Natural Wonders of Costa Rica

Grab your camera and get ready for a wonderful holiday to Costa Rica! Witness bountiful wildlife in their natural habitat, enjoy relaxing dips in ecothermal hot springs, and learn about the Costa Rican culture on this thrilling adventure. Among the many highlights of this tour is Tortuguero National Park, where you’ll take a boat ride along remote, unspoiled sections of the park to view wildlife. Your guide will look out for the wildlife—including freshwater turtles, egrets, toucans, and monkeys—so you can sit back, relax, and take plenty of pictures.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Arrive In San Jose, Costa Rica

Upon arrival, you will be met by your Tour Director, who will help you check into your hotel.

Hotel: Doubletree Cariari

Day 2: San Jose – Cariari Tortuguero National Park

A local Naturalist accompanies you on a leisurely Boat Ride along remote, unspoiled sections of the park’s waterways, explaining the bountiful flora and fauna. Enjoy a fascinating stroll through an accessible portion of the nearby Rainforest. During the peak nesting season (mid-July to mid-October) you may be lucky enough to observe an endangered green turtle laying her eggs under the starlight on an optional tour. Later this afternoon, meet a local Naturalist for an informative Presentation on the ecology of the area.

Hotel: Evergreen Lodge, 2 Nights

Day 3: Tortuguero National Park Tour & Canal Cruise

A local Naturalist accompanies you on a leisurely Boat Ride along remote, unspoiled sections of the park’s waterways, explaining the bountiful flora and fauna. Enjoy a fascinating stroll through an accessible portion of the nearby Rainforest. During the peak nesting season (mid-July to mid-October) you may be lucky enough to observe an endangered green turtle laying her eggs under the starlight on an optional tour.

Day 4:   Tortuguero – Sarapiqui – Arenal

A morning boat transfer begins your journey to the Sarapiqui area. Tour a Pineapple Farm, owned by a local family, and learn about the history, cultivation, and industry of pineapples. Continue to your hotel in the lush town of Arenal, located in the shadow of Arenal Volcano. After settling in, experience the magic of the resort’s pool and hot spring-fed jacuzzi, or consider a walk in the nearby nature trail in search of 300- to 400-year-old trees, poisonous frogs, monkeys, birds, and possibly small animals native to the area.

Hotel: Volcano Lodge & Gardens, 2 Nights

Day 5: Arenal

During your morning at leisure, you may wish to go on an optional horseback ride or float trip. Or, you can take advantage of your resort’s amenities by walking along the shaded trails nearby. Later this afternoon, visit Arenal Volcano National Park, where your guide takes you on a walk through lava trails of the volcano and shows you how nature has found a way to recover from past lava flows. Next, enjoy a walking tour of the town of La Fortuna de San Carlos, offering spectacular views of the active Arenal Volcano. This evening, drive to nearby famous Tabacon Hot Springs for a dip in the curative and relaxing pools. Later, enjoy a dinner at the hot springs.

Day 6: Arenal – Monteverde

After breakfast, continue to Monteverde, where you will enjoy two days in the cloud forest. This afternoon, take a guided tour on the Sky Walk hanging bridges, which combines trails and suspension bridges through the canopy of Monteverde Cloud Forest, to search for flora and fauna.

Hotel: El Establo, 2 Nigths

Day 7: Monteverde

This morning, visit Children’s Eternal Rainforest for a guided walking tour. Over 600 species of butterflies and 400 species of birds have been recorded inside this private reserve, along with 100 reptile and 120 mammal species that hide within the dense vegetation. Later, visit the family-owned Ecological Sanctuary, where you will explore the trails through coffee and banana plantations filled with endemic wildlife and beautiful scenery. After the walk, enjoy a Cooking Class to learn how to prepare authentic Costa Rican food like hand-made tortillas, picadillos, and gallo pinto. Dine on your creations for a homemade lunch! Tonight, your Tour Director hosts a farewell dinner, toasting an unforgettable discovery of Costa Rica.

Day 8: Monteverde – Sarchi – San Jose

En route to San Jose, visit Sarchi Village, known as the centre of Costa Rican handcrafts and where you will see the artists in their workshops making the famous oxcarts. Next stop is Grecia Village to see the metal church that was imported from Belgium to Puerto Limon in 1897. The church was transported by oxcarts to its present-day location, but sat in the plaza for 10 years before being reconstructed.

