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1. Home City ~ San José, Costa Rica

Hotel : Crowne Plaza San José Corobici or similar

Upon arrival in San José, Costa Rica, proceed to the hotel for check-in and rest.

2. Poás Volcano National Park - La Paz - San José (B/L)

Hotel : Plaza San José Corobici or similar

After breakfast, journey out to Poás Volcano National Park. On the way, stop to learn about the coffee bean of Costa Rica. Poás Volcano is one of the most famous volcanoes of Costa Rica and the world’s largest active volcano. There are technically 2 volcanoes on the peak—one emits sulphur while the other one is a crater-lake filled with rainfall. The unique environment of the park consists of a great variety of plants such as mosses, mushrooms, ferns, etc. as well as many types of orchids. Walk around and view the splendid flora or stop in the museum to learn more about the volcano. Later, head to La Paz and visit the La Paz Waterfalls and the ecology garden featuring exhibits on native butterflies, insects, snakes, frogs, etc. Return to San Jose afterward.                             

3. San José - Braulio Carrillo National Park - Tortuguero (B/L/D)

Hotel : Pachira Lodge or similar

Depart the hotel early this morning for the trip to Tortuguero. Admire the biodiversity of one of the astonishing protected areas in Costa Rica as we drive by Braulio Carrillo National Park, a primary forest in 95% of its extension. Continue and have a taste of our delicious Costa Rican breakfast on your way to Tortuguero. Be our special guest in a banana processing and packaging plant and learn more about one of Costa Rica's prime products (depending on the day of the week sometimes we are not able to visit the banana plant). Board a comfortable boat upon arrival to the port and let this extraordinarily exotic paradise enchant you as you travel along the Tortuguero Canals.  Have a once-in-a-lifetime experience in this unique place surrounded by a great variety of flora and fauna of breathtaking beauty.  Enjoy a refreshing cocktail and delicious lunch as we welcome you to the Lodge. After lunch, we will visit the museum, the beach area, and the small and picturesque town of Tortuguero. A delightful dinner will be served upon arrival back at the lodge                                                   

4. Tortuguero - San José (B/L)

Hotel : Crowne Plaza San José Corobici or similar

Enjoy nature at its best as you undertake a journey through the Tortuguero Canals at dawn and take your best photographs of a real Caribbean sunrise. Breakfast will be served upon arrival back at the Lodge.  Later, make the journey back to San José first by boat and then once again in bus passing through beautiful countryside spotted with many banana farms. 

5. Arenal - San José (B/L/D)

Hotel : Crowne Plaza San José Corobici or similar

This morning head to Arenal Volcano, one of the most popular tourist spots in the country. Although there are many active volcanoes all over Costa Rica, Arenal Volcano is the most active volcano and may erupt anytime. Located northwest of San José at an altitude of 1633m, the peak can be seen from miles away. On the way, enjoy beautiful scenic views and stop at the town of Sarchí, Costa Rica's most famous craft center. Also on the way, we will make a visit to Metal Church: take photos at this unique landmark—a church painted red and made entirely of prefabricated metal sheets.  Take photos of Arenal when we reach the viewing area. Later on, relax and unwind with a visit we have included to Tabacón Hot Springs. We will enjoy a local dinner before returning to San José.     

6. San José ~ Cartagena (B)

This morning after breakfast transfer to the airport for the flight to Cartagena, Colombia.  Upon arrival, proceed to the hotel for check in.                                                                                        

7. Cartagena (B/L)

Hotel : Holiday Inn Cartagena Morros or similar 

Today we will enjoy a full day of sightseeing in Cartagena.  The touring includes a panoramic tour of Bocagrande (the modern part of Cartagena) along with the Manga neighborhood where you will appreciate Republican architecture.  We will then visit the Monastery and Church of La Popa--built in 1606, it is perched on the highest hill of Cartagena from where you have a panoramic view of the city.  Next, we will visit the Fortress of San Felipe de Barajas, one of the most important historic military fortifications of the city designed to defend the city from pirate attacks.  The fortress offers awesome views and you may explore some of its tunnels.  We will also enjoy a walking tour of the historic colonial center of Cartagena, surrounded entirely by a thick wall, this is truly one of the most beautiful colonial cities in all of Latin America.      

8. Cartagena ~ Bogota (B/L)

Hotel : Hotel bh Tempo or similar
At the indicated time, transfer to the airport for the flight to Bogotá, the capital of Colombia.  Upon arrival in Bogotá, proceed for a city tour.  The tour includes a cable car ride up to the top of Monserrate, a mountain that dominates the center of Bogotá. (Note: On Sundays, Monserrate is closed and the visit will be replaced by Quinta de Bolívar).   The tour will also cover the historic center known as “La Candelaria”, visiting the Colon Theatre, the San Carlos Palace, the San Ignacio Church, the Presidential Palace, Bolívar Square, the Capitol, the City Hall and the Cathedral. Finish the day with a delicious Colombian dinner before heading to the hotel for check-in.                                        

9. Zipaquirá - Bogotá (B/D)

Hotel : Hotel bh Tempo or similar 

After breakfast, begin the day with a visit to one of South America’s most fascinating museums: The Gold Museum.  The museum is world renown and houses the world’s largest collection of pre-Hispanic gold work. (Note: On Mondays, The Gold Museum is closed and the visit will be replaced by The Botero Museum). Following the museum visit, leave town for Zipaquirá to visit the fascinating “Salt Cathedral”.  This place is unlike any other—descend deep into an abandoned salt mine to discover the inner chambers and vaults of what is now a Catholic cathedral.  It is a mysteriously spiritual place!  After the tour, journey back to Bogotá for dinner.                                             

10. Bogota - Home City (B)

At the indicated time, transfer to the airport for your homeward flight.