The Costa Rica High Lights in 12 days
You will visit the most popular destinations in Costa Rica. You will stay the first night in the Central Valley, at the foot of Poas Volcano, and then you will go to the wild Tortuguero at the Caribbean Coast and stay two nights.From there you will continue to Arenal Volcano area, located on the northern plains. After you will go for one night to Monteverde Cloud Forest, and later stay three nights in Manuel Antonio, beautiful area on the Pacific Ocean. You will return back to the Central Valley.
Day 1: Alajuela
Arrival at the Juan Santamaria International Airport in San José, our driver will welcome you to Costa Rica and take you to the Buena Vista hotel located 16 kilometers (10 miles) away. The hotel staff will accommodate you in the hotels Deluxe Room.
Day 2 - Irazú Volcano – San José:
Enjoy a tropical breakfast, after our driver-guide will take you to Irazú Volcano National Park, it is the highest Volcano of Costa Rica, where you can walk in the Tropical Mountain Forest, during cloudless days one can see the main crater and Diego Dela Haya Crater. Then you will visit the Orosi Valley and its Colonial Church. Then we will continue the journey to reach the Hotel Radisson Europe, located in downtown San Jose near theaters, museums, parks, monuments, among other attractions.
Day 3 - San José – Tortuguero:
The adventure to the Caribbean starts with the Tortuguero package of Pachira Lodge, It is a 3 days adventure to the north Caribbean of Costa Rica . The Pachira Lodge guide will pick you up at approximately 6:30 a.m. at the lobbie in Hotel Radisson and will take you to the Caribbean coast, along the way you will appreciate the beauty of the Braulio Carrillo National Park, around 8 a.m. you will enjoy a typical Costa Rican breakfast at El Ceibo Restaurant. The next stop will be at a banana complex packaging factory, which is one of the main agricultural export products (subject to availability). Then you will board a boat that will transports you through an area of lush natural beauty up to Pachira Lodge, there the lodge staff will welcome you and accommodate you into your room, after you will be served a cocktail and a delicious midday meal. During the afternoon you will visit the beach and the village of Tortuguero where you can learn from the local culture. Then at after dusk has settled in you will enjoy a tasty dinner and then retire for the night.
Day 4 - Tortuguero:
Enjoy a tasty breakfast. In the morning we will visit the Tortuguero National Park; your tour guide will take you on a very close experience with wildlife in the area, special boats to facilitate observation of flora and fauna (The time is subject to change). After lunch you will have the afternoon off, or do any of the optional activities that the area offers, such as kayaking, canopy, walk in the paths of the lodge, or enjoy the pool. When the sunsets you will enjoy a tasty dinner and then retire for the night. Seasonal arriving of the Green Sea Turtle from July until September, ask for this optional night tour.
Day 5 - Tortuguero - Arenal:
Do you enjoy the breakfast; check out from Pachira Lodge return to the town of Guápiles, where you will have lunch at the restaurant El Ceibo. The Pachira Lodge package ends around 1 pm and 506 Expeditions driver-guide will be waiting to continue the journey to the Hotel Los Lagos, where you will stay for 2 nights in a superior room. Los Lagos is located in the north of the country at the foot of the Arenal Volcano. During the evening you will have access to Los Lagos Hot Water Springs, totally natural and heated by volcanic activity.
Day 6 - Arenal:
Breakfast buffet, then our driver-guide will take you on a tour of Aerial Tram and Zip Lines (canopy tour) in the park Sky Adventures (minimum age is 8 years old), you will board a cable car taking you to the top of a hill, spectacular views from the upper mountain and from there to drop in several cables until you return to the same point of departure. Then we will take you to park Arenal Hanging Bridges, which is a walk in the Tropical Rain Forest with a distance of about 3 kilometers (1.86 miles), along the route you will cross some suspension bridges giving you the opportunity to appreciate the treetops and upper forest. During the late evening you will have access to Los Lagos Hot Springs again.
