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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 $4,667 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.
    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.
  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.

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Included Quality Dining

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

Signature Experiences


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


  • Enjoy an exclusive marimba show, showcasing the beautiful sounds of one of the most popular instruments in Central America.


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  • U.S. citizens traveling to Costa Rica must have a current passport that is valid for six months beyond the conclusion of their trip. You can find information on how to apply for a passport here, and how to renew a passport here. No visa is required for U.S. citizens entering Costa Rica.

  • The currency in Costa Rica is the colón.  You’ll usually find the best exchange rates in your destination and can pay with your debit or credit card in many places.  The most convenient way to obtain cash is to use your ATM card at local banks in Costa Rica. It is important that you inform your financial institutions of your travel plans before you leave home so they don’t flag your purchases as potentially fraudulent charges.

  • One of the most enjoyable parts of traveling is sampling the local cuisine. In Costa Rica food mild and simple with many dishes centered on rice, beans, vegetables and meat.  Try the local ceviche prepared with octopus, shrimp, tilapia and seabass cured with lemon juice and spices. You’ll find an abundance of fresh produce to enjoy including plantains, coconut, papaya and mango. Costa Rican coffee is strong and rich; try it black or order it with milk (café con leche).

  • Costa Rica has an enjoyable climate with sunshine throughout the year. We suggest bringing a variety of comfortable, lightweight clothing that can be layered to save space in your suitcase and give you more options for how to dress. Sturdy walking shoes are important. Insect repellant and sunscreen may come in handy, as well as a light jacket and reusable water bottle.  For more helpful information please refer to our Packing Tips & Packing List.


  • Restaurants in Costa Rica are required by law to add 13 percent tax and 10 percent gratuity to the bill. For this reason Costa Ricans do not tip. If you would like to leave an additional tip to reward good service, it’s appropriate to leave 5-10 percent for your waiter.

    At the end of your guided vacation, it’s customary to offer your motor coach driver and Travel Director a gratuity.  We recommend the equivalent of $4 per person/per day for your driver and $6 per person/per day for your Travel Director.  Recommended gratuity for a Local Host and Local Specialist is the equivalent of 1-2 dollars per person, paid at the conclusion of each guided visit.  A convenient option is to prepay your tips before your departure.

  • Baggage on our trips is restricted to one large suitcase per person with dimensions not exceeding 30x19x10 inches and a maximum weight of 50 pounds. You are also permitted one piece of hand luggage, which should be small enough to fit under your coach seat or on the small overhead shelf compartment. Please note that luggage with an adjustable handle and wheels will not fit in the overhead compartment of the coach. Hotel porterage is included in your vacation.

  • You will need to be comfortable on your feet, walking and standing for up to three hours in various weather conditions.  All of our vacations involve walking, often on cobblestone and uneven surfaces in historic city centers.  In order to get the most out of your vacation you need to be able to comfortably walk 1-3 miles unassisted in one day, be in good condition and be able to keep pace with the group. 

    If you need any medications, it is important that you bring enough to last you the whole trip and keep them in your carry-on bag while you travel.

  • We highly recommend our optional Travel Protection Plan, which allows you to cancel for any reason up to 24 hours before departure. The plan also includes trip interruption, baggage loss or delay, and medical and emergency assistance. Click here for a summary of coverage details, terms and conditions.

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