Itinerary in brief:
- 1 night San Jose
- 2 nights Tortuguero
- 2 nights Arenal
- 2 nights Manuel Antonio National Park area
- 1 night San Jose
Day 1: Arrive in San Jose
On arrival you will be met and taken to your hotel in San Jose, where you can relax and unwind before your adventure begins tomorrow.
Day 2: San Jose to Tortuguero
You will be collected by bus from your hotel before heading to the pier to take an onward boat along the Tortuguero Canals. On route, you’ll stop for breakfast and explore a working banana plantation – Costa Rica’s prime export.
*Optional evening tour to observe turtle nesting may be available July-September – not included*
Day 3: Day in Tortuguero
Tortuguero is essentially a series of canals and waterways that run through an extraordinarily biodiverse region on the Caribbean coast. It is home to the largest population of green turtles in the Western Hemisphere and is an important nesting point for leatherbacks. Take a walking tour through some of the nearby trails in the morning today, exploring flora and fauna and on the look-out for monkeys, birds, sloths and caimans.
Day 4: Tortuguero to Arenal
After breakfast you will take a boat back to the pier where a shuttle to Arenal via Siquirres awaits.
Day 5: Arenal
Currently in a resting phase, Arenal Volcano remains Costa Rica’s most active volcano. This afternoon you will take a gentle hike around the lower slopes before heading to the Tabacon Hot Springs for a soak to end the day.
Day 6: Arenal to Manuel Antonio
After breakfast you’ll take a shuttle to Manuel Antonio, a National Park on the Central Pacific coast. The warm waters and year round sunshine make this a wonderful place to spend your final few days in Costa Rica.
Days 7: Manuel Antonio National Park
The park is home to some amazing wildlife – sloths, monkeys and birds being top of the list. The beautiful beaches will delight and the crystal waters offer opportunity to snorkel, swim and kayak amongst the marine life. Your trip includes a morning tour of the park, with optional kayak and whale watching trips possible.
Day 8: Manuel Antonio to San Jose
Take a lunchtime transfer back to the city for your final night in Costa Rica.
Day 9: Depart San Jose
After breakfast take a private transfer back to the airport for your onward travel arrangements.