Hotel: Doubletree Cariari

Day 9: San Jose

Your tour ends with breakfast this morning.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
January: 18$3,029.00$3,701.00
February: 08, 15, 22, 29$3,029.00$3,701.00
March: 07, 28$3,029.00$3,701.00
April: 18$3,029.00$3,701.00
September: 26$3,029.00$3,701.00
October: 03, 17$3,029.00$3,701.00
November: 07$3,029.00$3,701.00

Inclusions 
Meals: 8 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners
Transport: Airport Transfers & Luxury air-conditioned coach
Accommodation:8 nights accommodating
Guide: An expert Travel Director and separate Driver
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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Monkeys, Jungles & Volcanoes

Get up close and personal with turtles, monkeys, butterflies and more on this Family Experience. Glide along the canals of Tortuguero under the watchful eyes of colourful toucans and trek up the slopes of the Arenal Volcano-a family adventure in the Pura Vida playground.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Arrive San José

Bienvenidos a Costa Rica. Leave your gringo boots at the door and embrace the Pura Vida playground of Costa Rica. A local host will greet you at the airport and arrange your transfer to the hotel. Chill at the pool or go walkabout before meeting your Travel Director and fellow adventurers this evening for some fiesta fun at our Kick-Off Party.

Hotel: Sheraton San Jose

Day 2: San José – Tortuguero National Park

Rise this morning and head east through Braulio Carrillo National Park toward the Caribbean Sea. Board a river boat, gliding through canals, lagoons and lowland rainforest teeming with wildlife. You’ll be amazed at how many kinds of animals live here-six species of sea turtles, monkeys, caimans, tons of exotic bird species plus rare and endangered ocelots, river otters and manatees. The afternoon is yours-hang out by the pool or on the beach, or head to Tortuguero Village. Join a Local Specialist from the Sea Turtle Conservancy Foundation to learn about the turtles that nest in Tortuguero. This evening, we enjoy a buffet dinner at the resort’s open-air restaurant along the Tortuguero lagoon.

Hotel: Laguna Lodge Tortuguero, 2 nights

Day 3: Tortuguero Sightseeing

There’s nothing like the wake-up call of a troop of howler monkeys to start your day. Set off on a ‘Family Fun’ cruise through the park’s canals with your captain and guide to explore the lush waterways of Tortuguero National Park. You may want to start a tally of all the types of wildlife you’ll see. Look out for sloths, green iguanas, caiman, crocodiles and colourful toucans. Of course, you’ll spot tons of monkeys-agile howler and spider monkeys and white-faced capuchins swinging through the dense rainforest canopy. This afternoon, venture back out on the canals to add to your wildlife tally or relax back at the lodge, the choice is yours. If you’re visiting during nesting season (Jul-Sep), choose to join an optional experience night walk with a naturalist guide to witness some of the world’s largest turtles laying their eggs. A buffet dinner is served at your hotel this evening.

Day 4: Tortuguero – Horquetas – Sarapiquí – Arenal National Park

Bid adiós to the monkeys for now as you boat back to the mainland and travel to Horquetas. Here you’ll ‘Dive into Culture’ and visit a local Tico family’s palm plantation to learn how they grow this exotic vegetable. Taste something you’ve probably never tried before, the delicate heart of palm. Continue travelling to quaint Sarapiquí where you’ll ‘Make a Difference’ during your visit to the Snake Garden Wildlife Center, which rehabilitates animals that can no longer live in the wild. This evening, enjoy a pizza party in an open-air kitchen where you can make your own pizza.

Hotel: Arenal Paraiso Resort and Spa, 2 nights

Day 5: Arenal National Park Sightseeing

Rise and shine as the forest and volcano call you back. Start the day with a guided trek around the quiet side of the volcano at Arenal National Park. Walk through the old lava rocks and learn about the powerful forces behind the volcano’s past eruptions. Then, head to the Arenal Hanging Bridges to walk eye-level with the lush canopy, observe the monkeys, sloths and chattering birds up close, and look out to see towering Arenal Volcano. Later, relax in the thermal springs or take a swim in the pool back at the hotel.

Day 6: Arenal National Park – Manuel Antonio

Imagine yourself soaring high above the jungle floor as you zipline (Waiver Required) through the treetops, eye-to-eye with the lush foliage and exotic rainforest creatures for some ‘Family Fun’. Later, head south to Manuel Antonio, renowned for its warm blue waters, beautiful beaches and abundant exotic wildlife.

