Rainforest & Cloud Forest Package

Explore Rainforests and Cloud Forest in Costa Rica

Costa Rica’s diverse landscape and animal life make it an ideal destination for eco-tourism. You’ll get to experience some of the country’s most unique features on this trip, which includes tours of Arenal Volcano National Park and Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve. There are also some adventurous activities planned—you’ll soar through treetops on a zipline and relax in natural hot springs. Each 6-day tour includes:

Day 1:

Arrive to Costa Rica – Northern Region: La Fortuna

At your arrival to the Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO) and after going through all the airport steps, look for the exit sign, where many people will be asking if you need a taxi or private transfer to somewhere, just tell them “-no thanks” always with a smile on your face- and look for one of our Ecoterra Costa Rica’s drivers, whom will be holding a sign with either your name or your last name. This shuttle runs every day at 08:00 am or 3:00 pm; in order to drive you to the Arenal Volcano National Park Region; the transportation to Arenal takes about 3 hours. Casa Luna Hotel & Spa or silimar hotel will be prearranged in this package; after checking in you will have off time for enjoying the pool or you can have a massage at spa, which you can arrange in advance with our reservations department or with the hotel’s front desk; if you pleased and you prefer to chill you can also simply relax in your balcony, enjoying the view of Arenal Volcano (when clear) or have a cocktail at the bar

Casa Luna Hotel & Spa:

Lomas del Volcán:

Arenal Volcano Inn

Day 2:

Arenal World Adventure Park & Arenal Volcano National Park

The tour starts in the morning, aprox 07:50 am after breakfast, so get ready for your first ride over the canyons, through lush forests, above Pino Blanco waterfall (160 feets) & La Fortuna waterfall (200 feets), beside the Arenal Volcano and experience the adrenaline rush of observing the landscapes over the tree tops. The zip line tour is an authentic adventure through the rainforest. A cart pulled by a tractor will pick you up and drive you 3 kilometers through a dirt road. You will arrive at a lookout point where you can see the rushing waters of the Pino Blanco waterfall. You may see several species of animals that inhabit this area such as toucans, monkeys and frogs. Seven cables with a full distance of 1.7 miles and lengths from 400 feet to 3280 feets; after the canopy tour, you will visit a representation of a Maleku Indigenous Village, members of a tribe dressed in traditional clothes greet you with a refreshing beverage and teach you about their culture, language and traditions. They share stories about animals and the environment, expressing their gratitude for nature. You will return to the starting point on cart. Near the entrance, there is a butterfly garden and a frog room, which we encourage you to explore. If you put some fruit juice on your finger, the butterflies will land on you and exhibit the vibrant colors of their wings. As an optional tour, you can visit La Fortuna waterfall by your own, the entrance to the Arenal World Adventure Nature Park include the option to visit the waterfall without any extra cost without guide. At the end of the tour, we will take the transportation back to the hotel. You will have some part of the afternoon off to enjoy the on your way.

In the afternoon, you will be greeted by our guide aprox at 02:30 pm at the front desk, to visit the Arenal Volcano National Park, at the park we will walk through primary and secondary forests (approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes), where we will rest to an old lava flow that was formed in 1992, and observe some ani mals and plants. On clear days, you will enjoy incredible views of the impressive Arenal Volcano, Arenal Lake, The Tilarán mountain range, and Cerro Chato Hill. At the end of the day, the perfect place to relax will be at the Arenal Paradise Hot Springs including a dinner served at the Hotsprings Restaurant. At about 9:00 pm you will be picked up to return to the hotel.

Day 3:

Day Off: Arenal Volcano – Optional Activities

La Fortuna is the best area in Costa Rica for activities & tours; you will have the day off for do optional activities with extra cost, like our special trip to the Rio Celeste & Tenorio Volcano; this is one of the unexplored locations of Costa Rica, and might become a neat in sunny days (some physical effort might be required). The turquoise blue waters together with all the nature surrounding, make of Rio Celeste a place to enjoy. Located in the outskirts of the Tenorio Volcano, without any doubt this river is one of a kind.
You can visit our office and arrange optional activities according to you needs. We recommend you to book your activities before your travel date, therefore we offer 10% discount for any tour operated by Ecoterra you book in advance.
Day 4:

La Fortuna to Monteverde Cloud Forest / Arenal Lake Crossing

After the breakfast we will drive up at 08:00 am towards the Arenal Lake where we’ will board a boat to cross the lake, observing along the way panoramic views of the Arenal Volcano, Chato Hill, Arenal Lake, the Tilaran mountain range, and more. Once across the lake we will again board a minivan to continue on to Monteverde and the hotel. This drive is about 2.5 hours. Lodging at Monteverde Cloud Forest Lodge or similar hotel.

