Sloths, capuchin monkeys, toucans, crocodiles, iguanas are just some of the many exotic animals that you will get to see on the Amadeus guided tour "Pinto". In addition to the most beautiful nature reserves the programme also has hikes to two of the most active volcanoes together with time to relax on beautiful beaches. You will experience that unique Caribbean flair and those fantastic Pacific coast sunsets all in one trip. A further highlight of the trip is a visit to a local family. Here you will learn about the hospitality of the Ticos as well as the typical work involved in the cultivation of coffee.
Day 1: From your preferred airport you fly to San José. Your English speaking guide will be waiting to greet you upon arrival at the airport. After a short transfer to your hotel and after a quick check in you will be given your reserved room. Welcome cocktails will be served allowing you to get to know the other participants of the group.
Accommodation: Hotel Bougainvillea. Meal plan: Welcome cocktail
Day 2: After a hearty breakfast, we depart the capital travelling past the typical coffee plantations, fruit and vegetable fields of the central valley on route to the active Poás Volcano (alt 2704m). At the craters edge you have a fantastic view of the turquoise blue lagoon and the sulphur springs.
With a walk (1 Hour 2700m/light) through the grass and shrub wooded forest draped with mosses and lichens to the picturesque Laguna Botos formed in an extinct crater, here you will experience the fascinating contrast between the lush mountain vegetation and the bizarre volcanic landscape.
In the afternoon a walk (2 Hours 2500m/light) through a Hummingbird and Butterfly garden and along a river bank with 4 impressive waterfalls. A well-secured steel structure allows you a look behind the cascading waters.
Accommodation at the Hotel Bougainvillea. Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, La Paz
Day 3: An early morning start for our tour, our route takes us through the Braulio Carrillo National Park, known for its lush vegetation and further into the Atlantic lowlands. Our route takes us towards Limon, past the banana and pineapple plantations and the huge container loading areas of the large corporations Dole, Delmonte etc. The most important port city on Costa Rica’s Atlantic coast. We soon leave the city behind us driving south along the scenic palm-fringed coastal road.
En route we visit the Aviarios Sloth Sanctuary. Here injured animals or abandoned infants are recorded, cared for and if possible released back into the wild. Often this is not possible and so we can observe the traditional inhabitants up close inside the protection of the project.
In the afternoon we reach Puerto Viejo, a charming Caribbean village near the Panamanian border. Our hotel is located close to the beach in Manzanillo, offering the opportunity for snorkelling, beach volleyball, or simply relaxing and swimming in the warm Caribbean Sea.
Accommodation: Azania Lodge. Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch - Aviarios
Day 4: The Cahuita National Park awaits us with its long sandy beach, which is protected by a coral reef and nestling alongside the evergreen rain forest is one of the most beautiful Southern Caribbean beaches. A leisurely walk along a twisting trail that provides us views of the sea to the southern tip of the long bay and on to the beaches of Puerto Vargas. Along the trail we may encounter Sloths, Raccoons, coatis, various species of birds and monkeys. The afternoon is free to enjoy the beach.
Accommodation: Azania Lodge. Meal Plan: Breakfast
Day 5: From Puerto Viejo it's back towards Limon and the Sarapiqui area. Here the Pejibaye-palm plantation and Doña Maria Luz with machete and rubber boots awaits us. He will reap fresh palm hearts for us - a delicacy that is now not only in Costa Rica highly appreciated. After we learn about the cultivation and processing first-hand, we then have a lunch with fresh palm hearts - Hosted Palmito.
After lunch we drive on into the northern Caribbean lowlands and the Tirimbina Biological Reserve. In the reserve we will be accompanied by a biologist and a rancho in the rainforest, here we learn all about the cocoa plant and the processing of the cocoa fruit and their historical significance - of course the freshly prepared rainforest chocolate can also be tasted!
We then make our way to the active Arenal volcano. In the late afternoon we reach the town of La Fortuna and the Arenal volcano.
