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11 Days / 10 Nights
Day 01: Arrival at San José, Costa Rica. Transfer to your hotel in San José.

Welcome to Costa Rica! Once you have passed immigration and customs and exited the airport doors, you will meet one of our travel representatives with a sign reading your name. He will drive you to your hotel in San Jose and give you your welcome kit.

 

Option A: Bougainvillea Hotel. Mountain View Room. (B)
Option B: Bougainvillea Hotel. Mountain View Room. (B)

 

(Breakfast = B, Lunch = L, Dinner = D)


Day 02: Transfer by Bus & Boat to Tortuguero.

Facing the Caribbean Sea and the Tortuguero River is one of Costa Rica’s main treasures. Its name, Tortuguero, meaning “place of turtles” is renowned for its yearly arrival of 4 different turtle species that nest on its beaches. To get to your destination hotel we will provide a bus transfer from San Jose to one of the important ports of the canals.  Once at the canals you may board a small motor boat that will traverse the canals to your chosen hotel. The approximate time of travel from San Jose to your hotel will be 5 hours, including the land and boat transfers.

 

Option A: Pachira Lodge. Standard Room (B,L,D).
Option B: Evergreen Lodge. Standard Room (B,L,D).


Day 03: Programmed activities in Tortuguero.

Through an infinite network of river canals and mangroves, you will experience a truly unique contact with nature.  Although remote, there is rich, stunning, unspoiled nature as well as fauna. Hiking and a boat trip is included. On turtle nesting season (July to October), there is an optional tour at night available upon request at the hotel (Not included).

 

Option A: Pachira Lodge. Standard Room (B,L,D).
Option B: Evergreen Lodge. Standard Room (B,L,D).


Day 04: Bus & Boat Transfer to Guapiles. Pick up rental car and self-drive or shuttle transfer to the Arenal Volcano.

Arenal Volcano located in La Fortuna, is the most iconic volcano in Costa Rica. Its perfectly coned shaped volcano was the most active volcano up until 2010. One of the most popular reasons to visit Arenal Volcano (besides all of the adventure activities in the area) are the wonderful volcano heated hot springs that come from the geothermal activity beneath Arenal.

 

Option A: Los Lagos Hotel & Resort. Superior Room (B)
Option B: Arenal Kioro Suites & Spa. Suite Room (B)


Day 05: Farm Tour.

After a short 35 minute drive, we will arrive to a beautiful area dedicated to reforestation, owned and operated by Mendez Family, located in La Tigra of San Carlos near from the mountainous area around the Children´s Eternal Rainforest. Here we will take a short nature walk where we will be able to discover the rainforest typical to the region and some of the unique animals found in this area such as the anteater, tinamus bird, coatimundi, morpho butterflies, several tropical bird species and much more.   After the trail walk, we will return to the Family Farm. Once we arrive, we will learn about the daily lifestyle of a typical Costa Rican farm family, their customs, traditions, and daily chores to maintain their farm.  Next, we will tour the property through the plantations of products like black pepper, vanilla, yucca, coffee, banana, corn, and many other traditional crops. Finally, we will enjoy a delicious lunch of fresh products from the farm prepared on a wood burning stove for the most authentic Costa Rican flavor, before returning to La Fortuna in the late afternoon.

 

Option A: Los Lagos Hotel & Resort. Superior Room (B)
Option B: Arenal Kioro Suites & Spa. Suite Room (B)


Day 06: Self-drive or shuttle transfer to Monteverde.

Monteverde is a small town nestled between two primary cloud forest reserves. It is a birder’s and orchid lovers paradise.  91 species of migratory birds are known to stop in Monteverde and it is also the site with the largest number of orchids in the world with 34 of 500 species newly discovered. The famed Quetzal resides in the cloud forests of Monteverde.

 

Option A: Fonda Vela Hotel, Junior Suite Room. (B).
Option B: Monteverde Lodge & Gardens, Forest View Downstairs Room. (B).

 

 


Day 07: Canopy + Hanging Bridges Tour in Monteverde.

There are several things to do in Monteverde, for example “Sky Walk”, a complex construction of bridges and platforms in the midst of a cloud forest. Aventura Hanging Bridges offers the option of walking through the cloud forest in three different levels; on the ground, at the middle level and at top of the forest. Monteverde Canopy has some of the most beautiful views of the area which can be observed during the tour. Combine the amazing views together with the adventure of reaching extreme heights, while admiring the natural beauty of the forest and its treasure!

 

Included: equipment, bilingual guide (English/Spanish), transportation.

 

Option A: Fonda Vela Hotel, Junior Suite Room. (B).
Option B: Monteverde Lodge & Gardens, Forest View Downstairs Room. (B).


Day 08: Self-drive or transfer to Manuel Antonio.

The beaches of Manuel Antonio are one of the nicest and closest beach destinations from San Jose!  Here the majority of hotels, restaurants, night life and center of town are located on the hill top overlooking the Pacific Ocean and spectacular sunsets.  Manuel Antonio is a perfect destination for everyone. The destination offers numerous adventure activities such as nature hikes, snorkeling, wildlife watching (exceptional to view various species of monkeys, birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians).

