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Costa Rica: Whales, Nature and Animals

13 days / 12 nights

San Jose (2N) + Tortuguero (1N) + Arenal (2N) + Manuel Antonio (2N) + Bahia Ballena (2N) + Corcovado National Park (3N)

$3,623.75

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Route

Price

In Costa Rica tour we will visit:
Central Mountain Range with an authentic Costa Rican coffee plantation;
La Paz Waterfall Gardens and Poas Volcano;
Turtle Museum of the C.C.C. (Caribbean Conservation Corporation);
Tortuguero National Park;
Arenal Volcano

Day 1: San Jose

Arrival at Juan Santamaria International Airport. Meeting and transfer to the hotel.

Day 2: San José / Doka Coffee Tour / Poas Volcano / La Paz Waterfall Gardens

This morning you will be picked at your hotel in San José for your journey towards the Central Mountain Range where you will visit an authentic Costa Rican coffee plantation and La Paz Waterfall Gardens and Poas Volcano. The main objective of the Coffee Tour is to educate and inform the whole production process as well as the processing of coffee, where you can learn about the production, the harvesting, the processing plant and the roasting of the grain. Later, we will start our tour to Poas Volcano. As we ascend towards the Poas Volcano we will notice the change in temperature and vegetation; we will see coffee plantations as well as fern, flower and strawberry farms along the way, creating a beautiful landscape. In the Poas Volcano where we will not only admire the impressive main crater with its sulfur fumaroles, but also learn about the different ecosystems in this beautiful national park. Following the visit to the volcano we will continue to La Paz Waterfall Garden for lunch and tour. On arrival to the La Paz, we will walk through a trail, leading to a spectacular waterfall in the middle of the rainforest. Inside the park we will also visit the hummingbird gallery, the serpentarium, the bird house, the butterfly garden and the frog’s exhibit. Back to San José. Overnight at Hotel (Meals: B, L)

Day 3: San José / Tortuguero National Park

We begin our trip early in the morning between 6:00 am from San Jose. You will be traveling with a bilingual naturalist guide. Drive through Braulio Carrillo National Park, where you have the opportunity to see beautiful views and abundant vegetation. On the way we will stop for breakfast at Selva Tropical Restaurant where you can enjoy a butterfly garden with a variety of tropical flowers. After breakfast we will continue our trip to Caño Blanco deck driving by banana plantations. At Caño Blanco, you will board the covered boat to the lodge, passing the Tortuguero canals arriving between 12:30 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. In the afternoon you will visit to the Turtle Museum of the C.C.C. (Caribbean Conservation Corporation) and to the colorful Tortuguero town. You will return to the lodge around 5:30 p.m. Free time to enjoy the pool, the bar service and prepare for your dinner. Dinner service from 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. and then rest of the night free to enjoy the surroundings, pool and bar. Overnight at Hotel. (Meals: B, L, D)

Day 4: Tortuguero National Park / Arenal Volcano

Early, 6:15 am tour to admire the awakening of the wildlife of Tortuguero. Return for breakfast (service between 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.). Continue to the northern lowlands of Arenal Volcano and La Fortuna town. Relax in the best hot springs of the área. (Meals: B)

Day 5: Arenal Volcano

AM: The Arenal Hanging Bridges at Mistico Park is a beautiful, environmentally friendly nature project located near the Arenal Volcano for walking tours. This is considered one of the best nature walks in La Fortuna, Costa Rica. There are trails and bridges that bring you as close as you could ever hope to get to the birds, flowers, and the lush vegetation of this primary rainforest. This is the perfect tour for nature enthusiasts visiting Costa Rica! The trails are designed for all ability levels and cover a total of about 2 miles. Once you are on walking along, you will be able to admire the great diversity of flora and fauna typically found in the tropical rain forest and have the opportunity to see many different birds and plant species for approx. 2.5 hrs. Walk right into the forest along several stretches of hanging bridges overlooking the tree canopy along easy, safe and beautiful trails with views of the Arenal Volcano. Appreciate the wildlife as you cross the 15 different bridges, 6 of them are the ones hanging. PM: The Arenal Volcano 1968 Park and other reserves along the border of the National Park are one of the most visited places in all of Central America. The trails in Arenal Volcano1968 Park and other nearby Arenal Reserves are generally not very strenuous -- perfect for a leisurely and informative hike with one of our professional nature guides. This part of the Arenal Volcano had sections that were devastated by the lava flow of 1968, so some areas have very little vegetation. This guided walk of the1968 Trail provides perfect photo opportunities and magnificent views of the impressive Arenal Volcano, the pristine Lake Arenal, and the extinct volcano Cerro Chato. We have chosen the appropriate trail for better wildlife viewing. There are parts of each trail that has forested areas where your nature guide will try to spot birds, monkeys, and other animals in their natural habitat. Overnight at Hotel. (Meals: B)

