18 Days Costa Rica – Caribbean & Pacific Coast

DAY 1 – SAN JOSE 

Meet and greet outside airport, private transfer to your hotel in San José.
Spend the next two nights in San José. Overnight at Hotel Fleur de Lys.

DAY 2 – SAN JOSE – (B/L)

Today visit Doka Estate Coffee Plantation, there enjoy a typical breakfast, then ascend to Poas Volcano National Park and, La Paz Waterfall Gardens, the #1 most visited privately Owned Ecological Attraction in Costa Rica featuring the best hiking near of San José, the most famous waterfalls in Costa Rica, rescued wildlife preserve with over 100 species of animals and an environmental education program. Buffet lunch at the end of the tour, after that get ready to come back to San José.

DAY 3 – TORTUGUERO – (B/ L/ D)

Breakfast at the hotel. This morning you will be picked up to be transfer to Tortuguero.  Head north today to one of the most rugged regions in the country. The terrain and high rainfall conspire to create a myriad of waterfalls that can be seen from almost everywhere.

In Braulio Carrillo National Park, where biologists have created a unique research facility, there is an abundance of flora and fauna, and especially birds, of which 333 species have been observed. Bromeliads and orchids are among the 6,000 species of plant life that adorn the trees. You may spot animals such as the coati, armadillos, sloths, crocodiles and leaf-cutter ants.

Proceed to Caño Blanco/Pavona Dock, where you will meet your riverboat to Tortuguero National Park located on the Caribbean coast. You’ll see why this park is called the “Venice of Costa Rica” as you travel by riverboat along canals that meander through the dense lowland rainforest.

Spend the next two nights at Aninga Lodge

DAY 4TORTUGUERO – (B/ L/ D)

Spend the day exploring many of the secondary canals of Tortuguero National Park, an area extremely rich in flora and fauna. Its humid tropical forest is home to many species of birds, insects and wildlife, such as crocodiles, jaguars, howler monkeys and peccaries.

This is the most important nesting site in the entire western half of the Caribbean for the green turtle (June-October). Other species of turtles which nest in the park include hawksbills, loggerheads and the giant leatherbacks.

DAY 5TORTUGUERO – PUERTO VIEJO – (B/ L)

After breakfast, boat transfer to Caño Blanco/Pavona Dock; then land transfer to Guápiles to have lunch, after that relax and enjoy a scenic drive through the Caribbean side.

Spend the next two nights at Azania Bungalows

DAY 6PUERTO VIEJO – (B/ L)

Today you will be taking to Cahuita National Park, to do snorkeling for about two hours in the most important Coral Reef of Costa Rica with more than 35 different species of coral, 123 species of tropical fish, 3 species of sharks, 6 species of eels, 3 species of sea urchins, 140 of shellfish, 44 crustaceans, 128 types of algae, sea turtles, sea cucumbers, ocean sponges, lobster, shrimp, among others.. After Snorkeling, you will be given a tropical fruit snack and water and then begin the second part of the tour, the hike through Cahuita National Park to observe different type of mammals, as reptiles, birds, sloths, white faced and howler monkeys, and many medicinal plants, orchids.

DAY 7PUERTO VIEJO – ARENAL – (B)                                            

Today, depart to La Fortuna de San Carlos. Arenal Volcano was Costa Rica’s most active volcano. Much to the enjoyment of its visitors, Arenal spewed enormous amounts of lava, gas and ash on a regular basis. That eruptive cycle began with the infamous eruption of 1968 ended recently. In October 2010, Arenal entered into an indeterminate resting phase. For the time being, visitors will be unable to watch the much-loved explosions, although that could change within a matter of months or years. Travelers to Arenal will still enjoy its bountiful sights, sounds and activities— there are mountains to be hiked, lakes to be fished and rivers to be floated. As one of the country’s most scenic and accessible areas, it is a requisite stop on any tour of Costa Rica.

Spend the next three nights at Arenal Springs Hotel. On a clear day you will have an amazing view of the volcano from your hotel.

