EXCURSIONS - Natural Wonders of Costa Rica with Guatemala & Guanacaste 2017

Natural Wonders of Costa Rica with Guatemala & Guanacaste (SRY2)

16 Day Tour from Guatemala City to Guanacaste

2017 Tour Details

Grab your camera and swimsuit, and get ready for a wonderful vacation to Guatemala and Costa Rica! In Antigua, Guatemala, step back in history as you explore the ruins of churches and monasteries along with restored colonial buildings. Perhaps pick up a unique Guatemalan handicraft to bring back home from the open-air Indian market. Then travel to Costa Rica and witness bountiful wildlife in their natural habitat, enjoy relaxing dips in ecothermal hot springs, and learn about the Costa Rican culture on this thrilling adventure.

Among the many highlights of this tour is Tortuguero National Park, where you’ll take a boat ride along remote, unspoiled sections of the park to view wildlife. Your guide will look out for the wildlife—including freshwater turtles, egrets, toucans, and monkeys—so you can sit back, relax, and take plenty of pictures. Another tour highlight is the Arenal Volcano, considered one of the most active volcanoes in the world. Relax as you soak in the ecothermal hot springs and perhaps watch the lava flow down the volcano—a spectacular sight! In Monteverde, visit the Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve, home to forest fauna such as jaguars, resplendent quetzal, monkeys, ocelots, and many species of birds—not to mention the large diversity of plant species. Even more amazing scenery awaits you in Guanacaste, where you’ll have three nights to partake in the many activities, including rainforest canopy tours, river rafting, horseback riding, snorkeling, watching breathtaking sunsets, hiking, or just relaxing on the beach.

This tour to Costa Rica has it all—wildlife, scenic waterways, tropical rainforests, spectacular beaches, and knowledgeable guides to help you learn about Costa Rica. It’s a vacation like no other!
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 Destinations & Sightseeing

GUATEMALA
Sightseeing in Antigua; visit a jade factory; stop in Chichicastenango to visit an open-air Indian market and the Church of Santo Tomás; cruise on Lake Atitlán; visit Santiago Atitlán; guided sightseeing of Tikal
CARIARI
Tour a banana plantation
TORTUGUERO NATIONAL PARK
Guided cruise through the canals to view wildlife; guided walk through the rainforest
ARENAL
Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Tour a pineapple plantation; sightseeing of La Fortuna town; visit Natura Park, Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Tabacón Hot Springs, and Arenal Volcano
MONTEVERDE
Visit the Sky Walk hanging bridges; Santa Elena Cloud Forest; Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Trapiche Farm tour & home-hosted lunch; farewell dinner
SARCHI
Shop for souvenirs
GUANACASTE
Enjoy three nights relaxing on the pristine beaches of Guanacaste

NOTE:

  • Participation in this tour requires guest’s name exactly as it appears on his/her passport, D.O.B., gender, and nationality at the time of booking.

The following UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be seen or visited on this vacation:

  • Antigua Guatemala
  • Tikal National Park (2017 only)
  • Area de Conservación Guanacaste

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

Breakfast daily, 5 lunches, 7 three-course dinners including a special farewell dinner in Monteverde

 Itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.

Day 1 Arrive in Guatemala City, Guatemala–Antigua

Upon arrival, meet your local host and transfer to Antigua, Guatemala’s capital from 1543 until a devastating earthquake in 1776, when it was moved to Guatemala City. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Antigua is one of the Americas’ oldest and most beautiful cities, with pastel-colored buildings, wide cobblestone streets, and a beautiful natural setting ringed by three volcanoes.

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Day 2 Antigua

Our morning TOUR of this magnificent highlands city, known for its 16th-century Spanish Colonial architecture, includes lively Plaza Mayor, flanked by the impressive Catedral de San José and Palace of the Capitanes Generales. We also see the ruins of churches and monasteries, some with hidden underground passages destroyed by the earthquake of 1776, and take a tour of a JADE FACTORY.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 3 Antigua–Chichicastenango–Lake Atitlán

Today, reach the whitewashed highland town of Chichicastenango to visit the colorful, open-air INDIAN MARKET and the Catholic CHURCH OF SANTO TOMÁS to witness ancient Mayan ceremonies that have long been practiced there. Continue to the shores of Lake Atitlán, surrounded by volcanoes and indigenous villages.

