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Costa Rica Eco Adventure

Operated by: Trafalgar

8 Days from $1,843 per person
JAN - DEC 2023
Costa Rica Keel Billed Toucan

Countries Visited

Costa Rica ...more Costa Rica

Locations Visited

San Jose, San Isidro, Braulio Carrillo National Park, Tortuguero, Sarapiqui, Arenal, Monteverde, Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Preserve, Liberia ...more San Jose, San Isidro, Braulio Carrillo National Park, Tortuguero, Sarapiqui, Arenal, Monteverde, Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Preserve, Liberia
  1. Day 1 Welcome to San José

    Learn the secrets of Pura Vida – Costa Rica’s inimitable zest for life that will linger throughout your effortlessly delivered encounter with a land that boasts no artificial ingredients. This evening, join your Travel Director and fellow expeditioners for a Welcome Reception.

    meals Welcome Reception
    hotel Sheraton San Jose Hotel
  2. Day 2 Discover the natural beauty of Tortuguero National Park Dive Into Culture Make Travel Matter

    Journey to San Isidro de Heredia, where we’ll Dive into Culture with master chocolatiers, Julio Fernandez and George Soriano, to learn about the history of chocolate and how it is produced at this small workshop. Then, it’s on to Siquirres where we’ll embark on a river journey with a Local Specialist through protected wetlands to secluded Tortuguero where you will glide through canals, lagoons and lowland rainforest. Then we visit the Village of Tortuguero for a culturally enriching, MAKE TRAVEL MATTER�� Experience to meet Tortuguero Village pioneers and learn about their way of life. Later, we enjoy dinner at our hotel this evening accompanied by the enchanting sounds of resident cicadas and tree frogs.

    meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    hotel Laguna Lodge Tortuguero
  3. Day 3 Visit the wildlife of Tortuguero National Park

    Cruise the canals and streams of the park today with a Local Specialist as howler monkeys watch from the treetops, toucans and egrets fly through the air and crocodiles ply the cool waters. Visit the Village of Tortuguero. If you are here between July and September, take an optional tour to see the sea turtles laying eggs on the beach.

    meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  4. Day 4 Sample heart of palm in Sarapiquí Connect with Locals

    Bid adiós to Tortuguero and head back to the mainland where we’ll enjoy lunch before meeting the Tico family for a Connect With Locals experience at their palm plantation. There you'll learn about and sample the delicate heart of palm. Tonight you'll enjoy a Be My Guest experience with the owners of your hotel, Connect With Locals as they prepare a special BBQ meal just for you.

    meals Breakfast, Lunch, Be My Guest
    hotel La Quinta Sarapiqui Lodge
  5. Day 5 Mingle with Locals in Saripiqui Connect with Locals

    Rise with the sun to get up close and personal with Costa Rica's exquisite nature during a leisurely hike. Keep a lookout for the endangered great green macaw and connect with your beautiful natural surroundings. Embark on an optional rafting trip^ later this morning. We Connect With Locals this afternoon, enjoying a Be My Guest experience lunch at an eco-friendly hacienda built by the Quintana family as a retirement project. Today, it is home to an organic farm and related eco-adventures. Learn how your experience contributes to the local community. Our journey continues to Arenal Volcano, on whose slopes we spend the afternoon relaxing in our resort's beautifully landscaped thermal pools.

    meals Breakfast, Be My Guest
    hotel Hotel Arenal Paraiso Resort and Spa
  6. Day 6 Immerse in the stories of Monteverde Cloud Forest Connect with Locals

    Our soul-stirring encounter with Costa Rica’s natural wonders continues after a morning at leisure. Straddle the Continental Divide and touch the sky in Monteverde Cloud Forest, where you’ll have an opportunity to explore this biodiverse sanctuary, renowned for its collection of orchid species – more than in any other single place. Tonight, you will Connect With Locals as you meet descendants of native Quaker, and Local Specialist, who will share stories of Old Town Monteverde and delve into the history of the American Quakers who settled in the area in the 1950s. This evening, relish some of the best views as you enjoy dinner.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel El Establo Mountain Hotel
  7. Day 7 Wander the Monteverde Cloud Forest

