San Jose is the capital city of Costa Rica and is in the Central Valley, in the center of the country. In this area, you will find more than half of the country’s population, along with the central government offices, shopping areas, hotels and convention, and congress centers.
Besides, it is the center of Costa Rican culture and history, uniting in a few blocks, more than ten museums of pre-Columbian contemporary art, jade, and gold, numismatics and history. Also, squares, numerous events, and festivals of theater, music and dance and a great gastronomic offer.
It’s an almost mandatory start to a vacation that focuses on Costa Rica’s exuberant nature, not only because you’ll be able to experience a bit of Costa Rican urban culture, but also because you’ll have the opportunity if your flight doesn’t arrive too late to buy what you forgot to pack.
When you arrive at Juan Santamaría Airport and at the exit of Migration Control, our representative of the Costa Rican Chamber of Tourism (Canatur) will be waiting for you to guide you to the exit door and introduce you to our driver, who will take you to the hotel immediately.
Hotel Park Inn (or similar) – 1 night
Airport Transfer – San José
Tortuguero is Costa Rica’s nature made an essence. It is a magical place for those who want the exuberance of the jungle, its sounds, aromas, and landscapes.
With impressive biodiversity, Tortuguero is a river, a national park, a village, and a majestic forest in a labyrinth of canals, some artificial, others natural. All surprising and surrounded by an ecosystem that contains many species of birds, mammals, reptiles, and insects of all types and species.
Known as the Costa Rican Amazon, Tortuguero never disappoints true nature lovers.
This day you will be picked up very early to take Highway #32 that goes across the Braulio Carrillo National Park, a reserve that will impact you for its size, landscapes, numerous waterfalls and diversity of climates that peaks the Central Volcanic Mountain Range.
Once in the Caribbean zone and the plains of Guapiles, you will have a typical Costa Rican breakfast to continue to the La Pavona dock, crossing areas of beef cattle, pineapple plantations, banana, and ornamental plants.
When you arrive at the pier, you will be able to stretch your legs while your luggage passes to the boat that will take you, and your group to the interior of the Costa Rican jungle and the town of Tortuguero.
Upon arrival at the hotel, you will be greeted with a fresh fruit cocktail and assigned to your rooms, then indicated to the lunch area.
In the afternoon you can choose to enjoy a stroll through the village of Tortuguero, its small turtle museum and a visit to the beach where thousands of green turtles lay their eggs each year.
Pachira Lodge (or similar) – 2 nights
Full board (drinks or bottled water not included)
Land and boat transfer (San José – Tortuguero – Guápiles)
Visit to the National Park (entrance fee not included), regular tour of the canals and the village of Tortuguero
This day includes a boat trip through the Tortuguero canals.
Leaving the hotel with your guide and by boat, you will enter the Tortuguero National Park. Slowly you will slide through the calm waters of the canals, which will gradually narrow. Your guide and boatman will show you the different animals, some totally mimicked in the darkness of the jungle.
Usually, a myriad of animals will be on the water’s edge: Monkeys, sloths, herons and egrets of different shapes and colors, huge iguanas, and emerald basilisks.
But even in the rare days when the fauna is hidden due to rain, in this tour, we recommend that you have your senses alert because this is an experience of pure, raw, and impressive nature.
Giant trees covered with vines up to their roots, the mixed sounds of hundreds of birds, insects, and frogs, aromas of all kinds, and all the shades of green you can imagine.
After this unforgettable experience, you will return to the hotel, where you will be able to spend the rest of the day exploring its gardens, with a cocktail in the swimming pool or in one of the optional excursions that the hotel offers as walks, kayak rides or artisan fishing.
From July to September, the Tortuguero National Park is home to the vital nesting of green sea turtles, which arrive every night to lay their eggs on the warm sands. If your vacation coincides with this time of year, we recommend that you organize a tour to see this phenomenon of nature. It has an additional cost and can only be booked already in the area of Tortuguero.
Schedules and order of activities are defined by the guide the first day depending on weather conditions and animal behavior.
Tour of the channels
This is a traveling day!
We recommend you get up early to enjoy the last moments in the charming Tortuguero. A walk through the gardens, or just sitting in front of the room to watch the frenetic jungle activity after sunrise prepares you for your next destination: Arenal Volcano.
By mid-morning, you will be on the boat that will take you back to La Pavona. At the pier, the bus will be waiting to take you to the restaurant in Guápiles where after a delicious lunch you will enjoy the shared transport that will take you to the area of Arenal Volcano.
The route to Arenal Volcano is very picturesque and prosperous, full of plantations of all kinds: pineapple, papaya, oranges, ornamentals, banana, and hearts of palm.
You will also pass through small villages crossing landscapes that will surprise you with their extraordinary variety.
A day trip in Costa Rica is a feast for the senses, enjoy it.
La Fortuna is the closest town to Arenal Volcano. In recent years it has become a vital tourist center where you will find all kinds of shops, banks, laundries, supermarkets, and pharmacies. In addition to a gastronomic offer of astonishing variety.
You will pass through La Fortuna in route to the hotel; however, it is important to know the nearby options you have.
When you arrive at the hotel, you will be able to taste the magnificent almost perfect cone of the Arenal. This colossus, which made continuous eruptions from 1968 to 2010, has become one of the obligatory places of the tourist panorama of Costa Rica.
You will have the rest of the day free to enjoy a quiet dinner and the sweet sensation of the thermal waters in the freshness of a tropical night.
