(Tortuguero – Arenal – Monteverde)
Duration: 7 days/6 nights

This trip begins with two days in wildlife-rich Tortuguero National Park- Costa Rica’s “little Amazon”. Then fly back to San Jose where you will be picked up and driven to Arenal Volcano via the cultural road of San Ramon. Following  Arenal Volcano lush rain forests, travel west into the mountains to visit the cool forests of Monteverde Cloud Forest. Reflective of its name, Monteverde (Green Mountain), is the striking result of a forest shaped by regular and prolonged cloud baths.

  • Day 1      Arrival in San Jose
  • Day 2-3   Tortuguero National Park
  • Day 4      Farmer’s Market, Cocora Cloud Forest and Gardens, Arenal
  • Day 5      Arenal Hanging Bridges, Monteverde
  • Day 6      Monteverde Reserve, Sugar Mill and Coffee Tour
  • Day 7      To San Jose or Liberia, departure

Day 1: ARRIVAL

Upon your arrival in San José, Costa Rica and after you clear customs & immigration, exit the airport terminal, take the right hand side exit door, where you will meet a representative of Costa Rica Sun Tours who will present you with land portion vouchers and transfer you to your hotel in San Jose.

Hotel: Bougainvillea or similar (1 nt)
Meals Incl: 1B

Day 2-3: TORTUGUERO NATIONAL PARK

Start your journey to Tortuguero National Park in the northeastern lowlands.  With its abundant wildlife Tortuguero is one of the best areas in Costa Rica for viewing wild animals! You will have the chance to see everything from a variety of bird species; howling, white-faced, and spider monkeys; sloths; crocodiles; iguanas, basilisk lizards and more from the comfort of your boat. During July to September, green sea turtles come ashore at night to nest on the beach.

Hotel: Evergreen Lodge or similar (2 nts)
Meals Incl: 2B, 2L, 2D

Day 4: COCORA CLOUD FOREST AND GARDENS; TRANSFER TO ARENAL VOLCANO

Flight back to San Jose. On the way to Arenal Volcano stop en route at the community’s agriculture town market of San Ramon. This market offers a variety of tropical fruits and vegetables, including some that are rarely seen outside the tropics.

You will continue on with a visit to the Cocora Private hummingbird and butterfly gardens. Cocora is located in the cloud forest belt at 3000 feet elevation and offers the visitor attractive tropical plants and colorful butterflies and hummingbirds.

After a traditional lunch at Doña Mara´s house, you will continue on to your Arenal area hotel, travelling in the north central lowlands of Costa Rica among farmlands of tropical crops and cattle ranches. (L)

Lunch at Doña Mara´s house. In the foothills of the mountain range adjacent to Arenal volcano lives Doña Mara Rojas.  She is a housewife (or domestic engineer as she prefers to say) who has lived all her life in Chachagua.  Her husband Edgar is from Guanacaste and has worked as a chofer in the tourism industry and now works with the Costa Rican Institute of Electricity.   They have seven children although only their youngest son Geraldo still lives with them at home. In their backyard, typical of rural homesteads in the area,  they have several orange trees, coconut palms and one cacao tree (the source of chocolate).

Hotel: Arenal Observatory Lodge or similar (1 nt)
Meals Incl: 2B

Day 5: ARENAL HANGING BRIDGES; TRANSFER TO MONTEVERDE

Today in the morning you will visit the Arenal Hanging Bridges.  This is a complex of suspended bridges and trails through a beautiful rain forest. As you walk through the forest, you may encounter a variety of the forest wildlife, including toucans, motmots, trogons, poison dart frogs, howling monkeys, spider monkeys and white-faced capuchin monkeys.

After your rainforest bridges walk, you will travel up into the mountains on your way to the world-famous Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve. A place that has been intensely studied by scientists since its founding in 1972, and is the site of important pioneering research on the effects of climate change in tropical ecosystems. Outside the reserve the most important farm products around are organic coffee and milk for the local Cheese Factory.  The factory has been producing a variety of high-quality cheeses in Costa Rica since shortly after Quakers from the United States settled the area in 1950´s. Near and around the community centers, a large selection of restaurants, and other visitor attractions are found, such as butterfly gardens, horse rentals, treetop forest canopy tours, an orchid garden, art galleries, and a bat exhibit among others.

