Duration

  • 9 Days

Price

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$5,895
Single
$7,095

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NEW! Costa Rica

Costa Rica is green! Macaws fly over coco palms, flowers bloom beside black lagoons, lava fields bake next to pineapple plantations, and green turtles lay eggs on coastal beaches. In mountainous Braulio Carrillo National Park, canyons direct rivers through primary forests that hold the greatest diversity of fauna and avifauna in the country. Cruise the Tortuguero Canals—with a cocktail in hand—listening to the jungle thrum of jaguars, frogs, howler monkeys, and over 400 species of birds. Soak in the mineral salt hot springs of Arenal. At the hotel, international chefs serve gourmet fusion, and the suites face the dormant volcano for red hot views. Monteverde is a go-to ecotourism locale. 50% of Costa Rica’s flora and fauna exists in this paradise, including 50 different species of butterflies. Zipline above the canopy or walk the elevated walkways. A floating safari through Cano Negro is a great way to spot white-faced monkeys, caimans, iguanas, and three-toed sloths. If you’re lucky, you may even spot an endangered Jabiru, the largest bird in Central America. Before we fly out, we’ll gather for a traditional Costa Rican dinner and dance show in San Jose. Raise a glass of Sangre du Bruja (witches brew—it’s yummy!) and say, “Hasta Luego, Costa Rica!”

 

TORTUGUERO NATIONAL PARK

Floating down a jungle canal at dawn is enchanting. Listen to the chirps and trills of exotic birds just as the Caribbean sun splits the dense layers of green. Tortuguero (turtle catcher) National Park is an alluvial plain that touches the coast. Its rich biodiversity spans 11 unique habitats that grow over 2200 plant species and protect an exceptional variety of wildlife. Vegetation changes from sea grape, palms, and cocoplum bordering the sand to mangrove, passionfruit, water jacinth, and ferns growing on the flooded marshland. Nature lovers navigating the extensive network of freshwater creeks and swampy lagoons may spot manatee, river otters, ocelot (wild cat), monkeys, sloth, jaguar, and tapir (the largest jungle animal in the Americas). Tortuguero Park is also home to leatherback, hawksbill, and endangered green sea turtles that come to lay their eggs between March and October. If the timing is right, a night walk on the beach with a naturalist will bring us up close to these nesting turtles—one of the few places you can spot them in the wild

Travel Alliance Partners

  • Braulio Carrillo National Park
  • Visit a Banana Processing Plant
  • Cruise the Tortuguero Canals
  • Cruise through Tortuguero National Park
  • Arenal Volcano
  • Cano Negro Wildlife Refuge
  • Cruise on Arenal Lake
  • Canopy Walk or Zip Line Tour of Cloud Forest and Butterfly Gardens visit
  • Costa Rican Dance Show

Return flight from Toronto, airport transfers in Costa Rica, motorcoach transportation 8 nights accommodation, 8 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 8 dinners, all highlights listed, English speaking tour manager, Connections Program and all taxes.

Note: Does not include $29.00 departure tax

 

  • Casa Conde Hotel, San Jose (1)
  • Pachira Lodge, Tortuguero (2)
  • Arenal Spring Hotel, Arenal (2)
  • Fonda Vela Hotel, Monte Verde (2)
  • Casa Conde Hotel, San Jose (1)

Costa Rica Map

Day1

San Jose, CR 

Fly into Juan Santamaria airport. Your tour director will take you to the Casa Conde hotel for dinner and an overnight stay.

Stay: Casa Conde Hotel, San Jose
Nights: 1

 

Day2

Tortuguero

An early morning departure and a delicious Costa Rican breakfast en route to Braulio Carillo National Park. Covering 50,000 hectares, Braulio Carrillo is the country’s steepest geographical region and one of the largest protected areas in Costa Rica. Dense, high-altitude primary forests drape tall mountains that drop down to tropical rainforest, canyons, and rivers. It is a beautiful area of rich biodiversity, cataloguing 600 identified species of trees, over 530 species of birds, and 135 species of mammals. 
Onward to Caño Blanco, stopping at a banana processing plant on the way to Tortuguero Park. Board a boat and cruise the Tortuguero Canals. We’ll arrive at pristine Pachira Lodge for lunch and a refreshing cocktail.

