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Highlights of Costa Rica - 10 Days - 6th Feb 2018

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Price: £210.00 /per person

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Join other solos in Central America for this tropical 10-day Highlights of Costa Rica tour. Spend a night in the countries capital, San Jose, before making the journey to exotic Arenal, where you can swim in the crystal clear waters of the La Fortuna Waterfall and relax in the nearby Baldi hot springs. Your journey continues to Monteverde, home to Costa Rica’s stunning Cloud Forest – a meandering walkway system above the treetops brimming with exotic creatures. Spend your last couple of days relaxing on the beautiful beaches of Manuel Antonio before heading back to the capital for an evening, where you can wander the historic neighbourhoods to your heart’s content.

Tuesday 6th Feb 2018 - Day 1 – Arrive San Jose

Upon arrival in San Jose, proceed to your hotel for check-in. Dinner will be arranged for your first night. Overnight in San Jose.

Day 2 – San Jose / Arenal

After breakfast at the hotel, you will take the Pan-American highway towards the city of Alajuela, stopping on the way at the Agriculture Monument and the famous Mango Park. You will then visit the La Paz Waterfall Gardens, walking through the beautiful nature park to reach the White Magic Waterfall. Inside the park, you’ll also visit the largest butterfly observatory in the country. After lunch, you will continue the journey to Arenal. This evening, you will make your way to the exotic and relaxing hot springs. Overnight in Arenal.

Day 3 – Arenal

After breakfast at the hotel, you will hike to the breath-taking waterfall of the La Fortuna river and enjoy spectacular views of the surrounding lush tropical environment. You can also take a swim in the waterfall to cool off after the short hike. In the afternoon, you will visit the Arenal National Park, where your guide will take you through rainforest trails to see monkeys, toucans, wild turkeys, sloths and a large variety of birds. You will eventually reach the observation point, where you will have unrivalled views of the Arenal Lake and volcano. Overnight in Arenal.

Day 4 – Arenal / Monteverde

After breakfast, you will check-out and begin the journey to Monteverde, a small community, located at the top of the Tilaran Mountain Range, and an important eco-tourism destination in Costa Rica. In the evening, you will visit the Cloud Forest, a real highlight of this trip. Here, you will discover the wonders of the nocturnal world in the Costa Rican rainforest. This adventure is a walk of around 2 hours, during which you will learn about the natural history of the area. You might be lucky to see an orange kneed tarantula, the elusive sloth, and an astounding variety of sleeping birds. Overnight in Monteverde.

Day 5 – Monteverde

After breakfast at the hotel, get ready for your Hanging Bridges and Canopy Tour. The hanging bridges are located in Selvatura Park, and consist of about 1.9 miles of trails above the treetops. You will explore for around 1.5 hours, before continuing for your canopy tour. The Canopy tour consists of 13 cables, including a 1 km long cable, 15 platforms and one Tarzan Swing. There is a total of 2.2 miles of total cable length. The tour is suitable for people of all ages although there are limitations due to standard harness sizes, and lasts for around 2.5 hours. Overnight in Monteverde.

Day 6 – Monteverde / Manuel Antonio

After breakfast, check-out of the hotel and begin the journey to Manuel Antonio, located on the warm central pacific coast of Costa Rica. On the way, you will stop off at the famous Tarcoles River Bridge to observe the giant crocodiles, the lush landscape and the rice and palm oil plantations. Overnight in Manuel Antonio.

Day 7 – Manuel Antonio

After breakfast, you will explore Costa Rica’s famous National Park Manuel Antonio. Take a leisurely stroll with you guide through the exotic rainforest and learn about the abundance of wildlife that lives here. Your tour will end at the beautiful sandy beaches of the area, where you can stay an relax in the afternoon. Overnight in Manuel Antonio.

Day 8 – Manuel Antonio

After breakfast, you will have the day at your leisure. You could partake in some of the optional activities on offer, such as catamaran and snorkelling tours, or rafting and horse-back riding. Overnight in Manuel Antonio.

Day 9 – Manuel Antonio / San Jose

Today you will make the journey back to San Jose, where you will spend the last night of your Costa Rica tour.

Thursday 15th Feb 2018 - Day 10 – Depart San Jose

After breakfast, you will have the day at your leisure until you are transferred to the airport for international flights home.

What’s Included?
• Sharing a twin room at 3-star hotels
• All transportation in private air-conditioned vehicles (airport transfers only included if travelling on suggested flights)
• English-speaking guides throughout
• Activities as mentioned in the above itinerary
• 9x Breakfasts 1x Dinner

What’s not Included?
• International flights
• Optional activities
• Tips

The price of the above tour is £[masked] sharing a twin room (single supplement £375.00) and does not include flights from the UK. We have both ATOL and TTA bonding for all trips for complete financial protection. Any trips that include flights are ATOL bonded whereas tours without flights are TTA bonded. Please get in touch, if you would like help with the booking of flights. (Please do not book your flights until we have at least 5 people confirmed so please pay deposits at your earliest!) A non refundable deposit of £200.00 via bank transfer (or £210 via PayPal) will secure you a place. Book by 31st August 2017. Please check for any price increase after this date. UK Passport holders do not need a visa to enter Costa Rica but please ensure you have 6 months validity on your passport. (DIRECT FLIGHTS WITH BA CURRENTLY PRICED AT £669 RETURN - ACCURATE AS ON 14/07/2017) but there also some cheaper indirect options.

Please note that a check-in time of 14.00 is typical at most hotels. If you are arriving on an early flight, please let us know if you would like the room to be booked from the night before (for an additional cost) to ensure that the room is available for you when you arrive.

By paying a deposit you will be agreeing to the following cancellation policies:

http://www.meetup.com/solo-travellers/pages/Booking_and_Cancellation_Policy/

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