Costa Rica Guided Tours - Globus® Travel

Costa Rica Explorer (SC)

7 Day Tour from San Jose to Manuel Antonio

2017 Tour Details

Active volcanoes, prolific wildlife, tranquil hot springs, active adventures, and expansive beaches—this vacation has it all! Experience Costa Rica’s must-see national parks: Poas, Arenal, and Manuel Antonio. From San José, travel through the cloud forest to Poas National Park, where you will find Poas Volcano and its massive crater, which erupts sporadically. Also stop at a local coffee plantation for a tour before arriving at Arenal National Park. See the jungle treetops and its inhabitants from canopy walkways before time to relax in the nearby hot springs that are fueled by Arenal Volcano. Next, cruise the mangroves of Tárcoles River, spotting crocodiles from one of the largest crocodile colonies in the world. This also a great opportunity to see other area wildlife. End your week-long vacation in Manuel Antonio National Park, home to beautiful white-sand beaches and tropical forests. You’ll live the Pura Vida of Costa Rica, the good life, on this magnificent vacation
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 Destinations & Sightseeing

POAS
Sightseeing of Poas Volcano; Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite tour Doka Coffee Plantation and sample a fresh cup of coffee
ARENAL
Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Naturalist-led tour of the Arenal Hanging Bridges; Arenal National Park & Arenal Volcano; and Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Tabacón Hot Springs
TÁRCOLES
Tropical mangrove cruise
MANUEL ANTONIO
Naturalist-led tour of Manuel Antonio National Park; farewell dinner

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

Breakfast daily, 1 lunch, 3 three-course dinners including a special farewell dinner in Manuel Antonio

 Itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.

Day 1 Arrive in San José, Costa Rica

Upon arrival, you will be met by your Tour Director, who will help you check into your hotel.

Day 2 San José­–Poas National Park–Arenal

Depart San José on the Pan-American Highway, stopping to see the monument to Juan Santamaria, Costa Rica’s national hero who is credited for saving Costa Rica from William Walker’s campaign to overthrow the country in 1856. Continue through farming areas into the cooler cloud forest climate. Arrive at POAS VOLCANO, where you will have up-close views of the enormous crater with its deep, green lake; perhaps you will even see one of its sporadic geyser-like eruptions. Take a short nature walk with your guide through nearby trails and learn about different ecosystems and species found in this national park. Next, stop at Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite DOKA COFFEE PLANTATION, which has been producing coffee for three generations, for a coffee tour that takes you from seed to cup. Start in the coffee fields, continue to the processing plant and roasting plant, and end with a tasting session. See firsthand how a red coffee cherry transforms into the perfect cup of coffee. After lunch, continue to Arenal, home to ARENAL NATIONAL PARK and the volcano of the same name. Relax at your hotel this evening by taking a dip in the resort’s natural hot springs.

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Day 3 Arenal. Excursion to Arenal Hanging Bridges & Tabacon Hot Springs

Today will be spent exploring Arenal and its vast primary rainforest, and learning about its rich biodiversity. Venture into the jungle canopy on the Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite ARENAL HANGING BRIDGES, which consist of 15 bridges suspended in the treetops and allows your Naturalist to point out various species of plants, birds, butterflies, monkeys, sloths, and other animals commonly found here. On a clear day you will get a 360-degree view of the tropical rainforest, as well as stunning views of Arenal Volcano. Later today, visit the world-famous Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite TABACÓN HOT SPRINGS. These natural hot springs feature a hot river that flows through a series of pools of varying temperatures. The hot springs are the result of rainwater heated by magma in the Earth’s interior that then rises to surface, taking with it minerals found in the Earth’s crust. Enjoy time to relax in the waters that are so beneficial to your skin and body. Later tonight, enjoy an included dinner at the springs.

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Day 4 Arenal–Tarcoles–Manuel Antonio

Today after breakfast, depart for Manuel Antonio, stopping en route for a TROPICAL MANGROVE CRUISE. Enter the Guacalillo Estuary for a cruise down the Tárcoles River, home to one of the largest crocodile colonies in the world. Along with your Naturalist, cruise through the mangrove that provides an important nesting site for birds, including the beautiful scarlet macaw whose brilliant colors (bright orange-red plumage with touches of blue and yellow) and long, pointed tail and wings make them easy to spot as they fly overhead. As the boat approaches the riverbanks, you will get an up-close look at wild crocodiles up to 15-feet long. The Tárcoles River has been recorded to have between 80 and 240 crocodiles per mile of river! Keep your eye out for other fauna often spotted along the cruise, like iguanas, monkeys, sloths, and more. Continue to the Pacific Coast and the town of Quepos. Enjoy dinner at a local restaurant this evening.

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Day 5 Manuel Antonio. Excursion to Manuel Antonio National Park

Spend the morning in MANUEL ANTONIO NATIONAL PARK, known for its stunning white-sand beaches backed by evergreen tropical forests. With your Naturalist, explore the park, filled with beach vegetation, lagoons, mangrove swamps, 109 species of mammals, and 184 species of birds. Spend time at the park’s beaches, taking a swim or searching for sloths, iguanas, monkeys, and millions of colorful marine creatures that call this region home. The remainder of your day is at leisure.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 6 Manuel Antonio

Today is free to explore the area on your own. Some options include a jungle hike, horseback riding, canopy tours, snorkeling, deep-sea fishing, and much more. Tonight your Tour Director hosts a special farewell dinner and toasts to your journey through Costa Rica!

