The Classic Experience 11D/10N
DAY 1 – SAN JOSE
You are greeted outside the San Jose International Airport and helped with your bags for the comfortable 15 minutes drives to your hotel in San José.
DAY 2 – TORTUGUERO (B, L, D)
Very early morning you will transferred to Guápiles town (Meeting point) to have breakfast and then continue to Pavona Dock, where you will board the boat, to travel along canals that meander through the dense lowland rainforest. Check in and your hotel and the staff will be you a warm welcome. This afternoon, after lunch you will visit the village.
DAY 3 – TORTUGUERO (B, L, D)
Spend the day exploring many of the secondary canals of Tortuguero National Park, an area extremely rich in flora and fauna. Its humid tropical forest is home to many species of birds, insects and wildlife, such as crocodiles, jaguars, howler monkeys and peccaries. This is the most important nesting site in the entire western half of the Caribbean for the green turtle (June-October). Other species of turtles which nest in the park include hawksbills, loggerheads and the giant leatherbacks.
DAY 4 – ARENAL (B, L)
After breakfast, boat transfer to Caño Blanco/Pavona Dock; then land transfer to Guápiles to have lunch, after that relax and enjoy a scenic drive through the countryside of San Carlos Valley to La Fortuna in Arenal. On a clear day, you will have an amazing view of the volcano from your hotel. Check in at your hotel.
DAY 5 – ARENAL (B, D)
Breakfast at your hotel. You will be picked up at your hotel to go to Sky Adventure Park. First, you will ride an open-air gondola from the ground to the heights where you’ll be dropped off at an observation area for fantastic views. From this area, you will start riding down on a zip line track stretching across canyons and in between treetops, the exhilarating adventure of zip lining down the mountainside begins; ultimately returning you to the starting point at the main building. This is the most thrilling zip line in the country. You will be back to your hotel to get some rest. At the evening you will go head to Tabacón Hot Spring also enjoy a delicious dinner at the resort restaurant.
DAY 6 – MONTEVERDE (B)
Enjoy another great, healthy breakfast and following it you will be driven to Arenal Lake where you will board a boat that will take you across the lake for an amazing trip to Monteverde. At the other side of the lake, a vehicle will be waiting to transfer you to Monteverde and your hotel. Enjoy this wonderful tour and observe the exotic beauty that hosts this paradisiacal place. Admire the transition of the rain forest to the cloud forest where you will reach an altitude of 3,600 feet (1200 meters) above sea level where you can see perhaps the best view of the Monteverde Cloud Forest and the amazing panoramic views of the Arenal Volcano. Check in at your hotel and get some rest. Night Tour starts right after nightfall, allowing you to watch the animals that are awakening and the others that seek their nests and burrows to sleep. Nightfall in Monteverde is the spark that ignites biodiversity activity.
DAY 7 – MONTEVERDE (B)
Very early morning take one of Costa Rica’s most diverse natural history walks at Monteverde Biological Reserve. Positioned atop the Continental Divide in western Costa Rica, the Preserve extends down both the Caribbean and Pacific slopes. The resulting combination of climatic and geographic factors creates temperature and humidity gradients which change dramatically over relatively short distances. Splendid quetzals and Bell-birds fly about the canopy of the forest trees, and iridescent hummingbirds hover around in search of nectar. Afternoon at your leisure to explore the area, there are many things to do, we do recommend Selvatura Park.
DAY 8 – GUANACASTE (B)
In the morning, you will be picked up and taken to your ultimate destination in Tamarindo Beach. Tamarindo is a truly exotic paradise, one that just happens to be the perfect landscape for a vacation, is a secure, public and family-friendly white sand bay beach, a beautiful beach town that is equally a tropical paradise as well as a multicultural hotspot that has several restaurants, whether you like to eat it is all here.
DAY 9 & 10 – GUANACASTE (B)
Day at your leisure to enjoy at the beach.
DAY 11 – DEPARTURE (B)
Today your private transportation will pick you up and drive you to Liberia International Airport to catch your flight back home.
3 stars Hotels $1264 per person based on double occupancy
4 stars Hotels $1,594 per person based on double occupancy
Supplement for private transportation: $70 per person
Meals as specified above (B= Breakfast/ L= Lunch/ D= Dinner).
Private transfer In/Out
Shared transportation between areas.
Entrance fees & excursions as specified above (Entrance to Tortuguero National Park, sky tram & sky trek, Tabacòn Hot Springs, night tour and Monteverde Biological Reserve Hike).
Accommodation at your choice 3* or 4* Hotels.
1 nights in San José (Country Inn & Suites3* / Wyndham San José Herradura4*)
2 nights in Tortuguero (Pachira Lodge3*/ Mawamba Lodge3* plus)
2 nights in Arenal (Arenal Volcano Inn3*/ Arenal Manoa4*)
2 nights in Monteverde (Cala Lodge3*/El Establo4*)
3 Nights in Tamarindo (Pasatiempo Hotel3*/ Tamarindo Diria4*)
24/7 assistance by ECOTRIPSCOSTARICA representative
Departure taxes $29 per person
Personal expenses and tips
Passport and visa expenses.
Other excursions, tours and activities indicated as optional or not included.
Extras at the hotels.
What to bring?
Comfortable clothing, sunscreen, repellent, sunglasses, camera, hat, visor & hiking shoes, tennis shoes, swimming suite poncho and sweater.