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Caribbean Explorer: San José, Tortuguero & Puerto Viejo
This itinerary will introduce you to Costa Rica's Caribbean side with a blend of ecoadventure and beach. Start with one of the country's most famous natural resources, Tortuguero National Park, crisscrossed by a natural system of navigable waterways - a great opportunity to explore wildlife habitats. Then finish your adventure in Puerto Viejo on the Caribbean coast, where you can relax on the beach or explore the Manzanillo-Gandoca Wildlife Reserve before returning to San Jose for your final night.
• 1 Night San José
• 2 Nights Tortuguero National Park and All Meals
• 3 Nights Puerto Viejo
• All Ground Transfers
• Tortuguero Channels by Boat Tour
• Bribi Indigenous Reserve Waterfall and Chocolate Tour
• Welcome Gift
• Daily Breakfast
Arrive San José:

After you collect your luggage and clear customs you will be met outside the terminal by our local representative, who will be holding a sign with your name on it. Our representative will collect your vouchers and present you with an itinerary with scheduled times of pick-up. You will be transferred by van to your selected hotel in San José.

(Accommodations, San José)
San José to Tortuguero:

Early departure (between 6-7am) by motorcoach from San José, passing through misty Braulio Carillo National Park. From Braulio Carillo you will drop down into the tropical lowlands of the Caribbean side of the country. After breakfast, continue to the Tortuguero Canal where you will board a boat for a 1 1/2 hour fascinating trip through the meandering waterway to your selected lodge. You will arrive at your lodge in time for lunch. In the afternoon, visit the Park Museum and hike the nearby nature trails. Tortuguero National Park is an important breeding ground for the green sea turtles. The sea turtle nesting can be witnessed from April to October. End the afternoon with a visit to the small village of Tortuguero. Return to your lodge for dinner.

(Breakfast, San José; Lunch, Dinner, Accommodations, Tortuguero)

After breakfast, depending upon which lodge you are staying in, you will enjoy a morning hike with a naturalist guide in the rainforest. After lunch, there will be an opportunity for further exploration of the Tortuguero channels by boat. Before dinner, enjoy a dip in the pool.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Accommodations, Tortuguero)

Tortuguero to Puerto Viejo:

After breakfast, take a boat ride through the canals and then board a motorcoach to Puerto Viejo where you will experience the southern Caribbean Coast of Costa Rica with its Afro-Caribbean culture and lovely white and black sand beaches. This small, laid-back beach town offers visitors a lively nightlife and tasty Creole cuisine. Overnight at your selected hotel.

(Breakfast, Tortuguero; Lunch, Accommodations, Puerto Viejo)
Puerto Viejo:

After breakfast, take your Bribi Indigenous Reserve tour. Cultural experience! The Bri Bri is a small indigenous tribe living in the Talamanca County of the province of Limon. Experience their cultural background through their crafts, homes and harmonious living with the environment. A short hike will takes us through a virgin jungle, then to the breathtaking waterfall, considered sacred by the Bri Bri. You would be able to swim and enjoy nature. We will also visit a medicinal plant garden in the town of Uatsi, natural medicine is an important part of their lives, ending at the Chocolate House, where you will learn about this sacred fruit, the special significance for the Bri Bri community and the very old method used by them to produce cocoa and chocolate which can only be prepared by women. You will have a taste of their homemade chocolate.

(Breakfast, Accommodations, Puerto Viejo)
Puerto Viejo:

Day at leisure. Choose one of our optional tours, explore the beautiful beaches, peruse the local shops, or indulge in fabulous seafood. Overnight at your selected hotel.

(Breakfast, Accommodations, Puerto Viejo)
Depart Puerto Viejo:

Transfer back to San José and continue on to your next Avanti Destination.

(Breakfast, Puerto Viejo)
** Itinerary and inclusions are subject to change