Tortuguero NP - Pacuare White Water Rafting - Arenal Volcano - Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve - Manuel Antonio NP

Day 1
Welcome at Juan Santamaría International Airport where a guide-driver will take you to your hotel in the hills above the capital city. Overnight at Bougainvillea Hotel (or similar).  Meals not included. 
Day 2
Between 6:00 and 7:00 am you will be picked up at the hotel for your trip to Tortuguero National Park. On the way you will pass through cloud forests of Braulio Carrillo National Park and banana plantations on the Caribbean slope before a two-hour boat trip to Tortuguero. Rest of the day at leisure to enjoy the area. Overnight at Mawamba Lodge (or similar). All meals included.

Tortuguero town. Located in the extreme northeast of Costa Rica, Tortuguero Tropical Moist to Wet Forest is accessible only by small plane or boat, along the famous Tortuguero Canals.  This system of rivers and man-made channels parallels the coast and cuts through beautiful primary forest.  One of the wettest regions in the country, it is also one of the areas with the greatest biological diversity. Most exploring is done by small boat in Tortuguero, although some hiking trails are available.   Tortuguero

Renowned naturalist Archie Carr did much of his work on sea turtles at Tortuguero and his “Casa Verde” research station is still situated here. In fact, Tortuguero gets it name from the Spanish word for turtle and is the most important nesting site in the entire western half of the Caribbean for the green turtle.  Other species of sea turtles that also nest on the wide beaches of the park and refuge are the leatherback and hawksbill. 

Day 3
Enjoy a jungle boat tour through the rain-forested waterways of Tortuguero National Park.  During the afternoon, experience the jungle from another angle, at the kayak tour. Overnight at Mawamba Lodge (or similar). All meals included.

Tortuguero National Park
Tortuguero is one of Costa Rica's most popular National Parks. It is a wilderness area with great biological variety. The wildlife is rich and diverse, with eleven different defined habitats. These include high rainforest, littoral woodland, slope forest, swamp forest, holillo forest, herbaceous swamp and herbaceous lagoon.  Mammals, birds and fish are numerous. The habitats for which Tortuguero National Park is most famous are the coastal and marine areas. Strong Caribbean currents have provided a long, straight 22 mile expanse of beach which is a favored nesting ground for sea turtles.  Hawksbill, loggerheads, and Pacific Green turtles nest from July through October. The Leatherback, the largest sea turtle species in the world, nests from February to July.

Day 4
Today you will head back west, and will be picked up at Siquirres for your ground transfer to Pacuare Lodge. Rest of the day at leisure to get familiar with the area.  Overnight at Pacuare Lodge (or similar). All meals included 

Pacuare River Area
A distant tropical rainforest lies hidden from the world, sheltered by ancient, skyward bound trees rising above the forest floor like a giant from another universe. Deep inside this forest is a rarely explored world of Nature’s wonder waiting to be discovered by a select few.  Pacuare river rafting

Amidst this natural and vividly impressive scenery, which Disney Studios can never duplicate, you’ll find a very special private and inviting Pacuare Lodge, an oasis of serenity seldom found on this planet. You will be staying near the remote and scenic waters that course through a wilderness of dense vegetation covering the sides of steep gorges that rise above the riverbanks. The thick undergrowth provides shelter for jaguars, ocelots, monkeys, sloth, and numerous other species of animals and birds.  

Day 5
You’ll wake up to bird song and the soothing sound of the river nearby. Then head over to the main lodge for a delicious breakfast of homemade bread, tropical fruits, yogurt, eggs, pancakes, cereal and juice and coffee. After breakfast you will depart by raft for a fun-filled day of white water rating excitement (approximately 3½ hours over class III-IV rapids), including a delicious picnic lunch along the river. At the river take-out you will have a chance to change at the Pacuare’s private facilities before being transferred to Turrialba area. Overnight at Guayabo Lodge (or similar). Meals: breakfast & lunch. 

