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Costa Rica Wonders
12 Days

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12 Days: San Jose, Tortuguero National Park, Arenal Volcano, Monteverde & Pacific Beach

Tour Overview:
Discover the wonders of Costa Rica in 12 days: visit Tortuguero National Park on the Caribbean and learn about the protection of the sea turtles in the area; gaze at the impressive perfect conic shape of the Arenal Volcano; travel through the Monteverde Cloud Forest, the most biologically diverse area in Costa Rica; learn about Costa Rican coffee and sugar cane production at family ranch; and relax on the beautiful Pacific Ocean beaches.

Day 1 – Arrive San Jose

Arrive in San Jose, Costa Rica. You are welcomed and transferred to the hotel for a one-night stay.


Day 2 – San Jose – Tortuguero National Park

Early in the morning, you will depart from San Jose to the North Caribbean Plains, where the most important attraction is the Tortuguero National Park, one of the most exuberant national parks in Costa Rica. On the way, you will be ascending through the Central Volcanic mountain range where you will appreciate from the bus, beautiful waterfalls and the always-green forests, which adorn the Braulio Carrillo National Park. As you reach the Caribbean plains you will notice a change in the climate, as it becomes a bit warmer and humid but pleasant.
After breakfast on route, the journey will continue passing very likely through banana fields and getting deeper in the rural roads until reaching a local dock where the boats are waiting to transfer you to Tortuguero. An approximate one and half hour boat ride, will take you through the canals sheltered in the jungle of the rain forest. From the boat, you will be able to admire the unique flora and fauna of this area, along with different types of birds. Upon arrival to the Tortuguero area, normally there will be a short briefing of the lodge, activities and afterwards lunch. Check-in to your lodge.
In the afternoon, you will visit the village of Tortuguero. Where you will learn the lifestyle of local residents as per example the different coloring of their homes surrounded by the gorgeous canals and in general to know the significant conservation efforts that some NGOs (non-governmental organizations) have developed to protect the sea turtles that come to spawn each year along the 20 miles of the protected coastline. (BLD)


Day 3 – Tortuguero National Park

During this day, you will explore (by boat) some of the secondary canals in this paradisiacal place, having the opportunity to observe in a closer form the nature that surrounds it. Many natural navigable canals and lagoons, which crosses the park, offers the opportunity to contemplate the biological diversity of this region. We can point out the variety of birds, turtles, reptiles, the forests and even some mammals. The park has a total of 76,316 protected hectares, with approximately 26,156 land with the different Canals and deltas, in which mostly is to conserve the wetlands and there is a bigger protected portion of the park which covers beaches and the sea (specially created to protect the sea turtle). The average annual rainfall is between 4,500 a 6,000mm. Rest of the day at leisure. (BLD)


Day 4 – Tortuguero National Park – Arenal Volcano

At mid-morning, the journey continues with a boat transfer back to the local dock and afterwards continuing by road to the Northern Plains. On route, we will be making a connection and lunch stop in the area of Guapiles. The route to the Arenal Volcano offers amazing mountain views, passing nearby towns such as Sarapiqui, Muelle and Fortuna. You will also observe from the road, one of the major sources of revenue in the area: the agriculture, so you will have the opportunity according with the season to see from the distance, the crops of pineapple, oranges, sugar cane, yucca and many others. Arrive to La Fortuna de San Carlos town late afternoon where if the weather conditions allows it, you will be able to observe the mighty Arenal Volcano, which welcomes you to the area, with its impressive perfect conic shape. Check in at the selected hotel, where you will be staying the next two nights. (BL)


