Costa Rica Natural Discovery FAM

8 Days


Experience 2 Oceans , 2 Rainforests & 1 Volcano all in just 8 Days!
This is a classic itinerary comparable to many advertised group tour offers with big buses and big crowds, not our idea of experiencing nature up close.
We do it differently. Visit this natural paradise up close with our expert guides just the way we like to run our semi-private eco-tours.
Start in San Jose, then visit Tortuguero National Park, Arenal and Tamarindo Beach in Guanacaste.


Arrival in San Jose International Airport where after clearing immigrations, luggage claim and customs proceed through exit door and turn right to hotel shuttle point, located directly in front of the public phones, just a few feet away. Here you will be met by Barcelo’s shuttle service for the short drive to Barcelo San Jose Hotel, for check in

Early in the morning your trip to Tortuguero National Park will depart to Limon crossing Costa Rica from west to east, descending into the lowland tropics of the Caribbean coast. We will stop for breakfast before we continue through a variety of life zones. Here, we board our riverboat for an exciting one hour trip where you will be able to observe various animals and vegetation. Mid-day arrival at Mawamba Lodge in time for a hearty lunch. Afternoon tour to Tortuguero town, starting at the entrance to the beach in front of the hotel. Visit the Caribbean Conservation Corporation Museum and the village. Return back to the lodge walking the beach trail. Enjoy Mawamba’s swimming pool, Jacuzzi, hammocks, nature trails and gardens. Dinner and overnight. Meals BLD

Optional tour available at 6:15am to admire the awakening of the wildlife of Tortuguero.  After breakfast, guided tour of Mawamba Park’s two butterfly farms, frog garden, biodigestor and River turtle area. After lunch, it’s time to explore Tortuguero National Park with a fascinating guided canal tour. Dinner and overnight. Optional night tour during the turtle nesting season (July to September). Meals BLD

After an early breakfast, you will board your boats back on the waterways to reach Pavona Dock. After having lunch at Rio Danta, your private 2 hour transfer will bring you on the new road directly to Arenal and the picturesque town of La Fortuna where you will get your first full view of this majestic volcano and, as the clouds lift, its awe-inspiring perfect cone. Check-in at Arenal Volcano Inn, overnight. Meals BL

After breakfast, enjoy an early morning self-guided walk through the 30 hectares (75 acres) of primary and secondary forest, with many paths and trails that will bring you to a myriad of the most amazing and colorful bird species of Costa Rica.
Later this afternoon embark on your guided Arenal Volcano Hike. The Arenal Volcano tour transports guests to the active northwest side of the volcano. The tour begins with a hike and depending upon which side of the volcano the lava is flowing, we go either to the trail “Los Tucanes” at the National Park or Mirador El Silencio.  As the evening approaches and your sense of hearing heightens, the hike takes on a surreal quality due to the amazing sounds the volcano makes in the distance. As you experience this tour, your well-trained bilingual guide will teach you a great deal about the activity and history of the volcano  It is possible to observe a great variety of plants, wildlife, magnificent lava rock formations and the Arenal Lake just in time for sunset! The hike takes approximately 55 minutes on gravel like trails. Return to your hotel or continue on with Option Tabacon Hot Mineral Springs & Buffet Dinner

Optional Tabacon Hot Mineral Springs With Buffet Dinner :
After your hike, head for a bit of rest and relaxation at the beautiful Tabacon Resort! The indescribable hot springs and exotic tropical gardens will soothe your body and soul. When the sun sets, the show begins with the grace of clear skies permitting, and the sight of redhot lava boulders rolling down the volcano as you soak in the springs, will stun you.  Revel in the cleansing and rejuvenating effects of the thermal waters. Tabacon is nestled at the base of mighty Arenal with a view of the Volcano towering in the background. Here, thermo-mineral springs flowing from Arenal run at a soothing 80- 102 F through a maze of pools, waterfalls and exotic tropical gardens. You’ll love exploring the springs many nooks pulsating with these magic hot waters! Locker keys and towels provided to all guests. Latter, a truly fabulous buffet is offered in the open air restaurant. Transfer back to your hotel for a good night’s sleep. Meals D

