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Costa Rica
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Day 1 – San José , Costa Rica
Welcome to the “rich coast,” friendly land of democracy and rare natural beauty. With naturalist guides, see exotic birds and wildlife, hike in jungle rainforests, view volcanoes, soak in hot springs and cruise through biological reserves. Relax on both the Atlantic and Pacific coasts. Transfers from the San José airport to the Marriott Hotel. Rooms are available for check in after 3:00 p.m.  

Day 2 – Poás Volcano, San José City Tour
After breakfast, see the statue of the drummer boy, Costa Rica ’s hero. Next, weather permitting, visit Poas Volcano, dormant since 1991. You can safely view this dramatic milewide crater from an overlook. Enjoy lunch. Next, see San José ’s Plaza de la Cultura, Central Park and the National Theatre. Visit the National Museum (closed on Mondays).

Day 3 – Rainforest Aerial Tram
Scenic morning drive through Braulio Carrillo Park . Look for cascading waterfalls. Next, a thrilling adventure into the heart of the rainforest. Glide through the jungle canopy on the world famous rainforest aerial tram, rated one of Costa Rica ’s top tourist attractions. Then, with a naturalist guide, enjoy a short rainforest hike on level terrain. Enjoy lunch. Then cruise through rivers and canals to the 47,000 acre Tortuguero Park . Tortuguero is home to more than 300 species of birds. Look for toucans, kingfishers, parrots and the rare green macaw. Enjoy a two night stay at the Mawamba lodge. After dinner in Tortuguero, a naturalist talks about the rainforest. BLD

Day 4 – Tortuguero Park, Canal Cruise
Cruise this morning with naturalist guides along canals lined by raffia palm, habitat of howler and white-faced monkeys, green iguanas and tropical birds. Look for white and snowy egrets and the amazing nests of the montezuma oropendola. Then, enter the mysterious reflecting waters of Caño Palma wildlife reserve. Next, visit the Green Turtle Research Station. Learn about efforts to protect the turtle’s nesting habitat, eggs and young hatchlings. Walk along the Atlantic turtle nesting beaches with a naturalist guide. Next, to Tortuguero village. Meet Costa Rican school children on your visit to a local school (when in session). Return to your lodge for lunch. Free time to enjoy your lodge’s swimming pool and tropical flower gardens. Visit a butterfly garden. See colorful butterflies. Enjoy an afternoon boat excursion into Tortuguero Park . Look for otters, turtles and manatees. Dinner. BLD


Day 5 – San Carlos Valley, Fortuna
Morning cruise on Tortuguero River . See a banana plantation. Lunch, then a brief stop at Selva Verde Rainforest Reserve. Here you can walk the nearly 300 foot long suspension bridge over a jungle river. Next, through scenic countryside to the San Carlos Valley for a two night stay in Fortuna . Dinner. BLD


Day 6 – Caño Negro, Hot Springs, Arenal
Head north this morning, passing through sugar cane, teak and orange plantations. Then, cruise on the Rio Frio through the world famous Caño Negro wildlife refuge, home to many migratory birds found nowhere else in Costa Rica . Look for whistling ducks, cormorants, anhingas, blue heron, roseate spoonbills, and northern jacanas. Watch for caimans, crocodiles, spider monkeys and web-footed water-walking lizards. Enjoy lunch. Return to Fortuna . Free time to explore the charming village of Fortuna . Then enjoy a relaxing soak in the volcanic hot springs.Weather permitting, see nearby Arenal Volcano’s softly glowing lava flow. Dinner at your hotel. BLD


Day 7 – Cloud Forest Hike, Jaco
This morning drive by the Children’s Eternal Rainforest, part of the Monteverde cloud forest region. The Children’s Rainforest was purchased with donations from school children around the world to be preserved forever. Next, enter a cloud forest reserve, home to epiphytes, orchids, ferns and tropical birds, for a guided walk. Cloud forests are like rainforests, but with less rain and more humidity. Look for many species of hummingbirds in the feeding gallery. Lunch at a cloud forest restaurant. Then, to Jaco on the Pacific Ocean for a two night stay. Dinner is at your resort. This evening you may wish to explore the shops along Jaco’s lively main street. BLD


Day 8 – Jaco, Manuel Antonio
Visit Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica ’s most beautiful park, this morning. Time to beachcomb or swim at the three pristine beaches, rated among the top ten in the world. Easy hiking trails wind through the jungle, home to one of the last natural habitats of the playful rare squirrel monkey. Enjoy lunch. Afternoon at leisure to enjoy your resort. Dinner in Jaco. BLD


Day 9 – Carara Reserve, Coffee Plantation
Morning photostop overlooking the Carara Biological Reserve. Carara is an Indian word meaning “river of crocodiles.” This tropical bird and wildlife sanctuary is one of the world’s few nesting places for the scarlet macaw. Look for toucans and trogons. Lunch. Afternoon visit to Sarchi, see the painted ox carts and colorful handicrafts. Next, see the metallic church of Grecia . Then, visit a coffee plantation. Pick a few beans when in season. Sample fresh Costa Rican coffee and learn about the history of the coffee bean. Return to San José. BLD

Day 10 – San José
Your tour ends after breakfast this morning at the San José Palacio. Transfers provided  to the San José airport B

Legend:
*B . . . Breakfast
*L . . . Lunch
*D. . . Dinner

 
   

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