Costa Rica: Rainforests, Volcanoes & Wildlife - March 7-15, 2015

9 days of Nature and Wildlife Tours.   Explore this real-life paradise, from volcanic landscapes to tropical forests. Our adventure begins in the land of the turtles, exploring the jungle canals of the Caribbean coast. Then, we observe the Arenal Volcano and soak in its hot springs. We cruise Lake Arenal and investigate the surrounding rainforest, before ascending into the cloud forests of Monteverde.

First we fly to San José, the country’s capital.  We start our firs morning with a journey to the Caribbean coast. We stop on the way in Braulio Carrillo National Park, a mountainous landscape covered with rainforest and cloud forest. After breakfast, we drive through the banana plantations of the northern lowlands, then board a boat through jungle canals to Tortuguero

The best way to explore Tortuguero National Park is by boat. This all-day excursion winds through the rainforest-clad canals, where you might spot monkeys, sloths and amazing bird life.  

En route to Arenal Volcano National Park, we stop at a fruit plantation for a brief lecture and tropical fruit samples. This afternoon, we soak our bodies and relax our minds at the volcano-warmed hot springs in the area.
We spend the next day afternoon exploring independently, or join the optional ziplining tour to fly through the rainforest canopy.  We will visit Montverde Cloud Forest Reserve.  Here, the, Tico school visit is dubbed Monteverde “the jewel in the crown of cloud forest reserves.” by National Geographic. On this day, we will see why. On a morning tour of this remarkable ecosystem, we learn about the delicate balance of life in the cloud forest. This afternoon, we take advantage of a unique opportunity to learn about the Tico educational system with a visit to a local school.

On the way back to the Costa Rican capital of San José, we will stop in Naranjo for a tour of Espiritu Santo coffee plantation. We’ll see how the beans are grown and harvested, with a chance to taste the delicious results. Back in San José, our Tour Director we get a a panoramic sightseeing tour of the city, including the National Theater, the Opera House and Sabana Metropolitan Park

Add Manuel Antonio and San José 3 day extension

The Manual Antonio extension is a journey west toward the Pacific coast. En route, we stop for a cruise on the Tarcoles River, lush with mangrove forest and rainforest scenery. Here, we keep our eyes peeled for wildlife, especially crocodiles, iguanas, lizards, monkeys and birds.

We have some time to hit the beach, but not before a rewarding walk through Manuel Antonio National Park, where the rainforest meets the sea. An amazing 109 species of mammals and 270 species of birds are packed into this tiny 6-square-mile national park, the smallest in the country. In addition to many creatures, we’ll see magnificent scenery at Cathedral Point and Serucho Point, a blowhole at Escondido Port and a pre-Columbian underwater turtle trip.  We spend our afternoon at the beach or opt to join a sailing and snorkeling excursion.




Tour includes

  • 8 nights in handpicked hotels
  • Breakfast daily, 3 lunches, 7 three-course dinners, including beer or wine at the welcome and farewell dinners
  • Guided sightseeing
  • Multilingual Tour Director
  • Private deluxe motor coach
  • Entrance fees to Arenal Volcano National Park

Planned Vacations, What a Concept !

Sure, there are maps and tour guides and the Chamber of Commerce, but wouldn't it be nice if we had trips already planned and we knew what we wanted to do at those locations by others recommendations. I have been leading vacation trips with OutsideNE and the Appalachian Mountain Club for over ten years.
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