Pura Vida Costa Rica

La Fortuna - Monteverde - Manuel Antonio
8 days / 7 nights from $999

Pioneers of ecotourism in Central America, Costa Ricans take pride in sharing their breathtaking landscapes, diverse wildlife, and smiling faces with visitors from across the globe. Combined with unique activities that engage and immerse visitors in this world of natural wonders, Costa Rica truly offers something for everyone from awe inspiring volcanoes and lush tropical rainforest to majestic waterfalls and postcard worthy beaches.

With so much to do and see, planning the perfect escape in Costa Rica can be overwhelming. Fortunately, we've done you a favor and created an itinerary that highlights the very best this amazing country has to offer. Read on and discover why Costa Rica is our flagship destination for travel in Central America.

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Whats included

  • Airport transfers & ground transportation between San Jose, La Fortuna, Monteverde and Manuel Antonio.
  • 7 nights accomodation in one of our choice hotels in La Fortuna (3), Monteverde (1), Manuel Antonio (3)
  • Guided hike through Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve with naturalist guide.
  • Choice of canopy zip lining, white water rafting, or waterfall repelling in La Fortuna.

from $999 per person

*based on double occupancy. rates subject to change.
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SUGGESTED ITINERARY

Day 1

Arrive in San Jose, the capital of Costa Rica before traveling by private transport, shuttle, or rental car to your hotel in La Fortuna. With its close proximity to the mighty Arenal Volcano, winding rivers, and dense tropical rainforest, this small town in the northern highlands of Costa Rica is a hub for ecotourism in the region. Check into your hotel and enjoy sunset views of the volcano before dinner and rest from your long day of travel.

Overnight: La Fortuna

 
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Day 2

Start your day with one of many activities highlighting the region's natural beauty. Hike or travel by horseback to La Fortuna Waterfall for a swim in the refreshing turquoise blue waters below the majestic jungle falls or take a guide hike of Arenal Volcano observing the unique landscape and wildlife surrounding which was was until recently, one of the most active volcanoes in the world. Take the afternoon to relax in the natural hot springs of La Fortuna and Arenal, heated by the lava flowing through the veins of the sleeping giant or stop by Proyecto Asis to observe and support their rehabilitation efforts for wildlife in the region.

Overnight:  La Fortuna

 
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Day 3

La Fortuna is known for its adventure based ecotourism and you won't want to leave without feeling the rush, adrenaline, and natural highs of Arenal. Soar among the tree tops with canopy zip lining, rappel down jungle waterfalls into crystalline pools at the bottom of lost canyons, or navigate world class II, III & IV rapids with an exhilarating and heart-pounding day of white water rafting. Mountain biking, kitesurfing, and stand up paddle boarding are also available in and around Lake Arenal. 

Overnight:  La Fortuna

 
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Day 4

Depart for Monteverde as you ascend further into the western highlands.  Arrive by midday in time for lunch at the local bakery followed by a coffee tasting tour highlighting the local industry and its importance to the regional economy and national culture. After dinner take advantage of a night hike through the fabled cloud forest of Monteverde. Lead by your naturalist guide, this unique experience affords opportunities to see frogs, snakes, spiders, sleeping birds, sloths, and even a kinkajou if you're lucky! 

Overnight:  Monteverde

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Day 5

As the sun rises on another day in paradise, continue your exploration of the region with a hike through the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve. Monteverde harbors over 2,500 species of plants, nearly 500 of which are orchids, 400 species of birds, including 40 hummingbird species, more than 1,000 amphibians and reptiles, ten s of thousands of insect species as well as more than 100 species of mammals including deer, coatis, sloth, tap, howler and capuchin monkeys as well as all five big cats native to Costa Rica; a nature lover's dream. Naturalist guides in the region are world-renowned for their ability to locate, identify, and educate visitors on a variety of flora and fauna found in these enchanted forests.  

After lunch, experience spectacular views of the pacific coast while riding the country's longest canopy zip line, stroll through hummingbird and orchid gardens, or enjoy a horseback riding tour of the surrounding landscape. Depart in the late afternoon for Manuel Antonio, arriving in time for dinner alongside the Pacific Ocean. 

Overnight: Manuel Antonio

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Day 6

Enjoy a typical Costa Rican breakfast before setting out for Manuel Antonio National Park. Don't forget your camera as well as your bathing suit as the park is home to variety wildlife most famously its resident monkeys, sloths, and iguanas as well as postcard worthy beaches to enjoy following your hike. Wildlife within the park can be seen with relative ease and we encourage visitors to explore and interact with this natural world at their own pace rather than follow a large group on a guided tour. 

Pack a lunch and make a day of the your experience in the park, relaxing on the soft champagne sands as sparkling blue waves find their way around impressive rock formations on their way to the beach. As the day comes to a close take in an unforgettable sunset while dining on some of the best seafood in the region. 

Overnight:  Manuel Antonio

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Day 7

The day is free to enjoy one of many activities offered in and around Manuel Antonio. Challenge yourself with a surf lesson from local instructors, explore the mangroves and fabled Damas Island by kayak, or cast off in the afternoon for a day of sailing and snorkeling on a sunset catamaran tour. Horseback riding, scuba diving, canopy zip lining, island hopping, white water rafting, sport fishing and parasailing are also available for you to choose. Treat yourself to a massage or spa treatment in town before joining a beachside barbecue as the sun sets on your final day in paradise.