Accommodation: Hotel Casa Luna. Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch (Palmito)
Day 6: We travel north to the Caño Negro nature reserve close to the border with Nicaragua. The river with the same name is explored by boat observing the wildlife of this sensitive ecosystem. This reserve is one of the most important nesting sites for waterfowl and is also home to Howler monkeys, Spider monkeys, Crocodiles, and the endangered Green Macaw, Darters (Anhinga) and countless other bird species. On route we stave our hunger with a packed lunch.
In the afternoon you can relax in the hot volcanic springs.
Accommodation: Hotel Casa Lun. Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch (packed lunch Caño negro)
Day 7: We will walk in the Arenal National Park over volcanic sand to the lava fields, acoustically accompanied by the distant rumble from the crater and crashing sounds of rolling boulders. In the fertile earth flourish orchids and other exotic plants - Toucans like to settle in the tree tops. From the now cooled lava flow we have, on a clear day, a beautiful view of the volcanic cone and the Atlantic lowlands.
Then we drive around Lake Arenal and can see the lava fields and the impressive conical of the volcano (stratovolcano). We reach the "green mountains" of Monteverde in the afternoon.
Accommodation: Arco Iris Lodge. Meal Plan: Breakfast
Day 8: Today we have an adventure with a difference: we go on the so called Skywalk a system of suspension bridges in the dizzying heights of the forest. Here, we have the opportunity to gain an insight into the delicate ecosystem of the forest canopy. Due to its location on the Continental Divide an incomparable biodiversity of fauna and flora can be found here. The trees, overgrown with epiphytes point to the high humidity of the cloud forest.
Those who want to test their head for heights have the option to take a Canopy Tour and zip from tree to tree through the forest canopy.
Accommodation: Arco Iris Lodge. Meal Plan: Breakfast
Day 9: This morning you visit the Finca of the family Bello which is close to Monteverde. Here you will step back in time as you see how the Ticos, that’s what the people of Costa Rica call themselves, produce coffee and work the land for their own needs and income. Following a fresh coffee and a snack taken in the friendly atmosphere with the family you set off in the direction of the Pacific coast. On route you cross the Tarcoles River, and on the rivers banks you have an excellent chance to observe crocodiles in their natural habitat.
Shortly before sunset you arrive at your hotel.
Accommodation at the Cristal Ballena Hotel. Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch Bellos
Day 10: This morning we take an extended walk along the beach in the Bahia Ballena National Park.
The rest of the day is at your leisure enjoying your holiday hotel and also giving the opportunity for some swimming.
Optional: We highly recommend a boat trip in the Ballena Marine National Park to observe the whales and dolphins. In this region and with a little luck you can see five species of whales.
Accommodation: Cristal Ballena Hotel. Meal Plan: Breakfast
Day 11: We leave the southern Pacific coast and drive to Quepos and on to the Manuel Antonio National Park. We take a walk around the National Park, which is the habitat to over 100 species of mammals and 184 bird species. The cheeky Capuchin monkeys like to visit the white sandy beaches; also commonly seen park residents are the Howler monkeys, Iguanas and Sloth’s. Then it's back to the Central Valley.
At your farewell dinner you can reminisce on the many shared travel experiences.
Accommodation: Studio Hotel. Meal Plan: Breakfast, Dinner (Restaurant in San Jose)
Day 12: In the morning we explore the centre of San José with its Central Market and the National Theatre and also visit the Gold Museum in the main square.
Finally your transfer to the international airport.
Meal Plan: Breakfast
|12 Days / 11 Nights||Single||Double|
|5 - 7 Persons||2849||2135|
|single room supplement||714|
|All Prices in USD|
Services not included
We would like to thank all our guests who have been travelling with us since 1994 in the most beautiful time of the year - their well-deserved holidays. When developing itineraries for groups and individual travelers, selecting our local service partners and caring about the well-being of our guests, we always focus on the highest possible quality standards. Since the founding of Amadeus Travel, we have been committed to sustainable tourism as the only long-term viable form of tourism, e.g. through our social commitment, visiting and supporting private and state nature reserves as well as the training of our team and experienced, fully licenced tour guides.