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Costa Rica Natural Paradise 10 Days from $895
Costa Rica Tour

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Rooms—
Accommodations in the hotels and lodges are rooms with two beds and private bath or shower. A limited number of single rooms are available. Triple rooms are usually two beds, sometimes with a cot or rollaway

Hotel Descriptions

San Jose, Barcelo Palacio
Days 1,2 & 9 - San Jose
Barcelo Palacio

Located in a quiet residential area, close to the "Braulio Carrillo" National Park and 2km from the center of downtown San Jose. This full service hotel features 2 Restaurants - the á la carte Ambar Restaurant and the Anforo Buffet Restaurant. 2 Bars - the Rancho Bar & Grill and the El Bosque Bar. Coffee Shop, a casino, swimming pool, spa with Jacuzzi, steam bath and sauna, tennis and squash courts, massage therapists, hairdresser, jewelery and leather shops.

Tortuguero Park, Laguna Lodge
Days 3, 4 - Tortuguero Park
Laguna Lodge

The Laguna Lodge is located on Costa Rica's Northeastern Caribbean coast. This small and cozy lodge offers you easy access to natural marvels of Tortuguero Lagoon and Tortuguero National Park. Laguna lodge stands on Tortuguero Beach which is home to the foremost nesting site for the green turtle in the western half of the Caribbean. Laguna Lodge is surrounded by more than 12 acres of lush tropical rainforests and Tortuguero's network of lakes and navigable channels. The lodge offers you a dock on the canals, a restaurant, two bars, a swimming pool with outdoor Jacuzzi, and an open butterfly garden.

Fortuna,  Las Cabañitas
Days 5,6 - Fortuna
Las Cabañitas

Surrounded by a breathtaking scenario of lush nature, crowned by the Arenal Volcano, only 20 minutes away, Las Cabanitas Resort is the right place to stay at if you wish to appreciate one of the Costa Rica’s most outstanding jewels of nature.The ideal spot to enjoy the sunrise each morning, and the magnificent natural fireworks of the Arenal Volcano at night. The Hotel offers comfortable and cozy "chalets" with private bathroom and hot water, ceiling fans and balcony. An international restaurant specialized in Costa Rican food; two swimming pools; pool-side snack bar; an information center and a souvenir shop.

Jaco,  Barcelo Amapola
Days 7,8 - Jaco
Barcelo Amapola

The Barcelo Amapola Hotel is located on the Pacific Coast side of Costa Rica, near Jaco and the Carara Biological Reserve. The hotel has a private Pacific Ocean beach, which is reached by a ten minute walk or the hotel shuttle bus. The Amapola has a swimming pool, two jacuzzis, a swim-up bar, discotheque and casino. The hotel grounds have extensive gardens. Bicycles are available for guest use.

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Tortuguero Park
Costa Rica, toucan

1st day–San José, Costa Rica
Welcome to the "rich coast," friendly land of democracy and rare natural beauty. With naturalist guides, see exotic birds and wildlife, hike in jungle rainforests, view volcanoes, soak in hot springs and cruise through biological reserves. Relax on both the Atlantic and Pacific coasts. Caravan provides transfers from the San José airport to the Barcelo Palacio Hotel. Rooms are available for check in after 3:00 p.m. Dine at your hotel, then join Caravan for an 8:00 p.m. welcome briefing. D

2nd day–Poás Volcano
After breakfast, see the statue of the drummer boy, Costa Rica’s hero. Next, weather permitting, visit Poas Volcano, dormant since 1991. You can safely view this dramatic milewide crater from an overlook. Enjoy lunch. See San José’s Plaza de la Cultura, Central Park and the National Theatre. Visit the National Museum. See pre-Columbian granite spheres and dazzling displays of gold and jade. Enjoy dinner. BLD

3rd day–Rainforest Hike, Tortuguero
Scenic morning drive through Braulio Carrillo Park. Look for cascading waterfalls. With a naturalist guide, enjoy a short rainforest hike on level terrain. Lunch, then cruise through rivers and canals to the 47,000 acre Tortuguero Park. Tortuguero is home to more than 300 species of birds. Look for toucans, kingfishers, parrots and the rare green macaw. Enjoy a two night stay at your lodge. After dinner in Tortuguero, a naturalist talks about the rainforest. BLD

