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

Tortuguero Holidays

Sample Itinerary - REF CENTRAL AMERICA 13

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Day 1: San Jose

Upon arrival into San Jose airport you will be met and and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure to start exploring San Jose or just to relax in the hotel.

Day 2: San Jose - Orosi

This morning enjoy a guided tour of the capital, visiting San Jose’s beautiful Sabana Park, museums and historic sites. In the afternoon travel on to Orosi. On arrival we will check you into the hotel.

Day 3: Orosi

There is a guided tour of Orosi this morning. "The Orosi Valley offers a variety of attractions. Hike some of the local trails or relax at the local hot springs. The Orosi Valley is located approximately 35 km southeast of San Jose and approximately 15 km southeast of Cartago the original capital. You are centrally located between the towns of Paraiso and Orosi on the main highway. Within the Orosi Valley there is hiking, bicycling, historical sites and ruins, and coffee plantations or, spend the day lounging in local hot springs.

Day 4: Orosi - Tortuguero

Breakfast at the hotel and departure to Tortuguero. Lunch in a local restaurant in Siquirres before you arrive to Caño Blanco dock where you will be transferred through the Tortuguero canals. Lunch is at the hotel and you will then visit the Caribbean Conservation Center. The hotel is located in the north eastern corner of Tortuguero, and accessible only by air and water. It is the ideal location from which to explore this unique and magical area, surrounded by towering trees and exuberant vegetation and are adorned with tropical designs.

Day 5: Tortuguero

This morning you will have a guided tour into the canals of Tortuguero. It’s the Caribbean version of the Amazon. The Tortuguero Canals are an extensive system of natural and man-made waterways used both for simple transportation and jungle exploration. Travelling through the canals is a fascinating experience rich in wildlife that includes monkeys, iguanas, and colourful tropical birds. After the visit you will come back to the hotel to take your breakfast and have the rest of the day free to enjoy the peace and harmony of the place. kayaks free (upon request to the hotel)

Day 6: Tortuguero - La Fortuna

Leaving the jungle, travel on to Arenal in Costa Rica’s fertile northern lowlands. Until 2010, it was Costa Rica’s most active volcano. Much to the enjoyment of its visitors, Arenal spewed enormous amounts of lava, gas and ash on a regular basis. That eruptive cycle – which began with the infamous eruption of 1968 – ended recently. In October 2010, Arenal entered into an indeterminate resting phase. For the time being, visitors will be unable to watch the much-loved explosions, although that could change within a matter of months or years.

Day 7: La Fortuna

Today you will enjoy a trek through Arenal Volcano National Park. The afternoon is free for optional activities such as horse riding, canyoning or a boat tour of Cano Negro wildlife reserve.

Day 8: La Fortuna - Monteverde

After breakfast you depart to Monteverde. This transport is shared with other customers. You take a vehicle at the hotel then you cross Lake Arenal to get to the Monteverde border where another vehicle is waiting for you to take you to your hotel.

Day 9: Monteverde

Today you have a guided naturalist walk in Monteverde. Appreciate the night life of the nature with this authentic tour in Monteverde. The Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve will astound visitors with its beauty, bounty and great amount of biodiversity. Wind-sculpted elfin woodlands give way to rainforests where tall trees – festooned with orchids, bromeliads, ferns, vines and mosses – rise high into the sky.

Days 10-11: Monteverde - Manuel Antonio

Take a shuttle transfer to Manuel Antonio where you’ll enjoy two days at leisure to relax on the beautiful beaches or enjoy a range of activities within the park including a forest canopy tour and ocean kayaking.

Day 12: Manuel Antonio

Today you'll get a private transfer to San Jose airport for your flight home.