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    Sydney Australia - credit Jackie Appleton

Costa Rica

Costa Rica is a nature-lover’s paradise with beautiful national parks as well as wonderful beaches on both its Pacific and Caribbean coasts.

Summary

Costa Rica

Day 1: San Jose

Day 2: Poas Volcano National Park

Day 3: Tortuguero

Day 5: Arenal

Day 8: Monteverde

Day 10: Manuel Antonio

Day14: San Jose

Description

Description

Day 1: San Jose

San José is the capital city of Costa Rica and is located in the centre of the Central Valley surrounded by volcanic mountain ranges. Popular regions within the city include El Pueblo and San Pedro however San Jose’s unquestionable highlight is its National Theatre. This is Costa Rica’s national treasure and most impressive architectural showpiece. Built in 1890 with the profits from coffee, the intricate detail of Italian and Belgian architects and craftsmen is not to be missed.

Many other museums and attractions are also dotted around the city including the Gold Museum which houses the largest collection of Pre-Colombian gold jewellery in Central America. San Jose 2 nights

Day 2: Poás Volcano National Park

Early morning start to the northern mountains of the Central Valley and a full day tour of Poás Volcano National Park. Spend time at La Paz Waterfall Gardens. On the return to San José, visit a family owned coffee plantation.

Day 3: Tortuguero

Early this morning, you will head to the Caribbean region. You will cross the Continental Divide and drive through the breath-taking Braulio Carrillo National Park with wonderful views of its dense forests. Continue to the river port for a boat transfer through the jungle canal to Tortuguero. During the afternoon, your guide will take you to Tortuguero Village where you will have time to walk around, visit the museum for the Caribbean Conservation, the village and shopping. During your full day here, you will be able to take a boat tour through the National Parks Canals. Tortuguero 2 nights

Day 5: Arenal

Today you will set off after breakfast, to Guapiles where you will stop for lunch at a restaurant and you will be taken through picturesque scenery to San Carlos in the area of the Arenal volcano. Set within the rolling plains of San Carlos, this national park is dominated by the impressive cone of the Arenal Volcano, famous for its incredible eruptions, lava streams and incandescent rock explosions. A visit to this wonderful national park therefore usually provides an unforgettable natural firework display from a controlled and safe distance. The park is also blessed with a second volcano, Chato, which having laid dormant for 3,500 years has a 500 metre wide crater now filled with a beautiful lagoon. Arenal 3 nights 

Day 8: Monteverde

Located high in the Tilarán Mountain Range at an altitude of about 4300 feet above sea-level, Monteverde is one of Costa Rica’s most scenic spots and the source of one of Central America’s finest coffee. Founded by Quakers who emigrated from the United States and started the country’s most successful cheese factory, Monteverde is now best known for its biological reserve which is a paradise for researchers and nature lovers alike. The misty, magical private cloud forest preserve protects a treasure trove of rare flora and fauna, including the three-wattle bellbird and the legendary resplendent quetzal – one of the most beautiful birds in the world. This is the perfect place for anyone looking for close contact with nature as well as activities such as tree canopy trails and tree zip-lining. Monteverde 2 nights

Day 10: Manuel Antonio

Today you’ll be transferred to Manuel Antonio National Park. Although the main attractions of this park are its two beautiful white sand beaches – Espadilla Sur and Manuel Antonio, this national park also boasts an incredibly diverse coastal rainforest with a huge abundance of wildlife. This means that there is ample opportunity not just for relaxing on the beach and swimming in the ocean, but also for leisurely trails through the forest picking out the distinctive plant life and resident fauna which include 109 mammal species – such as the white faced capuchin, squirrels, monkeys, agouti and three-toed sloth – not to mention the 184 species of birds. Manuel Antonio 4 nights

Day 14: San Jose

Today you’ll be transferred back to San Jose where you’ll have a final overnight stay before you return home. San Jose 1 night

Photo courtesy of ICT

Photo courtesy of ICT

 

Photo courtesy of ICT

Photo courtesy of ICT

 

Photo courtesy of ICT

Photo courtesy of ICT

Little Gems

Little Gems

Set within the rolling plains of San Carlos, Arenal National Park is dominated by the impressive cone of the Arenal Volcano, famous for its incredible eruptions, lava streams and incandescent rock explosions. A visit to this wonderful national park therefore usually provides an unforgettable natural firework display from a controlled and safe distance. 

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