Costa Rica Eco Adventure with Guanacaste Beach Stay

Guanacaste Beach
10 Days from $1,858 per person

All the iconic experiences of Costa Rica come together on this eco-adventure—visiting Tortuguero National Park, seeing Arenal Volcano and walking through the treetops at Monteverde Cloud Forest.

You'll enjoy Insider moments like… meeting master chocolatiers Julio and George at their workshop in San Isidro de Heredia to see how they create their gourmet chocolate. In search of the finest techniques and cacao, they spent years training at Ecole Chocolat in Canada and Ecole du Gran Chocolate in France searching for a single organic source, before finding it on Costa Rica's Caribbean slopes. At Monteverde, meet a native Quaker who shares stories of old town.

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  1. Welcome to San José where your journey begins with a warm greeting from a local host at the airport and a transfer to your hotel. At 6 p.m., gather at the hotel with your Travel Director and traveling companions for a Welcome Reception.
    hotel:InterContinental Costa Rica
  2. After breakfast, head toward the small town of San Isidro de Heredia, where you are welcomed by master chocolatiers, Julio Fernandez and George Soriano, for a taste of gourmet chocolate, a Cultural Insight. Learn about the history of chocolate and how it is produced at this small workshop. Afterward, continue to Siquirres and embark on a river journey through the protected wetlands. Later, stroll the streets of Tortuguero Village and explore the fascinating Green Turtle Research Station. Enjoy dinner at the hotel this evening.
    meal(s):FB, L, D
    hotel:Laguna Lodge Tortuguero
  3. Glide through the canals and waterways of the park today as howler monkeys watch from the treetops, toucans and egrets fly through the air, and crocodiles ply the cool waters. If you're here in July, take an optional trip to see the sea turtles laying eggs on the beach.
    meal(s):FB, L, D
  4. Board your boat and bid adiós to the park. Enjoy lunch along the way. Then visit a Tico family's palm plantation to learn about and sample the delicate heart of palm, a Cultural Insight. After a mid-afternoon arrival at your hotel, join your Travel Director on an easy hike looking for the exotic birds of this region. With a little luck, you may spot the endangered great green macaw. Your evening is free.
    meal(s):FB, L
    hotel:Sueño Azul Resort
  5. For the early risers, there is time for an optional rafting trip. Or relax, sleep in and immerse yourself in the natural beauty of the area surrounding your lodge. Later, enjoy a special Be My Guest experience at an eco-friendly hacienda built by the Quintana family as a retirement project. Today, it is home to an organic farm, restaurant and related eco-adventures. The family welcomes you with lunch and shares stories of how their retirement dreams have benefited the local community. Afterward, depart to the town of La Fortuna de San Carlos, home of the colossal Arenal Volcano. Late this afternoon, spend time in the thermal pools of your resort as well as the gardens with beautiful birds. In the evening, relish some of the best views of the volcano as you enjoy a leisurely dinner.
    meal(s):FB, BG, D
    hotel:Arenal Paraiso Resort and Spa
  6. Enjoy a free morning to sleep in or take an optional outing including a hike around Arenal, kayaking on Lake Arenal or visiting an ecological park and terrarium with over 200 species of reptiles, rare frogs and other amphibians as well as butterflies. Early this afternoon, head to the Monteverde Cloud Forest, straddling the Continental Divide, home to luxuriant vegetation, abundant wildlife, coffee plantations and spectacular views. Tonight, you'll meet a native Quaker, and Local Specialist, who will share stories of Old Town Monteverde.
    meal(s):FB, D
    hotel:El Establo Mountain
  7. Join your guide for an excursion through the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve. Covering 26,000 acres of tropical rainforest, the Reserve consists of 6 ecological zones and offers extremely high biodiversity, consisting of over 2,500 plant species (including hundreds of orchid varieties), 100 species of mammals, 400 bird species, and 120 reptilian and amphibian species. Later, ascend to the treetops for a bird's-eye view of the forest on the unforgettable Sky Walk, a chain of 6 suspension bridges at canopy level. Tonight, trade stories of your experiences at a festive Farewell Dinner.
    meal(s):FB, FD
  8. Check into your seaside resort, the only hotel located on the white sand of the world famous Tamarindo Beach. Relax and enjoy the beach and amenities of your beautiful resort. With just a short stroll along the shore, you can spot howler monkeys, iguanas, parrots and a variety of wildlife.

