Wild & Scenic Costa Rica (April 15-23, 2015)
Wild & Scenic Costa Rica (April 15-23, 2015)
TOUR PRICE: The price for this wonderful air-inclusive package is ONLY $2063 per person based on double occupancy and a minimum of 30 passengers. The rate would be slightly higher at $2183.00 for less than 30 (we currently have 41 signed up). Air taxes of approximately $92.00 are extra. The single supplement for the nine days is $550.00. We only have two singles available.
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Tiny Costa Rica sits squarely between the two American continents and in its character can be found the best elements of both. The fiery and colorful Latin American culture is tempered with the sophistication of US standards of service and hospitality and there's a healthy dose of Caribbean attitude that brings the laid back easy nature of the islands to the mainland.
It's not difficult to see what draws visitors here. Take your pick from the pristine beaches (either Pacific or Caribbean), misty mountain cloud forests, wildlife rich river deltas or the spectacular volcanoes that are sprinkled across the country. And year round the tropical climate means that this is one holiday the weather has little chance of spoiling.
During the wet season, the thick forests of the river deltas and the slopes of the misty mountains are thick jungle, thrumming with thousands of species of animal, bird and insect life, including big cats, crocodiles and lizards. The coastal waters are home to manatees and turtles, which you can see nesting on the protected beaches. Literally the whole country is a nature lover's delight. In the dry season, the beaches are the place to head as they bake under the hot sun and the pace of life slows down.
Climb the volcanoes of smoldering Arenal with its constant sulphurous plume of smoke, or quieter Irazu from where you can see both Atlantic and Pacific Oceans from the summit. Surrounded by thick forest at their base their sparse black slopes are a reminder that you're in the Pacific "Ring of Fire" where nature rules unchecked by Man.
There aren't the historic relics that you find elsewhere in Central and Latin America, but the Diquis Spheres, housed in the National Museum, are a reminder that there were sophisticated cultures here as enigmatic as their more famous neighbors of the Aztecs or the Incas. The colonial influence was never as strong here either, and the culture is refreshingly egalitarian, as the country molded the few settlers who struggled to make a living here, rather than the other way round.
In the beating heart of Latin America there are few places better to sample the unique culture of this part of the world. The tour below is designed to give you a fabulous introduction to this stunning land.
Day 1 - Arrival in San Jose, Costa Rica:
Arrival to the Juan Santamaria International Airport in San Jose. We will be met at the airport by our full time, English-speaking tour guide/escort, who will be with us throughout our entire stay in Costa Rica. We will check into our first class Grand Hotel Costa Rica in San Jose, have dinner at the hotel and then join a welcome briefing conducted by your tour guide. Please note that most meals are included in this tour. Overnight at the Boungainsvillea Hotel in San Jose.
Day 2 - San Jose - Tortuguero:
Today we will be transferred to the Cano Blanco Dock. We will head east over scenic mountains and through lush rainforests toward the Caribbean Sea. We will embark upon a river journey through the protected wetlands and will then stroll the streets of Tortuguero Village and explore the fascinatng Green Turtle Research Station. Overnight in Tortuguero at the Laguna Lodge. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)
Day 3 - Tortuguero:
Following breakfast, we will curise the canals and streams of Tortuguero Park as howler monkeys watch from the treetops, toucans and egrets fly through the air and crocodiles ply the cool waters. Overnight at the Laguna Lodge (Breakfast, lunch and dinner)
Day 4 - Tortuguero - Arenal:
After breakfast at the hotel, we will be transferred to the Cano Blanco dock and will bedrive to the Arenal area, famous for its gorgeous view of the nearby mountain and its agricultrual productivity. Observe pineapple and sugar cane along the way to this amazingly beautiful region. Overnight in the Magic Mountain Hotel. (Breakfast. lunch and dinner)
Day 5 - Hot Springs, Arenal:
Today is a full day at leisure to enjoy the hotel facilities and to participate in a number of optional excursions. In the afternoon, you can soak in the volcanic hot springs. Weather permitting, we will also be able to see nearby Arenal Volcano's softly glowing lave. There will also be a number of optional excursions offered in and around Arenal. Overnight in the Magic Mountain Hotel. (Breakfast and dinner)
Day 6 - Quepos/Manuel Antonio
Today we will be transferred to Central Pacific (approximately four hours) to stay for three nights at the beautiful Parador Resort and Spa in Manuel San Antonio near Quepos. The afternoon is free for leisure to relax at this beautiful resort. (Breakfast and dinner)
Day 7 - Pacific Coast:
Today is a full day at leisure to enjoy the hotel facilities and to take optional excursions. Overnight at Parador Resort and Spa. There will be a number of optional excursions for those interested in and around Quepos. (Breakfast)
Day 8 - Pacific Coast:
After breakfast, the full day is free to enjoy the resort and spa. Overnight at the Parador Resort and Spa.
Day 9 - San Jose:
Our tour ends after breakfast. We will be transferred back to the San Jose Airport, where will board our plane and return to the United States.
SUMMARY OF TOUR INCLUSIONS: Round trip transportation to/from San Jose, Costa Rica, on American Airlines; the services of a full-time local English-speaking tour manager/guide; all private motor coach transportation inside Cost Rica; one night at the Boungainsvillea Hotel in San Jose; two nights at the Laguna Lodge in Tortuguero; two nights at the Magic Mountain Hotel in Arenal; three nights at the Parador Resort and Spa in Manuel San Antonio; a total of 16 MEALS; all sightseeing as described on the daily itinerary above and a pre-departure orienation.