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The sights and sounds of the jungle are joined by the calm of thermal mineral pools, volcanic walks and white sandy beaches on this family adventure.
You'll enjoy Insider moments like... meeting volunteers who strive to protect the sea turtles that nest in Tortuguero National Park; hearing how the turtles can weigh up to 1,100 pounds and that a female can lay more than 100 eggs at one time. And it's seeing the excitement on your family's faces as they fly between trees on a zip line, adding to the squeals and shrieks of the jungle.
7 nights' accommodations, 7 full breakfasts, 3 lunches, 5 dinners.
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.
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)
Adult Price: $80.00 | Child Price: $80.00
Your naturalist guide will provide commentary as you sail by islands, cliffs, and rock formations while watching for bird nesting grounds and marine wildlife. Beverages and snacks are available onboard the catamaran throughout the trip. After exploring the coastline, your captain will set anchor in a secluded bay, and there will be time to snorkel. Be on the lookout for parrotfish, angelfish, starfish and maybe a friendly dolphin. Total duration is approximately 6 hours. Available (late Nov-mid-April).
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)
|Depart Date||Return Date||Price||AvailabilityPrice|
|11 Mar 17||18 Mar 17||$1,850$1,711pp|
|17 Jun 17||24 Jun 17||$1,795$1,660pp|
|24 Jun 17||1 Jul 17||$1,795$1,660pp||
$1,795 $1,660 pp
|15 Jul 17||22 Jul 17||$1,850$1,711pp||
$1,850 $1,711 pp
|22 Jul 17||29 Jul 17||$1,850$1,711pp||
$1,850 $1,711 pp
|5 Aug 17||12 Aug 17||$1,850$1,711pp||
$1,850 $1,711 pp
|12 Aug 17||19 Aug 17||$1,850$1,711pp||
$1,850 $1,711 pp
|11 Nov 17||18 Nov 17||$1,795$1,660pp||
$1,795 $1,660 pp
|16 Dec 17||23 Dec 17||$2,075$1,919pp||
$2,075 $1,919 pp
Crossovers: These departures will operate as per the 2016 itinerary; hotels and inclusions may vary.
Festive 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 $575.
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 Arenal hotel.
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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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