MARCH 30-APRIL 7, 2019

Costa Rica is home to lush rainforests, pristine beaches, and an unparalleled wildlife.  We’ll discover its biodiversity with a hike along the crystal blue waters of the La Paz Waterfall Gardens, a trek on the lava trails created by the 1968 Arenal Volcano eruption, and an adventure high above the Monteverde Cloud Forest on a one of a kind ziplining tour.  After exploring the rainforest, we’ll venture to Manuel Antonio National Park to enjoy its impressive list of inhabitants, including white-faced monkeys and sloths, and several trails leading through its dense jungle to reveal hidden sandy inlets.  Let’s experience Costa Rica the MTN Chicks way!

Follow MTN CHICKS on Social Media and visit their website here

Activity Level ●●●○○ 

DAY 1 (MARCH 30): SAN JOSÉ

Arrive in San José at any time.

Hotel: Presidente Hotel

DAY 2 (MARCH 31): SAN JOSÉ – ARENAL VOLCANO 

We will begin our tour on the Pan-American Highway towards the city of Alajuela.  On the way, we will stop at the famous Mango Park and the La Paz Waterfall Gardens.  Here, we will take a walk along the lush trails to one of Costa Rica’s best waterfalls, the White Magic.  Then, we will continue to ascend through fern, flower, and strawberry farms to the region of La Fortuna.  This region is home to the impressive Arenal Volcano and our hotel for the next two nights.

Meals Included: Breakfast + Dinner

Hotel:  Arenal Springs

DAY 3 (APRIL 1): ARENAL VOLCANO

Today, we will hike 7km through the Tenorio Volcano National Park.  This tropical rain forest is full of ecological wonders.  First, we’ll wander to the picturesque Rio Celeste waterfall with its one of a kind color and afterwards to a phenomenon of nature, the “Light Blue River.”  This river gets its name from the two crystalline streams that come together to create its heavenly blue color.  After exploring this beautiful park, we will head back to the hotel to soak and relax in their natural thermal river inspired hot springs that are heated by the Arenal Volcano.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Hotel: Arenal Springs

DAY 4 (APRIL 2): ARENAL VOLCANO – MONTEVERDE

After breakfast at the hotel, we will head towards the Arenal Volcano to hike its lava trails that were created by the 1968 eruption.  During the hike, we will have panoramic views of the Arenal Volcano and Arenal Lake.  Next, we will transfer through beautiful landscapes and typical Costa Rican villages to the Monteverde Cloud Forest.  This community is located at the top of the Tilarán Mountain Range and is an important ecotourism destination in Costa Rica.  To end the night, we’ll grab our flashlights and head to the Ecological Sanctuary for a night walk where we will find foxes, active owls, and so much more.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Hotel: Poco a Poco

DAY 5 (APRIL 3): MONTEVERDE

Today, we will fly high above the Monteverde Forest on the only ziplining canopy tour inside this Cloud Forest.  This tour is a must do while in Costa Rica and it will be a once in a lifetime, adrenaline pumping experience to get our day going.  In the afternoon, we’ll continue exploring the Monteverde Cloud Forest, but this time, from the ground.  With a 13km network of trails, we’ll be presented with several options.  One option is the “La Ventana” scenic overlook, which exposes contrasting panoramas that were naturally created by the continental divide.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Hotel: Poco a Poco

DAY 6 (APRIL 4): MONTEVERDE – MANUEL ANTONIO

This morning, we will drive towards the Central Pacific Coast, which is the smallest geographical area with the most biodiversity in Costa Rica.  Before we reach our destination, we’ll board a safari boat tour in the Tárcoles River.  This river is known for impressive beauty, flora, more than 50 species of birds, and most importantly its massive crocodile population.  After the tour, we’ll continue to Manual Antonio and check into our hotel.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Hotel: Parador or similar

DAY 7 (APRIL 5): MANUEL ANTONIO

The Manuel Antonio National Park houses the most beautiful beach in the country.  With an impressive list of inhabitants, including white-faced monkeys and sloths, and several trails leading through the dense jungle to reveal hidden sandy inlets, it’s perfect for a free day of discovery and relaxation.

Meals Included: Breakfast 

Hotel: Parador or similar

DAY 8 (APRIL 6): MANUEL ANTONIO – SAN JOSÉ

After another morning of enjoying the incredible beaches, we’ll transfer back to San José to enjoy our last night together at a local restaurant.

Meals Included: Breakfast + Dinner 

Hotel: Presidente Hotel

DAY 9 (APRIL 7): SAN JOSÉ

Depart San José at any time.

Meals Included: Breakfast 

Included

✓ 8 Breakfasts

✓ 2 Dinners

✓ 8 Nights hotel accommodation

✓ Activities included in the itinerary

✓ Local English speaking tour guides throughout the tour

✓ Photo book filled with memories from the trip

Not Included

× Flight to and from San José

× Incidental expenses

× Tips for drivers, guides + tour leaders

× Mandatory Travel Insurance (You can request a quote here)

  • Activity Level

  • 3/5: We’re MTN Chicks and Dudes so we will be spending time on trails varying in level but accessible to healthy travelers.
  • Who is this tour for?

  • This is an Adventure Tour.  These tours are geared towards travelers of all ages looking for an adventure. Our accommodations are centrally located, our activities may push you, and our transportation can range from safari vehicle to bus to boat to tuk-tuk.  If that’s what you’re looking for, this tour will be perfect for you!
  • Accommodations

  • Our trips are priced based on double accommodations.  You can share a room with a significant other, friend, or whoever else, but unless you pay for a single supplement you must be comfortable sharing a room.  If you are traveling solo and choose to forgo the single supplement, you will be placed in a room with another solo traveler of the same gender.
  • Pricing + Payment

  • The cost of the trip is $1,995 per person sharing a room.  If you’re traveling solo and would like to guarantee your own room for the duration of the trip the additional cost is $795.  Please note that there are limited single rooms available.  To guarantee your reservation, you must make a deposit of at least $250 per person.  The $250 deposit is non-refundable and final payment is due no later than 90 days prior to departure.  We ask that you make the deposit payment by credit card, but if you choose to make additional payments by check please let our team know at hello@livalit.com.  Please read our Terms & Conditions for more information about our cancellation policy.
  • Travel Insurance

  • Travel insurance is REQUIRED.  You can find our requirements here and request a quote here .
  • Travelers

  • This is a small group experience tour.  It is limited to 18 travelers.

Curious about other destinations?  Find out where in the world Mtn Chicks is taking you here.

|

I would totally do this trip again in a heartbeat, this was my first trip where someone did all the planning and it was great. I just sat back and enjoyed every activity, no complaints or regrets here.

Jenny

|

15 elephants….in the wild…..o….m….g….AH-MAZING

Tina

|

I honestly can’t say enough good things about this trip. It was life changing to say the least, and also made me realize how doable travel can be. International travel has always been something I’ve wanted to do more of, but I just had no idea how within reach it was. Thank you for putting this trip together, and for also being an incredibly knowledgeable resource. I’ll definitely be traveling with you again in the (hopefully) very near future!

Jessi