This package includes all the Costa Rican essentials, an impressive volcano, a tropical jungle boat ride tour, and cloud forests boasting exuberant flora and fauna!
Day 1 : Arrival to San Jose
Upon arrival to the Juan Santamaria International Airport one of our representatives will meet you at the gate and will provide private transfer to your hotel for your first night in Costa Rica.
Night at Hotel Rodeo Country Inn, Standard Superior Room
Day 2 : San Jose - Tortuguero
Mawamba Lodge 3 Days / 2 nights package
Early morning pick up for the drive through the Braulio Carrillo National Park to the canals lining the Atlantic Coast, where the three-hour boat trip to Tortuguero starts. A typical breakfast is served on the way. Tortuguero National Park preserves 21.000 hectares of tropical rain forest.
Arrive at the lodge for lunch. The lodge will then schedule a tour to the village in the afternoon. This tour will provide detailed information on its history, culture and work in favor of conservation of the sea turtles and the flora and fauna in general.
A visit to the Sea Museum of the “Caribbean Conservation Corporation” is also included, but the donation of USD 1 per person has to be paid directly to the CCC.
Night at Mawamba Lodge, Standard Room (B,L,D)
Day 3 : Tortuguero Canals
After breakfast guests will enjoy a guided visit through the Mawamba Park, which includes 2 butterfly farms, a frog garden, an iguana park and the hotel’s bio-digestor, all located in the lodges gardens.
Afterwards continue on the El Manakin trails along the beach on the hotel`s property. It is amazing how so nearby your room you can find different kinds of monkeys, sloths, iguanas, poison arrow frogs and many birds and insects including the blue butterfly (Morpho peleides).
Return to the lodge for lunch. In the afternoon a boat tour through the canals within the National Park of Tortuguero is scheduled. During this excursion you discover a large variety of birds and receive detailed information on the flora and fauna of the area.
Night at Mawamba Lodge, Standard Room (B,L,D)
Day 4 : Tortuguero- Arenal
After breakfast return by boat to the dock near Limon.
There is a stop for lunch and afterwards private transfer will be provided to Arenal, La Fortuna. Duration 3 hours approximately. Upon arrival at the hotel the rest of the Day is at your leisure.
Night at Arenal Volcano Inn, Standard Room (B,L)
Day 5 : Arenal
Today you will do the following activities:
Morning Horseback riding to La Fortuna Waterfall
A beautiful example of the Costa Rican country site will be found along the way, cattle farms and agriculture, also the chance to see some birds as oropéndolas and toucans. After that you have to walk five hundred meters into the forest to get to the waterfall, which is 70 meters high. At the base of the waterfall there is a "natural pool" where we can swim in the fresh water of La Fortuna river for about one hour.
Arenal by Night & Hot Springs Tour
The Arenal Volcano is active since 1968, it constantly ejects gases, water, fumaroles and explosions with pyroclastic material emissions, and sometimes the eruptions are accompanied with powerful thunders. The lava flows come out of the crater with a temperature up to 1 000 Centigrade. As the lava flows down it slowly cools off. A short hike in one of the trails close to the volcano area will give you the chance to enjoy some forest and the activity around it. Later at the hot springs you can enjoy a healthy and relaxing soak, it is also possible to see the Arenal Volcano erupting from a comfortable spa. On this tour you can choose between: Tabacón, Ecotermales, and Baldí Hot Springs (upon availability).
Night at Arenal Volcano Inn, Standard Room (B,D)
Day 6 : Arenal-Monteverde
This morning service is on a minivan - boat - minivan transfer, a scenic ride through the Arenal Lake to Monteverde Cloud forest area. Duration 2 1/2 hours
Arenal Lake is the largest and the most important lake in Costa Rica, it was man made in 1974 to provide hydroelectric energy for the country. It is also a place where you can find different kinds of resident and migratory birds. Sometimes mammals can be seen in the surroundings, also great views of the Arenal Volcano when it's clear. The Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve is one of the most outstanding wild life sanctuaries in the tropics. This high elevation rain forest offers miles of trails with excellent opportunities for bird watching.
Enjoy an afternoon tour at El Trapiche, a Costa Rican Family project that offers visitors a two hour long guided tour. You'll begin with a walk on the farm where guests will learn about the production of sugarcane, coffee, and the traditional ways of cultivating bananas, arracache (a local legume), avocado, macadamia nuts as well as other products. Also one can observe a Tilapia fish project and a small-forested area where it is possible to see various flora and fauna of the Monteverde zone. During the tour of the farm, visitors will have the opportunity to collect coffee, transport it to the grinding machines and see how the delicious Monteverde coffee is made. Also you'll find the traditional cart waiting to transport you to the sugarcane mill where the guide will demonstrate the process of making brown sugar and all the other types of products made from sugarcane. One can also enjoy a representation of the extraction of guaro, a Costa Rican alcohol made from sugarcane. To end this eventful tour our guests can enjoy "picadillo de arracache", a traditional vegetable hash, accompanied by a cup of coffee or lemonade.
Night at Trapp Family Lodge, Superior room (B)
Day 7 : Monteverde
After breakfast, enjoy the following activity:
Sky Walk and Sky Tram
In the Sky Tram you will have the opportunity to observe the cloud forest biodiversity, the Arenal, Tenorio, Miravalles and Orosi volcanoes, the Nicoya gulf and the Guanacaste plain if the weather allows it. The gondolas have been adapted even for people with some disability. This tour ends up into a wide observation platform, where you start Sky Trek.
Sky Trek is a secure system of trails and zip lines, in the Monteverde Cloud Forest that offers visitors the opportunity to observe and appreciate the nature from different vantage points. It is similar to other canopy tours in Costa Rica, but incorporates some significant differences, such as being of larger scale, metal platforms covered with mesh-covered and steel rails which prevent falling or sliding. It also includes 4544 feet of trails, eleven transversal cables (from 131 feet to 2525 feet) long, and two observatory towers for a panoramic view (360Âº) of the Guanacaste, San Carlos and Puntarenas lowlands.
At night go on the Monteverde Reserve Night Tour
Night Walks are amazing nocturnal tours that begin just before the sunset and finishes at night, giving the hikers an opportunity to compare diurnal and nocturnal wildlife.
Night at Trapp Family Lodge, Superior Room (B)
Day 8 : Monteverde-San José
After lunch, private transfer back to San Jose. Duration 4 hours approximately
Night at El Rodeo Country Inn, Standard Superior Room (B)
Day 9 : Departure (B)
Private transfer to the International Airport to take flight home (or add on a beach extension!)
End of service!!!