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TORTUGUERO, ARENAL VOLCANO, MONTEVERDE CLOUD FOREST & CURICANCHA CLOUD FOREST RESERVE

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For a limited time only save up to $1000 per couple when you book our tour to Costa Rica. Reserve by April 26, 2018 to qualify for the early booking discount. Space is limited in these tours so please reserve early.

Itinerary at a glance Tour Highlights Your tour includes
  • 1 night in San José
  • 2 nights in Tortuguero
  • 2 nights in Arenal
  • 2 nights in Monteverde
  • 1 night in San José

 

  • Tortuguero Village
  • Arenal Volcano
  • Monteverde Cloud Forest
  • Curi-Cancha Forest Reserve
  • Oxcart Factory in Sarchi
  • Round-trip international airfare from Miami
  • Airfare taxes, fees & fuel surcharges
  • Accommodations in Superior First Class hotels
  • 17 Meals: 8 breakfasts, 3 lunches, and 6 dinners
  • English-speaking Tour Director throughout
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Guided Tour Pricing

Pricing includes land and airfare

(Land only pricing available upon request)

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Aug 7

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$ 1899

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Sep 18

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$ 1799

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Oct 16

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Nov 13

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Rates are per person based on double occupancy.
Single room supplement is $429.
Costa Rica Departure Tax ($29) not included. Departure Tax must be paid on departure directly by each traveler.
For more information on this tour, please contact us here or call us during business hours (Mon-Fri, 9:30-5:30 EST) at 800-337-7773.
Reservations and Payments
Reservations can be made by phone (1-800-337-7773) and will be confirmed upon receipt of $300 per person non-refundable, non-transferable deposit (by check) which must be received within 7 days of reservation. Full payment is due 75 days prior to departure. Baggage fees may apply. Space and prices subject to availability. For complete booking information and terms & conditions click here.
Day 1
USA to San José
Your unforgettable adventure to Costa Rica begins as you depart Miami today. Later today, arrive in San José where you’ll enjoy a welcome dinner this evening. Radisson Hotel (D)
Day 2
San José to Tortuguero
Early this morning depart from San José Central Valley to the Tortuguero area. On the way, you will pass through the Braulio Carrillo National Park, a sanctuary for flora and fauna alike. From the comfort of the bus you may see open pasture lands and small farming towns. You may also notice a change in the climate as you travel and the temperatures become warmer.
 
After breakfast on the way, travel deeper into Costa Rica’s Caribbean side where boats wait to transfer you to your lodge. A two-hour boat ride will take you through the canals sheltered in the jungle of the rain forest. From the boat, you will be able to admire the unique flora and fauna of this area and you’ll also have the opportunity to see different bird species.
Upon arrival, there will be a short briefing of the lodge and the activities included during your stay followed by lunch.
 
This afternoon, visit the village of Tortuguero where you will learn the lifestyle of local residents and the significant conservation efforts that some NGOs have developed to protect the sea turtles that come to spawn each year along the 22 miles of protected coastline. Laguna Lodge (B,L,D)

Day 3
Tortuguero
Today, explore Tortuguero, an exciting destination for ecotourism lovers. During the day you can explore the secondary canals of this paradise where you can see different species of mammals, birds, and reptiles. Here, much of the National Park extends along unspoiled beaches that serve as a refuge for sea turtle nesting and hatching, with hatching typically taking place between July and September. After your tour, return to the lodge for a delicious breakfast with the balance of the day at your leisure. (B,L,D)
Day 4
Tortuguero to Arenal
This morning, continue your adventure with a boat transfer back to the disembarking point. From here, you’ll travel to the Guapiles area where you’ll enjoy lunch. Continue towards the northern lowlands enjoying the beautiful scenery which includes amazing views of the mountains and one of the major sources of revenue in the area: the agriculture. Stop along the way at a local pineapple plantation where you can learn more about the local agriculture and enjoy an opportunity to taste the delicious fruit. Afterwards, continue to Muellle de San Carlos where you’ll check-in at your hotel. Tilajari Resort (B,L,D)
Day 5
Arenal
After breakfast, visit the Arenal Volcano area! Known worldwide for its near perfect cone shape, Arenal volcano has become a must-see when visiting Costa Rica. Its volcanic activity and its surrounding natural beauty make this a very exciting hiking tour.
 