    This morning, join your Local Specialist guide for an excursion through the lush rainforests of Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve. We ascend to the treetops high above the jungle floor below, treading lightly along the Sky Walk^ suspension bridges amongst the wildlife that find sanctuary in the boughs of the surrounding canopy. As our epic eco-adventure nears its end, we share stories with newfound friends at a Farewell Dinner.

    meals Breakfast, Farewell Dinner
  8. Day 8 Adios Monteverde and Liberia

    Transfer to Liberia International Airport for travel on to Guanacaste Beach for those extending their stay. Airport arrival will be at approximately 11:00 am for Liberia airport, please be aware when booking your flights.

    meals Breakfast
Costa Rica Eco Adventure San Jose Liberia Guided Tour Map
Price Includes

Whats Included

  • All porterage and restaurant gratuities
  • An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • All porterage and restaurant gratuities
  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • Breakfast daily and up to half of your evening meals
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • Audio headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • All transport and transfers shown
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • Optional Experiences and free time

Choice Highlights

Must-see Highlights

  • : Visit Tortuguero Village, Sarapiqui
  • : View Arenal Volcano
  • : Discover the flora and fauna on a cruise through Tortuguero National Park with a Local Specialist
  • : Hike through Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve guided by a Local Specialist

Dive Into Culture

  • San Isidro: Meet master chocolatiers, Julio Fernandez and George Soriano, to learn about the history of chocolate and how it is produced at this small workshop.

Be My Guest

  • Sarapiqui: Tonight you'll enjoy some time with the owners of your hotel, providing a unique experience, as they prepare a special BBQ meal just for you.
  • Sarapiqui: Visit the Quintana family's Hacienda Pozo Azul and discover how they reduce their carbon footprint and support the local community.
  • Monteverde: Meet Monteverde's Quaker descendants and Local Specialist to learn about Old Town Monteverde and the fascinating history of the American Quakers who settled in the area in the 1950s.

MAKE TRAVEL MATTER®

  • Tortuguero National Park: Meet a local Tico family at their palm plantation to learn about and sample the delicate heart of palm surrounded by tropical forest.
  • Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Preserve: Walk above the jungle floor on the Sky Walk. A chain of six suspension bridges at canopy level with complete views of the forest and access to a completely different ecosystem that can only be discovered at the highest points of trees. A naturalist guide will point out intriguing plant and animal life, so you won’t miss out on any amazing details these forests offer.

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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.

Tortuguero National Park

White Water Rafting Level II and III

This morning excursion on a class II and III river involves navigating nearly 8 miles on the Sarapiqui River. It's a great introduction for first-time paddlers and families interested in a fun, wet roller coaster ride. Total duration: approximately 4 hours. Gratuity included. (Minimum 2 Guests)
Adult Price: $64

Arenal

Arenal Natura Ecological Park

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 2 hours. Gratuity included. (Minimum 2 Guests)
Adult Price: $50

Arenal Volcano Hike

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 still quite active but has settled down in recent years. Your guided hike will allow you to see the areas that were destroyed in the 1968 eruption up close. Hike through recent lava flows and see how Mother Nature has brought life back to the region. Total duration is approximately 4 hours. Gratuity included. (Minimum 2 Guests)
Adult Price: $67

Kayak On Lake Arenal

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 is approximately 4 hours. Gratuity included. (Minimum 2 Guests)
Adult Price: $65

Monteverde Cloud Forest

El Trapiche Tour

The tour begins with a walk through the farm where you’ll view sugarcane, banana, orange and coffee plantations. Learn about the coffee-making process and how liquor is made out of sugarcane. The farm provides an exciting education to visitors about the various crops and farm life in Costa Rica. Total duration is approximately 3 hours. Gratuity included. (Minimum 2 Guests)
Adult Price: $33

Horseback Riding Tour

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. Gratuity included. (Minimum 2 Guests)
Adult Price: $75

Sky Tram And Sky Trek

Board a comfortable gondola and fly among the trees on the lookout for local wildlife. As you glide among the forest, see how the vegetation changes with the elevation level. At the end of the Sky Tram you will be faced with a choice: 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 and with lengths of over 650 feet. All of these zip lines were built to give you a 360° perspective of the rainforest. Gratuity included. (Minimum 2 Guests)
Adult Price: $97

