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Rainforest To The Caribbean

Highlights

San Jose - Tortuguero - Arenal - Cancun - Cobá - Valladolid - Merida - Uxmal - Chichen-Itza

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CV-012

Dates

Prices*

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*Price per person based on twin/double share

Full Itinerary

DAY 1: ARRIVAL - SAN JOSE

Arrival into San Jose. Time at leisure.


DAY 2: SAN JOSE - TORTUGUERO NATIONAL PARK (B, L, D).

Depart early to Tortuguero National Park, crossing the protected area of Braulio Carrillo National Park. Stopping on the way for breakfast before arriving at the dock. Boarding a boat to reach the lodge and greeted with a refreshing exotic fruit cocktail. After lunch, visit the village of Tortuguero and then return to the lodge.


DAY 3: TORTUGUERO NATIONAL PARK (B, L, D).

Depart this morning and navigate through the Tortuguero Park Canals. The park was created to protect the most important nesting site of the green turtle in the Western Hemisphere and covers 190 square kilometres. The canals cross the park, creating a labyrinth of deltas and lagoons. With 11 different ecosystems, from rainforests of palm trees to marshes, this park offers one of the most extraordinary experiences in the natural world. Return to the lodge for lunch and the rest of the day at leisure.

From July to September in Tortuguero National Park an optional night tour to walk along the beach to admire the green turtles nesting is available - price on request.


DAY 4: TORTUGUERO - ARENAL NATIONAL PARK (B, L, D).

Boarding the boat to leave the park you arrive at the dock. Continue overland to Guapiles where we will enjoy lunch and then continue to Arenal. The Arenal Volcano National Park surrounds the volcano of the same name and it covers 120 square kilometres from the plains of San Carlos. The majestic views this volcano offers are some of the most impressive in the country and having the chance to admire it in all its splendour, without clouds, is considered a real blessing by the Costa Ricans. Following the hotel check in, leave for an evening at the Tabacon thermal baths, one of the wonders of La Fortuna. With more than 30 free flowing pools with temperatures ranging from 38°C to 43°C, coming from the Arenal volcano, relaxation is guaranteed! A buffet dinner at the spa will follow before the transfer to the hotel.


DAY 5: ARENAL - SAN JOSE (B).

Depart this morning towards the Arenal volcano to follow one of the paths on the north side, Las Coladas, which takes you through the rainforest and towards a large lava flow formed in 1992. Here you can observe a great variety of plants and wildlife. The hike ends at an observation point where, if the weather permits, you will be able to see the hot lava flow down the mountain. Following the walk transfer to San Jose for the evening.


DAY 6: SAN JOSE - CANCUN (B).

Fly to Cancun this morning. Rest of the day at leisure to explore.


DAY 7: CANCUN - COBÁ - VALLADOLID - MERIDA (B).

Today depart for a visit to the less known archaeological site of Cobá. This ancient city was built around a group of lakes, and it was one of the greatest and most populated cities during the Maya era. Explore temples yet unrestored and hidden in the thick rainforest. Be brave and climb the great pyramid of Nohoch Mul, the highest Mayan structure at the Yucatan Peninsula. Continue to Valladolid, a charming little city with a very hospitable Mayan population, which preserves, besides a legendary joy, the typical costumes from pre-Columbian era, especially in women’s clothing. Here visit the Cathedral of Saint Bernardino with its splendid monastery, as well as an urban structure with picturesque narrow streets and beautiful buildings coloured in warm Mexican colours. Continue to Merida.


DAY 8: MERIDA - UXMAL - MERIDA (B).

Visit the archaeological site of Uxmal, a World Heritage Site, located 80 km south of Merida. Its architecture style named “Puuc” is characterized by low horizontal palaces set around courtyards, decorated with a profusion of symbolic motifs and sculptures depicting the long-nosed rain god Chaac. Explore the magnificent buildings, including the House of the Magician – which dominates the site, the Nunnery, and the House of Turtles. Return to Merida for the afternoon at leisure and explore the main attractions of the city, such as Montejo Walk, Santa Lucia Park and the main square.


DAY 9: MERIDA - CHICHEN ITZA - CANCUN, RIVIERA MAYA OR TULUM (B).

Today depart to the archaeological site of Chichen Itza, located 120 km east of Merida. Chichen Itza is the best restored of Yucatan’s Mayan sites. Explore the magnificent ruins set in a dense jungle, including the Pyramid of Kukulcan, the Great Ball Court, and the Sacred Cenote. After Chichen Itza transfer to the beach location of your choice.


WHAT’S INCLUDED

Accommodation - 8 nights in minimum 3-star hotels.

Meals - As specified in the itinerary (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner).

Luggage - One normal suitcase and one handbag per person

Transfers - all airport transfers from arrival on Day 1 to final day (assuming specific group flights booked).

Tours (with local bilingual English-speaking guides) - Tortuguero National Park: Village, boat trip. Arenal National Park: Volcano trip, hiking tour, La Fortuna Tabacon thermal baths. Cobá:  Archaeological site. Uxmal: Archaeological site. Chichen Itza: Archaeological site & tour.


WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED

International flights and airport taxes to join the tour.

Internal flights and airport taxes within the tour (specific flights will be advised).

Tips for local guides / drivers.

Early Check-in / Late Check-out.

Travel insurance.


NOTES

  • Check required group flights at time of booking.

  • Tour prices are based on shared group services (not private services).

  • Passport copies required 30 days prior to arrival for all passengers.

Itinerary

DAY 1:  Arrival - San Jose

DAY 2:  San Jose - Tortuguero National Park

DAY 3:  Tortuguero National Park

DAY 4:  Tortuguero - Arenal National Park

DAY 5:  Arenal - San Jose

DAY 6:  San Jose - Cancun

DAY 7:  Cancun - Cobá - Valladolid - Merida

DAY 8:  Merida - Uxmal - Merida

DAY 9:  Merida - Chichen-Itza - Riviera Maya Or Tulum

Interests
History & Culture
Wildlife & Nature
Archaeology & Palaeontology
RAINFOREST TO THE CARIBBEAN
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