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Natural Wonders of Costa Rica

Style: First Class | Pace: Comfortable
Your intriguing adventure across the luscious landscapes of Costa Rica leads you on a journey through verdant tropical rainforests, to near perfect cone-shaped volcanoes and onto the impossibly green waters of their crater lakes. Find out the true meaning of pura vida on this breathtaking Hidden Journey that lets you uncover the secrets behind the nation's eternal optimism.
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Overview

Your intriguing adventure across the luscious landscapes of Costa Rica leads you on a journey through verdant tropical rainforests, to near perfect cone-shaped volcanoes and onto the impossibly green waters of their crater lakes. Find out the true meaning of pura vida on this breathtaking Hidden Journey that lets you uncover the secrets behind the nation's eternal optimism.
  1. Discover the secret to pura vida—Costa Rica's inimitable zest for life. Soak up the vibrant atmosphere before joining your travel companions for a Welcome Reception at 6 p.m.
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    hotel:Studio
  2. Embark on an adventure heading toward Poás Volcano coffee country, along the way visiting a working coffee plantation to learn about its rich history, which dates back to the 18th century. Traveling through lush tropical rainforests, home to the endangered great green macaw, your journey takes us to Sarapiquí and Hacienda Pozo Azul where the Quintana family share fascinating insights into their unique way of life over a traditional Be My Guest lunch. Then travel toward the active volcano, Arenal, where an afternoon of relaxation awaits in your hotel's steamy hot springs.
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    hotel:Arenal Kioro Hotel Suites and Spa
  3. The day begins at the wildlife rescue center, Proyecto Asis, where you'll have the rare opportunity to interact with some of Costa Rica's native animals, many of which are rehabilitated for their eventual return to the wild. After a tasty traditional lunch, be treated to a Cultural Insight, a performance by local children who dance to the sounds of calypso music before heading to Arenal Hanging Bridges. Here you'll get to interact with brightly colored birds, cheeky monkeys and slow-moving sloths all while being surrounded by luscious landscapes.
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  4. Today, travel to the land of the sabanero cowboy to traverse through picturesque forests, past hot springs and beneath wondrous waterfalls to reach the imposing Rincón de la Vieja. Here you will enjoy a unique opportunity to spend two relaxing nights on the slopes of this magnificent volcano.
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    hotel:Borinquen Mountain Resort and Spa
  5. The day is free for you to explore any number of exciting activities, such as ziplining, biking or hiking up a jungle clad mountain for a bird's eye glimpse of Guanacaste's spectacular Pacific coastline. Trek to hidden waterfalls, hear the astonishingly loud sound of cicadas and look out for beautiful butterflies, spider monkeys and the brightly colored beaks of toucans. If you prefer to lay back and relax, immerse yourself in a thermal hot spring or enjoy the sensation of a natural steam room.
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  6. The village of Carrillo is famed for its crescent-shaped beach and the beautiful backdrop of mountainous forests that form beyond it. Here you will stay for the next two nights and get to venture into the verdant landscape that makes up Palo Verde National Park where the Tempisque River also flows. Enjoy lunch together in the park before heading back to the beachside retreat of Carrillo for more rest and relaxation.
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    hotel:Nammbú - Beachfront Bungalows
  7. Today is yours to soak up the sun and simple life on Playa Carrillo where you can read, sunbathe or enjoy a beachside picnic. Hop on a shuttle to nearby Samara for a lunch and some souvenir shopping or choose to embark on an optional experience to explore Costa Rica's pristine coastline, which offers an assortment of activities, such as kayaking, snorkeling or surfing.
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  8. After a leisurely start to the morning, head back toward San José with a stop at Los Angeles Cloud Forest. This secluded private reserve protects more than 347 species of birds, as well as an assortment of plant life, like ferns, mosses and orchids. Later, share experiences with your fellow travelers at a Farewell Dinner.
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    hotel:Villa Blanca Los Angeles Cloud Forest Resort and Nature Reserve
  9. Your journey through Costa Rica and the land of pura vida comes to its end as you are taken back to Juan Santamaría International Airport to catch your flight home or choose to extend your stay at the Studio Hotel in San José.
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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 $950.

Guaranteed Room Share is not available on this trip.

Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $95 per person.

Hidden Journey itineraries have a maximum of 26 guests.

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  • Professional Travel Director Professional Travel Director
  • 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
  • Hotel Tips Hotel Tips
  • Most Meals Most Meals

Meal Summary

15 meals: 8 full breakfasts, 3 lunches, 4 dinners; all with tea and coffee.

Included Highlights

Hidden Treasure

  • Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure

Be My Guest

  • Join Don Alberto and Doña Ana Quintana for a traditional Costa Rican lunch at their Hacienda Pozo Azul, a 2000-acre working ranch

Cultural Insight

  • Watch a group of talented local children perform traditional Costa Rican dances to the sweet sounds of calypso

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Visit Sarapiquí, a wildlife rescue center, Arenal National Park, Borinquen, Carrillo Beach, Palo Verde National Park, Los Angeles Cloud Forest Reserve
  • View the Arenal Volcano, Rincon de la Vieja Volcano
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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 24 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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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: $42.00 | Child Price: $29.00

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 2 hours. Gratuity included. (Minimum 2 Guests)

Arenal

Arenal Volcano Hike

Adult Price: $65.00 | Child Price: $34.00

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 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)

Arenal

Kayak On Lake Arenal

Adult Price: $63.00 | Child Price: $34.00

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 is approximately 4 hours. Gratuity included. (Minimum 2 Guests)

Rincon De La Vieja

Canopy Tour

Adult Price: $60.00 | Child Price: $34.00

Feel the maximum adrenaline rush on these 12 high-adrenaline platforms! Soar above the tree tops over one of the lushest tropical forests in Guanacaste. The trip to the first platform can be done on horses or with our off-road vehicle. The tour ends across from the stables on the hotel grounds. Child rate applies to those 11 years of age or under. Gratuity included.

Rincon De La Vieja

Hidden Waterfall on ATV

Adult Price: $45.00 | Child Price: $45.00

A journey through the mountain and the forest. Enjoy a wonderful view of Guanacaste's Pacific Coast, pass by the Hidden Waterfall on your way to the magical Mystery Waterfall and relax and cool down by the crystal clear waters. Some hiking is required to reach the waterfall site. Must be 16 years or older. Gratuity included.

Rincon De La Vieja

Hidden Waterfall on Horseback

Adult Price: $39.00 | Child Price: $22.00

A journey through the mountain and the forest. Enjoy a wonderful view of Guanacaste's Pacific Coast, pass by the Hidden Waterfall on your way to the magical Mystery Waterfall and relax and cool down by the crystal clear waters. Some hiking is required to reach the waterfall site. Child rate of $22.00 USD applies to those 11 years of age and younger. Gratuity included.

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