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Rio Celeste - Arenal Volcano - Monteverde (Self Drive)
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This is a suggested independent itinerary that you customize. Please select the best flights, hotels, trains, activities, transportation and number of nights in each destination to fit your needs.
Heavenly Costa Rica!. Pick up the Rental Car at Liberia-Guanacaste Airport, and from there start this trip, enjoying Rio Celeste (known for it's divine hue of turquoise), that runs through the lush Tenorio Volcano National Park. The body of water's moniker stems from its striking color, which is caused by the interactions of chemicals and minerals linked to the region's volcanic activity. Continue to your next destination; Arenal Volcano (youngest and one of the most active stratovolcano in Costa Rica, near Lake Arena). After that, drive to Monteverde (one of Costa Rica`s biggest attractions and famous Cloud Forest Reserve, perfect for anyone looking for an educational nature experience, adventure in the jungle or birdwatching). Finally, have a night pleasant stay at the capital, San Jose City before returning home. This is a flexible vacation package. Select your number of nights in each city, desired hotel and activities.

This 7 night sample itinerary includes:
  • Flight into Liberia and out of San Jose City
  • Assistance at the Airport
  • Rental Car for 8 days - Pick up: Liberia-Guanacaste Airport/Drop off: San Jose City Airport
  • Hotel for 2 nights in Rio Celeste
  • Hotel for 2 nights in Arenal Volcano
  • Hotel for 2 nights in Monteverde Cloud Forest
  • Hotel for 1 night in San Jose City
  • Driving Time
    Liberia-Guanacaste Airport - Rio Celeste: 1 hr. 30 mins. approx.
    Rio Celeste - Arenal Volcano: 1 hr. 40 mins. approx.
    Arenal Volcano - Monteverde Cloud Forest: 2 hrs. 50 mins. approx.
    Monteverde Cloud Forest - San Jose City: 2 hrs. 55 mins. approx.


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San Jose City (94)     Arenal Volcano (99)     Monteverde Cloud Forest (47)     Guanacaste Beaches (Liberia) (41)     Rio Celeste (17)    
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1. Rio Celeste
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2. Arenal Volcano
   (31 hotels)
3. Monteverde Cloud Forest
   (17 hotels)
4. San Jose City
   (33 hotels)
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2 nights in Rio Celeste

The stunning area of Rio Celeste is described by the local saying; when god finished painting the sky blue, he washed his paintbrushes in Rio Celeste. The Rio Celeste (Blue River) has a magnificent deep turquoise blue color due to a chemical reaction of volcanic minerals and a privileged location and a striking waterfall. The mystical river is set amidst lush verdant rainforests where ecological trails lead you to waterfalls, hot springs, and mud baths. Visitors can watch the waters changed color from clear to an intense shade of blue where two streams merge causing the chemical reaction.

Recommended Stay: At least 2 nights

Must See`s:

Tenorio Volcano, Tenorio Volcano National Park, Celeste River Waterfall, Celeste River, and so much more!




2 nights in Arenal Volcano

Arenal Volcano is located in north-western Costa Rica, around 55 miles of San José, in the province of Alajuela and it's a must-do while in Costa Rica. It is one of the most active volcanoes in the country and in the world. Arenal`s perfectly symmetrical shape makes it a sightseer`s dream with abundance of outdoor activities.

Recommended Stay: At least 2 nights

Must See's: Lake Arenal, Arenal Natura Ecological Park, Hanging Bridges, Hot Springs, Lava Trail, Danta River and Waterfall, Chocolate Farm.




2 nights in Monteverde Cloud Forest

Monteverde Cloud Forest is one of the most extraordinary and important nature reserves in the world. With thousands of species of animals, birds, and plants, including over 300 types of orchids alone, this fantasy land for nature lovers covers more than 26,000 acres that support a massive diversity of plant and animal life and an inexhaustible variety of outdoor activities.

Recommended Stay: At least 2 nights

Must See's: Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve, Selvatura Park, Curi Cancha Wildlife Refuge, Butterfly Gardens, Orchid Garden.




1 nights in San Jose City

San Jose is Costa Rica`s capital city, and the central nervous system of the country, serving as both a destination unto itself, and as a convenient base of operations for visitors to its other spectacular locations and natural wonders.

