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Begin your journey with a performance in San Jose, then wander off the beaten path and discover the remote Tortuguero and its fascinating wildlife, one of the most exotic regions in the world. Spend the final two days in the San Carlos region where you'll perform for locals, visit a wildlife reserve and take a dip in the Tabacón Hot Springs while watching lava ooze from the Arenal Volcano above.
Depart the USA today for an exciting musical adventure in the tropics. Arrive in the capital of Costa Rica where you will meet your tour manager and transfer to the hotel for check-in. After an arrival briefing, the rest of the day is free to explore at your leisure. Dinner and overnight in San Jose.
Enjoy morning sightseeing with your Encore Tour Manager including the National Museum, with its impressive exhibits of natural history and pre-Columbian art and artifacts, and the University of Costa Rica. You will also visit the Teatro Nacional, modeled after the Paris Opera House and built from coffee taxes! This afternoon you will visit the INBioparque and Educational Center to learn about the importance of Costa Rica's biodiversity. Tonight after dinner is your debut performance!
Journey to Sarchí today, the hub of Costa Rica's arts and crafts trade. Furniture makers abound; be sure to see the famous Sarchí ox-carts and leather rocking chairs. Return to San Jose for a free afternoon and preparation for your second performance. Dinner and overnight in San Jose.
Drive through the spectacular cloud forest in the Braulio Carrillo National Park. Continue on a riverboat journey, which will take you to your lodge in Tortuguero National Park. This research park, which is one of the most exotic regions in the world, is also home to the most important green sea turtle nesting ground in the Western Caribbean. All meals are included while in Tortuguero.
Today explore the marvelous Tortuguero National Park. Hiking and boat trips are included. Ride through the system of natural and man-made canals to get a closer look at the different flora and fauna.
Today you will travel to the splendid Caño Negro Lake and Wildlife Reserve. Comprised of swamp and marshlands, Lake Caño Negro covers about 1977 acres in the wet season. Enjoy the boat trip through the reserve while you share company with exotic creatures, such as osprey, storks, and herons as well as the garfish, which have lungs, gills and a nose. Lunch is included today. Continue to San Carlos for a performance for the locals, followed by dinner.
Arrive in the small town of La Fortuna and hike to the swimming hole below. Afterwards you can take in spectacular views of the Arenal volcano, a perfect cone over 5,000 feet high and one of the most active in the world. In the afternoon, visit the Tabacón Hot Springs where you can take a dip in the hot pools before your farewell dinner. As you relax in the therapeutic waters, look up at the crimson lava oozing out from the volcano above!
Transfer to the airport for your return flight to the United States.
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