Costa Rica – A Tropical Paradise
January 23, 2024 thru February 1, 2024
Costa Rica is a special place, a clean and safe country of natural beauty and 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.
Air transportation included
3 - Moderate
10 Days, 9 nights
24 Meals (9 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 8 dinners) included
Pickup and Dropoff
Roundtrip door to door transportation included
- Your professional Pleasurebent Tours Tour Director, as well as your Costa Rican Naturalist Guide
- Roundtrip air and motorcoach transportation provided, as well as livery services
- 24 meals included – 9 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 8 dinners
- Admissions to attraction included, featuring the Doka Estates Coffee Plantation and Tortuguero National Park
- Abundant opportunities to see wildlife, including birds, primates, and lush sealife
- An in-depth itinerary that keeps the group active and social
- Roundtrip air transportation to and from Tucson
- Transportation by deluxe motorcoach
- Roundtrip door-to-door livery service
- 9 nights’ lodging at excellent hotels
- Baggage handling at hotels (for one piece)
- 9 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 8 dinners
- Admission to all listed attractions
- Professional Costa Rican Tour Guide/Naturalist
- Your Pleasurebent Tours Tour Director
- All taxes and tips for included items (except hotel housekeeping)
Day 1 - Tucson to San Jose
We fly to San Jose, Costa Rica’s capital city, meet our naturalist/guide, and transfer to Studio Hotel for two nights.
Day 2 - Doka Estates Coffee Plantation
This morning we will tour Doka Estates Coffee Plantation. Enjoy a guided tour and tastings of this decades-old company built on volcanic slopes. After coffee it’s on to Poas Volcano. The Poás Volcano, is an active 2,697-metre stratovolcano in central Costa Rica and is located within Poas Volcano National Park. It has erupted 40 times since 1828. For lunch we will stop at La Paz Waterfall Gardens and then enjoy a guided tour before celebrating with a “Welcome” dinner at Studio Hotel.
(B, L, D)
Day 3 - Braulio Carrilo and Tortuguero National Parks
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 Evergreen 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. In the afternoon, our guide leads a nature walk on some of the jungle trails.
(B, L, D)
Day 5 - Guápiles
We enjoy an early breakfast, then take a boat ride and transfer to Guápiles. Guápiles is one of Costa Rica’s most popular cities and it sits within the country’s banana growing region. Here we have lunch at El Ceibo Restaurant and catch a land transfer from Guapiles to Arenal. Dinner is served at the Arenal Kioro where we spend two nights at the Arenal Kioro Sutes & Spa.
(B, L, D)
Day 6 - Arenal Hanging Gardens
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. We savor lunch at Fortuna Waterfall and have time for shopping in town! Our afternoon gives us plenty of time for relaxing at our beautiful resort hotel with on-site hot springs. Dinner this evening is at Rancho Perla Restaurant.
(B, L, D)
Day 7 - Tarcoles River and Manuel Antonio National Park
After breakfast this morning, we leave the Arenal area and drive south to the Pacific Coast and board our boat for a crocodile and bird nature safari. 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!
Day 9 - El Parador and San Jose
After breakfast, walk the trails at El Parador before departing for San Jose. We stop for lunch at El Jardin, 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 - Depart for Tucson
After a very early breakfast, we transfer to the airport for our departure from stunning, and unforgettable, Costa Rica.
Itinerary is subject to change.
We have the best sunsets here
In Costa Rica, you can watch sunrises on the Atlantic Ocean side, and sunsets on the west side, all in one day!
Costa Rica runs on 98% renewable energy
Costa Rica contains 6% of the worlds biodiverse wildlife
Costa Rica is close to 5 million people in population
$4,275 per person
Deposit: $200 NOW holds you place
$5,075 per person
Deposit: $200 NOW holds your place
Final Payment Due
September 19, 2023
Deposit: Final Balance Varies
• Roundtrip air transportation to and from Tucson
• Transportation by deluxe motorcoach
• Roundtrip door-to-door livery service
• 9 nights’ lodging at excellent hotels
• Baggage handling at hotels (for one piece)
• 9 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 8 dinners
• Admission to all listed attractions
• Professional Costa Rican Tour Guide/Naturalist
• Your Pleasurebent Tours Tour Director
• All taxes and tips for included items (except hotel housekeeping)
- None – Through September 19, 2023
- $250 – September 20 – October 16, 2023
- $2400 – October 17 – December 9, 2023
- 100% – After December 9, 2023
*Percentage of total price
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In today’s changing travel environment, it’s important to protect your travel investment so you can relax and enjoy your trip. Unforeseen events such as flight delays, baggage loss or even a sudden sickness or injury could impact your travel plans. For your convenience, we offer the following Travelex Insurance Services protection plan for this tour:
360° 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 up to $5,000 or $373 covers trip costs up to $6,000. Cost may be more or less depending on your total trip cost. If you do not wish to purchase at booking, the plan can be purchased any time prior to final payment. Contact us to purchase. For questions regarding benefits or coverages, please contact Travelex Insurance Services at 888-574-7026 and reference plan number GCB-0521.
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ACTIVITY LEVEL RATING
Level 3: Moderate
Expectations: Expect a moderate amount of walking. There will be time to rest on the coach and between attractions. To enjoy this tour, you should be prepared to walk slightly longer distances, climb stairs and tolerate periods of standing, for example on city walks, sightseeing stops or ship excursions. The daily pace and timing can fluctuate significantly between longer and shorter travel days, with additional activities possibly occurring in the early morning or evening. There may be some changes in altitude or temperatures.
Visit our Activity Level Ratings page under Plan Your Tour for full information on the ratings system.
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.
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.
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.)
With passenger health in mind, we are not currently offering daily seat rotation. You will have an assigned seat and boarding order to allow for social distancing among passengers. At booking let us know if you prefer Front, Middle or Back of motorcoach. Each section comprises 4 to 5 rows. We will try to accommodate all requests. If we are unable to honor all requests, preference will be given based on date of your tour deposit.
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 the country 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.
You will be issued your boarding pass the morning of our departure, after your arrival at the Tucson International Airport. If you have a frequent flyer number, or a 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 government issued picture ID to show at the airport. If you do not have the proper ID, the airline and border security 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 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. There is room inside the motorcoach for your hand carried bag.
CHECKED BAGGAGE FEES
On American Airlines, our scheduled airline for this tour, passengers are assessed a $30 fee per checked in bag, by the Airlines, upon checking in for the flight.
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