Costa Rica Escape With Tortuguero (K3Q)

9 Day Tour from San José to San José

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Forget the big city crowds and high prices—now is your time to vacation in Costa Rica! With its abundant wildlife and splendid beauty, it’s no wonder Costa Rica is synonymous with pura vida—the good life. On this Costa Rica tour, spend two nights each in San José, Tortuguero, Monteverde, and Arenal.

In Tortuguero National Park, enjoy a cruise into the biodiverse rainforest and watch for white-faced capuchin, howler, and spider monkeys; toucans; manatees; jaguars; and much more. During your guided nature walk into the rainforest, learn about the flora found here. In the verdant cloud forest of Monteverde, search for wildlife as you explore Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve—home to jaguars, resplendent quetzals, pumas, monkeys, sloths, and many species of birds and plants—with an expert Naturalist. In Arenal, located in the shadow of Arenal Volcano (considered one of the world’s most active volcanoes), visit the Arenal Hanging Bridges. Made up of 15 bridges suspended in the treetops, be sure to have your camera ready for when your Naturalist points out monkeys, sloths, butterflies, birds, and other animals commonly seen here.

All of this and more—plus an amazing value—await you on this fantastic Costa Rica tour!
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 Destinations & Sightseeing

TORTUGUERO
Guided sightseeing and cruise through the Tortuguero National Park canals to view wildlife; guided nature walk through the rainforest; visit Tortuguero town; guided visit of the Sea Turtle Conservancy Museum; Guapiles nature walk
MONTEVERDE
Visit Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve; Naturalist-led tour of the reserve
ARENAL
Visit Arenal National Park; Naturalist-led tour of the Arenal Hanging Bridges
SARCHI
Visit to the artisan village to see the famous Costa Rica ox carts
SAN JOSÉ
Orientation tour

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

Breakfast daily; 3 lunches, 2 dinners

 Itinerary

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

Day 1 Arrive in San José, Costa Rica

Arrive in San José where you will be met by a Globus representative.

Day 2 San José—Tortuguero National Park

This morning, depart San José for the Caribbean shores where you will find Tortuguero National Park, a must-see when visiting Costa Rica! After a drive to the east coast, embark on a CRUISE which takes you to the bio-diverse rainforest of TORTUGUERO NATIONAL PARK. Your expert Naturalist will accompany you and point out the many species that can be found in this area including white-faced capuchin, howler, and spider monkeys, toucans, macaws, tapirs, ocelot, manatees, and even jaguars! The area is also famous for the five species of turtles that repeatedly come her each year to lay their eggs. Upon arrival at the lodge, enjoy a welcome drink and briefing before some time to explore prior to dinner this evening.

Breakfast Breakfast
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Day 3 Tortuguero National Park

This morning, take a Naturalist-guided CRUISE of the remote yet extensive Tortuguero canals famous for its abundant wildlife. Your eagle-eye guide will help you spot some of the fauna that call this region home which includes more than 125 species of mammals, 124 species of reptiles, and over 375 species of birds. Return to the lodge for a NATURE WALK into the rainforest led by your guide who explains the flora commonly found here and its uses. This afternoon, visit the small town of Tortuguero consisting of a few shops and restaurants, no cars, and dirt roads. Here, visit the SEA TURTLE CONSERVANCY MUSEUM and learn about the various endangered sea turtles that come here annually to nest and lay their eggs. This area was declared a National Park in 1975 to protect these turtles and today Tortuguero is home to the largest green turtle rookery in North America. Other turtles found here include the Hawksbill, Leatherback, Loggerhead, and Olive Ridley. If you are lucky, you may be able to observe some of these turtles nesting on the beach during an optional night walk on the beach.

Breakfast Breakfast
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DinnerDinner

Day 4 Tortuguero National Park—Guapiles—Monteverde

A morning boat transfer begins your journey to the Guapiles area. After lunch in Guapiles, continue to the cloud forest of Monteverde. Situated on the continental divide under a misty cloud coverage, Monteverde is one of the most bio-diverse areas on the planet. Exploring the trails here reveals green habitats teeming with life. Over 3,000 species of plants, 400 species of birds, 60 species of bats, 1,200 species of amphibians and 700 species of butterflies to name a few call this area home. It is also one of the last remaining places in the world that is home to all six species of cats: ocelots, jaguars, jaguarundi, pumas, oncillas, and marguays. If you are lucky, this is also a great spot to catch a glimpse of one of Costa Rica’s most beautiful birds, the resplendent quetzal.

