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Monkeys, Jungles and Volcanoes
Hays Faraway Extras
£8156 Fam of 4
Why book...
  • Cruise the canals of Tortuguero National Park
  • Visit Tortuguero National Park, a wildlife centre near Sarapiquí, Arenal National Park, Manuel Antonio National Park
  • Witness some of the world's largest turtles laying their eggs
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A true adventure of a lifetime awaits in Costa Rica; as you travel from the capital of San Jose to Manuel Antonio National Park on this family-friendly tour!

Costa Rica is famous for its diverse and picture-perfect landscapes, breath-taking national parks, vibrant culture, and incredible wildlife. Get up close and personal with turtles, monkeys, crocodiles, exotic birds, and colourful butterflies, encounter some of the world's most amazing scenery, and experience more than a few adventures along the way.

Glide along the canals of Tortuguero under the watchful eyes of toucans and crocodiles and immerse yourself in thrilling culture on a visit to a Tico family's palm plantation. Kayak on Lake Arenal and trek up the slopes of the Arenal Volcano. Zipline through the treetops of a tropical rainforest and look out for howler and white-faced monkeys at Manuel Antonio National Park.

Day - 1Arrive San José
Day - 2San José – Tortuguero National Park
Day - 3Tortuguero Sightseeing
Day - 4Tortuguero – Horquetas – Sarapiquí – Arenal National Park
Day - 5Arenal National Park Sightseeing
Day - 6Arenal National Park – Manuel Antonio National Park
Day - 7Manuel Antonio National Park Sightseeing
Day - 8Manuel Antonio National Park – Depart San José
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Day - 1 - Arrive San José

Bienvenidos a Costa Rica. Leave your gringo boots at the door and embrace the Pura Vida playground of Costa Rica. A local host will greet you at the airport and arrange your transfer to the hotel. Chill at the pool or go walkabout before meeting your Travel Director and fellow adventurers this evening for some fiesta fun at our Kick-Off Party.

Day - 2 - San José – Tortuguero National Park

Rise with the roosters and head east through Braulio Carrillo National Park toward the Caribbean Sea. Board a river boat, gliding through canals, lagoons and lowland rainforest teeming with wildlife. You'll be amazed at how many kinds of animals live here-six species of sea turtles, monkeys, caimans, tons of exotic bird species plus rare and endangered ocelots, river otters and manatees. The afternoon is yours-hang out by the pool or on the beach, or head to Tortuguero Village to meet the local students (when school is in session). Join a Local Specialist from the Sea Turtle Conservancy Foundation to learn about the incredible turtles that nest in Tortuguero. Enjoy a buet dinner at the resort's open-air restaurant along the Tortuguero lagoon.

HOTEL Laguna Lodge Tortuguero
MEALS Full Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day - 3 - Tortuguero Sightseeing

There's nothing like the wake-up call of a troop of howler monkeys to start your day. Set o on a cruise through the park's canals with your captain and guide to explore the lush waterways of Tortuguero National Park. You may want to start a tally of all the types of wildlife you'll see. Look out for sloths, green iguanas, caiman, crocodiles and colourful toucans. Of course, you'll spot tons of monkeys-agile howler and spider monkeys and white-faced capuchins swinging through the dense rainforest canopy. This afternoon, venture back out on the canals to add to your wildlife tally or relax back at the lodge, the choice is yours. If you're visiting during nesting season (Jul-Sep), join an optional night walk with a naturalist guide to witness some of the world's largest turtles laying their eggs. A buet dinner is served at your hotel this evening.

MEALS Full Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day - 4 - Tortuguero – Horquetas – Sarapiquí – Arenal National Park

Bid adiós to the monkeys for now as you boat back to the mainland and travel to Horquetas. Here you'll visit a local Tico family's palm plantation. Gain a Cultural Insight into growing this exotic vegetable and the family that grows it. Taste something you've probably never tried before, the delicate heart of palm. Continue travelling to quaint Sarapiquí where you'll visit a wildlife centre for amphibians and reptiles run by a family of biologists who rehabilitate animals that can no longer live in the wild.

HOTEL Arenal Paraiso Resort and Spa
MEALS Full Breakfast Lunch

Day - 5 - Arenal National Park Sightseeing

Rise and shine as the forest and volcano call you back. Start the day with a guided trek around the quiet side of the volcano at Arenal National Park. Walk through the old lava rocks and learn about the powerful forces behind the volcano's past eruptions. Then head to the Arenal Hanging Bridges to walk eye-level with the lush canopy, observe the monkeys, sloths and chattering birds up close, and look out to see towering Arenal Volcano. Later, relax in the thermal springs or take a swim in the pool back at the hotel. End the day at a dinner with your travelling companions.

MEALS Full Breakfast Dinner

Day - 6 - Arenal National Park – Manuel Antonio National Park

Get ready to have a blast. Imagine yourself soaring high above the jungle oor as you y along ziplines through the treetops, eye-to-eye with the lush foliage and exotic rainforest creatures. Ziplining through the canopy is sure to be among the most amazing adventures in your lifetime. Later, head south to Manuel Antonio National Park, renowned for its warm blue waters, sparkling white sand beaches and abundant exotic wildlife. This evening, join the gang for a pizza night. HOTEL Parador Resort and Spa.

MEALS Full Breakfast Dinner

Day - 7 - Manuel Antonio National Park Sightseeing

Walking deep into the National Park with your guide, you'll denitely check o a few more creatures on your wildlife list-at last count, there were 109 dierent animals and 184 species of birds living here. Listen to the whooping bark of howler monkeys and the chattering of mischievous squirrel and white-faced monkeys. Then, it's time to hit the beach. Laze in the warm Pacic or at the resort's pool, or choose an optional catamaran cruise with snorkelling where you might see see dolphins, parrotsh or sea turtles (available Jan-Apr). This evening, join your fellow explorers to celebrate new friendships and awesome experiences over a Farewell Dinner at the hotel.

MEALS Full Breakfast Farewell Dinner

Day - 8 - Manuel Antonio National Park – Depart San José

Travel back to San Jose's Juan Santamaria International Airport for your flight or extend your stay at the Sheraton San Jose.

MEALS Full Breakfast

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