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Colorful Costa Rica

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  • $1999
    Air+Tax Included
  • 9
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TORTUGUERO, ARENAL VOLCANO, MONTEVERDE CLOUD FOREST & CURICANCHA CLOUD FOREST RESERVE

On this exotic adventure with airfare included, be dazzled by Costa Rica’s vibrant beauty and culture. Begin with a captivating boat ride through the rainforest and arrive at Tortuguero National Park where you’ll discover beautiful flora and fauna, and pristine beaches. On your way to Arenal, admire the agricultural landscapes and make an exciting stop at a pineapple plantation. The following day, visit the Arenal Volcano area to admire breathtaking views and spectacular scenery. At the lush Monteverde Cloud Forest, partake in fun activities like zip-lining, traversing suspension bridges, and other fun options. We’ll also go bird watching at the Curi-Cancha Reserve and then join a local family for a cooking class. Finally, in San José explore the city’s best sights including the Gold Museum and the National Theater.

Itinerary at
a Glance

  • 1 night in San José
  • 2 nights in Tortuguero
  • 2 nights in Arenal
  • 2 nights in Monteverde
  • 1 night in San José

Tour
Highlights

  • Tortuguero Village
  • Arenal Volcano
  • Monteverde Cloud Forest
  • Curi-Cancha Forest Reserve
  • Oxcart Factory in Sarchi

Activity Level: Discoverer 

Your Tour
Includes

  • Round-trip international airfare from Miami
  • Airfare taxes, fees & fuel surcharges
  • Accommodations in Superior First Class hotels
  • 18 Meals: 8 breakfasts, 4 lunches, and 6 dinners
  • Comprehensive sightseeing tours as per itinerary
  • English-speaking Tour Director throughout

Tour Itinerary

Click the Day by Day itinerary above (or swipe on mobile devices) to see the experiences that await on each day of your tour.

USA to San José

Your unforgettable adventure to Costa Rica begins as you depart Miami today. Later today, arrive in San José where you’ll enjoy a welcome dinner this evening. Radisson Hotel (D)

San José to Tortuguero

Early this morning depart from San José Central Valley to the Tortuguero area. On the way, you will pass through the Braulio Carrillo National Park, a sanctuary for flora and fauna alike. From the comfort of the bus you may see open pasture lands and small farming towns. You may also notice a change in the climate as you travel and the temperatures become warmer. Along the way, stop at a local restaurant for breakfast.
 
Travel deeper into Costa Rica’s Caribbean side where boats wait to transfer you to your lodge. A two-hour boat ride will take you through the canals…

Tortuguero

Today, explore Tortuguero, an exciting destination for ecotourism lovers. During the day you can explore the secondary canals of this paradise where you can see different species of mammals, birds, and reptiles. Here, much of the National Park extends along unspoiled beaches that serve as a refuge for sea turtle nesting and hatching, with hatching typically taking place between July and September. After your tour, the balance of the day at your leisure. (B,L,D)

Tortuguero to Arenal

This morning, continue your adventure with a boat transfer back to the disembarking point. From here, you’ll travel to the Guapiles area where you’ll enjoy lunch. Continue towards the northern lowlands enjoying the beautiful scenery which includes amazing views of the mountains and one of the major sources of revenue in the area: the agriculture. Stop along the way at a local pineapple plantation where you can learn more about the local agriculture and enjoy an opportunity to taste the delicious fruit. Afterwards, continue to Muellle de San Carlos where you’ll check-in at…

Arenal

After breakfast, visit the Arenal Volcano area! Known worldwide for its near perfect cone shape, Arenal volcano has become a must-see when visiting Costa Rica. Its volcanic activity and its surrounding natural beauty make this a very exciting hiking tour.

Ever since the 1500’s, locals considered Arenal to be a mountain. However, everything changed on the morning of July 29, 1968 when this supposed mountain suddenly erupted. The eruptions continued non-stop for several days covering the surrounding area with lava, rocks and ash and affecting three towns. From this eruption…

Arenal to Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve

After breakfast at your hotel, begin your journey to the Monteverde Cloud Forest. Monteverde is famous for a reason – its cloud forests are brimming with plants and animals, its zip lines and suspension bridges are the longest and most exciting in the country, and its coffee is tasty, local and cheap. Each of these diversions, as well as countless other activities, can be enjoyed through a number of exciting tours. Some tours combine several of these activities into one action-packed, fun-filled day.

