(9 DAYS/10 NIGHTS)
Costa Rica is quite literally a tropical paradise. More than a million visitors come here every year to explore the lush rainforests, enjoy the miles of unspoiled coastline and sample the rich local culture. Home to millions of species of bird, reptile and insect, the Costa Rica rainforests offer visitors some of the most breathtaking scenery on Earth. More than 25 percent of Costa Rica is protected, and conservation of the natural environment is one of the country’s top priorities.
Day 1: Arrive in Costa Rica (San Jose)
Upon arrival to Costa Rica a representative of Green World Adventures will meet you at the Juan Santamaría International Airport, to take you to the hotel. Overnight in San José
Day 2: Tortuguero
Early morning transfer to Tortuguero Canals National Park in the north Caribbean of Costa Rica. After driving through the magnificent Braulio Carrillo National Park, we will arrive to Guápiles, in this place we will enjoy a delicious typical breakfast that consists in rice with beans, called “Gallo Pinto”, also with fried plantain, eggs, toasts, coffee and orange juice. In some hotels or restaurants they serve different options for breakfast.
IMPORTANT NOTE: For the next three days our luggage weight is limited to 25 pounds. We recommend carrying a little bag pack for your clothes for the next days. The rest of your luggage will be at the operations centre.
After breakfast we will continue to Caño Blanco dock, on the way we will get to see banana plantations just before we arrive to the dock. Transfer by boat to the Lodge. After check in we will enjoy a delicious lunch served at the restaurant of our hotel. This afternoon is a great opportunity to visit the Village of Tortuguero along with your guide. Through this visit you will learn the ways of life of the local residents of Tortuguero. After the visit and some free time, we will return back to the Lodge. Our dinner will be served at the restaurant. Overnight in Tortuguero (B+L+D)
Day 3: Exploring the jungle – Tortuguero National Park
This tour introduces visitors to the rich rainforest and its great array of Wildlife. Early morning hours are a great opportunity to witness the awakening in the forest. Coffee is readily available before departing on the tour, in our coffee room. After this amazing experience we will return to the hotel for our breakfast.
NOTE: The entrance fee OF $10.00/PERSON to the national park is not included.
After breakfast departure by boat to the private trail where you will enjoy a guided walk into the tropical rainforest. After this activity you will return to the hotel for the lunch Tortuguero National Park–one of the most varied within the park system–has 11 ecological habitats, from high rainforest to herbaceous marsh communities. Overnight in Tortuguero (B+L+D)
Day 4: Sarapiqui Forest
After breakfast we will meet at the dock of our hotel for transfer back to Caño Blanco dock. After arrival here we will transfer to Sarapiqui. This area is very well known by his development in sustainable with his environment. If you want to know this place and his surroundings we invite you to take an OPTIONAL TOUR in a horseback riding for 2 hours. Overnight in Sarapiqui (B)
Day 5: Arenal Volcano
After breakfast we will enjoy a free time for visit the local town of Orquetas de Sarapiqui or relax at your hotel. In the afternoon we will transfer to La Fortuna of San Carlos. This place is home of the Arenal Volcano. After arrival to La Fortuna we invite you to visit the town, they have a very beautiful park and very kindly people. Overnight in Arenal (B)
Day 6: Arenal Volcano – La Fortuna Waterfall
After breakfast we will hike at the Mirador El Silencio Reserve, it has 4 trails located in a 556-acre property, with 247 acres of old growth forest, where a wide variety of animals in their natural habitat can be watched. The Forest’s varied vegetation includes majestic trees such as Ceibo and the trumpet-tree or Guarumo, where a wide-range of birds nests. In the afternoon we will hike to the Fortuna waterfall where after a short steep walk you can swim. The 70-meter ribbon of water falls into a great swimming hole, surrounded by lush tropical forest, protected by the local conservation project. OPTIONAL TOUR to the natural hot springs. Overnight in Arenal (B)
Day 7: Monteverde Cloud Forest
Morning transfer to Monteverde Cloud Forest. This transfer will be totally different to the normal transfers, the first part you will be picked up at the reception of your hotel and transferred to the Arenal Lake. In this place we will take a boat we will take us through a magnificent adventure across this lake and admiring the Arenal Volcano very closed to us. After this boat transfer, a representative will take us in shuttle bus to our hotel in Monteverde. In the afternoon we recommend you to visit Santa Elena Town. They have many attractions for the visitors and different restaurants. OPTIONAL TOURS: Horseback riding,The Trapiche Tour, Hanging Bridges tour, Canopy or zip-line adventure. Overnight in Monteverde (B)
Day 8: Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve
This morning get up early to head out on a guided hiking tour inside of the famous Monteverde Reserve. As the forest awakens to a new day, venture into the reserve trails among lush foliage. You will walk slowly, taking glimpses at a myriad of colourful birds and listening to our guide’s informative explanations on flora and fauna. After the fascinating hike, you will have plenty of free time to roam around Santa Elena Town on your own. Overnight in Monteverde (B)
Day 9: Return to the Central Valley (San Jose)
After breakfast we will have a leisure time to enjoy the facilities of our hotel. In the afternoon we will transfer to San José for overnight. Overnight in San José (B)
Day 10: Return Home
Today our local representative will be transferring you to the Juan Santamaria International Airport in time for your departure flight. Meals included: B
- All meals as described on itinerary (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)
- 9 nights of lodging
- Tours as shown in the itinerary
- Hotel taxes
- Transfer between destinations
- Guide during activities
- Departure taxes
- Optional Tours
- Air fare
- Tips and gratuities
- Bilingual guide and private transportation*
* If you want a private guide and private transportation for your entire trip, please let us know and we will quote it.
WHAT TO BRING?
This is going to be a warm place with temperatures ranging between 75ºF in San José, 75ºF in Arenal and Sarapiquí, and 85ºF in Tortuguero, so bring shorts and T shirts, but just in case bring a light jacket for the nights in Monteverde. Swimming suit is necessary, hiking shoes or good snickers and an extra pair of shoes, sandals, suntan lotion, insects repellent (this I recommend just in case), flashlight, a rain coat (it is dry season but who knows what could happen), binoculars, camera and good vibrations to enjoy the beauty of this little peaceful country that we are happy to show you.