CENTRAL AMERICA ADVENTURE
9-day Tour of Costa Rica
February 22 -
March 2, 2019
(Inquire for additional dates)
Discover Costa Rica’s natural riches and embrace its pura vida! From bustling San José to the rainforest to the Pacific Ocean, you’ll experience the best that Costa Rica has to offer. Find your inner daredevil ziplining through the jungle and your inner peace soaking in volcanic hot springs. The perfect mix of "exhilarating" and "relaxing", this vacation will be nothing short of extraordinary.
Throughout this luxury tour, you’ll enjoy the comforts of four and five star hotels and private transfers. And you can relax in the knowledge that our exceptional tour directors will make your trip as easy as it is enjoyable. There is simply no better way to explore this vibrant slice of Latin America.
THE GREATER GOOD
A portion of the proceeds from this tour will be donated to PSI (Population Services International), a global nonprofit organization dedicated to improving health in developing countries. In Costa Rica, PSI's work is focused on HIV/AIDS prevention. You can read about their work here.
DAY 1: U.S. to SAN JOSE
Welcome to Costa Rica! A private transfer from the San José airport will bring you to our elegant hotel in the center of San José. If you have free time, you might want to check out the Pre-Columbian Gold Museum, just a few blocks from the hotel. In the evening we’ll officially kick off our trip with an orientation meeting and a welcome dinner. (Hotel: Hotel Grano de Oro or similar)
DAY 2: SAN JOSE
This morning we’ll explore the highlights of San José through the eyes of a local, with a private guided walking tour. Later we'll discover Costa Rica's culinary roots, tasting our way through tropical fruits, pastries, traditional dishes, and coffee, on a guided tour of the city's markets and street vendors.
DAY 3: LA FORTUNA
This morning we leave the frenetic energy of San José behind and head out into Costa Rica’s natural beauty. First we’ll stop at La Paz Waterfall Gardens, a private ecological park with waterfalls, hiking trails, a hummingbird garden and more. After lunch at the gardens, we’ll continue on to La Fortuna, on the outskirts of Arenal Volcano National Park. Views of the Arenal Volcano, standing at more than 5,000 feet, dominate the landscape here. You’ll have free time this afternoon to enjoy the thermal hot springs at our lovely hotel. (Hotel: Nyara Resort, Spa & Gardens or similar)
DAY 4: LA FORTUNA
This morning a local guide will introduce us to the lava fields and secondary rainforest of Arenal Volcano National Park, with sweeping vistas and an abundance of flora and fauna along the way. After lunch, we’ll head to Mistico Park for a guided walk through the rainforest canopy on their famous “hanging bridges.”
DAY 5: MONTEVERDE
Today we trade the rainforest for the cloud forest! In the morning we’ll cross Lake Arenal by boat, with one last view of the Arenal Volcano, then ascend into the mountains to Monteverde. In the afternoon we’ll take a guided walking tour of the beautiful Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve. (Hotel: Monteverde Lodge & Gardens or similar)
DAY 6: MONTEVERDE
Costa Rica is known for its coffee, so a trip here wouldn’t be complete without seeing the beans at their source! This morning we’ll tour a coffee plantation and learn about the coffee-growing process, from seed to cup. Once we’re all fully caffeinated, you can choose your own adventure for the afternoon: zip-lining through the cloud forest canopy, horseback riding, hiking…or something more restful, like a massage or a visit to a butterfly farm. This evening, we’ll take a nighttime hike through the cloud forest and try to spot some of its nocturnal inhabitants.
DAY 7: TAMARINDO
Today our comfortable private transportation will take us from the mountains to the coast. After arriving at our beachfront hotel on Tamarindo Beach, you can spend the afternoon at your leisure, on the sand or in the water. Snorkeling, kayaking, paddle boarding and more await. (Hotel: Hotel Capitan Suizo or similar)
DAY 8: TAMARINDO
After an action-packed week, it’s time to relax! Choose from an abundance of activities to fill your day, or take it easy by the pool or on the beach. Soak up the sun, the ocean air, and the Costa Rican pura vida. Tonight we’ll have a special farewell dinner.
DAY 9: LIBERIA TO U.S.
Today we bid farewell to Costa Rica. A private transfer will take you to the Liberia airport for your flight back to the U.S.
$ 4,495 per person (based on double occupancy)
Single supplement: $ 1,495
9 days escorted by a certified tour director
8 nights in first class superior hotels
Private ground transportation between all cities
Private airport transfers in Costa Rica
All entrance fees for group activities and tours
9 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 2 dinners
A private tour director and local guides
Price does not include:
Round-trip airfare to Costa Rica
Meals not listed above
Gratuities, travel insurance, and other incidentals
Minimum 6, maximum 12 travelers
ACCESSIBILITY AND PHYSICAL DEMANDS
Unfortunately, this tour is unable to accept travelers who require accessibility accommodations. We cannot guarantee ground-flour rooms. Hotel staff will assist you in carrying luggage to your rooms, but you should be able to climb at least one flight of stairs. This tour involves light-to-moderate physical activity, including walking and standing for extended periods and uneven terrain.
Special Note about Zika: There have been some cases of Zika in Costa Rica. The CDC advises that pregnant women not travel to Costa Rica at this time. Additional information about health, safety and other travel logistics will be provided after booking.
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