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Costa Rica Eco Adventure 2014

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Arenal Volcano, Costa RicaArenal Volcano, Costa RicaThe jungle meets the oceanMonteverde Cloud Forest Sky Walk, Costa Rica
Arenal Volcano, Costa Rica
Arenal Volcano, Costa Rica
The jungle meets the ocean
Monteverde Cloud Forest Sky Walk, Costa Rica
  • Duration: 8 Days
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  • Brochure: USA and Canada 2014
    South America 2014
  • Style: Regional
  • Description: Come face to face with the exotic wildlife that inhabits tranquil Costa Rica's emerald rainforests on this breathtaking itinerary. Cruise the canals in search of wildlife in the famous eco-tourism spot of Tortuguero National Park. Explore the magic of the Monteverde Cloud Forest by bravely crossing the Sky Walk chain of suspension bridges.

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Trip Itinerary

  • Day 1


    Welcome to San Jose! Your journey begins with a warm greeting at the airport from a local host and a complimentary transfer to your hotel. At 6 p.m., gather at the hotel with your Travel Director and travelling companions for a Welcome Reception.

    Meal(s): (Welcome Reception)

    Hotel: InterContinental Real Hotel & Club Tower Costa Rica (Deluxe)

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 2


    After breakfast, head toward the small town of San Isidro de Heredia, where are welcomed for a Be My Guest lunch by master chocolatiers, for a taste of gourmet chocolate and an organic lunch. Learn about the history of chocolate and how it is produced at this small chocolate workshop. After lunch, 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.

    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast / Be My Guest Dining / Dinner)

    Hotel: Laguna Lodge Tortuguero (MF)

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 3


    Cruise the canals and streams 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 between July and September, take an optional excursion to see the sea turtles laying eggs on the beach.

    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)

  • Day 4


    Before departing Tortuguero, you'll have the chance to try "pipa," a delicious variety of young coconut. Bid adios to the park as you travel along the river before boarding your motorcoach for a visit to the small village of Horquetas. After lunch at a local restaurant, visit a local Tico family palm plantation to learn about and taste the delicate heart of palm, a Local Speciality. Travel on to quaint Sarapiqui and step off the beaten path in this rarely-visited area surrounded by dense rainforests full of wildlife. This afternoon, immerse yourself in the natural beauty of the area around your lodge—perhaps you'll spot the endangered great green macaw.

    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)

    Hotel: Hacienda Sueño Azul Resort (MF)

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 5


    Head to La Fortuna de San Carlos, home of the colossal Arenal Volcano. Enjoy the rest of the day at your resort, surrounded by exotic gardens, beautiful flowers and many species of birds.  Enjoy dinner with some of the best views of the volcano, and then relax while soaking in the resort's natural hot thermal springs in the shadow of the volcano.

    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast / Dinner)

    Hotel: Arenal Manoa (F)

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 6


    Straddling Costa Rica's Continental Divide, the Monteverde Cloud Forest is home to luxuriant vegetation, abundant wildlife, coffee plantations and spectacular views. You'll spend two nights in this most famous of Costa Rican reserves. Upon arrival, 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. Begin exploring from the grounds of your mountain lodge before enjoying dinner at a local restaurant where you meet a native Quaker man, a Local Expert, who will share historical photos and stories of the old town of Monteverde.

    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast / Dinner)

    Hotel: El Establo Mountain Hotel (F)

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 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 the most orchid species in a single place), 100 species of mammals, 400 bird species, and 120 reptilian and amphibian species Share your experiences with your fellow travellers at a festive Farewell Dinner.

    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast / Farewell Dinner)

  • Day 8


    Transfer to Liberia Airport for your flight home or travel on to Guanacaste Beach for those extending their stay. Please do not schedule any flights before 1:00 p.m.

    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast)

What's Included

Insider Experiences

  • Be My Guest Visit Master Chocolatier Julio Fernandez's home and small chocolate workshop for a lunch of local ingredients.
  • Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your expert Travel Director.
  • Local Speciality Visit a local family-owned palm plantation to try the delicate heart of palm.
  • Local Expert Meet a Quaker man who will share photos and stories of the old town of Monteverde.

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Tortuguero National ParkRide to Tortuguero National Park by river boat; visit Tortuguero Village and the Green Turtle Research Station; cruise the canals in search of wildlife.
  • SarapiquiExplore this beautiful valley surrounded by rainforest.
  • ArenalSee Arenal Volcano
  • Monteverde Cloud ForestEnjoy a two-night stay near the park; take a guided walk through the Cloud Forest Reserve; visit the Sky Walk to experience the chain of suspension bridges high above the Cloud Forest.


  • 7 full breakfasts
  • 3 lunches:
    • Be My Guest lunch with wine near San Isidro de Heredia
    • 2 buffet lunches
  • 7 evening meals:
    • Welcome Reception with light appetisers and drinks with your Travel Director in San Jose
    • 4 buffet dinners
    • 1 three-course dinner
    • Farewell Dinner with wine in Monteverde Cloud Forest

Travel Highlights

  • Travel by luxury air-conditioned coach with reclining seats and an on-board restroom.
  • First Class hotel accommodation featuring twin rooms and private facilities.
  • Audio Headsets provided throughout your trip to enhance your included sightseeing experiences.
  • Complimentary keepsake photo and map.
  • The services of a professional Travel Director throughout your journey.
  • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes included.
  • Airport transfers are provided on the first and last day of your guided trip
  • 7 nights First Class accommodation
  • Umbrellas provided for your use

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