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Costa Rica Adventure with Tortuguero

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Tour Pace: Active
Arenal Volcano
Tour Style: Value
10 Days from $1,220 per person

Discoveries abound on this Costa Rican all-encompassing adventure. Travel from the vibrant capital, San Jose to quaint artisan settlements before being awestruck by this nation's outstanding natural beauty. From volcanos to rainforests, you'll quickly understand why Costa Rica is famed for its richly diverse ecosystems and the spectacular and unique flora and fauna it affords.

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  1. Pura vida, welcome to Costa Rica. Get settled in at your hotel and start exploring on your own.
    hotel:Aloft San Jose
  2. Your adventure begins in the morning as you head for Tortuguero. In Guapiles, board a boat that will take you through miles of protected canals and to your hotel where lunch and dinner are included. Wander through Tortuguero village as your Local Specialist shows you the local ways of life before visiting the Green Turtle Research Station.

    meal(s):Continental Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    hotel:Turtle Beach Lodge
  3. Rise early to enjoy the beauty of nature at the best time of the day. Mornings are ideal for cruising the Tortuguero National Park canals as sunrise is when local wildlife is most active. Breakfast will be ready once you get back to the hotel and the rest of the morning will be at leisure to enjoy your hotel's facilities. In the afternoon, take a guided jungle hike. Learn more about the flora and fauna of this region and the projects for its conservation.

    meal(s):Full Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  4. Take a mid-morning departure back to San Jose, crossing Braulio Carrillo National Park along the way. Meet with your Travel Director and continue your Costa Rica Adventure as per Day 1-7 of the itinerary.

    meal(s):Full Breakfast, Lunch
  5. Start the day with a brief sightseeing tour of San Jose, Costa Rica's vibrant capital city. Then head north and stop in Sarchí, a quaint little town known as the cradle of Costa Rican artisanship. The town is perhaps most widely recognised for its colourful and decorative oxcarts that have been made here for over a century. There's time to browse the beautifully intricate arts, crafts and souvenirs. Continue ascending the Tilaran Mountain range and watch as the landscape changes before your eyes as you enter the stunning Cloud Forest area.

    meal(s):Full Breakfast
    hotel:Monteverde Country Lodge
  6. This morning, join your Local Specialist as you explore The Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve. This world-renowned forest contains a variety of different types of ecosystems. Learn about the thousands of plants and animal species, many of which are endemic to the area—over 400 species of birds alone, including 30 species of hummingbirds. See howler monkeys, sloths, toucans and possibly the resplendent Quetzal bird. Discover unique flora, including orchids, bromeliads and strangler figs, adding to this forest's already impressive beauty. This afternoon, relax or partake in optional activities. This evening, you may want to transfer into town for dinner at a local restaurant.
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  7. Today, take in the wonderful vistas of coffee plantations and cattle ranches as you make your way toward Lake Arenal and Arenal Volcano National Park. Arrive at your beautiful resort for a relaxing three night stay. Surrounded by Costa Rica's most richly diverse ecosystems, your secluded resort features spectacular views overlooking the San Carlos River. Enjoy outdoor pools, a botanical and butterfly garden and abundant wildlife, including tame iguanas roaming around the property. Dinner is included this evening at the resort.
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    hotel:Tilajari Resort
  8. Rise and shine for an early guided hike through Mirador 1968. This private reserve, located next to Arenal Volcano National Park, is named in honor of the volcano's greatest eruption which changed the panorama of this region. As you walk along the lava trails, you'll see evidence of the volcanic activity in the area and its effect. Continue to the town of La Fortuna and enjoy some time to browse. This afternoon, head toward the famous Arenal Hanging Bridges Park. Here, “sky walk” with your Local Specialist across suspension bridges and through tree canopies, giving you a close up view of life in the canopy. This evening, visit a hot springs resort where you'll be able to enjoy and relax in the mineral hot pools coming directly from the volcano.
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  9. This morning, enjoy the sights and sounds of the rainforest and experience its peacefulness—on a safari float trip down the Peñas Blancas River. Appreciate the wonders of the Peñas Blancas River and the surrounding rainforest and farm lands as you glide silently taking photos of monkeys, sloths, iguanas, caimans and numerous tropical birds. Your Local Specialist will share with you educational and interesting explanations about the plants and animals that call the jungle home. Along the way, visit a farming family who live on the river, untouched by modern conveniences. Return to the resort in time for lunch, followed by a horseback ride through the rainforest. The rest of the day is at leisure to pursue your own interests. Swim, play tennis, stroll through the botanical and butterfly gardens or partake in optional activities such as ziplining, white water rafting adventures or perhaps a massage at the spa. This evening, get together with your fellow travelers for dinner.
    meal(s):FB, L, D
  10. Transfer back to San Jose International Airport or extend your vacation to Guanacaste.
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Meal Summary

6 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch, 2 Dinners, .

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Enjoy an orientation tour in the capital city of Costa Rica and explore Sarchi, the arts and crafts capital, famed for its intricately painted oxcarts
  • Hike with your Local Specialist who offers insights into the region's unique bird and wildlife ecosystems
  • Enjoy trails and suspension bridges, hike along lava trails through Mirador 1968, a private reserve, located adjacent to Volcano Arenal National Park and take a scenic float trip safari with your Local Specialist
  • Definite Departure
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21 Mar 18 30 Mar 18 $1,220pp Request Quote Book Now
4 Apr 18 13 Apr 18 $1,250pp Request Quote Book Now
18 Apr 18 27 Apr 18 checkmark $1,250pp Request Quote Book Now
9 May 18 18 May 18 $1,250pp Request Quote Book Now
20 Jun 18 29 Jun 18 $1,220pp Request Quote Book Now
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18 Jul 18 27 Jul 18 $1,250pp Request Quote Book Now
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10 Oct 18 19 Oct 18 $1,275pp Request Quote Book Now
7 Nov 18 16 Nov 18 $1,275pp Request Quote Book Now

All prices are per person twin-share. Single rooms available at a supplement.

Single Supplement from: $470
Please note that Guaranteed Room Share is not available on this trip.

Gratuities: Option to pre-pay tips to Travel Director and Driver $74 per person.

Airport Arrival to San Jose International Airport will be at approximately 12 noon. Please be aware when booking your flights.

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