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13-Day Tortuguero, Turrialba Volcano, Marino Ballena National Park Birdwatching Tour from San Jose

Tour Code: 747-7911
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Alajuela, Costa Rica
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13 Days 12 Nights

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Highlights: Visit Carara National Park, Cartago, Marino Ballena National Park, San Gerardo, San Gerardo de Dota, San Jose, Tortuguero National Park, Turrialba, Turrialba Volcano.

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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 - Turrialba Volcano (62 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 the land transportation to Guapiles where you will have one last Caribbean lunch. After lunch the driver will take you to the Turrialba Volcano area. A private driver will take you to higher elevations through a mountain road with amazing views of the Reventazon River Canyon and the Turrialba Volcano. The area has become one of the richest regions of Costa Rica for the growth of plants and numerous species of birds. Our Lodge is right on the slopes of the Turrialba Volcano, at 1500 meters above sea level, a true paradise for birdwatching and nature lovers.
    • Turrialba Volcano, COSTA RICA

      Turrialba Volcano is an active volcano in central Costa Rica that has been explosively eruptive in recent years. On clear days both the Pacific Ocean and Caribbean Sea can be seen from the summit.
    Standard Hotel: Espino Blanco hotel or similar
    Breakfast: IncludedLunch: Included
    Day 5

    Turrialba Valley

    Today we will be picked up early in the morning by the tour guide and enjoy an interesting birdwatching tour. The lush Valley of Turrialba is a rich land covered with rainforest. You will notice that this terrain and climate make it a perfect opportunity to admire many species of birds. In the afternoon we could have free time to enjoy the hotel facilities and etc.
    • Turrialba, COSTA RICA

      Turrialba is a beautiful small town in the Central Valley of Cartago province. The lush valley of Turrialba is a rich land covered with rainforest but also with large plantations of coffee and sugar cane. We can see many birds up close while they are perched on the fences of the farms.
    Standard Hotel: Espino Blanco hotel or similar
    Breakfast: Included
    Day 6

    Turrialba - San Gerardo de Dota (26 km)

    Today we will be picked up by our driver in the mid-morning from the lodge and traveling towards the city of Cartago, the old Capital of the country. Downtown you can find the most important basilica and the ruins of the oldest church. From Cartago, it is just one hour to the Cloud Forest of San Gerardo. The Lodge is right in the middle of the cloud forest reserve. Here you can see hundreds of hummingbirds flying around the restaurant and other areas as well as other species.
    • Cartago, COSTA RICA

      Cartago is a city in Costa Rica, about 25 km (16 mi) east of the capital, San Jose. It is the capital of Cartago province, and was the capital of Costa Rica from 1574 to 1824.
    Standard Hotel: Savegre Lodge
    Breakfast: Included
    Day 7

    San Gerardo

    Early in the morning we will meet a local guide in the lobby of the lodge and then be taken throughout the trails of the hotel's private reserve with the objective of finding Quetzals, a very beautiful bird. In the afternoon, you can take an optional tour and walk to the waterfalls of the Savegre River. On this 3 hour walk we will find two amazing waterfalls located deep within this cloud forest. As an alternative, we could also take horses on your own expenses in case you don't want to walk too much.
    • San Gerardo, COSTA RICA

      San Gerardo de Rivas is a small village high up in the Talamanca Mountains of south central Costa Rica. The complex and rare cloud forest environment the village is located in is famed for its waterfalls and its diverse wildlife including rare species of birds, large felines and monkeys, varieties of orchids and butterflies.
    Standard Hotel: Savegre Lodge
    Breakfast: Included
    Day 8

    San Gerardo de Dota - Marino Ballena National Park (45 km)

    Early in the morning we will be picked up by the driver and continue traveling south to the surroundings of the Marino Ballena National Park. Along the way you will see new species of birds and animals. Our lodge is tucked away in a private reserve on over 600 acres of land where we could enjoy spectacular Pacific Ocean views. Here you will be very close to sandy beaches, natural river pools, and experience blooming forest and astonishing wildlife. You will be very close to the Corcovado National Park. In this afternoon you can admire the breathtaking sunset from the hotel and enjoy the tranquility of fresh ocean breezes while you sip a cocktail or some natural refreshment prepared with fresh, local fruits.
    • San Gerardo de Dota, COSTA RICA

