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Overview
The Nature Trails tour starts and ends in San Jose. The Nature Trails is an Adventure tour that takes 9 days taking you through San Jose, Costa Rica and other destinations in Costa Rica.

Take a tour through captivating Costa Rica and experience the natural beauty this Central American wonderland is famous for. Witness the Arenal Volcano then take a dip in the hot springs nearby. In Monteverde Cloud Forest you can take a thrilling zip line, flying over the cloud forest between giant trees. Explore Manuel Antonio National Park’s beautiful lagoons, palm fringed beaches and lush green forests.
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“Tucan travel introduced me to a whole new way of traveling. It had the vibe of taking my own solo journey but also giving me the opportunity to meet awesome new people with shared interests. ”
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“The tour was great in that we saw many different areas in a short period of time and it was well organized. The average age of the group was much higher than I expected (50-75) and the dining was often far too touristy for my taste. Overall a great trip ”
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“The tour was all I could have expected for the price...a good variety of people in our group...an extraordinarily beautiful country...lots of wildlife...great local guides... with so many cool options in the tours available it was often hard to choose. ”
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“Our tour guide Maria was an excellent ensuring all on tour were well informed prior to each city”
The capital city of Costa Rica, San José, is nestled in a fertile valley among coffee and sugar-cane farms. There is not much left of the colonial era architecture, due to the damage done by earthquakes, but it is certainly worth seeing the National Theatre, built in 1897. Maybe you'll be lucky enough to catch a performance whilst you're here. The Gold, Jade and National Museums are also particularly recommended for a visit

There are plenty of interesting optional day trips that can be undertaken within a close vicinity of San José such as visits to the Poás or Irazú volcano, white water rafting, the Turu BaRi Tropical Park or the Rain Forest Aerial Tram.

Please note: If you are are travelling into Costa Rica from Peru, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador and Panama then you will need a valid yellow fever certificate.
Accommodation
  • 1 night(s) in hotels at Rosa del Paseo Hotel or similar . Upgrade to your own room here.
OPTIONAL EXCURSIONS
  • Jade Museum – US$15
  • Museum National – US$4
  • Theatro National – US$5
We travel from the Central Valley to the Pacific coast, through very lush green countryside to the small village of Manuel Antonio, where we will visit the Manuel Antonio National Park, one of the most popular parks in the country. This celebrated park is blessed with beautiful lagoons, palm fringed beaches, a vast array of animals and lush green forests. Some of the many creatures that call Manuel Antonio National Park home include sloths, pelicans, white-faced monkeys, anteaters and huge iguanas. It is also famous for its beaches - keep a sharp eye on your belongings, as the monkeys and raccoons are seasoned thieves!
Accommodation
  • 2 night(s) in hotels at Hotel Manuel Antonio or similar . Upgrade to your own room here.
Meals
  • 1 Breakfast(s)
OPTIONAL EXCURSIONS
  • Manuel Antonio National Park Catamaran Tour - from US$75
  • Zip Coaster - US$12
  • Enjoy the beach – free!
We travel to the old town of Quepos, once a very important port for the exportation of bananas. We then ascend a steep and bumpy mountain road that offers great views over lush green hills that flatten to meet the Pacific Ocean. We reach the small town of Santa Elena, nestled up in the clouds and established by American Quakers in the 1950's.

From here we visit Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve in search of the mysterious endangered Quetzal, a very rare and timid bird with incredibly beautiful and unique plumage. There are several paths to explore in this privately owned reserve, one of which takes you to the continental divide. On a clear day both the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans can be seen! We'll also stop at the Hummingbird Gallery where you can grab a drink and a slice of cake. Here you can watch dozens of these energetic birds buzz around sipping on nectar. The area around Santa Elena is famous for its ziplines and hosts the longest zip line in the world. Here you'll have the option to go flying over the cloud forest on a series of cables strung out between the giant trees. For the less courageous, you may opt for a sky walk along a series of suspension bridges above the forest canopy. Along with the lovely horse treks, nature-spotting twilight walks, visits to coffee and dairy farms, you may find it hard to choose between all of the exciting excursions!
Accommodation
  • 2 night(s) in hotels at Hotel Don Taco or similar . Upgrade to your own room here.
Meals
  • 1 Breakfast(s)
OPTIONAL EXCURSIONS
  • Bungee jump (the highest in Central America) – US$75
  • Wildlife night walk – US$27
  • Sugar cane tour - US$36
  • Zip Lining - US$54
Our next journey takes us through the mountains of the cloud forest using a combination of minivans and boats. The first leg to Lake Arenal takes about one hour 30 minutes and the landscape is truly spectacular. Rolling hills eventually give way to the distant views of Arenal Volcano and we can stop for photos at some of the best lookouts. Stopping by the side of the road a last time, we walk down a dirt path to our boat on the shores of Lake Arenal. The scenery is truly stunning of the lake and we travel for approximately an hour slowly approaching Arenal Volcano. Once we reach the other side, where we board another minibus and travel for thirty minutes to La Fortuna.

