In this 9-day tour you will stay in the iconic Monteverde Lodge & Gardens and Tortuga Lodge & Gardens featured in National Geographic's "Trip of a Lifetime". Take boat trips in the rain forest, and save precious vacation time by flying in a 5 to 12 passenger aircraft. This itinerary is fully organized by Costa Rica Expeditions. Fully escorted by professional naturalist guides. On a typical tour participants see monkeys, parrots, toucans and sloths to name just a few of the animals that inhabit the rain forest. During the season from July to October you watch Giant Green Sea Turtles lay their eggs on the beach.
Itinerary Letter Codes:(B) Breakfast, (L) Lunch, (D) Dinner(NG) Naturalist Guide; (TG) Transfer Guide; (LG) Local Guide
DAY 1: Arrival San José, Costa Rica (No meals) (TG)
Arrive at Juan Santamaria International Airport. After passing through Immigration you will see a representative who will greet you and give you a sticker to facilitate clearing customs. Also, when you are exiting the building, you’ll see a guide, who will take you to your hotel.Overnight at: Hotel El Presidente
DAY 2: San José / Nectandra Gardens / Monteverde (B,L,D) (NG)
After a welcome orientation breakfast with your guide, drive 1 ½ hours to Nectandra Cloud Forest Garden. A morning hike by the gardens is the ideal introduction to the flora and fauna of Costa Rica. After Lunch at the Gardens 3 – 3 ½ hour drive to the Monteverde area. Overnight at: Monteverde Lodge & Gardens
DAY 3: Monteverde (B,L,D) (NG)
After breakfast, guided excursion to the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve. Afternoon Caburé Chocolate Tour. Overnight at: Monteverde Lodge & Gardens
DAY 4: Monteverde / Arenal (B,L,D) (NG)
Morning departure on a land and boat transfer to Arenal. Enjoy the rain forest with your naturalist guide and explore the surrounding. Overnight at: Arenal Manoa.
DAY 5: Arenal (B,L,D) (NG)
Guided walk to the Arenal Hanging Bridges. After lunch, Sky Trek Adventure in Arenal Theme Park. Late Afternoon visit Hidalgo Family Hot Springs. Overnight at: Arenal Manoa.
DAY 6: Arenal / Tortuguero (B,L,D) (NG)
After an early morning breakfast, drive 4 hours to the Pavona dock, where you will meet the boat for the 1 hour boat ride to Tortuguero. Overnight at: Tortuga Lodge and Gardens.
DAY 7: Tortuguero (B,L,D) (NG)
In the morning explore the creeks of the Tortuguero National park with your guide. . Visit the Sea Turtle Conservancy Visitor Center
DAY 8: Tortuguero / San Jose (B,L,D) (NG)
Morning departure from Tortuga Lodge, cross the Tortuguero River by boat and board your 30 minute light charter flight from Tortuguero to San José. Upon arrival transportation is provided to a Coffee Plantation. Doka Estate Coffee Tour.
DAY 9: Departure (TG)
Transfer to the International Airport at least three hours prior to the departure time for your flight out of the country.