Schedule: Tour begins every Saturday of each month all year round. Note: Arrive to San Jose. Depart San Jose 10 days later on a Monday.
Day 1: Arrival to San Jose. Our representative will meet you upon arrival to the Juan Santamaria International Airport to welcome you and transfer you to your hotel in San Jose.
Day 2: Tortuguero. Approximately at 6:00/6:15 a.m. the tour guide of Mawamba Lodge will be looking for you at the lobby of your hotel for your tour to Tortuguero. The tour starts taking the road that leads to the Caribbean Port of Limon and crossing the continental divide and the exuberant Braulio Carrillo National Park. From the bus you can appreciate the lush vegetation of one of the most biodiverse rainforests of our Caribbean Coast.
Once reaching the lowlands a delicious breakfast will be waiting for you at the Rio Danta Restaurant that belongs to the Mawamba Group. You will enjoy very much the nice gardens and the surrounding tropical forest. Approximate departure time from Rio Danta: 9:00 a.m. The trip will continue on the main road for a while and later through rural roads and banana plantations until reaching the little dock Caño Blanco. Upon arrival you will be having lunch around 1:30 p.m. by the pool at the lodge.
In the afternoon your tour guide will take you to the Tortuguero town where you will learn about the way of life of its inhabitants. If you prefer you can also skip this tour and stay at the lodge enjoying the pool or walking by the beach. Although Mawamba Lodge has a privileged location between the beach and the Tortuguero River, swimming is not permitted or recommended.
For your tour to Tortuguero we recommend to take the following items: flashlight, mosquito repellent, swimsuit, sun screen and sun block, clothing for warm weather, alarm clock and binoculars. The lodge will provide a rain poncho for the tours and boat transfers. Dark clothing is expected for the night walking tour held during the sea turtle nesting season from July to September No cameras, neither video camera nor flashlights are allowed during this optional tour. The night tour is not included. If you wish to take it please make a reservation with your guide and pay the tour directly at the hotel.
Day 3: Tortuguero. At 6:00 a.m. the highlight in Tortuguero will be an early boat drive through the narrow canals of the national park in the search of caymans, sloths, toucans, turtles and monkeys. You will be delighted and comfortable while enjoying nature at its best! The morning tour starts at 6:00 a.m. and finishes at 8:00 a.m. with breakfast afterwards. The boats are small and without a canopy for a better view. Please remember that you need to pay the entrance fee to the park during the boat tour. The entrance fee is $10.00 per person or the equivalent in colons.
After breakfast your guide will offer the guests a walk through the gardens or through the forest or the morning may be spent relaxing by the pool. In the afternoon (around 2:30 or 3:00 p.m.) the boat tour will take you to a different sector of the National Park. Dinner at the lodge around 7:00 p.m.
Day 4: Tortuguero to Arenal Volcano. After breakfast you will start your trip back to Caño Blanco dock. From Caño Blanco the bus of Mawamba will continue the trip to the Rio Danta Restaurant for lunch. Upon arrival to Rio Danta around 1:00 p.m. after lunch, transfer to the Arenal Volcano area.
Day 5: Arenal Volcano. Day at leisure. Arenal Volcano National Park forming the Arenal Tilaran Conservation Area. The park encompasses the Arenal Volcano, the most active in the country, which had previously been believed to be dormant until a major eruption in 1968. It neighbors Lake Arenal.
The park also contains a second volcano, Chato, whose crater contains a lagoon. It is also called Cerro Chato (literally Mount Chato) as it has been inactive for around 3500 years–coinciding with the creation and growth of Arenal itself. The 790 sq mi of the Arenal Tilaran Conservation Area, protects eight of Costa Rica’s 12 life zones and 16 protected reserves in the region between the Guanacaste and Tilarán mountain ranges, and including Lake Arenal.
Day 6: Arenal Volcano to Monteverde. Private transfer from the Arenal Volcano area to Monteverde Park. Monteverde, Spanish for ‘green mount’ is a major tourist destination in Costa Rica, frequented by ecotourists drawn by the high biodiversity of its numerous reserves, the most famous of which is the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve
Day 7: Monteverde. Day at leisure.
Day 8: Monteverde to Manuel Antonio. Transfer from the Monteverde to Manuel Antonio. Manuel Antonio Park combines forest and beaches. Although it is Costa Rica’s smallest national park, the diversity of wildlife in it is unequaled with 109 species of mammals and 184 species of birds. Scuba diving, snorkeling, sea kayaking, mountain biking, and hiking provide opportunities to experience the tropical wildlife that enriches Manuel Antonio.
Day 9: Manuel Antonio. Day at leisure.
Day 10: Departure. Transfer to the San Jose International Airport.
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