Costa Rica Adventure

Join us on a 9 Day Costa Rica Adventure to explore the rich biodiversity, wildlife, volcanos, rivers, beaches, and incredible culture!

Destinations: San Jose – Tortuguero National Park – Fortuna – Isla Chiquita Puntarenas – San Jose

Duration: 9 Days / 8 Nights

Level of Fitness Required: Moderate (2-3 hours of activity per day)

Tours Available Year Round – Need a minimum of 6 people per booking

Price: Starting at $2,775 plus 5% GST per person (double occupancy)

Next Small Group Tour: *Winter 2019 TBA (maximum participants is 12 people)

Tour Deposit: To secure your booking a deposit of $500 is required.

 

Tour Overview:Costa Rica Adventure

Get ready to immerse yourself in Costa Rica’s “pure vida” lifestyle – meaning pure life! For such a small country Costa Rica is home to 5 % of the world’s biodiversity, 4 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and 27 National Parks – making it an incredible destination to visit for nature and adventure lovers. The landscapes are astonishing and varied: volcanoes, rainforests, waterfalls, rivers, and shores lapped by two different oceans. This 9 Day Costa Rica Adventure is the perfect program for those wanting a taste of the breadth this country can offer.

Experience a perfect adventure that combines natural & cultural wonders such as volcanoes, hot springs, tranquil beaches with gorgeous animal life such as toucans, sloths, and monkeys, visits to colourful Costa Rican villages, along with thrilling adventure experiences like kayaking and tubing down different rivers, and a beachfront glamping experience. This tour is full of adventure but also gives you time at the end of the trip to set up camp in a hammock and get some much needed rest and relaxation on the tranquil island of Isla Chiquita.

Our Corporate Social Responsibility:

As part of Travel Roots values we always look into opportunities that you can give back to the local communities and environment in the places that you visit. We are happy to include a visit to a local High School in La Fortuna where you can participate in their reforestation project and plant a tree to leave your important contribution to nature.

Your experience will be full of unforgettable adventure, creating memories that will last a lifetime.

  • Boating through Tortuguero National Park
  • Take a dip in the relaxing thermal waters of Arenal
  • Rafting & tubing adventure on the scenic Balsa River
  • Get a chance to meet some local sloths in Arenal
  • Visit the colorful northern Costa Rican villages
  • Relax in the beautiful beaches of  Isla Chiquita Puntarenas
  • Embark on an evening kayak adventure to witness the mesmerizing natural phenomenon of the bioluminescence plankton
  • Glamping (luxury camping) in the tranquil setting of Isla Chiquita

Day 1 | Arrival to San José - Welcome Dinner

Upon arrival to the beautiful country of Costa Rica, transfer from the Juan Santamaría Airport to San José downtown. Our representative will warmly welcome you and assist you.

Transfer to the hotel, then relax at the hotel and explore a little walking the Central Avenue and thus feel more closely the Costa Rican culture.

Accommodation: Balmoral Hotel or similar

Meals: Welcome Dinner included.

Transfer: 15 min ( 2 miles )

Day 2 | San José - Tortuguero National Park

Enjoy an early breakfast at the hotel. At approximately 07:30 hrs, it’s time to be picked up to start your adventure at Tortuguero National Park. On the way, we drive through Braulio Carrillo National Park, where we experience the first glimpses of lush rainforest and banana plantations. From this point on, continue by boat through the marvelous canals of Tortuguero, arriving at the hotel in time for lunch. After a tasty meal, we tour the Tortuguero Village, a colorful and unique place to understand better the Caribbean lifestyle. During the summer months of July and August, we offer an optional special night excursion to visit the beaches to witness sea turtles nesting (excursion not included).

Accommodation: Evergreen Lodge or similar

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner included

Transfer: 4 hrs (70 miles) by road and 1.5 hrs by boat

Activity: Tortuguero Village experience – 1.30 hrs

Day 3 | Tortuguero National Park

Start the day with breakfast at the hotel to prepare for a full day of exploration within Tortuguero National Park by boat. We explore the flooded forests of Tortuguero, a conservation area established to protect the largest nesting grounds of green sea turtles in the Caribbean, and also the surrounding lowland rainforest — home to jaguars, manatees and the endangered great green macaw. Glide along the black waters surrounded by towering trees and lush vegetation, and try to spot the iconic keel-billed toucan, colorful parrots and the basilisk lizard, nicknamed the ‘Jesus Christ lizard’ because of its ability to run across water. As we explore the park's canals, look for all six species of New World kingfishers, as many as eight species of parrots, toucans, golden orioles and more. For plant enthusiasts, try to spot the raffia palm, a species with some of the largest leaves of any plant found in the world. Capuchin and spider monkeys may also be seen crossing the river in daring leaps.

