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Costa Rica Eco Adventure

Monteverde Cloud Forest
8 Days from $1,568 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.
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    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.

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    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.
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  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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.
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  8. Transfer to either Liberia or San José International Airports or travel on to Guanacaste Beach for those extending their stay.
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  • 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
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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

Optional Add-Ons

Optional Experiences are subject to change. Your Travel Director will supply you with a final list of Optional Experiences available on your trip. Optional Experiences cannot be booked online; they can be purchased during your trip through your Travel Director.

Arenal

Arenal Natura Ecological Park

Adult Price: $38.00 | Child Price: $26.00

At this wonderful park you will have the opportunity to experience Costa Rica’s wildlife up close and personal where beautiful frogs, birds, reptiles, and their natural habitats will have the starring role. This package includes a frog sanctuary, bird watching, a serpentarium (home to different species of snakes found in Costa Rica), a reptile lagoon (to observe crocodiles) and a heliconia garden. Total duration is approximately about 2 hours. (Minimum 2 Guests)

Arenal

Arenal Volcano Hike

Adult Price: $61.00 | Child Price: $31.00

Ever since the 1500s, locals considered Arenal to be just a regular everyday mountain. However, everything changed on the morning of July 29, 1968, when the mountain erupted spewing ash and lava over the region. Up until 2010, the volcano was quite active but has settled down in recent years. Your guided hike will allow you to see up close the areas that were destroyed in the 1968 eruption. Hike through recent lava flows, and see how Mother Nature has brought life back to the region. Total duration is approximately 4 hours. (Minimum 2 Guests)

Monteverde

El Trapiche Tour

Adult Price: $28.00 | Child Price: $13.00

The tour begins with a walk through the farm where you’ll view sugarcane, banana, orange and coffee plantations. You will learn about the coffee making process and how liquor is made of out sugarcane. The farm provides an education to visitors about the various crops and farm life in Costa Rica. Total duration is approximately 3 hours. (Minimum 2 Guests)

Monteverde

Horseback Riding Tour

Adult Price: $70.00 | Child Price: $57.00

On your horseback excursion, enjoy sweeping views of the Nicoya Gulf and its islands as you ride your way through coffee and sugarcane plantations, tropical forest and open fields. Be on the lookout for wildlife including toucans, green parrots and white-faced monkeys. Total duration is about 2 ½ hours. (Minimum 2 Guests.)

Arenal

Kayak On Lake Arenal

Adult Price: $59.00 | Child Price: $30.00

Arenal Lake is the largest in the country and home to a wide diversity of birds, both resident and migratory, such as flycatchers, kingfishers and great blue herons. Kayaking on Arenal Lake is a great way to take part in an outdoor activity while you enjoy the amazing, one-of-a-kind views of Arenal Volcano. Along the shoreline watch for howler monkeys enjoying the good life high in the trees. Total duration approximately 4 hours. (Minimum 2 Guests)

Monteverde

Sky Tram & Sky Trek

Adult Price: $87.00 | Child Price: $63.00

Board a comfortable gondola and fly among the trees on the lookout for local wildlife. As you glide among the forest, see how it changes in vegetation due to elevation. At the end of the Sky Tram you will be faced with a choice, you can either return to the starting point in the same way you came or you can enjoy the ultimate adrenaline rush on the Sky Trek. With this option you will fly across the forest in a series of ten zip lines with heights ranging from 100 – 650 feet (30 to 200 meters) and with lengths of over 650 feet (200 meters). All of these zip lines were built to give you a 360° perspective of the rainforest. (Minimum 2 Guests)

Sarapiqui

White Water Rafting Level Ii & Iii

Adult Price: $58.00 | Child Price: $58.00

This morning excursion on a class II and III river involves navigating nearly 13 km (over 8 mi) on the Sarapiqui River, and is a great introduction for first-time paddlers and families interested in a fun, wet rollercoaster ride. Total duration approximately 4 hours (Minimum 2 Guests)

Definite Departure
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18 Mar 17 25 Mar 17 checkmark $1,695pp
1 Apr 17 8 Apr 17 checkmark $1,695$1,568pp
6 May 17 13 May 17 checkmark $1,695$1,568pp
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20 May 17 27 May 17 $1,695$1,568pp
$1,695 $1,568 pp
17 Jun 17 24 Jun 17 $1,695$1,568pp
$1,695 $1,568 pp
24 Jun 17 1 Jul 17 $1,695$1,568pp
$1,695 $1,568 pp
22 Jul 17 29 Jul 17 checkmark $1,695$1,568pp
$1,695 $1,568 pp
30 Sep 17 7 Oct 17 $1,695$1,568pp
$1,695 $1,568 pp
7 Oct 17 14 Oct 17 $1,695$1,568pp
$1,695 $1,568 pp
4 Nov 17 11 Nov 17 checkmark $1,695$1,568pp
$1,695 $1,568 pp
11 Nov 17 18 Nov 17 checkmark $1,695$1,568pp
$1,695 $1,568 pp
9 Dec 17 16 Dec 17 $1,825$1,688pp
$1,825 $1,688 pp
23 Dec 17 30 Dec 17 checkmark $1,850$1,711pp
$1,850 $1,711 pp

Dec 23: Christmas celebration for this departure.

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 $495.

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.

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  • 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.

Reviews

Friday, April 29, 2016
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Service rating : the tour guide, German Rojas was superb. we enjoyed the exposure to the locals ie the chocolate factory and the rest
Vacation : I would recommend it with a few suggestions. on the optional adventures such as the zip line it should be stated up front if there are any restrictions. we were unaware of restrictions until after we signed up and paid ( I don't know if a restriction applied to me or my wife if we could have gotten reimbursed
Thursday, April 14, 2016
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Service rating : Accommodations were good, and tour was well planned.
Vacation : A great tour guide helps to make a great trip. German Rojas is a great tour guide.
Saturday, April 9, 2016
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Service rating : Accommodating, inclusive, friendly, and good connections and service.
Vacation : Educational, informative, entertaining, busy, and a great one time experience.
Saturday, April 9, 2016
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Service rating : I was unable to download your Feefo survey.
Vacation : Excellent
Friday, March 18, 2016
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Service rating : Excellent guide. Learned a lot.
Vacation : I particularly appreciated meeting people who live and work in Costa Rica. Real people doing real work.
Wednesday, March 2, 2016
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Service rating : I have booked through them several times and had great customer service each time
Vacation : enjoyed all the activities and especially liked the two tour guides
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you so much! We appreciate your repeat business and for taking the time to leave your feedback.

Grand European Travel
Tuesday, March 8, 2016

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