Quetzals and Whales
9 Days / 8 Nights
Discover the paradise of flora and fauna in San Gerardo de Dota then head to the Ballena Marine National Park where you will hopefully be able to see humpback whales coming to the area to mate. In this region you will find activities such as whale and dolphin watching, horseback riding, bird watching, scuba diving, sport fishing, and hiking through the rainforest, which has a large number of waterfalls. Finally head to Manuel Antonio to enjoy the sun and white sand beaches of the Manuel Antonio National Park. Many adventures are available in the Manuel Antonio area, such as canopy tours, horseback riding, sunset cruises to see dolphins and whales, and whitewater rafting on the Savegre River.
Our itineraries are suggestions and are fully customisable according to your needs, interests and budget.
Treat these itineraries as inspiration and one of our experts will create your uniquely tailored holiday with your requests in mind so that you can truly experience Costa Rica with Seven Senses.
Day 1. Arrive San José (-/-/-)
Welcome to San José, Costa Rica. Meet your driver and transfer to your hotel. Explore the city and its charms, its theatres, museums, shopping, or just enjoy a coffee while watching the daily life of the "Ticos".
Day 2. San José - San Gerardo de Dota (B/-/-)
Breakfast at the hotel. Your adventure starts as we head toward the land of the Quetzal, the sacred bird of the Mayans. During our wonderful tour, you'll enjoy stunning mountains covered by evergreen vegetation of the cloud forest. Nestled between mountains and surrounded by extensive forests, San Gerardo de Dota offers us a paradise of flora and fauna in its purest state. Due to its elevated location of more than 2,000 meters above sea level, the area enjoys a temperate and cold climate, combined with the mysterious cloud forest, which makes it a perfect destination for nature lovers.
Day 3. San Gerardo de Dota (B/-/-)
Breakfast at the hotel. Today is a free day to relax in the cloud forest, listen to the sounds of nature, observe birds, hike, or horseback ride through the forest or to waterfalls. These are just some of the optional tours you can reserve.
Day 4. San Gerardo de Dota - Costa Ballena (B/-/-)
Breakfast at the hotel. At the appointed hour we will transfer you to the Costa Ballena (Whale Coast). The Ballena Marine National Park was created to protect the diverse coastal marine habitats, such as beaches, estuaries, mangroves, islands and coral reefs, and also to protect marine species such as the endangered humpback whales that come to our coast to mate and have their calves.
Day 5. Costa Ballena (B/-/-)
Breakfast at the hotel. In this region you will find activities such as whale and dolphin watching, horseback riding, bird watching, scuba diving, sport fishing, and hiking through the rainforest, which has a large number of waterfalls. All of these activities provide stunning scenery for photos to capture the most beautiful natural details of the country.
Day 6. Costa Ballena - Manuel Antonio (B/-/-)
Breakfast at the hotel. Your next destination is the Port of Quepos and the wonderful Manuel Antonio National Park, which offers even more scenic beauty. In the tropical wet forest, there are many species of flora and fauna in danger of extinction. Bird watching is plentiful – Collared Aracaris, Pelicans, Laughing Falcons, Ospreys, and Green Kingfishers – and you can see mammals such as raccoons, coatis, agoutis, two-toed sloths, white-faced Capuchin monkeys and Squirrel Monkeys. It is important to note that the Manuel Antonio National Park is closed on Mondays.
Day 7. Manuel Antonio (B/-/-)
Breakfast at the hotel. Today is free to enjoy the sun and white sand beaches of the Manuel Antonio National Park. Many adventures are available in the Manuel Antonio area, such as canopy tours, horseback riding, sunset cruises to see dolphins and whales, and whitewater rafting on the Savegre River. The area offers a wide variety of cuisine for all tastes.
Day 8. Manuel Antonio (B/-/-)
Breakfast at the hotel. Day at leisure to enjoy of the facilities of the hotel the beautiful beach of Manuel Antonio.
Day 9. Manuel Antonio - San José (B/-/-)
Breakfast at the hotel . Transfer to the airport. If your flight leaves before 15:00; you will require a private transfer for additional charge.
PRICES AND INCLUSIONS
9 DAYS / 8 NIGHTS FROM £725 per person + flights
based on 2 people travelling together with shared transfers or self drive
The price includes:
Transfer from the airport to the hotel
1 night accommodation in San Jose, breakfast included
Shared transfer from San Jose to San Gerardo de Dota
2 nights accommodation in San Gerardo de Dota, with breakfast included
Shared transfer from San Gerardo de Dota to Costa Ballena
2 nights’ accommodation in Costa Ballena, breakfast included
Shared transfer from Costa Ballena to Manuel Antonio
3 nights’ accommodation in Manuel Antonio, breakfast included
Shared transfer from Manuel Antonio to San José (Airport)
Meals as mentioned in the program without drinks (B/L/D) = (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)
The price does not include:
Return flights from the UK to Costa Rica. Request a quote from us.
Anything not specifically mentioned above.
Optional tours, camera fees.
Tips to the guide and driver, porters and waiters.
Personal costs such as drinks, laundry, etc.
Peak season surcharges
Private transfer surcharges if required
Full cover insurance in case of self drive option
Prerequisites for self drive option:
Valid driver's license. The foreign license is valid in Costa Rica for 90 days from the date of entry into the country
Minimum driver age of 21 years
The driver must carry the driver's license of the country of origin
The driver must present a passport
The driver must present a valid credit card for the security deposit (USD 750 approximately)
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