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Anticipated itinerary; actual route may vary.

Day 1: arrive san jose

Welcome to Costa Rica!Welcome to Costa Rica!

Upon arrival in San Jose you will be met and transferred to a specially selected hotel.

 

Lodging
Hotel Park Inn or similar

Day 2: arenal national park

Helmet up for your ziplining tour!Helmet up for your ziplining tour!

Following breakfast, drive through mountains and agricultural lands to Arenal, until 2010, Costa Rica's most active volcano. During your two-night stay, you will enjoy guided hikes in one of the most spectacular parks in Costa Rica, Arenal National Park.

Visit Arenal Vida Campesina, a self-sufficient farm and learning center. Here we'll learn about newer sustainable agricultural techniques, life as a Costa Rican farmer, and common Costa Rican crops such as coffee, bananas, plantains, and sugar cane. Various animals on the farm provide organic waste that is converted to fertilizer. At the end of the tour, we'll enjoy a traditional lunch with freshly harvested vegetables and a hands-on demonstration of tortilla making.

Next we’ll ride the Sky Tram, a 20-minute gondola ride up the mountain offering incredible views of Arenal Lake, mountains covered by rainforests, and, of course, Arenal Volcano. We'll come back down via the Sky Trek, a 3,280-foot long zip line system for an exhilarating ride through the rainforest.

 

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch
Lodging
Arenal Observatory Lodge

Day 3: arenal national park

Keep an eye out for wildlife!Keep an eye out for wildlife!

Your morning kicks off with an ‘adventure buffet’, where you choose between a variety of adventures at the Club Rio Outdoor Center and Wildlife Preserve. Adventures include kayaking the river on inflatable kayaks, tubing, horseback tours, hiking, nature tours, hot springs, mountain biking, swimming, and a wildlife preserve for rescued animals. An authentic Costa Rican lunch fuels your day of adventure. After your adventure(s), relax at the hot springs or over a drink at the restaurant.

 In the afternoon we visit La Fortuna Waterfalls. Located just three miles away from the town of La Fortuna, this beautiful 200' waterfall receives its cool, clear waters from the pristine forests of Arenal National Park. Around the falls you may see parrots, toucans, and tropical hummingbirds. The steep trail to the waterfall goes down through dense, lush rain forest and ends at a large pool at the base of the falls. In addition to seeing a majestic waterfall in a beautiful setting, visitors to the falls are helping the local community with fees used for important community projects such as schools, the town orphanage, recycling projects, water quality, roads, and an educational center.

 

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch
Lodging
Arenal Observatory Lodge

Day 4: arenal / corcovado

Enjoy hiking through the dense forestEnjoy hiking through the dense forest

Enjoy a scrumptious breakfast at Arenal Observatory Lodge before you transfer back to San Jose for your domestic flight to Puerto Jimenez. There, you’ll check into a local lodge for the night. 

 

 

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
Aguila de Osa

Day 5: corcovado national park

The amazing ToucanThe amazing Toucan

After a short drive to Los Patos Station, you enter what some call the crown jewel of Costa Rica’s national park system, Corcovado National Park. The enormous park spans 103,290 acres of rainforest and is the nation’s largest park, encompassing about a third of the Osa Peninsula.

The park’s biodiversity is truly stunning, including 10% of the mammals found in all the Americas, including possibly the largest concentration of macaws in Central America. National Geographic once called it "the most biologically intense place on Earth".  

Corcovado is home to 500 species of trees, making up one quarter of the tree species in Costa Rica. There are 6,000 species of insects, 140 species of mammals, almost 400 species of birds, 116 species of amphibians and reptiles and 40 species of fish. Some of the most frequently viewed wildlife includes jaguars, four species of sea turtles, anteaters, 220 species of butterflies, sloths, crocodiles, poison-arrow frogs, several species of monkeys, and, with luck, maybe even a tapir.

From the entrance it is around 6km walk inside the park. You will enjoy a tasty picnic lunch at the edge of small waterfall, where you can relax and reenergize. Be prepared for a rigorous hike over steep terrain.