Accommodation: Evergreen Lodge or similar

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner included

Activity:Boat exploration of Tortuguero National Park

Day 4 | Tortuguero National Park - Arenal

After breakfast at the hotel, board a boat to La Pavona at 08:30 hrs, where a bus awaits to continue your adventure to the fascinating region of Arenal, in the north-central part of the country. On route, make a stop for a typical casado lunch at a local restaurant, typically including rice, beans, a protein, plus salad. Continue on to your hotel near the town of La Fortuna and the breathtaking Arenal Volcano. For the remainder of the evening, enjoy some leisure time to relax in the hotel’s thermal pools, sourced from the underground geothermal waters of the volcano, rich in minerals, providing a truly refreshing experience.

Accommodation: Montaña de Fuego or similar

Meals: Breakfast, lunch included

Transfer: 3.5 hrs (120 miles)

Activity: Thermal Pools

Day 5 | Arenal -Rafting & Tubing –Sloth Tour

Prepared for an exciting time. Get wet and wild as you raft through rapids such as “Magnetic Rock” and “Dredges!” In the second section of the river, we will change directions and continue our trip on Tubes!  White water tubing gives you an adrenaline-packed experience with the freedom to tube wherever the river takes you! The trip route passes through thrilling Class I-II rapids on the Balsa River. Splash over ledges, bounce through drops, and ride some wild wave trains down the rapids in our specially designed tubes. At the end we head to the restaurant Vida Campesina, where enjoy a delicious lunch. At afternoon we go enjoy the unique adventure experience, search the sloth.

On your way back to the Hotel you will have a chance to support a local Reforestation Project in the community of La Fortuna. You will visit La Fortuna High School where this environmentally friendly experience begins; here a Forestal Engineer will explain you the purpose of the reforestation project continuing towards an agro forestry farm, in this property there is a Special Teaching School where children are taught about botanical gardening. You will enjoy a butterfly garden, nursery garden and finally, plant a tree to leave your important contribution to nature. 

Accommodation: Montaña de Fuego or similar

Meals: Breakfast, lunch included

Transfer: 45 mins

Activity: Rafting & Tubing –   Search the Sloth - Volunteer Activity

Day 6 | Arenal -Isla Chiquita Lodge Puntarenas

After breakfastwe go to Puntarenas, to Isla Chiquita, Island Glamping Fun, take the Ferry to sail in the Nicoya Peninsula, until Paquera to continue in dinghy to Isla Chiquita.  After we arrive to our destination, in the afternoon, enjoy the beach where you can sit back relax and enjoy the landscape. Isla Chiquita is truly a hidden place to enjoy a special connection to the ocean and landthrough adventure, delicious cuisine, and the simplicity of down-to-earth happiness.

Accommodation: Isla Chiquita Lodge

Meals: Breakfast included

Transfer: 4.5 hrs (120 miles)

Activity: Enjoy the Beach

Day 7| Isla Chiquita Lodge

Enjoy this day the waters surrounding Isla Chiquita that offer a fantastic setting for a fun kayaking adventure. Perfect to connect with the ocean; gaze at birds in flight, marvel at crustaceans, and other marine life. Relax with the incomparable serenity of gliding through the water.

Accommodation:Isla Chiquita Lodge

Meals: Breakfast included

Activity: Kayak

Day 8 | Isla Chiquita Lodge

Last day to enjoy this dream place, enjoy the beach and stand up paddling experience or just take a sunbath and enjoy the ocean. At night enjoy Bioluminescence Adventure; our planet offers privileged locations that feature a mesmerizing natural phenomenon when the ocean lights up during very dark nights. Produced by high concentrations of light-emitting plankton, bioluminescence imbues the waters with a starry night effect. This one-of-a-kind evening kayaking adventure will seek this spectacle in the waters surrounding Isla Chiquita.

Accommodation: Isla Chiquita Lodge

Meals: Breakfast included

Activity: Stand up paddling - Beach - Bioluminescence Adventure

Day 9| Departure Juan Santamaria International Airport

After breakfast, you will be transferred to Juan Santamaria International Airport in San Jose to continue your travels or to catch your return flight home. It is recommended to book flights departing after 13:00 hrs (in order to avoid leaving very early from the hotel in Puntarenas).

Meals: Breakfast

Transfer: 3.5 hrs (130 miles)

Included in the Price:

  • Meals included (08 breakfasts, 04 lunches, 03 dinners)

  • Refreshments and snacks with water while on the road

  • 8 nights accommodation in standard double room in all hotels

  • Shared excursions mentioned in the itinerary as included with local guides

  • Private transportation in air-conditioned vehicle during the whole trip  

  • Private Profesional English-speaking guide during the whole trip

  • Entrance fees to all sites mentioned in the program

  • 24-hour service hotline

  • Tourist taxes and port fees

 

Excluded from the Price:

  • International flight to San Jose, Costa Rica
  • Travel Insurance (mandatory)
  • Tips and gratuities

  • Personal expenses and personal gear

  • Additional activities not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Alcoholic beverages

 

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