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Meals included: 8 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners
A natural kingdom paradise of tropical forests, smouldering volcanoes and sleepy lagoons: skywalk through the Cloud Forest, crisscross the Tortuguero Canals, take a restorative dip in the Tabacon Hot Springs and keep an eye out for jaguars and freshwater turtles.
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Fly to San Jose where you will be met and transferred to your hotel.
Journey east to the Caribbean shore and Tortuguero National Park. On the way, stop at a banana plantation to see one of Costa Rica’s main exports being harvested. Later, board a motor launch for your cruise along the Tortuguero Canals, waterways crisscrossing a national park dedicated to the protection of endangered turtles. The trained eyes of your guide and boatman help you spot freshwater turtles, caimans, herons, toucans, egrets, and monkeys. An afternoon at leisure lets you explore Evergreen Lodge until you meet for an informative slideshow presentation on the area.
Today explore the breathtaking canals and waterways of Tortuguero on an included canal boat ride. With fresh and salt water contributing to the wetlands, the biodiversity found here is among the most amazing and unique in the world. The stunning beaches, canals and lagoons are home to incredible wildlife, including river and nesting sea turtles, Capuchin and Howler monkeys and a variety of colourful birds and fish. The rest of the day is at leisure.
A morning boat transfer begins your journey to the Sarapiqui area. Tour a pineapple farm, owned by a local family, and learn about the history, cultivation, and industry of pineapples. Continue to your hotel in the lush town of Arenal, located in the shadow of Arenal Volcano.. The rest of the day is free to enjoy the beautiful surroundings.
Morning at leisure. Later this afternoon, enjoy a walking tour of the town of La Fortuna de San Carlos, offering spectacular views of the Arenal Volcano. Visit Natura Park, where a Naturalist takes you on a guided tour of this ecological park that is home to a wide variety of plants and animals from the region. During your walk, keep an eye out for the toucans, iguanas, frogs, birds, butterflies, and caimans commonly seen here. Next, drive to nearby famous Tabacon Hot Springs for a dip in the curative and relaxing pools. Later, enjoy a dinner at the hot springs.
After breakfast, continue to Monteverde, where you will enjoy two days in the cloud forest. This afternoon, take a guided tour on the Skywalk hanging bridges, which combines trails and suspension bridges through the canopy of Monteverde Cloud Forest, to search for flora and fauna.
This morning, visit Santa Elena Cloud Forest, reserve for a walking tour. Located on the Continental Divide of Costa Rica, the Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve comprises an area of 765 acres, and is home to forest fauna such as the resplendent quetzal, jaguars, ocelots, monkeys, and numerous species of birds. With almost 100% humidity throughout the year, the cloud forest experiences almost 12 feet of rain per year. Later, visit the family-owned Trapiche Farm, where you will enjoy a homemade lunch. While here, learn about the production of sugar cane, coffee, and the traditional ways of cultivating bananas, arracacha (a local legume), avocado, macadamia nuts, as well as other products. The remainder of your day is at leisure. Tonight, your Tour Director hosts a farewell dinner, toasting an unforgettable discovery of Costa Rica.
En route to San Jose, visit the small town of Sarchi, famous for producing colourful wooden ox-carts and other traditional Costa Rican woodcrafts. Next stop is Grecia Village to see the metal church that was imported from Belgium to Puerto Limon in 1897. The church was transported by oxcarts to its present-day location, but sat in the plaza for 10 years before being reconstructed. Overnight in San Jose.
Transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK.
Tour hotels will be as specified or alternatives of a similar standard.
This platinum tour is operated by our sister company Globus.
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