Day 1: To San Jose -
Fly to San Jose. Meet your tour director and the local guide. Hotel
Buena Vista for 2 nights.
Day 2: Poas Volcano -
Visit the Poas Volcano National Park, with its spectacular crater
filled with emerald green water. Walk by a hummingbird observation
area and a refreshing waterfall.
Day 3: To Arenal -
Travel to the lush San Carlos valley, stopping en route in the
traditional town of Sarchi. Stay at the Tilajari Resort for 3
nights. This afternoon there will be time to relax and explore the
lovely natural surroundings.
Day 4: Arenal -
Today there are choices of walks around Arenal volcano, with
extraordinary views, or the amazing experience of the Arenal Hanging
Bridges in the primary rainforest canopy.
Day 5: Caňo Negro
Wildlife Reserve - Take a slow river boat ride through the
20,000 acre Caňo Negro Wildlife Reserve on the lookout for
howler monkeys, caimans, turtles, sloths, brightly coloured
butterflies and exotic birds.
Day 6: To San Gerardo de Dota
- Journey south, stopping at the Gold Museum with its collection of
pre-Colombian artefacts, into the mountainous spine of Costa Rica
near the Cerro de la Muerte and the Savegre Mountain Lodge for 2
Day 7: San Gerardo de Dota
- A variety of trails is possible in the cool mountains, winding
around the cloud forest of the Talamanca mountains and by the
Savegre river. This is an area of wonderful bird life, including the
rare resplendent quetzal and a large variety of hummingbird species.
Day 8: To Dominical
- Cross over the continental divide, where on a clear day itís
possible to see both the Pacific and Caribbean coasts. Take a walk
in the coastal mountains before heading to the Cristal Ballena
resort near Dominical for 3 nights.
Day 9: Marino Ballena
National Park - Explore this quiet and relatively
undiscovered national park, with its large sandy beaches, tidal
pools, and great marine and bird life. Coastal trails offer views of
the Pacific Ocean not easily forgotten.
Day 10: Marino Ballena
National Park - A further day for exploration of the
national park and also to relax in the peaceful surrounds of the
hotel. This area is renowned for its visiting whales and dolphins
and it is possible to take an optional whale watching cruise, as
well as an optional mangrove cruise.
Day 11: To San Josť
- Travel overland back to San Josť, calling in at various places on
the journey including an area where itís possible to see scarlet
macaws. Stay at the Buena Vista Hotel for 1 night.
Day 12: Departure