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Central America | Marvels of Costa Rica

Sample Itinerary


Costa Rica, Arenal, Monteverde, Guanacaste

Trip Duration

9 nights / 8 days

Guided Vacations | Ideal for adventurous travelers who want an insider's view of the country, these set itineraries include all in-destination transportation, most meals, deluxe hotel accommodations, multiple activities and a personal, certified guide. Guided vacations are guaranteed departures every other Saturday and private options are available for small groups of two travelers or more, including individual families. Travelers can also customize each vacation with pre- and post-night stays to explore at their leisure.


Day 1 | San Jose

Upon arrival in San Jose, Costa Rica, be greeted by your private guide for the short drive to the Costa Rica Marriott Hacienda Belen for one night in your comfortable deluxe guestroom.
Enjoy your first day at leisure exploring the grounds including a golf driving range, tennis court, full-service spa, international cuisine, fitness center and outdoor pool. Then, retreat to your spacious guestroom for a relaxing evening.

Day 2 | San Jose / Arenal

After your delicious breakfast, relax on your private guided drive to Arenal. Embark on the Arenal Volcano and The Springs Excursion. Hike along the base of the volcano taking in the unique terrain and you learn of its history and wildlife from your guide. Then relax in soothing hot springs 1,000 feet above Arenal Valley, savoring unparalleled views of the volcano, valley and neighboring towns.
After lunch and your activity, check-in to the deluxe accommodations at Arenal Kioro Green Luxury for your two-night stay. Located on 27 acres of rolling, green countryside, the hotel is framed by the crystalline waters of the La Palma and Kioro streams, lush, vibrant gardens and private thermal water spas. Savor a quiet dinner before retiring for the night.

Day 3 | Arenal

After breakfast to fuel your day, head to the Cano Negro Wildlife Refuge for a day of fun. Explore the refuge and Rio Frio - rich in biological diversity. Relax in a motorboat safari from Los Chiles Village, three miles from Nicaragua's border, as your guide points out the rainforest's monkeys, sloths and turtles. Your day includes a delectable lunch in Arenal.

Day 4 | Arenal / Monteverde

Enjoy breakfast before hopping in your vehicle for the drive to Monteverde for a two-night stay. Check-in to El Establo Mountain Hotel with the best view of the Gulf of Nicoya. Delight in lunch and an afternoon of leisure at the hotels pool and spa.

Day 5 | Monteverde

After a savory breakfast, take a guided tour of Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve. Famous for its unique ecology, beautiful waterfalls and wildlife, cross suspension bridges viewing the cloud forest while your guide points out the unique flora and fauna and forest animals. After lunch, visit a butterfly farm with a close-up experience to hold these beauties.

Day 6 | Monteverde / Guanacaste

Savor your included breakfast before transferring to Guanacaste, arriving at The Westin Reserva Conchal, An All-Inclusive Golf Resort & Spa for three nights in your deluxe guestroom. This all-inclusive, eco-friendly resort is set between exotic forests and unspoiled beaches. Relax at the lagoon-style pool, work out in the fitness studio or tee up for a game on the championship golf course. The kids will enjoy the Westin Kids Club while you are pampered at the spa.

Day 7 | Guanacaste

A full day of thrilling activities awaits. After breakfast venture out on the Vida Aventura Nature Park experience. Offering a bit of everything for the adventurous traveler, ride high above the rainforest on seven ziplines, ride horseback while taking in the volcano views, replenish at the relaxing hot springs and baths and visit the town of Liberia for lunch. This evening, relish a delectable dinner.

Day 8 | Guanacaste

The day is yours to explore at your leisure. Retreat to the warm, Pacific coastal beaches for a day of fun in the sun or explore the diverse tropical forests and incredible wildlife of Costa Rica's northwest province. Explore nearby towns for a bit of local culture or spend a day of relaxation at the resort. Your day includes all meals.

Day 9 | Guanacaste / Liberia

Enjoy breakfast, then your guide will take you to Liberia International Airport for your comfortable return flight home. Or, consider adding a few days to your Costa Rica vacation and explore the Central Valley, Puntarenas, Manuel Antonio and more.

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