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Driving Adventure in Costa Rica 8 Days

Driving Adventure in Costa Rica 8 days

8 Days / 7 Nights

Drive your own car and discover Costa Rica at your own pace Daihatsu Bego 4wd

Self-Drive Tours are ideal for those who like to vacation at their own pace, stop on different towns and attractions that were not planned but may be interesting to visit.  This type of vacationing is preferred by many new and frequent Costa Rica visitors.

You can buy a self drive package with all the hotels prebooked, so you will be worry free about accommodation during your Costa Rica vacation or you may also request a flexible voucher that will give you the freedom to choose any hotel within a list of over 60 alternatives. The flexi voucher or open voucher is recommended mostly for the Costa Rica low season period, since hotels that accept this type of voucher do not accept reservations in advance and sometimes it may be difficult to get a room.

These alternatives of self-drive will give you the benefit of getting better rates than if you had to contact hotel by hotel or the car rental company directly.

Below is one suggested self-drive package. The package below may be modified in length of days or type of hotels according to your travel needs.

Day 1: Arrival to Costa Rica.

Welcome to San José, Costa Rica. Our guide will greet you and explain the general information and some important details of your self drive program. Straight on you will be transported to your hotel in the capital city.

Day 2: Arenal Volcano Area, relax on the hot springs and admire the imposing volcano.

Arenal VolcanoToday, you will have your vehicle available to start your delightful journey through the country. Begin your trip driving to the area of Arenal Volcano in San Carlos. This volcano has an almost perfect conical shape and it has been active since 1968. On the nearby forest you may observe different species of mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians.
This area is surrounded by natural beauty with landscapes that will leave you breathless.
Suggested activities and places to visit: canopy tours, fishing in the Arenal Lake, hanging bridges, sky tram, ATV Tours, Horseback riding, waterfalls, canyoning, biking, hiking, rafting, boat tours, volcano observation and hot springs.

Day 3 & 4: Drive to Monteverde Area, enjoy its wonderful cloud forest and look for the resplendent quetzal.

Monteverde Costa RicaMonteverde is mostly known for its rainforest, with sparkling quetzals and quantities of hummingbirds. Monteverde is a small village founded by North American Quakers in 1951, with its adjacent biological reserve. The Biological Rainforest of Monteverde was established as a wildlife sanctuary in 1972. Its size is of 17.000 hectares.

You may also visit other attractions and reserves like the Biological Rainforest Reserve of Santa Elena founded in 1989. It has more than 2000 species of plants, 400 birds and 100 different mammals. Both, Monteverde and Santa Elena are towns where people are very peaceful and quiet.
Suggested activities and places to visit: canopy tours, hanging bridges, hiking, Visit to Cheese Factory, Selvatura Walkways, Monteverde Cloud Forest and Santa Elena Biological Rainforest Reserve, Serpentarium, live frogs exibit, jungle train. Butterfly farms.

Day 5 & 6: Drive to Manuel Antonio, visit the national park and sunbathe on its beautiful beaches.

Manuel Antonio Costa RicaThis destination is a mixture of sun, beach and forest, surrounded by lush vegetation. The Manuel Antonio National Park was founded in 1972 and is the smallest park in the country measuring only 683 hectares.
It has incredible sights of the beach and the mountains, besides a vibrant wildlife. The daily temperature in this place goes around 27 degrees Celsius.
Suggested activities and places to visit: canopy tours, rafting, fishing, horseback riding, sunset cruises, snorkeling, hiking, kayaking, Atv tours or simply enjoying your time with the beautiful views of Manuel Antonio.

Day 7: Drive back to San Jose, Costa Rica’s capital city

Sightseeing and car rental return.
Suggested activities and places to visit: on the way back to San Jose, you can visit Jaco Beach, the Aerial Tram Pacific, Carara National Park, Turubari Nature Park or Poas Volcano National Park.

Day 8: Transfer to the International Airport

Your adventure has come to the end, but not for long because our country is waiting for you with open arms. A person of our staff will pick you up and transfer you to the airport for your return flight back home.

Hotels included on each destination:
DayNightsHotelsLocation
1 & 72 B.W. Irazu Hotel  or similarSan Jose
21 Arenal Volcano Inn or similarArenal
3 & 42 Poco a Poco or similarMonteverde
5 & 62 Espadilla or similarManuel Antonio

** TAXES AND BREAKFAST INCLUDED IN ALL HOTELS **
Airport transfer
7 days  Daihatsu Bego 4 X4
Free km and tax included
(Insurance and mandatory deposit are NOT included)

Drive your own car and discover Costa Rica at your own pace.

DOBLE OCCUPANCY: $826.00 u.s.d. price per person
TRIPLE OCCUPANCY: $701.00 u.s.d. price per person
Rates are not valid on Easter, Christmas or December 31st. Rates valid until November 30th, 2017.

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