Costa Rica Discovery

From $1199 (was $1449)

Per person, double occupancy, excludes roundtrip airfare

8 Days
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Introduction

Welcome to Costa Rica, a Central American paradise where locals and tourists alike enjoy good food, pristine beaches, lush rainforests, and a friendly, relaxed culture. Some of the world’s most beautiful sights await you on this unforgettable tour!

Trip Includes

Sightseeing
  • San José
  • Arenal Volcano
  • Monteverde Cloud Forest 
  • Punta Leona
Hotel Accommodations
  • 7 Nights
  • Moderate hotels based on twin/double occupancy
Meals
  • 7 Breakfasts and 2 Dinners
Service
  • A professionally trained English-speaking local tour director who is knowledgeable of the area and will provide you with a wealth of information. Their friendly service will make your trip a memorable experience.
Baggage Handling
  • To and from your hotel room throughout your land tour for one piece of Checked Baggage per person.

Activity Level

Easy Going
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Trip Highlights

  • Walk through the mist on the hanging bridges of the Monteverde cloud forest
  • Get up close to Arenal Volcano at Arenal 1968 Park
  • Take a stroll down the white sand beaches of your resort in Punta Leona
  • Relax in the restorative waters of the Tabacón Hot Springs
  • Learn about Costa Rica’s black gold on a coffee plantation tour
  • Look for crocodiles from high above at the Tárcoles River Bridge
  • See 120 years of traditional handiwork on a tour of the Sarchí Oxcart Factory

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Costa Rican Discovery

Tours Starts: San José, Costa Rica

Tours Ends: San José, Costa Rica

Day 1

Arrive in San José

Welcome to Costa Rica! Guests who have purchased airline tickets from YMT Vacations will be welcomed in the airport baggage claim area by a friendly YMT representative who will transfer you to the hotel. If you made other flight arrangements, please make your own way to the hotel. Tonight’s dinner will be a Welcome Feast at a local restaurant—it’s a great opportunity to get to know your fellow travelers, companions for the trip and maybe even friends for life! (D)

Barcelo San José or similar

Day 2

San José to Arenal Volcano Region

Take a scenic drive through the country to La Fortuna in the Arenal region, famous for the lush Arenal Volcano that towers majestically 5,385 feet above the surrounding highlands. En route, you will have the chance to see and enjoy uniquely Costa Rican experiences. Take an offbeat stroll underneath leafy arches, past sculpted faces, and next to friendly dinosaurs in Zarcero’s topiary park. Next, see how oxcarts are produced and decorated in Sarchí. Brightly painted oxcarts have become a beloved symbol of Costa Rica, and the tradition continues at the historic Eloy Alfaro Oxcart Factory. Watch master craftspeople continue the 120-yearlong tradition of building sturdy, sensible, hardworking carts to carry coffee beans, and then painting the humble wagons in bright colors and elaborate geometric patterns. Spend the rest of your day at leisure in La Fortuna, where you can relax in the shadow of one of the world’s most stunning volcanos. (B)

Montaña de Fuego Resort or similar

Day 3

Arenal Volcano Region

Take a morning tour of Arenal 1968 Park, a lovely private reserve with breathtaking views of Arenal Volcano. The park is named after the year of Arenal Volcano’s most dramatic eruption, when three surrounding towns were destroyed and much of the park itself was covered in lava—creating the very hills and trails that visitors now use as vantage points and hiking paths. The afternoon and evening activities harness the earth’s power for your enjoyment in a totally different way—relax in the naturally restorative waters of Tabacón Hot Springs. Deep in the rainforest, Tabacón Hot Springs Resort and Spa offers stunningly clear thermal pools famous for their healing properties. Let your worries float away to the sound of chattering birds and running water. At the end of the day, you are invited to sit down for an included dinner at the resort’s highly-rated restaurant. (B,D)

Montaña de Fuego Resort or similar

Day 4

Monteverde

Travel from the base of a volcano to the top of the Tilarán Mountains in the charming community of Monteverde. After the scenic ride through Costa Rica’s stunning interior, tour an authentic coffee plantation. Costa Rican coffee is famous for its quality—100% Arabica beans are the best in the world, and it’s been illegal to grow anything else in Costa Rica since 1989. Learn about the history of the industry, techniques for growing the best beans, and exactly how to brew the perfect cup. You’re free to relax on your own this afternoon and evening. (B)

Hotel Heliconia or similar

Day 5

Monteverde to Punta Leona

Journey through the mist of Monteverde’s legendary cloud forest, one of Costa Rica’s most important ecotourism destinations. Cloud forests are high altitude rainforests perpetually shrouded by water vapor. This near-constant fog, coupled with mild temperatures that slow the evaporation process, make cloud forests into natural greenhouses where vibrant trees and magnificent flowers thrive. Walk across a hanging bridge and be surrounded on all sides by the thick, warm fog—you will feel like you are literally inside of a cloud. Punta Leona is your next destination. En route, enjoy a stop at the Tárcoles River Bridge. Look down at the muddy river island directly beneath the bridge—this humble spot is Costa Rica’s best place to see crowds of crocodiles, who calmly congregate below. (B)

Punta Leona Resort or similar

Day 6

Punta Leona

Spend the day relaxing in the paradise of Punta Leona. Your resort has numerous free amenities and activities that you may choose to take advantage of, including access to its extraordinary beach, excellent walking trails, and a colorful butterfly garden. The blue morpho butterfly is Costa Rica’s most famous, and you won’t soon forget seeing the 8-inch long behemoth catch the sunlight, flashing iridescent sapphire wings as it flutters silently by. (B)

Punta Leona Resort or similar

Day 7

Punta Leona to San José

Guests may begin the morning with free time at the resort, or with an optional tour of Manuel Antonio National Park. Manuel Antonio truly has something for everyone. It is home to both an expansive white sand beach, and hundreds of acres of pristine rainforest full of colorful flowers, tropical birds, and mischievous monkeys. If you look up and see a barely moving patch of green blink at you, count yourself lucky—sloths, perhaps the most popular native of the park, move so slowly that they often grow a layer of algae that can give their brown fur a cheerful green tint. Guests return to San José this afternoon. (B)

Barcelo San José or similar

Day 8

Depart for Home (B)


Please note that this is a proposed itinerary; the actual itinerary may vary due to season, special events, or weather. Because our tour arrangements are often made a year or more in advance, YMT Vacations reserves the right to alter the itinerary. Itinerary changes are made to improve your vacation experience, as well as respond to any unforeseen circumstances that mandate alterations. By their nature, all tours vacations involve a certain level of physical activity. While YMT tours have been designed with our guests in mind and are not physically demanding, this tour does include walking and periods of standing during the sightseeing visits. You will also encounter steps and some uneven ground along the way, particularly at older, historical sights.


YMT Vacations itineraries may contain suggestions for activities for your leisure time; these suggestions do not constitute a recommendation nor an endorsement of any specific service provider and the decision to participate in any such activities should be made independently.



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