8-9 Days •  14 Meals Lush forests and stunning waterfalls… rumbling volcanoes and endless coastlines… Costa Rica is a paradise teeming with exotic plants and incredible animals. Explore part of the 20,000 acre nature preserve of Cano Negro on a river boat adventure. Spend two nights in Monteverde’s fascinating cloud forest. Experience the forest canopy on hanging bridges. Explore San Jose’s Plaza de Cultura and the magnificent National Theatre. Relax in the mineral-rich waters of a hot springs with views of Arenal Volcano. Luxuriate at a beach and golf resort for two nights in Tamarindo Beach, known for its breathtaking beauty and fine sandy beaches.

 

Day1 - San Jose, Costa Rica - Tour Begins

Lush forests and stunning waterfalls…exotic wildlife and endless coastlines…Costa Rica is truly a slice of paradise. Your tour begins in the colorful capital city of San Jose. Upon arrival, relax and soak up the sights of your new surroundings.

 

Day2 - San Jose - Doka Coffee Estate - Tamarindo Beach (Guanacaste)

Travel through the verdant countryside of the Central Valley to the fertile region world-renowned for coffee. A tour of the Doka Coffee Estate highlights the history and cultivation of coffee and its importance to the Costa Rican economy. This afternoon, arrive in the Guanacaste region, known for its breathtaking beauty and fine sandy beaches. Here, rest and relaxation go hand-in-hand with mesmerizing ocean views and lush tropical greenery. Settle in for a relaxing two-night stay.  Breakfast & Dinner

 

Day3 - Tamarindo Beach

Fun in the sun is in store for you as you enjoy this tropical paradise. Explore the nearby town and beaches, take an optional cruise or simply relax by the pool or beach and take advantage of the amenities offered at your lovely resort.  Breakfast

 

Day4 - Tamarindo Beach - Monteverde

You won’t believe your eyes as you travel into the Monteverde Cloud Forest, where trees grow to heights of 100 feet! In this spectacular ecosystem, you will encounter many incredible species of flora and fauna. Upon arrival in Monteverde, a nature walk allows you to discover the natural beauty of the cloud forest first hand. This forest is the home of the world’s largest population of the endangered quetzal, celebrated for its gorgeous jewel-toned plumage. Keep your eyes peeled and you may be lucky enough to spot this elusive bird!  Breakfast & Dinner

 

Day5 - Monteverde

Begin your day at Selvatura Park, a cloud forest reserve in the heart of Monteverde. Venture into a different world, exploring one of the world’s largest butterfly gardens with more than 30 species of tropical butterflies. Next, in a nearby gallery containing more than 100 beautiful hummingbirds, you will be dazzled by the 14 different species. Enjoy a guided, leisurely-paced “Hanging Bridges” walking tour and learn about the cloud forest’s unique ecosystem, its mammals, birds, plants and flora. This evening, enjoy an informative lecture on the migratory birds that flock to Costa Rica every year.  Breakfast & Dinner

 

Day6 - Monteverde - Lake Arenal Cruise - Arenal

Begin the day with a visit to a tree nursery and learn about Monteverde’s reforestation efforts of indigenous trees. Travel through the beautiful mountainous landscapes of Monteverde to Arenal, where breathtaking views of the volcano await you. Enjoy a delightful cruise on Lake Arenal, the largest and most important lake in Costa Rica. Later, check in for a two-night stay at a typical lodge overlooking the majestic Arenal Volcano which has been generating lava for the past 30 years. Before dinner, enjoy a cooking demonstration and learn how native, exotic vegetables and plants contribute to the unique flavors of Costa Rican cuisine.  Breakfast & Dinner

 

Day7 - Arenal - Cano Negro - Arenal

Of all Costa Rica’s nature preserves, the remote 20,000 acres of Cano Negro are home to the largest viewable selection of indigenous wildlife. Embark on a Cano Negro guided river boat trip in a panga (covered canoe), making frequent stops to watch and photograph the wildlife around you which may include crocodiles, river otters, sloths, river turtles, exotic birds and rare butterflies, all known to live in the area. The Arenal Volcano area is also known as the land of spas and hot springs. Later in the day you will have an opportunity to attain a state of complete relaxation with an optional visit to one of the finest spas in the region.  Breakfast & Dinner

 

Day8 - Arenal - Zarcero - Grecia - National Theatre - San Jose

Travel to the charming town of Zarcero to visit its well-known whimsical topiary garden. Continue to the small, picturesque town of Grecia to see the unusual metal church constructed of brick-red metal panes, walk the beautifully landscaped central park, or shop at the traditional local market. Later, visit San Jose’s colorful Plaza de Cultura and the National Theatre, a magnificent building of post-Baroque splendor. This evening, enjoy a wonderful farewell dinner.  Breakfast & Dinner

 

Day9 - San Jose - Tour Ends

Today you depart for home with fabulous memories of your adventure in Costa Rica.  Breakfast

 

Hotels: Doubletree Cariari, Arenal Springs Resort, El Establo, Tamarindo Diria Beach and Golf Resort

Pricing: $1,499 - $1,729 per person.  Airfare additional. Call for availability, and departure dates. 1-866-412-2999

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