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Costa Rica is a beautiful opulent paradise where you can enjoy pristine beaches, as well as lush and exotic flora and fauna. Here you will be embraced in a wildlife- lover’s dream. Be awed by the dense rainforest, tumbling waterfalls, towering volcanoes and rushing rivers. Indulge in the tropical ecosystem, made up of forests, lagoons, mangroves and pristine white sandy beaches populated with 109 species of mammals and 184 species of birds. Truly a bird lover and photographer’s mecca.
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|Deposit||$250 per person|
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Payment schedule: 2nd deposit of $500 due 121 days prior to departure; final payment 76 days prior to departure.
Day 1 – Depart USA / Arrive San Jose, Cost Rica
Fly south to Costa Rica, to the colorful capital city of San José. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel. Park Inn Radisson, San Jose
Day 2 – Poas Volcano / To Arenal
This morning enjoy the scenery of the Central Valley, surrounded by soaring mountains, strawberry plantations, and flower farms. Visit a Coffee Plantation to sample fresh Costa Rican coffee and learn about the history and cultivation of the coffee bean. Later, travel past tropical landscapes for a visit of Poas Volcano National Park to view the dramatic mile wide crater from an overlook (altitude 9,000’). Stop at the Sarchi Artisan Village, known as the cradle of craftsmanship and an ideal place to shop for an oxcart, Costa Rica’s best known craft & souvenir. Overnight in the Arenal Volcano National Park area (La Fortuna) for the next two evenings. Tonight join your traveling companions for a Welcome Dinner. Montana de Fuego, Arenal (B,D)
Day 3 – La Fortuna Free Day
Today, enjoy your resort and spa hotel. The resort features a wonderful viewing angle of the Arenal Volcano and is surrounded by lush gardens, walking paths, excellent bird watching, swimming pools, and hot springs. Enjoy dinner at the resort. Montana de Fuego, Arenal (B,D)
Day 4 – Arenal / To Monteverde
This morning, visit Arenal Volcano National Park, one of the 10 most active volcanoes in the world. Its constant emissions of gases and lava will amaze you. Later, check into your hotel in the Monteverde Cloud Forest area for a two night stay and enjoy an included dinner tonight. Hotel El Establo, Monteverde (B,D)
Day 5 – Monteverde Cloud Forest
Today, visit the conservation project at Selvatura Park. Enjoy a unique opportunity to walk across Hanging Bridges & discover the natural beauty of the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve, one of the largest and most enchanting wildlife sanctuaries in the Americas. Enjoy interesting visits to the Butterfly Garden, home to 50 different species, and the Hummingbird Gallery, home to many species from the cloud forest. Hotel El Establo, Monteverde (B,D)
Day 6 – To Playa Blanca
Travel west to the Playa Blanca/Puntarenas Beach area, located on the Pacific Coast and well known for wildlife viewing, sport fishing, and surfing. Enjoy a visit to Carara National Park, a tropical bird and wildlife sanctuary and one of the world’s few nesting places for the scarlet macaw. Hotel Punta Leona, Playa Blanca (B,D)
Day 7 – Free Time / Crocodile Cruise
Enjoy the morning at leisure to relax and enjoy the amenities of the resort complex. Later set out for an exciting Jungle Crocodile Safari Cruise. The 2-hour cruise highlights crocodiles and spectacular bird-viewing while cruising the Tarcoles River. Hotel Punta Leona, Playa Blanca (B,L,D)
Day 8 – Orchids / To San José
This morning enjoy a bit of leisure time before departing for San José. Enroute visit an Orchid Garden and gain insight into the stunning diversity of orchids. Check in to your hotel prior to your special Farewell Dinner. Park Inn Radisson, San Jose (B,L,D)
Day 9 – Fly Home to USA
Fly home full of wonderful memories of Costa Rica. (B)
Note 1: National Park hotels may be rustic
Note 2: This tour involves high altitude. Please check with your doctor, if you have any health conditions affected by high altitude.
Local airport departure tax of $30 (approx.) must be paid at the airport in local currency.