Costa Rica Multi Activity Tour Christmas Special

Christmas Adventure Tour in Costa Rica

Christmas time in Costa Rica is a unique experience that will give you ever lasting memories. Tico´s festive mood, sunshine and warm temperatures are the perfect scenery to enjoy your vacations, just before New Years at the beach. Our Costa Rica Christmas Special is the perfect combination of relaxing moments and adventure activities, experiencing the best of this beautiful country.

Christmas Tico Style

If you are thinking of traveling for your Christmas Holiday with your family, you must be looking for good options to have everything you wish for just in one place. Costa Rica is a great country to enjoy your vacations, but take into consideration that it is a specially busy time in the year and you must plan your trip with some time in advance.

As in other parts of the world, Christmas in Costa Rica is a time for celebration, parties and sharing with family and friends. Christmas decorations begin to appear in downtown shops on late November, and most people buy a Christmas tree (cypress tree) on the first week of December.

As done in other Latin American countries, the portal is a very important tradition. The portal is the nativity scene representing the birth of Jesus in the manger. Normally the portals are made out of figurines, black paper, glitter and grass, with plastic farm animals and a nice yellow star. Along with the traditional figures of Mary, Joseph, Baby Jesus, shepards, the three wise men and the ox and mule

The portal is often placed under the tree (along with the presents) but may sit on a table, platform or on the floor in a corner of the living room. The figure of Baby Jesus is placed in the portal at midnight on December twenty-fourth. That's also when the adults open their gifts. The children are told that the Baby Jesus brings their gifts while they are sleeping. Nowadays, Saint Nicholas or Santa Claus has also become an important part of the custom since we have had a great influence from the US.

Join us on this fantastic Costa Rican multi activity Christmas Special and experience the rainforest active volcanoes and wildlife, especially made for family vacations and small group adventures. Activities include Canopy Tour, White Water Rafting, horseback riding and hiking. Spending Christmas in Costa Rica is an experience you will never forget.


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Christmas Tour Package ITINERARY

Day 1 - Arrival at San Jose International Airport Juan Santamaria, Transfer to La Fortuna (Arenal), visit to Tabacon Hot Springs (or Baldi Hot Springs), overnight at La Fortuna (D)

Welcome to San Jose! Our exciting multi-sport tour begins immediately, as we travel from the Juan Santamaria International Airport to the Arenal Volcano. Our hotel is in an excellent location for observing the active Arenal Volcano. This evening we visit the famous Tabacon Hot Springs (or Baldi Hot Springs) and enjoy a bath in one of its many pools. Located in the shadows of the Arenal Volcano, Baldi is a wonderland of gardens, paths, steams and pools: twelve thermal pools and one with cool water plus three waterslides. Professional massages are available as an option for an additional cost.

NOTE! Please plan your arrival time no later than 12:00 p.m. We will meet you at the international airport exit. Pre lodging options are available and in those cases pick up will be at your San Jose hotel. Please contact us for pre lodging information.

  What to wear: Swimming Suit, shorts or light long trousers, T-shirt, digital camera, and binoculars.
Transfer duration: 3.5 hours aprox.
Activity level: Easy.

Day 2 - White Water Rafting Pacuare River (one day tour), overnight at La Fortuna (BL)

After a fantastic breakfast (try the local tropical fruit, it´s delicious!) we head to the Río Pacuare for our exciting Class III-IV White Water Rafting trip. After a thorough safety talk and a brief introduction to paddling, we launch our rafts down the mighty Pacuare River. We paddle more than 18 miles (30 km) of scenic waters, which includes 52 rapids.

Few rivers in the world can offer you so many. The numerous rapids combine with calm waters, which provide an opportunity to enjoy the surrounding tropical beauty and an occasional refreshing dip. Lunch will be at the middle of the river. Vegetarian meals are available. We return to our hotel in the late afternoon.

  What to wear: Hiking boots, shorts or light long trousers, T-shirt, digital camera, binoculars.
Transfer duration: 2.5 hours aprox.
Activity level: Easy.

Day 3 - Arenal Volcano National Park Hike, Van-Boat-Van to Monteverde, overnight at Monteverde (B)

The Arenal volcano is one of the world's most active (and studied!) volcanoes, which last eruption was in 1968. Arenal is located in the Tilaran Mountain Range and dominates the background of today's tour. We will explore its National Park, and hike the trails through the forest and across the lava rivers to a safe viewing observatory from which you may see the majestic volcano's fireworks and lava rocks crashing down its slopes.

In the afternoon, we will take the Van-Boat-Van Tour to transfer to our Hotel in the Monteverde area. The hotel offers views of the slopes of the Tilaran Mountains and Gulf of Nicoya. It is not uncommon to see humming birds, monkeys and quetzals from the hotel's balconies!

  What to wear: Hiking boots, shorts or light long trousers, T-shirt, digital camera, binoculars.
Transfer duration: None.
Activity level: Easy.

Day 4 - Canopy and Hanging Bridges Tour, overnight at Monteverde (BL)

Today we experience the thrill of exploring the surrounding forest canopy. Our tour consists of various platforms at canopy height and a rappel set in the heart of the cloud forest reserve. We begin with a hike through the cloud forest, and then we climb a rope ladder through the middle of a hug strangler fig. Once we reach the forest canopy, we slide from platform to platform enjoying splendid views of the multi-layered canopy. Assisted by expert guides, we then rappel back to the forest floor. The platforms vary in height from 20 meters to 33 meters above the ground. In the afternoon we will enjoy a hike through the Sky Wlak.