Day 7 - Arenal - Monteverde:
Breakfast buffet, then our driver-guide will transfer you to Monteverde, about a 4 hour drive and around Lake Arenal with a stunning scenic beauty. Arriving at Monteverde you will have El Trapiche tour, a combination tour of coffee, chocolate and sugar cane. Then you will be staying at the Hotel El Establo in an exquisite room for 1 night.
Day 8 - Monteverde - Manuel Antonio:
Enjoy a delicious breakfast buffet and then visit the Cloud Forest at Monteverde Sky Adventure Park, a nature guide will show you the secrets of this type of ecosystem rich in epiphytes (An epiphyte is a plant that grows upon another plant, such as Orchids or Ferns). Then your driver guide will transfer to Manuel Antonio where you will stay at the Hotel Parador in a garden plus room for 3 nights. The private shuttle service ends here. You will be transport by the tour operator services and/or by the shuttle service of Hotel Parador.
Day 9 - Manuel Antonio National Park:
Breakfast Buffet, then you will be transported by the driver of Manuel Antonio Tico Tours, there a interpreter will lead you on a hike on thru trails of the tropical rainforest of Manuel Antonio National Park, where you can observe many species of flora and fauna. At the end of the walk you can enjoy the beautiful third beach or also called Manuel Antonio Beach, with little or no waves is pleasant for swimming. After that event the driver will take you back to the Hotel Parador. During the afternoon could go swimming in the hotel pool with a beautiful view of the Pacific Ocean.
Day 10 - Manuel Antonio Catamaran:
Breakfast Buffet, then you will be transported by the tour driver of Iguana Tours to the sea dock where you will board a vessel for an adventure in the ocean, with tropical music, open bar, they will sail along the coast in search of dolphins or whales, then you will enjoy snorkeling and end it with an enjoyable delicious lunch. After that the driver of the tour operator will take you back the Hotel Parador. During the afternoon you could go swimming in the hotel pool or one of the beaches in the area.
Day 11 - Manuel Antonio - Alajuela:
Buffet Breakfast, then you will have the rest of morning off. At about 3 pm our driver will return you to San Jose where you will stay the last night in the Hotel Buena Vista in a deluxe room.
Day 12 - Out of the country:
Enjoy a tropical breakfast. Trusting that you enjoyed our beautiful nation of Costa Rica, our driver, after breakfast, will take you to the international airport to return home.
The package includes:
· Transfer in Day 1.
· Transfer out Day 8.
· 5 days of private transportation with driver-guide, Days 2,5,6,7,8.
· Private Transportation from Hotel Parador to Hotel Buena Vista, Day 11.
· 2 nights at Hotel Buena Vista, breakfast and taxes are included.
· 1 night at Hotel Radisson Europa, breakfast and taxes are included.
· Tortuguero 3 days package with Pachira Lodge, lodging, meals, guiding servise, tours, transportation, Tortuguero National Park fees, and taxes are included.
· 2 nights at Hotel Los Lagos with 2 days full pass to the hot springs, breakfast and taxes are included.
· 1 night at Hotel El Establo, breakfast and taxes are included.
· 3 nights at hotel Parador, breakfast and taxes are included.
· 3 guided tours to National Parks Irazú Volcano, Tortuguero National Park, Manuel Antonio, entrance fees are included.
· 1 Sky Tram plus Sky Trek Tours (Aerial Tram plus Zip Lines).
· 1 Guided tour to the Hanging Bridges of Arenal.
· El Trapiche guided tour, sugar cane, coffee, and Chocolate.
· 1 guided tour to the Sky Walk Cloud Forest in Monteverde.
· 1 Catamaran Tour, round trip transportation service, taxes, and lunch are included.
The package does not include:
· Flight tickets.
· Tips for the staff.
· Seasonal optional Turtle tour in Tortuguero.