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Classic Costa Rica

Destination
South America
Flying From
Edinburgh
Dates
Year Round
Duration
12 Nights
Guide Price
£2197pp
Reference
358836

Whats Included

  • Flights
  • Hotels
  • Tours
ItineraryCommencing, Year Round

UK to San Jose

Day 1

This morning, board your direct British Airways flight from Gatwick, arriving into San Jose late afternoon. On arrival, your driver will be waiting for you and will drive you to your hotel for the evening.

San Jose to Poas Volcano/Doka Coffee Plantation

Day 2

Enjoy a guided visit to Poas Volcano, Doka Coffee Plantation and La Paz Waterfall Gardens. First stop, will be in Doka, a third-generation coffee plantation to learn how coffee is picked, milled, ground and roasted. As we continue towards the Poás Volcano, we will notice the change in temperature and vegetation; we will see coffee plantations, fern, flower and strawberry farms along the way. The Poas is one of the most spectacular volcanoes in the country, with its enormous crater measuring one kilometre in diameter and 314 meters deep. The tour continues to discover La Paz Waterfall Gardens, where we will walk through some spectacular trails leading to the White Magic Waterfall. We will also visit the largest butterfly observatory and the impressive hummingbird gallery, the serpentarium, the old house, the bird house and the frogs’ exhibit. After lunch, we will head back to San José. (B,L)

Volcano

San Jose to Tortuguero

Day 3

After an early departure from San Jose, driving through the spectacular Braulio Carrillo National Park, stop in Rio Danta private restaurant for a delicious typical breakfast. The bus ride continues through banana plantations to the pier. A two-hour boat ride through the canals will take you to Mawamba Lodge... just in time for lunch. In the afternoon, a visit to the small town of Tortuguero is included before walking back to the lodge by the beach. Before dinner, free time to enjoy the pool or just to relax in a hammock. Dinner is served in the pool restaurant from 7:30 pm. From September to early December witness the spectacular Green Turtle hatching season. (B,L,D)

Tortuguero

Tortuguero

Day 4

After breakfast, guided visit to Mawamba Park’s private trails, visiting the butterfly gardens, and the iguanas and a frog gardens. The Bio-digester, a system where the sewage waters are treated and converted in a natural source of gas to heat up the kitchen stoves. After lunch, in the afternoon, enjoy a canal boat tour through Tortuguero National Park. Created to protect the most important nesting site of the green turtle in the Western Hemisphere, Tortuguero National Park extends along 14 miles (22 Km) of shoreline and 19 miles (30 Km) out to sea. The Canal de Tortuguero runs through the park, connecting a labyrinth of deltas, canals, and lagoons. (B,L,D)

Frog

Tortuguero to Arenal

Day 5

After breakfast, shared boat transfer back to the pier, where the trip will continue by bus to your next destination. Lunch is included in Rio Danta Restaurant. Transfer from Guápiles to Arenal area. San Carlos offers a landscape of exceptional beauty with its forests, lagoons, fields of crops, rivers with hot springs, and the most active volcano of Costa Rica: Arenal. In other words, sanctuaries where one can breathe peace, purity and the majestic power of nature. (B,L)

Arenal

Arenal

Day 6

After breakfast, enjoy a natural history walk in the Hanging Bridges. Located within the corridor followed by birds migrating between North and South America, the trails and bridges of this project will bring the visitor as close as any person could ever imagine observing the birds, the flowers and the lush vegetation of the primary rainforest. The property has impressive views to Arenal Volcano and to the lake that feeds the largest hydroelectric plant in Costa Rica. In the afternoon, see from up close the activities of the Arenal Volcano. This tour will allow you to enjoy the most extraordinary views of Arenal Volcano during a gentle hike along the lower slopes of the colossus. The walk begins in one of the trails close to the volcano and continues through the forest until reaching the area destroyed in its first eruption, back in 1968. This tour takes approximately 2 ½ hours. (B)

Arenal

Arenal to Monteverde

Day 7

After breakfast, transfer to Monteverde. The town of Monteverde, located at the south end of the cloud forest, had its beginnings in the early 1950s with the impetus of a group of Quakers from the United States, a group that came to Costa Rica attracted by its pacific inclinations and disarmament. They established themselves in the region and devoted themselves to produce milk and quality cheeses. (B)

Arenal Lake

Monteverde

Day 8

Morning visit to the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve. While walking the trails, visitors are presented with a number of options. One alternative is to walk to "La Ventana" scenic overlook, where they may witness the contrasting panorama exhibited naturally by the Continental Divide, a geographical feature that traces the principal mountain ranges of Costa Rica. There are over 500 bird species live, including the majestic quetzal and the three-wattle bellbird, 120 species of reptiles and amphibians and more than 3000 plants among them, the highest diversity of orchids in the world. Afternoon at leisure to enjoy the area or to take optional tours. (B)

Monteverde

Monteverde to Tamarindo

Days 9-11

After breakfast, transfer to the North Pacific coast. On arrival relax at your beach resort for the next 3 nights. 

Tamarindo

Tamarindo to San Jose

Day 12

After breakfast, say goodbye to your beach resort and travel back to San Jose for your overnight stay.

San Jose

San Jose to UK

Day 13

Enjoy the morning at leisure until transport (provided) to the airport for the departing flight. Overnight flight back to Gatwick, arriving the following day. (B)

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