The Eco Explorer - Tiskita Trails
Central America
Countries Visted: Costa Rica
9 days / Trip Code: CRST 100
$2350.00 (double / per person)



Trip Overview:
The Tiskita Reserve is set on a hill overlooking the Pacific Ocean and a deserted beach lined with coconut palms that extends for miles. Three species of monkeys, over 285 species of birds (including toucans, parrots and scarlet macaws), sloths, iguanas and much more reside here.

This Adventure Includes:
As specified in the above itinerary:
Lodging taxes and fees, transportation within Costa Rica
Meals: [B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner]
Specified entrance fees to National Parks & private Reserves
Guide services within Costa Rica

This Adventure Does Not Include:
International airfare
Airport departure taxes
Meals not specified in the itinerary
Alcoholic beverages, personal equipment
Extras in hotels (laundry, phone calls, room service)
Gratuities, or costs associated with changes in your
itinerary for reasons beyond our control.

Service Level:
The Standard Level (Our Standard Level service features 2- 3 star accomodations and comfortable transportation throughout the itinerary. Some meals may be provided. The standard level provides private guides and transfers.)

Physical Demand Rating:
2 (Easy)

Departure Info:
Departs anytime. Minimum 2 persons

Additional Trip Notes:
This itinerary takes in a remote rainforest bordered by a stunning Pacific beach, the active Arenal volcano, and the beautiful cool mountain cloud forest of Monteverde Rainforest and cloud forest explorations in Arenal and Monteverde respectively are via their stunning hanging bridges and trails, putting you right in the midst of the canopy and mysterious understory. Enroute there will be optional opportunities to take tours via canopy zip-line, on horseback, or to visit appealing attractions such as a butterfly garden. This trip combines Tiskita, one of the best rated eco-lodges in the country, with our timeless tour of the mountains and cloud forests of the interior.

Adventure Type:
Eco Adventure, Family Explorer

Budget: $2001 ~ $2500

Days: 9

Day 1:
Arrive San Jose
Arrive and transfer to hotel
Overnight

Day 2-5:
Tiskita Jungle Lodge - Corcovado
Day 2, 3 & 4: Tiskita Rainforest Reserve
Travel by flight and ground transfer directly to the jungle! The Tiskita Reserve is set on a hill overlooking the Pacific Ocean and a deserted beach lined with coconut palms that extends for miles. Three species of monkeys, over 285 species of birds (including toucans, parrots and scarlet macaws), sloths, iguanas and much more reside here. You will enjoy guided hikes through the private forest reserve of Tiskita, and the tour of the tropical fruit orchard. In the afternoons you will have free time to explore on your own. You may wish to walk to the nearby seaside village of Punta Banco to see how rural Costa Ricans live, or enjoy an optional tour: ride horses, bike, go surfing or fishing.
Overnight: Tiskita Lodge (3 nts)
Meals Incl: 3B, 3L, 3D

DAY 5-6:
Arenal Volcano & Fortuna Waterfalls:
Travel back to San José. En route to Arenal Volcano you will take a short break and visit the community’s agriculture town market in San Ramon. This market offers a variety of tropical fruits and vegetables, including some that are rarely seen outside the tropics. In addition to the produce, you will also find local products and handcrafts at the market. (Note: The market is closed on holidays). You will continue on with a visit to the Cocora Private hummingbird and butterfly gardens en route to Arenal Volcano.

After lunch at Doña Rosa´s house, you will continue on to your Arenal area hotel, travelling in the north central lowlands of Costa Rica among farmlands of tropical crops and cattle ranches. Doña Rosa Quiros and her family have been living in the beautiful Blue Valley area of Alajuela Province for more than 40 years. For your lunch, Doña Rosa will cook a traditional Costa Rican meal for you. This will usually include a “picadillo de papas,” fresh hand-made tortillas, rice and beans, cassava (a root crop from which tapioca can be made) (L)

Next day in the morning you will visit the beautiful 200 foot-tall Fortuna Waterfalls.The fees collected are used for important community projects such as supporting area schools, buying books, and helping cover some of the expenses for the town orphanage. Later you will have lunch at a local organic farm in the town of La Fortuna. With your guide, you will learn about many of the crops and the challenges and benefits of farming organically in the tropics.

After lunch you will have a natural history walk at the DANAUS ECOLOGICAL CENTER. Slow-moving sloths live here, and along the main trail visitors may see a number of the 154 bird species recorded. (L)

Overnight Arenal Observatory Lodge (L) (2 B)

Day 7-8:
Arenal Hanging Bridges & Monteverde
Today you will visit the Arenal Hanging Bridges. This is a complex of suspended bridges and trails through a beautiful rain forest. As you walk through the forest, you may encounter a variety of the forest wildlife, including toucans, motmots, trogons, poison dart frogs, howling monkeys, spider monkeys and white-faced capuchin monkeys. After your rainforest bridges walk, you will travel up into the mountains on your way to Monteverde. Your journey will bring you through small rural Costa Rican villages passing coffee and dairy farms.

Next day in the morning you will visit the Trapiche ('sugar mill') that first began operation in 1948. The Monteverde Trapiche is run by a local family, and on your tour you will not only learn about the local process of making sugar, but also about the other important agricultural products of the region. There you will enjoy a refreshment of sugar cane juice or lemonade, eat picadillo de arracache (a typical Costa Rican food) and make candy out of sugar cane (everyone makes their own candy!).

After your morning tour you will have lunch in town (not included). After lunch enjoy a guided visit to the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve, one of the premier natural history destinations in Costa Rica. Overnight: Hotel Fonda Vela:  (2B)

Day 9:
Transfer to San Jose and Departure
Transfer to San Jose & departure
If time permits you may explore the main community of the area, Santa Elena, before going back to San Jose or being transferred to the beach or other destination. You may just want to take advantage of banks and supermarkets or visit the local cheese factory, women’s cooperative (CASEM) or one of the many art and craft galleries to purchase some souvenirs.


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Cancellation Policy:
CANCELLATION POLICY:

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60 or more days: $150
30-60 days: $300 Advance payment cost unless deposit is higher
29–8 days: 40% of trip cost
7–0 days No refund

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Required Deposit Per Person:
$300.00

Deposit Note:
A required deposit per person is $300.00 unless otherwise noted. The balance is due within 60 days of departure. This may vary depending on destination and requirements of our travel partners.

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