Costa Rica – Tropical Paradise
January 26, 2021 thru February 4, 2021
Costa Rica is a special place, a clean and safe country of natural beauty and amazing wildlife. Costa Rica is known for its incredible scenery and immense biodiversity. Roughly a quarter of its area is made up of protected jungle, brimming with exotic wildlife. Our Costa Rican naturalist/guide leads us from coast to coast through the many ecosystems. The animals are equally as impressive be it a jaguar (the largest cat in the New World), the ever-elusive Margay, or the wonderful birds like the green or scarlet macaws. The amphibians are also quite impressive. The poison dart frogs, with their bright colors, are bound to catch your attention. Why take a vacation when you can go to Paradise?
Roundtrip air transportation from Tucson to San Jose* included
Deluxe motorcoach transportation and airport transfers
Jungle Crocodile Safari Tour pontoon boat ride included!
10 days, 9 nights
Activity Level 4
23 meals (8 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 8 dinners) included
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Roundtrip livery service included!
Tour Director, Driver & Local Guide tips included
- Sarchi, Espiritu Coffee Estate
- Braulio Carrillo Rainforest
- Tortuguero National Park
- Arenal Hanging Bridges
- Jungle Crocodile Safari Tour
- Manuel Antonio National Park
- El Parador
- National Theater Tour
- Roundtrip air transportation* to San Jose
- All transfers & motorcoach transportation
- Pick-up/livery service
- 9 nights lodging at excellent hotels
- 23 meals (8 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 8 dinners)
- Admissions & tours as described
- Services of a Local Tour Guide / Naturalist
- Baggage handling
- All taxes and tips for included items (includes hotel housekeeping!)
Day 1 - Fly to San Jose, Costa Rica
We fly to San Jose, Costa Rica’s capital city, and transfer to the Autentico Hotel, where we lodge for two nights.
Day 2 - Sarchi & Espiritu Coffee Estate
Today we meet our naturalist/guide and this morning takes us to Sarchi, where we enjoy shopping and sightseeing. Sarchi is renowned for the vibrantly hand-painted oxcarts which have become the unofficial symbol of Costa Rica. Later that day, we visit the Espiritu Santo Coffee Estate for an informative tour that describes the entire coffee-making process from seed to cup. Afterwards, we enjoy a delicious welcome dinner at our hotel. (B,L,D)
Day 3 - Braulio Carrillo National Park
We travel through the lush Braulio Carrillo National Park rainforest, en route to Tortuguero National Park (on the North Eastern Costa Rican coast) where we have lunch. Then we visit the nearby village of Tortuguero with our guide and learn about the thousands of sea turtles which nest on the beach every year. Located in an unspoiled jungle close to the Caribbean Sea, the Pachira Lodge is home for the next two nights.(B,L,D)
Day 4 - 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 in specially-designed boats to explore the extensive network of waterways that wind through the wildlife-rich vegetation. Watch for monkeys, sloths, iguanas, crocodiles, frogs, flowers, turtles, and birds by the hundreds. (B,L,D)
Day 5 - Arenal
We enjoy an early breakfast, then take a boat ride and transfer to El Ceibo restaurant for lunch. Continuing on to Arenal, we stop en route at El Muelle to see the large number of green iguanas that inhabit the trees and bamboo beside Las Iguanas Restaurant. There will be free time to relax and enjoy the hot springs at the hotel before dinner. We stay at Arenal Kioro Suites & Spa for two nights. (B,L,D)
Day 6 - Arenal Hanging Bridges
Our day starts with a tour of the Arenal Hanging Bridges. Our guide points out the interesting flora and fauna. Monkeys, sloths, colorful birds, and reptiles are abundant and likely to make an appearance for our cameras. Our free afternoon gives us plenty of time for shopping or relaxing at our beautiful resort hotel with on-site hot springs. Dinner this evening is at Rancho Perla Restaurant. (B,L,D)
Day 7 - Jungle Crocodile Safari Tour
After breakfast this morning, we leave the Arenal area and drive south to the Pacific Coast and board our Jungle Crocodile Safari Tour pontoon boat. We navigate through mangroves and sail up the Tarcoles River. The up-close views of basking and swimming crocodiles are fascinating and the variety of birdlife is remarkable. It truly is a bird watcher’s paradise! We continue to Manuel Antonio National Park where we lodge two nights at Hotel El Parador Resort and Spa. (Trip Advisor has given this property its 2017 Traveler’s Choice designation!) (B,L,D)
Day 8 - Manuel Antonio National Park
After breakfast, we will walk the trail in Manuel Antonio National Park, enjoying the alluring, pristine beaches. Those with a stronger sense of adventure may choose to hike some of the more challenging trails. We will have the option to go into the nearby town of Quepos for shopping, or return to the resort to enjoy the pool and other luxury facilities. Late afternoon finds us on a delightful sunset dinner cruise along the coastline. Watch for dolphins on this one! (B,D)
Day 9 - El Parador
After breakfast, walk the trails at El Parador before departing for San Jose. We stop for lunch at Hacienda Nosavar, then go into the city for a tour of the National Theater. A farewell dinner this evening at our hotel is a fitting end to the day. (B,L,D)
Day 10 - Travel Home
We transfer to the airport for our departure from stunning, and unforgettable, Costa Rica. (B)
PLEASE NOTE: This tour includes extensive trail-walking and hiking in the parks to observe the birds and animals and view the natural beauty. People of any age who are in normal good health can participate. People who cannot comfortably walk a slow mile, or climb steps, may choose to miss some of the activities.
San Jose, CR
Arenal Kioro Suites & Spa
Hotel El Parador Resort and Spa
$3,906 per person
$4,707 per person
Roundtrip air transportation to San Jose*
All transfers & motorcoach transportation
9 nights lodging at excellent hotels
23 meals (8 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 8 dinners)
Admissions & tours as described
Services of a Local Tour Guide / Naturalist
All taxes and tips for included items (includes hotel housekeeping!)
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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:
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You will be issued your boarding pass the morning of our departure, after your arrival at the Tucson International Airport. If you have an airline 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.
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.
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 carryon baggage and contents due to enhanced security
measures. . If you have further concerns, please visit the TSA's Web-site at www.tsa.gov. There is room inside the motorcoach for your hand carried bag.
CHECKED BAGGAGE FEES
On United Airlines, our airline for this tour, passengers are assessed a $35 fee per checked in bag, by the Airlines, upon checking in for the flight.
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.
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
The traditional end-of-tour gratuity to your tour director is included on this tour. All hotel porterage and airport skycap (when available) fees are included. We also include the gratuities for the coach/livery drivers, and on this tour hotel housekeeping is also included.
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.)
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.
Many hotels around Costa Rica have instituted 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.
We pay close attention to your requests but please realize that these are merely requests and cannot be guaranteed.
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
Temperatures in Costa Rica during our stay are usually temperate and pleasant. We advise you bring a light 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 the National Parks. There are no dress codes to places we visit on this tour.
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