Gateway to Costa Rica (1600)

7 Day Tour from San José to San José

2019 Tour Details

Welcome to a world of volcanoes, cloud forests, coral reefs, and a rich diversity of wildlife that make Costa Rica a nature-lover’s destination. From the artisans of Sarchi to the pristine National Parks of Arenal and Manuel Antonio, your 7-day expedition through the rainforest is accompanied by a naturalist to show you this remarkable part of the world. Explore the volcanoes of Poas and Arenal, walk through the treetops on Arenal Hanging Bridges, and venture on to Manuel Antonio on the Pacific Ocean shores—with dense mangrove swamps and pristine beaches favored by iguanas and monkeys alike. You’ll have a wealth of activities availed to you, including kayaking, nature walks, snorkeling, and mountain biking. This environment of sparkling coral reefs, rainforests, tropical vegetation, and a spectacular variety of animal species is sure to spark the adventurous imagination of any budget-minded traveler.
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 Tour Highlights

SAN JOSÉ
Visit Poás Volcano; Guided tour of Doka Coffee Estate and Butterfly Garden
SARCHI
Visit the town of Sarchi
ARENAL
Guided tour of Arenal Hanging Bridges
MANUEL ANTONIO
Guided tour of Manuel Antonio National Park

Transportation:

Transportation:
Private, deluxe air-conditioned motorcoach while touring

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

6 breakfasts, 1 lunch

 Itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.

Day 1 SAN JOSÉ

Welcome to Costa Rica. Upon arrival in San José, you will be met by your Cosmos representative, who will help you get acquainted with this fascinating city.

Day 2 SAN JOSÉ. EXCURSION TO DOKA COFFEE ESTATE & POÁS VOLCANO

Start your day at POÁS VOLCANO, considered the largest active crater in the world, with frequent geyser-like eruptions. A walk along the incredible trails leads you through cloud forests filled with stunted and twisted vegetation from the volcanic emissions and cold, windy, high-altitude habitat. If weather conditions allow, you will have the chance to see Lake Botos, which fills an extinct crater. The area is also home to many cloud forest birds, like hummingbirds, tanagers, flycatchers, toucanets, clay-colored robins, and the resplendent quetzal. Next, visit DOKA ESTATE, one of Costa Rica’s premium coffee plantations and producer of internationally acclaimed coffees. From the picking of the coffee berries to the roasting and grinding of the coffee beans, you will see how Costa Rican premium coffees are processed and prepared. Be sure to take a walk through the BUTTERFLY GARDEN, home to 15 species that undergo the complete metamorphosis within these walls.

Breakfast Breakfast
LunchLunch

Day 3 SAN JOSÉ–SARCHI–ARENAL

Your journey continues to the Arenal area, with a visit of Sarchi town, known as the center of Costa Rican handcrafts and where you will see the artists in their workshops making the famous oxcarts. Along the way, enjoy amazing views of the mountains as well as a major source of revenue in the area: agricultural crops that include pineapple, bananas, and sugar cane. This afternoon, arrive at La Fortuna Village, situated in the shadow of mighty Arenal Volcano. The evening is at leisure to do as you please.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 4 ARENAL

Nature lovers from around the world come to visit the ARENAL HANGING BRIDGES. Journey through the rainforest with an expert Naturalist to learn about the surrounding wildlife and vegetation, and take in nature’s beauty at its most pristine state. With 15 bridges ranging from 5 to 100 meters long, one at a height of 45 meters, you will get a 360-degree view of the tropical rainforest. Plus, if the weather is on your side, you will see the most amazing views of Arenal Volcano. Tonight, you may opt to spend time relaxing in the thermal, healing waters at Tabacón Hot Springs. These natural springs are heated by magma found in the earth’s core and they carry minerals found in the earth’s rocky stratus, which your body absorbs as you soak in the natural pools here.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 5 ARENAL–MANUEL ANTONIO

