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Costa Rica, 15 Days · Tour including beach holiday

Tortuguero, Caribbean, Arenal, Monteverde, Guanacaste and night in San Jose

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Departure on 26/10/2024 from Dublin

The most complete itinerary for a country that will captivate you

If you really want to get to know one of the most idyllic corners of the planet, don't miss out on this magnificent trip which we have prepared for you that'll guide you step by step around the whole of Costa Rica. By following our itinerary you'll get to know some really special places. Pack your suitcase: on the other side of the Atlantic a range of indescribable experiences await.

Tortuguero, Caribbean, Arenal, Monteverde, Guanacaste and night in San Jose

Departure date

Departures from May 2024 till November 2024

From

Dublin, Knock, Galway, Shannon, Donegal, Cork, Kerry county...

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Travel details

Day 1 City of origin - San José

Day 2 San José - Tortuguero National Park

Day 3 Tortuguero National Park

Day 4 Tortuguero National Park - South Caribbean - Limon

Day 5 Limon

Day 6 Arenal Volcano

Day 7 Arenal Volcano

Day 8 Arenal Volcano - Monteverde

Day 9 Monteverde

Day 10 Monteverde - Guanacaste

Day 11 Guanacaste

Day 12 Guanacaste

Day 13 Guanacaste - San José

Day 14 San José - City of origin

Day 15 City of origin

City of origin - San José

Departure with destination San José. Arrival at Juan Santamaria International Airport in San Jose. Arrival and customs procedures. On leaving the terminal, our welcome team will provide assistance, information and advice to help you make the most of the programme. Transfer to hotel, check-in, allocation of rooms; the rest of day to be spent at your leisure. Overnight stay.

San José - Tortuguero National Park

Includes: Breakfast
Early morning pick-up from the hotel to head towards the east of the country. The tour starts by showing some of the beautiful Costa Rican countrysides. It passes through the Braulio Carrillo National Park, an area of rugged rainforest-covered mountains draped in lush vegetation that creeps to the very edges of the road. The landscape changes as we descend towards the coast - with more open areas of vegetation with flat land, farms and ranches until reaching Guapiles, where a traditional breakfast will be served. From here, the route continues in a northeasterly direction along the Parismina River and then goes off-road over a vast plain with cattle ranches and banana plantations until reaching the river port, where we'll board the boat and set sail through this system of breathtaking natural waterways. During the trip, you'll see many examples of the unique and natural surroundings of this area. Arrival at the hotel which sits on the canal bank and has buildings surrounded by typical gardens, integrated in the natural area. Allocation of rooms and lunch at hotel. In the afternoon, a visit to the small town of Tortuguero is included where the indigenous Mayans used to live off hunting and fishing. Today it is still a pocket-sized town that lives off fishing, tourism and the sale of locally-produced handicrafts. Dinner and overnight stay.
Tortuguero

Tortuguero National Park

Includes: BreakfastLunchDinner
Full-board accommodation in the hotel. Several activities are planned during this day, such as hiking and sailing on the National Park canals which will give you the chance to see and enjoy the amazing wildlife living in this Park. This is the most emblematic reserve in the country and the most important area for the nesting of sea turtles. Formed by a wide flooded plain which is crossed by a natural system of lakes and waterways and peaked by low hills, the park is full of dense forests featuring a wide variety of plant life, including the presence of coconut trees on the coast and wet and swampy forests inland, filled with trees that reach great heights. This lush vegetation is the perfect habitat for a rich and varied fauna, where monkeys are seen in abundance (howler, white-faced and red), as are toucans, green macaws and herons. It's also common to observe crocodiles, terrestrial and freshwater turtles, colourful frogs, iguanas and basilisks. Other inhabitants of these forests, although a bit more difficult to spot, are endangered mammals such as manatees, tapirs, anteaters and jaguars. After this morning tour, we'll return to the hotel for lunch and a rest. Afternoon at your leisure to enjoy the hotel facilities or take part in some of the optional activities or outings that are offered. The long, straight beaches here are ideal for the nesting of large sea turtles such as the Leatherback, the Hawksbill and the Green, which head ashore to lay their eggs protected by the darkness of the night. Hawksbill turtles lay their eggs in this area between July and October, Leatherbacks between February and July, more frequently in April and May, while Green turtles appear between July and October. The local hotels organise special trips to the beach during these months, always in small groups and accompanied by specialist guides. This tour is not included in the price. Dinner and overnight stay at hotel.

Tortuguero National Park - South Caribbean - Limon

Includes: Breakfast
Breakfast in the hotel and then a trip inland along the spectacular canals. Lunch en route, then we continue towards the Caribbean coast, reaching the city of Limón. This is one of the most important ports in the country, it was founded in 1870 as an export port of bananas and grain and is one of the oldest cities on the continent. From Limon, the route continues south where the road runs parallel to the coast with a typical Caribbean landscape, with large palm trees on the beach to the hotel. Arrival. Overnight stay.
Limon

Limon

Free day. Overnight stay.

