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Central America | Costa Rica Adventurous Biodiversity

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Costa Rica, Manuel Antonio, Central Valley

Trip Duration

7 nights / 8 days

An ecological paradise filled with infinite opportunities for adventure, Costa Rica boasts protected rainforests brimming with exotic flora and fauna amid picturesque volcanoes, coffee plantations and jungle-fringed beaches, instilled with the Pura Vida way of life.

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Day 1: USA / Costa Rica |

Depart Los Angeles for your exotic Costa Rica vacation. With less than six hours flight time, you will arrive in San Jose, Costa Rica where you will board your private transfer for the three-and-a-half-hour scenic journey to the eco-friendly Si Como No Resort, Spa & Wildlife Refuge in Manuel Antonio. Contoured amidst the jungle hillside on 10 lush acres, spend four nights in a luxurious deluxe suite, complete with spacious air-conditioned comfort overlooking the Pacific Ocean and jungle coastline, well-appointed baths, private balcony, and a full buffet breakfast daily. Ideal for nature lovers, immerse in tropical splendor with a 24-acre wildlife refuge, locally-sourced dining, adults and kids-only pools, swim-up bar, Cala Spa, complimentary entrance to the butterfly gardens, shuttle service to the beach and national park, plus countless eco-tours and excursions.

Day 2: Manuel Antonio |

Following your buffet breakfast, head out for a day of thrilling excitement on the guided Whitewater Rafting Savegre Excursion. Wild and untamed, experience Costa Rica's exhilarating Savegre River as you plunge through spectacular wilderness on class II-IV rapids, exploring some of the world's finest tropical rivers and scenery on a whitewater adventure you won't soon forget. After a day of maneuvering over lively rapids, unwind with spectacular vistas from the jungle terrace as you gather for dinner at the Calro Que Seafood Grill & Wine Bar for fresh seafood and Pura Vida charm.

Day 3: Manuel Antonio |

Discover the secrets of the rainforest as you ride through one of the most beautiful landscapes on the Horseback Riding Excursion. Learn about exotic and medicinal plants as you saunter through this tropical wilderness and delight in extraordinary views of the valley and waterfalls, keeping a lookout for numerous wildlife species along the trail.

Day 4:  Manuel Antonio |

The next day, invigorate your senses with 17 platforms, nine zip lines, and three rappels on the thrilling Canopy Zipline Adventure. Immerse in the rainforest's varied splendor as you enjoy a short hike, then soar through the magnificent treetops. Expert guides will safely escort you every step of the way. Later, relax with a soothing spa treatment before you toast to the beautiful sunset on another magnificent day of exploration.

Day 5: Manuel Antonio / Arenal |

Relax and sightsee in your four-hour private transfer to the Arenal Volcano's The Springs Resort & Spa for three glorious nights in your Vista plus guestroom. This sensory escape high above the valley offers spectacular views, spacious guestrooms with private terraces, five sparkling pools and Club Rio Outdoor Center. Be pampered at the expansive spa followed by a replenishing soak in the onsite hot springs. Then, savor an exquisite meal cliff-side with tree canopy dining.

Day 6:  Arenal |

In the morning, embark on a thrilling expedition on the Cano Negro Wildlife Refuge Experience. Explore the refuge and Rio Frio - rich in biological diversity. Begin with a relaxing motorboat safari from Los Chiles Village, just three miles from Nicaragua's border, and discover the rainforest's monkeys, sloths, turtles and more.

Then enjoy a tasting menu at Tres Cascadas, where you can sample a variety of salads, hot or cold soups, fresh baked goods and decadent seafood. The dessert menu offers a variety of classic and local signature delights with a unique artful touch.

Days 7 - 8:  Arenal / USA |

Spend your final day with on an adventurous four-in-one experience on the Arenal, Hanging Bridges, Waterfalls & Springs Experience. Discover stunning vistas, local wildlife and beautiful flora and fauna as you cross hanging bridges, then take an exhilarating hike to the base of Arenal Volcano. Your adventure continues with a visit to La Fortuna waterfalls for beautiful backdrops and swimming followed by an evening at The Springs for a relaxing hot springs soak.

This evening, enjoy a cocktail and intimate dining experience in Las Ventanas, toasting a fond farewell to this remarkable destination. In the morning, board your transfer to the airport for your homebound flight and begin planning your next enticing adventure.

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