Volcano Lodge (or similar) – 2 nights
Shared tourist transfer Guápiles – Arenal
This day is free of scheduled activities, so you can take an optional excursion according to your taste and the climate of the region while you are there.
Arenal has become a real hub for those seeking adventure, nature, and wildlife or pure well-being in its multiple spas and hot spring resorts.
Among the many activities offered by the area are: rappel down waterfalls in the middle of the virgin jungle, zipline over the treetops or walk through the rainforest on safe and wide hanging bridges accompanied by an expert tour guide that will reveal you the secrets of the nature of Costa Rica.
You can also enjoy some aquatic activities in the lake or multiple cultural excursions where you can experience rural life in Costa Rica.
Enjoy this day of this tourist destination, which maintains the original charm of Costa Rica.
This is a day’s journey! Your transportation will pick you up early, to take you on a journey through contrasts from the rainforest to the kingdom of the dry tropical forest.
You will travel through the impressive Nicoya Peninsula to Playa Carrillo, where a couple of days of sunshine and tranquility await you to recharge your batteries and continue this spectacular journey through Costa Rica’s natural beauties.
Sámara, Carrillo, and Camaronal
These beaches, contained within 10 kilometers from each other, are surrounded by dry tropical forest, and because of their geographical position, they uphold the sensation of hidden paradise that other destinations have lost in the growing popularity of Central American nature.
Small villages, initially fishermen’s, these destinations off the beaten track maintain the coastal flavor of the Northwest zone of Costa Rica.
You will arrive at this area after traveling on the shared touristic transfer from Arenal.
Hotel Nammbu (or similar)
Shared tourist transfer Arenal - Sámara/Carrillo
This day is free to rest and enjoy the beautiful and quiet beach, or if you wish you can choose from the many activities offered such as yoga, hiking, surfing, paddleboards and kayaks.
This is a traveling day!
As is often the case when we travel through Costa Rica, this day will surprise us with changes in landscape, climate, and nature as we move from one ecosystem to an entirely different one.
You will depart early from your hotel in Playa Carrillo to head towards the Central Pacific mountains to the popular Monteverde area.
Famous for its cloud forests and Monteverde Reserve, this region protects more than six different life zones in approximately 26,000 hectares (64,000 acres). And it has become one of the obligatory destinations to appreciate the rich Central American nature.
With multiple activities and a landscape that is often foggy, the Monteverde area will give your senses the magic of nature in a forest that invites you to imagine goblins and fairies.
The area, which began as a Quaker community, went from being a region of dairy and cheese production to a thriving, diverse and successful tourist destination where hotels, restaurants and all sorts of activities abound, making sure you won’t get bored.
You will take a transfer from the hotel in Sámara/Carrillo to your next destination, which will be Monteverde.
Hotel El Establo Inn (or similar) - 2 nights
Shared tourist transfer Sámara - Monteverde
This day is free for you to explore the interesting flora and fauna of the Monteverde region, as well as its multiple trails, and an impressive amount of activities.
Among these, you will find adventure, hiking, zip lines (some of the cables are the highest and longest in the country), hanging bridges, and observation (and photography) of hummingbirds and magical birds such as the Resplendent Quetzal and the strange Three Wattle Bell Bird.
This is a day trip to the southern part of Costa Rica’s Central Pacific.
Leaving the Monteverde region, its clouds, forests and frequent drizzle and fresh air, you will descend again to the coastal plains, to tour areas that will impress you with their extraordinary diversity.
They have fertile soils, and in them, you will contemplate multiple plantations, cattle pastures, rain forests and a significant number of rivers in which you will be able to observe the legendary American Crocodile in its habitat.
Manuel Antonio is a region, a national park, a small town and an obligatory destination for any visitor to Costa Rica.
It’s a destiny that has everything! Beautiful beaches, clean and warm waters, amazing forests, an abundant variety of animals, and a complete menu of activities ranging from extreme adventure to experiences with Costa Rican peasants that will allow you to know something of the culture of the Costa Rican South Pacific.
Manuel Antonio National Park is the smallest in Costa Rica and for decades has been surrounded by the banana company first, and then by rice fields and African palm.
That is why the preserved forests in the became a sanctuary where there is an abundant number of animals that are visible even in the gardens of hotels.
When you arrive at the hotel, you will have the rest of the day free to explore the area or the nearby port of Quepos or to go down to the beach and see one of its impressive sunsets.
This National Park is CLOSED on Mondays
This day you will move from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio to enjoy the area and its variety of activities.
The Inn Mansion (or similar) – 2 nights
Shared tourist transfer Monteverde - Quepos
This day is free to rest, enjoy the beautiful climate of the area, the swimming pool, and the hotel facilities!
Or, if you choose to do one of the multiple experiences of the area.
The sunsets at Manuel Antonio are spectacular, and it is always a good idea to arrange something for this last tropical sunset before returning home.
San José – Airport
On this day, the driver and vehicle that will take you to Juan Santamaría Airport will pick you up after breakfast for your return home.
You may be, perhaps a little tired, but no doubt satisfied, by this immersion in the pure nature of Costa Rica.
*The breakfast modality will depend on the flight schedule.
Private Transfer Quepos - Airport (3 hours)
* Special pricing when including the Establo and Nammbu hotels in the package. * Price in US dollars USD with taxes included (for contracted services). * Prices based on Double Occupancy, standard rooms except express indication, in the regime indicated in each case. * Package subject to availability at time of booking. * Important: The triple and quadruple occupancy rooms only have 2 double beds. – Package valid for trips to be made on November 2019.
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