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Costa Rica Its Beaches and National Parks - 15 Nights / 16 Days

Day 1:

 

SAN JOSE.
Arrival at the airport and transfer to hotel in San Jose.

 

Day 2:

 

SAN JOSE - POAS VOLCANO - SAN JOSE
Departure from San Jose at 08.00 a.m. heading to the active Poás Volcano, located in the middle of various agricultural plantations, in which those of coffee stand by.  A walk surrounding crater and the lagoon, a secondary crater. Then visit the largest art and crafts area in the country, Sarchi, the cradle of the Costa Rica handcraft, where there's time for lunch and shopping. Return to hotel or accommodation.

Day 3:

 

SAN JOSE – TORTUGUERO.
Early departure to Caño Blanco, the pier where you take the boat to the Tortuguero National park. En route we cross the famous Braulio Carrillo National Park, second largest in Costa Rica. A combination of three kinds of forests: rainy, humid and cloudy. At the end of the Braulio Carrillo we stop for breakfast. Then we continue to the pier to navigate on the canals and rivers until getting up to the lodge in the park. After lunch, departure to visit the typical village of Tortuguero and the Corporation for Turtle Conservation located in the village. Later we return to the lodge to enjoy the facilities of the property. Overnight at Pachira Lodge.

 

Day 4:

 

TORTUGUERO.
The adventure continues, this time by boat visiting secondary channels and creeks of the park. Great chance to see crocodiles and other reptiles, as well as 3 species of monkeys and other mammals, and a large number of species of birds among these the famous Toucan. Return to the lodge for lunch. In the afternoon you can visit on your own property trails or just relax taking advantage of the comfortable facilities of the lodge. At night, if in season (July to September) can hire by your own the famous night tour to see the nesting turtles. Overnight at Pachira Lodge.
Day 5:

 

TORTUGUERO - PUERTO VIEJO (CARIBBEAN SEA).
After breakfast, departure to Caño Blanco dock, which is reached after an hour and a quarter, the we board the bus towards the Caribbean Dish restaurant in Siquirres.    After lunch, board Interbus heading to the Caribbean region.  Overnight at Villas del Caribe or similar.

 

Day 6:

 

PUERTO VIEJO (Snorkeling and Walk at Cahuita National Park).
Breakfast. Today, you will have an unforgettable experience snorkeling at reef corals gardens.  Navigating in a boat with a glass floor   which will permit you to see in the   depth of the sea while sailing.   The Cahuita National Park which is considered one exceptional place in the world because of the abundance of living ecosystems that there are   per each square meter. The tour includes a walk on trails of the park.  Lunch is included.  Rest of the day; enjoy the white sanded beaches in the surrounding areas.  Overnight at Villas del Caribe or similar.

Day 7:

 

PUERTO VIEJO – ARENAL.
After breakfast, departure with Interbus to the Arenal volcano area.   This day optionally you can visit, on your own, one of the Thermal resorts in the area for a refreshing and healthy bath.  Overnight at the Volcano lodge hotel.

 

Day 8:

 

ARENAL.
Breakfast at the hotel, free day to hire on your own any of the daily tours available in the area:  Suspended Bridges, Canopy, Caño Negro Wetlands, Arenal Volcano National park among others. Overnight at the Volcano Lodge or similar.
Day 9:

 

ARENAL – MONTEVERDE.
Breakfast at the hotel and early departure to Monteverde located in the most famous cloud forest in the country. Monteverde was founded by Quakers in the middle of the past century. The rest of the day you may want to explore this small town full of attractions; Overnight at the Monteverde Mountain hotel.

 

Day 10:

 

MONTEVERDE.

Breakfast at the hotel, off day. Lodging

Today you can choose one of our optional tours such as the Monteverde Biological Reserve. This Reserve has 400 identified species of birds including the famous Quetzal bird. In the afternoon you can choose an optional tour to the Butterfly Farm and the Hummingbird gardens or you can rent a horse for a horseback ride to get acquainted with the village.  Overnight at the Monteverde Mountain hotel.

Day 11:.

