14 DAYS / 13 NIGHTS

SAN JOSE / SAVEGRE / DOMINICAL / ARENAL / RIO CELESTE / GUANACASTE


 

Highlights:

Quetzal National Park

Marina Ballena National Park

Arenal National Park

Tenorio National Park

Playa Hermosa Beach


Discover with your 4×4 rental car areas which are out of the bitten path. Look for the resplendent Quetzal at the cloud forest of San Gerardo de Dota, enjoy the natural beaches at the South Pacific with a visit of Marina Ballena National Park, go up to the northern part where you will meet the impressive Arenal Volcano and the spectacular Rio Celeste with its deep blue color and relax at Playa Hermosa in Guanacaste.

 

DAY 1  ARRIVE SAN JOSE

Welcome to San Jose! Your journey begins with a warm greeting at the airport from a local representative and a transfer to your hotel.

Overnight at Hotel Balmoral. No meals

 

DAY 2  SAN JOSE – SAN GERARDO DE DOTA

Today you will travel on your own with your 4×4 rent a car to San Gerardo de Dota Area, near the Quetzals National Park. This day we recommend to leave very early in the morning in order to maximize and visit the different attractions that this route provides like Cartago, Irazu Volcano or Orosi Valley.

Overnight at Savegre Lodge.  Meals: Breakfast

 

DAY 3  SAN GERARDO DE DOTA

This day is at leisure to enjoy optional activities in the area. Go early in the morning birding to see the magnificent Quetzal, enjoying different species of birds, as also the diversity of plant life which are part of the cloud forest.  Or just relax and enjoy the natural surroundings of the hotel.

Overnight at Savegre Lodge. Meals: Breakfast

 

DAY 4  SAN GERARDO DE DOTA – DOMINICAL

For today, you will be traveling to Costa Rica’s southern pacific coast. The innumerable beaches that surrounds the South Pacific are surrounded by exuberant nature and sand with different tone colors, ideally for walking and just relaxing to admire the nature.  The Ballena Marine National Park contains the biggest coral reef in the Pacific coast.  This is a sanctuary for wildlife which protects different species of whales and dolphins as well as the rest of the sea life located in the area.

Overnight at Villas Rio Mar. Meals: Breakfast

 

DAY 5    DOMINICAL

Breakfast at the Lodge.  Day at leisure to settle down and enjoy the nature that surrounds the area like hiking, take a whale watching tour or visit of Ballena National Park.

Overnight at Villas Rio Mar. Meals: Breakfast

 

DAY 6    DOMINICAL – ARENAL VOLCANO

Today you will head on to the Arenal Volcano area, driving along the coastal road passing by Parrita and Jaco villages.  On half way on route you can visit the Carara National Park.  Then you will continue up to San Ramon region, making your way to the northern plains, specifically to the Arenal Volcano area.   This area is known for the volcano with its impressive perfect conic shape but also for the diversity of activities and natural wonders existing in this area.

Overnight at Hotel Casa Luna. Meals: Breakfast

 

DAY 7    ARENAL VOLCANO

Day at leisure in the Arenal Volcano area. Take one of the optional tours offered in this area: Visit the Arenal Volcano National Park, Rafting, hanging bridges, canopy, horseback riding, Hot springs. There are so many things for you to discover.

Overnight at Hotel Casa Luna. Meals: Breakfast

 

DAY 8    ARENAL VOLCANO –  RIO CELESTE

Today you will drive to the Celeste River, located near the Tenorio Volcano National Park. A visit to the national park will be a great experience with the imposing waterfall, look-out point and blue lagoon, and exploring the trails that take you to the “Teñideros,” where the river takes its blue color from merging with a small creek. As the name says, Celeste River is a natural wonder of Costa Rica. This river obtains its spectacular color from different volcanic minerals. Local legend says that when God finished painting heaven, he washed the brush in the Rio Celeste! Surely this will be one of the highlights of your trip to Costa Rica.

Overnight at Celeste Mountain Lodge. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

 

DAY 9  RIO CELESTE

Day at leisure to take one of the activities offered in this area.

Overnight at Celeste Mountain Lodge. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

 

DAY 10 RIO CELESTE – PLAYA HERMOSA, GUANACASTE

Your journey across Costa Rica continues as you reach the Pacific coast. Hotel Bosque del Mar is on Playa Hermosa in the Gulf of Papagayo. Take time to settle in to your suite as you’ll spend the next 3 nights here. Sit back on the terrace watching monkeys in the trees, refresh yourself with a swim in the pool or enjoy a reviving treatment at the spa.

Overnight at Playa Hermosa Bosque del Mar.  Meals: Breakfast

DAY 11 & 12   PLAYA HERMOSA, GUANACASTE

Day at leisure at Playa Hermosa.  Enjoy and relax the beach or keep on discovering the surrounding, like visiting Coco Town.

Overnight at Playa Hermosa Bosque del Mar.  Meals: Breakfast

 

DAY 13  PLAYA HERMOSA, GUANACASTE –  SAN JOSE

Drive back to San Jose for your last night.

Overnight at Hotel Balmoral. Meals: Breakfast

 

DAY 14  SAN JOSE

Today you will be transferred to San Jose International airport for your flight back home.

Meals: Breakfast


Hotel Details

LocationHotel NameCategoryType of RoomCST
San JoséBalmoral3 StarsSuperior3
San Gerardo de DotaSavegre MountainLodgeJr. Suite4
Playa DominicalVillas Rio Mar3 StarsSuperior4
Arenal VolcanoCasa Luna3 StarsStandard3
BijaguaCeleste Mountain Lodge3 StarsStandardN/A
Playa HermosaPlaya Hermosa Bosque MarBoutiqueJr. SuiteN/A