DAY 1 – SAN JOSE
Arrival in San Jose, pick up at airport and transfer to HOTEL GRANO DE ORO for welcome drink and overnite stay. Check-in to your room and leisure time on your own to relax or explore your surroundings. A true oasis in the center of San Jose, this hotel exudes the charm and character of a stately mansion with the comfort and amenities of a fine hotel. Warmly decorated rooms and suites (all non-smoking), a secluded garden terrace with large jacuzzi, and courtyards with fountains and abundance of tropical plants and flowers in a quiet area west of the town center. Delicious meals and desserts served in the intimate dining room, adjacent sunroom and tropical courtyard.
DAY 2 – TORTUGUERO NATIONAL PARK –
Early morning pick up at hotel for ground and boat transportation to MAWAMBA LODGE. Mawamba Lodge is located in the midst of Tortuguero National Park, a tropical rainforest, and a navigable network of lakes and channels that crosses the area from southeast to the northwest. This allows a great diversity of fauna and flora of the region to be observed close at hand. Additionally, it is the most important nesting site in the western half of the Caribbean for the Green Turtle. Located on a sand bar between the Tortuguero Lagoon and Caribbean Sea, the lodge has 40 comfortable rooms all with private baths with hot water, ceiling fans, a dock on the canals, swimming pool, family-style restaurant with international and local cuisine, nature trails, walking beach access, and a conference room where daily lectures on Costa Rica’s natural history are presented. (B) (L) (D)
Day 3 – TORTUGUERO NATIONAL PARK
Early next morning, nearby howler monkeys often provide a natural alarm clock at first light, and for those interested in birds, this is the time to see many species of hummingbirds, parrots, toucans, woodpeckers, and finches that abound around the lodge. After breakfast, board your boat with local guide for a day of tours on Tortuguero’s network of lakes and channels. Optional nightime tour to observe the nesting of the leatherback turtles. Overnite at Mawamba Lodge (B) (L) (D)
Day 4 – ARENAL
After breakfast and an early morning boat tour, you will leave Mawamba for the trip back to San Jose. At the restaurant where you will stop for lunch, our driver will meet you to continue the trip to the Arenal Volcano area. You’ll have a scheduled visit to Tabacón Grand Thermal Spa for a relaxing soak in the hot Springs and dinner and then overnight at Hotel Montaña de Fuego (B, D)
Day 5 – ARENAL
After breakfast, you will be picked up at your hotel for a 2 ½ hour hike wading a beautiful stream and then a nice trail to the extinct volcano lava fields. Walking over the lava rocks, one has a fantastic view of the mighty Arenal Volcano on one side and Lake Arenal on the other. You might even be able to observe some of the wildlife of the area. Overnight Montaña de Fuego (B)
Day 6 – GUANACASTE/OCOTAL
After breakfast, leave Arenal for 4 1/2 hour drive to the north pacific coast of Costa Rica and PLAYA OCOTAL. Overnite at EL OCOTAL BEACH RESORT. Balance of day is on your own with free time to relax, enjoy the beach and explore. Ocotal is a four-star beachfront resort, a luxurious hideaway, known for its outstanding style, comfort and service, where visitors relax and enjoy the marvels of the Pacific Ocean with summer weather all year round. Only two miles away is Playas del Coco a small fishing and tourist village where you can find supermarkets, bank, pharmacy, restaurants, stores, bars and nightlife. (B)
Day 7 – GUANACASTE/EL OCOTAL
On your own to relax on the beach and enjoy the many services and activities the hotel has to offer. (B)
Day 8 – OCOTAL/SAN JOSE
Breakfast, free time to relax, swim in the ocean, and enjoy the beautiful surroundings. Early afternoon transfer back to San Jose. Overnight at HOTEL GRANO DE ORO (B)
Day 9 – SAN JOSE
After breakfast, San Jose city tour. Visit the University of Costa Rica, the National Museum, and the National Theater, built as a miniature version of the Paris Opera House in 1897 by the coffee barons. The tour concludes with a visit to a typical local crafts market. Overnight at Hotel Grano de Oro. (B)
Day 10 – RETURN HOME
Transfer to airport for return flight home and the end to an unforgettable vacation/adventure (B)
$2,485.00 per person based on double occupancy.
(“Green” Season May 16 – Dec 15, 2019)
$2,690.00 per person based on double occupancy.
(High Season Dec 16 2019 – May 15, 2020)
Please inquire about pricing during Special Seasons
(Dec. 22 – January 3), (March 24 – April 1, 2020)
PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE:
A) Airport departure tax ($29.00 U.S.)
B) Personal expenses like liquor, laundry, phone calls, etc
C) Tips for your drivers and/or guides
D) International airfare.
NOTE: Local flights have a luggage limit of 25 pounds per person including the hand baggage