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Day 4 Lake Atitlán–Guatemala City

This morning, CRUISE across Lake Atitlán. Visit the Indian village of SANTIAGO ATITLÁN and meet the Tzutuhil people, one of Guatemala’s indigenous tribes. This afternoon, head back to Guatemala City for an included dinner.

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Day 5 Guatemala City–Flores–Tikal–Guatemala City

Fly to Flores, where you will be transferred to the mystical archaeological site of TIKAL, located in the middle of the rainforest. Your guided tour showcases this Mayan city that was inhabited from 600–900 AD and at its height supported a population of 90,000 people. Explore the complex and its temples, main plazas, palaces, and pyramids. Later today, depart for Flores and your return flight to Guatemala City.

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Day 6 Guatemala City–San José, Costa Rica

Fly to San José where you will be met by your Tour Director, who will help you check into your hotel.

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Day 7 San José–Cariari–Tortuguero National Park

Journey east to the Caribbean shore and TORTUGUERO NATIONAL PARK. On the way, stop at a BANANA PLANTATION to see one of Costa Rica’s main exports being harvested. Later, board a motor launch for your CRUISE along the Tortuguero Canals, waterways crisscrossing a national park dedicated to the protection of endangered turtles. The trained eyes of your guide and boatman help you spot freshwater turtles, caimans, herons, toucans, egrets, and monkeys. An afternoon at leisure lets you explore Evergreen Lodge until you meet for an informative slideshow presentation on the area.

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Day 8 Tortuguero National Park Tour & Canal Cruise

A local Naturalist accompanies you on a leisurely BOAT RIDE along remote, unspoiled sections of the park’s waterways, explaining the bountiful flora and fauna. Enjoy a fascinating stroll through an accessible portion of the nearby RAINFOREST. During the peak nesting season (mid-July to mid-October) you may be lucky enough to observe an endangered green turtle laying her eggs under the starlight on an optional tour.

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Day 9 Tortuguero–Sarapiqui–Arenal

A morning boat transfer begins your journey to the Sarapiqui area. Tour a Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite PINEAPPLE FARM, owned by a local family, and learn about the history, cultivation, and industry of pineapples. Continue to your hotel in the lush town of Arenal, located in the shadow of Arenal Volcano. After settling in, experience the magic of the resort’s pool and hot spring-fed jacuzzi or consider a walk in the nearby nature trail in search of 300- to 400-year-old trees, poisonous frogs, monkeys, birds, and possibly small animals native to the area.

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Day 10 Arenal. Excursion to Arenal Volcano

During your morning at leisure, you may wish to go on an optional horseback ride or float trip. Or, you can take advantage of your resort's amenities by walking along the shaded trails nearby. Later this afternoon, enjoy a walking tour of the town of La Fortuna de San Carlos, offering spectacular views of the active Arenal Volcano. Visit NATURA PARK, where a Naturalist takes you on a guided tour of this ecological park that is home to a wide variety of plants and animals from the region. During your walk, keep an eye out for the toucans, iguanas, frogs, birds, butterflies, and caimans commonly seen here. Next, drive to nearby famous Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite TABACÓN HOT SPRINGS for a dip in the curative and relaxing pools. Later, enjoy a dinner at the hot springs.

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Day 11 Arenal–Monteverde

After breakfast, continue to MONTEVERDE, where you will enjoy two days in the cloud forest. This afternoon, take a guided tour on the SKYWALK hanging bridges, which combines trails and suspension bridges through the canopy of Monteverde Cloud Forest, to search for flora and fauna.

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Day 12 Monteverde–Guanacaste

Take a morning drive to Guanacaste. This part of Costa Rica’s North Pacific region offers hundreds of unspoiled beaches lining the shores, but Guanacaste is far from a traditional beach destination. Activities in the area include rainforest canopy tours, river rafting or floating down the Corobici River, horseback riding, fishing, snorkeling in the Pacific Ocean, or just relaxing on the beach.

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Days 13-14 Guanacaste

Enjoy two days at leisure.

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Day 15 Guanacaste

Your tour ends with breakfast this morning.

