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Costa Rica Eco Adventure End Liberia

8 Days 1 Country 5 Cities

About this trip

All the iconic experiences of Costa Rica come together on this eco-adventure-visiting Tortuguero National Park, seeing Arenal Volcano and walking through the treetops at Monteverde Cloud Forest.

You'll enjoy Insider moments like… meeting master chocolatiers Julio and George at their workshop in San Isidro de Heredia to see how they create their gourmet chocolate. In search of the finest techniques and cacao, they spent years training at Ecole Chocolat in Canada and Ecole du Gran Chocolate in France searching for a single organic source, before finding it on Costa Rica's Caribbean slopes. At Monteverde, meet a native Quaker who shares stories of old town.


Trip type: Country Explorer i

Trip code: LCREL

7 Nights

accommodation

16 Meals
  • 7 full breakfasts.

  • 5 dinners.

  • 4 lunches (including Be My Guest).

On-trip Transport

All transport shown. All transfers shown.

Costa Rica Eco Adventure End Liberia

Your Itinerary

1. Arrive San José

Welcome to San José where your journey begins with a warm greeting from a local host at the airport and a 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 Costa Rica

2. San José – Tortuguero National Park (2 Nights)

After breakfast, head toward the small town of San Isidro de Heredia, where you are welcomed by master chocolatiers, Julio Fernandez and George Soriano, for a taste of gourmet chocolate, a Cultural Insight. Learn about the history of chocolate and how it is produced at this small workshop. Afterward, 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
Lunch
Dinner
Hotel
Laguna Lodge Tortuguero

3. Tortuguero National Park Sightseeing and Free Time

Glide through the canals and waterways 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 in July, take an optional trip to see the sea turtles laying eggs on the beach.

Meal(s)
Full Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner

4. Tortuguero – Sarapiquí

Board your boat and bid adiós to the park. Enjoy lunch along the way. Then visit a Tico family's palm plantation to learn about and sample the delicate heart of palm, a Cultural Insight. After a mid-afternoon arrival at your hotel, join your Travel Director on an easy hike looking for the exotic birds of this region. With a little luck, you may spot the endangered great green macaw. Your evening is free.

Meal(s)
Full Breakfast
Lunch
Hotel
Sueño Azul Resort

5. Sarapiquí – Arenal

For the early risers, there is time for an optional rafting trip. Or relax, sleep in and immerse yourself in the natural beauty of the area surrounding your lodge. Later, enjoy a special Be My Guest experience at an eco-friendly hacienda built by the Quintana family as a retirement project. Today, it is home to an organic farm, restaurant and related eco-adventures. The family welcomes you with lunch and shares stories of how their retirement dreams have benefited the local community. Afterward, depart to the town of La Fortuna de San Carlos, home of the colossal Arenal Volcano. Late this afternoon, spend time in the thermal pools of your resort as well as the gardens with beautiful birds. In the evening, relish some of the best views of the volcano as you enjoy a leisurely dinner.

Meal(s)
Full Breakfast
Be My Guest Dining
Dinner
Hotel
Arenal Paraiso Resort and Spa

Optional Experiences

White Water Rafting Level II and III

This morning excursion on a class II and III river involves navigating nearly 13 km (over 8 mi) on the Sarapiqui River, and is a great introduction for first-time paddlers and families interested in a fun, wet rollercoaster ride. Total duration approximately 4 hours (Minimum 2 Guests)

Adult Price: US$58.00

6. Arenal – Monteverde Cloud Forest (2 Nights)

Enjoy a free morning to sleep in or take an optional outing including a hike around Arenal, kayaking on Lake Arenal or visiting an ecological park and terrarium with over 200 species of reptiles, rare frogs and other amphibians as well as butterflies. Early this afternoon, head to the Monteverde Cloud Forest, straddling the Continental Divide, home to luxuriant vegetation, abundant wildlife, coffee plantations and spectacular views. Tonight, you'll meet a native Quaker, and Local Specialist, who will share stories of Old Town Monteverde.

Meal(s)
Full Breakfast
Dinner
Hotel
El Establo Mountain Hotel

Optional Experiences

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 about 2 hours. (Minimum 2 Guests)

Adult Price: US$38.00

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

Adult Price: US$61.00

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 approximately 4 hours. (Minimum 2 Guests)

Adult Price: US$59.00

7. Monteverde Cloud Forest Sightseeing and Free Time

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 hundreds of orchid varieties), 100 species of mammals, 400 bird species, and 120 reptilian and amphibian species. Later, ascend to the treetops for a bird's-eye view of the forest on the unforgettable Sky Walk, a chain of 6 suspension bridges at canopy level. Tonight, trade stories of your experiences at a festive Farewell Dinner.

