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Costa Rica Eco Adventure End San Jose 2018

8 days with Trafalgar   Rating: First Class

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Itinerary
Click for Dates and Prices Day 1 Arrive San José
Welcome to San José where your journey begins with a warm greeting from a local host at the airport and a transfer to your hotel. At 6 p.m., gather at the hotel with your Travel Director and travelling companions for a Welcome Reception.  (Welcome Reception)

Day 2 San José – Braulio Carrillo National Park – Tortuguero National Park (2 Nights)
After breakfast, head toward the small town of San Isidro de Heredia, where you are welcomed by master chocolatiers, Julio Fernandez and George Soriano, for a taste of gourmet chocolate, a Cultural Insight. Learn about the history of chocolate and how it is produced at this small workshop. Continue to Siquirres and embark on a river journey through protected wetlands. Later, stroll the streets of Tortuguero Village and explore the fascinating Green Turtle Research Station. Enjoy dinner at the hotel this evening. (Full Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 3 Tortuguero National Park Sightseeing
Glide through the canals and waterways of the park today as howler monkeys watch from the treetops, toucans and egrets fly through the air, and crocodiles ply the cool waters. If you're here in July, take an optional trip to see the sea turtles laying eggs on the beach. (Full Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 4 Tortuguero – Sarapiquí­
Board your boat and bid adiós to Tortuguero. Enjoy lunch along the way before a visit a Tico family's palm plantation where you'll learn about and sample the delicate heart of palm, a Cultural Insight. After a mid-afternoon arrival at your hotel, join your Travel Director on an easy hike looking for the exotic birds. With a little luck, you may spot the endangered great green macaw. Your evening is free. (Full Breakfast, Lunch)

Day 5 Sarapiquí­ – Arenal
For the early risers, there is time for an optional rafting trip. Or relax, sleep in and immerse yourself in the natural beauty of the area surrounding your lodge. Enjoy a special Be My Guest lunch at an eco-friendly hacienda built by the Quintana family as a retirement project. Today, it is home to an organic farm, restaurant and related eco-adventures. The family welcomes you with lunch and shares stories of how their retirement dreams have benefited the local community. Depart for the town of La Fortuna de San Carlos, home of the colossal Arenal Volcano. Later, spend time in the thermal pools of your resort as well as the gardens with beautiful birds. In the evening, relish some of the best views of the volcano as you enjoy a leisurely dinner. (Full Breakfast, Be My Guest Dining, Dinner)

Day 6 Arenal – Monteverde Cloud Forest (2 Nights)
Enjoy a free morning before heading to the Monteverde Cloud Forest, straddling the Continental Divide, home to luxuriant vegetation, abundant wildlife, coffee plantations and spectacular views. Tonight, you'll meet a native Quaker, and Local Specialist, who will share stories of Old Town Monteverde. (Full Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 7 Monteverde Cloud Forest Sightseeing
Join your guide for an excursion through the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve. Covering 26,000 acres of tropical rainforest, the Reserve consists of 6 ecological zones and offers extremely high biodiversity. Later, ascend to the treetops for a bird's-eye view of the forest on the unforgettable Sky Walk, a chain of 6 suspension bridges at canopy level. Tonight, trade stories of your experiences at a Farewell Dinner. (Full Breakfast, Farewell Dinner)

Day 8 Monteverde – Depart San José
Bid farewell to Monteverde and transfer to San José International Airport. (Full Breakfast)
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All This Included
Embark on an eco-adventure through a land of volcanoes, waterfalls and cloud forests. Glide through tree-lined waterways and relax in thermal pools, sample chocolate made from the world's best cacao and go on a journey back in time with a native Quaker who will share stories of Old Town Monteverde.

Dining
  • 7 full breakfasts
  • 4 lunches
  • 5 dinners
Travel Highlights
  • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • Umbrellas provided for your use
  • Cherry-picked hotels all tried and trusted
  • Hand-picked Insider Experiences
  • Optional Experiences and free time
  • All porterage and local charges included
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver
  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • Airport transfers on the first and last day of your guided holiday
  • VIP entry to many sights
Highlights
THE TRAFALGAR DIFFERENCE
  • BE MY GUEST Join Don Alberto and Doña Ana Quintana for a traditional Costa Rican lunch at their Hacienda Pozo Azul, a 2000-acre working ranch
  • CULTURAL INSIGHTS Indulge in gourmet chocolate made from the world's best cacao beans. Visit a Tico family's palm plantation to learn about and sample the delicate heart of palm
  • HIDDEN TREASURES Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure
  • LOCAL SPECIALISTS Listen to a Quaker share stories of the beginning of Monteverde's colourful history
  • JOIN TRAFALGAR Travel Today, Sustain TomorrowHacienda Pozo Azul Quintana Family Your trip takes you to the Quintana's eco-friendly hacienda. You'll meet the family and discover how they reduce their carbon footprint and support the local economy.
SIGHTSEEING HIGHLIGHTS
  • View Arenal Volcano
  • Visit Tortuguero National Park, Sarapiquí, Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve
Accommodations
San Jose: Sheraton San Jose
Tortuguero National Park: Laguna Lodge Tortuguero
Sarapiqui: Sueño Azul Resort
Arenal: Arenal Paraiso Resort and Spa
Monteverde Cloud Forest: El Establo Mountain
Notes
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