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19 Days / 18 Nights
Day 01: Arrive to San José

Welcome to Costa Rica! For your added comfort, once you have passed immigration and customs and stepped out of the airport doors, you will have one of our representatives waiting for you outside with a sign with your name on it. He will drive you to your hotel in San José.  You will receive a welcome package with your vouchers, a country map, and any other touristic information that we deem you may find useful.

 

DoubleTree by Hilton Cariari. Standard Room. Buffet Breakfast Included.


Day 02: La Paz Waterfall Gardens

You will visit the La Paz Water Fall Garden for a scrumptious lunch and tour. When we arrive to La Paz we will walk through a trail leading to a spectacular waterfall in the middle of the rainforest. Inside the park we will also visit the hummingbird gallery, the serpentarium, the bird house, the butterfly garden and the frog’s exhibit. Suitable for all ages.

 

DoubleTree by Hilton Cariari. Standard Room. Buffet Breakfast Included.


Day 03: Shared bus and boat transfer to Tortuguero

Prepare for a day of adventure this morning as you board a comfortable, shared touring bus at your hotel in San Jose.  Marvel at the spectacular scenery as you make your way through the city to Braulio Carrillo National Park. En route you’ll pass through the agricultural region of the Limon Lowlands, where crops of pineapples, paddies of rice, and various forms of cattle flourish.  An opportunity to enjoy a delicious, typical Costa Rican breakfast presents itself along the way. Once you’ve arrived at the port, you will be transferred by boat to the lodge. Here is your chance to experience the beautiful Tortuguero River and Tortuguero National Park canals.  The total transfer time including stops along the way is approximately 6.5 hours across a distance of 267 kilometers. All included transfers and activities in Tortuguero are offered on a shared basis with other guests of the lodge. You will be warmly welcomed to the lodge as you enjoy a deliciously prepared lunch. Relax and settle into your room.

 

Evergreen Lodge. Standard Room. Meals and Taxes Included.


Day 04: Programmed activities at Tortuguero

Rise and shine bright and early this morning, where you have a chance to enjoy a famous Costa Rican coffee, or tea at the restaurant before heading out in search of adventure. You have the opportunity of enjoy by your own a walk at the hotel trails or take an optional excursion (not Included). In the afternoon join a guided Canal Tour to experience the jungle which surrounds the nearby canals. Through an infinite network of river canals and mangroves you will experience a truly unique contact with nature. Your guide will explain what they’ve learnt about this beautiful jungle flora and fauna.  Their experience in the field has provided them with plenty of knowledge about the many species of wildlife that call this jungle home.

 

Evergreen Lodge. Standard Room. Meals and Taxes Included.


Day 05: Shared boat and bus transfer to Guápiles. After lunch pick up the car rental. Self drive to Sarapiquí

Sarapiquí is not a popular tourist destination yet, but boasts an amazing amount of biodiversity and should be on every nature lover’s list. A great place to enjoy Costa Rica’s amazing natural beauty, Puerto Viejo de Sarapiquí is perfect for those who enjoy spending time outdoors hiking, horseback riding, bird watching, white water rafting, or kayaking. A great way to spend a day here would be to take an optional rafting trip down the Sarapiquí River, one of the most important trade routes between this region and the Caribbean coast.  What’s unique about the Sarapiquí region is that it sits relatively low in elevation and has several large rivers which converge in Puerto Viejo de Sarapiquí, the largest town in the area. Around these rivers is a mixture of farmland and protected tropical forest.

 

Same day at night, Bat Program tour

Bats represent almost 50% of the mammals in Costa Rica (113 species). We invite you to enjoy this adventure discovering the wonders of this animals. The activity consist of a multimedia presentation for about 30 minutes regarding the natural history of bats, their classification, diversity, adaptations, reproduction, threats and more. At the end of the presentation a trained guide will provide you with a safe opportunity to observe some of the bats up close that were captured during the evening for research projects.

It’s in these vast swaths of humid jungle that a lot of environmental research takes place. We recommend to visit Tirimbina, (not included) a biological reserve, research center. Enjoy an easy-to-access network of trails, as well as a massive hanging bridge. The bridge is impressive, stretching about 200 meters (650 feet) over the raging Sarapiquí River, and has a spiral staircase halfway across that leads down to a small jungle-covered island.

 

Sarapiquis Rainforest Lodge. Deluxe Room. Breakfast Included.


