Jungle and Volcanoes
- walking & study tour to Costa Rica's volcanoes -
Tour code: COR_JVO
Duration: 10 days / 9 nights
Dates:Custom and group dates
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A small country, a narrow stretch between the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, part of the bridge between North and South, Costa Rica has a lot to offer: active volcanoes, both photogenic and relatively easy to access, extremely varied landscapes ranging from tropical to sub-alpine, well-protected national parks with an unparalleled rich flora and fauna, international flair, western standards of safety and tourist infrastructure and not least, a colorful culture of very friendly people.
The tour offers a mixture of easy to moderate hikes and excursions on volcanoes, rustic comfort, relaxing breaks in natural hot springs, waterfalls, scenic viewpoints and beaches, and of course also a good taste of the country's excellent cuisine.
10 days Costa Rica
Day 1: Arrival in Costa Rica
Arrival and meeting in Costa Rica's capital San José
Acc.: : hotel in downtown San José (D)
Day 2: Turrialba Volcano
Transfer to Turrialba volcano and hike to the summit craters (conditions permitting).
Acc.: : hotel or mountain lodge near Turrialba (B, D)
Day 3: Irazu Volcano
Visit of Irazú volcano with its spectacular green crater lake. In the afternoon, transfer to Poas volcano. Opportunity to visit Poas volcano in the evening / at sunset after the normal visiting hours.
Acc.: : rustique mountain lodge at Poas (B, D)
Day 4: Poas volcano - transfer to Arenal volcano
Tour to Poas volcano in the morning - transfer to Arenal volcano - boat tour on the Arenal lake.
Acc.: : comfortable lodge with views to Arenal (B, D)
Day 5: Full day in the Arenal Volcano National Park
This day is available for day- and night-time observation of the active Arenal volcano, visit of hot thermal springs, tropical gardens, hikes in the National Park, and own activities.
Acc.: : as before (Arenal) (B, D)
Day 6: Sunrise excursion to observe Arenal’s activity – transfer to Rincon de la Vieja volcano
Optional morning volcano watching, breakfast and transfer to Rincon de la Vieja volcano from the Pacific side. Short excursion in the surroundings of the mountain hotel.
Acc.: : mountain hotel (B, L)
Day 7: Rincón de la Vieja National Park
Full day to explore Rincón de la Vieja volcano on its numerous hiking trails: colorful hydrothermal areas, fumaroles, craters, mountain forest, waterfalls. If conditions permit, we can reach the summit crater (ca. 5 hrs walking).
Acc.: : as before (Rincon de la Vieja) (B, L, D)
Day 8: Tropical Beach
Transfer Rincon de La Vieja to Playa Potero, one of Costa Rica's most impressive Pacific beaches
Acc.: : comfortable beach hotel (B, D)
Day 9: Free day on the beach
A second full day to enjoy the beach and for own activities.
Acc.: : as before (B)
Day 10: Flight back to San Jose
Unless you opt for an extension (e.g. Nicaragua), you fly directly back to San Jose in time for possible onward connections.
Acc.: : none (B)
The tour starts and ends in San Jose, Costa Rica's lively capital. A domestic flight back to San Jose is included at the end of the tour, in order to save 5 hours transfer along a busy highway.