Arenal Volcano

Departure along the coast and continuing inland towards the city of La Fortuna, located on the slopes of the mountain range of Tilarán and at the foot of Arenal Volcano. Arrivaland rest of the afternoon free to start enjoying the various attractions in this area among which include its hot water wells and rivers which emerge around its majestic volcano being the most impressive features and one of the main natural attractions of the whole country. With an impressive, almost perfect cone, it dominates everything around it, its image reflected in the waters of the lake. It is a unique landscape characteristic of this area, with a rich and varied flora and fauna, blending different types of forests and rainforests into this beautiful and unique setting.
Arenal Volcano

Arenal Volcano

Includes: Breakfast
Breakfast in the hotel. Free day to experience some of the many activities that this area offers. The conservation area boasts both wet and rain forests, splashed by rain and drained by numerous permanent watercourses including the Caño Black River which flows into the Arenal lagoon itself, as well as different waterfalls, such as the waterfall of Fortuna near the town. The forests in the high mountain areas are home to a variety of birds among which the quetzal stands out, whilst also protecting several endangered species. The region encompasses a series of beautiful landscapes and contrasts with extensive livestock areas and fields. The underground rivers give way to various fountains and hot springs, making it another attraction of this area. There are several spa centers enabled for thalassotherapy and massages. La Fortuna has been developed to offer a variety of small shops and restaurants where you can taste the excellent beef of this region as well as its pizzerias and restaurants with traditional and international cuisine.

Arenal Volcano - Monteverde

Includes: Breakfast
Breakfast at hotel. Departure by road to Monteverde. The route runs along Lake Arenal and starts off by climbing a steep road that glides between the hills and valleys of the Tilarán mountain range, which provide access to villages populated by agricultural workers in the lower hills. As you ascend, driving along unpaved road often engulfed in mist and drizzle, plants begin to appear. After the village of Monteverde, you'll enter the cloud forest of this Biological Reserve. Arrival at the hotel, set in gardens where delightful hummingbirds flit to and fro. Allocation of rooms. Afternoon at your leisure to have a look around the area. Overnight stay.
Monteverde

Monteverde

Includes: Breakfast
Breakfast in the hotel and a free day at your disposal. On this day you can enjoy the countless activities offered here. This area is an attractive place for hiking enthusiasts and those who want to be a bit more active and try out some adventure sports. Certain areas are accessible by rope bridges which allow you to cross the thick vegetation without disturbing it. Several areas offer zip-lining, with exciting routes. Placid walks through the spectacular cloud forest, allowing you to contemplate its dense vegetation which is, at the same time, the habitat of diverse species of birds, including the tiny hummingbirds. The town of Monteverde emerged driven by the Quaker community, that settled in the region, dedicating themselves to agriculture and livestock, eventually becoming an important centre producing milk and quality cheese. Even today, if you wish you can visit one of its farms, to learn about the traditional arts and crafts dating back 50 years. With the famous cheeses or coffees produced there.

Monteverde - Guanacaste

Includes: Breakfast
Breakfast in the hotel. In the morning, at the agreed time, transfer to the next destination. Arrival. Overnight stay.
Guanacaste

Guanacaste

Free day. Overnight stay.
Guanacaste

Guanacaste

Free day. Overnight stay.

Guanacaste - San José

Transfer from selected hotel in Guanacaste to selected hotel in San José by your own account. Free time. Overnight stay.

San José - City of origin

At the scheduled time, transfer to the airport. Flight to City of origin destination. Night on board.

City of origin

Arrival. End of the trip and our services.

Your trip includes

  • Return flight.

  • Accommodation in selected hotels or similar category.

  • Transfers as per itinerary.

  • Transport by air-conditioned minibus or coach and Spanish- and English-speaking driver.

  • Diet: 3 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinner.

  • Stay in selected hotel in Limon.

  • Selected meal plan in Limon.

  • Transfers from one area to another are collective with fixed hours.

  • Visits in a guided tour that are detailed in the program and not considered as optional.

  • Bilingual Spanish- and English-speaking local guides.

  • Diet: 4 breakfasts.

  • Stay in selected hotel in Guanacaste.

  • Selected meal plan in Guanacaste.

  • Stay in selected hotel in San José.

  • Selected meal plan in San José.

  • Transfer from the hotel in San José to the airport.

Your trip doesn't include

  • Night excursion for turtle nesting season.

  • Departure fees, if not included in the plane ticket.

  • Transfer from hotel in Guanacaste to hotel in San José.

  • Any other service not previously mentioned as included.

  • Insolvency protection.

Expected Hotels (or similar)

In this section you will find a selection of hotels according to the category specified in the itinerary.

Day 1

Days 2 - 3

Days 4 - 5

Days 6 - 7

Days 8 - 9

Days 10 - 12

Day 13

Day 14

Category A

TRYP by Wyndham San José Sabana

3rd Avenue, San José

Hotel Palma Real

Calle 50, Ave. 9 Sabana Norte, San José

Excellent 10

Hotel Presidente

Avenida Central, Calle 7, San José

Excellent 9

Sleep Inn Hotel Paseo Las Damas

Avenida 3, San José

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Important remarks

- Please check with your international vaccination centre about the recommended healthcare measures in Costa Rica.

- If the return flights call at any points within the United States, consult the documentation necessary to make such a stopover.

- Generally in Costa Rica the accommodation in the triple rooms have two double beds or one double and one single bed and the quadruple accommodation has two double beds.

- A travel insurance with the following coverages is required: $50,000 in medical expenses and $2,000 in quarantine costs.

- The busiest nesting season in Tortuguero is between June and October. Leatherback turtles come to this area between February and July, more frequently in April and May. Hawksbill and Green turtles come to lay their eggs between July and October.

- For operational reasons, due to seasonal variation in the flow of the canals in Tortuguero, lunch on the 4th day may be provided in picnic style and not en route, depending the port that will be used for the return.

- Transfers from one area to another are collective with fixed hours.

- The order of the itinerary may be altered for logistical reasons, without prior notice, but no scheduled trips will be cancelled (except in the case that adverse weather conditions prevent its realisation).

- A credit card is considered a guarantee, so sometimes you will need one for check-in at hotels.

- Prices are calculated based on admission fees to the sights as of the date of publication. If there is an increase in these prices, you will be promptly informed.

- If you are a person with reduced mobility, please contact us to confirm the suitability of the trip.