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9-Day Costa Rica Wildlife Expedition Tour from San Jose

From US$2,748.00
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  • 9-day tour of Costa Rica with Monteverde, Arenal, and more
  • Safe and thorough way to explore Costa Rica’s top natural attractions
  • All activities like hikes, ziplines, and boat tours included
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9-Day Costa Rica Wildlife Expedition Tour from San Jose
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9-Day Costa Rica Wildlife Expedition Tour from San Jose
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Overview
A multi-day tour of Costa Rica means getting in all of the country’s must-see attractions without doing any of the planning. A guide provides tons of insight as you travel among destinations including Monteverde, Arenal, Tortuguero, and more—trips made easy with included transportation, meals, and lodging. Because it includes lots of outdoor attractions, this tour is especially great for nature-lovers.
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Letter Codes:
(B) Breakfast, (L) Lunch, (D) Dinner
(NG) Naturalist Guide; (TG) Transfer Guide; (LG) Local Guide
DAY 1: Arrival San José, Costa Rica (No meals) (TG)
Arrive at Juan Santamaria International Airport. After passing through Immigration you will see a representative who will greet you and give you a sticker to facilitate clearing customs. Also, when you are exiting the building, you’ll see a guide, who will take you to your hotel.
Overnight at: Hotel El Presidente
DAY 2: San José / Nectandra Gardens / Monteverde (B,L,D) (NG)
After a welcome orientation breakfast with your guide, drive 1 ½ hours to Nectandra Cloud Forest Garden.
At the center of Nectandra is the 2 hectare (5 acre) Nectandra Cloud Forest Botanical Garden. A morning hike by the gardens is the ideal introduction to the flora and fauna of Costa Rica.
After Lunch at the Gardens 3 – 3 ½ hour drive to the Monteverde area.
Overnight at: Monteverde Lodge & Gardens Forest View Downstairs Room
DAY 3: Monteverde (B,L,D) (NG)
After breakfast, guided excursion to the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve.
Afternoon Caburé Chocolate Tour
Overnight at: Monteverde Lodge & Gardens Forest View Downstairs Room
DAY 4: Monteverde / Arenal (B,L,D) (NG)
Morning departure on a land and boat transfer to Arenal. Enjoy the rainforest with your naturalist guide and explore the surrounding looking for wildlife.
Overnight at: Arenal Manoa. Junior Suite
DAY 5: Arenal (B,L,D) (NG)
Guided walk to the Arenal Hanging Bridges
After lunch, Sky Trek Adventure in Arenal Theme Park
Late Afternoon visit Hidalgo Family Hot Springs
Overnight at: Arenal Manoa. Junior Suite
DAY 6: Arenal / Tortuguero (B,L,D) (NG)
After an early morning breakfast, drive 5 hours to the Caño Blanco dock, where you will meet the boat for the 1 ½ -hour boat ride to Tortuguero.
Overnight at: Tortuga Lodge and Gardens. Downstairs River View Room
DAY 7: Tortuguero (B,L,D) (NG)
In the morning explore the creeks of the Tortuguero National park with your guide. Originally intended to protect a major nesting beach of the Atlantic Green sea turtle.
Visit the Sea Turtle Conservancy Visitor Center
DAY 8: Tortuguero / San Jose (B,L,D) (NG)
Morning departure from Tortuga Lodge, cross the Tortuguero River by boat and board your 30 minute light charter flight from Tortuguero to San José. Upon arrival transportation is provided to a Coffee Plantation.
Doka Estate Coffee Tour – From the seed to the cup
DAY 9: Departure (TG)
Transfer to the International Airport at least three hours prior to the departure time for your flight out of the country.
Reviews (21)
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Reviewed 1 week ago
Costa Rica Expeditions and Priscilla Jimenez are terrific!

This is without question the best tour company to use if you want to tour in Costa Rica. We have used them twice; once for the eastern and once for the western parts of the country. Costa Rica Expeditions (and especially Priscilla Jimenez) are wonderful....More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Cost-Effective
Natalie E, Guest Relations Manager at Costa Rica Expeditions, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Dear Cost-Effective, Thank you so much for taking the time to share your feedback here on Trip Advisor and for mentioning how much you enjoyed working with your Travel Planner, Priscilla. For readers that are curious about our Travel Planners, they are all Costa Rican,...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
You're in safe hands here

From start to finish, working with Costa Rica Expeditions was simple, efficient and very pleasant. Our holiday planner was Yorleny. She was very patient when we chopped/changed our plans several times before finally confirming. When we arrived, everything was like clockwork. Always prompt at transfers,...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank g_cook29
Jenn D, Guest Satisfaction Specialist at Costa Rica Expeditions, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Dear g_cook29, Thank you for taking the time to write and share your review on TripAdvisor. Yorleny will be thrilled to read your comments. Given what we charge, we hold ourselves to a very high standard and do more than the great majority of companies...More

Reviewed 19 November 2018
Exceeded Expectations !

From the first phone call with Senior Travel Planner, Priscilla Jimenez, to the last Adios at the Monteverde Lodge, Costa Rica Expedition provided us with a well organized & wonderful itinerary. Priscilla listened to what we were hoping to see & do & then tailored...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Travel627157
Jenn D, Guest Satisfaction Specialist at Costa Rica Expeditions, responded to this reviewResponded 21 November 2018

Dear Travel62715, Heartfelt thanks for taking the time to write such a detailed review of your experience with us. One of the reasons that people choose to work with CRE is that our itineraries are customized for each person, couple, family, groups of friends, you...More

Reviewed 25 August 2018
Lots of Wildlife!

My family visited Costa Rica earlier this month. We had an awesome time! We saw lots of wildlife and really enjoyed seeing and hearing the Howler Monkeys. It's pretty cool to hear them howling, especially in the mornings when waking up. The scenery was fantastic,...More

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank Paul G
Jenn D, Guest Satisfaction Specialist at Costa Rica Expeditions, responded to this reviewResponded 25 August 2018

Dear Paul G, Thank You for your recommendation and the time you took to write this review. We are delighted to hear that your daughter was never bored during this visit. Follow these steps if you are considering a trip to Costa Rica and want...More

Reviewed 27 July 2018
Best Vacation EVER

This was THE BEST vacation I have ever had. Not the best "adventure" vacation, or the best "Latin American" vacation, but THE BEST vacation ever. What stood out? The customer service. The staff made absolutely sure everything was covered. We would get daily itineraries of...More

Date of experience: July 2018
2  Thank hamsterbandit
Jenn D, Guest Satisfaction Specialist at Costa Rica Expeditions, responded to this reviewResponded 28 July 2018

Dear hamsterbandit, Wow! Heartfelt thanks for your generous comments, we are flattered. Thank you for mentioning that what stood out the most during your vacation was the customer service and how pampered you felt by our staff. That is one of the reasons that we...More

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