Day 6: Arenal Volcano / Manuel Antonio National Park

Turn a travel day from Arenal to Manuel Antonio into a nature packed adventure with The Tarcoles River Boat Tour! Keep your eyes peeled for a multitude of wildlife including the famous, huge, 20-ft American crocodiles or rare sighting of the Scarlet Macaw that inhabit the Carara Biological Reserve. Plus, if you’re traveling with children, they’ll get a kick out of the “Jesus Christ Lizards” that literally walk on water here. You’ll be accompanied by a bilingual guide who will point out the often difficult-to-see wildlife along this two-hour boat tour of the Tarcoles River and into the Guacalillo mangrove estuary. You’re bound to see more crocodiles here than anywhere else in the world! (Meals: B, L)

Day 7: Manuel Antonio National Park

Explore the pristine natural beauty of this world-famous Manuel Antonio National Park filled with exotic wildlife such as monkeys, sloths, birds, reptiles and butterflies. Your picturesque 2-mile hike will take you to one of the beaches named most beautiful in the world by Forbes magazine. Experience the lush rainforest behind you, white sandy beaches below, and crystalline blue waters during this refreshing 20-minute beach stop. Have your camera ready, as your knowledgeable guide sets his trained eyes on diverse flora and fauna for you to capture along the way. Return to the hotel. (Meals: B)

Day 8: Manuel Antonio National Park / Bahia Ballena

Transfer to Bahia Ballena. The Bahia Ballena Aventuras Combo Tour is the best option to see most of the Marino Ballena National Park. This trip explores the Marino Ballena National Park searching for the majestic Humpback Whales and for other marine wildlife such as the Pacific spotted dolphins, bottlenose dolphins, seabirds (pelicans, frigate birds, brown boobies and more, and sea turtles. July through the end of October is the best time to spot the majestic humpback whales, as the Southern Hemisphere Humpback whales migrate from Antarctica to the Marino Ballena National Park in Costa Rica to breed and raise their calves. Late December through late February attracts the Northern Hemisphere Humpback whales to Costa Rica, as they’re migrating from the California and Washington state area. In a lucky day you could listen to the Whale love songs and feel the great sensation of watching a mammal that weighs more than 40 tons jump out of the water and splash its gigantic tail. (Meals: B)

Day 9: Bahia Ballena

Tour looking for whales and dolphins. (Meals: B)

Day 10: Bahia Ballena / Corcovado National Park

Early transfer to Sierpe Lock. Then, you will take boat trip down the Sierpe River viewing mangrove wetlands. Arrive at Rancho Corcovado, complementary cocktail before lunch. Afternoon is free to nature trails and the best beach spots. Overnight at Hotel Rancho Corcovado. (Meals: B, L, D)

Day 11: Corcovado National Park Tour

The Sirena Park Ranger Station is situated in the heart of Corcovado National Park. Its location is more remote, a 50-minute boat ride from Drake Bay, with a wet landing on the beach for which it is recommended that you wear sandals. Upon reaching the Sirena Ranger Station in Corcovado National Park, you will have the chance to change to more rugged footwear to hike some of the Park´s wildest terrain. Since this station is less accessible, there is greater opportunity to spot some of the rarest rainforest wildlife. Sirena rewards the more adventurous traveler with the true experience of what National Geographic Magazine has called “the most biologically intense place on earth.” Overnight at Hotel Rancho Corcovado. (Meals: B, L, D)

Day 12: Cano Island Diving Tour

Lying in the beautiful blue Pacific Ocean, 12 nautical miles; offshore from the Osa Peninsula at Drake Bay, Cano Island is an amazing marine biological reserve in Costa Rica. Cano Island is an island of considerable geographical and archeological importance. The real beauty of Cano Island is not found on its land, but underwater. The Cano Island’s virgin waters are some of the bluest in the country, and are home to a spectacular variety of stunning marine flora and fauna as well as some gorgeous coral reefs. Cano Island is Rated as being the best underwater adventure diving spots in the world, the Cano Island Biological Reserve is also home to a huge variety of fish, whales and sharks. With fantastic underwater visibility, one can see on any given day, sea turtles, dolphins, stingrays, manta rays, moray eels, barracudas, tuna, snapper and grouper swimming alongside a variety sharks and humpback or pilot whales. (Meals: B, L, D)

Day 13: San José

Fly and transfer back to San José. Transfer to Juan Santamaria International Airport. (Meals: B)
Стоимость

$3,623.75
Price

$3,623.75
Included

Включено:
- Тransportation (group)
- Entrance fees
- Guided Tours as per the itinerary (English Speaking Guide) in group
- Lodging and local taxes
- Meals according to itinerary: Breakfast (B), Lunch (L), Dinner (D)
Не включено:
- Optional Activities.
- Tortuguero National Park Entrance Fee ($17 per person)
- Arrival and Departure Taxes
- Extras in hotels (laundry, phone calls, room service, etc.)
*The host has the right to change the hotels indicated in the program to other hotels of the same category.

