12 Day / 11 Night Ocean to Ocean Dream Package
- Approximate Price:
$1400 per person double occupancy includes all taxes
$1250 per person triple occupancy includes all taxes
- Meals: About 20 great meals (10 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 4 dinners)
- Duration: 12 days / 11 nights)
- Accommodations: Eleven nights in six different eco-friendly owner-operated hotels
Day 1 - Welcome to Costa Rica
Be met at the airport and shuttled to Adventure Inn, if you have time perhaps take a short bus or taxi into San Jose and its Central Market and pedestrian walkway, start to acclimatize yourself to Costa Rica, and adjust your baggage for the tour about to begin early the next morning. We have free luggage storage if you want to leave a few unnecessary items behind.
Day 2 - Your real adventure begins
Your departure begins the next morning at 6 am. You will be shuttled over the Central Cordillera Mountains, through majestic Braulio Carillo National Park, and you first stop will be an authentic Costa Rica breakfast. Shuttled down old logging roads deep into the Pacuare River gorge, you will be given a quick twenty minute crash course on whitewater rafting procedures and safety. Then you begin, arguably the finest whitewater rafting on the planet, enjoy 30 kilometers of consistent class III and IV rapids on the warm Pacuare River, you'll never forget it! Part way down you stop for a shore-side lunch. The Pacuare is ideal for the average tourist, no special skills or experience required, but what a blast!
When done, shower off, change your clothes, have a refreshment, view photos and if you want, buy videos of your rafting experience, and you will be shuttled to your hotel for three nights in the Caribbean's Puerto Viejo with its warm turquoise waters, pristine clean sandy beaches and a jungle backdrop
Day 3 - Activities in the Puerto Viejo area
After breakfast take a wonderful snorkeling and rainforest hike tour or if inclement weather prevents diving, we have an excellent, highly recommended canopy tour through and over the Talamanca mountain rainforests as an alternative.
Day 4 - More Puerto Viejo
After breakfast spend the rest of the day enjoying laid back Puerto Viejo and area, perhaps take a tour you missed yesterday.
Day 5 - Heading on to Tortuguero
After breakfast you will be shuttled then take a long canal boat for a two day / one night excursion into the biologically rich and tranquil Tortuguero Canals with covered boat rides and guides to help find and explain the exotic plants and animals, optional (June to October) night turtle nesting tour $35 extra.
Day 6 - More Tortuguero and on to Arenal Volcano
Explore by boat deeper into the Tortuguero canals then you are driven back to the 'mainland' by boat and shuttled for three hours through the rolling topography of the lush green Caribbean lowlands through pineapple, banana, heart of palm, coconut and sugar cane plantations to Arenal Volcano. It is exciting to see the volcano on the horizon get closer and closer and watch it create its own micro-climate. Check into your hotel for two nights, perhaps take a little time to do some souvenir shopping in busting La Fortuna, and retire for the night.
Day 7 - The most relaxing day of your life
After a hearty breakfast, and often the best time of the day to view the top of ominous Arenal Volcano (laying eerily dormant since February 2011), we shuttle you by taxi to world famous Tabacon Hot Springs for a full day of basking in the therapeutic warm mineral waters. Enjoy acres of exotically manicured gardens and pathways leading to countless volcano heated waterfalls, cataracts and swimming pools, swim up bars and restaurants, paradise if ever there was one. A delicious lunch and exotic buffet dinner are provided right on the Tabacon property. Leave by taxi anytime up to 10 pm when Tabacon closes.
Day 8 - Boats and climbing a mountain
What's next? Today after breakfast, how about a 4WD vehicle then boat over Lake Arenal then 4WD vehicle again climbing to the amazing stunted and misty cloud forests of Monteverde, check in to your Alpine style hotel. Order yourself a quick lunch if you wish, then get ready for the afternoons activities. You will be shuttled to the famous and enchanting Monteverde Hanging Bridges to walk through and high above the original growth cloud forest. Then you have a choice of a cloud forest canopy zip-line tour or the insectarium plus a butterfly farm plus a snake and reptile exhibition. Choose from several restaurants in the area for dinner, then relax back at your hotel for the night.
Day 9 - Down the mountain, and along the Pacific coast to Manuel Antonio.
After breakfast, take a shuttle down the other side of the Cordillera de Tilaran to the warm exotic Pacific beach resort of Manuel Antonio for two nights, with its wonderful beaches, jungle setting and colorful Tico lifestyle.
Day 10 - Manuel Antonio activities
After breakfast, you have the choice of a zip-line tour over and through the rainforest canopy, or a guided boat ride to the exotic and nature filled mangrove canals of Damas Island, or a guided and educational nature walk through the Manuel Antonio rainforest, with lunch provided. Spend the rest of the day soaking up the sun, beaches and wonderful little restaurants in the area.
Day 11 - Manuel Antonio in the morning and shuttle to Adventure Inn
After breakfast on your last full day in Costa Rica, enjoy the resort area, perhaps take a tour you missed yesterday, and leave Manual Antonio for Adventure Inn in the early afternoon tanned, warmed and excited about sharing stories and photos of your experience with the folks back home. Enjoy your last night at Adventure Inn relaxing and packing your memorabilia and enjoying a wonderful a la carte dinner, and have a relaxing sleep.
Day 12 - Good-bye until next time!
After breakfast, depending on your flight departure time, maybe check out San Jose's Central Market, or a museum, or pick up some last minute souvenirs then we shuttle you back to the airport.