12 Day Top - End Costa Rica

12 Day Top - End Costa Rica
12 Day Top - End Costa Rica
12 Day Top - End Costa Rica
12 Day Top - End Costa Rica
12 Day Top - End Costa Rica
12 Day Top - End Costa Rica
12 Day Top - End Costa Rica
12 Day Top - End Costa Rica
12 Day Top - End Costa Rica
12 Day Top - End Costa Rica

12 Day Top - End Costa Rica


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Costa Rica is the ultimate nature experience. This 12 day Top-End Costa Rica tour combines luxury accommodation with the magnificent volcanos and national parks of the country as well as the impressive, pristine, remote beaches of the Manuel Antonio National Park. If you are looking for a tropical paradise to spend your time in nature in the most luxurious hotels of Costa Rica, then this itinerary will take you to some of the most naturally biodiverse parts of the country, for a true luxury experience.

Special features of our 12 day Top - End Costa Rica Tour: 

Type of Tourism:  Luxury Nature, Biodiversity, Adventure, Beaches

Places to Visit:  San Jose Pacuare, Arenal, Manuel Antonio, Biezans Bay

Duration:  12 Days and 11 Nights. 

Type of Service: group tours. 

Accommodation:  4-star hotels and 5-star options at every destination that you will visit. These hotels had been carefully chosen and we can guarantee that you will feel comfortable and your every need catered for! 


Today is arrival day to the San Jose airport! Our driver will be waiting to take you to your hotel in San Jose. You will have a free afternoon and evening to explore the modern Costa Rican Capital with its bustling commerce and modern services for visitors. San Jose offers a variety of touristic, cultural and natural attractions, like the museums of Costa Rican Art, Gold, Jade, National and Children’s Contemporary Art and Design. The National Theatre and the historical architecture of the buildings and churches close to parks a...

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    After an early morning pick-up we will head out to the Pacuare River. This area is formed by the Atlantic forests which protect the rich biodiversity on the Pacuare River banks. The reserve is the home of the indigenous Cabecar community, as well as abundant flora and fauna. The river's powerful waters and topography make this area a popular attraction providing the perfect place for adventure sports, surrounded by deep green forests, waterfalls, and natural pools. We can appreciate cascading waterfalls, lush rainforest, exotic plant...

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      During your stay at The Pacuare Lodge you will be able to enjoy incredible nature, adventure and cultural experiences including: 

      •  Pacuare Canopy Adventure
      • Canyoning El Tesorito Creek
      • Cabecar Indigenous Hike
      • Ancient Trail & Hidden Waterfall Hike
      • Early Morning Birdwatching
      • Rural Experience
      • Sustainability Tour

        La Fortuna is close by to the Arenal National park making it the perfect play to stay to explore the Arenal Volcano. This magnificent conical volcano rises up from San Carlos Plains. The surrounding mountains, lake, natural reserves, rivers, canopy tours, culture tours, hot springs and rainforest, make this an excellent luxury destination.  Soak up the incredible hot springs heated by the volcano, surrounded by glorious countryside destination. La Fortuna is the perfect place to stay with the rural roads taking you through stunn...

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          The Tabacon experience will take us to the thermal springs that turn into natural pools and cascades in the middle of the forest. Tabacon features more than 20 natural pools and ponds, strategically located along the park's trails and provide a nice break from the exploration of plant species and the surprisingly regular sightings of local wildlife. Walking through all kinds of vegetation, you will have the opportunity to meet the local fauna. You will also reach a lookout point, incredibly close to the volcano and walk over ancient ...

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            Today we will head out into the Park for a visit to the volcano and Rio Celeste. Along the river, we’ll find hot springs as the bright blue river curves around tranquil bays, all surrounded by native flora and fauna. We will arrive at the Tenorio Volcano National Park, where we will hike through the tropical rain forest. Our first stop in this impressive park full of rich ecological marvels will be the spectacular Rio Celeste waterfall. There is a reason why this river is considered one of the most magnificent in the world!

              Today we will leave Arenal and head to the Manuel Antonio National Park. Passing through the small agricultural town of Quepos a clifftop road leading to Manuel Antonio offers glimpses of spectacular forest and beach. This renowned site sits up in the hills overlooking the vibrant Pacific Ocean framed by green, luscious vegetation. The national park protects several habitats, including primary and secondary forest, mangroves, beach vegetation and marine resources. Making this a unique National Park.

