Costa Rica's Natural Jewels
11 Days / 10 Nights
One of our most interesting tours with the most exciting destinations included on this itinerary. Take a boat through the canals of Tortuguero, visit the impressive Arenal Volcano, then head to the Monteverde Cloud forest before enjoying some time on the beaches around Manuel Antonio National Park.
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Day 1. Arrive San José (-/-/-)
Welcome to San José, Costa Rica. Meet your driver and transfer to your hotel. Explore the city and its charms, its theatres, museums, shopping, or just enjoy a coffee while watching the daily life of the "Ticos".
Day 2. San José - Tortuguero (B/L/D)
Breakfast at the hotel. Today you will drive through the majestic Braulio Carrillo National Park on your way Guapiles, where you will enjoy a delicious typical breakfast. Board your river boat and embark on a 1 hour 30 minutes journey through the rivers and canals of Tortuguero before arriving at your hotel. After lunch, we will visit the town of Tortuguero. Dinner is included.
Day 3. Tortuguero (B/L/D)
Breakfast at the hotel. In the morning you will hike through the private trails of the hotel. After lunch you will tour by boat through the canals of Tortuguero. The Tortuguero National Park is famous for being the habitat for seven species of turtles, a great diversity of crustaceans and many species of freshwater fish. Also, we recommend the night tour to see nesting sea turtles (July to September). Dinner is included.
Day 4. Tortuguero - Arenal Volcano (B/-/-)
Breakfast at the hotel. Travel back through the canals of Tortuguero to reach the pier where your ground transportation will meet you. Awaiting you today in the Northern Plains is the impressive Arenal Volcano, a natural wonder offering you the chance to witness the cone-shaped crater. Along the way there, you will see various agricultural and ornamental plantations and cattle ranches, until you reach the town of La Fortuna. The town is worth visiting to walk around and to have lunch or dinner. Your hotel is strategically located to appreciate the Volcano.
Day 5. Arenal Volcano (B/-/-)
Breakfast at the hotel. The resorts with hot springs and spas are one of the biggest attractions to enjoy in this region. Another claim to fame in the area is the amount of activities available: canopy tours, suspension bridges, aerial trams, a visit to the La Fortuna Waterfall either by walking or horseback riding, as well as other activities on Lake Arenal.
Day 6. Arenal Volcano - Monteverde (B/-/-)
Breakfast at the hotel. Our transfer to the Monteverde Cloud Forest will be a combination of land, water, and land again. This option is the best way to travel from La Fortuna to Monteverde. Our minibus will pick you up at your hotel to take you to Lake Arenal, where we will board a motorized canoe across Lake Arenal to get to Rio Chiquito; then, another minibus will take you to your hotel in beautiful Monteverde.
Day 7. Monteverde (B/-/-)
Breakfast at the hotel. Today is a free day. Monteverde is globally recognized for its cloud forest that extends to both sides of the Continental Divide. Currently, there are two reserves in the area: the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve and the Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve. You will be amazed by the area’s diversity and richness of nature, walking along the numerous trails in either reserve. In the higher parts of the forest, there is what is called a “natural Elfin Forest” (the climate is such that the tallest trees do not exceed 10 meters). There are many activities in the area to complement your visit: adventure zip line tours, hanging bridges, hummingbird gardens, butterfly gardens, a Serpentarium (one of the best in the country), a nocturnal wildlife tour, horseback riding, a cheese tour (cheeses made in the town are the best in Costa Rica), etc.
Day 8. Monteverde - Manuel Antonio (B/-/-)
Breakfast at the hotel. This morning you will journey down the mountains to the warm Central Pacific Coast of Costa Rica. Manuel Antonio is your next destination; it is home to the smallest but most visited national parks in Costa Rica. During our trip, we’ll stop at the famous Tarcoles River Bridge to observe giant crocodiles. The lush landscape along the Central Pacific Coast is composed of rice and palm oil plantations.
Day 9. Manuel Antonio (B/-/-)
Breakfast at the hotel. Today is a free day. The Manuel Antonio National Park is known for its beautiful beaches between mountains and forests. It has several trails for walking, viewpoints, and a high probability of seeing animals, especially the 4 species of Costa Rican monkeys, sloths, coatis, and raccoons. Many adventures are available in the Manuel Antonio area, such as canopy tours, horseback riding, sunset cruises to see dolphins and whales, and whitewater rafting on the Savegre River. The area offers a wide variety of cuisine for all tastes.
Day 10. Manuel Antonio (B/-/-)
Breakfast at the hotel. Free day to enjoy the facilities of the Hotel as well the sun and the sea.
Day 11. San José - Departure (B/-/-)
Breakfast at the hotel. At the appointed hour, you will be transferred to the airport for your departure flight. However if you choose the rent a car option you will return your vehicle in the nearest rent a car office close to the Airport.
If your flight leaves before 15:00; you will require a private transfer for additional charge.
PRICES AND INCLUSIONS
11 DAYS / 10 NIGHTS FROM £955 per person + flights
based on 2 people travelling together with shared transfers or self drive
The price includes:
Transfer in from the airport to the hotel
1 night’s accommodation in San Jose. Breakfast included
Shared ground & river transfer from San José to Tortuguero.
2 nights & 3 days package accommodation in Tortuguero, with full board included
Hike in the Tortuguero Village
Hike in the private trails of the hotel
Boat excursion through the Tortuguero Canals
Entrance fee to the Tortuguero National Park
Shared transfer from Guápiles to Arenal
2 nights’ accommodation in Arenal. Breakfast included
Shared transfer from Arenal to Monteverde
2 night’s accommodation in Monteverde. Breakfast included
Shared transfer from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio
3 night’s accommodation in Manuel Antonio. Breakfast included
Shared transfer from Manuel Antonio to Juan Santa Maria International Airport San José
The price does not include:
Return flights from the UK to Costa Rica. Request a quote from us.
Anything not specifically mentioned above.
Optional tours, camera fees.
Tips to the guide and driver, porters and waiters.
Personal costs such as drinks, laundry, etc.
Peak season surcharges
Private transfer surcharges if required
Full cover insurance in case of self drive option
Prerequisites for self drive option:
Valid driver's license. The foreign license is valid in Costa Rica for 90 days from the date of entry into the country
Minimum driver age of 21 years
The driver must carry the driver's license of the country of origin
The driver must present a passport
The driver must present a valid credit card for the security deposit (USD 750 approximately)
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