Ever since the 1500’s, locals considered Arenal to be a mountain. However, everything changed on the morning of July 29, 1968 when this supposed mountain suddenly erupted. The eruptions continued non-stop for several days covering the surrounding area with lava, rocks and ash and affecting three towns. From this eruption onward, Arenal volcano has been quite active, often spewing rocks, lava, ash and smoke. After lunch (on your own) you’ll enjoy some time to wander La Fortuna, a town where you can do some shopping. (B)

Day 6
Arenal to Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve
After breakfast at your hotel, begin your journey to the Monteverde Cloud Forest. Monteverde is famous for a reason – its cloud forests are brimming with plants and animals, its zip lines and suspension bridges are the longest and most exciting in the country, and its coffee is tasty, local and cheap. Each of these diversions, as well as countless other activities, can be enjoyed through a number of exciting tours. Some tours combine several of these activities into one action-packed, fun-filled day.
This afternoon is at leisure to explore the area. El Establo Mountain Hotel (B,D)

Day 7
Curicancha Cloud Forest Reserve
Visit the Curicancha Private Reserve today after breakfast. In 1970, the Lowther family purchased the property of Hubert and Mildred Mendenhall and named it Curi-Cancha, the name derived from “Golden Enclosure” in Inca. At the time, the property was approximately half pasture and half virgin rain forest. In the ensuing forty-five years, the Lowthers allowed the majority of the pastured areas to be reclaimed by the forest.
 
Curi-Cancha is a birdwatcher’s paradise. The Resplendent Quetzal, Three-Wattled Bellbird, Blue-Crowned Motmot, Orange-bellied Trogon, and many others are frequently seen. Indeed, over 200 species of birds have been observed making their home in Curi-Cancha. Frequently sighted mammals include armadillo, coati, agouti, kinkajou, ocelot, two-toed sloth, and three species of monkey: the mantled howler, white-faced capuchin, and spider monkey. Guests are welcome to explore on their own or explore with a local naturalist guide who can find and identify local birds and traverse the trails with you. The balance of the day is at your leisure. (B)

Day 8
Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve to San José
After breakfast today, depart for San José. On the way, visit the Sarchi Oxcart Factory in the town of Sarchi where you can enjoy lunch (on your own). Afterwards, continue to San José where you might consider a visit to the National Theater, the Gold Museum, and other interesting attractions. This evening enjoy a farewell dinner. Radisson Hotel (B,D)
Day 9
San José to USA
After breakfast this morning, transfer to the San José International Airport for your return flight to the USA. Arrive home filled with memories from your Costa Rican adventure! (B)

Optional Tours

To enhance and make your visit to Costa Rica more complete and memorable, you will be offered several optional tours. All rates are approximate in US dollars and are subject to change based on fluctuation of exchange rates and supplier rates. Payment should be made by cash (local currency or USD), or by American Express or MasterCard (a service fee may apply for payment by credit card). Additional optional tours may be added for your enjoyment and the optional tours listed below may not be available on all departure dates. Note that optional tours are non-refundable.

Your choice of optional tours on Day 5:

Arenal
Peñas Blancas Safari Float Trip (approx. $89 per person)
Enjoy the sights and the sounds of the rainforest and experience its peacefulness as you quietly paddle the Peñas Blancas river. Monkeys, sloths, iguanas, crocodiles and numerous tropical birds await us! Our professional bilingual guide will share with you educational and interesting explanations of the plants and animals we encounter on the float.
 
