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National TheaterDay 1 – San José, Costa Rica - Welcome to an exotic country full of rare natural beauty. Professional naturalist guides will guide you to see exotic birds and wildlife, hike in jungle rainforests, view volcanoes, soak in hot springs and cruise through biological reserves. Relax on both the Atlantic and Pacific coasts. Upon your arrival you will be escorted from from the airport to your hotel for a two night stay. Rooms are available for check in after 3:00 p.m. Dine at your hotel, then join welcome briefing. D

Poas VolcanoDay 2 – Poás Volcano, Cloud Forest -
This morning enjoy a drive through Costa Rica’s famous coffee growing region. Next, weather permitting, visit the dramatic Poás Volcano where you can see the caldera from an overlook.  Take a short hike on the Escalonia Cloud Forest Trail, home to epiphytes, orchids, ferns and tropical hummingbirds. Cloud forests are like rainforests, but with less rain and more humidity. After lunch, we take a short walking tour through a small family coffee farm and enjoy fresh Costa Rican coffee. Then, see historic Plaza de la Cultura, Central Park and the National Theatre. Visit the Gold Museum and see pre-Columbian artifacts. Enjoy dinner. BLD

Butterfly GardenDay 3 – Butterfly Garden, Tortuguero Park -
We start with a scenic morning drive through Braulio Carrillo Park, with cascading waterfalls.  We will visit an interesting butterfly garden and see a banana plantation. Then, cruise through rivers and canals to the 47,000 acre Tortuguero National Park, home to more than 300 species of birds. Look for toucans, parrots, kingfishers and the rare green macaw. After lunch we will visit the Green Turtle Research Station to learn about efforts to protect the turtle’s nesting habitat, eggs and young hatchlings. Walk along the Atlantic turtle nesting beaches with a naturalist guide. Later in Tortuguero village we will meet Costa Rican school children on your visit to a local school (when in session). Enjoy a two night stay at your lodge. BLD

Tortugero Boat CruiseDay 4 – Tortuguero Park, Canal Cruise -
Cruise this morning with naturalist guides along canals lined by raffia palm, natural habitat of howler and white-faced monkeys, green iguanas and tropical birds. Look for white and snowy egrets and the amazing nests of the montezuma oropendola. Then, enter the mysterious reflecting waters of Caño Palma wildlife reserve. We will return to the lodge for lunch and enjoy free time to enjoy the swimming pool and tropical flower gardens or perhaps take a siesta. Our afternoon boat excursion goes into the canals of Tortuguero Park. Look for otters, turtles and manatees as you coast through the jungle. BLD

Day 5 – Pineapple Tour, Fortuna -
We cruise this morning on the Tortuguero River. After lunch, we visit a pineapple plantation and sample fresh organic pineapples. Next, we drive through scenic countryside to the San Carlos Valley for a two night stay in Fortuna. BLD

Arenal VolcanoDay 6 – Caño Negro, Hot Springs, Arenal -
Head north this morning, passing by sugar cane, teak and orange plantations. Then, cruise on the Rio Frio which runs through the world famous Caño Negro wildlife refuge, home to many migratory birds found nowhere else in Costa Rica. Look for whistling ducks, roseate spoonbills, blue heron, and northern jacanas. Watch for caimans, crocodiles, spider monkeys and web-footed, water-walking lizards. After lunch we return to Fortuna. Then, enjoy a relaxing soak in the volcanic hot springs. Weather permitting, see nearby Arenal Volcano’s softly glowing lava flow. Although the activity nowadays is less damaging, you can still see ash columns, underground rumbling, glowing orange lava flows and sudden explosions on a daily basis. With its perfect conical shape it allows breathtaking views of volcanic action in the summit. Almost every night the crater offers a spectacle of lights with its explosive eruptions. BLD

Suspension bridgeDay 7 – Hanging Bridges, Guanacaste -
This morning enjoy an unforgettable adventure in the heart of the rainforest at the Hanging Bridges, rated one of Costa Rica’s top tourist attractions. Hike on six suspension bridges, through lush tropical rainforest canopy. Enjoy views of a waterfall and look for tropical birds. Later, we take a scenic drive around Lake Arenal. After lunch we enter the Guanacaste province and drive through the only tropical dry forest in Costa Rica. After a brief stop in Liberia we continue to the beautiful Pacific Coast for a two night stay. BLD

Day 8 – Pacific Coast, Guanacaste - This morning drive to the nearby Natural Trail of Hacienda Pinilla. This tropical bird and wildlife sanctuary is home to the playful howler monkey. After lunch you can enjoy a carefree leisurely afternoon. Time to rest, beachcomb or swim the pristine beaches of your resort. BLD

Day 9 – Handicrafts, San José -
Morning drive through the cattle ranches of Guanacaste with a stop at the Monteverde Cooperative where we will sample delicious Monteverde Cheese. Continue to the Central Valley and shop for colorful handicrafts, including painted oxcarts. After lunch we return to San José for our last group dinner. BLD

Day 10 – San José –
Depart your hotel to the airport for your flight home. B 

Departure Dates
- January through December

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