GT-605 – COSTA RICA – A BIT OF EVERYTHING

GT-605

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San Jose, Tortuguero, Arenal & Manuel Antonio
Nine Days / Eight Nights
Minimum two passengers

ITINERARY

DAY 1: Arrival in San Jose

Meet and greet at Juan Santamaría International airport and transfer to your hotel in San Jose.
Overnight accommodations Best Western Irazu Hotel, Premier Room – Double

DAY 2: San Jose / Tortuguero (B/L/D)

Early pick up from your hotel. Admire the biodiversity of an astonishing protected area in Costa Rica as the bus drives through Braulio Carrillo National Park. Stop on route to have a delicious typical breakfast. Be a special guest in a banana processing and packing plant and learn more about one of Costa Rica’s prime product (subject to availability). Board a comfortable boat upon arrival to Caño Blanco pier and let this extraordinary exotic paradise enchant you, as you travel along the Tortuguero canals.

Enjoy a refreshing cocktail and a delicious lunch as you arrive to the lodge. After lunch, visit to the picturesque town, the green turtle museum and the beach area. Dinner will be served at 7PM
Overnight accommodations Pachira Lodge – Standard Room – Double

From July to September
Optional night tour (not included in the package) to observe the turtle nesting.

DAY 3: Tortuguero (B/L/D)

After breakfast, guided walking tour through the trails. Free time before lunch. In the afternoon, visit to Tortuguero National Park exploring the canals in small, open boats to allow a better visibility.

Tortuguero is a network of navigable lakes, rivers and canals (both natural and man‐made) that are used for transportation and are a great place for observing local wildlife such as birds, monkeys, two and three‐toed sloths, American crocodiles and caimans. The canals also provide shelter to endangered animals such as the Oriental Indian Manatee, crocodiles, a large variety of crustaceous and about 30 species of sweet water fish, including the Gaspar, considered as a living fossil. Free time before dinner is served. Dinner included.
Overnight accommodations Pachira Lodge – Standard Room – Double

DAY 4: Tortuguero / Arenal (B/L)

After breakfast, shared boat transfer back to Caño Blanco and then shared ground transfer to Siquirres where you will take a shuttle bus to Arenal/La Fortuna. Lunch is included along the way.
Overnight accommodations Arenal Springs – Standard Room Double

DAY 5: Arenal (B/D)

Breakfast in the hotel. Morning at leisure. In the afternoon, take a shared tour to Arenal Volcano & Tabacón Hot Springs. Dinner is included. See from up close the activities of the great colossus, its constant emissions of gases, vapors of water and explosions of fireworks. Follow this with a fabulous and healthful bath in the hot springs.

Few sites in Costa Rica inspire more respect and admiration than Arenal Volcano. At 5437 feet, its tall and conical shape stands imposing over the pastured green hillsides that surround its base. Although currently in a resting phase, Arenal remains Costa Rica’s most active volcano for the past 43 years. Its history is charged with eruptions – both major and minor – that have intimately affected the region and the people who live here. This tour will allow you to enjoy the most extraordinary views of Arenal Volcano during a gentle hike along the lower slopes of the colossus. The walk begins in one of the trails close to the volcano and continues through the forest until reaching the area destroyed in its first eruption, back in 1968. This tour takes approximately 2 ½ hours. After the hike, a relaxing soak into the natural mineral waters of the Tabacon Hot Springs will finish a perfect day.

Hot springs are considered a natural expression of Earth’s energy. Geologically, Tabacon Resort’s thermal natural springs are 97% rain‐based and 3% magma‐based. Rainwater enters the earth through fissures on the surface and is then heated by magma found in the earth’s core. Once heated, the waters rise to surface, taking with them minerals found in the earth’s rocky stratus. Tabacon is a completely natural resort. There are five different springs in the property, with temperatures ranging from 25 degrees Celsius (77 degrees Fahrenheit) to 50 degrees Celsius (122 degrees Fahrenheit). Water flows by gravity throughout the property, forming in‐river pools, waterfalls, and cascades. Hot springs provide many benefits thanks to various chemical, physical and biological effects; the most notable is a sensation of wellbeing coming from relaxing tense and tired muscles. Shangri‐La Gardens is a luxury area, exclusive for adults. It is a private area of lush gardens and six natural thermal mineral spring water pools, naturally heated.
Included: Entrance fee, guide, transfers and diner
Overnight accommodations Arenal Springs – Standard Room Double

