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Costa Rica Tropical Paradise

August 10, 2022 thru August 19, 2022

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Think tropical paradise? Think Costa Rica! This country boasts incredible scenery, immense biodiversity, vast jungle ranges, magnificent waterfalls, and a treasured reputation for being on the top of many people’s “Bucket List”. From the Caribbean to Pacific Ocean, join our expert bilingual guide on this 10day/9-night tropical journey and experience volcanoes, rainforests, flora and fauna, national parks, white sand beaches, hot springs, remarkable culture, and the “Pura Vida” (Pure Life) of Central America. 


Transportation

Air

Roundtrip air transportation from Tucson to San Jose, Costa Rica included.

Transportation

Private motorcoach and boat tours

Duration

10 days, 9 nights

Activity Level 4

Active

Meals

24 meals (9 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 9 dinners)

Availability

Available

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Pickup/Dropoff

Roundtrip livery service included!

Gratuities

Tour Director, Driver & Local Guide tips included


Tour Highlights

  • Poás Volcano tour 
  • Doka Estate Coffee Plantation tour 
  • La Paz Waterfall Gardens & Animal Sanctuary 
  • Boat tour of Tortuguero National Park 
  • Sea turtle Conservancy tour 
  • Flora & Fauna Rainforest hike 
  • Guided Tortuguero village tour 
  • Boat canal tour 
  • Arenal Volcano Oasis Night tour 
  • Arenal Volcano Hanging Bridges tour 
  • Arenal Volcano Walk 
  • Hot springs 
  • Guided bird watching tour 
  • Tarcoles River Crocodile tour 
  • Manuel Antonio National Park guided nature hike 
  • San José city and cultural guided tour 

Inclusions

  • Roundtrip air transportation from Tucson to San José 
  • All airport transfers and motorcoach transportation 
  • Pickup/livery service from your home 
  • 9 nights lodging 
  • 24 meals (9 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 9 dinners) 
  • All-inclusive package at Laguna Lodge  
  • Boat tours 
  • All guided hikes 
  • Admissions & tours as described  
  • Services of a local tour guide/naturalist 
  • Baggage handling 
  • Services of a bilingual Tour Director 
  • Taxes & gratuities for included items


Day 1 - Fly to San Jose, Costa Rica

We fly to San José, Costa Rica’s capital city, and transfer to the Hilton Garden Inn La Sabana, where we lodge for two nights. 

Day 2 - Poás Volcano, La Paz, and Doka Coffee Estate

We begin our exploration at Poás Volcano National Park and view this powerful symbol of the geothermal forces that formed Costa Rica. Almost a mile across, it is the largest active crater in the world. La Paz Waterfall Gardens Nature Park is our next stop as we enjoy beautiful nature and the home to many rescued animals. After lunch, we travel to the largest coffee plantation in Costa Rica: Doka Estate Coffee PlantationLearn everything about the process related from cultivation to processing…from bean to cup! Afterwards, we enjoy a delicious welcome dinner at our hotel. (B,L,D) 

Day 3 - Tortuguero National Park

We travel through the lush Braulio Carrillo National Park rainforest, en route to Tortuguero National Park, where we embark on a guided boat tour of this area. On the northern Caribbean coast, this area showcases amazing rivers, lakes and wetlands that shelter a lush jungle of primary forests and exotic plants. We visit the nearby village with our guide and learn about the hawksbill, green, and leatherback sea turtles which nest on the beach every year. Located in an unspoiled jungle close to the ocean, the all-inclusive Laguna Lodge is home for the next two nights. (B,L,D) 

Day 4 - Tours in Tortuguero National Park

Considered “The Amazon of Costa Rica”, Tortuguero National Park is a tropical wetland filled with exotic flora and fauna waiting to be discovered. We travel by boats, and on foot, to explore the extensive network of waterways and rainforest that winds through the wildlife-rich vegetation. Watch for monkeys, sloths, iguanas, crocodiles, frogs, flowers, turtles, and birds by the hundreds. (B,L,D) 

Day 5 - La Fortuna & Arenal Volcano

We enjoy an early breakfast, take a boat ride, drive through volcanic meadows, and stop in Guápiles for lunch. Continuing through the northern lowlands, we see one of Costa Rica’s most popular landmarksthe symmetrical cone-shaped volcano called ArenalHotel Los Lagos is our hotel for a 2-night stay, and there is plenty of time to enjoy the hot springs at the hotel before dinner. After dinner, we embark on a guided night hike at the Arenal Oasis Wildlife Refuge. (B,L,D)

