You will arrive to San Jose Airport and take your transport to Hotel Santo Thomas, here you have booked a double room with breakfast included. The drive from San Jose Airport to the hotel is around 1 hour but depending on traffic it may take longer. Hotel Santo Tomas is located in San Jose downtown which provides you the option to explore San Jose City and is very close to good variety of restaurants.
Departure time from San Jose is at 6:30am, please be ready on time. Laguna Lodge transport will pick you up at Hotel Santo Thomas and take you to the paradise Tortuguero. The road to the Caribbean side is beautiful, surrounded by rainforest and along the way you will have the chance to see banana plantations, one of the main products for exportation in Costa Rica. You will have breakfast along the way at Selva Tropical Restaurant located in Guapiles, about 2 hours from San Jose. The trip continues to the port where you will then be taken on a boat to Laguna Lodge, arriving around 12:30pm-1:00pm. Here a delicious non-alcoholic cocktail and lunch will be waiting for you. The first tour in Tortuguero starts in the afternoon, you will get a chance to visit Tortuguero main town where you will learn about the history of Tortuguero.
You have the opportunity to add a Nature Awakening Tour at 5:30am for an extra cost (the tour is purchased the day before directly at the hotel). This tour is perfect to see the animals at dawn getting ready for the day and taking the first sunlight.
Breakfast is served from 7:00am until 9:00am. At 8:30am there is a boat tour on Tortuguero National Park canals included, this is perfect for spotting wildlife such as monkeys, birds and reptiles like alligators and iguanas. Entrance fee to the National Park is not included so please bring $15 usd cash per person.
After the canal tour you will enjoy lunch and have a free afternoon at the Lodge where you can enjoy the pools, bars, botanical gardens and trails.
Dinner is served from 7:00pm until 9:00pm.
This is your last day in Tortuguero before you head to Arenal Volcano area. You can enjoy breakfast between 7:00am and 8:30am. After breakfast, around 8:45am, your boat will be waiting for you to head back. Lunch is included along the way at La Selva Tropical; here your private transport will pick you up to go to Arenal Volcano at 1:30pm. Transport from Guapiles to La Fortuna is about 3.5 hours and includes a stop along the way to use the bathroom, rest or buy a snack. You will arrive at Arenal Oasis Eco Lodge where you have booked a bungalow double room for the next 3 nights with breakfast included. Arenal Oasis is a 5 minute taxi ride from La Fortuna town so you have easy access to restaurants and main bars if you want to explore La Fortuna at night.
You will enjoy of the main highlights of Arenal. Seek the Arenal Hanging Bridges, the blue water of La Fortuna Waterfall, a walk on old lava flow and end your day by relaxing on the hot springs. Get up and enjoy of your breakfast at Arenal Oasis as the transport will come pick you up at 7:35am. First you will have a 2.5 hour guided hike on Arenal Hanging Bridges. Our guides are ready to point wildlife along the way and teach you about different plants and history of the area. You will then be driven to La Fortuna Waterfall; here you can take beautiful pictures and swim next to the great Waterfall. The next visit will be to our restaurant, Hunters & Gatherers, where you will have a delicious homemade typical food. Around 1:30pm we will take you to Sendero 1968 where your guide will explain about the history of the volcano as you can walk on old lava flow from the last eruption. You will end the day with time to soak on the hot springs followed by dinner. You can coordinate transport back to the hotel with your guide, usually around 9:00pm.
Your pick up will be early at 7:20am and drive for about 1.5 hours to beautiful Caño Negro. Your guide will take this time to explain a little about the history and wildlife you will be seeing later in the day. Once you arrive at Caño Negro you will have a quick snack before heading on to the boat ride for about 2-2.5 hours. This will be a similar boat tour to the one you previously did at Tortuguero. Here you will have the chance to see new birds, mammals and reptiles you might not have seen in your previous boat ride. At the ends of the tour enjoy a delicious lunch before heading back to La Fortuna area.
This is your last day in La Fortuna, enjoy of an early breakfast and get ready to depart to San Jose. Shared shuttle is included either at 8am or 1pm, travel time is about 4 hour plus a quick stop along the way is incorporated to use the bathroom, stretch or buy a small snack. You may add an extra tour for the morning if you wish to depart in the afternoon, or just enjoy sleeping in and be ready for your departure at 1:00pm.
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What to Bring:
T-shirts, shorts, sweater or light jacket, Keen or Teva type sandals, light hiking boots or tennis shoes, rain jacket, sun screen, insect repellent, any personal medication, swimming suit, traveler’s insurance, full passport (a driving license is not sufficient), and a credit card (VISA and MasterCard are best, other cards are more difficult to use).
- Transportation to and from San Jose
- 1 night at Hotel Santo Thomas
- 2 nights/3Days at Laguna Lodge in Tortuguero (all meals included here)
- Guided tour to Tortuguero Town
- Boat Tour along Tortuguero’s Canals
- Transport to La Fortuna/Arenal Area.
- 3 nights in Arenal Oasis Eco Lodge (breakfast included)
- Arenal Highlights (dinner and lunch included)
- Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge Boat Tour (lunch included)
Does not include:
- Alcoholic beverages
- Soft drinks
- Tortuguero National park entrance fee ( $15.00 )
- Any aditional meals