San José is the political, economic, and social capital of Costa Rica. Although not many people live in the city (Less than 30,000 inhabitants), almost two million people go across it every day.
The city is immersed in the GAM “Great Metropolitan Area” where several towns of the Central Valley join.
More than two-thirds of the Costa Rican population live in this part of Costa Rica.
A walk along the boulevard of Central Avenue will take you to the roots of Costa Rica and to the heart of its modern life.
You can start by visiting the National, Jade and Gold Museums and their fantastic samples of pre-Columbian history, then pass by the National Theater, icon of culture and art; walk around the numerous squares and parks where you will see at any time people gather and enjoy beautiful buildings such as the Post Office of Costa Rica.
You cannot miss the Central Market, which will give you a genuine glimpse into the way of being of the Tico. A mosaic of small shops ranging from magical herbs and powders to fresh fish and live chickens. Don’t forget to try the typical food restaurants and delicious fruit smoothies.
When you arrive at Juan Santamaría International Airport, our delegate from the Costa Rican Chamber of Tourism will be waiting for you as you leave the Immigration Control, to show you how to find your Asuaire driver, who, duly identified, is waiting for you at the exit to take you to the hotel.
Park Inn Hotel (or similar) - 1 night
Transfer Airport - San José
The Tortuguero National Park, located in the Northern Caribbean of Costa Rica, also contains several rainforest ecosystems with rich biodiversity, dozens of kilometers of beach and sea to which thousands of sea turtles arrive every year to lay their eggs.
It is a destination with minimal access (Can only be reached by water or air) and whose natural wealth will make you enjoy the rainforest, its landscapes, and abundant wildlife.
Your Tortuguero transportation and guide will arrive at your hotel early to begin this nature adventure in Costa Rica.
They will take you through the enormous Braulio Carrillo Park, on a road where it is worth having your eyes open to see its incredible canyons, its diverse forests and a large number of waterfalls, some falling to the side of the road.
Once on the other side of the Central Volcanic Range, you will reach the Caribbean plains and the Guapiles region, where you will have a delicious typical breakfast.
Finishing your meal, you will return to the vehicle that will take you back through pineapple, ornamental, and banana plantations to the Pavona Pier, where you can stretch your legs while waiting for your boat to be ready.
On the boat trip, you will begin the adventure by entering one of the many canals in the area until you reach your hotel in Tortuguero.
Make sure you have your camera with battery, and a sound memory chip as the views of the National Park are breathtaking.
When you arrive, a fresh fruit cocktail awaits you with the hotel manager, who will give you your room key, some instructions and the indications to find the restaurant for your lunch.
In the afternoon you have the option to go across the Tortuguero River and visit the small town of the same name. A small village whose primary characteristic is the total absence of streets, automobiles, or traffic signs.
In the Tortuguero town, you can get to know the lifestyle of the area, the small turtle museum and the beach where the huge turtles dig their nests.
Evergreen Lodge (or similar) - 2 nights
Full board (drinks and bottled water not included)
Land and boat transfers (San José - Tortuguero - Guápiles)
Visit to Tortuguero National Park (includes entrance fee) and the town of Tortuguero
This day you will enjoy the nature of Tortuguero, its impressive biodiversity and learn with your naturalist guide the secrets of the rainforest.
Beyond that, we invite you to open your senses. Tortuguero is a paradise for any nature lover. A sanctuary where “pure life” is more than a famous saying and describes at its core this complex labyrinth of jungle and canals.
You will be surprised, because in addition to the abundant wildlife that your guide will show you (some species so mimetized that it will be difficult to see them), the landscapes are almost surreal, with perfect water reflections, the trees covered up to the roots with vines, and the immense amount of shades of green that you will see.
The rest of the day is at your leisure to rest by the pool, explore the gardens and surrounding jungle or book one of the many optional activities that the hotel offers.
If your stay takes place between July and September, we recommend you to organize the night tour to see the turtles nesting (Additional cost). This tour can only be arranged on the same day, no cameras of any kind (including cell phones) and clothes and shoes must be black or very dark.
*The schedules and the order of the activities are defined by the guide the first day depending on the weather conditions and the behavior of the animals.