Several cities developed and prospered as a result of the building of the railroad to the Caribbean; Turrialba is one of these, and its architectural, spatial and ethnic makeup is different from other towns. Declared a City of National Archeological Interest, this town is the entryway to the Costa Rican Caribbean.  

This piece of paradise will take you out of the Central Valley and into the lowlands of the Caribbean through a scenic road surrounded by sweeping valleys and rolling hills and the towering Turrialba volcano. It is the southeastern most Holocene volcano, a large vegetation-covered strato volcano located northeast of the Irazú Volcano. This colossus has been quiet since a series of explosive eruptions in the 19th century that were sometimes accompanied by pyrolastic flows. Fumarolic activity continues at the summit craters.

This area of Costa Rica is made up of fertile farmlands, stunning rustic scenery and bright green pastures blanketing the mountains. Turrialba’s principal activity is agriculture: here you can see large acreage's of coffee, sugar cane and macadamia nuts, as well as the only milk processing plants and cattle ranches that are allowed to produce the popular Costa Rican “Queso Turrialba”, their traditional cheese. The town has approximately 80,000 habitants 

Two universities are located here: the Tropical Agronomy Research and Learning Center (CATIE), of international influence, and the University of Costa Rica. Turrialba’s outskirts contain appealing rural communities such as Santa Cruz, where homemade Turrialba cheese is produced, La Suiza and Aquiares, as well as the rapids of the Reventazón and Pacuare rivers.

Also in Turrialba you will find Guayabo National Monument, which is considered Costa Rica's most important and fascinating archeological site; these ancient ruins remain virtually undiscovered by tourists. This only adds to its unique appeal, because even at the height of tourism season you can enjoy a serene self-guided tour and see more wildlife than people. 

Day 6
Fill your morning with pure adrenaline, experiencing the Canyoning tour.  The afternoon will be at leisure to rest or try an optional activity (at additional cost). Overnight at Guayabo Lodge (or similar). Meals: breakfast.

Canyoning has become very popular with extreme sport fans all over the world. This activity involves rappelling and descending cliffs and waterfalls within the canyon. The equipment for this activity - ropes, harnesses and carabiners - are the same tools that are used in rock-climbing. The canyon that you will explore in this Canyoning tour is located in the Puente Vigas Canyon. The course guarantees you a memorable, safe, and thrilling day of Canyoning as we rappel down waterfalls, zip-line through the treetops, and enjoy the unique, natural beauty of this country. 

The Canyoning site is located in Calle Chirraca, a small, modest, yet lush place near the town of Turrialba, which is an hour and a half east of San José. You´ll begin the Canyoning tour with an introduction of the guides and the equipment to help you familiarize with the different uses of the equipment. The tour starts at the first waterfall where a guide will give a speech on safety.  

The guide will explain the course and the equipment making sure you know the necessary mechanisms and procedures for canyoning, ensuring you a safe and fun experience. After this, you are off...rappelling down four waterfalls, zip lining down four canopy cables, descending down two tall trees and walking across a 132 foot hanging bridge - all giving you an unforgettable adrenaline rush! This tour takes approximately 3 to 4 hours. It is important to bring extra clothes and shoes to change into at the end of the trip.

This tour is available for adults and children over 8 years old. No previous experience is necessary. Monkey

Day 7
Early this morning ground transportation will be provided to take you through scenic mountain roads to Arenal Volcano. Afternoon at leisure to get familiar with the surrounds. Overnight at Arenal Springs hotel (or similar). Meals: breakfast.

Arenal Volcano
Sitting just north of the Tilarán Mountains, is the most active volcano in the country and the frequent, loud booms can be heard as far away as Monteverde.  Arenal Volcano, a beautiful cone-shaped volcano rising out of flat surrounding plains. Dormant until 1968, when it erupted, Volcán Arenal still fumes and rumbles, blowing smoke, soot, lava, and burning rocks into the air and down the cinder cone. Surrounding the volcano is lush rainforest, farms and mountains. Cloud permitting; enjoy an evening viewing of Arenal Volcano.

