Tronadora de Tilaran

Guanacaste, Costa Rica

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North West Costa Rica 20 days – from $1032 pp

This tour will take you from Tortuguero Park at the Caribbean Coast of Costa Rica to the stunning beaches of the Nicoya Peninsula, but also to the countries two most visited volcanoes, Arenal and Rincón de la Vieja. This tour has a variety of activities to offer: beaches, hiking, horseback riding, canopying, kayaking, etc. A visit to the Monteverde cloud forest will enchant you with its mammals, birds, insects, reptiles and countless plants.
Day-by-day overview


Day-by-day overview

Day 1 – Dos Palmas Country Inn in Alajuela or Hotel Bougainvillea in Heredia
After your arrival at the international airport of Juan Santamaría in Alajuela, close to Costa Rica’s capital San José, we will pick you up and transfer you to your hotel of choice. It’s only a 15 minute drive and you will have time to relax and adjust to the tropical climate. Your rental car will be waiting for you at the hotel.

Day 2 and 3 – Mawamba Lodge in Tortuguero
Early in the morning we will pick you up for a trip to Tortuguero Park at the Caribbean Coast. First by car, then by boat floating through the jungle. Mawamba Lodge is located at an exotic spot, right between the Tortuguero Canal and the Caribbean Sea. You will have one and a half day to enjoy nature and spot turtles, birds and other wildlife. You can rent a boat and make a tour as well. On your return to Guapiles your rental car will be waiting for you to drive to Heliconia Island.

Day 4, 5 and 6 – Heliconia Island in Puerto Viejo de Sarapiquí
Heliconia Island. The name says it all: it’s located on a small island between two rivers. The lush tropical gardens surrounding the hotel are famous for their beauty. You can spot many birds and also monkeys. A visit to a pineapple and a banana plantation, a boat trip on the river or a visit to the biological center Selva Verde are amongst your options.

Day 7, 8 and 9  Monte Terras in Tronadora
Monte Terras is located at Lake Arenal in the northern province of Guanacaste where you will stay in a colorful and comfortable cabina. You can see the Arenal volcano from Monte Terras and in the evening you can see the lava rolling down the mountain – if you’re lucky. Of course you can hike the volcano, walk the lava rocks from the 1992 eruption or go horseback riding. A visit to the Monteverde cloud forest with its hanging bridges, canopy tours and numerous trails is a must.  You can enjoy windsurfing and kayaking or take a boat tour at lake Arenal.

Day 10, 11 and 12 Aroma de Campo in Curubandé
In the north of Costa Rica, close to Nicaragua, you can find hotel Aroma de Campo where you will stay in one of the colorful rooms. The main attraction to visit from this location is the national park of Rincón de la Vieja. It has a choice of trails, taking you to waterfalls and bubbling mud pools where you can smell the sulfur. The most spectacular trail will take you to the main crater, but it’s about 7 hrs walking. In the park you will find many species of trees, orchids and other plants, while the monkeys are keeping you company in the canopy.

Day 13, 14 and 15 – Fidelito Holiday Ranch in Tambor.
This hacienda style hotel on the Nicoya Peninsula is located in the jungle covered mountains of Tambor. A guided tour around the hotels 60 hectares of jungle is included. Other activities are: horseback riding, biking, hiking, walking or just relaxing at the 7 kms long beach.

Day 16, 17 and 18 Beach Hotel Celaje in Cabuya
At the southern tip of Nicoya Peninsula you will find Beach Hotel Celaje, where you can relax for a couple of days at the beach. You can take several day trips, i.e. to an uninhabited island. The hotel is located directly at the beach with a great view of the Pacific Ocean. A comfortable little bungalow will be your starting point.  


Day 19 – Dos Palmas Country Inn in La Garita or Hotel Bougainvillea in Heredia
The last night you will spend at Dos Palmas or Hotel Bougainvillea again. While njoying a cool drink at the swimming pool, you can look back on a wonderful vacation. You will also return you rental car here.  

Day 20
Departure from San José, we will take you to the airport.

Of course each hotel has a number of (day-) trips for you. We have only made a small selection in the above hotel descriptions. Pricing is based on two persons traveling together. If you’re with more people, want to extend or shorten this trip, combine the hotels differently or add hotels? It’s all possible. Just send an e-mail to or use the “contact” form on our website and we will provide you with an adjusted tour price.  

Prices for this tour per person
High season (Dec. 1 - Apr 30) from USD 1099
Low season  (May 1 - Nov 30) from USD 1032

Prices are based on double room occupancy and include breakfast and 13% tax.
The weeks of Christmas and Easter prices are deviating and available on demand.