Duration: 14 days/13 nights
From $1735 per person (based on double occupancy) and standard hotels, single supplement $855.
Destinations: Pacuare River, Cahuita, Tortuguero, Arenal Volcano, Monteverde, Tamarindo.

Navigate the Pacuare river on a raft, snorkel in the emerald waters of the Caribbean, cruise the canals of Tortuguero, cross lake Arenal on a pontoon boat and enjoy water sports on the Pacific. For nature and water lovers alike, your 2 week trip covers the most distinct areas of Costa Rica. The extraordinary jungles, national parks, cloud forests and soft clear sand beach of Tamarindo will astound you. You must come ready to take it all in!

  • Day 1:   Arrival In San Jose
  • Day 2:   Pacuare River Rafting Class Iv. Transfer To Cahuita
  • Day 3:   Free Day In Cahuita National Park
  • Day 4:   Transfer To Tortuguero National Park. Town Visit
  • Day 5:   Rainforest Canal Boat Tour With Local Guide
  • Day 6:   Transfer To Arenal Volcano
  • Day 7:   Nature Hike With Local Guide. Afternoon Optional Activities.
  • Day 8:   Lake Crossing To Monteverde Cloud Forest.
  • Day 9:   Free Day In Monteverde
  • Day 10: Transfer To Tamarindo Beach.
  • Day 11:  Free Day In Tamarindo
  • Day 12:  Free Day In Tamarindo
  • Day 13:  Transfer To San José
  • Day 14:  Departure. Transfer To International Airport

Day 1: ARRIVAL IN SAN JOSE

Upon arrival to the International Juan Santamaria Airport in Costa Rica, one of our transport representatives will be waiting for you with a notice board announcing your name.  Once you are with the transport representative, he will take you to your  hotel in the Central Valley. The Central Valley of Costa Rica is where the capital city, San Jose is located. San Jose is a bustling city with over a million inhabitants. The main attractions of the city are the National Theatre, completed in 1897,the Gold and Jade Museums, the brand new National Stadium, and the old neighborhoods and historic statues.  The Central Valley has a diverse range of landscapes and varying climates, such as in the nearby mountains, volcanoes, national parks and jungles.  There is much to visit when staying in the Central Valley of Costa Rica.
Hotel: Bougainvillea or similar

Day 2: PACUARE RIVER RAFTING CLASS IV. TRANSFER TO CAHUITA (B,L)

This day for your rafting tour you must take: rubber-soled shoes that can get wet, swimsuit; quick-drying t-shirt and shorts, waterproof sunscreen, sun hat or bandana, glasses with straps, change of clothing including shoes and towel. Early in the morning you will be driven from your Hotel in San Jose to the Pacuare River for a day of River Rafting. Before your arrival to the river, you will have a stop for breakfast at a local restaurant. Once at the river side, your rafting guides will give you instruction of rafting procedures and safety. The rafting on the Pacuare River will be on Class III-IV rapids. The Pacuare River combines plenty of white water for a fun and exciting ride, along with lush and wild jungles on both sides of the river. A buffet lunch will be served on the rivers edge.  Once the rafting is finished, in the late afternoon, you will be driven to the town of Cahuita on the Caribbean Coast.
Hotel: Ciudad Perdida or similar

Day 3: FREE DAY IN CAHUITA NATIONAL PARK (B)

Cahuita National Park

This day you may enjoy a day of leisure to enjoy the hotel, the beaches, the national park and surroundings or to enjoy a day of activities such as surfing, horseback riding, a canopy tour or kayaking in the mangroves.  All these activities are offered at an additional cost. The eastern coast of Costa Rica has strong ties with Caribbean culture and is known for its annual Carnival Festival in October and its distinct regional cuisine. On the southeast coast 42 km south of Puerto Limon, Cahuita National Park was created in 1970 to protect Costa Ricas biggest coral reef.  This reef has over 240 marine species including colorful tropical fish, mollusks, crabs and lobsters.  The water is always warm and the reef is a great place for snorkeling.The park has a beautiful light sandy beach flanked by coconut palms and native forest vegetation behind where one can walk on easy level trails to observe monkeys and other wildlife. This is a great place on the east coast to enjoy a relaxing day.
Hotel: Ciudad Perdida or similar

Day 4: TRANSFER TO TORTUGUERO NATIONAL PARK. TOWN VISIT (B,L,D)

Early in the morning, a representative of your hotel in Tortuguero will pick you up at your hotel in Cahuita for a transfer to Tortuguero.  The trip to Tortuguero will be approximately 4 hours in a shared minivan and later on a boat through the canals of Tortuguero. The vast National Park of Tortuguero harbors an incredible variety of wildlife amidst its spectacular rainforests.  The best way to view the park is by boat along some of   the numerous interconnecting canals and rivers.Tortuguero National Park, Costa Ricas little Amazon, is located on the Caribbean coast. This remote area is accessible only by plane or by boat; nevertheless your lodging will still be first class. Wildlife-rich Tortuguero will allow you the chance to see a large diversity of bird species, monkeys, sloths, crocodiles, and iguanas as you tour the navigable rainforest canals by boat. The tropical beaches around Tortuguero are key nesting sites for green sea turtles during July to September.
Hotel: Mawamba Lodge