DAY 6: Arenal – Manuel Antonio (B)

Breakfast at the hotel. Take a shared ground transfer (by shuttle bus) from Arenal to Manuel Antonio.
Overnight accommodations Parador Hotel, Garden Room – Double

DAY 7: Manuel Antonio (B/L)

Breakfast at the hotel. Morning shared tour to Manuel Antonio National Park. Watch sloths and monkeys moving through the tree canopy, hunt for nocturnal silky anteaters, surprise iguanas resting on a tree and listen to the songs of the various birds. And if you are lucky, you might spot one of the 1,000 remaining endangered Mono Titi or squirrel monkey that live in Manuel Antonio National Park biological corridor. See how many different kinds of flora and fauna you can spot just in the span of a 2 ½ hour nature walk and enjoy some local fresh fruits and refreshments at the end of the trail. If you like, you can hike additionally through the trails and enjoy unspoiled, un‐crowded, pristine beaches after or you can stay at the beach for a relaxing afternoon once the tour is over.
Includes: Transfers, bilingual naturalist guide, entrance fee, snacks and natural drinks
Overnight accommodations Parador Hotel, Garden Room – Double

Ocean Kayaking and Snorkeling in Manuel Antonio

A challenging open ocean paddle along one of the most beautiful coastline in Costa Rica and nearby islands where birds such as boobies and frigates are nesting. The adventure begins in Nahomi Cove, in the town of Quepos, and winds along the Manuel Antonio coastline to reach Biezans Bay, a nice and isolated beach. Stop for a refreshing swim and a delicious snack. You can also try snorkeling to observe three small but growing, active, and astounding coral reef systems nestled very close to the shore or just relax and enjoy the tranquility of a secluded white sand beach. Continue paddling towards Manuel Antonio National Park and wonder at the nearby islands to observe seabirds and local marine life.
Includes: Transfers, bilingual naturalist guide, kayaks and all equipment needed, a meal, snacks and natural drinks.
Recommended: Some experience in open‐seat kayaking is preferred and a good physical condition is recommended.

Segway Quepos Tour

This is the most fun you can have while standing up. “the Segway Quepos Tour”. While you’re in Quepos don’t miss out on this unique, fun, and eco‐friendly tour. You will visit some of the most interesting areas of Quepos that visitors rarely get to see. As you glide along the streets, you will experience spectacular views, visit the Marina Pez Vela and hear all about this interesting city, from its history to today’s best points of interest including restaurants, art galleries, local hangouts and shopping. The visit will take you to Isla Boca Vieja, a rural fishing island just off of Quepos.
Learning to ride is very easy. Before the tour, the guide will take the time to show and explain how to glide in a safety way. No previous experience required.

DAY 8: Manuel Antonio / San Jose (B)

Breakfast at the hotel. At noon, take a shared ground transfer (by shuttle bus) from Manuel Antonio to San Jose.
Overnight accommodations Best Western Irazu Hotel, Premier Room – Double

DAY 9: Depart San Jose (B)

Breakfast at the hotel. Private transfer to Juan Santamaría International airport for your flight to your next
destination.

RATE PER PERSON BASED ON DOUBLE OCCUPANCY: From $1,208.00

INCLUDED:

Two nights at Best Western Irazu Hotel including taxes
Two nights at Pachira Lodge including taxes
Two nights at Arenal Springs Hotel including taxes
Two nights at Parador Hotel including taxes
Private arrival transfers with English speaking assistance. Daily breakfast All meals, tours and entrance to the National Park while in Tortuguero. All ground shared transfers within Costa Rica
Shared walking tour to Tortuguero village. Shared boat tour to Tortuguero National Park
Entrance fee to Tortuguero National park. Shared tour to Arenal Volcano and Tabacon Hot Springs. Dinner included. Shared tour to Manuel Antonio National Park . Private departure transfer

NOT INCLUDED:

International air between USA and San Jose. Quoted separately on request. Meals and beverages not mentioned in the program. Optional tours or ground services not specified in the itinerary. Tips to tour guides & drivers. Personal and/or medical expenses. Costa Rica departure tax (US$29.00 per person).

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