You will truly appreciate the wonders of Peñas Blancas river and the surrounding rainforest as we travel down the river without a motor, this way you will enjoy the journey quietly rowing and taking photos. Make sure to bring your camera and binoculars on this tour! This is half day tour specially designed for people with limited amount of time.
Arenal
La Fortuna Waterfall Horseback Riding (approx. $118 per person)
La Fortuna waterfall is considered to be a landmark on the area, and is definitely one you must not miss when traveling to Arenal. This 70-meter high natural marvel has a natural pool with fresh, cool water, where you can swim and cool off after your horseback ride. If you prefer you can also rest on the shoreline and enjoy the sounds of nature around you or explore the surrounding rainforest and take some lovely photos. After an hour, you will be taken back to your hotel.
Arenal
Tabacon Hot Springs (approx. $130 per person)
Tabacon Hot Springs are considered a natural expression of Earth’s inherent energy. Geologically, Tabacon Resort’s thermal natural springs are 97% rain-based and 3% magma-based. Rainwater enters the earth through fissures on the surface and is then heated by magma found in the earth’s core. Once heated, the waters rise to surface, taking with them minerals found in the earth’s rocky stratus.
 
As the underground Tabacon River flows through the magma in the volcano, the springs absorb minerals. Hot springs provide many benefits stemming from various chemical, physical and biological effects, the most notable is relaxing tense and tired muscles.

Your choice of optional tours on Day 6:

Monteverde
Sky Tram & Trek Adventure From El Establo (approx. $90 per person)
Once you arrive to the main building, you will be taken on the amazing Sky Tram. Here, you will be fly among the trees inside a comfortable and spacious gondola while you watch local wildlife nearly at your fingertips. As you move among the forest, you will see how it starts to change as the height changes. Enjoy the fantastic views of the Cloud Forest, and on a clear day, you may be able to see the Arenal Volcano!
 
When you get to the end of the Sky Tram you will be faced with a choice: you can either go back down in the same way or you can enjoy the ultimate adrenaline rush: the Sky Trek. As you fly across the forest, you will be exploring the trees’ canopies, which studies have shown are filled with a wide variety of animals and vegetation. Your nerve and sense of adventure will be put to the test when you cross any of the ten zip lines with heights ranging from 30 to 200 meters and with length of over 200 meters. All of these zip lines were built to give you a 360° perspective of the rainforest.
Monteverde
El Trapiche Cultural Tour (approx. $33 per person)
This tour will give you the opportunity to visit a Costa Rican family-run business. The main portion of the tour is a walk through a farm that will offer you beautiful views of sugar cane, coffee and banana plantations, among others.
 
You will also have a chance to see the entire coffee process through which coffee is put to get it ready to fill your morning cup. From drying through roasting, passing by the grinding and peeling of the beans, you will learn important information about how high-quality coffees are produced.
 
Then, ride an oxcart all the way to the sugar mill (or trapiche, in Spanish). Sugar is another product that you will have the chance to learn about. You will see how the sugar cane is grinded and how, at the end of the process, brown sugar is obtained. Along this interesting tour you will be able to taste and enjoy several products made from sugar cane, and to taste a cup of top-quality coffee.
Monteverde
Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve (approx. $85 per person)
The Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve is the perfect destination for nature lovers wanting to learn more about the local biodiversity that has always attracted naturalists and biologists to the area. This 310-hectare natural reserve was created in 1992 for two purposes: protect the local cloud forest and the flora and fauna found here, and use tourism as the means to increase the small community’s development. This is why this reserve is managed by the local high school board of directors, using the earnings made from the entrance fees to the reserve to ensuring a better quality education for local students, as well as continuing the protection of the Monteverde cloud forest.
 
Throughout this four hour hike around the Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve you will be able to enjoy the fresh, cool air of the area, while you see some of the most amazing animals roaming free in the forest: howler and white-faced monkeys, the three-wattled bellbird, keel-billed toucan, bare-necked umbrellabird, and the gorgeous ever fascinating quetzal.

Trip Preparation

FLIGHT INFORMATION
Your flights from the USA to Costa Rica and back are on the following airline with the corresponding schedules. We recommend that you check-in 3 ½ hours before departure.