The reserve is world famous for the huge variety of life forms it supports. An elaborate system of trails winds through the park inviting travelers to visit. The reserve is divided into six life zones, hosting a total of over 2,500 species of plants, 10 species of mammals (including the rare Jaguar),120 species of reptiles and amphibians including the endemic Golden Toad (sapo dorado), 490 species of butterflies, including the Blue Morpho and about 400 species of birds including the resplendent Quetzal.

  What to wear: Hiking boots, shorts or light long trousers, T-shirt, digital camera, binoculars.
Transfer duration: 3 hours aprox.
Activity level: Easy.
Day 5 - Transfer to Rincon de la Vieja, Horseback Riding Oropéndola Waterfall, overnight at Hacienda Guachipelin (BLD)

Today we will transfer to Rincon de la Vieja area. In the afternoon, you will enjoy a beautiful horseback ride through the mountains to the Oropéndola Waterfall. There you will experience the amazing sunset and landscape. The Oropéndola waterfall is a very impressive 82 feet high natural shower. The emerald green water invites for a refreshing dive. The waterfall is located in a beautiful vegetated canyon which beauty you’ll enjoy.

  What to wear: Hiking boots, shorts or light long trousers, T-shirt, digital camera, binoculars.
Transfer duration: 3 hours aprox.
Activity level: Easy.

Day 6 - Rincon de la Vieja Volcano, Kazm Canyon Canopy Tour, overnight at Hacienda Guachipelin (BLD)

After breakfast prepare yourself for an amazing adrenaline filled experience with the Kazm Canyon Canopy Tour. We begin on a Zip line that is set on the edge of a cliff and slides on suspended ropes through a tight canyon. The first two traverses are done by rope, here we find ourselves on platform that are set on ledges inside the canyon. With a total of 10 platforms, 3 wall climbs and what has been christened "The Tarzan Swing", this tour features also a very long single traverse of 70 meters.

Do not forget to bring your camera for those "once in a life time shots!" For those of you who do not want to experience these thrilling adventure optional hikes are available. After lunch, we will mount some horses and after a horse ride of 45 minutes through the forest we arrive at the changing rooms where we can prepare us for the tubing adventure. After a short walk, we arrive at the foot of the Victoria waterfall, where we’ll have a short briefing about security. Then everyone gets his proper rafting “tube” to make the adrenaline in your body seek its way out, while you have to navigate through the rapids of the crystal clear Río Negro.

  What to wear: Hiking boots, shorts or light long trousers, T-shirt, digital camera, binoculars.
Transfer duration: None.
Activity level: Easy to moderate.

Day 7 - Transfer to Manuel Antonio, Free beach time, Overnight at Manuel Antonio (B)

After nice breakfast at the hotel, we will transfer to Manuel Antonio area (Quepos), and you will have free time to enjoy the beach and the sun in the afternoon. Manuel Antonio is one of the most beautiful beaches in the country. It is also a National Park where you will enjoy the natural wonders of the area, see monkeys swinging in the palm trees and swim on the emerald beach waters.

  What to wear: Shorts or light long trousers, T-shirt, digital camera, binoculars.
Transfer duration: From Hacienda Guachipelin to Manuel Antonio 5 hours aprox.
Activity level: Easy.
Day 8 - Manuel Antonio beach time and National Park, Overnight at Manuel Antonio Town (B)

Manuel Antonio National Park is one of the most visited reserved areas in Costa Rica, but it only allows 600 people per week day and 800 per weekend day. Inside the park you can visit many interesting sites, hike to the third most beautiful beach with verdant, coconut palm-lined white sand shores and to the Cathedral Point where you will have a wonderful vista to the surrounding beaches.

  What to wear: Shorts or swimsuit and dry set of clothes, shorts & T-shirt to change into.
Transfer duration: All activities in the area.
Activity level: Moderate.

Day 9 - Transfer (or domestic flight) to the International Airport Juan Santamaria* (B)

Transfer from San Jose to the International Airport Juan Santamaria. After a hearty breakfast, we will continue on to the International Airport or your hotel in San Jose, if you are staying an additional night(s).




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Select the day of the tour / valid only December 2016 and 2017.

*(Scheduled departures should be arranged no earlier than 12:00 a.m. Remember that you should always arrive approximately two hours before your international flights scheduled departure time).

  • 2 Nights in Arenal
  • 2 Nights at Monteverde 
  • 2 Nights at Rincon de la Vieja
  • 2 Nights at Manuel Antonio
  • All accommodation in 4 star hotels and good class Hacienda
  • Tabacon Hot Springs and Spa
  • Arenal Volcano National Park Hike
  • Canopy Tour (ziplinning)
  • Hanging Bridges Tour
  • Horseback riding Tour
  • Canyoning Kazam Tour
  • Meals as described (B - Breakfast, L - Lunch, D - Dinner)
  • Bilingual guides at each activity
  • All ground transportation
  • All national taxes
  • 9 Land days
  • Minimum 2 travelers (If you are coming by yourself please check the Solo Traveler Package)
  • Maximum 16 travelers*
  • Begins in Arenal and finishes in San Jose
  • All breakfasts included
  • Visit to four different areas of Costa Rica.
  • View of two different active volcanoes (Arenal Volcano and Rincon de la Vieja Volcano).
  • A great combination of adventure and relaxing activities.
 ACCOMMODATIONS  Comfortable, well-located accommodations with all services: private bathrooms, hot water, TV with cable.
 OVERALL ACTIVITY LEVEL Easy to Moderate depending on request.
Moderate - This adventure package is designed for people who like soft adventures. To increase the activity level, please ask us for more options.