10 DAY TOUR FROM SAN JOSÉ TO GUANACASTE
FEBRUARY 10-19, 2018
A beautiful cloud forest, the world's largest active volcano crater, national parks teeming with life, relaxing thermal hot springs, and beautiful unspoiled beaches-these are just some of the places waiting for you on this Costa Rica tour. You'll overnight in San José, Arenal, Monteverde and Guanacaste.
You'll get up close to nature on this Costa Rica tour. A highlight is a walk with a knowledgeable Naturalist in the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve. The Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve is home to over 400 bird species, 120 mammal species, 120 species of amphibians and reptiles, more than 3,000 plant species, and one-third of the population of orchids. On your guided walk, have your camera ready to capture this forest's impressive beauty and the species that call this area home. Another highlight of this Costa Rica tour is your time spent at the Arenal Hanging Bridges. Accompanied by an expert Naturalist, take to the treetops for a 360-degree bird's-eye view of the tropical rainforest from the 15 hanging bridges suspended in the rainforest canopy. In the Arenal Volcano area, you'll also have the chance to relax in the thermal, healing waters at Tabacon Hot Springs, heated by the magma found in the earth's core. Near San José, you'll visit Doka Estate, one of Costa Rica's premium coffee plantations, and Poás Volcano, the largest active crater in the world with frequent geyser-like eruptions. Here, a walk along the trails leads you through cloud forests filled with stunted and twisted vegetation. Also, three nights in Guanacaste on Costa Rica's north Pacific Coast gives you time to relax on the beautiful beaches or to take part in rainforest canopy tours, river rafting, horseback riding, and so much more. For value-minded travelers looking to experience nature at its finest, this Costa Rica tour is an experience not to be missed!
DAY BY DAY ITINERARY:
Day 1: SAN JOSÉ. Welcome to Costa Rica. Upon arrival in San José, you will be met by your Cosmos representative, who will help you get acquainted with this fascinating city.
Day 2: SAN JOSÉ. EXCURSION TO DOKA COFFEE ESTATE & POÁS VOLCANO. Start your day at POÁS VOLCANO, considered the largest active crater in the world, with frequent geyser-like eruptions. A walk along the incredible trails leads you through cloud forests filled with stunted and twisted vegetation from the volcanic emissions and cold, windy, high-altitude habitat. If weather conditions allow, you will have the chance to see Lake Botos, which fills an extinct crater. The area is also home to many cloud forest birds, like hummingbirds, tanagers, flycatchers, toucanets, clay-colored robins, and the resplendent quetzal. Next, visit DOKA ESTATE, one of Costa Rica's premium coffee plantations and producer of internationally acclaimed coffees. From the picking of the coffee berries to the roasting and grinding of the coffee beans, you will see how Costa Rican premium coffees are processed and prepared. Be sure to take a walk through the BUTTERFLY GARDEN, home to 15 species that undergo the complete metamorphosis within these walls. (B, L)
Day 3: SAN JOSÉ-ARENAL. Your journey continues to the Arenal area, with a visit of Sarchi town en route. Along the way, enjoy amazing views of the mountains as well as a major source of revenue in the area: agricultural crops that include pineapple, bananas, and sugar cane. This afternoon, arrive at La Fortuna Village, situated in the shadow of mighty Arenal Volcano. The evening is at leisure to do as you please. (B)
Day 4: ARENAL. Nature lovers from around the world come to visit the ARENAL HANGING BRIDGES. Journey through the rainforest with an expert Naturalist to learn about the surrounding wildlife and vegetation, and take in nature's beauty at its most pristine state. With 15 bridges ranging from 5 to 100 meters long, one at a height of 45 meters, you will get a 360-degree view of the tropical rainforest. Plus, if the weather is on your side, you will see the most amazing views of Arenal Volcano. Tonight, you may opt to spend time relaxing in the thermal, healing waters at Tabacón Hot Springs. These natural springs are heated by magma found in the earth's core and they carry minerals found in the earth's rocky stratus, which your body absorbs as you soak in the natural pools here. (B)
Day 5: ARENAL-MONTEVERDE. Arenal for Monteverde, considered one of the most biologically diverse areas in the country. This is why MONTEVERDE CLOUD FOREST RESERVE is continuously visited by nature lovers. Chosen as one of Costa Rica's Seven Wonders and one of the most important private reserves in the country, Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve gives you the chance to explore a different type of forest, allowing you to make your very own comparison between the biodiversity found in a rainforest and a cloud forest. (B)
Day 6: MONTEVERDE. Today, your Naturalist will show you the different types of ecosystems found in the region on your guided WALK in Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve. Learn more about the unique wildlife, much of which is endemic to the area, and see the beautiful flora and fauna of the northern region of Costa Rica. If you are lucky, you might spot the beautiful quetzal, the three-wattled bell bird, or the black-faced solitaire roaming through the forest. However, the most recognized animal in Monteverde is definitely the golden toad, also endemic to the area. Equally impressive is the unique plant life, such as orchids, bromeliads, and strangler figs, which only adds to this forest's already impressive beauty. Your afternoon is free to explore the region on your own. (B)
Day 7: MONTEVERDE-GUANACASTE. Take a morning drive to Guanacaste in Costa Rica's North Pacific region. Spend three nights in Tamarindo, which offers beautiful, unspoiled beaches lining the shores. Activities in the area include rainforest canopy tours, river rafting or floating down the Corobici River, horseback riding, fishing, snorkeling in the Pacific Ocean, or just relaxing on the beach. (B)
Days 8-9: GUANACASTE. Enjoy two days at leisure exploring on your own. (B Daily)
Day 10: GUANACASTE. Your vacation ends after breakfast this morning. (B)
*Pricing is per person based on double occupancy. Rate includes land tour as outlined. Airfare, transfers, taxes and fees additional.
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