Costa Rica Eco Adventure End San Jose

Costa Rica Eco Adventure End San Jose

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Costa Rica Eco Adventure End San Jose

8 Days Starting and ending in San Jose (Costa Rica)

Visiting: San José, San Isidro, Braulio Carrillo National Park, Tortuguero, Puerto Viejo de Sarapiqui, Lake Arenal, Monte Verde, Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Preserve

Tour operator:

Trafalgar

Tour code:

LCREJZM20

Trip Styles:

Adventure Tours

Activities:

Sightseeing, Walking

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Tour Overview

Glide through tree-lined waterways and relax in thermal pools, sample chocolate made from the world's best cacao and journey back in time with a native Quaker in Old Town Monteverde. Your Costa Rica tour captures the natural highlights of this biodiverse country.

Highlights

  • 1 Welcome Reception (WR)

  • 7 Breakfast (B)

  • 4 Lunch (L)

  • 5 Dinner (D)

  • Sarapiqui: Visit the Quintana family's Hacienda Pozo Azul and discover how they reduce their carbon footprint and support the local community.

  • Monteverde: Meet Monteverde's Quaker descendants and Local Specialist to learn about Old Town Monteverde and the fascinating history of the American Quakers who settled in the area in the 1950s.

  • San Isidro: Meet master chocolatiers, Julio Fernandez and George Soriano, to learn about the history of chocolate and how it is produced at this small workshop.

  • Tortuguero: In the Village of Tortuguero, meet the village’s first pioneers and hear stories of what life was like in Tortuguero. You’ll also learn about all the sustainability efforts that have taken place and how the community has changed their perceptions of the environment around them.

  • Tortuguero National Park: Meet a local Tico family at their palm plantation to learn about and sample the delicate heart of palm surrounded by tropical forest.

  • Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Preserve: Walk above the jungle floor on the Sky Walk. A chain of six suspension bridges at canopy level with complete views of the forest and access to a completely different ecosystem that can only be discovered at the highest points of trees. A naturalist guide will point out intriguing plant and animal life, so you won’t miss out on any amazing details these forests offer.

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Day 1: Welcome To San José

Location: San José

Accommodation: Sheraton San Jose Hotel

Meals Included: Welcome Reception

Learn the secrets of Pura Vida – Costa Rica’s inimitable zest for life that will linger throughout your effortlessly delivered encounter with a land that boasts no artificial ingredients. This evening, join your Travel Director and fellow expeditioners for a Welcome Reception.

Day 2: Discover The Natural Beauty Of Tortuguero National Park Dive Into Culture Make Travel Matter

Location: San José, San Isidro, Braulio Carrillo National Park, Tortuguero

Accommodation: Laguna Lodge Tortuguero

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Journey to San Isidro de Heredia where we’ll Dive Into Culture with master chocolatiers Julio Fernandez and George Soriano to learn about the history of chocolate and its production at this small workshop. Then, it’s on to Siquirres where we embark on a river journey with a Local Specialist through protected wetlands and on to secluded Tortuguero, gliding through canals, lagoons and lowland rainforest. Visit the Village of Tortuguero for a culturally enriching MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience meeting Tortuguero Village pioneers and learning about their way of life. Then continue to your Stays with Stories at Laguna Lodge, where you’ll learn the story of how the lodge was built with materials that protect this biodiverse environment and natural habitat. Later, enjoy dinner at your hotel accompanied by the enchanting sounds of resident cicadas and tree frogs.

Day 3: Visit The Wildlife Of Tortuguero National Park

Location: Tortuguero

Accommodation: Laguna Lodge Tortuguero

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Cruise the canals and streams of the park today with a Local Specialist as howler monkeys watch from the treetops, toucans and egrets fly through the air and crocodiles ply the cool waters. Visit the Village of Tortuguero. If you are here between July and September, take an optional tour to see the sea turtles laying eggs on the beach.

Day 4: Sample Heart Of Palm In Sarapiquí

Location: Tortuguero, Puerto Viejo de Sarapiqui

Accommodation: La Quinta Sarapiqui Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Bid adiós to Tortuguero and head back to the mainland where we’ll enjoy lunch before meeting the Tico family for a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® experience at their palm plantation. There you'll learn about and sample the delicate heart of palm. Tonight you'll enjoy dinner with the owners of your hotel, as they prepare a special BBQ meal just for you.

