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Costa Rica Wildlife: Arenal + Monteverde (wheelchair)


1PY10S
10 NIGHTS
FROM £3,998
Per person sharing
International flights quoted separately
Our wheelchair accessible Costa Rica wildlife holidays reveal the amazingly diverse flora & fauna of this tiny Central American country & offers one of the best birding vacations in the world. See sloths, colourful tropical birds & rainforest wildlfe in Monteverde Cloud Forest & around Manual Antonio & Arenal Volcano. All specified sightseeing, accessible transfers & hotels included.
Wheelchair Accessible Costa Rica Wildlife Holidays Birding Vacations
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San Jose
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Gold Museum
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Chocolate Tour
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Arenal Volcano
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Sky Tram
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Cano Negro Wildlife Refuge
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Monteverde Cloud Forest
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Selvatura Park
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Crocodile Safari
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Manuel Antonio
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San Jose
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Gold Museum
• 
Chocolate Tour
• 
Arenal Volcano
• 
Sky Tram
• 
Cano Negro Wildlife Refuge
• 
Monteverde Cloud Forest
• 
Selvatura Park
• 
Crocodile Safari
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Manuel Antonio
Day 1
You will be met at San Jose Airport and transferred to this capital city in the Central Valley, surrounded by the Talamanca Mountains to the south and the volcanoes of Poas, Irazu and Turrialba.
 
Check into your hotel and relax in this modern city.
Day 2
This morning enjoy a short tour of the capital city of San Jose, including a drive through Sabana Park and a visit to the neo-baroque National Theatre, the most beautiful building in the city built in 1890 from the proceeds of a coffee tax.
 
We then visit the Pre-Colombian Gold Museum, situated beneath the Plaza de la Cultura. This small art museum has an intriguing collection of over 2,000 artworks and artefacts relating to the pre-Columbian era (500 AD to 1500 AD) and a large collection of coins, including the Media Escudo - Costa Rica’s very first coin.
 
The balance of the day is at leisure to explore the city independently.
Day 3
Today your guide will collect you from your hotel and transfer you 3.5-hours from San Jose, travelling through beautiful Costa Rican scenery and across a large cattle and agricultural area to Arenal Volcano - one of the most active in Central America.
 
Along the way we stop for a Chocolate Tour at a processing facility in the surrounding rainforest. Considered a 'gift from the gods', the cocoa tree was very important in ancient Mayan and Aztec civilisations, having both ceremonial and economic value, with the seeds used as coins in many areas. Today its produce is enjoyed throughout the world in cocoa and chocolate treats. Learn the secrets of transforming cacao and view the chocolate-making process - from the harvesting of the fruit to the drying and grinding of the seed. Then treat your tastebuds to some delicious organic rainforest chocolate.
 
Afterwards we continue to your hotel in La Fortuna, where you can relax and enjoy the surrounding scenery and thermal hot springs.
Day 4
Today we explore Arenal National Park, with its volcano and hot springs.
 
Arenal Volcano rises to 5,250 feet and towers over the village of La Fortuna. On the morning of 29 July 1968, after having been inactive for three thousand years, it erupted in the most spectacular way. The earth started shaking, clouds of ash rose into the sky, women washing clothes by the river felt the water becoming hot, and lava started to pour down the side of the volcano.
 
A great variety of plants, wildlife and lava rock formations are found in these rainforests, as well as abundant tropical birdlife. We ascend for 20-minutes on the Sky Tram gondola, following a beautiful cloud forest ridge where you can observe plants and animals. After spending some time on the observation platform, which is situated in the highest part of the national park with wonderful views of the volcano, lake, mountains and rainforest, we descend the same way.
 
Note: The Sky Tram gondola is large enough to take one manual wheelchair, but is not suitable for power chairs.
Day 5
Today transfer 1.5-hours to Los Chiles for a full day tour to Cano Negro Wildlife Refuge, situated on the border with Nicaragua.
 
This humid wetland system protects over 350 different birds including the Anahinga (snake bird), Wood stork, the endangered Jabiru (the largest bird in Central America), Olivaceous cormorant and the beautiful pink Roseate spoonbill, as well as many migratory species. The park is home to least 160 different mammals including howler monkeys, white faced monkeys, spider monkeys, three-toed sloths, tapirs, ocelots and peccaries. You can hope to see iguanas, turtles and caimans in this wildlife reserve that also provides sanctuary for endangered species such as jaguars and cougars.
 
All wildlife viewing is by boat (about 2.5-hours), travelling along tranquil waterways that pass through these tropical rainforests and pastures, followed by an included lunch. There is also the opportunity to enjoy the hot springs before we return to Arenal.
 
Note: You will need to be lifted into the boat in your wheelchair. Not suitable for power chairs.
Day 6
This morning we depart from Arenal and travel 4-hours to Monteverde Cloud Forest, founded by a small group of conservation-minded Quakers who were looking for a peaceful place to live.
 
Shrouded in mist for most of the year, this primary rainforest comprises six different ecological zones spread over 10,500 hectares (26,000 acres) at different elevations - 90% of which is virgin cloud forest. As a result, it has exceptionally great biodiversity and is one of the most outstanding wildlife sanctuaries in the tropics.
 
Check into your lodge, relax and enjoy beautiful views over the Gulf of Nicoya.
Day 7
Today we visit Selvatura Park, situated in over 1,200 acres (486 hectares) of virgin cloudforest.
 
Selvatura Park has one of the largest Butterfly Gardens in the Americas, covering an area of over 29,000 sq ft (2,700 sq m) and housing over 50 different species from various regions of Costa Rica. Learn about the life cycle of butterflies and moths and the special behaviors that have helped them evolve over thousands of years.
 
The Insect Museum is the third largest private collection of insects in the world, owned by the biologist Dr Richard Whitten. He has managed to combine natural history and art in a unique way, allowing visitors to appreciate these wonderful arthropods.
 
The Reptile and Amphibian terrariums feature iguanas, frogs, lizards, geckos and more than 30 different species of snakes. In the enclosed Hummingbird Garden you can watch the incredible aerial manoeuvres of more than 14 different species of these brightly coloured acrobats. Lunch is for your own account today.
Day 8
Today transfer 3.5-hours to Manuel Antonio, renowned for its beautiful sandy Pacific beaches surrounded by jungle and many hiking trails.
 
Along the way we stop for a 2-hour Crocodile Safari on the Tarcoles River, one of four rivers flowing out into the Nicoya Peninsula and home to one of the world’s largest crocodile populations, with some up to fifteen feet long. There are also over 50 different bird species here, including the rare scarlet macaw, and a great variety of resident and migrant waterfowl. Iguana and Jesus Cristo lizards are also common.
 
On arrival in Manuel Antonio, check into your hotel and relax in your lush surroundings.
 
Note: You will need to be lifted into the boat. Not suitable for power chairs.
Day 9
Today is free to relax at your hotel or on the beaches of Manuel Antonio.
 
You can also explore the area futher with your guide (pay any entrance fees locally).
Day 10
Today we leave Manuel Antonio and drive 3-hours to the city of San Jose.
 
Check into your hotel in this capital city.
Day 11
Transfer to San Jose Airport for your flight home.
 
Please note there is an airport tax of approx. $29 per person payable on departure.

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