This combo is available as a post-extension on all departures
Make the most of your proximity and time. Extend your voyage.
Upon disembarking, you may choose to either stay overnight in Guatemala City or continue on to San José. Please speak to an Expedition Specialist to review your hotel options.
Upon arrival, transfer to the Costa Rica Marriott Hotel for check in. This evening, meet your naturalist guide and enjoy a welcome dinner at the hotel. (D)
After an early breakfast we'll head to Tarcoles which lies in the buffer zone of Carara National Park. Here we will enjoy a tour on the Tarcoles River where we'll have the opportunity to see a wide variety of birds and the American Crocodile in its natural habitat. Once we arrive to Monteverde are, lunch will be at a local restaurant before venturing to Curi Cancha, a private reserve in the heart of Monteverde. Afterwards, we'll hear from an early Quaker settler on Monteverde. We'll then check in to a family-owned retreat with privacy, expansive lawns and picturesque views of the cloud forest. (B,L,D)
Today you'll have breakfast at the hotel before visiting a butterfly farm where we'll have the opportunity to see dozens of local species in a short time. After lunch, we'll tour the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve with trained naturalists, relying on their expertise to spot mantled howler monkeys and possibly the rare Resplendent Quetzal. (B,L,D)
We'll enjoy a breakfast at the hotel and then visit a family-owned farm practicing sustainable agriculture and traditional sugar processing. A local guide will give us a walking tour of the farm and accompany us as we see the original trapiche sugar press. We'll have a chance to sample the local sugar cane liquor called guaro. After the tour, we'll drive to Lake Arenal, which we'll cross in 40-passenger boats landing at a restaurant on the lake's far side. From here we will check into an elegant hotel surrounded by gardens and pastures with grazing animals, and every room offers a panoramic view of the smoldering Arenal Volcano. (B,L,D)
Walk the Arenal Hanging Bridges strung more than 3 kilometers through the rain forest canopy, and then explore the Arenal bridges winding through the dense forest. In the evening, relax in thermal pools naturally heated by the volcano. (B,L,D)
Transfer from your hotel to the Arenal airstrip for a charter flight to Tortuguero, a spectacular lowland forest on Costa Rica’s northeast coast, accessible only by water or air. A short boat ride brings you to the rustic Aninga Lodge, set on the water’s edge. Settle into your accommodations in charming private bungalows raised above the rain forest floor and enjoy lunch at the lodge’s restaurant. The lodge also has swimming pools and a walking trail to take advantage of. Later, explore the canals of Tortuguero National Park in small boats with your naturalist guides. Be on the lookout for howler, spider and capuchin monkeys as well as caiman, ibis, tiger herons, curassow and myriad other bird species. Dine tonight at the lodge restaurant, nestled in the middle of the rain forest. (B,L,D)
Set out by boat to explore more of Tortuguero National Park’s canals. You can choose guided boats or go by kayak for a more personal exploration. In the early afternoon, you’ll have free time to enjoy the lodge’s amenities such as the pool or optional spa treatments before visiting the Sea Turtle Conservancy. There you’ll learn about the history of the region and important conservation work taking place on Tortuguero’s beaches. Later, stroll through the car-less village to see small shops before dining at Miss Junies, a restaurant with a rich heritage and Afro-Caribbean flair. (B,L,D)
En route to San José we’ll stop visit Sibú Chocolatier, makers of some of the world’s finest organic chocolate. Here we’ll learn the Aztec & Mayan history of the cacao plant and enjoy a workshop on preparing chocolate. The day ends with a farewell dinner. (B,L,D)
Transfer to the San José airport for flights home. (B)
Cost Per Person*
|Double Occupancy||Single Occupancy|
*All pricing is in U.S. dollars. Please call for AUS pricing.
To be added to your voyage cost.
Accommodations as indicated; meals as indicated; excursions; sightseeing; transfers to and from group flights; tips (except to ship’s crew); services of expedition staff, all taxes and service charges.
Air transportation; meals not indicated; personal items such as alcoholic beverages, e-mail, laundry, etc. Gratuities to ship’s crew are at your discretion.
Join us for updates, insider reports & special offers.