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Costa Rica, soaking in volcanic hot springs

Soak your stresses away in Costa Rica's La Fortuna Arenal Volcanic thermal hot springs.

Spend a week in Costa Rica’s La Fortuna hot springs enjoying a host of activities while staying at the highly rated and ideally set lodge, Silencio Del Campo.

 Highlights of this journey include:

  • Explore the La Paz Waterfall Garden, where you will go through walking trails surrounded by lush tropical rain forest witnessing flowing white rivers, waterfalls, birds, butterflies, monkeys, and hummingbirds. 
  • Enjoy a Guided Hike to La Fortuna Waterfall. Located into a spectacular rainforest and over 70 meters high, the Fortuna River Waterfall is an attraction not to miss on during your visit to La Fortuna.
  • Enjoy the flavors of the tropics with the Don Juan Coffee and Chocolate tour. This tour starts with your pick up at your hotel to take you to discover the wonder of how chocolate and coffee are made.
  • Enjoy the adventure of the canopy tour. Athica is located within the Arenal Conservation Area and is without a doubt a healthy release of adrenaline and an incredible immersion in nature with a moving panoramic view. Zip lining above the tree canopy will not only offer you a great adventure, it will also offer you the opportunity to observe wildlife in its natural habitat.
  • Get a farm to table cooking class in traditional Costa Rican classics. Begin by visiting a farm, picking fresh ingredients that are in season, and then learn to craft a traditional meal! 
  • Go on a hike along the gorgeous Arenal Volcano and observe the incredible flora and fauna of the region. 
  • Go on a sloth search during a guided walk with a local naturalist along local sloth trails! 

OVERVIEW

  • Visa: Citizens of the US do not need a visa to enter Costa Rica. 
  • Airport: San José (SJO) 
  • Starting from: 2,950 2,450 (per person) (double occupancy) (subject to availability)
  • Pricing applicable from March through November 30 2023 (*except April 1-10). 
  • Duration: 8 Days / 7 nights. 
  • Country: Costa Rica 
  • Activity Level: Easy to Moderate 

DAY BY DAY

At the pre-arrange time our ground team will be at the airport to welcome you, provide trip documentation, and transfer them to the hotel in San José. After arrival at the hotel, express check in and leisure time to enjoy the facilities of the hotel.

  • Your day includes: Private transportation from the International Airport to the hotel, lodging and hotel taxes.
  • Your stay overnight in San José: Hotel Villas del Rio 
  • Transfer duration: 20 minutes approximately

Early in the morning, you will check out of the hotel in San José, and be met by your driver on your own private coach (bus). Drive toward La Paz Waterfall Garden, where you will be guided along walking trails surrounded by lush tropical rain forest, pristine rivers, waterfalls, birds, butterflies, monkeys, and hummingbirds. Additionally, guests are also welcome to educational animal exhibits such as the Aviary, the Butterfly Observatory, Hummingbird Garden, Serpentarium, Jungle Cats Exhibit, and the Frog Exhibit which is ideal for nature lovers. Stop over en route for a buffet lunch with multiple selections of Traditional Costa Rican dishes before continuing to the hotel in La Fortuna for a good night’s rest. Welcome to La Fortuna! 

  • Your day includes: Breakfast, lunch, guided visit to La Paz Waterfall Gardens, private transportation, entrance fees, lodging and hotel taxes.
  • Overnight: Hotel Silencio del Campo 
  • Total tour duration: 7 hours approximately (This time includes the tour time, lunch time and travel time to, from and between the actual activity areas)

Start your day with a scrumptious breakfast before following your english speaking guide to the La Fortuna waterfall. Located within a spectacular rainforest La Furtuna Waterfall is just a little over 70 meters high. Even though it is a popular attraction, it is certainly worth a visit due as guests can also experience a small part of the Arenal-Monteverde protected area, where conservation of these precious watersheds are taken very seriously. Guests will enjoy an amazing view point of the waterfall.

That said, more adventurous guests also have the option to be guided on a hike in order to get closer; walking about 300 meters on a very steep trail that gets you even closer. Additionally, you’ll also be allowed to swim in the river, (not near the waterfall) which is a great experience after a long hike. After your tour, you will return to the hotel in La Fortuna to relax and enjoy the thermal waters of the hotel.

