Day 1 – Arrive in San José and transfer to your hotel.
San José sits in the heart of the country in the lush, wide Central Valley, and has a comfortable subtropical climate. With over half the country’s population living within its limits, it’s a bustling city with lively markets, intriguing museums and a dynamic atmosphere.
Day 2 – Say goodbye to San José early this morning and head out into the Costa Rican wilderness. Travel out of the city, stopping for breakfast en route, before boarding a launch to navigate the waterways into the Tortuguero National Park (approximately 2 hours).
Today, you’ll go on excursions by boat and on foot, soaking up Mother Nature’s most flamboyant flora and fauna displays, using the experienced eyes of the boatman or guide spot the animals.
After this magical experience, travel for about 2.5 hours to Sarapiquí. After checking into the hotel, you will have dinner and some time to rest.
Day 4 – Today is one of the most exciting activities! A morning filled with exhilarating fun of battling the gushing rapids of the Pacuare River on a white-water rafting trip.
After cleaning up and having a delicious lunch by the water, you’ll cross west through the north of the country to Arenal (approximately 2-3 hours) where you’ll lay eyes on a storybook volcano that soars out of the verdant plains.
Day 5 – This morning you’ll head out for a guided tour in Arenal National Park, where the trails pass through interesting dwarf cloud forest, and the rich bird life includes several species of hummingbird and Costa Rica’s national bird (the clay-colored robin that’s renowned for its melodious song).
After lunch, spend the afternoon in the hot springs! Filled with natural properties, and many health benefits, enjoy your afternoon relaxing in the warm natural pools. You will have a delicious Costa Rican dinner here before returning to the hotel to rest.
Day 6 – Travel along the Arenal Lake – a famous hangout for avid windsurfers – via Tilaran to Monteverde de Santa Elena (approximately 4-5 hours).
Climb to Monteverde, feel the climate cooling and see the vegetation change from tropical to cloud forest. In the afternoon, visit a colorful butterfly farm.
Day 7 – This morning you will explore the cloud forest and have a chance to see some of the many animals that call this part of Costa Rica their home.
After lunch, you will travel to Manuel Antonio, having some time to rest on the way. Your journey takes you along a coastline of fine sand beaches, separated by the occasional area of mangrove and endless plantations of African palm. Enjoy a free evening to relax before exploring the park on foot tomorrow.
Day 8 – Today after breakfast you’ll enjoy a three-hour guided walk along the trails within the park. The afternoon is free to explore this magical area further. Relax on one of the idyllic palm-lined bays, swim in the hotel pool or head to the turquoise sea, which is perfect for swimming, kayaking, sailing or fishing.
Day 9 – Return along the coastal road to San Jose, stopping en route at Carara Biological Reserve. Here you’ll walk for two or three hours through the rainforest in the hope of seeing the beautiful, rare scarlet macaw, as well as the tiny black and green poison dart frog.
You’ll arrive back in San Jose for your final night (total driving approximately 5 hours plus stops). Before you finish up your trip, you will visit the city’s colorful and lively markets for some last-minute souvenir shopping, then celebrate the end of this adventure with one last Costa Rican meal.
Day 10 – Your trip comes to an end today. Your transfer will take you to the airport, so you can head back home and tell your friends and family your amazing experience in Costa Rica!
- transfers and transportation throughout
- full time tour escort
- entrance to all sites
- medical insurance