What makes this trip special?
Ranching and adventure
Rincon de la Vieja
Costa Rica's most active volcano
Remote wetland habitat teeming with wildlife
Forest in the clouds
Beautiful beaches a plenty
- Day Overnight
Rincon de la Vieja
Rincon de la Vieja
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Day-by-day itinerary for 'Route 3: The Northwest'
Guide prices for 'Route 3: The Northwest'
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Prices are per person and include:
- all other travel in Costa Rica
- all accommodation
- meals as indicated B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner
- rental car with unlimited mileage and fully comprehensive insurance (details on request)
Prices do not include:
- international flights
- travel insurance
- airport and departure taxes
- items of a personal nature such as drinks, tips, laundry, etc
- car-hire: refundable deposit
- car-hire: additional driver insurance
- car-hire: petrol
Customer reviews for
'Route 3: The Northwest'
Recent reviews are shown here from holidays based on this initial design. In each case the itinerary may have been modified
(a little or a lot) to suit the individual traveller.
Wildlife, botony + the great people we met and Panama Transit
Activities at Rincon de la Vieja, relaxed atmosphere at Tamarindo
Seasonal information for 'Route 3: The Northwest'
Hotels for 'Route 3: The Northwest'
Hilton Garden Inn, Liberia
Situated beside Liberia's international airport this modern hotel (opened 2009) makes a sensible positioning night location for those with early departure/late arrival flights. Rooms are spacious with fridge, flat screen TV, coffee maker, micro-wave. There is a restaurant open 06.30 - 22.30h daily, outdoor swimming pool and fitness room, whilst there is also on on site convenience store if you need anything after a late arrival or before an early departure.
Days 2 - 3
Aroma del Campo
Rincon de la Vieja NP
Casa Rural Aroma de Campo is a hacienda style bed & breakfast guesthouse, with marvellous views of the surrounding lowlands of Guanacaste. The lodge is Located close to the main entrance to the Rincon de la Vieja National Park, between the small village of Curubande.
Days 4 - 7
Volcano Lodge & Gardens
This motel style lodge is located between La Fortuna and Arenal Lake, with a super view of Arenal Volcano. Rooms are spacious with two double beds and a private bathroom, hot water, a/c and picture windows to the volcano. Each room also has a private terrace for volcano viewing and enjoying the very attractively landscaped gardens which come alive with tropical birds in the early morning. There is a swimming pool, Jacuzzi, and the restaurant offers a variety of local and international meals. There are also hotsprings on site making this a pleasant place to relax during any free time Arenal.
Days 8 - 9
Trapp Family Lodge
Trapp Family Lodge is the closest hotel to the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve. Each room has a private bathroom and private balcony. The superior rooms are located in the main building which also houses the bar and restaurant. The newer, upper-range 'Mountain Suites' are located in the garden a short distance from the main building. The lodge offers guided tours and is in easy walking distance from the Hummingbird Gallery. As it is a little isolated from the rest of the village, if you don't wish to dine in the hotel you will probably want to order a taxi or drive - or pack a torch for the walk!
Outside the lodge
Days 10 - 14
Bahia del Sol
Bahia del Sol Hotel & Suites is situated in a lovely bay and acts as a great base for exploring the area. The rooms and suites in this small boutique hotel, are set around a luxurious green garden with exotic plants and tropical trees. An open air restaurant and bar and a fresh water swimming pool with Jacuzzi are only a few steps away from the rooms, overlooking the Potrero Bay.
The hotel's best feature is Potrero Bay Beach, a pristine beach with crystal clear water and soothing waves, where guests can take relaxing walks, swim in the warm Pacific Ocean, horseback ride into the sunset or just relax and sunbathe.
Playa Potrero is a typical Costa Rican beach destination (a small community surrounded by farmland) and is a 5 minute drive from Flamingo beach, where you can find many restaurants, bars and another beautiful beach.
Tamarindo is about 20 minutes away, where it is also possible to find good restaurants and nightclubs.