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Indulgence in Costa Rica with Tortuguero

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Tour Pace: Comfortable
Arenal Volcano
Tour Style: Luxury
10 Days from $4,321 per person

Step into the wonders of Costa Rica, one of Central America's most rustic yet beautiful destinations. Set among the cloud forest's luscious fauna and flora, cascading waterfalls, and soothing thermal pools heated by the Arenal Volcano. Observe the bountiful wildlife from the tranquil waters of the Tempisque River in the Palo Verde National Park and feel at one with nature.

• Learn about Costa Rican coffee culture, hearing first-hand from the Arrieta family, while exploring their developing coffee plantation

• Indulge in the comforts of your eco-retreat within the El Silencio Lodge & Spa's private, 500-acre cloud forest reserve

• Dine on delicious, authentic cuisine while taking in the glorious view of the Arenal Volcano in Tabacon

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  1. 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.
    meal(s):DW
    hotel:Real InterContinental San Jose (Executive Rooms).
  2. 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.

    meal(s):Full Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner with Wine
    hotel:Manatus Hotel, Tortuguero
  3. 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?

    meal(s):Full Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    hotel:Tabacon Thermal Resort and Spa, Arenal.
  4. 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.

    meal(s):Full Breakfast
    hotel:Real InterContinental San Jose (Executive Rooms).
  5. 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.
    meal(s):FB, L, DW
    hotel:El Silencio Lodge & Spa, Bajos del Toro.
  6. 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.
    meal(s):FB, DW
    hotel:Tabacon Thermal Resort and Spa, Tabacon.
  7. 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.
    meal(s):FB
  8. 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.
    meal(s):FB, L
    hotel:Andaz Peninsula Papagayo Resort, Guanacaste.
  9. 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.
    meal(s):FB, L, DW
  10. 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.
    meal(s):FB
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Included Quality Dining

6 Full Breakfasts (FB), 3 Lunches (L) and 4 Dinners all with wine (DW).

Signature Experiences

Arenal:

  • Meet with Mr. Eliecer Duarte, volcanologist from the Costa Rican Volcanological and Seismological Observatory, and learn about the geothermal activity of active Arenal Volcano.

Guanacaste:

  • Enjoy an exclusive marimba show, showcasing the beautiful sounds of one of the most popular instruments in Central America.
  • Definite Departure
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10 Jan 18 19 Jan 18 $4,670pp Request Quote Book Now
24 Jan 18 2 Feb 18 $4,670$4,321pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 11 Request Quote Book Now
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