Costa Rica - Discover Natural Paradise!

From USD $3,249.00
  • Duration: 9 Days (approx.)
  • Product code: TAP778
The northern plains showcase some of Costa Rica’s most scenic countryside and small towns. Only a two hour drive from San Jose, small agricultural communities and cattle ranches cover rolling hills and deep valleys. Known as the heart of Costa Rica, you’ll find a strong cultural identity here. The plains, rivers and, most importantly, the people make the north central a must-see in any Costa Rica program. The main attraction is the Arenal Volcano which is the youngest and most active in Costa Rica.


Highlights include:

  • Braulio Carrillo National Park
  • Visit a Banana Processing Plant
  • Cruise the Tortuguero Canals
  • Cruise through Tortuguero National Park
  • Arenal Volcano
  • Cano Negro Wildlife Refuge
  • Cruise on Arenal Lake
  • Canopy Walk or Zip Line Tour of Cloud Forest and Butterfly Gardens visit
  • Costa Rican Dance Show
Day 1 - San Jose, CR 

Upon arrival at the Juan Santamaría International Airport, meet your tour director, who will bring you to the Casa Conde hotel for a one night stay. Dinner included at the hotel. Casa Conde Hotel, San Jose, CR (D)

Day 2 - Tortuguero

Early morning departure from the hotel. Travel through the Braulio Carrillo National Park, a primary forest in 95% of its extension. Have a taste of our delicious Costa Rican breakfast en route. After breakfast stop, our trip to Caño Blanco continues. On the way, stop to visit a banana processing and packaging plant and learn more about one of Costa Rica's prime products (subject to availability). In Caño Blanco board a comfortable boat upon arrival to the port and let this extraordinarily exotic paradise enchant you, as you travel along the Tortuguero Canals. Have a one-in-a-lifetime experience in this unique place surrounded by a great variety of flora and fauna of breathtaking beauty. Enjoy a refreshing cocktail and a delicious Lunch as we welcome you to Pachira Lodge where you will spend two nights. Pachira Lodge, Tortuguero, CR (B, L, D)

Day 3 - Tortuguero

This day discover the nature and wildlife of Tortuguero in a different way. Tortuguero National Park has to be visited by boat. Enjoy nature at its best as you undertake a journey through the canals at dawn, and take your best shot of a real Caribbean sunrise. Breakfast included at Pachira Lodge. After breakfast time at leisure to enjoy the hotel facilities.  Following lunch, take your time to enjoy our private trails, ride a boat through the canals or just relax. Optional night tour: If conditions are favorable, a night walk on the beach with a naturalist  to see the Green Turtles nesting. Pachira Lodge, Tortuguero, CR (B, L, D)

Day 4 - Tortuguero to Arenal

Early breakfast at Pachira, check out and transfer by boat to Caño Blanco, where your private transportation will be waiting for you. En route to Arenal,  stop at Nueva Virginia town, where you will taste one piece of typical bread, discover the flavor of a “Costilla (RIB), Oreja (ear), enchilada” in a small bakery, owned by three women who are the head of their home. Continue the trip to Arenal, with lunch included on the way. Arenal Spring Hotel, Arenal, CR (B, L, D)

Day 5 - Arenal                                                                                                                                        
The Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge and the Rio Frío, both biological humid areas, considered being one of the richest in biological diversity in Costa Rica. Here you can find a great variety of resident and migratory birds plus three different species of monkeys, also iguanas, sloths, turtles and caimans. All “Nature Lovers” will have a 4-hour floating safari through Tropical Rain Forest and pastures.

Lunch included on Tour. In the afternoon, free time to enjoy the hotel facilities. Dinner tonight is included on a local restaurant. Arenal Spring Hotel, Arenal, CR (B,L,D)

 Day 6 - Arenal to Monteverde
After breakfast check out and transfer to Monteverde. This transfer is a special one, because it includes a boat trip at Arenal Lake.  This service is scenic, fast and the newest way to go from La Fortuna Arenal Volcano Area, to the Monteverde area. After our boat transfer we’ll continue to the Fonda Vela hotel in Monteverde for a two night stay.  Lunch on own. Dinner tonight at the hotel. Fonda Vela Hotel, Monteverde, CR (B, D)

Day 7 - Monteverde Cloud Forest

Following breakfast at the hotel, a cloud forest adventure awaits as you fly or walk over the canopy trees. You will be thrilled at our exciting Canopy Tour, which is one of the longest zip lines in Costa Rica. For those who prefer to keep their feet on something solid, walk through the virgin cloud forest and enjoy its beauties on elevated walkways. Next experience the peace that the butterfly garden has to offer, with more than 50 species of butterflies living in their natural habitat.  Lunch is included. Return to the hotel with the rest of day at leisure to enjoy the area. Dinner in a local Restaurant. Fonda Vela Hotel, Monteverde, CR (B, L, D)

Day 8 - Monteverde to San Jose 

Breakfast at the hotel. Morning at leisure in Monteverde with lunch on own before transferring back to San Jose. In the evening, enjoy a spectacular view of Central Valley and a traditional Costa Rican farewell dinner/dance show while drinking a “Sangre de bruja”. Casa Conde Hotel, San Jose, CR (B, D)

Day 9 - Flight Home

After breakfast, transfer from San José to the Juan Santamaria International Airport for your return flight home. (B)


Arrival Instructions

Arrive to San Jose, CR by 4:00pm via Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO)

Departure Instructions

Depart from San Jose, CR after 10:00am via Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO)

Payment Policy

Deposit: $ 400.00 per person due at time of booking - final payment due 60 days prior to departure

Cancellation Policy

All cancellations made between 75 to 46 days prior to departure will be assessed the full deposit amount. Cancellations between 45 and 8 days prior to departure will be assessed 50% penalty. Cancellations 7 days or less and nonappearance will receive no refund. Additional cancellation fees may apply subject to final booking. All cancellations must be received in writing.


Prices are Land Only.

TOUR INCLUSIONS

Professional Tour Director Throughout
8 Night Accommodations:
• 1 Night Casa Conde Hotel – San Jose
• 2 Nights Pachira Lodge – Tortuguero
• 2 Nights Arenal Spring Hotel – Arenal
• 2 Nights Fonda Vela Hotel – Monte Verde
• 1 Night Casa Conde Hotel – San Jose
20 Meals
Purified Water at Meals and Free Bottled Water
All Applicable Fees
Driver and Guide Gratuities Included
Sight Seeing as Listed