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N1 Costa Rica Nature Adventure - 8 days

Highlights: Tortuguero National Park, Arenal Volcano, Monteverde/Sta. Elena Cloudforest Reserve

Detailed description N1
(Comfort+, with english-speaking naturalist guide)

Day 1

San José – (–)
Welcome! Upon your arrival at San José International Airport our English-speaking representative will greet you and escort you to your hotel. At this time you will be provided a short briefing and an informative travel handout.
Overnight stay Don Carlos

Day 2

Tortuguero National Park – (BF, L, D)
Off to an early start from your hotel in San José, you drive along a scenic route of lush pasturelands and banana plantations, through the Braulio Carrillo National Park. You'll stop for a typical Costa Rican breakfast before arriving at the village of La Pavona or Caño Blanco. From there you navigate by boat up the Tortuguero River, alongshore a small peninsula bordered on the other side by the Caribbean Sea. Upon arrival it's time to check into our overnight accommodations at the lodge.
Enjoy a hearty lunch before taking off with your local naturalist guide on a walking tour of the bustling village of Tortuguero and its immediate surroundings. If you wish, you can walk along the beach back to the lodge instead of taking the boat.
Then relax by the pool, take a walk on the beach or explore the trails around the lodge on your own, you decide.
Dinner is served.
After dinner, you might want to participate in an optional guided night hike on one of the jungle paths of the lodge.
Overnight stay Mawamba Lodge Tortuguero

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Day 3

Tortuguero National Park – (BF, L, D)
A full day of activities may begin with the unforgettable sights and sounds of an optional early morning tour to experience the awakening of Tortuguero wildlife.
After a well-deserved breakfast your guide will take you on a walk exploring the surroundings of the lodge, visiting the aquarium, frog garden, butterfly garden and biodigestor. Head back for lunch.
In the afternoon, enjoy a boat tour through the quiet backwater canals of the national park, for up-close observation of the flora and fauna so unique to this special part of the world.
During the months of and July-September), an optional guided night hike along the beach is offered, to observe the nesting of the sea turtles.
Overnight stay Mawamba Lodge Tortuguero

Day 4

Arenal Volcano
After breakfast, embark by boat around 9 a.m. for Caño Blanco or Matina. From there you will head off by bus to a typical Costa Rican restaurant for a delicious home-cooked lunch. Continue your journey to Arenal Volcano in a private vehicle with your personal guide.
Optional: In the evening at the hot springs of Ecotermales, Tabacón or Baldi Hot Springs, you may want to relax in a warm soothing bath of waterfalls and natural pools against the backdrop of fresh nighttime air and a starry sky.
Overnight stay Lomas del Volcan or similar
- Breakfast, lunch

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Day 5

Arenal Volcano, Monteverde Cloudforest
Today you will explore. Hike with your guide through the secondary forest of Arenal Volcano National Park and over the lava fields at the foot of Arenal Volcano.
Ride around Arenal Lake to Tilarán before taking on 35 km's of adventurous gravel road, winding your way to Sta. Elena in the Monteverde Cloud Forest region.
Overnight stay Hotel Belmar or similar - Breakfast

Day 6

Monteverde Cloudforest
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Overnight stay Hotel Belmar or similar
- Breakfast

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Day 7

Monteverde - San José – (BF)
Ride back to San José. Once in San José, the remainder of the day is yours to do as you wish. You might visit one of the various galleries or museums (optional - entrance fees not included) or just go on a sightseeing spree with your guide who is with you until evening.
Overnight stay Don Carlos

Day 8

Departure – (BF)
Transfer to the airport for your flight back home.

BF = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner, BL = Box Lunch


This tour is available in 3 different versions:

  • "Comfort+" Tour (with driver/guide and private vehicle) - see description above
  • "Wheels & Vouchers" self driving tour
  • "Budget+" Tour with Shuttle Transfers (Seat-In)

Prices and services included

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