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
Aguila de Osa

Day 6: cano island snorkeling

Mammals of CorcovadoMammals of Corcovado

Snorkel the clear waters of Caño Island Biological Reserve, an Eden of coral and rock formations, filled with schools of vibrant tropical fish. Our dive masters take snorkelers of all ages and experience levels aboard our 30-foot Island Hopper for some breathtaking adventures in these beautiful waters. Visibility is 30 – 100 feet or more year-round, and the reefs and rocks formations are teeming with exotic sea life. Caño Island is an underwater photographer’s dream and great for families.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Aguila de Osa

    Day 7: depart

    Goodbye Costa Rica!Goodbye Costa Rica!

    After a hearty breakfast at the lodge, enjoy the views as you transfer to Puerto Jimenez for your local flight to San Jose International Airport for your flight home.

    Meals
    Breakfast

    Price and Date Details

    Land Cost:
    From
    $1,995
    First two travelers in a room pay $3,295; additional travelers under 11 pay $1,995. Holiday surcharges apply.
    Single Supplement:
    $475
    The single supplement is applicable if a roommate is not available or if single accommodation is specifically requested. While single accommodation is not available on all trips, we will try and honor this request whenever possible.
    Custom & private on your dates

    Need to Know

    Duration:
    7 days
    The number of days, or duration, in a destination corresponds with the itinerary as published. This is the time period covered by the land cost.
    Comfort Level:
    ●●●○○
    (see full descriptions)
    Activity Level:
    ●○○○○
    (see full descriptions)
    Group Size:
    Most custom trips can accommodate groups of any size, from one person to as large of a group as you'd like. Some exceptions apply; ask your Adventure Specialist for details.
    Terms & Conditions: 

    Standard

    Below is a summary of our complete Trip Terms & Conditions, which explains each of the items below in more detail. 

    Expenses covered

    Normally, our stated land costs include the cost of all guides, leaders, permits obtained after arrival, lodging accommodations, food and entry fees as specified, and all surface transportation associated with the planned itinerary. We do our best to avoid increasing prices after receipt of your deposit, but, rarely, factors beyond our control might require us to change our prices without prior notice, even after you have signed up. 

    Expenses not covered

    Costs not included in the price may include: meals not indicated as included in itineraries; meals prior to arrival in starting cities; transfers, if not arriving or departing on the scheduled group flights; soft drinks, bottled water, and alcoholic beverages; medical expenses, costs of hospitalization, or evacuation from remote areas; laundry; airport departure taxes not included on your airline ticket; accommodations en route to starting cities; visas; airfares; gratuities; and insurance. 

    Pricing and Payment

    For most group departures, the booking deposit is $500 per person per trip, though for some trips it may be more, as noted in the trip description. The minimum booking deposit requirement for custom trips is $800 per person, and this deposit is non-refundable. A trip-planning fee of $250 per itinerary is also charged to cover costs of preparing itinerary proposals for custom trips. This fee is credited to the cost of the trip, but is nonrefundable if you do not take the trip. Custom travel during holiday seasons may require a deposit prior to trip confirmation.

    For both group departures and custom trips, a second deposit of $1,000 per person is due 120 days prior to departure or at the time of booking for reservations made fewer than 120 days before departure. The balance as shown on your invoice is due 60 days prior to departure regardless of whether extensions or other arrangements are pending. Late payments may jeopardize confirmation of your itinerary and in some cases may result in additional fees. If we have not received final payment 30 days prior to departure your reservation may be canceled and subject to our Cancellation & Refund Policy stated in the complete Terms & Conditions.

    We accept payments by Visa, MasterCard, American Express, or check drawn on a U.S. bank account. Payment for airfare is required at the time of ticketing. Discounts that may be available for some trips are not available toward bookings made through travel agencies.​

    Airfare

    We can help you secure air travel arrangements to correspond with land travel booked through Journeys International. We work with an airfare consolidator to assist in booking the flights that suit your needs. If you decide to make your own flight arrangements, you must provide Journeys International with a complete copy of your itinerary showing departure and arrival flights and times. You should plan to arrange your own air travel if you are using mileage credit or originating outside North America, but please be in touch with our office before you finalize ticketing so that we can help you to coordinate the correct arrival and departure dates and times.

    Insurance

    When you make your application, we strongly recommend the purchase of comprehensive travel insurance in case of emergency situations. Please contact us for a recommended policy.

    Itinerary Change Fee

    There will be a $40 fee for changes once an itinerary has been confirmed and approved. Additional cancellation penalties or change fees may apply as per our terms and conditions. The passenger is responsible for such fees.

