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Costa Rica: Coast To Coast

Costa Rica: Coast To Coast
Itinerary



Day 1 San Jose

Welcome to Costa Rica! You may arrive in San Jose at any time, we will wait for you in the airport and transfer you to your hotel. 


Day 2 Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

An incredible bus ride over the mountains brings us to the Caribbean coast and the picturesque beach village of Puerto Viejo. Enjoyfourteen kilometres of incomparable black and white sand beaches surrounded by exotic tropical vegetation.

Day 3 Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

We have a free day in Puerto Viejo with several optional activities available:

Rent a bike, or hike to Monkey Point through the Gandoca - Manzanillo National Wildlife Refuge. Try snorkelling or take it easy and explore La Isla Botanical Gardens. Rent a boogie board if the waves are calling, dance the night away to reggae and calypso, taste flavourful Afro-Caribbean cuisine, and succumb to the natural beauty of this tropical paradise. This area of Costa Rica was quite isolated until a road was built a only a couple of decades ago, and it still hasn’t lost its charm. Estimated Travel Time: 5 hours

Approximate Distance: 410 km.

Day 4 Tortuguero
: We travel by boat in the Tortuguero Reserve. With our naturalist guide we have a good chance of seeing lots of wildlife such as monkeys, sloth and caiman, and lots of birds. The beaches of Tortuguero are the nesting grounds of the big green and leatherback sea turtles. You can visit the turtle museum and information centre. 



Day 5 Rara Avis
: We travel further north on the Sarapiqui River, which takes us quickly in and out Nicaragua. The real adventure begins as we travel 15 km by our tractor drawn cart to get to our lodge deep in the primary rainforest.



Day 6 Rara Avis
: A local rainforest guide lends his expertise to take us on nature walks and teach us about the tropical plants, birds and wildlife. We visit a beautiful waterfall and have a chance to swim.

Day 7 La Fortuna:  
We travel back to the civilized world and continue our journey to the town of La Fortuna, at the foot of Volcano Arenal, one of the most active volcanoes in the world. In the evening, with some luck, we can observe lava glowing red at the top of the volcano, as we sip cocktails in the beautiful hot springs below . 



Day 8 La Fortuna
: La Fortuna is also known as Costa Rica’s centre of adventurous activities. You can choose to go on a white water rafting trip on one of the warm rivers, go kayaking, waterfall rappelling, or take a guided boat trip or safari float to the Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge where there are good opportunities to see lots of tropical animals like alligators, sloth, Iguanas, monkeys and lots of birds.



Day 9 Monteverde: 
We cross Lake Arenal by boat, while enjoying the beautiful green hills and the view of the volcano. On the other side of the lake you have the option to do some horse back riding before we travel further to Monteverde by van through the beautiful countryside. 



Day 10 Monteverde
: With our free day in Monteverde you can tour the lush cloud forest reserve, truly a bird lover’s paradise. Walk on the hanging bridges through the forest canopy, feel like Tarzan and do a thrilling canopy zip line tour, visit the butterfly and orchid gardens, frog pond or serpentarium.



Day 11 Quepos and Manuel Antonio
: We travel with our private van to the Pacific beach town of Quepos. From here you can visit the famous Manuel Antonio Reserve and its gorgeous beaches.

Day 12, 13 Quepos
 and Manuel Antonio.
Free days to enjoy Quepos and the Manuel Antonio beach National Park. There are lots of possible activities to do here: sea kayaking, white water rafting, waterfall rappelling, mangrove boat tours, snorkeling, take surfing lessons, or take it easy on the beach. 
We end our stay at the beach with an included sunset boat tour to watch dolphins and the Manuel Antonio NP from the water.

Day 14 San Jose: 
A local bus takes us back to the capital where we will have time to do last shopping and have a last night out.



Day 15 Departure day



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