Christmas time in Costa Rica - 8 Days

Overview

One of our  best buys!  Visit Tortuguero National Park, a real rainforest jungle odyssey. Day trips from San Jose to the Arenal Volcano and the amazing Tabacon Hot Springs, plus a city tour of San Jose and a cruise tour to Tortuga Island’s white sand beach or Doka Estates Coffee Plantation, Poas Volcano and the amazing La Paz Waterfall Gardens tour round out this 8 day vacation. This tour is ideal for those not fond of checking in and out of hotels. Enjoy boat exploration and a hiking tour in
Tortuguero National Park suitable for everyone. If you’ve never been to Costa Rica before, this tour is for you!
A 2-destination itinerary gives you a chance to settle in your hotel room so you can have more time for touring Costa Rica’s Rainforests, cloud forests, volcanoes, coffee plantations and hot springs, plus your visit aids in the long-term efforts to protect sea turtles in Tortuguero.

Itinerary

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Welcome to Costa Rica. After clearing immigrations and customs follow to the exit and take the transfer to the hotel, less than 30 minutes away.
Check in to the Barcelo San Jose.

The Arenal Volcano with Tabacon Hot Springs tour is one of the most popular tours that we offer.
This tour offers the best of both worlds, in terms of the raw untamed beauty of the imposing Arenal Volcano, which is juxtaposed against the lush and soothing thermal waters of Tabacon Hot Springs. All this set against a backdrop of lush vegetation and breathtaking views of the nearly perfect conical shaped lines of the volcano.
Situated in the northern lowlands of Costa Rica and about a 2 hour ride away, the impressive Arenal Volcano is a magnificent natural wonder that attracts thousands of tourists who come to see an active volcano which on clear days allows one to witness white plumes of smoke that emanate from this conical shaped behemoth. It should be noted, that the volcano had previously been assumed to be dormant, until in 1968, when to everyone’s amazement it experienced a major eruption.

Enroute to the Arenal Volcano there will be a stop in the famous town of Sarchi, known as the birthplace of Costa Rica’s Artisans. In Sarchi, you can see many of the handicrafts that Costa Rica has to offer, as well as the possibility of feasting your eyes on the world largest ox cart. The cart is made of cedar and is painted with several coats (4) of orange paint and is multicolored. The design is typical and intricate, indicative of traditional oxcarts. The oxcart is two stories high and took nearly 70 days to construct and paint. For the record, according to the Guinness book of world recorded, the cart is nearly 45 feet long (14 meters) and weighs 4400 lbs (2 tons).

The journey will then continue, traversing diverse plantations with agricultural products, including pineapple farms, and mango groves, ornamental plants and cattle ranches until arriving to the small town of La Fortuna, and stopping to enjoy lunch at a cozy restaurant with a magnificent view of the volcano.

Then you will go on to relax at one of the best hot springs in the area where you will 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 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!

Tabacon Hot springs combines the four elements of nature; the heat of the volcano, the flowing waters of the hot springs, the pure air of the rainforest, and the fertile earth of the Fortuna de San Carlos Region, to provided visitors with a first rate experience.

And for a perfect ending, before going back to San José, Tabacon’s signature buffet dinner will be served with a great view of the volcano so that you do not miss any opportunity to look at the magnificently shaped volcano.. Meals BLD

Today we visit San Jose, the capital city of Costa Rica, and the largest city in the country.
Our tour will take you through historical monuments, museums and parks. Along the way, our half-day sightseeing will include the commercial district, San Jose’s Central Park and the Metropolitan Cathedral, the National Theater, the National Museum and the Legislative Assembly. Sight-seeing will continue through the University of Costa Rica’s main campus, and then to Moravia, home of leather craftsmen, where you will have plenty
of time to shop at the stores. Meals B

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 breakfast, depart by boat back to Pavona Dock and board Mawamba’s bus back to San Jose stopping in Guapiles for lunch at Rio Danta. Late afternoon arrival in San Jose for check-in and overnight. Meals BL

Tour Tortuga Island

The Gulf of Nicoya’s archipelago paradise is made up of various islands that are home to nature’s abundance. The area is a sanctuary for marine birds, with white sand beaches and flora and fauna native to our Central Pacific Coast. The world-renowned Isla Tortuga is part of this beautiful archipelago.

Located 12 miles from Puntarenas, Isla Tortuga’s 120 hectares are maintained as a protected forest. The area maintains the Bandera Azul Ecológica, a distinction awarded to certain beaches in Costa Rica for their pure, unpolluted waters. Because of the island’s location, its waves are gentle and its waters turquoise.

OUR NEW CATAMARAN:

If you enjoy cruising, we invite you to experience the pleasure on board our new boat, The Great Bay’s Princess, with a capacity for 190 passengers plus crew.

