Manuel Antonio National Park, Costa Rica

A Week in Costa Rica Itinerary

A wonderful week of nature walks, forest hikes, wildlife watching and adventure in Costa Rica

8 days from £1550pp plus international flights.

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Dining terrace at Finca Rosa Blanca, Costa Rica © Frank Duffy

Day 1

Arrive and transfer to the Central Valley

On arrival at San Jose airport, a local representative will meet you and drive you 30 minutes to your overnight hotel, the charming Finca Rosa Blanca.
Set on a working coffee plantation, the hotel is owned by an artist and is full of colourful paintings which depict local scenery and wildlife. The day is free so you can relax after the flight. Take a dip in the infinity pool, stroll among flowers and fruit trees in the gardens while watching birds and butterflies, or sit back and enjoy the view from your terrace. You'll soon succumb to the slower pace of life in Costa Rica.

Hanging bridges walk, Arenal volcano, Costa Rica © AGMarks

Day 2

Transfer to Arenal. Afternoon Sky Walk

Following breakfast, you set off northwards, heading to Arenal Volcano. Your first sight of this perfect conical mountain is sure to impress you. Your hotel is near Arenal, occupying lush gardens. Having dropped your bags off in your room, it's time to explore!
A private Sky Walk tour has been arranged. This includes hiking trails and several bridges suspended above the forest canopy to give you a bird's eye view of the scenery. A guide is on hand to help you spot birds and animals, and the whole afternoon will prove a fun and rewarding experience. You may have time for a soothing soak in the hotel's thermal springs on your return.


Hot springs at Arenal Springs Hotel, Arenal, Costa Rica © Arenal Springs

Day 3

Forest hike and hot springs

The morning is free for you to take life easy at the hotel. Facilities include a pool and spa, or you can watch birds in the garden from your private terrace. In the afternoon you have a guided hike at the base of the volcano, walking through the forest and across a lava flow, reminding you that Arenal is an active volcano. Keep your eyes open for animals and birds in the trees. The hike concludes with a visit to the hot mineral springs, followed by a delicious dinner.

Breakfast, dinner

Arenal volcano, Costa Rica © AGMarks

Day 4

At Arenal

Today has been kept free for you to explore the area a little more if you wish or you might want to explore a little further afield. It is possible to arrange a visit to the Cano Negro Wildlife Reserve or Rio Celeste. If you want a little downtime, then stay local and spend the day relaxing in the hotel's hot pools. If adrenalin is your thing then it is possible to go white water rafting or zip-lining through the forest canopy. There is plenty on offer at Arenal.


Si Como No, Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica © Si Como No

Day 5

Transfer to Manuel Antonio

After breakfast, it's time to set off on your travels again. Your destination is Manuel Antonio National Park on the Pacific coast, a beguiling mix of rainforest, beaches and reefs. Your hotel, Si Como No, overlooks the ocean and makes a perfect base from which to explore all the area has to offer. Your deluxe room has a balcony where you can rest and enjoy the views. Take a walk round the hotel to get your bearings, maybe stopping for a drink at the pool terrace, or treating yourself to a visit to the spa.


Sloth, Costa Rica © DanielBlindt

Day 6

At Manuel Antonio

Your days at Manuel Antonio have been left largely free to allow you to choose between the many activities available, but first you'll have a guided tour of Manuel Antonio National Park. Walking through the forest keep your eyes open for monkeys, sloths, iguanas and birds. Later you can rest on one of the sandy beaches, soaking up some sun. A number of activities are available locally, such as a bird watching tour, visit a butterfly garden, or go for a night walk in the jungle with a guide pointing out some of the otherwise hard-to-spot nocturnal species. And you don't have to go far to find a zip-line to play on or a waterfall to swim by!


Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica © PAtkinson,Shutterstock

Day 7

At Manuel Antonio

Another day in this area gives you the opportunity to re-visit the national park or take one of the many locally available activities. Manuel Antonio National Park is the smallest park in Costa Rica, but also one of the best known and most visited. There are several marked trails you can follow by yourself. One of these leads to Cathedral Point at the end of a narrow strip of land, with glorious ocean views. You can also walk along the beaches, lulled by the rhythmic sight and sound of waves breaking on the shore. The beaches offer opportunities for sunbathing and swimming too.


Aerial view of San Jose, Costa Rica © GVivi,Shutterstock

Day 8

Transfer to San Jose. Head home.

This is your last morning in Costa Rica. If you have time you might like to take a walk in the gardens after breakfast. Later depart on your transfer back to San Jose airport for your onward flight.


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