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A Taste of Costa Rica

9 Days/8 Nights

San Jose, Tortuguero, Arenal
& Monteverde Cloud Forest

(Pacuare Lodge may be substituted for Tortuguero)

From $1240

Here is a suggested itinerary to Costa Rica,
which is designed to start on any day of the week.
This itinerary may be modified to suit the individual traveler.
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EcoAdventures' Tour: A Taste of Costa Rica for 9 Days/8 Nights, visiting San Jose, Tortuguero, Arenal & Monteverde Cloud Forest
Itinerary
Day 1: Arrive San Jose, Costa Rica Transfer to your selected hotel.
Day 2: San Jose/Tortuguero Morning departure via motorcoach to the Caribbean coast, with a stop en route for breakfast. Turltle nesting on the beach at night.Then take a boat trip along the Tortuguero canals (below, left) through densely vegetated areas in search of alligators, monkeys and birds. Arrival at Mawamba Lodge in time for lunch. After lunch visit the village of Tortuguero and the Turtle Research & Conservation Center. (B, L, D)
Tortuguero Canals, Costa RicaDay 3: Tortuguero All day at Tortuguero, including nature tours or optional fishing expeditions. During nesting season (JUL-OCT), you can go to observe the sea turtles laying eggs on the beach by night or see newly-hatched baby turtles scrambling toward the sea. (B, L, D)
Day 4: Tortuguero/Arenal Transfer by boat back to Matina Pier, where you board the Mawamba bus to San Jose. Before arriving in San Jose you will be dropped off at the town of Guapiles, where your van and driver will be waiting to transfer you to Arenal. The two-hour transfer takes you through the beautiful San Carlos Valley. Overnight at your selected hotel. (B, L)
Costa Rican countryside on the way to Monteverde Cloud Forest (Note: this is the easy way up and down!)Day 5: Arenal Leisure day for optional tours. (B)
Day 6: Arenal/Monteverde After breakfast depart for a two-hour transfer to Monteverde via boat crossing Lake Arenal and then taxi to Monteverde. Accommodations in selected hotel. (B)
EcoAdventures' guides are experts on local flora and fauna.Day 7: Monteverde Morning hike through Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve, viewing the misty forest with its dense vegetation. Visit the Hummingbird Gallery and Cheese Factory. Afternoon at leisure for optional tours. (B)
Day 8: Monteverde/San Jose Morning departure for a two-hour shuttle bus transfer to San Jose with driver. Overnight at selected hotel. (B)
Day 9: Depart San Jose Transfer to the airport, or extend your stay in Costa Rica with additional destinations. (B)

Rates for all of the packages include:
• Airport/hotel/airport transfers via private shuttle vans
• Hotel accommodations as specified, including tax & service charge
• Breakfast throughout (B)
• Sightseeing, additional meals as indicated (L = Lunch, D = Dinner)
• Transportation via Shuttle Vans/Buses. See below for upgrades to
Semi-Private Transfer Service or Private Transfer Service.
• Child rates are for children 11 years or under sharing a room with two adults with existing beds; a maximum of two children per room
High Season = NOV-APR & JULY-AUG, Christmas, New Years & Easter Week not included
Low Season = MAY-JUN & SEP-OCT
*Rates subject to change without notice.

Rates Per Person Low Season
High Season
Hotel Category
Year
Dbl
Sgl
Supp
Child
Dbl
Sgl
Supp
Child
Standard
2016
$1240
489
769
$1240
489
769
2017
1300
515
810
1300
515
810
First Class
2016
$1365
640
769
$1435
710
769
2017
1439
675
810
1510
745
810
Deluxe
2016
$1800
949
n/a
$1800
949
n/a
2017
1895
999
n/a
1895
999
n/a
Deluxe Plus
2016
$2455*
1440*
n/a
$2545*
1440*
n/a
2017
2575*
1515*
n/a
2679*
1515*
n/a
*Rates do not include breakfast at The Springs (Arenal)
Rates subject to change without notice.
NOTE: You can substitute Pacuare Lodge for Mawamba Lodge.  (See rates below Pacuare Itinerary)
Upgrades
All Year
EcoAdventures' Tour: A Taste of Costa Rica for 9 Days/8 Nights, visiting San Jose, Tortuguero, Arenal & Monteverde
Rates Per Person
Year
Dbl
Sgl
Supp
Child
Upgrade to Semi-Private Transfer Service
(Rates apply to transfer from Monteverde to San Jose only).
2016
$55
120
55
2017
60
140
60
Upgrade to Private Transfer Service
(Rates apply to transfer from Guapiles to Arenal, Arenal to Monteverde and Monteverde to San Jose).
2016
$268
540
268
2017
285
570
285
Rates apply to transfer from Guapiles to Arenal, Monteverde to San Jose and round-trip San Jose Airport).
2016
$349
699
349
2017
365
730
365
Rates subject to change without notice.

