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Day 1 – San José, Costa Rica
Welcome to the “rich coast,” friendly land of democracy and rare natural beauty. With naturalist guides, see exotic birds and wildlife, hike in rainforests, view volcanoes, soak in hot springs and cruise through biological reserves. Caravan provides transfers from the Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO) in San José, Costa Rica to your hotel for a two night stay. Rooms are available for check in after 4:00 p.m. Join Caravan for an 8:00 p.m. welcome briefing. Dinner is served until 9:30 p.m. at your hotel. (Dinner)

Day 2 – Poás Volcano, Cloud Forest
Morning visit to Costa Rica's most popular park. Poas Valcano.  Weather permitting you can see inside the active crater from an overlook.  Next, hike the Escalonia Cloud Forest Trail, home to epiphytes, orchids, ferns, and tropical hummingbirds.  Cloud forests are like rainforest but with less rain and more humidity. Enjoy after lunch a guided tour of a coffee plantation.  Stroll among coffee trees and sample fresh Costa Rican coffee.  You will then continue to Fortuna in the San Carlos Valley for a two night stay                          (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 3 – Cano Negro Cruise - Hot Springs This morning head north passing through sugar cane, teak, pineapple and orange plantations.  Then cruise on the Rio Frio, gateway to the world famous Cano Negro wildlife refugee, home to many migratory birds found nowhere else in Costa Rica.  Look for black turtles, whistling ducks, roseate spoonbills, cormorants, anhingas, blue heron, and northern jacanas.  Watch for caimans, howler monkeys, spider monkeys, green iguanas, and water-walking lizards.  After lunch return to Fortuna and enjoy a relaxing soak in the volcanic hot springs.. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 4 – Hanging Bridges, Guanacaste, Pacific Coast Beaches 
Weather permitting this morning enjoy an unforgettable adventure in the heart of the rainforest at the Hanging Bridges. Hike on suspension bridges with a naturalist guide. Enjoy views of a majestic Arenal Volcano. Later, a scenic drive around Lake Arenal. Lunch and then to Costa Rica’s beautiful Pacific Coast. Visit Leatherback Turtle National Park and learn about Costa Rica efforts to protect this endangered giant, leatherback is the largest marine reptile in the world weighing over 1500 lbs.  Continue to the JW Marriott Guanacaste Resort and Spa for a relaxing 2 night stay. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 5 – Guanacaste Beach Resort
Free time today to enjoy your magnificent world class beach resort.  Visit the elegant spa or swim in the hotels infinity pool, the largest in Central America.  After lunch you will have time to beachcomb while strolling your resorts pristine beach. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 6 – Bird Watching Cruise, Manuel Antonio
This morning drive though the cattle ranches of Guanacaste and the only tropical dry forest in Costa Rica. After lunch, enjoy a bird watching and crocodile spotting cruise on the Tarcoles River, adjacent to the Carara Biological Reserve. Cruise through a mangrove reserve. Look for white and snowy egrets and the amazing nests of the montezuma oropendola. This tropical bird and wildlife sanctuary is a nesting site for the scarlet macaw. Next, arrive at your hotel, located directly at the entrance to Manuel Antonio National Park. Listen to joyful jungle sounds.  (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 7 – Manuel Antonio Park, Rainforest Hike
This morning visit the world famous Manuel Antonio National Park, a natural habitat for the white face monkey, the rare squirrel monkey and the three-toed sloth. Hike through the rainforest and along the spectacular beach coves, considered by many the most beautiful in the world. Look for toucans and parrots.  (Please note: Park visit may take place on Day 6).  The rest of the morning is at leisure.  After lunch enjoy a thrilling aerial tram adventure that glides through and above a dry tropical transitional forest.  Enjoy views of waterfalls and the Pacific Ocean and then visit a butterfly garden. Return to San José. Farewell dinner. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 8 – San José
Your tour ends after breakfast this morning at your hotel. Breakfast begins at 6:30 a.m. Caravan provides transfers to the Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO) in San José, Costa Rica arriving at 5:00 a.m, 7:00 a.m, 9:00 a.m., and 11:30 a.m.. Thanks for vacationing with Caravan. ¡Hasta la vista! (Breakfast)

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