Welcome to the Rainforest
Welcome to the Rainforest
|Purpose:||Ecology & Relaxation|
|No. of days:||9 days - 8 nights|
|First & Last Cities:||San Jose|
|Other cities:||Tortuguero, Arenal Volcano, Monteverde|
|Starting cost:||$1,375 including airfare|
This program may be operated for individuals or for groups
Day 1: San Jose
Arrive in San Jose; meeting, assistance and transfer to your hotel in San Jose.
Day 2: San Jose, Tortuguero National Park
Today you will get an early start heading by motor coach towards the Northern Caribbean’s lowlands. Drive through the beautiful evergreen mountains and landscapes of the Braulio Carrillo National Park. Upon arrival continue to the Caño Blanco Dock, to board a boat to the Tortuguero National Park. A scenic two-and-half-hour boat ride will take you through the canals sheltered in the jungle of the rainforest. Upon arrival, enjoy a home-made lunch. In the afternoon you will visit the village of Tortuguero, where you will learn about the lifestyle of local residents and the conservation efforts being done to protect the sea turtles that come to spawn each year along the 22 miles of protected coastline. [B/L/D]
Day 3: Tortuguero National Park
Tortuguero is a great destination for ecotourism lovers. Today you can enjoy a guided hike through the jungle, or explore the secondary canals of this paradisiacal place. Observe the different species of mammals, birds and reptiles. Tortuguero offers a full contact with nature as much of the National Park extends along its unspoiled beaches that serve as refuge for spawning of the sea turtles, an event that occurs between July and September. [B/L/D]
Day 4: Tortuguero National Park, Arenal Volcano
At mid-morning your journey continues with a boat transfer back to the local dock. Followed by land to Guapiles, where you will have lunch. Afterwards, continue towards the northern lowlands. You pass the cities of Puerto Viejo (Sarapiqui), San Miguel, Venecia and Aguas Zarcas. Along the way enjoy the beautiful scenery of the mountains around you. Arrive at La Fortuna Village in the late afternoon where the mighty Arenal Volcano will welcome you! This volcano has been active since 1969 and it has become one of the world’s most active volcanoes and one of Costa Rica’s main highlights. Check in at your hotel. You are staying here for the next 2 nights. This evening relax at the world famous Tabacón Hot Springs. The natural hot springs feature a hot river that flows through a series of pools from cascading falls to tropical gardens. Tabacón is a very unique location full of natural jewels that definitely you cannot miss staying at Arenal Volcano area. [B/L/D]
Day 5: Arenal Volcano
Day at leisure to explore the area at your pace. Our recommendation is to visit the Arenal Volcano National Park that protects an active volcano with constant moderate explosions accompanied by roar, gases and ash emissions that raise high in the air. Other options in the area are the Cano Negro Wildlife Refuge, the Venado Caves, La Fortuna Waterfall, and activities such as river floating, nature walks, hot springs, zip-lines, rafting, hiking and horseback riding. [B]
Day 6: Arenal Volcano, Monteverde Claud Forest
In the morning depart from the Arenal Volcano to the Monteverde Cloud Forest. Enjoy the crossing (by boat) of the Arenal Lake: the largest and the most important one in Costa Rica.
Next drive through the Tilarán Mountain Range. The final portion of your journey is on gravel roads. Enjoy the beautiful mountain scenery. You will be staying here the next two nights. Monteverde is a great destination to experience the culture and traditions of Costa Rica. Tonight, tour the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve, one of Costa Rica’s premier destinations. Without the sharp eyes and trained ears of a professional naturalist guide, it is easy to miss the diverse wildlife cavorting in the leafy canopy overhead, which can be as high as 130 feet! Discover the wonders of the tropical cloud forest when most wildlife species are active and a new world awakens. Strange sounds, lights and smells will capture your imagination as you search for nocturnal residents such as tarantulas, snakes, bats, frogs, owls, porcupines and armadillos, providing a different perspective of the forest. [B]
Day 7: Monteverde Cloud Forest
Day at leisure to enjoy the optional sights and activities in the area.
We suggest a visit to the nearby town of Santa Elena, with its beautiful orchid garden, frog pond, butterfly gardens and art galleries. If you prefer you can goo horseback riding, birdwatching, or take a canopy/zip-line tour. [B]
Day 8: Monteverde Cloud Forest, San Jose
Morning will be at leisure. In the afternoon, transfer back to San Jose. Check-in and overnight. [B]
Day 9: San Jose, USA
Your Costa Rican holiday concludes today. At agreed time, transfer to the airport to board your flight back home. [B]
[B] = Breakfast | [B/L/D] = Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
· Round-trip airfare Miami/San Jose
· Regular transfers:
o Santamaria Int’l Airport to San Jose
o Monteverde Cloud Forest to San Jose
o San José to Juan Santamaría Int’l Airport
· 8 nights accommodation
o San José - 2 nights
o Tortuguero - 2 nights
o Monteverde - 2 nights
o Breakfast daily
o 3 lunches
o 3 dinners
· Ground and boat transportation San Jose – Tortuguero – Guapiles
· Regular transportation:
· Guapiles to Arenal Volcano
· Arenal Volcano to Monteverde Cloud Forest
· Evening visit to Tabacón Hot Springs
· Crossing the Arenal Lake by boat
· Regular evening-night tour at Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve
· All hotel taxes
|Location||Hotel Name||Room Type||Tripadvisor|
|San José||Radisson San Jose||Standard||4|
|Arenal Volcano||Arenal Manoa||Jr. Suite||4.5|
Hotels will be confirmed at time of booking
Add-ons available from all US gateways.
** STA = Single Traveling Alone
Prices are per person and may change without notice
This program can be customized for individuals and groups.
Changes to this program may be requested by phone (1855-55-TOURS) or using the web FIT Quote Request
We also be glad to adjust the airfare from your gateway so you take advantage of our special discounted leisure fares
You may add or remove;
o Trip days
o Cities and sites
· Other options
o The program was designed with private services, however, we may substitute shared sightseeing where available
o If you prefer deluxe services we may operate this program including private driver, private guide and concierge service.
Once we have designed the program the way you want we'll give you a quote within 2 business days.
Tour Code: CR01SJO22ST
· Lunches and dinners can be arranged for individuals, families and groups at top restaurants or any restaurant requested by you.
· We can revise the itinerary to spend more time and provide more depth in those areas that you are interested on.
· Any other changes to the itinerary will be accommodated depending on the facilities available in the area.
· Private arrival and/or departure transfer
· The options suggested in the itinerary will be quoted at time of booking
· If you wish to use these programs for your group or as the basis for a customized journey please either call us (1-855-55-TOURS or use the web Group Quote Request.
· In either case our specialists will work with to refine all the details and they will get you a quote with 2 business days. Quotes may be obtained for the air and land portions of just for the lad journey.
· Booking both air and land with us will represent savings for you because of our buying power and longtime relationship with the airlines.
· We will also may have the choice between regular fares and special leisure fares not available to the public.