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Costa Rica Eco Adventure End San Jose

8 Days 1 Country 5 Cities

Journey into the emerald rainforests of Costa Rica. Come face to face with exotic wildlife, see Arenal Volcano and more.

"We were treated to a fabulous vacation"

Kevin

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 L'Ecole Chocolat in Canada and L'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 historic photos and stories of old town.


Trip type: Country Explorer i

Trip code: LCRJ

7 Nights

accommodation

16 Meals
  • 7 full breakfasts.

  • 4 buffet lunches (including Be My Guest).

  • 5 dinners.

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Costa Rica Eco Adventure End San Jose

Your Itinerary

1. Arrive San Jose

Welcome to San Jose where your journey begins with a warm greeting at the airport from a local host 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 Jose – 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 – Sarapiqui

Board your boat and bid adios 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. Sarapiqui – 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 will welcome you with a delicious lunch and tell 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. Tonight 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

6. Arenal – Monteverde Cloud Forest (2 nights)

Enjoy a free morning to sleep in or take an optional outing including a hike around Arenal, ziplining, participation in a reforestation project, a float trip or 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 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 historical photos and stories of Old Town Monteverde.

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

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 the most 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 six suspension bridges at canopy level. Tonight, trade stories of your experiences at a festive Farewell Dinner. 

Meal(s)
Full Breakfast
Farewell Dinner

8. Monteverde – Depart Liberia or San Jose

Transfer to either Liberia or San Jose International Airports or travel on to Guanacaste Beach for those extending their stay. 

Meal(s)
Full Breakfast

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Sightseeing Highlights

    • Visit Tortugeuro National Park, Sarapiqui and Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve with its canopy skywalk

    • View Arenal Volcano


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Dining

    • 7 full breakfasts.

    • 4 buffet lunches
      (including Be My Guest).

    • 5 dinners.


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Travel Highlights

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

    • Hand-picked 4 and 5 star accommodation

    • Hand-picked Insider Experiences

    • Optional Experiences and free time

    • All porterage and restaurant gratuities

    • 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

    • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing

    • 7 nights First Class accommodation

    • Umbrellas provided for your use


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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.
    • 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.
    • Guaranteed Room Share is not available on this trip.
    • Festive Departures: We've arranged a Christmas or New Year's celebration for these departures.
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