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VOLCANOES OF COSTA RICA

Description

Natural wonders and Costa Rica are synonymous, especially when talking about volcanoes. This little country has an incredible number of active volcanoes. Volcanes de Costa Rica is a unique itinerary that offers you the chance of exploring four active volcanoes in 9 days. If your interest lies in studying geology, volcanology and topography within a short ride along with several exciting activities, Volcanes de Costa Rica is definitely the right program for you. Your expert guide will discuss with you and explain the advantages and disadvantages that come with being a country that is part of the ring of fire.

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PRICE: STARTING AT

$1,595

Itinerary

Day 1 – Arrive to San Jose, Costa Rica

Welcome to Costa Rica!  Your tour starts in San Jose by being picked up at the airport by your Natural Expeditions expert guide and transferred to your hotel. Your private guide will explain the different aspects of the rest of your trip and provide you with general information for your early departure to the Irazu Volcano area the following morning.

Meals are not included today.

Day 2 – San Jose to Irazu Volcano

After breakfast, your guide will lead you toward the Irazu Volcano area, the first of four visits and the most active volcano in the country. During the journey, you will have the chance to enjoy a spectacular view of the Talamanca mountain range, one of the tallest in Costa Rica. After enjoying the beauty of the Paramo forest, you will descend back to San Jose, passing throughout the most productive agricultural region of the country.

Breakfast is included.

Day 3 – Poas Volcano, Transer to La Fortuna

Say goodbye to the city as you travel to the northern part of the country. Along the way, stop for a visit to the Poas Volcano, the most visited volcano in the country. Observe coffee plantations and beautiful trails as you walk through the national park and look into the crater. The cloud forest around the volcano will enamor you with its authentic and unique vegetation.

The adventure will continue on the way to Fortuna, one of the most popular regions in Costa Rica due to its active Arenal Volcano. The location of the hotel will allow you to enjoy a fantastic view of the eastern flank of the active and impressive neighboring volcano.

Breakfast is included.

Day 4 – Arenal Volcano Hike, Hanging Bridges

Put on your hiking boots and get ready for your hike at the base of the Arenal Volcano. The trail will lead you to the lava flow of one of the most recent eruptions.  Make your way up on top of the hardened lava rocks and stand on the path of destruction that led from the top of the volcano down to the Arenal Lake. In the afternoon, explore the rainforest from above as you walk through the hanging bridges. Not only will you have the chance for a breathtaking view of the volcano, but you might also see some of the wildlife that is plentiful in this area of the country.

Breakfast is included.

Day 5 – Cultural Tour, Hot Springs

Today provides you with a great opportunity to interact with the locals. Begin your day by visiting a Costa Rican landmark resembling the best of old times in the countryside. Share some traditions and make some discoveries with the hosts of this old-fashioned house. Continue your day by visiting a small school to learn about the educational system of Costa Rica, as well as a local family to learn about their traditions, customs, and daily way of living. Return to the country home for a delicious traditional dish prepared on a firewood stove. Enjoy your food as well as the view of the Arenal volcano. In the evening, relax at the base of the Arenal Volcano while you enjoy the warmth of the natural hot springs.

Breakfast is included.

Day 6 – Transfer to Rincon de la Vieja Volcano

Drive around Arenal Lake and pass through small villages, such as Tilaran, Canas, and Liberia, as you make your way up to the mountains of the Rincon de la Vieja Volcano. While driving from Fortuna to the northwestern region of the country, you will experience the exceptionally irregular topography of Costa Rica. Beginning your journey in the rain forest and passing through the dry forest will give you the opportunity to compare the differences in the beautiful scenery in a short drive. Spend the rest of the day at your hotel enjoying the panorama of the pasture lands of Guanacaste. In the evening, make yourself comfortable and experience the beauty of a Costa Rican sunset.

Breakfast is included.

Day 7 – Rincon de la Vieja National Park

Enjoy a day trip to a trail inside the national park where several small active fumaroles will show some of the differences among Costa Rican active volcanoes. This is the third most visited volcano and will be another natural classroom to learn about the positive and negative aspects of the science known as volcanology. During the afternoon, you will have the chance to enjoy time on your own or take one of the different optional tours offered by local providers (not included in the price of this tour program).

Breakfast is included.

Day 8 – Zip-lining and Repelling, Transfer to San Jose

Finish your exciting adventure in the Rincon de la Vieja area by repelling and zip-lining through the canyons and canopy of the forest. Feel like Tarzan as you swing across the canyon and see the river far below. Drive back to the capital city of San Jose via the Pan-American Highway. Pass by the city of Puntarenas and return back into the mountain country. Arrive to your hotel and enjoy the evening on your own.

Breakfast is included.

Day 9 – Depart from San Jose, Costa Rica

It’s time to say goodbye to beautiful Costa Rica!  After a morning breakfast, catch the shuttle to the airport where you will await your flight back home.

Breakfast is included (after 7:00am).

Includes

Activities:

  • Hike to the crater of the Irazu Volcano
  • Hike to the crater of the Poas Volcano
  • Arenal Volcano National Park Hike
  • Hanging bridges in the canopy of the rainforest
  • Cultural Tour in La Fortuna
  • Hot Springs at the base of Arenal Volcano
  • Hike through Rincon de la Vieja National Park
  • Canopy adventure through the canyons and dry forest (zip-lining and repelling)

Meals:

  • 8 Breakfasts

Transportation:

  • Shuttle from airport to hotel
  • Air-conditioned ground transportation throughout the country
  • Shuttle from hotel to airport

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