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Day 7 Manuel Antonio

Your tour ends with breakfast this morning. Please do not schedule your return flights before 12:30 pm.

Breakfast Breakfast

 Tour Director

With Globus, there’s no better way to get to know your destination than through the eyes of your Tour Director. Averaging over a decade... we’d like you to meet a Tour Director, who is representative of the type of expert that will be with you on your vacation.

JORGE AVILA

Escorting tours for more than 5 years

Born in San José, I developed an interest in knowing the different attractions, customs and traditions across beautiful Costa Rica. I have always enjoyed at the fullest what I do, so I share my passion with everyone. I like making new friends, being helpful, leading groups, sharing my knowledge of my home country, and always having a smile for people around me.

Tour Director - JORGE AVILA

 Accommodations

San Jose
Arenal
Manuel Antonio

San Jose

Wyndham Herradura

Wyndham Herradura Autopista General Canas, Heredia, San Jose,  Costa Rica

Autopista General Canas, Heredia
San Jose, Costa Rica

The Wyndam San Jose Herradura sets itself apart from other properties, offering refined casual luxury in a relaxing setting. Only 15 minutes away from San Jose downtown, its location is idyllic - a tropical experience coupled with Costa Rican charm. With 3 sparkling outdoor pools, 3 restaurants, bar and on-site casino, you will never be without something to do. Enjoy excellent service and first class amenities at this tropical getaway, in the heart of the Central Valley.

Hotel Amenities

  • Concierge desk
  • Gift Shop
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Business Center
  • Beauty Salon
  • Currency Exchange
  • Spa Services
  • ATM
  • Elevator
  • Parking/Valet
  • Pool
  • Fitness Room
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Luggage Storage

Room Amenities

  • Air Conditioning
  • Pay Movies
  • Alarm Clock
  • Coffee Maker
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Television
  • Mini-bar
  • In-Room Safe
  • Climate Control
  • Hair Dryer
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Internet Access
  • Desk
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Daily Housekeeping
  • Phone
  • Voicemail
  • Room Service

Arenal

Volcano Lodge & Gardens

Volcano Lodge & Gardens La Fortuna, Arenal,  Costa Rica

La Fortuna
Arenal, Costa Rica

With an exceptional location and views of Arenal Volcano, this hotel surpasses expectation in comfort, service, and class. Guests will feel at ease with modern room amenities, clean lines and tasteful décor. Dining options, spa services, and a choice of pool and lounge settings make your stay in Arenal unforgettable, as well as its convenient access to the wildlife and nature surrounding it.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Spa Services
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Luggage Storage
  • Concierge desk
  • Pool
  • Business Center
  • Parking/Valet
  • Currency Exchange

Room Amenities

  • Climate Control
  • In-Room Safe
  • Desk
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Internet Access
  • Window Opens
  • Room Service
  • Air Conditioning
  • Television
  • Alarm Clock
  • Phone
  • Coffee Maker
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Hair Dryer
  • Daily Housekeeping

Manuel Antonio

Parador Resort & Spa

Parador Resort & Spa Manuel Antonio, Punta Quepos, Quepos,  Costa Rica

Manuel Antonio, Punta Quepos
Quepos, Costa Rica

Free Wifi

Free Wifi

Uniquely set among luxuriant coastal rainforest overlooking Costa Rica's famous Manuel Antonio National Park, Hotel Parador Resort & Spa perches atop a 400 acre secluded peninsula surrounded by wild beauty facing the Pacific Ocean and Punta Quepos. Amenities include five restaurants, three bars, a spa, four pools, fitness center, tennis court, mini golf, nature trails, business center, gift shop, and an activities desk.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Luggage Storage
  • Spa Services
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Concierge desk
  • Elevator
  • Fitness Room
  • Business Center
  • Currency Exchange
  • Free WiFi
  • Gift Shop
  • Parking/Valet
  • Pool

Room Amenities

  • Desk
  • Daily Housekeeping
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Room Service
  • Mini-bar
  • Air Conditioning
  • Window Opens
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Voicemail
  • Hair Dryer
  • Phone
  • In-Room Safe
  • Coffee Maker
  • Television
  • Climate Control
  • Smoking Rooms
  • Alarm Clock
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Internet Access

 Optional Excursions

The following optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These may or may not be offered, and availability is subject to days of operation and seasonality. Please select a departure date to view optional excursions and pricing for a specific date (due to currency fluctuation, pricing shown is subject to change until purchased).

Price Ranges

$ ($50 USD and under)
$$ ($51 - $100 USD)
$$$ ($101 - $150 USD)
$$$$ (Over $150)


Manuel Antonio

ManuelAntonio

Mangrove Tour

Mangrove Tour

Take a guided mangrove cruise through canals in search of caimans, sloths, crocodiles, boas, white-faced monkeys, egrets, and much more.

Price Range: $$

Zip Line Canopy Tour

Zip Line Canopy Tour

Zip along suspension cables from platform to platform enjoying the tropical forest and beautiful surroundings.

Price Range: $$

Kayaking at Damas Islands

Kayaking at Damas Islands

Paddle through protected inland waterways by kayak which is the perfect way to explore the coastal mangrove areas and see wildlife up close.

Price Range: $$

Ocean King Catamaran Cruise & Snorkel

Ocean King Catamaran Cruise & Snorkel

On this exciting Catamaran cruise, set sail around Manuel Antonio National Park as your guide points out notable wildlife and vegetation. You will also set anchor at Bisanz Beach where you can snorkel and savor a tasty barbecue lunch.

Price Range: $$$

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