Hotel: Fonda Vela or similar (2 nts)
Meals Incl: 2B

Day 6: MONTEVERDE RESERVE, SUGAR MILL AND COFFEE TOUR

Today in the morning you will visit the Trapiche (‘sugar mill’) and coffee farm, that first began operation in 1948. The Monteverde Trapiche is run by a local family, and on your tour you will not only learn about the local process of making sugar, but also about the other most important agricultural product of the region, “café”. There you will enjoy a refreshment of sugar cane juice or lemonade, eat picadillo de arracache (a typical Costa Rican food) and make candy out of sugar cane (everyone makes their own candy!).

After lunch enjoy a guided visit to the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve, entrance fee included. Located in the Tilaran Mountain Range of Puntarenas Province, the Reserve is one of the premier natural history destinations in Costa Rica. Later in the afternoon the forest may be cool and misty from low cloud cover, so bring a light jacket for your walk.

The forest consists of lush, verdant vegetation containing understory palms, majestic canopy trees, arching “ropy” lianas, bizarre “strangler” fig trees and epiphytes-small plants that grow on the trees. Outstanding among the epiphytes are orchids-although most are small and high in the tree canopy, more orchid species are found in Monteverde for its size than any other place yet known (some 500!). As you walk through the forest, you may encounter a variety of wildlife. Frequently-sighted mammals include white-faced capuchin and howler monkeys, white-nosed coatis, two-toed sloths, kinkajous, and agoutis. Of the 400 bird species found in or nearby the reserve, outstanding species you may see include the legendary crimson and iridescent-green Resplendent Quetzal (which spends about ½ the year in the area during its breeding season from February or March to July), Emerald Toucanets, Black guans, Keel-billed toucans, Blue-crowned Motmots, Orange-bellied Trogons, Three-wattled Bellbirds (approximately April to August), and hummingbirds such as Purple-throated Mountain-gems, Violet Sabrewings, and Magenta-throated Woodstars. The wonderful songs of many of these birds will accompany you as you travel through the forest.

Day 7: DEPARTURE

Transfer to San Jose or Liberia International Airport to check in 3 hours before your scheduled flight home.

Included: As specified in the above itinerary, lodging, transportation within Costa Rica, meals [B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner], specified entrance fees to National Parks & private Reserves, guide services, ground operator support within Costa Rica and taxes.

Not Included: International airfare, airport departure taxes, meals not specified in the itinerary, alcoholic beverages, personal equipment, extras in hotels (laundry, phone calls, room service), gratuities, or costs associated with changes in your itinerary for reasons beyond our control.

(Tortuguero – Arenal – Monteverde)
Duration: 7 days/6 nights

This trip begins with two days in wildlife-rich Tortuguero National Park- Costa Rica’s “little Amazon”. Then fly back to San Jose where you will be picked up and driven to Arenal Volcano via the cultural road of San Ramon. Following  Arenal Volcano lush rain forests, travel west into the mountains to visit the cool forests of Monteverde Cloud Forest. Reflective of its name, Monteverde (Green Mountain), is the striking result of a forest shaped by regular and prolonged cloud baths.

  • Day 1      Arrival in San Jose
  • Day 2-3   Tortuguero National Park
  • Day 4      Farmer’s Market, Cocora Cloud Forest and Gardens, Arenal
  • Day 5      Arenal Hanging Bridges, Monteverde
  • Day 6      Monteverde Reserve, Sugar Mill and Coffee Tour
  • Day 7      To San Jose or Liberia, departure

Day 1: ARRIVAL

Upon your arrival in San José, Costa Rica and after you clear customs & immigration, exit the airport terminal, take the right hand side exit door, where you will meet a representative of Costa Rica Sun Tours who will present you with land portion vouchers and transfer you to your hotel in San Jose.

