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Monkeys, Jungles and Volcanoes 2018 (For Families)

8 days with Trafalgar   Rating: First Class

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Itinerary
Click for Dates and Prices Day 1 Arrive San José
Bienvenidos a Costa Rica. You're going to have more fun than a barrel of monkeys and spot more than a barrel of wildlife on this incredible adventure. A local host will greet you at the airport and arrange your transfer to the hotel. Relax by the pool before meeting your Travel Director and fellow explorers at 6 p.m. for a Kick-off Party. (Kick-Off Party)

Day 2 San José – Tortuguero National Park (2 Nights)
Rise with the roosters and head east through Braulio Carrillo National Park toward the Caribbean Sea. Board a river boat, gliding through canals, lagoons and lowland rainforest teeming with wildlife. You'll be amazed at how many kinds of animals live here-six species of sea turtles, monkeys, caimans, tons of exotic bird species plus rare and endangered ocelots, river otters and manatees. The afternoon is yours-hang out by the pool or on the beach, or head to Tortuguero Village to meet the local students (when school is in session). Join a Local Specialist from the Sea Turtle Conservancy Foundation to learn about the incredible turtles that nest in Tortuguero. Enjoy a buffet dinner at the resort's open-air restaurant along the Tortuguero lagoon. (Full Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 3 Tortuguero Sightseeing
There's nothing like the wake-up call of a troop of howler monkeys to start your day. Set off on a cruise through the park's canals with your captain and guide to explore the lush waterways of Tortuguero National Park. You may want to start a tally of all the types of wildlife you'll see. Look out for sloths, green iguanas, caiman, crocodiles and colourful toucans. Of course, you'll spot tons of monkeys-agile howler and spider monkeys and white-faced capuchins swinging through the dense rainforest canopy. This afternoon, venture back out on the canals to add to your wildlife tally or relax back at the lodge, the choice is yours. If you're visiting during nesting season (Jul-Sep), join an optional night walk with a naturalist guide to witness some of the world's largest turtles laying their eggs. A buffet dinner is served at your hotel this evening. (Full Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 4 Tortuguero – Horquetas – Sarapiquí­ – Arenal National Park (2 Nights)
Bid adiós to the monkeys for now as you boat back to the mainland and travel to Horquetas. Here you'll visit a local Tico family's palm plantation. Gain a Cultural Insight into growing this exotic vegetable and the family that grows it. Taste something you've probably never tried before, the delicate heart of palm. Continue travelling to quaint Sarapiquí­ where you'll visit a wildlife centre for amphibians and reptiles run by a family of biologists who rehabilitate animals that can no longer live in the wild. (Full Breakfast, Lunch)

Day 5 Arenal National Park Sightseeing
Rise and shine as the forest and volcano call you back. Start the day with a guided trek around the quiet side of the volcano at Arenal National Park. Walk through the old lava rocks and learn about the powerful forces behind the volcano's past eruptions. Then head to the Arenal Hanging Bridges to walk eye-level with the lush canopy, observe the monkeys, sloths and chattering birds up close, and look out to see towering Arenal Volcano. Later, relax in the thermal springs or take a swim in the pool back at the hotel. End the day at a dinner with your travelling companions. (Full Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 6 Arenal National Park – Manuel Antonio National Park (2 Nights)
Get ready to have a blast. Imagine yourself soaring high above the jungle floor as you fly along ziplines through the treetops, eye-to-eye with the lush foliage and exotic rainforest creatures. Ziplining through the canopy is sure to be among the most amazing adventures in your lifetime. Later, head south to Manuel Antonio National Park, renowned for its warm blue waters, sparkling white sand beaches and abundant exotic wildlife. This evening, join the gang for a pizza night. (Full Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 7 Manuel Antonio National Park Sightseeing
Walking deep into the National Park with your guide, you'll definitely check off a few more creatures on your wildlife list-at last count, there were 109 different animals and 184 species of birds living here. Listen to the whooping bark of howler monkeys and the chattering of mischievous squirrel and white-faced monkeys. Then, it's time to hit the beach. Laze in the warm Pacific or at the resort's pool, or choose an optional catamaran cruise with snorkelling where you might see see dolphins, parrotfish or sea turtles (available Jan-Apr). This evening, join your fellow explorers to celebrate new friendships and awesome experiences over a Farewell Dinner at the hotel. (Full Breakfast, Farewell Dinner)

Day 8 Manuel Antonio National Park – Depart San Jose
Travel back to San Jose's Juan Santamaria International Airport for your flight or extend your stay at the Sheraton San Jose. (Full Breakfast)
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All This Included
Under the watchful eyes of colourful toucans and the lush canopy of dense rainforests, enjoy an unforgettable encounter with the vibrant landscapes and creatures of Costa Rica. Glide along the canals of Tortuguero, trek up the slopes of the steaming Arenal Volcano and note the diverse species you encounter along the way.

DINING
  • 7 full breakfasts
  • 5 dinners
  • 3 lunches
TRAVEL HIGHLIGHTS
  • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • Umbrellas provided for your use.
  • Cherry-picked hotels all tried and trusted
  • Hand-picked Insider Experiences
  • Optional Experiences and free time
  • All porterage and local charges included
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver
  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • Airport transfers on the first and last day of your guided holiday
  • VIP entry to many sights
Highlights
THE TRAFALGAR DIFFERENCE
  • CULTURAL INSIGHT Visit a local Tico family's palm plantation to learn about and taste the delicate heart of palm
  • HIDDEN TREASURE Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure
  • LOCAL SPECIALIST Learn about some of Tortuguero's most famous residents, its nesting sea turtles
  • JOIN TRAFALGAR Travel Today, Sustain TomorrowSnake Garden Wildlife Center At this family-run wildlife refuge, you'll meet the local native and Irish-Canadian founders to learn about their work supporting the local community and the Mesoamerican Biological Corridor.
SIGHTSEEING HIGHLIGHTS
  • Cruise the canals of Tortuguero National Park
  • Visit Tortuguero National Park, a wildlife centre near Sarapiquí, Arenal National Park, Manuel Antonio National Park
Accommodations
San Jose: Sheraton San Jose
Tortuguero National Park: Laguna Lodge Tortuguero
Arenal: Arenal Paraiso Resort and Spa
Manuel Antonio National Park: Parador Resort and Spa
Notes
  • Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
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