26 September 2016

Costa Rica Tours and Cruises

Adventures and Wildlife of Costa Rica tour - 12 Days

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PLUS 3 lunches, 1 dinner

11 nights fr £1850pp

Includes flights

Adventure & Wildlife in Costa Rica

Visit San Jose, Turrialba Valley, Quetzal & Costa Ballena

Valid for deps 01 Nov - 11 Dec 2016

Save £100pp

PLUS 3 lunches, 1 dinner

11 nights fr £1850pp

Includes flights

Adventure & Wildlife in Costa Rica

Visit San Jose, Turrialba Valley, Quetzal & Costa Ballena

Valid for deps 01 Nov - 11 Dec 2016

Save £100pp

PLUS 3 lunches, 1 dinner

11 nights fr £1850pp

Includes flights

Adventure & Wildlife in Costa Rica

Visit San Jose, Turrialba Valley, Quetzal & Costa Ballena

Valid for deps 01 Nov - 11 Dec 2016

Exciting way to get the most out of Costa Rica

Mention Costa Rica and people think paradise. The country has a Disney like cast of exotic creatures ranging from howler monkeys to toucans, the surf is prime, the beauty is staggering and the sluggish pace seductive. A peaceful oasis in a tumultuous region, this tiny nation draws 1.5 million visitors every year and on this great 11 day tour you can be one of them. The incredibly varied topography means you can cruise the cloud forest one day, visit an active volcano the next, and finish relaxing on a hot sandy beach. And included in this exciting tour is an adrenaline pumping raft trip through the jungles.

Tour Highlights

  • San Jose    ·
  • Pacuare River    ·
  • Turrialba Valley    ·
  • Quetzal National Park    ·
  • Bahia Ballena    ·

Full Tour Itinerary

Day 1: San Jose, Costa Rica

On arrival at the Juan Santamaría International Airport in San Jose you will be met by one of our experienced tour representatives and taken to your hotel in the city. Today, Chepe, as it’s called by Ticos, is the most cosmopolitan capital in Central America and the once grand architecture has been eclipsed by office towers, shopping malls and fast-food restaurants. Time to explore the city before the tour begins in earnest

Standard Rate Country Inn & Suites Superior Rate Wyndham Herradura Hotel

Day 2: San Jose to Pacuare River

You will be picked up at your hotel early in the morning and driven to the Pacuare River for a day of adventure and adrenaline. This river is considered by many rafters to be one of the world's five-best tests. Professional guides and equipment will be waiting and after some safety instructions begin an incredible rafting journey. You will experience the exhilaration of riding the waves on this wild and scenic river, which courses through a tropical wilderness of dense vegetation and steep gorges. Arriving to your overnight destination, you will find a jungle oasis in the middle of an enchanting and captivating rain forest. Overnight at Pacuare River.

Standard Rate Pacuare Tent Camp Superior Rate Pacuare Lodge

Day 3: Pacuare River

Day at leisure to enjoy the scenic beauty of the natural surrounds of the Pacuare River and the optional activities offered at the lodge. Thanks to its proximity to the Caribbean lowlands and the high annual rainfall, this area offers very complex life systems and exotics, formed by the extraordinary abundance of the rainforests and its exuberant vegetation which provides protection for jaguars, ocelots, monkeys, sloths and numerous species of birds and plants

Standard Rate Pacuare Tent Camp Superior Rate Pacuare Lodge

Day 4: Pacuare River to Turrialba Valley

After breakfast, you will launch the rafts again for the last part of your trip. Rafting becomes even more exciting as you use the skills and experience gained on this trip. Your guides will stop the rafts along the journey and lead you up paths and side streams that open onto pristine waterfalls and natural water slides. Lunch will be served along the river, and when reaching the take out, you can change into dry clothes before travelling by road to the Turrialba area where you will spend two nights at a hotel

Standard Rate Villa Florencia Superior Rate Casa Turire Hotel

Day 5: Turrialba Valley

This morning, you will take a Biking Adventure Tour at the Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Centre. This tour takes riders on top quality mountain bikes through the tropical plantations and botanical gardens and all levels of bikers can enjoy it. During the ride, a guide will explain the great diversity of the forest and tropical fruit plantations. Along the way see birds, mammals and reptiles. Finish the tour with a visit to the Botanical Garden, which has a collection of some of the most important tropical plants in the world. The rest of the afternoon is at leisure.

