Explore Costa Rica from the Caribbean Coast to the Pacific Side.
Costa Rica is a small Latin American country situated in Central America and not in South America as many people seem to believe! Costa Rica is bordered by Nicaragua, Panama, the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea. While Costa Rica has more than 1200 km of coastline, its narrowest point from the Caribbean coast to the pacific coast only measures 120 km! Do not be fooled, Costa Rica may be a small country, but it is very diverse in terms of relief so it is not that easy and quick to get from one point to another.
Day 1: Arrival to San Jose, Costa Rica
Costa Rica is all about nature, you can feel it in the purity of air the moment you land in this tropical country. Right after immigration and customs, one of our representatives will meet you at the airport exit. He will help you with the luggage and take you to the hotel that is arranged for you. Lodging for tonight is in downtown San Jose, close to plazas, museums and many dining alternatives. Overnight in San Jose; No meals included
Day 2: Transfer San Jose to Tortuguero National Park
The best natural expedition awaits you today. Your expert guide will meet you early at the hotel. From San Jose you will start traveling northeast to the Caribbean lowlands. You will stop for breakfast at a local restaurant in Guapiles town, this will be your first contact with Costa Rican cuisine. After breakfast you will continue to La Pavona dock, there you will board the special boat that will take us to our hotel located in the Tortuguero National Park area. Overnight in Tortuguero; Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.
Day 3: Tortuguero National Park exploration.
This morning, after breakfast, you have a boat tour on the Tortuguero National Park with the company of a local nature guide. The small boats go deep into the canals of the national park, further beyond where other boats can go. Due to the ability to explore further into the canals, you will have the opportunity to find rarer species of wildlife. The extensive network of freshwater creeks and lagoons behind the beaches of Tortuguero are home to seven species of river turtles, spectacled Caiman, southern River Otters, a number of crustaceans, and over 50 species of freshwater fish. On this expedition you are also likely to see Spider, Howler, and Capuchin Monkeys as well as dozens of other species of birds. If you are lucky you might even spot an endangered West Indian Manatee. Overnight in Tortuguero; Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.
Day 4: Transfer Tortuguero to Puerto Viejo Beach, Caribbean Cooking Lessons
Today after breakfast, we will meet at the main dock of the hotel to return by boat to Pavona’s dock; from there we will continue with land transportation to Guapiles town where you will have another delicious Caribbean lunch. After the meal, one of our representatives will pick you up to take you to the next destination of this expedition, Puerto Viejo Beach. Overnight in Puerto Viejo Beach; Meals included: Breakfast & Lunch.
Day 5: Puerto Viejo Beach, where the jungle meets the ocean
Some of the beaches you can visit in a day are Manzanillo, Playa Grande, Uvita, Chiquita, Cocles and Playa Negra. If you want to take a good hike and see wildlife, we recommend you to visit Cahuita National Park on your own or hire a local guide. By the end of the afternoon, you will enjoy a special cooking class with the company of an experienced Chef. At his restaurant, you have the opportunity to learn the best secrets of a very particular and delicious cuisine. You will learn how they use many different spices to create incredible flavors for basic dishes like “Rice n’ Beans” or the famous “Ron-don”, which is a seafood soup with coconut milk. Of course, you will enjoy the fantastic dish prepared as dinner. Overnight in Puerto Viejo Beach; Meals included: Breakfast & Dinner.