Day 6 - Arenal Hanging Bridges

Our day starts early as we are guided through Arenal Oasis Wildlife Refuge looking for more than 400 bird species. From the opening in the forest to deep within, our birding guide also points out the interesting flora and fauna. Monkeys, colorful birds, sloths and reptiles are abundant and likely to make an appearance for our cameras. After lunch, the famous Hanging Bridges take us into the treetops. This walk can be at your own pace, and you can enjoy nature at this first-ever suspension bridge in Costa Rica. This evening our dinner is at Finca Don Juan Organic Farm. (B,L,D) 

Day 7 - Jungle Crocodile Safari Tour & Manuel Antonio

After breakfast this morning, we leave the La Fortuna area and drive south to the Pacific Coast and board our boat for the Tarcoles River Crocodile Tour. We navigate through mangroves and a wild river, teeming with wildlife. The crew takes us up-close to American crocodiles, from babies up to 17 feet long. Keep alert as snakes, anteaters, raccoons and other jungle wildlife are at the water’s edge. We continue to the Manuel Antonio area, where we lodge for two nights at the oceanfront Karahe Beach Hotel. (B,L,D) 

Day 8 - Manuel Antonio National Park

After breakfast, we walk the trail in Manuel Antonio National Park with a guide, who shows us, through his telescope, animals like three-toed sloths, troops of monkeys, birds, and snakes. We arrive at the gorgeous beaches of Manuel Antonio National Park to soak up the sun for a while. Those with a stronger sense of adventure may choose to enjoy any, or all, of the park’s four beachesAfter lunch, we have the option to go into the nearby town of Quepos for shopping, or return to the resort to enjoy the pool, ocean front beach, and other facilities. Our sunset dinner will be at the amazing El Avión Restaurant, which is inside a C-123 Fairchild cargo plane, that overlooks the Pacific ocean. (B,D) 

Day 9 - San José

After breakfast, walk the beach one last time before departing for San JoséAfter lunch, we enjoy a guided city tour and have time for souvenir shopping. A farewell dinner this evening at our hotel is a special end to the day. (B,D) 

Day 10 - Travel Home

We transfer to the airport for our departure from stunning, and unforgettable, Costa Rica. (B) 

 

**PASSPORT REQUIRED**


Package Pricing

$4,167 per person

Single Occupancy

Deposit: $250 at Booking Final Payment June 10, 2022

$4,770 per person

Double Occupancy

Deposit: $250 at Booking Final Payment June 10, 2022

Price Includes

Roundtrip air transportation from Tucson to San José
All airport transfers and motorcoach transportation
Pickup/livery service from your home
9 nights lodging
24 meals (9 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 9 dinners)
All-inclusive package at Laguna Lodge
Boat tours
All guided hikes
Admissions & tours as described
Services of a local tour guide/naturalist
Baggage handling
Services of a bilingual Tour Director
Taxes & gratuities for included items


Booking Policy

We pride ourselves on great service and an enjoyable experience for all and will go over our booking policies after you make your request for booking. If you’d like to learn more about our booking policies before your trip, give us a call at (520) 325-8839, or visit our Booking Policies page. Click here for more information on our booking policies.

Travel Insurance

We recommend that all travelers purchase a travel protection plan to help protect themselves and their trip investment. Travel protection plans can provide coverage for trip cancellation, trip interruption, emergency medical expenses and emergency evacuation/repatriation, trip delay, baggage delay, and more. For your convenience, we offer the following plan for this tour:

ADULT GROUP CHOICE

360° Adult Group Choice Flyer– Provides an overview of benefits and coverage limits

360° Adult Group Choice Policy – Provides the full coverage term details, including exclusions and limitations

$313 covers trip costs $4,001-$5,000. Price varies depending on your total trip cost. If you do not wish to purchase now, the plan can be purchased any time prior to final payment.

Contact us to purchase. If you have questions about coverage, please review the policy or contact Travelex Insurance Services at 888.574.7026 or email 360group@travelexinsurance.com. Travelex Insurance Services, Inc. CA Agency License #0D10209. Travel Insurance is underwritten by Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance Company; NAIC #22276. RWF


AIRLINE TICKETS

You will be issued your boarding pass the morning of our departure, after your arrival at the Tucson International Airport. If you have an airlines frequent flyer number, or a Global Entry or TSA number, please call our office at least 3 days prior to the tour to ensure we can note these in your reservation. If you are joining the tour from locations other than Tucson, we make other arrangements for you to join the tour. Please call our office for more details.

AIRPORT SECURITY

Do not forget to bring your passport to show at the airport. If you do not have the proper ID, the airline will turn you away. Check with your physician for complete information about any vaccinations and health concerns.