Day 5 – Arenal Volcano

Morning at leisure. For the afternoon, you will have programmed a visit to the Arenal Volcano surroundings and the Tabacon Hot springs. Upon reaching the departing point, you will receive important information regarding the day’s itinerary and the region from an experienced tour guide. Within the trails, you will observe in the surroundings areas, the wide variety of flora and fauna and a nearby viewpoint will let you appreciate ancient lava flows that have turned to stone over the centuries. The tour guide will share important information about the area, as well as useful recommendations that will allow you to discover more secrets of the wildlife that hides among the vegetation, making this a unique and unforgettable experience. The hike concludes about 2 hours later; after which you will be transferred to a natural hot springs. These hot springs features a hot river that flows through a series of pools. From cascading falls to tropical gardens, the hot springs are the result of rainwater heated by magma in the Earth’s interior. Once heated, the waters rise to surface, taking with them minerals found in the earth’s rocky crust; this way, waters become very benefic to your body because of its temperature that helps to relax muscles, clean pores and rejuvenate the skin. After dinner, return back to your hotel in Arenal. (BD)


Day 6 – Arenal Volcano – Monteverde

Today in the morning, you will be taken to the higher mountains in the Tilaran Mountain Range, specifically to the area of the Monteverde Cloud Forest. In some portions of trip are held through gravel roads, but this is a gorgeous tourist region, which borders the Arenal Lake, with excellent views to the mountains, Lake and the Arenal Volcano. The higher lands of the cloud forest of Monteverde makes a special place for adventure lovers with class and style. This area besides the agricultural and farming, is filled with Protected Forest Reserves, which provides a gran variety of green sceneries and nice for birdwatching, along with its cool/fresh temperature which provides an interesting experience of the rural area of Costa Rica. The vegetation is covered with orchids, bromeliads, ferns, vines, mosses and its density is part of the attractive. Two night stay at selected Hotel.
For midafternoon, a visit to the El Trapiche is programmed. Monteverde is a great destination to experience the culture and tradition of the Costa Rican in a sustainable way with the environment and the community. El Trapiche is a family-run ranch where you will learn all about the traditional methods of production in a local farm. The 2 hours walk begins with an interactive tour through a hilly paths bordered by nature and different plantations. The walk is not far, nor is it intense, so the visit is suitable for people of all ages and abilities and everyone could actually touch and feel the products at each stage, to have an authentic experience. You will see the entire process of coffee production, starting with it is grown and how the beans are collected by hand from the bush to ensure that only the ripe cherries are picked. Then, passing by the grinding and peeling, until drying and roasting to get it ready and enjoy an exquisite cup of coffee. In the cocoa process, you will see how chocolate becomes the product we know and love. Sugar is another product that you will have the chance to learn about. You will see how the sugar cane is grinded and how, at the end of the process, delicious candy and brown sugar is obtained. In each plantation, the guide will explain you the artisan process using typical artefacts that are involved in the production. At the end of the tour, you will enjoy a “gallo de arracache” a very typical meal of the Costa Rican Culinary Culture served with fresh coffee or sugar cane juice. (Logistics of tour subject to changes). (B)


Day 7 – Monteverde

In the morning, you have programmed the visit to the Monteverde Reserve.This region is considered one of the most biologically diverse areas in the country. Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve has over 10,500 hectares and is located 6 km from the small town of Santa Elena. Located at an altitude between 1,200 and 1,600 m, this cloud forest gives you the chance of exploring a different type of forest, allowing you to make your very own comparison between the biodiversity found in a rainforest and a cloud forest, proving that Costa Rica is full of natural treasures. This tour will show you all the different types of ecosystems to be found in the region, as you learn more about the unique wildlife, many of which is endemic to the area. If you are lucky, you might be able to see the beautiful Quetzal roaming on the surrounding forest, the three-wattled bellbird or the black-faced solitaire. Equally impressive is the unique flora, like orchids, bromeliads and strangler figs, which only adds to this forest’s already impressive beauty. Rest of the day at leisure. (B)


Day 8 – Monteverde – Pacific Beach (Guanacaste or the Manuel Antonio area)

Today, you will continue your journey, toward the beautiful and paradisiacal pacific beaches of Costa Rica, which are known in the world, especially as per the combination of the tropical forest with the multicolored beaches. You will have the option to head on to the Guanacaste or the Manuel Antonio area for 3 nights. (B)


Days 9 & 10 – Pacific Beach

These days are at your own paste to relax, enjoy the sun and beach and eventually take one of the different optional (extra cost) activities, which are offered, in the area. Some of these activities are Visiting National Parks, Canopy, boat rides, river rafting and many others for you to discover. (B)