Regular tour of the canals
This is a traveling day, going from the exuberant land of Tortuguero to the bustling town of La Fortuna and the beautiful Arenal Volcano.
Arenal Volcano crowns a region that has become an obligatory destination for anyone who wants to visit Costa Rica.
Besides being a perfect cone and surrounded by rainforests as diverse as intense, the Arenal is considered one of the most beautiful volcanoes in the world.
It gathers in its foothills a tourist region full of adventures, excursions to appreciate its nature, genuine cultural experiences, several thermal water complexes, and multiple spas, an excellent hotel offer and a climate and topography that allow everything.
La Fortuna, the closest town to the National Park, is a small town, where you can find everything you need: supermarkets, pharmacies, laundries, banks and restaurants of all kinds and budgets.
This morning you will be at your leisure to enjoy the last moments in the fascinating North Caribbean.
After breakfast and mid-morning, your boat will take you back to La Pavona pier, where the bus will take you back to the restaurant to enjoy a delicious lunch.
Then your shared transport will take you through beautiful and varied landscapes to the Arenal Volcano area to enjoy the rest of the day contemplating the tropical landscape and the colossus that crowns it.
Volcano Lodge (or similar) - 2 nights
Shared tourist transfer Guápiles - Arenal
This day is free to enjoy the hotel facilities or to organize any of the many excursions that the region offers.
If you like nature, photography or bird watching, we recommend any of the walks in the National Park, the lavas trails, the cable car and/or the hanging bridges in the rainforest.
If you love adventure, you have plenty to choose from: Ziplining over treetops, rappel down numerous waterfalls into the forest, raft rivers through pristine landscapes and dozens of walks of varying degrees of intensity.
And if you want to rest, consider enjoying the thermal waters and the various treatments in the spas in the area.
Manuel Antonio is a name with many meanings, it is a town, a tourist region, and the smallest and most visited national park in Costa Rica.
With only 683 hectares, Manuel Antonio is a mixture of beach, rainforest, abundant wildlife sightings, adventures, wellness, and relaxation.
It has a varied hotel offer, and almost all the accommodations are located on the hills from where you have magnificent views.
This National Park is CLOSED on Mondays.
This day you will travel from your hotel in the Arenal area to the Central Pacific and the Manuel Antonio area.
Trips through Costa Rica always ensure a variety of landscapes almost unique to such a small country. Enjoy the views of Arenal Lake and the surrounding forests, the picturesque roadside villages and the beautiful view of the Gulf of Nicoya at different points during the day.
You will also notice the change in ecosystems, especially if you are traveling in the months of the dry season.
When you arrive at the hotel, you will have the rest of the day free to rest, have dinner in a romantic place, or perhaps take an excursion to see the sunset on a sailboat.
Hotel La Mansión Inn (or similar) - 2 nights
Shared tourist transfer Arenal - Manuel Antonio
This day is at your leisure. You can simply take it easy and enjoy the hotel facilities, go to the nearby port of Quepos and the marina next to it or maybe you want to do some of the activities in the region.
If you’re a nature lover, a walk in the lush Manuel Antonio National Park may be a good idea. Although there are also many other options, if you prefer something less visited, to see the forest in its splendor.
If you love adventure, Manuel Antonio has a lot to give you, zip lines through virgin forests with the marine landscape in the background, kayaks in the sea or in mangroves, paragliding to observe the forest, the coast and the nearby islands with a bird’s eye view. Rafting in rivers surrounded by untouched jungles or a jump to a lagoon from a waterfall. And those are just a few options.
If you are fascinated by aquatic sports, in Manuel Antonio, you will find snorkeling and diving, surf and paddleboard schools, tours to see whales and dolphins (During season) or artisan fishing, sailboats, and catamarans that will guarantee beautiful views and of course, beautiful beaches with a warm and calm sea.
And finally, if cultural immersion or volunteering is your thing, there are also excellent options.
This is a traveling day. Your transport will pick you up at Manuel Antonio to take you to the pier from where you will board the boat to the Corcovado National Park and Drake Bay.
Don’t miss the fascinating beauty of the forests and the general beauty of this entire route.