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    Welcome to Costa Rica!
    Welcome to Costa Rica!
    Helmet up for your ziplining tour!
    Helmet up for your ziplining tour!
    Keep an eye out for wildlife!
    Keep an eye out for wildlife!
    Enjoy hiking through the dense forest
    Enjoy hiking through the dense forest
    Goodbye Costa Rica!
    Goodbye Costa Rica!

    Costa Rica for the Natural Explorer

    Two spectacular and wildly contrasting locales on your own schedule

    overview

    This rich itinerary exposes you to the two most iconic faces of Costa Rica: the lush rainforest and the stunning coast.

    You begin in the rainforests of Arenal National Park (with its now-dormant, but still imposing volcano), where you’ll explore via aerial tram, zip-lines, hikes, and other adventure activities. Your adventures will be fueled by authentic Costa Rican meals, including a rich diversity of local, organic foods, and you’ll learn about the cultivation of coffee, bananas, plantains, and sugarcane. Then you’ll explore the Arenal River by inflatable kayak, inter-tube, via horseback, or hiking – followed by exploration of the 200’ Fortuna Waterfall as you’re serenaded by tropical songbirds.

    Then it’s off to what could be the crown jewel of Costa Rica’s national park system, Corcovado National Park. The park’s biodiversity is staggering, including 10% of the mammals found in all the Americas and possibly the largest concentration of macaws in Central America. You’ll explore the park on foot and via kayak, then head to a local organic farm filled with pineapple, guava, cas, sugar, cinnamon, cashew, and papaya, as well as an experimental/traditional cocoa plantation. Here, you’ll learn how chocolate is made, learning the process from cultivation of the cocoa seed to drying to fermentation, all cumulating in (naturally) a tasting of fresh chocolate dipping sauce.

    Costa Rica is one of Journeys’ favorite destinations. We eschew the sprawling all-inclusive resorts that kowtow to conventional tourists, and instead bring travelers like you unique, authentic experiences in local lodges, exotic rain forests, accessible wildlife, and exciting outdoor activities. You’ll marvel at how comfortable you’ll feel, how much you’ll learn, and how much fun you will have. A perfect trip for couples, individuals and families!

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    overview

    This rich itinerary exposes you to the two most iconic faces of Costa Rica: the lush rainforest and the stunning coast.

    You begin in the rainforests of Arenal National Park (with its now-dormant, but still imposing volcano), where you’ll explore via aerial tram, zip-lines, hikes, and other adventure activities. Your adventures will be fueled by authentic Costa Rican meals, including a rich diversity of local, organic foods, and you’ll learn about the cultivation of coffee, bananas, plantains, and sugarcane. Then you’ll explore the Arenal River by inflatable kayak, inter-tube, via horseback, or hiking – followed by exploration of the 200’ Fortuna Waterfall as you’re serenaded by tropical songbirds.

    Then it’s off to what could be the crown jewel of Costa Rica’s national park system, Corcovado National Park. The park’s biodiversity is staggering, including 10% of the mammals found in all the Americas and possibly the largest concentration of macaws in Central America. You’ll explore the park on foot and via kayak, then head to a local organic farm filled with pineapple, guava, cas, sugar, cinnamon, cashew, and papaya, as well as an experimental/traditional cocoa plantation. Here, you’ll learn how chocolate is made, learning the process from cultivation of the cocoa seed to drying to fermentation, all cumulating in (naturally) a tasting of fresh chocolate dipping sauce.

    Costa Rica is one of Journeys’ favorite destinations. We eschew the sprawling all-inclusive resorts that kowtow to conventional tourists, and instead bring travelers like you unique, authentic experiences in local lodges, exotic rain forests, accessible wildlife, and exciting outdoor activities. You’ll marvel at how comfortable you’ll feel, how much you’ll learn, and how much fun you will have. A perfect trip for couples, individuals and families!

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    Anticipated itinerary; actual route may vary.
    • Day 1: arrive san jose
      Welcome to Costa Rica!Welcome to Costa Rica!

      Upon arrival in San Jose you will be met and transferred to a specially selected hotel.

       

      Lodging
      Hotel Park Inn or similar
      Show on a map
    • Day 2: arenal national park
      Helmet up for your ziplining tour!Helmet up for your ziplining tour!

