Nationals Parks of Costa Rica ¦ VctingCR


Nationals Parks of Costa Rica ¦ VctingCR

  Nationals Parks of Costa Rica GG-039-06 Day 01: San Jose Transfer to the International Airport to Sleep Inn Hotel and lodge.  

 
Nationals Parks of Costa Rica
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Day 01: San Jose
Transfer to the International Airport to Sleep Inn Hotel and lodge.
Day 02: Tortuguero National Park
Morning pick up for your drive through Braulio Carillo National Park to the canals lining the Atlantic Coast where you board a boat for the trip to the Tortuguero Canals through 50 km of tropical rain forest. Late afternoon arrival at Tortuguero. Overnight at Mawamba Lodge (B/L/D)
Day 03: Tortuguero National Park
Enjoy touring Tortuguero National Park with a local boatman and bilingual tour guide to observe the flora and fauna. There are 2 three-hour boating trips through the canals included in this package. Expect to see beautiful shorebirds, monkeys and sloth. On your own you may wish to hire a boat for additional exploration, or just hike along the beach or visit the village of Tortuguero accompanied by your own guide. (BLD)
Day 04: Corcovado National Park
After breakfast we will departure by our fly back to San José to connect the fly to Corcovado area. And lodge in Marenco Lodge. (L/D)
Day 05: Corcovado National Park
This full day tour, accompanied by a naturalist guide, begins right after breakfast. A short 25-minute boat trip from Marenco landing takes you to San Pedrillo Station, the northernmost ranger station of Corcovado National Park. After disembarking, there is a walk of about an hour along the beach, to a forest trail up the Rio Pargo. Once more the rain forest story unfolds before you. The trees in this area are magnificent in height and support an outstanding variety of epiphytic plants such as orchids, bromeliads, ferns-even shrubs and small trees. Monkeys, agoutis, sloth and other critters will entertain you. By noon, the tour returns to the beach to enjoy your packed lunch in the shade of a mango tree while watching the surf. Then a short walk; the San Pedrillo river (time to get our feet wet) brings you to a pristine rain forest waterfall. As always keep your eyes peeled for beautiful birds and secretive wildlife. Kingfishers and Jesus Christ lizards are residents of this river. In late afternoon, we board the boat for return to Marenco and lodge.(B/L/D).
Day 06: San José
Breakfast. We departure to domestic airport and fly back to San José and lodge in Sleep Inn Hotel.
Day 07: San José
To begin this recommended tour, which should really be called Ten in One, we take the Pan-American road to Alajuela, where we go by the Agriculture Monument, the Monument to Juan Santamaria and the Mango Park. As we continue to climb to Poas Volcano we go by coffee plantations, flower and fern nurseries and strawberry fields.
There is a noticeable change in temperature and vegetation, preparing us for the pleasure of the exuberant cloud forest in Poas volcano, where we will have time to enjoy the impressive main crater with its sulfur fumaroles.
We continue our trip on the Caribbean slope, stopping to discover La Paz Waterfall Gardens, a natural park where we will walk in spectacular trails that take us to White Magic Waterfall, the most spectacular one in the area.  Inside the park we will also visit the largest butterfly observatory in the country home to a collection of tropical jewels and the impressive hummingbird gallery. A buffet style lunch is included here.
After lunch we will continue on the Atlantic slope and once we arrive at Puerto Viejo we will be ready for a relaxing boat trip down the Sarapiqui River.  Just sit down and enjoy the scenery around you.  During our boat ride our guide will unfold for us the simple life of the people who live along the riverbank.
Before returning to San Jose we will drive thru unforgettable Braulio Carrillo National Park, one of the most important tropical rain forest reserves in Costa Rica.
                       
Tour includes breakfast, coffee plantation visit, craters and trails in Poas Volcano National Park, entrance fee to La Paz Waterfall Gardens, including Butterfly, Hummingbird Gallery and waterfall trails.  Buffet lunch, boat trip on the Sarapiqui River with soft drinks on-board and drive thru Braulio Carrillo National Park. And lodge in Sleep Inn Hotel.(B/L)
Day 08:
Breakfast. Transfer to International Airport
Notes:
At the International Airport there is a departure tax $26.00 per person which you can pay in US$, colones or Visa credit card. No traveler´s check or other credit cards are accepted.
All the transfers and tours in regular services.
We can operate this tour with a minimum of 2 people.
Apply the same price all year round even in pick seasons.
3 air portions with tax and local transfer include.
Corcovado Nacional Park
Located in Osa Peninsula, Corcovado is an irreplaceable part of the natural wealth of Costa Rica Rain Forest. A lagoon set in a forested alluvial plain which opens to the Pacific on the west, flanked by mountains on the east and south by a low plateau to the north, Corcovado's 43,735 hectares is home to at least 800 species of birds, 139 of mammals, 116 of amphibians and reptiles, plus over 6,000 insect species. It is a major refuge for the American Crocodile, jaguar, tapirs, Squirrel Monkeys, giant anteaters, Harpy Eagles, Scarlet Macaw, and Red-throated Caracaras. Some of the forested areas, such as the Llorona Plateau, with high densities of large trees, are as species-rich as any in the Neotropics (over 100 species of trees per hectare). The canopy height reaches 55-60 meters, the tallest in Costa Rica.
The relatively small area of this park contains, like Costa Rica itself, an amazing diversity of habitats. At least 13 different vegetation associations can be mapped, ranging from floating herbaceous swamp in the center of the Corcovado Lagoon to the mangroves along the coast, to high forest on the plateau and the mountains. High diversity of tree species is characteristic of most habitats within the park. However, one also finds striking examples of monospecific stands, such as the Raphia palm swamp which surrounds the central lagoon, or the Pterocarpus swamp forest near the mouth of the Llorona River.
The park has numerous hiking trails and rustic camping refuges. A guide is recommended. Less adventurous visitors can also enjoy the park on boat excursions or arrive by plane at the Sirena station. Visitors who keep their eyes open can see whales and macaws in Corcovado, as well as many other animals in danger of extinction. Visitor services include information, a park ranger station, trails, signage, restrooms, drinking water, a landing field, camping area, radio communication and rustic lodging.
 
