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Tropical Costa Rica

December 5-13, 2024

With Optional 3-Night Jungle Adventure Pre-Tour Extension

Tropical Costa Rica: Image

Group Itinerary

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Day 1

Thursday, December 5, 2024 San Jose, Costa Rica - Tour Begins

Your journey in Costa Rica commences in the vibrant capital city of San Jose. This location serves as an ideal starting point for relaxation and exploration, offering an array of sights to enhance the onset of your adventure.

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Day 2

Friday, December 6, 2024 San Jose - Coffee Plantation - Arenal

Welcome to the Central Valley. Your day starts with an insightful tour of a local coffee plantation, where you'll delve into the historical significance and cultivation processes of coffee, a key component of Costa Rica's economy. In the afternoon, settle in for a tranquil three-night stay at a lodge with a stunning view of the majestic Arenal Volcano. This evening, immerse yourself in Costa Rican culture. (Breakfast, Dinner included)

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Day 3

Saturday, December 7, 2024 Arenal - Cano Negro - Arenal

Set off on a Cano Negro riverboat excursion aboard a traditional covered canoe, known locally as a 'panga'. Spanning 20,000 acres, this area boasts Costa Rica's most extensive array of native wildlife. During the journey, keep an eye out for caimans, river otters, sloths, monkeys, river turtles, a variety of exotic birds, and unique butterflies. Following the adventure, return to Arenal for a relaxing evening at your resort. (Breakfast included)

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Day 4

Sunday, December 8, 2024 Arenal

Today's itinerary includes a visit to a family-owned farm, offering a glimpse into the everyday life of local residents. While touring the gardens, gain insights into the organic cultivation of plants, emphasizing sustainable practices. This farm prides itself on being an open-air 'classroom without borders.' You'll have the opportunity to sample exotic fruits from the harvest and observe traditional methods of sugar cane processing. The visit also includes tasting cane liquor, followed by a culinary demonstration and a delightful farm-to-table lunch. (Breakfast, Lunch included)

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Day 5

Monday, December 9, 2024 Arenal - Lake Arenal Cruise - Monteverde

Embark on an enchanting cruise across Lake Arenal, the largest and most significant lake in Costa Rica. Following the cruise, venture to the secluded Monteverde Cloud Forest, an awe-inspiring natural wonder where trees reach staggering heights of up to 100 feet. Experience a nature walk through this extraordinary ecosystem, offering opportunities to observe a diverse array of flora and fauna. (Breakfast, Dinner included)

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Day 6

Tuesday, December 10, 2024 Monteverde It’s your choice!

This morning, you have the option to join an expert-led, leisurely-paced "Hanging Bridges" walking tour, offering a unique vantage point of the cloud forest's vibrant ecosystem. Alternatively, you can opt for an exhilarating experience on one of Costa Rica's longest canopy zip line tours. Regardless of your choice, the group will reconvene to explore one of the world's most extensive butterfly gardens before lunch. The afternoon is yours to relax or, if you wish, you can participate in both activities by purchasing the second as an additional option on the tour. (Breakfast, Dinner included)

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Day 7

Wednesday, December 11, 2024 Monteverde - Guanacaste

Today's journey takes us to the stunning region of Guanacaste, renowned for its exquisite sandy beaches. Prepare for a peaceful two-night stay at your resort, where you can unwind and enjoy captivating views of the ocean. (Breakfast, Dinner included)

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Day 8

Thursday, December 12, 2024 Guanacaste

Today promises a day of leisure and sunshine. You have the option to explore the neighboring beaches or indulge in a serene day by the pool, making the most of the resort's excellent amenities. In the afternoon, enjoy a visit to the charming beach town of Samara, immersing yourself in local culture. Afterward, return to your hotel in time to witness a breathtaking Costa Rican sunset, a perfect backdrop to the vibrant colors of the natural landscape, before enjoying your final dinner. (Breakfast, Dinner included)

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Day 9

Friday, December 13, 2024 Guanacaste - Tour Ends

Today marks the conclusion of your journey as you depart for home, carrying with you wonderful memories of your Costa Rican adventure. (Breakfast included)

Tropical Costa Rica: Specials

Price List

* All Rates are Per Person and are subject to change, based on air inclusive package from EWR

A deposit of $698 per person is due upon reservation. Reservations are made on a first come, first served basis. Reservations made after the deposit due date of May 29, 2024 are based upon availability. Final payment due by October 06, 2024. Deposits are refundable up until June 05, 2024.

Included in Price:

  • Round Trip Group Transportation to/from Newark Intl Airport

  • Round Trip Air from Newark Intl Airport

  • Air Taxes and Fees/Surcharges

  • Hotel Transfers

Not Included in Price:​ 

  • Cancellation Waiver and Insurance of $449 per person

$2,999.00 Per Person

Double

$3,699.00

Single

$2,969.00 Per Person

Triple

Tropical Costa Rica: Price List
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Special Packages and Deals

Tropical Costa Rica: Specials

Monteverde Cloud Forest Canopy Adventure

Rate: $75 Per Person

Embark on an exhilarating adventure with the Zip Line Canopy Adventure Tour at Selvatura Adventure Park, one of Costa Rica's premier soft adventure destinations. This tour stands out as it is situated within the untouched cloud forest of Monteverde, offering an unparalleled experience.