    hotel:Tamarindo Diria Beach and Gold Resort
  9. The day is your to further relax at the beach, head into nearby Tamarindo village or choose from numerous options to continue your Costa Rica Adventure as you please. Perhaps take a surfing lesson, snorkel or swim in the warm gentle waves.

    hotel:Tamarindo Diria Beach and Gold Resort
  10. A transfer is provided to Liberia International Airport for your onward flight.


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We promise you’ll enjoy a stress-free travel experience from the minute you start your vacation planning or we’ll refund your deposit. Make your reservation with a $350 deposit. If you change your mind for any reason within 30 days of booking, we’ll offer you a full refund.

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  • Professional Travel Director Professional Travel Director
  • Sightseeing with Local Experts Sightseeing with Local Experts
  • VIP Access VIP Access
  • WIFI on Coach and in Hotels WIFI on Coach and in Hotels
  • Cultural Enrichment Cultural Enrichment
  • Expertly Selected Hotels Expertly Selected Hotels
  • Hotel Tips Hotel Tips
  • Most Meals Most Meals

Meal Summary

7 nights' accommodations, 7 full breakfasts, 4 lunches , 5 dinners.

Included Highlights

Hidden Treasure

  • Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure.

Cultural Insight

  • Try gourmet chocolate and the delicate heart of palm.

Be My Guest

  • Visit Hacienda Pozo Azul to meet Don Alberto and Doña Ana Quintana for a special lunch in their home.

Local Specialist

  • Listen to a Quaker share stories of the beginning of Monteverde's colorful history.

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Visit Tortuguero National Park, Sarapiquí and the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve with its canopy skywalk
  • View Arenal Volcano
  • Scenic drive through Braulio Carrillo National Park
Definite Departure
Depart Date Return Date Price Discount AvailabilityPrice
14 Jan 17 23 Jan 17 checkmark $2,020$1,858pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$2,020 $1,858 pp
21 Jan 17 30 Jan 17 $2,090$1,921pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$2,090 $1,921 pp
28 Jan 17 6 Feb 17 checkmark $2,090$1,921pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$2,090 $1,921 pp
4 Feb 17 13 Feb 17 $2,090$1,921pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$2,090 $1,921 pp
11 Feb 17 20 Feb 17 checkmark $2,090$1,921pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$2,090 $1,921 pp
18 Feb 17 27 Feb 17 $2,090$1,921pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$2,090 $1,921 pp
25 Feb 17 6 Mar 17 checkmark $2,090$1,921pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$2,090 $1,921 pp
4 Mar 17 13 Mar 17 $2,090$1,921pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$2,090 $1,921 pp
11 Mar 17 20 Mar 17 $2,090$1,921pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$2,090 $1,921 pp
18 Mar 17 27 Mar 17 checkmark $2,090$1,921pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$2,090 $1,921 pp
25 Mar 17 3 Apr 17 $2,090$1,921pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$2,090 $1,921 pp
1 Apr 17 10 Apr 17 checkmark $2,090$1,921pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$2,090 $1,921 pp
22 Apr 17 1 May 17 $2,090$1,921pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$2,090 $1,921 pp
6 May 17 15 May 17 checkmark $2,090$1,921pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$2,090 $1,921 pp
20 May 17 29 May 17 $2,090$1,921pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$2,090 $1,921 pp
17 Jun 17 26 Jun 17 checkmark $2,090$1,921pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$2,090 $1,921 pp
24 Jun 17 3 Jul 17 $2,090$1,921pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$2,090 $1,921 pp
22 Jul 17 31 Jul 17 checkmark $2,090$1,921pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$2,090 $1,921 pp
30 Sep 17 9 Oct 17 $2,090$1,921pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$2,090 $1,921 pp
7 Oct 17 16 Oct 17 $2,090$1,921pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$2,090 $1,921 pp
4 Nov 17 13 Nov 17 checkmark $2,090$1,921pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$2,090 $1,921 pp
11 Nov 17 20 Nov 17 $2,090$1,921pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$2,090 $1,921 pp
9 Dec 17 18 Dec 17 $2,275$2,093pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$2,275 $2,093 pp
23 Dec 17 1 Jan 18 checkmark $2,300$2,115pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$2,300 $2,115 pp

Crossovers: These departures will operate as per the 2016 itinerary; hotels and inclusions may vary.

undefinedFestive Departures: Christmas or New Year's Eve celebration for these departures.

