What to expect
Day 1) After your arrival at the San Jose airport, you’ll be greeted by your driver and transferred to your selected hotel. Your guide will review the itinerary with the group and answer any questions or concerns regarding your 4-day tour. Overnight: Country Inn and Suites or Studio Hotel (or similar) in San Jose.
Day 2: San Jose – La Fortuna (L, F)
Head north to explore the impressive Arenal Volcano, stopping first in the town of Sarchí, known for its family-operated woodworking factories and artisan craftsmanship. Choose from more than 200 stores to see the wooden bowls, rocking chairs and traditional carretas – elaborately painted oxcarts that once carried coffee from the highlands to the coastal port. Next, travel past cattle ranches and diverse plantations growing agricultural products and ornamental plants. When you arrive in La Fortuna, enjoy lunch in a cozy restaurant right in front of Arenal Volcano, affording excellent views of this natural phenomenon that attracts thousands of visitors each year. In the afternoon, unwind in one of the best thermal baths in the area at Baldi Hot Springs resort, with an optional massage or other treatment (own expense; reserved in advance). Later, savor dinner while admiring another magnificent view of the active volcano and be on the lookout for explosions of incandescent light. Afterward, relax at your hotel. Overnight: Arenal Paraiso Hotel or Mountain Paradise Hotel (or similar) in La Fortuna.
Day 3: La Fortuna
Get ready for your adventure at Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge, considered one of the most biologically diverse in Costa Rica! Begin your journey in the village of Los Chiles, a border town just two miles (4 km) from Nicaragua. From here, embark on a 4-hour floating safari along the Rio Frío through tropical rainforest and pastures until you arrive at the marsh, Lago Caño Negro. Within the refuge, view a variety of resident and migratory birds plus iguanas, sloths, turtles, caimans and three different species of monkeys. Your cruise will end in the afternoon, and you’ll have the rest of the evening to do as you wish in La Fortuna. Overnight: Arenal Paraiso Hotel or Mountain Paradise Hotel (or similar) in La Fortuna.