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Volcano, Jungle and Beach

This trip combines what we think is the best of Costa Rica!  Experience the mountains, the rain forest and the beautiful beaches of Costa Rica's Caribbean for an unforgettable trip.

There are lots of ways you can customize your package - add days, change tours and even add destinations. Look for the symbol for ideas or play with the options on the booking form which will calculate your final price. Here's what your days will look like:

Day 1  - Departure San Jose - Arenal Volcano

Your day starts with morning pickup from your San Jose hotel.  You will travel in a comfortable a/c microbus to La Fortuna, a small town next to the volcano. They will take you to your hotel. Our standard choice is the San Bosco in La Fortuna town or you can also choose between other hotel options with a more resort style setting such as the Arenal Volcano Inn or Silencio del Campo.

After you've settled in we will take you to the west side of the volcano which is one of the best places for night time views. After that, you will go to Tabacón Resort where you can enjoy the different temperature pools. Tabacón also has water slides, waterfalls and 12 different pools! At Tabacón you will be served dinner with a view of the volcano.

Notes:  (1) Our usual pickup from San Jose area hotels leaves San Jose approximately 8:15 a.m., if you are arriving Costa Rica that day you must be ready by then. Somewhat later departures can be accommodated with our private transfer option that will meet your flight at the airport and take you directly to Arenal. (2) If you are planning days on the Pacific Coast beforehand, we can also pick you up on Day 1 from your hotel at most Pacific Beach towns for no additional cost.

Customize your packageYou can also start your tour with 1 or 2 nights in Monteverde and see the magical Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve.  Then we bring you across Lake Arenal by boat and road to your start your Arenal tour. Monteverde options start at just $75 additional p/p including 1 night hotel and the lake crossing.

Day 2 - Arenal Volcano - Horseback Ride

Breakfast at your hotel. You will be picked up at 8 a.m. for a horseback ride to visit the waterfall of La Fortuna. Returning to your hotel, you will have the evening on your own in La Fortuna.  If clouds covered the volcano, you'll have another chance to see it tonight as it's visible from the whole area!

Customize your packageOr choose to do a Zipline/Canopy tour instead (additional $25 p/p) or both tours (add $90 p/p)

Day 3 - Whitewater Rafting on the Pacuare River!

Early morning pickup at your Arenal hotel.

Breakfast at the rafting company headquarters (about 3 hrs away). Your luggage is securely stored.

Exciting whitewater rafting trip on the Pacuare River. This is our most popular rafting trip and Costa Rica's premier river trip. The ultimate blend of wilderness exposure and invigorating excitement. The Pacuare River is world famous for its pristine beauty. A true river gorge, it is flanked by steep, green walls. Waterfalls cascade into the river from both sides as colorful, tropical birds fly right over your head. The white water is equally exciting (rapids class III-IV). This is one of the most memorable river trips you will ever experience.  All instruction and equipment is included. (This trip is suitable for ages 12 and over, if you have younger kids we'll put you on a calmer river).  Lunch on the river is included.

Back to the rafting company HQ for drinks and then transport to your Puerto Viejo hotel.

Customize your packageWant the ultimate in getting away from it all? Choose to spend an additional night on the river by upgrading your rafting choice to a 2 day hike and paddle trip with a night in a river lodge (additional $150 p/p). Or choose a calmer river if you're not in the mood for adventure and we'll even take $20 p/p off your package.

Day 4 - Puerto Viejo - Animal Rescue Center or Cahuita National Park

Breakfast at your hotel (included with most hotels, see hotel details below).

Pickup for your choice of our combo Animal Rescue Centre/Waterfall/Chocolate Lady trip, a boat/snorkel/hike tour of Cahuita National Park or our Full Day Jungle Adventure ($36 extra per person).

The Animal Rescue Center/Chocolate Lady/Waterfall tour takes you to the Animal Rescue Centre, which offers shelter, treatment and protection to ill or wounded wild animals in the South Caribbean area.  It is a sanctuary for wild animals and they try to accommodate their jungle guests as well as they can: terrariums for the snakes, large spaces for the Congo monkeys to rest in after spending the whole day playing in the garden's trees, special quarantine cages for the animals arriving seriously injured and also a large supply of medicine and an operating theatre for emergency surgery if necessary. Your visit helps support the work of the centre.

Next we will visit an indigenous family where they make chocolate from the Cacao trees growing beside their house. You will learn and see demonstrated the process by which the cacao fruit is transformed into delicious and unique chocolate. You will have an opportunity to purchase some chocolate or other indigenous made handicrafts here.   We will also hike to a beautiful waterfall for our third destination.

