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Monteverde, Arenal Volcano and Samara Beach - 7 Day Pure Fun and Adrenaline Package in Costa Rica!
7 days and 6 nights in a package vacation that will cover all the highlights in this fun-packed adventure package exploring the beautiful areas of Monteverde, Arenal Volcano and finally relaxing on a white-sanded beach at Playa Samara.
Arenal Volcano Hike:Natural History Tour
Private Transport from San Jose or Liberia to Arenal. Relax and enjoy the beautiful scenery of tropical mountains and farms as you drive to the Arenal region. Our driver will greet you at the airport or your hotel and help you with your luggage, and be happy to stop for bathroom, food or photo breaks along the way.
1.30pm. Volcano Hike and Baldi Hot Springs. Arenal Volcano Hike:Natural History Tour
A visit to Costa Rica is not complete without seeing Arenal's famous volcano! Hike through lush rainforest with an experienced naturalist, bilingual guide who will point out flora and fauna in the primary and secondary rainforest that lines the base of the Arenal Volcano. You'll then arrive at the observation point - the closest you can get to the base of Arenal Volcano . At sunset the view becomes even more awesome. Note though.. that it is more than 7 years since lava activity has been seen, sometimes you can still hear it rumbling. However, tours are still very interesting as you learn about the history of this impressive volcano!
After the night hike we will take you to Baldi Hot Springs 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 and pamper yourself. Baldi's has a series of pools and hot springs fed by Arenal Volcano which are set amid glorious tropical gardens so that you can relax in the water, while enjoying the surroundings. The pools vary in temperature, from the temperature of a swimming pool to the warmest at around 39C (102F). It's a place where, on a clear night, you can sit in a warm pool, sipping the cocktail of your choice.
NOTE: BALDI HAS QUITE A PARTY ATMOSPHERE SOMETIMES SO IF YOU WOULD LIKE A QUIETER HOT SPRINGS WE CAN UPGRADE THIS TO ANOTHER HOT SPRINGS (this will have an extra cost)
You might also decide to pamper your body by opting for one of the many body treatments which are available such as massage, reflexology, body polish, volcanic mud wraps and facials (these are not included on the tour).
Includes: bilingual guide, transportation, entrance to private reserve and volcano viewpoint with beverages. Entrance to Baldi Hot Springs.
White Water Rafting in Costa Rica
8.30am Whitewater Rafting. The hottest full day white water rafting trip in the country on the mighty Rio Toro or the Rio Sarapaqui! 2-3 hours of non-stop whitewater action. Both river canyons have exotic wildlife and lots of rapids! The tour is run by the very experienced and safety-conscious, Desafo Adventure Company. You will departs from your hotel at 8:30am or so, and return around 4:00 pm. The tour includes a tropical fruit fiesta and delicious 'casado' lunch. If the river is too high we have alternative rivers to choose from and for those who like a little less action there is the option of a the Class 2/ 3 Rio Balsa or the half-day Safari Float, which is a gentle float down a Class 1 river, with opportunities to see monkeys and other wildlife.
Canyoning in Costa Rica
7.30am Lost Canyon Adventures Canyoneering!
Imagine yourself in the midst of the cloud forest at the top of a series of tropical waterfalls. Prepare to get wet as our guides put you into your safety harnesses and assist you as you rappel through a magical canyon full of waterfalls with surprises at each step. There are 8 tropical waterfalls of which 5 you repel down.
Of for those who want a little less adventure you can opt for a walk to the La Fortuna Waterfall. This is an opportunity to swim in the refreshing waters of the famous La Fortuna falls. You'll be picked up after breakfast and taken to the entrance where a 40 minute descent will bring you to the base of the waterfalls. You'll have time to relax and swim before beginning the climb back up. After the visit we'll stop for a short while at the hotel to freshen up, collect your bags and have something to eat before etting off back to San Jose (or you can opt for a shuttle bus to one of the main beaches).
