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Discover the extraordinary natural beauty and amazing biodiversity of Costa Rica on this 9-day tour of the country’s northwestern region. Departing from San Jose, visit Arenal Volcano National Park, Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge, the cloud forest of Monteverde, Tamarindo’s famed beaches, and Vida Aventura Nature Park in Guanacaste. The tour includes 8 nights of accommodation, all transfers, exciting activities, and many meals so you can skip the stress of planning and simply enjoy your spectacular Costa Rica vacation.


  • 9-day tour of northwest Costa Rica from San Jose
  • Get up-close views of Arenal Volcano National Park (Parque Nacional Volcán Arenal)
  • Soak in thermal hot springs at Baldi resort
  • Cruise down Rio Frío and spot birdlife in Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge
  • Soar along a zipline and horseback ride in Vida Aventura Nature Park in Guanacaste
  • See the forest canopy on a Sky Walk tour in Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve
  • 8 nights of accommodation, transportation and entrance fees included

What You Can Expect

9-Day Best of Northwest Costa Rica from San Jose: Arenal Volcano National Park, Monteverde Cloud Forest and Guanacaste

Sky Walk at Monteverde Reserve

Make the most of your time in Costa Rica with this action-packed, 9-day tour, expertly organized to maximize adventure and minimize stress. A friendly host will greet you upon your arrival in San Jose and transfer you to your city hotel for the night. The next day, set off on your northwestern adventure.  

Visit the artisan community of Sarchí, and soak in mineral hot springs at the base of an active crater in Arenal Volcano National Park. Take a Sky Walk through the misty cloud forest of Monteverde, and soak up the sun on the glorious beaches of Tamarindo. Embark on a floating safari through Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge to see native species like monkeys, sloths, and colorful birds. 

In Guanacaste, fly across the rain forest canopy on a zipline adventure, horseback ride through the hillsides, and detox with a thermal mud bath. Add on optional tours during a free day here to customize your experience.

Your choice of 3.5- or 4-star hotels, all transportation, many activities and select meals are all included. See Itinerary for complete tour details.


Customer Reviews

Michelle H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

It was an excellent well organized tour. The tour company did not miss a beat, our hotel rooms were booked at every location and tours were timely with pick up.
I was traveling with my mother who is 78 years old. They were incredibly respectful of her. Some of the activities were strenuous, and they ensured she was safe every step of the way.

We chose the 4 star option hotel package and the hotels were very nice. The tours were well done and the guides were friendly, knowledgeable and courteous.
Be ready for long, bumpy van rides. The roads are rough and everything is spaced apart.
In Monteverde you will do the sky walk tour, there are actually 3 things that you can do in the Reserve the sky walk, sky tram and zip lining. The sky walk is 2 hours and it is an active walk. I wished we would have done the zip lining at our own expense. People raved about it and how safe it was, and the sky tram was included with zip lining.
The bad though not bad enough to reduce the rating:
In Guanacaste we stayed at Cala Luna Hotel, elegant hotel and the food was incredible. Access to beach swimming was disappointing. The beach was close, however there was nowhere to swim unless you hiked.
The Vida Aventura Nature Park tour, they could not do the tour on the day offered and we were lucky to have a free day and switched the tour. I had mixed feelings about this tour. There was no warning that it was going to be a 3 hour van ride each way we went through Liberia. Although fun, the zip lining did not seem all that safe and the trails to some of the lines were tough. The horse riding was great and very adventurous. The electricity was out so they could not fill the pools, so we drove to another hot springs location and it was a total let down. It was just pools in the direct sun that might have been natural water, but looked just like a pool with chlorine. So due to circumstances beyond their control we did not experience their hot springs or mud bath.

Sigurd T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Excellent trip! Hotel choices, the tours, and trips were all very well planned. The punctuality of tour guides was very impressive. We had a wonderful time and highly recommend it!!

Bob K

4 star rating: Recommended March 2015

This felt like a bit of a gamble because we had no idea whether would be in a van with 4 well-behaved adults or a bus with 20 obnoxious ones, but it turned out to be the former. Our tour guide was helpful and extremely knowledge. Arenal and Monteverde were great, the beach a bit overly tourist.

Nelida M

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better June 2016

No much information between one tour and other. Transportation terrible. hotel terrible not air condition, not TV, and Not Wireless. To much waiting time from activities to activities.

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