Ultimate Costa Rica
Tortuguero, Arenal, Monteverde, and Guanacaste

11 Days/10 Nights
Departs Daily from San José
 

10 Nights Includes

 

• All Ground Transfers

• 1 Night San José

• 2 Nights Tortuguero National Park and All Meals

• Tortuguero Channels by Boat Tour

• 2 Nights Arenal

• Tabacón Hot Springs Evening Entrance and Dinner

• 2 Nights Monteverde

• Zipline Canopy OR Treetop Walkway Tour

• 3 Nights Guanacaste

• Welcome Gift

• Daily Breakfast

This itinerary combines three of Costa Rica’s most famous natural resources, Tortuguero National Park, Arenal Volcano, and Monteverde Cloud Forest, with a visit to one of the country’s most popular beach areas - Guanacaste on the far western side of the country, or Manuel Antonio on
the central Pacific coast.

Day 1 ~Arrive San José:After you collect your luggage and clear customs you will be met outside the terminal by our local representative, who will be holding a sign with your name on it. Our representative will collect your vouchers and present you with an itinerary with scheduled times of pick-up. You will be transferred by van to your selected hotel in San José. (Accommodation, San José)

Day 2 ~ San José to Tortuguero: Early departure (between 6-7am) by motorcoach from San Jose, passing through misty Braulio Carillo National Park.
From Braulio Carillo you will be dropping down into the tropical lowlands of the Caribbean side of the country. After breakfast, continue to the Tortuguero Canal where you will board a boat for a 2-½ hour fascinating trip through the meandering waterway to your selected lodge. You will arrive at your lodge in time for lunch.
In the afternoon, visit the Park Museum and hike the nearby nature trails. Tortuguero National Park is an important breeding ground for the green sea turtles. End the afternoon with a visit to the small village of Tortuguero. Return to your lodge for dinner. (Breakfast, San José; Lunch, Dinner, Accommodation, Tortuguero)

Day 3 ~ Tortuguero: After breakfast, depending upon which lodge you are staying in, you will enjoy a morning hike with a naturalist guide in the rainforest. After lunch, there will be an opportunity for further exploration of the Tortuguero channels by boat. Before dinner, enjoy a dip in the pool.
(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Accommodation, Tortuguero)

Day 4 ~ Tortuguero to Arenal: After breakfast, (between 8:30 – 9am) board the boat for the return trip through the Canal. At the dock you will board a motorcoach that will take you to the town of Guapiles. After lunch, continue by van to Arenal. The scenic drive from Guapiles to Arenal takes approximately 3
hours. You will arrive at your selected Arenal hotel in the late afternoon
(between 4:30 – 5pm), just in time to see Costa Rica’s most famous active volcano before sunset. On a clear night, Arenal Volcano provides entertainment in the form of rumblings, lava flow and shooting sparks. (Breakfast, Tortuguero; Lunch, Accommodation, Arenal)

Day 5 ~ Arenal: Day at leisure. You can arrange one of our optional tours - rafting, kayaking, a canopy tour, Cano Negro Wildlife Refuge, or a hiking tour. (Breakfast, Accommodation, Arenal)

Day 6 ~ Arenal to Monteverde:After breakfast, (between 8:30 – 9:30 am) departure for Monteverde. The three-hour journey is an adventure. You will be transferred to the lakeshore of Arenal for a 45-minute ride by boat, where you will have the opportunity to see the Arenal Volcano for the last time. From the dock you will continue by mini-van. The scenery is varied and interesting and the
road has a few ups and downs. As you get closer to Monteverde rolling green hills surrounds you, and on a clear day you can see the Gulf of Nicoya. Passing through
the town of Santa Elena, and the Monteverde community with its hotels, restaurants and galleries, you will reach your selected lodge in the early afternoon.
You will have the afternoon at leisure to explore the area, or arrange an optional canopy tour. Monteverde offers several types of canopy tours. For those who want an adrenaline rush, there is the canopy tour with a special harness and zip lines
that take you through the trees, and for those who would prefer to be more grounded, there is a canopy tour with hiking trails and bridges.
(Breakfast, Arenal; Accommodation, Monteverde)

Day 7 ~ Monteverde: The morning begins with breakfast,
followed by a visit to Monteverde Cloud Forest, a world-famous privately owned wildlife reserve. Monteverde is located on the Continental Divide and is called a cloud forest because of its altitude and topography. This mist-covered forest has over 100 species of mammals and over 400 species of birds. More than 2000 plant species have been catalogued at Monteverde. With your naturalist guide you will explore the trails of the Reserve. Return to the Lodge, and in the afternoon you will visit the Butterfly Garden at Selvatura. Then you will have a choice between two exciting half-day tours: the Treetop Walkways or the Canopy Tour. Return to your hotel to overnight. (Breakfast, Accommodation, Monteverde)


Day 8 ~
Monteverde to Guanacaste:After breakfast
(between 8:30am – 9:30am) transfer by van from Monteverde to the Guanacaste beach area. The fourhour drive will take you from the misty hills of Monteverde to the lowlands of the North Pacific, the driest region in the country. Here you will see large cattle ranches. Continue to the coast to your selected beach resort in Guanacaste. (Breakfast, Monteverde; Accommodation, Guanacaste)

Day 9 & 10 ~ Guanacaste: Days at leisure to relax by the pool or walk
along the beach, or arrange one of our optional tours.
(Breakfast, Accommodation, Guancaste)

 Day 11 ~ Depart: Departure transfer to Liberia Airport for flight home or flight back to San Jose. (Breakfast, Guanacaste; Accommodation, San José)
(An overnight in San José may be required.)

 

 


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