Summary of The Day: San Jose, the capital of Costa Rica, is nestled in a fertile valley among coffee and sugarcane farms. There is not much left of the colonial era architecture, but the National Theater built in 1897 is certainly worth seeing. Other popular attractions include the Jade Museum, Pre-Columbian Gold Museum and the National Museum.
There are plenty of optional activities within the vicinity of San Jose, such as the Poas and Irazu volcanoes, white water rafting, Turu Ba Ri Nature & Adventure Park and the Aerial Tram.
- Meeting point: Hotel El Rincon, Ave. 9 and Calle 15, Barrio Otoya, San Jose. Please double-check your voucher for necessary details regarding accommodations of the days following. All hotels provided are of a 3 star standard.
- Hotel El Rincon or similar
San Jose - Manuel Antonio National Park
Summary of The Day: We'll travel through very lush countryside to Manuel Antonio National Park, one of the most popular in Costa Rica. This celebrated park is blessed with beautiful lagoons, palm-fringed beaches, a vast array of wildlife, and lush green forests. Some of the many creatures that call Manuel Antonio NP home include sloths, pelicans, white-faced monkeys, anteaters and huge iguanas. Always keep one eye on your belongings; monkeys and raccoons are consummate thieves!
Manuel Antonio National Park
Summary of The Day: Our exploration of Manuel Antonio National Park continues.
Manuel Antonio National Park - Quepos - Santa Elena
Summary of The Day: We'll travel to the town of Quepos, once a very important port for the export of bananas, then ascend a steep mountain road offering great views of lush green hills flattening out to meet the Pacific Ocean, ultimately arriving at the small town of Santa Elena, established by American Quakers in the 1950's.
From here we'll venture into Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve in search of the endangered Quetzal, a very rare and timid bird with incredibly beautiful and unique plumage. There are several paths to explore in this privately-owned reserve, one of which takes you to the continental divide. On a clear day both the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans can be seen! We'll also stop at the Hummingbird Gallery where these energetic birds buzz around sipping on nectar. The area around Santa Elena is famous for its ziplines, where you'll have the option to go flying over the cloud forest on a series of cables strung out between giant trees. For the less courageous, you may opt for a walk along a series of suspension bridges above the forest canopy. Other optional activities include lovely horse treks, twilight walks, and coffee and dairy farm tours.
Summary of The Day: Our exploration of Santa Elena continues.
Santa Elena - La Fortuna
Summary of The Day: Our journey now takes us through the mountains of the cloud forest. The first leg of our trip will bring us to Lake Arenal. We'll then take a boat to the other side, where a minibus will be waiting to take us to La Fortuna.
The main attraction in La Fortuna is the nearby Arenal Volcano. After settling in you'll have time to explore the town on your own. Later that evening you may opt to join on an excursion to a site near the volcano and sample the local spirits. After this, you may want to take a well-earned dip in the local hot springs.
Summary of The Day: Our exploration of La Fortuna continues.
Summary of The Day: Our exploration of La Fortuna continues.
La Fortuna - Tortuguero National Park
Summary of The Day: We'll travel by bus to the port of Moin near Limon, where a boat will be waiting to take us along inland jungle canals into Tortuguero National Park. We're sure to spot a large variety of animals, including monkeys, sloths, crocodiles, turtles, and numerous birds.
With luck, between July and October, we'll see the Green sea turtles arriving at the beaches to lay eggs in the sand. Seven to ten weeks later, the turtles hatch. There's a visitor center in the tiny village where you can watch videos and learn all about turtles. During our excursions around Tortuguero we may also have the chance to see the tiny but brightly colored poison dart frogs.
Summary of The Day: Our exploration of Tortuguero National Park continues.
Tortuguero NP - Cahuita
Summary of The Day: On Day 11 we'll continue on to the small beachside town of Cahuita. You can take an optional excursion to magical Cahuita National Park, boasting beautiful beaches and an off-shore coral reef. There you can go for a snorkel or take a glass-bottomed boat tour to see some of the 500 species of fish that live in the area (own expense). Enjoy a stroll through the forest, keeping an eye out for the variety of creatures that call this nature reserve home. Bring your swimsuit with you to enjoy a day in the sun at one of the lovely beaches in the park, or lounge at one of the black sand beaches a few minutes from the hotel. The actual town of Cahuita has an impressive selection of restaurants, where you can sample some great seafood.
From Cahuita you have the option of taking a short journey down the coast to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca. This laid-back Caribbean village has some of the best surf in the country. Nearby is the local sloth sanctuary, where you can see sloths up-close and personal.
Summary of The Day: Our exploration of Cahuita continues.
