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.
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.)
Historic neighborhoods in Costa Rica are laced with delicious international restaurants and bustling shopping streets. The city's art scene is popping and huge colorful murals blend harmoniously beside small unique art galleries. Like many Latin American capitals, it's the colonial architecture that truly gives the streets of San Jose their charm, and is a welcome break from the ever-modernizing city attributes. As a city that primarily hosts travelers arriving and departing from Costa Rica specifically, San Jose fills its role perfectly. An introduction, a gateway and a welcoming!
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.)
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 also protected, forms hundreds of square miles of aquatic national park in this region. Other than the canals, most travelers will come here for the turtles, whose hatching grounds are closely monitored, insuring the continual growth of the green sea turtle population.
This morning, enjoy a shared tour of Tortuguero National Park. Spend the rest of the day at your leisure to make the most of the hotel facilities and explore the area on your own. (This service is on a group basis.)
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.)
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 to take advantage of this picturesque region. It won't take you long to see why this is such a hot spot! From rain clouds, to clear blue skies, it's a beautiful and unique site to behold no matter what.
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.
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.
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.
Early this morning after breakfast, you’ll be met and transferred to the start of your zipline 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 ziplines 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 zipline cables high above the treetops.
The tour includes two suspended bridges – 60 and 80 meters—three platforms above the canopy, connected by ziplines, 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.
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 is an area of conservation that Costa Rican locals take great 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 the local people, 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!
Enjoy this free time at your leisure.
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.)
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.
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.
The Tabacon Grand Spa Thermal Resort is a luxury resort built around the warm thermal waters of the Tabacon River, at the base of the active Arenal Volcano. This 5 star resort offers spacious rooms with furnishings handcrafted by local artisans, private terraces, tropical gardens, a world class spa and admission to the famous Tabacon Hot Springs. Relax in the warm thermal waters, naturally heated by Arenal Volcano. The Resort has received the first carbon neutral certified luxury resort in the country.
Nestled in the misty cloud forest of Monteverde, El Establo offers the area’s best views, heated indoor pools, spa, restaurants, café-bars, a special events center, and much more. Use El Establo as a base for hiking, canopy tours, and more.
Nestled in a location that is second to none, where the Gulf of Papagayo meets the sapphire blue waters of Culebra Bay, Andaz Peninsula Papagayo Resort captures the native spirit of Costa Rica with its distinctive "Pura Vida" (pure life) philosophy. The breathtaking setting – a relaxing ocean with a mountainous background – will make you feel like you belong in this lush natural lifestlye. Vibrant yet stylish, the Andaz Resort in Costa Rica welcomes you to ignite your inner creativity through specially designed amenities and accommodations. Indulge in nine spa treatment rooms, three themed restaurants and two gorgeous cascading outdoor pools.
*Pricing is based on two persons traveling together, based on availability, subject to change.