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13-Day Grand Costa Rica Adventure: Monteverde, Arenal, & Tortuguero
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Product Code: 3480-196480
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Age Restriction

This is a very active tour that only accepts travelers between the age of 18 to 38.

OVERVIEW

Highlights

  • • Boat trip through Tortuguero NP & Canals
  • • Mountain water slide at Rincon de la Vieja
  • • Guided hike through Manuel Antonio NP
  • • Sunrise boat trip through rainforest
  • • Swimming & snorkelling on Caribbean & Pacific beaches
  • • Ample exotic bird and wildlife viewing
  • • Experience Monteverde's stunning cloud forest
  • • Relaxation time on Hermosa Beach at Papagayo Gulf
  • • Visit volcanic national park of Rincon de la Vieja
  • • Guided scenic ride across Arenal Lake
  • • Visit the Green Turtle Information Centre in Tortuguero
Tour Code
3480-196480
Duration
13 days
Departure City
San Jose
End City
San Jose
Tour Type:
Adventure
Language:
English, Spanish
IS THIS TOUR FOR ME?

Experience: Backpacker, Historical, Nature, Adventure

Geared to the "Get up and go!" traveler who want to enjoy independent or semi-guided adventures; Encounter rich historical landmarks with expert guides; Get in touch with Mother Earth; Explore the world with an active and adrenaline pumping tour

Style: Escorted

Tour director/guided escort is available from the beginning to the end of the vacation

Group Type: Small group

Take an intimate and semi-private trip with a small group

Activity Level: Moderate

Designed for travelers in good health who are comfortable with light walking or hiking

Quality: Budget

The most affordable tour service and/or accommodation with fast-paced itineraries

Itinerary
Day 01
Puerto Viejo de Sarapiqui

San Jose - Tirimbina Rainforest Reserve - Puerto Viejo de Sarapiqui

Hotel: Rainforest lodge near Puerto Viejo de Sarapiqui or similar

After meeting your guide and fellow trekkers at the departure hotel, we'll leave behind the bustling capital of San Jose and watch the world transform around us as we travel across diverse landscapes and atmospheres through Braulio Carrillo Cloud Forest National Park en route to Puerto Viejo de Sarapiqui. This will be your first introduction to an incredible and diverse country, Costa Rica.

Upon arrival, follow your tour leader on a guided hike in Tirimbina Rainforest Reserve, home to 865 acres of pristine forest. This diverse reservation houses numerous river banks, islands, forests and gardens; it's a favorite amongst all who travel here. Walk across one of the longest hanging bridges in Costa Rica to admire many of the 420 species of birds including parrots, herons, toucans and some other cheeky residents.

Optional night bat tour:

If you're looking for something different to do in the evening then bat viewing should be at the top of your list! Bats represent almost 50% of the mammals in Costa Rica with over 100 different species, but they're not as creepy as you might think! Learn more about these fascinating creatures and seize the opportunity to get up close and personal.

Visiting Attractions

Day 02
Tortuguero

Sarapiqui - Tortuguero

Hotel: Caribbean ecolodge or similar

Heading to the coast, we'll pass by Guapiles, made famous for its banana plantations which stretch across the Caribbean lowlands. From here we'll hop aboard a boat and explore the Tortuguero Canals towards as we head towards Tortuguero National Park.

During the cruise you'll more than likely see wildlife such as sloths, monkeys, crocodiles and turtles. Once we arrive in the park we'll stop by the Green Turtle Information Center to find out why Tortuguero beach is the most important nesting site of the endangered Green Turtle in the Western Hemisphere.

Day 03
Cahuita

Tortuguero National Park - Cahuita

Hotel: Lodge in Cahuita or similar

Experience nature at its very best during your sunrise boat tour through the small canals of this national park. Framing your view will be an incredible rainforest with over three hundred bird species, swamp forests and floating aquatic plants.

Watch and listen as the forest comes alive to the sound of birds and other animals, and don't forget your camera! Previous wildlife sightings includes the Fishing Bulldog Bat, Keel Billed Toucans, anurans, seven species of turtle, West Indies Manatees, crocodiles and the gar, considered a living fossil. All this before you've even eaten breakfast!

With bellies full of delicious food, enjoy your last ride through the canals on your way back to La Pavona/Cano Blanco. Hit the road again and continue along the coastal road to the small town of Cahuita, with its incredible Caribbean feel.

