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  • Flexible
  • Languages Offered: English and 1 more
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.
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Costa Rica Expeditions
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.
  • 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
  • Lodging, meals, and transport already booked and paid for
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago
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

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Jenn D, Guest Satisfaction Specialist at Costa Rica Expeditions, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

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

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
They made it easy & comfortable!

I cannot say enough great things about this company! They went above and beyond on everything, even very small things. Marco was capable of spotting birds from about two football fields away which is insanely impressive! He was kind and provided excellent insight into the...More

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Jenn D, Guest Satisfaction Specialist at Costa Rica Expeditions, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Dear kimberlynlynch, Thank you so much for taking the time to write such a detailed account of your family trip, we appreciate your recommendation. When you begin the Costa Rica Expeditions Vacation Planning Process, you get a carefully customized first proposal that is tailored to...More

Reviewed 7 July 2018
A perfect trip!

I am a single mom traveling with my teenage son. We wanted a tour that was customized to our interests which were adventurous, but also comprehensive in the sense that I did not want to have to drive anywhere or make arrangements while I was...More

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Jenn D, Guest Satisfaction Specialist at Costa Rica Expeditions, responded to this reviewResponded 7 July 2018

Dear cyukimoto, Thank you for your review, we are delighted to hear that you and your son had just the right amount of adventure and relaxation during your vacation to enjoy our country. There are a lot of reasons to use our services when you...More

Reviewed 16 May 2018
Beautiful nature, outstanding guide and outings, and great traveling companions

We could not have been with a more wonderful group of tourists or had a more perfect tour guide! Costa Rica Expeditions' detailed planning made everything go smoothly for two weeks. We really loved everything about the trip: the places we visited, the places we...More

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Jenn D, Guest Satisfaction Specialist at Costa Rica Expeditions, responded to this reviewResponded 20 May 2018

Dear toadfrog67, Thank you for taking the time to share your review with TripAdvisor community. We design the very best vacations possible when people actively engage in the process and think about how they want to feel when they’re on vacation and what they want...More

Reviewed 18 April 2018
An experience of the highest quality

This was our first visit to Costa Rica for our family including children of 10, 10 and 13 years Both hotels Monteverde Lodge and Tortugero Lodge are under the same management of Costa Rica Expeditions and both far exceeded our expectations. We have to take...More

Thank roger1012018
Jenn D, Guest Satisfaction Specialist at Costa Rica Expeditions, responded to this reviewResponded 19 April 2018

Dear roger1012018, Thank you for sharing your review with TripAdvisor community, It’s quite a compliment to hear from a seasoned traveler like you that our company’s arrangements were SUPERB and our experience guarantee a return to both of our lodges. As roger1012018 mentions, Tortuga Lodge...More

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