Overnight:  Manuel Antonio

Day 8

Final goodbyes to the beach and early morning departure takes you back to San Jose in time for your flight home.

SUGGESTED ITINERARY
Day 1

Arrive in San Jose, the capital of Costa Rica before traveling by private transport, shuttle, or rental car to your hotel in La Fortuna. With its close proximity to the mighty Arenal Volcano, winding rivers, and dense tropical rainforest, this small town in the northern highlands of Costa Rica is a hub for ecotourism in the region. Check into your hotel and enjoy sunset views of the volcano before dinner and rest from your long day of travel.

Overnight: La Fortuna
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costarica-canyoning2.jpg
Day 2

Start your day with one of many activities highlighting the region's natural beauty. Hike or travel by horseback to La Fortuna Waterfall for a swim in the refreshing turquoise blue waters below the majestic jungle falls or take a guide hike of Arenal Volcano observing the unique landscape and wildlife surrounding which was was until recently, one of the most active volcanoes in the world. Take the afternoon to relax in the natural hot springs of La Fortuna and Arenal, heated by the lava flowing through the veins of the sleeping giant or stop by Proyecto Asis to observe and support their rehabilitation efforts for wildlife in the region.

Overnight:  La Fortuna
Day 3

La Fortuna is known for its adventure based ecotourism and you won't want to leave without feeling the rush, adrenaline, and natural highs of Arenal. Soar among the tree tops with canopy zip lining, rappel down jungle waterfalls into crystalline pools at the bottom of lost canyons, or navigate world class II, III & IV rapids with an exhilarating and heart-pounding day of white water rafting. Mountain biking, kitesurfing, and stand up paddle boarding are also available in and around Lake Arenal.

Overnight:  La Fortuna
costarica-quetzal.jpg
arenalhotsprings3.jpg
Day 4

Depart for Monteverde as you ascend further into the western highlands.  Arrive by midday in time for lunch at the local bakery followed by a coffee tasting tour highlighting the local industry and its importance to the regional economy and national culture. After dinner take advantage of a night hike through the fabled cloud forest of Monteverde. Lead by your naturalist guide, this unique experience affords opportunities to see frogs, snakes, spiders, sleeping birds, sloths, and even a kinkajou if you're lucky!

Overnight:  Monteverde
Day 5

As the sun rises on another day in paradise, continue your exploration of the region with a hike through the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve. Monteverde harbors over 2,500 species of plants, nearly 500 of which are orchids, 400 species of birds, including 40 hummingbird species, more than 1,000 amphibians and reptiles, ten s of thousands of insect species as well as more than 100 species of mammals including deer, coatis, sloth, tap, howler and capuchin monkeys as well as all five big cats native to Costa Rica; a nature lover's dream. Naturalist guides in the region are world-renowned for their ability to locate, identify, and educate visitors on a variety of flora and fauna found in these enchanted forests. 

After lunch, experience spectacular views of the pacific coast while riding the country's longest canopy zip line, stroll through hummingbird and orchid gardens, or enjoy a horseback riding tour of the surrounding landscape. Depart in the late afternoon for Manuel Antonio, arriving in time for dinner alongside the Pacific Ocean.

Overnight: Manuel Antonio
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Day 6

Enjoy a typical Costa Rican breakfast before setting out for Manuel Antonio National Park. Don't forget your camera as well as your bathing suit as the park is home to variety wildlife most famously its resident monkeys, sloths, and iguanas as well as postcard worthy beaches to enjoy following your hike. Wildlife within the park can be seen with relative ease and we encourage visitors to explore and interact with this natural world at their own pace rather than follow a large group on a guided tour.

Pack a lunch and make a day of the your experience in the park, relaxing on the soft champagne sands as sparkling blue waves find their way around impressive rock formations on their way to the beach. As the day comes to a close take in an unforgettable sunset while dining on some of the best seafood in the region.

Overnight:  Manuel Antonio
Day 7

The day is free to enjoy one of many activities offered in and around Manuel Antonio. Challenge yourself with a surf lesson from local instructors, explore the mangroves and fabled Damas Island by kayak, or cast off in the afternoon for a day of sailing and snorkeling on a sunset catamaran tour. Horseback riding, scuba diving, canopy zip lining, island hopping, white water rafting, sport fishing and parasailing are also available for you to choose. Treat yourself to a massage or spa treatment in town before joining a beachside barbecue as the sun sets on your final day in paradise.

Overnight:  Manuel Antonio
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Day 8

Final goodbyes to the beach and early morning departure takes you back to San Jose in time for your flight home.
 
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TRANSPORTATION
Escapitos is proud to be one of the only travel agencies servicing Central America to offset carbon emissions for you international flight to Costa Rica with the purchase of sustainable certificates through FONAFIFO. Whenever possible, Escapitos partners with ground transporation services that participate in carbon offset programs as well.
LODGING
Hotels and lodges selected for this trip have received a Certification for Sustainable Tourism and corresponding above average sustainability rating administered by the Costa Rica Tourism Board.
ACTIVITIES
Local tour operators and businesses for included and optional activities engage in best practice with respect to sustainable tourism, including but not limited to hiring of employees from the local community, maintaining impeccable safety records, as well as implementing environmental conservation, combined with a Certification for Sustainable Tourism when applicable.
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Escapitos donates $25 from each booking to Amigos de Costa Rica supporting sustainable initiatives in education, ecology, and local economy.

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