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 Tour Director

With Globus, there’s no better way to get to know your destination than through the eyes of your Tour Director. Averaging over a decade... we’d like you to meet a Tour Director, who is representative of the type of expert that will be with you on your vacation.

JORGE AVILA

Escorting tours for more than 5 years

Born in San José, I developed an interest in knowing the different attractions, customs and traditions across beautiful Costa Rica. I have always enjoyed at the fullest what I do, so I share my passion with everyone. I like making new friends, being helpful, leading groups, sharing my knowledge of my home country, and always having a smile for people around me.

Tour Director - JORGE AVILA

 Accommodations

Antigua
Lake Atitlan
Guatemala City
San Jose
Tortuguero
Arenal
Monteverde
Guanacaste

Antigua

Porta Hotel Antigua

Porta Hotel Antigua 5 Avenida Sur Y 8 Calle, Antigua,   Guatemala

5 Avenida Sur Y 8 Calle
Antigua, Guatemala

For over 60 years, this property has been hosting visitors and is still an icon in this charming and historical city, a UNESCO world cultural heritage site. If you are looking for a hotel with a unique personal touch, where you feel not only welcome but also well taken care of, this is the place to be. Porta Antigua will enhance your experience during your visit, and provide you with all of the elements needed to create a perfect vacation.

Hotel Amenities

  • Concierge desk
  • Spa Services
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Business Center
  • Parking/Valet
  • Currency Exchange
  • Fitness Room
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Luggage Storage
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Beauty Salon
  • ATM
  • Gift Shop
  • Pool

Room Amenities

  • In-Room Safe
  • Pay Movies
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Phone
  • Complimentary Newspaper
  • Room Service
  • Alarm Clock
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet Access
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Television
  • Daily Housekeeping
  • Desk
  • Window Opens
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Voicemail

Lake Atitlan

Porta Hotel Del Lago

Porta Hotel Del Lago 2 Avenida 6-17 Zona 2, Lake Atitlan,   Guatemala

2 Avenida 6-17 Zona 2
Lake Atitlan, Guatemala

In one of the most stunning and mystical places on earth, Lake Atitlan, Porta Del Lago rests, among views of the three majestic volcanoes that frame it. Each of the 100 rooms and suites at Porta del Lago features warm and welcoming décor in addition to an ample list of in-room amenities, and all offer superior views. The friendly and professional staff and high-quality amenities, food, and leisure are the key elements that  will make you feel pampered in such a way that will help you breathe deeper and easier.

Hotel Amenities

  • Spa Services
  • Parking/Valet
  • Gift Shop
  • Business Center
  • Pool
  • Elevator
  • Currency Exchange
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Concierge desk
  • Luggage Storage
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Fitness Room
  • Dry Cleaning

Room Amenities

  • Hair Dryer
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Internet Access
  • Desk
  • Alarm Clock
  • Climate Control
  • Television
  • Window Opens
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Air Conditioning
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Complimentary Newspaper
  • Room Service
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Coffee Maker
  • Daily Housekeeping
  • Phone

Guatemala City

Barcelo Guatemala City Hotel

Barcelo Guatemala City Hotel 7 Avenuda 15-45, Guatemala City,  Guatemala

7 Avenuda 15-45
Guatemala City, Guatemala

The Barcelo Guatemala City hotel is set right in the heart of the city, in the main business district, and surrounded by restaurants, shops and places of entertainment in Guatemala City. Its elegant 383 rooms offer high-speed Internet connection and numerous facilities to make your stay an enjoyable one, be it for business or pleasure.