Hotel: Parador Resort and Spa, 2 nights

Day 7: Manuel Antonio National Park Sightseeing

Walking deep into the national park with your guide, you’ll definitely check off a few more creatures on your wildlife list-at last count, there were 109 different animals and 184 species of birds living here. Listen to the whooping bark of howler monkeys and the chattering of mischievous squirrel and white-faced monkeys. Then, it’s time to hit the beach. Laze in the warm Pacific or choose an optional Mangrove Kayak tour^ or Open Sea Kayak and Snorkel tour^ where you may see various bird species, reptiles, anteaters and white-faced monkeys. This evening, join your fellow explorers to celebrate new friendships over a Farewell Dinner at the hotel.

Day 8: Manuel Antonio National Park – Depart San Jose

Travel back to San Jose’s Juan Santamaria International Airport for your flight or consider extending your stay at the Sheraton San Jose.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
January: 25$2,625.00$3,550.00
February: 08, 15$2,675.00$3,600.00
March: 14, 21, 28$2,675.00$3,600.00
June: 13$2,675.00$3,600.00
June: 20, 27$2,695.00$3,620.00
July: 11, 18$2,695.00$3,620.00
July: 25$2,675.00$3,600.00
August: 01, 08, 15$2,675.00$3,600.00
November: 21$2,575.00$3,500.00
December: 05, 19$2,575.00$3,500.00

Inclusions 
Meals: 7 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 6 dinners
Transport:Airport Transfers & Luxury air-conditioned coach
Accommodation: 7 nights accommodation
Guide:An expert Travel Director and separate Driver
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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Costa Rica Eco Adventure

Journey into the emerald rainforests of Costa Rica. Come face to face with exotic wildlife, see Arenal Volcano and more. Embark on an eco-adventure through a land of volcanoes, waterfalls and cloud forests. Glide through tree-lined waterways and relax in thermal pools, sample chocolate made from the world’s best cacao and go on a journey back in time with a native Quaker who will share stories of Old Town Monteverde.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Arrive San José

Welcome to San José where your journey begins with a warm greeting from a local host at the airport and a transfer to your hotel. At 6 p.m., gather at the hotel with your Travel Director and travelling companions for a Welcome Reception.

Hotel: Sheraton San Jose

Day 2: San José – Braulio Carrillo National Park – Tortuguero National Park

After breakfast, head toward the small town of San Isidro de Heredia, where you are welcomed by master chocolatiers, Julio Fernandez and George Soriano, for a taste of gourmet chocolate, a Cultural Insight. Learn about the history of chocolate and how it is produced at this small workshop. Continue to Siquirres and embark on a river journey through protected wetlands. Later, stroll the streets of Tortuguero Village and explore the fascinating Green Turtle Research Station. Enjoy dinner at the hotel this evening.

Hotel: Laguna Lodge Tortuguero, 2 nights

Day 3: Tortuguero National Park

Glide through the canals and waterways of the park today as howler monkeys watch from the treetops, toucans and egrets fly through the air, and crocodiles ply the cool waters. If you’re here in July, take an optional trip to see the sea turtles laying eggs on the beach.

Day 4: Tortuguero National Park – Sarapiquí

Board your boat and bid adiós to Tortuguero. Enjoy lunch along the way before a visit a Tico family’s palm plantation where you’ll learn about and sample the delicate heart of palm, a Cultural Insight. After a mid-afternoon arrival at your hotel, join your Travel Director on an easy hike looking for the exotic birds. With a little luck, you may spot the endangered great green macaw. Your evening is free.

Hotel: Sueño Azul Resort

Day 5: Sarapiquí – Arenal

Embark on an optional rafting trip. We Connect with Locals, joining the Quintana Family for a Be My Guest lunch at their eco-friendly hacienda. Make a Difference and learn how your visit contributes to the local community. We continue to Arenal Volcano, where we spend the afternoon relaxing.

Hotel: Arenal Paraiso Resort and Spa

Day 6: Arenal – Monteverde Cloud Forest

Enjoy a free morning before heading to the Monteverde Cloud Forest, straddling the Continental Divide, home to luxuriant vegetation, abundant wildlife, coffee plantations and spectacular views. Tonight, you’ll meet a native Quaker, and Local Specialist, who will share stories of Old Town Monteverde.