      Following breakfast, drive through mountains and agricultural lands to Arenal, until 2010, Costa Rica's most active volcano. During your two-night stay, you will enjoy guided hikes in one of the most spectacular parks in Costa Rica, Arenal National Park.

      Visit Arenal Vida Campesina, a self-sufficient farm and learning center. Here we'll learn about newer sustainable agricultural techniques, life as a Costa Rican farmer, and common Costa Rican crops such as coffee, bananas, plantains, and sugar cane. Various animals on the farm provide organic waste that is converted to fertilizer. At the end of the tour, we'll enjoy a traditional lunch with freshly harvested vegetables and a hands-on demonstration of tortilla making.

      Next we’ll ride the Sky Tram, a 20-minute gondola ride up the mountain offering incredible views of Arenal Lake, mountains covered by rainforests, and, of course, Arenal Volcano. We'll come back down via the Sky Trek, a 3,280-foot long zip line system for an exhilarating ride through the rainforest.

       

      Meals
      Breakfast, Lunch
      Lodging
      Arenal Observatory Lodge
      Show on a map
    • Day 3: arenal national park
      Keep an eye out for wildlife!Keep an eye out for wildlife!

      Your morning kicks off with an ‘adventure buffet’, where you choose between a variety of adventures at the Club Rio Outdoor Center and Wildlife Preserve. Adventures include kayaking the river on inflatable kayaks, tubing, horseback tours, hiking, nature tours, hot springs, mountain biking, swimming, and a wildlife preserve for rescued animals. An authentic Costa Rican lunch fuels your day of adventure. After your adventure(s), relax at the hot springs or over a drink at the restaurant.

       In the afternoon we visit La Fortuna Waterfalls. Located just three miles away from the town of La Fortuna, this beautiful 200' waterfall receives its cool, clear waters from the pristine forests of Arenal National Park. Around the falls you may see parrots, toucans, and tropical hummingbirds. The steep trail to the waterfall goes down through dense, lush rain forest and ends at a large pool at the base of the falls. In addition to seeing a majestic waterfall in a beautiful setting, visitors to the falls are helping the local community with fees used for important community projects such as schools, the town orphanage, recycling projects, water quality, roads, and an educational center.

       

      Meals
      Breakfast, Lunch
      Lodging
      Arenal Observatory Lodge
      Show on a map
    • Day 4: arenal / corcovado
      Enjoy hiking through the dense forestEnjoy hiking through the dense forest

      Enjoy a scrumptious breakfast at Arenal Observatory Lodge before you transfer back to San Jose for your domestic flight to Puerto Jimenez. There, you’ll check into a local lodge for the night. 

       

       

      Meals
      Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
      Lodging
      Aguila de Osa
      Show on a map
    • Day 5: corcovado national park
      The amazing ToucanThe amazing Toucan

      After a short drive to Los Patos Station, you enter what some call the crown jewel of Costa Rica’s national park system, Corcovado National Park. The enormous park spans 103,290 acres of rainforest and is the nation’s largest park, encompassing about a third of the Osa Peninsula.

      The park’s biodiversity is truly stunning, including 10% of the mammals found in all the Americas, including possibly the largest concentration of macaws in Central America. National Geographic once called it "the most biologically intense place on Earth".  

      Corcovado is home to 500 species of trees, making up one quarter of the tree species in Costa Rica. There are 6,000 species of insects, 140 species of mammals, almost 400 species of birds, 116 species of amphibians and reptiles and 40 species of fish. Some of the most frequently viewed wildlife includes jaguars, four species of sea turtles, anteaters, 220 species of butterflies, sloths, crocodiles, poison-arrow frogs, several species of monkeys, and, with luck, maybe even a tapir.

      From the entrance it is around 6km walk inside the park. You will enjoy a tasty picnic lunch at the edge of small waterfall, where you can relax and reenergize. Be prepared for a rigorous hike over steep terrain.

      Meals
      Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
      Lodging
      Aguila de Osa
      Show on a map
    • Day 6: cano island snorkeling
      Mammals of CorcovadoMammals of Corcovado

      Snorkel the clear waters of Caño Island Biological Reserve, an Eden of coral and rock formations, filled with schools of vibrant tropical fish. Our dive masters take snorkelers of all ages and experience levels aboard our 30-foot Island Hopper for some breathtaking adventures in these beautiful waters. Visibility is 30 – 100 feet or more year-round, and the reefs and rocks formations are teeming with exotic sea life. Caño Island is an underwater photographer’s dream and great for families.

