Costa Rica Highlights

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This 14 day Highlights of Costa Rica tour package offers a great combination of adrenaline in the rain forest and relaxing at the beautiful beaches of Costa Rica. During this vacation package the entire family can enjoy the guided excursions. All ages can enjoy Tortuguero National Park, which is surrounded by lagoons and canals, as well as Poas Volcano National Park and the impressive crater with its eruptions.

Families can enjoy going on a Safari float trip on the Peñas Blancas or visiting Monteverde, one of the most outstanding wildlife sanctuaries in the tropics. Do not forget to relax at the amazing white beaches at Manuel Antonio National Park.

Waterfall La Fortuna

Tortuguero National Park

Hanging bridges

Pacific Coast

Highlights

Poas Volcano National Park, Tortuguero National Park, Volcano Arenal, La Fortuna, Peñas Blancas River, Monteverde, and Manuel Antonio.

Itinerary

Day 1. Arrival

A driver will welcome you at the International airport of San Jose to take you to your hotel.

Day 2. Poas Volcano

Your driver will pick you up at the hotel to begin your travels via the Pan American Highway towards Alajuela. During this ride, see the Agriculture Monument, the popular Mango Park, and stop for the Doka Coffee Tour. Afterward, you’ll continue the trip through colorful landscapes, where there will be fern, flower, and strawberry farms.

When you enter the cloud forest of Poas Volcano National Park, notice the changes in temperature and vegetation because it is cooler. Once at the volcano, explore the impressive crater with its eruptions. Then, hike to Botos Lagoon and learn about the different ecosystems in Costa Rica. Finally, have time to enjoy a delicious meal, while surrounded by the beautiful La Paz Waterfall Gardens. At the end of the tour, your driver will take you back to your hotel in San Jose. 

Day 3. Tortuguero National Park

A guide will pick you up at the hotel, early in the morning, to take you to the Roots office in the town of Tortuguero where you will be picked up by the hotel staff.

Day 4. Boat Trip

Today you will have a boat tour in the National Park of Tortuguero. In this park, you can discover a great variety of rain forests, swamps, lagoons, and beaches. These beaches are the homes of several kinds of sea turtles. At the rivers of the park, one can even see manatees, caimans, crocodiles, and the Tropical Car, known as a living fossil. 

Jaguars, three-toed sloths, and monkeys live in the forest, like many other animals. At the national park, around 375 species of birds live together with kingfishers, peacocks, and parrots. Nature is also truly amazing. There are More than 400 species of trees and 2200 species of plants.

Day 5. La Fortuna

Today your day begins with a boat transfer and a shuttle to La Fortuna, and the Volcano Arenal area. Arenal Volcano woke up 400 years ago and has been active constantly since.

Day 6. Peñas Blancas

Today you will have a Safari Floating tour in Peñas Blancas. The Peñas Blancas is a slow-flowing river, so you will have the perfect opportunity to watch the wildlife of Costa Rica. Look closely to see monkeys, iguanas, caimans, and all kinds of tropical birds. While floating on the river, a guide will give you all the information about the wildlife.

Day 7. Self-discovery

Time to relax with your family today. Enjoy your Costa Rica tour package with a free day in the area of Volcano Arenal.

Day 8. Transfer to Monteverde

Today you will be transferred to Monteverde. The transfer includes a lake crossing, where you will have stunning views of Lake Arenal. To get the full experience, go on an adventure by walking over the suspension bridges and seeing the forest from above by canopy. Other options to experience the forest are by going on a Sky Walk, Sky Trek, or the Natural Wonder Tram.

Day 9. Hanging bridges

Today you will have a tour in Monteverde including the hanging bridges and zipline. Later on, at night you will have a night walk. Monteverde is known as one of the most outstanding wildlife sanctuaries in the tropics. The Children’s Eternal rainforest is the first children’s rainforest in the world. The Monteverde Butterfly Garden is the best place to see the colorful butterflies. Similarly, the Hummingbird Gallery is a must if you want to see colorful birds. 

The longest cables for zip lining in Costa Rica are located in the jungle canopy. The tour consists of 15 cables and 18 platforms. Cables provide an amazing perspective. The tour has an optional Tarzan Swing. This is for the real adrenaline junkies, as you will be launched in the forest by a swing rope for an unforgettable experience. 

Another way to explore the forest is by going on a Tree Top walkway. This walkway consists of 8 great suspension bridges connected by trails. The track is around 1.9 miles (3km). The bridges vary from 150 ft (50m) to 500 ft (170m) and the heights differ from 36ft (12m) to 180ft (60m). The bridges are for people of all ages. 

At night, there will be the best opportunity to watch and hear the wildlife. The tour starts at sunset when wildlife is very active. Sloths, coatis, porcupines, tarantulas, and frogs are some of the most noteworthy animals you will likely see.

Day 10. Drive to Manuel Antonio

Today a driver will pick you up from your hotel to take you to Manuel Antonio.

Day 11. Hike in Manuel Antonio

Today a guide will take you on a jungle night expedition, Manuel Antonio. Explore a lush forest habitat and see all sorts of animals such as frogs, lizards, mammals, insects, spiders, snakes, birds, and many more. The fascinating symphony of a lush forest at night is one of the most intriguing experiences; turn off the flashlights for a minute and pay attention to all the mystery sounds. This area is located only a few minutes from town, in an immaculately preserved sector with marvelous biodiversity. It is a fabulous excursion for families with small kids, photographers, and travelers with enthusiasm for nature. 

Day 12. Self-discovery

Time to rest and relax in Manuel Antonio National Park. Manuel Antonio National Park has amazing white beaches. During this part of your Costa Rica tour package at Manuel Antonio National Park, relax and let all the experiences sink in. Soak up the sun, take a dip in the blue water and let all your stress disappear. Manuel Antonio National Park also offers great places to spot wildlife. Even though it is the smallest national park, it is one of the best parks in Costa Rica.

Explore the park, even more, today or go white water rafting, horseback riding, or sea kayaking just outside the park. Quepos, a nearby port town, offers some of the country’s best sport fishing.

Day 13. San Jose

Today a shuttle will take you to your hotel in San Jose.

Day 14. Return Home

Unfortunately, your Highlights of Costa Rica tour package ends today. A driver will take you to the International airport for your departure flight back home.

Expenses included

14 days & 13 nights

$2,100 per guest

Shuttle transportation, door to door service

 13 nights accommodation: hotels carefully selected

Local certified onsite guides

All park entrance fees

All shared tours listed in the itinerary

Daily breakfast

Taxes

Price varies depending on group size

Not included: flights, travel insurance, and other expenses than indicated

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