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Go back to nature with this amazing tour that will enchant you for the spectacular scenery and exotic wildlife. The ultimate adventure-filled experience. Be prepared for hiking among misty cloud forests, volcanic peaks, dramatic waterfalls and turtle-nesting beaches. A virtually unspoilt country, Costa Rica offers eco-lodges and sustainable excursions ideal for wildlife watchers and the more adventurous travellers.

This tour is private with the exception of the boat transfer in Tortuguero and the lake crossing at Arenal, which utilise shared services.

Duration

9 Days

Guide Price

£3,299 pp

Recommended For

Adventure

Options

Private basis

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Trip Highlights

  • Cruise the rivers and canals of Tortuguero National Park
  • Go birdwatching in Saraquipi
  • Visit the volcanoes in Arenal
  • Hike to La Fortuna for a leisurely swim
  • Cross the cloud forest of Monteverde for a canopy tour

Start your Journey

Day 1

San Jose

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Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel for an overnight stay.

  • Suggested Accommodation Aurola Holiday Inn or similar
Day 2

San Jose to Tortuguero

Early departure by road through the Braulio Carrillo National Park to the Caribbean plains, enjoying the spectacular mountain scenery and quaint villages en route. Later, continue through the jungle by boat and cruise the rivers and canals of Tortuguero National Park. After check-in and lunch at your eco-lodge, board the boat once again for a visit to the Tortuguero village, where you will walk around the town and experience the local way of life, walk along the beach (during hatching season you will look for baby turtles trying to find their way to the ocean; nesting is from July-Sept, hatching from Sept-Dec) and a visit to the Tortuguero Museum (recommended donation of US$1 per person). Enjoy the rest of the day relaxing at the hotel, surrounded by the beautiful tropical forest and wildlife.

  • Meals Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Suggested Accommodation Evergreen Lodge or similar
Day 3

Tortuguero National Park

Today, you have some free time to relax by the pool as well as experiencing the Tortuguero National Park for about 3 hours, where you can observe over 350 protected species of birds, monkeys, crocodiles, and sloths, amid lush vegetation. In season (July-Sept) you can join an optional late-night turtle nesting tour (payable locally).

  • Meals Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Suggested Accommodation Evergreen Lodge or similar
Day 4

Tortuguero National Park to Sarapiqui

Early departure by boat to Caño Blanco, where a bus will be waiting to continue your adventure to the fascinating Sarapiqui region, with its primary forest, swamps, and banana plantations. Temperatures in this biologically rich area hover around 26 to 28°C, important for the conservation of birds, butterflies, insects, and plants. Upon arrival, check in at your hotel. In the afternoon, you will be escorted on a guided hike through the forest in search of diverse wildlife and plant life.

  • Meals Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Suggested Accommodation Selva Verde Lodge or similar
Day 5

Sarapiqui to Arenal

You have the morning to relax or do an optional activity such as horseback riding, rafting, visit to the butterfly farm, or a birdwatching tour at Selva Verde Private Reserve (payable locally). Later, relax and enjoy a scenic drive through the countryside of San Carlos Valley to La Fortuna in Arenal, home to one of the world's most active volcanoes. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel.

  • Meals Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Suggested Accommodation Arenal Springs Hotel or similar
Day 6

Arenal

Enjoy a morning hike to La Fortuna Waterfalls, where you can swim or just enjoy the beauty of this idyllic spot. In the evening, you will visit the Eco Termales hot springs to relax in the thermal waters surrounded by the most amazing vegetation.

  • Meals Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Suggested Accommodation Arenal Springs Hotel or similar
Day 7

Arenal to Monteverde

Early departure to the cloud forest of Monteverde. The day begins with a transfer down to the lake where you will board a boat, then take a car/bus up to Monteverde. Admire the transition of the rainforest to the cloud forest as you reach an altitude of 1,200 metres above sea level. In the afternoon, we will head over to Selvatura Park for an exciting canopy tour, (for the less adventurous, you may choose to make your own way through the forest on the amazing hanging bridges) afterwards transfer to your hotel for check in and overnight stay.

  • Meals Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Suggested Accommodation El Establo Hotel or similar
Day 8

Monteverde to Rincon de La Vieja

After breakfast, be transferred to the Rincon de La Vieja National Park, with its breathtaking scenery of cascading waterfalls, hot mud pots, and a freshwater volcanic lake. An impressive selection of wildlife includes insects, birds, and mammals such as spider monkeys, blue-crowned motmots, jaguars and pumas. After check-in at your hotel, get ready for the Rio Negro Tubing Adventure, (duration 3 hours), starting out with a horseback ride and then a short hike down to the river where you will hop into your own individual tub for your downstream river adventure. Alternatively, you may substitute the tubing tour for something a little less adventurous such as a visit to the national park, mud baths and thermal waters, or horseback riding to one of the beautiful waterfalls. Please advise at time of booking.

  • Meals Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Suggested Accommodation Hacienda Guachipelin or similar
Day 9

Rincon de La Vieja

Early morning transfer to the airport for your onward journey, or alternatively extend your stay in Costa Rica.

  • Meals Breakfast

Includes

  • All entrance fees and government taxes as appropriate
  • Accommodation as detailed with private facilities (in case of early transfer breakfast cannot be guaranteed)
  • Meals included as stated. Breakfast is usually a Western style buffet in your hotel, while most other meals are taken in local restaurants
  • Services of an English speaking guide, transfers and tours on a private basis

Excludes

  • Optional excursions
  • Tips for the guide and driver
  • Domestic and international departure taxes (approx US$28)
  • International Flights

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