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Costa Rica - 2017

Immerse yourself in this vibrant, living Eden on the Central American isthmus. Visit the Green Turtle Research Station. Settle in for two nights in Tortuguero National Park which protects 13 of Costa Rica's endangered species. Dazzle your senses with experiential tours surrounding coffee, cacao and farm-to-table cuisine. Take in the spectacular views of Arenal Volcano during your two night stay at the foot of the volcano. Choose from a thrilling zip-lining experience or hiking the lava fields of Arenal Volcano. Behold the spectacle of the Villa Blanca Cloud Forest from your individual casitas. Embark on a jungle safari and bird watching cruise. Visit a mountainside natural reserve and learn about the local culture and ecosystem. Explore the white sandy beaches of Manuel Antonio National Park, just minutes from your hotel.

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10 breakfasts
10 lunches
10 dinners
Step back in time at an authentic sugar mill still powered by oxen.
Join an expert guide to learn about the local culture and ecosystem.
Visit the world's first Green Turtle Research Station in Tortuguero National Park.
Give back to Mother Nature during a tree adoption ceremony.
Tour Provider Collette
Number of Days
11
Price From
AUD $3,609
Start Location
San Jose, Costa Rica
End Location
San Jose, Costa Rica
Age Range
Avg. 100+
Group Size
1 to 44
Tour Style
Luxury
Tour Themes
Physical Rating
Moderate
Tour departure dates
StartEndAvailabilityPrice
19 Apr 201830 Apr 2018GuaranteedAUD $3,609
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San Jose, Costa Rica - Tour Begins
Journey to Costa Rica and discover the fascinating tropical ecosystems of Tortuguero National Park, Arenal Volcano and Manuel Antonio National Park. Embark on many exclusive explorations of the country's natural gems. Take time for independent personal discovery.
San Jose - Tortuguero National Park
Begin the day surrounded by dormant volcanos and crater lakes as you journey through Braulio Carrillo National Park en route to the Caribbean lowlands. Along the way, take in the mountain vistas and Caribbean-style villages. Later, discover the natural wonders of the rainforest of Tortuguero National Park as you cruise the rivers and canals with your guide. Enjoy a 2-night stay at your eco-lodge surrounded by the beauty of a tropical forest and an array of wildlife. Learn more about your surroundings with a visit to the world's first Green Turtle Research Station. Discover how to protect the turtle's nesting habitat and eggs. Join your fellow travelers this evening for a welcome reception followed by dinner.
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Tortuguero National Park
Set out on an early morning bird-watching excursion* that explores the variety of local species and migratory birds that flock to this area. Find yourself surrounded by wildlife as you embark on a nature cruise through the national park keep an eye out for howler monkeys, sloths, toucans and caimans, as well as exotic flora. Tortuguero National Park, a study in rainforest, freshwater and marine biology, protects over 350 species of birds and mammals. Savor time to explore and seek out green macaws; 57 species of amphibians; 111 species of reptiles; and 60 mammal species, including 13 of Costa Rica's endangered animals including jaguars, tapirs, ocelots, cougars, river otters and manatees.
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Tortuguero National Park - Sarapiqu - Arenal Volcano
Embark on a leisurely boat ride to the mainland as you travel to the fascinating Sarapiqu region. Afterwards, join a local expert at La Tirimbina Biological Reserve where you will discover the history and continuing importance of cacao to Central America's economy. Observe the process of producing chocolate from the cacao bean and sample the delicious finished product. Next, continue to your resort featuring panoramic views of Arenal Volcano.
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Arenal Volcano
This morning, the choice is yours. You may embark on one of the most thrilling zip lining experiences in Costa Rica while admiring the views and wildlife of the Arenal rainforest. Or, perhaps you would enjoy a moderate hike through the trails of Arenal Volcano National Park where you will traverse the former lava fields and enjoy spectacular views of the volcano. This afternoon is at leisure to explore the lush surroundings of your rainforest resort, perhaps indulge in an optional spa treatment, or simply relax in the luxurious soothing waters of one of the region's famous hot springs.
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Arenal Volcano - Villa Blanca Cloud Forest
This morning you may choose to take an optional river safari or hanging bridges tour: float down the mellow Pe as Blancas River while taking in the stunning scenery or experience the rainforest from up above as you walk among the treetops on a guided tour of Arenal's hanging bridges either way, keep an eye out for wildlife such as monkeys, sloths, iguanas and tropical birds. Later, travel south to the Villa Blanca Cloud Forest. Settle in for a 2-night stay in a mountain nature reserve resort, originally owned by the former president of Costa Rica, Rodrigo Carazo Odio. Nestled on 75 acres of gentle rolling hills, set in the Los Angeles Private Biological Reserve and surrounded by lush botanical gardens, you are sure to become one with nature while exploring one of the world's most precious and complex jungle ecosystems the cloud forest. This evening, enjoy an incredible dinner overlooking the cloud forest.
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Villa Blanca Cloud Forest - San Ram n - Villa Blanca Cloud Forest
Wake early for the opportunity to go in search of the wide variety of bird species found in Costa Rica. It is home to one-tenth of the various species found in the world. This afternoon we visit a coffee farm. Discover this coffee plantation and the natural growing methods used to make some of the best coffee in the world. Continue to the city of San Ram n referred to as the "City of Presidents & Pts" for a tour. Then, settle back into your resort and enjoy the amazing views from your individual casitas. Tonight, partake in a tree adoption ceremony.
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Villa Blanca Cloud Forest - Tarcoles - Manuel Antonio National Park
Traverse the lush varied landscape of Costa Rica to the Pacific Coast. Make a stop for a jungle crocodile safari and bird watching excursion. Hop aboard your safari boat to explore the quiet Rio Grande of Tarcoles. See the awesome mangrove ecosystem and search for these magnificent ancient reptiles in one of the world's largest crocodile populations in the wild. View waterfowl, iguanas, and over fifty varieties of birds native to the region, including the very rare scarlet macaw. Later we continue our journey to the world-famous Manuel Antonio National Park. Check into your hotel located just outside the park. Soak up the sweeping views and take in the sunset overlooking the park and the Pacific Ocean before dining this evening.
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Manuel Antonio Nat'l. Park - Santa Juana - Manuel Antonio Nat'l. Park
Wake up to a cool breeze and spectacular views early this morning. Journey outside the park and ascend a nearby mountain to Santa Juana Rural Mountain Nature Reserve. Experience a different side of this country when joining an expert guide who will introduce you to the local culture and ecosystem. Step back in time at an authentic sugar mill still powered by oxen. Take a hike to a breathtaking waterfall and go for a swim in its pristine waters. Then enjoy a traditional "campesino" country-style farmer's lunch while taking in the expansive panoramic views of Manuel Antonio National Park below. Return to your hotel. The afternoon is yours to relax and enjoy the natural beauty of your surroundings.
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Manuel Antonio National Park - San Jose
Travel just minutes down the road to explore spectacular Manuel Antonio National Park, known for its pristine beaches and primary forest. Spend the morning leisurely walking the forest trails in search of native inhabitants like the three-td sloth, agoutis, squirrel monkeys and iguanas; or take a swim in the inviting blue waters of its beaches. Say goodbye to the coast as you continue on to San Jose. Enjoy a wonderful farewell dinner where we'll toast to the natural richness that is Costa Rica.
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San Jose - Tour Ends
Your tour comes to a close today.
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