Costa Rican Adventure

Costa Rican Adventure
See turtle nesting grounds, massive manatees and giant iguanas in Tortuguero, relax in hot springs and kayak on crystalline lakes in Arenal, and travel up to Monteverde to spot howler monkeys and colorful tree frogs hidden under a cover of clouds.
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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
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--Arenal
Travel to Arenal
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 5 Arenal--Monteverde
Optional  horseback ride  $45
Details: Lake Arenal kayaking tour
Glide along the still waters reflecting the perfect cone of Arenal Volcano and the surrounding rolling hills. Lake Arenal, the country's largest, is also among its most scenic, and the area has become popular area to kayak, windsurf, sail, fish, and hike.
Details: Travel to Monteverde
Because of its humidity and latitude, the entire city of Monteverde can disappear in a second under a massive cloud cover. Founded by Quakers in 1951, the city boasts the best in Costa Rican creatures. Observe a proud display of howler monkeys, revered quetzals and native frogs in the dense cover of the cloud forest.
Day 6 Monteverde landmarks
Optional  Canopy zip line tour  $50
Details: Santa Elena Biological Reserve visit
Get your spider monkey fix as you climb into the clouds. The Santa Elena Reserve reaches high into the atmosphere, bringing the cloudy mists into its lush forests and letting you see all the way to the Arenal Volcano.
Details: Plant your own tree
In 1987, a nine-year-old Swedish student asked what he could do to save the rainforests, and Children’s Eternal Cloud Forest was born. The Monteverde Conservation League oversees the planting of deforested land and virgin rainforest in the Children’s Forest and throughout the area, and now owns more than 22,000 hectares. Contribute your green thumb efforts to their conservation work.
Day 7 Monteverde--San José
Travel to San José
Details: Butterfly garden & ecological farm visit
Fluttering wings of red and yellow hop from flower to flower in Monteverde’s impressive Butterfly Garden, founded by biologist Jim Wolfe and his wife Marta Iris Salazar. Get a broader look at Costa Rican flora and fauna at the Ecolodge, a University of Georgia satellite campus. The visitor-friendly farm offers hiking, bird-watching and night walks, and the residents are always happy to discuss their work in sustainable agriculture throughout the area.
Day 8 End tour

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    Day 8 Start river rafting extension
    Details: Whitewater rafting guided excursion
    The perfect way to experience Costa Rica at its best. After getting full safety and paddling instructions from your guide, head off into lush rainforest teeming with toucans, herons, and iguanas. Be on the lookout for basilisk lizards—these reptiles can scurry across the water on their hind legs, a feat that earned them the nickname “Jesus Christ lizards.” End your tour of Costa Rica’s most popular river with a traditional lunch prepared by your guide.
    Day 9 End tour
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    Tour Includes:
    • Round-trip airfare
    • 7 overnight stays (8 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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    2115.00 total fee
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