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Guanacaste, a province in the northwestern part of Costa Rica, is the sunniest region of the country. It is the Costa Rican "Wild West", famous for its cowboys and cattle ranches. But there is much more to this fascinating and diverse area - volcanoes, mangroves, tropical dry-forest, beautiful beaches and unforgettable sunsets - that and more, is Guanacaste!

Type of car: we recommend a 4x4 vehicle at any time of the year.

Day 1: day: San José – Zarcero – Ciudad Quesada – Aguas Zarcas – Mi Cafecito Tour – La Gloria de Aguas Zarcas

Your journey starts in direction to the Northwest through the ‘Cordillera Central’ until your reach Aguas Zarcas. Sometime later you’ll come across the village of San Miguel de Aguas Zarcas. When you arrive to the main crossroad follow the street uphill for 3km. Here you’ll stop over at the coffee plantation (Mi Cafecito tour) where a local guide will tell you all about the process whereby the coffee bean is transformed into the familiar brown, aromatic beverage. You will also learn about the process of composting and about our export mechanisms. There are also short hiking trails to a platform where you can have an unobstructed view of the canyon’s scenery. Optional lunch. Continue your journey back to Aguas Zarcas, once there, you’ll find a sign to Pital. After about 4km make a slight left at a traffic light and follow the signs to Coope San Juan located in the outskirts of the village La Gloria de Aguas Zarcas. From that point it will take you another 45 minutes to finally get to the village and the lodge.

Overnight at: Coope San Juan* (Rural Inn)
Total km today: about 110 km
Total driving time today: about 2 ½ hours
Included fees/tours: Coffeetour ‚Mi Cafecito Tour
Included meals today: dinner

Day 2: Pineapple Plantation

After a tasteful and typical breakfast you will be part of an authentic Pineapple Tour conducted by a local guide who will be pleased to show you through the processes involved in the production of organic pineapple. You will even learn how to chose a ripe pineapple and why is also known as the Fruit of Kings. All in all, this absolutely interesting visit is something that should not be missed. It will make you appreciate more and more every delicious bite you get from this flavourful fruit because you will be aware of all the effort that goes into growing this golden crop, not to mention all that it has in store for you when it comes to nutritional value and healing properties. Fancy a piece of pineapple? Well, guess what? You can have as much as you like! A short but healthful hike through the primary and secondary rainforest that borders the plantation or around the neighbouring village is highly recommended as well.

Overnight at: Coope San Juan* (Rural Inn)
Total km today: none
Total driving time today: none
Included fees/tours: Pineapple Tour
Included meals today: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 3: Gloria de Aguas Zarcas – La Fortuna

Continue your journey through the northern low lands until you reach the active Arenal Volcano. Then drive 5km towards the east and right before getting to the village of La Foturna turn left when you see the sign ‘La Casona Rio Fortuna’. The afternoon is at your leisure.

Overnight at: La Casona Rio Fortuna (Rural Inn)
Total km today: 100 km
Total driving time today: about 2 hours
Included meals today: breakfast, dinner

Day 4: La Fortuna - optional activities

The region of La Fortuna is a real treasure and has many attractions to offer. How about a hike in Arenal National Park, or maybe a stroll across the large suspension bridges in Eco Centro Danaus? Or maybe you fancy a visit to one of the thermal springs?

Overnight at: La Casona Rio Fortuna (Rural Inn)
Total km today: depends on your choice of activities
Total driving time today: depends on your choice of activities
Included meals today: breakfast

Day 5: La Fortuna – Tilaran – Canas – Miramar – Zapotal

A dreamlike journey brimming with impressive views along the shores of lake Arenal, as you continue your nice drive southwards to Tilaran and Cañas. When you arrive to Miramar make a left turn to continue up into the mountains.

Overnight at: Albergue Las Orquideas*
Total km today: about 130 km
Total driving time today: about 3 -3 ½ hours
Included meals today: breakfast, dinner

Day 6: Zapotal de Miramar

Today you can freely create your own programme for the day. You can calmly explore the village, or go for hike to uncover its gorgeous nature reserve.

