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A complete itinerary from coast to coast, exploring the most popular locations of Costa Rica. Explore the surrounding of San Jose, the adrenaline of Arenal, the biodiversity of Monteverde Cloud Forest and the northern Pacific beaches of Costa Rica.
This program is full of activities that can be enjoyed by all ages!

Day 1 - Arrival to Costa Rica

At the pre-arranged time personnel from Costa Rica Dream Travel Corporation will be at the airport to welcome your passengers, give them the trip documentation and transfer them to the hotel in San Jose.
After arrival at the hotel, express check in and leisure time to enjoy the facilities of the hotel.

Day includes: Private transportation, lodging and hotel taxes.
Overnight: Hotel Country Inn & Suites, standard room - www.countryinns.com
Transfer duration: 20 minutes approximately.

Day 2 - The magic of Tortuguero

After an early morning pick up at the hotel, enjoy an scenic morning drive through Braulio Carrillo Park. On the way to Tortuguero, you will enjoy a delicious typical breakfast.
After breakfast, continue the way to Tortuguero through banana plantations. Then, cruise through rivers and canals to the 47,000 acre Tortuguero National Park. Tortuguero is home to more than 300 species of birds. Look for toucans, parrots, kingfishers and the rare green macaw. Enjoy lunch. Afternoon at leisure at the hotel. Enjoy a two night stay at your lodge. Dinner will be served at the lodge.

Day includes: Breakfast, lunch, dinner, regular transportation, English Speaking tour guide, lodging and hotel taxes.
Overnight: Hotel Laguna Lodge, standard room - www.lagunatortuguero.com
Transfer duration: 5 1/2 hours approximately.

Day 3 - The colors of the Caribbean

According to the schedule of the hotel, cruise with naturalist guides along rivers lined by raffia palm, habitat of howler and white-faced monkeys, green iguanas and tropical birds. Look for white and snowy egrets and the amazing nests of the montezuma oropendola. Free time to enjoy the swimming pool and tropical flower gardens at your lodge. Listen to the joyful sounds of the jungle.

Day includes: Breakfast, lunch, dinner, boat tour at Tortuguero National Park English Speaking tour guide, lodging and hotel taxes.
Overnight: Hotel Laguna Lodge - www.lagunatortuguero.com
Note: Entrance fee to Tortuguero National Park is not included
($ 17.- USD per person).

Day 4 - The impressive red landmark

Morning cruise on Tortuguero River. On the way to La Fortuna, enjoy a typical buffet lunch.
Next, through scenic countryside to the Caribbean Coast. After check in, leisure time to enjoy the area.

Day includes: Breakfast, lunch, shared ground and boat transportation to Guapiles, shuttle transportation from Guapiles to La Fortuna, lodging and hotel taxes.
Overnight: Hotel Magic Mountain, standard room - www.hotelmagicmountain.com
Transfer duration: 6 hours approximately.

Day 5 - The secrets of La Fortuna

During the morning, leisure time to enjoy the area or to enjoy an optional activitiy.
At the afternoon you will enjoy a hike to the Arenal Volcano. At the northern region’s most impressive landmark is the classic conical Arenal Volcano towering over the eastern shore of Lake Arenal. Costa Rica’s most active volcano rumbles regularly and bursts occasionally hurling rocks high into the air. This tour will take us to the Baldi hot spring waters, which are nestled into a lush valley on the northern side of the Volcano. The resort features a series of natural pools filled with thermal waters, beautiful landscaped grounds and a close-up view of the volcano. The volcano heats the River that flows through elaborate grounds complete with colorful gardens.
After dinner at the resort, you will return to your hotel.

Day includes: Breakfast, Volcano hike and Baldí hot Spring (transportation, entrance fee, guide and dinner), lodging and hotel taxes.
Overnight: Hotel Magic Mountain - www.hotelmagicmountain.com
Transfer duration: 7 hours approximately.

Day 6 - To Monteverde

After breakfast enjoy an amazing view of Arenal Lake and Volcano by the Arenal Lake Crossing. This service is an scenic, fast and the newest way to go from La Fortuna to the Monteverde area.
At the dam of Arenal Lake, you will get aboard into a very comfortable and safe pontoon boat for a 30 to 40 minutes (aprox.) ride to Río Chiquito, a little town at the other side of the lake.
Once at Río Chiquito, we’ll leave the boat and make a short break. Afterwards, a microbus ride to get to the hotel in the Monteverde area.
After check in at the hotel, leisure time to enjoy the area or the facilities of the hotel.

