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Day 1: Arrive in San José
You will be met on your arrival at San José Airport and transferred to our hotel. Later in the evening, we meet our guide for dinner and orientation meeting. Overnight in San José.
Day 2: To Tortuguero N.P. via Braulio Carrillo N.P.
Early morning, depart San José for the Caribbean coast. Enroute, we drive through Braulio Carrillo National Park, enjoying wonderful views of the rainforest. Upon arrival in Caño Blanco we transfer to our open roof boat for a 1 1/2 hour boat journey through the beautiful canals to get to Tortuguero, always keeping an eye out for wildlife. Upon arrival in Tortuguero, we have lunch and a welcome orientation session. Visit the Atlantic Green Sea Turtle Museum founded by the Caribbean Conservation Corporation.
Day 3: Wildlife of Tortuguero National Park
After breakfast, your guide will take you to the village of Tortuguero. Learn about the history of Tortuguero village, visit the park headquarters and walk past colorful Afro-Caribbean homes. In the afternoon, you depart by boat to continue your exploration of the canals of Tortuguero National Park. This time you will visit Caño Harold (Harold's Canal), where bare-throated tiger herons, snowy egrets, boat billed herons and other species are known to nest. We return to the lodge late afternoon to relax before dinner. Dinner and overnight in Tortuguero.
Day 4: Canals of Tortuguero, To Sarapiqui
After breakfast we depart via the stunning wildlife rich canals of Tortuguero to Caño Blanco where we transfer to our vehicle and continue to Sarapiqui stopping for lunch on our way to the hotel. Enjoy the afternoon exploring the grounds of the hotel where the garden is a natural extension of the surrounding rainforest. Stepping into this forest, one is struck by the diversity of flora and fauna. While exploring, be sure to keep an eye out for indigenous wildlife. Dinner and overnight in Sarapiqui.
Day 5: Sarapiqui Rafting Adventure
This morning, enjoy an exciting river rafting adventure (Class III). Make sure you keep an eye out for birds and wildlife while enjoying your adrenaline rush.
Day 6: To Arenal Volcano, Hot Springs
After breakfast, we enjoy a cocoa plantation tour. Until the 19th century, Costa Rica was very poor with an economy based on subsistence agriculture. We then depart for Arenal, driving by many large cattle farms, as well as yuca, plantain and papaya plantations. We stop for lunch in La Fortuna in San Carlos Valley, the town at the base of Arenal volcano. Arrive at the hotel in time for an afternoon rest before we enjoy the Eco-Termales Hot Water Springs followed by dinner. Overnight in Arenal and if mother nature permits, view the volcanic activity.
Day 7: Arenal Hanging Bridges
Enjoy the morning ziplining near Arenal Volcano. This Arenal canopy tour has 10 different-sized cables and 12 platforms with cables from 600-ft to an astounding 2,500-ft long! You will have unparalleled views of Arenal Volcano.
Day 8: Rincon de la Vieja, Local Community
Today we travel to Rincon de la Vieja. The continental divide has created a dry forest on one side of Rincon de la Vieja national park and lush rainforest on the other. Not only is the area naturally fascinating but offers the oppourtunity to experience a local, untouched community. Enjoy your visit to the community of El Gavilan, where we meet with the town mayor, Don Gerardo, have lunch in local homes and visit with the local children.
Day 9: Blue River - Horseback Riding, Hiking, Waterfalls and River Swim
The Blue River is not only a naturally beautiful volcanic river but also offers health giving minerals. We set out on our journey by horseback until we reach our destination at the Blue River. We then begin our short hike to a beautiful waterfall that is the perfect setting to enjoy our picnic lunch. Be sure to bring along your swimsuit, as there are several opportunities to enjoy a refreshing dip in the beautiful and aptly named Blue River. This is a perfect setting to enjoy a restful yet exciting afternoon and cool off in the beautiful blue waters. Dinner and overnight in Rincon de la Vieja.
Day 10: To Playa Panama, Guanacaste
After breakfast, we depart for Playa Panama, Guanacaste. Enjoy the scenery of the volcano, rural villages and farms as we drive through an area of Costa Rica that still seems untouched by the outside world. Once we have arrived at the Pacific coast, you can enjoy the hot, warm sun and beach. The afternoon is at leisure where you can soak up the sun at the beach or relax under the Tamarind trees. Dinner and overnight in Playa Panama.
Day 11: Indigenous Pottery Village
Today we'll have the unique opportunity to visit with an indigenous village famous for pottery making. Here in the village of Guaitil, the local indians make pottery the same way their ancestors did over 900 years ago. It is one of the few remaining villages of pre-Columbian Costa Rica that was a land rich in trading for the Inca and Mayan Empires. Dinner and overnight Playa Panama.
Day 12: Fly to San José, Poas Volcano, Coffee Plantation,
We have an early morning flight to San Jose. Upon arrival, we drive to Paos Volcano. Poas is one of the widest volcanic craters in the world at almost 1 mile (1.6km) and is one of the largest active volcanos in the world.
Day 13: Depart San José
Transfer To San José International airport for your homeward flight.
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