Costa Rica Tortuguero Tour
Tortuguero National Park is a protected wilderness area on Costa Rica’s northern Caribbean coast.
The beaches around the park are key nesting sites for sea turtles, including endangered green turtles. Tortuguero is renowned for its navigable freshwater lagoons and canals that run through the rainforest, and shelter spectacled caimans and river turtles. The park and the small town of Tortuguero are accessible by boat or small aircraft.
Explore Tortuguero National Park and the canals in small, open boats. Transfer to San Carlos, known for exceptional beauty with its forests, lagoons, rivers with hot springs, and the most active volcano of Costa Rica, Arenal. Manuel Antonio National Park is a popular for white sand beaches and rain forest with a large variety of animal life. It is home of the White Faced, Mantled Howler and Red‐backed Squirrel monkeys. In the nearby islands are birds such as boobies and frigates.
TRAVEL UNTAMED ON THIS 9-DAY COSTA RICA Tortuguero Tour…
And, experience San Jose, Arenal, Manuel Antonio National Parks.
There are no direct flights from the UK to Costa Rica. You need to change in either Europe or the US. Your best option is to fly via the US or Madrid, where you can connect with flights to San José. Continental has flights from the UK via Newark and Houston, while American Airlines flies via JFK, Dallas or Miami, and United via New York or Houston: of the three, Continental generally has the lowest fares (from £545 in high season) and offers an excellent service, with swift connections. Iberia’s flights via Madrid are one of the quicker routings, and avoid the US, but start at around £650. Indirect flights can still take as little as thirteen hours, including changes.
Costa Rica Tortuguero Tour
San Jose, Tortuguero, Arenal, Manuel Antonio
(9 Days – Travel Any Day)
Day 01 – Arrival
San José Meet and greet at Juan Santamaría International airport and take a private transfer to your hotel in San Jose.
Overnight: Hotel of your choice
Day 02 – Transfer
Tortuguero Early shared transfer to Braulio Carrillo National Park. Stop enroute for a delicious typical breakfast. Be a special guest in a banana processing and packing plant and learn more about one of Costa Rica's prime product (subject to availability). Board a comfortable boat upon arrival to Caño Blanco pier and let this extraordinary exotic paradise enchant you, as you travel along the Tortuguero canals.
Cocktail and lunch on arrival at the lodge. After lunch, visit to the picturesque town, the green turtle museum and the beach area.
Overnight: Pachira Lodge (B, L, D)
Day 03 – Explore
Tortuguero Morning guided walking tour through the trails. After lunch and rest, visit Tortuguero National Park and explore the canals in small, open boats for better visibility.
Overnight: Pachira Lodge (B, L, D)
Day 04 – Transfer
Arenal Shared boat transfer back to Caño Blanco and then shared ground transfer to Siquirres where you will take a shuttle bus to Arenal/La Fortuna. Lunch is included along the way.
San Carlos offers a landscape of exceptional beauty with its forests, lagoons, fields of crops, rivers with hot springs, and the most active volcano of Costa Rica: Arenal. In other words, sanctuaries where one can breathe peace, purity and the majestic power of nature.
Overnight: Arenal Springs (B, L, D)
Day 05 – Tour
Arenal Today morning at leisure. In the afternoon, take a private tour to Arenal Volcano & Tabacón Hot Springs. See from up close the activities of the great colossus, its constant emissions of gases, vapours of water and explosions of fireworks. Follow this with a fabulous and healthful bath in the hot springs.
After the hike, a relaxing soak into the natural mineral waters of the Tabacon Hot Springs will finish a perfect day.
Overnight: Arenal Springs (B, D)
Day 06 – Transfer
Manuel Antonio Take a private transfer from Arenal to Manuel Antonio. The Central Pacific possesses the beaches closest to the capital city. Among the most popular are Herradura, Jaco, Dominical and the ones at Manuel Antonio National Park. They enjoy the characteristics of a very hot and humid climate, with a season of brilliant sunshine from December through the end of April and warm waters all year long.
Hills covered with green forests compose the common landscape of the area. Some of the features which have made Manuel Antonio one of the places most preferred by the tourists are the white sand beaches, cliffs, rivers, rain forests, the large variety of animal life and climate. The Manuel Antonio National Park is home of the White Faced, Mantled Howler and Red‐backed Squirrel monkeys, Two and Three Toad sloths, among other mammals, as well as a number of species of birds. Punta Catedral (cathedral point), the bay of Puerto Escondido (hidden port), and the beautiful beaches with blue green waters represent some of the main attractions of this park.
Overnight: Parador Hotel (B)
Day 07 – Wildlife & Beach
Manuel Antonio Breakfast in the hotel. Morning shared tour to Manuel Antonio National Park.
Watch sloths and monkeys moving through the tree canopy, hunt for nocturnal silky anteaters, surprise iguanas resting on a tree and listen to the songs of the various birds. And if you are lucky, you might spot one of the 1,000 remaining endangered Mono Titi or squirrel monkey that live in Manuel Antonio National Park biological corridor.
Overnight: Parador Hotel (B, L)
Optional suggested tours
Ocean Kayaking and Snorkelling: A challenging open ocean paddle along one of the most beautiful coastline in Costa Rica and nearby islands where birds such as boobies and frigates are nesting. Snorkel to observe three small but astounding coral reefs close to the shore or just relax and enjoy the tranquillity of a secluded white sand beach. Some experience in open‐seat kayaking is preferred and a good physical condition is recommended.
Day 08 – Transfer
San José Breakfast in the hotel. At noon, take a shared ground transfer (by shuttle bus) from Manuel Antonio to San Jose.
Overnight: Hotel of your choice (B)
Day 09 – Depart
San José Private transfer to Juan Santamaría International airport. (B)
Check in at airline counter must be done three hours prior to flight departure.
Make this your holiday
When to go December through April: This is the tourist high season in Costa Rica when the weather is at its most pleasant. It is also the dry season, and one can mostly depend on clear, sunny days. There is a brief dry spell from February to April but it's worthwhile to visit in April-May.
May through October: The rainy season takes a while to get started in May, often diminishing for a couple of weeks in June or July. The brunt of the rain however falls on the Caribbean coast, giving the Pacific a much more arid climate. The only really rainy months in Guanacaste on the Pacific coast are October and November, and on the Atlantic coast, the only predictably dry months are September and October.
October to December: This is also a good time to visit Costa Rica when things are much quieter and when the weather is still good.
Visas British nationals don’t need a visa to enter Costa Rica. You can stay as a visitor for up to 3 months, although the exact period is at the discretion of the immigration officer on arrival. The immigration authorities are strict about foreigners who have overstayed.
Passport validity: Your passport should have at least one day’s validity from the date you are leaving Costa Rica. If you hold a passport other than a British Citizen passport, different regulations may apply.
Visa information source: www.gov.uk