Stay: Pachira Lodge, Tortuguero 
Nights:
2
Meals:
B, L, D

Day3

Tortuguero

See the beauty and biological variety of Tortuguero up close at the break of dawn. Journey by water down the canals as the rainforest wakes up. Breakfast at Pachira Lodge is followed by time to explore the facilities and trails around Pachira. When night falls, if the timing is right, a walk on the beach with a naturalist lets us see nesting turtles. Tortuguero’s beach is home to leatherback, hawksbill, and green sea turtles that come to lay their eggs between March and October. These animals are endangered and visiting this area during nesting season is one of the few places you can spot them in the wild.

Optional night tour: If conditions are favorable, a night walk on the beach with a naturalist to see the Green Turtles nesting.

Day4

Tortuguero to Arenal

We’ll travel to Arenal today, starting with breakfast at Pachira Lodge, and a boat ride to Caño Blanco. Private transportation meets us at the dock. We’ll travel through Nueva Virginia town, stopping to taste authentic Costa Rican bread in a small bakery owned by three women. Lunch en route to Arenal Springs Resort.
Arenal’s dormant volcano is surrounded by lava fields, hot springs, wild rivers, black lagoons, tropical jungle replete with Macaws, and stunning Arenal Lake. Across the Northern Lowlands that stretch south of Nicaragua, the humid plains grow banana, pineapple, and sugarcane on historical fincas (farms). 

Stay: Arenal Spring Hotel, Arenal
Nights:
Meals:
B, L, D

Day5

Arenal 

A floating safari through the rainforest and pastures of Cano Negro, one of the most biologically diverse regions of Costa Rica, is a great way to spend 4 hours. Here, you’ll spot Howler, Spider, and white-faced monkeys. Look for alligators, caimans, the Jesus Christ lizard, turtles, iguanas, and three-toed sloths. If you’re lucky, you may even spot an endangered Jabiru, the largest bird in Central America. Lunch is included on the tour. In the afternoon, explore the Arenal Springs Resort. The hot springs of Arenal Springs are 100% natural and rich in mineral salts and ions. International chefs serve gourmet fusion, and suites face the volcano for red hot views. Dinner is included.

Meals: B, L, D

Day6

Arenal to Monteverde

Cruise Arenal Lake on the way to Monteverde. This is a spectacular scenic route from La Fortuna Arenal volcanic area to the Monteverde region. Monteverde is located in the Cordillera de Tilarán mountain range and it a go-to eco-tourism locale. We’ll stay in the Fonda Vela for two nights, a lovely and long-standing lodge. Lunch is on your own. Dinner at the hotel.

Stay: Fonda Vela Hotel, Monteverde 
Nights:
2
Meals:
B, D

Day7

Monteverde Cloud Forest

Today, you’re in for a Cloud Forest Canopy adventure. 50% of the flora and fauna of Costa Rica is in this paradise, including 50 different species of butterflies. Zipline above the canopy, or walk under it on elevated walkways. Lunch is included. Return to the hotel and relax for the rest of the day. Dinner tonight is at a local restaurant.

Meals: B, L, D

Day8

Monteverde to San Jose

Breakfast at the hotel followed by a leisurely morning in Monteverde. Lunch on your own and then we’ll transfer to San Jose. We’ll gather for a traditional Costa Rican dinner in San Jose with magnificent views of the Central Valley. Raise a glass of La Bruja Dulce (high-quality rum and liqueurs). The cocktail balances sweet citrus and spice and is a fitting way to say farewell to Costa Rica’s tropical paradise. Hasta Luego!

Stay: Casa Conde Hotel
Nights: 1
Meals: B, D

Day9

Flight Home

Transfer to the Juan Santamaria International Airport after breakfast for your return flight home.

Meals: B

 

Travellers could be required to walk on uneven surfaces regularly, and the day could be busy with activities from morning until evening. Any daytime rest is taken while travelling on the motorcoach from one attraction to another. There may also be a number of one-night stays that necessitate the need to pack up each morning. Many of our overseas tours fall into this category.

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