BAGGAGE

We have arranged for handling for one piece of luggage per person regarding the skycaps (where available) and hotels. If you check through luggage note that the maximum weight for the checked piece of luggage is 50 pounds and maximum size is 62 inches (length + width + height). If your bag weighs over 50 pounds the airlines will levy an extra fee that you will be responsible to pay. If you feel the need to lock your checked through luggage and your bag is searched, your lock could be damaged in the process. You can purchase a TSA (Transportation Security Administration) accepted and recognized lock at any luggage store. Make sure you ask for a TSA approved lock. These locks are the kind that TSA screeners can open by using a special tool without breaking. Passengers can carry-on 1 bag (dimensions are limited to 10x16x24 inches), plus a personal type bag, like a purse. We advise that you pack your carry-on lightly. There are restrictions regarding your carry-on baggage and contents due to enhanced security
measures. . If you have further concerns, please visit the TSA's Web-site at www.tsa.gov. Space on the Land Cruisers for carry-ons will be limited; plan on a small purse or hand-held bag.

CHECKED BAGGAGE FEES

TBD

ITINERARY

For your reference, we send to you a detailed itinerary approximately 3-4 weeks prior to the scheduled tour departure. This has day-by-day times and events, hotel information where you can be reached in case of an emergency, and airline information. The times listed on the itinerary are all approximate. We cannot be held responsible for schedule changes due to unforeseen circumstances with the weather, transportation agents, highway conditions, hotels or contracting agents.

ACTIVITY LEVEL 4

The Activity Level for this tour is Active.

Expectations: The tour includes well-paced walking tours with regular breaks. Up to 2-3 hours of walking each day. To fully take advantage of all this tour has to offer, guests need to be able to walk longer distances, climb several flights of stairs and navigate steps and uneven terrain walking for extended periods of time over more difficult terrain (e.g. cobblestones, city hills, stairs without handrails, limited or no access to elevators). Your itinerary can include significant changes in temperature and altitude and may require a higher number of longer travel days with morning and/or evening activities. Most trips will feature long touring days, many full-day excursions and a full and active itinerary with a faster pace and longer distances. Excursions require standing and walking to city centers where coaches are prohibited. Appropriate for: Travelers who are physically fit, expect a vigorous pace and enjoy participating in two to three hours of physical activity per day.

EMERGENCY CONTACT

It is always a good idea to carry on your person a list of medications that you are taking and an emergency contact phone number while you are traveling. And we suggest making a copy of the itinerary and provide it to a friend or family member.

GRATUITIES/ITEMS INCLUDED IN PRICE

All hotel baggage handling fees are included. We also include basic gratuities for the Tour Director, Coach Driver, Livery Drivers and local Tour Guides. If someone has truly gone above and beyond additional tipping is permitted, but never required.

LIVERY

For your convenience, we have a (round-tour) door-to-door pickup service with each multi-day tour. (This service is not available to all clients depending on your location.) Approximately 2 to 3 days prior to the departure date you will receive a call from our office and we will tell you your assigned pickup time. (These times can vary up to 15 minutes depending on traffic.)

LODGING REQUESTS

If you would like to request special accommodations at the hotel(s) where we are lodging, please call us as soon as possible and we will forward these requests for you. The phone numbers of the hotel(s) where we are staying are listed on the itinerary. There is no smoking in the lodges and rooms. A "reconditioning fee" of $300 or more that is levied upon a guest that smokes in a non-smoking room. If this occurs during our tour you will be responsible for paying this fee to the hotel prior to check-out.

TRAVEL REQUESTS

We pay close attention to your requests but please realize that these are merely requests and cannot be guaranteed.

RESPONSIBILITY

Pleasurebent Tours acts solely as an agent in arranging hotels, transportation, sightseeing, baggage-handling, and other services and does not assume any liability for injury, damage, loss or delay due to any act or default of any company or person. We, along with our subcontractors, reserve the right to make changes to an itinerary if it is necessary for the proper handling of a tour.

WEATHER AND CLOTHING/MISC. SUGGESTIONS

In Costa Rica during August, the average daily high temperature is 77°F to 80°F, rarely falling below 71°F or exceeding 85°F. Daily low temperatures are around 65°F, rarely falling below 60°F. We recommend a raincoat for this tour. We also advise you bring a rain jacket and hat just in case of inclement weather and to wear layers for best insulation. Shoes should be comfortable and sturdy for walking in small towns and on the beach etc. Swimsuits are highly recommended to enjoy some of the activities. There are no dress codes to places we visit on this tour.