Summary : Discover the wild, rugged beauty of Costa Rica’s mountains, the Caribbean coast, and much more on an inland adventure to a mist-shrouded cloud forest, volcano, lake, and a car-free, jungle village. On this expedition you’ll explore the Pacific and Caribbean sides of Costa Rica, inland rain forests, mountains, and see wonderful wildlife. Walk suspension bridges in the dense forest surrounding Arenal Volcano and relax in nearby hot springs, hike through the mist-shrouded cloud forest reserve in Monteverde with great bird watching, and visit the remote, car-less town of Tortuguero and venture into the rain forest via green-canopied canals.
Activities : Birding, Culture, Hiking, Kayaking, Photography
$4,960 to $5,480
Fly to the airport in San Jose, Costa Rica, transfer to your hotel. Meet your naturalist guide and enjoy a welcome dinner.
Search for American crocodiles on the Tarcoles River before venturing to the nearby Bat Jungle exhibit. Check into a family-owned retreat with expansive grounds and picturesque views of the cloud forest.
Begin the day at a butterfly farm where you’ll have the opportunity to see dozens of local species. After lunch, tour the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve and search for monkeys, hummingbirds and possibly the rare resplendent quetzal.
After breakfast, drive to Lake Arenal and cross in small boats for a fresh perspective on the volcano. On the lake’s far side, check into an elegant hotel surrounded by gardens and pastures with grazing animals and views of the smoldering Arenal Volcano.
Walk the Arenal Hanging Bridges strung more than two miles through the rain forest canopy. Later, relax in the naturally heated thermal pools at your hotel.
A charter flight will bring you to Tortuguero, a spectacular lowland forest on Costa Rica’s northeast coast. Tour the wildlife-rich canals of Tortuguero National Park in small, guided boats. Later, check into a rustic lodge at the water’s edge for dinner.
Set out by boat to explore more of Tortuguero National Park’s canals. You can choose guided boats or go by kayak for a more personal exploration. In the early afternoon, you’ll have free time to enjoy the lodge’s amenities such as the pool or optional spa treatments before visiting the Sea Turtle Conservancy. There you’ll learn about the history of the region and important conservation work taking place on Tortuguero’s beaches. Later, stroll through the car-less village to see small shops before dining at Miss Junies, a restaurant with a rich heritage and Afro-Caribbean flair.
Today, continue to explore the Tortuguero National Park canals by boat or kayak to spot monkeys, caiman and myriad bird species. Enjoy a visit to the Sea Turtle Conservancy to learn the area’s history and go for a stroll through the carless village. Then, partake in a workshop on preparing chocolate at Sibu Chocolatier. Both days end with a delicious dinner prepared at the lodge, including a farewell dinner.
Transfer to the San Jose airport for flights home.
This itinerary is subject to change. ExpeditionTrips is not responsible for itinerary changes.
Land accommodations as per itinerary; kayaking; park fees; meals as per itinerary. Subject to change without notice.
Airfare; optional extensions; luggage/accident/cancellation insurance; passport and visa fees; items of a personal nature such as alcoholic beverages and laundry; gratuities at your discretion; fuel surcharge may apply.
Photos ©: Mark Cappelletti (Arenal Volcano); C. Daley-Clark (Forest); Ralph Lee Hopkins (Birds, Capuchin Monkeys); Sven-Olof Lindblad (Kayaking, Flower)