Day 11 – Pacific Beach – San Jose

Programed for today is your return transfer back to the city of San Jose, place where you will be staying the last night of the program. (B)


Day 12 – San Jose – SJO International Airport

According to your international flight departure, you will be transported from your hotel in San Jose to the Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO) for your departure flight. (B)


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DATES/PRICING/ACCOMMODATIONS

2021
First-Class
Dates Dbl Occ Sgl Occ
Jan 02 - Jan 13 2065 2845
Jan 09 - Jan 20 2065 2845
Jan 16 - Jan 27 2065 2845
Jan 23 - Feb 03 2065 2845
Jan 30 - Feb 10 2065 2845
Feb 06 - Feb 17 2065 2845
Feb 13 - Feb 24 2065 2845
Feb 20 - Mar 03 2065 2845
Feb 27 - Mar 10 2065 2845
Mar 06 - Mar 17 2065 2845
Mar 13 - Mar 24 2065 2845
Mar 20 - Mar 31 2065 2845
Mar 27 - Apr 07 2065 2845
Apr 03 - Apr 14 2065 2845
Apr 10 - Apr 21 2065 2845
Apr 17 - Apr 28 2065 2845
Apr 24 - May 07 2065 2845
May 01 - May 12 2065 2845
May 08 - May 19 2065 2845
May 15 - May 26 2065 2845
May 22 - Jun 02 2065 2845
May 29 - Jun 09 2065 2845
Jun 05 - Jun 16 2065 2845
Jun 12 - Jun 23 2065 2845
Jun 19 - Jun 30 2065 2845
Jun 26 - Jul 07 2065 2845
Jul 03 - Jul 14 2095 2895
Jul 10 - Jul 21 2095 2895
Jul 17 - Jul 28 2095 2895
Jul 24 - Aug 04 2095 2895
Jul 31 - Aug 11 2095 2895
Aug 07 - Aug 18 2095 2895
Aug 14 - Aug 25 2095 2895
Aug 21 - Sep 01 2095 2895
Aug 28 - Sep 08 2095 2895
Sep 04 - Sep 15 2095 2895
Sep 11 - Sep 22 2095 2895
Sep 18 - Sep 29 2095 2895
Sep 25 - Oct 06 2095 2895
Oct 02 - Oct 13 2095 2895
Oct 09 - Oct 20 2095 2895
Oct 16 - Oct 27 2095 2895
Oct 23 - Nov 03 2095 2895
Oct 30 - Nov 10 2095 2895
Nov 06 - Nov 17 2095 2895
Nov 13 - Nov 24 2095 2895
Nov 20 - Dec 01 2095 2895
Nov 27 - Dec 08 2095 2895
SUPPLEMENT FOR 3 NIGHTS: UPGRADE PACIFIC AREA HOTEL
Arenas del Mar Beachfront & Rainforest Resort
Jan - Dec, 2021 865 1730
JW Marriott Guanacaste Resort & Spa
Jan 05 - Mar 26, 2021 915 1830
Mar 27 - Apr 03, 2021 1295 2585
Apr 04 - Dec 10, 2021 560 1120
Deluxe
Dates Dbl Occ Sgl Occ
Jan 02 - Jan 13 2520 3690
Jan 09 - Jan 20 2520 3690
Jan 16 - Jan 27 2520 3690
Jan 23 - Feb 03 2520 3690
Jan 30 - Feb 10 2520 3690
Feb 06 - Feb 17 2520 3690
Feb 13 - Feb 24 2520 3690
Feb 20 - Mar 03 2520 3690
Feb 27 - Mar 10 2520 3690
Mar 06 - Mar 17 2520 3690
Mar 13 - Mar 24 2520 3690
Mar 20 - Mar 31 2520 3690
Mar 27 - Apr 07 2520 3690
Apr 03 - Apr 14 2520 3690
Apr 10 - Apr 21 2520 3690
Apr 17 - Apr 28 2520 3690
Apr 24 - May 07 2520 3690
May 01 - May 12 2470 3585
May 08 - May 19 2470 3585
May 15 - May 26 2470 3585
May 22 - Jun 02 2470 3585
May 29 - Jun 09 2470 3585
Jun 05 - Jun 16 2470 3585
Jun 12 - Jun 23 2470 3585
Jun 19 - Jun 30 2470 3585
Jun 26 - Jul 07 2500 3620
Jul 03 - Jul 14 2500 3620
Jul 10 - Jul 21 2500 3620
Jul 17 - Jul 28 2500 3620
Jul 24 - Aug 04 2500 3620
Jul 31 - Aug 11 2500 3620
Aug 07 - Aug 18 2500 3620
Aug 14 - Aug 25 2500 3620
Aug 21 - Sep 01 2500 3620
Aug 28 - Sep 08 2500 3620
Sep 04 - Sep 15 2500 3620
Sep 11 - Sep 22 2500 3620
Sep 18 - Sep 29 2500 3620
Sep 25 - Oct 06 2500 3620
Oct 02 - Oct 13 2500 3620
Oct 09 - Oct 20 2500 3620
Oct 16 - Oct 27 2500 3620
Oct 23 - Nov 03 2500 3620
Oct 30 - Nov 10 2500 3620
Nov 06 - Nov 17 2500 3620
Nov 13 - Nov 24 2500 3620
Nov 20 - Dec 01 2500 3620
Nov 27 - Dec 08 2500 3620
SUPPLEMENT FOR 3 NIGHTS: UPGRADE PACIFIC AREA HOTEL
Arenas del Mar Beachfront & Rainforest Resort
Jan - Dec, 2021 865 1730
JW Marriott Guanacaste Resort & Spa
Jan 05 - Mar 26, 2021 915 1830
Mar 27 - Apr 03, 2021 1295 2585
Apr 04 - Dec 10, 2021 560 1120
* Minimum 2 passengers
* It is possible to depart on this program on any day. Please check for private tour rates.
* Single travelling alone price is available upon request
* Rates not valid for travel during Holly weeks of Christmas, New Year, Thanksgiving and Easter.
Accommodations:
FIRST CLASS
Destination Property Room type
San José Park Inn by Radisson Standard
Tortuguero Laguna Lodge Standard
Arenal Volcano Arenal Paraiso Standard
Monteverde Monteverde Cloud Forest Standard
Pacific Beach Hotel Nammbu Deluxe
San José Country Inn & Suites Standard
DELUXE
Destination Property Room type
San José Holiday Inn San Jose Aurola Standard
Tortuguero Pachira Lodge Standard
Arenal Volcano Arenal Kioro Suite
Monteverde El Establo Deluxe
Pacific Beach Hotel Nammbu Deluxe
San José Wyndham San Jose Herradura Superior

