Costa Rica: A World Of Nature

San Jose, Tortuguero National Park, San Carlos, Arenal, Arenal Volcano, Playa Herradura, Manuel Antonio National Park

From thrilling water journeys to ethereal jungle expeditions, discover what "pura vida" means to you when you explore the essence of Costa Rica. Encounter an emerald wonderland, where trees climb high and animals roam free. Immerse yourself in nature when you spend 2 nights at a remote resort in San Carlos and 3 nights in the region of Arenal National Park. Sample fresh cacao during a visit to a local plantation. Give back to preservation efforts at a sea turtle research station in Tortuguero National Park. Embark on a crocodile safari in the jungle and a bird-watching cruise in the rainforest. Stand suspended over the rainforest floor as you journey across a network of hanging bridges. Hike the lava fields of Arenal Volcano or soar over jungle canopies on a zip line.

Our prices start from

$ 2,599 LAND ONLY

12 Days • GUIDED • 23 Meals

Operated Tour

The Details

  • 11 nights accommodation
  • On some dates additional accommodations may be used
  • Services of a tour manager
  • All on-tour transportation and related fees
  • Hotel-to-hotel baggage handling
  • Round trip home to airport sedan provided when you purchase airfare through Member Choice Vacations. One transfer per person, per reservation. (Restrictions apply)
  • 11 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 8 dinners

Itinerary

Engaging Experiences These special places and experiences are considered tour highlights. Look for them in the daily itineraries.

Day 1 - San Jose, Costa Rica - Tour Begins

Doubletree by Hilton Cariari Hotel, San Jose

Pura vida. In English, it translates to "the simple life." But pura vida is so much more: it's an attitude; a celebration of life in the moment. It's time to experience what pura vida means to you. You're on your way to explore a place that's unlike anywhere else in the world, where pura vida is an unofficial motto and a way of life. Welcome to the emerald of Central America: Costa Rica.

Day 2 - San Jose - Tortuguero National Park

Visit the world's first sea turtle research station in Tortuguero National Park. Stay in Tortuguero National Park and find yourself surrounded by wildlife.

Evergreen Lodge, Tortuguero

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Included

Seemingly endless mountain horizons. Complex evergreen forests. These are the wonders of Tortuguero National Park*. Travel by boat to your hotel before heading further down the rivers and canals to the world's first sea turtle research station. Have time to explore Tortuguero town with your Tour Manager. Get away from it all and relax at your lodge for the next 2 nights, set in the middle of the jungle. From the morning calls of the monkeys to the gentle chatter of the birds, listen to the active sounds of the rainforest around you. Today breakfast, lunch and dinner will be included.

Day 3 - Tortuguero National Park

Evergreen Lodge, Tortuguero

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Included

Begin the day on an excursion to spot the elusive green macaw and other unique winged creatures that flock to Tortuguero. Embark on a nature cruise, getting a glimpse into the life of jaguars, manatees, ocelots, and more. Enjoy the flavors of the island with a cooking class at a local home. Sample your work while learning about the history of the island. The rest of the day is yours to enjoy your Tortuguero resort. Today breakfast, lunch and dinner will be included.

Day 4 - Tortuguero National Park - San Carlos

Taste for yourself why cacao is called "food of the gods" and observe the process of converting this magical seed from bean to bar.

Tilajari Hotel Resort, San Carlos

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Included

Take a boat back to the mainland and make your way towards Sarapiquí and Tirimbina Rainforest Center. Spend time at a cacao plantation and see the process of converting the seed from bean to bar, tasting for yourself why cacao is called "the food of the gods." Later, arrive at your secluded nature resort, nestled on the edge of the San Carlos River. Stroll the butterfly and botanical gardens lined with fruit trees, including lemon, soursop, guava, mango and tangerine. Today breakfast, lunch and dinner will be included.

Day 5 - San Carlos

Learn about Costa Rica's ecosystem and local culture.

Tilajari Hotel Resort, San Carlos

Breakfast, Dinner Included

Explore the beauty of your surroundings on a Peñas Blancas River Safari. Paddle and float down the river on a peaceful adventure, taking in the sights and sounds of the rainforest as your naturalist guide describes the intricacies of the wildlife around you. Visit the finca of a local family and try specialty snacks such as banana bread, gourmet Costa Rican coffee and more. Then participate on a guided walk through a private, primary forest reserve for a look at the various flora and fauna. Today breakfast and dinner will be included.

Day 6 - San Carlos - Hanging Bridges - Arenal

Arenal Springs Resort & Spa, Arenal

Breakfast, Dinner Included

Today, suspended over the rainforest floor, relish a bird's-eye view of the jungle on a guided tour of Arenal's famous hanging bridges. High above the jungle canopies, marvel at a cloud forest taking shape around you. Settle into your resort where you'll be surrounded by striking views of Arenal's famous volcano for the next 3 nights. Today breakfast and dinner will be included.

Day 7 - Arenal

Arenal Springs Resort & Spa, Arenal

Breakfast, Dinner Included

Today, it's your choice! Since Costa Rica is the birthplace of zip lining, glide over the canopies on a mind-blowing rip through the jungle -OR- make your way across lava fields for an up-close-and-personal look at the volcano on a moderate hike along the trails formed by lava during the 1968 eruption. The afternoon is yours. Perhaps you'll discover the town of La Fortuna or relax in the hotel's naturally heated pools. Also consider an optional excursion to a family-owned finca with an included farm to table lunch, Today breakfast and dinner will be included.

Day 8 - Arenal

Arenal Springs Resort & Spa, Arenal

Breakfast Included

In the shadow of Arenal Volcano, the day is yours to enjoy at your leisure. You could opt to float along a river and immerse in wildlife on the Cano Negro Wildlife Refuge cruise or, if you're feeling adventurous, opt for an exhilarating white water rafting experience**. Or simply hang back at the resort, opt for a spa service, explore the grounds, and soak in one of Arenal's famous hot springs. Today breakfast will be included.

*White water rafting is subject to the operator's safety restrictions.

Day 9 - Arenal Volcano - Coffee Plantation- Playa Herradura

Marriott Los Suenos, Playa Herradura

Breakfast, Dinner Included

This morning, wake up and smell the coffee at a local farm that produces some of Costa Rica's well-known beans. Take a tour with local plantation workers and have a chance to discuss what life is like for these coffee farmers. In the afternoon, head to Playa Herradura and settle into your resort for the next 2 nights. As the day draws to a close, watch the sun set over the Pacific alongside birds in every color of the rainbow. Today breakfast and dinner will be included.

Day 10 - Manuel Antonio National Park

Marriott Los Suenos, Playa Herradura

Breakfast Included

Welcome to Manuel Antonio National Park, home to verdant rainforests and white sand beaches. In this natural wonderland, traverse the trails where the wild things are, or go for a swim in the turquoise waters as wildlife rummages in the canopies. Today breakfast will be included.

Day 11 - Playa Herradura - San Jose

Enjoy a traditional Costa Rican dinner.

Doubletree by Hilton Cariari Hotel, San Jose

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Included

Say goodbye to the coast and hello to San Jose. Toast to the pura vida of Costa Rica tonight over a farewell dinner. Today breakfast, lunch and dinner will be included.

Day 12 - San Jose - Tour Ends

Breakfast Included

Bid Costa Rica farewell as your tour comes to an end today.

Pricing is per person, double occupancy, land only, based on May 31, 2021 travel date. Single supplement from $800. International airfare is additional. Call AAA for current airfare rates and availability. Itinerary featured is for May 2021 - April 2022 tour departures. Departures prior will vary. On some dates alternate hotels may be used..

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