 

Option A: Parador Resort & Spa. Tropical Room (B)
Option B: The Preserve at Los Altos Resort. Rainforest Condo Suite Room (B).

 

Important: Manuel Antonio National Park is closed on Mondays!


Day 09: Wildlife Sanctuary Tour

We invite you to take a tour of the Kids Saving the Rainforest Wildlife Sanctuary and see in person the dedication and love it takes to help save these rainforest animals—over 130 animals every year!

Meet the Sanctuary animals and learn about these amazing creatures - Sloths Spider Monkeys, White-face Capuchin monkeys, Squirrel (titi) monkeys, marmosets, tamarins, kinkajaus, parrots and parakeets.

Cool down & relax post tour in Blue Banyan Inn's beautiful large pool.

Enjoy a snack and beverage.

 

Option A: Parador Resort & Spa. Tropical Room (B)
Option B: The Preserve at Los Altos Resort. Rainforest Condo Suite Room (B).


Day 10: Self-drive or shuttle transfer to San José.

Just a few minutes from the airport you will find the bustling capital San José, where you will encounter the warmth and friendliness of the Costa Ricans. Spend a day relaxing at your hotel or take a historic tour around the city visiting our museums or the National Theater. There are also plenty of opportunities in the surrounding areas like coffee tours, volcano hikes and adventure trips.

 

Option A: Buena Vista Hotel, Deluxe Standard (B).
Option B: Xandari Resort & Spa. Prima Plus Room (B).


Day 11: Private Transfer to the International Airport of San José.

Approximately 3 ½ hours before departure of your flight, your private driver will pick you at the hotel to take you to the airport, where you will fly back home. Have a good flight!


Extension package Drake Bay (5D/ 4N) (Optional)

Extension: Day 10: Self-drive to Sierpe. Boat transfer to Drake Bay.

Osa Peninsula is famous for its rich, biologically diverse ecosystem, only accessible by plane or boat, which ensures that most of this area remains unspoiled by civilization.  One third of the Peninsula is protected rainforest in the Corcovado National Park.  Here one may spot endangered species like jaguars and the Baird’s tapir.  You will also see many bird species and monkeys.

 

Option A: The Pirate Cove. Bungalow Room (B, L, D).
Option B: Casa Corcovado Jungle Lodge. The Classic Experience Deluxe Bungalow (B, L, D).


Extension: Day 11: Tour to Corcovado National Park.

A visit to the Corcovado National Park is a must when on the Osa Peninsula. The National Park is one of the most beautiful conservation regions of the world.  Here you are likely to see ocelots, margay, jaguars, tapirs, red macaws, toucans, quetzals and lots more.

 

Option A: The Pirate Cove. Bungalow Room (B, L, D).
Option B: Casa Corcovado Jungle Lodge. The Classic Experience Deluxe Bungalow (B, L, D).

 

 


Extension: Day 12: Snorkeling tour to Caño Island.

The ocean near Drake Bay is abundant with marine species. Isla del Caño is home to many of the same species living in the Galapagos Islands. The waters offshore (known as the Costa Rican Thermal Convection Dome) teem with dolphins, migrating whales (for several months each year), mantas, sea turtles and lots of marine wildlife.

 

Option A: The Pirate Cove. Bungalow Room (B, L, D).
Option B: Casa Corcovado Jungle Lodge. The Classic Experience Deluxe Bungalow (B, L, D).


Extension: Day 13: Boat transfer to Sierpe and self-drive to San Gerardo de Dota.

San Gerardo de Dota is located in the mountains of the Talamanca region at only 3 hours from San Jose. This area is a nature lover’s paradise, great for hiking and seeing countless different species of birds, waterfalls and primary forests.

 

Option A: Trogon Lodge. Standard Room (B).
Option B: Dantica Cloud Forest Lodge. Standard Bungalow Room (B).


Extension: Day 14: Self-drive to San José. (This night is included in the package Family Experience 11D/10N)

Option A: Buena Vista Hotel, Deluxe Standard (B).
Option B: Xandari Resort & Spal. Prima Plus Room (B).


Extension: Day 15: Private transfer to the International Airport Juan Santamaría in San José.

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 and make plans to come visit again soon!




Included

Includes

 

  • 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.
  • 10 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.
  • 07 days Car Rental Toyota Rav4 (Manual).  Free mileage 1st additional driver free of charges. Included: CDW Insurance
  • Excursions Included: (Shared tours)
  • Organic Farm Tour Vida Campesina, included: Transfer, lunch, bottle of water, snack & local guide
  • Canopy Tour + Hanging Walkways, included: Transportation, bilingual guide, equipment
  • Wildlife Sanctuary Tour. Included: Guide, Snacks, beverage and Transfer

 

 

Excludes

 

  • National Park Entrance fees.
  • Airport taxes (US$ 29.00 per person not included)


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. A rain slicker will come in handy while hiking.
  7. 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$ 1515,00

 

Inquire now and we will send you a detailed proposal with a 100% accurate price. The rate listed here is per person, based on our low season, double occupation, with transportation, tours and meals, taxes and service fees as described, unless otherwise indicated. Special rates for children apply.

Not included in the price is travel insurance, personal expenses and international airfare. Remember that all our packages are customizable! Share your ideas with us and we`ll plan it!

 

 

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