9 Day Spirit of Costa Rica
9 Day Spirit of Costa Rica
Embrace the beauty and splendour of the shifting landscape of Costa Rica as you navigate canals, ride across lakes, visit volcanoes and explore cloud forests on what is sure to be an unforgettable holiday experience in Central America.
Tour highlights
  • Navigate the network of rivers, lakes and canals of Tortuguero.
  • Stand beneath the shadow of the majestic Arenal Volcano.
  • Explore the mystical cloud forests of Monteverde.
  • Cross the serene Lake Arenal on a boat ride over to Rio Chiquito.
  • Keep an eye out for the animals that populate Monteverde.
Tour Only from
£697
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Tour Inc. Flight from
£1008
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Tour Only from
£697
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Tour Inc. Flight from
£1008
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Day 1: Arrive in San Jose
Arrive in San Jose where you will be met by a driver who will transfer you to your designated hotel.
  • Standard: Presidente Hotel
  • Superior: Crowne Plaza Corobici
Day 2: San Jose - Tortuguero

Standard –
Depart San Jose early in the morning, heading through the beautiful Braulio Carrillo National Park and on for a pit stop to enjoy some breakfast at the Rio Danta private restaurant. Continue onwards through banana plantations to the pier, where you will take a boat ride through the canals to Mawamba Lodge in time for lunch. In the afternoon you will depart by boat to a trail leading to the nearby National Park where you can embark on a guided walk through the tropical rainforest. Before heading back to the lodge, you can pay a visit to the town of Tortuguero for an added round of sightseeing, after which you can relax back at the lodge before enjoying the dinner which will be served at 7:30pm. From July to September you can embark on an optional night tour to observe turtle nesting (at own expense).
Superior –
Make an early start to the day by heading on through the visually stunning Braulio Carillo National Park via bus, making a pit stop en route for breakfast.  As you travel along the road you will see plenty of local produce being grown, including pineapples and bananas. On arrival at the pier you will embark on a boat ride which navigates the fantastic Tortuguero canals. Once you arrive at your lodgings you will receive a refreshing cocktail and lunch before exploring the town, the beach and the green turtle information centre. Return back to your lodgings afterwards where dinner is served at 7pm. From July to September you can embark on an optional night tour to observe turtle nesting (at own expense).
  • Standard: Mawamba Lodge (B,L,D)
  • Superior: Pachira Lodge (B,L,D)
Day 3: Tortuguero

Standard –
Spend the morning enjoying breakfast before setting out to explore Mawamba Park. Your guided visit includes such highlights as visiting the butterfly farm, the frog farm, the iguana farm and the biodigestor along with a pleasant walk along the lodge’s private trails followed by lunch at the pool restaurant. During the afternoon you’re treated to a boat ride across the Tortuguero canals, a network of both natural and man-made lakes, rivers and canals that serve as a great place to catch glimpses of local wildlife including caimans, sloths, monkeys and crocodiles. The remainder of the day is spent at your leisure before dinner is served.
Superior –
Enjoy a morning breakfast before embarking on a guided walk through the trails. Spend some free time before lunch, and in the afternoon you have the chance to pay a visit to Tortuguero National Park and navigate its many canals made up of man-made and natural lakes rivers and canals that serve as a great place to catch glimpses of local wildlife including caimans, sloths, monkeys and crocodiles. The remainder of the day is spent at your leisure before dinner is served.
  • Standard: Mawamba Lodge (B,L,D)
  • Superior: Pachira Lodge (B,L,D)
Day 4: Tortuguero - Arenal
Ride aboard a shared boat transfer after breakfast, heading back to the pier where you will continue on by bus to head towards the next destination. Enjoy lunch en route and continue by ground in a private transfer with an English speaking driver to reach Arenal, a true Costa Rican highlight. Home of the Arenal Volcano, one of the most active volcanoes in all of Central America, this hotspot is a vibrant attraction for people the world over to see, and during peak season is by no means a peaceful area. Since 2010, Arenal Volcano has ceased erupting but is still a popular place to visit.
  • Standard: Volcano Lodge (B)
  • Superior: Arenal Manoa (B)
Day 5: Arenal
Spend the entire day at your leisure, discovering the town of Arenal as you wish or embark on one of the many optional activities in the area, from hiking to the volcano, mountain biking, canopy tours, hot spring visits and horse riding adventures.
  • Standard: Volcano Lodge (B)
  • Superior: Arenal Manoa (B)
Day 6: Arenal – Monteverde
Travel today across Lake Arenal to Rio Chiquito where you will embark on a jeep or minibus to your hotel in the wonderful town of Monteverde. Set in a humid temperature amongst a forest filled with clouds, the scenic town includes a protected Biological Reserve that is home to many animals, including the endangered golden toad and vibrant Quetzal bird along with a huge variety of butterflies.
  • Standard: Monteverde Cloud Forest Lodge (B)
  • Superior: Fonda Vela (B)
Day 7: Monteverde
The day is spent at your own leisure to uncover the wonders of Monteverde alone or on one of the many optional excursions that are made available to you. Pay a visit to the hummingbird, orchid or butterfly gardens, explore the cloud forest reserves, marvel at the forest canopy from high up on the bridges of the Sky Walk or take a thrilling zip line ride through the treetops.
  • Standard: Monteverde Cloud Forest Lodge (B)
  • Superior: Fonda Vela (B)
Day 8: Monteverde – San Jose
Begin the day with breakfast before transferring back to San Jose for your overnight stay.
  • Standard: Presidente Hotel (B)
  • Superior: Crowne Plaza Corobici (B)
Day 9: Depart San Jose
Transfer today to San Jose International Airport to make your onward flight.
Disclaimer
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.
  • Accommodation as shown in itinerary
  • Meals as specified (B = breakfast, L = lunch, D=dinner)
  • All transfers & sightseeing as detailed
  • Services of an English speaking guide whilst touring
  • Tours on share basis
  • Airfares and local airport taxes (Costa Rica departure tax (US$29 per person)
  • Drinks, gratuities and items of a personal nature
  • Meals not specified
  • Optional tours
  • International flights in Tour Only prices

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