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Monkeys Jungles and Volcanoes 2014

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Arenal Volcano, Costa RicaArenal Volcano, Costa RicaThe jungle meets the ocean in Costa RicaDiscover Costa Rica's tropical rainforestsDiscover Costa Rica's tropical rainforests
Arenal Volcano, Costa Rica
Arenal Volcano, Costa Rica
The jungle meets the ocean in Costa Rica
Discover Costa Rica's tropical rainforests
Discover Costa Rica's tropical rainforests
  • Duration: 8 Days
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  • Style: Family Experiences
  • Description: This fantastic Family Experience lets you get up close and personal with turtles, monkeys, butterflies and more as you explore the magnificent tropical rainforests on this guided holiday of Costa Rica. Visit the Green Turtle Research Station in Tortuguero and enjoy a canal cruise in search of wildlife with your naturalist guide. Visit a working fruit plantation and snack on a delicious organic pineapple. Finish off the trip with a heart pumping adventure on a zipline canopy safari.
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Trip Itinerary

  • Day 1

    ARRIVE SAN JOSE

    Pura Vida! Bienvenidos a Costa Rica! You're going to have more fun than a barrel of monkeys and spot more than a barrel of wildlife on this incredible adventure. A local representative will greet you at the airport and arrange your complimentary transfer to the hotel. Relax by the pool before meeting your Travel Director and fellow explorers at 6 p.m. for a Kick-off Party.


    Meal(s): (Kick-Off Party)

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

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  • Day 2

    SAN JOSE – BRAULIO CARRILLO NATIONAL PARK – TORTUGUERO NATIONAL PARK (2 NIGHTS)

    Rise with the roosters and head east through Braulio Carrillo National Park towards the Caribbean Sea. Board a river boat, gliding through canals, lagoons and lowland rainforest teeming with wildlife. You'll be amazed at how many kinds of animals live here—six species of sea turtles, monkeys, caimans, tons of exotic bird species plus rare and endangered ocelots, river otters and manatees. The afternoon is yours—hang out by the pool or on the beach, or head to Tortuguero Village to meet the students (when school is in session). Join a Local Expert from the Sea Turtle Conservancy Foundation to learn about the incredible turtles that nest in Tortuguero. Enjoy a buffet dinner at the resort's open-air restaurant along the Tortuguero lagoon.


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

    Hotel: Laguna Lodge Tortuguero (MF)

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  • Day 3

    TORTUGUERO NATIONAL PARK SIGHTSEEING & FREE TIME

    Arrr, arrr, arrr! There's nothing like the wake-up call of a troop of howler monkeys to start your day. Set off with your captain and guide to explore the lush canals and waterways of Tortuguero National Park. You may want to start a tally of all the types of wildlife you'll see. Look out for sloths, green iguanas, caiman, crocodiles and colourful toucans. Of course, you'll spot tons of monkeys—agile howler and spider monkeys and white-faced capuchins swinging through the dense rainforest canopy. This afternoon, you can venture back out on the canals to add to your wildlife tally or relax back at the lodge—the choice is yours! If you're visiting during nesting season (Jul-Sep), join an optional night walk with a naturalist guide to witness some of the world's largest turtles laying their eggs. Amazing! A buffet dinner is served at your hotel this evening.


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

  • Day 4

    TORTUGUERO – SARAPIQUI – ARENAL NATIONAL PARK (2 NIGHTS)

    Before departing Tortuguero today, you'll have the chance to try "pipa," a delicious variety of young coconut. Bid adios to the monkeys for now as you boat back to the mainland and travel by motorcoach to Horquetas. Here you'll visit a local Tico family palm plantation to learn all about and taste an exotic vegetable and Local Speciality you've probably never tried—the delicate heart of palm. Continue travelling to quaint Sarapiqui where you'll visit a pineapple farm, the only farm of its kind in the world producing certified organic golden pineapples, a Local Speciality. After learning how it's grown without hurting the environment, you'll eat the juiciest, most delicious pineapple you've ever tasted.