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INCLUSIONS

Inclusions & Highlights

  • Regular arrival transfer from Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO) to San Jose area.
  • 11 nights’ accommodations as per the itinerary at the selected hotel.
  • Meals: 8 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches & 3 Dinners.
  • 3 days’ regular package at selected lodge, Tortuguero.

Includes: Ground and boat transportation (San Jose – Tortuguero – Guapiles), lodging, daily meals, visit to the Tortuguero Village and tour to the secondary Tortuguero canals. (activities subject to changes).

  • Regular transfer from Guapiles (drop off point of the Tortuguero package) to the Arenal Volcano selected hotel.
  • Regular Half Day Arenal Volcano surroundings Hike and Tabacon Hot Springs.

Includes: Transportation, Guide, entrance fee & dinner.  Logistics of tour subject to changes.  Children under 4 not allowed on the tour.

  • Regular transfer from Arenal to Monteverde area.
  • Regular half day El Trapiche Tour (cultural experience).
  • Regular half day Monteverde Cloud Forest Private Reserve.
  • Regular transfer from Monteverde to Selected Beach destination in the Pacific Coast, either Guanacaste area or Manuel Antonio.
  • Regular shuttle transfer from Guanacaste or Manuel Antonio area to selected hotel in San Jose.
  • Regular departure transfer from San José selected hotel to (SJO) Juan Santamaria International Airport.

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