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Weave your way towards Costa Rica’s Pacific Coast from San José via La Fortuna and Monteverde.

Weave your way towards Costa Rica’s Pacific Coast from San José via La Fortuna and Monteverde.

Many of Costa Rica’s must-see locations are in its northwest corner. This trip hops from San José to the Arenal Volcano National Park to the cloud forest of Monteverde before three glorious nights on the Nicoya Peninsula. Pure bliss — or as the Costa Ricans prefer: pura vida.

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10 nights
San José, Arenal, Monteverde, Nicoya

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Day 1

San José

Arrive in San José, capital of Costa Rica. You’ll acclimatise in the splendid Xandari Resort & Spa, just 30 minutes out of the city. It’s set on a hilltop amid 40 acres of forest trails, rivers, and waterfalls, offering a tantalising glimpse into the adventures ahead of you.

Days 2-3

La Fortuna

Onwards to La Fortuna, travelling northwest to stay near the shadow of the imposing Arenal Volcano at the Arenal Kioro Suites & Spa. Search out the 200-foot La Fortuna Waterfall or hike the scenic trails of Arenal Volcano National Park.

Arenal Volcano

Days 4-5

Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve

Stay at Hotel Belmar for the next two nights, the perfect location to explore the wonders of the Monteverde Cloud Forest. Head out before sunrise to experience the forest at its most atmospheric, spotting hummingbirds and other colourful birds in the mist or take the chance to learn about local agriculture and Costa Rica’s farm-to-table approach.

Days 6-9

Nicoya Peninsula

Spend four nights at Hotel Punta Islita on the beautiful Nicoya Peninsula, where there are plenty of included experiences to try. Choose up to four activities daily, including ziplining, monkey-spotting, or horse riding. After, head to the oceanside restaurant and dine on speciality ceviche and fresh seafood.

Day 10

San José

Your last night is back at the Xandari Resort & Spa, allowing you a moment to relax ahead of departure. Enjoy the views and feast on the farm-fresh food, taking a final swim or a final stroll along the trails.