This program combines three different activities of growing experiences. Stay with a local family, our families offer visitors a rare opportunity to experience firsthand what it is like to live in rural Costa Rica. Visit two of the most important tourist areas of Costa Rica, the Arenal Volcano and the Manuel Antonio National park combine with several learning experiences learn the milk process, visit a local school, visit an authentic sugar mill, plant a tree, etc. Discover the true meaning of “Pura Vida”.
Arrival & departure transfers
3 days Bilingual driver/guide in an A/C motorcoach
Shuttle bus transfers (shared/group) on an A/C motorcoach
2 nts/ El Presidente Hotel /standard room. (Breakfast inc)
2 nts/ Homestay in Sarapiqui /room. (Full Board inc)
2 nts/ Volcano Lodge/ superior room (B)
2 nts/ Costa Verde Hotel /studio room (Breakfast inc)
Shared Chirripo River rafting class III (Lunch inc)
Arts and Crafts Class
Shared Arenal Volcano Hike & Tabacon Hot Springs (Dinner inc)
Shared Vida Campesina Farm Tour (L)
Shared Santa Juana Rural Mountain Adventure Tour (L)
All taxes and service charges (except country departure tax).
•Clothing: Costa Rica is a very informal and casual country. Formal attire is only used in the city of San Jose and on very special occasions (Weddings, birthdays, anniversaries)
•We recommend to bring a sweater for the highland areas, and light loose fitting shirts, pants or jeans, and shorts for the lowland areas.
•For the beach areas please don't forget to bring a hat or cap, sunscreen, and sun glasses.
•For the rainforest and the National Parks we recommend hiking boots, a small backpack, water bottle, pocket knife, flashlight, insect repellent, rainwear, and a pair of binoculars to observe animals.
Arrival. Meet and greet at the international airport and transfer to hotel for your first night in Costa Rica.
Overnight at the Presidente Hotel, standard room.
Today your driver/guided will pick you to start your trip to the Sarapiqui area.
Set on the banks of the Puerto Viejo River, 42 miles North of San Jose and next to the Braulio Carrillo National Park, Sarapiqui, has become an important destination among tourists seeking for adrenaline adventure or to relax in an ambience surrounded by exotic nature. It is known as of the richest areas for bird watching.
Here you will have the opportunity of stay with a local family. Our families offer visitors a rare opportunity to experience firsthand what it is like to live in rural Costa Rica. Share meals, conversation, and leisure time with a local family. This opportunity is sure to provide you with a unique cultural and linguistic experience!
Overnight at homestay,
You guided will take you to the put-in place for this river is located at 240 meters above sea level and it is about 7 miles long. The main characteristic of this part of the river is the continuous and full rapids where rafters can have fun splashing and zigzagging through the waves.
The scenery is very particular to this part of the river, with green lush vegetation combined with reddish stones left by the water and minerals from the volcano. The mouth of the river allows plenty of activity. It maintains one of the most constant water levels of any river in the country.
We recommend this tour for beginner and intermediate rafters.
Arts and Crafts Class: This is an educational and creative class where you will learn from local artisans how to make jewelry with rainforest seeds, woodworking, painting, or palm frond weaving. All materials needed for the class is provided. At the end of the class, take your rainforest creation home with you.
Overnight at homestay,
After breakfast continue to the Arenal Area.
Arenal’s perfectly symmetrical shape makes it a sightseer’s dream, while its abundance of outdoor activities makes it an easy place to check things off your “must-do in Costa Rica” list. So visit one of the nicest volcanoes in Costa Rica, cloud forests, a lake world-famous for windsurfing and an incredibly diverse population of wildlife is just part of what you will find in this amazing area of Costa Rica.
Arenal Volcano Hike & Tabacon Hot Springs:Late afternoon visit to the trails of El Silencio and the volcanic thermal mineral pools at Tabacon Hot Springs , where you can enjoy a healthy and relaxing soak and enjoy of a delicious dinner.
Overnight at the Hotel Volcano Lodge superior room
The same way our country farmers did, at Arenal Vida Campesina the day starts early in the morning, as they get ready to become our host, we pick you up at your hotel to start this agricultural journey, at the farm you can appreciate traditional and non-traditional crops and gather for yourself the tubers, fruits, and vegetables that have been organically produced.
Arenal Vida Campesina is owned by the González family who truly believe in the sustainability and clean production of organic products and foods. They offer educational tours where visitors interact while they learn responsible production in harmony with the environment, with the goal of forming a change of mentality toward integral organic production with responsible and environmentally friendly practicing.
At the farm you will find the crops that have made Costa Rica’s economy strong : sugar cane, coffee, corn, yucca, cocoa, bananas and plantains, also nontraditional crops such as Chinese potato and yam, among others. Take part in activities like milking a cow, making tortillas, typical dances and collecting water from our handmade well.
A mandatory visit while in the farm is to go to the barn, mill and enjoy a delicious sugar cane juice squeezed by you in a handmade trapiche, as well as sugar cane pieces and without missing the shot of sugar cane liquor also (adults only). You will also have the opportunity to collaborate with the environment by sponsoring and planting a tree in danger of extinction and enjoying a typical, organic lunch made with products harvested from the property and cooked on a woodstove.
Later on at La Guaria Morada restaurant become part of our Costa Rican typical cuisine, lunch is prepared with products mainly from the farm, and for the end, a special gift: home produce and process coffee right there on your table that will be prepare specially for you in our traditional Costa Rican style.
Overnight at the Hotel Volcano Lodge superior room Breakfast & lunch is included.
After breakfast, a shuttle bus transfer will be provided to the world famous Manuel Antonio.
Considered to be Costa Rica’s most beautiful, Manuel Antonio Park has enchanting white-sand beaches ideal for swimming, and tropical rainforest forest alive with wildlife. Watch for the monkeys and iguanas who share the park with you. Most hotels are small and intimate, set high on a hill overlooking the rain forest, endless beaches and the national park. Options abound here! Whether you are looking for a romantic honeymoon hideaway or an action-packed visit, this premier destination has the answer.
Overnight at the Costa Verde Hotel , studio room.
Experience the magic of nature and enjoy a unique part of Costa Rican rural heritage on the tour our guests have rated highest, The Santa Juana Mountain Adventure! This guided nature, conservation and cultural expedition takes you along the lush, jungle-shrouded slopes of the Fila Chonta Mountains where the Rodeo, Coto and Paquita rivers are born. See the rushing mountain streams that feed these rivers on their journey to the Pacific Ocean and enjoy a refreshing swim beneath mesmerizing waterfalls. You’ll also see fascinating regional wildlife, including a myriad of birds, insects and reptiles. Try your luck at organic Tilapia fishing, visit an authentic sugar mill powered by two massive oxen, and have the option to take a guided horseback ride.Visit the rustic Santa Juana pueblo, where you’ll learn about coffee and citrus production, participate in the Carbon Offset Tree Planting Adoption Program, and enjoy a typical Campesino style lunch while taking in the panoramic vista of the coastline of Manuel Antonio National Park. Just an hour from Quepos on a scenic country drive, it’s your chance to experience the true meaning of “pura vida.” You’ll see why this exceptional tour, which is supported by international conservation organizations for helping preserve and protect Costa Rica’s rural heritage, is so well received by our guests.
Overnight at the Costa Verde Hotel , studio room.
Visit the Manuel Antonio National park on your own
In the afternoon you will be picked up at your hotel and you will be provided with a shuttle bus transfer back to San José.
Overnight at the Presidente Hotel, standard room. Breakfast included.
Departure. Transfer will be provided to the International airport.
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