Day 6: Transfer Puerto Viejo to Arenal Volcano area, Pacuare River white water rafting tour
Early morning pick up at the hotel in Puerto Viejo Beach. Our representative will be waiting for you and take you to the area of Siquirres on the Caribbean slopes. Once you get to Siquirres a delicious typical breakfast will be waiting for you, this is truly the best breakfast for a day full of activity. After breakfast, you will change clothes and get ready to jump in the river, the access to the river is few minutes away. Upon arrival to the river, the expert guides will proceed with the safety talk, technical instructions, and you will have the chance to practice paddling on calm water. Arrive by late afternoon to the hotel in Arenal and the rest of the day is free to rest and enjoy the hotel facilities. Overnight in the area of Arenal Volcano; Meals included: Breakfast and lunch
Day 7: Arenal area, exploring the volcano’s highlights
Breakfast at the hotel. Today you will enjoy one of the best tours around. During the day, you can visit the most interesting attractions and meet the rich rainforest. Start the day hiking across the Arenal Hanging Bridges where you can admire the jungle not only from the ground but also from the treetops. Then, visit the breathtaking “La Fortuna” waterfall before enjoying a traditional Costa Rican lunch. To finish the day, you have the chance to enjoy amazing scenery around the Arenal volcano on a leisurely walk through the National Park. Overnight in the area of Arenal Volcano; Meals included: Breakfast and lunch
Day 8: Transfer Arenal Volcano to Monteverde
Breakfast at the hotel. Today you will travel to meet the inspiring Cloud Forest. We will take you on the Van-Boat-Van across the Arenal Lake to get to Monteverde. You can enjoy spectacular views of the volcano and find different species of birds while you navigate the tranquil lake. By mid-afternoon, we will take you to a private property where an interesting cultural activity will take place. The main goal of this activity is to see how a real “Trapiche” works. The tour begins with a short walk through the farm where you can get a glimpse of different plantations like sugar cane, coffee, bananas, plantains, tubers, oranges and more. The entire coffee production process is explained during the second part of this activity and then you will continue with a ride on an authentic Costa Rican oxcart. Afterwards experience the process of making liquor with the sugar cane, this is the traditional drink of Costa Rica named “guaro”. To finish, delight yourself with a fragrant cup of the locally produced coffee. Overnight in Monteverde; Meals included: Breakfast.
Day 9: Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve and Canopy Tour
Breakfast at the hotel. Today you will explore the wonderful Cloud Forest accompanied by an expert tour guide. Departure from the hotel is early so you will have more opportunities to see wildlife. Upon arrival to the reserve, your guide will choose the best trail to follow depending on the weather and the interest of the participants. The nature history walk can take between 2 to 4 hours during which you will be able to enjoy the enchanting flora and fauna of the forest. In the afternoon, you will enjoy one of the most popular activities in Costa Rica, the zip line or Canopy Tour as it’s called locally. It consists of gliding between trees and mountains via wires and a special harness specially designed for it. While you “fly” through the dense cloud forest you can see and feel all the natural activity occurring within the treetops. Birds, insects and some other mammals are easy to see with the help of your guides. Don't forget your camera so you can capture the amazing views of the cloud forest. Overnight in Monteverde; Meals included: Breakfast.
Day 10: Transfer Monteverde to Manuel Antonio beach, Jungle Crocodile Safari boat tour
Today, after breakfast, we will take you to the Central Pacific area of Costa Rica. On the way you will get close to one of the biggest reptiles of the world. After a couple of hours on the road you will stop at “Rio Grande de Tarcoles” river where a comfortable and safe boat awaits to take you on a safari type tour. Continue towards Manuel Antonio after this fun activity. Manuel Antonio is just south of Quepos on the Pacific Coast, 132 km from San José. Perhaps it is so popular because of its expansive white sand beaches that are backed by an evergreen forest that grows right up to the high tide line. The area itself is full of luxury and high-end properties, exclusive restaurants with excellent cuisine where you can sit and admire the ocean and spectacular sunsets. Here you will find the perfect combination between Mother Nature and the best of civilization. Overnight at Manuel Antonio Beach; Meals included: Breakfast and Lunch.
Day 11: Manuel Antonio National Park
Breakfast at the hotel. This day you will visit Manuel Antonio National Park with the company of a nature guide. Tiny it may be, but this 682-hectare national park is the epitome of everything tourists flock to Costa Rica to see. There are stunning beaches, a magnificent setting with islands offshore (bird sanctuaries for marine species), lush rainforests laced with a network of welcoming trails and wildlife galore. You can experience close-up encounters with monkeys, sloths, coatimundis, and scarlet macaws while you hike the trails. However, wildlife on the beach are accustomed to people. Overnight at Manuel Antonio Beach; Meals included: Breakfast
Day 12: Transfer Manuel Antonio to San Jose
Breakfast at the hotel. Today you travel back to civilization. Our representatives will take you to San Jose for the last night in the country. The transportation unit will pick you up in the afternoon. The hotel for tonight is located in San Jose. Overnight in San Jose; Meals included: Breakfast.
Day 13: Departure
All the good things must come to an end! Say good-bye to the beautiful Costa Rica and its people. Meals included: Breakfast.
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