Departure Date Airline Depart Miami Arrive in Miami
2018: Aug. 7, Nov. 13, Dec. 4 American Airlines 10:30AM 4:00PM
2018: Sep. 18, Oct. 16 American Airlines 8:30AM 4:00PM

 
Please make sure to allow sufficient time for clearing immigration and customs if you are planning a connecting flight. We recommend at least 3 ½ hours. Please keep in mind that flight schedules are always subject to change.

ADVANCE SEAT ASSIGNMENT
American Airlines does not assign seats in advance. Seat assignment can only be arranged upon check-in at the airport.
 
PASSPORT AND VISA INFORMATION
You must be in posession of a passport valid for at least 6 months after the date of travel. All visitors are required by the Costa Rican immigration authorities to have a minimum of one blank visa entry page in their passport. Insufficient pages in the passport normally results in denied boarding or denial of entry upon arrival and the person is likely to be detained pending return to their country of origin. Visas are not required for American passport holders for stays of less than 90 days. Non U.S. citizens should check with the respective consulates as to the most current visa requirements to all their travel destinations. Please remember that it is your responsibility to obtain the necessary travel documents before the trip.
 
COSTA RICA DEPARTURE TAX
Costa Rica Departure Tax ($29 USD) not included. Departure Tax must be paid on departure directly by each traveler by major credit card (service fee may apply), USD , or local currency. This cost of the departure tax is subject to change. It is the traveler’s responsibility to reconfirm the cost of the departure tax prior to travel.
 
TICKETS AND FINAL DOCUMENTS
Your airline tickets along with final instructions and additional travel tips will be sent to you 7-10 days before the scheduled departure of your tour.
 
HEALTH REQUIREMENTS
Currently, there are no immunization requirements for Costa Rica. All travelers should be up to date on routine vaccinations. As always, please consult your personal physician for any recommendations prior to travel. You may also learn more about any recommended immunizations at http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel.
CLIMATE
Please find the average highs and lows for different areas in Costa Rica below:

Month San José Tortuguero Arenal Monteverde
Jan. 79°F / 63 °F 84°F / 73 °F 91°F / 71°F 79°F / 64 °F
Feb. 84°F / 64 °F 86°F / 73 °F 93°F / 73°F 81°F / 64 °F
Mar. 86°F / 64 °F 88°F / 75 °F 95°F / 73°F 82°F / 64 °F
Apr. 86°F / 66 °F 90°F / 75 °F 93°F / 71°F 84°F / 66 °F
May 84°F / 64 °F 88°F / 75 °F 91°F / 70°F 81°F / 66 °F
Jun. 82°F / 64 °F 86°F / 73 °F 90°F / 73°F 79°F / 66 °F
Jul. 82°F / 64 °F 86°F / 75 °F 90°F / 73°F 79°F / 66 °F
Aug. 82°F / 64 °F 84°F / 73 °F 90°F / 71°F 79°F / 66 °F
Sep. 82°F / 64 °F 84°F / 73 °F 90°F / 73°F 79°F / 66 °F
Oct. 77°F / 64 °F 84°F / 73 °F 88°F / 73°F 79°F / 64 °F
Nov. 79°F / 64 °F 84°F / 72 °F 88°F / 71°F 79°F / 64 °F
Dec. 79°F / 64 °F 84°F / 72 °F 90°F / 70°F 79°F / 64 °F

 
CREDIT CARDS AND LOCAL CURRENCY
Hotels and some stores accept major credit cards like MasterCard and American Express. Discover is less frequently accepted. For “street shopping” cash is suggested. The local currency is the Costa Rican colón. US dollars are accepted, and any change is typically returned in the local currency which can be used for future purchases. It is recommended that you bring along cash in small denominations.
 
BAGGAGE
Each passenger may bring one piece of checked-in luggage (suitcase), max. 44 pounds and one carry-on piece. Carry on must not exceed 18”x10”x8”. We recommend that you do not over-pack and that you take a variety of casual separates with climate and comfort in mind.

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