River and Rainforest Adventure

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Considered one of the most bio-diverse regions in the world, Costa Rica is divided in 20 natural parks, 8 biological reserves, and a series of protected areas that captivate ecotourism lovers. The variety of activities includes boat trips, hiking mountainous paths in the cloud forests, and guided bird-watching tours. Enjoy all this on this tour!!!

Overview

Overview

Day 1Arrival in San Jose
Day 2Poas Volcano – Doka Coffee Estate – la Paz Tour
Day 3San Jose to Caribbean Coast
Day 4Selva Bananito
Day 5Selva Bananito to Turrialba
Day 6Mountain Biking adventure
Day 7Turrialba to Tortuguero
Day 8Tortuguero National Park
Day 9Tortuguero to San Jose
Day 10Departure from San Jose

Itinerary

Itinerary

Day 1 – Arrival in San Jose

Arrival. A representative from our local partner agancy will meet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel in downtown San Jose

Day 2 – Shared Poas Volcano – Doka Coffee Estate – la Paz Tour (B-L)

Combo tour is an intense fun filled set of excursions where you will embark on three distinct adventures. To get to the different areas we will traverse the city of Alajuela, passing the Agriculture Monument, as well as the Monument to Juan Santamaria named after a folk hero and the famous Mango Park a favorite among visitors alike.As we ascend the terrain and near the Poás Volcano we will notice a change in temperature and vegetation; we will see coffee plantations as well as fern, flower and strawberry farms along the way, creating a beautiful array of colors and textures.On the way to the volcano we will visit the Doka Coffee Estate for a delicious breakfast. Then we will be treated to a coffee tour in an actual coffee plantation where we will learn the ancient techniques used by the experts to produce some of the best coffee in Costa Rica and around the world. The careful process involved in the cultivation, harvesting and roasting of the Golden Bean will then be illustrated, very hands-on, and then we will savor the delectable end product.After the coffee tour we will continue to the Poás Volcano where we will not only admire the impressive main crater with its sulfur fumaroles, but also learn about the different ecosystems in this unique and protected national park.Following the visit to the volcano we will continue to the La Paz Water Fall Garden for a scrumptious lunch and tour. As we arrive at La Paz, we will walk through a trail, leading to a spectacular waterfall in the middle of the rainforest. Inside the park we will also visit the hummingbird gallery, the serpentarium, the bird house, the butterfly garden and the frog’s exhibit; to be enjoyed by those of all ages.
After a terrific lunch (included in the package) return to San Jose.

Day 3 – San Jose to Caribbean coast (B-D)

Departure from San José on a shuttle transfer to Selva Bananito Ecolodge. You will travel 30 minutes through Braulio Carrillo National Park along the main road that connects the capital city with the Caribbean Coast. This lodge is to be found at the upper Bananito River watershed in the beautiful province of Limon. It will take about 3 1/2 hours driving time from the capital city San Jose to reach our pick up point “Salon Delia” in the town of Bananito. Here, a lodge’s representative will provide a 4×4 transfer to the heart of the forest.Bananito means little banana and is the name of the river that is born in the Private Reserve Selva Bananito. Selva stands for jungle. Hence the name of our Ecolodge in Costa Rica signifies “Jungle Little Banana”. Dinner at lodge. Overnight at Selva Bananito Eco Lodge, full board included.

Day 4 – Selva Bananito (B-L-D)

Day at leisure. At Selva Bananito you can choose from a number of exciting adventure activities (not included) such as hiking through the exuberant tropical rain forest of the preserve. You will find trees, over 200 feet tall, that you can climb using our special tree climbing gear and canopy exploration technique. From our canopy platform you will be overwhelmed by the wild and rich diversity in-, and absolute serene beauty of- our primary rain forest. Other option for adrenaline seekers is the Waterfall Rappel! Overnight at Selva Bananito Eco Lodge

Day 5 – Selva Bananito – Turrialba (B)

