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Day 1. San Jose

Arrival, reception and transfer to the fabulous Finca Rosa Blanca Country Inn, only 15 minutes from the airport but set amidst trees and exotic flora. The Inn offers spectacular views of volcanoes, cloud forests and coffee plantations. Here at 4000 feet above sea level on a temperate plateau of extraordinary beauty, is grown some of the world's best coffee in the lush volcanic soil and all for the guests of the inn to sample.

Day 2. San Jose

After breakfast, a visit to some of the highlights of San Jose, including the Jade Museum, one of Costa Rica's most famous museums. It is home to the world's largest American jade collection. A visit also to the National Theatre, probably the most ornate of all the city's public buildings. The theatre has marble staircases and gilded ceilings. A visit shall also be made to the Central Market, to hunt for souvenirs and sample some of Costa Rica's delicacies. After lunch, a visit to the GoldMuseum, housing a great collection of pre-Columbian gold. Return to your hotel for dinner and accommodation.

Day 3. San Jose - Liberia - Papagayo

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for the flight to Libreria, in the Guanacaste province. Arrival and private transfer to the deluxe Four Seasons Papagayo Resort, located on the PapagayoPeninsula. Accommodation in a premium room with an outdoor balcony, seating area featuring treetop views of the tropical dry forest and the bay or ocean. Lunch and dinner at the resort.

Day 4. Papagayo Resort

Free day at leisure. Choose from the 18 holes Arnold Palmer signature golf course, big game fishing for blue, striped and black marlin, a multitude of sailfish and dorado (mahi-mahi); scuba diving with the chance to see schools of fish, rays, jacks, whale sharks, giant mantas, sea turtles, white tip sharks, and dolphins or relax in the pristine surroundings of the resort.

Day 5. Papagayo Resort - Parque Nacional Rincón de la Vieja and the Rincón Volcano

A visit today to this 14,161hectare (35,000-acre) National Park, named after its active volcano, Rincón de la Vieja. Thirty-two rivers and streams have their sources within the park and is home to the country's highest density of national flower, the guaria morada, a purple orchid. The wildlife in the park is extremely variedwith almost 300 species of birds. The Rincón Volcano is about one million years old and is the third most active volcano in Costa Rica. It has nine active craters and with some mild activity since the late 1960s. The most recent eruption of steam and ash was in 1997. Return to your hotel.

Day 6. Papagayo Resort - Palo Verde Wildlife National Park/Granada Nicaragua

After breakfast, a choice of two excursions or just enjoy the facilites of the hotel. A visit to either the Palo Verde Wildlife National Park; a 17,000 hectare (42,000-acre) National Park which features saltwater and freshwater lagoons and marshes, mangrove swamps, deciduous savannah woodland, as well as an impressive array of wildlife. Alternatively, you may prefer to visit beautiful Granada in Nicaragua by aircraft, the oldest city in Central America. It was founded by the Spanish conqueror Don Francisco Hernandez de Cordoba in 1524. The city is rich in Spanish colonial architecture and can be explored by foot or by traditional horse-drawn carriage on stunning stone-paved streets. You will visit the old Spanish ammunition fortress, the churches of La Merced and Xalteva, and the San Francisco convent (built in 1524). Return to your hotel for dinner and last night accommodation.

Day 7. Papagayo Resort - Liberia - San Jose

After breakfast, transfer to the airport in Liberia for the flight to San Jose and onward for your connecting flight home. (You may extend your tour by an extra day to include a full day excursion to Arenal Volcano from San Jose, staying overnight at the Tabacon Lodge. Arenal is the only volcano in Costa Rica constantly active since it awoke after 400 years of dormancy.

Arenal's status changed dramatically in July 1968, when an explosive eruption produced hot avalanches and ejected blocks that devastated the west flank of the volcano and killed 78 people. Arenal has been continuously active since 1968. It rises 1,633m above sea level and casts an almost flawless silhouette on the land below it. Arenal's last explosion was in 1969 but this volcano is far from dormant. Its constant rumblings are Arenal's most popular characteristics. Often spewing ash and smoke, the volcano provides a striking backdrop for photographs and video. There are several excellent look out points along the highway and several resorts and spas have developed in the area. In the evening at the hot springs of Tabacon, you will enjoy a bath in the sulfur water formed by the natural pools in this geologically active area. Chance of viewing some volcanic eruptions).

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