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Affordable Costa Rica Adventure - San Jose San Carlos, Cano Negro & Guanacaste - ( 8 days, 7 nights )
Tour Brief

8 day/7 night tour in group service with guided tours, airport transfers, and accommodation in US standard hotels (tourist class and first class options).

Destination background

San Carlos is the gateway to the magnificent Arenal Volcano and is located in Alajuela province which connects the Volcan Arenal area with the cloud forests of Monteverde. A charming and quiet town, San Carlos or LA Fortuna as it is sometimes called offers some spectacular panoramic views of the Arenal, Costa's Rica's most active volcano. Volcan Arenal is the country's top rated tourist attraction and is indeed a sight to behold. Cano Negro Wild Life Refuge was declared “Wildlife Area of International Importance” in 1991. This ecological treasure is the natural habitat of more than 350 species of birds, as well as the emerald basilisk, iguanas, river turtles, caiman and jaguar. Gunacaste has beautiful beaches, incredible bird watching, amazing horseback riding, excellent surfing and superb snorkelling. Forming the eastern borders of Guanacaste are a chain of volcanoes that stretch out to join the Cordillera de Guanacaste and Cordillera de Tilaran mountain ranges. Offering some truly terrific hiking facilities, you can trek your way to the summit of a number of volcanoes, including Rincon de la Vieja Volcano.

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Day 1: San José

Arrival to Costa Rica's capital, reception and transfer to your hotel.

Day 2: Jose - San Carlos (B)

After breakfast, drive to the beautiful province of Alajuela and to the Jauri Tropical Farm, an ecological farm owned by a retired school principal. This evening, view the Arenal Volcano, possibly the most active volcano in the world. Enjoy a swim in the therapeutic waters of the hot springs at the base of the volcano. On a clear night, it may be possible to see the spectacular orange glow of lava flowing. Spend the night in San Carlos, the agriculture capital of the north.

Day 3: San Carlos – Cano Negro (B & L)

Today, you travel north to Caño Negro and the Río Frío. Comprised of swamp and marshlands, the area covers about 1,977 acres in the wet season. Enjoy a boat trip while you share company with exotic creatures such as osprey, storks, caiman and monkeys, as well as garfish, which have lungs, gills and a nose. Lunch will be included today. Return to San Carlos for the evening.

Day 4: San Carlos (B)

After breakfast, you will have a full-day excursion to an Indigenous Reserve, which includes hiking with a Maleku Indian guide in the pristine cloudforest. Experience a fire dance ceremony this afternoon and return to San Carlos.

Day 5: Guanacaste (B)

Today you will journey to Guanacaste on the northwest side of Costa Rica, an area containing one of the last tropical dry forests on the planet. In the late afternoon, arrive at your seaside hotel.

Day 6: Guanacaste (B)

Enjoy a free beach day. Development projects are limited along the coastline to preserve the ecosystem, making this a wonderful place to enjoy Costa Rica's pristine beaches.

Day 7: Guanacaste (B)

Free day.

Day 8: Guanacaste (B)

Transfer to the airport at Liberia for your connecting flight home.