Even in the daytime, it is a very special experience to see clouds of ash and smoke billowing into the sky, from Arenal's crater.  On clear nights, spectators are occasionally treated to a real natural fireworks display, when an eruption of lava and burning rocks explodes into the air and showers down the cinder cone.  Even when it's overcast, the rumblings, venting and molten lava glowing eerily through the clouds, make for stirring spectacle.

Day 8
During the morning, great views and lots of adrenaline will mixed in the Sky Tram and the Sky Trek canopy tour.  In the afternoon, you will have a guided walk at the Arenal Hanging Bridges.  Overnight at Arenal Springs hotel (or similar). Meals: breakfast.

Sky Tram – Sky Trek
It is located southeast of the Volcano past the turn off to the Observatory Lodge heading towards El Castillo. The aerial tram or cable car is one of the few operating in Costa Rica and the only one that elevates you to a platform offering a stunning view of the Volcano Arenal and lake. If sitting in a chair lift kind of gondola is not your thing there are also zip lines.

The Sky Tram is completely silent, allowing for possible nature sightings.  Guides give a short talk about the local ecosystem and answer any questions you may have.  If any animals are spotted, guides are able to stop the tram for as long as you like, allowing you to observe, take photographs and learn about the animals.

It is an ideal tour for people of all ages and suitable for those with disabilities since it has wheelchair access.  You can enjoy views of the forest, the lake and the Arenal volcano.  The descent from the platform can be by the Sky Tram or the Sky Trek (canopy tour), both of them depart and arrive at the front desk or the main building.  You can also take the long walk to the waterfall of the Arenal Reserve, which also ends at the main building

The Sky Trek (allowed for children from 8 years and up) is a system of cables that allows you to observe the rain forest and its landscape from many different views and positions while offering total security of its modern technology.  The trek has 4.5 miles of cables ranging from 99 to 660 feet in length and 66 to 660 feet above ground which offers panoramic view of the Arenal lake and the volcano. All of the platform anchors are concrete and supported by iron beams. The suspension bridges support four (4) time the floor weight. The suspension bridge cables are 1” steel and support 49 tons.

The zip line cables are 5/8 steel and support 17 tons. The Sky Trek pulleys were specially designed in hardened steel with two handles. They support 5.000 kilograms. It has 11 cables with lengths between 120 feet up 2310 feet and 60 feet height up to 480 feet. It is comprised of several walking trails through the forest. This is a tour through a system of zip line cables in the cloud forest canopy. It is safe and innovative. Together, the zip lines complete approximately 2 hours and 50 minutes.

Arenal Hanging Bridges
Arenal Hanging Bridges is one the most beautiful environmental friendly projects in Costa Rica. Located in front of the Arenal Volcano, within the corridor followed by birds migrating between North and South America, the trails and bridges of this project will bring you as close as you could ever hope to get to the birds, the flowers and the lush vegetation of the primary rainforest. Walk right into the forest, thanks to the imposing hanging bridges overlooking the canopy and our easy, safe, beautiful and easy to walk on trails with views of the Volcano.Visitor who love nature can enjoy 15 bridges from 5 to 100 meters long, friendly design along 3 km rain forest circuit of interpretive trails built with paving blocks to prevent slipping. 

The bridges are built of aluminum, galvanized steel and concrete, to ensure maximum security for their visitors. They were designed by structural engineers with the most demanding safety margins in the world. Guided by a naturalist, who through the natural history will open for you the doors of a fascinating and colorful Tropical Rain Forest world. The imposing vistas of the Volcano from the hanging bridges over the forest, make a perfect combination for an unforgettable experience.