                After breakfast, we will explore this incredible National Park. Our guide will explain all about the park's biodiversity, protecting the area for over 40 years. This impressive park offers beautiful beaches and magnificent flora and fauna, which combine uniquely this magical place.

                  Today we leave the tropical forest and head to the ocean. Experience one of Costa Rica’s most striking coastlines and National Park by open-seat ocean kayak. The adventure begins near the developing Pez Vela Marina in Quepos and winds along the Manuel Antonio coastline. Indulge yourself on the beach of Biezans Bay, for a refreshing swim and delicious local snacks. Head to the best snorkelling spots as you experience three smalls but growing, active, and spectacular coral reefs nestled very close to the shore of Biezans Bay. Fin...

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                    After breakfast we will leave the pristine beauty of the Manuel Antonio National Park and head back to the capital of San Jose for our final evening in the magnificent Costa Rica.

                      We will collect you from the hotel to head to the San Jose airport, making sure you arrive in time for your international flight back home or on to your next exciting destination!

                        WHAT'S INCLUDED

                        • Transfer to San José
                        • 1 night at Grano de Oro Hotel & Restaurant – Superior Room,
                        • Transfer from San José to  Pacuare
                        • 3 Days/2 nights Pacuare Lodge Linda Vista Villa,  3 meals & Pacuare activities 
                        • Transfer from Siquirres (Put Out Pacuare/Rios Tropicales)-Arenal
                        • 3 nights at Nayara Tent Camp – Single Tent, breakfast included
                        • Arenal Volcano National Park & Tabacon  tour (Night)
                        • Río Celeste tour, with lunch at Rio Celeste Hideaway 
                        • Transfer from Arenal to Manuel Antonio
                        • 4 nights at Makanda by the Sea Hotel – Luxury Villa with Private Pool, breakfast included
                        • Manuel Antonio National Park tour
                        • Sea Kayak & Snorkeling tour
                        • Transfer from Manuel Antonio to San José
                        • 1 night at Xandari Resort & Spa – Prima Plus Villa, continental breakfast included
                        • Transfer to airport

                        WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

                        • Extra expenses not indicated in the itinerary.
                        • Internal Flights
                        • Airport Tax
                        • Tips and gratuities
                        • Medical Insurance

                        Trip Preparation & FAQS

                        You can check our safety protocols in the following link: https://www.horizontes.com/travel-bubbles

                        We do not include travel or health insurance and we strongly recommend a comprehensive travel insurance for any unexpected circumstances. This is not obligatory, however. An full travel insurance policy that covers cancellations and delays as well as medical insurance.

                        Hepatitis A Food & Water

                        Recommended for most travellers

                        Hepatitis B Blood & Body Fluids

                        Recommended for travellers to most regions.

                        Typhoid Food & Water

                        Recommended for travellers to most regions.

                        Yellow Fever Mosquito

                        Required if travelling from a country with a risk of yellow fever transmission.

                        Rabies Saliva of Infected Animals

                        A High-risk country. The Vaccine ris ecommended for long-term travellers and those who may come in contact with animals.


                        There are often outbreaks of malaria in Costa Rica. While there is no vaccine for malaria you can take certain medications.

                        We suggest that you speak with your doctor to ensure that you are up-to-date with the recommended vaccinations when travelling to the destination. 

                        We suggest that you speak with your doctor to ensure what medications you will need to bring to the destination. Pharmacies and drugstores are common in all cities, however, it is not certain that you will be able to find a specific drug that you can find in your country of origin.

                        As in any city in the world, there can be pickpockets in crowded places. We suggest being vigilant at all times, but if you are in a group you will always be safer.

                        We do not include the cost of any domestic or international flight in any of our programs. These services must be booked independently by each guest.

                        Yes, hotels will charge the cost of a double room as standard, so a single supplement will be charged if you are traveling alone.

                        VA Expeditions is supported by Valencia Travel, a company with more than 12 years of foundation with a solid financial position. We have insurance from the insurance company La Positiva, that supports us and protects our guests from any eventuality at the destination, covering our guests for more than 5 million US dollars.

                        Each trip is customizable, but there may be additional restrictions and expenses in each case. We suggest contacting your sales representative for more information.

                        Yes, in addition to multi-day programs, we offer half-day experiences and excursions without overnight, which you can purchase as additional services. In case you wish to purchase one of these services, you can ask your guide, the transfer representative or your sales representative to provide you with the support you need.