Return to Salon Delia by 4×4. You will be privately transferred to the area of Turrialba.Conveniently located between San Jose and the Caribbean Coast, this lively region is distinguished for its green rolling hills and fertile volcanic farmland. At Turrialba visitors can enjoy an array of natural attractions and exciting tours: hiking up to Turrialba volcano’s crater, visiting the ancient ruins of Guayabo, an adrenaline rafting ride through the turbulent and scenic Pacuare River and much more! Overnight at Villa Florencia

Day 6 – Shared CATIE Mountain Biking Adventure (B)

This tour will take bikers through the tropical plantations and botanical gardens of CATIE. The topography of the trails is not difficult. All level bike riders and children older than eight years old can enjoy this trip.

During the bike ride, a guide will explain the great diversity of the forest and fruit plantations such as: coffee, cacao, sugar cane, citrus, plantains, bananas, macadamia, pineapple, mangostan, mango, avocados and many other exotic species from tropical countries. Bike riders will see the fruits in the plantations when it is the specific time of the year for the fruit.Thanks to the diversity in flowers and fruits, the plantation is also an ideal site for the observation of birds, mammals and some reptiles.Bike riders will finish the tour with a visit to the Tropical Botanical Garden, which has a collection of some of the most important tropical plants in the world. In the garden, visitors have the opportunity to enjoy the colors, smells, textures and forms of the plants and their products. Riders will be provided with top-quality mountain bikes in excellent condition and safety helmets which you will be required to wear. Overnight at Villa Florencia.

Day 7 – Turrialba to Tortuguero (B-L-D)

Early departure to the town of Guapiles where you will enjoy breakfast and will meet the representative of Mawamba Lodge. After breakfast, you will continue by bus & boat to Tortuguero. Arrive at the lodge for lunch. The lodge will then schedule a tour to the village in the afternoon. This tour will provide detailed information on its history, culture and work in favor of conservation of the sea turtles and the flora and fauna in general. A visit to the Sea Museum of the “Caribbean Conservation Corporation” is also included, but the donation of USD 2 per person has to be paid directly to the CCC. Overnight at Mawamba Lodge.

Day 8 – Tortuguero National Park (B-L-D)

After breakfast guests will enjoy a guided visit through the Mawamba Park, which includes a butterfly farm, a frog garden, an iguana park and the hotel’s bio-digestor, all located in the lodge’s grounds.

Afterwards continue on the El Manakin trails along the beach on the hotel`s property. It is amazing how so nearby your room you can find different kinds of monkeys, sloths, iguanas, poison arrow frogs and many birds and insects including the blue butterfly (Morpho peleides).Return to the lodge for lunch. In the afternoon a boat tour through the canals within the National Park of Tortuguero is scheduled. During this excursion you discover a large variety of birds and receive detailed information on the flora and fauna of the area. Entrance fee to National Park included. Overnight at Mawamba Lodge.

Day 9 – Tortuguero – San Jose (B, L)

After breakfast, return by boat to the dock near Limon, then overland to San Jose through Braulio Carrillo again. A typical lunch is served on the way. Overnight at Country Inn & Suites by Carlson San Jose.

Day 10 – Departure (B)

Departure. Private transfer will be provided to the International airport.

Inclusions

Inclusions

  • Meet & Greet at the airport
  • Arrival & departure transfers
  • 7 nights hotel accommodation in standard rooms
  • Meals as mentioned in Itinerary (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
  • Shared Poas Volcano – Doka Coffee – La Paz Tour
  • Shared Mountain bike tour at CATIE
  • Shared hike at Mawamba Park
  • Shared boat tour in Tortuguero
  • Entrance fees to the Tortuguero National Park
  • Shared transfers on day 2 & 9
  • Return 4×4 transfers from bananito (salon Delia) to Lodge
  • Private transfer from Bananito to Turrialba
  • Private transfer Turrialba – Guapiles
  • All taxes and service charges

Not included

  • International flights
  • Country departure tax
  • Items of personal nature
  • Drink alcoholic and non-alcoholic
  • Tips to drivers, guides and porters

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