Experiencing the birthplace of ecotourism with one's family rejuvenates one's appreciation for our world, and educates one on the importance of protecting it. Begin in Tortuguero, where in different points in the calendar, visitors can witness the laying of turtle eggs in the sand, or the hatching of baby turtles and their race into the warm waters. Next continue onto Arenal Volcano National Park to explore the jungles and hot springs in the area. Cross a lake to visit Monteverde Cloud Forest, where visitors learn more about the intricate, diverse and immense biology of Central America. Finish your adventure with three relaxing days on the beaches of Guanacaste.

Daily Itinerary

Day 1: San Jose Arrival

San Jose Arrival
Daily Summary
  • Transportation: Airport Transfer
  • Accommodation: Hotel Grano de Oro

In the morning, you will be picked up at the airport in San Jose and transferred to your hotel. (This service is on a private basis.)

San Jose

Historic neighborhoods in Costa Rica are laced with good international restaurants and shopping streets. The city's art scene is popping, and huge murals accompany small art galleries throughout. Like many Latin American capitals, it's the colonial architecture that really gives the streets their charm, and is a welcome break from the ever-modernizing city. As a city that mostly hosts travelers arriving and departing from Costa Rica, San Jose fills its role perfectly.

Day 2: San Jose - Tortuguero

San Jose - Tortuguero
Daily Summary
  • Tour: San Jose - Tortuguero
  • Accommodation: Manatus Hotel
  • Meals: B, L, D

San Jose - Tortuguero

Early morning pick up for shared guided transfer to the Caribbean lowlands. Breakfast will be taken on route at a local cuisine restaurant. (2 hours driving) Then on to Caño Blanco or Pavona where passengers will board a shared boat to Tortuguero. (1.5 hours to boat launch, 1.5 hours from boat to hotel) Check in at the hotel in Tortuguero. (This service is on a group basis.)

Tortuguero

This national park is the world's most important breeding ground for the green sea turtle, which lends its name to this region's moniker. With over 240 inches of rain every year, this is also one of the wettest places in the country. The canals that form most of the protected land flow into the Caribbean, which is actually also protected, forming hundreds of square miles of aquatic national park. Other than the canals, most people will come here for the turtles, whose hatching grounds are super closely monitored, insuring the continual growth of the green sea turtle population.

Day 3: Tortuguero

Tortuguero
Daily Summary
  • Tour: Tortuguero Half Day Tour
  • Accommodation: Manatus Hotel
  • Meals: B, L, D

Tortuguero Half Day Tour

In the morning, shared tour of Tortuguero National Park. Rest of the day at leisure to enjoy hotel facilities and explore the area. (This service is on a group basis.)

Day 4: Tortuguero - Arenal

Tortuguero - Arenal
Daily Summary
  • Transportation: Internal Transfer
  • Accommodation: Tabacon Grand Spa Thermal Resort
  • Meals: B

In the morning, you will be picked up at your hotel in Tortuguero and transferred to your accommodations in Arenal. (Duration: 5 hours 30 mins.) (This service is on a private basis.)

Arenal Volcano National Park

Though it has remained dormant since 1968, Arenal Volcano is the highlight of one of Costa Rica's most popular national parks. Beautiful trails, volcanic hot springs, and ample adventure activities abound, all interspersed with rare rumblings from the sleeping mountain. Plenty of lodges and hotels are built into the countryside with views of Arenal Volcano, and one can see why. Through rain clouds and clear skies, it's a beautiful site to behold.

Day 5: Arenal

Arenal
Daily Summary
  • Tour: Hanging Bridges Tour
  • Accommodation: Tabacon Grand Spa Thermal Resort
  • Meals: B

Hanging Bridges Tour

This morning you will be met at your hotel lobby by your guide who will take you on a tour of the hanging bridges overlooking the abundant biodiversity existent in the natural reserve. Your naturalist guide will open the doors to you into the fascinating and colorful tropical rain forest world through his knowledge of natural history. This tour is a fun and educative way to learn about the surrounding natural environment. Its purpose is to offer you, in a safe and sustainable way, a tiny passage into the kindness of nature, and in this way, take care of it for the future generations.

Day 6: Arenal - Monteverde

Arenal - Monteverde
Daily Summary
  • Transportation: Arenal to Monteverde
  • Accommodation: Hotel Fonda Vela
  • Meals: B

This morning you'll be met at your hotel and transferred to your shared boat lake crossing to the Monteverde Cloud Forest area and your overnight accommodations. Approximate transfer time is 2.5 hours. Enjoy the remainder of the day at your leisure.

Monteverde Cloud Forest

This biological reserve has been a source of inspiration since it was first colonized, and has continued to be advocated for by different conservation groups through the 19th and 20th centuries. Only 160 tourists are allowed within its borders at a time, insuring that the healthy rivers, blooming trees, and intense biodiversity remains protected. Though it does rain often (bring your raincoat), and the trails do get a bit muddy (don't forget your boots), this is a chance to witness the wilderness for which Costa Rica is famous, and maybe even learn a thing or two about the importance of conservation of beauty, and the value of nature.

Day 7: Monteverde

Monteverde
Daily Summary
  • Tour: Sky Trek Zipline
  • Accommodation: Hotel Fonda Vela
  • Meals: B

Sky Trek Zipline

Early this morning after breakfast, you’ll be met and transferred to the start of your zip line excursion. After the tour you will be transfer back to you hotel or you can stay downtown. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure to explore the town of Santa Elena, Monteverde, and the different array of attractions they offer.