Hotel: Bougainvillea or similar (1 nt)
Meals Incl: 1B

Day 2-3: TORTUGUERO NATIONAL PARK

Start your journey to Tortuguero National Park in the northeastern lowlands.  With its abundant wildlife Tortuguero is one of the best areas in Costa Rica for viewing wild animals! You will have the chance to see everything from a variety of bird species; howling, white-faced, and spider monkeys; sloths; crocodiles; iguanas, basilisk lizards and more from the comfort of your boat. During July to September, green sea turtles come ashore at night to nest on the beach.

Hotel: Evergreen Lodge or similar (2 nts)
Meals Incl: 2B, 2L, 2D

Day 4: COCORA CLOUD FOREST AND GARDENS; TRANSFER TO ARENAL VOLCANO

Flight back to San Jose. On the way to Arenal Volcano stop en route at the community’s agriculture town market of San Ramon. This market offers a variety of tropical fruits and vegetables, including some that are rarely seen outside the tropics.

You will continue on with a visit to the Cocora Private hummingbird and butterfly gardens. Cocora is located in the cloud forest belt at 3000 feet elevation and offers the visitor attractive tropical plants and colorful butterflies and hummingbirds.

After a traditional lunch at Doña Mara´s house, you will continue on to your Arenal area hotel, travelling in the north central lowlands of Costa Rica among farmlands of tropical crops and cattle ranches. (L)

Lunch at Doña Mara´s house. In the foothills of the mountain range adjacent to Arenal volcano lives Doña Mara Rojas.  She is a housewife (or domestic engineer as she prefers to say) who has lived all her life in Chachagua.  Her husband Edgar is from Guanacaste and has worked as a chofer in the tourism industry and now works with the Costa Rican Institute of Electricity.   They have seven children although only their youngest son Geraldo still lives with them at home. In their backyard, typical of rural homesteads in the area,  they have several orange trees, coconut palms and one cacao tree (the source of chocolate).

Hotel: Arenal Observatory Lodge or similar (1 nt)
Meals Incl: 1B

Day 5: ARENAL HANGING BRIDGES; TRANSFER TO MONTEVERDE

Today in the morning you will visit the Arenal Hanging Bridges.  This is a complex of suspended bridges and trails through a beautiful rain forest. As you walk through the forest, you may encounter a variety of the forest wildlife, including toucans, motmots, trogons, poison dart frogs, howling monkeys, spider monkeys and white-faced capuchin monkeys.

After your rainforest bridges walk, you will travel up into the mountains on your way to the world-famous Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve. A place that has been intensely studied by scientists since its founding in 1972, and is the site of important pioneering research on the effects of climate change in tropical ecosystems. Outside the reserve the most important farm products around are organic coffee and milk for the local Cheese Factory.  The factory has been producing a variety of high-quality cheeses in Costa Rica since shortly after Quakers from the United States settled the area in 1950´s. Near and around the community centers, a large selection of restaurants, and other visitor attractions are found, such as butterfly gardens, horse rentals, treetop forest canopy tours, an orchid garden, art galleries, and a bat exhibit among others.

Hotel: Fonda Vela or similar (2 nts)
Meals Incl: 2B

Day 6: MONTEVERDE RESERVE, SUGAR MILL AND COFFEE TOUR

Today in the morning you will visit the Trapiche (‘sugar mill’) and coffee farm, that first began operation in 1948. The Monteverde Trapiche is run by a local family, and on your tour you will not only learn about the local process of making sugar, but also about the other most important agricultural product of the region, “café”. There you will enjoy a refreshment of sugar cane juice or lemonade, eat picadillo de arracache (a typical Costa Rican food) and make candy out of sugar cane (everyone makes their own candy!).

After lunch enjoy a guided visit to the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve, entrance fee included. Located in the Tilaran Mountain Range of Puntarenas Province, the Reserve is one of the premier natural history destinations in Costa Rica. Later in the afternoon the forest may be cool and misty from low cloud cover, so bring a light jacket for your walk.