Meal(s)
Full Breakfast
Farewell Dinner

Optional Experiences

El Trapiche Tour

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

Adult Price: US$28.00

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. (Minimum 2 Guests.)

Adult Price: US$70.00

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 it changes in vegetation due to elevation. At the end of the Sky Tram you will be faced with a choice, you can either 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 (30 to 200 meters) and with lengths of over 650 feet (200 meters). All of these zip lines were built to give you a 360° perspective of the rainforest. (Minimum 2 Guests)

Adult Price: US$87.00

8. Monteverde – Depart Liberia

Transfer to either Liberia International Airport.

Meal(s)
Full Breakfast

The Trafalgar Difference

  • Be My Guest
    Visit Hacienda Pozo Azul to meet Don Alberto and Doña Ana Quintana for a special lunch in their home.

  • Cultural Insights
    Try gourmet chocolate and the delicate heart of palm.

  • Hidden Treasures
    Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure.

  • Local Specialists
    Listen to a Quaker share stories of the beginning of Monteverde's colourful history.

  • Embere Indians Visiting the Embere Indians at their village of Embere Drua, you'll learn about their culture, lifestyle and crafts.

Find out what makes Trafalgar different.


What's Included

Sightseeing Highlights

    • Scenic drive through Braulio Carrillo National Park.

    • View Arenal Volcano

    • Visit Tortuguero National Park, Sarapiquí and the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve with its canopy skywalk


What's Included

Dining

    • 7 full breakfasts.

    • 5 dinners.

    • 4 lunches
      (including Be My Guest).


What's Included

Travel Highlights

    • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing

    • Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals

    • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)

    • Umbrellas provided for your use

    • Cherry-picked hotels all tried and trusted

    • Hand-picked Insider Experiences

    • Optional Experiences and free time

    • Porterage and local charges included

    • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras

    • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver

    • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes

    • Airport transfers on the first and last day of your guided holiday

    • VIP entry to many sights


    Airport Transfers

  • Specific transfer information can be found on the airport transfers page


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Meet

Meet warm-hearted locals and like-minded travellers. Along your journey of discovery, stop to share stories and flavours with local farmers, chefs and winemakers. Pause to admire the handicrafts and rich traditions of amazing artisans. Explore the essence of Europe through captivating accounts shared by expert historians and savvy local guides.


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Once you've packed your suitcase, we take care of the rest, removing all your concerns so that you can be secure in the knowledge that an award-winning global company with an impeccable reputation has taken care of every little detail. We arrange everything you'll need along your journey - meals, accommodation and travel logistics, because we are with you all the way. Travel the world with peace of mind, knowing you’re in the hands of Trafalgar.


Guest Reviews and Ratings

  • Guest Service Rating from 20 Reviews

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    Service:

    Service rating : The services were usually excellent but the Laguna Lodge Hotel rooms were very poor and the dinner at the Arenal hotel was poor.Product : Probably was close to excellent but by their nature bus tours have to have restrictions and I thought on a couple of times we were missing out

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    Service:

    Service rating : Outstanding. We had two guides due to the size of our group and both were terrific, but I would like to give special credit to Jorge Monge for his attentiveness, enthusiasm, knowledge, kindness, patience and all-around great job.Product : Lots of birds, frogs, monkeys, nature.

  • Trip:

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    Service rating : Service was goodProduct : It was an eco adventure. I expected nicer accommodations. It wasn't all four star by American standards

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    The trip was well planned and execuited.

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    The service was wonderful, the tour guide was very amiable.

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    • Crossovers: All 2016 departures will operate per the 2016 brochure. Hotels and inclusions may vary. Please inquire at the time of booking.
    • Guaranteed Room Share is not available on this trip.
    • Luggage: For the two night excursion to Tortuguero National Park guests are permitted to bring a maximum of 25 lbs (11 kg) of luggage. Your primary suitcase will be transferred and securely stored at your Sarapique hotel.
    • Please note: For the more remote areas of Costa Rica (such as Tortuguero and Sarapique), we use the best available hotel facilities with comfortable but simple guestrooms and eco-friendly amenities perfectly suited to the natural surroundings. This journey requires walking on uneven surfaces and steps and sometimes through heavy showers (rain ponchos provided). This journey is best enjoyed by the experienced traveller in good health and who can take such conditions in stride.
    • Festive Departures: We've arranged a Christmas or New Year's celebration for these departures.
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  • For trips that are part of our Guaranteed Room Share, 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. 

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