Uitgebreide reisroute van de Internationale groepsreis Costa Rica Adventure
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    • Boat tour of Tortuguero's tranquil waterways Lunch at an organic farm and visit a pineapple plantation Zip-lining excursion included - soar above the cloud forest! Discover Rincon de la Vieja with its bubbling mud pools and hot springs Relax on the Pacific Coast with 3 nights staying in a hotel overlooking Carrillo Beach
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    Start San Jose.

    The group flight usually arrives into San Jose this evening. Land Only clients should aim to arrive at the hotel this afternoon/evening. Meet your fellow travellers and guide who will give you a warm welcome to Costa Rica.   Accommodation: Studio Hotel (or similar)

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    To Tortuguero N.P.

    Our adventure begins early this morning, leaving San Jose behind as we travel to the north-east of Costa Rica to Tortuguero National Park. Accessible only by boat or light aircraft, Tortuguero's vast network of waterways, canals and swamps are remarkably tranquil, unspoilt and devoid of noise pollution. On reaching the pier we board a small motorboat for the one hour fifteen minute journey to our lodge, which is a short distance from the main lagoon. Our afternoon is spent in Tortuguero village, where it’s possible to visit the Sea Turtle Museum. Tortuguero is probably most famous as a nesting site for the endangered Green turtle, which can be seen arriving onto the beach to lay eggs from late July to October (as part of an optional excursion). Hawksbill, Loggerhead and Giant Leatherback turtles also nest in this region, and during November to January baby turtles start to hatch and make their way towards the ocean. Today's travel time will be in the region of six hours including a break for breakfast. Accommodation: Evergreen Lodge (or similar)

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    Boat tour around Tortuguero waterways.

    Just after sunrise we board a small boat, enabling us to discover the extraordinary flora and fauna of Tortuguero as we pass serenely along the waterways. At this time of day wildlife is usually at its most active and with the help of our expert guide we are likely to encounter monkeys, caiman, iguanas, butterflies and many of the 300+ bird species recorded here. We return to the lodge for a hearty breakfast near the river. The lodge is a tranquil spot to relax for the rest of the day if you want to take some time out to enjoy the facilities, or alternatively you can join a second boat trip (included but optional) or follow a short walking trail through the forest. Accommodation: Evergreen Lodge (or similar)

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    To Sarapiqui; night walk to experience the rainforest in the dark! 

    We leave Tortuguero the same way we arrived, by taking a small boat to the pier. Our bus will be at the pier waiting to drive us to the region of Sarapiqui, stopping for lunch en route. The region of Sarapiqui is blessed with abundant vegetation and the beautiful Sarapiqui River. This is one of the main areas of banana production in Costa Rica, although coffee, cardamon, cacao, corn and other fruits are also grown here. In the evening we take a night walk through Tirimbina Biological Reserve, crossing a suspension bridge to have a different perspective on the rainforest and its many inhabitants: see how many eyes you can spot staring back at you! Our guide will focus on nocturnal species, such as insects, frogs and nocturnal mammals, who are active in the dark.  Accommodation: La Quinta Sarapiqui (or similar)

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    Pineapple Plantation tour; to La Fortuna near Arenal. 

    After breakfast at the hotel, we check out and make our way towards an organic pineapple plantation, located in La Virgen de Sarapiqui. This area is well known for its rich soil and excellent growing conditions. During our morning's tour we have the opportunity to discover the organic philosophy of the farm, learning about crop rotation, companion planting and the concept of rural agri-tourism. This is a great introduction to Costa Rican heritage. Afterwards we transfer to the area of La Fortuna near Arenal arriving around lunchtime. We have some free time to enjoy the hotel's facilities or there are some optional excursions for this afternoon/evening.  Accommodation: Arenal Paraiso (or similar)

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    La Fortuna Waterfall walk; farm to table culinary experience at an organic farm.    

    Arenal was once Costa Rica's most active volcano until recently when it entered a resting phase. There is a lot of geo-thermal activity in this area, with natural hot springs, waterfalls and Lake Arenal. This morning we visit La Fortuna Waterfall, a 65 metre cascade of water plunging into an emerald pool below. A short trail through the rainforest brings us to a relatively steep set of steps that we must descend to reach the waterfall and then ascend to the exit - this takes around 20-30 minutes and can be rewarded with a swim in the emerald pool below, if you wish. It is possible to visit the lookout point and wait for the group here if you prefer. Keep an eye out for colourful toucans in the rainforest! Afterwards we have a farm to table culinary tour at an organic farm. This is a fun and interactive experience to discover some of the typical produce grown in this area. On arrival we'll be greeted with fresh fruits and coffee whilst we learn about the farm's history. We usually select some of the produce to be harvested that day (destined for our lunch menu) and have a tour of the greenhouse to see how some of Costa Rica's staples are grown. This is a great experience to see an authentic farm set in wonderful surroundings - look out for the family of sloths living in the neighbouring trees!  Accommodation: Arenal Paraiso (or similar)

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    Hike at Arenal Volcano N.P.; free afternoon for optional activities.

    After lunch we take a short scenic hike within Arenal National Park, walking through secondary rainforest and passing some of the lava fields from past eruptions. Walking on the base and flanks of the volcano gives extraordinary views, as our guide explains about the history, recent activity and points out some of the landmarks that have been left over the years. The high vantage points on this walk also allow great views overlooking Lake Arenal, and the birdlife is plentiful. This afternoon is free to join one of the optional activities available in this region. Accommodation: Arenal Paraiso (or similar)

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    Boat and transfer to Monteverde in the Tilaran Mountains. 