The Cahuita National Park option combines a guided hike through the rainforest, a boat ride to Punta Cahuita and snorkelling. This is the #1 destination in the area and you're sure to see lot's of wildlife, in and out of the water. All snorkelling equipment is available.

Finally, for the most adventurous, you can choose our Full Day Jungle Adventure which includes Transportation, Canopy, Tarzan Swing, Tree Climbing, Hike with rappels, lunch and more. This option is $36 extra per person or an additional $95 if you choose to do it in addition to the Animal Rescue Center/Chocolate Lady or the Cahuita tour (additional day required).

If more than one of these sound good to you then add on extra days in Puerto Viejo and we'll be happy to arrange more than one of our other great activities.  Or if you just want some days to explore the area (by bicycle is a great option!) and find some of the world's most beautiful beaches, then choose the option to add extra nights in Puerto Viejo.

Day 5 - Puerto Viejo to San Jose

On the final day, have breakfast at your hotel, enjoy your morning at the beach or as you wish and then you will be transported back to San Jose by comfortable A/C minibus.

Note: our usual departure from Puerto Viejo gets back to San Jose at approximately 5pm. If you need an earlier arrival to catch a flight, we have an early morning departure as well that arrives San Jose approximately 11:30am or you can upgrade to a private transfer option which will take you directly to the airport on your own schedule. If you're continuing your trip elsewhere in Costa Rica, ask for a quote for transport directly to that location.

Package information:

Depatures: Daily from your hotel in San Jose, Monteverde or Pacific Beach towns. Enquire about other starting locations.
Duration: 4 complete days/3 nights. Additional Days can be added.
* Note this package departs early morning on the first day and finishes late-afternoon/early evening of the last day. If you planning your international flights you should arrive San Jose at least the day before your departure and leave the day after the tour ends.
Cost per person:

Rate for 5 day/4 night package (double sharing**) per person

Addtl nights:  for 2 persons incl tax

Blue Conga Hotel close to everything between Puerto Viejo and Playa Cocles. from $634* from $75*
Tierra de Sueños Lodge, Tropical bungalows at Playa Chiquita from $634* (standard bungalow for single/double, casita for triple/quad) from $75*
La Kukula Lodge, Sustainable Eco-lodge at Playa Chiquita from $671* (standard cabina for single/double/triple, 2 room bungalow for quad) from $112*
Banana Azul, ocean rooms with large ocean view patio, pool, beachfront at Playa Negra. from $665* from $107*
Namuwoki Lodge deluxe bungalows with terrace at Playa Chiquita. from $666* from $107*
* Rates shown are low season rates. For high or peak (generally Christmas and Easter) season rates please enter your dates on the booking form. Note that each hotel defines their low, high and peak seasons differently but high season is generally mid-Dec through Apr and July/Aug. ** Single, Triple or Quad sharing rates will be shown on the booking form.
Includes: ● Return transportation as indicated in itinerary
● 2 nights of lodging in La Fortuna (base rate includes San Bosco, other choices will increase or reduce your package price)
● 2 in Puerto Viejo at Tierra de Sueños - Wellness Center or your choice of hotels in Puerto Viejo
● Tours and activities as described above
● Breakfast on all days, lunch on the rafting trip day
● Gecko Trail Adventures service charge
● Optional accommodations in San Jose before your trip if you'd like us to arrange this for you (select this option on the booking form to see prices).
Not included: ● Rates shown are based on double rooms. If you want a single room, an extra charge is applied. For triple or quad rooms, a discount will be applied. Please enter your details on the booking form for pricing. 
● For accommodations in Arenal other than the San Bosco we will deduct the price of the San Bosco rooms and add the cost of the selected hotel/room type. As some of these hotels are further from La Fortuna, they might also require an additional fee from the tour operator for pickup so we will advise if there is an additional charge.
● Private transfer option where a driver will directly meet your flight  
● Tortuguero National Park option and additional night can be added for $150 for one night in Tortuguero or $252 for 2 nights in Tortuguero. Tortuguero National park entrance fees ($10)and optional night turtle tour (June-September $35) are not included in this option and must be paid when you are there.
What to bring: Swimsuit, shoes or sandals that can get wet for rafting trip, sunscreen, pants, insect repellent, hiking boots/shoes.

Add Canals to the trip! Experience the wonders of Tortuguero National Park.

