Highlights of Costa Rica (11 days – 10 nights)

Trip summary: See the main highlights such as La Paz Waterfall & Gardens, Poas volcano, Tortuguero national park and its canals, Arenal area, Monteverde cloud forest and the beaches of the Pacific Ocean in Tamarindo, North Guanacaste. Pace is moderate with moderate hikes/walks. Enjoy!!

Starting from $ per person (Based on 2 Travelers)

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  • Overnight at mentioned hotels or similar.
  • Door to door transportation as stated on the itinerary (Days 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 11 – Mostly shared unless stated otherwise in the itinerary).
  • All activities with admissions on days 2, 4, 6 and 8 with bilingual guide (Tours and transfers are mostly shared unless stated otherwise in the itinerary).
  • Meals as per description.
  • Local sales taxes.

Not included

  • International airfares.
  • Passenger taxes at the border/ airport (entrance, and exit local and int’l).
  • Other activities suggested but not included.
  • Travel insurance.
Day 1: San Jose airport – San JoseDay 1: San Jose airport – San Jose

Arrival to the Juan Santamaria International Airport in San José. Private transfer to your hotel in San Jose.
Overnight at Hotel Rincon del Valle 3*. Meals: –

 San Jose – Poas Volcano – La Paz waterfall gardens – San JoseDay 2: San Jose – Poas Volcano – La Paz waterfall gardens – San Jose

Today take a tour around the Central Valley: As we ascend in the mountains we will notice a change in temperature and vegetation. Reach the Poas Volcano where we will not only admire the impressive main crater with its sulfur fumaroles, but also learn about the different ecosystems in this unique and protected national park.
Later, continue to La Paz Water Fall Garden. Walk through a trail, leading to a spectacular waterfall in the middle of the rainforest. Inside the park we will also visit the serpentarium, the bird house, the butterfly garden and the frog’s exhibit. Lunch included at La Paz. After the tour, transfer back to Hotel Rincon del Valle. Meals: B-L
Note: Tours are shared.

San Jose – TortugueroDay 3: San Jose – Tortuguero

Early morning shared departure from your hotel, by minibus to Tortuguero National Park – one of Costa Rica’s most renowned destinations. The trip leads you through the curvy roads of Braulio Carrillo National Park with its cloud-draped forests and wonderful views. En route, enjoy breakfast at Guápiles, the continue to docks to board a motorboat on the coastal canals of Tortuguero. The boat ride leads through lush vegetation and dense forests. Spot monkeys, crocodiles, iguanas and numerous sea birds. Upon arrival the Lodge, enjoy a welcome-cocktail and lunch. In the afternoon, you may go on the guided tour to the Caribbean village of Tortuguero where you can visit the small turtle museum or relax at the property. Dinner and accommodation at Mawamba Lodge 3*. Meals: B-L-D
Note: Tours and transfers are shared.

Tortuguero – National park boat tour – Jungle hikeDay 4: Tortuguero – National park boat tour – Jungle hike

After breakfast, join a group to visit the Mawamba Park, explore the mysterious Tortuguero Jungle with your guide and visit the Frog & Butterflies Houses. Learn about the jungle flora and fauna as well as the animals that live in the tropical rain forest. Also see how the Lodge’s bio-digester plays a very important effort in conservation by treating the sewage waters of the Lodge and converting them into natural source of methane gas to heat up stoves. After lunch, join a guided Boat Canal Tour and experience the majesty of the jungle surrounding the canals. Scan the trees for toucans; watch the shores for caimans, otters, iguanas and frogs, and look up to see monkeys sharing space with sloths. Accommodation at Mawamba Lodge. Meals: B-L-D
Note: Tours are shared.

