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R1 Caribbean Rhythms, Rainforest & Volcanoes - 17 days

Caribbean Beaches / Cahuita National Park, Tortuguero National Park, Rainforest Rio San Carlos/Laguna del Lagarto Lodge, La Fortuna / Arenal Volcano, Guanacaste / Rincon de la Vieja Volcano, Monteverde Cloudforest, Manuel Antonio National Park & Beaches

Detailed description R1
(Comfort+, with english-speaking naturalist guide)

Day 1

San Jose - (-)
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.
ON Hotel Don Carlos

Day 2

Caribbean Beaches, Costa RicaCaribbean Beaches / Puerto Viejo de Talamanca - (BF)
Enjoy your breakfast, and then your guide will pick you up for a leisurely drive along a scenic route of lush pasturelands and banana plantations, through the Braulio Carrillo National Park. Your destination is the Atlantic Coast, passing the port town Puerto Limón and continuing southwards to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.
ON Cariblue Hotel & Bungalows or similar

Costa Rica: Cariblue Hotel & BungalowsCosta Rica: Cahuita National ParkCosta Rica: Gandoca Manzanillo

Day 3

Caribbean Beaches - Cahuita National Park - (BF)
Today you will explore Cahuita National Park. From the entrance Puerto Vargas you will hike along the coast between secondary forest and mangroves - with some luck – you will see three-toed sloth, monkeys, iguanas and red poison dart frogs. The rest of the day is yours to enjoy as you wish, exploring magnificent Caribbean beaches, tooling around on a rented bike, or just kicking back in a hammock on one of the Cariblue's shady verandas.
ON Cariblue Hotel & Bungalows
or similar

Day 4

Tortuguero National Park - (BF,L,D)
After an early breakfast drive to the small village of Caño Blanco or La Pavona. 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 for a walk exploring the surroundings of the lodge, visiting the aquarium, frog garden, butterfly garden and biodigestor.
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.

ON Mawamba Lodge Tortuguero

Costa Rica: TortugueroCosta Rica: Tortuguero National Park, TurtleTortuguero, Costa Rica - spider monkey

Day 5

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 depart by boat to the jungle trails of Tortuguero, where you will enjoy a hiking trip together with your guide. 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/October, an optional guided night hike along the beach is offered, to observe the nesting of the sea turtles.
ON Mawamba Lodge Tortuguero

Day 6

Rainforest Rio San Carlos - (BF,L,D)
After breakfast, embark by boat around 9 a.m. for Caño Blanco or La Pavona. From there you will head off by bus to a typical Costa Rican restaurant for a delicious home-cooked lunch.
Continue your journey to Boca Tapada in a private vehicle with your personal guide.
The Maquenque Eco Lodge is nestled harmoniously in its surrounding landscape, at the edge of 1,200 acres of rainforest in northern Costa Rica. Just a few years ago a trip into this beautiful, secluded area meant an expedition of several days. Today, by 4x4 on an adventurous gravel road, it is accessible in only 3 to 4 hours.
ON Maquenque Ecolodge

Costa Rica: Rainforest Rio San CarlosRainforest Rio San Carlos, Costa Rica

Day 7

Rainforest Rio San Carlos - (BF,D)
Think pure, unspoiled jungle! Stroll alone or with a guide through tropical primary forest. Multiple trails of more than 10 miles in length facilitate your exploration of this mostly untouched paradise. The variety of animals and plants here is staggering, almost unimaginable: red and green poison dart frogs, an assortment of monkeys and more than 350 species of birds, amongst them macaws, toucans and humming birds. This region is one of the few where the great green macaw, in danger of extinction, can still be seen. By canoe you can reverently enter the lagoons and see beyond into hidden estuaries filled with bromeliads, nesting bats and bright green “Jesucristo" lizards (so-called because they can walk on water). After sunset caimans can be observed while they feed. Warm, starry evenings and cool breezes on a covered porch with a refreshing drink and the background concerto of jungle inhabitants: what great memories are made of.
ON Maquenque Ecolodge

Rainforest Rio San Carlos, Costa RicaCosta Rica: Rainforest Rio San Carlos

Day 8

Arenal Volcano - (BF)
After breakfast we’re off to Fortuna and Arenal Volcano, through the lush mountains of the Cordillera Central, past flourishing plantations of coffee and fruit.
ON Lomas del Volcan or similar

Arenal Volcano, Costa Rica Costa Rica: Arenal Volcano Costa Rica - Pineapple Costa Rica: Arenal Volcano

