The Atlantic & Pacific Odyssey
Central America
Countries Visted: Costa Rica
9 days / Trip Code: CRT117
$1795.00 (double / per person)



Trip Overview:
A terrific travel opportunity presented by Costa Rican geography is the chance to effortlessly travel from ocean to ocean! Start with a transfer through the banana and pineapple plantations of the warm Atlantic lowlands, then board a boat and travel to Costa Rica’s “little Amazon”, Tortuguero National Park. Fly back to San Jose and visit Poas Volcano, then on to the cloud forest of Monteverde. Next, the Pacific coast, drive through savannas in the dry Guanacaste region to relax and enjoy the beautiful beaches, tropical waters and Pacific sunsets of Tamarindo.

This Adventure Includes:
As specified in the above itinerary, lodging, transportation within Costa Rica, meals [B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner], specified entrance fees to National Parks & private Reserves, guide services, ground operator support within Costa Rica and taxes. Optional Tarpon Fishing

This Adventure Does Not Include:


Service Level:
Three Star Level (The Three Star level features 3 star accomodations and comfortable transportation on the itinerary. Daily private guides and great service. Some Eco lodges that are remote may require shared facilities where noted.)

Physical Demand Rating:
2 (Easy)

Departure Info:
Departs anytime - Minimum 2

Additional Trip Notes:
Child cost age: 3-11 = $589.00
The Arenal Hanging Bridges 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.

Adventure Type:
Adventure Honeymoon, Eco Adventure, Family Explorer

Budget: $1501 ~ $2000

Days: 9


Arrival to San Jose
Arrival and transfer to hotel.
Overnight San Jose Hotel (B)


Tortuguero National Park
Start your journey to Tortuguero National Park in the northeastern lowlands. With its abundant wildlife Tortuguero is one of the best areas in Costa Rica for viewing wild animals! You will have the chance to see everything from a variety of bird species; howling, white-faced, and spider monkeys; sloths; crocodiles; iguanas, basilisk lizards and more from the comfort of your boat. During July to September, green sea turtles come ashore at night to nest on the beach.
Hotel: Evergreen Lodge or similar (2 nts)
Meals Incl: 2B, 2L, 2D


Poas Volcano & Monteverde
Flight back to San Jose, then travel to Poas Volcano National Park. The active volcano’s main crater has a turquoise-colored hot-acid lake, bring binoculars for a closer look at the yellow sulphur deposits at the base of steaming fumaroles in the crater walls above the lake.

After your walk in the Poas trails, you will travel up into the mountains on your way to the world-famous Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve. A place that has been intensely studied by scientists since its founding in 1972, and is the site of important pioneering research on the effects of climate change in tropical ecosystems. 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 lunch enjoy a guided visit to the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve, one of the premier natural history destinations in Costa Rica. The forest consists of lush, verdant vegetation containing understory palms, majestic canopy trees, arching “ropy” lianas, bizarre “strangler” fig trees and epiphytes-small plants that grow on the trees. As you walk through the forest, you may encounter a variety of wildlife including white-faced capuchins, white-nosed coatis and two-toed sloths. Among birds, you may see the Resplendent Quetzal, hummingbirds, toucanets, guans and solitaires. Optional Zip Lining
Hotel: Fonda Vela or similar (2 nts)
Meals Incl: 2B


Guanacaste + Tamarindo beaches
In the morning depart from the Monteverde mountains and travel through the drier northwest Guanacaste province lowlands. This is beef country and you may see Costa Rican cowboys riding behind herds of massive long-eared brahma cattle as you pass through large savannas on your way to the coastal beach community at Tamarindo on the north Pacific Coast. Free days to explore or relax on the beach. There are many ecological friendly optional activities in the area, including watching turtles during the nesting season at night, diving, snorkeling, body surfing, zip-lining, estuary trips, horseback riding and fishing. Optional surfing lessons or surf at leisure.
Hotel: Capitan Suizo or similar (3 nts)
Meals Incl: 3B


Departure or continue your vacation
Transfer to Liberia & departure
Airport transfer to Liberia International Airport for return flight home.


Pre-Trip Travel Information:
Planning for your vacation requires research and fact gathering. Please take a look at the Essentials page and the Guidebook icon located at each country home page Our mini guidebook page to each destination provides general information, facts, what to expect, weather & season facts and some helpful tips to make your trip more enjoyable.

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

Client Note:
Some cruises and operators may require an additional deposit and have different cancellation policies. We will advise this at time of reservation. We strongly recommend travel insurance.


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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