                        Yes, you can add additional or optional services to your regular tour. We appreciate contacting your sales representative for any changes you wish to make.

                        Yes, you can travel with children and we have many activities to do as a family, however, depending on your itinerary, some experiences can be a bit demanding for young children. As a recommendation, we suggest that you ask your sales consultant if the tour you wish to book is suitable for children.

                        We work with a maximum group size of 12 passengers for sustainability reasons and a more personaized experience.

                        We suggest making your reservations at least one month before your trip in order to reserve the best hotels, transportation and services for your travel dates, however, in last minute cases, we can reserve up to 15 days in advance.

                        We suggest consulting with your embassy to review any documents, tests or special visa you need for your trip.

                        The official currency in Costa Rica is the Costa Rican colón (CRC). In large cities there is a good chance that you will find ATMs or ATMs, however, we suggest that you do not rely entirely on this solution, as it may not be enabled to work with your bank.

                        Yes, we cater for all special dietary requirements. Please let us know at the time of booking if you have any allergies or special dietary needs.

                        As a committed tour operator we follow the next steps in order to promote sustainability with our collaborators,  suppliers and clients:

                        We undertake sustainability certification processes to improve our operation and promote our green credentials.

                        We promote sustainable practices among our suppliers and evaluate their performance.

                        We educate travelers in how to be a responsible traveler.

                        With our Horizontes Foundation we work with local communities to improve livelihoods and preserve ecosystems.

                        Tips are not included in the cost of the tour. You should plan to tip 10% in restaurants and for your guided services, however, tipping is never required.

                        Cultural norms vary within each Latin American country, even within each city within the country, however, we recommend the following measures to have a pleasant visit in each destination: Latin American culture in general tends to be closer and more informal than in others cultures, so there is usually always a friendly approach in all conversations, and going directly to the point could be considered offensive to some people. Personal space can be much shorter as well, but without being interpreted as sexual in nature. 

                        The schedules are also usually more relaxed and informal, however, this is not the case of VA EXPEDITIONS, since we will always respect the hours indicated in your itinerary. This may be different for other appointments that you can book on your own at other locations.

                        This depends on each itinerary, and will be indicated in the detail of the day. However, our itineraries always usually include free times to offer more flexibility to our guests. 

                        For any emergency, we appreciate contacting the 24/7 Operations Phone & WhatsApp number: (506) 8730-0396

                        We have put together a vast selection of highly qualified organizations that we consider to have influenced their specific fields and the sustainable development of Costa Rica.

                        Costa Rica is known for being a green sustainable country and you can do activities such as:  

                        Visit National Parks

                        Visit rural communities and share with locals

                        Try local gastronomy

                        Immerse in nature and wildlife


                        Plant a tree


                        For more information you can check our Hands on Learning in Costa Rica Program on the following  link: https://horizontes.s3.amazonaws.com/dev/ks/images/VNYhAKY31Ed7w0bY.pdf

                        All our guests have 24/7 support for any type of emergency or eventuality. For emergencies you can contact the following number: (506) 8730-0396. For general inquiries, you can write to us at the following email: info@valenciatravelcusco.com 

                        This depends on each itinerary, but generally is a ratio of one guide for every nine guests.

                        This depends on the type of the type of Travel insurance that the passenger has. We recommend that you have a comprehensive travel insurance policy for better care and hospital facilities.

                        The tours are carried out by an expert team that has determined the optimal times of visits to make the most of our guests' time, without rushing. All our programs are customizable, so if at any time at the destination you want to adjust the pace of the trip, you can ask your guide to reach a consensus with the whole group in case you need to make adjustments to the pace of the trip.

                        Each trip is customizable, but there may be additional restrictions and expenses in each case. We suggest contacting your sales representative for more information.

                        Yes, you can safely store any luggage at your  hotel.

                        For city tours, there are public bathrooms available, in remote destinations bathroom facilities are more sparse.

                        In the mountains and remote places there is no Internet connection. Hotels and public places usually have WIFI available.

                        In cities and tourist centers you will have good telephone reception. In remote areas, there may be no cell phone reception.

                        It depends on each itinerary. We suggest contacting your account representative to give you specific information regarding your  program.

                        We suggest that you bring a refillable water bottle or purchase bottled water if necessary. Depending on your destination, at various points on your trip there will be places where you can fill your water bottle.

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