Costa Rica: Rainforests, Volcanoes & Wildlife with Alice Chicoine

with Manuel Antonio & San José extension
Feb 18-26, 2017 / 9 DAYS

Costa Rica is a real-life paradise.

From misty cloud forests and lush jungles to volcanic landscapes and sun-kissed beaches, there’s so much to love about this Central American hot spot.…

Your package includes

  • 8 nights in handpicked hotels
  • 8 breakfasts
  • 4 lunches
  • 5 three-course dinners
  • 8 guided sightseeing tours
  • Expert Tour Director & local guides
  • Private deluxe motor coach

Included highlights

Sea Turtle Conservancy, Tortuguero National Park, Arenal Volcano National Park, the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve, Heliconia Ranch, coffee plantatio…

Tour pace

On this guided tour, you’ll walk for about 2.5 hours daily across moderately uneven terrain, including paved roads, unpaved trails, and muddy paths, w…

Itinerary

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San José / 1 NIGHT

Feb 18: Arrival in San José

Fly to Costa Rica and settle into your hotel in San José.

Tortuguero / 2 NIGHTS

Feb 19: Sightseeing tour of Tortuguero

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Drive through the Costa Rican countryside. Then, boat through jungle-lined canals to beachside Tortuguero, the Land of Turtles, for a guided tour of the tropical area. • Pass through Braulio Carrillo National Park, home of many dormant volcanoes and placid crater lakes • Take a scenic drive through local banana plantations  • Learn about endangered turtles at the Sea Turtle Conservancy (Please note: Sea turtle nesting season is from June–September. Turtles may not be on the beaches for the remainder of the year.)  Later, get to know your group at a welcome dinner.

Feb 20: Rainforest & canal expedition

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Learn about Tortuguero National Park’s diverse habitats, including mangrove forests, swamps and beaches. • Boat through the park’s canals, seeking out monkeys, tapirs, caymans and more • View the freshwater creeks and lagoons, home to endangered turtles and over 50 species of fish

Arenal Region / 2 NIGHTS

Feb 21: Arenal via Guapiles

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Transfer to the highlands  for your first glimpse of Arenal Volcano National Park’s lush landscape, shaped by the majestic volcano and massive lake of the same name. Stop in Guapiles, then enjoy a free afternoon in the Arenal Region or add an excursion.

Feb 22: Hiking tour of Arenal

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Hike through Arenal Volcano National Park on a guided tour. • View the mile-high volcano, a near-perfect conical shape that emerges from the Sierra de Tilarán mountain range  • Gaze at the placid Lake Arenal, watching for northern jacana, woodpeckers and kingfishers by its shores • Stop to enjoy a tasting of raw sugarcane Spend a free afternoon in the Arenal Region or add an excursion.

Monteverde / 2 NIGHTS

Feb 23: Monteverde via Heliconia Ranch

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Get another look at the spectacular Lake Arenal as you travel to Monteverde by boat and bus. There, learn about Costa Rica’s diverse ecology and vibrant culture.  • Help with reforestation efforts by planting a native tree at Heliconia Ranch • Have lunch at a local farm and enjoy coffee and dairy products cultivated on-site  • Watch a presentation of traditional Costa Rican dances performed by children from the community

Feb 24: Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve

Included meals: Breakfast

Take a guided tour of what may be the world’s most stunning cloud forest reserve.  Then, enjoy a free afternoon in Monteverde or add an excursion.

San José / 1 NIGHT

Feb 25: Coffee plantation visit & San José sightseeing tour

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Travel to San José today, making several stops along the way.  • Tour the Espiritu Santo Coffee Plantation to learn about coffee harvests during a hands-on demonstration and enjoy a tasting • Visit the town of Sarchí to view the carretas, or beautifully painted oxcarts  Then, get to know San José on a guided sightseeing tour.  • Stop at the Plaza de la Cultura, site of many performances and celebrations, and admire the National Theater of Costa Rica  • Pass Bellavista Fortress, home of the National Museum •Marvel at the steel exterior of the century-old Edificio Metálico Celebrate your trip with your fellow travelers at tonight’s farewell dinner.

Feb 26: Departure

Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home or extend your stay in Costa Rica to explore Manuel Antonio.

Extension / Starting from $749 pp

Manuel Antonio & San José / 3 NIGHTS

Soak in the natural beauty of Manuel Antonio, a vibrant destination where lush rainforests are side by side with postcard-worthy beaches.

Feb 26: Tarcoles River cruise

Included meals: Breakfast

En route to Manuel Antonio, relax on a riverboat tour of the Tarcoles River with a local guide. • Take in views of lush mangrove forests and jungle settings • Look out for wildlife such as crocodiles, iguanas, lizards, monkeys and birds

Feb 27: Manuel Antonio National Park

Included meals: Breakfast

Get to know the country’s smallest national park, popular for its breathtaking beaches and scenic hiking trails. • Keep an eye out for local fauna—the park is home to 109 mammal species and 270 bird species • Walk to the top of rocky Cathedral Point to view the park from across the Pacific • Witness a blowhole shooting sea spray over Escondido Beach • Survey the saw cliff and sea caves at Serrucho Point  Enjoy a free afternoon in Manuel Antonio or add an excursion.

Feb 28: Transfer to San José

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Enjoy a free morning before traveling back to San José and rejoining your group for a farewell dinner.

Mar 01: Departure

Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your return flight home.

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