DAYS 1-2 - SAN JOSE / ARENAL
After meeting in San José, our Costa Rica travel adventure heads straight for the rainforest with a walk that weaves beside and behind five waterfalls. You’ll also step into a cloud of thousands of butterflies and come nose-to-beak with 26 species of hummingbirds.
At the foot of Arenal Volcano (2 nights), our inn is the perfect spot to start a walks through the frozen lava flow on the lower slopes. We’ll head right up to the teeming canopy of the forest where you can choose either a zipline ride or a naturalist-guided walk on hanging bridges. (There’s no extra cost for either option.) In seasons when class is in session, we visit the kids and teachers at a small local school. Then we hop a boat for a river safari in search of crocodiles, scarlet macaws and kingfishers.
DAYS 3-6 - MANUEL ANTONIO PARK / SAN JOSE
Manuel Antonio Park is the crown jewel of Costa Rica parks. Our lodge sits on a forested promontory overlooking a crescent Pacific beach (3 nights). Capuchin and squirrel monkeys provide your wake-up call and keep you company at open-air breakfast. Naturalists take us for walks to spot some of the 109 mammal species and 184 kinds of birds—everything from sloths and coatis to toucans. We set aside a beach afternoon for snorkeling, boogie boarding or sunning. On our final full day, you can head off for whitewater rafting in Class II-IV rapids or slip into a 1- or 2-person kayak to paddle among the mangrove trees for more wildlife spotting.
On our way back to San José, we’ll see how Costa Rica’s world-famous coffee is grown, harvested and roasted on a working plantation. Of course we’ll do a tasting too.
|January 15-20, 2017||$3295.00||$695.00|
|February 12-17, 2017||$3295.00||$695.00|
|March 12-17, 2017||$3295.00||$695.00|
|June 18-23, 2017||$3095.00||$595.00|
|Dec 27, 2017-Jan 1, 2018||$3595.00||$795.00|
|January 14-19, 2018||$3395.00||$695.00|
|February 18-23, 2018||$3395.00||$695.00|
|March 18-23, 2018||$3395.00||$695.00|
|May 20-25, 2018||$3195.00||$695.00|
|June 17-22, 2018||$3195.00||$695.00|
|Dec 27, 2018-Jan 1, 2019||$3695.00||$795.00|
This multi-award winning 5-star luxury resort is located at the base of Arenal Volcano. The property boasts its own thermal springs, heated by the volcano. Rooms are beautifully appointed with handicrafts and furnishings made by Costa Rican artisans.
Surrounded by the forest of Manuel Antonio Park, this hotel strikes the perfect balance between design and comfort. The tropical style rooms are contoured into the jungle hillside. Its jungle terraces and vivid gardens overlook the Pacific.