This tour unveils some of Costa Rica's hidden gems in addition to the unmistakable highlights such as the impressive Arenal volcano and the mysterious jungle of Monteverde. You will travel to the beautiful and pristine Maquenque National Park where you will spend the night in an eco-lodge and explore the splendour of the Carara National Park. You finish in style and among Belgians during 4 nights in the beautiful hotel Tango Mar located on Playa Quizales. This trip oozes with charm!
Day 1 - San José
Arrival at San José airport and transfer to the hotel. Briefing, practical information and map. Overnight stay in San José.
Day 2 & 3 - San José > Maquenque National Park
You collect your rental car at the hotel around 9 am. Departure towards Maquenque, located further north than Boca Tapada (+/- 3h30). You overnight in this exceptional nature reserve. This has not been an official national reserve for very long time and has arisen from the merger of a number of existing nature reserves. The park stretches from the Sarapiqui River in the south to the border with Nicaragua in the north, and is truly paradise. On day 3 you can enjoy fabulous hikes through this Costa Rican jungle.
Day 4 & 5 - Maquenque National Park > Arenal
Today you leave the northernly nature scenes of Maquenque and drive to La Fortuna, the area of the Arenal volcano (+/-2h30). Tomorrow, day 5, you can go out and discover the hot springs at the Arenal Volcano National Park. Besides the impressive Arenal volcano, you will also discover a large variety of orchids, bromeliads and ferns in the park. Other options in the region are a boat excursion to the Cano Negro Wildlife Refuge, the Arenal volcano, the Arenal Rainforest Reserve, the Sky Tram, the Arenal hanging bridges, the Ecocentro Danaus,… Other options: hiking, snorkeling, horseback riding, swimming or kayaking. In total you stay here for 2 nights.
Day 6 & 7 - Arenal > Monteverde
Time to move on. Via the interior you reach Monteverde (+/- 3h).
On day 7 you can explore the mysterious Monteverde Cloud Forest reserve with no less than 6 different ecosystems. Other options in the region: the herpetarium, the frog pond, the hanging bridges, the butterfly and hummingbird gardens,
Day 8 & 9 - Monteverde > Carara National Park (half board)
Your journey continues in a southerly direction and after a few hours of driving you will arrive in the region of Carara (+/- 2h).
On day 9 the Carara National Park is all yours to explore. The national park forms the border area between the dry tropical forest in the north and the humid tropical forest in the south. Other options in the region: the Manuel Antonio National Park, the Aerial Tram, the Sky Way tour, horseback rides, the jungle river & the crocodile safari …
Day 10 > 13 - Carara National Park > Tambor Playa Quizales
The last leg of this trip takes you by ferry to the Nicoya Peninsula, near Tambor in the Playa Quizales region (+/- 2h30) for a 4-night stay with Belgians in the beautiful hotel Tango Mar.
Tambor, Montezuma & Mal Pais: these fishing villages on the Nicoya peninsula with its beautiful coastline, have stunning white beaches with huge palm trees, friendly residents, and excellent accommodation. Activities? How about horseback riding to the jungle waterfall, a boat trip to Montezuma with its village and waterfall, bird watching, a boat trip to the Curu Wildlife Reserve, sport fishing…
Day 14 - Playa Quizales > San José
Time to leave this exotic dream place. You have all the time to take a leisurely drive back to San José (+/- 4 à 5h) here you will spend one night.
Day 15 - San José
Hotels & Meals
Costa Rican cuisine is a blend of Native American, Spanish, African and many other cuisine origins. Dishes such as the very traditional tamale and many others made of corn are the most representative of its indigenous inhabitants, and similar to other neighboring Meso-American countries. Spaniards brought many new ingredients to the country from other lands, especially spices and domestic animals. And later in the 19th century, the African flavor lent its presence with influence from other Caribbean mixed flavors. This is how Costa Rican cuisine today is very varied, with every new ethnic group who had recently become part of the country's population influencing the country's cuisine.
- All Belgian nationals travelling on a Belgian passport (children and babies included) must be in possession of an international e-passport (electronic) containing min. 2 blank pages and valid for 3 months (for departure from Costa Rica) or 6 months (for departure from Nicaragua) after your return flight date.
- Travellers with a non-Belgian nationality and / or travellers travelling on a foreign passport are invited to spontaneously report this matter to the Connections travel consultant and shall contact their respective embassy (s) or Consulate (ate) to obtain the latest updates concerning all current travel requirements and documents.
- Please note there is a departure tax when you leave the country: 29 USD (01/02/17)
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- -7h (winter)
- -8h (summer)
- Costa Rica: Colon (CRC); 100 CRC = 0,146 EUR * 1 EUR = 653,59 CRC (22/11/17).
The most convenient method of payment is by credit card but cash euros and dollars in small amount come in handy. Inform yourself timely, as from January 15, 2015 your Visa and/or MasterCard credit card (and possibly other types of credit cards) has automatically been set to "not for use in the US, for US car rental agencies and during cruises under the American flag".
Pleasant subtropical climate with micro climates which imply that weather changes are quick and unforeseen. Along the coastline you may expect warm and tropical weather, the central plateau is cooler, in the mountains it can get chilly. Rain season stretches from May to November. High season: November - April.
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- 14 night's accommodation incl. breakfast in listed hotels or equivalent
- Half board in Macaw Lodge
- Welcome (VIP), assistance & briefing by our English speaking local representative
- Practical info and map
- Private transfer airport > hotel on dag 1 (Spanish speaking driver)
- 14 day car rental of type SUV 4WD Compact with Full cover insurance and GPS
What's not included?
Intercontinental return flights and airport taxes, fuel and franchise for the rental car, visits (entrance fees and guides), non-listed services, meals and beverages, personal expenses and tips, travel and cancellation insurance.
Compact Price per person