Join us in amazing Costa Rica for an 8 Day Guided Tour with Cosmos! This is a wonderful destination filled with exotic animals and plants- not to mention volcanos! We will start our visit to this amazing country in San Jose!
Take a look at this itinerary!
In Poás Volcano, Doka Coffee Estate, Sarchi, Arenal Volcano National Park, and Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve.Guides:
Local Guides for sightseeing at Poás Volcano, Doka Coffee Estate, Arenal Volcano National Park, and Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve; services of a professional Tour Director.Scenic Highlights:
Poás Volcano, Doka Coffee Estate & Butterfly Garden, Arenal Volcano National Park, and Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve.Notes:
Your visit to the Arenal Hanging Bridges includes a donation to local schools and churches.
Private, deluxe air-conditioned motorcoach while touring.
7 breakfasts, 1 lunch
Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.
Welcome to Costa Rica. Upon arrival in San José, you will be met by your Cosmos representative, who will help you get acquainted with this fascinating city. When everyone arrives, we'll grab a cache or two!
Start your day at POÁS VOLCANO, considered the largest active crater in the world, with frequent geyser-like eruptions. A walk along the incredible trails leads you through cloud forests filled with stunted and twisted vegetation from the volcanic emissions and cold, windy, high-altitude habitat. If weather conditions allow, you will have the chance to see Lake Botos, which fills an extinct crater. The area is also home to many cloud forest birds, like hummingbirds, tanagers, flycatchers, toucanets, clay-colored robins, and the resplendent quetzal. Next, visit DOKA ESTATE, one of Costa Rica’s premium coffee plantations and producer of internationally acclaimed coffees. From the picking of the coffee berries to the roasting and grinding of the coffee beans, you will see how Costa Rican premium coffees are processed and prepared. Be sure to take a walk through the BUTTERFLY GARDEN, home to 15 species that undergo the complete metamorphosis within these walls.
Your journey continues to the Arenal area, with a visit of Sarchi town en route. Along the way, enjoy amazing views of the mountains as well as a major source of revenue in the area: agricultural crops that include pineapple, bananas, and sugar cane. This afternoon, arrive at La Fortuna Village, situated in the shadow of mighty Arenal Volcano. The evening is at leisure to do as you please (cough cough, geocache).
Nature lovers from around the world come to visit the ARENAL HANGING BRIDGES. Journey through the rainforest with an expert Naturalist to learn about the surrounding wildlife and vegetation, and take in nature’s beauty at its most pristine state. With 15 bridges ranging from 5 to 100 meters long, one at a height of 45 meters, you will get a 360-degree view of the tropical rainforest. Plus, if the weather is on your side, you will see the most amazing views of Arenal Volcano. Tonight, you may opt to spend time relaxing in the thermal, healing waters at Tabacón Hot Springs. These natural springs are heated by magma found in the earth’s core and they carry minerals found in the earth’s rocky stratus, which your body absorbs as you soak in the natural pools here.
Depart Arenal for Monteverde, considered one of the most biologically diverse areas in the country. This is why MONTEVERDE CLOUD FOREST RESERVE is continuously visited by nature lovers. Chosen as one of Costa Rica’s Seven Wonders and one of the most important private reserves in the country, Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve gives you the chance to explore a different type of forest, allowing you to make your very own comparison between the biodiversity found in a rainforest and a cloud forest.
Today, your Naturalist will show you the different types of ecosystems found in the region on your guided WALK in Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve. Learn more about the unique wildlife, much of which is endemic to the area, and see the beautiful flora and fauna of the northern region of Costa Rica. If you are lucky, you might spot the beautiful quetzal, the three-wattled bell bird, or the black-faced solitaire roaming through the forest. However, the most recognized animal in Monteverde is definitely the golden toad, also endemic to the area. Equally impressive is the unique plant life, such as orchids, bromeliads, and strangler figs, which only adds to this forest’s already impressive beauty. Your afternoon is free to explore the region on your own.
This morning, bid adios to Monteverde and return to San José for your final evening of your vacation.
Your vacation ends after breakfast this morning.
Our Accommodations on the trip will be:
SAN JOSE Country Inn and Suites (F)
ARENAL Arenal Paraiso (MF)
MONTEVERDE Monteverde Country Lodge (F)
Pricing and further details to come!