Day 06: Safari Float in the morning

Floating Safari Tour

An early morning, guided 2 hours ride in rafts trough the beautiful and nature rich lower Sarapiquí and its tributaries from the Braulio Carrillo National Park. Stunning views and abundant fauna you will want to take with you... Get your cameras ready!

 

Chocolate Tour in the afternoon

This 2.5 hour tour will reveal the secrets and wonders of one of mankind’s favorite foods: chocolate. Originally from Central America, this plant has an extraordinary history. It was one of the most important products for the Mayan and Aztec cultures as well as for other Central American cultures. The discovery of America led to the introduction of chocolate in Europe transforming it into the product we all know today. The cacao plot which is not in commercial use was formerly cultivated in the ancient way and mixed with other forest trees. Several decades ago it was used for research purposes and currently it is used for environmental education showing the traditional processes.

 

Sarapiquis Rainforest Lodge. Deluxe Room. Breakfast Included.


Day 07: Self drive to Arenal/Fortuna

Arenal Volcano located in La Fortuna, is the most iconic volcano in Costa Rica. For most of modern history, Volcán Arenal was just another dormant volcano surrounded by fertile farmland. But for about 42 years the volcano was an ever-active and awe-striking natural wonder, producing menacing ash columns, massive explosions and streams of glowing molten rock almost daily. The fiery views are gone for now, but Arenal is still a worthy destination, thanks to the dense forest covering her lower slopes and foothills, and her picture-perfect conical shape up top. This area is rugged and varied, rich with wildlife and laced with trails.

 

Los Lagos Hotel & Resort. Standard Room. Breakfast Included.


Day 08: Cultural tour

Organic Farm Tour with Sugar Cane Workshop

Enjoy a guided journey guided of the Arenal Vida Campesina property where you can appreciate traditional and non-traditional cultivations and take part in activities like milking a cow, making tortillas, and gathering of vegetables from the vegetable garden, cultural activities as the milling of sugar cane, typical dances and collecting water from our handmade well. You'll have the opportunity to collaborate with the environment by sponsoring and planting a tree in danger of extinction and enjoying a typical, organic lunch made with products harvested from the property and cooked on a woodstove.

 

Los Lagos Hotel & Resort. Standard Room. Breakfast Included.


Day 09: Hike at Arenal Volcano National Park

The tour starts with a 20-minute tour from the hotel to the National Park Peninsula section near Lake Arenal, once on the site we are expected to hike along a 1.5-kilometer (1.5-mile) easy trail for approximately one hour; During the whole trip you will be able to enjoy excellent landscapes with view to the Lake Arenal and Volcanic Range of Tilarán in the different observation bays that are along the whole trail. At the end of it we will have the opportunity to climb to the observation platform of approximately 10 m in height to take a closer view of the volcano, receiving a full explanation of its history, activity cycles and geological formation.

At the end of the trail, a refreshment of fresh fruit is served, then take our boat and take a trip along the wooded shores of Lake Arenal and islets to try to find some animals. This is the ideal place to make the best scenic photographs of the volcano, if it is clear after about 45 minutes, the boat docks in the sector of the Arenal Dam.

 

Los Lagos Hotel & Resort. Standard Room. Breakfast Included.


Day 10: Self drive to Potrero Beach

Playa Potrero is located right next to Playa Flamingo, in the Guanacaste province in the North of Costa Rica. Enjoy impressive sunsets or horseback riding on Playa Potrero to discover the beautiful landscape, consisting of cliffy hills and a great variety of wildlife.

Playa Potrero is also the number one place in Costa Rica for sports fishing and offers a variety of spots for scuba diving. If you like to discover the surrounding rain forests, the Santa Rosa National Park as well as the Palo Verde National Reserve just serves well for doing so.

 

Bahia del Sol Beach Front Boutique Hotel. Bedroom Suite. Breakfast Included.


Day 11 & 12: Free Days at Potrero Beach

Enjoy your day relaxing at your hotel and surroundings or ask your travel consultant about the many optional activities that are offered in the area. 

 

Bahia del Sol Beach Front Boutique Hotel. Bedroom Suite. Breakfast Included.