Cahuita - San Jose
Summary of The Day: We'll then return to San Jose for one more night. There are plenty of world class restaurants to choose from and the nightlife is especially good on weekends.
Summary of The Day: Your adventure of a lifetime comes to an end today. If you have a late flight or have lengthened your stay by adding post tour accommodation, you will have more time to explore the sights.
Standard Price/Person By Occupancy
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* You must be at least 18 years old to join the tour.|
* Single Occupancy price applies when one people stays in one standard hotel room.
* Double Occupancy price applies when two people stay in one standard hotel room.
- Entry to Manuel Antonio National Park
- Entry to Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve
- Entry to Tortuguero National Park
- 13-night accommodations (hotels, hostels and guesthouses)
- Travel by public bus, private vehicle, boat
- English-speaking local guide(s)
- Airfare and the cost of other transportation between your home and departure city
- Visa fees
- Travel insurance
- Airport transfers and pre and post-tour accommodations
- Personal expenses
- Optional excursions (prices and availability subject to change): - Jade Museum: USD 15.00/person
- Museum National: USD 4.00/person
- Butterfly farm: USD 6.00/person
- Teatro Nacional: USD 5.00/person
- National Park guided tour: USD 10.00/person
- Boogie-board / surfboard rental: USD 5.00-10.00/hr/person
- Horse riding (Manuel Antonio): USD 40.00-60.00/person
- Rafting / kayaking: USD 45.00-60.00/person
- ATV (quad bikes): USD 75.00 single, USD 95.00 double
- Damas Island boat tour: USD 45.00.00/person
- Catamaran and snorkelling tour: USD 75.00/person
- Butterfly garden, reptile lagoon and aquatic garden: USD 35.00/person
- Jet Ski tour: USD 95.00/person
- Surf lessons: USD 45.00/person
- Parasailing: USD 60.00-75.00/person
- Arenal Volcano hike and hot springs: USD 40.00/person
- National Park: USD 6.00/person plus taxi
- La Fortuna Waterfall: USD 10.00/person plus taxi
- Zipline canopy tour: USD 84.00/person
- Rafting: USD 55.00-75.00/person
- Horse riding (La Fortuna): USD 65.00/person
- Mountain Biking: USD 75.00-95.00/person
- Canyoning: USD 90.00/person
- Night guided beach walk & turtle watching: USD 25.00/person
- Cahuita National Park: USD 7.00/person
- Snorkeling tour: USD 45.00/person
- Horse riding (Cahuita): USD 45.00/person
- Indigenous Bribri village: USD 55.00/person
- Indigenous Bribri canoeing, horse riding and waterfalls: USD 75.00/person
- Bike Rental: USD 5.00/person per day
- White water rafting on Rio Pacuare: USD 99.00/person
- Glass-bottom boat tours: USD 30.00/person
- Jaguar Rescue Centre: USD 15.00/person
- Cancellation Policy:
- 27 Days Prior to Departure Date - 100% of Reservation Cost
- 28-59 Days Prior to Departure Date - 50% of Reservation Cost
- 60 or More Days Prior to Departure Date - 10% of Reservation Cost
- This is an Adventure Tour. We see a destination from the locals' perspective using a variety of transport and staying in small locally owned accommodation. There is a maximum of 16 travelers with an average group size of 8-12.
- When arriving at San Jose International Airport you may decide to obtain some local currency (the Colon) at the airport before making your way to the city center. US dollars are widely accepted. There are exchange offices/banks and ATMs at the airport for your convenience.
- If you have booked an airport arrival transfer, please look out for someone with a sign which has your name, local operator name, or both after exiting the customs hall. If you are likely to be delayed by more than two hours, please contact the emergency number at least six hours before arrival. If we are advised in time, we will make every effort to reschedule your transfer and your driver will be asked to wait for two hours after your new expected arrival time. However, if we are not made aware of any change, the driver will only wait for two hours after the original scheduled arrival time and after this point it will be up to you to arrange transport to your hotel at your own expense.
- The detailed and day by day itineraries above are provided in good faith and it is our intention to adhere to the published route. Changes may be made before or during your tour for operational or safety reasons or to incorporate improvements. Impromptu changes may also occur whilst you are traveling as a result of one-off circumstances such as an excursion being closed on a particular day, weather conditions or transport. Delays are rare but occur occasionally and for this reason and the reasons above this itinerary should be considered as a guide only. Published transport times are approximations and may vary depending on local conditions.
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- Please make sure you know exactly what you are covered for, remembering there are many adventure activities available during the tour which may not be covered by basic insurance. Make sure that your travel insurance covers general medical expenses, hospitalizations and medical evacuations. Also ensure that you are covered for travel at high altitudes if necessary for your tour.
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