Multi-Day Tour | Escorted, Group, Private

Costa Rica 360° (8 days)

Costa Rica Expeditions

San José, Costa Rica To San José, Costa Rica

Valid for Departures Now Through: 01 Feb 2019

Itinerary

DAY LOCATION(S) HOTEL MEALS DESCRIPTION
Day 1
San José, Costa Rica
Hotel Presidente None

After passing through Immigration and customs meet your Costa Rica Expeditions guide, who will take you to your hotel.

Day 2
Tortuguero, Costa Rica
Tortuga Lodge & Gardens Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Meet your River Guide at the lobby of your San Jose hotel. There will be no more than one other stop en route to a Costa Rican breakfast on the way to the river. Upon arrival at the put-in, your professional guides will give an orientation and safety talk. You will then proceed down river on continuous Class III-IV rapids. This trip runs with a maximum of three rafts, compared to other groups that operate with as many as 25 rafts.

As you are swept down the Pacuare gorge by the currents, soak in the natural beauty of the primary and secondary rainforests surrounding you. Water level permitting, a guide will lead you on a hike up one of the many creeks that spill into the Pacuare. Upon your return to the riverbank, you will find a gourmet lunch prepared by your guides turned white-gloved waiters.

Float and paddle downriver to the take-out in the Caribbean town of Siquirres where towels and a victory cocktail await (Photo CD included).

After rafting drive 2 - 2.5 hours in an air conditioned van with one of your River Guides and a Spanish Speaking driver (shared with other guests) to your dock in the Atlantic lowlands. Late afternoon board a boat with your Local Naturalist Guide and depart on the 1 - 1.5 hour trip to Tortuguero (shared with other guests). Arrive at the Lodge in the late afternoon.

When booking this package you have one guided boat excursion and one guided visit to the town included during your stay and the time of these excursions may change depending on weather conditions and availability.

Day 3
Tortuguero, Costa Rica
Tortuga Lodge & Gardens Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Tortuguero Village & Sea Turtle Conservancy Center

This two hour tour of the village is led by one of our local guides at Tortuga Lodge. Today the town has a population of approximately 1500. The first inhabitants of the area were the Zambo-Miskito Indians and escaped slaves; they controlled the entire Caribbean coast raiding cacao plantations and hunting turtle. Nineteenth century sailors included the coast of Tortuguero in their route because they were able to purchase turtle meat, oil and shell to be sold in Europe.

Today's descendants are mostly from Jamaica, Costa Rica's main Caribbean city of Limon (also of Jamaican descent) and Nicaragua. They came to the north Atlantic Coast of Costa Rica in the early 1940's to work for a lumber company. At that time Tortuguero residents survived on subsistence hunting, the bananas, plantains and cassava that they could grow and of course they fished. Most of the men worked logging the forest they then tied the logs together and floated the logs down river where a boat would haul them to port.

The village has made a big effort to get their basic needs met such as running water, medical and dental care, garbage collection and management. Visit the Park headquarters, the general goods store and walk down the paths with colorful Afro-Caribbean homes. Stop for a chat with the locals and learn about their way of life. Next visit the museum founded by the Sea Turtle Conservation, formerly known as the Caribbean Conservation Corporation (CCC).

Return to the lodge in time for lunch.

Tortuguero National Park Wildlife Boat Tour

After lunch and a siesta, leave the dock by boat with your Tortuguero local naturalist Guide and your fellow guests for your afternoon expedition into the creeks of Tortuguero National Park.

Day 4
Arenal, Costa Rica
The Lost Iguana Resort Breakfast, Lunch

After breakfast board a boat to cross the river to the Tortuguero airstrip. Here you will meet your pilot, for the 30 minute flight (shared with other guests) to San Jose.

Upon arrival at the light aviation airport, meet your Spanish speaking driver and depart for the 3 - 3.5 hour drive from the City of San José to the Arenal Volcano.

Your driver will stop en route and you will visit the Nectandra Cloud Forest Garden.

Visit Nectandra Cloud Forest Garden

Located 80 km Northwest of San Jose, going north from San Ramon, it is the centerpiece of 104 hectares (257 acres) of primary and secondary forest. With few exceptions, most of the plants featured in the horticultural observation area are from the preserve and its immediate surroundings. Some of the plants in the design are included as pure aesthetic elements, others for their importance in medicinal, indigenous and cultural uses. A small number of changing exhibits highlight scientific information on the ecology of the cloud forest. Beyond the confines of the Garden, the remaining biological preserve is restricted to scientific field research carried out by a non-profit organization, the Nectandra Institute. Current scientific activities include botanic inventory, preparation and identification of herbarium specimens of dominant and unusual plants, and investigation into the variables influencing natural reforestation in cloud forests.

