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

16 Day Tour from Guatemala City to Guanacaste

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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
Notes:

  • 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
  • Area de Conservación Guanacaste

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

Breakfast daily, 6 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.

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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

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.

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Day 13 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 14-15 GUANACASTE

Enjoy two days at leisure.

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Day 16 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 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

Antigua
Lake Atitlan
Guatemala City
San Jose
Tortuguero
Arenal
Monteverde
Guanacaste

 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)


Antigua
Lake Atitlan
Guanacaste

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: $$

Lake Atitlan

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: $$$

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