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SAN JOSÉ / TORTUGUERO / PACUARE / ARENAL / BAGACES / GUANACASTE BEACH

 

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  • 13 Days / 12 Nights
  • Tortuguero National Park
  • Pacuare River
  • Arenal Volcano National Park & Thermal Hot Springs
  • Canyon Adventure at Rio Perdido and Thermal Pools
  • Palo Verde Nationalpark
  • Playa Hermosa Beach in Guanacaste

 


This holiday offers you chances to explore the rich diversity of Costa Rica’s wildlife and indulge your penchant for adventure to the full, as you fly and swing thru the forest and the ziplines, enjoy the thrills of white water rafting, hike in the foothills of a volcano and go kayaking in the ocean. This is a full-on active and adventure holiday, making the very best of your time in this fascinating venture land.


DAY 1  ARRIVE SAN JOSÉ

Welcome to San Jose! Your journey begins with a warm greeting at the airport from a local representative and a transfer to your hotel.
Overnight at Hotel Grano de Oro.
No meals


DAY 2 SAN JOSÉ – TORTUGUERO

Today you will get an early start in heading towards the Northern Caribbean’s lowlands. In the first part of the trip you will admire beautiful evergreen mountains and beautiful landscapes of the Braulio Carrillo National Park. Once on the Caribbean side you will continue by boat to the Tortuguero National Park. A scenic one and half hour boat ride will take you through the canals sheltered in the jungle of the rainforest. In the afternoon you will visit the village of Tortuguero, where you will learn the lifestyle of local residents and the significant conservation efforts that some NGOs (non-governmental organizations) have developed to protect sea turtles that come to spawn each year along the 22 miles of protected coastline.
Overnight at Evergreen Lodge.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.


DAY 3  TORTUGUERO

Tortuguero is a great destination for ecotourism lovers. During this day and depending on the weather conditions, you can enjoy a guided hike through the jungle where you will learn how the different animals, insects and birds interact with forest plants. Explore the secondary canals of this paradisiacal place, where you can see different species of mammals, birds and reptiles. Tortuguero offers a full contact with Mother Nature.
Overnight at Evergreen Lodge.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner


 DAY 4 TORTUGUERO – PACUARE RIVER

You’ll have breakfast at the lodge before beginning the journey south to Pacuare Lodge, enjoying lunch on route. You’ll travel through dense jungle and along the banks of the Pacuare River, where you’ll climb into a hanging gondola to cross the water – quite an adventure! It’s then just a 300 meters hike to the lodge, where staff will welcome you with a refreshing drink. You’ll have the afternoon free to rest on your terrace.
Overnight at Pacuare Lodge.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner


DAY 5 PACUARE RIVER

Today you can explore the surroundings of the Pacuare River (Excursions available at extra cost). Resplendent with tropical birds, butterflies, exotic plants and animals, this truly stunning natural paradise provides a one-of-a-kind setting for photographs or videos. For hearty hikers, there is an optional four to five hours hike into the Rainforest Mountains.
Overnight at Pacuare Lodge.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner


DAY 6 PACUARE RIVER –  ARENAL VOLCANO

After breakfast you’ll embark on your next adventure, the white water rafting. The next 3-4 hours are action packed, speeding along the river through class III-IV rapids, stopping along the way for a picnic lunch. Concluding the river adventure, you will be transferred to Arenal Volcano Area.
Overnight at Arenal Springs.
Meals: Breakfast & Lunch


 DAY 7 ARENAL VOLCANO

You can have an easy morning, maybe enjoying a lie-in and late breakfast. In the afternoon you’ll enjoy a guided hike at the base of Arenal. The trail leads through lush forest and across a lava flow that destroyed much of the area in 1968. The thermal hot springs offer a chance for a healthy soak, just the ticket to ease your muscles after the walk.
Overnight at Arenal Springs.
Meals: Breakfast & Dinner


 DAY 8 ARENAL VOLCANO – BAGACES MOUNTAINS

Today you will leave Arenal behind you and you will continue to Rio Perdido Lodge, dramatically perched above two converging rivers. This afternoon you’ll have a chance to follow walking trails in the forest, visit the thermal mineral pools or relax with a massage at the spa. Tonight you can opt to take a guided walk to the thermal river before returning to your cosy bungalow.
Overnight at Rio Perdido Lodge.
Meals: Breakfast


DAY 9 BAGACES MOUNTAINS

Today it’s your chance to take the canyon adventure with its mix of wall-mounted platforms, ladders or via ferratas, Tarzan and pendulum swings and zip lines. It’s high octane adventure, guaranteed to set the pulse racing. You’ll also have time to enjoy the thermal pools, hot springs and relaxation decks.
Overnight at Rio Perdido Lodge.
Meals: Breakfast


 DAY 10 BAGACES MOUNTAINS –  HERMOSA BEACH, GUANACASTE

Your journey across Costa Rica continues as you reach the Pacific coast. Hotel Bosque del Mar is on Playa Hermosa in the Gulf of Papagayo. Take time to settle in to your suite as you’ll spend the next 3 nights here. Sit back on the terrace watching monkeys in the trees, refresh yourself with a swim in the pool or enjoy a reviving treatment at the spa.
Overnight at Playa Hermosa Bosque del Mar.
Meals: Breakfast


DAY 11 HERMOSA BEACH, GUANACASTE

Today you’ll have a boat ride through Palo Verde National Park. With 12 different habitats including mangrove, lagoon, grassland, marsh and swamp, this is an area rich in wildlife where there are good chances of seeing howler and white-faced monkeys, crocodiles, reptiles and many birds such as storks, egrets, spoonbills, toucans and macaws. After lunch, visit Liberia, known as the White City and enjoy the opportunity to appreciate the daily life of the people from this picturesque place and its history. Additionally, you will enjoy a pottery artisan demonstration and will learn a little bit about coffee toasting.
Overnight at Playa Hermosa Bosque del Mar.
Meals: Breakfast & Lunch


 DAY 12 HERMOSA BEACH, GUANACASTE

Day free for you to choose how to spend your time. You might want to take a break from the action, soak up some sun and enjoy a day lazing by the pool or on the beach. Alternatively, you can opt for action, with activities such as snorkeling, kayaking, paddle boarding and horseback riding.
Overnight at Playa Hermosa Bosque del Mar.
Meals: Breakfast


DAY 12 HERMOSA BEACH, GUANACASTE – INT’L Airport

Following breakfast by the beach you’ll be transferred to the airport in Liberia or San Jose to connect with your onward flight. (Depending on your flight time an additional night in San Jose must be added)
Meals: Breakfast



HOTELS DETAILS:

Grano de Oro (San José):
Category: Boutique
Type of Room: Deluxe
CST: 5


Evergreen Lodge (Tortuguero):
Category: Lodge
Type of Room: Standard
CST: N/A


Pacuare Lodge (Pacuare River):
Category: Boutique
Type of Room: Jungle View
CST: 5


Arenal Springs (Arenal):
Category: 4 Stars
Type of Room: Jr. Suite.
CST: 5


Río Perdido  (Bagaces):
Category: Boutique
Type of Room: Standard
CST: N/A


Bosque del Mar (Hermosa Beach):
Category: Boutique
Type of Room: Jr. Suite
CST: N/A

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