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Description & Itinerary:
The sights and sounds of the jungle are joined by the calm of thermal mineral pools, volcanic walks and white sandy beaches on this family adventure.You'll enjoy Insider moments like... meeting volunteers who strive to protect the sea turtles that nest in Tortuguero National Park; hearing how the turtles can weigh up to 1,100 pounds and that a female can lay more than 100 eggs at one time. And it's seeing the excitement on your family's faces as they fly between trees on a zip line, adding to the squeals and shrieks of the jungle.
Cruise the canals of Tortuguero National Park Scenic drive through Braulio Carrillo National Park Visit Tortuguero National Park, a wildlife centre for amphibians and reptiles near Sarapiquí, Arenal and Manuel Antonio National ParksDining Highlights
7 full breakfasts. 5 dinners. 3 lunches.First class travel Highlights
Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys) Umbrellas provided for your use. Cherry-picked hotels all tried and trusted Hand-picked Insider Experiences Optional Experiences and free time Porterage and local charges included Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras An expert Travel Director and separate Driver All hotel tips, charges and local taxes Airport transfers on the first and last day of your guided holiday VIP entry to many sights
Day 1 / Arrive San José
Pura vida, bienvenidos a Costa Rica. You're going to have more fun than a barrel of monkeys and spot more than a barrel of wildlife on this incredible adventure. A local host will greet you at the airport and arrange your transfer to the hotel. Relax by the pool before meeting your Travel Director and fellow explorers at 6 p.m. for a Kick-off Party.Kick-Off Party Accommodation: InterContinental Costa RicaDay 2 / San José – Braulio Carrillo National Park – Tortuguero National Park (2 Nights)
Rise with the roosters and head east through Braulio Carrillo National Park toward the Caribbean Sea. Board a river boat, gliding through canals, lagoons and lowland rainforest teeming with wildlife. You'll be amazed at how many kinds of animals live here-six species of sea turtles, monkeys, caimans, tons of exotic bird species plus rare and endangered ocelots, river otters and manatees. The afternoon is yours-hang out by the pool or on the beach, or head to Tortuguero Village to meet the local students (when school is in session). Join a Local Specialist from the Sea Turtle Conservancy Foundation to learn about the incredible turtles that nest in Tortuguero. Enjoy a buffet dinner at the resort's open-air restaurant along the Tortuguero lagoon.Full Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Accommodation: Laguna Lodge TortugueroDay 3 / Tortuguero Sightseeing and Free Time
There's nothing like the wake-up call of a troop of howler monkeys to start your day. Set off on a cruise through the park's canals with your captain and guide to explore the lush waterways of Tortuguero National Park. You may want to start a tally of all the types of wildlife you'll see. Look out for sloths, green iguanas, caiman, crocodiles and colourful toucans. Of course, you'll spot tons of monkeys-agile howler and spider monkeys and white-faced capuchins swinging through the dense rainforest canopy. This afternoon, venture back out on the canals to add to your wildlife tally or relax back at the lodge, the choice is yours. If you're visiting during nesting season (Jul-Sep), join an optional night walk with a naturalist guide to witness some of the world's largest turtles laying their eggs. A buffet dinner is served at your hotel this evening.Full Breakfast, Lunch, DinnerDay 4 / Tortuguero – Horquetas – Sarapiquí – Arenal National Park (2 Nights)
Bid adios to the monkeys for now as you boat back to the mainland and travel to Horquetas. Here you'll visit a local Tico family's palm plantation. Gain a Cultural Insight into growing this exotic vegetable and the family that grows it. Taste something you've probably never tried before, the delicate heart of palm. Continue travelling to quaint Sarapiquí where you'll visit a wildlife centre for amphibians and reptiles run by a family of biologists who rehabilitate animals that can no longer live in the wild. Full Breakfast, Lunch Accommodation: Arenal Paraiso Resort and SpaDay 5 / Arenal Sightseeing and Free Time
Rise and shine as the forest and volcano are calling. Start the day with a guided trek around the quiet side of the volcano at Arenal National Park. Walk through the old lava rocks and learn about the powerful forces behind the volcano's past eruptions. Then head to the Arenal Hanging Bridges to walk eye-level within the lush canopy, observe the monkeys, sloths and chattering birds up close, and look out to see the rumbling, steaming Arenal Volcano. Later, relax in the thermal springs or take a swim at the pool back at the hotel. End the day at a dinner with your travelling companions.Full Breakfast, DinnerDay 6 / Arenal National Park – Manuel Antonio National Park (2 Nights)
Get ready to have a blast. Imagine yourself soaring high above the jungle floor as you fly along zip lines through the treetops, eye-to-eye with the lush foliage and exotic rainforest creatures. Zip lining through the canopy is sure to be among the most amazing adventures of your lifetime. Later, head south to Manuel Antonio National Park, renowned for its warm blue waters, sparkling white sand beaches and abundant exotic wildlife. This evening, join the gang for a pizza night.Full Breakfast, Dinner Accommodation: Parador Resort and SpaDay 7 / Manuel Antonio National Park Sightseeing and Free Time
Walking deep into the National Park with your guide, you'll definitely check off a few more creatures on your wildlife list-at last count, there were 109 different animals and 184 species of birds living here. Listen to the whooping bark of howler monkeys and the chattering of mischievous squirrel and white-faced monkeys. Then, it's time to hit the beach. Laze in the warm Pacific or at the resort's pool, or choose an optional catamaran cruise with snorkeling, perhaps see dolphins, parrotfish or sea turtles (available Jan-Apr). This evening, join your fellow explorers to celebrate new friendships and awesome experiences with a Farewell Dinner at the hotel. Full Breakfast, Farewell DinnerDay 8 / Manuel Antonio National Park – Depart San José
Travel back to San José's Juan Santamaria International Airport for your flight or extend your stay at the InterContinental Costa Rica. Full Breakfast
Tour Provider: Trafalgar
Destination: South and Central America/Mexico/Antarctica
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