Costa Rica: A World of Nature – A Small Group Tour

Immerse yourself on this small group experience, with an average of 15 passengers, to an emerald wonderland, where almendro trees climb high in to a cloud forest, extraordinary animals roam free, and hundreds of bird species take flight. From discoveries on water to journeys terra firma, experience Costa Rica – a living Eden on Central America’s isthmus.

AAA Vacations®

  • $75 optional tour credit

AAA MEMBER BENEFIT

  • $50 per person savings

Inclusions

  • Air-inclusive tours:  Private round-trip home to airport sedan service on air-inclusive tours**

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Tortuguero National Park
  • Sarapiquí
  • Tirimbina Rainforest Center
  • Chocolate-Making Demonstration & Tasting
  • River Safari
  • Choice of Horeseback Ride or Forest Reserve Guided Walk
  • Finca Experience
  • Culinary Demonstration
  • Arenal Volcano
  • Hanging Bridges
  • Choice of Zip Lining or Volcano Lava Field Hike
  • Jungle Crocodile Safari & Bird Watching
  • Manuel Antonio National Park

Itinerary

Day 1: San Jose, Costa Rica – Tour Begins

Day 2: San Jose – Tortuguero National Park

Head down the rivers and canals to the world’s first sea turtle research station and go behind the curtain of this jungle paradise. Later, get away from it all and relax at your incredible lodge.  Today breakfast, lunch and dinner will be included.

Day 3: Tortuguero National Park

Begin the day on an excursion to spot the elusive green macaw and other unique winged creatures that flock to Tortuguero. A nature cruise through the park is your allows you to live a day in the life of the jaguars, manatees, ocelots, and more. Today breakfast, lunch and dinner will be included.

Day 4: Tortuguero National Park – San Carlos

Take a boat ride towards Sarapiquí and Tirimbina Rainforest Center. On land, an experience for the senses awaits at a cacao plantation. Later, arrive at your secluded nature resort, nestled on the edge of the San Carlos River. Stroll the butterfly and botanical gardens lined with fruit trees, including lemon, soursop, guava, mango and tangerine. Today breakfast, lunch and dinner will be included.

Day 5: San Carlos

Explore the beauty of your surroundings on a Peñas Blancas River Safari. Paddle and float down the river on a peaceful adventure then visit the farm of a local family and try specialty snacks such as banana bread, gourmet Costa Rican coffee and more. Then, it’s your choice! Continue to explore the lush landscape on horseback -OR- participate on a guided walk through a private, primary forest reserve.  Today breakfast and dinner will be included.

Day 6: San Carlos – Finca Don Juan – Hanging Bridges – Arenal

Today you’ll see Finca Don Juan. Explore this family-owned farm during a tour featuring gardens that are organically grown through the concept of sustainability. Taste the exotic fruit harvest and experience the traditional way to process sugar cane. Enjoy a sip of cane liquor before engaging in a culinary demonstration and a farm-to-table lunch. Later, suspended over the rainforest floor, relish a bird’s-eye view of the jungle on a guided tour of Arenal’s famous hanging bridges. Settle into your resort where you’ll be surrounded by striking views of Arenal’s famous volcano for the next three nights. Today breakfast, lunch and dinner will be included.

Day 7: Arenal

Today, it’s your choice! Glide over the canopies on a mind-blowing rip through the jungle -OR- make your way across lava fields for an up-close-and-personal look at the volcano on a moderate hike along the trails formed by lava during the 1968 eruption. The afternoon is at leisure to discover the town of La Fortuna or the naturally heated pools of the hotel. Today breakfast and dinner will be included.

Day 8: Arenal

The Arenal Volcano goes by many names: Pan de Azúcar, Canaste, Volcán Costa Rica. In the shadow of this famous monolith, the day is yours to enjoy at your leisure. If you’re feeling adventurous, opt for the Cano Negro Wildlife Refuge cruise or an exhilarating white water rafting experience.* Or, simply hang back at the resort, opt for a spa service, explore the grounds, and soak in one of Arenal’s famous hot springs. Today breakfast will be included.

Day 9: Arenal Volcano – Tarcoles – Manuel Antonio National Park

Rendezvous with wild crocodiles among the remarkable mangroves of Tarcoles’ Rio Grande. On this exhilarating jungle crocodile safari, you’ll float along beneath the towering jungle, looking just below the water’s surface for a glimpse of these incredible creatures. This afternoon, check in to your resort, located just outside Manuel Antonio National Park. Today breakfast, lunch and dinner will be included.

Day 10: Manuel Antonio National Park

Welcome to the jungle, a truly remote experience with nothing around you except the wonders of Manuel Antonio National Park.  In this natural wonderland, traverse the trails where the wild things are, or go for a swim in the turquoise waters as wildlife rummages in the canopies. Today breakfast will be included.

Day 11: Manuel Antonio National Park – Coffee Plantation – San Jose

This morning, wake up and smell the coffee at a local coffee farm that produces some of Costa Rica’s well-known beans. Then say goodbye to the coast and hello to San Jose. Toast to the pura vida of Costa Rica tonight over a farewell dinner. Today breakfast and dinner will be included.

Day 12: San Jose – Tour Ends

Bid Costa Rica farewell as your tour comes to an end today. Today breakfast will be included.

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Terms and Conditions:

*Pricing is per person, land only, double occupancy, and varies by departure date. Offer is valid on new retail bookings made only between 12/1/19 – 12/31/19 for travel between 12/1/19 – 4/30/21. Offers can expire earlier due to space or inventory availability.  Space is limited and savings are only available on select departures. Space is on a first come, first served basis.  Offers are not valid on group or existing bookings. Offer is combinable with AAA Member Benefit, but is not combinable with any other offer. Member Benefit savings is reflected in the rate.  Promotional fares may remain in effect after the expiration date.  Offer amounts vary by tour and departure date.  Other restrictions may apply.  **Not valid on group travel. Purchase of roundtrip international or domestic U.S. airfare from MCV through AAA Travel required to obtain sedan service. Purchase of required internal airfare (as applicable) does not qualify for sedan service. Included in many U.S. cities within a 50-mile radius of more than 90 airport gateways. Service is available between 51 and 75 miles for a small fee. One transfer per room booking. Additional stops are not permitted on route. Other restrictions may apply; call for details. CST No. 2006766-20, UBI No. 601-220-855, Fla. Seller of Travel Reg. No. ST35613