San José, Costa Rica
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  • San Jose: Tortuguero Park Day Tour with Breakfast & Lunch

    1. San Jose: Tortuguero Park Day Tour with Breakfast & Lunch

    The day begins with pickup from your accommodation in San Jose, Heredia, or Alajuela at 6:00 AM. On your way to breakfast, drive past rolling coffee plantations and admire the mountains of Braulio Carrillo National Park. At around 7:15 AM, stop for a traditional Costa Rican breakfast to set you up for the day's adventure. Enjoy fresh fruit juice, coffee, eggs, and the popular gallo pinto (a typical Central American rice and bean dish.) After breakfast visit a local banana plantation and learn about the process of growing and exporting fruit. At around 10:00 AM, leave the bus behind and hop onboard a boat as you cruise into the jungle of Tortuguero National Park. Surrounded by tropical rainforest, which covers over 29,000 hectares, soak up the magic of this luscious green landscape. As you sail along the jungle canals, see native green sea turtles, as well as other endangered a...

  • From San José: Sarapiquí Boat Ride & Tirimbina Reserve Tour

    2. From San José: Sarapiquí Boat Ride & Tirimbina Reserve Tour

    Travel to the Sarapiquí region of Costa Rica on a day tour that’s perfect for thrill-seekers and nature lovers. Embark on an exciting river cruise down the Sarapiquí River. Check out the different flora and fauna around you at the Tirimbina Biological Reserve. Navigate a unique suspension bridge. Begin your adventure early at your hotel where your naturalist tour guide will meet you. Hop on a luxury air-conditioned vehicle for a relaxing drive through the wonderful Costa Rican countryside. On the way, experience the beauty of the second-largest national park in Costa Rica, the Braulio Carrillo. The highway divides the park into 2 big sections, so you can enjoy breathtaking views of the pristine rainforest. Once on the Caribbean slope, learn about the local culture, the unique architecture of the Caribbean, the most important crops including bananas, cassavas, pineapples, heart of palm,...

  • La Fortuna: Jungle Safari Float Sarapiqui to San Jose

    3. La Fortuna: Jungle Safari Float Sarapiqui to San Jose

    Turn your day of travel into an action-packed adventure with the Safari Float Adventure Connection! Come see the abundance of nature and wildlife that Costa Rica has to offer! This Costa Rica Safari Float is a smooth, two-hour paddle down the quiet, lower section of the Sarapiqui River. Your bilingual nature guide will paddle and steer your boat as you float down the river and point out all of the exotic wildlife such as birds, frogs, insects, and monkeys in the Costa Rican rainforest! You'll be picked up at your hotel in La Fortuna's Area and travel to a beautiful waterfall on the Pozo Azul River of Sarapiqui. Here you and your family can enjoy nature and the cool crystal clear water that the waterfall offers you. Then, head towards the Red Eye Frog restaurant located in El Roble of Sarapiqui while getting yourself ready to fall deeply in love with the 2-hour Jungle Safari float. Your...

  • From San Jose: 3-Day Tortuguero National Park Excursion

    4. From San Jose: 3-Day Tortuguero National Park Excursion

    Explore the protected Tortuguero National Park in the Limón Province, reachable only by airplane or boat. Take in the wealth of biodiversity in its eleven different habitats, including rainforest, mangrove forests, swamps, beaches, and lagoons. Trip itinerary: Day 1: After an early morning hotel pickup, admire the biodiversity of a primary forest through the window as you drive past Braulio Carrillo National Park. Sample a delicious Costa Rican breakfast during the drive. Mid-morning, board a comfortable boat and travel along the Tortuguero Canals. Be enchanted by the surrounding paradise and its varied flora and fauna. Then, enjoy a refreshing cocktail and a delicious lunch at the hotel. After lunch, tour the canals and take incredible photos for the rest of the afternoon. Arrive at Pachira Lodge (or similar) for a delightful dinner and a restful night's sleep.

  • San Jose: Sarapiqui River & La Paz Gardens Tour with Lunch

    5. San Jose: Sarapiqui River & La Paz Gardens Tour with Lunch

    The day begins with pickup from your hotel in San Jose and heads to the stunning La Paz Waterfall Gardens. This private nature reserve has been designed to educate visitors and provide sanctuary for rescued wildlife through a variety of gardens and exhibits. Enjoy a stroll through the park's luscious green landscapes and see rescued jaguars, colorful butterflies, exotic birds, and unique plants. Theres's also plenty of tropical cascades to admire and snap photos of for your vacation album. Later, discover the wonders of the Sarapiqui River on a relaxing boat cruise. Soak up the tranquility of the river and surrounding rainforest as you listen to the sound of bird’s chirping and trickling water. At the end of an unforgettable adventure, be dropped off back to your accommodation.

  • Sailing & Snorkeling Exclusive Experience

    6. Sailing & Snorkeling Exclusive Experience

    Enjoy an exclusive private tour with a naturalist guide and captain. swim in the water, sail in a small and classic sailing boat, go snorkeling, practice your abilities on a paddleboard, or just relax on the sun deck while navigating the peaceful waters of the Pacific Ocean. Begin your adventure with a relaxing 90-minute drive through the wonderful Costa Rican countryside with air-conditioned transportation. Arrive at Playa Herradura, where a “Panga” or water taxi will take you out to The Reliant for a pleasant journey along the beautiful coast of Herradura Bay. Enjoy complimentary red and white wine, beer, sangria, soft drinks, bottled water, and rum punch as well as a variety of local fresh fruits and snacks. Sail over and anchor with the beautiful Isla Herradura in the background. Take a life vest if you feel less comfortable in the water. An experienced person will go with your gr...

  • San Jose: Crocodile Safari Expedition and Nature Walk

    7. San Jose: Crocodile Safari Expedition and Nature Walk

    Head out into the river on an exclusive and unique boat tour in the river with a naturalist guide. Get up close to American crocodiles and observe a variety of exotic birds. Take a walk in the Carara National Park, see the rich wildlife, and learn more about biodiversity in this fascinating region of the Central Pacific Coast. Your breathtaking adventure begins with a relaxing 90-minute private drive from San Jose, through the wonderful Costa Rican countryside with air-conditioned transportation. Arrive at Tarcoles River, home to one of the world’s largest crocodile populations in the wild. Get up-close with American crocodiles of all sizes, and observe an abundance of beautiful exotic birds on a 90-minute boat tour. Enjoy spectacular rainforest scenery and cruise through dense mangrove forest canals. Spot jungle wildlife such as iguanas, lizards, and monkeys. Tuck into a delicious...

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What people are saying about San José, Costa Rica

I would have loved to see turtles, but the passion and experience of the guide was good, we saw several species.