Day 5: RAINFOREST CANAL BOAT TOUR WITH LOCAL GUIDE (B,L,D)

Tortuguero

This day you may enjoy an early morning boat tour of the canals of Tortuguero.  Early in the morning or during the late afternoon it is best to spot many different kinds of birds and animals. You will travel at a leisurely pace enabling your naturalist guide, along with an expert local guide, to point out wildlife and interesting flora. You will likely see monkeys, caiman, basilisk lizards, iguanas, herons, toucans, parrots and more.  Bring: sunhat, sunscreen, insect repellent, camera and binoculars.  After your boat tour, you may enjoy some leisure time at the Lodge, the beaches and surroundings.
Hotel: Mawamba Lodge

Day 6: TRANSFER TO ARENAL VOLCANO (B,L)

Arenal Volcano

Early in the morning you will take the boat transfer from your lodge to the main port of the canals of Tortuguero and then you will be driven from the Caribbean Coast to Arenal.  In the north central region of Costa Rica, near the town of La Fortuna, the Arenal volcano rises majestically above the lowland plains surrounding it. Beneath the volcanoes peak, the area offers natural beauty, amazing wildlife, and plenty of outdoor activities including canyoning, horseback riding, rafting, mountain biking, zip line tours, canopy bridge walks and a gondola tram above the forest. At days end, one can relax in an area resort that offers soothing thermal waters heated by the volcano.
Hotel: Arenal Observatory Lodge or similar

Day 7: NATURE HIKE WITH LOCAL GUIDE. AFTERNOON OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES (B)

Don Juan

This day our naturalist guide will give you a guided tour of the Arenal Volcano surroundings. With your guide you will explore the area around the volcano, learn about its fascinating history, and view how the flora and fauna are reclaiming the formerly devastated landscape. Arenal Volcano erupted violently July 29th 1968 destroying the region west of its base with hot gases, rocks and later, lava flows.  Today the volcano steams quietly and heats local rivers that have been developed into popular hot springs and spas.  Forest vegetation is quickly returning and covering the massive rock fragments and lava flows, and rainforest wildlife once again flourishes in and around the park. Bring: comfortable clothing, hiking shoes, insect repellent, camera, binoculars, sunscreen and rain gear. The tour includes: entrance fee and guide. The rest of the afternoon you may enjoy a day of leisure to enjoy the hotel and surroundings or to enjoy afternoon activities offered in the area.
Hotel: Arenal Observatory Lodge or similar

Day 8: LAKE CROSSING TO MONTEVERDE CLOUD FOREST (B)

You will be picked up in the morning at your hotel in Arenal for a transfer to the Rio Chiquito. Here you will board a boat to cross Lake Arenal. This scenic lake journey will reduce your travel time to Monteverde by about one hour.  The views you may enjoy are of mountains, farms, forests and the majestic Arenal Volcano across the lake.
Hotel: Fonda Vela or similar

Day 9: FREE DAY IN MONTEVERDE (B)

Monteverde

This day you may enjoy a day of leisure to enjoy the hotel, the rainforest and surroundings or to enjoy a day of activities such as horseback riding, hiking, bird watching, a canopy tour or a tour of the hanging bridges in forest canopies. The Monteverde Cloud Forest in the Tilaran Mountains of northwest Costa Rica is one of the worlds premiere destinations for naturalists. A cloud forest is an especially beautiful and rare type of rain forest created by frequent mists from low-lying clouds. This cool and moist environment is characterized by massive trees covered by thick carpets of small plants. Much of the resident wildlife is unique to these habitats. In Monteverde you may also enjoy dining in numerous restaurants, visit the live frog and butterfly exhibits, shop for local crafts and art and visit a native orchid garden.
Hotel: Fonda Vela or similar

Day 10: TRANSFER TO TAMARINDO BEACH (B)

Once you have checked out from your hotel in Monteverde and you are ready to go, one of our transport representatives will drive you to the beaches of Tamarindo on the North Pacific coast of Costa Rica.  The drive from Monteverde to Tamarindo may beapproximately 4hours.
Hotel: Capitan Suizo or similar

Day 11: FREE DAY IN TAMARINDO (B)

Tamarindo Beach

Tamarindo Beach

This day you may enjoy a day of leisure to enjoy the hotel, the beaches and surroundings or to enjoy a day of activities such as surfing, horseback riding, a canopy tour or sailing.  All these activities are offered at an additional cost.
Hotel: Capitan Suizo or similar

Day 12: FREE DAY IN TAMARINDO (B)

This day you may enjoy a day of leisure to enjoy the hotel, the beaches and surroundings or to enjoy a day of activities at an additional cost.
Hotel: Capitan Suizo or similar

Day 13: TRANSFER TO SAN JOSÉ (B)

This day one of our transport representatives will drive you from the hotel in Tamarindo to your hotel in San Jose.  The drive will be approximately 4.5 hours.
Hotel: Bougainvillea or similar

Day 14: DEPARTURE. TRANSFER TO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (B)

This day one of our transport representatives will drive you from your hotel to the Juan Santamaria International Airport.  You will have to check in at least 3 hours prior to your departure flight time.

Included:  Lodging, transportation and meals as specified in the above itinerary where B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner, entrance fees to National Parks and Private Reserves, tours, guide services, applicable taxes, service fees and in-country ground operator support.

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

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