Day 04
Cahuita

Cahuita Marine National Park - Turrialba

Hotel: Lodge in Cahuita or similar

You'll be delighted to wake up in Cahuita. Often referred to as one of the most beautiful palm tree beaches in the country with its golden sand and warm clear seas. Today you'll have the morning to explore this massive national park by foot or take to the water for snorkeling in the only 'living' coral reef on Costa Rica's Caribbean Coast.

In the early afternoon you take the scenic route along a picturesque old road lined with large coffee and sugar cane plantations to your next destination, the Turrialba Volcano area.

Day 05
Turrialba Volcano

Turrialba

Hotel: Lodge near Turrialba or similar

For those seeking adventure we suggest an exhilarating white-water rafting adventure, through some of Costa Rica's stunning mountain scenery!

Set off from the banks of the Pacuare River where your rafts are loaded into the water and your awesome 14 mile rafting adventure begins (own expense). The scenery today is quite simply amazing and it's a really unique way to see the parts of Costa Rica that other travelers never get to. Travel deep into the heart of densely vegetated gorges, passing gushing waterfalls and serene pools. Don't get too comfortable though - the river's rapids will keep you on your toes!

Those not rafting can opt to walk through the forest, past sugar cane and coffee plantations all the way to the Reventazon River for stunning views.

Visiting Attractions

Day 06
Manuel Antonio National Park

Talamanca Mountain Range - Manuel Antonio National Park

Hotel: Hotel near Manuel Antonio or similar

This morning's early start will see you passing through towns including Juan Vinas and Paraiso before hitting the Pan American Highway to begin your climb of the Talamanca Mountain Range. Make a stop to hit the trails, high up in the mountains at Mirador de Quetzales; one of the richest biological zones in Costa Rica.

Here you'll have the chance to see more than 400 species of birds, including the Resplendent Quetzal - its vibrant and colorful feathers make this phoenix of the forest easy to spot.

Afterwards, as you descend towards the city of San Isidro de El General, admire the beautiful mountainous landscape. Later you'll pass by the city of Quepos before arriving in Manuel Antonio National Park, just in time for a golden sunset on the Pacific Coast.

Visiting Attractions

Day 07
La Fortuna

Manuel Antonio National Park - La Fortuna

Hotel: Hotel or similar

Lace up your walking boots and enjoy a guided morning hike around Manuel Antonio National Park - famed for being an excellent combination of beach and nature. The white sandy beaches of Espadilla Sur and Manuel Antonio are known for their calm, crystal clear water slowly lapping against the shoreline.

With over 100 species of mammals including the endangered squirrel monkey and nearly 200 bird species you'll be giving your camera a serious workout. Bring your underwater camera too, as there's an amazing array of marine life to admire too.

Later, cross the Aguacate Mountains to La Fortuna, at the foot of the famous Arenal Volcano.

Day 08
Arenal Volcano National Park

La Fortuna - Arenal Volcano Area

Hotel: Hotel or similar

Today is a free day however we suggest you saddle up for a biking tour through the rainforest to the spot where volcano and lake meet, all the way to the Arenal Volcano National Park. With an almost perfect cone and a 140 meter deep crater formed over an ancient caldera, it's like something out of a movie set.

Optional Arenal Hanging Bridges

Enjoy a breathtaking walk over the hanging bridges, accompanied by a naturalistic guide who'll explain and show you the multicolour world of the tropical rainforest together with an awesome view from some of the highest bridges in Costa Rica.

Day 09
Monteverde

Arenal Lake - Monteverde Cloud forest

Hotel: Hotel or similar

Make a beeline for Arenal Lake, the largest and most important freshwater lake in Costa Rica. There's no better way to experience it than to board a boat for a scenic ride and listen to your guide talk about the lush rainforest, farms and mountains that surround the lake.

Next up, continue by land along a dirt track road to Monteverde, founded by a group of Quaker farmers in the 1950's and today a town which oozes charm. Take a hike inside the humid grounds of Monteverde Private Reserve. The high humidity is thanks to the warm winds that come from both oceans (the Pacific and the Caribbean) and collide together.

It's a great spot for diverse and plentiful flora and fauna. See if you can spot purple mayflowers and coyol palms! Different species of trees, orchids and lichens are easily found, as well as bird species including the Resplendent Quetzal, hummingbirds, Black Guans, Toucanets and many more.

