Costa Rica Coast to Coast

Costa Rica: Coast to Coast
See Costa Rica from the Pacific to the Caribbean, and experience the highlights of this biodiverse Latin American country. Get up close and personal with the famous turtles of Tortuguero. Experience the Sarapiqui River by kayak and continue your active adventure with a thrilling mountain bike ride at the foot of a real volcano. Take some time to relax in Arenal’s natural hot springs, then strap in for the ultimate rainforest experience: a zip line canopy tour in Rincón de La Vieja.
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Day 1 Hola San José (groups flying from the west coast may be required to depart day 0)
Meet your tour director and check into hotel
Day 2 San José--Tortuguero
Travel to Tortuguero
Details: Tortuguero tour director-led sightseeing
Jump into Caribbean jewel Tortuguero, whose national park is packed with wildlife and ecological habitats. Most known for its sea turtle nesting grounds, the park also counts manatees, ocelots, and giant iguanas and numerous other impressive creatures as inhabitants. In the adjacent logging town of Tortuguero, sandy trails link funky wooden houses.
Details: Caribbean Conservation Cooperation Museum visit
Run by the American Caribbean Conservation Corps, this museum centers on the corps’ work with the park’s sea turtle population. Learn about the area’s ecology through life-sized exhibits and videos.
Day 3 Tortuguero
School Visit
Details: Canal tour
Get up close with some of Tortuguero’s coolest inhabitants. Make your way through the park’s narrow waterways, where the overhanging vegetation can bring 300 species of birds, 168 species of reptiles and amphibians, and 60 species of mammals right up under your nose.
Details: Tortuguero National Park visit
Travel into the Talamanca Region and visit the Cahuita National Park. Known as "The Bluff" until 1915, the park is one of the most popular Costa Rican destinations. Thousands of coconut trees line the Creole beach of Cahuita, which is a translation of two Miskito Indian words—kawi (a small tree used to make dugout canoes) and ta (a point of land). The 593-acre reef offers you 34 species of coral, over 100 of seaweed, 500 species of fish and two old shipwrecks complete with cannons. The trail is alive with bright blue morpho butterflies, land crabs and monkeys. Cross the shallow stream of Rio Perezoso, which is colored red from the tannic acid of decomposed vegetation.
Day 4 Tortuguero--Sarapiqui
Travel to Sarapiqui
Sarapiqui river kayaking tour
Details: Red-eyed tree frog night walk
With a naturalist as your guide, take a walk by the light of the moon and discover the wonders of the nighttime rainforest, when most wildlife species are active. You will learn about the natural history of different rainforest species, with a focus on nocturnal species such as frogs, insects, spiders, sloths, kinkajous, porcupines, opossums, and others, revealing a completely different perspective of the rainforest.
Day 5 Sarapiqui--Arenal
Travel to Arenal
Optional  Mountain bike tour  $55
Details: Hot springs visit
Let the volcanoes take you away. At Arenal’s hot springs, bubbling lava fields heat the waters to make nature’s own jacuzzi.
Day 6 Arenal--Rincón de la Vieja
Travel to Rincón de la Vieja
Tenorio National Park visit
Day 7 Rincón de La Vieja
Horseback ride
Optional  Canopy zip line tour  $40
Day 8 Rincón de la Vieja--Guanacaste
Free time on Guanacaste Beach
Details: Travel to Guanacaste
Mosey on through Costa Rica’s “Old West.” Cows, horses, and sauderos (Costa Rican cowboys) ride across the sun-struck landscape of this arid region. Seek out the local Guancaste tree, whose oddly shaped seedpods have given it the name “Monkey Ear Tree.”
Day 9 End tour

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    Day 9 Start river rafting extension
    Details: Whitewater rafting guided excursion
    Test your paddling skills on this thrilling whitewater rafting trip. An experienced guide will help you navigate the rapids that rush through the delightfully lush scenery of the rainforest. No experience is required — just bring your sense of adventure and prepare to get wet!
    Day 10 End tour
    Map of Costa Rica: Coast to Coast
    Tour Includes:
    • Round-trip airfare
    • 8 overnight stays (10 with extension) in hotels with private bathrooms
    • Breakfast daily
    • Lunch daily
    • Dinner daily
    • Full-time services of a professional Tour Director
    • Visits to select attractions as per itinerary
    • Tour Diary™
    • Note: On arrival day only dinner is provided; on departure day, only breakfast is provided
    • Note: Tour cost does not include airline-imposed baggage fees, or fees for any required passport or visa. Please visit our Fees FAQ page for a full list of items that may not be included in the cost of your tour.
    We are better able to assist you with a quote for your selected departure date and city over the phone. Please call 1.888.310.7120 to price this tour with your requested options.
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    2342.00 total fee
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