Price is per person and is based on two people sharing a twin bedded room. Single rooms are available at a supplement.

Single Room Supplement: from $375.

Guaranteed Room Share is not available on this trip.

Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $85 per person.

Luggage: For the two night excursion to Tortuguero National Park guests are permitted to bring a maximum of 25 lbs of luggage. Your primary suitcase will be transferred and securely stored at your Sarapiqui hotel.

Early Payment Discount: Pay in full to save the amount listed above. For details, click here.

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Past Travelers: Save an additional 5% off the Land Only price of the vacation.

  • U.S. citizens traveling to Costa Rica must have a current passport that is valid for six months beyond the conclusion of their trip. You can find information on how to apply for a passport here, and how to renew a passport here. No visa is required for U.S. citizens entering Costa Rica.

  • The currency in Costa Rica is the colón.  You’ll usually find the best exchange rates in your destination and can pay with your debit or credit card in many places.  The most convenient way to obtain cash is to use your ATM card at local banks in Costa Rica. It is important that you inform your financial institutions of your travel plans before you leave home so they don’t flag your purchases as potentially fraudulent charges.

  • One of the most enjoyable parts of traveling is sampling the local cuisine. In Costa Rica food mild and simple with many dishes centered on rice, beans, vegetables and meat.  Try the local ceviche prepared with octopus, shrimp, tilapia and seabass cured with lemon juice and spices. You’ll find an abundance of fresh produce to enjoy including plantains, coconut, papaya and mango. Costa Rican coffee is strong and rich; try it black or order it with milk (café con leche).

  • Costa Rica has an enjoyable climate with sunshine throughout the year. We suggest bringing a variety of comfortable, lightweight clothing that can be layered to save space in your suitcase and give you more options for how to dress. Sturdy walking shoes are important. Insect repellant and sunscreen may come in handy, as well as a light jacket and reusable water bottle.  For more helpful information please refer to our Packing Tips & Packing List.

  • Restaurants in Costa Rica are required by law to add 13 percent tax and 10 percent gratuity to the bill. For this reason Costa Ricans do not tip. If you would like to leave an additional tip to reward good service, it’s appropriate to leave 5-10 percent for your waiter.

    At the end of your guided vacation, it’s customary to offer your motor coach driver and Travel Director a gratuity.  We recommend the equivalent of $4 per person/per day for your driver and $6 per person/per day for your Travel Director.  Recommended gratuity for a Local Host and Local Specialist is the equivalent of 1-2 dollars per person, paid at the conclusion of each guided visit.  A convenient option is to prepay your tips before your departure.

  • Baggage on our trips is restricted to one large suitcase per person with dimensions not exceeding 30x19x10 inches and a maximum weight of 50 pounds. You are also permitted one piece of hand luggage, which should be small enough to fit under your coach seat or on the small overhead shelf compartment. Please note that luggage with an adjustable handle and wheels will not fit in the overhead compartment of the coach. Hotel porterage is included in your vacation.

  • You will need to be comfortable on your feet, walking and standing for up to three hours in various weather conditions.  All of our vacations involve walking, often on cobblestone and uneven surfaces in historic city centers.  In order to get the most out of your vacation you need to be able to comfortably walk 1-3 miles unassisted in one day, be in good condition and be able to keep pace with the group. 

    If you need any medications, it is important that you bring enough to last you the whole trip and keep them in your carry-on bag while you travel.

  • We highly recommend our optional Travel Protection Plan, which allows you to cancel for any reason up to 48 hours before departure. The plan also includes trip interruption, baggage loss or delay, and medical and emergency assistance. Click here for a summary of coverage details, terms and conditions.


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