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Essential Costa Rica


Essential Costa Rica

9 days from $2,780 - Land Only
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Day 1  Arrive San Jose
Arrive in San Jose where you will be met and transferred to your hotel. The remainder of the day is at leisure to relax.

Real InterContinental San Jose

The Real InterContinental Costa Rica Hotel is ideally located in San Jose, Costa Rica, within the exclusive area of Escazu, across from the Multi Plaza Shopping and Entertainment Center.

The Real InterContinental Costa Rica Hotel in San Jose is surrounded by the magnificent mountains and vegetation of Costa Rica. Located across the largest and most modern shopping mall in the country, only 15 minutes away from the international airport, and just ten minutes from downtown San Jose. It is very easy traveling from the hotel to the city and the most important business and entertainment centers.

Undoubtedly, Costa Rica is one of the most beautiful countries in Latin America and has a prominent place in ecotourism worldwide. Throughout its territory, you will find a wealth of national parks and protected areas, the most paradisal beaches, majestic volcanoes, rivers, and mountains.

The Real InterContinental Costa Rica Hotel's style and decoration harmoniously combine elegance and good taste and give it a singular touch of freshness and natural beauty. Everything is set to make your stay at Real InterContinental Costa Rica an incomparable experience.

Transfers and Distances

* Juan Santamaria International Airport - 25 kilometers (16 miles), 15 to 20 minutes' drive

Complimentary transportation to the hotel (limited space) is offered at the following times:

* Hotel to airport - from 5:00, 8:00, 10:00, 14:00, 16:00, 20:00 hours * Airport to hotel - from 08:40,10:40,14:40,16:40,20:40 hours

A taxi service operates 24 hours a day; fare about US$20.00.

San Jose is a fun place where every modern luxury is delivered in a tropical environment. The Real InterContinental Costa Rica Hotel offers 261 elegantly appointed rooms and suites and 20 meeting rooms which make this property the ideal location for the most important corporate, government and social events.

Our services include the Azulejos Restaurant featuring international cuisine and the Scenario Bar with live music to enjoy a delicious cocktail in the perfect ambience. Additionally the hotel offers 24 hours gym, a beautiful outdoor swimming pool, beauty parlor, tennis court, sauna and massage treatments.

Near San Jose you can find numerous touristic places like Valle de Orosí, active volcanoes Irazú and Poás, or if you like the adventure, try canopy or river rafting. Other attractions to visit include the Manuel Antonio National Park, with a wide variety of fauna.

The Real InterContinental Costa Rica recently received in London the World Travel Award 2005 as Central and Latin America's Leading Conference Hotel.

Guest Rooms

Real InterContinental Costa Rica Hotel has 261 well-appointed guest rooms including one Presidential Suite and five Junior Suites. For the executive traveler, there are plenty of specially adapted Business rooms. To enhance guests' comfort we have non smoking rooms in each floor. All our rooms offer an excellent view to the gardens, surrounded by tropical atmosphere. The Real InterContinental Costa Rica Hotel is ideally located in San Jose, Costa Rica, within the exclusive area of Escazu, across from the Multi Plaza Shopping and Entertainment Center.

Fulfilling the highest standards of amenities, the Real InterContinental Costa Rica Hotel's guest rooms offer air conditioning, color TV with cable, radio, two telephones with dual lines and international dialing, voicemail, minibar, hairdryer and vanity mirrors.

Additional facilities include:
  • Smoke detectors
  • Sprinkler system
  • Vanity mirrors
  • Life safety system
  • Two automatic guest elevators
  • Safety-deposit box
  • Bathroom with bathtub
  • Daily housekeeping service
Guest Room Information
  • 261 rooms
  • 1 Presidential Suite
  • 5 Junior Suites
  • 54 Club Floor Rooms
  • 94 single rooms
  • 56 double rooms
  • 16 connecting rooms
  • 20 Executive Women rooms
  • 15 Business room
DiningA variety of food and beverage options are offered at Real InterContinental Costa Rica Hotel. Mirage Restaurant serves French and Mediterranean cuisine in an intimate atmosphere. Azulejos offers all-day dining and serves international cuisine. Scenarios, the Lobby bar, is the perfect place for any occasion. Bananas Wet Bar, situated next to the pool, is the ideal place to enjoy a wide selection of snacks and drinks. Guests may also choose to relax in the privacy of their own rooms, and dine with 24-hour Room Service.