Depart Arenal towards the Pacific Ocean to the Manuel Antonio area. Dense mangrove swamps, sheltering a variety of wildlife, back up to the pristine beaches in this area. It is not uncommon to see iguanas and white-faced monkeys on the beach. For the more active, there are jungle hikes suited to all levels. Other local activities include canopy tours, deep-sea fishing, diving, sea kayaking, and mountain biking.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 6 MANUEL ANTONIO

Enjoy a Naturalist-guided WALK on the trails of MANUEL ANTONIO NATIONAL PARK, considered one of the most beautiful areas in Costa Rica. It combines a beach of crystal-clear waters with coral reefs bordered by exuberant tropical vegetation and rainforest. Once in the park, your Naturalist guides you along different trails to observe the abundant flora and fauna of the tropical forest. In particular, several species of monkeys, iguanas, birds and, possibly, even the three-toed sloth can be seen. One of the trails borders Cathedral Point, where the view of the park and the sea is spectacular. During the afternoon you can relax at your hotel, or you can participate in one of the optional activities offered in the area.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 7 MANUEL ANTONIO–SAN JOSÉ

This morning, bid adios to Manuel Antonio and travel back to San José for your homebound flight. The tour ends at the Juan Santamaria International Airport. Please schedule flights after 1 pm.

Breakfast Breakfast

 Tour Director

With Cosmos, there’s no better way to get to know your destination than through the eyes of your Tour Director. Averaging over a decade... we’d like you to meet a Tour Director, who is representative of the type of expert that will be with you on your vacation.

JORGE AVILA

Escorting tours for more than 10 years

Born in San José, I developed an interest in knowing the different attractions, customs and traditions across beautiful Costa Rica. I have always enjoyed at the fullest what I do, so I share my passion with everyone. I like making new friends, being helpful, leading groups, sharing my knowledge of my home country, and always having a smile for people around me.

Tour Director - JORGE AVILA

 Accommodations

San Jose
Arenal
Manuel Antonio

 Optional Excursions

The following optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These may or may not be offered, and availability is subject to days of operation and seasonality. Please select a departure date to view optional excursions and pricing for a specific date (due to currency fluctuation, pricing shown is subject to change until purchased). Optional excursions are available for purchase on our MyCosmos site 90 days prior to the tour start date.

Price Ranges

$ ($50 USD and under)
$$ ($51 - $100 USD)
$$$ ($101 - $150 USD)
$$$$ (Over $150)


Arenal
Manuel Antonio

Arenal

Tabacon Hot Springs and dinner

Tabacon Hot Springs and dinner

Drive to nearby famous Tabacon Hot Springs for a dip in the curative and relaxing pools followed by dinner.

Price Range: $$

Adventure at Sky Tram & Sky Trek

Adventure at Sky Tram & Sky Trek

Located in a unique area between the rain forest of the Arenal Reserve and the Monteverde Cloud Forest, on this tour you will experience full adrenaline and the most spectacular views of the Arenal Volcano & Lake from the aerial Sky Tram and the Sky Trek zip lines.

Price Range: $$

Ecoglide Arenal Park

Ecoglide Arenal Park

Arenal Ecoglide Park is one of Costa Rica's newest adventure parks featuring a canopy tour built to highest safety standards. The canopy tour not only offers you a great zipline adventure but also an opportunity to observe all the animal life in its natural habitat.

Price Range: $$

Horseback Ride to La Fortuna Waterfall

Horseback Ride to La Fortuna Waterfall

This tour begins with a horseback ride through the beautiful countryside of San Carlos Valley with stunning views of the Arenal Volcano. Next take a short walk to La Fortuna Waterfall where you can swim in the natural pool.

Price Range: $$

Peñas Blancas Safari Paddle Trip

Peñas Blancas Safari Paddle Trip

Enjoy the sights and the sounds of the rain forest and experience its peacefulness while paddling the Penas Blancas River.

Price Range: $$

Manuel Antonio

Kayaking at Damas Islands

Kayaking at Damas Islands

Paddle through protected inland waterways by kayak which is the perfect way to explore the coastal mangrove areas and see wildlife up close.

Price Range: $$

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