Then fly back to San Jose where you will be picked up and driven to Arenal Volcano via La Paz Waterfall Gardens, a rescued wildlife preserve and home to several magnificent waterfalls.
After exploring Arenal Volcano´s lush rainforests travel west through rural Costa Rican villages, dairy farms and coffee plantations en route to the cool montane forests of the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve, and its unique rural Quaker/Tico community. Monteverde is a prime example of a rare rainforest type that accounts for only 2% of all the world´s rainforests.
Lost World Adventures itineraries can be tailor-made according to your plans and preferences: budget, hotel selections, travel dates, optional excursions, length of trip, etc.
Upon arrival in San José, you’ll transfer to the luxurious Hotel Bougainvillea, a lush garden resort in Santo Domingo, just outside the Costa Rican capital.
In the morning, you’ll be picked up from your hotel and transferred through Braulio Carrillo National Park to the docks in Guapiles, stopping for breakfast on route. From Guapiles, you’ll board a boat for the trip up the Tortuguero Canals, passing through 30 miles of tropical rainforest to Evergreen Lodge, a stunning villa set in the heart of one of Costa Rica’s lushest national parks.
Tortuguero means “turtle catcher,” and from July to September, the aquatic amphibians are indeed the star attraction here, as hordes of sea turtles come ashore to nest on the beach at night. But even if you can’t make it for this ancient ritual, the jungle wilderness of Tortuguero is one of Costa Rica’s marvels, full of monkeys, caimans, toucans, parrots, iguanas, and sloths. During your canoe tour of this vast river network—accessible only by plane or by boat—you’ll penetrate deep into the rainforest’s mystery, floating beneath towering ceiba trees, while watching gars and basilisk lizards skim by on the water’s surface.
Butterfly sanctuaries, toucan feedings, frog gardens awarble with singing amphibians: this is La Paz Waterfall Gardens, and it’s the next stop on your Costa Rican odyssey. Following a short morning flight back to San José, you’ll visit this humming rainforest preserve to marvel at its jungle cats and monkeys, as well as its riverside trails overlooking some of Central America’s most crystalline waterfalls. In the afternoon, a bus ride takes you through tropical farmlands to your Arenal-area hotel.
Arenal may be one of the world’s most active volcanoes, but don’t worry: you can view its smoky rumblings from the safety of its observatory lodge, ideally situated on the peak’s northern side. Monitored by the Smithsonian Institution ever since its spectacular explosion on July 29, 1968, the volcano sports a craggy lava trail with panoramic views of the surrounding forest. You’ll experience it all in a half-day hike. Afterwards, transfer overland to the Monteverde cloud forest, where you’ll rest for the evening in your luxury hotel.
Monteverde is Spanish for “green mountain,” and this misty, 26,000-acre oasis is among the most verdant paradises on the planet. Colonized in 1951 by pacifist Quakers, who converted it into a protected cloud forest, it’s home to 100 mammal and over 400 avian species, most famously the resplendent quetzal, the mythological bird that’s also the national symbol of Guatemala.
In the morning, you’ll take a 20-minute aerial tram tour of the park, followed by a slide down a 3,300-foot zip line that provides an exhilarating overview of the jungle. If the weather is fine, you’ll glimpse both the Caribbean and the Pacific in the distance. After lunch, explore the park’s lush undergrowth with an expert naturalist guide.
In the morning, after your return to San José, you’ll be taken to the airport, to catch your connection home.
|Price from||$1,335.00 per person, based on double occupancy|
Based on double occupancy for 2 travelers, reduced prices for parties of 3 or more.
...it really allowed us to tour, relax and play with our family in beautiful Costa Rica. We would definitely recommend this Costa Rica travel agency and the service that our agent provided, in particular, for our family. We have never used a service like this before but it was incredibly helpful in a brand new country. We learned alot, ate well, and saw all kinds of fantastic creatures and sights. A wonderful, memorable week. Thank you!
- Laura W, Jan 2015