Day 1 - Welcome to Costa Rica
You will be met on your arrival at Juan Santamaria International Airport by a tour representative and accompanied to your San Jose Hotel located near the centre of San Jose.
Day 2 - The adventure begins
You will be traveling with a bilingual naturalist guide on an air conditioned bus. Drive through Braulio Carrillo National Park, where you have the opportunity to see beautiful views and abundant vegetation. On the way we will stop for breakfast at Selva tropical Restaurant where you cans enjoy a butterfly garden with a variety of tropical flowers. After breakfast we will continue our trip to Caño Blanco deck driving by banana plantations. Al caño Negro you will board the covered boat to the lodge, passing the Tortuguero canals arriving between 12:30 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. At the lodge our staff will be waiting for you with a refreshing cocktail, your rooms will be assigned and the guide will explain the afternoon activities after lunch –the visit to the Turtle Museum of the C.C.C. (Caribbean Conservation Corporation) and to the colorful Tortuguero town. You will return to the lodge around 5:30 p.m. free time to enjoy the pool, the bar service and prepare for your diner. Dinner service from 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. and the rest of the night free to enjoy the surroundings, pool and bar. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 3 - Visit Tortuguero National Park
For those of us that are early birds, at 6:15 am, there is an optional tour to admire the awakening of the wildlife of Tortuguero. Return for breakfast (Service between 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.) Then another boat tour to admire the canals of Tortuguero National Park. This is wonderful and interesting experience where you can see abundant flora and fauna of Tortuguero National Park. Return to the lodge for lunch and free time for a siesta, enjoy the pool or go for a walk to the beach. Then you have another optional tour to the canals or stay at the lodge to explore the private trails of the lodge, visit the open butterfly garden or simply enjoy the pool. Dinner at the lodge and night at leisure. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 4 - Explore La Fortuna wonders
and the area of La Fortuna is no exception. After breakfast we will begin our trip back around 9:00 a.m. The boat will arrive at Caño Blanco around 11:00 a.m. Here we will meet our private guide driver who will drive us to La Fotuna where we will check into our hotel. After lunch we will visit the Arenal Volcano National Park, our guide will take us to the old lava rivers and answer any question we may have. In the early evening we will visit the world famous Tabacon Hot Springs and Spa. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 5 - Whitewater Rafting, Rio Sarapiqui, Hike Arenal Volcano
After breakfast we head to the Rio Sarapiqui for a wonderful Class III-IV White Water Rafting trip. After a brief introduction to paddling, we launch our rafts down the mighty Sarapiqui River. We traverse eight miles of remote and scenic waters that course through a wilderness of dense vegetation that completely covers the riverbank. The numerous rapids are interspersed with stretches of calm, tranquil water providing an opportunity to enjoy the surrounding tropical beauty. Lunch will be at a local restaurant and we return to our hotel in La Fortuna in the afternoon. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 6 - Mahogany Park Canopy Tour, and Pacific Ocean
After breakfast we will transfer from the Arenal area, at the bace of the Tilaran mountain range to Manuel Antonio, on the Pacific Ocean. En route we will stop at Mahogany Park. Here we will participate on the adrenaline filled Original Canopy Tour. The climate in this area of Costa Rica is very warm and usually humid. This is a tropical transition forest between the dry lowland forest of the north and the wet rainforest of the south and therefore rich in bio diversity.
The tour lasts about 2 hours. This canopy tour is located in a primary jungle area of the tropical rainforest and is about a 10 - 15 minute hike from the tourist center. The tour consists of 10 platforms in trees, 7 horizontal traverses and a rappel. The tour starts on a hill top where the first platform (or diving board as we call it) is located. From there you traverse to the second and third platforms in an Espavel tree, which is a member of the cashew family. You will rappel or be belayed (a term for a professional lowering technique) down to the third platform where the journey will continue to the other platforms.
The Canopy Tour follows a small stream and wildlife sightings are very common in this area. Often we can see white-faced capuchin and howler monkeys from the platforms. There are also many varieties of birds in this zone and this is one of the areas where there are still endangered mahogany trees in abundance. The last traverse goes to a ground platform at the edge of the valley. The more adventurous person can try a 21 meter rappel down to the edge of the stream instead of the final traverse.After the tour we will stop for lunch at a local restaurant. We reach Manuel Antonio in the afternoon. Includes: (B), (L).
Day 7 - A day of Leisure at Manuel Antonio
Finaly some down time to be fully enjoyed at your own rythm. This area of Costa Rica offers a wide range of tours from kayaking, rafting, hiking, National Park visits to even surf lessons. Manuel Antonio is also known for its beautiful beach. Here you may choose to just relax and work on that sun tan that will be the envy of your friends back home. Includes: (B)
Day 8 - It is time for good byes. We will escort you to the International Airport in time for your flight home. Includes: (B).
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