Day includes: Breakfast, Lake Crossing, lodging and hotel taxes.
Overnight: Hotel Poco a Poco, standard room - www.hotelpocoapoco.com
Transfer duration: 4 hours approximately.

Day 7 - The beauty of the heights

After breakfast at the hotel, you will be ready to discover the secrets of the cloud forest at the hanging bridges.
Enjoy a trek on the famed hanging bridges at Monteverde, a combination of suspension bridges and platforms built in the cloud forest tree tops. By having the opportunity to be next to these host trees you can experience, up-close, the amazing biodiversity and understand how the Cloud Forest truly is co-dependent on its environment. In addition to the pleasure of walking through the forest the hanging bridges give you a special insight into how the forest functions.
Depending on the duration of the tour, you will return to the hotel. During the rest of the day, leisure time to enjoy the area, take an additional tour or to walk at Monteverde or Santa Elena towns.

Day includes: Breakfast, visit to the Hanging Bridges (transportation, tour guide and entrance fee), lodging and hotel taxes.
Overnight: Hotel Poco a Poco - www.hotelpocoapoco.com
Transfer duration: 4 hours approximately.

Day 8 - Welcome to the Pacific!

During the morning, your transportation will be ready to transfer you to the North Pacific Coast. Drive through the only tropical dry forest in Costa Rica. Then, to Costa Rica’s beautiful North Pacific Coast.

Day includes: Breakfast, shuttle transportation, lodging in all inclusive system and hotel taxes.
Overnight: Hotel Casa Conde Beachfront, standard room - www.casacondebeach.com
Transfer duration: 5 hours approximately.

Day 9 - Enjoy the Pacific!

During the day, enjoy a carefree leisurely time. Beach comb at the pool area or swim the beaches of your resort.

Day includes: Lodging in all inclusive system and hotel taxes.
Overnight: Hotel Casa Conde Beachfront - www.casacondebeach.com

Day 10 - Goodbye Costa Rica

At the pre-arranged time, and according to the international flight schedule, you will be transferred from the hotel to the International Airport in Liberia to take the international flight back.

Day includes: Breakfast and private transportation
Transfer Duration: 30 minutes approximately

Pick up time flight schedule according to the international flight schedule.

International Airport Authorities and Airlines recommend all passengers arrive at the airport 3 hours before scheduled flight departure. Note: Airport Exit Taxes not included ($29 per person).

Program includes

- Private transfer from the airport in San Jose to the hotel in San Jose
- 1 night in San Jose at Hotel Country Inn & Suites (B&B)
- Shared ground and boat transportation to Tortuguero (by the lodge)
- 2 nights in Tortuguero at Laguna Lodge full pension (B,L,D)
- Afternoon boat tour in Tortuguero National Park
- Shared ground and boat transportation from Tortuguero to Guapiles (by the lodge)
- Shuttle bus transportation from Guapiles to Arenal
- 2 nights in Arenal at the hotel Magic Mountain hotel (B&B)
- Visit to Arenal Volcano National Park and Baldi Hot Springs (dinner included)
- Lake crossing from Arenal to Monteverde
- 2 nights lodging in Monteverde, at the hotel Poco a Poco (B&B)
- Visit to the Hanging Bridges
- Shuttle bus transportation from Monteverde to the North Pacific Coast
- 2 nights in Guanacaste at Casa Conde Beachfront (all inclusive)
- Private transfer from the hotel at beach to the airport in Liberia
- 9 breakfasts, 5 lunches and 5 dinners
- Lodging and sales taxes
- Welcome airport greeting
- 24/7 in country travel assistance

Program does NOT include

- Entrance fee to Tortuguero National Park ($ 17.- USD per person)
- Additional activities not mentioned in the program
- Meals not mentioned in the program
- Beverages during meals. Sodas or alcohol except during stay in all inclusive
- Airport taxes
- Personal expenses
- Gratuities for tour guides and drivers

Notes

- Prices valid for a minimum of 2 adult passengers.
- Prices valid for the mentioned seasons.
- All rooms in standard room category unless mentioned above.
- Rooms features either one king size bed or two queen size beds. Triple and quadruple rooms are usually two beds.
- Children policy: maximum 2 children under 10 years old, sharing room with 2 adults
- Tips for the tour guide and drivers are not included.
- Transportation from the hotel at the beach to the international airport in San Jose would have a supplement of $110.- USD per person. Please note the duration of this transfer is approximately 5 hours.
- Reservations and confirmations would depend on hotel and services availability at the moment of the confirmation request.

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