At a Glance
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Day 1: San José - Arrival
Welcome to Costa Rica! Check into Grano de Oro, an oasis in the heart of bustling San José. Enjoy a relaxing evening with dinner at the hotel restaurant - one of the best in the city - and a soak in the rooftop hot tub before an early morning tomorrow.
Day 2: San José to Tortuguero - Jungle-fringed canals by kayak
Today you're off to Tortuguero, accessible only by air and water. Get an early morning start with a ride east through cloud forested mountains and flat, wide expanses of banana and pineapple plantations. Board a lancha to zip down the river to Tortuga Lodge where you'll check in just in time for lunch. Spend the afternoon spotting wildlife from a kayak as you paddle narrow jungle canals with a private guide.
Day 3: Tortuguero - A wildlife safari from monkeys to sea turtles
Do some early-morning birdwatching as the forest begins to stir around you. After breakfast, cruise the river in search of the vast array of wildlife that lives in Tortuguero - monkeys, toucans, sloths, parrots and more. After dark, a twilight walk through the gardens in search of the diminutive red-eyed tree frog, and then head to the beach for an up-close-and-personal turtle nesting experience.
Day 4: Tortuguero to Puerto Viejo - The beaches are calling
Trade rainforest for pristine Caribbean coast. Check into your luxe hideaway at Aguas Claras and head to the beach for the afternoon.
Day 5: Puerto Viejo - Navigate hidden beaches by bicycle
Ride south along the coast at your own pace to some of the areas most breathtaking beaches - Playa Chiquita, Playa Cocles and Punta Uva. Find a stretch of sand to call your own and tuck into a gourmet picnic. After a few hours of sun, sand and sea, ride back to Puerto Viejo and swing by Choco, an artisanal chocolate concept store to sample sweet cacao treats paired with local rum.
Day 6 & 7: Puerto Viejo - Beach relaxation; salsa dancing & dinner beneath the stars
Spend the last of your days in Puerto Viejo at your leisure. On your final night, toast to the perfect holiday with a gourmet spread served at a private beachfront table for two, then get your groove on with a private salsa class with a local pro.
Day 8: Puerto Viejo to San José - Whitewater rafting
Spend the day chasing thrills as you paddle through rapids in one of Costa Rica's wildest and scenic rainforests - the river gorge surrounding the Pacuare River.
Day 9: San José - Departure
After breakfast at Grano de Oro, a private driver will take you to the San José airport for your onward travels. So long!