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12 days / 11 nights departing Sunday April 6th 2014

Join us on this wonderful brand new tour as we explore Costa Rica….a place of rich natural wonders.  During this journey you will explore an outstanding variety of life in the nature preserves of Braulio Carrillo National Park, Tortuguero National Park, La Tirimbina Biological Reserve and Arenal Volcano Rain Forrest.  From pristine landscapes to ongoing volcanic eruptions, this Central American nation teems with natural wonders.  Join us and seek out amazing sights and sounds.  Welcome to Costa Rica.

Great beaches in Costa Rica

Tour highlights

  • Tortuguero National Park
  • Sarapiqui Rain Forest
  • Pineapple Plantation
  • Bat Presentation
  • Chocolate-Making Demonstration
  • Cooking Demonstration
  • River Rafting
  • Farm Tour
  • Cheese-Making Demonstration
  • Arenal Volcano
  • Manuel Antonio National Park
  • Coffee Plantation

Itinerary

Day 1: Fly from Rapid City to San Jose, Costa Rica
Today we embark on our adventure – we travel to San Jose, Costa Rica arriving mid to late evening.
No meals included – except provided by airline.  Overnight Ramada Plaza Herradura, San Jose

Costa Rica

Day 2: San Jose - Tortuguero National Park
Begin the day traveling through the Braulio Carrillo National Park to the Caribbean low lands. En route, we will experience mountain scenery, changes in eco-systems, and Caribbean-style villages. Later, your guide explains the rain forest eco-system as you cruise the rivers and canals of Tortuguero National Park. Stay for two nights at your eco-lodge surrounded by the beauty of a tropical forest and 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.  Tonight we will have a welcome reception followed by dinner.
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included.  Overnight Evergreen Lodge, Tortuguero

Day 3: Tortuguero National Park
This morning we will set out on an early morning bird watching excursion (if it is raining, the early morning bird watching excursion may be substituted with a canal cruise). We will explore the variety of local species and migratory birds that flock to this area. On the boat cruise, keep an eye out for wildlife that includes howler monkeys, sloths, toucans and caimans, as well as exotic flora. Tortuguero National Park is really a study in rain forest, freshwater, and marine biology, and protects over 350 species of birds and mammals. Seek out green macaws; 57 species of amphibians; 111 species of reptiles; and 60 mammal species, including 13 of Costa Rica’s endangered animals, including jaguars, tapirs, ocelots, cougars, river otters and manatees.
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included.  Overnight Evergreen Lodge, Tortuguero

Day 4: Tortuguero National Park - Sarapiqui
Embark on a leisurely boat ride to the mainland as you travel to the fascinating Sarapiqui region. Visit an organic pineapple plantation and learn about the various types of this exotic fruit and why Costa Rican pineapples are among the world’s best. Join a local expert at La Tirimbina Biological Reserve for a fascinating presentation on bats, explaining the biological importance of these flying mammals.
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included. Overnight La Quinta Country Inn, Sarapiqui

Day 5: Sarapiqui
See firsthand the process of producing chocolate from the cacao bean. Learn the history and continuing importance of cacao to Central America’s economy. Add some zest to your life with an exhilarating Sarapiqui River rafting adventure. Before tonight’s dinner, a Costa Rican chef offers a cooking demonstration including the palmito (Hearts of Palm) picadillo, tortillas, plantains and refried beans.
Breakfast & Dinner included. Overnight La Quinta Country Inn, Sarapiqui

Great Scenery in Costa Rica

Day 6: Sarapiqui - Arenal
Begin the day with an early morning bird watching tour along the natural forest trails and nearby stream. Visit a local school and learn about Costa Rica’s educational system and the children’s way of life in a small farming community. Later, in Arenal, behold the spectacular views of Arenal Volcano.
Breakfast & Dinner included. Overnight Casa Luna Hotel & Spa, Arenal

Day 7: Arenal
Share in the experience of a real “Costarican lechero” (Costa Rican milkman). Learn about local fruits and organic farming during a tour of the family-owned Finca Don Carlos with fields of orchards, grasslands, medicinal plants, rivers and a private forest reserve. Follow a cheese-making demonstration with a traditional farm-style lunch. Spend the afternoon at leisure and enjoy the lodge’s amenities, relax in a hot spring, explore nature trails or go horseback riding.
Breakfast & Lunch included. Overnight Casa Luna Hotel & Spa, Arenal

Day 8: Arenal Horseback Ride, Arenal Canopy Zip-Line or Hot Springs
Today you get to choose one from 3 amazing experiences! Explore Arenal Volcano Rain Forest by horseback, see it from above on a zip-line, or soak in the soothing waters of one of the region’s famous hot springs. You may explore the Arenal Volcano Rain Forest on horseback, crossing rivers and following the trails, enjoying views of the San Carlos plains and the amazing lava paths of the majestic Arenal Volcano. Or, choose to go to Arenal Volcano Rain Forest for an amazing zip-line canopy tour. Gain a bird’s-eye-view of the endless primary forest, Lake Arenal and the majestic Arenal Volcano. Or, soak away your worries in the luxurious soothing waters of one of the region’s famous hot springs.
Breakfast & Dinner included. Overnight Casa Luna Hotel & Spa, Arenal

