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- Admire the classic cone-shape wonder of Arenal
- Share white-sand beaches with sun-bathing monkeys
- Discover sloths, monkeys, frogs and spectacular birdlife
- Search for beautiful quetzal in a cloud forest reserve
Start and end in San Jose! With the discovery tour Highlights of Costa Rica + Beach Extension, you have a 11 day tour package taking you through San Jose, Costa Rica and 6 other destinations in Costa Rica. Highlights of Costa Rica + Beach Extension includes accommodation in a hotel as well as an expert guide, meals, transport and more.
- Day 1: Join trip in San Jose
- Day 2: Visit the Poas Volcano; try out traditional oxcart painting
- Day 3: Volcano hike in Arenal; free afternoon with options including wildlife spotting
- Day 4: Lunch with a family in Nuevo Arenal; drive to Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve
- Day 5: Nature walk in the cloud forest searching for wildlife; free afternoon
- Day 6: Drive south to Manuel Antonio National Park
- Day 7: Explore Manuel Antonio's wildlife and beaches
- Day 8: Free day in Manuel Antonio National Park
- Day 9: Free day; optional activities
- Day 10: Free day; optional activities
- Day 11: Travel back to San Jose International Airport where the trip ends.
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- AJulie· May 17, 2019A brilliant trip - thank you ExploreExplore! commented on this reviewThanks for joining us! And for taking the time to send us this great feedback.Trip date: January 2019Review collected by Explore!
- ABrendan· May 17, 2019A great tripExplore! commented on this reviewThank you for your lovely review! The Explore TeamTrip date: March 2018Review collected by Explore!
- AOmolola· May 17, 2019This was my first solo holiday and it was an amazing experience. The other people in my group were lovely. We saw loads of wildlife and even though it rained the first four days it couldn’t damper our enjoyment The highlight of the trip for me... Show moreExplore! commented on this reviewWow, I've been to Costa Rica several times but not seen a scorpion yet! We're glad you enjoyed the trip, and thank you for your comments.Trip date: January 2018Review collected by Explore!
- AStephen· May 17, 2019Well I've been on two explore holidays with friends and ready to do the next one alone, as I can see what sort of people go on this, and they always friendly and same nature as myself.Explore! commented on this reviewThank you for this lovely review, we're happy to hear that you've met like-minded people on Explore trips - they are a great option for solo travellers. We hope you enjoy your next one!Trip date: January 2019Review collected by Explore!
- ALisa· May 17, 2019I recommend to anyone to take a decent camera and zoom lens. Nature can be fickle and without my dSLR camera zoom lens I wouldn't have got half the beautiful photos I have.Explore! commented on this reviewThat's a great tip - a zoom lens is essential in Costa Rica, if you love photography. Much of the wildlife is up in the trees! Thanks for your feedback.Trip date: January 2019Review collected by Explore!
- ANicholas· May 17, 2019Whilst the hotel Villa Rio Mar was lovely it was a little remote. I'm wondering whether staying in Manuel Antonio might be a better option.Explore! commented on this reviewMany thanks for your feedback. I'm glad to see you enjoyed the trip! In terms of the hotel in Manuel Antonio, we aim to use hotels based directly in the town itself, although as the destination is so busy, the hotels on each departure may differ. If the... Show moreTrip date: March 2018Review collected by Explore!
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