Day 10
Rincon de la Vieja Volcano National Park

Monteverde Cloud forest - Rincon de la Vieja

Hotel: Hacienda lodge or similar

We'll continue onthe Pan American Highway and head north, passing by the city of Liberia Canas before arriving in Rincon de la Vieja. Do you dare experience the thrill of the 1300 foot mountain water slide which cuts its way through some of Costa Rica's tropical forests? It's a totally refreshing experience; pure adventure and excitement which you won't forget in a hurry!

Day 11
Rincon de la Vieja Volcano National Park

Rincon de la Vieja National Park - Hermosa Beach

Hotel: Hotel or similar

With the first half of the day to explore Rincon de la Vieja National Park (maybe try that water slide again?) before setting off for the beach, today feels as though you're experiencing two very separate worlds. If you want to explore more of Rincon de la Vieja, there's loads to see, including an active stratovolcano at 1916m above the sea level, giant old growth trees and an abundance of wildlife.

At the foot of the southern flank of the volcano you can enjoy Las Pailas; over 133 acres of hot springs, sulphuric lakes and holes that eject clouds of steam. This afternoon the beach calls, so we answer with a trip to stunning Hermosa Beach on the Papagayo Gulf.

Day 12
Playa Hermosa

Hermosa Beach

Hotel: Hotel or similar

Today is a totally free day for you to do as you please meaning relaxation on the beach and a dip in the Pacific Ocean are probably on the cards. Hermosa meaning `beautiful' in Spanish, is aptly named, as you'll see from the champagne colored sands and mountain scenery.

Not as crowded as its neighboring beaches, Playa Hermosa is a fantastic getaway for those seeking quality relaxation. The town has heaps of shops, restaurants, bars and activities. If you prefer to stick to the beach, you can snorkel, try a bit of sport fishing or saddle up for some horse riding along the beach.

Visiting Attractions

Day 13
San Jose

Hermosa Beach - San Jose

Enjoy one last morning soaking up the rays on the beach before returning to San Jose with a bag full of wonderful memories and a bunch of awesome new friends!

This tour ends at our gateway hotel at approximately 5:00pm in San Jose on day 13. If you are planning to fly tonight, please do not book a flight that departs before 9:00pm.

Visiting Attractions

Pick-up Details/Transfers
Tour begins and ends at Hotel Villa Tournon in San Jose, starting at around 7:00am and finishing at around 5:00pm. Please book your flight departing after 9:00pm.

We recommend you book pre and post accommodation with us, please contact our CSR for further assistance.

Arrival

Take the shuttle service from the airport. Transfer takes 20-30 minutes, cost approx. USD 15.00 (one way per person). You must reserve the shuttle online www.interbusonline.com at least 48 hours before arrival. Or after clearing customs go to the taxi booth (on your left) and hire a taxi for approx. USD 30.00. Taxis take 30 minutes from the International Airport (traffic dependent).

Departure

Take the shuttle service from the airport. Transfer takes 20-30 minutes, cost approx. USD 15.00 (one way per person). You must reserve the shuttle online www.interbusonline.com at least 48 hours before arrival. Or arrange a taxi with the hotel reception staff. A taxi will cost approx. USD 30.00 and take 30 minutes to the International Airport (traffic dependent).

Please allow USD 26.00 for international departure tax from Costa Rica.
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7:00AM San Jose Hotel Villa Tournon 125 metros al este del periodico la Republica, 6606-1000 San Jose, Costa Rica
WHAT'S INCLUDED

Package Includes

  • 12-night hotels, lodges & ecolodges
  • 12 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 1 dinner
  • Professional bilingual tour leader
  • Private transportation - vehicle and tourist boats
  • Boat trip through the Tortuguero National Park & Canals
  • Mountain water slide at Rincon de la Vieja
  • Guided hike through Manuel Antonio National Park
  • Sunrise boat trip through the rainforest
  • National parks & reserves - Tirimbina Rainforest, Tortuguero, Cahuita Marine, Manuel Antonio, Arenal Volcano, Monteverde & Rincon de la Vieja
  • Informal Spanish lessons from your tour leader