Day 13: Self drive to Monteverde

A startling haven for all that is living and natural, the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve promises a journey that will make you one with nature–at a whole new level. Located in the Cordillera de Tilarán, Monteverde is one of the top ecotourism destinations the world over, being one of the most spectacular wildlife sanctuary and nature reserve in the world. It is actually home to some of the most endangered species in the planet. Its elevation is from 600 meters to 1800 meters above sea level in some isolated areas. Birds are one of the main attractions in Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve as a lot of them would migrate there and a variety of species are for everyone to see alive and freely hovering.

Tours are available for all nature lovers or first-time nature explorers alike (Note, activities are optional if not included in our proposal). Considering the size of the reserve, hanging bridges and trails are good for hiking and sight-seeing. There is even a special private birding tour if you’re interested in learning more about these famous flying species. For the more active we offer zip lining!

 

Poco a Poco Hotel & Spa. Standard Quetzal Room. Breakfast Included.


Day 14: Hanging Bridges Tour + Butterfly Garden + Hummingbird Garden

The Tree Top Walkways consist of a 1.9 mile (approximately 3 kilometer) trail that leads you through the Monteverde Cloud Forest. Here visitors will walk on eight different bridges with various lengths ranging between 150 feet ( 50 meters ) and 510 feet ( 170 meters ) and altitudes ranging between 36 feet ( 12 meters ) and 180 feet ( 60 meters ). Each bridge has a capacity of up to 80 people which makes them both the longest and strongest bridges in the Monteverde Cloud Forest. The Tree Top Walkways are suitable for people of all ages.

Imagine yourself in a beautiful garden. Now imagine over 100 beautiful hummingbirds flying cheerfully around you! That is what the incredible hummingbird garden has to offer. More than 14 species of hummingbirds will amaze you with their incredible aerial maneuvers and bright lively colors. Enjoy a guided walk inside one of the world’s largest live butterfly exhibitions with an area of over 29,000 square feet (2,700 square meters). Come and enjoy all the wonders that you may discover in this marvelous world of butterflies.

 

Poco a Poco Hotel & Spa. Standard Quetzal Room. Breakfast Included.


Day 15: Self drive to Quepos/Manuel Antonio

Manuel Antonio National Park combines the rainforest with breathtaking white-sand beaches, among the most beautiful in Costa Rica. The Manuel Antonio Region has received plenty of coverage in travel magazines, earning it the distinction of one of the 10 most beautiful places in the world. From Manuel Antonio you can experience whitewater rafting, guided rainforest waterfall walks, horseback riding, snorkeling and sports fishing. Manuel Antonio National Park is the country's smallest national park at just over 683 hectares, but it is also one of its most amazing. Home to one of the last sizable population of the endangered Squirrel Monkey in the region, the park also houses White-headed capuchin and Howler monkeys.

Manuel Antonio National Park is where tropical rainforest meets the dazzling white sand of Playa Manuel Antonio — one of the most beautiful beaches in Costa Rica and one of the top ten in the world.

***Note that Manuel Antonio National Park is closed on Mondays.

 

Si Como No Hotel. Standard Room. Breakfast and Taxes Included.


Day 16: Enjoy the Butterfly Botanical Gardens and Reptile Lagoon Tour

In this combined tour you will learn and see the butterfly’s metamorphosis and them you can visit the reptile lagoons where you will find crocodiles, caimans, lizards and fresh water turtles reproduction habitats.

 

Si Como No Hotel. Standard Room. Breakfast and Taxes Included.


Day 17: Free Day at Quepos/Manuel Antonio

Enjoy your day relaxing at your hotel and surroundings or ask your travel consultant about the many optional activities that are offered in the area.

 

Si Como No Hotel. Standard Room. Breakfast Included.


Day 18: Self drive to Alajuela. Drop Off the car rental at your hotel

As capital of Alajuela province, this city lies just a few minutes away from the Juan Santamaria International Airport. With easy access and plenty of bus routes, getting in and out of Alajuela is not a problem. A leading trade center for cattle and the sugar industries of the neighboring areas, Alajuela is also a fantastic summer getaway. This is in part due to the fabulous weather this city experiences throughout the year with its temperate climate. In the center of the city is a huge impressive red dome church that is a few minutes away from the Parque Central. This park is lush and green, and is the ideal place to hang out and mingle with the locals, who often come here in the afternoons. West of the park is Alajuela’s central market, which takes up an entire city block and is a great place to shop. Another tourist attraction in this city is the Juan Santamaria Cultural Historical Museum

 

Buena Vista Hotel. Deluxe Standard. Breakfast Included.


