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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 14 day(s)
Group Size: 2 - 8 people
Destination(s): Costa Rica  
Specialty Categories: National Parks   Volcano Tours  
Season: January - December
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: No
Minimum Per Person Price: 1509 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 1509 US Dollar (USD)

Between the Caribbean and Pacific coast you will be able to admire the area`s raw beauty as you learn about the important reef of Cahuita-Puerto Viejo, the natural canals of Tortuguero, Sarapiquis vegetation-laden lands, one of the worlds most perfect volcanic cones at Arenal and the moss from the oldest trees in the Monteverde Cloud Forest. Towards the end of your trip you will enjoy three nights in the beautiful beaches of Costa Rica`s North Pacific side. The majority of this journey is on your own with a car rental.

Independent Vacation (min 2 people):

Day 1: San Jose - Costa Rica. Arrival at Juan Santamaria International Airport. An Advance Worldwide travel representative will meet and greet you upon arrival and will transfer you to Parque del Lago Hotel for overnight.

Day 2: San Jose - Gandoca - Manzanillo Area - South Caribean. Breakfast at the Parque del Lago Hotel. Our transportation will take you today to the Caribbean coast, crossing through a land of dormant volcanoes, cloud forest and deep canyons: expansive Braulio Carrillo National Park. Once in Puerto Limon, we`ll turn to the right and drive you to the southern Caribbean coast, heading towards Gandoca-Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge. Dinner and overnight at Almonds and Corals. Includes: (B), (D).

Day 3: Gandoca - Manzanillo Area. Breakfast at the Lodge. Day at leisure to enjoy of the beauties of the wonderful region. Walking trails, snorkeling, beaches and optional activities are available from this location. Tonight you will sleep better than ever in this magical lodge. Nocturnal animals will provide a relaxing symphony as you sleep. Dinner and overnight in Almonds and Corals Lodge. Includes: (B), (D).

Day 4: Gandoca - Manzanillo Area - Tortuguero National Park. After breakfast, check out and depart for dock (Siquirres or Matina area) to start your journey to Tortuguero National Park. A two-hour boat ride will take you through natural and man-made canals sheltered by the rainforest's thick vegetation. From your boat you will be able to admire the unique flora and fauna of this area. Check-in and overnight in Laguna Lodge. This afternoon we will have the opportunity to explore the tiny Caribbean village of Tortuguero. Includes: (B), (L), (D).

Day 5: Tortuguero Area. Today you will explore the region`s smaller canals and get closer to nature. From July through September you can take the optional turtle-watching tour during the evening to admire one of the most impressive miracles of life when the massive sea turtles arrive en masse to lay their eggs on the beach. Overnight in Laguna Lodge. Includes: (B), (L), (D).

Day 6: Tortuguero - Sarapiqui. After breakfast you will be transferred by boat to the landing dock (Matina or Siquirres area). As we continue by ground transfer, will stop at a local restaurant for lunch en route in the Guapiles area. At this point you will be provided with a four - wheel drive car rental as your drive on your own to the remaining areas of the itinerary, today as you continue to Sarapiqui. Afternoon at leisure to enjoy the hotels gardens and optional activities: walking trails, horseback riding or a visit to the butterfly garden. Overnight at La Quinta Sarapiqui Lodge. Includes: (B), (L).

Day 7: Sarapiqui - Arenal Volcano. Drive your four-wheel-drive vehicle to Arenal, a trip that takes approximately two and a half hours. An early departure time from Sarapiqui is suggested in order to enjoy the different optional attractions in the area including the Fortuna Waterfall, the Venado Caves or a hike in the different forest reserves around Fortuna. Overnight at Las Cabaitas Hotel. Includes: (B).

Day 8: Arenal Volcano - Monteverde. After breakfast you can continue your drive from Arenal area to Monteverde, along the edge of Lake Arenal. Because part of this stretch is over dirt roads, you`ll have to drive slowly, which is actually better: you?'ll have time to soak in the incredible mountain scenery. Overnight at Trapp Family Lodge. Includes: (B).

Day 9: Monteverde Area. Day at leisure in Monteverde. You will be able to take an optional tour to: Walking trail to Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, Santa Elena private reserve, Sky Walk, Sky Trek (Canopy Tour) and much more. Overnight at Trapp Family Lodge in Monteverde. Includes: (B).

Day 10: Monteverde - Hermosa Beach - Guanacaste. Drive northwest on the Pan-American Highway from Monteverde to Hermosa Beach in Guanacaste as you will be staying the next three nights. Caas, Corobici River, and Liberia are some of the beautiful places you will pass by. Overnight at Playa Hermosa Bosque del Mar Hotel. Includes: (B).

Day 11: Hermosa Beach Area. Day at leisure to enjoy the area, optional tours, beach or just to relax. Overnight at Playa Hermosa Bosque del Mar Hotel. Includes: (B).

Day 12: Hermosa Beach Area. Day at leisure to enjoy the area, optional tours, beach or just to relax. Overnight at Playa Hermosa Bosque del Mar Hotel. Includes: (B).

Day 13: Hermosa Beach - San Jose. Drive from the Hermosa beach area back to San Jose on the Pan-American Highway. On the way back to San Jose, you will be able to take a detour to Sarchi, which is an excellent place to pick up some hand-made goods. Drop off the four-wheel-drive car in San Jose. Overnight at Parque del Lago Hotel. Includes: (B).

Day 14: Departure Day. Departure transfer from Parque del Lago Hotel to Juan Santamaria International Airport.

Notes:
- Almonds and Corals Lodge does not allow children under 5 years
- Childrens rate under 12 years old, sharing a double room with adults. (Maximum 2 subject to changes)
- Please consult your Swiss Travel Service reservations agent for additional details, according to each request
- On day 4 during the visit to Tortuguero village passengers have the opportunity to visit the Caribbean
- Conservation of the turtle Museum, entrance/donation fee NOT included, to be paid directly by passenger.

Notes:
Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Price Includes:
- Arrival and departure transfer
- Two nights in superior room at Parque del Lago Hotel
- Two nights of accommodations at Almonds & Corals Tent Camp
- Tortuguero: 3 days & 2 nights at Laguna Lodge
- Eight days, Daihatsu Terios, four-wheel-drive rental car with free unlimited mileage
- One night in standard room at La Quinta de Sarapiqui Lodge
- One night in superior room at Las Cabaitas Hotel
- Two nights in superior room at Trapp Family Lodge
- Three nights in standard room at Playa Hermosa Bosque del Mar Hotel.

Price Excludes:
- Car rental deposit, insurance and vehicles fuel
- Optional activities or tours
- Gratuities of any kind
- Personal and/or medical expenses
- Air tickets to/from Costa Rica nor Airport departure tax.

Note: We recommend you to submit the request at least 2 months in advance to the approximate time of travel. This is to avoid disappointment as spaces are strictly limited per departure.

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