2.30pm In the afternoon you will travel by what is locally known as "taxi-boat-taxi". This is a method of getting from La Fortuna to Monteverde to and takes about 3-4 hours and involves the following:
- 25 minutes microbus transport from your hotel in La Fortuna to Arenal Dam - 30-minute boat ride on beautiful Arenal Lake at the foot of the volcano- 1.5-hour microbus ride from Arenal Lake to Monteverde
Selvatura Hanging Bridges in Monteverde
Today we do the canopy tour (or ziplining) in the famous area of the Cloud Forests of Monteverde! You have two great choices!
Selvatura Canopy Tour + Hanging Bridges. Today you will have a chance to enjoy the forest from a whole different perspective, high in the canopy of the cloud forest. It is a private park located near the Santa Elena Cloud Forest in Monteverde where you can do the Monteverde Canopy tour, one of the most thrilling and safest adventures in Costa Rica. The canopy tour is entirely built inside virgin and secondary cloud forest with a total of 15 ziplines and 18 platforms. Plus one amazing (and optional) tarzan swing! Visitors will travel between 2 miles of cables attached by a secure harness and a maximum weight support pulleys plus other security gear to ensure safety. At all times guides will assist you on the tour. The tour takes about 2.5 hours.
Afterwards you can do the canopy walkways which are a series of suspended bridges, high in the canopy of the rain forest connected by hiking 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 dur
2.30pm Skytram and Skytrek Monteverde. This great option consists of a tram (cable car) ride to get you all the way up to the ziplines with fantastic views of the cloud forests and surrounding countryside with plenty of time for extraordinary photos! The cable car transport means you do little hiking to get up to and between the ziplines. This way you can concentrate on the thrills of the canopy without lugging your equipment from platform to platform like other canopy tours.
Now you have a choice... you have time to do another activity such as a coffee tour or local horse riding or any other activity but this would mean you would get to Samara late.
pm Private Transport from Monteverde to Samara Beach
The small town of Samara is located in the Guanacaste region and lies at the foot of a steep hill, with the main road running straight through the center and ending at the beach. Samara is a thriving fishing and farming community as well as a beach resort.
The beach is located in an attractive moon shaped bay about 4kms long, with a white-sanded beach fringed by coconut palms. It’s considered one of the safest beaches in Costa Rica with it’s shallow, gentle waters protected by coral reefs. To the south of the bay there is a picturesque wooded island called Isla Chora. Travelling away from the beach Sámara is surrounded by primary and secondary forest, home to a variety of wildlife, including monkeys, toucans, iguanas and parrots.
There are currently ten zip line cables and they range in height from 40 meters to 100 meters and in length from 100 meters to 750 meters! No hanging bridges on this tour but you have the tram instead!
ation of the tour is usually about 1.5 hours.
Kayaking Samara Beach Costa Rica
Snorkeling by Sea Kayak Island Chora, Samara Beach - Explore the ‘Rainforests of the Sea’!
The kayaking tour is 4 hours along the route in front of the coast line of Samara Beach to the Island Chora (you can also do this by boat and the tour is shorter and only 2.5 hours). Each kayak is for two people and includes includes water, guides and fresh fruit.
You will explore the coral reefs around the island and be amazed at the variety of colorful sea life. Year-round the seas in Samara are pleasantly warm and calm enough to allow safe observations of the underwater ecosystems. There will be an opportunity to walk around the pure white sands of Island Chora or relax whilst watching to the many sea birds attracted to the island.
Note This is laid-back tour with local beach guides (not the sophisticated guides of Desafio!). Saying that ….. the tour is enjoyable and a wonderful way of seeing the coast!
Stand Up Paddle Samara Beach in Costa Rica
am In the morning you have a chance to experience Stand Up Paddling!
Get Ready to "Walk on Water!" Try the newest and easiest paddle sport... ever!
Stand Up Paddle (or SUP, as it's called for short) has its roots in ancient Polynesia and looks exactly as it sounds: you stand up on a large, wide, super buoyant surfboard and paddle yourself forward with a long paddle. Be a part of this exciting new trend and learn how to SUP and take a SUP class with our Desafío Adventure Company.
The skills you learn in Costa Rica can be applied to the sport back home after your vacation. It's a great workout for your core, builds balance and is less daunting and more consistent than regular surfing.
