Highlights of Costa Rica

8 Day Tour

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OVERVIEW

Visit the most well known highlights of Costa Rica, including Tortuguero, Arenal and Monteverde cloud-forest.

This is a fabulous holiday to discover the key highlights of Costa Rica as well as being able to have a few days relaxing along the coast.

Your trip begins by flying to the country's capital, San Jose, for a night before travelling to La Fortuna where you will have a few days to explore the area around the country's most famous active volcano, Arenal before travelling by boat and road to experience the wonders of the Costa Rican cloud-forest. Finally move on to Tortuguero National Park travelling its many canals by motor-boat to spot wildlife in the jungle, before returning to San Jose.

DAY 1 - ARRIVAL TO SAN JOSÉ

Upon arrival you will be met by your driver for a transfer to your hotel. Remainder of the day at leisure.

DAY 2 - SAN JOSÉ – POÁS VOLCANO – LA FORTUNA – ARENAL VOLCANO

This morning drive to Poás Volcano, where you visit the main crater, one of the largest craters in the world. Take a walk through beautiful vegetation and visit a side crater. Cross the central mountain range, driving through coffee plantations to the north of the country reaching the Caribbean lowlands and the village of La Fortuna in the afternoon. Later today, drive to Ecotermales La Fortuna and enjoy the hot water and the lush vegetation. The hot springs also offer a bar and dinner will be served at the restaurant. (B/D)

DAY 3 - LA FORTUNA – LAVA FIELD HIKE – ECOCENTRO DANAUS – LA QUINTA DE SARAPIQUÍ

Start today with a short walk in the Arenal Volcano National Park. From here you can see the impressive power of a volcano, but also enjoy a beautiful view over the lake Arenal and the surrounding soft hills. Continue to Ecocentro Danaus, where you will see a butterfly garden, many local plants and a garden full of medical plants. Drive via Muelle and Aguas Zarcas through huge fruit plantations. Oranges, coconut, yucca, macadamia nuts, papaya and pineapple are mainly cultivated here. On checking into the Eco La Quinta de Sarapiquí Lodge, a small, cozy and clean country hotel near Puerto Viejo de Sarapiquí take a walk through the wide gardens of the lodge. You will probably see some small red poison frogs on the way to the yucca, palmito and sugar cane plantations. (B)

DAY 4 - LA QUINTA DE SARAPIQUI

A leisurely day where you will visit a local school, a pineapple plantation, take a rainforest walk and with a bit of luck see, monkeys, sloths, coatis and many different species of birds. Lastly visit a cacao plantation and learn everything about chocolate. (B)

DAY 5 - LA QUINTA – GUÁPILES - TORTUGUERO

After a quick coffee, continue your journey via Horquetas to Guápiles, where we reach the main road connecting San José with Limón. Here, stop for a typical costarrican breakfast, before continuing to Matina/Caño Blanco, famous for banana production. Near Matina continue by boat and cruise on rivers and channels through beautiful vegetation to Tortuguero. Check-in at a comfortable lodge and late lunch.
This afternoon wildlife excursions with your lodge around Tortuguero. This evening if you are lucky you will have the opportunity to witness the Green sea turtles nesting on the beach (between July-Sept only). (B/L/D)

DAY 6 - TORTUGUERO NATIONAL PARK

Full day exploring the canals of Tortuguero in search of caimans, tropical water-birds, howler and capuchins monkeys. (B/L/D)

DAY 7 - TORTUGUERO - SAN JOSÉ

Shared transfer back to San Jose arriving around 5pm. Overnight in San Jose. (B/L)

DAY 8 - SAN JOSE DEPARTURE

At leisure until your departure flight. (B)

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There are a number of factors which will influence the price of your travel arrangements, including the season, category of hotels chosen and any additional services added to the basic holiday.

Our Highlights of Costa Rica Holiday is a tailor make journey for 8 days.

Includes 3 nights San Jose, 1 night La Fortuna, 2 nights La Quinta de Sarapiqui, 2 nights Tortuguero National Park, including breakfasts. Includes transfers, touring and sightseeing excursions.

Value for money

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Highlights of Costa Rica - 8 Days
Visit the most well known highlights of Costa Rica, including Tortuguero, Arenal and Monteverde cloud-forest.