Standard Rate Villa Florencia Superior Rate Casa Turire Hotel

Day 6: Turrialba Valley to Quetzal National Park

Leave today for from Villa Florencia to the Quetzal National Park area where the Savegre Mountain Lodge is located. This lodge is set on a private reserve of primary cloud forest where the famous Quetzal lives, which makes this area a favourite spot for birdwatchers. A local family has run this hotel for more than 50 years and the warmth hospitality of the personalised service blends perfectly with the homemade food served at the restaurant. You spend two nights at this lodge.

Standard Rate Savegre Mountain Lodge Superior Rate Savegre Mountain Lodge Junior Suite

Day 7: Quetzals National Park

Early in the morning, bird lovers will have an encounter with this beautiful biological corridor that serves as a sanctuary for the 170 species of birds found in the area. Various migratory species arrive throughout the different seasons, joining the native species to add still more colourful views. Among the visitors are the Orioles, Warblers, Tennessees and Raptors - while their native hosts include Collared Trogon, Long-tailed Silky-Flycatcher, Yellow-winged Vireo, Flame-throated Warbler, and of course the Quetzal among many others. Professional guides will take you through the trails and the afternoon will be at leisure for optional activities.

Standard Rate Savegre Mountain Lodge Superior Rate Savegre Mountain Lodge Junior Suite

Day 8: Quetzals National Park to Bahia Ballena, South Pac

Continue your journey to the South Pacific area where the Ballena National Marine Park, the first protected area of the Dominical region. It is a small park that protects sandy and pebbles beaches, mangroves, cliffs islands and a coral reef. There is a marine platform that has formed in front of the park and whales and dolphins are common close to the shore because of the warm waters that create the perfect ecosystem for these amazing animals. You will stay in this lovely area for three nights.

Standard Rate Villas Gaia Superior Rate Cristal Ballena

Day 9: Bahia Ballena, South Pacific

After breakfast, you will be visit the Caño Island Biological Reserve for a snorkeling tour. The island rises 90 meters above sea level to a wide plateau, which is covered with a tall evergreen forest. The real beauty of Isla del Cano is not found on its land, but underwater. It is surrounded by five platforms of low coral reefs where 15 species of stony coral have been identified. This island's virgin waters are some of the bluest in the country, and are home to a spectacular variety of stunning marine flora and fauna as well as some gorgeous coral reefs.

Standard Rate Villas Gaia Superior Rate Cristal Ballena

Day 10: Bahia Ballena, South Pacific

Another day at leisure in this tropical paradise. There are plenty of optional activities to choose from or you can simply relax around the hotel pool or on one of the sandy beaches nearby. If you want another day in the sea, this area is rated as being one of the best underwater adventure diving and snorkeling spots in the world. The Isla del Cano Biological Reserve is also home to a huge variety of fish, dolphins, manta rays, barracudas, sea turtles, whales and sharks.

Standard Rate Villas Gaia Superior Rate Cristal Ballena

Day 11: Bahia Ballena, to San Jose

After breakfast at the hotel you have another morning at leisure to relax or take part in an organised activity or do some exploring on your own. In the afternoon you are driven back to the capital San Jose where you will stay for the final night of the tour. Check out San Jose's pulsating nightlife and dine out in one of the many restaurants.

Standard Rate Country Inn & Suites Superior Rate Wyndham Herradura Hotel

Day 12: Departure Day

Today your wonderful adventurous tour of Costa Rica comes to an end. Perhaps time for some last minute souvenir shopping or sightseeing before you are picked up at your hotel and driven to the airport for your onward flight or to begin your journey back home having seen the very best that this fascinating country has to offer.

Prices

Standard Rate fr £1607pp

Superior Rate fr £2182pp

Valid between:

  • 01/05/2016 - 30/06/2016
  • 01/09/2016 - 30/11/2016

Rates based on twinshare

Price includes

  • · 11 nights accommodation
  • · 11 Breakfasts, 3 lunches, 1 dinner
  • · Regular & private transfers
  • · Some tours

NOT included

  • · International Flights

International flights not included unless otherwise stated

 
 
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