Hotels in Category
Region
Standard
First Class
Deluxe
Deluxe Plus
San Jose
Quality Hotel Real or
Courtyard by Marriott Alajuela
Doubletree Cariari
Marriott
Marriott
Tortuguero
Mawamba Lodge
(All Inclusive)
Mawamba Lodge
(All Inclusive)
Mawamba Lodge
(Superior Room)
Manatus VIP Hotel & Spa
(All Inclusive)
Arenal
Volcano Lodge
Arenal Springs Hotel or
Volcano Lodge or
Mountain Paradise
Arenal Kioro
(Jr. Suite) or
Nayara Hotel & Gardens
The Springs Resort & Spa*
(Alta Vista Guest) or
Nayara Hotel & Gardens
(Spring Villa)
Monteverde
Trapp Family Lodge
Belmar
(Peninsula View) or
Trapp Family Lodge
(Mountain Suite) or
El Establo (Deluxe)
Belmar
(Superior Peninsula Room)
El Establo (Suite)
*Breakfast is NOT included

Pacuare Itinerary
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Day 1: Arrive San Jose, Costa Rica Transfer to your selected hotel.
Pacuare Lodge, Pacuare River, Costa RicaDay 2: San Jose/Pacuare Lodge Early morning pick up in San Jose by a Costa Rica Nature Adventures representative and transfer (approximately 2½ hours) to the Pacuare River put-in including a typical Costa Rican breakfast in route. Exciting 1-1½ hour river rafting tour to the Pacuare Lodge (class II-III rapids) where you will enjoy your stay at Costa Rica's premier eco-lodge. Arrival at the Pacuare Lodge 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. After lunch participate an optional canopy tour (not included in package price) or waterfall hike, or simply relax in your private bungalow or suite. Dine on gourmet delicacies by candlelight and then visit the upstairs lounge for a cocktail or refreshment before retiring to a restful night's sleep.  (B, L, D)The spacious River View Suite includes a private terrace, Pacuare Lodge, Pacuare River, Costa Rica.

Day 3: Pacuare Lodge You'll wake up to bird song and the soothing sound of the river nearby. Then head over to the main lodge for a delicious breakfast of homemade bread, tropical fruits, yogurt, eggs, pancakes, cereal, juice and coffee. The lodge employs a resident naturalist guide who will provide unique insights into the plant and animal world. Choose from exciting optional tours (NOT included) that include guided hikes through an emerald rainforest, the Cabecar Indian tour - where visitors may participate in a cultural exchange with a shaman and the  Adventure Canopy Tour - where visitors glide amid a tropical rainforest canopy. (B, L, D)
Day 4: Pacuare Lodge/Arenal Departure between 9:00-10:00 a.m., and transfer to Rancho Robeto's Restaurant in Guapiles, where your driver will be waiting for you. After lunch your private vehicle and driver will be waiting for you to transfer you to Arenal. (B,L)

Supplement Rates Per Person
Year
Low Season
High Season
Standard*
2016
$430
514
2017
$455
540
First Class*
2016
$430
514
2017
$455
540
Deluxe**
2016
$320
404
2017
339
426
Deluxe Plus**
2016
$148
135
2017
155
145
*Supplement Rates for Standard and First Class are the same.
**Supplement Rates for Deluxe and Deluxe Plus Class are lower than for Standard and First Class.

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