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13-Day Tortuguero, Puerto Viejo Beach and Monteverde Caribbean Coast to Pacific Side Tour from San Jose

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Alajuela, Costa Rica
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13 Days 12 Nights

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Highlights: Visit Arenal Volcano National Park (Arenal Hanging Bridges), La Fortuna (Arenal Volcano, La Fortuna Waterfall), Manuel Antonio National Park, Monteverde (Zip Line Tour), Siquirres (Pacuare River), Tortuguero National Park.

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    Day 1

    San Jose

    Today, guests will arrive at the airport in San Jose where they will meet their tour guide. He will help you handle your information package such as travel itinerary in detail, vouchers for services, and etc. Afterwards we will head to the hotel. Along the way your tour guide will make a brief introduction about Costa Rica and some recommendations for your trip. Uppon arrival in the hotel you can enjoy dinner there and get ready to start a fun trip early tomorrow.
    Standard Hotel: Hotel Crowne Plaza Corobici or similar
    Day 2

    San Jose - Tortuguero National Park (86 km)

    Today the tour guide will meet you early in the morning at hotel and then start traveling northeast to the Caribbean lowlands from San Jose. We will firstly cross through the Braulio Carrillo National Park and then you will stop for breakfast at Guapiles. After breakfast we will continue to La Pavona dock and from there you will board the boat that will take us to our hotel located in the Tortuguero National Park area. In the afternoon we will visit the Village of Tortuguero where we could visit the Turtle Museum and walk around this town to learn about the relaxed way of life in the Caribbean part of Costa Rica. We will return to the hotel after this interesting trip.
    • Tortuguero National Park, COSTA RICA

      This beautiful national park on the Caribbean coast is home to many rivers and connecting waterways, dense tropical jungle, and a diverse collection of animals. You can take a boat ride down many of the canals.

      Sea Turtle Conservancy Museum

      This museum in the small Caribbean village of Tortuguero has interactive exhibits and a friendly, helpful staff that teach visitors about the nesting cycles of the local sea turtle population.

      Tortuguero

      Located in the heart of the national park of the same name, this small town sits on a sand bar island off the mainland and can only be reached by bot or plane.
    Standard Hotel: Pachira Lodge
    Breakfast: IncludedLunch: IncludedDinner: Included
    Day 3

    Tortuguero National Park

    After breakfast we will take a boat tour in the Tortuguero National Park accompanied by a local nature guide. We may find many species of wildlife when go deep into the canals of the park such as capuchin monkeys, dozens of species of birds and even endangered West Indian Manatee. Then we will enjoy a lunch at the lodge. Afterwards the tour guide will take us to a private nature trail where you can find wildlife. Then we could enjoy the rest of this day at our leisure. You can relax at the swimming pool, enjoy a cocktail while admiring the river lagoon or spend the afternoon on the beach.
    • Tortuguero National Park, COSTA RICA

      This beautiful national park on the Caribbean coast is home to many rivers and connecting waterways, dense tropical jungle, and a diverse collection of animals. You can take a boat ride down many of the canals.
    Standard Hotel: Pachira Lodge
    Breakfast: IncludedLunch: IncludedDinner: Included
    Day 4

    Tortuguero - Puerto Viejo Beach (120 km)

    After breakfast, we will meet at the main dock of the hotel to return by boat to Pavona's dock; from there we will continue with land transportation to Guapiles where we could enjoy another delicious Caribbean lunch. After lunch we will be pickded up to Puerto Viejo Beach. By the end of the afternoon, you will enjoy a special cooking class with the help of an experienced Chef. Of course, you will enjoy the fantastic dish prepared as dinner. Overnight in Puerto Viejo Beach.
    • Puerto Viejo, COSTA RICA

      This small coastal town is a popular stop for tourists in Costa Rica. It is well known and highly regarded by surfers who visit because it is where the Salsa Brava, Costa Rica's most powerful wave, crashes on the beach.
    Standard Hotel: Azania Bungalows
    Breakfast: IncludedLunch: IncludedDinner: Included
    Day 5

    Puerto Viejo Beach

    Today is free for us to enjoy the gold sand beaches and lush forest near the coast. A good idea is to rent a bicycle and explore the many beaches around or visit the beach town of Puerto Viejo where you can find local restaurants with delicious and economic meals, bars with cheap beer and souvenir shops. Some of the beaches you can visit in a day are Manzanillo, Playa Grande, Uvita, Chiquita, Cocles and Playa Negra. You could also visit Cahuita National Park on your own or hire a local guide If you want to take a good hike and see wildlife.
    • Puerto Viejo, COSTA RICA

      This small coastal town is a popular stop for tourists in Costa Rica. It is well known and highly regarded by surfers who visit because it is where the Salsa Brava, Costa Rica's most powerful wave, crashes on the beach.
    Standard Hotel: Azania Bungalows
    Breakfast: Included
    Day 6

    Siquirres - La Fortuna (93 km)

    Today we will take a White water rafting in Pacuare River accompanied by our tour guide. Along the ride you will face exhilarating rapids that will keep you alert. Once half of the river is completed, the tour guide will prepare a picnic lunch on the banks of the river. Afterwards we will continue traveling northwest to where the Arenal Volcano located. You will arrive at the hotel in Arenal by late afternoon and enjoy the rest of the day on your own. Tonight we will live in the area of Arenal Volcano.
    • Siquirres, COSTA RICA

      Siquirres is the capital of the canton of Siquirres in Limon Province in Costa Rica. It is around 111 km away from San Jose, the capital of Costa Rica and located on the road to the city of Puerto Limon from San Jose.

