Day 1: Arrive San Jose
Welcome to Costa Rica! Upon arrival, make your way to the hotel in San Jose. The day is free for you to explore the nearby area which is home to many shops and restaurants. A trip briefing will be held at the group hotel in the evening where you will meet your guide and Yomads group to learn more about the coming days.
Days 2 & 3: Puerto Viejo de Sarapiqui
After breakfast we depart for Puerto Viejo de Sarapiqui, a scenic area known for its pineapples, bananas and sugar cane, that will be our home for the next two nights. Incorporating both the natural beauty and biodiversity of the Caribbean lowlands, the area is ideal for both adventurous activities and relaxing. Here we'll participate in a cooking class with a local family to learn the techniques of traditional Costa Rican cuisine.
Day 4: Arenal National Park
Today we travel to La Fortuna, the gateway to Arenal Volcano and its lush surroundings. Here, we will enter Arenal National Park to walk at the base of the volcano. Through the forest, we'll pass the old lava flow of the eruption of 1968 as we learn more about the flora and fauna of the area. In the afternoon, arrive at the lodge where you're free to relax and take a dip in the pool.
Day 5: La Fortuna
In the morning, hike to the waterfall of La Fortuna. It is a steep hike downhill to the waterfall, situated in the middle of the jungle, but you will be rewarded with close up views of the stunning waterfall and the chance to swim in its water. Later, return to the lodge where the rest of the day is spent at leisure. For those that are interested, an optional hanging bridges excursion can be arranged.
Days 6 & 7: Monteverde
Taking the route around Lake Arenal we head for Monteverde, a small community that is home to the Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve. In the evening, embark on a twilight hike to learn more about the cloud forest's natural inhabitants as the diurnal animals go to sleep and the nocturnal animals wake up. The following day is reserved for you to explore at your own pace, and optional excursions including hiking, coffee tours and a serpentarium visit can be arranged.
Days 8 - 10: Samara
Leaving Monteverde, we make for the beach town of Samara for some rest and relaxation. Our time here is free for you to spend the days at leisure, enjoying the serene beaches and calm waves of the ocean.
Day 11: San Jose
Today we leave the beach and return to San Jose where you will have time to continue exploring the town's hidden corners, revisit your favourite spots, and celebrate the group's last night together.
Day 12: Trip ends San Jose
Our trip ends today in San Jose, leaving you free to head home or to continue you adventure on your own.