9 day 8 nights, from $1250 / pp
Highlights: Highlights Tortuguero rainforest and canals, Arenal Volcano, Tabacon Hot Springs, Arenal Lake crossing, Monteverde Cloud ForestContact Us to Plan Your Escape
Meeting upon arrival in San Jose, transfer to hotel, remainder of day at leisure to relax. Your Costa Rica Highlights itinerary starts in earnest tomorrow! (Depending on what time you arrive an optional tour of San Jose can be arranged)
After breakfast depart San José to make our way to the Tortuguero area. En route, pass through Braulio Carrillo National Park, a flora and fauna sanctuary covered by emerald green forest. Enter into the Caribbean lowlands of pasturelands, and small villages; feel the change in climate as it becomes warmer and humid. Arrive at the dock area where boats are waiting to transfer you to Tortuguero. Travel through the canals of the jungle; this area is home to many different species of birds and animals that are unique to Costa Rica. Arrive at your jungle lodge, enjoy lunch before visiting the village of Tortuguero; learn about the lifestyle of local residents and the significant conservation efforts developed to protect the sea turtles that come to spawn each year along the 22 miles of protected coastline. (B L D)
Your Costa Rica Highlights trip today takes you to Tortuguero, which is an ideal example of ecotourism at work. During the day (depending on weather conditions) you can enjoy guided hikes through the jungle; learn how the different animals, insects and birds interact with forest and live within balance. Or, explore the secondary canals of this paradise and see the different species of mammals, birds and reptiles. Tortuguero offers an up close contact and connection with nature. (B L D)
After breakfast we begin our transfer to the next exciting destination, Arenal. As we leave the low-lying Caribbean coast notice how the landscape and vegetation changes. Arrive in Arenal, an area know for it’s perfect cone shaped volcano that is still active today. This evening visit the Tabacon Hot Springs, these natural hot springs are the results of rainwater that is heated underground to the perfect temperature before resurfacing into a gentle flowing river of cascading waterfalls and wading pools that are surrounded by lush tropical gardens. Time to relax and let any stress that you have float away. (B L D) Dinner at Tabacon.
With your first full day in Arenal, your Costa Rica Highlights trip can turn into an adventure for you! Today is at leisure for you to choose from one of the many exciting tours that this area is know for. Zip – lining, waterfall repelling, hiking, mountain biking, water rafting, kayaking on Arenal Lake, horseback ridding are just a few of the adventurous activities that await you. (B)
Morning depart from Arenal Volcano to the Monteverde Cloud Forest. The first section of your adventure consists of crossing Arenal Lake by boat, which is the largest lake in Costa Rica. Enjoy the beautiful scenery of the lake and breathtaking views of Arenal Volcano. Once back on land we will begin the second leg of our journey, driving on gravel roads as we start ascending through the Tilarán Mountain Range before arriving in Monteverde. The primary difference between the cloud forest and the rainforest is elevation; here in the cloud forest you will be at a higher elevation, which generally provides cooler temperatures. (B)
Day at leisure to participate in an optional tour, zip – line or the hanging bridges offer great opportunities for you to see the cloud forest from canopy level. (B)
Morning at leisure to explore on your own before transferring back to San Jose in the afternoon. Remainder of day at leisure. (B)
Transfer to airport in time for your flight. This concludes your Costa Rica Highlights tour. (B)
B = Breakfast | L = Lunch | BL = Box lunch | D = Dinner
Price from $1250 per person based on two passengers traveling together sharing a double room.