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Code: NEP-07 (6 Days/ 5 Nights)

This program was designed for people who want to be based in San José, the capital of Costa Rica, and participate in diverse activities. Get to see the 2 most popular volcanoes in the country, the Arenal with it's continuous lava flow and the Poás, one of the largest craters in the world. A boat ride through the jungle. And enjoy a catamaran cruise to the Tortuga Island, the beach and activities on the island, amongst other memorable experiences.

Day 1: Transfer in.
Greeting at the Juan Santamaría International Airport and transfer to your selected hotel.

Day 2: 4in1! Poás Volcano, La Paz Waterfalls, Sarapiqui River Boat Ride and Braulio Carrillo.
Early pickup at your hotel, around 6:30 am. for a whole day trip. Our first destination will be the Poás Volcano, which has one of the biggest geysers in the world. On the way we will pass through the city of Alajuela, home of our national hero: Juan Santamaría, then notice the difference in the constructions as we head north, pass alongside of strawberry farms, huge ferns and flower plantations, which compliment the massive coffee fields. Breakfast is not far away; enjoy it with an authentic cup of Costa Rican coffee. At the Poás Volcano National Park, enjoy the exuberant cloud forest, and if weather permits admire the view of the main crater. You may accompany us on a quick hike to Botos Lagoon, an extinct crater). After leaving the National Park, we continue towards the Caribbean zone and stop at La Paz Waterfall Gardens, here, you can walk through the trails that lead to the different waterfalls, and also experience the largest enclosed butterfly observatory in the world. After lunch, we continue to Sarapiquí, coming across several plantations of pineapple, yuca, coco, and heart of palm. Upon arrival to Puerto Viejo, we embark and start our journey through the Sarapiquí River, just sit back and observe the wildlife around you. We return to San José, through the Braulio Carrillo National Park. Overnight in San José.

Day 3: Tortuga Island Cruise.
Early in the morning we pick you up at your hotel to take you to the Pacific Coast. During the ride we serve breakfast, and you will be able to view coffee and sugar plantations, along with Brahman cattle in an ever-changing panorama. Upon arrival in Puntarenas, you will board the Manta Raya Catamaran, designed from the ground up with passengers in mind. Manta Ray features an underwater viewing window, fresh water showers, and a full bar. The spacious air-conditioned main salon combines an expansive deck area which includes two Jacuzzi pools and enough space to comfortably view the ocean on the way. Fresh tropical fruit and drinks are complimentary throughout the sailing. Once at the island, disembark directly on the beach and be enchanted by it's immaculate white sand beach and turquoise water, a perfect stop for swimming, snorkeling and Calypso's famous lunch. A sumptuous delight, starts with a ceviche appetizer, followed by a medley of salads. The main dish is a delightful bar-b-qued breast of chicken covered in a mouth watering tropical sauce accompanied with julienned vegetables all cooked fresh on the grill by our expert crew. Overnight in San José.

Day 4: Arenal Volcano and Hot Springs.
Not so early departure at 9 am. We will take you to the town of Sarchí, well known for the beauty of the handcrafts they produce. Also on the way we will enjoy Lunch. And then we are off to the Arenal Volcano area, where you will be able to admire one of the most active volcanoes in the Americas. From our observation point, you will feel the ground tremble and if weather permits, see the night sky illuminated by the free flowing lava. Next, we will visit the hot springs of the volcano, where you can relax in the soothing waters and be caressed by the cool night air while observing the stars and the incredible night sky above the volcano. At a convenient time after your arrival, we will treat you to a splendid dinner. We will be back in San José at night.

Day 5: Free Day.
You can choose to wander around in San José and go to a museum or two, go to the central market and see the wide variety of tropical produce. Or if you prefer we can offer an optional tour for this day. Overnight in San José..

Day 6: Transfer out to the Juan Santamaría International Airport
Availability: Year round

Includes: breakfasts, meals mentioned in the itinerary, tax

Most popular modifications to this program (extra charges may apply):

1- Exchange one of the tours for Pacuare white water rafting.
2- Add a Real Costa Rica town tour on day 5.
3- Extend your stay for a day or more.


"I had a blast! Thank you for making this a wonderful memory! Pura Vida!"
Joelle Summerfeldt
Wisconsin, USA
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