 

MONTEVERDE - RINCÓN DE LA VIEJA.
After breakfast, transfer to the area of Rincon de la Vieja. A world full of incredible experiences, where you can optionally perform on your own  activities such as Canyon adventure, hiking to the waterfalls. You also may want to visit the National Park Rincon de la Vieja, the best example of dry forest flora and fauna in Costa Rica. Overnight at Hacienda Guachipelin or similar.

 

Day 12:

 

RINCÓN DE LA VIEJA.
After breakfast, free day. Today you can choose to hire on your own, a visit the thermal water resort and bath with medicinal mud located in the area. Or take a horseback ride around the property, or visit the National park, among other activities available in the area. Overnight at Hacienda Guachipelin or similar.
Day 13:

 

RINCÓN DE LA VIEJA - PLAYA FLAMINGO.
Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to Playa Flamingo or Penca Beach. Rest of the day free to enjoy the beach.   Overnight at Flamingo Marina or Flor del Pacifico hotel.

 

Day 14:

 

PLAYA FLAMINGO.
Breakfast at the hotel. Free day to choose your own adventure,  many water sport activities available in the area. Overnight at Flamingo Marina hotel or at Flor del Pacifico hotel.
Day 15:

 

PLAYA FLAMINGO - SAN JOSE.
After breakfast at the hotel, departures to San Jose. Overnight at Villas Tournon hotel

 

Day 16:

 

TRASLADO AL AEROPUERTO.

At the convenient time, after breakfast, transfers to the airport to board your plane back home.

Hotels (Economic category):
  • San José: Rosa del Paseo or similar
  • Tortuguero: Pachira Lodge or similar
  • Puerto Viejo: Escape Caribeño or similar
  • Arenal: Catarata Eco Lodge or similar
  • Monteverde: Cipreses or similar
  • Rincón de la Vieja: Hacienda Guachipelin or similar
  • Puerto Viejo: Escape Caribeño or similar
  • Playa Penca: Flor del Pacífico or similar
  • Manuel Antonio: Velabar or similar
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    Prices per person:

     

    Low Season ( May 01 / November 30th, 2013):
    Rates
    Double Triple Single Supplementary
    Standard room $--- $--- $---
    High Season ( January 6 / April 30th, 2013)
    Rates
    Double Triple Single Supplementary
    Standard room $--- $--- $---
    Includes:

    - 15 hotel nights (Economic category)
    - 3 days 2 nights, full meals, guides tours, ground and aquatic transfers in Tortuguero 3,4 y 5
    - One full day guided tour to Poas Volcano, including lunch
    - Snorkeling and hiking tour in Cahuita National park, including lunch
    - Daily breakfast, during the whole itinerary.
    - Welcome at the airport by the travel agency representative and documents delivery.
    - Transfer from the airport and vice verse

    Hotels (Superior category):
  • San José: Days Inn or similar
  • Tortuguero: Pachira Lodge or similar
  • Arenal: Arenal Volcano Lodge or similar
  • Manuel Antonio: Karahe or similar
  • Puerto Viejo: Villas del Caribe or similar
  • Monteverde: El Heliconia o similar
  • Rincón de la Vieja: Hacienda Guachipelin or similar
  • Playa Flamingo: Flamingo Marina or similar
  •  

    Prices per person:

     

    Low Season ( May 01 / November 30th, 2013):
    Rates
    Double Triple Single Supplementary
    Standard room $--- $--- $---
    High Season ( January 6 / April 30th, 2013)
    Rates
    Double Triple Single Supplementary
    Standard room $---- $---- $----
    Includes:

    - 15 hotel nights (Economic category)
    - 3 days 2 nights, full meals, guides tours, ground and aquatic transfers in Tortuguero 3,4 y 5
    - One full day guided tour to Poas Volcano, including lunch
    - Snorkeling and hiking tour in Cahuita National park, including lunch
    - Daily breakfast, during the whole itinerary.
    - Welcome at the airport by the travel agency representative and documents delivery.
    - Transfer from the airport and vice verse

     

    Notes:

    - Rates include only the services mentioned in this itinerary.
    - All transportations, with the exception of Tortuguero, are done with Intershuttle