Hotel Amenities

  • Fitness Room
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Gift Shop
  • Pool
  • Spa Services
  • Concierge desk
  • Dry Cleaning
  • ATM
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Business Center
  • Beauty Salon
  • Luggage Storage
  • Elevator
  • Parking/Valet
  • Currency Exchange

Room Amenities

  • Mini-bar
  • Coffee Maker
  • Hair Dryer
  • Desk
  • Pay Movies
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Internet Access
  • Room Service
  • Climate Control
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Daily Housekeeping
  • Voicemail
  • In-Room Safe
  • Alarm Clock
  • Television
  • Air Conditioning
  • Phone

San Jose

Wyndham Herradura

Wyndham Herradura Autopista General Canas, Heredia, San Jose,  Costa Rica

Autopista General Canas, Heredia
San Jose, Costa Rica

The Wyndam San Jose Herradura sets itself apart from other properties, offering refined casual luxury in a relaxing setting. Only 15 minutes away from San Jose downtown, its location is idyllic - a tropical experience coupled with Costa Rican charm. With 3 sparkling outdoor pools, 3 restaurants, bar and on-site casino, you will never be without something to do. Enjoy excellent service and first class amenities at this tropical getaway, in the heart of the Central Valley.

Hotel Amenities

  • Concierge desk
  • Gift Shop
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Business Center
  • Beauty Salon
  • Currency Exchange
  • Spa Services
  • ATM
  • Elevator
  • Parking/Valet
  • Pool
  • Fitness Room
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Luggage Storage

Room Amenities

  • Air Conditioning
  • Pay Movies
  • Alarm Clock
  • Coffee Maker
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Television
  • Mini-bar
  • In-Room Safe
  • Climate Control
  • Hair Dryer
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Internet Access
  • Desk
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Daily Housekeeping
  • Phone
  • Voicemail
  • Room Service

Tortuguero

Evergreen Lodge

First-Class

Evergreen Lodge Tortuguero National Park, Tortuguero,  Costa Rica

Tortuguero National Park
Tortuguero, Costa Rica

Built in respect of its surrounding nature, the Evergreen Lodge provides travelers with absolute comfort, great food, and most importantly, an unobstructed experience with nature. A beautiful dining room with soaring ceilings provides first class meals in an atmosphere that reflects and compliments the jungle paradise surrounding it, and friendly staff welcome you to this magical place called Tortuguero.

Hotel Amenities

  • Pool
  • Spa Services
  • Currency Exchange
  • Concierge desk
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Bar/Lounge

Room Amenities

  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Window Opens

Arenal

Volcano Lodge & Gardens

Volcano Lodge & Gardens La Fortuna, Arenal,  Costa Rica

La Fortuna
Arenal, Costa Rica

With an exceptional location and views of Arenal Volcano, this hotel surpasses expectation in comfort, service, and class. Guests will feel at ease with modern room amenities, clean lines and tasteful décor. Dining options, spa services, and a choice of pool and lounge settings make your stay in Arenal unforgettable, as well as its convenient access to the wildlife and nature surrounding it.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Spa Services
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Luggage Storage
  • Concierge desk
  • Pool
  • Business Center
  • Parking/Valet
  • Currency Exchange

Room Amenities

  • Climate Control
  • In-Room Safe
  • Desk
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Internet Access
  • Window Opens
  • Room Service
  • Air Conditioning
  • Television
  • Alarm Clock
  • Phone
  • Coffee Maker
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Hair Dryer
  • Daily Housekeeping

Monteverde

El Establo Mountain Lodge

El Establo Mountain Lodge San Pedro, Monteverde,  Costa Rica

San Pedro
Monteverde, Costa Rica

Free Wifi

Free Wifi

Set in a private 150 acres farm adjacent to the Monteverde Reserve, El Establo offers guests a home base of relaxation and activity. Amenities include tennis, basketball, and soccer courts, two indoor pools, two restaurants, two bars, gym, and spa.

Hotel Amenities

  • Fitness Room
  • Luggage Storage
  • Parking/Valet
  • Currency Exchange
  • Concierge desk
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Beauty Salon
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Pool
  • Spa Services
  • Free WiFi
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Business Center

Room Amenities

  • Hair Dryer
  • In-Room Safe
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Phone
  • Television
  • Room Service
  • Alarm Clock
  • Desk
  • Daily Housekeeping
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Internet Access
  • Smoking Rooms
  • Window Opens
  • Voicemail

Guanacaste

Tamarindo Diria Beach and Golf Resort

Tamarindo Diria Beach and Golf Resort Playa Tamarindo, Guanacaste,  Costa Rica

Playa Tamarindo
Guanacaste, Costa Rica

Free Wifi

Free Wifi

This stunning property is a paradise along the shores of Northern Costa Rica and the epitome of luxury and class. Elegant and modern accommodations are accented with local flare, while the hotel's facilities and features exceed expectation. The Tamarindo Diria Resort provides private beach access, soothing pools surrounded by vegetation, and a variety of ways to try local cuisine, all constant reminders that you are far away in a tropical escape.

