Discover the tropical delights of the rain forest on this exciting 8-day eco adventure through the jungles of Costa Rica. With nature and wildlife center-stage, you’re sure to see quetzals, hummingbirds, monkeys, toucans and much more before your journey’s end!
Along the way, you’ll get a Cultural Insight into the delicate heart of palm on a family plantation and enjoy an authentic Be My Guest experience at an eco-friendly hacienda.
Welcome to San Jose! Your journey begins with a warm greeting at the airport from a local host and a transfer to your hotel. At 6pm, gather at the hotel with your Travel Director and traveling companions for a Welcome Reception.
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 local specialty. 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.
Note: For the two night excursion to Tortuguero National Park guests are permitted to bring a maximum of 25 lbs (11 kg) of luggage. Your primary suitcase will be transferred and securely stored at your Sarapiqui hotel.
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.
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.
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 will welcome you with a delicious lunch and tell 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. Tonight relish some of the best views of the volcano as you enjoy a leisurely dinner.
A free morning to do as you please. Sleep in or take an optional outing including a hike around Arenal, ziplining, participation in a reforestation project, a float trip, or visit 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 Monteverde Cloud Forest, straddling the Continental Divide, and home to luxuriant vegetation, abundant wildlife, coffee plantations and spectacular views. Tonight, you’ll meet a native Quaker, and local expert, who will share historical photos and stories of Old Town Monteverde.
Join your local expert 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 the most orchid varieties in a single place), 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 six suspension bridges at canopy level. Tonight, trade stories of your experiences at a festive Farewell Dinner.
Transfer to either Liberia or San Jose International Airports or travel on to Guanacaste Beach for those extending their stay.
Please do not schedule any flights before 12.30pm from Liberia or San Jose.
Please Note: For the more remote areas of Costa Rica (such as Tortuguero and Sarapiqui), we use the best available hotel facilities with comfortable but simple guestrooms and eco-friendly amenities perfectly suited to the natural surroundings.
This journey requires walking on uneven surfaces and steps and sometimes through heavy showers (umbrellas and rain ponchos provided). This journey is best enjoyed by the experienced traveler in good health and who can take such conditions in stride.
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January - April 2017 departures: Prices, dates, discount, itinerary and hotels are subject to change and will be confirmed in September 2016.
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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. Room Share: Guaranteed Room Share is not available on this trip.
Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $78 per person.
International flights to San Jose often arrive very late at night. Day 2 is a long day with an early morning start. In order to fully enjoy the tour, some passengers may benefit from purchasing a pre-trip night so they have ample time to rest.
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Day 1 Monteverde - Liberia - Guanacaste
Descend from the lush cloud forests of Monteverde and head west to the pristine Pacific coast. Check into your seaside resort, the only hotel located on the white sand of the world-famous Tamarindo Beach, adjacent to Tamarindo National Wildlife Refuge and Las Baulas National Park. Relax and simply enjoy the beach and the 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.
Day 2 Guanacaste Free Time
The day is yours to further relax at the beach or choose from numerous options to continue your Costa Rica adventure as you please.
Day 3 Guanacaste - Liberia - USA
A transfer is provided to Liberia International Airport for your onward flight. Or, stay a while longer on the beach; you can reserve extra night accommodations if you wish to extend your stay.
Included in your 3-day stay:
From $250 per person (single from $445)
There is no Travel Director on the Post-Trip Guanacaste Beach Stay excursion.
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