COSTA RICA ESCAPE

COSTA RICA : TOURS - CENTRAL AMERICA

VACATION OVERVIEW

Get back to the garden with an escape to Costa Rica’s natural paradise. From heart-stirring suspension bridges through rainforest canopies to the lava trails emerging from the depths of the earth. Visit Arenal Volcano and explore the wild places where pumas and jaguars prowl. Look skyward to spot the hundreds of multi-hued birds, butterflies, and a dizzying diversity of wildlife in the Monteverde Cloud Forest. Find your head in the clouds in a primeval forest blessed by trade winds, rain, and fog by day; and unfettered stars above by night. Go where monkeys and macaws make your day with mischief and count yourself charmed to see some of the 160-plus reptile species—from tiny amphibians to titan snakes. Get civilized too, with visits to an artisan village and a tour of Costa Rica’s largest city and cultural capital of San José.

ITINERARY

DAY 1 ARRIVE IN SAN JOSÉ, COSTA RICA

Welcome to San José! Meet your Tour Director at your hotel.

DAY 2 SAN JOSÉ–ARENAL

SAN JOSÉ Scenic drive past banana groves and pineapple and sugar cane fields en route to Arenal.

ARENAL Visit to La Fortuna Village in the shadow of mighty Arenal Volcano (currently dormant, but known for consistent lava flows before 2010). Arenal is home to cascading waterfalls, thriving rainforests, abundant wildlife, and a wealth of outdoor activities with nearby nature trails and 400-year-old trees. Watch for colorful frogs, monkeys, birds, and native wildlife.

Breakfast

DAY 3 ARENAL

ARENAL Guided excursion with your Naturalist to Arenal Hanging Bridges. Explore the jungle canopy atop 15 bridges suspended in the treetops to see various species of plants, birds, butterflies, monkeys, sloths, and other local wildlife. On a clear day, get a 360-degree view of the tropical rainforest and stunning views of Arenal Volcano. Free time the remainder of the day.

ENHANCE YOUR FREE TIME in Arenal with a visit to world-famous Tabacón Hot Springs.

Breakfast

DAY 4 ARENAL–MONTEVERDE

ARENAL Scenic drive en route to Monteverde.

MONTEVERDE Welcome to the cloud forest of Monteverde, situated on the continental divide under misty cloud coverage in one of the world’s most bio-diverse areas. Watch for over 3,000 species of plants, 400 species of birds, 60 species of bats, 1,200 species of amphibians, and 700 species of butterflies in one of the last remaining natural habitats of all six Costa Rica wildcat species­—ocelots, jaguars, jaguarundi, pumas, oncillas, and margays. Perhaps you’ll catch a glimpse of one of Costa Rica’s most beautiful birds, the resplendent quetzal.

Breakfast

DAY 5 MONTEVERDE

MONTEVERDE Naturalist guided walking tour of Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve home to forest fauna such as sloths, jaguars, ocelots, monkeys, coatis, and numerous species of birds. With almost 100% humidity throughout the year, the cloud forest experiences almost 12 feet of rain per year. Free time this afternoon.

Breakfast

DAY 6 MONTEVERDE–SARCHI–SAN JOSÉ

Visit Sarchi Village, known as the center of Costa Rican handicrafts, and see the artists in their workshops making their famous ox carts.

SAN JOSÉ Guided city orientation in downtown San José includes the historic National Theater and the Metropolitan Cathedral.

Breakfast

DAY 7 SAN JOSÉ

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

Breakfast

 

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