Natural Wonders of Costa Rica with Manuel Antonio (SRE) - 2016 / 2015

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11 Day Tour from San José to Manuel Antonio


Natural Wonders of Costa Rica with Manuel Antonio
Spot a red eyed tree frog in Costa Rica's Tortuguero National Park
Spot a red eyed tree frog in Costa Ricas Tortuguero National Park
Sea turtle in Tortuguero National Park, Costa Rica
Tortuguero National Park serves as nesting grounds for numerous endangered sea turtles
White-headed capuchin monkey hanging out in Costa Rica
Visit the Arenal Volcano, which erupts on a regular basis
Keel-billed Toucan in Costa Rica
Squirrel monkey in Costa Rica
Enjoy a boat ride along unspoiled sections of Tortuguero National Park, Costa Rica

Itinerary

DAY 1Arrive in San José, Costa Rica

Welcome to Costa Rica. Upon arrival, you will be met by your Tour Director, who will help you check into your hotel.

Get close-up views of the enormous crater with its deep, green lake 
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DAY 2San 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. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Sea turtle in Tortuguero National Park, Costa Rica Tortuguero National Park serves as nesting grounds for numerous endangered sea turtles Spot a red eyed tree frog in Costa Rica Enjoy a boat ride along unspoiled sections of Tortuguero National Park, Costa Rica 
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DAY 3Tortuguero 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. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

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DAY 4Tortuguero–Arenal

A morning boat transfer begins your journey to the San Carlos area. Tour a Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite PINEAPPLE PLANTATION, 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. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Visit the Arenal Volcano, which erupts on a regular basis 
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DAY 5Arenal. 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. (Breakfast, Dinner)

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DAY 6Arenal–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. (Breakfast)

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DAY 7Monteverde

This morning, visit SANTA ELENA CLOUD FOREST RESERVE for a walking tour. Located on the Continental Divide of Costa Rica, the Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve comprises an area of 765 acres, and is home to forest fauna such as the resplendent quetzal, jaguars, ocelots, monkeys, and numerous species of birds. With almost 100% humidity throughout the year, the cloud forest experiences almost 12 feet of rain per year. Later, visit the family-owned Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite TRAPICHE FARM, where you will enjoy a homemade lunch. While here, learn about the production of sugar cane, coffee, and the traditional ways of cultivating bananas, arracacha (a local legume), avocado, macadamia nuts, as well as other products. The remainder of your day is at leisure. Tonight, your Tour Director hosts a farewell dinner, toasting an unforgettable discovery of Costa Rica. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

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DAY 8Monteverde–Quepos–Manuel Antonio National Park Area

Take a morning drive to the Pacific Ocean to the town of Quepos, gateway to Manuel Antonio National Park. Dense mangrove swamps sheltering a variety of wildlife back up to the pristine beaches in this area. It is not uncommon to see iguanas and white-faced monkeys on the beach. For the more active, there are jungle hikes suited to all levels. Other local activities include canopy tours, deep-sea fishing, diving, sea kayaking, and mountain biking. (Breakfast)

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Days 9-10Manuel Antonio National Park Area

Enjoy two days at leisure. (Breakfast daily)

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DAY 11Manuel Antonio National Park Area

Your tour ends with breakfast this morning. Please do not schedule your return flights before 12:30 pm. (Breakfast)

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