      Pacuare River

      The Pacuare River flows approximately 108 kilometres to the Caribbean. It is a popular location for white water rafting, whitewater kayaking and riverboarding. The rainforests that surround the river are home to exotic animal species such as jaguars, monkeys, ocelots, and a very large number of birds. It was also considered one of the 5 nicest rivers to practice rafting.

      Duration: Approx. 4 Hours

    • La Fortuna, COSTA RICA

      La Fortuna is the name of a district and a small city located in San Carlos, in the province of Alajuela, Costa Rica. "La Fortuna" is Spanish for "The Fortune", and aptly named due its ample supply of tourist attractions and extremely fertile lands.

      Arenal Volcano

      This active stratovolcano in Costa Rica has an elevation of 5,358 feet. It looms over the small town of Las Fortuna below. There are many trails that traverse the slopes, leading all the way to the summit.
    Standard Hotel: Arenal Kioro Resort or similar
    Breakfast: IncludedLunch: Included
    Day 7

    Arenal Volcano National Park - La Fortuna (185 km)

    We will start the day hiking across the Arenal Hanging Bridges where you can admire the jungle not only from the ground but also from the treetops. After your adventure on the hanging bridges, you will head to the La Fortuna Waterfall. There is time to put your bathing suit on if you want cool off under the waterfall. When you reach the bottom, you'll have an opportunity to swim in one of the largest cool waters in the whole area. After that, we will try a delicious Costa Rican "casado" at a local restaurant. Then we will continue to the Arenal Volcano National Park where your guide will take you on a nature walk. We will head through the jungle, hiking through easy trails that skirt around the base of the Arenal Volcano and learn about the volcanic activity in the area.
    • Arenal Volcano National Park, COSTA RICA

      Arenal Volcano National Park is a Costa Rican national park in the central part of the country, forming the Arenal Tilaran Conservation Area. The park encompasses the Arenal Volcano, which "was" the most active in the country. This Park is popular with birders, as most of the 850 species identified in Costa Rica can be found within the park's borders.

      Arenal Hanging Bridges

      The Arenal Hanging Bridges (Mistico Park) are a series of suspension bridges in the Volcan Arenal National Park area, offering views of Lake Arenal and Volcan Arenal. The bridges form part of a 2-mile (3 kilometre) self-guided interpretive trail through a private rainforest reserve.
    • La Fortuna, COSTA RICA

      La Fortuna is the name of a district and a small city located in San Carlos, in the province of Alajuela, Costa Rica. "La Fortuna" is Spanish for "The Fortune", and aptly named due its ample supply of tourist attractions and extremely fertile lands.

      La Fortuna Waterfall

      La Fortuna Waterfall is in central Costa Rica, in the Alajuela Province. The waterfall drops about 70−75 meters and is about 5.5 km outside of the town of La Fortuna, near the Arenal Volcano. Visitors could swim in the stream and small rapids below the falls.
    Standard Hotel: Hotel Los Lagos or similar
    Breakfast: IncludedLunch: Included
    Day 8

    Arenal Volcano - Monteverde (180 km)

    Today we will travel to meet the Cloud Forest. We will across the Arenal Lake on the Jeep-Boat-Jeep to get to Monteverde. While we navigate the tranquil lake we can enjoy spectacular views of the volcano and find different species of birds. You will have the opportunity to explore the forest and get to know the friendly locals. By mid-afternoon, we will continue to a private property to see how a real "Trapiche" works. We begins with a short walk through the farm of sugar cane,coffee and more and learn about the entire coffee production process. After that we will continue with a ride on a Costa Rican oxcart. Then we will experience the process of making liquor with the sugar cane.We could also delight yourself with a cup of the locally produced coffee.
    • La Fortuna, COSTA RICA

      La Fortuna is the name of a district and a small city located in San Carlos, in the province of Alajuela, Costa Rica. "La Fortuna" is Spanish for "The Fortune", and aptly named due its ample supply of tourist attractions and extremely fertile lands.

      Arenal Volcano

      This active stratovolcano in Costa Rica has an elevation of 5,358 feet. It looms over the small town of Las Fortuna below. There are many trails that traverse the slopes, leading all the way to the summit.
    • Monteverde, COSTA RICA

      A small community in Puntarenas, Costa Rica, located in the Cordillera de Tilarán mountain range. Roughly a four-hour drive from the Central Valley, Monteverde is one of the country's major ecotourism destinations.

