Costa Rica Wonders with Tortuguero & Manuel Antonio 2021 - 12 days from San José to San José
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Costa Rica Wonders with Tortuguero & Manuel Antonio 2021

12 days from San José to San José

Starting at $2,019


Destinations & Sightseeing
Itinerary and Meals
Accomodations

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Destination & Sightseeing

Transportation:
As outlined in the day-by-day itinerary

MEALS

Buffet breakfast daily; 2 lunches; 3 three-course dinners

ITINERARY

Day 1
Arrive in San José. Your hotel is available for mid-afternoon check-in

Day 2
Early this morning, travel east to the northern Caribbean’s lowlands. In the first part of the trip, admire beautiful evergreen mountains and beautiful landscapes of Braulio Carrillo National Park. Once on the Caribbean side, continue to the Caño Blanco Dock, where you will board a boat to take you to Tortuguero National Park. A 2.5-hour boat ride will take you through the canals sheltered in the jungle of the rainforest. From the boat you will be able to admire the unique flora and fauna of this area. Upon arrival at your hotel there will be short briefing followed by lunch. In the afternoon, visit the village of Tortuguero, where you learn the lifestyle of local residents and the significant conservation efforts developed to protect the sea turtles that come to spawn each year along the 22 miles of nearby protected coastline
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Day 3
Your guide accompanies you on a leisurely boat ride along remote, unspoiled sections of the park’s waterways, explaining the bountiful flora and fauna. Later, enjoy a fascinating stroll through an accessible portion of the nearby rainforest. During the peak nesting season (mid-July to mid-October), you may be lucky enough to observe an endangered green turtle laying her eggs under the starlight
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Day 4
Transfer by boat and car to Arenal. From here, journey to the town of La Fortuna in the Arenal Volcano area, where you will stay two nights. This afternoon, visit the famous Tabacón Hot Springs and take a dip in the natural springs and pools of mineral waters surrounded by lush, tropical forest. Enjoy dinner at the Hot Springs
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Day 5
Today is at your leisure to explore on your own. Perhaps visit the Arenal Hanging Bridges, a network of suspension bridges, platforms, and trails built in the cloud forest. From here, explore the forest canopy with a bird’s-eye view, giving you a different perspective of the forest’s wildlife. Alternatively, you may choose a rafting adventure, horseback riding, or spelunking in nearby Venado Caves
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Day 6
This morning, your transfer begins with a short boat ride across Arenal Lake to admire different species of birds that visit and call the area home. Continue through incredible mountain scenery and the Monteverde Cloud Forest, home to over 3,000 plant species, approximately 120 mammal species, 400 bird species, and 1,200 species of amphibians and reptiles. This evening, venture into Monteverde’s Cloud Forest just before nightfall with an expert Naturalist for a guided nature walk to search for the jungle’s nocturnal creatures, like sloths, foxes, agoutis, frogs, and many more!
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Day 7
Enjoy a day to do as you please. Maybe wake up early and visit Santa Elena Cloud Forest to best experience the animals in their natural forest habitats. Discover this misty and surreal wildlife sanctuary full of mosses, ferns, flowers, and other indigenous plant life. Also, notice how the combination of climatic and geographic factors create temperature and humidity gradients, changing dramatically over just a short distance, or you could visit a local family’s farm to learn about sugar cane, coffee, and tilapia farming
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Day 8
Today, transfer to one of the most popular destinations in Costa Rica, Manuel Antonio. This trip will take you through the scenic mountains toward the majestic shores of the Pacific Ocean. Notice the beauty of the landscapes and appreciate how vegetation and weather change from the dry forest to rainforest. In Manuel Antonio you will discover a beach destination that offers the opportunity to interact with Mother Nature in magnificent Manuel Antonio National Park. Arrive in the town of Quepos, gateway to Manuel Antonio National Park. Dense mangrove swamps sheltering a variety of wildlife back up to the pristine beaches in this area. It is not uncommon to see iguanas and white-faced monkeys on the beach. For the more active, there are jungle hikes suited to all abilities. Other activities include canopy tours, deep-sea fishing, diving, sea kayaking, and mountain biking
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Day 9
Enjoy a Naturalist-guided walk on the trails of Manuel Antonio National Park. Here, you’ll observe the tropical forest’s abundant flora and fauna. Keep an eye out for several species of monkeys, iguanas, birds, and possibly even the three-toed sloth. One of the trails borders Cathedral Point, where views of the park and sea are spectacular
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Day 10
Spend today exploring at your leisure
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Day 11
Transfer back to San José
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Day 12
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning
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Day 13
ARRIVE IN SAN JOSÉ, COSTA RICA

Day 14
SAN JOSÉ–TORTUGUERO

Day 15
TORTUGUERO NATIONAL PARK TOUR & CANAL CRUISE

Day 16
TORTUGUERO–ARENAL

Day 17
ARENAL

Day 18
ARENAL–MONTEVERDE

Day 19
MONTEVERDE

Day 20
MONTEVERDE–MANUEL ANTONIO

Day 21
MANUEL ANTONIO

Day 22
MANUEL ANTONIO

Day 23
MANUEL ANTONIO–SAN JOSÉ

Day 24
SAN JOSÉ

Day 25
BreakfastLunchDinner

Day 26
BreakfastLunchDinner

Day 27
BreakfastDinner

Day 28
Breakfast

Day 29
Breakfast

Day 30
Breakfast

Day 31
Breakfast

Day 32
Breakfast

Day 33
Breakfast

Day 34
Breakfast

Day 35
Breakfast

Day 36 ARRIVE IN SAN JOSÉ, COSTA RICA.
Arrive in San José. Your hotel is available for mid-afternoon check-in

