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We hope that international travel will resume soon, but to ensure you can still enjoy a holiday this year, we have introduced the following new initiatives:
 
(a) For all new 2by2 Holidays we have relaxed our Booking Conditions, with refundable deposits & later final payment dates. This will allow you to plan your next long-haul holiday with more confidence, despite coronavirus uncertainties.
 
(b) We have launched Auriel Holidays – dedicated to finding you a range of wonderful holidays closer to home. Working with like-minded tour operators, who know their destinations intimately, safety is uppermost in everyone's minds. Our holidays within the United Kingdom and Europe will be mindful of this, and can be tailor made to your exact requirements - whether travelling by road, rail, sea or air.
 
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Walking in Costa Rica: Arenal Volcano Hike + Dominical Self Drive

Walking in Costa Rica: Arenal + Pacific Coast (self drive)
RCW15S
13 NIGHTS
FROM £2,498
Per person sharing
International flights + car hire quoted separately
Walking Holiday Costa Rica Arenal Volcano Hike Dominical Self Drive

This fabulous walking holiday in Costa Rica explores the cloud forests & rainforests of this beautiful country, included a guided Arenal Volcano hike, Diamante Waterfall hike in Guanacaste, Monteverde Reserve & Nauyaca Waterfalls hike near Dominical on the Pacific Coast. Self drive option or transfers on request. Specified guided hikes included.

Walking Holiday Costa Rica Arenal Volcano Hike Dominical Self Drive
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Walking Holiday, Costa Rica
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Arenal Volcano Hike
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Hanging Bridges
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Bagaces
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Diamante Waterfall Hike
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Monteverde Cloud Forest
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Manuel Antonio Reserve
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Dominical
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Nauyaca Waterfalls Hike
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Self Drive Holiday, Costa Rica
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Walking Holiday, Costa Rica
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Arenal Volcano Hike
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Hanging Bridges
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Bagaces
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Diamante Waterfall Hike
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Monteverde Cloud Forest
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Manuel Antonio Reserve
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Dominical
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Nauyaca Waterfalls Hike
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Self Drive Holiday, Costa Rica
Day 1
You will be met at San Jose Airport and transferred to this capital city in the Central Valley, surrounded by the Talamanca Mountains to the south and the volcanoes of Poas, Irazu and Turrialba.
 
Check into your hotel and relax in this modern city.
Day 2
Day 3
This morning enjoy a shared visit to the Arenal Hanging Bridges - a series of nine fixed and six suspension bridges, located in a natural corridor followed by migratory birds travelling between North and South America and offering wonderful views of the lake and volcano.
 
This 2-mile (3-km) self-guided 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 4
Day 5
Day 6
Day 7
Day 8
At leisure to relax at Bagaces and enjoy its thermal hot springs.
Day 9
Day 10
At leisure to independently explore some of the hiking trails surrounding Monteverde Cloud Forest.
 
Optional activities include a visit to Selvatura Park, Monteverde Frog Pond, horse riding or a visit to a coffee, cocoa and sugar cane farm (pay locally).
Day 11
Leave Monteverde today and drive 4.5-hours to the Pacific coast town of Dominical, popular with surfers because of its year-round waves.
 
After 3.5-hours stop at Manual Antonio National Park for a 2-hour privately guided hike with a naturalist, through this tropical humid rainforest - the oldest and most visited national park in the country. Situated on the Pacific Coast, this wildlife sanctuary consists of four protected white sandy beaches bordered by verdant tropical jungle. A series of boardwalks offer two main routes - either a direct 2-mile (3.2 km) hike to the main beach, or a longer 3.5-mile (5.6 km) circular hike that includes a second spectacular beach.
 
Over 100 mammals can be found here, as well as over 350 different bird species. You can hope to spot an adorable sloth - a tree-dwelling animal that sleeps for over 15 hours a day, whilst hanging from the branches of trees. The two-fingered sloth is largely nocturnal, so you are more likely to see the three-fingered sloth, although both species have excellent camouflage so can be hard to spot. These cute creatures move so slowly that algae grows on their fur. Look out for white-faced capuchins and cute squirrel monkeys and listen out for howler monkeys calling across the trees. You should see hermit crabs scurrying across the sands, halloween crabs (with their bright orange & black colouring) and may even see a bull frog, Jesus Christ lizard (the brown basilisk that 'walks on water'), helmet basilisk, black spiny-tailed iguana, green anole lizard, caiman, American crocodile, wish moth, wax-tail hopper, rainbow grasshopper or spectacular blue morph butterfly.
 
Birds you can hope to see include the Brown pelican flying in formation over the sea, Yellow-throated toucan, Tendin fruit bat, Long nosed bat, Mangrove hummingbird, Yellow-crowned night heron, Crowned woodnymph and Bananaquit, amongst many others.
 
At the end of your hike you will be given the opportunity to relax on the beach for about an hour. Afterwards continue 1-hour to Dominical and explore this small town and its splendid beaches.
 
Note: Manuel Antonio Park is closed on a Monday. Wear swimwear, comfortable walking shoes, shorts & T-shirt, as it will be very hot & humid. Bring water, binoculars, raingear, sun hat, sunscreen, towel & insect repellent and expect this park to be very busy.
Day 12
At leisure to relax and enjoy the surfing beaches of Dominical, but beware of the strong riptides that can make swimming here dangerous.
 
Optional activities include walking trails to waterfalls, a treetop canopy tour, horse riding, deep sea fishing, sea kayaking and boat rides to see the marine life of Ballena Island.
 
The small town of Uvita, which is the gateway to Marino Ballena National Park, is also within easy reach (about 30-minutes south) and offers wonderful beaches, snorkelling and diving along the largest coral reef on the Pacific side of Central America, with some of the best diving found off Caño Island. This is also an excellent location for whale watching, with two seasons - as southern hemisphere humpback whales migrate from Antarctica to breed here from mid July until mid October (the best season to see them), whilst northern hemisphere whales migrate from Alaska from December until March (but they travel much further offshore, so are much harder to spot).
Day 13
Today drive 3-hours from Dominical to your hotel situated on the outskirts of San Jose, in a location convenient for the airport.
 
Check in and relax in your beautiful surroundings.
 
 
Day 14
Drive to San Jose Airport for your flight home.

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