        Meals
        Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
        Lodging
        Aguila de Osa
        Show on a map
      • Day 7: depart
        Goodbye Costa Rica!Goodbye Costa Rica!

        After a hearty breakfast at the lodge, enjoy the views as you transfer to Puerto Jimenez for your local flight to San Jose International Airport for your flight home.

        Meals
        Breakfast
        Show on a map

      Price and Date Details

      Land Cost:
      From
      $1,995
      First two travelers in a room pay $3,295; additional travelers under 11 pay $1,995. Holiday surcharges apply.
      Single Supplement:
      $475
      The single supplement is applicable if a roommate is not available or if single accommodation is specifically requested. While single accommodation is not available on all trips, we will try and honor this request whenever possible.
      Custom & private on your dates

      Need to Know

      Duration:
      7 days
      The number of days, or duration, in a destination corresponds with the itinerary as published. This is the time period covered by the land cost.
      Comfort Level:
      ●●●○○
      (see full descriptions)
      Activity Level:
      ●○○○○
      (see full descriptions)
      Group Size:
      Most custom trips can accommodate groups of any size, from one person to as large of a group as you'd like. Some exceptions apply; ask your Adventure Specialist for details.
      Terms & Conditions: 

      Standard

      Below is a summary of our complete Trip Terms & Conditions, which explains each of the items below in more detail. 

      Expenses covered

      Normally, our stated land costs include the cost of all guides, leaders, permits obtained after arrival, lodging accommodations, food and entry fees as specified, and all surface transportation associated with the planned itinerary. We do our best to avoid increasing prices after receipt of your deposit, but, rarely, factors beyond our control might require us to change our prices without prior notice, even after you have signed up. 

      Expenses not covered

      Costs not included in the price may include: meals not indicated as included in itineraries; meals prior to arrival in starting cities; transfers, if not arriving or departing on the scheduled group flights; soft drinks, bottled water, and alcoholic beverages; medical expenses, costs of hospitalization, or evacuation from remote areas; laundry; airport departure taxes not included on your airline ticket; accommodations en route to starting cities; visas; airfares; gratuities; and insurance. 

      Pricing and Payment

      For most group departures, the booking deposit is $500 per person per trip, though for some trips it may be more, as noted in the trip description. The minimum booking deposit requirement for custom trips is $800 per person, and this deposit is non-refundable. A trip-planning fee of $250 per itinerary is also charged to cover costs of preparing itinerary proposals for custom trips. This fee is credited to the cost of the trip, but is nonrefundable if you do not take the trip. Custom travel during holiday seasons may require a deposit prior to trip confirmation.

      For both group departures and custom trips, a second deposit of $1,000 per person is due 120 days prior to departure or at the time of booking for reservations made fewer than 120 days before departure. The balance as shown on your invoice is due 60 days prior to departure regardless of whether extensions or other arrangements are pending. Late payments may jeopardize confirmation of your itinerary and in some cases may result in additional fees. If we have not received final payment 30 days prior to departure your reservation may be canceled and subject to our Cancellation & Refund Policy stated in the complete Terms & Conditions.

      We accept payments by Visa, MasterCard, American Express, or check drawn on a U.S. bank account. Payment for airfare is required at the time of ticketing. Discounts that may be available for some trips are not available toward bookings made through travel agencies.​

      Airfare

      We can help you secure air travel arrangements to correspond with land travel booked through Journeys International. We work with an airfare consolidator to assist in booking the flights that suit your needs. If you decide to make your own flight arrangements, you must provide Journeys International with a complete copy of your itinerary showing departure and arrival flights and times. You should plan to arrange your own air travel if you are using mileage credit or originating outside North America, but please be in touch with our office before you finalize ticketing so that we can help you to coordinate the correct arrival and departure dates and times.

      Insurance

      When you make your application, we strongly recommend the purchase of comprehensive travel insurance in case of emergency situations. Please contact us for a recommended policy.

      Itinerary Change Fee

      There will be a $40 fee for changes once an itinerary has been confirmed and approved. Additional cancellation penalties or change fees may apply as per our terms and conditions. The passenger is responsible for such fees.

      Trip Extensions

      There are currently no suggested extensions for this itinerary. Please ask the Destination Specialist if you'd like to customize one.

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