      Monteverde Cloud Forest

      Comprised of over 26,000 acres of unspoiled forest, the Monteverde Cloud Forest is characterized by low level fog and beautiful jungle teeming with life. An extremely biodiverse environment, the forest is comprised of countless of plant, mammal, bird, reptile, and insect species.
    Standard Hotel: Hotel Country Lodge Superior room
    Breakfast: Included
    Day 9

    Monteverde

    Today you will explore the Cloud Forest accompanied by an expert tour guide. We will departure from the hotel early so you will have more opportunities to see wildlife. Upon arrival to the reserve, your guide will choose the best trail to follow (depending on the weather and the interest of the participants). The nature history walk can take between 3 to 6 hours during which you will be able to enjoy the enchanting flora and fauna of the forest. We will hike part of the 12 Km of trails and may spot a quetzal or the noisy bell-bird. Afterwards we will return to the hotel. In the afternoon, you will enjoy the Zip line or Canopy Tour. We could also take photos so you can capture the amazing views of the cloud forest.
    • Monteverde, COSTA RICA

      A small community in Puntarenas, Costa Rica, located in the Cordillera de Tilarán mountain range. Roughly a four-hour drive from the Central Valley, Monteverde is one of the country's major ecotourism destinations.

      Monteverde Cloud Forest

      Comprised of over 26,000 acres of unspoiled forest, the Monteverde Cloud Forest is characterized by low level fog and beautiful jungle teeming with life. An extremely biodiverse environment, the forest is comprised of countless of plant, mammal, bird, reptile, and insect species.

      Zip Line Tour

      It consists of zip lining by means of cables between trees and mountains. While you "fly" through the dense cloud forest you can see and feel all the natural activity that is occurring within the treetops such as birds, insects and some mammals.
    Standard Hotel: Hotel Country Lodge Superior room
    Breakfast: Included
    Day 10

    Monteverde - Manuel Antonio Beach (123 km)

    After breakfast, we will head to the Central Pacific area of Costa Rica. On the way you will get close to one of the biggest reptiles of the world. After a couple of hours we will stop at "Rio Grande de Tarcoles" river where we will start a safari boat tour accompanied by a captain and a your guide. We will have the opportunity to see magnificent reptiles as well as iguanas and basilisks. We could also take photos of them. After that, we will continue towards Manuel Antonio. The area itself is full of luxury and high-end properties, exclusive restaurants where you can sit and admire the ocean and spectacular sunsets. Overnight at Manuel Antonio Beach.
    • Manuel Antonio National Park, COSTA RICA

      Listed by Forbes in 2011 as one of the 12 most beautiful national parks in the world, Manuel Antonio is home to fantastic beaches on Costa Rica's Pacific coastline.
    Standard Hotel: Hotel Playa Espadilla or similar
    Breakfast: IncludedLunch: Included
    Day 11

    Manuel Antonio National Park

    Today we will visit Manuel Antonio National Park accompanied by a tour guide. There are stunning beaches, a magnificent setting with islands offshore, lush rainforests laced with a network of trails and wildlife galore. We can experience close-up encounters with monkeys, sloths, coatimundis, and scarlet macaws while you hike the trails. Overnight at Manuel Antonio Beach.
    • Manuel Antonio National Park, COSTA RICA

      Listed by Forbes in 2011 as one of the 12 most beautiful national parks in the world, Manuel Antonio is home to fantastic beaches on Costa Rica's Pacific coastline.
    Standard Hotel: Hotel Playa Espadilla or similar
    Breakfast: Included
    Day 12

    Manuel Antonio - San Jose (59 km)

    Today we will return back to San Jose for the last night in the country. After breakfast we will be picked up at the hotel. In this afternoon you can explore the city and visit museums or historical buildings. The central avenue is a place where you can interact with locals and learn about their way of living.
    • San Jose, COSTA RICA

      San Jose is the capital and largest city of Costa Rica. San Jose ranked 15th in the world's fastest-growing destination cities by visitor cross-border spending.
    Standard Hotel: Hotel Park Inn or similar
    Breakfast: Included
    Day 13

    San Jose

    Today we will return back home. Your drivers will pick you up at the hotel and take you straight to the International Airport. In Costa Rica you must be at the airport 3 hours prior the departure time.
    Breakfast: Included
    • Departure & Return

    • Airport Meet up: You should meet your tour guide at the airport exit with your name on a sign.
    • Return: Please make sure to check-in for your flight at least 3 hours prior the departure time at the San Jose International Aiport in Costa Rica.
    • Price Includes

    • 6 lunches & 3 dinners
    • 12 nights hotel accommodation
    • Daily breakfast
    • Private transportation for arrival and departure between airport and hotel
    • Shuttle service transportation between destinations
    • Local English speaking guides
    • Taxes
    • Boat tour on the canals of Tortuguero
    • Caribbean cooking lessons in Puerto Viejo (transportation not included)
    • Pacuare white water rafting
    • La Fortuna river Waterfall Guided visit
    • Zip line tour in Monteverde
    • Jungle Crocodile Safari tour at Tarcoles River
    • Price Excludes

    • Admission Fees:
      Destination Adult Child
      Tortuguero National Park
      Tortuguero National Park (Optional) $15 $15
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