Day 1: San Jose, Costa Rica - Tour Begins
Explore lush forests and stunning waterfalls…exotic wildlife and endless coastlines. Your tour opens in the colorful capital city of San Jose, the perfect place to relax and soak up the sights as your adventure begins.
Day 2: San Jose - Coffee Plantation – Guanacaste
Welcome to the Central Valley. Begin with a tour of a local coffee plantation highlighting the history and cultivation of this driver of the Costa Rican economy. This afternoon, arrive in breathtaking Guanacaste, known for its fine sandy beaches. Settle in for a relaxing 2-night stay at your resort and take in the mesmerizing ocean views.
Day 3: Guanacaste
Fun in the sun is in store. Spend a free day exploring the nearby town beaches, or simply relax by the pool and take advantage of your resort’s lovely amenities.
Day 4: Guanacaste – Monteverde
It’s off to the secluded Monteverde Cloud Forest, a place you have to see to believe, where trees grow to heights of 100 feet! Set off on a nature walk through this spectacular ecosystem, where you’re sure to encounter many incredible species of flora and fauna. Keep your eyes peeled and you may be lucky enough to spot the elusive quetzal!
Day 5: Monteverde
It’s your choice! Explore one of the world’s largest butterfly gardens and a dazzling gallery containing more than 100 beautiful hummingbirds. Then, join an expert for a leisurely paced “Hanging Bridges” walking tour to gain a different perspective of the cloud forest’s lush ecosystem. Or you may take an exhilarating ride on one of the longest canopy zip line tours in Costa Rica. This evening, take part in an expert-led discussion about the migratory birds that flock to Costa Rica.
Day 6: Monteverde - Lake Arenal Cruise – Arenal
Uncover the importance of conservation in Costa Rica during a visit to a tree nursery. Learn about indigenous trees and Monteverde’s reforestation efforts. Cross beautiful mountainous landscapes to Arenal, where spectacular views of the famous volcano await your discovery. Enjoy a delightful cruise on Lake Arenal, Costa Rica’s largest and most important lake. Later, check in for another 2-night stay at a lodge overlooking the majestic Arenal Volcano.
Day 7: Arenal - Cano Negro – Arenal
What’s next? A Cano Negro guided riverboat trip in a covered canoe known as a panga. These 20,000 acres are home to the largest viewable collection of indigenous wildlife in all of Costa Rica. Go in search of crocodiles, river otters, sloths, river turtles, exotic birds and rare butterflies. Later, return to Arenal for the chance to relax during an optional spa visit.
Day 8: Arenal - Zarcero - San Jose
Today we get a little whimsical as we journey to the charming town of Zarcero to explore its fanciful topiary garden. Continue to San Jose to see the treasures of the city on a panoramic tour. We will see the bustling Plaza de Cultura and the National Theatre, a magnificent building of post-Baroque splendor. This evening, it's time to say farewell to paradise over a wonderful dinner with your fellow travelers.
Day 9: San Jose - Tour Ends
Today you depart for home with fabulous memories of your Costa Rican adventure.