Sky Trek is a system of trails, suspension bridges, and zip lines that offers visitors the opportunity to observe, and appreciate tropical vegetation from different vantage points above the canopy. Experience an adrenaline rush as you glide along zip line cables high above the treetops.

The tour includes two suspended bridges – 60 and 80 meters—three platforms above the canopy, connected by zip lines, an eight-story high canopy observation tower, 10 cables system up to 427 meters long (1,400 feet) long, with a total stretch of 2 kilometers (1.25 miles) of cables. Tours last between 2.5 and 3 hours. Please note weight restriction of 275 pounds or 125 kg.

Day 8: Monteverde - Guanacaste

Monteverde - Guanacaste
Daily Summary
  • Transportation: Internal Transfer
  • Accommodation: JW Marriot Guanacaste
  • Meals: B

In the morning, you will be picked up at your hotel in Monteverde and transferred to your accommodations in Guanacaste. (Duration: 5 hours 30 mins.) (This service is on a private basis.)

Guanacaste

Guanacaste is an area of conservation that Costa Ricans (locally known as "Ticos") take some pride in. In the late 20th century, this was the final piece of a national park puzzle that connected the Pacific and Caribbean coasts, creating a single highway of protected land. In addition, the nearby city of Santa Rosa is a source of rare military pride for local Ticos, as the venue of victory over the three foreign armies to have invaded the country throughout its history. Guanacaste itself is about the remoteness, the pure nature, and the beauty of the landscape. As far as Costa Rica's beaches go, this is probably the cleanest and least crowded you're likely to find!

Day 9: Guanacaste

Guanacaste
Daily Summary
  • Accommodation: JW Marriot Guanacaste
  • Meals: B

Enjoy this free time at your leisure.

Day 10: Guanacaste - Liberia Departure

Daily Summary
  • Transportation: Airport Transfer
  • Meals: B

In the morning, you will be picked up at your hotel in Guanacaste and transferred to the airport. (This service is on a private basis.)

Accommodation

Hotel Grano de Oro

Hotel Grano de Oro

Situated in a shady street just off Paseo Colon, San Jose's main thoroughfare, Hotel Gran de Oro is a true oasis, a sanctuary in the heart of the city. Converted from a Tropical Victorian mansion, the 35-room hotel maintains the warmth and comfort of a private home. Hallways lined with period photographs and original art meander through the building and present lush tropical flower arrangements and luxuriant plants at every turn. Italian tile fountains grace intimate atriums, ensuring that one is never far from the soothing melody of falling water. All rooms are equipped with free Internet, fully equiped minibars, safety deposit boxes, cable tv, ceiling fans, telephones with direct access to international calling.

Manatus Hotel

Manatus Hotel

This intimate hotel offers the most luxurious accommodations in Tortuguero. The 14 large rooms are plush and well-equipped, with two queen-size four-poster beds, high ceilings, wood floors, tasteful local furnishings, and a host of amenities you won't find anywhere else in the area, including a stocked minibar. Meals and service are top-notch, and they have the best little spa of any local hotel, as well as an on-site art gallery. The amoeba-shaped pool is set just off the dark waters of the Tortuguero Canal, with a broad deck and plenty of inviting chaise lounges surrounding it. Only children over 10 years of age are allowed.

Tabacon Grand Spa Thermal Resort

Tabacon Grand Spa Thermal Resort

Proudly awarded membership to The Leading Hotels of the World as of January 2007, Tabacón Grand Spa Thermal Resort is a five-star resort located at the foot of the Arenal Volcano, in the northern region of Costa Rica. While there are many hot springs destinations around the world, few offer this special balance set in a splendorous natural paradise. The Grand Spa at Tabacon has been hailed by many visitors and guests as the top destination spa in Costa Rica. Submerge in an experience full of intense sensations transmitted through a wide array of massages. The Grand Spa specializes in invigorating hydrotherapy therapies and volcanic mud therapies, special massages and skin-care treatments, leaving you refreshed and with the feeling of natural beauty.

Hotel Fonda Vela

Hotel Fonda Vela

The Hotel Fonda Vela is located in beautiful Monteverde, famous for its rare and gorgeous cloud forest and friendly community. The climate is refreshing, often referred to as "eternal spring". The views of the Gulf of Nicoya from the hotel's 1,400 meter (4,200 foot) elevation are spectacular. Monteverde is an ideal destination for relaxing and enjoying the wonders of the tropics. A visit of at least two nights or more in Monteverde is recommended.

JW Marriot Guanacaste

JW Marriot Guanacaste

Live a Costa Rican hacienda style resort experience, in a rustic luxury beach front property in Guanacaste. Featuring the largest pool in Central America, a fully equipped Kids Club where children will be entertained with various activities while you relax in our Spa, ranked one of the top five Spas in Latin America by Spa Magazine. Our Costa Rica Resort offers 5 restaurants to choose from, casual dining right on the beach in Azul Grill, Asian Fusion cuisine in Tamarine, a Guanacastecan style Steakhouse in Sabanero, a full buffet at Mansita or relax at Nau Lounge and Bar with a great beach and pool view. The resort is surrounded by the splendors of Costa Rican nature; with a choice of 3 beaches, adjacent to an equestrian center, tennis courts, and an 18-hole golf course with a coastal layout designed by Mike Young. The town of Tamarindo is just 5 miles away, were you will find restaurants, bars, souvenirs in a “Pura Vida” laid back atmosphere.

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