Arrive in San Jose, where you are met and transferred to your hotel and after checking in to your hotel — located on a 30-acre coffee plantation — the rest of your day is at leisure. Overnite
This morning, embark on a heart-thumping zipline adventure between six panoramic platforms. Watch for local wildlife as you zoom through tree canopies and across the magnificent Molinete River within the verdant natural surroundings of the 1,200-acre Rain Forest Aerial Tram Park. Later this afternoon, board a private boat from the Caño Blanco dock, continuing to Tortuguero and your lodge, nestled amid a tangle of tropical foliage. Originally intended to protect a major nesting beach of the Atlantic green sea turtles, Tortuguero National Park now protects more than 50,000 acres, considered one of the last large areas of tropical rainforest in Central America. The national park spans 11 natural habitats, home to monkeys, sloths, river otters, caimans, lizards and frogs. Overnight; (B, L, D).
Today, you start your adventure exploring this tropical paradise. You may take a guided bird walk before voyaging down the slow- moving tropical rivers thatdefine Tortuguero National Park, one of the last large, intact tropical rainforests in Central America. Search for wildlife hidden within the thickflora, perhaps spider, howler and white-faced monkeys; three-toed sloths; river otters; caimans; iguanas; river turtles; basilisk lizards; and poison dart frogs. This region is also perfect for birders, as it showcases a multitude of bird species. Later, explore the village of San Francisco. If time permits, you may also visit a neighborhood school (when in session), or join local children in a game of soccer. Overnite Lodge (B, L, D)
This morning, head north by motorized boat to Caño Palma (Palm Canal) for an exciting kayak adventure, travelling to places motorized boats cannot reach. Paddle through the wildlife-rich canal, visiting one of the most magical places in the flooded forest. The Tortuguero area is situated on an ancient floodplain and consists of lowland tropical wet forest; it is the richest biological ecosystem in all of Costa Rica. Later this afternoon, take some time to relax and unwind, gathering the children for a garden walk. Those who prefer may also have fun in the sun at the pool. Overnite (B, L, D).
Depart on a short flight to Arenal then pick up at the airport for transfer to the Arenal area. The imposing volcano soars over 5,300 feet. Enjoy a relaxing soak and dinner at the thermal waters then overnite (B, D).
After breakfast, set out for the picturesque Arenal hanging bridges with your private guide. The site was designed to blend with the natural environment, while leaving the forest habitat virtually intact. As you walk, absorb the diversity of flora and wildlife that call the rainforest home; meanwhile, see imposing views of the volcano (weather permitting) from your perch. Afternoon free to relax or explore on your own. Overnite (B)
Pick up at hotel for transfer back to San Jose’s International Airport and return flight home. (B).