Monteverde Cloud Forest

You will have the option to choose one of the next activities; if you pleased to take part in more than one tour, you might arrange it in advance with our reservations department or the day before with our counter located in the Hotel’s facilities.

• El Trapiche Sugar Mill & Coffee Tour Visit an independent farm where you can learn the ins and outs of sugar production and get an overview of the entire coffee-making process, from crop to cup
• Or Monteverde Bad Jungle Guided tour of 45 minutes to 1 hour to know the world of bats with an exhibition of 8 different species.
• Or Butterfly Garden Visit this educational project created 17 years ago, there is farming of about 40-50 species of butterflies and other variety of arthropods all year round.

Day 5:

Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve

Breakfast will be served between 7:00am and 9:00am. At 7:30am a Naturalist Guide will pick up you at your hotel for enjoy the tour through the Monteverde Biological Reserve enjoying a hike at the cloud forest. At the entrance to the Monteverde Reserve, visit the Hummingbird Garden where you will have the opportunity to see and photograph as many as nine different species of hummingbirds. After this we will start the hike through the seconday and primary forest trying to spot the stunning Resplendent Quetzal, (Pharomachrus Mocinno) distinguished for its majestically colored feathers. If we have luck we can observe other kinds of animals like the Emerald Toucanet, Bell Bird, White-faced Capuchin Monkey and the Agouti. Upon completion the tours, we will head back to the hotel, you can enjoy the rest of the evening at the Monteverde downtown enjoying a cup of wine or coffee.

Day 6:

Departure Day – or Extensions to the package

Today, you have the shuttle back to the Juan Santamaria International Airport in Alajuela at 10:00 am .Please consider this transfer takes about 4 hours to the airport, and you must be there at least 2 hours earlier your flight time for checking in; if you require a transportation on a different time we can arrange a private transportation for some extra bucks.

Services included:

  • 3 Nights at Casa Luna Hotel & Spa or similar in standard room
  • 2 Nights at Monteverde Cloud Forest Lodge or similar in standard room
  • Ground Transportation from Airport to La Fortuna & Arenal Area
  • Ground Transportation from Monteverde to San José or Airport
  • Boat & Ground Transportation (La Fortuna to Monteverde)
  • Transportation to all mentioned activities.
  • Guided Walk in the Arenal Volcano National Park
  • Zip Line Tour over Tropical Rainforest & Waterfalls
  • Visit to the La Fortuna Waterfall (Optional, without guide)
  • Entrance to Arenal Paradise Hot Springs
  • Tour to choose from:
    o El Trapiche Tour (Sugar Mill & Coffee Tour)
    o Monteverde Bad Jungle
    o Butterfly Garden
  • Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve
  • 5 Breakfast (Day 2,3,4,5 & 6)
  • 1 Dinner (Day 2)
  • Bilingual naturalist guide on tours
  • Free 24h Wi-Fi (hotel & rooms)
  • Aplies for 2 people

Important Considerations concerning this package:

  • Changes to the itinerary cannot be made, there is a logistic matter to be considered.
  • If you ask for different destinations not included in this package during the package days, you will be remitted by one of our travel planners for a new itinerary proposal.
  • If you wish to skip any of the activities there won’t be any refund.
  • Children 7 years and younger are not allowed to take part of the zip line and one of the adults will have to accompanied the kid. This service won’t be refund either, since changes are not allowed in the package. If you pleased
    we can offer you the professional baby sitter, you can ask for our services.
  • Costa Rica is a country to travel around, and if you have some extra days we recommend you to take the opportunity you are already here and visit one of the pacific beaches, the cloud forest or even stay longer at the Casa Luna, if
    you are open to suggestions please let us know.
  • Keep in mind most of hotels in Costa Rica are with two double beds and if
    you are three people two of you will have to share a bed.
  • Our support hours: Everyday from 07:00 hrs to 21:00 hrs

Considerations concerning the pricing:

  • Package price does not include 13% package tax which can be paid via PayPal, credit card authorization form or Bank Transaction at least 10 days before your travel date.
  • For an extra person in the same room with all the services mentioned in the package add
    **$610 per adult and $299 per child (5 to 11 years).