Tortuguero National Park
During your visit to Tortuguero with Laguna Lodge, you will explore the National Park’s system of waterways which is fabulous! A natural plumbing system of canals and navigable lagoons that crisscross the park from southeast to northwest, bringing a constant fresh supply of water to the park lowlands, providing the perfect habitat for 57 species of amphibians, 111 species of reptiles and 60 species of mammals.
Plants include aquatic lilies, monkey ladder, passion fruit tree, liriums. Besides, more than 300 species of birds live in Tortuguero for all part of the year. Birdwatchers commonly see keel billed toucans, trogons, Montezuma oropendolas and a variety of parrots. Birds common along the canals include green and great blue herons, egrets, kingfishers, anhingas, jacanas, sun grebes and several species of hawks and kites.
Other animals commonly seen are fishing bats, three-toed sloths, iguanas, basilisk lizards, poison dart frogs, howler, white-faced and spider monkeys. The tracks of river otters, collared peccaries and Baird´s tapirs are often seen on the banks of rivers and canals. Caiman are commonly observed in the waterways, which also are home to gar-fish, manatees, crocodiles, crustaceans. Jaguars, ocelots and kinkajous inhabit the park, but are not too often seen.
Turtles
Tortuguero beach is the most important nesting site of the endangered green turtle in the Western Hemishpere. Giant leatherback, hawksbill, and loggerhead turtles also nest here. The green turtle population is believed to have come perilously close to extinction in the 1960s when nearly every female turtle arriving to nest in Tortuguero was taken for the export market for turtle soup.
The Caribbean Conservation Corporation (CCC) was established in 1959 specifically to study and protect Caribbean green turtles. Working closely with the Costa Rican government, CCC helped establish Tortuguero National Park in 1970, a move that offered protection to the turtles and strictly limited the number of turtles that could be taken.
With the park established, development along the coast would never stretch much beyond the existing village, and the presence of CCC researchers and park guards would discourage poaching. The park now includes over 19,000 hectares (46,900 acres) and protects 22 miles of nesting beach from the mouth of the Tortuguero River south to Parisimina. Tortuguero National Park and the Barra del Colorado Wildlife Refuge to the north, comprise the largest remaining adjoining tract of lowland wet tropical forest on Costa Rica's Atlantic Coast.
Since the 1950s, CCC scientists and participant volunteers have conducted extensive nest monitoring programs every year in Tortuguero and shared the findings with Costa Rican park managers. In 1995, CCC began monitoring the Tortuguero beach during the spring months (March - May) for nesting leatherback sea turtles. CCC research confirms the global importance of Tortuguero to both green sea turtles and more recently for leatherback sea turtles. In addition, a few rare hawksbill sea turtles also nest in the refuge each year.
 
Poas Volcano National Park
The park measures 5600 hectares, and this basaltic volcano stands at an altitude of 2708 meters (8,200 feet) above sea level.
There are well-kept but short trails around the craters and into the forest. The “Crater overlook trail” is 750 meters long, and it’s a paved road that winds around and right to the crater. The side trail, which takes 20 or 30 minutes to cover, leads to the interesting Botos Lake, mentioned above. The “Escalonia Trail” (named after a tree of the same name), also takes about thirty minutes to walk, and it takes you through the forest. It’s important to keep in mind that the weather here is extremely humid, and that even if it doesn’t rain, you’ll need good shoes for muddy paths, as well as a raincoat and sweater.
There are numerous ways to reach this national park. Getting there by public bus can be both complicated and lengthy, since the bus from San Jose stops in San Pedro de Poas, which is still far (28 kms) from the volcano. Most tourists rent a car or pay a cab from San Jose, which isn’t that bad if split into four or five people. Before embarking on this trip, though, make sure that you pack a lunch, water and a hot thermos or coffee or chocolate, since there’s nowhere to eat inside the park. It’s a good idea to reach the volcano before 10 a.m., since the clouds come in and cover the natural show- the main crater.

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