Corcovado National Park covers much of the Osa Peninsula in the South Pacific of Costa Rica. And it is undoubtedly a mecca for any nature lover, photographer or bird watcher.
With 42560 land hectares (104168 acres) and 3354 marine hectares (8287 acres) the Corcovado National Park in Costa Rica, has an almost extinct and highly diverse ecosystem type: the very humid tropical forest. And it is a biological corridor that shelters more than 8 life systems ranging from lowland cloud forests to swamps and coral reefs.
With 104 kinds of mammals including two types of sloths, four species of monkeys, and more than 367 species of birds, wildlife sightings in Corcovado National Park are frequent and numerous.
The Drake area is a small bay where Corsair Sir Francis Drake is said to have hidden ships and treasures, and where you will find the hotels and activities on this side of the park.
Hotels in Corcovado, Costa Rica, are mostly comfortable accommodations, some extremely luxurious, offering magnificent views of the Pacific Ocean and the surrounding forests.
What do you need to visit Corcovado National Park?
Comfortable and fresh clothing, opaque or in brown, dark blue and green colors, nature walking shoes and sandals, if possible closed and with tracking soles. Bathing suit, insect repellent, sun lotion, hat, and dark glasses.
What to do in Corcovado, Costa Rica?
In this part of your package, you have all the excursions included, but you can always consider adding another hike, an artisan fishing tour, scuba diving, kayaking or even a night tour in the jungle to observe the extraordinary wildlife of the rainforest creatures.
These are optional excursions that you can organize at the hotel.
This day your shared transport will take you to the small town of Sierpe where you will board a boat to travel through the largest mangrove complex in Central America to the sea. The trip of approximately 1 hour is fun and exciting because of the significant number of birds and aquatic life that can be contemplated from time to time.
Upon arrival at Casa Corcovado, you will be waiting for a cocktail of fresh fruits as a welcome and your lunch to enjoy the afternoon then free to rest or explore the beach or the many natural trails of the hotel.
Casa Corcovado Jungle Lodge (or similar) - 3 nights
Shared tourist transfer from Manuel Antonio to Casa Corcovado
This day you will enjoy a tour to the Caño Island Biological Station (all day), accompanied by a local guide and an expert in the tropical rainforests and nature of the area.
The departure is usually after breakfast and the trip to the island, which lasts approximately 45 minutes is in itself an experience to enjoy frequent sightings of dolphins, whales, turtles, and other marine species. When you arrive on the island, you will be given safety instructions and can take a dip in an area where a spectacular amount of marine life lives.
After a few dives, you will be transferred to a virgin beach for a picnic lunch.
The rest of the day you will be free to enjoy the hotel, its facilities or its nature trails.
Snorkeling Tour Caño Island
This day you will have the tour to Corcovado National Park.
You will leave the hotel by boat to the nearby San Pedrillo station, through which you will enter the most intense rainforest on the planet (Paraphrasing National Geographic).
Your excursion will visit secondary and primary forests while your naturalist guide, usually equipped with first-class optical equipment, will show you the different species of flora and fauna of the region.
You will have a picnic lunch and then enjoy a refreshing swim in a waterfall lagoon about twenty minutes from the park ranger station within the national park.
The tour to Corcovado National Park as well as Caño Island can be suspended if weather conditions require it.
Corcovado National Park Tour
Drake – San José City
This is a traveling day, in which you will enjoy the contrast from the virgin forests to the bustling city.
As you depart from Drake Bay, again by boat through the mangroves of Sierpe, your vehicle will be waiting to take the road that runs along the coast and reach the city of San Jose.
The rest of the day will be free for you to prepare your trip home or explore a little more of the capital city.
Park Inn Hotel (or similar) - 1 night
Includes shared tourist transfer Casa Corcovado - San José
Your transfer to the airport is arranged to arrive on time for your flight. If the departure is late, you can organize one of the many excursiones that are held from San José. Or explore a little more of the city.
Transfer San José - Airport
* Prices Based on Double Occupancy * Package subject to availability at time of booking * Important: The rooms for triple and quadruple occupancy only have 2 double beds. - Package valid for the year 2019
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