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Cloud Forests, Dry Forests, Volcanoes, Lowland Rain Forests, Tropical Mangrove Swamps and Thriving Exotic Plantations Of Coffee, Mango, Pineapples, Bananas, Among A Dozen Others.
Day 1 : Fly from USA to San Jose, Costa Rica - Orientation - Dinner (D)
This morning you're off to your tropical paradise! For your reference, the flight is about 5 hours from New York. Upon arrival at Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO), you will be met by a Perillo Tours representative and transferred to your hotel near San Jose City. You will be accommodated at a hotel within a few minutes of the airport on the first and last nights of your tour. This cuts down on waiting time at the airport so you can "begin the fun" soon after arriving! In most cases, you will stay at the Doubletree Cariari Hotel by Hilton. Later this evening there will be an orientation briefing by your tour manager. Be sure to ask for the definition of PURA VIDA! Welcome dinner and overnight in San Jose.
Day 2 : Spanish Class
This morning you'll enjoy a leisurely breakfast and a lesson on useful Spanish expressions. (But
luckily, most local residents are far better at English than we are with Spanish!) Next, you'll visit the city of San Jose - the capital of Costa Rica. Enjoy a drive through the beautiful Sabana Park, passing by the upscale Rohrmoser residential area and Paseo Colon. You will visit the heart of the city to admire the National Theatre, designed as the opera house in 1897. Afterwards, you'll visit the National Museum, a faithful witness to Costa Rican history, passing by the Supreme Court of Justice, Central Park, the Cathedral and the Congress Building. Departing San Jose, you're off to Sarapiqui in the northern slopes, driving through Braulio Carrillo National Park which encompasses the largest Rain Forest in Costa Rica, covering an area of 120,000 acres. This afternoon, check into Hotel Hacienda Sue'o Azul (Blue Dream), a peaceful mountain resort with waterfalls, horses and endless jungle trails. Relax or take an afternoon guided nature walk through the hotel's private Rain Forest. Dinner and overnight.
Day 3 : Banana Plantation Tour - Boat Tour of Tortuguero Jungle Canals - Return to Sarapiqui
After a hearty breakfast, you will head north towards the Caribbean coastal lowlands. En
route, you'll be fascinated by our tour of a working banana plantation. Next, board a private boat and tour the jungle canals of Tortuguero National Park which protects 46,000 acres of natural wildlife wetlands including over 20 miles of coastline in which giant sea turtles lay their eggs (Mar-Sep).
With your expert guide's help, you'll spot some of the local wildlife including crocodiles, frogs, monkeys, sloths, over 300 species of birds and the "Jesus Lizard" (it walks on water). Tortuguero receives up to 200 inches of rainfall annually, one of the wettest regions in the country. Note: The rainfall is mostly distributed between November and January, and then between April and August. Our boat excursion is scheduled around midday when rain is less likely (ponchos are provided). After lunch, you'll have time to explore the quaint Caribbean Village of Tortuguero before your boat journey back to the dock. Back to Sue'o Azul, your mountain retreat. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Day 4 : Scenic drive to the Arenal Volcano - Skywalk the Arenal Rainforest - Relax in Thermal Bat
After breakfast, a scenic drive west through beautiful rolling farmlands. You're bound for La Fortuna, home of the iconic Arenal Volcano, rising one mile above sea level overlooking Lake Arenal. You'll ascend to the top of the Arenal Rainforest Reserve by cable car. Take in the beautiful vistas of the forest, lake and the volcano. Then do the "Sky Walk," featuring a two mile trail system through primary Rainforest, including five suspension bridges, two observation points and two waterfalls. Note: The tour is for all ages and the trail is in fine condition. But it's a "hiking tour" and visitors need to be capable of walking for about three hours and through slight elevation changes. Hope your swimsuit is handy! This afternoon, slip into the Eco-Termales hot-water thermal pools with temperatures ranging between 98 degrees - 107 degrees. Nature's own hot-tub! