Costa Rica Just4U

Costa Rica Educational Vacations

InformationOur ProgramHotels
1 San Jose Best Western Irazu Premier Private Transfer San Jose International airport – hotel City Tour
2 San Jose Best Western Irazu Premier Breakfast, Lunch   Irazu Volcano, Orosi Valley & Lankester Garden tour
3 Tortuguero Baula Standard Breakfast , Lunch and Dinner Transfer to Tortuguero Route to Caño Blanco with a stop in the “Empacadora de Banano” and The Botanical Garden Tour
 First Canal Tour
Tortuguero Town Tour
4 Tortuguero Baula Standard Breakfast , Lunch and Dinner     Second Canal Tour
5 Puerto Viejo beach Cariblue Bungalow   Breakfast, Lunch Transfer to Puerto Viejo Rain Forest Hiking 
6 Puerto Viejo beach Cariblue Bungalow   Breakfast   Cahuita National Park Tour
7 San Jose Best Western Irazu Premier   Breakfast, Lunch Private Transfer to San José Rainforest Zip Line tour
8       Breakfast Shuttle Transfer to the San Jose International airport  

Included services:

  • Lodging, meals and tours as described above
  • Lodging and meals taxes.
  • Transport as described above.
  • Bilingual guide.
  • Welcome package including detailed itinerary for your trip, vouchers for the reserved services, welcome letter, Costa Rica Map, Information and tips for your visit.
  • Meet and Greet ant your arrival in order to explain you personally your trip itinerary and answer any questions or doubts you might have. (This visit will depend of your arrival schedule)
  • All your services will be confirmed three times before your arrival in order to guarantee you won’t have any problems during your trip.
  • 24/7 Support service

Not included:

  • International Airfare
  • Airport Taxes (US$29 per person)
  • Transportation, Meals, Optional Tours and entrance fees not specified above.
  • Alcoholic Beverages
  • Personal Expenses
  • Extras in Hotels (laundry, phone calls, room service
  • Gratuities

Important Notes:

  • Courtesy services for 1 Tour leader coming with the group.
  • Price may vary depending of availability. if we cannot confirm the original hotels, rooms and/ or services, customers will be notified prior to any price change.
  • Prices are subject to change without previous notice.
  • All children rates vary according to age and will be priced by your travel agent.
  • Room and /or Car Rental Upgrades are available inquire with your travel advisor for pricing.
  • For packages traveling during Christmas and New Year’s there may be an extra cost for mandatory dinners and parties, please check with your travel advisor.

Day 1, Welcome

Arrival at the San José International Airport. Your guide will meet you after your international flight at the SJO Airport at the arrivals area

City tour

After leaving you luggage at the hotel, your bilingual guide will help you immerse in the rich Costa Rican culture and history by experiencing the beautiful museums and historical sites of San José.

After we have seen the capital’s main attractions, our first stop will be in the impressive Pre-Columbian Gold Museum and the beautiful National Theater where we will have a guided visit through these cultural gems.

Lodging: Best Western Irazú hotel – San José. Meals Included: Dinner

Premier room

The Premier Rooms are completely renovated under the Security, Comfort and Renovation system offering electronic key locks, 25" color TV, in room iron and ironing board, hair dryer, coffee maker and full length mirror. It has king size bed or two full beds.

Day 2, San José

Irazu Volcano /Orosi Valley/ Lankester Garden tour

 This tour is the combination of the Irazu Volcano National Park and the Orosi Lankester Garden tours. To that end the tour offers the mystique of the Irazu Volcano, and the enchantment of the lush gardens in Orosi.

The tour will begin with us trekking south along the Panamerican Highway until we reach the base of the behemoth “Iztaru” (a name of an indigenous village that was situated on the flanks of the volcano, and a likely candidate as a possible origin for the current name of the Irazu Volcano).

The winding road traverses fertile lands in which all types and forms of vegetation are cultivated, all the while affording us a spectacular panoramic view of the surrounding hills and valleys. And, at the very top of the summit, on a clear day, one can be privy to an unforgettable bird’s eye view of both the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.

As we descend to the city of Cartago we will stop at the Virgin of the Angels Basilica - a famous peregrination site for many believers, some of which travel for days or even weeks on foot, in a pilgrimage of faith, to the site. The Basilica has large vaulted ceilings and exquisite examples of stained glass windows, and is a must see.

Next, after we visit the Basilica we will stop at the Lankester Gardens, a University of Costa Rica Center for investigation that protects more than 800 species of orchids, bromeliads and countless species of other plants.

Then, we will continue to the Valley of Orosi, an area that overflows with unparallel beauty. We will be able to visit one of the few remaining colonial churches and we will stop to enjoy a scrumptious typical lunch at one of the local restaurants.

Day 3 - 4, San José - Tortuguero

Tortuguero Expedition 3 days / 2 nights

Tortuguero is considered the most important place in the western Caribbean for the Green Turtle nesting. The green turtle nesting is one of the most interesting natural phenomena. The process is considered the most critical period in the biological cycle of the turtle since the females have to go to the beaches in large quantities and during more or less fixed times.

Tortuguero National Park is the best place in Costa Rica to encounter wildlife; it consists of a large system of waterways irrigating the majority of the Northern Caribbean area of the country.

Because of its remote location and difficult access this pristine Rainforest remains virtually untouched and it is home to many animals like sloths, monkeys, crocodiles, toucans, trogons, water birds, colourful frogs and butterflies.

On the first day we will drive to the Caño Blanco embarking area where we will access the main canal to go north into the National Park. Upon arrival in our hotel we will enjoy a delicious lunch followed by a visit to the unique Tortuguero village.

This National Park is also the prime nesting site for the green and leatherback sea turtles from June to October, during which months an optional turtle nesting night- tour will be available.

These concentrations and the difficulty of travel on the sand, make these species very vulnerable to man and other predators. That is the reason why the Tortuguero National Park is interested in the protection of these marine species. There is no doubt this is an experience that you should not miss when visiting the Tortuguero area during the months of july through late September or early

On the second day we will embark on a boat trip into the jungle where you will explore the lagoons and hidden canals; as we go deeper into the forest the canals become smaller and the surrounding wildlife gets closer. On the way out we will take part of a guided hike in the south side of the park, where away from the water the trees are very tall, covered with bromeliads, vines and orchids for a great complement to the canal experience.

Back at Caño Blanco we will drive out with the option to be drooped off in San José, Caribe Sur or the Arenal Volcano.

In the 3 days / 2 nights package, an extra day in this wonderful area will give you the opportunity to visit more remote places. As optional trips at an extra charge there are hikes to beautiful Cerro Tortuguero for amazing views of the area or a slow paced kayaking tour on the smaller canals.

If you are a big wildlife enthusiast or a bird watcher we highly recommend the three day stay! This option includes one extra night of lodging, another Canal tour, 3 more meals and extra time at leisure.

First Day

  • 6:00-6:40 A.M. Pick up at San José-Arenal (Fortuna)-Puerto Viejo
  • 6:40-8:30 A.M. Route to our Exploration Center
  • 8:30-9:00 A.M. Breakfast in our Exploration Center.
  • 9:00-11:30 A.M. Route to Caño Blanco with a stop in the “Empacadora de Banano” and The Botanical Garden Tour
  • 11:30-1:30 P.M. Route to the hotel, The First Canal Tour
  • 1:30-2:30 P.M. Lunch at the hotel
  • 3:00-4:30 P.M. Tortuguero Town Tour
  • 4:30-7:00 P.M. Free Time
  • 7:00 P.M. Dinner at the hotel

Second Day

  • Free Day

Third Day

  • 6:00-7:30 A.M. Second Canal Tour
  • 7:30-8:30 A.M. Breakfast at the hotel
  • 10:00 A.M. Check out
  • 10:30-11:30 A.M. Rain Forest Hiking
  • 12:00 M.D.-12:30 P.M. Lunch at the hotel
  • 12:30 P.M.-2:30 P.M. Route to our Exploration Center

  • 3:00-5:00 P.M. Route to your final destination
  • 5:30 P.M. Drop off in San José-Arenal (Fortuna)- or Puerto Viejo


  • Land Transportation to and from San José-Arenal-Puerto Viejo
  • Lodging
  • Eight Meals: three breakfast, three lunch and two diner
  • Water Transport
  • Two Canals tours
  • Town Tour
  • Guided Hike
  • Botanical Garden Tour

Not include:

  • Nesting Tour, Season from July to October
  • National Park Entrance

What to bring?

  • Clothes
  • Swimsuit
  • Sun Block
  • Waterproof camera
  • Cap
  • Bottle of Water
  • Tennis Shoes
  • Sandals
  • Insect Repellent
  • Raincoat
  • For the night tours (is optional) Please bring dark clothes

NOTES: have a megalocker with security cameras in our Exploration Center; you can leave your luggage there and bring just the necessary for your Tortuguero Tour. Maximum weigh per person one bag per person in the boat, 25 pounds.

Important Note:

Since you are changing destinations you will need to bring all of your luggage with you. The way it works is, the first day of your trip you are driving over to our base in Siquirres, the Exploration Center. Here you are going to have breakfast on the first day and lunch on the second (or third) day. You need to split your luggage in two before we pick you up:

  • In your Carry On Bag you are going to bring all your needs for your Tortuguero stay (see list below). This bag will travel with you and will be with you the whole Tortuguero trip. Here is where the 'Size of a carry On / 25 pounds' applies.
  • The remaining of your luggage will separately be stored at our Exploration Center. Here we have lockers where your belongings are going to be secured. It has a guard 24 hours a day 7 days a week. You will pick it up on your second (or third) day when you come back for lunch. Then all of your luggage will travel with you on to your next destination(San Jose, Arenal or the Caribbean)

What to bring: All your valuables like passport, plane tickets, credit cards, cash and electronics. Light clothes (2 shirts, 2 pairs of shorts, 2 pairs of socks), swim suit, sunscreen, hut, camera, water bottle, comfortable walking shoes, insect repellent, binoculars, raincoat. For the optional/seasonal night turtle tour please wear dark clothes.

Lodging: Baula Lodge – Tortuguero. Meals Included: All meals

Standard room

La Baula Lodge is hotel that features 40 cosy rustic rooms which are located in different sized room blocks that are painted; with the typical caribbean colors of the area. They have a rustic touch that goes in hand with our commitment to work in harmony with our environment. Each room features a private bathroom, hot water, ceiling fan, and views to our beautiful gardens.

Day 5, Puerto Viejo

Tortuguero third day itinerary. Finally, you’ll be dropped off at the Puerto Viejo hotel.

Lodging: Cariblue hotel – Puerto Viejo. Meals Included: None


Located in the most private area of the hotel, surrounded by centuries-old trees and rare tropical flowers, our five Bungalows of selected hard wood benefit from a magnificent refreshing environment. These detached houses can have available two double beds, one kingsize or one queensize bed and a sofa. All the bungalows include a nice porch with hammock and chairs. The interiors are decorated with natural materials. Optimal for a relaxing vacation in the heart of nature.

Day 6, Puerto Viejo

Lodging: Cariblue hotel – Puerto Viejo. Meals Included: Breakfast

Cahuita National Park tour
  • Pick up: am – Cariblue hotel
  • Drop off: pm – Cariblue hotel

The guide will take you to different points between Cahuita Point and the town of Cahuita (3.5 km) observing various types of snakes (boas, bocaraca, bush master, eyelash vipers, etc.), sloths, white faced and howler monkeys, anteaters, armadillos, raccoons, blue morpho butterflies among others, birds and many more things such as: medicinal plants, orchids, trees, ferns, vertebrates, invertebrates, sea and earth shellfish, etc.

INCLUDES: bilingual guide, round-trip transportation from your hotel, hiking through the National Park and bottled water.

REQUIRED EQUIPMENT: Cap or hat, sunscreen, shoes or sandals, repellent, towel.

Day 7, Puerto Viejo - San José

Breakfast at the hotel.

Private transfer to San José hotel + Zip line tour on the way
  • Pick up: am – Cariblue hotel
  • Drop off: pm – Best Western Irazu hotel
Zip Line tour

Visit Costa Rica’s safest zip line canopy tour and effortlessly traverse the canopy and its hanging gardens under the supervision of our experienced guides. The exhilarating tour takes you flying across the magnificent Molinete River several times.

The canopy zip line tour is one of the most popular attractions in Costa Rica, consists of 10 zip lines with 14 platforms in between stretches of rainforest. The first cable starts from a ground platform and stretches 80 meters across Molinete River onto a Caobilla tree platform 12 meters above ground. From there, a 140-meter cable runs across the river and over an island, ending at the base of a ridge to a ground platform. Guests walk to the next cable on a gigantic tree known as Tostado, a very rare local species. Once atop this tree platform, a 90-meter cable takes guests to another Caobilla tree located at the edge of the river, while another cable brings them back to land.


  • Entrance to the Park
  • Expert naturalist guide during your stay in the park
  • Lunch

Day 8, Departure

During the day you will have a transfer to the San José International Airport to take your International flight back home.

Please ask the Best Western Irazu’s receptionist when you check in to arrange a free transfer for you at whatever time you wish to leave for the International (SJO) Airport. This way you arrive quickly and safely to the airport prior to your flight at no cost to you.

Meal included: Breakfast.

It is required to be at the Airport three hours before your flight, remember to have your departure taxes handy, $29 per person. It has been a real pleasure for me to assist you, do not hesitate to contact us at any time.Have a safe journey back home!

Best Western Irazú Hotel

This full-service San Jose, Costa Rica hotel offers convenient access to many local attractions including the Costa Rican Art Museum, the Braulio Carrillo National Park and the Poas Volcano.

Whether traveling on business or just taking a trip for fun, the BEST WESTERN Irazu Hotel & Casino offers all of the amenities and conveniences to ensure a worry free and enjoyable stay. This full-service San Jose, Costa Rica hotel provides comfortable accommodations, superb customer service and a centralized location, all for a great value. The hotel is ideally situated just a few minutes from the heart of downtown San Jose and a short distance from the Juan Santamaria International Airport.

Each of the 214 well-appointed guest rooms features cable satellite television, free internationa IP calls,and free wireless Internet access. Enjoy a complimentary full breakfast each morning and find a great selection for lunch and dinner at Denny\’s Restaurant, located on the hotel premises. Unwind at the end of the day with a cool cocktail at the La Cantina Bar. Guests can also enjoy night entertainment at the Casino Concorde. Other hotel amenities include an outdoor swimming pool, a hot tub, tennis courts, an exercise facility, massage and spa services and guest laundry. Guests traveling on business will also appreciate the full-service business center and the meeting/banquet facilities to accommodate up to 150 people. The hotel also offers a complimentary airport shuttle every 20 minutes.

The hotel\’s facilities include: Denny´s 24 hr. Restaurant, Bar La Cantina, La Pulperia Candy Shop, souvenir shop, Pizza Hut and Burger King "touch button" for delivery service, 24 hour Casino, 2 lit tennis courts, swimming pool, laundry service, coin operated washer and dryer, 24 hour room service, fully equipped gym, business and conference room facilities, gardens, massage and sauna service and free parking with 24 hour security.

Baula Lodge

Strategically positioned in front of the Tortuguero Lagoon and at only five minutes on boat from the Tortuguero National Park, you will find La Baula Lodge, a very comfortable and rustic hotel, that has recently started operations under a new family administration, since June 2008 with clear vision of giving our guests a personalized service, of quality and comfort amidst a natural sanctuary. The hotel is located in front of the Tortuguero Lagoon which is the main natural canal and which leads to the Tortuguero National Park at only five minutes boat ride from the hotel

La Baula Lodge is found inside a beautiful 2 hectare property inside the rainforest and near the canals that adentify the area of the Tortuguero National Park, where the exotic sounds of the local fauna will let you enjoy your experience to the max, here you will have the opportunity to visit one of the destinations with more natural richness of all Costa Rica.

The Tortuguero National Park is located on the Caribbean Coast, in the Province of Limón. The park was created on November 13th, 1975. The park features a conservation area that amasses 18,949 hectares of protected lands and 52,265 hectares of protected water zones. This park constitutes the most important nesting site for the Green Turtles in the Occidental Caribbean, other species such as the Leatherback Turtle, where we derive the name of our lodge, and the Carey Turtle are also present in this area. The lagoons and navigable canals; make up the main parts of the park and are the natural habitats; for such species as crocodiles, caimans, manatees, turtles, crustaceans, and exotic living fossils such as the Tropical Gar among others; this National Park was created for the protection of the great variety of flora and fauna that can be found in the area and it is part of the Wetlands of International Importance under the RAMSAR Convention.

La Baula Lodge is focused on the respect, protection and conservation of the environment and of the flora and fauna of the area. Our lodge features an authentic caribbean style, painted with bright colors that identify the culture of the area, lush and exotic gardens, restaurant, swimming pool and a large bar, Internet, WIFI, laundry service, experienced guides and a quality service, is what we put to your disposition, and of course our 40 standard rooms which are equipped with a ceiling fan, a double and a single bed and private bathroom.

Cariblue Beach & Jungle Resort

The Caribbean Experience… welcome to Puerto Viejo!

A place where no one can say that is in a Hotel but in an Tropical Oasis.

Where you can feel a positive energy, not only trasmitted by the staff; very helpful and cheerful, but also by the lush vegetation, where each flower is treated with love and care. The same that is reserved for our customers like outside your sense of smell will be greeted with perfumes, even the teste buds will be delighted with the Excellent cuisine in ours Restaurants.

The Cariblue Beach & Jungle Resort faces the clear waters of the Caribbean Sea in the southern part of Costa Rica and reaches out over 5 acres of earth inside of a pristine forest. It has available pleasant accomodations in 45 different rooms and is proud of a very wide range of facilities and comforts (two car-parkings, two swimming pools, two jacuzzi\’s, the rancho-restaurant SoleLuna, the Totem Beach Bar, a swimming pool bar, the Aqua Spa, the crafts and arts shop El Coral, a surf school, a Bikes Rental, several Chillout-Openspaces and much more) as well it has a direct access to the golden sands of the Atlantic Ocean.

The Cariblue Beach & Jungle Resort offers the relaxing environment of the untainted and colourfully frequented Playa Cocles (together with the neighbouring Playa Negra, Playa Chiquita and Punta Uva one of the most beautiful and most famous beaches facing to the Southern Carribean Sea of Costa Rica – and certainly the most loved by surfers) as well as the unforgettable experience of an eco-friendly lodging among centuries-old trees in the heart of the rainforest of Talamanca, near the Wildlife Refuge Gandoca – Manzanillo. Thanks to this extraordinary location, the guest are treated to an optimal bird-watching opportunity too: about 120 species of birds are observable in the hotel garden indeed.

Because of the listed characteristics, the Cariblue Beach & Jungle Resort represents most assuredly the biggest and best equipped Resort in the surroundings of the little town of Puerto Viejo (Old Harbour) – a place famous in the whole world as astonishing melting-pot of Native-indigenous, Afrocaribbean and European cultures.

An harmonious commixture of comforts and natural beauty.

The Cariblue Beach & Jungle Resort\’s elegant rooms and suites are a modern, pleasant expression of the surrounding primeval nature that inspired them.

Technological comforts harmonize with local wood- and stone-furnitures, and all the different structures of the hotel are eased into a spacious environment creating an atmosphere that reflects the wonders of the whole land.

Enjoy our award-winning service and our full range of amenities and facilities in a relaxing and welcoming atmosphere. Paradise is waiting for you.

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