Day 19: Departure from Alajuela to the International Airport

After an amazing time of absolute highlights in our beautiful Costa Rica, it is time to return home. Share your stories and photos with family and friends, make sure to recommend us and make plans to come visit again soon!




Included

INCLUDED

 

  • All services indicated in the above itinerary.
  • Personalized information, map of Costa Rica and vouchers list.
  • Local Travel Program Support, 24 hours emergency service.
  • Airport transfers upon arrival and departure.
  • 18 Nights lodging at hotels indicated in the above itinerary. Breakfasts and local taxes.
  • Tortuguero Package Includes: Meals and Taxes Included, ground and boat transportation from San José / to Guápiles, tour to the Tortuguero canals by boat through the National Park (entrance fee not included US$ 15.00 per person) and Visit to Tortuguero Village.
  • 14 days Car Rental Rav 4 Standard Superior, Free mileage 1st additional driver free of charges, Includes: CDW Basic Insurance + GPS free of charge and One Booster free of charge.
  • Excursions Included: (Shared tours)
  • La Paz Waterfall Gardens. Included: Lunch, transport, entrance fee and bilingual guide.
  • Bat Program / Included: Bilingual Guide.
  • Floating Safari Tour / Included: Bilingual guide and equipment.
  • Chocolate Tour / Included: Bilingual Guide.
  • Organic Farm Tour with Sugar Cane Workshop / Included: Transfer, bottle of water, lunch & local guide
  • Arenal Volcano + Lake Tour/ Included: Transportation from the hotel by minibus with A / C & Wifi, Naturalist bilingual guide, entrance to the National Park, bottled mineral water, snacks, equipment, water transport.
  • Hanging Bridges + Butterfly Garden+ Hummingbird Garden / Included: Bilingual Guide for Canopy and Butterfly Garden, equipment and transportation
  • The Butterfly Botanical Gardens and Reptile Lagoon Tour / Included: Guide

 

 

NOT INCLUDED

 

  • Other meals than indicated as included.
  • National Park Entrance fees.
  • Other excursions tours and activities indicated as optional or not included.
  • Airport taxes (US$ 29.00 per person not included).
  • International flights.
  • Personal expenses. Tips and extras at hotels.
  • Travel insurance.

The most important things to bring are your travel documents: a valid passport, flight and hotel information, health insurance card and driver’s license (if you plan on renting a car in Costa Rica). We advise you to make three copies of these documents. Put one copy in your carry-on bag, one copy in your suitcase and leave one copy at home.

Basic Tropical forests, colorful wildlife and spectacular beaches are part of daily life in Costa Rica. The climate varies depending on where you are, so pack accordingly.

 

  1. Prepare for hot, humid summers. Shorts, T-shirts, sundresses, skirts and tank tops in lightweight fabrics should keep you cool. Take a sweater for evenings at a higher elevation.
  2. Bring plenty of sunblock. Also include insect repellent, a wide-brimmed hat, sunglasses and a swimsuit.
  3. Take rubber-soled sandals or hiking boots for journeys into the rain forests. Flip-flops and sandals are great for resorts and hanging out by the beach.
  4. Pack separate clothes for evenings. Simple dresses are great for women, while men will do well in long shorts and a button-down shirt.
  5. Prepare for cool winters, particularly in the northern regions and at higher elevations. Long pants and long-sleeved shirts are a must, while a fleece jacket or a sweater is advisable.
  6. Take an umbrella if you plan to travel between May and November – Costa Rica’s wettest period.
  7. A rain slicker will come in handy while hiking.
  8. Take an electric converter and adapter.

 

Important Note

What makes us different? You can customize your Costa Rica trip to fit your exact needs. Maximize fun time and minimize hassles, mistakes and travel time. Every detail from airport pick-up to adventure tours and activities are arranged by us to make sure the only thing you have to worry about is having fun. Use our quick and easy trip customization form and find out how affordable your dream Costa Rica vacation can be! With CRS you don´t just vacation in Costa Rica, you experience it!

Rate per person from: US$ 2648,00

 

Interested in this package? If you inquire we will send you a detailed proposal with a 100% accurate price. The rate listed here is per person, based on our low season rates, with double occupation, transportation, tours, meals, taxes, and service fees included as described, unless otherwise indicated. Not included in the price are travel insurance, personal expenses and international airfare. Remember that all our packages are customizable at no extra cost.

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