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Costa Rica: A World of Nature
October 11- 22, 2020 - 11 Nights

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Day 1: San José, Costa Rica
Pura Vida. In English, it translates to “the simple life.” But pura vida is so much more: it’s an attitude; a celebration of life in the moment. It’s time to experience what pura vida means to you. You’re on your way to explore a place that’s unlike anywhere else in the world, where pura vida is an unofficial motto and a way of life. Your tour begins today in the emerald of Central America, Costa Rica.

Day 2: San José, Tortuguero National Park
Seemingly endless mountain horizons. Complex evergreen forests. These are the wonders of Tortuguero National Park. Head down the rivers and canals to the world’s first sea turtle research station and go behind the curtain of this jungle paradise. Later, get away from it all and relax at your incredible lodge, an oasis in the middle of the jungle. From the dynamic calls of the monkeys to the gentle chatter of the birds, settle into your new home and listen to the active sounds of the rainforest around you. (B/L/D)

Day 3: Tortuguero National Park
Begin the day on an excursion to spot the elusive green macaw and other unique winged creatures that flock to Tortuguero. If you’ve ever wondered what life was like on the other side of a rainforest’s lush green walls, a nature cruise through the park is your special glimpse. To float on these waters is to live a day in the life of the jaguars, manatees, ocelots, and more. (B/L/D)

Day 4: Tortuguero National Park, San Carlos
Cut through the mists of the rainforest on a languid boat ride towards Sarapiquí and Tirimbina Rainforest Center. On land, an experience for the senses awaits at a cacao plantation. Observe the process of converting this magical seed from bean to bar, and taste for yourself why cacao is called “food of the gods.” Later, arrive at your secluded nature resort, nestled on the edge of the San Carlos River. Stroll the butterfly and botanical gardens lined with fruit trees, including lemon, soursop, guava, mango and tangerine. (B/L/D)

Day 5: San Carlos
Explore the beauty of your surroundings on a Peñas Blancas River Safari. Paddle and float down the river on a peaceful adventure, taking in the sights and sounds of the rainforest as your naturalist guide describes the intricacies of the wildlife around you. Visit the farm of a local family and try specialty snacks such as banana bread, gourmet Costa Rican coffee and more. Then, it’s your choice! Continue to explore the lush landscape on horseback -OR- participate on a guided walk through a private, primary forest reserve. Either way, you’ll get an intimate look at the various flora and fauna that populate the trails and hear how the native species interact in this rich ecosystem. (B/D)

Day 6: San Carlos, Finca Don Juan, Hanging Bridges, Arenal
Envelop yourself in Costa Rican culture at Finca Don Juan. Explore this family-owned farm during a tour featuring gardens that are organically grown through the concept of sustainability. Taste the exotic fruit harvest and experience the traditional way to process sugar cane. Enjoy a sip of cane liquor before engaging in a culinary demonstration and a farm-to-table lunch. Later, suspended over the rainforest floor, relish a bird's-eye view of the jungle on a guided tour of Arenal’s famous hanging bridges. High above the jungle canopies, marvel at a cloud forest taking shape around you. Settle into your resort where you’ll be surrounded by striking views of Arenal’s famous volcano for the next three nights. (B/L/D)

Day 7: Arenal
Today, it’s your choice! Since Costa Rica is the birthplace of zip lining, glide over the canopies on a mind-blowing rip through the jungle -OR- make your way across lava fields for an up-close-and-personal look at the volcano on a moderate hike along the trails formed by lava during the 1968 eruption. The afternoon is at leisure to discover the town of La Fortuna or the naturally heated pools of the hotel. (B/D)

Day 8: Arenal
The Arenal Volcano goes by many names: Pan de Azúcar, Canaste, Volcán Costa Rica. Ultimately, it can be translated to a single declaration, extraordinary. In the shadow of this famous monolith, the day is yours to enjoy at your leisure. Simply hang back at the resort, opt for a spa service, explore the grounds, or soak in one of Arenal’s famous hot springs. (B)

Day 9: Arenal Volcano, Tárcoles, Manuel Antonio National Park
Rendezvous with wild crocodiles among the remarkable mangroves of Tárcoles’ Rio Grande. On this exhilarating jungle safari, you’ll float along beneath the towering jungle, looking just below the water’s surface for a glimpse of these incredible creatures. This afternoon, check in to your resort, located just outside Manuel Antonio National Park. Before dinner, watch the sun set over the Pacific alongside birds in every color of the rainbow. (B/L/D)

Day 10: Manuel Antonio National Park
Welcome to the jungle, a truly remote experience with nothing around you except the wonders of Manuel Antonio National Park. The rich idyll of verdant rainforests and white sand beaches is the definition of untouched beauty. In this natural wonderland, traverse the trails where the wild things are, or go for a swim in the turquoise waters as wildlife rummage in the canopies. (B)

Day 11: Manuel Antonio National Park, Coffee Plantation, San José
This morning, wake up and smell the coffee at a local coffee farm that produces some of Costa Rica’s well-known beans. Then say goodbye to the coast and hello to San José. Toast to the pura vida of Costa Rica tonight over a farewell dinner. (B/D)

Day 12: San José
Bid Costa Rica farewell as your tour comes to an end today. Transfers are included to the San Jose airport. (B)



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Deposit:
A nonrefundable deposit of $1,600.00 per person is due at the time of booking. A Trip Cancellation Waiver of $315.00 per person (nonrefundable) is available and must be purchased at time of deposit.


Hotels: (subject to change):
Doubletree Cariari Hotel, San Jose-2 nights
Evergreen Lodge, Tortuguero-2 nights
Tilajari Hotel Resort, San Carlos-2 nights
Arenal Springs Resort, Arenal-3 nights
Parador Resort and Spa Punta Quepos, Manuel Antonio-2 nights


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Final Payment:
July 31, 2020



Cancellation Policy:
$1,600.00 per person is nonrefundable. Cancel on or after July 31, 2020, and the entire tour is nonrefundable. With Trip Cancellation Waiver purchase (at time of deposit) you may cancel for any reason prior to the day of departure and receive a full refund less cost of waiver ($315.00 per person).


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Pricing Table

AAA Rate - Per person rate prior to any discounts or promotions is based on double occupancy and is subject to air availability, current taxes, and fuel surcharges: 

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Buffalo On Request $3.849.00 On Request
Cleveland On Request $3.849.00 On Request
Columbus On Request $3.849.00 On Request
Louisville On Request $3.999.00 On Request
Newark On Request $3.549.00 On Request
Philadelphia On Request $3.799.00 On Request
Pittsburgh On Request $3.749.00 On Request

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