Day 1:
Airport & San José

Most tourists stay in San José for a night before heading off to the beach or our famous tropical forests. As travelers, we would never advise you to disregard this city at this point in time.

Our capital city is in the midst of a cultural renaissance propelled by a younger generation that is reclaiming it as it’s own: art, amazing food, coffee, music and, of course, great drinks.

Yes, it might not be the most beautiful city on earth, but its gritty, somewhat chaotic aesthetic is part of what makes it unique. Just go where the locals go and you are sure to find this city to be the true local discovery.

Enjoy our exclusive Localista® walking historic tour to get a grasp of our capital’s city center and then get on a bike across town, or hop from a coffee house to a bar or, to top it all off: take a dance class that would have been forbidden in many local night spots some years ago. It’s all up to you, but we sure have a few cards under our sleeve to make sure you make the best out of your time in the capital.

Day 2: poÁs volcano


Enjoy the ride to Poás Volcano, one of the world’s largest craters boasting unbelievable Jurassic-park-like plants, breathtaking waterfalls, coffee estates and delicious local comfort food spots to try on the way up or down the mountain. Yes, this is a touristy area, but it’s a must!


Right after descending from it, at Dota State Coffee Tour, get a bit more than your regular caffeine fix as you try some of the best coffee around town and learn more about our city’s history and why it was once called “a huge coffee farm with lights…”

Day 3: Monteverde


Welcome to the mysteriously hypnotizing cloud forest of Monteverde. This is the perfect setting for zip-lining and exploring the tree canopy via hanging bridges.

Monteverde is a breathtaking rainbow –covered valley in the clouds offering spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean and Arenal Volcano. This emerald spot atop Costa Rica’s continental divide inspired a group of Quakers from Alabama to settle here with their families in the 1950s and give birth to what became the nature conservancy movement that has turned Costa Rica into the eco-conservation paradise it is today.

Meet the Quakers

In 1949, after serving time for refusing to fight in the Korean war, four pacifist Quakers from Alabama sought a country where they could embrace their peaceful beliefs and continue to cultivate their dairy farms (Costa Rica had abolished its army in 1948 and had underdeveloped mountainsides that were perfect for their trade). So in 1950 several Quaker families packed up their belongings and moved to Monteverde and began to farm and live in peace. These families – along with some of the area’s locals – would go along to establish the most eco-minded community in the country. On this exclusive Localista® tour, you’ll get to meet the families of the original Quakers who were inspired by Monteverde to make it their home and hear the amazing story behind this cloud-filled canopy first hand.

Day 4: 

Monteverde tours

Option 1: Zip-line over the cloud forest

Yes, you’ll scream. Yes, you’ll think twice before actually doing it, but once it’s over you’ll want to do it all over again. Gliding from one giant tree to the next is an amazing experience and Monteverde is the absolute perfect spot to do it. There are several zip-lines throughout the country, but this one is definitely our favorite.

Option 2: Hanging over the cloud forest

For those who think zip-lining is a bit too extreme, Monteverde’s hanging bridges are a perfect alternative and an equally awesome experience (with a bit less of the adrenaline rush). Take a calm, meandering walk through the canopy and soak up the beauty of this unique cloud forest.

Day 5: La fortuna/Arenal

La Fortuna (which means The Great Fortune) is home not only to one of the most exciting volcanoes in Costa Rica (Arenal), but to some of the most beautiful waterfalls, hot springs, indigenous communities and horseback riding trails in the country. La Fortuna is our very own natural theme park with a wide variety of activities and services to satisfy your cravings for adventure, pampering, fine dinging and in-depth cultural exchange.

Soak up some R&R at the Eco-Thermal hot springs

Whatever you chose to do while in La Fortuna, your visit will not be complete until you spend a little time resting and relaxing in some of the best eco-thermal hot springs in the world. We can’t prove it scientifically, but we are pretty sure these natural springs may very well be secret to eternal youth.




The La Fortuna Waterfall is one of the best things to see when you come to the Arenal Area! You will love the hike down to the La Fortuna Waterfall because you can see all of the natural beauty of the rainforest as well as the birds and wildlife that live there. Once you arrive to the La Fortuna Waterfall, prepare to be blown away by the beauty of this impressive waterfall near the Arenal Volcano! You will also be able to swim and take amazing photos!

Day 7: Back to san josé


Back to San José or continue the trip to one of the beaches of your choice

  • Flamingo: Flamingo Beach Resort 4d3n ( lodging and breakfast inlcuded)
  • Manuel Antonio: Hotel Plaza Yara 4d3n (lodging and breakfast included)
  • Puerto Viejo: Hotel Cariblue 4d3n (lodging and breakfast included)


Want to know more?

Need more days soaking in El Arenal thermal waters? Do you want to see te Poás Volcano one more time? Let us know!