  • Your day includes: Breakfast, Visit to La Fortuna Waterfall in regular basis, transportation in regular basis during the tour (shared), English Speaking tour guide during the tour, entrance fees, lodging and hotel taxes.
  • Your Overnight Stay: Hotel Silencio del Campo 
  • Total tour duration: 3 hours approximately (This time includes the tour time and travel time to and from the actual activity area)

Shortly after breakfast get a flavor of the small, locally owned Don Juan Coffee and Chocolate farm tour to see how chocolate and coffee are made. The first part of the journey is the coffee process. Your tour guide will teach you about the history of coffee and its influence and importance to Costa Rica and its economy. You will see all the processes of the coffee, from the seed to the delicious final product, the cup of coffee. Then, delight in a wonderful demonstration of the chocolate making process as the rich history of the cacao plant is explained. You will participate in the process and have the opportunity to taste the fruit of the cacao, observe how the small cocoa beans are magically converted into a rich tasting chocolate drink. This tour will show you the whole process of transition from seed to cocoa pure and ground. This is truly coffee and chocolate lovers tour and for anyone looking to learn the history and culture of these vital components of Costa Rican culture. This is an absolute can’t-miss tour while you’re in Arenal! After the amazing tour, you will go back to your thermal water oasis.

  • Your day includes: Breakfast, Don Juan Coffee & Chocolate guided tour in regular basis, transportation in regular basis during the tour (shared), English Speaking tour guide during the tour, entrance fees, lodging and hotel taxes.
  • Stay Overnight: Hotel Silencio del Campo 
  • Tour duration: 3 hours approximately (This time includes the tour time and travel time to and from the actual activity area)

After breakfast head over to the Arenal Conservation Area for another healthy release of adrenaline zip lining above the tree canopy that offers panoramic views from up above but also the occasional wildlife. Starting with a warm welcome and a safety protocol speech, your equipment will be put to embark thrilling aerial adventures of approximately 3 km! Starting from a tower 13 meters high and glide your way down 8 cables made with the best galvanized stainless steel, ranging from 80 meters to 750 meters in length, with an average height of 38 meters. Speeds will top 60km per hour! Each of our 14 platforms, 5 of which are constructed in extraordinary trees, were strategically designed at varying heights to allow you to observe the rainforest from different angles and photograph the awe-inspiring scenery. 

If you are willing to take the most exhilarating, electrifying and mind-blowing adventure you can enjoy our amazing Tarzan Swing, where you have to jump to a secure rope and literally throw yourself off a platform, then you start swinging back and forth between the trees, that allows you an incredible view of the mighty Arenal Volcano as well as the rainforest above, below and around you as a healthy rush of adrenaline surges through your bones for an adventure you will never forget. After this unforgettable adventure you will be ready to go back to your property rental. During the afternoon, you will enjoy a Pura Vida Cooking Class. At the prearrange time, a driver will meet you at the lobby of the hotel in order to transfer you to the farm. Enjoy the afternoon in our farm. Let´s begin with a walk around the property, stopping at the orchard and picking up some fresh ingredients for our creating. The Mother Nature will give us different ingredients depending on the season of the year, so we will have open book to cook and imagine. We could start early to cook some “Gallo Pinto” –our typical breakfast- a delicious combination of rice and beans with special sauces and chopped onions, cilantro and more spice. We can also practice how to prepare some home “Tortillas”, some “Empanadas” to be filled with plantains, cheese, beans or another surprise.

The chicken on Annotto sauce is also a traditional recipe in Costa Rica that we can easily learn and cook for our loved ones. Starting at the afternoon allow us ingredients. May be some “Patacones”, or chips of local vegetables. We will choose one of these dishes to learn and create. Come, learn, cook, have fun in a fascinating scenery and take something that you can share with your friends when you get back home. Of course! We cannot end without preparing a very traditional dessert or beverage. Please Enjoy. After this delicious activity, you will return to the hotel, and will have time at leisure. Day includes: Breakfast, Athica Canopy Tour in regular basis, Pura Vida Cooking Class in regular basis, transportation in SIB (shared), English Speaking tour guide, equipment rental, lodging and hotel taxes. Overnight: Hotel Silencio del Campo  Tour Duration: Athica Canopy Tour: 2 ½ hours approximately (This time includes the tour time and travel time to and from the actual activity area) Cooking Class: 4 hours approximately (This time includes the tour time and travel time to and from the actual activity area)

