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Caribbean Sunrise to Pacific Sunset 9 DAYS / 8 NIGHTS

Remember there is a departure tax of $29.00 per person.

Day 1

Upon arrival you´ll be picked up at the airport and transferred to the Hotel.

Day 2

Transfer to Tortuguero Canals National Park in the north Caribbean. After driving through the magnificent Braulio Carrillo National Park, we will get to see banana plantations just before we arrive to the dock.

Braulio Carrillo National Park has the topography and high rate of rainfall of 4,500 mm per year combine to form an infinite number of waterfalls and are responsible for the deep canyons and high gradient mountains that distinguish this park, providing majestic views one can admire when on the way to the Atlantic slope of the country. Two extinct volcanoes, Barva and Cacho Negro, are important reference points of Braulio Carrillo National Park. Both volcanoes have many lagoons and lakes, being the Danta Lagoon the largest one with a diameter of 1500 feet Transfer by boat to the Lodge. Afternoon visit to the village and the Caribbean Conservation Corporation Turtles Museum.

Transfer to the hotel for overnight. Meals: B,L,D

Day 3

Early morning tour to the canals where your guide and you of course will try to spot some wildlife (Toucans, monkeys, perhaps crocodiles, etc). Tortuguero National Park--one of the most varied within the park system--has 11 ecological habitats, from high rainforest to herbaceous marsh communities. Fronting the sea is the seemingly endless expanse of beach. Behind that is a narrow lagoon, connected to the sea at one end and fed by a river at the other, which parallels the beach for its full 35-km length. Back of the lagoon is a coastal rainforest threaded by an infinite maze of serpentine channels and streams fed by rivers flowing from the central mountain ranges and by the torrential rains that fall in the area. On the periphery of the forest lies a complex of swamps.

Tortuguero shelters a fabulous array of wildlife, including more than 300 bird species, among them the great green macaw; 57 species of amphibians and 111 of reptiles, including three species of marine turtles; 60 mammal species, including 13 of Costa Rica's 16 endangered species, including jaguars, tapirs, ocelots, cougars, river otters, and manatees. Commonly seen birds include toucans, aricaris, oropendolas, swallow-tailed hawks, several species of herons, kingfishers, anhingas, parrots, and jacanas. The wide-open canals make viewing easier than at many other parks--superb for spotting crocodiles, giant iguanas, and basilisk lizards basking atop the branches, swallow-tailed hawks and vultures swooping over the treetops, and caimans luxuriating on the fallen raffia palm branches at the side of the river.

Then you will enjoy a delicious breakfast at the hotel. At 9:00 am we will go for a hike to the Tortuguero hill. In the afternoon you will take another tour by boat to a different canal.

Meals: B, L,D

Day 4

07:30 am Breakfast and then transfer to Arenal Volcano. It is the most active volcano in Costa Rica. Recognized as a volcano since the 19th century, it was known by foreign investigators as Volcan Costa Rica, Rio Frio, Canastos Volcano and Cerro de los Guatusos. Arenal is the youngest and most active of all the mountains in Costa Rica. Arenal rises 1657 metres above sea level and overlooks Lake Arenal; both are part of Arenal Volcano National Park. The country's most active volcano, Arenal's eruptions are strombolian in type, being frequent but moderate and can be viewed without danger as long as the viewers are behind the safety perimeter. This constant activity and minimal endangerment makes Arenal a popular tourist destination, especially at night, because the lava and incandescent rocks make a spectacular sight.

Check in at your hotel. Late afternoon, optional visit to natural Hot springs.

Overnight in Arenal. Meals: B,L,D

Day 5

08:00 am. Breakfast and Canopy Tour. Sky Trek starts with a tour in the Sky Tram to reach the top of the Arenal reserve, then begins a tour of adventure full of adrenaline above the treetops, which consists on a system of zip lines, that allows you to observe the rainforest and its landscape from a different perspective, safely in an innovative and different system. The tour includes 8 cross-sectional cables that together have a total length of 1.7 miles with distances from 100 to 2460 feet, and with a maximum height of 660 feet, which exceed the treetops providing a panoramic view of the Arenal volcano and lake.

Then hike to the Fortuna waterfall where after a short steep walk you can swim. The La Fortuna Waterfall offers some of the most gorgeous scenery in all of Costa Rica. The 70-meter ribbon of water falls into a great swimming hole, surrounded by lush tropical forest, protected by the local conservation project. The water below is a greenish-blue that makes for a pleasing view. Afternoon hike at the Lava flow trail in the Arenal Volcano National Park. Mirador El Silencio Reserve has 4 trails located in a 556-acre property, with 247 acres of old growth forest, where a wide variety of animals in their natural habitat can be watched. The Forest’s varied vegetation include majestic trees such as Ceibo and the trumpet-tree or Guarumo, where a wide-range of birds nest. Located just opposite of the impressive Arenal Volcano, the Reserve is the best lava observation point, which together with a wide variety of local fauna, bird watching possibilities and trails make this an unforgettable experience.

Meals: B,L,D

Day 6

09:00 am. Transfer to Manuel Antonio National Park area in the central pacific coast. On the way we will stop at the Tárcoles River to spot some 18 feet crocodiles and to take a walk in the national park. The adventure takes place on the Tárcoles River, one of four rivers flowing out into the Nicoya Peninsula, and home to one of the world's largest crocodile populations in the wild with individuals up to fifteen feet long. The Tarcoles is located in the Central Pacific region of Costa Rica, close to Carara National Park. In addition to the crocodiles, over fifty different kinds of birds can be seen on site, including the very rare scarlet macaw and a great variety of resident and migrant waterfowl. Iguanas and Jesus Cristo lizards are very common as well.

Afternoon arrival to the Hotel in Manuel Antonio. Meals: B,L,D

Day 7

08:00 am Breakfast and then visit to the Manuel Antonio National Park. Here there are 4 beautiful beaches and a rain forest that hosts white faced monkeys, squirrel monkeys, sloths and howler monkeys. Tiny it may be, but this 682-hectare national park epitomizes everything tourists flock to Costa Rica to see: stunning beaches, a magnificent setting with islands offshore (bird sanctuaries for marine species), lush rainforest laced with a network of welcoming trails, wildlife galore, and all within walking distance of your hotel. You are guaranteed close-up encounters with monkeys, sloths, coatimundis, and scarlet macaws.

Afternoon at leisure. Meals: B,L,D

Day 8

11:00 am: Transfer back to San José.

Meals: B,L.

Day 9

Pick up at your hotel in San José and transfer to airport.

What to bring? This is gonna be a warm place with temperatures ranging between 75°F in San José, 90°F in Manuel Antonio, 75°F in Arenal and 85°F in Tortuguero, so bring shorts and T shirts, but just in case bring a light jacket for the nights in Arenal. Swimming suit is necessary, hiking shoes or good snickers and an extra pair of shoes, sandals, suntan lotion, insects repelent (this I recommend just in case), flashlight, a rain coat (it is dry season but who knows what could happen), binoculors, camera and good vibrations to enjoy the beauty of this little peaceful country that we are happy to show you.

Remember there is a departure tax of $26.00 per person.

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