The limitless possibilities that include extensive rainforests, volcanoes, rivers traveling through the mountains, beaches and natural resources safeguarded by an important organization of national parks and forest preserves will unfold before your eyes on this amazing holiday. Tour a coffee plantation, explore a national wildlife refuge with its array of flora, fauna and bird life and participate in a boat trip for an up-close experience with American crocodiles. Enjoy nature and beauty as you discover the magic of Costa Rica.
1 USA/San José, Costa Rica
Depart the USA for San José, Costa Rica. Upon arrival you will be met by a representative of Mayflower Cruises & Tours who assist with your transfer to the hotel. Flights should arrive by 4:00 pm. Relax before the included dinner as your busy schedule eases into Costa Rica's mystical tropical lifestyle. Meal: D
2 Poás Volcano
En route from San José to the La Fortuna area, visit Poás Volcano, one of the most spectacular volcanoes in Costa Rica. Poás has a long history of large eruptions, first producing a cloud of hot ash five miles high back in 1910, and erupting as recently as 2018! Look down from its mile-wide rim into a gigantic boiling cauldron of steaming geysers.
Continue to the Doka Coffee Estate for a tour of the plantation where you learn how this famous product of Costa Rica is produced.
Following lunch at the estate, continue to the La Fortuna area, a village ringed by mountains and inhabited by friendly folk whose little shops may offer the perfect memento. Its most well-known ‘resident’ is the Arenal Volcano. From your hotel you can see its awe-inspiring cone first thing in the morning and the last thing at night. This evening is free to enjoy the rich natural wonders of the resort – beautiful waterfalls, fragrant trails and the natural hot springs. Meals: B, L
3 Arenal Volcano
There are few places on earth where one can witness the beauty of a volcano in such lush surroundings. During your stay in the Arenal area, not only is this view possible every day from the hotel, but today you have the opportunity to spend the afternoon near the volcano.
Enjoy a gentle walk along the base of this magnificent natural phenomenon as your Tour Manager takes you through the forest, over the lava flows, and to the destroyed area now in the process of regeneration.
Upon returning to the hotel, relax in the springs before enjoying an included dinner. With lovely views of the resort’s hot springs, lush gardens and Arenal Volcano, this is truly a tropical paradise. Meals: B, D
4 Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge
While in the Arenal area, enjoy a full day excursion to Caño Negro National Wildlife Refuge, a remote “everglades” type wetlands, teeming with different species of flora, fauna and birdlife. Enjoy a boat ride on the Rio Frio, where you’ll have an opportunity to see a plethora of wildlife: snake-birds, heron, comorants, howler, spider and white-faced monkeys, three-toed slothes, basilik lizards (also known as Jesus Christ lizards), turtles and much more. This unique experience showcases the natural beauty of Costa Rica. A typical lunch is provided during the excursion. Meals: B, L
5 Arenal area to Manuel Antonio
After breakfast, drive to the Manuel Antonio area, famous for its national park. This tiny yet bustling town is located off Costa Rica’s Central Pacific coast, just a stone’s throw away from Quepos. The region is a treasure for biodiversity, attracting nature buffs, eco-travelers and adventure seekers alike. Upon arrival, check in to your hotel for three nights accommodations. Dinner is included this evening. Meals: B, D
6 Jungle Crocodile Safari
Relax on a boat trip along the Tarcoles River located near Carara National Rain Forest Park. This adventure combines nature with the breathtaking experience of viewing American crocodiles at near proximities. Home to one of the world’s largest crocodile populations in the wild, some of these ‘local residents’ are up to 15-feet long!
As your boat ride takes you inside the mangrove canals and along the Tarcoles River, you also have the opportunity to spot many different species of birds, including the rare scarlet macaw, amongst the lush foliage. The afternoon is at leisure. Meal: B
7 Manuel Antonio National Park
Today’s included tour visits nearby Manuel Antonio National Park, the smallest of the parks in Costa Rica but one of the most popular. There is a magic to this park that is hard to explain. Perhaps it’s the park’s forest, mangroves, lagoons and beach vegetation that supports 109 species of mammals and 184 species of birds (with migrants bringing the bird species to some 270) that make it so amazing. Among the inhabitants that can be easily seen are sloths, iguanas, agoutis, armadillos, raccoons, coatimundis and the adorable squirrel monkey. We return to the hotel for an afternoon at leisure before we say goodbye at our farewell dinner. Meals: B, D
8 Manuel Antonio/San José
After breakfast, your tropical get-away comes to an end as you return to the San José airport for your flight home. Flights should depart after 1:00 p.m. Fond memories of the beauty of Costa Rica and the warm hospitality of its people are sure to be treasured for a lifetime! Meal: B