Two naturalist-guided experiences are available. They differ in length and terrain. Both walks are suited to visitors in good health. The “Leisure Walk” is under 2 hours, through dense forest and undulating terrain. In addition to information offered by the naturalist guide along the way, visitors will have ample opportunity to hear the sounds of the forest, observe the fauna and flora, and experience the serenity of the place. The “Wilderness Walk” takes about 2.5 hours at a moderate pace and is also led by a naturalist guide.

Day 5
Arenal, Costa Rica
The Lost Iguana Resort Breakfast, Dinner

Arenal Hanging Bridges Canopy Walkway

This project consists of eight fixed bridges, ranging in length between 8 and 22 meters (25 – 75 feet), and six hanging bridges, built with the latest techniques and designed with an eye for both beauty and safety. The hanging bridges are between 48 and 98 meters (160 – 330 feet) long. All the bridges are made of galvanized steel and high-strength aluminum. The safety mesh and the suspension cables are all galvanized steel. The entire project was designed to blend with the natural environment, leaving the forest virtually intact.

Arenal Sky Adventure Park Canopy Zip Line

Meet your Transfer Guide in the lobby and drive to a private reserve near the north-facing slopes of the Cordillera de Tilarán which offer volcano views, to be enjoyed from an aerial Sky Tram that rises 236 meters (780 feet) in a 1250 meters (4125 feet) ride, taking visitors up to a mirador (lookout point) where the Canopy Zip Line circuit starts. Before leaving the main building to start your tour, you will be fitted with all of the necessary safety equipment (harness, helmet, gloves), which the guides will take care to properly adjust. Afterwards the guides will deliver a safety speech detailing proper form and the innovative braking system. Zipping along nearly two miles (three kilometers) of cables, you will see the rain forest as well as get a panoramic view of the volcano and lake from a whole new perspective

Visit to Ecotermales Hot Spring

After signing in at the reception, you will be given a key for your locker where you can change and store your belongings.

While moving through their pools or letting a waterfall deliver a natural massage, you have access to their spring side bar where an assortment of blended smoothies and cocktails are prepared (additional cost). When you’ve had your fill of the springs and you’ve changed into dry cloths, a buffet style Costa Rican meal is waiting in the restaurant.

Day 6
Parque Nacional Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
The Lost Iguana Resort Breakfast

Today meet your Spanish speaking driver and depart by minivan for the approximately 5.5 - 6 hour drive to Manuel Antonio National Park & Beach.

Day 7
Parque Nacional Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
The Lost Iguana Resort Breakfast

Manuel Antonio National Park Interpretive Walk

The soft sand beaches of Manuel Antonio National Park are bordered by lush rain forest. These natural habitats are home for a variety of wildlife species. There are numerous birds that might be observed at the park such as Night Herons, Black - mandibled Toucan, Fiery- billed Aracari, parrots, parakeets, king fishers, potoos, trogons, fly catchers and many more. Also, there are many species of mammals that inhabit the park, such as the White-throated Capuchin, Howlers, Squirrel monkeys, Sloths, Coati mundi, Agoutis, Raccoons and bats. Some individuals can be observed almost every time you visit the park: Black Iguanas and Basilisks. There are nature paths to follow and the guided hike requires some physical - non strenuous- challenge.

Once you’ve completed your tour, treat yourself to a leisure time on the beach before heading back.

Day 8
San José, Costa Rica
International Airport Breakfast

Today meet your Spanish speaking driver and depart by minivan for the 20 - 30 min drive to the Quepos airstrip. Fly from Quepos to San Jose, on the domestic airline SANSA (26 min flight).

Upon arrival meet your transfer to the Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO) at least three hours prior to the departure time for your flight out of the country (20 - 40 min drive).

Tour Features

Experience(s)

  • Adventure
  • Family Vacations
  • Romance & Honeymoons
  • Walking & Biking
  • Wildlife & Nature

Description

Costa Rica is located on the Central American isthmus, between 8 and 12 degrees north of the Equator, the climate is tropical year-round. However, the country has many microclimates depending on elevation, rainfall, topography, and by the geography of each region.

Costa Rica is home to a rich variety of plants and animals. While the country has only about 0.03% of the world's landmass, it contains 5% of the world's biodiversity. Around 25% of the country's land area is in protected national parks and protected areas, the largest percentage of protected areas in the world (developing world average 13%, developed world average 8%).

