VOLCANOES AND NATIONAL PARKS
The fascinating Afro-Caribbean culture
predominates in this region and fills the atmosphere with fragrances, tropical rhythms and brilliant colors
EXPERIENCE 9 DAYS OF PURA VIDA
The fascinating Afro-Caribbean culture, a combination of Jamaican, Italian and Chinese immigrants, predominates in this region and fills the atmosphere with fragrances, tropical rhythms and brilliant colors, which mixes with the daily work of many of the inhabitants on the banana plantations and the ports of Limon and Moin. After the South Pacific, this is the rainiest region in the country and this factor, combined with high temperatures, makes it a very humid area throughout the year. The extensive Caribbean plains are beautified by the Pacuare, Estrella, Reventazon and Parismina rivers, which join in some sectors with the Tortuguero canals, of great importance for their scenic splendor and as a site of refuge for the marine turtles to lay their eggs.
Volcanoes and National Parks: San Jose, Tortuguero, Arenal, Manuel Antonio
DAY 1 - SAN JOSE
Arrival at Juan Santamaría International airport and transfer to your hotel in San Jose. Accommodation.
DAY 2 - SAN JOSE, TORTUGUERO
Admire the biodiversity of an astonishing protected area in Costa Rica as the bus drives through Braulio Carrillo National Park. Stop on route to have a delicious typical breakfast. Be a special guest in a banana processing and packing plant and learn more about one of Costa Rica’s prime product (subject to availability). Board a comfortable boat upon arrival to Caño Blanco pier and let this extraordinary exotic paradise enchant you as you travel along the Tortuguero canals. Accommodation.
DAY 3 - TORTUGUERO
Guided walking tour through the trails. Free time before lunch. In the afternoon, visit Tortuguero National Park exploring the canals in small, open boats to allow a better visibility.
DAY 4 - TORTUGUERO, ARENAL
Boat transfer back to Caño Blanco and then ground transfer to Siquirres where you will take a shuttle bus to Arenal/La Fortuna. San Carlos offers a landscape of exceptional beauty with its forests, lagoons, fields of crops, rivers with hot springs, and the most active volcano of Costa Rica: Arenal. Accommodation.
DAY 5 - TORTUGUERO, ARENAL
In the afternoon, take a tour to Arenal Volcano & Tabacón Hot Springs. See from up close the activities of the great colossus, its constant emissions of gases, vapors of water and explosions of fireworks. Follow this with a fabulous and healthful bath in the hot springs. Accommodation.
DAY 6 - ARENAL, MANUEL ANTONIO
Ground transfer from Arenal to Manuel Antonio. The Central Pacific contains the beaches closest to the capital city. Among the most popular are Herradura, Jaco, Dominical and the ones at Manuel Antonio National Park. Hills covered with green forests compose the common landscape of the area. Some of the features which have made Manuel Antonio one of the most preferred destinations by tourists are the white sand beaches, cliffs, rivers, rain forests, and the large variety of animal life and climate. The Manuel Antonio National Park is home of the White Faced, Mantled Howler and Red-backed Squirrel monkeys. Accommodation.
DAY 7 - MANUEL ANTONIO
Morning tour to Manuel Antonio National Park. Watch sloths and monkeys moving through the tree canopy, hunt for nocturnal silky anteaters, surprise iguanas resting on a tree and listen to the songs of the various birds. Accommodation.
DAY 8 - MANUEL ANTONIO
At noon, take a ground transfer (by shuttle bus) from Manuel Antonio to San Jose.
DAY 9 - SAN JOSE
Private transfer to Juan Santamaría International airport.