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Costa Rica: Nature's Riches from Coast to Coast (2016)

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Limited to 18 guests
Days: 9  |  From: $4,995


Costa Rica: Nature's Riches from Coast to Coast

Day 1: Arrive San José, Costa Rica | A Relaxing Welcome

Arrive in San José, where you are met and transferred to your hotel. The rest of your day is at leisure.

Day 2: Tarcoles/Monteverde | Crocodile Cruise

Drive to the central Pacific Coast for a boat excursion with an expert naturalist guide on the Tarcoles River, home to wild crocodiles and the rare scarlet macaw. Explore a mangrove ecosystem and then proceed to Monteverde, a verdant hamlet in the cloud forest. Settle into your rustically elegant lodgings and enjoy a welcome dinner.

Monteverde Lodge & Gardens   |   Meals: B L D

Day 3: Monteverde | Exploring the Cloud Forest

Explore the 25,000-acre Monteverde Cloud Forest Preserve and visit the Monteverde Bat Jungle. Later, meet one of the Quaker settlers of the area or another local conservationist to learn some local history.

Monteverde Lodge & Gardens   |   Meals: B L

Day 4: Monteverde/Arenal | Tasting Costa Rica’s Bounty

On today’s first two stops, Ride Like a Local in a four-wheel-drive taxi. Visit the coffee plantation of Don Juan Cruz and learn generations-old coffee-growing techniques as well as the traditional chocolate-making process. Taste the fruit of the cacao pod and chocolate in many forms. Savor a Costa Rican lunch, and then travel scenic gravel roads to Rio Chiquito. Cruise across Lake Arenal to your hotel, enjoying the lush scenery and views of the Arenal Volcano.

Arenal Nayara Hotel & Garden or Arenal Kioro Suites & Spa   |   Meals: B L D

Day 5: Arenal | Forest Views and Volcanic Observations

Explore the Arenal region with a bird’s-eye view from fixed and hanging bridges positioned at or above the tree line. On ground level, walk along beautiful trails and, weather permitting, enjoy views of Arenal Volcano. Visit the Hidalgo family’s hot springs for a swim or a soak. Tonight, dine Costa Rican style.

Arenal Nayara Hotel & Garden or Arenal Kioro Suites & Spa   |   Meals: B D

Day 6: Tortuguero | Wildlife of the Rainforest

Fly to Costa Rica’s Caribbean coast this morning, arriving in charming Tortuguero to explore its narrow, tranquil creeks by boat, in search of the abundant wildlife. Visit Tortuguero National Park, home to monkeys, three-toed sloths, river otters, caimans, lizards and the strawberry poison dart frog. Enjoy an afternoon boat excursion.

Tortuga Lodge & Gardens   |   Meals: B L D

Day 7: Tortuguero | Where the Green Sea Turtles Roam

Rise early to join your expert naturalist guide for a bird walk or simply enjoy breakfast. Then embark on a private boat excursion, exploring the creeks of Tortuguero National Park. After lunch at leisure, save room for a traditional Costa Rican dessert, prepared before you by a local chef for a delicious Chef’s Table experience. Visit the village of Tortuguero and chat with locals about their way of life. At the Sea Turtle Conservation Museum, learn about the Atlantic green sea turtles that thrive here. Tonight, enjoy a farewell dinner.

Tortuga Lodge & Gardens   |   Meals: B L D

Day 8: San José | Zipline Adventure

Depart early by boat for Caño Blanco, cross lush Braulio Carrillo National Park, then stop at the Atlantic Forest Zipline Adventure to go flying across the magnificent Molinete River with a 360-degree bird’s-eye view of the beautiful surrounding canopy. After lunch, continue to San José.

Meals: B L

Day 9: Depart San José

After breakfast, transfer to the airport and depart.

Meals: B

Family Departure | This itinerary is also available as a family adventure, with child pricing and child-friendly programming and activities.

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