DAY 8 – ARENAL – (B)

After breakfast, the hike along the Arenal Hanging Bridges, a series of fourteen fixed and suspension bridges crossing through a lush reserve of native plants, birds and animals which your experienced guide will help you spot. The trail itself is 1.9 miles (3.1 km) in length, crossing nine fixed bridges and 6 suspension bridges and is laid out at a maximum grade of 7 degrees, so that anyone can walk it. Afternoon at leisure, or enjoy at the Hot Springs.

DAY 9 – ARENAL – (B/L)

Today experience the excitement and adrenalin of white water rafting on this half day adventure on the Balsa San Carlos River with rapids graded 2/3. After meeting with your river guide at your hotel we will drive 30 minutes to the river where the fun begins! You guides explain the safety procedures and safety equipment before embarking down the river. Enjoy up to 2 exhilarating hours of white water action on this beautiful tropical river. Lunch will be served at the end.

DAY 10 – ARENAL – MONTEVERDE – (B)

After breakfast at the hotel, departure to Arenal Lake for a boat ride through spectacular landscapes, until you arrive to Rio Chiquito. Land transfer to Monteverde.  Spend the next two nights at Monteverde Country Lodge

At nightfall, a new world awakes in the cloud forest. Large numbers of wildlife are more active at night showing different worlds from frogs to the mysterious nocturnal bats, are part of the RBBNM night landscape. For those who wish to experience the nocturnal biodiversity of the tropical forest, there are night walks in the Reserve led by experienced local guides.

DAY 11 – MONTEVERDE -(B)

Today visit Selvatura Park for the extreme Adventure Canopy Tour. Our Canopy Tour guides will start by dressing you with the appropriate equipment; then they will take you through each of the 15 cables and 18 platforms and optionally through our very own Tarzan Swing. Selvatura Park is one of the longest if not the longest Canopy Tour in Costa Rica. Also it is the only one located inside the actual virgin cloud forest of Monteverde. Afternoon at leisure

DAY 12 – MONTEVERDE – RINCON DE LA VIEJA – (B)

Around 10 A.M depart to Rincón de la Vieja, and spend one night there.

Overnight at the small B&B Aroma de Campo in room category Superior. These were made out of former sea containers and glowing now as modern private rooms!  After a thrilling drive through a well-maintained gravel road surrounded by amazing views and natural wonders, a charming hamlet scattered at the foothill of the mountain will come into view.

DAY 13 –RINCON DE LA VIEJA – MANUEL ANTONIO – (B/L)

Today walk through Rincon de la Vieja National Park (Las Pailas Trail). This is a half day version that will take you to the Las Pailas sector of the park. See the amazing bubbling mud lagoons and all the other natural wonders of the volcano. In the afternoon land transfer to Manuel Antonio; at the arrivals check in at your hotel.

Manuel Antonio was declared a national park in 1972, is the natural habitat of species such as the endangered squirrel monkey (endemic to the area), white faced capuchin monkey, raccoons, three and two-toed sloths, white-nosed coatis, brown pelicans, black-collared hawks and green kingfishers. They share the space with primary and secondary forests, bursting with cedars, bully trees, black locusts and silk cotton trees. A mangrove swamp covers about 44.5 acres, adding to the biodiversity of the region. Three different species: red mangrove, buttonwood mangrove and white mangrove – around.

Spend the next four nights at Parador Resort.

DAY 14 – MANUEL ANTONIO – (B/L)

Today, transportation will be provided by the tour operator. You will travel approximately 20 minutes, once you get to the Quepos dock the guide will take you to the loading platform and help you board the catamaran. You will set sail towards the horizon and cruise over sapphire hued waves. You will pass by panoramas adorned with islands, cliffs and rock formations. Admire aviary nesting grounds and marine wildlife.

After touring the coastline, stop on Bisanz beach where you can do snorkel. Also a tasty barbeque lunch or dinner will be server onboard.

DAY 15 & 16 – MANUEL ANTONIO – (B)

Day at your leisure to explore the area and to enjoy the pristine beaches of Nationalpark Manuel Antonio.

DAY 17 – MANUEL ANTONIO – SAN JOSE – (B)

In the afternoon transfer back to San José.

Overnight at Grano de Oro

DAY 18 – DEPARTURE

At the appropriate time private transfer to SJO International Airport.

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