butrfly anim.gif (1084 bytes)   TORTUGUERO, PUERTO VIEJO, LIMON,
ARENAL VOLCANO, MONTEVERDE, SAMARA BEACH

Coast to Coast

Day 1:        ARRIVAL AT SAN JOSE, COSTA RICA

Welcome to beautiful Costa Rica!  You will be picked up by a friendly, bi-lingual driver who will be waiting for you with a sign with your name on it.  He will take you in a mini-van to your hotel for the night.  Lodging in San José.

Day 2:        TORTUGUERO CANALS

Early in the morning you will be picked up at your hotel.  During this amazing trip to the Tortuguero Canals at the Caribbean Coast, you will visit coffee, pineapple, plantain, and rice plantations where your guide will give you the highlights of these harvests.  You will also take a look inside the Banana Packing Plantation where you can appreciate a close-up view of the whole process of cutting, preparation, and packing of the bananas for exportation.  Driving through the impressive Braulio Carrillo National Park, you will be able to observe great variety of flora and fauna.  In the town of Guápiles, we will stop for breakfast after which we will continue our drive to the Caribbean Coast where our boat will be waiting for us to take us through the first Tortuguero Canals to our hotel.

After a refreshing welcome cocktail and check-in, we'll have a typical Caribbean lunch.  After some relaxing time, we'll head into the Tortuguero Canals to journey through primary and secondary canals in search of wildlife and peace of nature.  We'll also visit the local village and school and learn about the way of life of people living along the river banks.

After happy hour and dinner, there is a optional night tour:  turtle observation.  Here we will learn first-hand about the conservation of the sea turtles.  We'll walk along the beach by night in search of turtles coming ashore to lay their eggs.  Lodging in Tortuguero.

Day 3:        LODGING IN TORTUGUERO

Breakfast, lunch, and dinner will be served in the hotel.  You can enjoy a hike through the rain forest with a guide where you can spot a lot of monkeys and birds.  After beakfast, we'll head out for an early morning visit to the canals to observe the flora and fauna by daybreak.  Breathe in the fresh air as you prepare yourself for the morning hike in the National Reserve.

Day 4:        TORTUGUERO AND DRIVE TO PUERTO VIEJO

After breakfast, we'll head out for transportation back to the canals to observe the flora and fauna along the way until we reacch Caño Blanco.  You will board a mini-van that will take you to Guapiles.

After lunch in Guapiles, some of our representatives will take you down to the South Caribbean:  the beautiful beaches of Puerto Viejo, Cocles Beach, Uva and Manzanilla Beach.  Lodging at Puerto Viejo area.

Day 5:        PUERTO VIEJO DE LIMON

After breakfast, enjoy a tour in the area.  Optional tours include:  snorkeling, Cahuita National Park, dolphin tour, Indian reserve, waterfalls, Manzanillo wildlife refuge, ATV, botanical gardens, horsebackriding, sport fishing.  Lodging at Puerto Viejo area.

Day 6:        SHUTTLE BUS TO ARENAL

After breakfast, get ready to continue your journey to the Arenál Volcano.  This volcano is one of the most active in the world.  You can feel the ground tremble and see the night sky explode with ash and lava in a natural display of fireworks. 

Once you have arrived at your hotel, you can relax in the hot springs of the volcano, enjoying the soothing waters and be caressed by the cool night air while observing the stars and the incredible night sky above the volcano.  Lodging at Arenal Paraiso or similar hotel.

Day 7:        ENJOY ARENAL

After breakfast, enjoy a tour of the area.  Optional tours include:  volcano hike, horseback riding to the waterfall, canopy tour, ATV, mountain biking, river-rafting or floating, Caño Negro wildlife refuge, sport fishing, Venado Caverns, hot springs, Rio Celeste, Canyoning.  Lodging at Arenal Paraiso or similar hotel.

Day 8:        ENJOY MONTEVERDE

After breakfast, enjoy the Monteverde Cloud Forest or Santa Elena.  Both of them are a private, non-profit reserve administered by the Tropical Science Center.  There are six different ecological zones in this reserve.  It is extremely rich with birds, insects, butterflies and thousands of plants.  A must see, especially for nature lovers!  You can enjoy a night walk in the park as well where you can go by yourself.  Lodging at El Establo Hotel or similar.

Day 9:        SHUTTLE BUS TO SAMARA BEACH

After breakfast and check-out, it is time to travel to the coast... beach time!  Samara Beach has a superb coral reef and its own picturesque island in the back - Isla Chora.  This bay is popular with swimmers and windsurfers, and it's an ideal beach for kids.   Samara is not only a charming beach, but also offers a wide choice of restaurants, bars and is also a thriving fishing and farming community.  This is costa Rica's hidden tropical palm tree paradise beach on the Pacific!  Lodging at Samara Beach.

Day 10:     SAMARA BEACH

After breakfast, enjoy a tour of the area.  Option tours include:  surfing, sport fishing, snorkeling, dolphin tour, Barra Honda, Palo Verde national Park, Canopy, Kayak, turtle nesting tours, Nicoya-Guaitil village tour.  Lodging at Samara Beach.

Day 11:     SHUTTLE BACK TO SAN JOSE

After breakfast, the shuttle service will take you back to San José.

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For tour rates and other information, contact
Carol Calkins, Los Gringos Locos, S.A.
http://www.losgringoslocos.net

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