Day 1 - Departure/San Jose
Depart from JFK airport with TACA airlines to San Jose, Costa Rica via San Salvador. Flight TA 567 leaves at 3:42 a.m. and arrives in Salvador at 7:42 a.m. Connect with flight LR 671 leaving Salvador at 8:30 a.m. and arriving in San Jose at 9:40 a.m. Check-in at Grand Hotel Costa Rica for your two night stay.
Day 2 - San Jose
In the morning, we enjoy a drive through Costa Rica’s famous coffee growing region. Afterwards, we visit the Poas Volcano (weather permitting) and the Escalonia Cloud Forest. After lunch, a walking tour through a small family coffee farm. Then we return to San Jose to see the Plaza de la Cultura, Central Park and National Theatre, then visit the Gold Museum.
Overnight at Grand Hotel Costa Rica
Day 3 - Tortuguero
Scenic morning drive to Braulio Carrilo National Park to see a butterfly garden and banana plantation . Then, we cruise through rivers and canals to the Tortuguero National Park, home to more than 300 bird species. After lunch, we visit the Green Turtle Research Station to learn about efforts to protect the turtle’s habitat with a naturalist guide. Then, on to Tortuguero village to visit a local school and meet the children. Overnight at Laguna Lodge.
Day 4 - Tortuguero
We start the day by cruising with a naturalist guide along canals lined with raffia palm, home to white-faced monkeys, green iguanas and tropical birds. The, we enter the mysterious reflecting waters of Cano Palma Wildlife Reserve, before returning to the lodge for lunch. In the afternoon, free time to enjoy the swimming pool and tropical gardens,followed by an afternoon boat excursion to look for otters, turtles and manatees.
Overnight at Laguna Lodge.
Day 5 - Arenal
In the morning, we return to Cano Blanco to continue our journey to Arenal. Enjoy lunch en route before visiting a pineapple plantation. We then drive through scenic countryside to the San Carlos Valley for a two night stay in Fortuna. Overnight at Magic Mountain Hotel.
Day 6 - Arenal
We head North this morning, passing through sugar cane and orange plantations. We then enjoy a cruise on the Rio Frio, flowing through the world famous Cano Negro wildlife refuge. After lunch, we return to Fortuna to enjoy a relaxing soak in the volcanic hot springs. Weather permitting, we will also be able to see the Arenal Volcano’s softly glowing lava flow.
Overnight at Magic Mountain Hotel.
Day 7 - Ocotal
We start the day by enjoying an unforgettable adventure in the heart of the rainforest at the Hanging Bridges, where we can hike on six suspension bridges through a lush tropical rainforest canopy. Later, we take a scenic drive around Lake Arenal. After lunch, we enter Gauanacaste province to drive through the only tropical dry forest in Costa Rica. Stop in Liberia, then on to Costa Rica’s beautiful Pacific coast for dinner and a two night stay. Overnight at Ocotal Beach Resort.
Day 8 - Ocotal
Drive to the nearby Congo Trail Natural Private Reserve, located in Artola, close to the beaches of Ocotal. We may see monkeys, frogs and exotic butterflies as we go. We then enjoy an afternoon at leisure, taking time to swim the pristine beaches of your resort. Dinner.
Overnight at Ocotal Beach Resort.
Day 9 - San Jose
Morning drive through the cattle ranches of Guanacaste. We stop at the Monteverde Cooperative and sample delicious local cheese. Continue en route to the Central Valley, with time to shop for colorful handicrafts. We enjoy lunch before returning to San Jose for our farewell dinner.
Overnight at Grand Hotel Costa Rica.
Day 10 - Return
Afternoon transfer to Juan Santamaria Airport for your flight to New York. Flight LR 660 departs San Jose at 6:01 p.m. and arrives in JFK at 12:01 a.m.