TROPICAL COSTA RICA - 2017
TROPICAL COSTA RICA - 2017

Day 1: Arrive San Jose, Costa Rica
Lush forests and stunning waterfalls…rumbling volcanoes and endless coastlines…Costa Rica is truly a slice of paradise. Your tour begins in the colorful capital city of San Jose. Upon arrival, relax and soak up the sights of your new surroundings.

Day 2: San Jose - Doka Coffee Estate - Guanacaste
Travel through the verdant countryside of the Central Valley to the fertile region world-renowned for coffee. A tour of the Doka Coffee Estate highlights the history and cultivation of coffee and its importance to the Costa Rican economy. This afternoon, arrive in the Guanacaste region, known for its breathtaking beauty and fine sandy beaches. Here, rest and relaxation go hand-in-hand with mesmerizing ocean views and lush tropical greenery. Settle in for a relaxing two night stay.
Today Breakfast and Dinner are included.

Day 3: Guanacaste
Fun in the sun is in store for you as you enjoy this tropical paradise. Explore the nearby town and beaches, take an optional sunset cruise or simply relax by the pool or beach and take advantage of the amenities offered at your lovely resort.
Today Breakfast is included.

Day 4: Guanacaste - Monteverde
You won’t believe your eyes as you travel into the Monteverde Cloud Forest, where trees grow to heights of 100 feet! Upon arrival in Monteverde, take a nature walk through this spectacular ecosystem and encounter many incredible species of flora and fauna up-close. This forest is the home of the world’s largest population of the endangered quetzal, celebrated for its gorgeous jewel-toned plumage. Keep your eyes peeled and you may be lucky enough to spot this elusive bird!
Today Breakfast and Dinner are included.

Day 5: Monteverde
Begin your day at Selvatura Park, a cloud forest reserve in the heart of Monteverde. Venture into an enchanting, colorful world as you explore one of the world’s largest butterfly gardens with more than 30 species of tropical butterflies. Next, be dazzled in a nearby gallery containing more than 100 beautiful hummingbirds. Embark on a guided walking tour above the forest floor on a leisurely paced “Hanging Bridges” tour and get a different perspective on the cloud forest’s unique ecosystem, its mammals, birds, plants and flora. If you are feeling adventurous you may take an optional canopy zip-line tour. This evening, learn many interesting facts from a local expert regarding the migratory birds that flock to Costa Rica every year.
Today Breakfast and Dinner are included.

Day 6: Monteverde - Lake Arenal Cruise - Arenal
Discover the importance of conservation in Costa Rica during a visit to a tree nursery and learn about Monteverde’s reforestation efforts of indigenous trees. Traverse through the beautiful mountainous landscapes of Monteverde to Arenal, where breathtaking views of the volcano await you. Be surrounded by tranquility on a delightful cruise on Lake Arenal, the largest and most important lake in Costa Rica. Later, check in for a two-night stay at a typical lodge overlooking the majestic Arenal Volcano which has been generating lava for the past 30 years. Before dinner, enjoy a cooking demonstration and learn how native, exotic vegetables and plants contribute to the unique flavors of Costa Rican cuisine.
Today Breakfast and Dinner are included.

Day 7: Arenal - Cano Negro - Arenal
Of all Costa Rica’s nature preserves, the remote 20,000 acres of Cano Negro are home to the largest viewable selection of indigenous wildlife. Embark on a Cano Negro guided river boat trip in a panga (covered canoe), making frequent stops to watch and photograph the wildlife around you which may include crocodiles, river otters, sloths, river turtles, exotic birds and rare butterflies, all known to live in the area. The Arenal Volcano area is also known as the land of spas and hot springs. Later in the day you will have an opportunity to attain a state of complete relaxation with an optional visit to one of the finest spas in the region.
Today Breakfast and Dinner are included.

Day 8: Arenal - Zarcero - Grecia - National Theatre - San Jose
Discover the charming town of Zarcero and visit its well-known whimsical topiary garden. Continue to the small, picturesque town of Grecia to see the unusual metal church constructed of brick-red metal panes; walk the beautifully landscaped central park; or shop at the traditional local market. Later, visit San Jose’s colorful Plaza de Cultura and the National Theatre, a magnificent building of post-Baroque splendor. This evening enjoy a wonderful farewell dinner.
Today Breakfast and Dinner are included.

Day 9: San Jose - Tour Ends
Today you depart for home with fabulous memories of your adventure in Costa Rica.
Today Breakfast is included.

 

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Highlights...

San Jose • Coffee Plantation
Guanacaste • Monteverde Cloud Forest • Hanging Bridges
Arenal Volcano • Lake Arenal Cruise
Cano Negro Refuge

9 Days • 14 Meals:
8 Breakfasts • 5 Dinners

CALL FOR PRICES*

*Starting from $1,699 per person, land only, double occupancy.
Call for airfare from your gateway.


YOUR ITINERARY AT A GLANCE

DAY 1
Hotel Doubletree Cariari by Hilton, San Jose
DAYS 2, 3
Esplendor Tamarindo,
or Riu Resort, Guanacaste
DAYS 4, 5
El Establo Hotel,
Monteverde Cloud Forest
DAYS 6, 7
Arenal Springs Resort, Arenal
DAY 8
Hotel Doubletree Cariari by Hilton, San Jose

On some dates alternate hotels may be used.


Experience It! Monteverde Cloud Forest

There are only four places in the world with an ecosystem so unique that it produces a cloud forest. The Monteverde Cloud Forest in Costa Rica is one. Situated high on a mountain, the cloud forest is created when the arid air from the forest below the mountain combines with the moist, hot air of the rainforest. The result is a blanket of misty, wispy clouds that linger low in the forest, making it feel as if it were raining. This rare environment breeds a diverse world of exotic flora and fauna. One of the cloud forest’s most famous residents is the endangered resplendent quetzal. A remarkably colorful bird, this creature sports a golden beak that protrudes from a green-hooded head. The breast is a vibrant scarlet and the tail feathers are gray, black and white. A highly-elusive bird, quetzal sightings are rare but absolutely unforgettable.


For more information call Pam Adair at 216.751.8301 or 888.878.8187


Please Note:
• Passport is required.
• Taxes/fees to be paid in local currency or USD upon exiting the country are approximately $32 USD.
• *Please note that these sites may not be available for visit due to school holidays or programming challenges. Children in Costa Rica normally have their summer school vacation from mid-December through the end of February.
• This tour includes moderate physical activity. The itinerary blends some longer days with shorter days and more leisure time. Walking tours, as well as walking slightly longer distances, up stairs or on uneven walking surfaces should be expected.
• We want you to enjoy your tour with us; therefore, it is important that you know this tour is an adventure! You will view spectacular scenery while experiencing the culture and heritage of the region. We have selected small, comfortable hotels for their locations and they may be considered rustic.
• To complete your vacation, we include roundtrip airport-to-hotel transfers when purchasing airfare from us with your tour. If you have arranged for your own air, we are pleased to provide you the option of purchasing these transfers. Please note that all transfers will leave at pre-scheduled times.
• Highest elevation: Monteverde Cloud Forest at 4,100 feet.

 

Vacation updated: 12/27/2016 1:43:25 PM