11-Day Tour from San Jose: Monteverde Cloud Forest and Tortuguero, Arenal Volcano and Manuel Antonio National Parks

San Jose, Central Valley, Costa Rica
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11-Day Tour from San Jose: Monteverde Cloud Forest and Tortuguero, Arenal Volcano and Manuel Antonio National Parks
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  • Multi-Day Trip
  • All entrance fees included
  • Airport transfer

Overview

With ten overnight stays in your choice of 3.5-star or 4-star hotels with transportation between all locations, this tour is a great way to explore Costa Rica’s best national parks and nature reserves and see both the Pacific and Caribbean coasts!

Itinerary

Day 1: San Jose After you arrive at the San Jose airport, you’ll be transferred to your hotel in San Jose. Take time to relax and refresh after your journey and prepare for your Costa Rican adventure!
Overnight: Country Inn and Suites or Studio Hotel (or similar) in San Jose
Day 2: San Jose – Tortuguero (L, D) Depart early in the morning from your hotel aboard a comfortable coach with your tour group, heading toward Tortuguero. On the way, pass though Braulio Carrillo National Park, one of the largest in Costa Rica.
After you’ve stopped for breakfast in the town of Guapiles, board a boat at the pier for a 2-hour cruise to the town of Tortuguero. During the ride, keep an eye out for all kinds of birds and other wildlife.
Next, check into your hotel in Tortuguero, located on the northeast Caribbean and known for its canals that traverse the national park. In the afternoon, enjoy a delicious lunch and then visit the local town, learning about the cultural traditions of the local community from your knowledgeable guide.
Overnight: Mawamba Lodge or Pachira Lodge (or similar) in Tortuguero
Day 3: Tortuguero Enjoy an exceptional visit to the nearby Tortuguero National Park, exploring the wildlife sanctuary by boat. Discover the lush vegetation that abounds in the tropical rainforest, a natural habitat for more than 300 species of birds plus a wide incredible array of other wildlife, such as monkeys, iguanas and crocodiles.
Today you will have time to enjoy free time at your leisure. Swim or lounge by the pool, check out the souvenir shop, walk the nearby trails or just lie in a hammock and relax.
Overnight: Mawamba Lodge or Pachira Lodge or similar in Tortuguero
Day 4: Tortuguero – La Fortuna (B, L) After breakfast, depart again for the canals to transfer by car to Arenal. Later, enjoy a delicious lunch back in the town of Guapiles and arrive at your selected hotel around 4pm to check in.
Overnight: Arenal Paraiso or Mountain Paradise Hotel (or similar) in La Fortuna
Day 5: Arenal (B, D) Once you’ve eaten breakfast, you will have the morning free to enjoy it by yourself.

In the afternoon, head with your guide to Arenal Volcano National Park (Parque Nacional Volcán Arenal) and take a short hike around to check out the breathtaking views. The impressive Arenal Volcano is a natural phenomenon that attracts thousands of visitors each year.
In the afternoon, unwind in one of the best thermal baths in the area at Baldi Hot Springs resort. Later, get ready to dine on a sumptuous feast while taking in spectacular views of the active volcano and be on the lookout for explosions of incandescent light. Afterward, relax at your hotel.
Overnight: Arenal Paraiso or similar, Mountain Paradise Hotel or similar in La Fortuna

Day 6: La Fortuna – Monteverde Transfer to Monteverde, including a 30-minute boat tour across Arenal Lake. Along the way, spot several small islands and enjoy panoramic views of the natural surroundings. Once you’ve arrived on the other side, ride in a comfortable van directly to your hotel.
After checking in, explore the area at your leisure or just enjoy the breathtaking views while you relax. You’ll have several options (own expense), including a canopy tour, frog pond or butterfly garden.
Overnight: Monteverde Cloud Forest Lodge or El Establo Hotel (or similar) in Monteverde
Day 7: Monteverde Depart for the Monteverde Reserve for a 2-hour Sky Walk tour – a series of suspension bridges and well-maintained walking trails built 984 feet (300 meters) above the tropical forest canopy of Monteverde Cloud Forest.
Explore the forest safely and easily as you admire the area’s flora and fauna with commentary by an expert guide. After you descend, enjoy the rest of the afternoon relaxing at your leisure.
You’ll have the additional option to go on a canopy tour, frog pond or butterfly garden (own expense).
Overnight: Monteverde Cloud Forest Lodge or El Establo Hotel (or similar) in Monteverde
Day 8: Monteverde – Quepos (B) After breakfast, board the coach for a 4-hour drive toward your last destination, Manuel Antonio National Park (Parque Nacional Manuel Antonio), known for its pristine beaches bordered by tropical rain forest that edges right up to shore.
When you arrive, visit one of Costa Rica’s most popular beaches and relax on the soft white sand while taking in the beautiful surroundings. Although the smallest of Costa Rica’s 20 national parks, Manuel Antonio is one of the most stunning with its coves of crystal clear water along the bright blue Pacific Coast.
After you settle into your hotel, enjoy a relaxing evening in Quepos, named after the indigenous people who inhabited the region in the colonial era. Gateway to the national park, the town supports a spirited nightlife with its many bars and restaurants.
Overnight: Casitas Eclipse or Parador Hotel (or similar) in Quepos
Day 9: Quepos Experience more of Manuel Antonio National Park, one of Costa Rica’s most famous, on this day tour with your group. Be amazed by the natural beauty and abundant animal life as you take in the peaceful atmosphere of a tropical forest during a walk with your guide.
Learn about the life cycles, behaviors and other special adaptations of the flora and fauna, including numerous types of colorful butterflies, birds, snakes and orchids. You’ll be awed by the wonders you discover in this marvelous environment.
Keep an eye out for the endangered squirrel monkey and the white faced capuchin monkey, 3- and 2-toed sloths, white-nosed coatis and black-collared hawks as you pass cedar trees, bully trees and silk cotton trees, as well as swamps of red, buttonwood white mangrove.
Overnight: Casitas Eclipse or Parador Hotel (or similar) in Quepos
Day 10: Quepos – San JoseSet out on a 3-hour return trip to San Jose, arriving at your hotel in the afternoon. You’ll have the rest of the day to spend at your leisure, just relaxing or exploring on your own. If you’d like, enjoy an optional city tour or coffee tour (own expense).
Overnight: Country Inn and Suites or Studio Hotel (or similar) in San Jose
Day 11: San Jose (B) After your final breakfast with the group, you’ll receive complimentary pickup from the hotel lobby with a transfer to the San Jose airport.

Information

Includes:
  • 10 nights accommodation
  • Meals as indicated in itinerary (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
  • Local taxes
Excludes:
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Food and drinks (unless specified)
  • Additional activities
  • Tortuga park entrance fee (approx. USD 10)
Additional Info:
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Please note: optional activities can be paid for while in Costa Rica
  • Note: single rooms are only available for 1 person, double rooms for 2 and triple rooms for 3. If you book additional passengers in the rooms, your booking will be rejected and a full refund will be processed

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Tour departs from the Juan Santamaría International Airport (San Jose)
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