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Arena Volcano View, Central America

Colorful Costa Rica

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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: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
9 days
From: $ 1,899 $ 211 / day
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Overview

Highlights

  • Visit Tortuguero Village
  • See the Arenal Volcano
  • Explore Monteverde Cloud Forest
  • Visit to Curi-Cancha Forest Reserve
  • See the Oxcart Factory in Sarchi

Short Description

During this 9days, You will have unforgettable adventure tour to Costa Rica begins here with exciting attractions like Tortuguero a sanctuary for flora and fauna alike. You’ll have opportunity to see Arenal Volcanoe, Curicancha Cloud Forest Reserve and many more amazing places whilst your tour. Have a great stay in comfort accommodations.  

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
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value - 3 star
Flights & Transport Airfare included
Start City San José
End City San José

Trip Includes

  • Round-trip international airfare from Miami
  • Airfare taxes, fees & fuel surcharges
  • Accommodations in Superior First Class hotels
  • Comprehensive sightseeing tours as per itinerary
  • English-speaking Tour Director throughout

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Itinerary

Day 1: USA to San José

Meals: Dinner

Accommodation: Radisson Hotel

Your unforgettable adventure to Costa Rica begins as you depart Miami today. Later today, arrive in San José where you’ll enjoy a welcome dinner this evening.

Day 2: San José to Tortuguero

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Laguna Lodge

Early this morning depart from San José Central Valley to the Tortuguero area. On the way, you will pass through the Braulio Carrillo National Park, a sanctuary for flora and fauna alike. From the comfort of the bus you may see open pasture lands and small farming towns. You may also notice a change in the climate as you travel and the temperatures become warmer.

 After breakfast on the way, travel deeper into Costa Rica’s Caribbean side where boats wait to transfer you to your lodge. A two-hour boat ride will take you through the canals sheltered in the jungle of the rain forest. From the boat, you will be able to admire the unique flora and fauna of this area and you’ll also have the opportunity to see different bird species.

Upon arrival, there will be a short briefing of the lodge and the activities included during your stay followed by lunch.

 This afternoon, visit the village of Tortuguero where you will learn the lifestyle of local residents and the significant conservation efforts that some NGOs have developed to protect the sea turtles that come to spawn each year along the 22 miles of protected coastline.

Day 3: Tortuguero

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Today, explore Tortuguero, an exciting destination for ecotourism lovers. During the day you can explore the secondary canals of this paradise where you can see different species of mammals, birds, and reptiles. Here, much of the National Park extends along unspoiled beaches that serve as a refuge for sea turtle nesting and hatching, with hatching typically taking place between July and September. After your tour, return to the lodge for a delicious breakfast with the balance of the day at your leisure.

Day 4: Tortuguero to Arenal

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Tilajari Resort

This morning, continue your adventure with a boat transfer back to the disembarking point. From here, you’ll travel to the Guapiles area where you’ll enjoy lunch. Continue towards the northern lowlands enjoying the beautiful scenery which includes amazing views of the mountains and one of the major sources of revenue in the area: the agriculture. Stop along the way at a local pineapple plantation where you can learn more about the local agriculture and enjoy an opportunity to taste the delicious fruit. Afterwards, continue to Muellle de San Carlos where you’ll check-in at your hotel.

Day 5: Arenal

Meals: Breakfast

After breakfast, visit the Arenal Volcano area! Known worldwide for its near perfect cone shape, Arenal volcano has become a must-see when visiting Costa Rica. Its volcanic activity and its surrounding natural beauty make this a very exciting hiking tour.

Ever since the 1500’s, locals considered Arenal to be a mountain. However, everything changed on the morning of July 29, 1968 when this supposed mountain suddenly erupted. The eruptions continued non-stop for several days covering the surrounding area with lava, rocks and ash and affecting three towns. From this eruption onward, Arenal volcano has been quite active, often spewing rocks, lava, ash and smoke. After lunch (on your own) you’ll enjoy some time to wander La Fortuna, a town where you can do some shopping.

Day 6: Arenal to Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Accommodation: El Establo Mountain Hotel

After breakfast at your hotel, begin your journey to the Monteverde Cloud Forest. Monteverde is famous for a reason – its cloud forests are brimming with plants and animals, its zip lines and suspension bridges are the longest and most exciting in the country, and its coffee is tasty, local and cheap. Each of these diversions, as well as countless other activities, can be enjoyed through a number of exciting tours. Some tours combine several of these activities into one action-packed, fun-filled day.

This afternoon is at leisure to explore the area.

Day 7: Curicancha Cloud Forest Reserve

Meals: Breakfast

Visit the Curicancha Private Reserve today after breakfast. In 1970, the Lowther family purchased the property of Hubert and Mildred Mendenhall and named it Curi-Cancha, the name derived from “Golden Enclosure” in Inca. At the time, the property was approximately half pasture and half virgin rain forest. In the ensuing forty-five years, the Lowthers allowed the majority of the pastured areas to be reclaimed by the forest.

 Curi-Cancha is a birdwatcher’s paradise. The Resplendent Quetzal, Three-Wattled Bellbird, Blue-Crowned Motmot, Orange-bellied Trogon, and many others are frequently seen. Indeed, over 200 species of birds have been observed making their home in Curi-Cancha. Frequently sighted mammals include armadillo, coati, agouti, kinkajou, ocelot, two-toed sloth, and three species of monkey: the mantled howler, white-faced capuchin, and spider monkey. Guests are welcome to explore on their own or explore with a local naturalist guide who can find and identify local birds and traverse the trails with you. The balance of the day is at your leisure.

