9 NIGHTS / 10 DAYS
Day 1: Canada - San José (Costa Rica)
Flight with a good itinerary.
Arrival at the airport in San Jose. You will be greeted by our local representatives and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is free to relax or explore San José.
Day 2: San José - Tortuguero
Early departure toward the Caribbean coast. Breakfast will be offered at the hotel before departure or on route. Driving through the northwestern part of the country, you will see a landscape of tall mountains and cloud forests. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to the pier for a 2-hour boat ride to your hotel. Through a series of canals, you might even spot a few exotic birds, monkeys, and caimans. After check-in and lunch at the hotel, you will have the option to relax or start your exploration of the area with a visit to the town of Tortuguero (also offered on day 3). Dinner at the hotel. (Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner)
Day 3: Tortuguero National Park
In the morning after breakfast, you will be transferred to Tortuguero National Park for a half-day boat tour where you will discover the rich biological diversity of this coastal zone (entrance fees of $15 USD per person to be paid by cash at destination). Located in a tropical climate, this remote conservation area consists of eleven different habitats, including rainforest, mangrove forests, swamps, beaches, and lagoons. It shelters seven species of turtle, a large variety of crustaceans and many species of freshwater fish. Following lunch, free time to explore the hotel surroundings or to take a visit of the town of Tortuguero. Dinner at the hotel. (Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner)
Day 4: Tortuguero - Arenal Volcano National Park
Following breakfast, you will board a boat for your transfer back to the pier. Continuation by bus to Guapiles, where you will enjoy a delicious lunch at a local restaurant. Enjoying the scenery and countryside views along the ride, you will finally reach the town of La Fortuna in the Arenal area. Rest of the day free to enjoy the facilities of your hotel, relax at its spa center, or to go for a short hike to discover the infamous Arenal Volcano ($). Dinner free. (Breakfast)
Day 5: Arenal Volcano National Park
After breakfast, get ready to discover the secrets of what make Costa Rican coffees and chocolates some of the best in the world. You will learn about the entire coffee process, from seed to cup, on this intuitive agricultural tour. On to the sweetest part of the activity, your guide will describe the entire chocolate process, before you will have the opportunity to taste several types of chocolates produced locally.
Upon your return to the hotel, free time to opt for optional activities. You can ask the front desk about the famous canopy tours available ($). Dinner free. (Breakfast)
Day 6: Arenal Volcano National Park - Monteverde
Breakfast at the hotel before departing toward Monteverde. You will drive around Lake Arenal, taking in amazing views of the Volcano and surrounding nature, where a few local communities perched in the mountains remain. Afternoon and evening free. (Breakfast)
Day 7: Monteverde
After breakfast, you will discover the beauty of Costa Rican forests on the first hanging bridges built in the country. This guided adventure will bring you on trails and amazing hanging bridges through the dense cloud forests of Monteverde. This is a once-in-a-lifetime experience with the surrounding flora and fauna at every level of these magical tropical rain forests. Lunch and rest of the day at leisure. Dinner free. (Breakfast)
Day 8: Monteverde - Jaco Beach
Following breakfast, you will leave Monteverde for the Pacific coast. Arrival at the hotel around noon. Check-in and rest of the day free to enjoy the facilities of your hotel. Set up in an exuberant tropical forest, your hotel is located a few steps from the beautiful sandy beaches bathed by the green-emerald waters of the Pacific Ocean. (Breakfast)
Day 9: Jaco Beach - Optional full-day tour to Manuel Antonio National Park
Breakfast at the hotel. Full day free to enjoy the beach. You can also opt for an optional full-day tour to Manuel Antonio National Park ($). (Breakfast)
Optional full-day tour ($) to Manuel Antonio National Park:
Explore the pristine natural beauty of this world-famous national park filled with exotic wildlife such as monkeys, sloths, birds, reptiles, and butterflies. Your picturesque 2-mile hike will take you to one of the beaches named “Most beautiful beach in the world” by Forbes magazine. Experience the lush rainforest behind you, white-sand beaches below, and crystal-clear waters during this refreshing beach stop. Have your camera ready, as your knowledgeable guide sets his trained eyes on diverse flora and fauna for you to capture along the way.
Day 10: Jaco Beach - San José - Canada
Breakfast at the hotel. Greeting in the lobby of your hotel by our local representatives and transfer to the airport for your flight home. (Breakfast)