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Welcome to San Jose, where a warm greeting and private hotel transfer await you at the airport. At 18:00, join your Traveling Concierge and fellow guests for a Welcome Dinner with drinks.
An early start begins the journey to the jungle as you travel from San Jose to where the road gives way to the Caribbean coastal canal system. Breakfast will be served before boarding your boat as you continue to travel toward Tortuguero. Along the way, keep your eyes open to spot monkeys, iguanas, toucans and many other bird species. Arrive to your jungle accommodation, complete with all the creature comforts of home and the only hotel with air-conditioning in Tortuguero. Be warmly welcomed with a beverage, orientation of the facility and lunch. This afternoon, visit Tortuguero Village and the Caribbean Conservation Company. Learn about the afro-Caribbean culture and the preservation philosophy of Tortuguero. This evening, enjoy dinner in the Ara Macaw Restaurant paying tribute to Caribbean fusion cuisine.
Rise with the Howler monkeys and depart the dock for a special trip into Tortugero National Park by boat. This protected wilderness area is famous for being the nesting grounds for sea turtles and endangered green turtles (seasonal). Brackish and fresh water creeks and lagoons are the perfect places to spot spectacled caimans and river turtles. Return to the hotel and relax or perhaps take part in one of the many options available. Make some time for a spa treatment, read a book by the pool or add to your bird count while roaming the exuberant gardens. Return to the canal in the afternoon to see the difference of wildlife as the day progresses towards sunset. This evening, why not try to spot some nocturnal creatures with an evening walk with your guide?
In the morning, gain an new perspective of the jungle landscape. Depart by small aircraft alongside the beach of Toruguero and head off toward the Barva and Irazu volcanoes on the way to San Jose. Watch below as the canals and jungles give way to mountains and finally the urban city life from where your journey began. Transfer to your hotel, relax and refresh. This evening join your fellow travellers for a Welcome Dinner as your Costa Rica adventure continues.
Head to the outskirts of the Central Valley for some delicious coffee with the Arrieta family, as they share their way of life on their coffee plantation. Continue to Sarchí, for lunch among beautiful tropical plants and flowers at Else Kientzler Botanical Garden. After lunch, travelto the Bajos del Toro Cloud Forest for birdwatching and wildlife spotting. In the evening, experience the charming and remote El Silencio Lodge while dining with wine in this unique setting in the clouds.
Perhaps start your day with a mystic cloud forest hike. Walk through the hummingbird garden leading to the cloud forest trails and hidden paths that embrace nature's elements. Next, plant a living legacy in a carbon-offsetting cloud forest that is helping to bring the vibrantly-coloured quetzal bird to the region. Head to La Fortuna before arriving at your hotel just outside the Arenal Volcano National Park. After some time to relax, savor Costa Rican cuisine, with wine, alongside the active volcano.
Rise early this morning to meet with a volcanologist from the National University of Costa Rica's Volcanological and Seismological Observatory. Learn of their research of volcanic activity in the area and how the area has been transformed by volcanic activity. Later, join your Traveling Concierge for an adventure, with something suited for every ability. Choose from zipping through the canopy treetops, enjoying a skywalk on a series of suspension bridges, joining a naturalist guide on an aerial gondola, or if you're feeling adventurous, perhaps river-rafting on the controlled rapids of Piedras Negras River? Spend the rest of the day at leisure at the Tabacon Thermal pools and choose to dine here as well to extend your time in this tropical paradise.
Bid farewell to the mountains and continue your journey around Lake Arenal - the largest lake in Costa Rica. Descend to the Guanacaste plains and the resort beach destinations that the region is famous for. Enjoy lunch at Hacienda La Pacifica, a local favorite, before heading to your beachside resort.
Visit artisans using local clays and the same tools and techniques of their indigenous ancestors in Guaitil to create the region's famous pottery. Then, enjoy a cultural tasting of homemade rosquillas (a type of empanada). Later, meander along the Tempisque River on-board open-air boats in the Palo Verde National Park – a birding and wildlife paradise. Back at your resort, spend the afternoon as you wish. In the evening, toast to your Costa Rican journey at a Farewell Dinner Celebration, with wine, while enjoying an exclusive marimba show.
Enjoy breakfast before your transfer to Liberia International Airport to connect with your onward flights. Alternatively, extend your vacation with additional nights at the hotel.
6 Full Breakfasts (FB), 3 Lunches (L) and 4 Dinners all with wine (DW).
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