All in One

From the emerald rainforest and waterfalls of the Arenal Volcano region to the thrilling and rejuvenating whitewater of the Pacuare River, to the diverse wildlife of Tortuguero and Manuel Antonio National Parks, experience many of the most popular highlights of Costa Rica all in one trip.

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Day 1. Arrive and Overnight in San Jose.

Day 2. After a good night’s sleep, travel to the top of the active Poás Volcano, Costa Rica’s first National Park. Enjoy lunch at La Paz Waterfall Gardens then continue our journey to the Arenal region aka La Fortuna. Overnight near La Fortuna

Day 3. Start the day with a drive into the tropical rainforest, where you will view some of the most spectacular waterfalls Costa Rica has to offer. One of the longest commercial rappels in the country will take you into a beautiful and pristine canyon below, followed by a typical Costa Rican lunch. Then off to explore the town of La Fortuna followed by dinner and hot springs. Overnight near La Fortuna.

Day 4.  Explore Arenal region by horseback, ATV, or by foot on one of many trails that range from short/easy walks to more demanding hikes. Overnight near La Fortuna.

Day 5. Travel to Tortuguero.  Kayak along fresh water creeks and lagoons through the dense jungle where you will encounter some of the most diverse flora and fauna in all of Costa Rica. A protected area with eleven distinct habitats, Tortuguero is home to  spectacled caimans, land and marine turtles, several monkey species, over 300 species of birds, and a variety of threatened/endangered species including green turtles, manatees, and the majestic tapir. Overnight at Tortuguero

Day 6. Morning begins with bird watching by motorboat. Continue paddling through the Tortuguero sanctuary along pristine Caribbean coastline, then spend the afternoon exploring one of the most unique towns of Costa Rica. Overnight at Tortuguero

Day 7. Drive through banana plantations and up the Caribbean slopes to start your two-day rafting adventure on the Pacuare, named one of National Geographic’s best rivers of the world. Begin your rafting adventure with a short day on the water, and in between rapids enjoy lush vegetation, a wide variety of wildlife (such as monkeys, sloths, ocelots, and a variety of birds), waterfalls, pools, and a pristine rainforest. Overnight along the Pacuare river bank (lodge or camp based).

Day 8. More whitewater action! Raft the lower section including Pacuare canyon and the famous Dos Montañas gorge. Return to the central valley. Overnight at San Jose

Day 9. Travel to Manuel Antonio. Experience the stunning beauty and biodiversity of the Manuel Antonio National Park, followed by a leisurely afternoon. Overnight at Manuel Antonio

Day 10. Free day to choose among a variety of activities, including surfing, swimming, zip-lining, horseback riding, rafting, sport fishing, mangrove kayaking, river tubing, sunset sailing, or simply relax at the beach. Overnight at Manuel Antonio

Day 11. Domestic flight to San Jose in time to catch your flight back home.

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