Day 9
This morning, you will be transferred from Arenal to Monteverde. Please note that the transfer from Arenal to Monteverde is a combined land and boat transfer, which will give you the chance to not only cut some driving time, but to also enjoy the Arenal Lake and to have a different view of the volcano (approx. 2 ½ hours). Your afternoon is free to visit local craft shops, relax or try optional activity (at an additional cost). Overnight at Fonda Vela Hotel (or similar).  Meals: breakfast.

The Monteverde tourism zone is known around the world for its conservation efforts and lifestyle centered around respect for nature. The Quakers came to the Monteverde area in the fifties in the hopes of following their traditional way of life. They undertook agricultural and livestock activities, and eventually formed a dairy cooperative that has also benefited the area’s Costa Rican residents. The Quaker community built a school and shared education with Santa Elena’s Costa Ricans, thus enabling a bilingual culture that today is a strength in serving the nature-loving tourists who visit the area. 

Though it is true that few of the original colonists remain, a number of their customs and practices have been maintained, including Quaker Meetings, which involve varied commentaries and readings on world peace. With great vision, the Quakers protected the high zone of the Tilarán mountain range; today, it is one of the country’s most visited protected areas, where the beauty of the region’s flora and fauna may be enjoyed by all.

Santa Elena is the area’s main service center with various shops and tourism companies; other important towns are San Luis and San Gerardo. Though its main attraction is the Monteverde Biological Preserve, the region also features a variety of natural places, picturesque paths, flora- and fauna-watching opportunities, natural landscapes and more.

Day 10
Get an early start to best appreciate Monteverde Reserve, join one of the regularly scheduled guided walks. Afternoon free to relax. Overnight at Fonda Vela Hotel (or similar).  Meals: breakfast. 

Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve
Well-developed and easily negotiable trails access some of the most beautiful cloud forest, anywhere.  Often shrouded in cloud blown in from the Atlantic Ocean, the forests of Monteverde are laden with epiphytic growth such as mosses, lichens, ferns, bromeliads, orchids-even small trees!  Famous for its populations of Resplendent Quetzal, Monteverde has almost become synonymous with this legendary bird. 

Day 11
In the morning, private land transportation to Manuel Antonio National Park on the Pacific Coast. Spend the afternoon at the beach or at your hotel’s pool. Overnight at Parador Hotel (or similar). Meals: breakfast. 

Manuel Antonio area
The bustling town of Quepos is the starting point of shirt, scenic, hotel-and-restaurant-filled road leading to the three white-sand beaches of Manuel Antonio National Park.  Here you will find forests, exquisite scenery and guaranteed sightings of monkeys. Other wildlife have made this community a must stop.

Day 12
Early today you will be picked up at the hotel for the morning-guided walk at Manuel Antonio National Park which is deservedly the most popular park in Costa Rica. In the afternoon you can stay at the park on your own, return to your hotel or try an optional activity (at an additional cost). Overnight at Parador Hotel (or similar). Meals: breakfast.

Scenic Manuel Antonio National Park is a perfect combination of warm Pacific waters and rainforest that grows right down to the three white sand beaches. Nature trails take you along the beach strand and over a forested, rocky promontory.  This park, in the humid tropical zone, protects several habitats, including primary and secondary forest, mangroves, beach vegetation and marine resources.   Because of its relatively small size and isolation by surrounding ocean and plantations, it is probably one of the easiest places in Costa Rica to see wildlife, particularly sloths, coatimundi, agoutis, White-faced Monkeys and the tiny Squirrel Monkey.

There is no development inside the park but along the 7 kilometers (4 miles) of cliff top road leading to Manuel Antonio are dozens of small hotels surrounded by trees and lush tropical gardens. 

Day 13
Morning sailing experience with the Catamaran Coastal Adventure.  Free afternoon to enjoy the beach or try optional activities (at additional cost).  Overnight at Parador Hotel (or similar). Meals: breakfast.