Day 9

Arenal Volcano - (BF)
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. In the late afternoon there is time to watch the sunset over Arenal Lake before surrendering to an evening at the hot springs Ecotermales, to enjoy a soothing bath of waterfalls and natural pools against the backdrop of fresh nighttime air and a starry sky, all within beautiful, tropical gardens.
ON Lomas del Volcan
or similar

Day 10

Guanacaste / Rincón de la Vieja Volcano - (BF)
Enjoy a drive around Arenal Lake to Cañas. If you wish, take the optional scenic raft trip on the gentle Rio Corobicí (approx. US$ 37 p.p.). Your guide does all the paddling. So sit back, relax and ponder the sights and sounds of the jungle, before venturing back to land and continuing north on the Interamericana via Liberia to Rincón de la Vieja National Park. Your nighttime accommodations include a rustic mountain lodge at the foot of volcanic hills.
ON Hacienda Lodge Guachipelin

Costa Rica: Hacienda Lodge Guachipelin, Rincon de la ViejaGuanacaste, Rincon de la ViejaCosta Rica: Rincon de la Vieja Volcano

Day 11

Guanacaste / Rincón de la Vieja Volcano - (BF)
A hearty breakfast is a good idea in preparation for this day of hikes through the national park. You'll begin with about 2 hours through wet forest with numerous crossings of various mountain rivers. You'll also encounter dry and hot plateaus with little vegetation. At last you will reach the "Blue Lake" whose natural basin is nourished by a spectacular waterfall of turquoise-blue that invites you for a refreshing swim. Later on, continue your hike down to the park's main attractions: bubbling mud pools, pits of boiling hot water, vapor geysers and fumaroles (deep holes that emit sulfurous vapor). If all of this doesn't impress you with some sense of a volcano's natural power, nothing will.
Please notice: The national park Rincón de la Vieja is closed on Mondays.
ON Hacienda Lodge Guachipelin

Day 12

Rincón de la Vieja - Monteverde Cloudforest - (BF)
After breakfast, you'll travel south on the Interamericana before taking on 35 km's of adventurous gravel road, winding your way to Sta. Elena in the Monteverde Cloud Forest region.
Once in Monteverde, there are numerous optional activities that you are welcome to enjoy during the remainder of your afternoon, including a visit to the Frog Pond, the Snake Farm, or the Orchid Garden.
ON Arco Iris Lodge
or similar

Day 13

Monteverde Cloudforest - (BF)
Costa Rica: Treetop Walkways Selvatura, MonteverdeToday’s adventure is a "walk in the clouds", to immerse in the sights and sounds of the cloud forest’s inhabitants greeting the new day. Start with your feet on the ground, hiking through lush forest toward the Walkways of Selvatura; suspended bridges, platforms and trails elevated deep within the canopy of the cloud forest. From here we are allowed a gentle, rare glimpse through the tops of giant trees into the nether regions of this hidden world that would otherwise remain a mystery to most of us. While exploring the different bridges and trails keep your binoculars or camera handy, since you might catch a glimpse of the rare and famous bird of kings – the Quetzal!
ON Arco Iris Lodge
or similar

Day 14

Manuel Antonio National Park & Beaches - (BF)
Costa Rica - Carara National ParkAfter breakfast we take a drive on the Interamericana South along the coastline towards the town of Jacó. We'll stop at the bridge over Rio Tarcoles, a great place for spotting large crocodiles, basking on the banks of the river, before continueing our drive further south to Manuel Antonio for an afternoon check-in at your hotel.
ON Hotel Playa Espadilla
or similar

Manuel Antonio: This park with an extension of almost 1,800 acres attracts the visitor with its gorgeous hiking trails through abundant, tropical jungle bordering white sandy beaches and blue-green water. The evergreen fascinating forest is the home of about 100 species of mammals and 180 kinds of birds. A hiking trail through dense vegetation all around the cape enables you to catch the beautiful sight of 12 smaller islands just in front of it. This is a splendid combination of nature experience and beach fun.

Costa Rica: Manuel Antonio National ParkCosta Rica: Manuel Antonio National ParkManuel Antonio, Costa Rica

Day 15

Manuel Antonio National Park & Beaches - (BF)
Are you ready for capuchin monkeys, sloth, iguanas, anteaters, and multiple species of birds, all within easy walking distance into the rainforest? A hike of about 1.5 hours on the park’s trails will get you this and more, including fantastic beaches within the park, where you are free to soak up some sun or bathe in the refreshing Pacific Ocean.
Please notice: The national park Manuel Antonio is closed on Mondays.
ON Hotel Playa Espadilla or similar

Day 16

Back to 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.
ON Hotel Don Carlos

Day 17

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 OR
  • "Budget+ Tour" with semiprivate transfers from hotel to hotel
Prices and services included

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