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Waterfalls and volcanoes await you on this exploration of Costa Rica's natural wonders. Arrive in San Jose for sightseeing of the country's capital, including the National Theater, the Gold Museum and an aerial tram ride above the rain forest. In Tortuguero National Park, cruise the canals where freshwater turtles, toucans and monkeys are often spotted. Experience the contrasting beauty of a rain forest adjacent to pristine white-sand beaches in Carara National Park. Then admire the Butterfly Garden at your resort as well as the still active Arenal Volcano. You'll also view Poas Volcano and its deep green lake before visiting the town of Sarchi, famous for its hand-painted oxcarts, to shop for souvenirs. Visits to a banana plantation and a working coffee plantation are also included.

Day 1: San Jose 
Board your flight to San Jose, Costa Rica. After arrival, check into your hotel. 

Day 2: San Jose
Meet your tour director and traveling companions this morning before heading off to the northeastern part of the Central Valley. Start the day with a scenic ride up the 1,400-meter rainforest Aerial Tram. This 90-minute ride is the perfect introduction to the beauty of Costa Rica. Then enjoy a sightseeing tour of the country's capital, providing insight into its history, as well as its commitment to education, peace, and democracy. Visits to the fascinating National Theatre and the Gold Museum are included. 

Day 3: San Jose-Tortuguero National Park
Journey east to the Caribbean shore and Tortuguero National Park. On the way, stop at a Banana Plantation. Later board a motor launch for your cruise along the Tortuguero Canals, waterways crisscrossing a national park dedicated to the protection of endangered turtles. The eyes of your guide and boatman help you spot freshwater turtles, caymans, herons, toucans, egrets, and monkeys. Afternoon at leisure to explore Mawamba Lodge, until you meet for a slide show presentation.

Day 4: Tortuguero National Park Tour & Canal Cruise
Your tour guide accompanies you on a leisurely boat ride along remote, unspoiled sections of the park's waterways, explaining the bountiful flora and fauna. Then enjoy a fascinating stroll through an accessible portion of the nearby rain forest. During the peak nesting season in October, you may be lucky enough to observe an endangered green turtle laying her eggs under the stars on an optional tour. 

Day 5: Tortuguero-San Jose-Jaco
Early morning boat transfer to the Tortuguero airstrip for the short flight to San Jose. Time for a visit to a working Coffee Plantation to learn about an important part of the local economy. Then drive west to Jaco on the Pacific coast. Enjoy an afternoon at leisure to partake in the activities offered at your hotel or for a walk along the nearby beach. 

Day 6: Jaco-Tilajari Resort
This morning experience the contrasting beauty of a rain forest adjacent to pristine white sand beaches in Carara National Park. Discover the diverse habitats formed by marshes, lagoons, and streams during your guided walk. Continue on across the San Carlos Plains to your splendid Tilajari Resort. After settling in, experience the magic of the resort's Butterfly Garden. 

Day 7: Tilajari Resort
During your morning at leisure, you may wish to go horseback riding or take a float trip. Or you may simply like to take full advantage of Tilajari's amenities, including a walk along the shaded trail of the private 750-acre tropical forest. Later this afternoon drive to the nearby Tabacon Hot Springs Spa and Resort for dinner and to view the still active Arenal Volcano. 

Day 8: Tilajari-Poas Volcano-Sarchi-San Jose
An early start. First take pictures of the lovely Peace Waterfall, then it's off to Poas Volcano for close-ups of the enormous crater with its deep green lake; perhaps you will even see one of its sporadic geyser-like eruptions. Before returning to San Jose, visit the town of Sarchi, for centuries a production center of Costa Rica's famous hand-painted oxcarts, to shop for unique souvenirs. At the hotel tonight your tour director hosts a farewell dinner. 

Day 9: Home
Your homebound flight arrives the same day. Add Conchal Beach to Your Tour Days 1 to 8 (Thu. to Thu.) Day 9 San Jose-Conchal Beach. (Fri.) Travel west to the Pacific resort of Playa Conchal, famous for its white sand beaches and crystal clear water. A midday arrival allows for plenty of leisure time at the resort. 

Extended Tour:

Days 10 - 11: Conchal Beach
Two full days to relax, sunbathe, and enjoy the hotel facilities. The hotel offers tennis, golf, water sports, horseback riding, fishing, and diving. 

Day 12: Home
Your homebound flight arrives the same day. 

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*Includes flights from/to Miami and all intra-tour flights; for any airfare supplement from your departure city, call for a low add-on price.

To cover various departure and arrival taxes, the following per person amount will be added to your air-inclusive invoice: $77 (subject to change).

**Land-only price includes flight from Tortuguero to San Jose, a special value of $159.

Single room supplement: Main Tour $375; With Extension $736.

Triple reduction per person:  $90; Extension $138.

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