Tortuguero – Arenal/la FortunaDay 5: Tortuguero – Arenal/la Fortuna

Departure in the morning, the boat picks you up at the hotel dock to drop you off at Pavona docks. From the docks continue to the restaurant in Guapiles to enjoy lunch. After lunch, change bus and continue with a shuttle transfer to La Fortuna which hosts the Arenal volcano. Accommodation in your hotel, very conveniently located in front of Arenal volcano, a few miles away from la Fortuna picturesque town. Night at Hotel Lomas del Volcan 3*. Meals: B-L
Note: Transfers are shared.

 la Fortuna – Caño Negro - Tabacon hot springsDay 6: la Fortuna – Caño Negro – Tabacon hot springs

Today you will be collected at your hotel in the early morning. You will be transferred north to the Caño Negro wildlife refuge, from there take a boat touring the Rio Frio (“Cold River”). You will see lots of birds during the trip. You may also visit an iguana farm. This is a group tour today. Transfer back to Arenal, you will get there back around 3pm. Enjoy a refreshing evening at Tabacon hot springs in thermal hot springs, an extraordinary natural site with hot springs and thermal waters from nearby volcano, with buffet dinner included. The perfect place to enjoy nature and relax after an active day! Night at Hotel Lomas del Volcan. Meals: B-L-D
Note: Tours are shared.

la Fortuna - Monteverde by “Jeep-Boat-Jeep”Day 7: la Fortuna – Monteverde by “Jeep-Boat-Jeep”

Morning at leisure to rest in front of the volcano at the hotel, or go for a visit to picturesque La Fortuna town.
Another option is a very interesting visit the Serpentarium in the area, where you will see many kinds of tropical reptiles, such as snakes, caimans, frogs, spiders, lizards and more.
In the afternoon, leave La Fortuna and reach Monteverde in a very original way, doing a kind of tour at the same time, and save driving time! Reach Lake Arenal, then take a boat to cross Lake Arenal with sightseeing on the way until you reach the dam. From the dam continue in a van to Monteverde. Arrival and check-in at Hotel Monteverde Country Lodge 3*. Meals: B
Note: Transfer is shared.

Monteverde Rain Forest adventures – Sugar mill tourDay 8: Monteverde Rain Forest adventures – Sugar mill tour

This morning, you will be picked up to enjoy three adventurous activities in one solo day. Start with the Sky Walk: Enjoy this guided tour where you will learn all about the flora and fauna of the area walking through and over the treetops in land and suspension bridges. With the Sky Tram explore the world famous Cloud Forest of Monteverde in a 5,249 feet ride that would lead you up to Costa Rica Continental Divide. Finally, it’s time for some adrenaline with the Sky Trek: Fly over the treetops through 10 different cables with safety harness and fantastic aerial views of the cloud forest. 
In the afternoon join a very interesting and educational activity: The Trapiche tour. This project will allow you to meet and share with a peasant family and learn from the Costa Rican culture. You will see banana, coffee process and other plantations, as well a project of tilapia (kind of fish). To end the tour of the farm you are invited to make a small trip in an oxcart, and then learn about the process of the sugar cane until you get the sugar on your table. Overnight at Hotel Monteverde Country Lodge. Meals: B
Note: Tours are shared.

Monteverde –Playa Langosta, Guanacaste beachesDay 9: Monteverde –Playa Langosta, Guanacaste beaches

Breakfast and shared transfer to the famous beaches of Guanacaste. Guanacaste is a major agricultural area of Costa Rica; on the way you will see famous “Brahma” cows, as well as rice, melons and sugar cane plantations. Arrive in Playa Langosta / Tamarindo. Accommodation at Hotel Capitan Suizo 4*. Meals: B

Playa Langosta/TamarindoDay 10: Playa Langosta/Tamarindo

Time at the beach on your own. Many optional, land and water tours are offered in the area: Jet ski, ATV’s, sport fishing, sunset tours. The area of Tamarindo-Langosta is perfect for surfing, snorkeling, fishing, turtle watching and much more! Night at Hotel Capitan Suizo 4*. Meals: B

 Playa Tamarindo – Liberia airport – flight outDay 11: Playa Tamarindo – Liberia airport – flight out

Today you will be transferred with a private vehicle to Liberia airport (LIR) for your flight back home or another destination. End of services. Bon voyage!
Note: In case your flight out is from San Jose (SJO) we will set a domestic flight from Tamarindo to SJO in the morning, so that you can catch your international flight from SJO.

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