Classic Costa Rica
- South America
- Flying From
- Various UK Airports
- Year Round
- 12 Nights
- Guide Price
- Private arrival transfers with English speaking assistance
- Daily breakfast
- All meals, tours and entrance to the national park while in Tortuguero
- Guided visit to Doka Coffee Plantation, Poas Volcano and La Paz Waterfall Gardens; lunch included
- Natural history walk in the hanging bridges
- Guided hike near Arenal Volcano
- Guided visit to Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve
- 3 nights in Studio Hotel, STD room & Tamarindo Diriá Hotel, Tropical poolside room
- 2 nights in Mawamba Lodge, STD room, Arenal Springs Hotel, STD room & Trapp Family Lodge, STD room
- Lodging taxes
- Private departure transfers
- According on selected mean of transportation: shuttle transfers, 4x4 Daihatsu Bego car rental or private transfers
Arrival in Costa RicaDay 1
Meet and greet at Juan Santamaría International Airport. Transfer to your hotel.
Poas Volcano – Doka Coffee Tour – La Paz Waterfall Gardens (B, L)Day 2
To get to the different attractions, we will drive by the city of Alajuela passing the Agriculture Monument, the Monument to Juan Santamaria and the famous Mango Park. 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 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 kilometer in diameter. The crystal blue sulfur pools will amaze you. We will also hike to the beautiful Botos Lagoon. The tour continues to discover La Paz Waterfall Gardens, a natural park where we will walk through some spectacular trails. 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.
San José – Tortuguero (B, L, D)Day 3
Along this area you can observe small groups of houses among the plantations of cassava, annatto, and bananas, as well as a vast number of beautiful beaches on the southern part of the coast, coral reefs, and protected areas. After an early departure from San Jose, driving through the spectacular Braulio Carrillo National Park, stop in Rio Danta for a delicious typical breakfast. The bus ride continues through banana plantations to the pier. A boat ride through the canals will take you to Mawamba Lodge. In the afternoon, departure by boat to the nearby private trail, next to the National Park, for a guided walk into the tropical rainforest. A visit to the small town of Tortuguero is included before walking back to the lodge by the beach.
Tortuguero (B, L, D)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.
Tortuguero – Arenal Area (B, L)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 according to selected mean of transportation:
Shuttle bus transfer
Drive your rented car
Arenal Area (B)Day 6
In the morning, 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. It is a 250-hectares primary-forest property, made of paths and bridges built to maintain the utmost harmony between man-made structures and nature.While walking along the trails, the fascinating world of the tropical forest will open to you. Along these three kilometers of trails, visitors will be immersed in the fauna and flora of this rainforest admiring colorful birds and tropical plant species. More than 50 species of birds can be count in this site, one of the most productive bird watching walks of the region.
Arenal – Monteverde (B)Day 7
After breakfast, transfer to Monteverde according on selected mean of transportation. 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. Monteverde is located 172 kilometers northeast of San José. The climate is template and humid, with an average of 17ºC (60ºF). The nights are cool and at times cold when the trade winds blow
Monteverde (B)Day 8
Breakfast. Morning visit to the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve. Costa Rica is one of the most biologically diverse countries in the world, having 4% of all the known species of plants and animals in only 0.04% the earth's surface. Due to its altitudinal variation and climatic factors that vary between the Pacific and Caribbean slopes, Monteverde is perhaps one of the richest regions in the country where there are 3,021 known species including a total of 755 species of trees.
Tamarindo Beach Stay (B)Day 9-12
After breakfast, transfer to the North Pacific coast according on selected mean of transportation:
Shuttle bus transfer
Drive your rented car
Breakfast. Private transfer to Juan Santamaría International airport. Check in at airline counter must be done three hours prior to flight departure.