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Discoveries abound on this Costa Rican all-encompassing adventure. Travel from the vibrant capital, San Jose to quaint artisan settlements before being awestruck by this nation's outstanding natural beauty. From volcanos to rainforests, you'll quickly understand why Costa Rica is famed for its richly diverse ecosystems and the spectacular and unique flora and fauna it affords.
Your adventure begins in the morning as you head for Tortuguero. In Guapiles, board a boat that will take you through miles of protected canals and to your hotel where lunch and dinner are included. Wander through Tortuguero village as your Local Specialist shows you the local ways of life before visiting the Green Turtle Research Station.
Rise early to enjoy the beauty of nature at the best time of the day. Mornings are ideal for cruising the Tortuguero National Park canals as sunrise is when local wildlife is most active. Breakfast will be ready once you get back to the hotel and the rest of the morning will be at leisure to enjoy your hotel's facilities. In the afternoon, take a guided jungle hike. Learn more about the flora and fauna of this region and the projects for its conservation.
Take a mid-morning departure back to San Jose, crossing Braulio Carrillo National Park along the way. Meet with your Travel Director and continue your Costa Rica Adventure as per Day 1-7 of the itinerary.
Start the day with a brief sightseeing tour of San Jose, Costa Rica's vibrant capital city. Then head north and stop in Sarchí, a quaint little town known as the cradle of Costa Rican artisanship. The town is perhaps most widely recognised for its colourful and decorative oxcarts that have been made here for over a century. There's time to browse the beautifully intricate arts, crafts and souvenirs. Continue ascending the Tilaran Mountain range and watch as the landscape changes before your eyes as you enter the stunning Cloud Forest area.
|Depart Date||Return Date||Price||Discount||Availability||Price|
|4 Apr 18||13 Apr 18||$1,250pp||Call 1-877-622-9109|
|18 Apr 18||27 Apr 18||$1,250pp||Request Quote Book Now|
|9 May 18||18 May 18||$1,250pp||Request Quote Book Now|
|20 Jun 18||29 Jun 18||$1,220pp||Request Quote Book Now|
|11 Jul 18||20 Jul 18||$1,220pp||Request Quote Book Now|
|18 Jul 18||27 Jul 18||$1,250pp||Request Quote Book Now|
|1 Aug 18||10 Aug 18||$1,250pp||Request Quote Book Now|
|8 Aug 18||17 Aug 18||$1,250pp||Request Quote Book Now|
|12 Sep 18||21 Sep 18||$1,250pp||Request Quote Book Now|
|10 Oct 18||19 Oct 18||$1,275pp||Request Quote Book Now|
|7 Nov 18||16 Nov 18||$1,275pp||Request Quote Book Now|
All prices are per person twin-share. Single rooms available at a supplement.
Single Supplement from: $470
Please note that Guaranteed Room Share is not available on this trip.
Gratuities: Option to pre-pay tips to Travel Director and Driver $74 per person.
Airport Arrival to San Jose International Airport will be at approximately 12 noon. Please be aware when booking your flights.
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Past Travelers: Save an additional 5% off the Land Only price of the vacation.
6 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch, 2 Dinners, .
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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