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Costa Rica Rainforests & Landscapes tour

Costa Rica Rainforests & Landscapes

Destination America
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Travel Style: You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level: Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level: The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays. Luxury - 5 star
8 days
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Overview

Highlights

  • Tortuguero – Ride to Tortuguero National Park by river boat; meet local children at their school (when in session); visit the Green Turtle Research Station; cruise the canals in search of wildlife.
  • Sarapiqui – Sarapiqui Explore Finca Corsicana, home of the finest biological pineapple plantation in the world.
  • Arenal – Enjoy a guided tour through the rainforest canopy along the famous Arenal Hanging Bridges.
  • Monteverde Cloud Forest – Enjoy a two-night stay in the park; take a guided walk through the Cloud Forest Reserve; visit the Sky Walk to experience the chain of suspension bridges high above the Cloud Forest.

Short Description

Pura Vida! Bienvenidos a Costa Rica! You’re going to have more fun than a barrel of monkeys and spot more than a barrel of wildlife on this incredible adventure.Ride to Tortuguero National Park by river boat and enjoy a guided tour through the rainforest canopy along the famous Arenal Hanging Bridges and enjoy a two-night stay in the park

Groups are between 25-60 people, typically ~30-40. Usually there will be many opportunities to split off and enjoy meals and excursions in smaller groups. This is the most economical way to travel, saving up to 40% versus booking the same itinerary yourself.
Trip Type Group Tour
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays.
Lodging Level Luxury - 5 star
Flights & Transport Only ground transport
Start City San Jose
End City Liberia
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Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive San Jose

 Pura Vida! Bienvenidos a Costa Rica! You’re going to have more fun than a barrel of monkeys and spot more than a barrel of wildlife on this incredible adventure. You will be greeted by your Tour Director at Juan Santamaría International Airport and whisked to the tour hotel where a local representative will help you check in.

Day 2: San Jose – Tortuguero National Park

Head east over scenic mountains and through lush rainforests toward the Caribbean Sea. Visit a banana plantation to learn about the production of the fruit and even snack on a just-ripe banana before arriving in Tortuguero National Park, a beacon of biodiversity. Embark upon a river journey through the protected wetlands. Then, stroll the streets of Tortuguero Village and explore the fascinating Green Turtle Research Station.

Day 3: Tortuguero National Park Sightseeing

Cruise the canals and streams of the park today as howler monkeys watch from the treetops, toucans and egrets fly through the air and crocodiles ply the cool waters. If you're here between July and September, take an optional tour to see the sea turtles laying eggs on the beach. Amazing!

Day 4: Tortuguero – Sarapiqui

Bid adios to the park as you travel along the river before boarding your motorcoach for a visit to the small village of Horquetas. Here you will visit a local Tico family palm plantation to learn all about and taste the delicate heart of palm. Travel on to tiny Sarapiqui and step off the beaten path in this rarely-visited area surrounded by dense rainforests and full of wildlife. This afternoon, immerse yourself in the natural beauty of the area around your lodge - perhaps you will even spot the endangered great green macaw!

Day 5: Sarapiqui - Arenal

Journey into the past to discover the pre-Columbian ruins at Alma Ata Archaeological Park. Later, it's on to Arenal, a 5,000-foot-tall peak that's one of the world's most active volcanoes. Soak away the dust from the road in the thermal pools and waterfalls at idyllic Tabacon Hot Springs. Enjoy a dinner beside the hot springs in the shadow of the volcano; then, a magical experience awaits you with an outing to watch Arenal spume fiery lava (from a safe distance) after dark.

Day 6: Arenal – Monteverde Cloud Forest

Straddling Costa Rica's Continental Divide, the Monteverde Cloud Forest is home to luxuriant vegetation, abundant wildlife, coffee plantations and spectacular views. You'll spend two nights in this most famous Costa Rican parks. Begin exploring from the grounds of your mountain lodge before enjoying dinner at a local restaurant.

Day 7: Monteverde Cloud Forest Sightseeing & Free Time

Join your expert guide for an excursion through the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve, home to innumerable species of animals, birds, insects and plants. Ascend to the treetops for a bird's-eye view of the forest on the unforgettable Sky Walk, a chain of six suspension bridges at canopy level. Also today, learn about Monteverde's Quaker community and their role in dairy production when you visit a local cheese factory and sample some of the country's finest Gouda, Swiss and Parmesan cheese.

Day 8: Monteverde – Depart Liberia

Bid farewell as you transfer to Liberia Airport for your flight home. Please do not schedule any flights before 12:30 p.m.

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Flights & Transport

Only ground transport

Group Size:

Standard Group - 25 + people

Trip ID#:

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Trip Excludes

  • International Flights
  • Personal expenses

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