Amazing wildlife

Day 9: Arenal - Tarcoles
Travel the beautiful checkered landscape surrounding Lake Arenal while en route to the Pacific coast. After arriving at your destination, the remainder of your day is at leisure. Explore the natural surroundings and exotic wildlife.
Breakfast & Dinner included. Overnight Hotel Punta Leona, Tarcoles

Day 10: Tarcoles - Manuel Antonio National Park - Tarcoles
Explore spectacular Manuel Antonio National Park, known for its pristine beaches and primary forest. Spend the morning leisurely walking the forest trails in search of native inhabitants like the three-toed sloth, agoutis, squirrel monkeys and iguanas. Take a swim in the inviting blue waters of its beaches. Relax for the rest of the day by the pool and absorb the natural beauty of your surroundings. This evening, enjoy dinner by the beach, overlooking the Pacific Ocean (weather permitting).
Breakfast & Dinner included. Overnight Hotel Punta Leona, Tarcoles

Day 11: Tarcoles - Sarchi - San Jose
After breakfast, travel to Sarchi, an important crafts center. Learn about the traditional crafts of this region and witness local artisans as they produce colorful oxcarts. Tour the Espiritu Santo Coffee Plantation which highlights the history and cultivation of coffee and its importance to the Costa Rican economy. Journey back to San Jose for your farewell dinner and overnight stay.
Breakfast & Dinner included.  Overnight Ramada Plaza Herradura, San Jose

Day 12: Return Home
This morning our tour ends and we transfer back to San Jose airport for our welcome flights home.
Breakfast & any meals provided by airline.

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Itinerary at a glance

Starts: Sunday April 6th 2014
Ends: Thursday April 17th 2014

What's included?

  • Roundtrip flights and all taxes from Rapid City to San Jose, Costa Rica
  • Transfers to and from hotel & airport transfers
  • All accommodations – please note on some dates alternate hotels may be used
  • All sightseeing as listed in the itinerary
  • 24 meals – 11 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches & 9 Dinners
  • 1 suitcase per person (airline fees paid)
  • Taxes/fees to be paid in local currency or USD upon exiting the country are approximately $32 USD per person - included
  • Fully Escorted
  • All taxes & fees

Pricing

  • Price: $3,895 (pp based on double occupancy)
  • Single: add $695

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How to book

  • Deposit due of $500 per person
  • Further deposit of $500 per person due June 30th 2013
  • Balance due by January 10th 2014
  • Booking form
  • Ways to pay

What you'll need

  • A camera for those wonderful sights
  • Due to luggage size and weight restrictions on the boats, please bring an overnight bag for the two night stay in Tortuguero National Park. Your main luggage stays in San Jose and joins you upon your return to the mainland.
  • Travelers must be in good health as some sightseeing requires walking on uneven terrain.
  • A full US passport with at least 6 months before expiration date at time of travel

Weather

The weather in this region is normally warm during the day (80 degrees) and cooler in the evenings (60 degrees) at this time of year.  Check out weather.com for average temperatures.

Travel Advice

Please visit the travel advice section of this site for further information and government advisories and warnings.

About Costa Rica

Costa Rica - (meaning "rich coast" in Spanish) is a country in Central America, bordered by Nicaragua to the north, Panama to the southeast, the Pacific Ocean to the west, and the Caribbean Sea to the east.

Costa Rica constitutionally abolished its army permanently in 1949. It is the only Latin American country included in the list of the world's 22 older democracies. Costa Rica has consistently been among the top Latin American countries in the Human Development Index, ranked 69th in the world in 2011.

The Costa Rican flag

Costa Rica was cited by the United Nations United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in 2010 as one of the countries that have attained much higher human development than other countries at the same income levels, and in 2011 was highlighted by UNDP for being a good performer on environmental sustainability, and better record on human development and inequality than the median of their region. It was also the only country to meet all five criteria established to measure environmental sustainability. The country is ranked fifth in the world, and first among the Americas, in terms of the 2012 Environmental Performance Index.

In 2007, the Costa Rican government announced plans for Costa Rica to become the first carbon-neutral country by 2021. The New Economics Foundation (NEF) ranked Costa Rica first in its 2009 Happy Planet Index, and once again in 2012. The NEF also ranked Costa Rica in 2009 as the "greenest" country in the world. In 2012 Costa Rica is set to be the first country in the American continent to ban recreational hunting after the country's legislature approved the popular measure by a wide margin.[20]

Source: Wikipedia

 

 

 


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