HOME





TRAVEL BLOG
ABOUT US
ENQUIRE
BROCHURE
CONTACT US
PRIVACY & COOKIES
A message to our customers:

In these extraordinary times, I would like to reassure all 2by2 customers who are due to travel shortly that we are in the process of contacting you individually, once you are within 30 days of travel. Depending on Foreign Office advice at the time and your insurance arrangements, we will assist you in either postponing or cancelling your trip. We are also looking after customers who are still abroad and ensuring they return home safely. If you are concerned about a family member currently travelling do get in touch. I would like to thank each of our customers who have already been contacted for your kindness and understanding in these difficult times. Our brilliant team will continue to support you throughout this crisis, as we are set up to work remotely. May I take this opportunity to send our best wishes to you and your loved ones during these unprecedented circumstances.

Warm regards

Claire Farley, Managing Director

Costa Rica Holiday: Arenal Volcano + Rincon De La Vieja + Guanacaste Beach

Arenal Volcano + Ricon de Vieje + Tamarindo Beach
RRF12S
12 NIGHTS
FROM £2,297
Per person sharing
International flights quoted separately
Costa Rica Holiday Arenal Volcano Rincon De La Vieja Guanacaste Beach

This Costa Rica holiday is perfect for winter sunshine, as it combines the rainforests and thermal hot springs that surround the Arenal Volcano, with the cloud forests of Monteverde and the dramatic landscapes of volcanic Rincon de la Vieja. Afterwards relax on a beautiful Guanacaste beach at Tamarindo on the Pacific Coast. All transfers & specified sightseeing included.

Costa Rica Holiday Arenal Volcano Rincon De La Vieja Guanacaste Beach
• 
Cost Rica Holiday
• 
La Fortuna
• 
Arenal Volcano
• 
Hanging Bridges
• 
Thermal Hot Springs
• 
Monteverde Cloud Forest
• 
Birding
• 
Rincon de la Vieja
• 
Tamarindo
• 
Guanacaste Beach
• 
Cost Rica Holiday
• 
La Fortuna
• 
Arenal Volcano
• 
Hanging Bridges
• 
Thermal Hot Springs
• 
Monteverde Cloud Forest
• 
Birding
• 
Rincon de la Vieja
• 
Tamarindo
• 
Guanacaste Beach
Day 1
You will be met at San Jose Airport and transferred 3.5-hours through beautiful Costa Rican scenery towards the Arenal Volcano - one of the most active in Central America, with a perfect cone that on a clear day is visible from almost anywhere in the area.
 
Our route crosses a large cattle and agricultural area, where chocolate is grown. Cacao was very important in the ancient Mayan and Aztec civilizations and today it is enjoyed throughout the world.
 
Check into our hotel in La Fortuna, where you can relax surrounded by rainforests, waterfalls and thermal hot springs.
 
Note: Your driver will only speak Spanish.
Day 2
This morning enjoy a shared tour to the Arenal Hanging Bridges - a series of 9 fixed and 6 suspension bridges located in a natural corridor followed by migratory birds travelling between North and South America, offering wonderful views of the lake and volcano.
 
This 2-mile (3 km) trail will allow you to enjoy the great diversity of flora and fauna inside this mountainous zone, as well as outstanding bird watching. Keep an eye out for howler monkeys, sloths, anteaters, coati, racoons and other rainforest wildlife. Birds you can hope to see include the Yellow-throated toucan, Crested guan, Grey-headed chachalaca, Baltimore oriole, Clay-coloured thrush and Red-throated ant tanager, amongst others.
 
In the afternoon relax at the magnificent Tabacon Hot Springs, with its many natural waterfalls and pools, as well as a large swimming pool with swim-up bar. Dinner at the hot springs is included this evening.
 
Note: Group size 2 to 12 per guide. This trail is not suitable if you have a fear of heights. Wear comfortable walking shoes and bring binoculars & raingear. Also sun hat, sunscreen, insect repellent, swimwear and water shoes.
Day 3
This morning you will be collected from your hotel for a shared half day excursion, walking for 3-miles (5-km) along one of the trails around the base of the volcano.
 
Arenal Volcano rises to 5,250 ft (1,600 m) and towers over the village of La Fortuna. On the morning of 29 July 1968, after having been inactive for three thousand years, it erupted in the most spectacular way. The earth started shaking, clouds of ashes rose into the sky, women washing clothes by the river felt the water becoming hot, and lava started pouring down the side of the volcano.
 
Your guide will explain more about this eruption as you walk along one of the trails through the rainforest, where you can see large lumps of sandy lava rock and view the many plants now growing here, as the rainforest has recovered. At the top of the trail, on a clear day you will have beautiful views over Lake Arenal. There is also a deck at the end of the trail, with postcard views of the volcano.
 
