On Day 1, get picked up at the San Jose airport upon arrival and enjoy free time. On Day 2, hop on a morning shuttle to Monteverde where you will go horseback riding on Day 3 through coffee and banana plantations, and take an afternoon zipline adventure through the cloud forest! Transfer to La Fortuna on Day 4 with an afternoon tour to Arenal Volcano and Baldi Hot Springs. On Day 5 you will take an early morning transfer to the town of Tortuguero. Get settled in and go on exciting boat tours and guided walks through the jungle on Days 6-7. Return to San Jose on Day 7 and get dropped off at the airport after check-out on Day 8.
Day by Day Itinerary:
Day 1: San Jose Airport Pick-Up
After being picked up at the San Jose Airport, you will be transferred to your accommodation for check-in. Enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure to relax, explore, and get settled in. Overnight in San Jose.
Day 2: Shuttle San Jose to Monteverde
Today you will get on a shuttle at 7:00am to be transferred to your accommodation in Monteverde. After checking in, enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure to make yourself at home in this stunning place. Overnight in Monteverde.
Day 3: Monteverde Horseback Riding & Canopy Adventure
Today you will be picked up at around 10:30am to experience one of the most fun and exciting horseback riding tours that can be found in Monteverde. Ride through the vast forest which is home to a number of coffee and banana plantations, in addition to numerous other cultivated areas and farmlands. Above all you will enjoy the spectacular, panoramic views that can only be seen on this tour.
Swing through the treetops on a zipline tour along 14 different cables. Feel the rush on the tarzan swing, the 30m rappel, the 1km Superman Cable, and the Underground Superman Cable through a 175m tunnel. Observe unique and breathtaking views of the area from 75-150 meters above the ground. If you're lucky, you can even catch an amazing view of the Pacific Ocean and Lake Nicaragua on a clear day. Observe over 100 species of mammals, over 400 species of birds (including 30 kinds of hummingbirds), tens of thousands of insect species and 2,500 species of plants (including 420 kinds of orchids) in one of Latin America's most outstanding wildlife reserves.
After this unforgettable adventure, transfer back to your accommodation and enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure. Overnight in Monteverde.
Day 4: Shuttle Monteverde to La Fortuna - Arenal Volcano & Baldi Hot Springs (D)
Today, you will be picked up from your Monteverde accommodation around 9:00am to be transferred to the beautiful town of La Fortuna, home to the impressive Arenal Volcano. After checking in to your accommodation, you will be picked-up at around 3:30pm to be transferred to the Arenal Volcano National Park. Take a 30-minute walk to an amazing viewpoint to see the majestic Arenal Volcano. Later, relax in one of the area's best natural hot springs, where you will be able to enjoy an optional massage or other special treatments (reservations required in advance--not included.) Overnight in La Fortuna.
WHAT TO BRING: Swimsuit and towel, mosquito repellent, comfortable walking shoes, sweater, bottled water.
Day 5: Shuttle & Boat La Fortuna to Tortuguero (L/D)
At around 7:00 this morning you will board a shuttle to the beautiful Tortuguero National Park. As you travel to this wonderful part of the country, admire the many tropical plantations and the lush 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 6: 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 as 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 7: Tortuguero National Park Boat & Walking Tour - Boat & Shuttle to San Jose (B/L)
Rise early again this morning to go on a boat tour to visit other areas of the park and admire even more breathtaking nature. Return to your accommodation for breakfast and to pack up your belongings for check-out. Take one last rainforest walk in a different section of the jungle before transferring to San Jose at approximately 1:40pm.
Upon arrival to San Jose, check in at your new accommodation and enjoy the rest of the evening at your leisure to relax or explore. Overnight in San Jose.
Day 8: 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 to catch your departing flight.