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  • San José
  • Tortuguero NP
  • Cahuito
  • Puerto Viejo Saraquipi
  • Arenal Volcano
  • Rincon de la Vieja
  • Monteverde
  • San José

During the Eco Explorer trip you will be submerged in the marvelous nature of Tortuguero and stay in one of the top rated eco lodges of Costa Rica. All excursions and meals are inclusive. From day 6 you will travel in all liberty alongside volcanos and through parts of the rain forest. Pick the 4x4 which appeals to you and off you go!

Individual

Day 1 - San José

Upon your arrival in San José you will receive a sticker displaying your name to facilitate the various procedures. A local representative awaits you after your passage of the customs, it will give you the practical information and road map. Then transfer to your hotel.

Standard Hotel:  Park Inn by Radisson
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Days 2 - 3 - 2-3 San José - Tortuguero NP

p>Early morning departure to the Caribbean coast with destination Tortuduero. En-route you can admire the beauty of the virgin forest of the Braulio Carrillo National Park. You rejoin your lodge by boat. navigating the canals the exceptional beauty of this natural setting is bound to strike home. In the afternoon, visit the picturesque village of Tortuguero.

On day 3 your guided cruise has been scheduled. As you explore Tortuguero in depth chances are you will spot caimans, monkeys, sloths, turtles, iguanas and many bird species up close.
Standard Hotel:  Laguna Lodge
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Days 4 - 5 - Tortuguero NP - Cahuita (140 km)

After breakfast your transfer over land and water to Guapiles awaits. You enjoy lunch and pick up your rental car (equipped with your luggage that you left behind) and start your exploration of the mainland of Costa Rica and in particular the white beaches of Cahuita, Puerto Viejo.
Tomorrow, on day 5, a day at leisure awaits to fully enjoy the hotel facilities and/or participate in optional activities.

Standard Hotel:  Villas del Caribe (superior)
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Day 6 - Cahuita – Sarapiqui (185km)

On your programme today is La Selva, Sarapiqui. Thanks to the abundant rainfall, this region is always green.  Will you fall under the spell of the enchanted flora and fauna? You are about to find out.

Standard Hotel:  Tirimbina Reserve (Coquette dlx)
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Day 7 - Sarapiqui

A visit to the La Selva Biological station where scientists from all over the world study the rich indigenous variety of nature is an absolute must. Other toppers in this region include: rafting the Sarapiqui river, a canopy tour or a trip on horseback.

Standard Hotel:  Tirimbina Reserve (Coquette dlx)
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Day 8 - Sarapiqui – Volcan Arenal (67 km)

The most striking yet natural landmark in Northern Costa Rica is the Arenal volcano. This mighty mountain once belonged to the most active volcanoes in the country, often with threatening roars, rumblings even fumaroles at times. But don't be afraid; today the volcano ranks amidst the 'sleeping giants' though the Arenal national park and region remains amongst the most actively visited locations of Costa Rica.

Standard Hotel:  Arenal Montechiari
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Day 9 - Arenal Volcano

Day at leisure. May we suggest you visit the Arenal Volcano National Park? Besides the impressive, majestic Arenal volcano you will also find an abundance of diverse orchids, bromeliads and ferns in the national park. Other option sin the region include: a dip in the hot springs, a boat excursion to the Cano Negro Wildlife Refuge or the exploration of the Arenal Rainforest Reserve...

Standard Hotel:  Arenal Montechiari
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Days 10 - 11 - Volcan Arenal - Rincon de la Vieja (180 km)

The north of the province of Guanacaste, that is your where you are heading today. This region is known for its outstanding natural beauty and its exceptional and rare wildlife not to mention the captivating appeal of its tropical forest and breathtaking waterfalls. The region just oozes with charm.
And we considered that to take it all in an extra day on the spot would be most welcome. relax in the lovely hot springs, take a mud bath or shower under the natural cascades. Today you are one with Mother Nature.

Standard Hotel:  Hacienda Guachipelin
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Days 12 - 13 - Rincon de la Vieja – Monteverde (200 km)

Charged those batteries? Good as today Monteverde and the breath-taking views over the peninsula and islands of Nicoya await. A guided walk through the Monteverde Cloud Forest reserve with its six diverse ecosystems is an absolute must. Again a day at leisure (on day 13) will bring relieve from the stress shortage of time here would bring. Pick any of the optional excursions and go for it! The Santa Elena Reserve or town of Monteverde, the Sky Walk & Sky Trek, a canopy tour or horseback ride? Go, explore!

