Natural Wonders of Costa Rica


  • 9 days

  • Costa Rica

tour : SR

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£1,798pp

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£1,618pp

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Grab your camera and get ready for a wonderful vacation to Costa Rica! Witness bountiful wildlife in their natural habitat, enjoy relaxing dips in ecothermal hot springs, and learn about the Costa Rican culture on this thrilling adventure. Among the many highlights of this tour is Tortuguero National Park, where you'll take a boat ride along remote, unspoiled sections of the park to view wildlife. Your guide will look out for the wildlife—including freshwater turtles, egrets, toucans, and monkeys—so you can sit back, relax, and take plenty of pictures.

Another Costa Rican tour highlight is the Arenal Volcano, considered one of the most active volcanoes in the world. You may witness the red lava streaming down the sides as you hear the volcano’s grumbling. Relax as you soak in the ecothermal hot springs and perhaps watch the lava flow down the volcano—a spectacular sight! In Monteverde, visit the Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve, home to forest fauna such as jaguars, resplendent quetzal, monkeys, ocelots, and many species of birds—not to mention the large diversity of plant species.

On this Costa Rica tour, you'll also have a chance to visit local farms to learn about the local culture and industries. So be sure to grab your swimsuit and prepare yourself for a trip of a lifetime—a trip filled with wildlife, scenic waterways, tropical rainforests, and knowledgeable guides to help you learn about Costa Rica.

Highlights

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2021 Tour itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.

Total meals included:

  • 8 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners

ARRIVE IN SAN JOSÉ, COSTA RICA.

Day
1

Welcome to San José!

SAN JOSÉ–TORTUGUERO NATIONAL PARK

Day
2

SAN JOSÉ Scenic drive past banana plantations en route to the Caribbean shore to board your cruise to the Tortuguero Canals.
TORTUGUERO NATIONAL PARK Guided cruise on the canals with a Local Guide and boatman includes watching for freshwater turtles, caimans, herons, toucans, egrets, and monkeys. Free time at your lodge before a slideshow presentation about the park.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

TORTUGUERO NATIONAL PARK TOUR & CANAL CRUISE.

Day
3

TORTUGUERO NATIONAL PARK Guided boat cruise with a Naturalist through remote areas of the park, followed by a rainforest walk. Presentation by a local Naturalist this afternoon.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

TORTUGUERO–SARAPIQUI–ARENAL

Day
4

TORTUGUERO NATIONAL PARK Boat trip en route to the Sarapiqui area.
SARAPIQUI [LF) Guided Tour of a local family-owned pineapple farm highlights the history and cultivation of the pineapple industry. ARENAL Free time this afternoon at your resort’s pool, hot-spring-fed Jacuzzi, or on a nearby nature trail. Dinner at your hotel.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

ARENAL. EXCURSION TO LA FORTUNA & ARENAL VOLCANO NATIONAL PARK.

Day
5

ARENAL Free time this morning before a guided visit to Arenal Volcano National Park includes lava trails and nature that has recovered from past lava flows. Walking tour of the town of La Fortuna de San Carlos includes spectacular views of the active Arenal Volcano. This evening, drive to nearby famous [LF) Tabacón Hot Springs for a dip in the curative and relaxing pools before dinner at the hot springs.
ENHANCE YOUR FREE TIME in Arenal with a float trip to watch for native flora and fauna. This and more options throughout your tour are available for purchase with MyGlobus. Get local maps and tips for free time on your GlobusGO mobile app.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

ARENAL–MONTEVERDE.

Day
6

ARENAL Scenic drive to Monteverde.
MONTEVERDE Guided tour with a Naturalist on the Sky Walk Hanging Bridges, which combines trails and suspension bridges through the canopy of Monteverde Cloud Forest, to search for flora and fauna.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

MONTEVERDE

Day
7

SANTA ELENA CLOUD FOREST RESERVE

MONTEVERDE Guided walking tour with a Naturalist in Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve (home to over 600 species of butterflies, 400 species of birds, with 100 reptile and 120 mammal species). [LF) Visit to a family-owned Ecological Sanctuary includes a tour, cooking class, and lunch. Farewell dinner this evening.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

MONTEVERDE–SARCHI–GRECIA–SAN JOSÉ

Day
8

SARCHI Visit the local village known for its artists and their famous hand-painted oxcarts.
GRECIA See the metal church—imported from Belgium to Puerto Limon in 1897—transported by oxcart from its previous site in the plaza and reconstructed here. SAN JOSÉ Free time this evening.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

SAN JOSÉ.

Day
9

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Things to note

Prime viewing season for endangered green turtle nesting and egg laying in Tortuguero National Park occurs mid-July to mid-October.

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