breathe in deeply the fresh air of tropical rain forests. From active volcanoes and dry plains to coastal beaches and green cloud forests, every day is a new adventure.


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

All transport shown.

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Highlights

What's Included

Sightseeing Highlights

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    • View the Arenal and Rincon de la Vieja Volcano and Samara Beach

    • Visit Sarapiquí, a local coffee plantation, Arenal National Park, Borinquen, Carrillo Beach, Palo Verde National Park and the Los Angeles Cloud Forest Reserve


What's Included

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

    • 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


Natural Wonders of Costa Rica

Your Itinerary

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Day 1

Arrive San José

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Day 2

San José – Sarapiquí – Arenal (2 Nights)

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Day 3

Arenal Sightseeing and Free Time

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Day 4

Arenal – Borinquen (2 Nights)

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Borinquen Free Time

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Day 6

Borinquen – Palo Verde – Carrillo Beach (2 Nights)

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Carrillo Beach Free Time

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Carrillo Beach – Los Angeles Cloud Forest

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Day 9

Cloud Forest – Depart San José

Day 1

Arrive San José Day 1 - Arrive San José

Welcome to San José. Your journey begins with a warm greeting at the airport from a local host and a transfer to your hotel. At 6 p.m., gather at the hotel with your Travel Director and travelling companions for a Welcome Reception.

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)

This morning, head toward the Poas Volcano area, where you visit a local coffee plantation. Learn about coffee production in Costa Rica from the owner and sample a cup of gourmet coffee. Then, continue to Sarapiquí, an off the beaten path and rarely visited area surrounded by dense rainforests and full of wildlife. Here you are welcomed by Don Alberto and Doña Ana Quintana for a Be My Guest experience at their beautiful home, Hacienda Pozo Azul. Enjoy a tour of the plantation before sitting down for a luncheon with your hosts. Afterward, continue to La Fortuna de San Carlos, home of the giant Arenal Volcano. The afternoon is free for you to relax by the pool or in the hotel's beautifully landscaped 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 and Free Time Day 3 - Arenal Sightseeing and Free Time

Start the day with an informative visit at the Asis Project, a wildlife refuge where you will learn how the centre helps preserve the life of endangered animals and get up close and personal with a wide variety of animals. Then, savour a typical Costa Rican lunch before an entertaining Cultural Insight, brightened by the dances of children at a local education center. Afterward, enjoy a guided visit to the Arenal Hanging Bridges where you can walk eye-level within the lush canopy, observing monkeys, sloths and colourful chattering birds up close.

Meals

  • Full Breakfast
  • Lunch

Meals

  • Full Breakfast
  • Lunch

Optional Experiences

Beachside Dining at Bonifacios Restaurant

Restaurant Bonifacios is located on Cotton Club Beach and offers an eclectic fusion of flavors inspired by Mexico's seaside lifestyle. Be seated beachside for a three course dinner including the famous libation "Baby Mango". Total duration approximately 2 hours. (Minimum 4 guests)

Adult Price: US$29.00

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. (Minimum 2 Guests)

Adult Price: US$61.00

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. (Minimum 2 Guests)

Adult Price: US$59.00

Day 3

Day 4

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

Today, head toward the Guanacaste province. Famous for its cowboys and cattle ranches, you'll be surrounded by breathtaking views of open fields. View Rincon de la Vieja Volcano, a smooth cinder cone volcano made up of 9 contiguous craters before arriving at your hotel in Borinquen. The beautiful resort offers spectacular sights and an abundance of relaxing activities.

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 Free Time Day 5 - Borinquen Free Time

The day is free for you to pursue your own interests. Thrill seekers can bike the miles of trails, zip line, take a hike or set off on a horseback ride. The property's thermal hot springs and natural steam room are available if pure relaxation is what you're after. There are dozens of unique options.

Meals

  • Full Breakfast
  • Dinner

Meals

  • Full Breakfast
  • Dinner

Optional Experiences

Beachside Dining at Bonifacios Restaurant

Restaurant Bonifacios is located on Cotton Club Beach and offers an eclectic fusion of flavors inspired by Mexico's seaside lifestyle. Be seated beachside for a three course dinner including the famous libation "Baby Mango". Total duration approximately 2 hours. (Minimum 4 guests)

Adult Price: US$29.00

Day 5

Day 6

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

Today, descend to the pristine Carrillo Beach at Nicoya Peninsula. This white sand beach is a secret paradise framed by mountains. En route, enjoy a boat ride on the Tempisque River through the famous Palo Verde National Park. Cruise through 12 different types of habitats, including 4 different species of mangrove trees, 55 aquatic plants and 150 species of trees, a real treasure for those who love and appreciate nature. After a typical lunch served in the park, continue the journey to your hotel where the rest of the day is at leisure.

