In this 9-day tour you will stay in the iconic Monteverde Lodge & Gardens and Tortuga Lodge & Gardens featured in National Geographic's "Trip of a Lifetime". Take boat trips in the rain forest, and save precious vacation time by flying in a 5 to 12 passenger aircraft. This itinerary is fully organized by Costa Rica Expeditions, the most prestigious company in the country.Fully escorted by professional naturalist guides, you will learn about tropical ecology, participate in converting a bitter cocoa bean into the most beloved flavor on the planet and follow coffee all the way from the fruit to the cup. On a typical tour participants see monkeys, parrots, toucans and sloths to name just a few of the animals that inhabit the rain forest. During the season from July to October you watch Giant Green Sea Turtles lay their eggs on the beach.
ItineraryLetter Codes:(B) Breakfast, (L) Lunch, (D) Dinner(NG) Naturalist Guide; (TG) Transfer Guide; (LG) Local GuideDAY 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 PresidenteDAY 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 RoomDAY 3: Monteverde (B,L,D) (NG) After breakfast, guided excursion to the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve. Afternoon Caburé Chocolate TourOvernight at: Monteverde Lodge & Gardens Forest View Downstairs RoomDAY 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 SuiteDAY 5: Arenal (B,L,D) (NG)Guided walk to the Arenal Hanging BridgesAfter lunch, Sky Trek Adventure in Arenal Theme ParkLate Afternoon visit Hidalgo Family Hot SpringsOvernight at: Arenal Manoa. Junior SuiteDAY 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 RoomDAY 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 CenterDAY 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 cupDAY 9: Departure (TG)Transfer to the International Airport at least three hours prior to the departure time for your flight out of the country.