Immerse yourself in this vibrant, living Eden on the Central American isthmus. Visit the green turtle research station. Settle in for two nights in Tortuguero National Park which protects 13 of Costa Rica's endangered species. Spend two nights in an eco-lodge within the Sarapiqui Rainforest. Taste Costa Rica's finest during a pineapple plantation visit and a cacao demonstration and tasting. Take in the spectacular views of Arenal Volcano during your three night stay at the foot of the volcano. Choose from a thrilling zip-lining experience or hiking the lava fields of Arenal Volcano. Walk among the treetops on a guided tour of Arenal's hanging bridges. Embark on a jungle crocodile safari and bird watching cruise. Soak up the sweeping view of the Pacific during a resort stay at Manuel Antonio. Explore the white sandy beaches of Manuel Antonio National Park, just minutes from your resort.
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- Offer valid through 9/30/2017
- 12 Days
|Day 1||San Jose||San Jose, Costa Rica - Tour Begins: Discover the fascinating ecosystems of Tortuguero National Park, Arenal Volcano and Manuel Antonio National Park.|
|Day 2||San Jose||San Jose - Tortuguero National Park: Today brings dormant volcanos and crater lakes as we journey through Braulio Carrillo National Park en route to the Caribbean lowlands. Along the way, take in mountain vistas and Caribbean-style villages. Later, discover the wonders of Tortuguero National Park's rainforest as you cruise the rivers and canals with an expert guide. Enjoy a 2-night stay at an eco-lodge surrounded by lush tropical forest and an array of wildlife. Learn more about your surroundings during a visit to the world's first green turtle research station. Here, dedicated scientists are working to protect the turtle's nesting habitat and eggs. This evening, join your fellow travelers for a welcome reception and dinner.|
|Day 3||Tortuguero||Tortuguero National Park: Get your camera ready. Set out on an early morning bird-watching excursion* that explores the myriad of local and migratory birds that flock to this area. Next, embark on a nature cruise through the park - keep an eye out for howler monkeys, sloths, toucans and caimans. Tortuguero National Park, a study in biology, protects over 350 species of birds and mammals. Savor time to seek out green macaws and some of Costa Rica's endangered animals, including jaguars, tapirs, ocelots, cougars, river otters and even manatees.|
|Day 4||Tortuguero||Tortuguero National Park - Sarapiqui: Take to the water again and embark on a leisurely boat ride to the mainland as we travel to the Sarapiqui region, one of the world's most important research regions for tropical rainforests. Visit an organic pineapple plantation to learn about the various types of this exotic fruit and taste why Costa Rican pineapples are among the world's best. Arrive at your eco-lodge nestled in the rainforest and surrounded by towering Almendro trees, howler monkeys and keel billed toucans. Enjoy free time to hike through the deep green forest or simply relax in a hammock and take in the nature around you.|
|Day 5||Sarapiqui||Sarapiqui: Discover the history and continuing importance of cacao to Central America's economy when you visit a cacao plantation. Observe the process of producing chocolate from the cacao bean and sample the delicious finished product. Then, see the region from a different perspective on an exhilarating Sarapiqui River rafting adventure. Return to your rainforest lodge for a traditional Costa Rican dinner.|
|Day 6||Sarapiqui||Sarapiqui - Arenal Volcano: Begin the day engulfed in nature with an early morning bird watching tour along the natural forest trails and nearby stream. Later, behold the spectacular views of Arenal Volcano and absorb the tranquility of your surroundings as you begin a 3-night stay at your resort featuring panoramic views of the volcano.|
|Day 7||Arenal||Arenal Volcano: This morning, experience the rainforest from the treetops on a guided walking tour along Arenal's hanging bridges. Then, the choice is yours! Embark on one of Costa Rica's most thrilling zip lining experiences and take in one-of-a-kind views of the Arenal rainforest. Or, enjoy a moderate hike along the trails of Arenal Volcano National Park; cross lava fields and pause to enjoy spectacular views of the volcano.|
|Day 8||Arenal||Arenal Volcano: Enjoy a day at leisure. This morning you may take an optional river safari down the Penas Blancas River. For the more adventurous, an exhilarating white water rafting expedition on the San Blas River is also available. Or, simply explore the resort or relax in the soothing waters of one of the region's hot springs. This evening, roll up your sleeves for a hands-on cooking demonstration; then savor the local flavors of Costa Rica during a traditional dinner.|
|Day 9||Arenal||Arenal Volcano - Tarcoles - Manuel Antonio National Park: Head to the Pacific Coast today. Along the way, stop for a jungle crocodile safari and bird watching excursion. Hop aboard a safari boat to explore the remarkable mangrove ecosystem of the Rio Grande of Tarcoles, home to one of the world's largest wild crocodile populations. View waterfowl, iguanas, and over fifty varieties of native birds, including the very rare scarlet macaw. Later we continue to the world-renowned Manuel Antonio National Park to check into our resort just outside the park. Soak up the sweeping views and take in the sunset overlooking the park and the Pacific Ocean before dining this evening.|
|Day 10||Manuel Antonio||Manuel Antonio National Park: Wake up to a cool breeze and spectacular views. The day is yours to relax and enjoy the surrounding beauty. You can enjoy the luxurious amenities of your resort, walk the nearby nature trails that lead to dramatic views of the Pacific, or perhaps head to the nearby white sand beaches.|
|Day 11||Manuel Antonio||Manuel Antonio National Park - San Jose: This morning we explore spectacular Manuel Antonio National Park, known for its pristine beaches and primary forest. Spend your time walking the forest trails in search of the three-toed sloth, agoutis, squirrel monkeys and iguanas; or take a swim in the inviting blue waters. Then, say goodbye to the coast and continue to San Jose and toast to the natural richness that is Costa Rica at a wonderful farewell dinner.|
|Day 12||San Jose||San Jose - Tour Ends: Your tour comes to a close today. Head for home with many amazing memories.|
- Evergreen Lodge Costa Rica, Costa Rica
- Doubletree Cariari Hotel San Jose, Costa Rica
- Selva Verde Lodge Sarapiqui, Costa Rica
- Parador Resort and Spa Punta Quepos Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
- Mountain Paradise Hotel Arenal, Costa Rica
- * NOTE:Tour prices are land only rates based on per person, double occupancy. Some dates may feature various changes in hotels, sightseeing and inclusions. Please confirm your specific itinerary at the time of booking. Government taxes and fees are additional. Land rates are guaranteed at time of deposit. Certain taxes and fees are to be paid upon exiting the country in local currencies.
Airfare is additional and is available through Collette Vacations.