About Us

Created in 1978, Costa Rica Expeditions continues to set the pace with Taylor made itineraries of leisure, wilderness and nature adventures in one of the world's most bio diverse and richly-populated wildlife areas. With appeal for travelers seeking escape to remote wilderness areas, retreats and beaches with the most upscale accommodations waiting at the end of the day, Costa Rica Expeditions blends adventure-packed itineraries led by expert, bilingual naturalist guides with luxurious lodgings set in Costa Rica's wildest corners. Costa Rica Expeditions is widely recognized as the best nature and adventure tour operator in the country.

Insider Tip

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Terms & Conditions

TERMS & CONDITIONS

INCLUDED: Accommodations, Transfers, Tours and Meals: As indicated in the itinerary.

Porterage: we include the handling of two bags per person.

Taxes & entrance fees: Hotel taxes, entrance fees to National Parks, museums and places of interest in effect at the time of booking are included unless otherwise specified.

NOT INCLUDED: Costs of obtaining passports, visas; excess baggage fees; personal expenses, gratuities for tour escort, guides or driver; international airfare and airport departure taxes; sightseeing or meals not specified in the itinerary; personal insurance coverage.

HOLIDAY PAYMENT POLICY:

APPLIES TO CHRISTMAS, NEW YEARS, PRESIDENTS WEEK AND EASTER

A non-refundable deposit of 50% of the total trip cost is required to guarantee your reservation upon acceptance of proposal. The balance is due 60 days prior to the start date of departure. Any trips that are reserved less than 90 days prior to arrival must make full payment before hotel reservations can be confirmed. Deposits that are made to secure peak season hotels, guides and services are non-refundable.

PAYMENT POLICY FOR DATES OTHER THAN HOLIDAY DATES

A deposit of 50% of the total trip cost is required to guarantee your reservation upon acceptance of proposal. The balance is due 30 days prior to the start date of departure. Any trips that are confirmed less than 60 days prior to arrival must make full payment before hotel reservations can be confirmed.

PRICES CHARGED

The prices we charge reflect our costs and a reasonable profit for our services in planning and operating the trip.

PRICE BREAKDOWNS

We do not give price breakdowns.

HOLIDAY CANCELLATION POLICY:

APPLIES TO CHRISTMAS, NEW YEARS, PRESIDENTS WEEK AND EASTER

Deposits that are made to secure peak season hotel, guides and services are non-refundable. In the case of cancellations 90 days or more prior to the start date of the scheduled trip, there is a full refund minus a cancellation fee of $750 or 20% of the entire cost of the trip. In the case of cancellations received in our office from 89 to 46 days prior to the start date of the trip, there is a 50% refund, minus hotel deposits and guide fees. There will be no refund for cancellations made 45 or fewer days prior to the trip.

CANCELLATION POLICY FOR DATES OTHER THAN HOLIDAYS

Deposits that are made to secure peak season hotel, guides and service are non-refundable. In the case of cancellations 30 days or more prior to the start date of the scheduled trip, there is a full refund minus hotel deposits and guide fees, in addition to a cancellation fee of $500 or 15% of the entire cost of the trip. In the case of cancellations received in our office from 29 to 15 days prior to the start date of the trip, there is a 50% refund, minus hotel deposits and guide fees. There will be no refund for cancellations made 14 or fewer days prior to the trip.



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Excellent accomodation and tours

By: MM


Reviewed on: 02 Mar 2015

Costa Rica Expeditions is a first class operation. Their guide Donald at the Montverde Lodge and Gardens was amazing. We saw many species of birds and mammals that we would not have seen had he not been along to point then out to us. Very professional, polite and well versed in the ecology of Costa Rica. Excellent English as well. All transfers from one location to another were executed perfectly. Always on time and safe. Most drivers spoke a fair amount of English and were only too glad to stop to point out sights or to stop for a photo. shoot. The Monteverde Lodge and Gardens was very comfortable and the restaurant El Jardin was great as well. Loved the whole experience.
Travel Advisor:  Lisa and Nancy Zupancic

Pura Vida

By: Sherie


Reviewed on: 10 Mar 2015

Costa Rica....the most hospitable place on earth! Wonderful service wherever we went. Everyone we met was kind and welcoming. Such an amazing country.

Costa Rica March 2017

By: Cecile


Reviewed on: 03 Apr 2017

10+ Drivers, tour guides, hosts, lodges (especially Tortuga Lodge, but also Monte Verde Lodge), food, employees were all fabulous! We also stayed at Arenas Del Mar and that was fabulous as well!
Travel Advisor:  Susan Morley