This afternoon is at leisure to explore the area. El Establo Mountain…

Curicancha Cloud Forest Reserve

Visit the Curicancha Private Reserve today after breakfast. In 1970, the Lowther family purchased the property of Hubert and Mildred Mendenhall and named it Curi-Cancha, the name derived from “Golden Enclosure” in Inca. At the time, the property was approximately half pasture and half virgin rain forest. In the ensuing forty-five years, the Lowthers allowed the majority of the pastured areas to be reclaimed by the forest.

Curi-Cancha is a birdwatcher’s paradise. The Resplendent Quetzal, Three-Wattled Bellbird, Blue-Crowned Motmot, Orange-bellied Trogon, and many…

Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve to San José

After breakfast today, depart for San José. On the way, stop at the Sarchi Oxcart Factory. The town of Sarchí is the home of an abundance of craftsmen. Here, you will have time to see the artists in their workshops while they make the famous oxcarts, declared a Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). Consider selecting a gift to take back home as a souvenir of your visit to Costa Rica! Afterwards, continue to San José where you’ll discover the culture and history of Costa…

San José to USA

After breakfast this morning, transfer to the San José International Airport for your return flight to the USA. Arrive home filled with memories from your Costa Rican adventure! (B)

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Rates are based on double occupancy.
2019 Departures: Single room supplement is $429.
2020 Departures: 
Single room supplement is $499.

Costa Rica Departure Tax ($29) not included. Departure Tax must be paid on departure directly by each traveler.

For more information on this tour, please contact us here or call us during business hours (Mon-Fri, 9:00-9:00 EST and Sat-Sun, 10:00-6:30 EST) at 800-337-7773.

Reservations and Payments
Reservations can be made by phone (1-800-337-7773) and will be confirmed upon receipt of $300 non-refundable, non-transferable deposit which must be received within 48 hours of reservation. Full payment is due 75 days prior to departure. Baggage fees may apply. Space and prices subject to availability. For complete booking information and terms & conditions click here.

Optional Tours Customize your trip with these optional tours.

To enhance and make your visit to Costa Rica more complete and memorable, you will be offered several optional tours. All rates are approximate in US dollars and are subject to change based on fluctuation of exchange rates and supplier rates. Payment should be made by cash (local currency or USD), or by American Express or MasterCard (a service fee may apply for payment by credit card). Additional optional tours may be added for your enjoyment and the optional tours listed below may not be available on all departure dates. Note that optional tours are non-refundable.

Peñas Blancas Safari Float Trip

  • Arenal
  • From approx. $89 Per Person

Your choice of optional tours on Day 5:

Enjoy the sights and the sounds of the rainforest and experience its peacefulness as you quietly paddle the Peñas Blancas river. Monkeys, sloths, iguanas, crocodiles and numerous tropical birds await us! Our professional bilingual guide will share with you educational and interesting explanations of the plants and animals we encounter on the float.

You will truly appreciate the wonders of Peñas Blancas river and the surrounding rainforest as we travel down the river without a motor, this way you will enjoy the journey…

La Fortuna Waterfall Horseback Riding

  • Arenal
  • From approx. $118 Per Person

Your choice of optional tours on Day 5:

La Fortuna waterfall is considered to be a landmark on the area, and is definitely one you must not miss when traveling to Arenal. This 70-meter high natural marvel has a natural pool with fresh, cool water, where you can swim and cool off after your horseback ride. If you prefer you can also rest on the shoreline and enjoy the sounds of nature around you or explore the surrounding rainforest and take some lovely photos. After an hour, you will be taken back to your hotel.