Day 2  San Jose-Poas Volcano & Sarchi - Arenal Volcano | Meals: BL
Our journey to Arenal Volcano begins today as we drive to Poas Volcano, with one of the largest accessible volcanic craters in the world. Its turquoise-green to grey color makes the volcano easy to identify. Continue to Sarchi where you will find hand carved wooden souvenirs and the iconic painted miniature oxcart. Following lunch our drive continues past cattle ranches and agricultural plantations to the Arenal Volcano area. Settle into your hotel which has its own hot springs.
Arenal Kioro Suites & Spa

Day 3  Arenal Volcano | Meals: B
The morning is dedicated to visiting Arenal Volcano Naitonal Park where you can view the enormous volcano and learn about the history of the mountain and the surrounding areas. The afternoon is free to indulge in another activity - you might like trying the Sky Tram and Trek which is a mix of tram ride and a zip line tour.
Arenal Kioro Suites & Spa

Day 4  Arenal Volcano-Monteverde Cloud Forest | Meals: B
After breakfast, a boat trip across Arenal Lake, the largest and most important lake in Costa Rica, is the first part of the journey to the Monteverde Cloud Forest. As you cross the lake, watch for a wide variety of both resident and migrant birds. The last part of our journey is over gravel roads with stunning views of the mountain scenery. The remainder of the afternoon is at leisure.
El Establo

Day 5  Monteverde Cloud Forest | Meals: B
An exciting day ahead as you take one of the most diverse nature walks in Costa Rica. Nestled in this natural wonderland are more than 2,000 species of trees and plants, 400 bird species (including the resplendent Quetzal, 100 mammal species and more than 1,200 species of amphibians and reptiles. It is truly spectacular. You're back at the hotel by mid morning and at leisure for the rest of the day. You might like to add an optional adventure activity like a sky trek - which combines a tram ride up with a 2.5 mile zip line ride down.
El Establo

Day 6  Monteverde Cloud Forest - Palo Verde National Park - Mansita Beach | Meals: B
Today we descend from the highlands to the lowlands of the North Pacific Coast. Enjoy a short stop for a safari tour in Palo Verde National Park. A ride on small boats built to navigate the wetlands and rivers of the park, you can observe a stunning array of bird life along with the largest population of crocodiles in Costa Rica! It's on to the beach for three nights of sun and fun.
JW Marriott Mansita Beach

Day 7 & 8  Mansita Beach | Meals: B
The days are at leisure to enjoy the facilities at your luxury hotel. The region is surrounded by nature reserves with an incredible concentration of flora and fauna so you might want to add an optional tour or activity to your stay.
JW Marriott Mansita Beach

Day 9  Mansita Beach-Depart | Meals: B
Transfer to Liberia Airport for your flight home.

Land Only Per Person Prices in US Dollars
Departs Day
  Per Person Sharing a Twin Bedded Room Per Person in a Single Bedded Room
01 DEC 16 - 30 APR 17$3,280$4,880
01 MAY 17 - 31 AUG 17$2,865$4,055
01 SEP 17 - 31 OCT 17$2,780$3,885
All prices are per person, LAND ONLY, based on two people traveling together. Tour prices for singles traveling alone are available upon request. Holiday supplements and minimum night stays apply for travel between December 12-January 8 and April 7-16 and the above prices are not valid during these travel dates.

  • Volcanoes & Beaches
    7 days from $2,275 Land Only
    Visiting: San Jose, Arenal Volcano, Mansita Beach

  • Rainforest Discovery
    9 days from $1,275 Land Only
    Visiting: San Jose, Tortuguero, Arenal Volcano, Monteverde Cloud Forest

  • Rainforest Explorer
    9 days from $1,215 Land Only
    Visiting: San Jose, Arenal Volcano, Monteverde Cloud Forest, Manuel Antonio
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  • San Jose
  • Poás Volcano
  • Sarchi
  • Arenal Volcano
  • Monteverde Cloud Forest
  • Palo Verde National Park
  • Mansita Beach

This Tour Includes

  • Deluxe accommodations with private facilities
  • Full breakfast daily and 2 lunches (BLD)
  • Private arrival and departure transfers
  • Private guided transfer/tour from San Jose to Arenal Volcano including visits to Poas Volcano and Sarchi Village
  • Private half day Arenal Volcano National Park hike
  • Private guided transfer from Arenal Volcano to Monteverde Cloud Forest including boat trip across Arenal Lake
  • Private half day Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve hike tour
  • Private guided transfer from Monteverde Cloud Forest to Guanacaste Beaches including a boat tour to Palo Verde National Park
  • UTG document booklet and baggage tags
  • All entrance fees and hotel taxes
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