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Tropical Costa Rica with optional 3-Night Jungle Adventure Post Tour Extension

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Tropical Costa Rica with optional 3-Night Jungle Adventure   Post Tour Extension

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Highlights...  

San Jose ● Coffee Plantation ● Guanacaste ● Monteverde Cloud Forest ● Choice on Tour ● Arenal Volcano ● Lake Arenal Cruise ● Cano Negro Refuge ● Zarcero


From $1599 per person

9 Days ● 14 Meals: 8 Breakfasts ● 6 Dinners 

COLLETTE EXPERIENCES 
★Uncover the importance of conservation in Costa Rica during a visit to a tree nursery. 
★Discover the charming town of Zarcero and its whimsical topiary garden. 

MUST-SEE INCLUSIONS 
★Enjoy the breathtaking scenery surrounding Arenal Volcano. 
★Spot indigenous wildlife while on a Cano Negro riverboat cruise. 
★Learn about Costa Rica's vegetation on a guided walk in the cloud forest. 

CULINARY INCLUSIONS
★Discover the history of coffee in Costa Rica during your visit to a coffee plantation. 


Itinerary


Day 1: San Jose, Costa Rica - Tour Begins
Explore lush forests and stunning waterfalls…exotic wildlife and endless coastlines. Your tour opens in the colourful capital city of San Jose, the perfect place to relax and soak up the sights as your adventure begins.

Day 2: San Jose - Coffee Plantation - Guanacaste
Welcome to the Central Valley. Begin with a tour of a local coffee plantation highlighting the history and cultivation of this driver of the Costa Rican economy. This afternoon, arrive in breathtaking Guanacaste, known for its fine sandy beaches. Settle in for a relaxing 2-night stay at your resort and take in the mesmerizing ocean views. Today breakfast and dinner will be included.

Day 3: Guanacaste
Fun in the sun is in store today as you explore the nearby beaches, or simply relax by the pool and take advantage of your resort’s lovely amenities. This afternoon, visit the delightful beach town of Samara, one of the top sunset spots in Costa Rica. Soak in the spectacular colours as the sun illuminates the natural landscape. Today breakfast and dinner will be included.

Day 4: Guanacaste - Monteverde
It’s off to the secluded Monteverde Cloud Forest, a place you have to see to believe, where trees grow to heights of 100 feet! Set off on a nature walk through this spectacular ecosystem, where you’re sure to encounter many incredible species of flora and fauna. Keep your eyes peeled and you may be lucky enough to spot the elusive quetzal! Today breakfast and dinner will be included.

Day 5: Monteverde
It’s your choice! Explore one of the world’s largest butterfly gardens and a dazzling gallery containing more than 100 beautiful hummingbirds. Then, join an expert for a leisurely paced “Hanging Bridges” walking tour to gain a different perspective of the cloud forest’s lush ecosystem -OR- take an exhilarating ride on one of the longest canopy zip line tours in Costa Rica. If you would like to do both the hanging bridges and the zip line tour, you may purchase the second as an option on tour. This evening, take part in an expert-led discussion about the migratory birds that flock to Costa Rica. Today breakfast and dinner will be included.

Day 6: Monteverde - Lake Arenal Cruise - Arenal
Uncover the importance of conservation in Costa Rica during a visit to a tree nursery. Learn about indigenous trees and Monteverde’s reforestation efforts. Cross beautiful mountainous landscapes to Arenal, where spectacular views of the famous volcano await your discovery. Enjoy a delightful cruise on Lake Arenal, Costa Rica’s largest and most important lake. Later, check in for another 2-night stay at a lodge overlooking the majestic Arenal Volcano. Get to know the Costa Rican culture this evening. Taste your way through a cooking demonstration featuring local ingredients. End your evening dining on the recipes of Costa Rica as a guitarist serenades you. Today breakfast and dinner will be included.

Day 7: Arenal - Cano Negro - Arenal
What’s next? A Cano Negro guided riverboat trip in a covered canoe known as a panga. These 20,000 acres are home to the largest viewable collection of indigenous wildlife in all of Costa Rica. Go in search of caimans, river otters, sloths, monkeys, river turtles, exotic birds and rare butterflies. Later, return to Arenal for the chance to relax during an optional spa visit. Today breakfast will be included.

