Start your trip with a San Jose airport pick-up on Day 1 and transfer to Tortuguero on Day 2 to begin your 3-day jungle safari in the national park. Take a transfer to La Fortuna on Day 5 with free time on Day 6 to take an optional Arenal Volcano tour. Transfer to Monteverde on Day 7 with free time for optional activities on Day 8. Return to San Jose on Day 9 and end your trip with a San Jose airport drop-off on Day 10.
Day by Day Itinerary:
Day 1: San Jose Airport Pick-Up
You will be picked up upon arrival at the airport in San Jose and transferred to your accommodation for check-in. On arrival, after checking-in, enjoy the rest of the day at leisure chilling or strolling the street and discovering the city architecture, history, and amazing food. If you are a food lover, we suggest you to visit the Central Market, a 120-year old building full to the brim with typical Costa Rican food and drink. Overnight in San Jose.
Day 2: Shuttle & Boat to Tortuguero - Tortuguero National Park (B/L/D)
This morning you will board a shuttle that will take you to the beautiful Tortuguero National Park. As you travel to this wonderful part of the country, admire the many tropical plantations and the exuberant green vegetation that surrounds you. Along the way we will provide you with a brief introduction to the banana plantations.
Arrive at your accommodation in Tortuguero around noon for check in. Enjoy some time for lunch and to get settled in. After lunch you may go on an optional walking tour of the Museum and the town to learn about the local culture (not included). Depending on the season, tonight you can also participate in an optional night tour (not included), which consists of a boat trip to Tortuguero National Park followed by walking on the beach to observe the nesting of the Giant Green Sea Turtle (available only from July to October). Overnight in Tortuguero.
Day 3: Tortuguero National Park Boat & Walking Tour (B/L/D)
Wake up early this morning to go on a guided tour of Tortuguero National Park. At 5:30 your guide will take you by boat to one of the most enchanting sites in the region, where you will explore lagoons and hidden canals and see nearly 50m-tall trees covered with bromeliads, vines and orchids, as well as an array of other flora and fauna. Spot animals such as howler monkeys, white face capuchins, and spider monkeys, as well over 400 species of birds, iguanas, jesus christ lizards and more!
Return to your accommodation by 8:00am to enjoy breakfast and recharge for the second part of today's tour, a hike through the rainforest. At around 9:30am you will go on a walk through the national park, discovering local plants and spotting wildlife with the help of your guide.
Enjoy the rest of the afternoon at your leisure to relax at your lodge or discover more of the town on your own. Overnight in Tortuguero.
Day 4: Tortuguero National Park Boat & Walking Tour (B/L/D)
Rise early again this morning to go on another boat tour to visit other areas of the park and admire even more flora and fauna. Return to your accommodation for breakfast before beginning another rainforest walk in a different section of the jungle. Enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure. Overnight in Tortuguero.
Day 5: Boat & Shuttle Tortuguero to La Fortuna (B)
After breakfast, make your way to the dock ‘Muelle los Almendros’ at 8:45 am, and get your ticket, reserved under your name. Arrive at the La Pavona dock, where our driver will be waiting to take you to the beautiful town of La Fortuna, home of the impressive Arenal Volcano. After checking into your new accommodation, enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure in this magical place. Overnight in La Fortuna.
Day 6: La Fortuna Free Day
Enjoy a free day in this breathtaking area to get out and explore or relax in paradise. La Fortuna is one of Costa Rica’s adventure centres with many different tours available, including river rafting, mountain biking, horseback riding, and, most famous of all, the hot springs of Arenal Volcano. Overnight in La Fortuna.
Day 7: Shuttle La Fortuna to Monteverde
Today you will get on a shuttle around 8:30am to be transferred to your accommodation in Monteverde. After checking in, relax in the breathtaking natural beauty of the cloud forest. Overnight in Monteverde.
Day 8: Monteverde Free Day
Enjoy a free day to visit the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve. There are many optional activities available here, including one of the world’s longest zip-line systems. Other activities include horseback riding, bungee jumping, a sky walk, a butterfly sanctuary, or a guided walking tour through the reserve. Overnight in Monteverde.
Day 9: Shuttle Monteverde to San Jose
Today it is time to say goodbye to this piece of paradise. At approximately 9:00am, you will be picked up from your accommodation in Monteverde to return to San Jose. After checking in at your new accommodation, enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure. Overnight in San Jose.
Day 10: San Jose Airport Drop-Off
It is time to say goodbye to this beautiful country. After check-out you will be dropped off at the airport for your departing flight.