The forest consists of lush, verdant vegetation containing understory palms, majestic canopy trees, arching “ropy” lianas, bizarre “strangler” fig trees and epiphytes-small plants that grow on the trees. Outstanding among the epiphytes are orchids-although most are small and high in the tree canopy, more orchid species are found in Monteverde for its size than any other place yet known (some 500!). As you walk through the forest, you may encounter a variety of wildlife. Frequently-sighted mammals include white-faced capuchin and howler monkeys, white-nosed coatis, two-toed sloths, kinkajous, and agoutis. Of the 400 bird species found in or nearby the reserve, outstanding species you may see include the legendary crimson and iridescent-green Resplendent Quetzal (which spends about ½ the year in the area during its breeding season from February or March to July), Emerald Toucanets, Black guans, Keel-billed toucans, Blue-crowned Motmots, Orange-bellied Trogons, Three-wattled Bellbirds (approximately April to August), and hummingbirds such as Purple-throated Mountain-gems, Violet Sabrewings, and Magenta-throated Woodstars. The wonderful songs of many of these birds will accompany you as you travel through the forest.

Day 7: DEPARTURE

Transfer to San Jose or Liberia International Airport to check in 3 hours before your scheduled flight home.

Included: As specified in the above itinerary, lodging, transportation within Costa Rica, meals [B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner], specified entrance fees to National Parks & private Reserves, guide services, ground operator support within Costa Rica and taxes.

Not Included: International airfare, airport departure taxes, meals not specified in the itinerary, alcoholic beverages, personal equipment, extras in hotels (laundry, phone calls, room service), gratuities, or costs associated with changes in your itinerary for reasons beyond our control.

(Tortuguero – Arenal – Monteverde)
Duration: 7 days/6 nights

This trip begins with two days in wildlife-rich Tortuguero National Park- Costa Rica’s “little Amazon”. Then fly back to San Jose where you will be picked up and driven to Arenal Volcano via the cultural road of San Ramon. Following  Arenal Volcano lush rain forests, travel west into the mountains to visit the cool forests of Monteverde Cloud Forest. Reflective of its name, Monteverde (Green Mountain), is the striking result of a forest shaped by regular and prolonged cloud baths.

  • Day 1      Arrival in San Jose
  • Day 2-3   Tortuguero National Park
  • Day 4      Farmer’s Market, Cocora Cloud Forest and Gardens, Arenal
  • Day 5      Arenal Hanging Bridges, Monteverde
  • Day 6      Monteverde Reserve, Sugar Mill and Coffee Tour
  • Day 7      To San Jose or Liberia, departure

Day 1: ARRIVAL

Upon your arrival in San José, Costa Rica and after you clear customs & immigration, exit the airport terminal, take the right hand side exit door, where you will meet a representative of Costa Rica Sun Tours who will present you with land portion vouchers and transfer you to your hotel in San Jose.

Hotel: Bougainvillea or similar (1 nt)
Meals Incl: 1B

Day 2-3: TORTUGUERO NATIONAL PARK

Start your journey to Tortuguero National Park in the northeastern lowlands.  With its abundant wildlife Tortuguero is one of the best areas in Costa Rica for viewing wild animals! You will have the chance to see everything from a variety of bird species; howling, white-faced, and spider monkeys; sloths; crocodiles; iguanas, basilisk lizards and more from the comfort of your boat. During July to September, green sea turtles come ashore at night to nest on the beach.

Hotel: Evergreen Lodge or similar (2 nts)
Meals Incl: 2B, 2L, 2D

Day 4: COCORA CLOUD FOREST AND GARDENS; TRANSFER TO ARENAL VOLCANO

Flight back to San Jose. On the way to Arenal Volcano stop en route at the community’s agriculture town market of San Ramon. This market offers a variety of tropical fruits and vegetables, including some that are rarely seen outside the tropics.

You will continue on with a visit to the Cocora Private hummingbird and butterfly gardens. Cocora is located in the cloud forest belt at 3000 feet elevation and offers the visitor attractive tropical plants and colorful butterflies and hummingbirds.

