Natural Wonders of Costa Rica with Guanacaste (SRE2) - 2016 / 2017

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11 Day Tour from San José to Guanacaste

Natural Wonders of Costa Rica with Guanacaste
Butterfly resting on a leaf in Guanacaste, Costa Rica
Butterfly resting on a leaf in Guanacaste, Costa Rica
Enjoy a boat ride along unspoiled sections of Tortuguero National Park, Costa Rica
White-headed capuchin monkey hanging out in Costa Rica
Sea turtle in Tortuguero National Park, Costa Rica
Beautiful beaches in Guanacaste, Costa Rica
Visit the Arenal Volcano, which erupts on a regular basis
Guanacaste, Costa Rica
Keel-billed Toucan in Costa Rica
Squirrel monkey in Costa Rica

Optional Excursions

The following list of optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These optional excursions might or might not be offered. Whether it's a special dinner, a local show or a special behind-the-scenes glimpse into an historical site, optional excursions are a wonderful way to enrich your vacation even further. Plus, they give you flexibility. We include the must-see sites and experiences, and we also understand that people take interest in different activities and may want to craft a more personal vacation by hand-picking optional excursions that appeal to them.

Availability is subject to sufficient participation, weather conditions, seasonal suitability, days of operation, group interests, and general feasibility for your vacation. The approximate value listed gives you a good, general idea of what you can expect to pay but may vary once you are on your vacation. Some information provided might be in a foreign currency; to get an estimated price, use a currency converter for exchange rate information (pricing may vary at the time of booking).

Once you have booked your vacation, Globus provides the ability to pre-purchase excursions, register for your vacations and provide emergency contact information online.

Ecoglide Arenal Park Located in La Fortuna, Arenal Ecoglide Park is one of Costa Rica's newest adventure parks featuring a canopy tour built to highest safety standards. The canopy tour not only offers you a great adventure but also an opportunity to observe all the animal life in its natural habitat. Fly like a bird through the treetops from platforms stationed in the primary forest. Each platform has been designed so that you can observe the forest from different angles allowing you to photograph the impressive scenery. Discover what adrenalin really means to nature lovers.

Approximate value: $77 USD per person

Horseback Ride to La Fortuna Waterfall This tour begins with a horseback ride through the beautiful countryside of San Carlos Valley, passing pastures, cattle farms, and rainforests. The entire route offers stunning views of the Arenal Volcano and a chance to see birds such as oropendolas and toucans. Next, take a short walk into a forested canyon to reach La Fortuna Waterfall, which is 70 meters high. At the base of the waterfall there is a natural pool where we can swim in the fresh water of La Fortuna River (weather permitting). It is important to mention that the obtained funds are administrated for Development Association, for local projects and activities of social interest.

Approximate value: $69 USD per person

Peñas Blancas Safari Paddle Trip Enjoy the sights and the sounds of the rainforest and experience its peacefulness while paddling the Penas Blancas River. Monkeys, sloths, iguanas, crocodiles and numerous tropical birds are waiting for you. A professional guide will share with you educational and interesting explanations of the local flora and fauna found during your float trip. You will truly appreciate the wonders of the Penas Blancas River and the surrounding rainforest while traveling down the river without a motor. Make sure to bring your camera and binoculars on this tour!

Approximate value: $53 USD per person

Night Tour Valle Escondida If you are a true nature lover, it should come as no surprise that what you see during the day in the rainforest isn't the same as at night. This tour gives you the opportunity to see nocturnal animals that only appear after nightfall. Starting around 5 pm, view the gorgeous sunset before venturing into the rainforest. As you start walking, your guide will explain the different sounds of the rainforest and to which animal they belong. From this moment on, it's important to keep your eyes open for what might appear from darkness. In the rainforest you can find a wide variety of nocturnal animals: spiders (most commonly, tarantulas), tree frogs, sloths, armadillos, and snakes, to mention a few. Listen to your guide's explanation of these animals, keeping very still so you don't scare them off. Your nocturnal hike will take about two hours, after which you will be left with a completely different perspective of Costa Rican wildlife.

Approximate value: $76 USD per person

Canopy Zip Line Tour This tour is a total adrenaline rush! The zipline system consists of a network of suspended cables that go from one platform to another and that will let you zip from tree to tree over the forest. The platforms were carefully built on ancient, tall trees in the midst of the tropical dry forest, and allow you to fly between the trees and see the wildlife up in the treetops. This is a perfectly safe activity, performed while wearing safety harnesses and other safety equipment that will be provided on-site.

Approximate value: $42 USD per person

Mega Combo Adventure Tour (Full Day) At this breathtaking spot overlooking the Pacific Ocean in areas, you will be able to slide from tree to tree on a ten-cable Canopy Tour, with 12 stations and a hanging bridge, providing great opportunities to be in contact with nature. Spot some of the Costa Rican wildlife, such as howler monkeys, keel-billed toucans or coatis. After flying through the canopy, you'll walk into the forest to get to the top of the 400-meter (1,300 ft) waterslide, where a refreshing pool awaits you at the bottom. You can even enjoy a number of restaurants in the area! Afterward, horses will be waiting for you to take you to the Spa in the middle of the forest; a 45-minute ride will reveal more of the property's flora and fauna in diverse topographies. At the Spa you will find a steam room, perfect to open your pores and let the volcanic mud do its job of rejuvenating your skin and making you feel revitalized. After you've let the mud get a bit dry, you will be able to take a shower to wash it off and enjoy the rest of the afternoon in the mineral hot spring pools, all at various temperatures, distributed around this peaceful spa..

Approximate value: $155 USD per person

Palo Verde National Park By traveling through this river on a motor boat, you'll find around 12 different types of habitats, including four different species of mangrove trees, 55 aquatic plants and 150 species of trees, like the one from which the Park's name is taken: Palo Verde, a shrub with leafy branches and a pale green trunk. The area boasts the largest numbers of aquatic birds in the Mesoamerican region from September to May, like the Jabirus and the Scarlet macaw, both of which are endangered species. After lunch, explore Liberia, known as the White City, a name that comes from whitewashed colonial houses built of bahareque (similar to adobe houses).Calle Real (Royal Street) will take you back in colonial times, as you enjoy the opportunity to appreciate the daily life of the people from this picturesque place, its history, its handcrafts and the nearby stores.

Approximate value: $112 USD per person

Rincon de la Vieja National Park Rincon de la Vieja is one of the most active volcanoes in Costa Rica. Towering with nine extraordinary eruption points, at over 6,200 feet high, it is part of the Guanacaste Mountain Range. This rigorous but spectacular hike around the area of Las Pailas will reveal hundreds of species of animals, insects and butterflies, extraordinary vegetation and numerous waterways like the Colorado River and the Rio Blanco. Over 300 species of birds have been recorded to live within the park, like emerald tucanets, and long-tailed manakins. Three different species of monkeys and other extraordinary animals also know this place as their home. And you'll have the chance to glimpse the wild purple orchids protected by this area.

Approximate value: $103 USD per person