Breakfast Breakfast
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Day 5 Monteverde

Today, visit SANTA ELENA CLOUD FOREST RESERVE during a Naturalist-guided walking tour. Established in 1989, the Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve comprises an area of 765 acres, and is home to forest fauna such as the sloths, jaguars, ocelots, monkeys, coatis, and numerous species of birds. With almost 100% humidity throughout the year, the cloud forest experiences almost 12 feet of rain per year. This afternoon, you may wish to explore this verdant area further or perhaps head into town or venture into the rainforest canopy for a bird’s eye view of the region.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 6 Monteverde—Arenal

Depart Monteverde for the must-see town of Arenal located in the shadow of Arenal Volcano. Currently Arenal Volcano is in a resting phase but prior to 2010 the volcano was known for its consistent lava flows and gas emissions. Arenal is home to cascading waterfalls, thriving rainforests, abundant wildlife, and a plethora of outdoor activities. After settling in, experience the magic of the resort’s pool and Jacuzzis or consider a walk along the nearby nature trails in search of 300- to 400-year-old trees, poisonous frogs, monkeys, birds, and possibly small animals native to the area.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 7 Arenal

Today will be spent exploring Arenal and its vast primary rainforest, and learning about its rich biodiversity. Venture into the jungle canopy on the ARENAL HANGING BRIDGES, which consist of 15 bridges suspended in the treetops and allows your Naturalist to point out various species of plants, birds, butterflies, monkeys, sloths, and other animals commonly found here. On a clear day you will get a 360-degree view of the tropical rainforest, as well as stunning views of Arenal Volcano. This afternoon, is free to explore at your leisure. Tonight, perhaps take an optional tour to the world-famous Tabacón Hot Springs. These natural hot springs are the result of rainwater heated by magma in the Earth’s interior that then rises to surface, taking with it minerals found in the Earth’s crust. Enjoy time to relax in the waters that are so beneficial to your skin and body.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 8 Arenal—Sarchi—San José

En route to San José, visit SARCHI Village, known as the center of Costa Rican handcrafts and where you will see the artists in their workshops making the famous oxcarts. Enjoy time here for lunch before continuing to San José for a short city TOUR to see the historic National Theater and the Metropolitan Cathedral, and other sites in downtown San José.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 9 San José

Your tour ends with breakfast this morning.

Breakfast Breakfast

 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 10 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

San Jose
Tortuguero
Monteverde
Arenal

 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). Optional excursions are available for purchase on our MyGlobus site 90 days prior to the tour start date.

Price Ranges

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


Monteverde
Arenal

Monteverde

Children's Eternal Rainforest Night Hike

Children's Eternal Rainforest Night Hike

This incredible tour at night will give you the chance to see plenty of wildlife and insects that are not common during daytime.   

Price Range: $$

Sky Walk Tour

Sky Walk Tour

The Sky Walk Tour is a guided tour that combines trails and suspension bridges with lengths of over 984 feet and heights above the canopy of Monteverde Cloud Forest. The tour gives you the opportunity to enjoy the flora and fauna of the area, accompanied by a specialized guide.

Price Range: $$

Cultural Farm Tour

Cultural Farm Tour

Take a guided tour of a family-run farm and learn all about the traditional methods of production of typical Costa Rican exports including sugarcane, coffee, bananas, arracache (a local legume), avocado, and macadamia nuts.

Price Range: $

Sky Tram & Sky Trek

Sky Tram & Sky Trek

Appreciate the nature of the tropical cloud forest, which encompasses 2 different activities - Sky Tram & Sky Trek. Begin with a ride on the Sky Tram through the cloud forest that brings you to the Sky Trek, a thrilling zip line course.

Price Range: $$

Arenal

Tabacon Hot Springs and dinner

Tabacon Hot Springs and dinner

Drive to nearby famous Tabacon Hot Springs for a dip in the curative and relaxing pools followed by dinner.

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: $$

Adventure at Sky Tram & Sky Trek

Adventure at Sky Tram & Sky Trek

Located in a unique area between the rain forest of the Arenal Reserve and the Monteverde Cloud Forest, on this tour you will experience full adrenaline and the most spectacular views of the Arenal Volcano & Lake from the aerial Sky Tram and the Sky Trek zip lines.

Price Range: $$

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