Natural Wonders of Costa Rica with Guanacaste (SRE2)

11 days from San José to Guanacaste

2019 Tour Details

Grab your camera and swimsuit, and get ready for a wonderful vacation to Costa Rica! Witness bountiful wildlife in their natural habitat, enjoy relaxing dips in ecothermal hot springs, and learn about the Costa Rican culture on this thrilling adventure. Among the many highlights of this tour is Tortuguero National Park, where you’ll take a boat ride along remote, unspoiled sections of the park to view wildlife. Your guide will look out for the wildlife—including freshwater turtles, egrets, toucans, and monkeys—so you can sit back, relax, and take plenty of pictures.

Another tour highlight is the Arenal Volcano, considered one of the most active volcanoes in the world. Relax as you soak in the ecothermal hot springs and perhaps watch the lava flow down the volcano—a spectacular sight! In Monteverde, visit the Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve, home to forest fauna such as jaguars, resplendent quetzal, monkeys, ocelots, and many species of birds—not to mention the large diversity of plant species. Even more amazing scenery awaits you in Guanacaste, where you’ll have three nights to partake in the many activities, including rainforest canopy tours, river rafting, horseback riding, snorkeling, watching breathtaking sunsets, hiking, or just relaxing on the beach.

On this Costa Rica tour, you’ll also have a chance to visit local farms to learn about the local culture and industries. It’s a trip of a lifetime—a trip filled with wildlife, scenic waterways, tropical rainforests, pristine beaches, and knowledgeable guides to help you learn about Costa Rica.

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 DESTINATIONS & SIGHTSEEING

Sightseeing:

CARIARI
Tour a banana plantation

TORTUGUERO NATIONAL PARK
Guided cruise through the canals to view wildlife; guided walk through the rainforest; naturalist talk

SARAPIQU
[LF] Tour a pineapple plantation

ARENAL
Guided sightseeing of Arenal Volcano National Park; sightseeing of La Fortuna town; and visit [LF] Tabacón Hot Springs

MONTEVERDE
Visit the Sky Walk hanging bridges; guided visit of Children’s Eternal Rainforest; [LF] Ecological Sancturary tour and cooking lesson; farewell dinner

SARCHI
Shop for souvenirs

GUANACASTE
Enjoy three nights relaxing on the pristine beaches of Guanacaste

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

Breakfast daily, 6 lunches, 5 three-course dinners including a special farewell dinner in Monteverde

 Itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description.

Day 1

ARRIVE IN SAN JOSÉ, COSTA RICA. Upon arrival, you will be met by your Tour Director, who will help you check into your hotel.

Day 2

SAN JOSÉ–CARIARI–TORTUGUERO NATIONAL PARK. Journey east to the Caribbean shore and TORTUGUERO NATIONAL PARK. On the way, stop at a BANANA PLANTATION to see one of Costa Rica’s main exports being harvested. Later, board a motor launch for your CRUISE along the Tortuguero Canals, waterways crisscrossing a national park dedicated to the protection of endangered turtles. The trained eyes of your guide and boatman help you spot freshwater turtles, caimans, herons, toucans, egrets, and monkeys. An afternoon at leisure lets you explore Evergreen Lodge until you meet for an informative slideshow presentation on the area. (B,L,D)

Day 3

TORTUGUERO NATIONAL PARK TOUR & CANAL CRUISE. A local Naturalist accompanies you on a leisurely BOAT RIDE along remote, unspoiled sections of the park’s waterways, explaining the bountiful flora and fauna. Enjoy a fascinating stroll through an accessible portion of the nearby RAINFOREST. During the peak nesting season (mid-July to mid-October) you may be lucky enough to observe an endangered green turtle laying her eggs under the starlight on an optional tour. Later this afternoon, meet a local Naturalist for an informative talk on the ecology of the area. (B,L,D)

Day 4

TORTUGUERO–SARAPIQUI–ARENAL. A morning boat transfer begins your journey to the Sarapiqui area. Tour a [LF] PINEAPPLE FARM, owned by a local family, and learn about the history, cultivation, and industry of pineapples. Continue to your hotel in the lush town of Arenal, located in the shadow of Arenal Volcano. After settling in, experience the magic of the resort’s pool and hot spring-fed jacuzzi, or consider a walk in the nearby nature trail in search of 300- to 400-year-old trees, poisonous frogs, monkeys, birds, and possibly small animals native to the area. (B,L,D)

