BEST OF COSTA RICA SELF-DRIVE

8 DAYS / 7 NIGHTS

Costa Rica is a great destination to get in touch with its culture, natural wonders and of course its beaches. This program offers all of it and much more! Enjoy amazing views of the Central Valley, surrounded by coffee plantations at the brand new boutique hotel Chayote Lodge, then travel to northern lowlands and relax the hot springs, just at the foot of the imposing Arenal Volcano and for the end of the program, enjoy some days sunbathing at the pacific coast with its extensive white-sand beaches backed by evergreen forest, it’s the ideal place to conclude your vacation, with days full of rest, relaxation and sun!

INCLUSIONS:

  • Meet and Greet at San José International Airport (SJO)
  • Eight (8) days rental of a four-wheel-drive SUV Standard Automatic Car (Toyota Rav4 or similar)
  • Includes: Free mileage
  • Pick up place: SJO International Airport on day 1 at mid-day
  • Drop off place: SJO International Airport on day 8 at mid-Day
  • 7 night accommodation
  • Entrance fee to Espiritu Santo Coffee Plantations Tour
  • Regular half day tour to Arenal Volcano National Park: includes transportation, bilingual guide and entrance fee
  • Guided tour to Manuel Antonio National Park
  • Meals: 7 breakfasts

Not included
International airfare ・Optional excursions ・Beverages・Gratuities to hotel personnel & guides

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DAY 1 SAN JOSÉ INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT · NARANJO COFFEE PLANTATIONS


Welcome to Costa Rica!
Make sure to book a flight arriving up to early afternoon. After arriving at Juan Santamaría Int’l Airport (SJO), our local representative will meet and greet you upon arrival and will provide some information and eventually traveling tips as per your visit. Pick up your car to start your journey throughout Costa Rica. Your drive through the Central Mountain Range will take approximately 50 minutes; it is easy and will offer a
first look of the diversity that the country has to offer including the beautiful Naranjo Coffee Plantations and great views to valleys, mountains and volcanoes. After check in at Chayote hotel, enjoy the rest of the day and evening at leisure. Chayote Lodge sits amidst the coffee region of Llano Bonito de Naranjo. The intimate lodge boasts itself on a unique experience combining nature, culture, and of course, coffee. Guests will have the option to stay in one of the 6 suites that have been designed to resemble a classic recibidores or coffee receiving station. Each of the individual 500 square-foot bungalows includes king bed, private sitting area, large two-sink bathrooms, and balcony with views to Poas, Barva and Irazu volcanos. The main building, hosts a restaurant, bar, terrace café, fireplace.
Accommodation: Naranjo for 2 nights
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DAY 2 NARANJO COFFEE PLANTATIONS


Extensive coffee plantations and a beautiful view of the central valley of Costa Rica, will wake you up this morning, then you will be pleased with a delicious Costa Rican breakfast without missing of course, the aroma of fresh coffee, the perfect ingredients to start a day and go deep into the history and culture of this ancient beverage. Drive 15 minutes to Espiritu Santo Coffee tour, where you will learn the traditional methods that transform small reddish fruits in a fine coffee export worldwide. In the afternoon, an ecological walk along the paths of the hotel, will allow you to appreciate the flora and fauna of this region. Various species of colorful birds and mammals and plants thousand greens show us a new and different ecosystem (B)
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DAY 3 NARANJO COFFEE PLANTATIONS · ARENAL VOLCANO


Drive to Arenal Volcano area, this route offers the experience to pass through different towns such as Zarcero, San Carlos and Florencia. Also, along the way you will enjoy the beautiful scenery which includes amazing views of the mountains and one of the major sources of revenue in the area: the agriculture, so you will have the opportunity according with the season to observe the crops of pineapple, bananas and sugar cane. Arrive to the town of La Fortuna where the mighty Arenal Volcano will welcome you with its impressive perfect conic shape. This volcano has been active since 1969 and it has become one of the world’s most active volcanoes and one of Costa Rica’s main highlights. Check in at the Arenal Kioro Hotel, where you will find a unique blend between the hospitality of the local culture and the warm tropical climate, making your escape an unparalleled experience for the next two nights. The Arenal Kioro offers its own hot springs, enjoy the pools and relax in one of the most beautiful settings in Costa Rica. (B)
Accommodation: Arenal area for 2 nights
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DAY 4 ARENAL VOLCANO

Guided visit to Arenal Volcano National Park that protects an active perfect cone volcano with constant moderate explosions accompanied by roar, gases and ash emissions that raise high in the air. The attraction of this volcano has helped to develop the area as a prime destination in the country; from being a small town of cattle and agricultural farms, it has become one of the most tourist developed areas with hotels, tour attractions, adventure activities, hot springs and water sports. Your visit to the national park includes transportation from and to the hotel, so you can leave your car for a while and relax while a professional tour guide takes you through the best parts of the national park. Afternoon at leisure for optional activities. (B)

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DAY 5 ARENAL VOLCANO · MANUEL ANTONIO

Drive to Manuel Antonio National Park and beaches to enjoy the next three nights at the first class Parador Hotel and Resort. One of the area’s main attractions is the Manuel Antonio National Park, which is one of the icons of ecotourism in the country, offering enchanting white-sand beaches ideal for swimming, and tropical rainforest forest full of wildlife, where you can watch for monkeys and iguanas. The immense variety of things to do and places to visit in one single day in the area will definitely add all the value to your experience in this blessed land in a lush tropical place. (B)

Accommodation:  Manuel Antonio for 3 nights

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DAY 6 MANUEL ANTONIO

Half day guided visit to Manuel Antonio National Park, including transportation. Rest of the day at leisure to enjoy the facilities of the hotel or take some optional activities available in the area. This national park is one of the most famous in the country due to its wide variety of flora and fauna specimens.  The Park itself boasts 3 different trails that vary in grade from flat to very steep. On this Manuel Antonio tour you will be accompanied by a nature guide who is knowledgeable about everything you will see. The trail you will take is flat and picturesque and loops through the park making your course approximately 2 miles long. Throughout the hike your guide will stop and explain the different nature specimens that can be observed, you can take photographs or just admire the view. One of the highlights of this Manuel Antonio tour is that the park is home to 3 of the 4 existing monkey species in Costa Rica. Halfway through the hike you will make a leisure stop at the third beach located within the national park. You will have approximately 20 minutes to rest on the beach or play among the waves if you so choose. Throughout the hike you will be able to observe sloths, birds and reptiles as well as admire orchids, butterflies, and tropical trees.  The guides that accompany you on this Manuel Antonio trip are equipped with Pentax and Suvaroski telescopes that you can use to observe wildlife and take pictures with a different perspective. Upon finishing the tour, you will be provided with transportation back to your hotel. (B)

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DAY 7 MANUEL ANTONIO

Day at leisure to enjoy the facilities of the hotel or take part in optional activities such as rafting, horseback riding, beach swimming. (B)

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DAY 8 MANUEL ANTONIO · SAN JOSÉ INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

Drive back to San José International airport to take your flight back home. (B)

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