After a traditional lunch at Doña Mara´s house, you will continue on to your Arenal area hotel, travelling in the north central lowlands of Costa Rica among farmlands of tropical crops and cattle ranches. (L)

Lunch at Doña Mara´s house. In the foothills of the mountain range adjacent to Arenal volcano lives Doña Mara Rojas.  She is a housewife (or domestic engineer as she prefers to say) who has lived all her life in Chachagua.  Her husband Edgar is from Guanacaste and has worked as a chofer in the tourism industry and now works with the Costa Rican Institute of Electricity.   They have seven children although only their youngest son Geraldo still lives with them at home. In their backyard, typical of rural homesteads in the area,  they have several orange trees, coconut palms and one cacao tree (the source of chocolate).

Hotel: Arenal Observatory Lodge or similar (1 nt)
Meals Incl: 2B

Day 5: ARENAL HANGING BRIDGES; TRANSFER TO MONTEVERDE

Today in the morning you will visit the Arenal Hanging Bridges.  This is a complex of suspended bridges and trails through a beautiful rain forest. As you walk through the forest, you may encounter a variety of the forest wildlife, including toucans, motmots, trogons, poison dart frogs, howling monkeys, spider monkeys and white-faced capuchin monkeys.

After your rainforest bridges walk, you will travel up into the mountains on your way to the world-famous Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve. A place that has been intensely studied by scientists since its founding in 1972, and is the site of important pioneering research on the effects of climate change in tropical ecosystems. Outside the reserve the most important farm products around are organic coffee and milk for the local Cheese Factory.  The factory has been producing a variety of high-quality cheeses in Costa Rica since shortly after Quakers from the United States settled the area in 1950´s. Near and around the community centers, a large selection of restaurants, and other visitor attractions are found, such as butterfly gardens, horse rentals, treetop forest canopy tours, an orchid garden, art galleries, and a bat exhibit among others.

Hotel: Fonda Vela or similar (2 nts)
Meals Incl: 2B

Day 6: MONTEVERDE RESERVE, SUGAR MILL AND COFFEE TOUR

Today in the morning you will visit the Trapiche (‘sugar mill’) and coffee farm, that first began operation in 1948. The Monteverde Trapiche is run by a local family, and on your tour you will not only learn about the local process of making sugar, but also about the other most important agricultural product of the region, “café”. There you will enjoy a refreshment of sugar cane juice or lemonade, eat picadillo de arracache (a typical Costa Rican food) and make candy out of sugar cane (everyone makes their own candy!).

After lunch enjoy a guided visit to the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve, entrance fee included. Located in the Tilaran Mountain Range of Puntarenas Province, the Reserve is one of the premier natural history destinations in Costa Rica. Later in the afternoon the forest may be cool and misty from low cloud cover, so bring a light jacket for your walk.

The forest consists of lush, verdant vegetation containing understory palms, majestic canopy trees, arching “ropy” lianas, bizarre “strangler” fig trees and epiphytes-small plants that grow on the trees. Outstanding among the epiphytes are orchids-although most are small and high in the tree canopy, more orchid species are found in Monteverde for its size than any other place yet known (some 500!). As you walk through the forest, you may encounter a variety of wildlife. Frequently-sighted mammals include white-faced capuchin and howler monkeys, white-nosed coatis, two-toed sloths, kinkajous, and agoutis. Of the 400 bird species found in or nearby the reserve, outstanding species you may see include the legendary crimson and iridescent-green Resplendent Quetzal (which spends about ½ the year in the area during its breeding season from February or March to July), Emerald Toucanets, Black guans, Keel-billed toucans, Blue-crowned Motmots, Orange-bellied Trogons, Three-wattled Bellbirds (approximately April to August), and hummingbirds such as Purple-throated Mountain-gems, Violet Sabrewings, and Magenta-throated Woodstars. The wonderful songs of many of these birds will accompany you as you travel through the forest.

Day 7: DEPARTURE

Transfer to San Jose or Liberia International Airport to check in 3 hours before your scheduled flight home.

Included: As specified in the above itinerary, lodging, transportation within Costa Rica, meals [B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner], specified entrance fees to National Parks & private Reserves, guide services, ground operator support within Costa Rica and taxes.

Not Included: International airfare, airport departure taxes, meals not specified in the itinerary, alcoholic beverages, personal equipment, extras in hotels (laundry, phone calls, room service), gratuities, or costs associated with changes in your itinerary for reasons beyond our control.

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