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Highlights of Costa Rica

Get under the skin of this fascinating country on our nine day adventure which takes in Costa Rica's diverse flora and fauna and stunning scenery, including the Tortuguero canals, active volcanoes of Arenal and the mysterious cloud forest of Monteverde. Take part in zip lining through the tree tops, discover the history of the Costa Rican coffee bean and how some of the best chocolate is made before finishing on a catamaran sea cruise with dinner and some time relaxing on a beach and you have the makings of a truly memorable holiday.

This tour operates for 2020. 

Duration
9 days

Guide Price

 £2,299  pp
Options
Private basis
Start your journey
San Jos Province San Jos City Park Garden Hugo King Fretts

Trip highlights

  • Visit the 'Venice of Costa Rica'
  • Cruise the rivers and canals of Tortuguero National Park
  • Zip lining
  • Discover a variety of rain forest wildlife
  • Visit the volcano in Arenal
  • Hanging bridges

A local representative will be waiting to greet you and assist you at the airport, then transfer to your hotel in San Jose for your overnight stay.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Holiday Inn Escazu or similar

Head north today to one of the most rugged regions in the country, the wonderful area of Tortuguero located in the North Caribbean. Breakfast will be on route whilst you continue to the dock to board the boat that will take you to the lodge where you will immerse yourself in a perfectly quite, laid back and tranquil stay.

Once you are at the Lodge, get comfortable and enjoy a tasteful lunch. In the afternoon, meet your guide for a tour through the Tortuguero Canals, a must while you are in Costa Rica. Discover its network of canals, lagoons and dense rainforests through an early boat tour guided by an expert naturalist guide. Abundant wildlife inhabits Tortuguero, including 57 species of amphibians, 111 species of reptiles, and 60 species of mammals. Return to the lodge to enjoy dinner. 

The land and boat transfer to Tortuguero are on a shared basis. Private transfers are available at an extra cost.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Laguna Lodge or similar

After breakfast, be ready to enjoy a guided nature walk through the private tropical trails of the lodge. Your guide will search for local species such reptiles, birds and some mammals. Monkeys are abundant in this region. Learn more about the dense vegetation while you fall in love of the wild environment.

During the afternoon, visit the enchanting village of Tortuguero. A town with a small population of around 500, no cars, and is located on a relatively narrow spit of land between the beach and a canal. Take a closer encounter with the Caribbean culture to discover its people and lifestyle walking through this colorful town.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Laguna Lodge or similar

After breakfast and check out be ready to continue your trip. You will board a shared transfer by boat and land from Tortuguero to the Restaurant located in Guápiles, where you will enjoy the lunch and continue to your next destination: La Fortuna de San Carlos, home of the majestic Arenal Volcano.

The rest of the day is at your leisure to immerse with natural surroundings and relax at the hotel.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Los Lagos Spa and Resort or similar

Today, get ready for doses of adrenaline on a zip line tour. Your tour will start riding an open-air gondola from the ground to the heights where you’ll be dropped off at an observation area for fantastic views. From this area, you will start riding down on a zip line track stretching across canyons and in between treetops, the exhilarating adventure of zip lining down the mountainside begins, ultimately returning you to the starting point at the main building. This is the most thrilling zip line in the country.

Your next visit is a must in this area, the Arenal Volcano tour starts with a drive to the western side of the volcano. Once there you will embark on a trail hike , which traverses the rainforest and crosses over a large lava flow. It is possible to observe a great variety of plants, wildlife and magnificent lava rock formations. Once on the top of the lava flow you will have a beautiful view of the Arenal Lake. The hike ends up at a viewpoint, where if the weather allows, you will be able to feel and see the different factors that makes the Arenal an active Volcano. The tour concludes with a relaxing stop at the mineral hot springs and a delicious dinner. Rest assured in the knowledge that it will be a relaxing and rejuvenating experience.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Los Lagos Spa and Resort or similar

At the agreed time, departure to your next destination, the pristine cloudforest of Monteverde. This is a transfer by boat and land on a fast and the newest way to go to the Monteverde area. You will aboard a very comfortable and safe pontoon boat for a 30 to 40 minutes (aprox.) ride to Río Chiquito, a little town at the other side of the lake. Once at Río Chiquito, we’ll leave the boat and make a short break to stretch your legs, after, another 1 hour thirty minutes microbus ride to get to the hotel in the Monteverde area, sometimes during the rainy season this transfer could take longer. Duration aprox of 3 ½ hours (Land and boat). 

In the evening have an authentic cultural experience at Don Juan Coffee Tour. After a warm welcome, the tour begins with a brief insight into the wonderful world of coffee followed by the history of Costa Rican coffee and its importance in the socio-economic development.  You will learn about the coffee, chocolate and sugar cane and also participate in the making process of these delicious treats.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Poco a Poco or similar

Before leaving Monteverde, discover its magical hanging bridges! you will go through and above the rainforest. A series of suspension bridges, connected by trails provides a birds-eye view of the rainforest canopy. From these bridges you will easily be able to study this unique tropical ecosystem, catching glimpses of birds, monkeys, sloths and more as they make their way across. And with the assistance of your tour guide you will learn about the plants, mammals and birds that call Monteverde home.

After this activity, depart to Manuel Antonio located in the Central Pacific Coast. The region is a treasure for biodiversity, attracting nature buffs, eco-travelers and adventure-seekers alike. Better yet, if you visit, you can enjoy the white sand and perfect waters. Without a doubt, Manuel Antonio lies within one of the country's most celebrated spots.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Plaza Yara or similar

This morning, enjoy a tour in the Manuel Antonio National Park. This national park is one of the most famous in our country due to its wide variety of flora and fauna specimens. Throughout the hike your guide will stop and explain the different nature specimens that can be observed, you can take photographs or just admire the view. One of the highlights of this Manuel Antonio tour is that the park is home to 3 of the 4 existing monkey species in Costa Rica. Have leisure time to enjoy the beach, take the sun and play with the waves on this paradisiacal place.

In the evening you will set sail towards the horizon and cruise over sapphire hued waves. The catamaran will chart a picturesque course departing from Quepos and gliding around the back of the Manuel Antonio National Park. Your guide will point out notable wildlife and vegetation, so be sure to have your camera ready. You will go by amazing scenarios adorned with islands, cliffs and rock formations. You can admire bird nesting grounds and marine wildlife. Beverages and snacks are available onboard, throughout the trip. After touring the coastline, your captain will set anchor at Biesanz Bay where you can snorkel or simply rest onboard. You are most likely to spot parrotfish, starfish, angelfish and if you are lucky a dolphin! Water visibility depends of the season. End this day with a delicious dinner

Suggested Accommodation

  • Plaza Yara or similar

Decide to spend a few more days here enjoying the peaceful surroundings, transfer to the Papagayo Peninsula or return to San Jose for your flight home.

Return transfer not included, the price is dependant on your next destination.

Included

  • Accommodation as detailed with private facilities (in case of early transfer breakfast cannot be guaranteed)
  • Meals included as stated - breakfast, lunch, dinner. Breakfast is usually a Western style buffet in your hotel, while most other meals are taken in local restaurants
  • Private transfer from the airport to the hotel
  • Private transportation except on the Tortuguero section and the Lake Crossing which is shared transportation

Not included

  • Optional excursions
  • Tips for the guide and driver
  • Meals and beverages not specified on itinerary
  • Transfer from Manuel Antonio to your forward destination