Day 5: Mingle With Locals In Saripiqui Connect With Locals

Location: Puerto Viejo de Sarapiqui, Lake Arenal

Accommodation: Hotel Arenal Paraiso Resort and Spa

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Rise with the sun to get up close and personal with Costa Rica's exquisite nature during a leisurely walk. Keep a lookout for the endangered great green macaw and connect with your beautiful natural surroundings. Embark on an optional rafting trip later this morning. We Connect With Locals this afternoon, enjoying a Be My Guest experience lunch at an eco-friendly hacienda built by the Quintana family as a retirement project. Today, it is home to an organic farm and related eco-adventures. Learn how your experience contributes to the local community. Our journey continues to Arenal Volcano, on whose slopes we spend the afternoon relaxing in our resort's beautifully landscaped thermal pools.

Day 6: Immerse In The Stories Of Monteverde Cloud Forest Connect With Locals

Location: Lake Arenal, Monte Verde

Accommodation: El Establo Mountain Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Our soul-stirring encounter with Costa Rica’s natural wonders continues after a morning at leisure. Straddle the Continental Divide and touch the sky in Monteverde Cloud Forest, where you’ll have an opportunity to explore this biodiverse sanctuary, renowned for its collection of orchid species – more than in any other single place. Tonight, you will Dive into Culture as you meet descendants of native Quaker, and Local Specialist, who will share stories of Old Town Monteverde and delve into the history of the American Quakers who settled in the area in the 1950s. This evening, relish some of the best views as you enjoy dinner.

Day 7: Wander The Monteverde Cloud Forest

Location: Monte Verde, Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Preserve, Monte Verde

Accommodation: El Establo Mountain Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

This morning, join your Local Specialist guide for an excursion through the lush rainforests of Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve. We ascend to the treetops high above the jungle floor below, treading lightly along the Sky Walk suspension bridges amongst the wildlife that find sanctuary in the boughs of the surrounding canopy. As our epic eco-adventure nears its end, we share stories with newfound friends at a Farewell Dinner.

Day 8: Depart San José

Location: Monte Verde, San José

Meals Included: Breakfast

Transfer to San José International Airport. Airport arrival will be at approximately 11:00 am, please be aware when booking your flights.

What's Included

  • All porterage and restaurant gratuities

  • An expert Travel Director and professional Driver

  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted

  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes

  • Breakfast daily and up to half of your evening meals

  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras

  • Audio headsets for flexible sightseeing

  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)

  • All transport and transfers shown

  • Optional Experiences and free time

Check out our Q&As

  • Who will be my travelling companions on the tour?

    The beauty of taking a guided holiday with us is that you’ll have the opportunity to meet and travel with people from all over the globe.

  • What policies are in place for Covid-19?

    Vaccination against Covid-19 is not mandatory to travel with Trafalgar. However, we strongly recommend that guests are vaccinated before travelling. Please note that airlines and/or other authorities may have different requirements. It is the guest's responsibility to comply with these requirements at all times.

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    Since 1947

  • What Ethical Travel credentials does the tour company have?

    Trafalgar is a founding partner of the TreadRight Foundation, a not-for-profit organisation established in 2008. So far, the charity has donated more than US$2 million to help underprivileged communities and support sustainable tourism around the world.

  • Will the accommodation included meet local health and safety regulations?

    Yes

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Renato Arrieta  

Best tour I joined so far

14-Jan-2023

My first time with Trafalgar and I see no reason why I should not join them again.

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King Ng, Lafayette, California  

Very well planned trip with timely breaks during the coach ride..

08-Nov-2021

It was a well organized tour group and we hit lots of interesting and beautiful scenes. Like our previous trips with Trafalgar, tourists were treated with well manner and professional tour guide/director, making our trip very enjoyable and delightful!

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Best of Egypt

14-Jan-2023

We really did see the best of Egypt and beyond. Our tour guide, Mohammad, guided us through the rich history and the urban and rural life of such a unique and delightful country. We felt very safe and pampered.

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Wonderful Best Of Turkey

06-Nov-2021

It was my first time with Trafalgar Tour and I had a wonderful trip from day 1 till the last day. The Tour Director, Yocel Atik is very knowledgeable and Excellent. The health director and coach driver are helpful and supportive as well. The hotels selected were comfortable especially Rixos Hotel and Movenpick Hotel. The Best of Turkey is better than I expected.

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Irish Experience

09-Nov-2021

I am single and travel alone. I always feel secure and well-looked after when I travel with Trafalgar

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