DAY 1: ARRIVE IN SAN JOSE
Arrive at the San Jose International Airport. Upon clearing immigration and customs, exit the airport and meet your driver who will be waiting for you. Board the van for the 20 minute drive to San Jose. Check-in to a Room -standard room at SLEEP INN HOTEL for 1 night.
DAY 3: TORTUGUERO (NORTH CARIBBEAN)
Early next morning, nearby howler monkeys often provide a natural alarm clock at first light, and for those interested in birds, this is the time to see many species of hummingbirds, parrots, toucans, woodpeckers, and finches that abound around the lodge. After breakfast, board your boat with local guide for a day of tours on Tortuguero’s network of lakes and channels. Overnight at Mawamba Lodge. (B) (L) (D)
Additional explanation of the day: The tour to see the Green Sea Turtles laying eggs at night is only possible during the months from July to October.
DAY 5: PUERTO VIEJO (SOUTH CARIBBEAN )
Free day to explore this area that’s full of life. You can go to Manzanillo Reserve, downtown Puerto Viejo, Cahuita National Park. Overnight at Azania Bungalows (B)
DAY 7: ARENAL VOLCANO
8.00 hrs. Arenal Canopy Tour
The canopy tour features 11 cables and platforms, allowing you to explore the forest from unrivaled vantage points. Enjoy views of the forest, river and volcano while racing through gorgeous, primary rainforest.
The two hour tour, which features over 2 kilometers of cables, is ideal for all ages. Only premium quality, safety tested equipment is utilized, so you can enjoy your experience to the fullest.
What to Bring: Short or long comfortable pants, t-shirt, closed toed shoes, sunscreen, (if rainy, a change of clothes would be handy), camera.
What this Tour Includes Professional guides, all safety gear, round trip transportation from local hotels in Arenal.
15.00 hrs. Arenal Volcano Hike and Baldi Hot Springs
The allowed closest point to the Arenal Volcano accessed through the Arenal Volcano National Park; undoubtedly the best way to do this is in the company of a local, naturalist and bilingual guide who is provided in this Combo Tour.
Visit the Park; contemplate its majesty from the best vantage point in the area, also, known places surrounded by old volcanic eruptions, with old lava. Finish this incredible journey relaxing in the hot Baldi.
After hiking you will enjoy Baldi Hot Springs and a delicious lunch or dinner buffet style. In this resort you will find over 30 pools, temperatures ranging from 95F to 149F slides and much more.
What is included?
-A/C round trip transfers from and to your hotel (in La Fortuna area).
-Hiking to Arenal Volcano.
Experienced bilingual guide.
-Entrance at Baldi Hot Springs.
What to bring
Overnight at Pradera Hotel. (B) (D)
DAY 9: MANUEL ANTONIO NATIONAL PARK
7.00 hrs. Manuel Antonio National Park Guided Tour
The park is made up of numerous trails, taking you through the rainforest and onto a number of pristine white sand beaches, only reachable through the park. The park is alive with tropical butterflies, birds, monkeys, snakes, iguanas, sloths, orchids and more. On this tour you’ll be able to learn about their life cycle and their special abilities and behaviors. For those that love nature and exploration, the walk within this park will be unforgettable.
Note: The National Park is closed on Monday. This tour will not be operated on that day.
What to Bring: Comfortable light clothing, hiking shoes, bottled water, camera, sunscreen, towel, insect repellent, bathing suit.
What this Tour Includes Naturalist guide, park entrance fee, snacks (after the tour), round trip transportation from your hotel. Overnight at La Mansion Hotel. (B)
DAY 11. SAN JOSÉ – END OF SERVICE.
Breakfast at the hotel and at the appointed hour; we will be transferring you to the International airport for your departure flight. Happy return trip and we hope to have you visit again. (B)
Private round-trip airport transfers
Shuttle Transportation to the different destinations included in the program
All meals where indicated (B) breakfast, (L) lunch, (D) dinner
10-night accommodations in standard rooms (hotel taxes included)
Ground and boat transportation to Laguna Lodge
Boat tours in Tortuguero.
One Day Trip to Pacuare River Rafting Class III-IV
Arenal Volcano Hike
Canopy Tour (Zip line) Arenal Volcano
Entrance and dinner at Baldi Hot Springs
Crocodile Boat Tour on Tárcoles River
Manuel Antonio National Park Guided Tour
Meals not mentioned
Airport departure taxes (US$29.00 per person).
