Natural Wonders of Costa Rica (SR)

9 Day Tour from San José to San José

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If you were the type of kid who always colored outside the lines, this bold tour of Costa Rica is just the escape for you. Wide-open spaces, multi-hued creatures, and bright, vivid scenery welcome you with open arms and a no-holds-barred spirit. As you make your way through Costa Rica, lava trails, cloud forests, and high-in-the-sky suspension bridges invite you to take a walk on the wild side while scenic boat rides, nature walks, and natural hot springs beckon you to leisurely soak in the views. Frolic among hundreds of species of butterflies, birds, reptiles, and wildlife in the most colorful rainforests, and feast on your own delicious Costa Rican creations in an authentic cooking class. With visits to an active volcano and exotic fruit plantations, plus several meet-and-greets with the native macaws and monkeys, this vacation to Costa Rica is bananas!

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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

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

Breakfast daily, 5 lunches, 5 dinners

 Itinerary

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

Day 1

ARRIVE IN SAN JOSÉ, COSTA RICA. Welcome to San José!

Day 2

SAN JOSÉ–TORTUGUERO NATIONAL PARK. SAN JOSÉ Scenic drive past banana plantations en route to the Caribbean shore to board your cruise to the Tortuguero Canals.
TORTUGUERO NATIONAL PARK Guided cruise on the canals with a Local Guide and boatman includes watching for freshwater turtles, caimans, herons, toucans, egrets, and monkeys. Free time at your lodge before a slideshow presentation about the park.
Breakfast Breakfast Lunch Lunch Dinner Dinner

Day 3

TORTUGUERO NATIONAL PARK TOUR & CANAL CRUISE. TORTUGUERO NATIONAL PARK Guided boat cruise with a Naturalist through remote areas of the park, followed by a rainforest walk. Presentation by a local Naturalist this afternoon.
Breakfast Breakfast Lunch Lunch Dinner Dinner

Day 4

TORTUGUERO–SARAPIQUI–ARENAL. TORTUGUERO NATIONAL PARK Boat trip en route to the Sarapiqui area.
SARAPIQUI [LF] Guided Tour of a local family-owned pineapple farm highlights the history and cultivation of the pineapple industry.
ARENAL Free time this afternoon at your resort’s pool, hot-spring-fed Jacuzzi, or on a nearby nature trail. Dinner at your hotel.
Breakfast Breakfast Lunch Lunch Dinner Dinner

Day 5

ARENAL. EXCURSION TO LA FORTUNA & ARENAL VOLCANO NATIONAL PARK. ARENAL Free time this morning before a guided visit to Arenal Volcano National Park includes lava trails and nature that has recovered from past lava flows. Walking tour of the town of La Fortuna de San Carlos includes 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 before dinner at the hot springs.
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner

ENHANCE YOUR FREE TIME in Arenal with a float trip to watch for native flora and fauna. This and more options throughout your tour are available for purchase with MyGlobus. Get local maps and tips for free time on your GlobusGO mobile app.

Day 6

ARENAL–MONTEVERDE. ARENAL Scenic drive to Monteverde.
MONTEVERDE Guided tour with a Naturalist on the Sky Walk Hanging Bridges, which combines trails and suspension bridges through the canopy of Monteverde Cloud Forest, to search for flora and fauna.
Breakfast Breakfast Lunch Lunch

Day 7

MONTEVERDE. SANTA ELENA CLOUD FOREST RESERVE. MONTEVERDE Guided walking tour with a Naturalist in Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve (home to over 600 species of butterflies, 400 species of birds, with 100 reptile and 120 mammal species). [LF] Visit to a family-owned Ecological Sanctuary includes a tour, cooking class, and lunch. Farewell dinner this evening.
Breakfast Breakfast Lunch Lunch Dinner Dinner

Day 8

MONTEVERDE–SARCHI–GRECIA–SAN JOSÉ. SARCHI Visit the local village known for its artists and their famous hand-painted oxcarts.
GRECIA See the metal church—imported from Belgium to Puerto Limon in 1897—transported by oxcart from its previous site in the plaza and reconstructed here.
SAN JOSÉ Free time this evening.
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 9

SAN JOSÉ. Your vacation 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.

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

 Optional Excursions

Contact your Travel Consultant for more information.
Price Ranges

$ ($50 USD and under)
$$ ($51 - $100 USD)
$$$ ($101 - $150 USD)
$$$$ (Over $150)



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