Standard Hotel:  Cloud Forest Lodge
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Day 14 - Monteverde – San José (150 km)

Return to San José for your last night stay during this travel itiineray in Costa Rica.

Standard Hotel:  Park Inn by Radisson
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Day 15 - San José

Short leg to the airport and handing in of your rental car. 

Hotels & Meals

Costa Rican cuisine is a blend of Native American, Spanish, African and many other cuisine origins. Dishes such as the very traditional tamale and many others made of corn are the most representative of its indigenous inhabitants, and similar to other neighboring Meso-American countries. Spaniards brought many new ingredients to the country from other lands, especially spices and domestic animals. And later in the 19th century, the African flavor lent its presence with influence from other Caribbean mixed flavors. This is how Costa Rican cuisine today is very varied, with every new ethnic group who had recently become part of the country's population influencing the country's cuisine.

(Wikipedia)


Travel Documents

  • All Belgian nationals travelling on a Belgian passport (children and babies included) must be in possession of an international e-passport (electronic) containing min. 2 blank pages and valid for 3 months (for departure from Costa Rica) or 6 months (for departure from Nicaragua) after your return flight date. 
  • Travellers with a non-Belgian nationality and / or travellers travelling on a foreign passport are invited to spontaneously report this matter to the Connections travel consultant and shall contact their respective embassy (s) or Consulate (ate) to obtain the latest updates concerning all current travel requirements and documents.
  • Please note there is a departure tax when you leave the country: 29 USD (01/02/17)

Insurances

Have a safe and carefree trip: travel fully insured with our Protections travel insurance! Our Protections insurance policies offer various formulas in order to offer you the widest possible cover (with even a fly-on-time, natural catastrophes and epidemics) for both single journeys or for the entire year. We guarantee you the best protection at the best price.

Tailored travel

The tours in our brochures are just a few examples of travel itineraries possible. Our trips can be tailored to suit your specific needs. If you want to book a specific destination or combine it with a mini-tour then we will gladly make you a tailor-made offer. For a personalised day-by-day program please contact our destination experts.

Would you like to travel in a group; with your entire family, friends or colleagues? (min. 10 people required). Put our know-how to the test and send us your details and wishes. We will gladly turn the blueprints of your trip into a detailed quote and a lasting memory for you to cherish. Contact our Connections’ Group Service by e-mail at groups@connections.be or by telephone on +32 (0)2 550 01 65. We would love to hear from you.

Health

No mandatory vaccinations. To verify the latest updates on health requirements , please surf to www.itg.be.

Time Zones

  • -7h (winter)
  • -8h (summer)

Currency

Currency
  • Costa Rica: Colon (CRC); 100 CRC = 0,146 EUR * 1 EUR = 653,59 CRC (22/11/17).
Payment Methods

The most convenient method of payment is by credit card but cash euros and dollars in small amount come in handy. Inform yourself timely, as from January 15, 2015 your Visa and/or MasterCard credit card (and possibly other types of credit cards) has automatically been set to "not for use in the US, for US car rental agencies and during cruises under the American flag".

Climate

Pleasant subtropical climate with micro climates which imply that weather changes are quick and unforeseen. Along the coastline you may expect warm and tropical weather, the central plateau is cooler, in the mountains it can get chilly. Rain season stretches from May to November. High season: November - April.

Average Temperatures (°C):

Destination J F M A M J J A S O N D
San Jose 25 26 28 30 30 28 28 28 27 26 26 25
Puerto Limon 27 28 28 28 27 27 26 26 27 27 28 28
Tamarindo 32 32 33 33 31 31 30 30 30 30 30 30
Bocas del Toro 30 31 32 33 31 30 30 30 30 30 29 29
Léon 31 31 33 34 33 31 31 31 31 31 31 30

What's included?

  • 12 nights iaccommodation in B&B in listed hotels or equivalent
  • 2 nights full board on Tortuguero from lunch day 2 to breakfast day 4
  • 11 day car rental SUV 4WD with full insurance cover and GPS in the chosen catégorie
  • Private welcome, assistence and briefing at airport by local English speaking representative
  • Private airport - hotel transfer on day 1 
  • Price per person sharing based on double occupancy

What's not included?

Your international flights and airport taxes, the admission to the national Parks and guides, non-mentionned services and meals, beverages, tipping, optional excursions and personal expenses.

Good to Know

ESSENTIAL TO KNOW

  • Baggage allowance is restricted to 11 kg pp,
  • Pack a smaller travel bag for your stay in Tortuguero. Your remaining luggage remains at the hotel in San Jose.
  • Your rental car will be delivered to Guapiles along with your luggage. .

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