ACTUAR CONSERVacations Pacific Tour

Colon, Costa Rica

Text©Beatrice Blake-New Key to Costa Rica


Day 1 : Your guide will meet you at the airport and take you to Nacientes Palmichal, a small chalet-style lodge in the mountains, about 75 minutes south of the airport. The lodge and the community of Palmichal protect the water supply for 40,000 residents in the towns below them. You\'ll be greeted with a tropical drink and learn about this grassroots conservation community.

Day 2 : Your ACTUAR guide will take you hiking along the rushing Tabarcia River where you\'ll be surrounded by many species of beautiful butterflies. Have lunch and a tortilla-making lesson at Don Manuel’s farm. In the afternoon, visit a small coffee farm and see how a very special coffee is grown and processed. There will be a cultural presentation in the evening.

Day 3 : After a hearty breakfast, your guide will drive you down through the Central Valley on your way to Arenal Volcano. In Zarcero, you\'ll stop in front of the charming church and stroll through the topiary gardens, shaped into monkeys, elephants, dancing bears, pre-Columbian figures, etc. You will stop for lunch at a typical restaurant along the way, and arrive at the volcano in the late afternoon.

Day 4 : Enjoy the beautiful view of the volcano and the lake. You are in the right position to see the lava flow, which is especially impressive at night when the weather is clear. Go for a hike at Arenal Hanging Bridges, where you can walk at canopy level in gorgeous rainforest. In the evening you will enjoy a delicious dinner and a relaxing soak in Ecotermales Hot Springs, then return to your hotel for another night of volcano viewing.

Day 5 : Take a relaxing float down the Peñas Blancas river to see monkeys and sloths (optional). Do the nearby Costa Rica Sky Adventure Canopy tour, then relax, enjoying the volcano, lake and pool.

Day 6 : Your guide will take you to the town of San Ramón and then down the coast. Stop for lunch and to see the crocodiles at the Tarcoles bridge. You will arrive at Los Campesinos Reserve in the late afternoon, in time to enjoy a tasty campesino dinner.

Day 7 : Learn the uses of rainforest plants, trees and flowers in a hike at Los Campesinos Reserve. In the afternoon, cross the suspended bridge next to the 175-foot waterfall and swim in an idyllic waterfall pool.

Day 8: After a hearty breakfast, set off for La Cusinga Lodge, about three hours south. Visit beautiful Playa del Arco or hike on the trails to see monkeys. sloths, birds and frogs.

Day 9 : Enjoy the pristine beach, panoramic views and rainforest trails at La Cusinga.

Day 10 : After lunch, head into the mountains and stay in a cozy lodge with lush forest views.

Day 11: Get up early to search for the legendary resplendent quetzal, the sacred bird of the Maya. After a relaxed breakfast, hike in the billowing oak forests of this pristine area. In the afternoon, your guide will drive you back to San José.

Day 12 : Fly home with happy memories of your time in Costa Rica.

**Also available as a 9-day tour (same as above but without the volcano

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Nearby Hotels & Lodges

Hotel Posada Canal Grande
Costa Verde Inn
Corteza Amarillo Art Lodge and Spa
Casa Bella Rita
Hotel Alta
Casa Laurin B and B
Quality Inn
Casa de las Tías
Apartotel María Alexandra
Hotel Pinetree
Hotel Real Intercontinental
El Sesteo Apartotel
Tennis Club
Hotel El Rodeo Country Inn

The nearest town is Colon, 9.3 km away and Terminal Tobias Bolaños Airport airport is 14.6 km.

Please note that distances for nearby hotels, attractions, activites & other points of interest are in a straight line. Distances by road may be significantly longer!

The approximate gps map coordinates of ACTUAR CONSERVacations Pacific Tour are latitude 9.8407, longitude -84.1999. (exact GPS coordinates are accurate to within a few meters, gps data labeled approximate is within a few hundred meters)