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9 days Costa Rica, Americas
Adventure level: 
2. Gentle
3
1
Family Holidays | Min age 5yrs
Trip code: 
QCFS

3-for-2

Trip Highlights: 
Skywalk through the forest canopy
Go rafting on the Balsa River
Explore Tortuguero's canals for wildlife
Hike through Manual Antonio National Park
Tour Poas Volcamo National Park
Flight Inclusive prices from
Child £1,745 Adult £1,939
Price includes flights, transfers, all accommodation and entry fees, as well as a selection of meals. More info »
Prices without flights from
Child £1,143 Adult £1,270
Price includes everything listed above, excluding flights and transfers.
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Itinerary

(Departures in 2016)
  • Day 1 - San Jose
  • Day 2 - San Jose
  • Day 3 - Tortuguero
  • Day 4 - Arenal Area
  • Day 5 - Arenal
  • Day 6 - Central Coast
  • Day 7 - Central Coast
  • Day 8 - San Jose
  • Day 9 - Arrive home
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Day
1

San Jose

Arriving into San Jose, Costa Rica’s capital city, you are met by our representative and transferred to San Jose downtown where you will spend your first night.

Hotel Tryp Sabana

Day
2
San Jose

San Jose

Today, after breakfast, enjoy a morning hike through the spectacular scenery of Poas Volcano National Park. Walking just 15 minutes from the visitor's center, the main crater supplies guests with a spectacular view. At almost a mile in diameter (1.6 km), the crater's rain-fed sulphuric pool still bubbles and emits smoke into the air, reminding us of its imposing activity. Although the last major eruption was in 1910, visitors can still see geysers explode into the air up to 820 ft (250 m) high.  In the afternoon we embark on a city tour of San Jose inclduing a guided tour of the city's Gold museum.

Hotel Tryp Sabana - Breakfast included

Day
3
Tortuguero

Tortuguero

This morning we will be picked up early at the hotel and we board a short flight of about 25 minutes to Tortuguero.  Tortuguero (translation "Land of Turtles") is one of Costa Rica's most popular eco-tourism destinations, the canals and rivers of Tortuguero National Park are a study in rainforest, freshwater and marine biology. Upon arrival at the lodge we will have breakfast as we prepare for our morning of activities. These include boat tours along the canals and nature walks. We return to the lodge in the afternoon and relax by the pool or go for a walk along the beach.

Pachira Lodge - Swimming pool - Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

Day
4
Arenal Area

Arenal Area

After breakfast we return by boat  to Cano Blanco and are transported overland to the Saarapiqui area. We stop for lunch along the way ( total journey including lunch time 5-6 hours). On arrival to the Arenal area we check in to our hotel and then visit the volcanic thermal mineral pools where we can enjoy a healthy and relaxing soak and a delicious dinner. Arenal's perfecty symmetrical shape make it a sightseer's dream while its abundance of outdoor activities make it an easy place to check things off your must do Costa Rica list.

Arenal Paraiso Hotel - Swimming Pool - Breakfast and lunch included

Day
5
Arenal

Arenal

This morning after a hearty breakfast we get to challenge ourselves with the best half day class 2-3 rafting closest to the Arenal Volcano. After a safety briefing and paddling instruction we don lifejackets and helmets and we are off.  We paddle through fun and safe rolling rapids with names like "Morning coffee" and "Rock around the Croc" and then we play in tranquil pools in an isolated rainforest river canyon. Hopefully we will get to see lots of wildlife, from monkeys and sloths to tropical birds such as Ospreys and Toucans.
The afternoon is spent at leisure to enjoy the area and there are optional tours you can join or simply relax and enjoy the hotel's facilities.

Arenal Paraiso Hotel - Swimming Pool - Breakfast and lunch included

Day
6
Central Coast

Central Coast

This morning after breakfast we continue our tour of Costa Rica as we head to the Central Pacific Coast. Enroute we will enjoy a Jungle Crocodile Safari. The Big River of Tarcoles offers the opportunity to observe American crocodiles over 4 metres long as well as iguanas and basilisks in their natural environment. There are also more than a hundred species of bird available to be spotted and we will all be supplied with a bird spotting guide. Specilized guides accompany us and are able to answer all our questions and enlighten us as to the biology of the crocodiles and the diverse aspects of the refuge's ecology.

The Central Pacific Coast encompasses exuberant tropical forests, green hills, vibrant sea and pristine beaches. The vegetation changes dramatically from transitional forest in its northern section to pure rainforest in the southern part. The food here is great with freshly caught seafood and spiny lobster the specialities of the region.

Punta Leona Hotel   - Swimming Pool (B)

Day
7
Central Coast

Central Coast

Take a leisurely hike with a highly trained, well-educated Costa Rican naturalist guide through our exotic, bio-diverse tropical rain forest preserved in our 34 year old Manuel Antonio National Park. See how many different kinds of flora and fauna you can spot just in the span of a 2 ½ hour nature walk or hike. Snacks are offered during the tour.

Punta Leona Hotel   - Swimming Pool (B)

Day
8

San Jose

This morning, depending on your flight time you will be transported back to San Jose for your flight home. We strongly suggest that you book a flight in the evening or an additional night in San Jose.

Breakfast included

Day
9

Arrive home