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Tortuguero is famous for the Sea Turtle nesting beaches, but not everyone knows it is probably the single best spot in Costa Rica for viewing other wildlife. Monkeys, sloths, water walking lizards and hundreds of bird species call the unique "water trails" of the park home and as naturalists know, wildlife allows much closer approaches without startling when you glide up in a boat than when you're on foot.

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Hotel Grano de Oro (1 Night)
Hotel Grano de Oro (1 Night)
Day 1 — Welcome to Costa Rica! A greeter will meet you at the international airport to assist with your luggage and ensure everything goes smoothly on your way to the elegant Hotel Grano de Oro, located in a historic quarter of San José.

Converted from a Tropical Victorian mansion, the well-appointed 40-room hotel maintains the warmth and comfort of a private home. Within walking distance to cafes, theaters, shops and museums.
              
Turtle Beach Lodge (2 Nights)
Turtle Beach Lodge (2 Nights)
Day 2 — The route to Costa Rica's "Amazon" winds first by road through the cloud forests of Braulio Carrillo National Park then by covered riverboat along Tortuguero canal to Turtle Beach Lodge. A "welcome cocktail" and lunch will be waiting and after you can wander through the village or visit the Turtle museum (museum entrance fee $3 not included). Much of the wildlife is most active around dusk so relax in a lounger and keep your eyes on the trees.
                  

Optional Turtle Nesting Tour
July through October Atlantic Green Sea Turtles, Chelonia mydas (Tortuga Blanca) come ashore to dig nests and lay their eggs on the beaches of Tortugureo. Moonlight observation tours in the National Park nearly guarantee a chance to observe this spectacle if you're there in season.

Wildlife of Tortuguero National Park
Wildlife of Tortuguero National Park
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Day 3 — The grounds of the lodge are nearly as wild and wildlife packed as the heart of the National Park and an early morning walk along well maintained trails will almost certainly reward you with glimpses of monkeys, sloth, toucan or other wildlife.

After breakfast is served, a naturalist guide will join you for your visit to Tortuguero Park (entrance fee $10, not included).

El Silencio del Campo (3 Nights)
El Silencio del Campo (3 Nights)
Day 4 — After breakfast is served, a boat transfer will be provided back to the docks. A transfer will be awaiting to bring you to Hotel el Silencio del Campo.

Surrounded by tropical gardens and a grand view of Volcan Arenal, this La Fortuna hotel has been built around a “small village” concept. The "village" is comprised of private bungalows with two large picture windows, private patio, swimming pools, one for adults and one for children and a full-service restaurant. After a long day of adventuring, you will be able to cool down in the pool or unwind in their private hot spring fed pool.
            
Canopy Zipline Arenal
Canopy Zipline Arenal
Day 5 — Be sure to eat a light breakfast! Today you will go on a high speed, high flying canopy zipline adventure. On this gravity defying adventure, you will soar through the canopy of the rain forest on zipline cables, suspended by wheel and harness across 15 cables and the truly daring can choose to top off the day with a giant Tarzan swing!!!


Optional Hanging Bridges, Guided Bird Watching
For those that desire a little slower pace, the Arenal Hanging Bridges or Bird Watching Tour can be substituted at no additional charge.

Arenal Volcano Hike
Arenal Volcano Hike
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Day 6 — Arenal Volcano dominates every view from anywhere in the region, but to really see the eruptive action and lava flows you need to be in the right place at the right time. The right place is the observation clearing at the end of a short walk through the rain forest and the right time is late afternoon and early evening when your guide will accompany you on the volcano viewing hike.


Optional Hot Springs
Darkness falls early in Costa Rica and after viewing the volcano you'll have plenty of time to enjoy hot springs and dinner options such as The Springs or Tabacón can easily be added to your vacation.



Adiós ¡Hasta Luego!
Day 7 — We'll get you back to civilization and the international airport with plenty of time to spare before your flight home. Thank you for traveling with us and of course ¡Pura Vida!


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Approaching Tortuguero by air is like getting a flight-seeing bonus tour included in the cost of the transportation. (see photo album on the Tortuguero Park Tour link above). Let us know if you'd like to upgrade and fly in! Even if you want to splurge we still recommend taking the boat one way because that's a unique experience too!
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