Central America Spotlight


Situated on a sliver of land between the sea and the Tortuguero canal along Costa Rica's Caribbean coast, the peaceful ...

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Sample Itinerary - REF CENTRAL AMERICA 18

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Day 1: San Jose

Hola San Jose! Upon arrival at San Jose Airport, you will see our driver waiting to take you to your hotel. The rest of the day is free for you to explore Costa Rica's cosmopolitan capital city, which is nestled in a fertile valley among coffee and sugar-cane farms.

Day 2: San Jose - Tortuguero

Today we travel by public bus to the port of Moin near Limón, where we assist you to board a boat which takes us along inland jungle canals and into Tortuguero National Park. (OVERNIGHT AT THE Mawamba Lodge)

Day 3: Tortuguero

Enjoy free time to do the activities on offer at the hotel. This popular national park which incorporates canals, rivers, beaches and lakes is literally teaming with wildlife and famous for its turtles. Not only is it an important nesting site for the green turtle (from July to October), it is also home to leatherbacks and hawkbills. During our two night stay here we are sure to spot a large variety of animals, ranging from monkeys, sloths and crocodiles to turtles and numerous bird species. (OVERNIGHT AT THE Mawamba Lodge)

Day 4: Tortuguero - Cahuita

From one national park to another, leaving Tortuguero we travel to Cahuita, a breathtaking national park on the Caribbean coast, with beautiful palm fringed white sand beaches and incredible off-shore coral reef. Go for a snorkel or take a glass-bottomed boat to discover Cahuita's incredible marine life, wander through the forest to spot the resident wildlife or soak up the sunshine on the beach, the choice is yours! (OVERNIGHT AT THE Azania Bungallow)

Day 5: Cahuita

There is also the option to visit Puerto Viejo de Talamanca - a laid-back Caribbean village renowned for its surf, or the local 'sloth sanctuary' where you enjoy close encounters with these weird and wonderful creatures! The town of Cahuita itself has an impressive selection of restaurants, where you may sample some fruits of the sea and listen to reggae music. (OVERNIGHT AT THE Azania Bungallow)

Day 6: Cahuita - San Jose

Today we head back to San Jose. This evening why not sample some of the city's world class restaurants and its lively nightlife!

Day 7: San Jose - La Fortuna

This morning we travel to the sleepy rural town of La Fortuna. The main attraction in La Fortuna is Arenal Volcano, which is close to the town and has been constantly erupting since 1968. Enjoy time at leisure this afternoon, exploring the town. In the evening there is an exciting optional excursion to a site near the volcano to listen to it's rumbles and sample the local alcoholic spirit which is almost as explosive as the volcano itself!

Day 8: La Fortuna

Today is free for you to relax or partake in a variety of exciting optional excursions; from caving or white water rafting, to canoeing, horse-riding or trekking in search of the local wildlife and beautiful waterfalls.

Day 9: La Fortuna - Santa Elena

This morning we travel up into the mountains to the shores of Lake Arenal. We take a scenic boat ride to the other side of the lake and continue our journey to the little town of Santa Elena. Santa Elena is the gateway to Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve with its unique canopy of cloud. This lush reserve is a nature lovers paradise and an excellent place for bird watching. We go in search of the endangered Quetzal, a bird with incredibly beautiful and unique plumage and visit the Hummingbird Gallery where these energetic birds buzz around sipping on nectar. The reserve has excellent trails for walking and hiking, one of which takes you to the continental divide. On a clear day both the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans can be seen!

Day 10: Santa Elena

There are lots of optional activities on offer you can book with the hotel today in and around Santa Elena to keep you entertained, from its famous ziplines over the cloud forest and sky walks on suspension bridges above the forest canopy, to horse treks and nature-spotting twilight walks.

Day 11: Santa Elena - Manuel Antonio

Leaving the lofty heights of Santa Elena behind we travel south through lush green countryside to Manuel Antonio on the Pacific Coast which is famous for its stunning beaches and rainforest. Manuel Antonio National Park is one of the most popular parks in the country; blessed with beautiful lagoons, palm fringed beaches and a plethora of animals including sloths, pelicans, white-faced monkeys, anteaters and huge iguanas. (OVERNIGHT Makanda by the Sea Hotel)

Days 12-17: Manuel Antonio

For the next days enjoy time at leisure exploring the park and relaxing on the beach. (OVERNIGHT Makanda by the Sea Hotel)

Day 18: Manuel Antonio - San Jose

We travel back to San Jose today, and spend our final night in the capital.

Day 19: San Jose

Sadly your journey has come to an end, we will transfer you to the airport in time for your flight home.