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12 Day Costa Rica - A Caribbean Paradise
12 Day Costa Rica - A Caribbean Paradise
Experience the best that Costa Rica has to offer on this twelve day journey around the Latin American country, which includes time to explore the natural beauty of the landscapes around Tortuguero before escaping to the coast to relax in Puerto Viejo.
Tour highlights
  • Take in the scenic sights of the Braulio Carrillo National Parl
  • Cruise through the jungle on the Tortuguero Canals
  • See turtles nesting on the beach (seasonal)
  • Marvel at the varied wildlife of the Tortuguero National Park
  • Relax in the coastal town of Puerto Viejo
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Day 1: Arrive San Jose
Fly into the capital San Jose where you’ll be greeted on arrival before being transferred to your hotel.
  • Standard: Studio Hotel
  • Superior: Parque del Lago
Day 2: San Jose – Tortuguero
Having risen early, you’ll check out of your hotel for the shared transfer through the Braulio Carrillo National Park; stopping off for a traditional Costa Rican breakfast en-route. Passing through banana and pineapple plantations, you’ll then arrive at the Caño Blanco pier, where you will board a boat to cruise through the Tortuguero canals. Taking in the sights and sounds of the jungle, you’ll arrive at your lodge accommodation in time for cocktails and lunch before an afternoon visiting Tortuguero itself. Here, you’ll be taken to the Green Turtle Information Centre before heading for the beach area where – season depending – you may be able to see nesting turtles in their natural environment.
  • Standard: Pachira Lodge (B,L,D)
  • Superior: Evergreen Lodge (B,L,D)
Day 3: Tortuguero
Enjoy a guided tour along the trails that surround your hotel before some free time prior to lunch. The afternoon is then set aside for a visit to Tortuguero National Park, including a cruise through the canals in a small open boat. From July to September, there is the option of a night walk to see the nesting green turtles.
  • Standard: Pachira Lodge (B,L,D)
  • Superior: Evergreen Lodge (B,L,D)
Day 4: Tortuguero – Puerto Viejo
Following breakfast at the hotel, you’ll share a boat transfer back to Caño Blanco before hitting the road for Puerto Viejo on the southern Caribbean coast; stopping for lunch on the way.
  • Standard: Shawandha (B,L)
  • Superior: Le Cameleon (B,L)
Days 5-10: Puerto Viejo
Famous for its Caribbean vibe, Pueto Viejo is one of Costa Rica’s most popular tourist resorts and you’ll have ample chance to explore during your stay. Check out the surfers doing their stuff in the waves off the coast, explore the Cahuita and Manzanillo National Parks, visit the Jaguar Rescure centre or go zip-lining through the canopy of the luscious rainforest – the options are all but endless.
  • Standard: Shawandha (B)
  • Superior: Le Cameleon (B)
Day 11: Puerto Viejo – San Jose
Enjoy a shared transfer after breakfast back to San Jose
  • Standard: Studio Hotel (B)
  • Superior: Parque del Lago (B)
Day 12: Depart San Jose
Check out of your hotel before being transferred to the airport for your departure flight.
  • Standard & Superior: (B)
All content and services, including overnight hotels and number of nights, are subject to change and may vary from the inclusions as shown in the itinerary. Specified hotels/content/services are therefore not guaranteed, however we and our suppliers undertake to ensure that any alternatives provided will always be of a similar standard or content/service type.
  • Shared boat tour to Tortuguero National Park
  • Daily breakfast
  • Lunch and dinner in Tortuguero
  • Entrance fee to Tortuguero National Park
  • Private arrival and departure and then shared transfer as per the itinerary
  • All hotel taxes
  • Meals not specified
  • Costa Rica departure tax (US$29 per person)
  • Tips for guides
  • Optional tours
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Personal expenses
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