Hotel: El Establo Mountain, 2 nights

Day 7: Monteverde Cloud Forest Sightseeing

Join your guide for an excursion through the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve. Covering 26,000 acres of tropical rainforest, the Reserve consists of 6 ecological zones and offers extremely high biodiversity. Later, ascend to the treetops for a bird’s-eye view of the forest on the unforgettable Sky Walk, a chain of 6 suspension bridges at canopy level. Tonight, trade stories of your experiences at a Farewell Dinner.

Day 8: Monteverde – Depart San José

Bid farewell to Monteverde and transfer to San José International Airport.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
January: 11, 18, 25, 31$2,625.00$3,375.00
February: 08, 12, 15, 22, 29$2,575.00$3,325.00
March: 07$2,575.00$3,325.00
March: 14, 21, 28$2,595.00$3,345.00
April: 11, 18, 25$2,595.00$3,345.00
May: 02, 16, 23$2,595.00$3,345.00
June: 13, 20, 27$2,595.00$3,345.00
July: 18, 25$2,595.00$3,345.00
September: 12$2,550.00$3,300.00
October: 03$2,550.00$3,300.00
November: 21$2,550.00$3,300.00
December: 05, 19$2,575.00$3,325.00
Inclusions 
Meals: 7 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 6 Dinners
Transport:Airport Transfers & Luxury air-conditioned coach
Accommodation: 7 nights accommodation
Guide:An expert Travel Director and separate Driver
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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Costa Rica Adventure

From volcanos to rainforests, new discoveries abound on this Costa Rican all-encompassing adventure. Bubbling mud pools, rainforests teeming with wildlife, golden beaches and an active volcano are all yours for the taking on this adventure. Starting in the cultural capital city of San Jose, visit turtle nesting grounds and sky walk through the rainforest canopy before spending your final days on the glistening shores of the Guanacaste province.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Arrive San José

Let the Pura Vida way of life take over as you arrive in Costa Rica’s cultural capital, San Jose. Affectionally known as ‘Chepe’, San Jose may appear a little rough around the edges but a closer inspection will soon reveal the charming heart of this vibrant capital. Built on the profit of a roaring coffee trade, this a city overflowing with museums, parks, theatres and innovative restaurants. Arriving today, settle in to your hotel then feel free to head out to explore. Trendy Barrio Amón offers a wonderful glimpse into the history of the city with vast colonial mansions converted into art galleries, whilst Barrio Escalante is the gastronomic epicentre and the best place to grab dinner.

Hotel: Aloft San Jose

Day 2: San Jose – Monteverde

Finishing up your final morning in San Jose with a quick sightseeing tour of the city’s most iconic sights, you’ll then travel north towards the creative little town of Sarchí. Widely regarded as the cradle of Costa Rican artisanship, this is the place to buy intricate arts, crafts and souvenirs. The finest display of Sarchí’s creative offering comes courtesy of the highly decorative oxcarts that are displayed here. Elegantly carved and hand painted in bright colours, the oxcart is a national symbol of Costa Rica and a beautiful reminder of its humble beginnings. Take your time browsing the shops and stalls here, before continuing your journey through the Tilaran Mountain range. Climbing higher and high, we’ll be listening out for the collective sighs of appreciation as you enter the mysterious and misty Cloud Forest.

Hotel: El Establo Mountain Hotel, 2 nights

Day 3: Monteverde

Meeting up with a Local Specialist this morning, you’ll seemingly step into another world as you enter the Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve. Home to a variety of different eco-systems, you’ll learn about the thousands of different plant and animals species that thrive in this area, many of which only exist right here. Keep your eyes peeled and your ears poised for the sounds of hummingbirds, howler monkeys, sloths, toucans, and if you’re really lucky, the Quetzal bird. Costa Rica has a big reputation as a nature lover’s paradise, and this place won’t let you down. Leaving the forest on a real nature high you’ll have time to relax this afternoon, or join our ‘El Trapiche’ Optional Experience tour where you’ll get to visit sugarcane, banana, orange and coffee plantations.

Day 4: Monteverde – Arenal

Enjoy the ride this morning as you travel past cattle ranches and coffee plantations on your way to Arenal Volcano National Park. One of the shining jewels in Costa Rica’s already bedazzling crown, the national park is best known for its bubbling hot springs and geothermal activity, wide variety of wildlife and of course the sleeping giant, Arenal Volcano. As exciting as this all is, your attention upon arrival will likely be taken up by your gorgeous and secluded resort, nestled on the banks of the San Carlos River. Boasting outdoor pools, a butterfly garden, botanical gardens growing all manner of fruit trees and tame iguanas roaming the grounds, you’ll likely feel like you’ve entered a little corner of heaven. Settle in and enjoy relaxing in paradise this afternoon, before joining your fellow travellers for an included dinner at the resort restaurant this evening.

