Costo Rica: Nature and Hiking Paradise

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Costa Rica is a Central American country with a rugged geography, including tropical forests and coastlines on the Caribbean and Pacific. Although its capital, San José, is home to cultural institutions, such as the Pre-Columbian Gold Museum, Costa Rica is known for its beaches, volcanoes, and biodiversity. Approximately a quarter of its area corresponds to protected forests, full of fauna, such as the spider monkey and the quetzals.

Costa Rica, an incredible wealth of flora and fauna

  • Arenal Volcano, Tenorio National Park, Rio Celeste, Rincón de la Vieja National Park
  • Beach stay at the Pacific
  • Hiking and experiencing nature – a paradise for nature and hiking enthusiasts

Costa Rica, the small country in Central America, offers an incredible wealth of flora and fauna. The government has been making great efforts to protect nature and preserve the original rainforest for many years. Start the journey by hiking in Poás National Park and then continue north to the tropical rainforest at Puerto Viejo. A fascinating spectacle is the activity of the Arenal Volcano. At the ‘Fire Mountain’, as the Arenal is also called, and at the volcano Cerro Chato you hike through dense rainforest, enjoy the beautiful view and the crystal clear water of the crater lake, discover the native plant and animal species and refresh yourself in a natural pool of the waterfall La Fortuna. The Rio Celeste, the sky-blue river, fascinates with its intense colors. In the Rincón de la Vieja National Park, the bubbling mud pools, geysers and stinking fumaroles offer an impressive insight into the forces of nature. Finally, enjoy the beaches of the Pacific Coast before heading back to the capital, San Jose.

Travel Program

Arrival in San Jose. Transfer from the airport to the hotel. Rest of the day at free disposal.


Overnight stay Hotel (-/-/-)

Morning drive from San José to Poás Volcano. The view of the 5600 ha nature reserve of the Poás Volcano is best in the early morning. In the active crater of the volcano in the center of the national park, the temperatures are between 40 and 70 °C. The toxic sulfur fumes do not allow life in the immediate vicinity, but the gas process makes the Poás the second largest geyser in the world. You hike in about an hour to a slightly higher crater with lush vegetation and enjoy this place of silence. Afterwards you travel on to Puerto Viejo de Sarapiquí. There you will visit an ant farm, where you can experience the fascinating organization of the Central American leafcutter ants up close.
Walking time approx. 3 -4 hours.


Overnight Hacienda (B/L/D)

Discover the mysteries and wonders of one of man’s favorite foods, chocolate. Cacao is a plant native to Central America and was one of the most important products for the Mayas and Aztecs, as well as other Central American cultures. On site you will learn more about the artisanal process of chocolate production from the cocoa pod to the chocolate. Afterwards you go on a hike in the tropical rainforest of Tirimbina.
Walking time approx. 3:30 hrs.


Overnight Hacienda (B/L/D)

In the morning drive from Puerto Viejo de Sarapiquí to La Fortuna, a small town at the foot of the active Arenal Volcano. In the afternoon visit the ‘Arenal Suspension Bridges’. In a private nature reserve, suspension bridges have been built through the rainforest, connected by hiking trails. The views are spectacular in places of Arenal Volcano and over the tropical forest canopy and Arenal Reservoir. You can also see different species of monkeys, sloths and birds.
Walking time approx. 2 hours.


Overnight hotel (B/L/D)

Drive from the hotel to the south side of the volcano to the Observatory Lodge. There you will begin the trek through dense rainforest to the summit of Cerro Chato, an extinct volcano at 1140m. You enjoy the beautiful view and the crystal clear water of the crater lake. You hike back through the rainforest with many native plant and animal species down to the mighty La Fortuna waterfall. A refreshing bath in one of the natural pools has a relaxing effect. Then return to La Fortuna.
Walking time approx. 5 hours.


Overnight hotel (B/L/D)

Today you travel further north to the town of Bijagua, situated between the volcanoes Tenorio and Miravalles. After arrival at the lodge the afternoon is at leisure.


Overnight lodge (B/L/D)

After breakfast we head to the entrance to the Tenorio Volcano National Park. During the moderately difficult hike to the Rio Celeste there are great views of the surrounding rainforest. You will visit the dyer’s place, underground hot water springs located in the middle of the forest, as well as the impressive waterfall, which invites you to take a refreshing bath.
This beautiful place on the slopes of the Tenorio Volcano is little visited despite being part of the Tenorio National Park. The Rio Celeste – which translates as ‘sky-blue river’ – owes its name to the light, almost turquoise and milky color that results from a natural chemical reaction at a point where two rivers flow together, which have completely different chemical properties and whose cause the color reaction. This place is called Dyer’s Square and is hidden in the middle of the dense rainforest. Then hike back to the park entrance and drive to Tenorio Lodge.
Walking time approx. 4 to 5 hours.


Overnight stay at the lodge (B/L/D)


Today’s drive takes you to the Rincón de la Vieja volcano, where you will arrive in the afternoon. In the evening, take a short hike to a lookout point.


Overnight hacienda (B/L/D)

You hike in the national park through wet forest, crossing several mountain streams and over dry, hot savannas with little vegetation to the La Cangreja waterfall. A refreshing swim awaits you once more, this time in the clear turquoise waters of the waterfall’s natural pool. Afterwards you continue to hike to the National Park sector Las Pailas. Bubbling mud pools, geysers and stinking fumaroles (steaming cracks in the earth) give you an impressive insight into the natural forces of a volcano. Return to accommodation in the early afternoon.
Walking time approx. 4:30 hours.


Overnight Hacienda (B/L/D)

Today you leave the mountain and volcanic regions and travel on to the Pacific coast. Arrival in Playa Potrero in the late afternoon.


Overnight stay Hotel (B/-/D)


Enjoy the beach stay on the Pacific coast.


Overnight stay Hotel (B/-/D)

Free day at the Pacific beach. Let it all hang out!


Overnight stay Hotel (B/-/D)

There is still time to walk along the beautiful natural beach, plunge into the water again and enjoy a swim. In the afternoon, return to San Jose.


Overnight stay Hotel (B/-/-)

Free morning for a stroll through town or for shopping. In the afternoon transfer from the hotel to the airport. Departure. (B/-/-)

Today it is time to say goodbye to Costa Rica. We will be taken to the airport for our flight back to Europe.

  • Driving time: approx. 30-45 min.

Overnight Hotel (B/-/-)

Today we arrive in our European homeland and should give ourselves some time to settle in and acclimatize.

Included meals: B=breakfast; L=lunch; D=dinner

What's Included

Services included in the prices:

  • Local guide
  • All transfers and overland travel
  • 7 nights in hotels in double rooms
  • 6 nights in haciendas/lodges in double rooms
  • Meals as per program
    – B = Breakfast
    – L = Lunch
    – D = Dinner
  • Viewings
  • Hikes and activities according to the programme
  • Entrance fees
  • National park fees

Not included:

  • Flight to San Jose
  • Costa Rica departure tax USD 29
  • insurances
  • meals not listed
  • beverages
  • tips
  • personal expenses

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