The next tour to Costa Rica is scheduled for early 2012.
The chance to see the Arenal Volcano erupting at night with its steams of glowing red lava.
Bathe in hot springs and see bubbling mudpools.
Walk through tropical rainforest with its luxuriant vegetation and spectacular wildlife.
Visits to three other volcanoes (Poas, Irazu and Rincon d la Vieja)
Return flight via USA will enable a one-night stopover in New York, with chance to visit the city the next day.
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Leave London Heathrow airport on Continental Airlines flights to San Jose, Costa Rica (flying via the USA). Private guided transfer from Juan Santamaria International Airport to hotel in San José, the capital city.
First we journey to the Irazu Volcano, the highest volcano of the country at 11,000 feet. Its huge crater is surrounded by a moonscape and it has a small lagoon at the bottom. From the top you are able enjoy views over the forest of the Braulio Carrillo National Park, the Caribbean coast (weather permitting) and the lowlands. The volcano is located north from the old capital city of Cartago around 2 hours from San Jose. The bus ride offers beautiful views of the Central Valley, of San Jose and Cartago cities, as well as the agricultural landscape around the slope of the volcano. While at the volcano we will have time to hike and explore the area. Following the return to San Jose, there will be lunch and visit to the Gold Museum, giving much information about the early history and Spanish colonisation of the country.
Poas Volcano National Park: The Poas Volcano is one of the world's largest geysers with an awesome crater, over 1.5 km. wide. The volcano is active, but completely safe for viewing. This tour begins with a beautiful drive through the lush coffee plantations and flower farms of the area. In addition to the volcano, the Poas National Park is a 9,884-acre reserve with rich tropical vegetation and animal life. The tour includes a hike through the surrounding forest that is teeming with typical plant life and exotic birds. If weather and time permit, the hike concludes at a restful, emerald green, tropical lagoon. Later, we visit La Paz Waterfall Gardens, a Nature Park where we will walk on footpaths that will lead us to Magia Blanca Falls (the largest and the most spectacular of the falls in the area). At the Park you will also see the largest enclosed butterfly observatory in the world with a beautiful collection of tropical jewels. The tour includes a buffet lunch.
Morning coach departure from San José travelling to Hacienda Guachipelin in the Rincon de la Vieja area in the north of the country. If time permits, we will take a short detour to the Pacific Ocean coast. After lunch a short horseback ride (or walk if preferred) to visit to Las Chorreras Waterfall: A double waterfall that joins the Blanco River to form a natural blue pool. An excellent place to enjoy a dip in the water or just to admire the beauty of the scenery.
Morning departure on a tour of Rincón de la Vieja National Park..The hiking tour takes about two hours. The tour not only provides the opportunity to appreciate Rincon de la Vieja´s geothermal wonders, it also allows a close view of an ancient forest hundreds of years old. Huge trees protect howler and spider monkeys, leaf-cutter ants, toucans and all kind of great and small creatures. Then after lunch to Oropendula Waterfall and the Simbiosis Spa. There is a choce of horseback ride or coach and short walk.The Oropendola Waterfall is a 25 meter high waterfall with emerald-green water. A forest covered canyon surrounds it. After that, we visit Simbiosis Spa. Here you will have the opportunity to benefit from the volcanic activity, bathing in its thermal water springs and applying natural muds. Hidden in the middle of the forest, there are thermal volcanic mud water pools (aprox. 40°C / 104°F) that receive waters directly from volcanic sources.
Morning transfer from Rincón de la Vieja to Arenal National Park area. Hiking tour in the afternoon in Arenal Volcano National Park. The Arenal Volcano is an active andesitic stratovolcano in north-western Costa Rica (10.5N, 84.7W), around 90 km north-west of San José, in the district of La Fortuna. Arenal is the youngest and most active of all the mountains in Costa Rica. Arenal rises 1657 metres above sea level and overlooks Lake Arenal. The volcano's eruptions are strombolian in type, being frequent but moderate and can be viewed without danger as long as the viewers are behind the safety perimeter. This constant activity and minimal danger makes Arenal a popular tourist destination, especially at night, because the lava and incandescent rocks make a spectacular sight.
This will be a free day. Your chance to relax or take part in one of the many local excursions on offer
A journey up to the Nicaraguan border, where we board a boat for the Canon river tour. The river passes through the local rainforest and offers the oportunity to see a host of wildlife ~ caymen, iguanas, sloths, monkeys and countless exotic bird species.
Coach-ride to airport for return flight to the Newark, NJ, arriving early eveing for check in to hotel located close to the airport.
Free morning and afternoon. The option to take a short train-ride into New York (approx 30 minutes direct from the airport), with all the city has to offer.
Evening flight from Newark back to London, arriving next morning
(Please note that this might have to be amended due to local conditions, but hopefully all planned activities will take place. Feedback from previous visits has suggested that more free time on the Big Island would be appreciated, so an extra day has been added.)
The estimated cost of the visit is £1695. This includes return flights (and taxes) by Continental Airlines from London Heathrow to San José, Costa Rica (via Newark NJ. in the USA), coach transfers and local excursions on the itinerary listed above (not including any optional excursions on 13th April). Included in the cost is 8 nights accommodation in a 4-star accommodation (3 nights at Casa Conde in San José, 2 nights at the Hacienda Lodge Guachipelin, and 3 nights at Los Lagos Arenal). Also included is one night at an airport hotel in Newark NJ. Accommodation includes all breakfasts in Costa Rica, plus lunches included in the excursions on 6 days.
Accommodation is based on two people sharing a room. It should be possible to arrange single rooms for those who require it, but this will involve a supplement.
All those taking part in the tour are expected to arrange their own holiday insurance, which can be obtained from any travel agent or insurance broker .
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