Tabacon Hot Springs

  • Arenal
  • From approx. $130 Per Person

Your choice of optional tours on Day 5:

Tabacon Hot Springs are considered a natural expression of Earth’s inherent energy. Geologically, Tabacon Resort’s thermal natural springs are 97% rain-based and 3% magma-based. Rainwater enters the earth through fissures on the surface and is then heated by magma found in the earth’s core. Once heated, the waters rise to surface, taking with them minerals found in the earth’s rocky stratus.

As the underground Tabacon River flows through the magma in the volcano, the springs absorb minerals. Hot…

Sky Tram & Trek Adventure From El Establo

  • Monteverde
  • From approx. $90 Per Person

Your choice of optional tours on Day 6:

Once you arrive to the main building, you will be taken on the amazing Sky Tram. Here, you will be fly among the trees inside a comfortable and spacious gondola while you watch local wildlife nearly at your fingertips. As you move among the forest, you will see how it starts to change as the height changes. Enjoy the fantastic views of the Cloud Forest, and on a clear day, you may be able to see the Arenal Volcano!

When you get to the end of the Sky Tram you will be faced with a choice: you can either go back down in the…

El Trapiche Cultural Tour

  • Monteverde
  • From approx. $33 Per Person

Your choice of optional tours on Day 6:

This tour will give you the opportunity to visit a Costa Rican family-run business. The main portion of the tour is a walk through a farm that will offer you beautiful views of sugar cane, coffee and banana plantations, among others.

You will also have a chance to see the entire coffee process through which coffee is put to get it ready to fill your morning cup. From drying through roasting, passing by the grinding and peeling of the beans, you will learn important information about how high-quality coffees are…

Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve

  • Monteverde
  • From approx. $85 Per Person

Your choice of optional tours on Day 6:

The Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve is the perfect destination for nature lovers wanting to learn more about the local biodiversity that has always attracted naturalists and biologists to the area. This 310-hectare natural reserve was created in 1992 for two purposes: protect the local cloud forest and the flora and fauna found here, and use tourism as the means to increase the small community’s development. This is why this reserve is managed by the local high school board of directors, using the earnings made from the…

Reviews

Anonymous

Excellent tour which was attributable to a very large part to our guide, Cesar Flores. Cesar was knowledgeable, intelligent, patient, willing to go beyond the expected and personable. Our driver, Gerardo, was also excellent given the bumpy roads we sometimes encountered. We saw a lot of wildlife and some amazing scenery. The accomodations were very good with the exception of that in the rain forest, where the room was cooled with one lonely and pretty ineffective fan. However we tour, not to spend time in our room but to see things and we saw wonderful things. I highly recommend this tour to those who love scenery and wildlife and don't mind if things do not live up to North American standards.

Anonymous

Wonderful tour. I rate our tour guide, Cesar Flores, exceptional. He was personable, knowledgeable, intelligent, hard working and kind. He often went out of his way to show us things that were often not on the regular itinerary. The tour itself was great. Lots of wildlife, great locations, lots of things to do and see. We visited in May so as advertised we had high heat, humidity and some rain but that was balanced by the smaller crowds of tourists. Some of the accomodations were on the rustic side, especially in Tortuguero but you do not take a tour like this to spend time in your hotel room. Costa Rica is a wonderful country and the Smartours trip made our visit a great experience

James

The Ecotour of Costa Rica was very good. There was hiking, jungle river rides, village visits, and learned a lot about tropical agribusiness. Our tour guide, Viktur L. (SwissTour), is a naturalist so he was wonderful at identifying all the strange flowers, trees, animals, birds, butterflies--and an easy-going guy able to handle any crisis or change.We absolutely loved all the fresh ripe fruit available at every meal. Most of the buffet stops were very similar menus with rice, beans, cooked veggies and fruit. We had enough on-your-own meals to balance out the buffets but those buffets were all exactly alike.Overall, the tour was a nice balance of activities. However, it was awkward and disorganized to not have the tour guide, Viktur L. (from Swiss Tour) allowed at the beginning & ending dinners. He was wonderful and it was sad he wasn't at the farewell meal at the Radisson Europa.

Anonymous

Our trip to Costa Rica was wonderful. Our tour guide Victor was amazing and Our bus driver was very competent. The places we stayed were great and the food was delicious. Thank you!
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