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Costa Rica Honeymoon and Special Adventure (Standard) - Overland Trip

2 weeks: San Jose to San Jose (IMT-HCO8S)

Intro

For your honeymoon or special adventure, why not discover the paradise of Costa Rica? From cloud forests that cover the slopes of towering volcanoes to shimmering lagoons, from mangrove forests teeming with brilliant birds and wildlife to pristine beaches where the offshore reefs open up a whole new world of undersea life. This is a land of remarkable beauty where no two days are ever alike.

Transfers

Airport transfers on arrival and departure.

Escorted

Services of local representatives in San Jose.Tours by English-speaking guide and transfers by Spanish-speaking drivers.

Transport

Private air-conditioned vehicles, mini-van and boat to/from Tortuguero NP.

Activities

Extensive trail walking in National Parks, tour to Poas Volcano and La Paz waterfalls, water excursions in Tortuguero, wildlife spotting.

Accommodation

13 nights unique hotels and lodges.

Entrance Fees

Included on Poas Volcano and La Paz Waterfall Gardens. Not included for National Parks (7-12 US$ each)

Meals

As per itinerary.

B - Breakfast, L - Lunch, D - Dinner.

Itineraries

Day 1,SAN JOSE

Arrive at Juan Santa Maria International Airport and transfer to your hotel.

Day 2,POAS VOLCANO – LA PAZ WATERFALLS

An early start this morning to visit Poas Volcano. Today you will also visit La Paz Waterfall Gardens, a Nature Park where you walk on truly spectacular trails that will lead to Magia Blanca Falls (the largest and the most spectacular of the falls in the area), and also visit the largest enclosed butterfly observatory in the world. After lunch return to the hotel. (BL)

Day 3,SAN JOSE – TORTUGUERO NATIONAL PARK

Transfer by land and boat to one of the most exotic regions in Costa Rica, Tortuguero National Park. In the afternoon you will explore the many waterways of the park with a specialist guide, searching for the abundant flora and fauna including orchids, birds, monkeys, crocodiles, toucans and so on. Overnight at a beautiful lodge in this wildlife sanctuary. (BLD)

Day 4,TORTUGUERO NATIONAL PARK

After breakfast you will enjoy a further boat tour of the park. The rest of the day is free to relax. From July to September it may be possible to visit the beaches where sea turtles lay their eggs. (BLD)

Day 5,TORTUGUERO – LA FORTUNA

Transfer by boat and land to La Fortuna, an excellent base for exploring Arenal Volcano National Park. Arenal Volcano is the quintessential active volcano, producing ash columns, explosions and red lava on an almost daily basis. Overnight at Montana de Fuego resort with superb views of the volcano. (B)

Day 6,LA FORTUNA

A free day to enjoy the many natural wonders of this area: hike through the surrounding rainforest, kayak on Arenal Lake, ride horses to the volcano or alternatively relax at Tabacon Hot Springs, where a hot volcanic stream is channelled into five pools of varying temperature. (B)

Day 7,MONTEVERDE CLOUD FOREST RESERVE

Drive around beautiful Lake Arenal towards Monteverde. A beautiful park that teems with flora and fauna of every description, Monteverde has gained international renown as one of the most outstanding wildlife sanctuaries in the tropics. Overnight at El Establo Lodge. (B)

Day 8,MONTEVERDE CLOUD FOREST

A full day to explore the reserve, following trails that wind through the most spectacular sections. There is abundant wildlife and we hope to spot the colourful quetzal bird as well as a variety of monkeys, wild cats and reptiles. (B)

Day 9 to Day 10,PACIFIC COAST

After breakfast transfer to the charming Villa Caletas on the Pacific Coast where you have two days to relax. (B)

Day 11 to Day 12,MANUEL ANTONIO NATIONAL PARK

Short drive to Manuel Antonio National Park. The National Park combines an intoxicating mix of beaches, offshore islands and lush rainforest with the opportunity for close encounters with monkeys, sloth and an abundance of birds. Overnight at splendid La Mariposa Hotel. (B)

Day 13,SAN JOSE

Drive back to San Jose. (B)

Day 14,SAN JOSE

Transfer to Juan Santa Maria International airport in time for your departure. (B)

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Last updated: 22nd October 2009

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