Day 5

ARENAL. EXCURSION TO LA FORTUNA & ARENAL VOLCANO NATIONAL PARK. During your morning at leisure, you may wish to go on an optional horseback ride or float trip. Or, you can take advantage of your resort’s amenities by walking along the shaded trails nearby. Later this afternoon, visit ARENAL VOLCANO NATIONAL PARK, where your guide takes you on a walk through lava trails of the volcano and shows you how nature has found a way to recover from past lava flows. Next, enjoy a walking tour of the town of La Fortuna de San Carlos, offering spectacular views of the active Arenal Volcano. This evening, drive to nearby famous [LF] TABACÓN HOT SPRINGS for a dip in the curative and relaxing pools. Later, enjoy a dinner at the hot springs.
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner

Day 6

ARENAL–MONTEVERDE. After breakfast, continue to MONTEVERDE, where you will enjoy two days in the cloud forest. This afternoon after an included lunch, take a guided tour on the SKYWALK hanging bridges, which combines trails and suspension bridges through the canopy of Monteverde Cloud Forest, to search for flora and fauna. (B,L)

Day 7

MONTEVERDE. This morning, visit CHILDREN’S ETERNAL RAINFOREST for a guided walking tour. Over 600 species of butterflies and 400 species of birds have been recorded inside this private reserve, along with 100 reptile and 120 mammal species that hide within the dense vegetation. Later, visit the family-owned [LF] ECOLOGICAL SANCTUARY, where you will explore the trails through coffee and banana plantations filled with endemic wildlife and beautiful scenery. After the walk, enjoy a COOKING CLASS to learn how to prepare authentic Costa Rican food like hand-made tortillas, picadillos, and gallo pinto. Dine on your creations for a homemade lunch! Tonight, your Tour Director hosts a farewell dinner, toasting an unforgettable discovery of Costa Rica. (B,L,D)

Day 8

MONTEVERDE–GUANACASTE. Take a morning drive to Guanacaste. This part of Costa Rica’s North Pacific region offers hundreds of unspoiled beaches lining the shores, but Guanacaste is far from a traditional beach destination. Activities in the area include rainforest canopy tours, river rafting or floating down the Corobici River, horseback riding, fishing, snorkeling in the Pacific Ocean, or just relaxing on the beach.
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 9

GUANACASTE. Enjoy two days at leisure. (B daily)

Day 10

GUANACASTE. Enjoy two days at leisure. (B daily)

Day 11

GUANACASTE. Your tour ends with breakfast this morning.
Breakfast Breakfast

 Tour Director

With Globus, there’s no better way to get to know your destination than through the eyes of your Tour Director. Averaging over a decade... we’d like you to meet a Tour Director, who is representative of the type of expert that will be with you on your vacation.

JORGE AVILA

Escorting tours for more than 10 years

"Born in San José, I developed an interest in knowing the different attractions, customs and traditions across beautiful Costa Rica. I have always enjoyed at the fullest what I do, so I share my passion with everyone. I like making new friends, being helpful, leading groups, sharing my knowledge of my home country, and always having a smile for people around me."

Tour Director -  JORGE AVILA

 Accommodations

ARENAL

VOLCANO LODGE & GARDENS

Hotel as shown or similar
First-Class
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

With an exceptional location and views of Arenal Volcano, this hotel surpasses expectation in comfort, service, and class. Guests will feel at ease with modern room amenities, clean lines and tasteful décor. Dining options, spa services, and a choice of pool and lounge settings make your stay in Arenal unforgettable, as well as its convenient access to the wildlife and nature surrounding it.

GUANACASTE

TAMARINDO DIRIA BEACH AND GOLF RESORT

Hotel as shown or similar
First-Class
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

This stunning property is a paradise along the shores of Northern Costa Rica and the epitome of luxury and class. Elegant and modern accommodations are accented with local flare, while the hotel's facilities and features exceed expectation. The Tamarindo Diria Resort provides private beach access, soothing pools surrounded by vegetation, and a variety of ways to try local cuisine, all constant reminders that you are far away in a tropical escape.

MONTEVERDE

EL ESTABLO MOUNTAIN LODGE

Hotel as shown or similar
First-Class
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

Set in a private 150 acres farm adjacent to the Monteverde Reserve, El Establo offers guests a home base of relaxation and activity. Amenities include tennis, basketball, and soccer courts, two indoor pools, two restaurants, two bars, gym, and spa.

SAN JOSE

CARIARI HOTEL SAN JOSE

Hotel as shown or similar
Superior First-Class
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

TORTUGUERO

EVERGREEN LODGE

Hotel as shown or similar
First-Class
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

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