    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast / Lunch)

    Hotel: Los Lagos Hotel Resort & Spa (F)

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  • Day 5

    ARENAL SIGHTSEEING & FREE TIME

    Rise and shine as the jungle and volcano are calling! Start the day with a guided trek around the quiet side of the volcano at Arenal National Park. Walk through the old lava rocks and learn about the powerful forces behind the volcano's past eruptions. Then head to the Arenal Hanging Bridges where you can walk eye-level within the lush canopy, observe the monkeys, sloths and chattering birds up close, and look out to see the rumbling, steaming Arenal Volcano. Relax or take a swim at the pool back at the hotel. End the day with a delicious dinner with your travelling companions.


    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast / Dinner)

  • Day 6

    ARENAL – MANUEL ANTONIO NATIONAL PARK (2 NIGHTS)

    Get ready for a blast! Imagine yourself soaring high above the jungle floor as you fly along ziplines through the treetops, eye-to-eye with the lush foliage and exotic rainforest creatures. Combined with Tarzan swings and rappelling, ziplining through the canopy is sure to be among the most amazing adventures of your lifetime! Head south to Manuel Antonio National Park, renowned for its warm blue waters, sparkling white-sand beaches and abundant exotic wildlife. This evening, join the gang for a pizza night Highlight Dinner.


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

    Hotel: Parador Resort & Spa (SF)

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  • Day 7

    MANUEL ANTONIO NATIONAL PARK SIGHTSEEING & FREE TIME

    Walking deep into the National Park with your guide, you'll definitely check off a few more creatures on your wildlife list—at last count, there were 109 different animals and 184 species of birds living here! Listen to the barking of howler monkeys and the chattering of mischievous squirrels and white-faced monkeys. Then, it's time to hit the beach! You can laze in the warm Pacific or at the resort's pool, or choose one of many incredible optional activities. Will it be a catamaran cruise to snorkel (and maybe even see dolphins, parrotfish and sea turtles), a surf lesson, mangrove kayak tour, horseback ride or white-water rafting? This evening, join your fellow explorers and celebrate new friendships and awesome experiences with a Farewell Dinner at the hotel.


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

  • Day 8

    MANUEL ANTONIO – DEPART SAN JOSE

    Travel back to San Jose's Juan Santamaria International Airport for your flight or extend your stay at the Parador Resort & Spa in Manuel Antonio. Please do not schedule any flights before 1:00 p.m.


    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast)

What's Included

Insider Experiences

  • Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your expert Travel Director.
  • Local Speciality Visit a Tico family palm plantation.
  • Local Speciality Visit an organic pineapple farm and taste the delicious fruit.
  • Local Expert Learn about sea turtles who nest in Tortuguero.

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Braulio Carrillo National ParkJourney through this magnificent tropical rainforest.
  • TortugueroTravel to Tortuguero by river boat; visit the Green Turtle Research Station; cruise the canals in search of wildlife with your naturalist guide.
  • Tortuguero National ParkJoin your expert naturalist guide in search of the abundant local wildlife.
  • ArenalEnjoy a guided tour through the rainforest canopy along the famous Arenal Hanging Bridges.
  • Arenal National ParkExplore this natural wonder with a guide.
  • Manuel Antonio National ParkGet your adrenaline pumping on a zipline canopy safari; look for nearly 300 kinds of birds and animals on a nature walk.

Dining

  • 7 full breakfasts
  • 3 lunches
  • 6 evening meals:
    • Kick-off Party with light appetisers and drinks with your Travel Director in San Jose
    • 2 buffet dinners
    • 1 three-course dinner
    • Pizza night Highlight Dinner with drinks in Manuel Antonio
    • Farewell Dinner with drinks in Manuel Antonio

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 holiday 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 holiday
  • 7 nights First Class accommodation
  • Umbrellas provided for your use

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Notes
  • * For single travellers purchasing the twin-share option, please note that there is a no smoking policy in all shared rooms. Solo travel is not accepted on guided Family Experiences holidays unless travelling as part of a family group. 
  • ^Twin-share option not available for trips to South America., Costa Rica, Mexico, Alaska, Hawaii or for any holiday & cruise combination, or in Asia and Eastern Mediterranean except Highlights of Turkey (without cruise) & Best of Turkey.

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