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Caribbean to Pacific - 16 Days

Caribbean to Pacific

Costa Rica · Private Tour · 16 Days
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Discover the most spectacular beaches and national parks of Costa Rica. Cross hanging bridges, get up close and personal with an active volcano, and spot monkeys, colorful reptiles and majestic birds. 

Itinerary

Day 1 - San Jose
Day 2 - San Jose → Tortuguero
Day 3 - Tortuguero
Day 4 - Tortuguero → Puerto Viejo
Day 5 - Cahuita National Park
Day 6 - Gandoca-Manzanillo Reserve
Day 7 - Puerto Viejo → Sarapiqui
Day 8 - Chocolate Tour in Tirimbina
Day 9 - Sarapiqui → Arenal Volcano
Day 10 - Arenal Volcano and Hanging Bridges
Day 11 - Arenal Volcano → Monteverde
Day 12 - Monteverde Reserve
Day 13 - Monteverde → Manuel Antonio
Day 14 - Manuel Antonio National Park
Day 15 - Kayak to Damas Island
Day 16 - Manuel Antonio → San Jose

What is included

  • 15 nights accommodation at comfort hotels with breakfast
  • Private arrival transfers with English speaking assistance
  • Shared ground transportation throughout the tour
  • Meals mentioned in this itinerary
  • Entrance fees to the visits and excursions mentioned as included
  • English speaking guide during visits

What is NOT included

  • International flight
  • Departure tax (US$ 29 per person)
  • Optional excursions and activities
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned in this itinerary
  • Tips and personal expenses
Did you know you can make this trip even better? Customize this tour

day
1
San Jose

Meet and greet at Juan Santamaría International Airport. Private transfer to your hotel.

Overnight at the hotel. 

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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Aurola Holiday Inn

San José

day
2
San Jose → Tortuguero

Early pick up from your hotel in San José. Admire the biodiversity of an astonishing protected area in Costa Rica as the bus drives through Braulio Carrillo National Park. Stop on route to have a delicious typical breakfast. 

The bus ride continues through cassava, annatto, or banana plantations to the pier. Board a comfortable boat upon arrival to the pier and let this extraordinary exotic paradise enchant you, as you travel along the Tortuguero canals. Enjoy a refreshing cocktail and a delicious lunch as you arrive to the lodge.

In the afternoon, visit the picturesque town, the green turtle museum and the beach area

Overnight at the hotel. 

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San Jose → pier100 km
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pier → Evergreen Lodge 2h
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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Evergreen Lodge

Tortuguero

day
3
Tortuguero

After breakfast, guided walking tour through the trails of the lodge.

In the afternoon, guided visit to Tortuguero National Park exploring the canals in small, open boats to allow better visibility.

Created to protect the most important nesting site of the green turtle in the Western Hemisphere, Tortuguero National Park extends along 14 miles of shoreline and 19 miles out to sea. The Canal de Tortuguero runs through the park, connecting a labyrinth of deltas, canals, and lagoons.

With 11 distinct life zones ranging from raffia palm forest to herbaceous swamps, the park offers one of the most rewarding nature experiences in the country. This watery world is best seen by boat; the wide canals allow grandstand wildlife viewing, and silent approaches on the water permit unusually close contact with the fauna. River otters, caimans, and howler monkeys are easily sighted as are birds such as oropendolas, toucans, and jacamars and other waterfowl.

For most visitors, the star attraction is the green turtle, which nests between June and November. However, three other species of marine turtles also come ashore throughout the year, although in lesser numbers.

Overnight at the hotel. 

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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Evergreen Lodge

Tortuguero

day
4
Tortuguero → Puerto Viejo

After breakfast, shared boat transfer back to the pier and then shared ground transfer to a local restaurant for lunch.

After lunch, transfer to Puerto Viejo in the Caribbean Coast.

Overnight at the hotel. 

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Evergreen Lodge → pier 2h
Q
pier → Puerto Viejo175 km
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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Hotel Namuwoki

Puerto Viejo

day
5
Cahuita National Park

Breakfast at the hotel. Cahuita is a small coastal town in the south of Costa Rica’s Caribbean Coast that has been blessed with beautiful beaches full of coconut palm trees and an exuberant tropical nature. The population, of about five thousand residents, is peaceful, kind and very cheerful, and keeps a very strong Caribbean identity despite of the influence it receives from tourism and all the foreigners that have established in this paradise.