Overnight at: Albergue Las Orquideas*
Total km today: none
Total driving time today: none
Included meals today: breakfast, lunch, dinner

 

Day 7: Zapotal – Jaco – Quepos – Coope Silencio

Your journey continues down to the Pacific Coast, continuing southwards you’ll bypass the small town of Jacó, and later by large palm-oil plantations until you get to the village of Quepos. You may plan an individual stop if the time is right to get to know the beautiful beaches at the National Park (Closed on Mondays). At about 20 minutes south of Quepos, continuing on the main coastal road you’ll reach a bridge across the huge Savegre river. At this point, you’re only 8km away from the village El Silencio. Here you will learn all about their social project. Expect to find a community which has built a small paradise from the ground in order to live in a very authentic and independent way. Among the things they have accomplished is the small school, a small church in reconstruction, a wild life refuge for injured animals. These animals are under constant control, and when they recover they are released so they can go back into the wild. Palm oil cultivation and cattle breeding are also part of this purposeful endeavour. They own a cosy lodge with 10 rooms to accommodate tourists and volunteers. Volunteers are also welcome to stay with local families to share the daily life with them.

Overnight at: Albergue Coopesilencio(Rural Inn)
Total km today:
150km
Total driving time today: 3 hours
Included meals today: breakfast, dinner

Day 8: Coope Silencio

This day is at your leisure. Decide between going on a boat trip along the river and going on a hike in the reserve and wildlife refuge. Also, as an alternative, you may choose to participate in the community’s daily chores.

Overnight at: Albergue Coopesilencio(Rural Inn)-
Included fees/tours:

Included meals: breakfast, dinner
Total km today: none
Driving time today: none

Day 9: Coope Silencio – San Gerardo de Dota

The trip takes you up into the mountains passing Dominical and San Isidro del General as well as the Cerro de la Muerte (3400 meters above sea level). When you reach a sign with the words: San Gerardo de Dota (the town you’re going to) turn left and continue downhill for about 12km via a gravel road .The mellow and fresh mountain air will make you think and feel that the world is at last peaceful; and this chimerical feeling will be lulled by the sound of the streams of the Savegre river. Yes, the huge river you crossed before getting to Coopesilencio. Savegre is one of the cleanest rivers in Central America. Trout fishing is a very popular activity in this area. In the evening you’ll enjoy a fabulous dinner with the owners of the hotel, the Chacon family.

Overnight at: Sueños del Bosque***
Included fees/services:

Included meals: breakfast, dinner
Total km today: approx 130km
Driving time today: 3 – 3 ½ hours

Day 10: San Gerardo de Dota – optional activities, relaxation

You can spend this day at your leisure. Relax to the soothing sound of nature or just go for an invigorating hike in the forest.

Overnight at: Sueños del Bosque***
Included fees/tours:

Included meals: breakfast, dinner
Total km today: none
Driving time: none

Day 11: San Gerardo de Dota – San Jose

It’s time to travel back to the Central Valley. Here your wonderful trip has comes to an end.
Included fees/tours:

Included meals: breakfast
Total km today: approx 120km

Package Rate 2013/ 2014

DoubleTripleSingle
01 Nov 13 - 30 Apr 14US$370US$315US$680
01 May 14 - 31 Aug 14US$350US$290US$645
1 sep 14 - 31 Oct 14US$325US$260US$590
  • The rental car, insurance charges and any other extra costs have to be added to the total per person rate to determine the final price.
  • Hotels Used for this Itinerary

    La Ensenada cabin, Playa Pajaros, Nicoya, Costa Rica
    La Ensenada Room, Playa Pajaros, Nicoya, Costa Rica
    La Ensenada pool, Playa Pajaros, Nicoya, Costa Rica

    Hotel La Ensenada Lodge**(*), Playa Pajaros/Palo Verde National Park

    Official category:

    **(*)

    Total number of rooms:

    20

    Location:

    The lodge is located directly on the Gulf of Nicoya at Pájaros Beach. You reach it via the Panamerican highway, the crossing is about 43km south of Cañas or about 25 km north of Puntarenas. The village of Pájaros and the lodge are signed out at the crossing. Afterwards you drive about 20km in direction of the sea and follow the signs to the lodge.

    Transfer time:

    From San José about 3 hours, from Liberia about 2 hours.

    Hotel facilities:

    Within the huge terrain of the finca the lodge itself claims very little space and offers the typical ambiance of a Costa Rican hacienda. The restaurant is located at the ranch and the swimming pool lies in the beautiful garden. The lodge arranges boat tours to Bebedero River or to Palo Verde National Park, horseback riding tours, hikes on marked trails as well as a tour of the finca atop a modified tractor. The hacienda not only cultivates various kinds of vegetables, but also breeds cattle and horses, and produces salt.