Package Excludes

  • Airfares or related transportation between your home and departure location
  • Tips for your tour guide or driver (USD 5.00-7.00 per person per day)
  • All personal expenses
  • Meals not mentioned: We recommended USD 25 x 13 = USD 325. Local currency is the Colon (CRC).
  • Optional activities (paid locally; availability and prices are subject to change):
Special Notes
  • Cancellation Policy
    - 59 or more days prior to the departure date, loss of deposit (USD 160.00 per person or 10% - whichever is greater)
    - 45-58 days prior to the departure date, 50% of tour cost
    - 33-44 days prior to the departure date, 75% of tour cost
    - Within 32 days prior to the departure date, non-refundable
  • Luggage Allowance & Storage
    One suitcase, soft holdall or rucksack (23kg maximum) per person, plus a sleeping bag. A small daypack and camera can also be carried in the van.
  • Vaccinations
    We recommend that you contact your doctor or travel medicine clinic at least two months before travel in order to allow enough time for any immunizations that may be required to be completed.
  • Health Requirements
    If you have any medical condition such as diabetes, epilepsy, asthma, take prescribed medicines, or have a condition that will affect your participation in the trek, you must tell us at the time of booking.
  • Travel Insurance
    It is a condition of joining this tour that you must be insured against medical and personal accident risks (including repatriation costs, air ambulance, and helicopter rescue service). We can offer an insurance policy that is designed specifically to cover the potential risks on this tour - particularly the any optional adventurous activities you plan to take part in, and covers those residing in the EU. Contact us for more information or please see our Insurance Tips for more details.
  • Spending Money & Meals
    We recommend you take at least USD 15.00 per day for drinks, snacks, tips and other incidentals. Breakfast is included but we recommend you bring USD 25 per day (25 x 13 = USD 325) for meals in restaurants. Yo ushould also budget for the optional activities.
    In Costa Rica the official currency is the Colon (CRC). With ATMs being widely available in major towns and cities, credit and debit cards at the most convenient way to access money in Latin America. Please alert your bank prior to travel to avoid blockage, check if charges apply, and ensure your card is accepted in the country. It is advisable to carry some cash in small denominations notes, for those times when ATMs may not be available.
  • Clothes Washing
    You will have the opportunity to wash your clothes while on the tour at hotels or in a nearby town. Please ask your tour leader for more information.
  • This tour/activity is overseen by a select local operator in the region. Upon booking your tour or activity and after receiving confirmation, you will be issued an e-ticket detailing the local operator's name and contact information. If you require assistance finding a specific tour, please contact us for more information.

Pricing Info

Your reservation is always subject to confirmation by email, normally within one to two business days.

* Group size: max 11
* The display price is per person on a twin/multi share basis. Single travelers would be paired with other travelers of the same sex.

Reservation Info

    1.Immediately after submitting your reservation you will receive a Receipt of Reservation via email.
    2. Within one to two business days of submitting your reservation you will receive a confirmation email from us. If you need to book an airline ticket, we recommend that you do so after you receive a confirmation of your tour reservation from us.
    3. An E-Ticket will be sent to you via email as soon as details of your reservation are confirmed or your supporting information is received by us. We will provide you with all detailed information about your tour on the E-Ticket. Contact information for local tour provider will be included on E-Ticket for your convenience or re-confirmation purpose if re-confirmation is required.
    4. Simply print your E-Ticket and present it with your valid photo ID on the day of your activity to your tour guide. Please remember E-Ticket is your proof of purchase.

Terms and Conditions

    - Your purchase does not guarantee confirmation. Your purchase will initiate a reservation process. We will confirm with you via email within one to two business days.
    - Prices may vary due to availability. We reserve the right to make price adjustment without prior notice.
    - Please refer to our Standard Amendment, Cancellation and Refund Policy before you make reservation.
    - Please refer to Customer Agreement before you make reservation.
    - Local tour provider reserves the right to make modifications to tour arrangements including order of tour activities, hotel and its location if deemed necessary.
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    Johanna Hardy

    08/19/2015
    Couldn't believe my eyes!

    Our trip to Costa Rica was amazing from start to finish, due in large part to our wonderful guide Edgar! His knowledge of Costa Rican history and ecology was extensive and he went out of his way to make sure we saw everything we wanted.

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    Jessica Carlson

    04/07/2015
    More than I could have hoped for

    Wow, what an amazing 2 weeks. I went with my boyfriend, his firt trek and my 3rd trek (done southern sun, USA and tiera del sol, mexico in the past). We had a super fun group of 9 and all got on well.

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I'm 42 years old, but exercise regularly and in very good health condition. Can I join the tour? I plan to join the tour in December. Thanks! 08/30/2017 13:45:17
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The 23 day tour is a very active tour that only accepts travelers between the age of 18 to 38.

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