    From Arenal we travel to the Tilaran Mountain Range in the Central Highlands for a taste of the Costa Rican cloud forest. Reaching Monteverde involves a fast boat across Lake Arenal which is incredibly scenic and will take roughly half an hour. Our journey is then completed by private minibus as we ascend the hills towards Monteverde, a forest-cloaked region whose name literally means 'Green Mountain'. The high altitude supports a complex eco-system where plants thrive, particularly orchids of which there are some 400+ different varieties here. Our total journey time will be in the region of 3.5 hours, including the lake crossing. Accommodation: Monteverde Country Lodge or El Establo Mountain Hotel (or similar)

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    Zip-line adventure through the tree tops; visit the hanging bridges and butterfly garden. 

    Today we visit Selvatura Park which has 850 acres of protected land dedicated to nature and adventure. We begin with the hanging bridges excursion, which is a system of treetop walkways through the forest designed to let you experience the beauty of the cloud forest and observe its many inhabitants. We’ll also visit the butterfly garden which has one of the largest exhibitions of butterflies in the world. After this it’s time to try out some aerial manoeuvres on a zip line adventure through the tree tops! Before you fly down the zip-lines, guides will teach you the proper technique, including how to position yourself and hold the cable correctly, enabling you to safely embark on this adrenaline pumping adventure suspended above the trees.Accommodation: Monteverde Country Lodge or El Establo Mountain Hotel (or similar)

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    To Rincon de la Vieja; choose between a canyon canopy tour, tubing or horse riding.  

    After breakfast at the hotel we check out and transfer to Rincon de la Vieja, an area that combines dry forest with enchanting waterfalls and is best known for its bubbling mud pots, steaming vents in the earth, hot springs and a whole host of wildlife. There are three activities to choose between today: a canyon canopy tour, tubing or horse riding. The cost of joining one activity is included, so it is up to you to decide which you would like to do! The canyon canopy tour is a zip line adventure involving rappelling, climbing, a tarzan swing and hanging bridges over a narrow river canyon. Tubing takes place on the Rio Negro, with individual inner tube rafts across 5km of class II and III rapids. The horse riding excursion follows a forest trail leading to a rainforest waterfall. Experience is not needed for any of these activities and you can decide which you prefer once you're in Costa Rica. Accommodation: Hacienda Guachipelin (or similar)

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    Hiking in Rincon de la Vieja N.P.; visit the mud baths and hot springs. 

    Today we get to discover Rincon de la Vieja National Park and its network of trails during a hike through the exotic dry tropical forest on the Las Pailas Trail. This loop walk twists through jungle around the base of the volcano, passing natural fumaroles spitting steam, and hopefully encountering wildlife on the way: toucans, Spider monkeys and lizards are found here as well as many bird species. Afterwards we visit a hot springs. Heated naturally by the Rincon de la Vieja Volcano, these hot springs feed directly from the Rio Negro and are mineral rich with therapeutic properties. There are 10 man-made pools created to capture the steaming mineral water, surrounded by thick forest. Smooth volcanic clay over yourself, let it dry and wash off with a cool shower or jump in the river before soaking again in the hot pools! Accommodation: Hacienda Guachipelin (or similar)

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    To Carillo beach on the Pacific Coast; afternoon at leisure to enjoy the beach. 

    We travel to the region of Samara on the Pacific Coast, one of the best kept secrets in Costa Rica! The broad, shady bay is backed by coconut palms and the water is calm and safe for swimming thanks to a coral reef just out to sea on which the normally large, Pacific waves break before reaching the beach. There are plenty of facilities in this area but there's a noticeable absense of big resort hotels, which makes for a nice atmosphere. Our hotel faces onto Carrillo beach in the neighbouring bay to Samara. We have a free afternoon here to enjoy the facilities and discover the area. Accommodation: Nammbu Hotel (or similar)

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    Boat trip to see dolphins offshore from Carrillo beach; have a go at snorkelling.

    Today we take a private boat trip around 2 – 10 nautical miles offshore from Carrillo beach in search of dolphins. You could be lucky enough to see Spotted dolphins, Central American Spinner dolphins or Common Bottlenose dolphins which all inhabit this area year around. Feel the ocean breeze and enjoy the scenery of the coastline as we search for these playful animals who love to swim in the bow wave of the boat! As we make our way back along the coast, we will anchor near the shores of Isla Chora, a delightful white sand beach full of hermit crabs and iguanas. This is a great spot for a refreshing swim and a chance to observe the underwater world by wearing a mask and snorkel. Beneath the surface teems a lively, colourful world with huge marine diversity. In total today’s excursion will last around 4 hours, with the rest of your time at leisure to enjoy the area.Accommodation: Nammbu Hotel (or similar)

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    Free day to enjoy the Pacific coast; evening turtle nesting tour. 

    Today has been left free for you to enjoy the Pacific coast, Carrillo beach and the hotel's facilities.This evening we take a turtle nesting tour on nearby Camaronal beach, where an extensive wildlife refuge has been created to protect the Olive ridley, Leatherback and Hawksbill turtles who all lay their eggs in the reserve's sands. These endangered species nest all year round at Caramonal, but in bigger numbers from June to January. This tour takes place at nightime with a ranger and we hope to have the opportunity to visit the beach when turtles are nesting, to see the incredible moment that a turtle digs a hole and starts to lay her eggs. Sometimes you may be lucky and find yourself present during hatchings too, which means baby turtles scrabbling through the sand to get to the water! This unforgettable experience only happens in the dark, so the tour usually starts around 7pm and may last up to 4 hours depending on sightings.  Accommodation: Nammbu Hotel (or similar) 

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     To San Jose; end San Jose

    A four hour journey takes us back to San Jose, where those on group flights will be transferred to the airport in time for their return flight. Land only clients end in San Jose and are advised not to book a flight leaving San Jose before 4pm today, as arrival at the airport will be timed to co-incide with the group flight.

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