Day 37 SAN JOSÉ–TORTUGUERO.
Early this morning, travel east to the northern Caribbean’s lowlands. In the first part of the trip, admire beautiful evergreen mountains and beautiful landscapes of Braulio Carrillo National Park. Once on the Caribbean side, continue to the Caño Blanco Dock, where you will board a boat to take you to Tortuguero National Park. A 2.5-hour boat ride will take you through the canals sheltered in the jungle of the rainforest. From the boat you will be able to admire the unique flora and fauna of this area. Upon arrival at your hotel there will be short briefing followed by lunch. In the afternoon, visit the village of Tortuguero, where you learn the lifestyle of local residents and the significant conservation efforts developed to protect the sea turtles that come to spawn each year along the 22 miles of nearby protected coastline
Meal Icon BreakfastLunchMeal Icon Dinner

Day 38 TORTUGUERO NATIONAL PARK TOUR & CANAL CRUISE.
Your guide accompanies you on a leisurely boat ride along remote, unspoiled sections of the park’s waterways, explaining the bountiful flora and fauna. Later, enjoy a fascinating stroll through an accessible portion of the nearby rainforest. During the peak nesting season (mid-July to mid-October), you may be lucky enough to observe an endangered green turtle laying her eggs under the starlight
Meal Icon BreakfastLunchMeal Icon Dinner

Day 39 TORTUGUERO–ARENAL.
Transfer by boat and car to Arenal. From here, journey to the town of La Fortuna in the Arenal Volcano area, where you will stay two nights. This afternoon, visit the famous Tabacón Hot Springs and take a dip in the natural springs and pools of mineral waters surrounded by lush, tropical forest. Enjoy dinner at the Hot Springs
Meal Icon BreakfastMeal Icon Dinner

Day 40 ARENAL.
Today is at your leisure to explore on your own. Perhaps visit the Arenal Hanging Bridges, a network of suspension bridges, platforms, and trails built in the cloud forest. From here, explore the forest canopy with a bird’s-eye view, giving you a different perspective of the forest’s wildlife. Alternatively, you may choose a rafting adventure, horseback riding, or spelunking in nearby Venado Caves
Meal Icon Breakfast

Day 41 ARENAL–MONTEVERDE.
This morning, your transfer begins with a short boat ride across Arenal Lake to admire different species of birds that visit and call the area home. Continue through incredible mountain scenery and the Monteverde Cloud Forest, home to over 3,000 plant species, approximately 120 mammal species, 400 bird species, and 1,200 species of amphibians and reptiles. This evening, venture into Monteverde’s Cloud Forest just before nightfall with an expert Naturalist for a guided nature walk to search for the jungle’s nocturnal creatures, like sloths, foxes, agoutis, frogs, and many more!
Meal Icon Breakfast

Day 42 MONTEVERDE.
Enjoy a day to do as you please. Maybe wake up early and visit Santa Elena Cloud Forest to best experience the animals in their natural forest habitats. Discover this misty and surreal wildlife sanctuary full of mosses, ferns, flowers, and other indigenous plant life. Also, notice how the combination of climatic and geographic factors create temperature and humidity gradients, changing dramatically over just a short distance, or you could visit a local family’s farm to learn about sugar cane, coffee, and tilapia farming
Meal Icon Breakfast

Day 43 MONTEVERDE–MANUEL ANTONIO.
Today, transfer to one of the most popular destinations in Costa Rica, Manuel Antonio. This trip will take you through the scenic mountains toward the majestic shores of the Pacific Ocean. Notice the beauty of the landscapes and appreciate how vegetation and weather change from the dry forest to rainforest. In Manuel Antonio you will discover a beach destination that offers the opportunity to interact with Mother Nature in magnificent Manuel Antonio National Park. Arrive in the town of Quepos, gateway to Manuel Antonio National Park. Dense mangrove swamps sheltering a variety of wildlife back up to the pristine beaches in this area. It is not uncommon to see iguanas and white-faced monkeys on the beach. For the more active, there are jungle hikes suited to all abilities. Other activities include canopy tours, deep-sea fishing, diving, sea kayaking, and mountain biking
Meal Icon Breakfast

Day 44 MANUEL ANTONIO.
Enjoy a Naturalist-guided walk on the trails of Manuel Antonio National Park. Here, you’ll observe the tropical forest’s abundant flora and fauna. Keep an eye out for several species of monkeys, iguanas, birds, and possibly even the three-toed sloth. One of the trails borders Cathedral Point, where views of the park and sea are spectacular
Meal Icon Breakfast

Day 45 MANUEL ANTONIO.
Spend today exploring at your leisure
Meal Icon Breakfast

Day 46 MANUEL ANTONIO–SAN JOSÉ.
Transfer back to San José
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Day 47 SAN JOSÉ.
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

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