LANDSCAPES OF COSTA RICA

Self drive is a great way to explore Costa Rica at your own pace. This 8-night self drive program will include such highlights as the dramatic Arenal Volcano considered the most active volcano in Costa Rica and now in a resting phase. Continue your journey to the Monteverde Cloud Forest offering an incredible amount of biodiversity and is one of the most spectacular nature reserves in the Americas. Finishing your trip to the ultimate destination, Manuel Antonio, the jewel of the Pacific Coast.

DAY 01 SAN JOSE

You are greeted outside the San Jose International Airport and helped with your bags for the comfortable 15 minutes drives to your hotel in San José.

Overnight in San Jose

DAY 02 – ARENAL  (B)

Breakfast at the hotel. Depart San José early and enjoy the scenic drive to La Fortuna the nearest town of Arenal Volcano, that was considered the most active volcano in Costa Rica, and now in a resting phase. In a clear day, you will have an amazing view of the volcano from your hotel. This place also is a paradise is the ideal place for nature and adventure lovers.

Overnight in Arenal

DAY 03 – ARENAL  (B)

Breakfast at the hotel. Free day at Arenal to relax or explore the area on your own. Many of the activities and tours include Canopy tours, Aerial Trams high above the jungle, white water rafting, kayaking, fishing, hiking, ATV tours, hot springs, waterfalls and much more.

Overnight in Arenal

DAY 04 – MONTEVERDE  (B)

Breakfast at the hotel. After checking out, you will drive to Monteverde, a small town which means “Green Mountain”. Monteverde is one of Costa Rica’s top tourist destinations because of its cloud and rain forests that have an incredible amount of biodiversity and many Biological Reserve. Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve is one of the most spectacular nature reserves in the Americas. Located centrally in Costa Rica along the continental divide between the Pacific Ocean and Caribbean Sea, it is home to a hugely diverse array of flora and fauna. The reserve's elevations and location create four distinct climate zones, which host more than 3,000 plant species, 500 orchid species, 120 mammal species, 130 amphibian and reptile species and more than 400 bird species. Afternoon free to explore the area.

Overnight in Monteverde

DAY 05 – MONTEVERDE  (B)

Breakfast at the hotel. Free day at Monteverde to relax or explore the area on your own. Optional activities as, Zip-line, night hike, hanging bridges, hiking and more are available, you can book those tours before arrival or once you get there.

Overnight in Monteverde

DAY 06 – MANUEL ANTONIO (B)

Today, you will drive to your ultimate destination, Manuel Antonio, that is the jewel of the Pacific Coast, home to one of the top beaches in the world. Manuel Antonio National Park is the natural habitat of species such as the endangered squirrel monkey (endemic to the area), white faced capuchin monkey, raccoons, three and two-toed sloths, white-nosed coatis, brown pelicans, black-collared hawks, and green kingfishers. They share the space with primary and secondary forests, bursting with cedars, bully trees, black locusts, and silk cotton trees. A mangrove swamp covers about 44.5 acres, adding to the biodiversity of the region. Three different species: red mangrove, buttonwood mangrove and white mangrove - around.

Overnight in Manuel Antonio

DAY 07 – MANUEL ANTONIO (B)

Breakfast at the hotel. Free day to relax or explore the area on your own. Whether you are a wildlife lover, adventure seeker or you just want to relax on the beach, there you can book several excursions, as mangrove boat tour, Catamaran Adventure, Hiking, waterfall rappelling, horseback riding, canopy Tour.

Overnight in Manuel Antonio

DAY 08 – SAN JOSE  (B)

Breakfast at the hotel. Drive back to San José for your last night. San Jose Hotel.

Overnight in San Jose

Day 09 - DEPARTURE  (B)

Today your private transportation will pick you up and drive you to San José International

Airport to catch your flight back home.

INCLUDES:
• Meals as specified above (B= Breakfast/ L= Lunch/ D= Dinner).
• Private transfer in/Out
• 7 days rental car Suzuki Gran Vitara or similar with automatic transmission with free mileage and full coverage and GPS
• 8nts Accommodation in 4-star hotels including Daily Breakfast
• Government taxes
• 24/7 assistance by ECOTRIPSCOSTARICA representative

EXCLUDES:
• Airfare & Departure taxes $29usd per person
• Personal expenses and tips
• Other excursions, tours and activities indicated as optional or not included.
• Airport porterage
• Alcoholic beverages.
• Extras at the hotels.

What to bring?

Comfortable clothing, sunscreen, repellent, sunglasses, camera, hat, visor & hiking

shoes, tennis shoes, swimming suite poncho and sweater.