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Self drive
15 Days / 14 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.

 

Option A: Radisson Hotel. Standard Room. Buffet Breakfast.
Option B: Real Intercontinental Hotel. Standard Room. Breakfast.


Day 02 Bus & 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. This is your chance to explore the fantastic Tortuguero Village on your own. Take your time to appreciate the most popular sightseeing attractions of the area. Visit the National Park office to purchase entrance tickets. Prepare your taste buds for a stimulating culinary adventure as you enjoy some of the many mouth-watering treats during this buffet style dinner at the restaurant.

 

Option A: Aninga Lodge. Standard Room. Meals Included.
Option B: Manatus Hotel. Deluxe Room. Meals and Included.


Day 03 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’ll join an early morning, guided Canal Tour with fellow vacationers to experience the awakening of the jungle which surrounds the nearby canals. These early morning hours are the most exciting times of the day in the jungle as the wildlife is most active. 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.

 

Option A: Aninga Lodge. Standard Room. Meals Included.
Option B: Manatus Hotel. Deluxe Room. Meals and Included.


Day 04 Boat & Bus transfer to Guapiles. After Lunch, pick up your car rental and Self drive toPuerto Viejo de Limón

Located in Limon province on the shores of the Caribbean Sea, Puerto Viejo de Talamanca is a beach lover’s paradise. Here, amidst the exotic flora and fauna, lies a vibrant seaside town with gorgeous beaches, crystal clear blue waters, and some of the most amazing surfing opportunities. Formerly a quiet little fishing village, Puerto Viejo has a charm that is all its own. With its relaxed atmosphere and its own unique blend of Latino, Afro-Caribbean and Bribri indigenous cultures, Puerto Viejo is a lively place to have a fun relaxing vacation. With its gold sand beaches, tropical vegetation and many interesting attractions nearby such as the Cahuita National Park, Talamanca Indian Reserve and Gandoca Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge, visiting Puerto Viejo de Talamanca is a great opportunity to experience Costa Rica at its best. One can also indulge in horseback tours of the area, as well as snorkeling, diving, mountain biking, kayaking or boogie boarding. Whether you are looking forward to having a good time or just a laidback retreat, the shores of Puerto Viejo are a great place to kick back and soak in the sun!

 

Option A: Azania Bungalows Hotel. Standard Bungalow. Breakfast.
Option B: Banana Azul Hotel. Villas Banana Verde. Breakfast.


Day 05 & 06 Free Day at Puerto Viejo de Limón

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.

 

Option A: Azania Bungalows Hotel. Standard Bungalow. Breakfast.
Option B: Banana Azul Hotel. Villas Banana Verde. Breakfast.


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.

 

Optional excursions (Not Included):

 

1. Soak in a volcano-heated hot spring Grand Spa at Tabacón Grab a robe and settle into the jungle Jacuzzi while spa valets serve you healthy smoothies. Treatments like the chocolate body wrap and the couples’ two-hour massage utilize locally made products and end with champagne and fresh fruit. For a full day of pampering, request the spa package, which includes access to the thermal baths, lunch or dinner

 

2. Hike to a waterfall The reward for a tough hike down to Catarata de la Fortuna is a magnificent waterfall, plummeting nearly 250 feet into a freshwater pool.

 

3. Watch wildlife Birds, monkeys, turtles, caiman, and sloths abound in the 25,000-acre Caño Negro National Wildlife Refuge.

 

4. Mistico Arenal Hanging Bridges A series of trails and bridges form a loop through the primary rain forest of a 250-acre private reserve, providing great bird-watching and volcano viewing. Sixteen fixed and hanging bridges allow you to see the forest at different levels. Trails are open rain or shine, and there are things to do in both types of weather, including horseback-riding tours that start at 9 am and 1 pm.

 

Option A: Arenal Volcano Inn. Standard Room. Buffet Breakfast.
Option B: Nayara Hotel Spa & Gardens. Casita Deluxe. Breakfast.


Day 08 Free Day at Arenal/Fortuna

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.

 

Option A: Arenal Volcano Inn. Standard Room. Buffet Breakfast.
Option B: Nayara Hotel Spa & Gardens. Casita Deluxe. Breakfast.


Day 09 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. It currently houses about 2,000 plant & tree species, 400 bird species, 100 species of mammals and around 1,200 amphibians and reptiles as well as hundreds of unique fern and orchid species. 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. Some of the famed birds found in the cloud forest are the bare-necked umbrella birds, the endangered Bellbird, quetzals and over 30 species of hummingbirds.

 

What’s there to do in the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve? ( Note, activities are optional if not included in our proposal )

 

Tours are available for all nature lovers or first-time nature explorers alike. 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! 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. As the weather here is quite chilly and misty, due to the village being high up in the Tilaran Mountain Range, do bring some thick clothes and a light jacket to stay warm. A lovely and peaceful place perfect for those who enjoy nature, the village of Monteverde is actually a dairy farming community that makes some of the best cheeses in Costa Rica. When here, do remember to try out the delicious local cheeses, which are a treat to eat.

 

Option A: Trapp Family Lodge Hotel. Superior Room. Breakfast.
Option B: Monteverde Lodge & Gardens. Forest View Downstairs Room. A la Carte Breakfast.


Day 10 Free Day at Monteverde

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.

 

Option A: Trapp Family Lodge Hotel. Superior Room. Breakfast.
Option B: Monteverde Lodge & Gardens. Forest View Downstairs Room. A la Carte Breakfast.


Day 11 Self drive to Tamarindo

Tamarindo, with its glorious beaches, offers outstanding surfing opportunities for beginners, intermediate and experienced surfers. Sport fishing tours are a great way to get out into these blue waters for the chance to catch Sailfish, Yellow Fin Tuna and Dorado. Watch the majestic leatherback turtles come upon shore to nest at Playa Grande or enjoy an early bird watching tour. Take a kayak snorkeling tour, horseback ride along beautiful beaches, or zip through the canopy of the tropical dry forest on a canopy tour.

 

Option A: Tamarindo Diria Beach Resort Hotel. Lagoon Poolview. Breakfast.
Option B: Cala Luna Boutique Hotel & Villas. Deluxe King. Breakfast.


Day 12 & 13 Free Day at Tamarindo

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.

 

Option A: Tamarindo Diria Beach Resort Hotel. Lagoon Poolview. Breakfast.
Option B: Cala Luna Boutique Hotel & Villas. Deluxe King. Breakfast.


Day 14 Self drive to San José. Drop Off your car rental at your hotel.

San José is the capital city of Costa Rica and is by far the largest city in the country. Due to its strategic location in the geographical heart of the country, San José is the ideal place to use as a base for taking daily excursions to a variety of sites and diverse regions. You will enjoy the excitement and beauty of volcanoes, rainforests, wildlife reserves, whitewater rafting and boat cruising; all combined with the entertainment and nightlife that a cosmopolitan city can offer. San José's main attractions include the National Theatre, the Gold and Jade Museums, shopping malls, fabulous restaurants, art exhibits, dance performances and opera.

 

Option A: Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton. Standard Room. Breakfast.
Option B: Real Intercontinental Hotel. Standard Room. Breakfast


Day 15 Departure from San Jose to the International Airport

A privately driven vehicle will provide you with a transfer from your hotel to San José Airport today. Depart from International Airport. End of itinerary.




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.
  • 14 Nights lodging at hotels indicated in the above itinerary. Breakfast and local taxes.
  • Tortuguero package, 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.
  • 11 days Car Rental Daihatsu BeGo (Manual).  Free mileage 1st additional driver free of charges. Included: CDW Insurance

 

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$ 1355,00

 

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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