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Arenal & Manuel Antonio Park

Costa Rica Wildlife Walking Tour

6 DaysStarting at $5,245

Overview

You expect paradise to be beautiful. But who knew it was so much fun? Costa Rica blends adventure and nature like nowhere else. A quarter of the country is protected paradise for everything from anteaters to orchids. The best part is how easy and exciting it is. You don’t just look at the cloud forest canopy. You stroll through it on suspended bridges or glide through on a zipline. You can high-five a monkey from a kayak or slalom down a colorful tropical jungle river by raft. And you’ll explore with expert naturalists who make sure you spot the best fauna and flora. You’ll meet the native ticos, too, and learn about local life. The trip features stays at the foot of Arenal Volcano and in Manuel Antonio Park, and all activities are included at no extra cost. Because Costa Rica is temperate and close to the U.S., you can join us in almost any season—and it’s a great spur-of-the-moment getaway.

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Highlights

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  • Head straight for the rainforest on a walk that weaves behind five waterfalls
  • Step into a cloud of butterflies and come nose-to-beak with 26 species of hummingbirds
  • Walk along lava flows on the lower slopes of Arenal Volcano
  • Experience the teeming canopy of the cloud forest from your choice of a zipline or a walk on hanging bridges
  • Visit the kids and teachers at a small local school
  • Join your naturalist guide on a river safari in search of crocodiles, scarlet macaws, and kingfishers
  • Wake to the sounds of Capuchin and squirrel monkeys in Manuel Antonio Park, the crown jewel of Costa Rica's parks
  • Walk a rainforest path to spot sloths, coatis, and toucans
  • Go whitewater rafting in Class II-IV rapids or slip into a 1- or 2-person kayak to paddle among the mangroves
  • Learn (and taste) how coffee is grown, harvested, and roasted on a working plantation
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Map

  • Starting Point:

    San Jose – 9:00 am – Lobby of Costa Rica Marriott Hacienda Belen
  • Ending Point:

    San Jose – 12:00 pm – San Jose​​​​​​​ Airport
Itinerary Map

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Walking Level

  • Daily Mileage Options: 2-8 miles

  • Route Notes:

    The terrain on this trip includes a mix of well-maintained mountain, countryside and coastal trails of compressed dirt and stone, and even crushed lava rock on the volcanic paths. The footpaths, through rainforest and cloud forest, as well as on and around Arenal Volcano, offer a selection of level, rolling and hilly terrain; with some elevation gain and loss.

Dates & Prices

The earlier you book, the more choice you’ll have and the lower your price. And you can always change your mind — you won’t be charged to transfer to a different trip before your final payment is due. Talk with one of our travel experts at 800-200-3887.

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Family Departure

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Why Choose Classic Journeys

Travel + Leisure has awarded Classic Journeys the #1 World’s Best Tour Operator multiple times and says, "Classic Journeys provides unbeatable access to experiences around the globe." Here’s what that access means for you.

  • Experience the world on foot and at eye level. Each day, join your guide on the most cinematic footpaths in the region.
  • Exceptional full-time local guides who become your well-connected friend. Our amazing guides are with you throughout each day of the tour, share their lifelong connections as well as engaging anecdotes about the history and culture of the region.
  • Small groups that provide you unrivaled access. An average of fewer than 10 guests per departure means we can offer you special access to sites like Stonehenge so you experience the stone circle when it’s closed to the general public, a guided visit to Zion Narrows that other companies cannot arrange because of larger group sizes, and vineyard walks with a count and countess in Tuscany.
  • Award-winning hotels are waiting for you at the end of every day. Luxuriate in the finest and most distinctive accommodations in the region you’re exploring, including rainforest lodges, 16th century villas, and award-winning properties that show up on World’s Best and Gold lists.
  • Eat like (and with) the locals. Food is a foolproof way into the hearts, homes and history of the places you visit with us. From gourmet picnics to coveted local restaurants, our meals offer you opportunities to explore native food traditions and fine dining.
  • Handcrafted itineraries with all activities included. With our long-term friendships, we know our walking tour regions more personally than anyone else. So you get thoughtfully curated itineraries that combine explorations of the villages, organic farms, archeological sites and the people who know them best.
  • Sustainable travel that supports the places you’re visiting. We put our local currency into the pockets of the people who live where we travel. It’s your guarantee that you’ll have authentic, up-close experiences on your trip. Best of all, our person-to-person approach helps sustain their ways of life.

 

Accommodations

We spend years cultivating personal relationships with our hoteliers to provide you thoughtfully selected accommodations that reveal the true character of the region. Here is a sampling of our favorite hotels on this tour. 

Hotel Parador in Costa Rica

Parador Resort & Spa

Located on the most desirable promontory in Manuel Antonio Park, the resort has private beach access, plus incredible views of the Pacific and the rainforest. Relax on the beach, go for a dip in the swimming pools, or enjoy the hotel’s fine spa.

Tabacon Grand Spa Thermal Resort

This multi-award-winning 5-star luxury resort is located at the base of Arenal Volcano. The property boasts its own thermal springs, which are heated by the volcano, and offers beautiful rooms decorated with furnishings and artwork made by Costa Rican artisans.

What’s Included

  • Breakfasts, 3 lunches & 3 dinners
  •  Full-time experienced guide(s) who are with you throughout the trip and handle behind-the-scenes logistics
  • Admissions to scheduled events as noted in the detailed daily itinerary
  • Gratuities for hotels, meals, and baggage
  • All land transportation during the trip

Above & Beyond Benefits

Invisible Check-In

  • When your group arrives, we whisk you and your bags to your room immediately. No waiting – no tipping.

Privileged Access Events

  • One-of-a-kind access to remarkable people, places and activities arranged just for you.

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