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Costa Rica Vacation: 8 Days

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  • Short Costa Rica Vacation with beaches and volcanoes
  • Arenal Volcano - watch the fiery volcano and night and explore the surrounding forest and hot springs by day.
  • Manuel Antonio - beautiful nature and perfect beaches on the Pacific coast
  • Monteverde - an eco-friendly paradise of monkeys and tropical birds
  • Stay in quiet, comfortable lodges surrounded by nature
  • Safe, professional transfers and tours all included

8 Days US $1,595

Day 1: San Jose
Arrive in San Jose where you’ll be met and taken to your city center hotel and your Costa Rica Vacation begins!

Day 2: Arenal Volcano Tour
Travel to Arenal National Park; home to 16 protected reserves, the smoking Arenal Volcano and abundant wildlife. Your hotel has its own hot springs and gardens. Arenal Volcano has been constantly active since it woke up after 400 years.   One of the world's most active volcanoes, Arenal produces huge ash columns, explosions and glowing red lava almost every day, but night time is when you can see the most spectacular vies of fiery lava.

Day 3: Arenal Volcano Optional Tours
Today is all about horse riding in the mountains to secluded waterfalls.  Riding is with expert guides and suitable for all levels. Enjoy a swim in the waterfall before returning for lunch. In the afternoon,  take a walk up the safe slopes of the active Arenal.  Soak in the mountainside hot springs and enjoy the sunset over dinner before returning to your hotel in the dark.  Look out for hot lava spouting form the volcano as you head back.

Day 4: Monteverde Cloud Forest
From the time that pacifist Quakers chose Monteverde as a environmentally friendly home, this area of protected cloud forest has been a special place. This reserve is considered to be among the most exceptional wildlife sanctuaries in the New World Tropics. It is a wonderful place to observe sloth, porcupines, white faced monkeys and the quetzal bird.

Spend the night at a cozy lodge on the edge of the Reserve.

Day 5: Monteverde Sky Tour
Explore the forest canopy from above ground in an amazing complex of walkways, canopy trams and zip lines. Travel through the cloud forest at heights of 72 feet (22m) above the ground. Miles of cables and trails connected by observation give you the perfect way the observe the reserve’s flora and fauna and extensive views of the Guancastle and Puntarenas lowlands. On the Sky Tram, travel safely up to on of the highest mountains of Monteverde and to the Continental Divide.

Day 6: Manuel Antonio  Beaches
Primary and secondary forest descending to beautiful white sandy beaches makes Manuel Antonio the perfect beach getaway for lovers of nature. Travel in your private car to the small town of Quepos on the edge of the National Park. Stay in a garden villa on the edge of town.

Day 7: Manuel Antonio Beaches
This long standing park features mangroves, a lagoon, beautiful beaches and winding parks. Explore the park and its trails amongst monkeys, sloths and tropical birds; or spend the day relaxing on the beach.

Day 8: San Jose / Home
We take you to San Jose for your flight hom- the end of a fabulous Costa Rica vacaton.

 

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First, we had a wonderful time and the trip was fun and interesting. We managed not to get sick and did not have any altitude

Alan and Judy, Peru & Ecuador

Hi Max, I can't tell you pleased we were with what you arranged for us. We, I had a great time and the fact that

Dave, Peru & Galapagos

Hey Donovan - the overall trip exceeded our expectations.  We would definitely recommend the trip, even though it was a bit expensive for our friends,

Brian S, Peru & Galapagos

HI Max and Donovan,I would like to thank you for a lovely Trip.  The Coral staff did an awesome job making our vacation spectacular.The DietrichsEcuador &

The Dietrichs, Ecuador & Galapagos

Max,Just wanted to touch base and you let know how great our trip went.  Other than AA losing Jill’s bag (which caused a bit of

Darin, Peru & Galapagos

Hi Donovan the trip through Costa Rica was fabulous. Once again you did an outstanding job giving us a trip to remember. Our guide, Charlie

Linda, Costa Rica

We had the best time ever, just an exceedingly wonderful whirlwind tour of Peru and the Galapagos. Your tour guides were so careful and aware

Jane and Sue, Peru

I had contracted with Ideal South America (ISA), after checking with eleven other travel agencies.  If you plan on a trip to South America I

Col. Ed Scholl, Peru

Max, The trip was fantastic and you put together a very nice itinerary.  The guides were very knowledgeable and the lodging was great, the flights

Ralstons & Pruesses, Peru

As promised, a while back, I am sending you some pictures from our trip to Peru. As I mentioned previously, we had an amazing time!

Peru, Eid-Heberle Family

I wanted to take a moment and thank you and your staff for planning and delivering an incredible trip! Alyssa and I had an amazing

Jake and Alyssa

We are back we had a great time. Thanks for your careful planning. The Andes were spectacular, the yacht was terrific … the Galapagos amazing.

Schreibers, Florida

"We had a wonderful time on our trip. Everything went really smoothly and we enjoyed all of our excursions. It was the trip of a

Ralston Family, California

Our trip was wonderful! Everything was well organized, hotels were great, and the weather was close to perfect.

Lewis Family, Pennsylvania

Jan 2013

...the places we saw exceeded our expectations. Machu Picchu is way better than the pictures show. The Galapagos trip is also great. I guess the

Sonny & Amanda Punzalan, California

Dec 2012

The trip to Ecuador and Peru were great! We felt that all of the guides, drivers, and transfers were excellent. Everything went well

Sue Clark & Family, Washington

Peru & Ecuador, Dec 2012

We had the best time and wanted to let you know that every hotel, transfer, guide, connection, tour, mode of transportation, and cruise were perfect.

Mark Stout & Family, Pennsylvania

Machu Picchu & Galapagos, Dec 2012

Thanks for the ideal trip. Everything worked out perfectly. Loved having somebody with name card at every airport to pick us up and give

Bruce Thaler, Philadelphia

Machu Picchu & Galapagos, November 2012

It was marvelous and the trip of a lifetime. If I searched for a fault in the trip I could not find one to complain

Howard Silberstein, Miami

Galapagos & Ecuador, November 2012

Thank you guys for planning our Galapagos and Machu Picchu trip. We had a great time! The transfers were punctual, and the guides

Yau Ru Chen, Los Angeles

Machu Picchu Galapagos, October 2012

Thanks for arranging such an awesome trip for the Whiteside family when in Peru this week. The guides were absolutely superb

Janet Whiteside, Florida

Peru, July 2012

The experience from beginning to end was excellent. The combination of Sacred Valley, Iguazu ending in Rio is great

Paul Jones

Machu Picchu, Iguazu & Rio, March 2012

We just returned from our South American trip with fond memories and no hitches. Thanks to your planning and foresight.

Victor Limlingan, Travel Agent – The Philippines

Ecuador, Galapagos & Panama, June 2012

...we were so pleased with your services and will be booking with you again for our South American travel in the future!

Jennafer Bonello – Washington DC

Peru, June 2012

We had a wonderful trip. everything went well and all the guides were super nice and helpful.

Hamila Atefi – Washington DC

Peru and Galapagos, May 2012

I just wanted to say thank you for all of your hard work planning my trip. It was all appreciated, and provided us with

Chris Leggat – New York

Galapagos & Machu Picchu, June 2012

Just back from one of the most enjoyable and well put together vacation trips we have ever experienced! Thanks for putting it all together for

Rick Velategui – USA

Peru, Galapagos, Oct 2011

The hotels, guides & drivers were first class & we could not have expected anything more than what was delivered. Thank you again

Mike & Carol Lipischak

Peru, November 2011

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