*The host party reserves the right to change the order of excursions, subject to the tour program.

*The host is not responsible for missed breakfasts in hotels when checking out early in the morning in case of an early flight or excursion
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REVIEWS

REVIEW №1- Stacey
Pantanal and Bonito were fantastic. We loved all the tours and our driver was wonderful.
Thanks for a great trip!
REVIEW №2- Sandra Fahed Eliane
Hello ANNA!
I didn’t have the chance to thank you yet, for all your efforts, I had received very good reviews about all the package from my clients and they were satisfied thanks again for everything,

Kisses and hugs from Beirut ????
REVIEW №3- Shamali De Vaz

Dear Anna, Alexandra, Iona and the rest of the team at Ada Tours
Feed-back from a happy, satisfied customer!
A very big thank you for your very efficient services, Hospitality and most importantly your patience throughout the tour of my client. Dr. Chrysantha Mendis is very happy with the entire Tour. You did a fantastic job by organizing a detailed tour package covering 7 countries, Venezuela, Ecuador, Bolivia, Chile, Peru, Argentina, and Brazil. Dr. Mendis has enjoyed all the countries though he could not do a few tours in Peru which is understandable due to political unrest. We will recommend Ada Tours to all our clients in Sri Lanka and will start promoting your tours in our website.
Best wishes and kind regards,
Shamali
REVIEW №4- Carol
Hi Anna, thank you for the update on the glasses. I’ll wait and see what happens! Alan and I are now back in the UK. We loved our trip to the Pantanal and Bonito. Our guide, Alessandra was brilliant with lots of knowledge and very considerate and helpful. The only hitch we had was on our flight back to Rio because the second leg of the trip was cancelled and we were rescheduled to a later plane and our luggage was mislaid. Fortunately it arrived in Rio a day later, before we flew home. Thank you for arranging the trip.
Best wishes Carol
REVIEW №5- Stacey Robertson
Hello Anna and Natalia,
Thank you for all your help with our trip! I know our group was difficult, and I appreciate your patience with us. We loved the tours, the horseback ride, and the absolutely beautiful lunch at the vineyard. Our guides and drivers were fantastic, especially Luis. And the hotels were perfectly located. It was such a convenience to be centrally located in both Lisbon and Madeira.
I hope you enjoy a wonderful holiday and I look forward to working with you in the new year!
REVIEW №6- Maria Paz R. Alberto
Dear Anna
Greetings from Ark.
Allow me to thank you for the fun trip we had, it was very memorable. Your guide , Francisco and driver Ernesto
are very good, kind and knowledgeable.

Maria Paz R. Alberto
President Philippine IATA Travel Agents Associatio
REVIEW №7- Farzana
Dear Team,
Gaur x 5 are back home safely and they enjoyed the trip immensely. I would like to thank each of you for all your efforts and hard work.
Please to help me promote more can you send me a list of countries we can work on together so that I am aware for which all places I can come to you for help and planning ?
Regards
Farzana
REVIEW №8- Stacey
Anna, I had a wonderful time. The guide, Aldinei, was incredible!
My husband and I would love your help planning future trips to Buenos Aires, Peru and the Azores in Portugal.
REVIEW №9- Matt, Adventurebug Worldwide Ltd.
Everything went really well. As always we had to make some adjustments and the local guide and team on the ground were very responsive and took action professionally. I have no complaints about this :)
The clients were very pleased with the tour and all arrangements.
Changing the few meals at the end on Isabela was not an issue and the local team did a good job organizing this for me.

Many thanks again Ana!

Matt

Adventurebug Worldwide Ltd.
REVIEW №10- Zhanna Zaitseva
Dear Juliana!

Dear Bianca!

Дорогая Анна!





Our 6 men-tourists have come today from your tour : Iguassu + Amazonia + Rio & Carnaval.

They are glad very much

Thank you for the tour!

Best regards,

Zhanna Zaitseva


"Indian Holiday"
REVIEW №11- Anna Zboranska
The brilliant excursions!
Dear Richele!

I am writing you with gratitude for organizing the brilliant excursions for our group of 16 people!

They came back from Brazil very happy and really satisfied!
So, many-many thanks to you and your wonderful team!
Looking forward to our next cooperation)

Kind Regards,

Anna Zboranska
Exotic Department

TRAVEL PROFESSIONAL GROUP
REVIEW №12- Evyn
Great tour!
This tour is amazing and shows you a lot of sights in Rio de Janeiro.
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