Reviews
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Gail Wekenmann
Monday, March 9, 2020
Service
Had multiple issue getting call backs or follow ups this time. Also overcharged and had to call back twice to get it fixed.
Vacation
German was the most fantastic tour guide. He loves his job and country.
Irene Sada
Sunday, April 7, 2019
Service
disconnect with original flight plans. although it was corrected, it was very distressing in the beginning.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We are glad that everything was able to be sorted out with your flights and apologize for any confusion or misunderstanding.
Tuesday, April 16, 2019
Vacation
it would could have been made better if we had more time in each location.. One night is not enough as a travel day can be all day long leaving little time to enjoy each location.
Michele CK
Wednesday, April 3, 2019
Service
Loved the Costa Rica Eco-Adventure. Wish we could have more time in each location. Loved being away from it all. Some accommodations were a bit "rustic," but all were clean with exceptional service and great food! German, our Travel Director was the best!
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you for taking the time to share your wonderful experience in Costa Rica.
Friday, April 5, 2019
Vacation
The adventure itself was excellent. Getting there and home again were a bit of a nightmare! But, all worked out.
Trusted Customer
Tuesday, February 5, 2019
Service
Wonderful daily itinerary and great tour guide who had very good command of English. What enhancements: 1. Reconstruct the day to include time to stretch, walk, exercise, if appropriate swim 2. Time just to enjoy the lodge and area we are staying - in January it got dark early so I selected not to walk after dinner in the dark due to the natural habitat of the areas i.e. rain forest in Tortuguero and Sarapique. So, extend daylight free time and leave for the next location the next day vs. cramming in time to getting to a new lodge at dinner time (missing daylight fun on the ground) 3. Perhaps, add 2 days to this itinerary 4. Provide a heads-up that Costa Rica is primarily a Spanish speaking country with little English spoken by natives/staff at lodges 5. Provide a heads-up that wi-fi is not available or very limited 6. Provide information on proper clothing. I refer to zip-lining in Monteverde where it felt like 35 degrees with wicked winds..... I loved the unique locations we stopped at. The owners of the small plantations were so informative (translated at times by the guide) and welcoming. Hats off to those individuals. Our guide made sure that we never starved! reneabrams@aol.com
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you for all your suggestions and review. We are so happy that you enjoyed beautiful Costa Rica.
Wednesday, February 13, 2019
Vacation
Everyone likes a "best" price and as a single I really feel that statement. Some tour agencies have consideration for singles and have us pay the same fare as couples.
Carolyn Dimig
Monday, February 4, 2019
Service
Rob Rainwater was excellent. He answered all my questions quickly and efficiently.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you! We will be sure to pass this on to Rob.
Wednesday, February 13, 2019
Vacation
Very early morning departures and many hours on the bus or boat to Tortuguero. The name tags are not good. Most of us quit wearing them after a day or two.They are difficult to attach to a "t" shirt. A lanyard would work much better.
Trusted Customer
Saturday, October 20, 2018
Service
Transportation, air and ground, excellent. Hotel in San Jose great. We were hoping we could change one leg of air at the airport but due to the booking we weren't eligible unless we paid high fee. I could have purchased through Trafalgar but GET qualifies me for an AARP discount. GET is sister company to Trafalgar. This is first escorted trip we have done. I would do it again. We had a fantastic trip.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Costa Rica is a beautiful country--we're so glad you had a fantastic trip and were able to discover the "pure life." Thank you for taking the time to write!
Wednesday, October 24, 2018
Vacation
Extra excursions should have been priced before we booked trip.
Karen Wubenhorst
Saturday, July 7, 2018
Service
The tour guide was knowledgeable and interesting. The sights were magnificent as well as the lodging. It was the perfect trip!
Vacation
Excellent value for the price
Herbert Rudd
Monday, June 4, 2018
Service
Good and excellent director
Vacation
Yes Very good but needed one or 2 more days
Frank Mauro
Saturday, June 2, 2018
Service
The tour guide and bus driver were beyond excellent. Kept us entertained and informed the entire trip.
Vacation
Good value for the money.
Guy Harkness
Saturday, June 2, 2018
Service
Booking with Michelle Gumringer was very seamless, & our Costa Rican Guide, German Rojas was excellent.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you for sharing your experience. We're so pleased to know you enjoyed your Costa Rica vacation. Michelle is a great asset to our team and we'll be sure to pass along your compliment. Happy travels!
Wednesday, June 6, 2018
Vacation
Very economical & very comprehensive. A great value.
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