Hotel

Nammbú - Beachfront Bungalows

Meals

  • Full Breakfast
  • Lunch

Hotel

Nammbú - Beachfront Bungalows

Meals

  • Full Breakfast
  • Lunch

Day 6

Day 7

Carrillo Beach Free Time Day 7 - Carrillo Beach Free Time

A white sand beach right off your bungalow, pristine and warm water and a beautiful blue sky is the perfect way to enjoy the "pura vida" way of living of the locals. If you wish, take the shuttle to the township of Samara for lunch at one of its casual restaurants, do some shopping, or perhaps embark on an optional experience such as snorkelling, kayaking or surfing-the options are endless. Your Travel Director is on hand to help plan the perfect day.

Meals

  • Full Breakfast

Meals

  • Full Breakfast

Day 7

Day 8

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

Mid-morning, travel back toward San José, but not before one last stop in the Los Angeles Cloud Forest. In this beautiful reserve, the weather is much cooler, and rain is expected during the afternoons. Join your Travel Director for a different type of experience as you are taken on a nocturnal visit through the Cloud Forest-when the sun goes down, the Cloud Forest transforms itself like no other habitat in the world. You'll see countless species of animals, birds, insects and plants. Later, share experiences with your fellow travellers at a Farewell Dinner.

Hotel

Villa Blanca Los Angeles Cloud Forest

Meals

  • Full Breakfast
  • Farewell Dinner

Hotel

Villa Blanca Los Angeles Cloud Forest

Meals

  • Full Breakfast
  • Farewell Dinner

Day 8

Day 9

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

Travel back to San José's Juan Santamaria International Airport for your flight or extend your stay at the Studio Hotel.

Meals

  • Full Breakfast

Meals

  • Full Breakfast

Day 9

Available Departures

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The Trafalgar Difference

  • Be My Guest
    Travel to Hacienda Pozo Azul to meet Don Alberto and Doña Ana Quintana for a special lunch in their home.

  • Cultural Insights
    Watch a performance by local children.

  • Hidden Treasures
    Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure.

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

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What's Included

Sightseeing Highlights

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    • View the Arenal and Rincon de la Vieja Volcano and Samara Beach

    • Visit Sarapiquí, a local coffee plantation, Arenal National Park, Borinquen, Carrillo Beach, Palo Verde National Park and the Los Angeles Cloud Forest Reserve


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    • 3 lunches
      (including Be My Guest).

    • 4 dinners.


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What's Included

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

    • 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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Guest Reviews and Ratings

  • Guest Service Rating from 16 Reviews

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    Service rating : YesProduct : Your tour guide Jorge Monge is a polite, clean, well mannered, organized, very knowledgeable and interesting person to travel with.He will bend over backward to assist and solve any cituation with ease. Thank you for letting Me express myself. The driver Francisco

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    Service rating : Jorge Monge, our Tour Director, was the highlight of our trip. Everyone on our tour was so impressed with his pleasing disposition, eagerness to be helpful, depth of knowledge regarding Costa Rican history, wildlife, economy, ecology and a wide range of topics. His enthusiasm and

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    Service:

    This was a dream vacation with the best possible tour director Jorge & bus driver Francisco!! We could not have asked for more. We saw more wildlife in their natural environment then I could've ever hoped to see!! I also think there was a nice balance of leisure & activity.

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    Service:

    Service rating : Our guide, Cesar Flores, was outstanding!!Product : Some of the itinerary was misleading. On the first day, it was written that we would have the afternoon to relax but didn't arrive at our hotel until the evening. The Beach Bungalows were not exactly how it was described.

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    Service:

    Service rating : Knowledge of Costa Rica could not be any better. A learning experience as well as a look at an incredibly beautiful and varied country. Tour guide and driver seemed happy to show us their country.Product : I should have bought more coffee. Everyone can't believe it is possible

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