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Day 1: Arrival
Meet and greet at Juan Santamaría International airport and transfer to your hotel in San Jose.
Day 2: San José – Tortuguero
Early pick up from your hotel. Admire the biodiversity of an astonishing protected area in Costa Rica as the bus drives through Braulio Carrillo National Park. Stop on route to have a delicious typical breakfast. Be a special guest in a banana processing and packing plant and learn more about one of Costa Rica’s prime product (subject to availability). Board a comfortable boat upon arrival to Caño Blanco pier and let this extraordinary exotic paradise enchant you, as you travel along the Tortuguero canals. Enjoy a refreshing cocktail and a delicious lunch as you arrive to the lodge. After lunch, visit to the picturesque town, the green turtle museum and the beach area. Dinner will be served at 7 p.m.
From July to September
Optional night tour (not included in the package) to observe the turtle nesting.
Day 3: Tortuguero
After breakfast, guided walking tour through the trails. Free time before lunch. In the afternoon, visit to Tortuguero National Park exploring the canals in small, open boats to allow a better visibility. Free time before dinner is served. Dinner included.
Day 4: Tortuguero – Arenal
After breakfast, shared boat transfer back to Caño Blanco and then shared ground transfer to Siquirres where you will take a shuttle bus to Arenal/La Fortuna. Lunch is included along the way.
Day 5: Arenal
Breakfast in the hotel. Morning at leisure. In the afternoon, take a shared tour to Arenal Volcano, at 5437 feet: It stands imposing over the pastured green hillsides that surround its base. There are five different springs in the property, with temperatures ranging from 25 degrees Celsius (77 degrees Fahrenheit) to 50 degrees Celsius (122 degrees Fahrenheit). We continue with a visit to Tabacón Hot Springs. Dinner is included.
It includes: Entrance fee, dinner, guide and transfers
Day 6: Arenal – Manuel Antonio
Breakfast at the hotel. Take a shared ground transfer (by shuttle bus) from Arenal to Manuel Antonio. The Central Pacific Coast has the closest beaches to the capital city. Among the most popular are Herradura, Jaco, Dominical and the ones at Manuel Antonio National Park. They enjoy the characteristics of a very hot and humid climate, with a season of brilliant sunshine from December through the end of April and warm waters all year long.
Day 7: Manuel Antonio
Breakfast in the hotel. Morning shared tour to Manuel Antonio National Park. Watch sloths and monkeys moving through the tree canopy, hunt for nocturnal silky anteaters, surprise iguanas resting on a tree and listen to the songs of the various birds. And if you are lucky, you might spot one of the 1,000 remaining endangered Mono Titi or squirrel monkey that live in Manuel Antonio National Park biological corridor. If you like, you can hike additionally through the trails and enjoy unspoiled, un-crowded, pristine beaches after or you can stay at the beach for a relaxing afternoon once the tour is over.
It includes: Transfers, bilingual naturalist guide, entrance fee, snacks and natural drinks
Optional suggested tours (not included):
1.Ocean Kayaking and Snorkeling in Manuel Antonio
A challenging open ocean paddle along one of the most beautiful coastline in Costa Rica and nearby islands where birds such as boobies and frigates are nesting. The adventure begins in Nahomi Cove, in the town of Quepos, and winds along the Manuel Antonio coastline to reach Biezans Bay, a nice and isolated beach. Stop for a refreshing swim and a delicious snack. You can also try snorkeling to observe three small but growing, active, and astounding coral reef systems nestled very close to the shore or just relax and enjoy the tranquility of a secluded white sand beach. Continue paddling towards Manuel Antonio National Park and wonder at the nearby islands to observe seabirds and local marine life. Departure times: 8:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.
Includes: Transfers, bilingual naturalist guide, kayaks and all equipment needed, a meal, snacks and natural drinks.
* Children under 10 must paddle in a double kayak with an adult.
* Single or double open-seat kayaks available
* Minimum age: 6 years old.
2.Whales and Dolphins in Marino Ballena National Park
The humpback whales regularly pass through Costa Ballena’s Pacific Ocean between mid July and late October, and again from Mid December through late March as they migrate to and from feeding and mating grounds.
This is one of the best option to see the most of the Marino Ballena National Park. This boat tour departs from Punta Uvita Beach and visits the famous Punta Uvita Whale Tale, Ballena Island, Tres Hermanas Islets and Ventana Sea Caves. During the tour, we will search for Humpback and Pilot Whales as well as for the three different species of resident dolphins. When granted the opportunity, you might see and hear the Humpback Whales and observe the acrobatic displays of the dolphins. We also visit the coral and rock reefs to snorkel and observe the wonderful marine wildlife. While cruising in the boat, enjoy the scenic beauty of the coastline of Costa Ballena; observe the diversity of pelagic birds in the Islets and the amazing caverns of Ventanas Beach (if conditions permit, the captain will navigate the boat through these wonderful natural water passages to give you a spectacular view!)
Duration: 3h30 hours + transfer time from Manuel Antonio
Tour Includes: Bilingual naturalist guide, Bottled water, box with tropical fruits, entrance fee to the park, snorkelling equipment.
Please note: Snorkelling is only available during the dry season, from late November to June.
Day 8: Manuel Antonio – San José
Breakfast in the hotel. At noon, take a shared ground transfer (by shuttle bus) from Manuel Antonio to San Jose.
Day 9: Departure
Breakfast. Private transfer to Juan Santamaría International airport. Check in at airline counter must be done three hours prior to flight departure.
Important notes about Tortuguero:
– Three-day package includes three different tours: visit to Tortuguero town and the Green Turtle Information Center on Day 1 and a guided walk on the private trails of the lodge and the guided visit to Tortuguero National Park on Day 2.
– The order and logistics of the itinerary may change depending on weather conditions.
– Alcoholic beverages, sodas or bottled water are not included
– We recommend using dark color clothes when taking the night tour during the nesting season.
– Luggage is limited to 25 pounds (12 Kg) per person.
* Private arrival transfers with English speaking assistance
* Daily breakfast
* All meals while in Tortuguero
* 2 nights at Best Western Irazu Hotel in San Jose
* 2 nights at Pachira Lodge Hotel in Tortuguero
* 2 nights at Arenal Paraiso Hotel in Arenal
* 2 nights at Parador Hotel in Manuel Antonio
* All ground shared transfers within Costa Rica
* Shared walking tour to Tortuguero village
* Shared boat tour to Tortuguero National Park – entrance fee included
* Shared tour to Arenal Volcano and Tabacon Hot springs – dinner included
* Shared tour to Manuel Antonio National Park – entrance fee included
* Lodging Taxes
* Air tickets to/from Costa Rica
* Departure tax (US$29 per person)
* Optional tours
* Alcoholic beverages
* Personal expenses