Hotel Amenities

  • Bar/Lounge
  • Currency Exchange
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Concierge desk
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Free WiFi
  • Gift Shop
  • Pool
  • Luggage Storage
  • Fitness Room
  • Business Center
  • Parking/Valet
  • ATM

Room Amenities

  • Pay Movies
  • Daily Housekeeping
  • Mini-bar
  • In-Room Safe
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Internet Access
  • Voicemail
  • Air Conditioning
  • Climate Control
  • Alarm Clock
  • Desk
  • Television
  • Phone
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Window Opens
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Hair Dryer

 Optional Excursions

The following optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These may or may not be offered, and availability is subject to days of operation and seasonality. Please select a departure date to view optional excursions and pricing for a specific date (due to currency fluctuation, pricing shown is subject to change until purchased).

Price Ranges

$ ($50 USD and under)
$$ ($51 - $100 USD)
$$$ ($101 - $150 USD)
$$$$ (Over $150)


Arenal
Monteverde
Antigua
Lake Atitlan
Guanacaste

Arenal

Ecoglide Arenal Park

Ecoglide Arenal Park

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 zipline adventure but also an opportunity to observe all the animal life in its natural habitat.

Price Range: $$

Horseback Ride to La Fortuna Waterfall

Horseback Ride to La Fortuna Waterfall

This tour begins with a horseback ride through the beautiful countryside of San Carlos Valley with stunning views of the Arenal Volcano. Next take a short walk to La Fortuna Waterfall where you can swim in the natural pool.

Price Range: $$

Peñas Blancas Safari Paddle Trip

Peñas Blancas Safari Paddle Trip

Enjoy the sights and the sounds of the rain forest and experience its peacefulness while paddling the Penas Blancas River.

Price Range: $$

Monteverde

Night Tour Valle Escondida

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 rain forest isn't the same as at night. This tour gives you the opportunity to see nocturnal animals that only appear after nightfall.

Price Range: $$

Antigua

La Azotea Coffee Plantation & Casa Kojom

La Azotea Coffee Plantation & Casa Kojom

Visit La Azotea, a small coffee plantation, and Casa Kojom, a traditional indigenous music research center located on the outskirts of Antigua.

Price Range: $$$

Surrounding Villages Tour

Surrounding Villages Tour

Take a tour of some of the local villages just outside of Antigua.

Price Range: $$

LakeAtitlan

Hiking & Zip line at Atitlan Nature Reserve

Hiking & Zip line at Atitlan Nature Reserve

Take a walking tour at Atitlan Nature Reserve before heading to an exciting canopy zip line tour, the most thrilling way to experience nature here.

Price Range: $$$

Guanacaste

Mega Combo Adventure Tour

Mega Combo Adventure Tour

This full-day adventure combines a zip line canopy tour with a rain forest water slide, horseback riding, and a jungle spa with hot springs and therapeutic volcanic mud.

Price Range: $$$

Canopy Zip Line Tour

Canopy Zip Line Tour

This tour is a total adrenaline rush! The zip line 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.

Price Range: $

Palo Verde National Park

Palo Verde National Park

Take a river cruise through Palo Verde National Park to explore the 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. Finish your day with a tour of Liberia.

Price Range: $$$

 Know Before You Go

These Know Before You Go travel tips are designed with you in mind, with helpful hints to help you prepare for and enjoy your escorted vacation. They are your guide to getting ready and contain general information on travel documentation, customs, and the country/countries you will be visiting, including budgeting, transportation, climate, languages, and much more. With Globus, you benefit from our experience.



* The "Starting at" or listed price is based on the lowest price available to book. Price is per passenger based on double occupancy and does not include airfare; additional fees/charges are not included. If a price is crossed out, the new price shown includes a limited time promotional offer(s) – please review current promotions or deals for additional information. Some tours require intra-vacation flights (and in some cases intra-vacation segments must be purchased from Globus).

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