7 days from £805pp plus international flights.
Be your own boss on this holiday as you drive between 3 contrasting destinations, gaining first-hand insights into Costa Rica's amazing biodiversity. With your own 4x4 vehcile, you'll be free to travel in your own time, pausing to admire views, stopping to visit local villages and sites of interest. This is a personal journey of discovery.
Your first days are spent within sight of the superby symmertical cone of Arenal Volcano. The peak is often shrouded in cloud, adding an air of mystery, and although there have been no eruptions since 2010, the volcano is still active, a remider of the power of nature. While here you have the chance to ascend to an obeservation deck at an elevation of 1250 metres for some fabulous photos, before a pulse-quickening descent via a series of ziplines, leaving you exhilertated and elated. That's hard to follow, but your next destination certainly meaures up. Monteverde Cloudforest is an other-worldly place of mists, mosses, ferns, tall trees, orchids and waterfalls. It's a landscape that might have come straight out of myth or fable. You have a guided walk through this atmospheric cloud forest, observing the many birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians and insects that have made this their home. Finally you head to the coast. Tamarindo is on the western edge of the Nicoya Peninsula facing the Pacific Ocean. Here your time is your own, so you can take advantage of the many activities or opt for some relaxed beach time, as you wish. Riound off the holiday with a drink at the bar as you watch the sun sink below the ocean, and maybe make yourself a promise to return to Costa Rica one day!
After a generous buffet breakfast you'll set off for your morning adventure. Take the sky tram for a 1,250 metre, 20 minute ride to the start of the Sky Trek. This is where the thrills really begin! The trek consists of a series of ziplines that stretch for 1.7 miles high above the treetops, and with breath-taking views of Arenal volcano and lake. In the afternoon you can stretch your legs with a guided hike at the base of the volcano (extra cost), through forest and past a recent lava flow. The walk will take about 2½ hours, and then you'll be taken back to the hotel. Breakfast
Following breakfast you'll be back on the road, heading towards the Pacific coast. The drive should take around 3½ hours, and you'll have some lovely sea views towards the end of the journey. Hotel Capitan Suizo is at one end of Tamarindo Beach, which extends for some 4 kilometres. Your room, cooled by air conditioning, has a terrace where you can unwind and bask in the warmth of the sun's rays. When you feel the pangs of hunger head down to the open air restaurant by the beach to sample the chef's fine handiwork as you dine by candlelight. Breakfast
Having breakfasted and packed your bags it's ime to leave. Liberia International Airport is less than an hour's drive away, and soon you'll be on your way back home. Breakfast
Guide price from (pp sharing): £805 (ex. international flights)
6 nights twin share accommodation; 7 days hire of a 4x4 manual 2000cc vehicle with unlimited mileage, loss damage waiver and LI insurance; meals as specified; entrtance to Arenal hot springs; Arenal Sky Trek tour; morning group walk in Monteverde Cloudforest
International flights and deaprture taxes; visas; travel insurance; meals not specified; drinks; optional activities and excursionsl personal expenses; tips
Getting there: This holiday starts in San Jose and ends in Liberia. International return flights from the UK will cost from around £600 per person, depending on season, route and availability. We usually book these flights for you.
Departure dates: This is a tailor-made holiday that can begin on the day of your choice, subject to availability.
Comfortable, air conditioned accommodation, a choice of restaurants, pool and hot springs all set in lush gardens near Arenal Volcano.
A welcoming beach-front hotel with spacious rooms, an open air restaurant, pool and gardens filled with flowers and wildlife.
Fonda Vela is ideal for exploring Monteverde Clouforest, and offers comfy accommodation and pretty gardens.
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Time: GMT -6
Flight time: The flying time is about 12 hours from the UK. There are now direct flights from the UK using British Airways. We work with all the major airlines and can offer flights from the UK or via the USA, Panama or a European hub. With the connection times you are looking at around 15 or 16 hours.
Language: Spanish is the official language. English is widely spoken throughout Costa Rica
Visas: Not required for British travellers. Other nationalities should obtain advice from their embassy.
Health: There are no compulsory vaccinations.
Tribes Travel, The Old Dairy, Wood Farm, Ipswich Road,
Otley, Suffolk, IP6 9JW.
Office hours: Monday - Friday: 9am to 5.30pm
Telephone: 01473 890499