Day 8: Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve to San José

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Accommodation: . Radisson Hotel

After breakfast today, depart for San José. On the way, visit the Sarchi Oxcart Factory in the town of Sarchi where you can enjoy lunch (on your own). Afterwards, continue to San José where you might consider a visit to the National Theater, the Gold Museum, and other interesting attractions. This evening enjoy a farewell dinner

Day 9: San José to USA

Meals: Breakfast

After breakfast this morning, transfer to the San José International Airport for your return flight to the USA. Arrive home filled with memories from your Costa Rican adventure!

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Great time in Italy with Massimo as the tour guide. This was the trip of a lifetime as we saw countless historic and amazing things in Italy. Venice was wonderful with the water traffic and Murano glass factory. Florence had so many artistic scenes and a beautiful background. Rome was spectacular with the Collesseo, Vatican, Forum, and National Monument. The food was incredible, we are not fans of wine but it was excellent. We took advice from Massimo and went to several walking areas on our own - Florence Palace Pitta, and the famous Bascillica; Rome downtown National Monument.
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We just got home from this trip and had a great time! The trip was well organized, meals were delicious, and the only hotel we weren't too happy with was the Randle in Killarney. The tour director, Peter Murphy, was very knowledgeable and he and the 9 other people (there were only 11 of us) on the bus were super nice and so much fun to spend time with. They made our first trip to Europe a very memorable one. We would recommend this company to anyone thinking of going to Ireland.
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We traveled from July 19. Our tour director is sample of what the tour director should be. Funny, lot of nice jokes, knowledgeable, very well organized and much more. We learned a lot about country, observe its natural beauty and long history. I highly recommend the tour
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The magic began after a very long journey to Zagreb airport on July 12, 2018. We were greeted by Elvis! From that very moment until we said goodbye, he made our Croatian experience nothing short of SPECTACULAR! Thank you yo Smartours and Elvis for the best adventure ever! Xoxo
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We were on the middle October 2017 tour. Our tour guide, Oli, MADE us stay out on the tour the first night that we were there--for some of us having stayed up for nearly 24 hours BUT--he was right we had views of the Northern Lights that never appeared another night--He was great--I loved all the tales of the Trolls and Hidden People--he was very informed about all the things that make Iceland so special. Plan to go back. The worst part of the whole trip was my getting called out--cataracts and all--for extra scrutiny at the Reyjavik airport--and that the overnight at JFK was unbearable--except for watching some Peruvians in native costume--recognized from our trip to Macchu Picchu --who were waiting on a flight.--Hated that part of it all--the connection--but loved the trip itself.
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Didn't want another week to end without informing you about the absolutely wonderful vacation of a lifetime in Abu Dhabi and Dubai! I cannot express in words the extraordinary tour our group experienced. From the beginning until the actual date of our trip (April 2-10, 2018) my experience with Smartours was phenomenal. Suzanne was wonderful in working with me for my birthday celebration group! She kept us on task and on time with deadlines, And even when it seemed I wasn't going to have enough for the private group, she encouraged me, going the extra mile to make it happen! Once we arrived, our tour director (Mohammed Saleem) went above and beyond providing our group with exceptional service! He represented Smartours with skill and expertise. He shared his impressive knowledge of culture and history of the region and encouraged us to ask questions about things we didn't understand. He was patient and kept us together and made sure no one was left behind, and that was no easy task. My travel group was consisted of people of all ages, some in their 20's, 30's, 50's, 60's and 70's. Having the right tour director can make a trip fun and exciting or dull, boring and frustrating. Mohammed was outstanding in engaging everyone in our group. He was truly the best Tour Director "In the WORLD" (inside joke).I highly recommend taking a PRIVATE group on this excursion. It is truly a wonderful opportunity. We have made new friends and created memories that will last a lifetime! Don't be surprised when you receive a lot of inquiries about other groups wishing to go to Dubai! I have passed along your information to everyone who asks! Thank you Smartours!
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Optional Activities

Colorful Costa Rica Provides Optional tours below are the details:

Arenal: Peñas blancas safari float trip from approx. $89 per person

Arenal: La fortuna waterfall horseback riding from approx. $118 per person

Arenal: Tabacon Hot Springs from Approx. $130 per person

Monteverde: Sky tram & trek adventure from el establo from approx. $90 per person

Monteverde: El trapiche cultural tour from approx. $33 per person

Monteverde: Santa elena cloud forest reserve from approx. $85 per person

Flights & Transport

Airfare included

Group Size:

Standard Group

Accomodations

Night: San José: Radisson Hotel

Calle Central y Tercera Av 15

Barrio Tournon, 00001 San José, Costa Rica

Nights 2-3: Tortuguero: Laguna Lodge

Tortuguero, Limón

Costa Rica

Nights 4-5: Arenal: Tilajari Resort

Muelle de San Carlos

10503 Muelle, Costa Rica

Nights 6-7: Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve: El Establo Mountain Hotel

Puntarenas Province

Monteverde, Costa Rica

Night 8: San José: Radisson Hotel

Calle Central y Tercera Av 15

Barrio Tournon, 00001 San José, Costa Rica

Cancellation Policy:

Charges per person are:

Up to 90 days before departure: $300

89-60 days before departure: $1000

59-45 days before departure: $1500

44-30 days before departure: $2000

29 days or fewer before departure: No refund.

All cancellations must be received in writing.

Trip ID#:

ColCosSma

Trip Excludes

  • Passport and visa fees
  • Excess baggage charges, baggage
  • Personal insurance
  • Gratuities
  • Optional tours, beverages, other items and expenses of personal nature

Meals Included:

8 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, and 6 Dinners

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