ARRIVE SAN JOSE
Welcome to San Jose. At 6 p.m., gather at the hotel with your Travel Director and travelling companions for a Welcome Reception.Welcome Reception
SAN JOSE – TORTUGUERO NATIONAL PARK (2 NIGHTS)
After breakfast, head toward San Isidro de Heredia, where you are welcomed by master chocolatiers, and Local Specialists, for a lesson and then embark on a river journey through the protected wetlands. Later, stroll the streets of Tortuguero Village and explore the Green Turtle Research Station.Full Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
TORTUGUERO NATIONAL PARK SIGHTSEEING & FREE TIME
Glide through the waterways of the park as howler monkeys watch from the treetops, toucans and egrets fly through the air and crocodiles ply the cool waters.Full Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
TORTUGUERO – SARAPIQUI
Bid adios to the park. Visit a Tico family’s palm plantation and sample the heart of palm with a Local Specialist. Join your Travel Director for an easy, bird-watching hike after a mid-afternoon hotel arrival.Full Breakfast, Lunch, Be My Guest Dinner
SARAPIQUI – ARENAL
For the early risers, take an optional rafting trip. Later, enjoy a special Be My Guest at an eco-friendly hacienda, home to an organic farm, restaurant and related eco adventures. Depart for La Fortuna de San Carlos, home of the colossal Arenal Volcano. There is time this afternoon to enjoy the thermal pools of your resort.Full Breakfast, Dinner
ARENAL – MONTEVERDE CLOUD FOREST (2 NIGHTS)
Sleep in or take an optional outing before heading to Monteverde Cloud Forest this afternoon. Tonight, meet a native Quaker, and Local Specialist, who will share historical photos and stories of Old Town Monteverde.Full Breakfast, Dinner
MONTEVERDE CLOUD FOREST SIGHTSEEING & FREE TIME
Join your guide for an excursion through the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve. Later ascend to the treetops for a bird’seye view of the forest on the Sky Walk.Full Breakfast, Farewell Dinner
MONTEVERDE – LIBERIA – GUANACASTE (2 NIGHTS)
Descend from the lush cloud forests of Monteverde and head west to the pristine Pacific coast. Check into your seaside resort, the only hotel located on the white sand of the world-famous Tamarindo Beach, adjacent to Tamarindo National Wildlife Refuge and Las Baulas National Park. Relax and simply enjoy the beach and the amenities of your beautiful resort. With just a short stroll along the shore, you can spot howler monkeys, iguanas, parrots and a variety of wildlife.Full Breakfast
GUANACASTE FREE TIME
The day is yours. Perhaps take a surfing lesson, snorkel and swim in the warm gentle waves, or set out on an optional fullday outing. Birdwatchers and nature lovers can select day-long river float trips through the mangroves and jungles in search of exotic birds like anhinga, herons, storks and ibises. Or, take a canopy tour, walking along elevated platforms above the lush jungle foliage for a true bird’s-eye view; join a guided hike in search of the wild purple orchid and exotic birdlife; or visit the thermal hot springs along the northern flanks of Rincon de la Vieja Volcano for a volcanic mud treatment. The more adventurous can opt for a rafting trip through the rapids – all the while on the lookout for the area’s prolific wildlife.Full Breakfast
GUANACASTE – DEPART LIBERIA
A transfer is provided to Liberia International Airport for your onward flight. Full Breakfast
See Arenal Volcano
Monteverde Cloud Forest: Enjoy a two-night stay near the park; take a guided walk through the Cloud Forest Reserve; visit the Sky Walk to experience the chain of suspension bridges high above the Cloud Forest.
Sarapiqui: Explore this beautiful valley surrounded by rainforest.
Ride to Tortuguero National Park by river boat; visit Tortuguero Village and the Green Turtle Research Station; cruise the canals in search of wildlife.
1 Playa Hermosa
Welcome to Costa Rica! Fly into Liberia, the capital of Guanacaste province, and we’ll pick you up from the airport and take you to the charming beachside town of Playa Hermosa.
2-3 Playa Hermosa
With its gorgeous long stretch of grey-sand beach, surrounding tropical forest and impressive volcanic rock ridges, it's no wonder that the name Playa Hermosa translates to ‘beautiful beach’. Idyllic weather conditions and deliciously warm waters all year round make it a popular swimming, snorkelling and kayaking spot. Stretch out on the sand and relax away from the crowds, take to the water or explore the stunning surrounds.
4 Playa Hermosa
Time for this sunny beach getaway to come to an end. Enjoy one last day in Playa Hermosa before heading back to the airport.
Welcome to Antigua. Check in to your hotel and get ready for your upcoming adventure.
Explore a local coffee plantation today with a member of a local farming cooperative. See how the beans are grown, what the process is like and, if the season is right, have a go at picking some yourself. Enjoy a cup of freshly-made coffee after lunch with the farmer’s family.
Tour the chaotic and colourful Antigua Market today – perhaps choosing one of the many food stalls for your lunch. In the afternoon head out to the ChocoMuseo to take a chocolate making class before sampling some of the fresh chocolates.
This Antigua break concludes today.
Soak up the faded colonial air and architectural charms of Nicaragua's oldest city, strolling its quiet cobblestone streets and timeworn plazas.
Travel on to enigmatic Leon, a city where horse-drawn carts still trot the streets and pop-up food stalls hawk their delicacies. Perhaps set out on a day hike up to the smouldering volcano peak of Telica volcano or head for a dip in the dark, cool waters of Asososca Crater Lake.
5-6 Ometepe Island
Cruise out to the volcanic twin peaks of Omotepe Island. The island's nutrient-rich volcanic ash makes for some extremely lush vegetation. Visit a local coffee cooperative to taste the fruits of its soil or take a plunge in the emerald waters of Ojo de Agua.
Despite its expanding international airport and handy proximity to the incredible beaches of the Guanacaste province, Liberia is more than just a convenient travel hub. With its old whitewashed colonial buildings, sweet mango trees and pretty magnolias, the city has its own charm and a certain charisma. Enjoy some free time exploring the city.
A cobblestoned maze of colourful buildings, leafy town squares and ornate churches, Antigua is the undisputed urban jewell in Guatemala's crown. Wander among the enchanting colonial architecture and lively indigenous markets, or settle back on a rooftop terrace offering spectacular views of Volcan de Agua.
Drive through gorgeous scenery en route to Ahuachapan, El Salvador. The following day we hit the road again – but we promise this isn't just any old drive! Scattered with quaint, artsy towns and laden with natural wonders, the Ruta de las Flores is one of the country's foremost attractions. A day spent exploring the region ends with an optional soak in Ahuachapan's nearby hot springs.
Pay a visit to the Tazumal ruins and eerily preserved settlement of Joya de Ceren before arriving in Suchitoto. Not much happens in this delightful lakeside town – which is precisely its charm. Those seeking some activity may fancy a leisurely hike in the Cinquera Forest or kayaking on Lago Suchitlan, but this really is a place suited to just pulling up a stool at a pupusa stand and watching life meander by.
7-8 El Tunco
Travel through the buzz and bustle of San Salvador to the mellowed-out surf town of El Tunco. The journey ends here the next day, though you'll probably want to stay on to lap up the beachside vibe for a few days longer.