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16 Days from $5,899

Feb 2018 - Sep 2018 Departures

Delve into Costa Rica's forests, experience one of the world's most vital ecosystems, meet the wildlife that thrives there and indulge your taste for coffee. Step further from the tourist trail in Nicaragua to discover a fascinating culture and extraordinary landscape.

Overview

What's included

  • Just You Tour Manager as your host
  • 15 nights in 3 & 5-star hotels
  • 21 meals: 15 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 2 dinners
  • Specialist Local Guide
  • Welcome drink & farewell get-together
  • Porterage
  • Audio Guide

Included excursions

  • San José city tour
  • Tortuguero National Park
  • Monteverde coffee farm visit
  • Monteverde Cloud Forest nature reserve
  • Carara National Park
  • Manuel Antonio National Park
  • Granada tour

Optional excursions

  • Hanging Bridges of Arenal
  • Peñas Blancas River
  • Tabacon hot springs visit & dinner
  • Tarcoles River mangrove cruise
  • Managua & Masaya Volcano National Park tour (subject to weather conditions)

Itinerary

Meet your fellow travellers in San José.

The capital of Costa Rica, San José is a huge city that manages to retain a smalltown feel and most of its architecture is less than a century old. Get to know more as we take a tour of the city and pause at the key sights of the National Theatre and the Gold Museum. You can explore further at your own pace this afternoon.

Tortuguero National Park, one of the country's most important ecological sites, is our destination on day 3. Meandering canals, surrounded by dense forest, stretch out into the Caribbean Sea. The vocal howler monkey is resident here along with crocodiles, caimans and the occasional turtle. We include visits to Tortuguero Village, to gain an insight into the local community, and the Caribbean Conservation Museum, to learn about sea turtles. We call at Braulio Carrillo National Park this afternoon.

Enjoy Tortuguero further at your leisure, with the chance to join a boat trip (subject to local conditions).

On day 5 we visit Muelle de San Carlos before reaching La Fortuna. On day 6 experience the Hanging Bridges of Arenal, a network of bridges traversing the luscious rainforest, on our optional excursion. Discover different levels of the forest from the floor to the canopy and see a huge variety of flora and fauna. We'll also visit the town of La Fortuna. In the late afternoon, enjoy an optional visit to the hot springs of Tabacon where the views of Arenal Volcano are excellent. Day 7 allows a day at leisure. Alternatively, join our pre-bookable optional boat trip along the Peñas Blancas River, which runs through the Tilaran Mountain Range. We also include a rainforest walk with a Local Guide.

On day 8 we visit the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve. Set up in the 1950s by American Quakers, today it's home to many species of birds and mammals.

Lunch is included at a coffee farm, where you'll learn all about the process of making coffee, en route to Monteverde. Here we'll take a tour of the village followed by a talk from a descendent of the original Quaker settlers. Take an optional guided walk in the forest this evening. On the morning of day 9 we visit a nature reserve, to learn all about the cloud forest and its importance in the ecosystem.

Today we journey along the Pan‑American Highway and cross the border into Nicaragua, the largest country in Central America. Nicaragua has experienced a dramatic recent history, but is slowly opening up to tourism. In the late afternoon, we explore one of the traditional white villages that are characteristic of the area. They also offer fabulous views over the volcanic Apoyo Lagoon.

Like the rest of Nicaragua, Granada is not on most tourist trails. We include a walking tour around the city which boasts a magnificent location on the shores of Lake Nicaragua. After visiting the Convento San Francisco Museum, take an optional horse-drawn carriage ride to the lake where you'll enjoy a relaxing boat trip. Day 12 offers time to explore Granada at your own pace or to join our full-day pre-bookable optional excursion to Managua, the capital of Nicaragua, and Masaya Volcano National Park (subject to weather conditions).

Today we'll cross the border back into Costa Rica, driving to the coastal area of Jacó.

Our morning begins with an included visit to Carara National Park, a major centre for ecological research.

In the afternoon join an optional, tropical mangrove cruise along the Tarcoles River – this area is famous for having one of the world's largest wild crocodile populations. Make sure you pre-book this excursion, as places are limited.

Our destination today is Manuel Antonio National Park, on Costa Rica's Pacific coast. This beautiful reserve is home to monkeys, toucans and a host of other wonderful wildlife. Your Local Guide will be on hand to tell you more about the park.

Today we return to San José where your Just You vacation comes to an end.

Accommodation

The 4-star Studio Hotel in San Jose is perfectly located, offering sweeping views of the surrounding Central Valley. <br><br> Hotel facilities include a restaurant, bar, terrace and outdoor swimming pool. Bedrooms have private facilities, air-conditioning and tea/coffee-making facilities.
The lodge is positioned extremely close to the extraordinary Tortuguero National Park. The National Park is famed for the huge variety of biodiversity, as depicted by the 11 differing habitats, including rainforests, mangrove forests, swamps, beaches and lagoons.
The 3-star Tilajari Resort in Muelle de San Carlos is perfectly located amid wonderful scenery near the San Carlos River. <br><br> Hotel facilities include a restaurant, bar/lounge, three outdoor swimming pools and a fitness centre. Bedrooms have private facilities, air-conditioning, safe, TV and hairdryer.
Hotel Fonda Vela is informal hillside hotel, located nearby Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve. It has its own beautiful gardens with a variety of places to go birdwatching. Each room is en-suite and has a TV, a minibar, satellite channels and a hairdryer. Hotel also features an indoor pool, a restaurant, a bar, WiFi access and a private parking.
The 3-star La Gran Francia Hotel is located right in the heart of the historical colonial city of Granada. <br><br> Hotel facilities include a restaurant and swimming pool. Bedrooms have private facilities, air-conditioning, hairdryer and TV.
Croc’s Casino Resort, located right on the beach in Jaco, offers exceptional services to their customers. All rooms are coming en-suite with a hairdryer and free toiletries. They also further benefit from elegant décor, air conditioning and free WiFi. Guests can relax in an outdoor pool and a spa or enjoy nightlife and entertainment in a casino and bars. Local and international cuisine is served in three restaurants located in the hotel.

Studio Hotel - San Jose

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Saturday 03 Feb 2018

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$5,899

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Wednesday 05 Sep 2018

16 Days

$5,949

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