The main attraction in La Fortuna is the nearby Arenal Volcano, which was constantly erupting between 1968 and 2010. Although not erupting anymore, the occasional puff of steam can be seen. After settling into our hotel you'll have time for a leisurely lunch and to explore the town. You can visit the luxuriant local hot springs for a relaxing dip.

There is also plenty of free time to partake in a variety of spectacular and exhilarating optional excursions while in La Fortuna; a visit to the some local waterfalls, caving, rappelling, white water rafting, canoeing, kayaking, horse-riding, trekking, biking, and wild-life spotting.
Accommodation
  • 2 night(s) in hotels at Hotel Fortuna or similar . Upgrade to your own room here.
Meals
  • 2 Breakfast(s)
OPTIONAL EXCURSIONS
  • Paddle Boarding - US$62
  • Canyoneering - from US$100
  • Mountain Biking - US$134
  • Arenal Volcano Walk - US$56
  • Hot Springs - US$76
  • Horse riding - US$76
  • Hanging Bridges - US$73
  • Zip Lining - US$92
  • Night walk tour - US$46
You then return to San Jose for another night. In the evening there are plenty of world class restaurants to choose from and some great nightlife especially if you are here on the weekend. Please note: On some departures the tour leader will not travel back with you. Instead a shuttle transfer will take you back to San Jose where a representative from the hotel will be on hand to welcome you.
Accommodation
  • 1 night(s) in hotels at Rosa del Paseo Hotel or similar . Upgrade to your own room here.
Meals
  • 1 Breakfast(s)
Your adventure of a lifetime comes to an end today. If you have a late flight or have lengthened your stay by adding post tour accommodation you will have more time to explore the sights.

Your adventure of a lifetime comes to an end today. If you have a late flight or have lengthened your stay by adding post tour accommodation you will have more time to explore the sights.
Meals
  • 1 Breakfast(s)
what’s included
Accommodation
  • 8 night(s) in hotels
Meals
  • 6 Breakfast(s)
Transport
  • Public Bus, Boat, Private Vehicle
Excursions
  • Entry to Manuel Antonio National Park
  • Entry to Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve
what’s excluded
  • Visas and travel insurance
  • Spending money ampndash budget for meals snacks drinks limited souvenirs laundry tips and any extras
  • International flights tofrom the startend of your tour and departure taxes
  • Tips on excursions visas travel insurance personal items and single rooms.
  • Optional excursions - On each trip you may find there are some excursions that are not included. This might be because they are not to everyones taste or there may be various options of differing value to choose from. More information on the excursions we recommend is listed under each day of your itinerary though prices may vary. If you are after something in particular dont hesitate to ask your tour leader.
  • Airport transfers and pre and post tour accommodation
Tour details
Booking Type Instant Booking  
Duration 9 days
Tour Type Group Tour - Max 10 participants
guiding method Live guide/instructor
Guide Language English
Starts/Ends San Jose, Costa Rica/ San Jose, Costa Rica
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A deposit of 500 USD is required to confirm this tour. The remaining balance will be charged 60 days before departure. For any departures within 13 January 2019 full payment is required.

Travel Insurance

The Nature Trails tour requires that you have adequate and valid travel insurance covering medical and personal accidents, including repatriation costs and emergency evacuation. We recommend using World Nomads' travel insurance.

Visa

For this Nature Trails tour getting the required visa(s) is the responsibility for each individual traveller, as visa requirements vary depending on your nationality. We recommend to check with your local embassies representing the countries that you are travelling to, as part of this itinerary.

CancellationNo additional cancellation fees apply for this Nature Trails tour. You can cancel the tour up to 61 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 60 days of departure.
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