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Day 1: Arrive in San Jose
You will be met on your arrival at San Jose Airport and transferred to our hotel. Later in the evening, we meet our guide for dinner and orientation meeting.
Day 2: To Tortuguero N.P. via Braulio Carrillo N.P.
Early morning, depart San Jose for the Caribbean coast. Enroute, we drive through Braulio Carrillo National Park, enjoying wonderful views of the rainforest. Upon arrival in Cano Blanco or La Pavona (depending on weather conditions) we transfer to our boat for a 1 1/2 hour boat journey through the beautiful canals to get to Tortuguero, always keeping an eye out for wildlife.
Day 3: Wildlife of Tortuguero National Park
Today we travel by boat to explore the canals of Tortuguero and Cano Harold (Harold's Canal) in Tortuguero National Park. During our visit to Cano Harold, we have the opportunity to see bare-throated tiger herons, snowy egrets, boat billed herons and other species which are known to nest here. We return to the lodge in the late afternoon to relax before dinner. There may be an opportunity of an afternoon optional garden walk with your Guide.
Day 4: Canals of Tortuguero, to Sarapiqui
After breakfast, we depart via the stunning wildlife rich canals of Tortuguero to Cano Blanco or La Pavona (depending on weather conditions) where we transfer to our vehicle and continue to Sarapiqui, stopping for lunch on our way to the hotel.
Day 5: Sarapiqui Rafting Adventure
This morning, enjoy an exciting river rafting adventure (Class III). (Rafting is optional.) 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 will explore the secrets and wonders of one of mankind's favorite foods: chocolate. Our tour will demonstrate the traditional methods and how it was prepared in ancient times.
Day 7: Waterfall Walk and Arenal Hanging Bridges
In the morning, we visit La Fortuna Waterfall and hike down stairs to where the water plummets 200 ft (65 m) into an emerald pool. If you're feeling adventurous, you can swim in the chilly water.
Day 8: To Monteverde Cloud Forest
After breakfast, we depart for Monteverde. Enroute, we take a 2-hour boat journey across Lake Arenal to Rio Chiquito, to meet the locals and learn about their village life. We meet up again with our bus to continue our journey to Monteverde. Monteverde is a peaceful community made up of dairy farmers, naturalists and tourism service providers who have joined together to create a model for sustainable development and protection of the environment that is well-known throughout the world.
Day 9: Monteverde and Ziplining
After breakfast, we drive to Selvatura Park to enjoy one of the best ziplines in the country with 15 cables and 18 platforms in a 850 acres secondary forest. (Ziplining is optional.) As you and your adrenaline return to terra firma, enjoy a visit to a butterfly garden where we can see many of the 425 species of butterflies that can be found in Costa Rica.
Day 10: Rincon de la Vieja, Local Communities
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 opportunity to visit some of the local, untouched communities. We visit the community of El Gavilan, where we will meet the town mayor, Don Gerardo and have lunch with some of the local families in their homes.
Day 11: 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. (Traveling by horseback is optional.) We then begin our 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.
Day 12: To Manuel Antonio N. P., Indigenous Pottery Village & Crocodile Safari
Enroute to Manuel Antonio, we have the unique opportunity to visit with an indigenous village famous for pottery making. Here in the village of Guaitil, the native Chorotegas 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.
Day 13: Manuel Antonio N. P.
Today we will have a guided tour of Manuel Antonio with its impressive landscapes and many coves with white sand beaches amidst great mountains and tropical forests. Despite being Costa Rica's smallest national park, its biodiversity is impressive. You can see sloths, mantled howler monkeys, squirrel monkeys, white-headed capuchin monkeys, iguanas, common basilisk, 184 bird species (including toucans, woodpeckers, potoos, motmots, tanagers, turkey vultures, parakeets and hawks). It is also possible to see dolphins as well as the occasional migrating whale.
Day 14: To San Jose, Coffee Tour
Today we return to the capital of San Jose where will have time to reflect on our adventure during our farewell dinner this evening.
Day 15: Depart San Jose
Transfer to San Jose International airport for your homeward flight.
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