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Tropical Costa Rica 9 Days / 8 Nights

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9 Days/8 Nights (Land Only)

Meals included: 8 breakfasts, 5 dinners

Activity Level: moderate physical activity.

Itinerary Details

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Day 1 – San Jose

Explore lush forests and stunning waterfalls…exotic wildlife and endless coastlines. Your tour opens in the colorful capital city of San Jose, the perfect place to relax and soak up the sights as your adventure begins.

Hotel: Doubletree Cariari

Day 2 – San Jose – Coffee Plantation – Guanacaste

Welcome to the Central Valley. Begin with a tour of a local coffee plantation highlighting the history and cultivation of this driver of the Costa Rican economy. This afternoon, arrive in breathtaking Guanacaste, known for its fine sandy beaches. Settle in for a relaxing 2-night stay at your resort and take in the mesmerizing ocean views. Meals: breakfast & dinner

Hotel: Esplendor Tamarindo

Day 3 – Guanacaste

Fun in the sun is in store. Spend a free day exploring the nearby town beaches, or simply relax by the pool and take advantage of your resort’s lovely amenities. Meals: breakfast


Hotel: Esplendor Tamarindo

Day 4 – Monteverde

It’s your choice! Explore one of the world’s largest butterfly gardens and a dazzling gallery containing more than 100 beautiful hummingbirds. Then, join an expert for a leisurely paced “Hanging Bridges” walking tour to gain a different perspective of the cloud forest’s lush ecosystem. Or you may take an exhilarating ride on one of the longest canopy zip line tours in Costa Rica. This evening, take part in an expert-led discussion about the migratory birds that flock to Costa Rica. Meals: breakfast & dinner

Hotel: El Establo

Day 6 – Monteverde – Lake Arenal Cruise – Arenal

Uncover the importance of conservation in Costa Rica during a visit to a tree nursery. Learn about indigenous trees and Monteverde’s reforestation efforts. Cross beautiful mountainous landscapes to Arenal, where spectacular views of the famous volcano await your discovery. Enjoy a delightful cruise on Lake Arenal, Costa Rica’s largest and most important lake. Later, check in for another 2-night stay at a lodge overlooking the majestic Arenal Volcano. Meals: breakfast & dinner

Hotel: Arenal Springs Resort

Day 7 – Arenal – Cano Negro – Arenal

What’s next? A Cano Negro guided riverboat trip in a covered canoe known as a panga. These 20,000 acres are home to the largest viewable collection of indigenous wildlife in all of Costa Rica. Go in search of caimans, river otters, sloths, monkeys, river turtles, exotic birds and rare butterflies. Later, return to Arenal for the chance to relax during an optional spa visit. Meals: breakfast

Hotel: Arenal Springs Resort

Day 8 – Arenal – Zarcero – San Jose

Today we get a little whimsical as we journey to the charming town of Zarcero to explore its fanciful topiary garden. Continue to San Jose to see the treasures of the city on a panoramic tour. We will see the bustling Plaza de Cultura and the National Theatre, a magnificent building of post-Baroque splendor. This evening, it’s time to say farewell to paradise over a wonderful dinner with your fellow travelers. Meals: breakfast & dinner

Hotel: Doubletree Cariari

Day 9 – San Jose – Tour Ends

Today you depart for home with fabulous memories of your Costa Rican adventure.

Notes: This tour includes moderate physical activity. The itinerary blends some longer days with shorter days and more leisure time. Walking tours, as well as walking slightly longer distances, up stairs or on uneven walking surfaces, should be expected.

Most hotels/lodges utilized on this program consist of two floors with no elevators.

Ask about pre & post nights, optional excursions, and tour extensions.

About the Author:

Laurie Johnson is travel writer, agent, and founder of Pura Vida Vacations. She finds her inspirations from travelling of the beaten path, meeting the locals, and sharing her travel stories, reviews, and tips with her readers.

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