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5 Day Hiking Cultural and Wildlife Tour Costa Rica

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5 Day Hiking, Cultural and Wildlife Tour, Costa Rica Monteverde and Arenal

This carefully designed package tour lets you enjoy the best of the hiking and culture tours in the areas of Monteverde and Arenal Volcano. Besides lots of hiking you will visit wildlife areas and enjoy tours with cultural themes of Costa Rica.

5 Day Wildlife and Cultural Tour Costa Rica - Includes transport, hotels, guided tours, breakfast and some lunches.

El Trapiche Monteverde

El Trapiche Monteverde

Day 1

7.00am  Pick-up from your hotel in San Jose (or if staying near the airport we can pick up at Denny's Restaurant, opposite Holiday Inn Express).  We can also arrange private picks from all hotels and also from Liberia for an extra price).  Enjoy the scenery as you make your ascent to the beautiful green mountains of Monteverde (3 - 4 hours). There will be a stop along the way for a bathroom stop and a snack. The views of the distant Monteverde Cloud Forest are amazing as well as the Gulf of Nicoya. Now with the road improvements to Monteverde the journey is less of a challenge and more of a wonderful photo opportunity!

2.30 pm.El Trapiche Tour Monteverde’s El Trapiche tour (which is the Spanish word for ‘sugar mill’) first started in 1948, closed for a while and then re-opened in 1989: From 2005 it was open for tourism. The Monteverde Trapiche tour is run by a local family who tries to teach a little more about Costa Rica culture and even though the name of the tour means sugar mill process the tour also demonstrates how coffee is produced and you will learn about other crops grown on the farm. Perhaps the tour would be better named as general agriculture tour with emphasis on sugar production!

To make it more interesting the family have made the tour partly ‘hands-on’. The bilingual guide will walk with you through their small forest, help you feed the tilapia fish, pick coffee if possible and take you an ox cart ride back to the main building – a unique Costa Rican experience! Here you can enjoy a refreshment of sugar cane juice or lemonade, eat picadillo de arracache (a typical Costa Rican food) and make candy out of sugar cane (everyone makes their own candy!).

The Monteverde Trapiche tour takes place on a farm located two kilometers outside of Santa Elena, Monteverde. The two hour tour involve walk along an easy trail and at the end of the tour there is a gift shop.

In Monteverde we use MONTEVERDE VILLA LODGE including breakfast

Monteverde Costa Rica

Walkways Selvatura Monteverde

Walkways Selvatura Monteverde

Day 2

7.00am. Guided Hike in the Monteverde Cloud Forest ReserveYou'll be picked up at your hotel and taken to the Monteverde Cloud Forest park entrance where your bilingual guide will be waiting. The guides at the Monteverde Reserve are some of the best in Costa Rica and they have a wealth of knowledge about the Monteverde Cloud Forest, it's fauna and flora, the history and the growth of Monteverde. You will go on a 3- hour hike around this wonderful forest.

12.50pm. Selvatura Walkways (Hanging Bridges) and Guided Butterfly Garden Tour

The walkways are a series of suspended bridges, high in the canopy of the rain forest. The tour is not just bridges but a series of trails that wind between the bridges. In total, these trails cover 3.3km. There are eight different bridges which have lengths and heights that vary between 50 to 170m long and 12 and 60m high.. Every bridge is 1.5m wide and has a capacity for 60 people. The hanging bridges are designed for people of every age and reasonable physical condition. The duration of the tour is usually about 1.5 and 2 hours.

Selvatura Butterfly Garden: one of the world's largest live butterfly exhibitions featuring an 8100 square feet dome where more than 50 different species of butterflies from all over Costa Rica can be spotted . The tour of just under an hour includes a bilingual guide.

In Monteverde we use MONTEVERDE VILLA LODGE including breakfast (NOTE WE CAN UPGRADE HOTELS)

 

Taxi Boat Taxi Arenal Costa Rica

Taxi Boat Taxi Arenal Costa Rica

Arenal Volcano Natural History Walk

Eco Termales Arenal

Eco Termales Arenal

Day 3

Today you will go to La Fortuna, the nearest village to one of the most active volcanoes in the world, Arenal Volcano. You will travel by what is locally known as "taxi-boat-taxi". This is a method of getting from Monteverde to La Fortuna and takes about 3 hours and involves the following:

- 1.5-hour microbus ride from Monteverde to Arenal Lake- 30-minute boat ride on beautiful Arenal Lake on the foot of the volcano. - 25 minutes microbus transport from Arenal Dam where transport to your hotel in La Fortuna.

In Arenal we use Hotel Arenal Oasis Eco Lodge (NOTE ALL HOTELS CAN BE UPGRADED)

1.30pm. Volcano Hike and Eco Termales Hot Springs and Dinner. Arenal Volcano Natural History Walk

A visit to Costa Rica is not complete without seeing Arenal's FAMOUS volcano! Hike through old lava fields at Arenal Volcano National Park as well as lush rainforest with an experienced naturalist, bilingual guide. The guide will point out flora and fauna in the primary and secondary rainforest that lines the base of the Arenal Volcano.  Note that over the last few years there has not been no lava activity, although you can still hear it sometimes and it is still emitting gases. The tours are still very interesting as you learn about the history of this impressive volcano!