The afternoon is at leisure to relax at your lodge or explore the town. If pre-booked, there is also the option of visiting La Fortuna Waterfall, which plunges down nearly 250 ft (75-m) from a cliff outside the town. Surrounded by lush foliage, the climb down to the waterfall is tough (500 steps) but the view once you get there will be worth the effort. At the bottom there is the opportunity to swim in the cold waters of the surge pool and shallow river at the bottom.
 
Note: Group size 2 to 14 per guide. Wear comfortable walking shoes and bring binoculars & rain gear. Also sun hat, sunscreen and insect repellent. Bring swimwear and water shoes for the waterfall climb, which is not suitable for anyone with mobility issues.
Day 4
This morning transfer from La Fortuna to the lake for a 1-hour boat crossing to the small settlement of Monteverde, situated high in the mountains on the continental divide.
 
Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve was gifted to the nation by a small community of conservation-minded Quakers, who moved here from the United States in the 1950's to avoid being drafted to fight in the Korean War. Shrouded in mist for most of the year, this pristine primary rainforest comprises six different ecological zones spread over 10,500 hectares (26,000 acres) at different elevations - 90% of which is virgin cloud forest. As a result, it has an exceptionally large plant biodiversity.
 
On arrival you will be collected from the boat and transferred to your hotel in the mountains. Check into your lodge and on a clear day enjoy distant views over the Gulf of Nicoya.
 
Note: Your driver will only speak Spanish.
Day 5
This morning enjoy a shared tour exploring Monteverde Cloud Forest with a naturalist guide.
 
Set on Costa Rica's continental divide, this high elevation cloud forest offers miles of walking trails and is a magnet for certain flora and fauna thanks to its high rainfall and constant veil of mist. Woodlands give way to rainforests and tall trees festooned with orchids, bromeliads, ferns, vines, strangler figs, ephiphytes and mosses rise high into the sky. In other parts you will find swamp forests and deep gorges with numerous streams creating waterfalls, rapids and pools.
 
Monteverde Cloud Forest sustains over 2,500 different plant species including the highest number of orchids in the world, over 90 different avocado species, 120 reptiles and amphibians and thousands of butterflies and other insects. However be aware that spotting birds and wildlife in this cool high altitude region is much more difficult than elsewhere in the country. Although not often seen, more than 100 small mammals are present (including sloths, white faced and spider monkeys).
 
Over 400 bird species can also be found here including two toucan species, the Three-wattled bellbird, Bare-necked umbrella bird, Golden-browed chlorophonia, Black-breasted wood quail, Bananaquit and the magnificent resplendent quetzal, which is most often seen during the breeding season from February to May. Many hummingbird species can also be seen at the feeders outside the park, including the Magenta-throated woodstar, Coppery-headed emerald, Lesser violetear, Violet sabrewing, Purple-throated mountain gem and Green-crowned brilliant.
 
In the evening we suggest an optional visit to the Monteverde Frog Pond (pay locally).
 
Note: Group size 2 to 9 per guide. Wear comfortable walking shoes and bring binoculars, camera, jacket & raingear. Also sun hat, sunscreen & insect repellent.
Day 6
Today transfer 4-hours by shared shuttle from Monteverde, travelling through the beautiful landscapes of northwestern Costa Rica to Rincon de la Vieja.
 
Situated in the scenic Guanacaste Mountain Range, this active cinder volcano rises 6,286 ft (1,916 m) above sea level and is surrounded by nearly 35,000 acres of national park. With volcanic steam vents, bubbling mud pots, hot springs and 32 rivers and streams, this is a fascinating region of geothermal activity.
Day 7
At leisure to enjoy the many hiking trails, waterfalls and hot springs around Rincon de la Vieja - which means 'Old Woman's Corner'.
 
Optional activities include horse riding, mountain biking, abseiling, canyoning, tree top canopy tours and tubing through spectacular scenery.
Day 8
Today transfer 2.5-hours by shared shuttle to the small town of Tamarindo, located on the northwest coast of the beautiful Nicoya Peninsula.
 
Check into your hotel in this great surfing centre on the Pacific, with its lovely sandy beaches.
Days 9 To 11
At leisure to enjoy the beautiful beaches of Tamarindo.
 
The mangrove-lined estuary of Tamarindo Wildlife Refuge protects animals such as howler monkeys and crocodiles and nearby Playa Grande beach is a major nesting site for huge leatherback turtles, forming part of Las Baulas National Park.
 
Many optional activities are on offer in this beach town - including snorkelling around the Catalina islands, ziplining, horse riding, river tubing and sunset cruises.
Day 12
Today transfer 5-hours from Tamarindo, travelling through the lovely scenery of central Costa Rica to San Jose.
 
Check into your hotel in a location convenient for the airport.
 
Note: Your driver will only speak Spanish.
Day 13
Transfer to San Jose Airport for your flight home.
 
Note: Your driver will only speak Spanish.

Contact us
Order a brochure
Feedback