Day 8: Arenal - Zarcero - San Jose
Today, get a little whimsical as we journey to the charming town of Zarcero to explore its fanciful topiary garden. Continue to San Jose to see the treasures of the city on a panoramic tour. See the bustling Plaza de Cultura. This evening, bid farewell to paradise over a wonderful dinner with your fellow travellers. Today breakfast and dinner will be included.

Day 9: San Jose - Tour Ends
Today you depart for home with fabulous memories of your Costa Rican adventure. Today breakfast will be included.

Experience It! ___________________ Monteverde Cloud Forest 

Only four places in the world boast an ecosystem so unique that it produces a cloud forest, and Costa Rica is one of them. Situated high on a mountain, the Monteverde Cloud Forest is created by the forest’s dry air combining with the humid, hot air of the rainforest. The result is a blanket of clouds that covers the forest, mimicking constant rainfall. This extremely wet environment has bred a diverse world of exotic flora and fauna. One of the cloud forest’s most famous residents is the endangered, resplendent quetzal. This colourful bird sports a golden beak and a green-hooded head, tail feathers of grey, black, and white, and a vibrant scarlet breast. Highly elusive, quetzal sightings are rare, but absolutely unforgettable when attained.

YOUR ITINERARY AT A GLANCE
Day 1 DoubleTree by Hilton Cariari
Days 2, 3 Nambu Beachfront Bungalows - Playa Carrillo
Days 4, 5 El Establo Hotel
Days 6, 7 Mountain Paradise Hotel or Arenal Springs Resort
Day 8 DoubleTree by Hilton Cariari
On some dates alternate hotels may be used.

Departure dates:
January 2020
February 2020
March 2020
Please contact us for other departure dates in 2019/2020

Extend Your Vacation With...

Optional 4 Days 3-Night Jungle Adventure Post Tour Extension
Rate: $640.00 CAD per person, double, land only
8 Meals: 3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 2 Dinners

Day 9: San Jose - Tortuguero National Park
Enjoy an exciting soft-adventure jungle extension to Tortuguero, the Amazon of Costa Rica. Explore the region’s wildlife by boat, viewing macaws, sloths, monkeys, falcons and other native species. Enjoy a memorable 2-night stay at your eco-lodge surrounded by the beauty of a tropical forest and amazing wildlife. Learn more about your surroundings with a visit to the world’s first Green Turtle Research Station and discover how to protect the turtle’s nesting habitat and eggs. Today lunch and dinner will be included.


Day 10: Tortuguero National Park
An early morning bird watching excursion is offered so you may learn about the variety of local species and migratory birds that flock to this area. Later, experience a spectacular boat cruise through the various canals and be sure to keep an eye out for wildlife including howler monkeys, sloths, toucans, aquatic birds, bats and caimans, as well as exotic flora. Tortuguero National Park is a study in rainforest, freshwater, and marine biology. It protects over 350 species of birds and mammals including green macaws; 57 species of amphibians; 111 species of reptiles; and 60 mammal species, including 13 of Costa Rica’s 16 endangered species including jaguars, tapirs, ocelots, cougars, river otters and manatees. Today breakfast, lunch and dinner will be included.

Day 11: Tortuguero National Park - San Jose
Return to San Jose for your last night in Costa Rica before your return home. Today breakfast and lunch will be included.
Our tour comes to a close today. Today breakfast will be included.

Please Note: 

During your extension, your local guide will provide included sightseeing services and will be available via a local office at other times.
The transportation to and from Tortuguero, as well as your guide in Tortuguero, are provided by the lodge where you will be staying in Tortuguero. These services and sightseeing as specified in your itinerary will be provided by the personnel of the lodge in Tortuguero. This price includes meals as outlined; roundtrip transportation to Tortuguero; 2 nights at the Evergreen, Aninga or Pachira lodge, and 1 night in San Jose.

Extensions are subject to availability and applicable charges at the time of request.
Due to luggage size and weight restrictions on the boats, please bring an overnight bag for the 2-night stay in Tortuguero National Park. Please make arrangements with the concierge’s desk at the hotel in San Jose for luggage pick up and for storage until your return from Tortuguero.

A minimum of 4 passengers is required for this extension to operate.

This extension requires average physical activity. You should be in good health, able to climb stairs and walk reasonable distances, possibly over uneven grounds and cobblestone streets.

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