      A haven for birdwatchers and hikers awaits visitors around the town of San Gerardo de Dota, huddled up against the roaring Talamanca Mountain Range.
    • Marino Ballena National Park, COSTA RICA

      The Marino Ballena National Park has become one of the most impressive areas in Costa Rica. This amazing space holds one of the largest and most varied marine ecosystems in the country, becoming the object of study of natural sciences scientists.
    Standard Hotel: La Cusinga Lodge
    Breakfast: Included
    Day 9

    Marino Ballena National Park

    Today we could enjoy our free time exploring the hotel's private reserve or take an optional tour on your own expense. You can visit the Marino Ballena National Park and enjoy white sand beaches to look for wildlife. You must not miss a Humpback Whale Observation Tour by boat where we can also find dolphins and sea turtles here. Besides we can also enjoy snorkeling and see coral reef and tropical fish. In the evening we will spend night in the Uvita area.
    • Marino Ballena National Park, COSTA RICA

      The Marino Ballena National Park has become one of the most impressive areas in Costa Rica. This amazing space holds one of the largest and most varied marine ecosystems in the country, becoming the object of study of natural sciences scientists.

      Humpback Whale Observation Tour

      It's one of the most interesting things to do in the Marino Ballena National Park. This area is in the middle of the migration route of these mysterious animals so it is easy to find them during the right months especially from January through March and from July through September the whales are around.
    Standard Hotel: La Cusinga Lodge Ocean View room
    Breakfast: Included
    Day 10

    Carara National Park

    Today we will travel northwest to the Central Pacific area. Along the way you can find beautiful beach towns. We can have a good idea of how different life can be in the Pacific Coast as opposed to life in the Caribbean. Afterwards we will visit the Carara National Park. Here you can find one of the biggest and most astonishing birds of Costa Rica, the Scarlet Macaw as well as the yellow-billed Cotinga and Black-hooded Antshrike.
    • Carara National Park, COSTA RICA

      Carara National Park is a national park in the Central Pacific Conservation Area located near the Pacific coast of Costa Rica. Bird-watching fans and pros from all over the world confirm that this is the best place to see beautiful birds as they nest on the huge almond trees and are easy to see all year long.
    Standard Hotel: Villa Lapas hotel or similar
    Breakfast: Included
    Day 11

    Carara National Park

    Depart from the lodge, we will head to the Carara National Park which is just minutes' distance from our lodge. When arrive in the park, we can choose between two trails to explore, each of which is approximately 2 miles (3 km) in length. We will have a chance to see macaws flying overhead or in trees. There is a huge population of crocodiles that live within the nearby Tarcoles River. Afterwards we could walk along a bridge that looks down onto the river and its scaly inhabitants where we could take beautiful pictures. In the afternoon we will enjoy own leisure time at the hotel to enjoy the swimming pool or other facilities.
    • Carara National Park, COSTA RICA

      Carara National Park is a national park in the Central Pacific Conservation Area located near the Pacific coast of Costa Rica. Bird-watching fans and pros from all over the world confirm that this is the best place to see beautiful birds as they nest on the huge almond trees and are easy to see all year long.
    Standard Hotel: Villa Lapas hotel or similar
    Breakfast: Included
    Day 12

    Carara - San Jose (3237 km)

    Today we will have some time to enjoy the last breath of the rainforest and all its beauty before we travel back to San Jose for the last night in the country. Your hotel is located in downtown San Jose. In the 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 a little more about the Costa Rican culture. Afterwards we could enjoy a nice dinner nearby to the hotel.
    • Carara National Park, COSTA RICA

      Carara National Park is a national park in the Central Pacific Conservation Area located near the Pacific coast of Costa Rica. Bird-watching fans and pros from all over the world confirm that this is the best place to see beautiful birds as they nest on the huge almond trees and are easy to see all year long.
    • 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: Villa Tournon hotel 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

    • 3 lunches & 2 dinners
    • Boat tour on Tortuguero National Park
    • Guided walk on Tortuguero
    • Carara National Park guided tour
    • 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
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    • Airfare
    • Optional tours fees
    • Departure taxes ($29 per person)
    • Meals not mentioned in the itinerary
    • Personal expenses
    • Tips
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