Recommended Stay: At least 1 night

Must See's: National Theatre, Museo del Jade Marco Fidel Tristan Castro, La Sabana Metropolitan Park, Nataional Museum, Plaza de la Cultura, Central Market.





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Rio Celeste
Day 1
Arrive to Rio Celeste
Overnight in Rio Celeste   4 hotels offered
Day 2
Overnight in Rio Celeste   4 hotels offered
Day 3
Departing from Rio Celeste
Transportation to next city by: Regional Air
Arenal Volcano
Day 3
Arrive to Arenal Volcano
Overnight in Arenal Volcano   31 hotels offered
Optional   347 Things to do
Day 4
Overnight in Arenal Volcano   31 hotels offered
Optional   347 Things to do
Day 5
Departing from Arenal Volcano
Transportation to next city by: Regional Air
Monteverde Cloud Forest
Day 5
Arrive to Monteverde Cloud Forest
Overnight in Monteverde Cloud Forest   17 hotels offered
Optional   49 Things to do
Day 6
Overnight in Monteverde Cloud Forest   17 hotels offered
Optional   49 Things to do
Day 7
Departing from Monteverde Cloud Forest
Transportation to next city by: Regional Air
San Jose City
Day 7
Arrive to San Jose City
Overnight in San Jose City   33 hotels offered
Optional   236 Things to do
Day 8
Departing from San Jose City

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Rio Celeste Hotels (4 total)
Arenal Volcano Hotels (31 total)
Monteverde Cloud Forest Hotels (17 total)
San Jose City Hotels (33 total)


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Tours in Monteverde Cloud Forest (49 total)
Tours in San Jose City (236 total)


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Rio Celeste
The stunning area of Rio Celeste is described by the local saying; when god finished painting the sky blue, he washed his paintbrushes in Rio Celeste. The Rio Celeste (Blue River) has a magnificent deep turquoise blue color due to a chemical reaction of volcanic minerals and a privileged location and a striking waterfall. The mystical river is set amidst lush verdant rainforests where ecological trails lead you to waterfalls, hot springs, and mud baths. Visitors can watch the waters changed color from clear to an intense shade of blue where two streams merge causing the chemical reaction.

Recommended Stay: At least 2 nights

Must See`s:

Tenorio Volcano, Tenorio Volcano National Park, Celeste River Waterfall, Celeste River, and so much more!

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Arenal Volcano
Arenal Volcano is located in north-western Costa Rica, around 55 miles of San José, in the province of Alajuela and it's a must-do while in Costa Rica. It is one of the most active volcanoes in the country and in the world. Arenal`s perfectly symmetrical shape makes it a sightseer`s dream with abundance of outdoor activities.

Recommended Stay: At least 2 nights

Must See's: Lake Arenal, Arenal Natura Ecological Park, Hanging Bridges, Hot Springs, Lava Trail, Danta River and Waterfall, Chocolate Farm.

Sample Itinerary Hotel Zones FAQ Getting Around The Volcano The Hot Springs La Fortuna Waterfall Sky Tram Sky Trek Hanging Bridges Tipping in Costa Rica When to Go
Monteverde Cloud Forest
Monteverde Cloud Forest is one of the most extraordinary and important nature reserves in the world. With thousands of species of animals, birds, and plants, including over 300 types of orchids alone, this fantasy land for nature lovers covers more than 26,000 acres that support a massive diversity of plant and animal life and an inexhaustible variety of outdoor activities.

Recommended Stay: At least 2 nights

Must See's: Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve, Selvatura Park, Curi Cancha Wildlife Refuge, Butterfly Gardens, Orchid Garden.

Sample Itinerary Hotel Zones FAQ Getting Around Tipping in Costa Rica When to Go
San Jose City
San Jose is Costa Rica`s capital city, and the central nervous system of the country, serving as both a destination unto itself, and as a convenient base of operations for visitors to its other spectacular locations and natural wonders.

Recommended Stay: At least 1 night

Must See's: National Theatre, Museo del Jade Marco Fidel Tristan Castro, La Sabana Metropolitan Park, Nataional Museum, Plaza de la Cultura, Central Market.

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