Duration: 7 days/6 nights
Price: $1730 per person (based on double occupancy), single supplement $625
Departs:Daily with a minimum of 2 participants
Depart on thursday and save $170
Destination: Tortuguero, Arenal, Monteverde
Your ecotourism experience begins with two days in wildlife-rich Tortuguero National Park, known as Costa Rica’s “little Amazon”. Then fly back to San Jose where you will be picked up and driven to Arenal Volcano via La Paz Waterfall Gardens, a rescued wildlife preserve and home to several magnificent waterfalls. After exploring Arenal Volcano´s lush rainforests travel west through rural Costa Rican villages, dairy farms and coffee plantations en route to the cool montane forests of the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve, and its unique rural Quaker/Tico community. Monteverde is a prime example of a rare rainforest type that accounts for only 2% of all the world´s rainforests.
- Day 1: Arrival in San José
- Day 2: Transfer to Tortuguero
- Day 3: Tortuguero National Park
- Day 4: La Paz Waterfall Gardens & Transfer to Arenal Volcano
- Day 5: Arenal Tour & Transfer to Monteverde
- Day 6: Zip Line Canopy Tour & Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve
- Day 7: Departure. Transfer to International Airport
Day 1: ARRIVAL
Upon your arrival at the Juan Santamaría International Airport in San José and after you claim your luggage, clear customs & immigration and exit the airport terminal, a Costa Rica Sun Tours representative will meet you, present you with your land portion vouchers and transfer you to your hotel.
All persons traveling to Costa Rica must have a passport valid for 6 months past the date of entry into the country.
Hotel: Bougainvillea or similar (1 nt)
Day 2: TORTUGUERO NATIONAL PARK (B,L,D)
You will be picked up early in the morning at your hotel for your guided tour of Tortuguero National Park. Your travel route will pass through the majestic forested mountain wilderness of Braulio Carillo National Park just outside of San José, and then you will descend to the lowland plains stopping for a typical breakfast en route. In the lowlands you will pass through banana plantations before boarding a boat for a river journey through farmlands and majestic forests on to Tortuguero. You will arrive at your hotel and have lunch, and then you can relax to admire the scenery around you, or visit the small local town, walk the beach, or see exhibits in the excellent natural history museum.
Hotel: Evergreen Lodge or similar
Day 3: TORTUGUERO NATIONAL PARK (B,L,D)
A premier area for wildlife viewing, the vast forested wilderness of Tortuguero is accessible only by plane or by boat along a vast river network-yet your area lodging is first class! Today, you will have a morning guided walk through the pathways around the hotel, free time for exploring or relaxing, and then after lunch enjoy an afternoon boat tour to Tortuguero National Park. Your keen-eyed boat driver and guide will point out wildlife that includes shorebirds, monkeys, caiman, toucans, parrots, iguanas, sloths and more! During July to September, sea turtles come ashore to nest on the beach at night, and guided tours to observe this ancient ritual can be arranged.
Hotel: Evergreen Lodge or similar
Day 4: LA PAZ WATERFALL GARDENS & TRANSFER TO ARENAL (B,L)
From Tortuguero, you have a scenic 45 minute return flight back to San José passing over rainforests, banana plantations and mountains. You will be picked up at the local airport for your guided tour in the Arenal Volcano area stopping first at La Paz Waterfall Gardens. La Paz has manicured gardens; a rescued wildlife preserve with jungle cats and monkeys; a hummingbird garden; live butterfly, frog exhibits and more. At La Paz you can walk along a clear mountain river on an easy access trail with great views of gorgeous waterfalls. After a delicious lunch at La Paz, you will continue your journey into lowland plains amid tropical farmlands before arriving at your Arenal area hotel.
Hotel: Arenal Observatory Lodge or similar (1 nts)
Day 5: ARENAL TOUR & TRANSFER TO MONTEVERDE (B)
Hike the lava flow trail at the Arenal Volcano National Park. The flow left an impressive pile of blocky lava rocks that rises about 60 feet high and now offers a panoramic view of the surrounding forests, mountains, nearby Lake Arenal and the Arenal Volcano. As hunger for lunch sets in, you will be taken to a local restaurant en route to Monteverde. The Monteverde Cloud Forest is one of the worlds premiere destinations for naturalists. Much of the resident wildlife is unique to these habitats. In addition to forest hikes, visitors can enjoy many other area attractions including horseback riding; dining in numerous restaurants; live frog and butterfly exhibits; bird watching; crafts and gift shopping; zip line tours and bridge walks in forest canopies; a visit to a native orchid garden and more.
Hotel: Fonda Vela or similar
Day 6: ZIP LINE CANOPY TOUR & MONTEVERDE CLOUD FOREST RESERVE (B)
Monteverde is a small community in the Tilaran Mountains and is below the famous Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve. In and around the community founded by Quakers and Costa Ricans, there are many restaurants and exhibits including butterfly gardens, horse rentals, an orchid garden, art galleries, and the Monteverde Cheese Factory. After breakfast, you will have an exciting Zip Line Canopy Tour that consists of horizontal cables to which you are attached by a pulley and harness and brings you soaring along to a series of platforms in the trees! In the afternoon you will have a guided tour in the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve which harbors wildlife adapted to its cool, misty forest environment including many unique to these habitats.
Hotel: Fonda Vela or similar
Day 7: DEPARTURE. TRANSFER TO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (B)
Transfer to San Jose or Liberia International Airport. Check in 3 hours before your scheduled flight home. Pura Vida!
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, room service), gratuities, or costs associated with changes in your itinerary for reasons beyond our control.