After breakfast depart on your 4 hour transfer to the sunny Tamarindo Beach! Upon arrival at the Wyndham Tamarindo you will check in and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. Meals B

Enjoy this day at leisure and relax! Tamarindo Beach is part of a bay formed by a cape, Cabo Velas (velas is Spanish for sails, or sailfish). Playa Grande lies to the north of Tamarindo Beach inside the bay. The two beaches are separated by a natural salt water estuary, Estero Tamarindo. South of Tamarindo Bay there is another beautiful estuary and beach, Playa Langosta. Meals B

Morning transfer to the airport for your return flight to the U.S. Meals B


  • 1nights in San Jose deluxe hotel with buffet breakfast daily, Barcelo San Jose
  • 2 nights in Tortuguero National Park first class with all meals, Mawamba Lodge
  • 2 nights in Arenal Volcano with buffet breakfast daily, Arenal Volcano Inn
  • 2 nights in Guanacaste  hotel with buffet breakfast, Wyndham Tamarindo Hotel
  • 12 meals: 7 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners
  • All meals in Tortuguero National Park
  • Tortuguero National Park hike, town tour and canal exploration boat tour
  • Arenal Volcano Hike
  • Entrance fees to parks and all places included except for  a $15 per person entrance fee for Tortuguero National Park
  • All transfers with baggage handling and all transportation within Costa Rica
  • Services of SLT local representatives
  • SLT guaranteed tour performance warranty
  • SLT $1 Million Insurance Protection Plan


  • 13% Costa Rica Government tax (VAT)

Optional Tours:

  • Tabacon Hot Mineral Springs including buffet dinner $155* per person
  • Post night Wyndham Tamarindo $60 per person

*Rate subject to change

What makes the Barcelo San Jose so special is a particular paradise. While it’s location defines the 254 room deluxe hotel as a city hotel, being just 15 minutes from the San Jose International Airport and 10 minutes to downtown San Jose, arriving guests quickly realize they’ve found a bit of Eden in the city.

It’s lovely outdoor spaces including pools and gardens planted with indigenous native Costa Rican tree species coupled with outstanding attention to guests
and it’s recognized commitment to the environment (evident by its Sustainability Certificate displayed in the lobby) make the Barcelo San Jose Hotel our favorite.
An outstanding buffet breakfast is included daily and features Costa Rican favorites, European specialties and all the things you would expect from a grand buffet. Enjoy well appointed guest rooms with views of the Central Valley.

Barceló San José Hotel offers spacious and bright rooms renovated in 2013, with classic and elegant style. With the comfort of our guests in mind, all of the rooms include a 32” LCD TV, free Wi-Fi and a free electronic safe with capacity for laptop computers.


Situated on the Northeast area of Costa Rica’s Caribbean Coast on a sand bar between the Tortuguero Canals and the Caribbean Sea, an excellent location that provides direct access to the beach and the canals. During your stay, enjoy the pool surrounded by exotic gardens and relax in the ranchos with hammocks. Comfortable rooms with ceiling fans provide tranquil garden views. Stroll through the nature trails or take a leisurely walk on the beach in front of the Lodge.


Surrounded by exotic nature that can be admired from the tranquility of your room or by taking a small walk around the hotel gardens


Located in one of the most beautiful corners of Costa Rica, Esplendor Hotel Tamarindo offers a space created to relax and be comfortable, where natural beauty, adventure and elegance combine to perfection.


  • QUALIFICATIONS: Travel Agent employees and affiliated Independent Contractors, Travel Writers & Bloggers are welcome. Agents Proof of qualification: IATAN ID Card, IATAN List, CLIA ID Card, TRUE ID. Agents without ID cards may qualify with a letter signed by the Agency owner/manager. Home based agents qualify. Travel Writers & Bloggers present your professional profile and affiliations.
  • Single Supplement $330 high Season / $275 low Season
  • No triple rate reduction
  • FAM Payments are non-refundable in case of cancellation

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Costa Rica Natural Discovery FAM
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