The adventure begins with skilled guides equipping you with the necessary gear. You'll traverse through 12 cables and 19 platforms, with an optional Tarzan Swing adding to the thrill. Selvatura Park boasts one of the longest canopy tours in Costa Rica, providing an adrenaline-filled experience as you soar at speeds up to 35 miles per hour, all while enjoying breathtaking views.


The zip lines vary, ranging from 120 to over 2,000 feet in length and 60 to 400 feet in height, allowing you to witness the cloud forest from a unique vantage point. This treetop canopy tour isn't just an adventure; it's also an opportunity to spot wildlife in its natural setting.


The tour is conducted by trained professionals accredited by the Costa Rican Institute of Tourism, ensuring a safe and memorable experience. This canopy tour is perfect for those seeking an adventurous and thrilling ride.


Please note the following important details:

  • Booking is required at least 30 days prior to departure.

  • The tour is non-refundable within 15 days of departure.

  • It is not recommended for individuals with high blood pressure, back or heart conditions, or for pregnant women.

  • The duration of the tour is approximately 3 hours.

  • A minimum of two passengers is required.

  • Transportation to and from the tour is provided.

Monteverde Hanging Bridges

Rate: $75 Per Person

Immerse yourself in the heart of Monteverde's cloud forest reserve through a captivating "Hanging Bridges" walking tour, guided by a local expert. This journey offers a unique opportunity to explore the forest from an elevated perspective, high above the ground.


During this leisurely paced tour, you'll gain a deeper understanding of the cloud forest's diverse ecosystem, encompassing a rich array of mammals, birds, plants, and flora. The forest floor below teems with natural splendors and wildlife, providing exceptional vistas and photo opportunities.


Your knowledgeable guide will enhance your experience by sharing fascinating insights into the ecology of the cloud forest, its landscape, and the indigenous wildlife in their natural surroundings. This tour is not only an adventure but also an educational experience, allowing you to connect closely with nature.

Key details of the tour include:

  • Duration: Approximately 2.5 hours.

  • A minimum of two passengers is required for the tour.

  • Convenient transportation to and from the tour location is provided.


This tour is an ideal way to experience the beauty and complexity of Monteverde's cloud forest, making it a must-do for nature enthusiasts and adventurers alike.

Guanacaste Mangrove Kayaking on the Ora River

$55 Per Person

Embark on a kayak journey through the mystical mangroves of Costa Rica, a vital part of the larger ecosystem and a portal to an almost otherworldly environment. These mangrove forests, situated where salt and fresh waters converge, create a thriving habitat for a diverse range of wildlife.


As you navigate six miles down the Ora River, your kayak offers a close-up view of the local fauna. Watch for playful monkeys and inquisitive iguanas ascending the trees, and observe the intricate dance of life in the undergrowth and the elegant movements of long-necked birds in the murky waters.


Your guide will lead you through this enchanting waterway, allowing you to experience the serenity and beauty of the winding river and its enveloping nature. This kayak adventure provides a unique perspective on the mangrove ecosystem and its inhabitants.


Please note the following important details for this tour:

  • Availability depends on river or sea conditions and cannot be guaranteed.

  • This tour often coincides with the Dolphin & Snorkel Adventure due to tide schedules, so only one of these optional tours can be booked.

  • The duration of the tour is approximately 3 hours.

  • A minimum of 10 passengers is required.

  • Transportation to and from the tour location is included.


This experience is not just a kayaking trip; it's an immersive journey into one of Costa Rica's most enchanting and ecologically significant environments.

Dolphin Watching & Snorkel Experience

$65 Per Person

Experience the enchanting wildlife of Costa Rica from a unique vantage point on this dolphin-watching tour. Accompanied by a guide, you'll venture into the natural habitat of a dolphin family, observing these graceful creatures as they frolic near the water's surface. The region is a haven for diverse marine life, so keep your eyes peeled for other animals, such as whales and turtles, if you're fortunate.


After marveling at the dolphins, the tour offers a chance to engage in fishing. Cast your line into the azure waters of the Pacific and wait for a catch. Following the fishing activity, immerse yourself in the warm coastal waves for a swim and snorkeling session, providing an up-close encounter with the vibrant sea life.


Please note the key details of this tour:

  • Wildlife sightings cannot be guaranteed.

  • The tour is subject to ocean and weather conditions.

  • It often coincides with the Mangrove Kayaking on the Ora River due to tide schedules, so only one of these tours can be booked.

  • The duration is approximately 4 hours.

  • A minimum of 10 passengers is required for the tour.

  • Transportation to and from the tour location is included.


This tour is an ideal opportunity for those seeking to connect with the marine life of Costa Rica and enjoy a range of activities in the beautiful Pacific Ocean.