Catamarán Coast Adventure
Discover our Manuel Antonio coastline the way Christopher Columbus traveled, and climb aboard one of Costa Rica’s fastest sailing experiences – the Catamaran Coastal Adventure. For the adventurous traveler, family or large group (private charters available), this tour is for those looking to enjoy life to its fullest.  Glide through crystal clear, aqua blue pacific waters, marvel at the unspoiled beaches of Manuel Antonio, explore the mysterious islands that lie just offshore our coast.  Where jagged rock formations and towering cliffs host numerous varieties of nesting marine birds and their young, you and your guests can usually watch spotted dolphins native to these warm coastal waters frolic and jump in your Catamaran’s wake as you pass giant sea turtles (so important to Costa Rica) and observe migrating humpback whales.  

After feasting your senses and enjoying the tranquility of sailing these pristine waters, our Catamaran glides into a beautiful, protected bay so you and your group can swim under the protected cover of our tropical jungle.  Snorkel along the coral reefs near the gentle coastline, and let your bilingual guides and naturalists help you discover our fascinating underwater domain, or rather, our underwater Costa Rican playground of tropical fish and exotic marine life.  But don’t worry, this adventure has its “perks” too – and it’s not all work and no play.  As you frolic and enjoy the secluded bay and romantic scenery, your crew will prepare a savory meal (lunch or dinner depending upon the time of your departure) of fresh local produce, great bocas, tropical fruits, and a terrific selection of refreshments.  

Day 14
During the day, transportation will be provided to the local airport for the domestic flight back to San José (25 lbs luggage limit). Upon arrival, transfer to the hotel for a last evening to relax in the Tropics. Overnight at Bougainvillea Hotel (or similar). Meals: breakfast. 
Day 15
Transfer to Juan Santamaría International Airport, where you will board your flight home. End of our services.  Meals not included.

Price per person based on Double occupancy USD $2360.00

Price Includes:

  • Private transfers airport/hotel/airport for international and local flights.
  • 2 Nights at Bougainvillea Hotel in Standard, Mountain View room
  • 2 Nights in Tortuguero at Mawamba Lodge in Standard room, includes land and boat pre-schedule transportation, entrance fee and boat tour through Tortuguero National Park canals w-local guides, kayak tour with guide and all meals.
  • 1 Night at Pacuare Lodge in River View room, includes rafting tour with rafting equipment and local guide and all meals.
  • Private transfer from Siquirres (drop off point of Pacuare) to Turrialba. With driver only.
  • 2 Nights at Guayabo Lodge in Standard room. Includes continental breakfast.
  • Pre-scheduled (non-private) Canyoning tour. Includes round trip transfers, canyoning equipment and local guides.
  • Private transfer from Turrialba to Arenal with driver only.
  • 2 Nights at Arenal Springs Hotel in Junior Suite, includes breakfast.
  • Pre-scheduled (non-private) Sky Tram & Sky Trek tour. Includes round trip transfers, entrance fee, canopy equipment and local guides.
  • Pre-scheduled (non-private) guided tour at the Arenal Hanging Bridges. Includes round trip transfers, entrance fee and local guide.
  • One way private ground and boat transportation through Arenal lake from Arenal to Monteverde. (With driver only).
  • 2 Nights at Fonda Vela Hotel in Standard room, includes breakfast.
  • Pre-scheduled (non-private) half-day walk at the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve, includes: round trip transportation, entrance fee and local bilingual guide
  • Private transfer from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio with driver only.
  • 3 Nights in Manuel Antonio at El Parador hotel in Jungle room, includes breakfast.
  • Pre-scheduled (non-private) half-day visit to Manuel Antonio National Park, includes entrance fee, local bilingual guide, snacks.
  • Pre-scheduled (non-private) Catamaran Coastal Adventures. Includes round trip transfers and local guides.
  • One-way domestic flight from Quepos area to San José.
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  • Optional activities and entrance fees not specified.
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