Costa Rica Nature & Beaches - 08 days, 07 nights

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  • National Theatre at San Jose, Costa Rica
  • Crater at Irazu Volcano
  • Lankester Botanical Gardens
  • Arenal Volcano at Costa Rica
  • Spotting Spider Monkeys at Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge
  • Hanging bridges at Costa Rica
  • Beaches at Guanacaste, Pacific Coast

ITINERARY

DAY 01

Arrive at San Jose, our representative will meet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel, in the afternoon we will have a city tour of San Jose, the tour immerses you in the rich Costa Rican culture and history by experiencing the beautiful museums and historical sites of San José. It begins with an orientation and drive through the beautiful Sabana Park. Next, we will take a walking tour through the historic National Theater. Completed in 1897, the theater is a masterpiece in art and architecture. Afterwards we will visit one of the many unique museums of Costa Rica. We will continue heading to the University of Costa Rica, the Supreme Court and various sites of interest. A brief stop will be made in a beautiful art craft shopping store allowing you to browse through it before returning to your hotel, overnight at San Jose.

DAY 02

In the morning, we will take the Panamerican Highway South, to start ascending the large “Iztaru”. The winding road travels through fertile lands cultivated with all kinds of vegetables as we observe a lovely panoramic view. At the top of the volcano you can observe the main craters and on a clear day both Atlantic and Pacific Oceans can be seen. As we descend to the city of Cartago we will stop at the Virgin of the Angels Basilica which according to religious custom is a peregrination site for many believers. After visiting the Basilica we will stop at Lankester Gardens, a University of Costa Rica Center for investigation that protects more than 800 species of orchids, bromeliads and countless species of other plants. We will continue to the Valley of Orosi where creation overflows in unparallel beauty. We will be able to visit one of the few remaining colonial churches and we will stop for lunch in one of the local restaurants, returning to San Jose midafternoon for overnight.

DAY 03

In the morning, we will drive to the town of La Fortuna in northern Costa Rica, near Arenal Vocano, National Park, at 2:30 PM we will take an informative, beautiful walk, you’ll learn about the behemoth Arenal Volcano, the secondary and primary tropical forest surrounding it and the interesting wildlife of the area. Once we finish the walk, we’ll head to a view point to see more of this famous volcano (note that the volcano has not been very active in the last few months but you can hear the volcano and often see flumes of gases). Return to La Fortuna for overnight. 

DAY 04

After breakfast, we will drive to Monteverde National Park, on arrival we will take the sky tram / sky walk, spectacular combination of suspension bridges with easy and well maintained walking trails built in the Monteverde Cloud Forest and above the tropical forest canopy, overnight at Monteverde.

DAY 05

This day we will take a scenic drive around to enter the Guanacaste province. Drive through the only tropical dry forest in Costa Rica, we will arrive to Liberia and then, to Costa Rica’s beautiful Pacific Coast for a two night leisure stay, accommodations at Guanacaste.

DAY 06

At leisure at Guanacaste for you to enjoy your time at the resort.

DAY 07

Morning drive through the cattle ranches of Guanacaste, then, enjoy a bird and crocodile spotting cruise on the Tarcoles River, adjacent to the Carara Biological Reserve. Cruise through a mangrove reserve. This tropical bird and wildlife sanctuary is a nesting site for the scarlet macaw. Return to San José.

DAY 08

At the appropriate time, you will be transferred to the airport to catch your international departure flight.

SERVICES INCLUDED

Accommodations in double occupancy, breakfast daily, private ground transportation with english speaking driver/guide, sightseeing tours listed with admissions, local guides and hotel taxes.

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