4th day–Tortuguero Park, Canal Cruise
Cruise this morning with naturalist guides along canals lined by raffia palm, habitat of howler and white-faced monkeys, green iguanas and tropical birds. Look for white and snowy egrets and the amazing nests of the montezuma oropendola. Then, enter the mysterious reflecting waters of Caño Palma wildlife reserve. Next, visit the Green Turtle Research Station. Learn about efforts to protect the turtle’s nesting habitat, eggs and young hatchlings. Walk along the Atlantic turtle nesting beaches with a naturalist guide. Next, to Tortuguero village. Meet Costa Rican school children on your visit to a local school (when in session). Return to your lodge for lunch. Free time to enjoy your lodge’s swimming pool and tropical flower gardens. Visit a butterfly garden. See colorful butterflies. Enjoy an afternoon boat excursion into Tortuguero Park. Look for otters, turtles and manatees. Dinner. BLD

5th day–San Carlos Valley, Fortuna
Morning cruise on Tortuguero River. See banana plantation. Lunch, then a brief stop at Selva Verde Rainforest Reserve. Here you can walk the nearly 300 foot long suspension bridge through jungle canopy and over the Sarapapiqui River. Next, through scenic countryside to the San Carlos Valley for a two night stay in Fortuna. Dinner. BLD

6th day–Caño Negro, Hot Springs, Arenal
Head north this morning, passing through sugar cane, teak and orange plantations. Then, cruise on the Rio Frio through the world famous Caño Negro wildlife refuge, home to many migratory birds found nowhere else in Costa Rica. Look for whistling ducks, cormorants, anhingas, blue heron. Watch for caimans, spider monkeys and web-footed water-walking lizards. Box lunch. Return to Fortuna. Free time to explore the charming village of Fortuna. Then enjoy a relaxing soak in the volcanic hot springs. Weather permitting, see nearby Arenal Volcano’s softly glowing lava flow. Dinner at Las Cabañitas. BLD

7th day–Cloud Forest Hike, Jaco
This morning drive by the Children’s Eternal Rainforest, part of the Monteverde cloud forest region. The Children’s Rainforest was purchased with donations from school children around the world to be preserved forever. Next, enter a cloud forest reserve, home to epiphytes, orchids, ferns and tropical birds, for a guided walk. Cloud forests are like rainforests, but with less rain and more humidity. Look for many species of hummingbirds in the feeding gallery. Lunch at a cloud forest lodge. Then, to Jaco on the Pacific Ocean for a two night stay. Dinner is at your resort. This evening you may wish to explore the shops along Jaco’s lively main street. BLD

8th day–Manuel Antonio, Tarcoles Cruise
Visit Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica’s most beautiful park, this morning. Time to beachcomb or swim at the three pristine beaches, rated among the top ten in the world. Easy hiking trails wind through the jungle, home to one of the last natural habitats of the playful rare squirrel monkey. Lunch at your resort. Next drive by the Carara Biological Reserve. Carara is an Indian word meaning “river of crocodiles.” Enjoy a bird and crocodile spotting cruise on the Rio Tarcoles this afternoon. Cruise through a mangrove reserve. Look for roseate spoonbills, northern jacanas and boat billed herons, toucans, trogons, sloths and monkeys. This tropical bird and wildlife sanctuary is one of the world’s few nesting places for the scarlet macaw. Your cruise time depends on tidal fluctuations and may take place in the morning, with a visit to Manuel Antonio National Park in the afternoon. Dinner in Jaco. BLD

9th day–Sarch, Coffee Plantation
Morning visit to Sarchi, see the painted ox carts and colorful handicrafts. Lunch. Next, see the metallic church of Grecia. Then, visit a coffee plantation. Pick a few beans when in season. Sample fresh Costa Rican coffee and enjoy a musical comedy devoted to the coffee bean. Next, return to San José. Tonight, celebrate your Costa Rica adventure at Caravan’s farewell dinner. BLD

10th day–San José
Your tour ends after breakfast this morning at the San José Palacio. Caravan provides transfers throughout the day to the San José airport. Thanks for vacationing with Caravan. ¡Hasta la vista! B

 
 
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