San José, Tortuguero, La Fortuna, Arenal Volcano, Monteverde Cloud Forest, Rincon de la Vieja, Manuel Antonio/Quepos Area
Our most comprehensive Costa Rican driving adventure! Start with the mangroves, jungles and canals of Tortuguero, nesting ground for giant sea turtles. Next, try rafting or relax in hot springs around active Arenal Volcano before driving up into the cool hills of the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve. Soak in dramatic volcanic scenery in remote Rincon de la Vieja before topping it all off with some beach time--and monkeys--in Manuel Antonio Park, famous for its beaches, bars and wildlife.
Arrive in San José at any time.
Early pick-up from your hotel in San Jose for the drive out of the central highlands and down to the river port, stopping for breakfast on the way. After a short visit to a banana plantation, hop on board a comfortable lancha (boat) for your journey through the remarkable Tortuguero canals to the Pachira/Evergreen Lodge. After lunch visit the small village of Tortuguero. The next morning take a relaxing walk in the forest or choose one of the lodge's optional activities. In the afternoon climb muddy Cerro Tortuguero (Tortuguero Hill) for a great view over the park. Chill out at the lodge before an optional night excursion to see the nesting of the giant turtles (seasonal March–September).
Transfer from Tortuguero to Guapiles and drive to your hotel in the town of La Fortuna, located at the foot of the Arenal Volcano. Hot springs, rafting, waterfalls and more await you here.
Drive to your hotel in the remote village of Monteverde, home to the Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve. Spend your days exploring the Cloud Forest or zip through the treetops on the SkyTrek, one of the world’s largest zip line systems.
Continue on to Rincon de la Vieja, where you stay in a simple hotel on the slopes of the Rincon de la Vieja Volcano and enjoy more of the stunning scenery which Costa Rica is so famous for.
Make your way to your hotel located in the mountains. Take a nature hike or try your hand at many of the water sports offered at the nearby beaches.
Return to San José for the night.
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