    Room facilities:

    The rooms are rustic and clean, with private bathroom, fan, terrace and view of the Gulf of Nicoya. They are distributed in the extensive gardens.

    Our opinion:

    Experience the real Costa Rican life at this authentic hacienda! A great place to relax. Pájaros Beach is not suitable for swimming!

    jardinedenhotel (25K)
    Jardin del Eden Hotel, Room, Tamrindo, Costa Rica
    Jardin del Eden Hotel, bathroom, Tamarindo, Costa Rica
    Jardin del Eden Hotel, Pool, Tamarindo, Costa Rica
    Jardin del Eden Hotel, Pool, Tamarindo, Costa Rica (18K)

    Hotel Jardin del Edén****, Tamarindo

    Official classification:

    ****

    Total number of rooms:

    36 (7 regular, 10 standard, 13 superior, 3 deluxe, 1 apartment, 1 master apartment, 1 sunset suite, the rooms have recently been remodeled and exquisitely decorated);

    Short descriptions:

    - Regular rooms have a queen or king size bed, 4 of these rooms are decorated in Japanese style with a small sun bathing terrace without view, no balcony. 1 room in Tunisian style and 1 room in Mexican style, 1 room is not remodeled.
    - The standard rooms are fitted with a queen or king size bed and shower, have a view and a terrace on the first floor. There are 2 Tunisian style rooms, 3 African style rooms and 5 Indonesian style rooms.
    - The superior rooms have a queen or king size bed, shower, balcony and ocean view, also decorated in differents styles; 3 Indonesian, 3 Tunesian, 4 African, 1 Japanese and 1 Mexican style. 1 room is not remodeled.
    - All the deluxe rooms are decorated in Japanese style, with jacuzzi, and ocean view.
    - 1 apartment (not remodeled) with garden view, large terrace located on the first floor, 2 Sgl bed sofa in the living room and a master room equipped with a full-size bed.
    - 1 Master Apartment (remodeled) Studio with communal area in Mexican Style, garden view, 1 King size bed, 1 pull out sgl bed.
    - 1 sunset suite with ocean view, balcony, jacuzzi tub, decorated in Japanese Style, has a large and cosy balcony, especially for honeymooners.

    Location:

    This little paradise is located about 150 meters from the beautiful sandy beach of Tamarindo. Restaurants, bars and other entertainment facilities can be reached within a view walking minutes.

    Transfer time:

    4-5 hours by road from San José and 15 minutes form the local airstrip Tamarindo.

    Hotel facilities:

    This small and stylish hotel is located in a beautiful tropical garden and features an excellent restaurant, bar, swim-up bar, swimming pool and jacuzzi. The French owners take very good care of their clients and provide great personal service.

    Room facilities:

    All the rooms are different in size. They all face the tropical garden and are fitted with a private bathroom, air conditioning, fan, mini-bar, safe deposit box (at extra charge), balcony or terrace. The hotel offers standard rooms for maximum 2 persons and apartments for up to 4 adults.

    Our opinion:

    Ideal place for a quiet beach vacation in a tropical setting and excellent personal attention.

    Laguna del Lagarta Lodge, Nosara, Costa Rica
    Laguna del Lagarta Lodge, Pool, Nosara, Costa Rica
    Laguna del Lagarta Lodge, Nosara, costa Rica

    Lagarta Lodge**(*), Nosara

    Official classification:

    ***

    Number of rooms:

    7 rooms

    Location:

    This small and cozy hotel sits on a hillside about 40 meters above sea level with a perfect view over the Pacific Ocean. It is just 10 minutes walk away from the beach. A privately-owned nature reserve of about 50 ha is just one of the highlights of this hotel.

    Transfer time:

    From San José about 6 / 5 hours (see village description) by road. From Nosara airstrip about 10 minutes. SANSA and Nature Air offer daily flights from San José, flight time is 60 minutes. From Carillo airstrip and Sámara about 1 hour. From Tamarindo airstrip about 2 hours.

    Hotel facilities:

    Small, friendly hotel under Swiss management with restaurant, Swimming pool and many excursions.

    Room facilities:

    Large rooms with shower, toilet, fan and terrace

    Our opinion:

    Ideal place for nature lovers, photographers and guests, who prefer to enjoy Costa Rica away from the main tourist stream.

    For further information and booking inquiries please send us and e-mail.