Cahuita National Park is one of the most beautiful protected areas in the Caribbean thanks to its white beaches and deep forests. The walk takes about two hours, but hikers will definitely want to stop frequently to go for a swim in the warm Caribbean waters, to observe the howler monkeys up in the trees or to focus their binoculars on a Green Ibis. Return to Puerto Viejo

Rest of the day at leisure

Overnight at the hotel. 

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
]

Hotel Namuwoki

Puerto Viejo

day
6
Gandoca-Manzanillo Reserve

After breakfast, we will start our guided visit to Gandoca Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge.

Located in one of the most stunning regions of Costa Rica, The Gandoca Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge extends out to sea, protecting a coral reef and the marine hábitat where several species of turtles breed. This wildlife reserve is very important from an ecological point of view because it protects the only intact mangrove swamp in the Atlantic coast and an unique lowland rainforest. 

Many trees are covered with mosses, lichens, bromeliads, orchids and other plants where different species of birds such as hummingbirds, tanagers, owls, and toucans can be observed. There are also white faced and howler monkeys, sloths and iguanas. Return to Puerto Viejo

Rest of the day at leisure

Overnight at the hotel. 

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
]

Hotel Namuwoki

Puerto Viejo

day
7
Puerto Viejo → Sarapiqui

After breakfast, transfer to Sarapiquí.

Upon arrival, we will start our guided night walk in Selva Verde tropical forest in search of frogs and toads.

A lot of of species of frogs and toads can be found in Selva Verde’s tropical rainforest thanks to its constant temperature and humidity level. Costa Rica is home to 145 species of frogs; 42 of them have been observed in Selva Verde. During this night walk, you will learn many interesting facts about this interesting creatures and why they are important to the Earth's ecosystems. For instance, they serve as indicators of environmental health. The most common species found in Selva Verde are the reticulated glass frog, the red eyed treefrog, the green and back poison dart frog and the blue jeans poison-dart frog.

Overnight at the hotel. 

Q
Puerto Viejo → Sarapiqui203 km
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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Selva Verde Lodge

Sarapiqui

day
8
Chocolate Tour in Tirimbina

After breakfast, we will star our chocolate tour in La Tirimbina Rainforest Center.

Originally from Central America, this plant has an extraordinary history; it was one of the most important products for the Mayan and Aztec cultures, as well as other Central American cultures.  The discovery of America lead to the introduction of chocolate in Europe.

La Tirimbina plantation was cultivated in the traditional way and is currently used for environmental education, showing the traditional processes. This tour includes a 25-minute walk across a hanging bridge and through the forest, before reaching the cacao plantation. Once at the plantation, you will learn about the traditional process that is used to transform cacao into chocolate (harvest, fermentation, drying). This tour helps rescue one of Costa Rica’s native plants and it supports a community group which has envisioned chocolate as a means to improve their quality of life. 

Return to SarapiquiRest of the day at leisure

Overnight at the hotel. 

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
]

Selva Verde Lodge

Sarapiqui

day
9
Sarapiqui → Arenal Volcano

Breakfast at the hotel. Free time

After lunch, transfer to Arenal Volcano area. 

Overnight at the hotel. 

Q
Sarapiqui → Arenal Volcano93 km
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

day
10
Arenal Volcano and Hanging Bridges

After breakfast, natural history walk in the Hanging Bridges.

Located within the corridor followed by birds migrating between North and South America, the trails and bridges of this project will bring the visitor as close as any person could ever imagine observing the birds, the flowers and the lush vegetation of the primary rainforest. The property has impressive views to Arenal Volcano and to the lake that feeds the largest hydroelectric plant in Costa Rica. 

In the afternoon, see from up close the activities of the Arenal Volcano.

Few sites in Costa Rica inspire more respect and admiration than Arenal Volcano.At 5437 feet, its tall and conical shape stands imposing over the pastured green hillsides that surround its base. Although currently in a resting phase, Arenal remains one of Costa Rica’s most active volcano over the past 43 years. 

This tour will allow you to enjoy the most extraordinary views of Arenal Volcano during a gentle hike along the lower slopes of the colossus. The walk begins in one of the trails close to the volcano and continues through the forest until reaching the area destroyed in its first eruption, back in 1968. This tour takes approximately 2 ½ hours. 