Duration: 1.5-2 hours of an easy hike (although there are some muddy sections and a little uphill).

After the night hike we will take you to Eco Termales where you can soak any aches away from the past few day's activities. Located near La Fortuna, these Arenal hot springs is a place where you can really relax. Smallest of the main hot springs in the area there are 3 large hot pools, 2 small very hot pools, and one small cold pool (the hottest has a cool waterfall) which vary in temperature, a bar, locker rooms, restaurant & family-style, easy-going atmosphere.  Towels and lockers are provided.

Eco Termales is a great choice for those looking for a quieter experience than some of the other hot springs.  The pools and gardens are beautifully landscaped with lush tropical vegetation in and the water is heated naturally, pumped out of the ground. The property at night is prettily lit with large mushroom shaped lights

Evening meal included at the hot springs.

Night in Arenal

Roseate Cano Negro Arenal

Caiman Cano Negro Arenal

Day 4

Cano Negro Natural Wildlife Refuge, often nicknamed the everglades of Costa Rica, is one of the best spots for seeing certain wildlife in the entire country. Situated on a stretch of wetlands along the Nicaraguan border, the 9,969-hectare (24620 acre, or 38 square miles) Cano Negro reserve follows the Rio Frio and eventually emptying out into a grassy marshland. The refuge and the area leading to the reserve boasts one of the highest diversities of wildlife in the Americas and is of special interest to birders. Cano Negro Tour takes place on the Rio Frio on the Outskirts of the Refuge which is the best part for wildlife viewing.

The Cano Negro full-day tour leaves La Fortuna at 7.30am (earlier from Arenal hotels) and includes lunch. Transport will pick you up at your hotel to begin the 1 hour or so long drive to the city of Los Chiles at the entrance of the reserve. There is a lot to see on the journey to Los Chiles as you will pass through one of the most productive agricultural areas of Costa Rica with immense plantations of Pineapple, Papaya, Beans, Rica and Sugar Cane.

Upon arrival in Los Chiles, the group departs the bus for a motorized covered boat to travel up and down the Rio Frio. This part of the river is full of fish; including large fish called snook, silver-gold tarpon and garfish. The fish in the river attract a huge number of birds including anhinga, roseate spoonbills, storks, ducks, kingfishers, herons and cormorants. You can also see many species of mammals along the banks including white-faced monkeys, howler monkeys, two and three toed sloths, pumas, jaguars and bats. There are even reptiles to see; caimans, lizards and turtles are all around.

Night in Arenal

8.00am or 1.00pm Approx. Onward Transport.  Shared shuttle transport back to San Jose or to one of the main beaches if available. We can also upgrade your shuttle transport to private for an extra cost and you can choose which time your leave (before 7.00pm).

 

Tour Details

PRICE: $669 per person (Minimum 2 people in double occupancy). Prices valid until 14th Dec 2017*

* PRICES MAY INCREASE DURING EASTER WEEK, CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR 
* IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO UPGRADE YOUR HOTEL IN MONTEVERDE TO FICUS HOTEL PRICE WILL BE $79 EXTRA PER PERSON AND IN LA FORTUNA TO UPGRADE TO VOLCANO LODGE & SPRINGS IT WILL BE $95 EXTRA PER PERSON 
* YOU CAN ALSO UPGRADE FROM SHARED TO PRIVATE TRANSPORT FROM SAN JOSE TO MONTEVERDE FOR $46 EXTRA PER PERSON AND FROM ARENAL TO TO SAN JOSE FOR $31 EXTRA PER PERSON

Dates of trip: We can schedule dates by request.

 

In Monteverde we use MONTEVERDE VILLA LODGE whenever possible. Small, charming bed and breakfast It is ideally located in residential area a few minutes walk from Santa Elena village in Monteverde, where hotels, stores and banks are located.

In Arenal we use Arenal Oasis Eco Lodge. Located a 10 minute ride from the town La Fortuna, Arenal Oasis Eco Lodge is a small lodge set in a forest with its own trails.  Rooms are very comfortable with fans, private bathrooms and cable television. 

Included on Trip: All accommodation,all transport, all tours in the itinerary, all breakfasts, some lunches and guides

Not Included: Flights to Costa Rica, hotels in San Jose*, evening meals and lunches, optional tours or transportation to other places not included in the schedule

What to Bring: T-shirts, shorts, sweater or light jacket, sandals, light hiking boots, rain jacket, sun screen, insect repellant, any personal medication, swimming wear, towel,  full passport and credit cards (VISA or MC, sometimes other cards are difficult to use).

Beach Extensions! Ask for details about adding some days at the beach - we can arrange all transport, hotels and tours. Manuel Antonio beach and Samara beach are popular choices. 

We can also arrange hotels and transport in San Jose and other parts of Costa Rica. Please let us know if you need our help.

NOTE: Adventure tours such as whitewater rafting, horse riding, kayaking, canyoneering and hiking require physical effort. Clients should be in good condition. For client safety and enjoyment, Desafio Adventure Company reserves the right to offer a substitution, postpone, change or cancel any tour due to unfavorable conditions. Full refund is given if (on rare occasion) a tour is cancelled. Desafio Adventure Company and its affiliates are not responsible for lost, stolen or damaged items.

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