During the morning, you will enjoy a combination tour that includes a guided hike at the Arenal Hanging Bridges and at the Arenal Volcano. This day you will have a wonderful hike that gives you the opportunity to explore and appreciate the beauty of the forest and the Arenal Volcano. On this tour, you will hike above the trees and experience the marvelous subcanopy and canopy forest like never before. The Arenal Hanging Bridges tour takes place on a 600-acre reserve filled with lush vegetation and a variety of birds and animals which your experienced guide will help you spot. The trail itself is 2 miles (3 km) in length, crossing ten fixed bridges and 6 suspension bridges with lengths between 16 and 328 feet (5 to 100 meters) and up to 180 feet (55 meters) high, allowing the exploration of the different levels of the forest and offering the opportunity to observe a greater number of species. The trail is laid out a maximum grade of seven degrees so that anyone can walk it. After this amazing hike, you will be ready to continue to the Arenal Volcano. This tour starts with a drive to the Western side of the volcano. Once there you will embark on a hike on the trail which traverses the rainforest and crosses over a large lava flow from 1968. It is possible to observe variety of plants, wildlife and magnificent lava rock formations. Once on the top of the lava flow you will have a beautiful view of the Arenal Lake. During the tour the experienced guide will provide you with interesting and educational information regarding the history of the majestic mountain and the Arenal Volcano impact on the area. After this unforgettable hike you will be ready to go back to your hotel. Day includes: Breakfast, combo tour with visit to Mistico Hanging Bridges and Arenal Volcano in regular basis, transportation in SIB (shared), English Speaking tour guide, entrance fees, lodging and hotel taxes. Overnight: Hotel Silencio del Campo http://www.hotelsilenciodelcampo.com Tour duration: 5 hours approximately (This time includes the tour time and travel time to and from the actual activity areas)

During the morning, you will enjoy a guided hike on search of sloths and other wildlife. This day your driver will be waiting for you at your hotel and take you on a search for one of the most emblematic animals of the fauna in Costa Rica, the sloths! These small and gracious friends are particularly beautiful, owners of a tenderness with an eternal smile that makes it seem that they are always happy. The tour starts with a short hike through the secondary forest and we try to find them. Generally, on this special pathway it is very common that you can find these little green mammals, even if they try to blend in with the flora, the expert guide knows their secrets, so they do not hide for a long time. In addition, you can see many fabulous plants and your tour guide will teach you curious facts about them. Because of its location and type of flora this trail is very diverse in birds, so as to complement a morning or afternoon full of wildlife you can appreciate many species of local birds. Definitely this is a tour for sloths and bird lovers! At the end of this wonderful search the driver will proceed to take you back to your property rental. During the afternoon, you will be transferred back to San Jose city. Day includes: Breakfast, Sloths Hike in regular basis, transportation in regular basis during the tour (shared), English Speaking tour guide during the tour, entrance fees, private transfer from La Fortuna to San Jose, lodging and hotel taxes Overnight: Hotel Villas del Rio 

Tour duration: 3 hours approximately each (This time includes the tour time, breakfast time and travel time to and from the actual activity area) Transfer duration: 3 ½ hours approximately

At the pre-arrange time, and according to the international flight schedule, you will be transferred from the hotel to the International Airport in San Jose to take the international flight back. Day includes: Breakfast and private transportation. Transfer duration: 20 minutes approximately International Airport Authorities and Airlines recommend all passengers arrive at the airport 3 hours before scheduled flight departure. Note: Airport exit taxes may not be included in your international ticket ($29 per person).

PACKAGE PRICING

Dates of reservation are subject to availability at time of booking confirmation deposit. 

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Package Inclusions

  • Virtual, pre-trip interviews & presentations to be better prepared for your trip that include everything from pre trip interviews, rituals, practices, and exercises to make your adventure more potent and successful. 
  • Guided activities as listed are done in groups (contact us for a private hosted tour). 
  • Accommodation, meals, and transfers as listed.
  • Arrival and departure services from San José (SJO) whether you are arriving individually or as a group. 
  • Applicable taxes and credit card fees. 
  • Post Trip Reflection (1hr.)

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  • Detailed packing checklist
  • Maps of destination. 
  • Quick access Google shared folder for your convenience, anywhere. 
  • Guidance on travel policies, do’s and don’ts. 
  • A consciously designed itinerary using transformational travel best industry practices and our Process that includes:
    • Pre journey interview (1-hr). 
    • During journey practices & support. 
    • Post journey reflection (1-hr). 

Package Exclusions

  • Single supplement. 
  • International airfare, meals, transfers, sightseeing or extensions that are not listed in the itinerary. 
  • Medical (field rescue), security and/or cancellation insurance. 
  • Any items of personal nature such as alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, tips (ask for guidelines), laundry, telephone calls etc. 
  • Expenses incurred due to flight delays, road-blocks and any circumstances beyond our control. 
  • Any large tax hikes and new levies shall be payable extra and shall be billed accordingly with prior notice.

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