Customize your packageFor just $150 p/p, add all these exciting activities and night in Tortuguero.  Instead of Day 5 itinerary above, the itinerary would be:

Days 5 & 6 - Tortuguero National Park

Tortuguero National Park  is the third-most visited park in Costa Rica, despite the fact that it can only be reached by airplane or boat. The park has incredible biological variety, due to the existence within the reserve of eleven different habitats, including rainforest, swamps, beaches, and lagoons. It is located in a tropical climate, is very humid, and receives up to 250 inches of rain a year.  This is the very best place in Costa Rica to spot wildlife. Monkeys, Sloths, Crocodiles, Toucans, and many colorful frogs and insects are all common sights. During the June to September turtle nesting season, this is definitely one of Costa Rica's Highlights.

Day 5 starts when we pick you up at your Puerto Viejo hotel for minibus and boat transport to Tortuguero and you'll get breakfast enroute. In Tortuguero, you'll settle into your Tortuguero Hotel which is complete with private bath, swimming pool and buffet meals!

You'll have plenty of time to see Tortuguero over the two days as your package includes

●  Two canal tours in the national park, in search of a close up view of the wildlife.

●  One guided hike in the national park

●  One trip to the interesting town of Tortuguero with a visit to the Caribbean Conservation Corporation.

On the afternoon of your last day, we will pick you up at your hotel and transport you to your hotel in your choice of San Jose, Puerto Viejo or the Arenal area.


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Volcano, Jungle and Beach - Booking Form

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Caribbean hotel option: Tierra de Sueños - Wellness Center: Bungalow
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  1. Most tours and activities run daily but have reached capacity on your date or haven\'t reached a minimum number of persons required for the tour to operate. If we are unable to accommodate you on your chosen date, we will, at your option, either reschedule your date or refund your payment, less bank fees, promptly.
  2. Tours will depart daily regardless of weather unless conditions would make it unsafe so please be prepared for the possibility of rain.
  3. For tours within Costa Rica please always make sure to carry a copy of your valid passport and your last entry stamp with you. For day and multi-day trips that involve border-crossing you must carry your valid passport and a copy of it with you at all times. Border crossing fees may apply.
  4. For multi-day packages, we require a minimum 50% deposit before we start confirming hotels, tours, etc. Full payment must be received three to four weeks before the start of your tour.
  5. Should we be unable to accomodate you at your requested accommodation choice, we will offer you choice of other accommodations and advise any price difference or we will refund your payment promptly (your choice).
  6. Prices are not valid for extra-high season weeks of Christmas, New Years or Easter. Please inquire for pricing and availability for those weeks.
  7. All cancellations of multi-day package bookings will incur a minimum $25 cancellation fee, increasing with the amount of time we spent on your booking plus any bank or vendor charges, as these require substantial staff and planning time.
  8. The client is also responsible for any fees charged by the vendor as they have committed resources to your tour and may have more restrictive policies. The more notice you give us, the more likely we will be able to reaccommodate you.
  9. Any cancellation is subject to a 3 to 5% fee, depending on the payment type, to cover bank charges. Or we will be happy to apply your payment to another service.
  10. Should you need to make date, time or route changes after we have started booking your trip, we are happy to help. A Gecko Trail service charge will apply plus any vendor change fees if applicable.
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Volcano, Jungle and Beach - Terms and Conditions

  1. Most tours and activities run daily but have reached capacity on your date or haven\'t reached a minimum number of persons required for the tour to operate. If we are unable to accommodate you on your chosen date, we will, at your option, either reschedule your date or refund your payment, less bank fees, promptly.
  2. Tours will depart daily regardless of weather unless conditions would make it unsafe so please be prepared for the possibility of rain.
  3. For tours within Costa Rica please always make sure to carry a copy of your valid passport and your last entry stamp with you. For day and multi-day trips that involve border-crossing you must carry your valid passport and a copy of it with you at all times. Border crossing fees may apply.
  4. For multi-day packages, we require a minimum 50% deposit before we start confirming hotels, tours, etc. Full payment must be received three to four weeks before the start of your tour.
  5. Should we be unable to accomodate you at your requested accommodation choice, we will offer you choice of other accommodations and advise any price difference or we will refund your payment promptly (your choice).
  6. Prices are not valid for extra-high season weeks of Christmas, New Years or Easter. Please inquire for pricing and availability for those weeks.
  7. All cancellations of multi-day package bookings will incur a minimum $25 cancellation fee, increasing with the amount of time we spent on your booking plus any bank or vendor charges, as these require substantial staff and planning time.
  8. The client is also responsible for any fees charged by the vendor as they have committed resources to your tour and may have more restrictive policies. The more notice you give us, the more likely we will be able to reaccommodate you.
  9. Any cancellation is subject to a 3 to 5% fee, depending on the payment type, to cover bank charges. Or we will be happy to apply your payment to another service.
  10. Should you need to make date, time or route changes after we have started booking your trip, we are happy to help. A Gecko Trail service charge will apply plus any vendor change fees if applicable.