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Ecology Tours
The Best of Costa Rica
8 (Days / 7 Nights)

This package includes all the Costa Rican essentials, an impressive volcano, tropical jungles and cloud forests boasting exuberant flora and fauna.


•  Meet & Greet at the airport.

•  Arrival & departure transfers         

•  Shuttle bus transfers on an A/C motor coach throughout the whole itinerary.
•  2 nts / Park Inn / Standard room (B)
•  3D/2N Package at Laguna Lodge / Standard room (FB)
•  1 nt / Volcano Lodge / Superior room. (B)
•  2 nts / Trapp Family Lodge / Superior room (B)
•  Entrance fee to Tortuguero National Park
•  Shared hike in Laguna Lodge’s private trails
•  Shared boat tour at Tortuguero National park
•  Shared visit to Tortuguero town
•  Shared Monteverde Cloud forest Tour
•  Shared Sky Trek & Tram Adventure
•  All taxes and service charges.


What to bring

Clothing: Costa Rica is a very informal and casual country. Formal attire is only used in the city of San Jose and on very special occasions (Weddings, birthdays, anniversaries) We recommend to bring a sweater for the highland areas, and light loose fitting shirts, pants or jeans, and shorts for the lowland areas. For the beach areas please dont forget to bring a hat or cap, sunscreen, and sun glasses. For the rainforest and the National Parks we recommend hiking boots, a small backpack, water bottle, pocket knife, flashlight, insect repellent, rainwear, and a pair of binoculars to observe animals.

Day 01: Arrival / San Jose

Arrive by air into San Jose. Upon arrival a representative from Costa Rican Trails will meet you at the baggage claim area and will indicate you the emplacement of our driver. Our representative will provide you with a welcome kit with a welcome letter, vouchers, map and a detailed itinerary of your holiday in Costa Rica. Enjoy a short drive to San Jose for your first night in Costa Rica.


Overnight at the Park Inn, Standard room, Breakfast included

Day 02: San Jose – Tortuguero (B-L-D)

Early morning pick up for the drive through the Braulio Carrillo National Park to the canals lining the Atlantic Coast, where the two-hour boat trip to Tortuguero starts. A typical breakfast is served on the way. Tortuguero National Park, with its 21,000 hectares of preserved tropical rain forest, provides one of the best opportunities to experience a wide range of tropical wildlife.

Arrive at the lodge for lunch. Afterwards take a hiking trip around the hotel property. It is amazing how so nearby your room you can find different kinds of monkeys, sloths, iguanas, poison arrow frogs and many birds and insects including the blue butterfly (Morpho peleides).

In the evening, after a delicious meal, you will relax along the canals edge with a cocktail and enjoy the night sounds of the jungle

Overnight at Laguna Lodge, Standard Room. All "Family style" meals included.

Day 03: Tortuguero Canals (B-L-D)

After breakfast, guests will enjoy a guided boat tour along the canals of Tortuguero national park. Entrance fee to Tortuguero National Park included.

Visit the canals within the National park to discover a large variety of birds and receive detailed information on the flora and fauna of the area.

Return to the lodge for lunch.

The lodge will then schedule a tour to the village in the afternoon. This tour will provide detailed information on its history, culture and work in favor of conservation of the sea turtles and the flora and fauna in general.

The entrance fee to the Caribbean Conservation office (CCC) is not included. USD 2 per person has to be paid directly to the CCC

Overnight at Laguna Lodge, Standard Room. All "Family style" meals included.

Day 04: Tortuguero - Arenal (B-L)

Enjoy a scenic boat and bus transfer back to the town of Guapiles. Enjoy a delicious lunch before heading to the Arenal area. Take a shuttle transfer to Arenal.

Arenal’s perfectly symmetrical shape makes it a sightseer’s dream, while its abundance of outdoor activities makes it an easy place to check things off your “must-do in Costa Rica” list. So visit one of the nicest volcanoes in Costa Rica, cloud forests, a lake world-famous for windsurfing and an incredibly diverse population of wildlife is just part of what you will find in this amazing area of Costa Rica.

Late afternoon arrival to the hotel in Arenal Area, your home-base for tonight.

Overnight at Volcano Lodge, Superior Room, breakfast included.

Day 05: Arenal – Monteverde (B)

Afternoon pickup at the hotel for the scenic shared lake crossing transfer (boat-car) to Monteverde.

The Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve is one of the most diverse and rich tropical cloud forests in the New World and home to the resplendent Quetzal and the rare bell bird. Monteverde is not only interesting for the Cloud Forest Reserve’s inhabitants, but also for its founders, the Quakers. This area will be your home-base for two nights. After check-in, feel free to explore your new surroundings.

Overnight at Trapp Family Lodge, Superior Room, breakfast included.

Day 06: Shared Monteverde Cloud forest and Sky Trek-Tram tour (B)

In the morning you will hike through the well marked trails of the Monteverde Cloud forest Reserve. Then enjoy an afternoon adventure at the Sky Trek Zipline & Tram tour. This is a system of seven platforms suspended above the ground in the midst of tree boughs. Zip lines attached from one platform to another will allow you to slide with the use of special equipment. In Sky Tram explore the world famous Cloud Forest of Monteverde in a 5,249 feet ride that would lead you up to Costa Rica Continental Divide.


Overnight at the Family Trapp Lodge, Superior room, breakfast included.

Day 07: Monteverde - San Jose (B)

Afternoon return to San Jose on your shuttle/group transfer. Enjoy the rest of the evening at leisure to explore San José as the hotel is located a few minutes from down town.


Overnight at the Park Inn, Standard room, breakfast included

Day 08: Departure (B)

Transfer to the international airport and flight home or take a beach extension


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