Optional 4 Days 3-Night Jungle Adventure Pre Tour Extension

Per Person Rates: $849.00 double, $999.00 single, land only

Day 1: Arrival in San Jose Begin your journey in San Jose, the vibrant capital of Costa Rica. Enjoy an overnight stay in this bustling city.


Day 2: San Jose to Tortuguero National Park Embark on a journey to Tortuguero, often referred to as Costa Rica's Amazon, for a wildlife-rich adventure. Depart from your San Jose hotel by private transport to the dock, where you'll board a boat with other travelers to reach the pristine environment of Tortuguero. Stay in an eco-friendly lodge that prioritizes sustainability, offering a natural breeze instead of air conditioning, and meals prepared with local ingredients and Caribbean influences. All meals included today.


Day 3: Exploring Tortuguero National Park An optional early morning bird-watching excursion allows you to discover the diverse bird species in the area. Enjoy a boat cruise through Tortuguero's canals, watching for wildlife like howler monkeys, sloths, toucans, and more. The park is a haven for over 350 bird species, 57 amphibian species, 111 reptiles, and 60 mammals, including endangered species like jaguars and manatees. All meals included today.


Day 4: Tortuguero National Park to San Jose Return to San Jose, where you'll meet your Tour Manager and fellow travelers to commence the Tropical Costa Rica tour. Breakfast and lunch included today.


Please Note:

  • Sightseeing order is subject to change.

  • Extensions depend on availability and applicable charges.

  • Bird watching excursion depends on weather conditions.

  • This fully-guided extension offers comprehensive exploration with a dedicated guide.

  • The transfer from San Jose to the dock is private, while the boat transfer to the Eco Lodge is shared. In Tortuguero, you'll have a local naturalist guide and all included activities and meals are provided by the Eco Lodge.

  • Price includes activities, meals, roundtrip transportation to Tortuguero, 1 night in San Jose, and 2 nights in Tortuguero at a selected lodge.

  • The Tortuguero hotel does not offer air conditioning, adhering to Rainforest Alliance sustainability standards.

  • Due to boat luggage restrictions, bring an overnight bag for Tortuguero and arrange luggage storage at the San Jose hotel.

  • The extension may be canceled if the minimum passenger requirement is not met.

  • Inform of any special assistance needed at reservation time.

  • For air-inclusive bookings, the name must match your government-issued ID.

  • The activity level is moderate, suitable for most travelers but may limit participation in some activities for those requiring mobility assistance.

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Terms & Conditions

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Please Note:

Book Now rates valid until Jun 05, 2024, valid on air inclusive packages only. 


IDENTIFICATION:
Passports are required for this tour at your expense. Certain countries require that your passport be valid at least 6 months beyond the dates of your travel. You are strongly urged to contact the appropriate consulate for details. Visit www.travel.state.gov for the U.S. State Department for the latest details about passports and visa requirements.


IMPORTANT: We recommend that travelers take a photocopy of their passport and applicable visas. It should be packed separately from your actual passport and visa. We also recommend leaving a copy at home with your emergency contact.


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.


Single accommodations are limited and are available on a first come, first served basis. 

To complete your tour, we include roundtrip airport-to-hotel transfers when purchasing our airfare 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.

Elevators and air conditioning are not available in most accommodations used on this tour.

The overall activity level of this tour is a level 3.

This means you’re an on-the-go traveler. You don’t want to miss a thing, so walking and standing for longer periods of time (2-3 hours) isn’t a big deal. A moderately paced two-and-a-half-hour walking tour, covering several miles, hills, and uneven surfaces, is no problem for you. Walking four miles over the course of a day is very doable, as is climbing into and out of various modes of transportation (tuk-tuk, cable car, zodiac, etc.). You can climb three flights of stairs easily and handle altitudes between 6,000 and 9,000 feet. Expect some longer days with early mornings or late nights balanced with free time to recharge or set out on your own adventure. The roads in Costa Rica are notoriously poor and impacted by heavy rains each season making them bumpy and requiring lower driving speeds. In order to experience all that we have included on this tour, we will spend an average of 4-5 hours on your coach to travel to your next stay. You can expect winding and some unpaved roads along the way. Many accommodations can be spread out and you should be prepared to walk a variety of terrain to get to public spaces like resort lobbies and restaurants; you may need to access your room through outdoor pathways. This level is not a fit for travelers who require mobility assistance devices.


If you require any special assistance while on tour, please make us aware at time of reservation so the necessary request form can be sent to your attention.


Please be advised many airlines do not provide advance seat assignments until check-in at the airport. Advance seating will be subject to the airline's terms and conditions.


Our air passengers will depart from Liberia airport. Approximate travel time between Playa Carrillo, Guanacaste and Liberia airport is approximately 2 hours.


For air-inclusive reservations, the name provided at time of booking must match your government-issued ID that will be used during travel. Name changes are subject to penalties.

Economy air rate and schedule are applicable for groups of 10 or more traveling on the same flights and dates.

Cancellation Fees

All cancellation fees are to be discussed during consultation.

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