The Great Bay´s Princess is built using the latest technology, including Cummins Marine motors and satellite navigation, and meets all international security requirements. We are the only boat that has the Stability Certificate issued by the International Register of Shipping, the rating entity recognized worldwide.

Our staff has been trained for emergencies and evacuation plans. Our catamaran meets or exceeds all national requirements defined by the maritime division of the Ministry of Transportation and Public Works. Meals BL

Combo Tour

Coffee, volcano, waterfalls and rainforest come together in this fantastic full day tour. Starting with a drive by the city of Alajuela passing by the Agriculture Monument, the Monument to Juan Santamaria and the famous Mango Park we make our way out of the Central Valley.

As we ascend towards the Poás Volcano we will notice the change in temperature and vegetation, palm trees are replaced by pine and cool air overcomes the lowland heat. We will see coffee plantations as well as fern, flower and strawberry farms along the way, creating a beautiful landscape that paves the way to our next stop, The Doka Estates Coffee Plantation.

Upon arrival at Doka Coffee Estate enjoy a delicious breakfast followed by a coffee tour, in the actual coffee plantation. Here, we will learn about the ancient techniques used by the experts to produce one of the best coffees in Costa Rica. Learn about the careful process involved on the cultivation, harvesting and roasting of the Golden Bean.

Next, we will continue to Poás Volcano where we will not only admire the impressive main crater with its sulfur fumaroles, but also learn about the different ecosystems in this beautiful national park.

Following the visit to the volcano we will continue to La Paz Water Fall Garden for lunch and tour. On arrival to the La Paz, we will walk through a trail, leading to a spectacular waterfall in the middle of the rainforest.   Inside the park we will also visit the largest butterfly observatory in the country, the impressive hummingbird gallery, the serpentarium, the bird house and the frog’s exhibit. Meals BL

Hotel-Airport shuttle transfer to the airport for your return flight to the U.S. Meals B.

“Itinerary variations in Tortuguero National Park occur depending on lodge assignment. The itinerary schedule & features displayed here are reflective of Mawamba Lodge.”

Includes:

  • Deluxe hotel in San Jose with buffet breakfast daily (upgrade to Executive Club Lounge, see special upgrade bonus tab)
  • First class lodge and all meals in Tortuguero National Park
  • 15 meals: 7 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 3 dinners
  • Your Choice: Deluxe full day Pacific Island Cruise with lunch or Combo Tour to Poas Volcano, Doka Estates Coffee Plantation and the Amazing La Paz Waterfall Gardens with lunch
  • Tour of Arenal Volcano & Tabacon Natural Hot Mineral Springs with lunch & dinner
  • Comprehensive city tour of San Jose including the National Theater and Gold Museum
  • All transfers with baggage handling throughout
  • Entrance fees to parks and all places included except for a $15 per person entrance fee for Tortuguero National Parkand all places of interest
  • All transportation within Costa Rica
  • Services of SLT local representatives throughout
  • SLT guaranteed tour performance warranty
  • SLT $1 Million Insurance Protection Plan

Excludes:

  • 13% Costa Rica Government tax (VAT)

BARCELO SAN JOSE

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.

MAWAMBA LODGE

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.

Standard rooms feature one double and one single bed or three single beds.
All rooms have garden view, ceiling fan, complimentary safety box, daily clean up service and private bathroom. Hair dryers available from the reception

Join Our Fixed Trip Starting Date

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December 25, 2021 - January 1, 2022 Guaranteed $1,185.00
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December 26, 2021 - January 2, 2022 Guaranteed $1,185.00
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You’ll be staying at the beautiful Barcelo San Jose for most of your trip, so we want your experience there to be wonderful. This upgrade offer was designed to make your stay extraordinary and we guarantee you’ll save lots of money with the included features in this excellent upgrade offer!

Upgrade offer includes:

Your room key allows 24 hour access to the Executive Lounge.

The Executive Club Lounge private facilities offer fabulous food and beverages options throughout the day and all included – no matter what time of day you’ll find refreshing drinks and tasty treats to enjoy in a quiet serene setting with a stunning view of the Central Valley.  Stop by on your way back from a day of touring Costa Rica’s ecological sights and wind down at happy hour from 5-7 PM with spirits and cocktails and delicious tastings of the Chef’s selection.

The Fully staffed Executive Lounge with it’s amazing food and beverage offering, business center and convenience case where guests can pick up a bottle of water and other assorted  refreshments any time.
This offer is available for Just $125 per person  and covers upgrade to the Executive Club for your entire stay at Barcelo San Jose Hotel.

You can send your enquiry via the form below.

Christmas time in Costa Rica
From $1,185.00
per Adult

Trip Facts

  • Car
  • Hotel
  • Sight Seeing
  • Breakfast
  • San Jose, Tortuguero National Park, Arenal Volcano, La Paz Waterfall Gardens