Private Transport Samara to San Jose Samara beach is about a 4.5 hour drive to San Jose. Our driver will be happy to stop long the way for a snack/bathroom. Let us know what time you would like to leave.
We will take you to your hotel near the airport or downtown San Jose (this is not included but we can add a night near the airport for an extra cost).
San Bosco Hotel Pool
Arenal Volcano Hotels: 2 nights (note that we can upgrade this hotel to any hotel you like)
Located on the edge of the town La Fortuna, Hotel San Bosco is a good-sized hotel with about 34 rooms. Rooms are very comfortable with A/C, private bathrooms with plenty of hot water and cable television There is a swimming pool, 2 jacuzzis and some gym equipment. While lava flow is very rarely seen from La Fortuna, the volcano is plainly visible from the hotel San Bosco on a clear day.
Monteverde Hotels: 1 night.
In Monteverde we use Hotel Rustic 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.
The hotel offers very comfortable rooms with private bathroom. Breakfast is included in the package.
We also can use other hotels, such as Hotel Belmar, Monteverde Country Lodge, Fonda Vela, Poco a Poco, Rustic Lodge (just let us know!)
Samara Hotels: 3 nights NOTE FOR AN EXTRA COST WE CAN UPGRADE THE HOTELS
We use hotels Giada, Hotel Belvedere and Sol Samara plus we can quote for other hotels of your choice.
Hotel Giada is very pretty and 5 minutes walk to the beach and is in central Samara. Sol Samara is 100 meters away and in a much quiter location up the beach. A quick taxi ride to the center or if you walk along the beach, about 20 minutes.
Hotel Giada, Samara Beach is located 5 minutes walk to the beautiful white-sanded beach of Samara. The hotel is set back a little from the main street and conveniently near shops and restaurants.
The hotel has 24 comfortable rooms decorated in a tropical style surrounding a nice pool. Each room has a/c, ceiling fans, cable tv, private bath and balcony. Breakfast is included and the hotel has a pizza restaurant and small bar.
Hotel Belvedere is less than a 5 minute walk to the beach in a nice and quiet location. The Beleverde hotel has 22 comfortable and pretty rooms plus 2 fully-equipped apartments. All rooms have one double bed and one single bed, but is it possible to put an extra bed in the rooms.
Each room has free Wi-Fi Access, fridge, A/C, cable TV, coffeemaker, security safe and private bathroom with hot shower. Also, the hotel has two pools, a nice sitting area and laundry service.
The apartments are equipped with complete kitchens, living rooms with sofa bed, separate bedrooms and private bathrooms. They are fully supplied and suitable for families, or guests who want to cook their own meals.
Breakfast is served is the hotel restaurant where you can enjoy a great view of the ocean.
Hotel Sol Samara
Hotel Sol Samara is located 100m from the beautiful white-sanded beaches of Samara! The hotel is conveniently, not too far from banks, shops and restaurants. The hotel has a very small swimming pool and garden area to relax, 24 hours security, plus a casual restaurant and bar. Breakfast is included in the package.
Rooms have: A/C, Cable TV, Safety Box, Hair Dryer, Mini-refrigerator and Wireless Internet
Minimum 2 people (Double occupancy): Prices FROM $1139 per person (please contact us for accurate prices for your travel dates)
Dates of trip: We can schedule dates by request.
Included on Trip: All accommodation, all transport, all tours in the itinerary, all breakfasts (using the hotels shown in outlined package) and 2 lunches plus experienced and friendly guides ,
Not Included: Flights to Costa Rica, evening meals and some lunches, optional tours or transportation to other places not included in the schedule
What to Bring: T-shirts, shorts, long pants for riding, sweater or light jacket, sandals, light hiking boots, rain jacket, sun screen, insect repellant, any personal medication, swimming wear, towel, riding hat if you want one (they are not compulsory in Costa Rica), traveler's insurance (to include white-water rafting and horse riding), full passport (a driving license is not sufficient), traveler's checks and a credit card (VISA, other cards are difficult to use in Monteverde).
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.