Overnight at the hotel. 

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

day
11
Arenal Volcano → Monteverde

After breakfast, boat transfer to Monteverde, via Arenal Lake.

 This service, half tour half transfer, is a picturesque and fast way to go to Monteverde from Arenal Volcano area. After a 30 minute ride to the dam, you will board a very comfortable and safe pontoon boat. After crossing the lake, you will arrive to Río Chiquito, a little town at the other side. 

Arenal Lake is the largest and the most important artificial lake in Costa Rica. It is also a place where you can find different kinds of resident and migratory bird; sometimes mammals such as monkeys and sloths can also be seen. In addition, in a clear day, there are great views of the Arenal Volcano. Once at Río Chiquito, a bus will take passengers to selected hotel in Monteverde

Overnight at the hotel. 

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Arenal Volcano → Arenal Lake 40min
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Arenal Lake → Monteverde 1h 30min
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

day
12
Monteverde Reserve

After breakfast, guided visit to the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve.

The Monteverde Reserve is immersed in a cloud forest considered a living laboratory. Its 4,125 hectares hosts valuable species such as the Resplendent Quetzal; some uncommon amphibians such as the Ring-tailed Salamander, the largest in Costa Rica and the Highland Dink Frog scarcely 6 cm long. It is also a refuge for the Tayra.

Rest of the day at leisure

Overnight at the hotel. 

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

day
13
Monteverde → Manuel Antonio

After breakfast, transfer to the Central Pacific coast, to Manuel Antonio.

Rest of the day at leisure

Overnight at the hotel. 

Q
Monteverde → Manuel Antonio200 km
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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Parador Resort

Manuel Antonio

day
14
Manuel Antonio National Park

After breakfast, guided visit to Manuel Antonio National Park.

This National Park is one of the most popular in the country thanks to its wide variety of flora and fauna. It is home to 3 of the 4 existing monkey species in Costa Rica. The park itself boasts 3 different trails that vary in grade from flat to very steep. 

During this tour, visitors will be accompanied by a nature guide who is knowledgeable about everything they will see. The trail they will take is approximately 2 miles long, flat and picturesque and loops through the Park. Throughout the hike, the guide will stop and explain the different nature specimens that can be observed. Half way through the hike, a 20-minute stop will be made at the third beach for everyone to rest on the beach or play among the waves if they choose so. 

Throughout the hike they will be able to observe sloths, birds and reptiles, as well as admire orchids, butterflies and tropical trees. The guides are equipped with telescopes that visitors can use to observe wildlife and take pictures with a different perspective. Transportation back to the hotel is included right after the tour. 

Rest of the day at leisure

Overnight at the hotel. 

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
]

Parador Resort

Manuel Antonio

day
15
Kayak to Damas Island

After breakfast, we will start our kayak excursion to Damas Island

Sitting just outside of Quepos, the small Damas Island is known for its diverse flora and fauna. Paddle slowly through the natural canals of this mangrove forest to observe different heron species, kingfishers, ospreys, frigates and other migratory birds. Brackish waters are also home to some amazing creatures such as oysters, sponges, stingrays, baby black-tipped sharks and many large schools of fish. 

Rest of the day at leisure

Overnight at the hotel. 

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
]

Parador Resort

Manuel Antonio

day
16
Manuel Antonio → San Jose

Private transfer to Juan Santamaría International Airport.

Check in at airline counter must be done three hours prior to flight departure.

Q
Manuel Antonio → San Jose175 km 3h 30min
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Accommodations

San José
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Aurola Holiday Inn

Tortuguero
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Evergreen Lodge

Puerto Viejo
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Hotel Namuwoki

Sarapiqui
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Selva Verde Lodge

Arenal
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Hotel Arenal Springs

Monteverde
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Hotel Trapp Family Lodge

Manuel Antonio
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Parador Resort

Price for comfort experience

Customizable private tour
Prices per person2 pax
Habitación Doble
10 Feb 2018 - 8 Apr 2018$2451
9 Apr 2018 - 16 Apr 2018$2496
17 Apr 2018 - 30 Apr 2018$2451
1 May 2018 - 30 Jun 2018$2377
1 Jul 2018 - 31 Aug 2018$2496
1 Sep 2018 - 30 Nov 2018$2358

Photos

Manuel Antonio
Iguana
Arenal Volcano
Tortuguero National Park

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