Hotel: Tilajari Resort, 3 nights

Day 5: Arenal Full Day Sightseeing

A guided hike through Arenal 1968 is first up on today’s action packed agenda. Denoting its name from the year Arenal Volcano created its most catastrophic eruption, this private reserve gives you the chance to walk through lava fields, observe leftover lava rocks and boulders and walk through forest land for wonderful views of both the volcano and Arenal Lake, the largest lake in Costa Rica. After a browse around La Fortuna town and a spot of lunch, this afternoon you’ll then head to the famous Arenal Hanging Bridges Park. Meeting up with a Local Specialist, you’ll ‘sky walk’ your way through the jungle canopy, testing your head for heights on the 6 suspension bridges whilst spotting a whole manner of birdlife. This evening and to round off an incredible day, let your worries and stresses drift away as you relax in the mineral rich pools of a hot springs resort.

Day 6: Arenal Sightseeing and Free Time

Another day, and another chance to explore this natural wonderland. Your morning will begin with a safari float down the Peñas Blancas River, where you’ll join a Local Specialist and get to experience the peaceful tranquility of the rainforest whilst looking for monkeys, sloths, iguanas, caimans and tropical birds. On the way you’ll visit a local family who live and work on the river, gaining an appreciation for how connected the people of Costa Rica are to the natural environment. Back at your resort and with the afternoon free, enjoy going for a dip in the pool, play tennis, or join a horseback riding excursion through the rainforest.

Day 7: Arenal – San Jose

Transfer back to San Jose International Airport will be at 12:00 PM approximately or extend your holiday to Guanacaste.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
March: 28$1,295.00$1,945.00
April: 11, 25$1,295.00$1,945.00
May: 09$1,170.00$1,760.00
June: 20$1,170.00$1,760.00
July: 11, 25$1,170.00$1,760.00
August: 01, 08$1,170.00$1,760.00
September: 12$1,170.00$1,760.00
October: 10, 24$1,170.00$1,760.00
November: 14$1,170.00$1,760.00

Inclusions 
Meals: 6 breakfasts, 1 lunches, 2 dinners
Transport: Airport Transfers & Air-Conditioned Coach
Accommodation: 6 nights accommodation
Guide: Travel Director
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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Arenal & Monteverde

Discover two of the most popular attractions in Costa Rica in this four night package, the stunning scenery of the perfect conic shape of Arenal volcano and the stunning forested mountains of Monteverde.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: San Jose – La Fortuna

Morning transfer to La Fortuna where you will spend the next two nights. During your journey to La Fortuna see the many agricultural plantations and cattle ranches of the northern region of Costa Rica.

Day 2: Arenal Volcano – Monteverde Cloud Forest

Morning at leisure. Afternoon tour to Arenal Volcano, considered one of the ten most active volcanoes in the world. Hike through the old lava trails formed after the last eruption in 1968. Finish the day relaxing at the hot springs.

Day 3: Arenal Volcano – Monteverde Cloud Forest

Transfer to the pier for a short boat ride across Lake Arenal with imposing views of the volcano. Continue by land to Monteverde, known for its protected cloud forest, fantastic bird life and diverse adventure activities.

Day 4: Monteverde Cloud Forest

Tour the Monteverde Reserve, a true paradise for nature lovers with over 2000 species of plants, more than 320 species of birds including hummingbirds and the famous Resplendent Quetzal. Afternoon at leisure to enjoy optional activities such as the Sky Walk with its multiple zip-lines and hanging bridges.

Day 5: Monteverde – San Jose

After breakfast, transfer back to San Jose airport.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin Share FromSolo Traveller From
Tourist Class Hotels:$1,206.00$2,272.00
First Class Hotels:$1,496.00$2,548.00
Deluxe Class Hotels:$2,038.00$3,938.00

Inclusions 
Meals: 4 Breakfasts, 1 Dinner
Transport:Airport Transfers & air-conditioned vehicle
Accommodation: 4 nights accommodation
Guide:Excursions with bilingual guides
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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