Arrive in San José
Welcome to Costa Rica! Arrive into San Jose and meet your driver for a private transfer to your hotel. Depending on your arrival time, you may have chance to explore this exciting city or you may just want to acclimatise with an evening in a local restaurant.
Day at leisure for optional activities to explore the area such as a walking city tour of the capital city, La Paz Waterfall Gardens, Poas or Irazu Volcano, hike to Barva Volcano, gastronomic tour, coffee tour and much more. Or just to relax and enjoy hotel`s premises.
San Jose to Tortuguero
An early start this morning to be taken by road from San Jose via the Braulio Carrillo National Park, cross this wonderful protected area and enjoy the beautiful landscapes and interesting changes in the vegetation. Once you reach the lowlands, pass the busy streets of the commercial town of Guapiles, as well as extensive banana plantations until reaching the dock where you board the boat going to Tortuguero. Enjoy the refreshing waves and be alert to the appearance of diverse fish, birds, amphibious, and reptiles, as you enter this biodiverse paradise. This afternoon, you will explore the village of Tortuguero.
Approximate driving time: 4:00 hours.
Tortuguero National Park
Tortuguero National Park is a wilderness area with extraordinary biological variety. Diverse mammals, birds and fish live in eleven different defined habitats. Strong Caribbean currents have provided a straight 22 mile expanse of beach which is a favored nesting ground for sea turtles like the Hawksbill and loggerheads that nest from July through October. The Leatherback, the largest sea turtle of the world, nests from February to July. Most exploring of the park is done by boat. Guides with an amazingly trained eye astound visitors finding wildlife in veiled corners, pointing at mischievous monkeys and sharing fascinating facts about nature.
Optional: Turtle nesting night tour USD35 per person to be paid directly at hotel
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included for both days
Tortuguero National Park to La Fortuna / Arenal
After breakfast you will depart by boat to La Pavona pier, where you will meet our driver go on a transfer towards Guapiles where you will enjoy lunch. Guapiles is on the lowlands of the Caribbean and is an important agricultural area, especially for the banana industry. On the way out of this area, it is common to see trucks loaded with the yellow fruit transporting it to cities or ports. Afterwards, continue your journey towards the majestic Arenal Volcano. Route 32 takes travelers through a portion of the Braulio Carrillo National Park and then towards the northern area of the country, passing through the rural communities of La Virgen and Aguas Zarcas in Sarapiqui. These are very fertile areas so vast plantations or livestock lands will fill the view. From this area the forest and mountains will reveal closeness to La Fortuna, home of the beautiful national park and outstanding Arenal Volcano.
Approximate travel time: The journey boat/land transfer from Tortuguero to Guapiles is around 3 hours. Driving time: 2 hours 30 minutes (From Guapiles to Arenal)
Breakfast and lunch included.
Day 6 & 7
La Fortuna / Arenal Volcano
Day at leisure for optional activities to explore. Lake Arenal at the base of the volcano, is where you can enjoy windsurfing, kayaking and other watersports. This area is a birders paradise with over 500 species, and you can also enjoy hiking the nature trails, or for the more daring you can climb a ladder to participate in a canopy tour. Other numerous activities include horseback riding, canyoning, mountain biking and river rafting.
Guanacaste / Beach area
This morning you'll be collected for a private transfer, see the Arenal volcano and parts of the volcanic mountain range of Guanacaste, as the road takes you west towards the fabulous Pacific coast. The journey lasts about 3 hours, going through small villages, valleys and flatlands. Stop for a bite and enjoy traditional foods or fresh local fruits. Moving forward, glimpses of the deep blue ocean will give you a warm welcome to the Papagayo area, with a variety of nice hotels, shops and restaurants, water sports, adventure tours or dreamy, lazy walks down the beach for you to enjoy.
Approximate driving time: 3:00 hours.
Free day to relax and enjoy more time at the beach.
Meet your driver in the lobby for a private transfer to Liberia Airport for a flight to San Jose airport for your return flight