Hotel extras (phone calls, laundry, room service, etc.)
Tips (not mandatory but appreciated)
Entrance fee to the Tortuguero National Park (US $ 12.00 per person)
Entrance fee to the Turtle Museum (US $ 2.00 per person)
Green Sea Turtle night tour during the season (From July to September)
End of services.
DAY 2: TORTUGUERO (NORTH CARIBBEAN)
Early morning pick up at hotel for ground and boat transportation to MAWAMBA LODGE, located in the midst of Tortuguero National Park, a tropical rainforest, and a navigable network of lakes and channels that crosses the area from southeast to the northwest. This allows a great diversity of fauna and flora of the region to be observed close at hand. Additionally, it is the most important nesting site in the western half of the Caribbean for the Green Turtle. The tour to see the Green Sea Turtles laying eggs at night is only possible during the months from July to October. (B) (L) (D)
DAY 4: TORTUGUERO/PUERTO VIEJO (SOUTH CARIBBEAN)
After breakfast, return to the docks, where your driver will meet you and take you to HOTEL AZANIA BUNGALOWS, located on Costa Rica’s Caribbean side.
This area offers abundant wildlife, pristine rain forest and plenty of activities for the adventurous. The two charming villages of Puerto Viejo and Cahuita start to live on reggae rhythms at sunset with an authentic Afro-Caribbean atmosphere. Visitors will find lots to do in the area, beginning with sunbathing and swimming along the miles of white, sand and coral beaches. (B) (L)
DAY 6: PUERTO VIEJO (SOUTH CARIBBEAN)/PACUARE RIVER/ ARENAL VOLCANO
Pacuare River Rafting Class III-IV
One Day Trip
This one day excursion begins with an early morning pick up from your hotel. We will depart and shortly after stop for a lovely typical breakfast and then continue on to Tres Equis where we may have to switch to a 4×4 (depending on road conditions) which will take us down to the “put in’ spot on the river.
Before our river departure your knowledgeable bilingual guide will be sure to explain all safety instructions. We will then proceed down this picturesque river and have lunch on a riverbank, where you can take in the warm tropical sun and just relax before heading out for the last stretch of the trip. The total river time is around five hours with a “take out’ time around midafternoon. Awaiting you at the take out point will be your shuttle back to Arenal Volcano.
Important: Note that the minimum age to participate in this tour is 14 years old. No pregnant women are allowed on this tour.
What to Bring: Sneakers or sandals with a back strap, cotton T shirt, over the knee shorts or long light pants, light rain jacket (depending on weather), strap for glasses. We recommend using water resistant sunblock and bringing a change of clothes because you will get wet on this tour. Changing rooms are available after the tour.
What this Tour Includes Breakfast, lunch, round trip transportation, all safety and boat equipment.
Overnight at PRADERA HOTEL. (B) (L)
DAY 8: ARENAL VOLCANO / MANUEL ANTONIO NATIONAL PARK
After your breakfast 7.30, we begin the ride at from La Fortuna; we will head towards the Pacific Coast in comfortable late model mini-vans, with the opportunity to cross the famous Rio Grande of Tárcoles, which boasts the largest American Crocodile (Crocodylus Acutus) population in Central America. Once we reach the beautiful Hacienda Nosavar we will board a tractor-pulled wagon for about 20 minutes through the Hacienda to the shores of the Tárcoles River. We will then board safe and comfortable boats in the wetlands near the Carara National Park, which is renowned for its significant Scarlet Macaw (Ara Macao) population. We will travel 1.5 hour boat ride through the mouth of the river and along areas near the sandbanks where we can observe aquatic birds like kingfishers, herons, pink spoonbills as well as incredible crocodiles over five meters (16.5 ft.) long, all in their natural habitat. Afterwards, we will enjoy a delicious buffet lunch before returning to the van to continue our trip to the beautiful Manuel Antonio National Park. Overnight at HOTEL LA MANSION (D) (A).
DAY 10: MANUEL ANTONIO NATIONAL PARK / SAN JOSE
Morning at leisure in Manuel Antonio and then in the afternoon transfer back to San Jose Overnight at SLEEP INN HOTEL. (B)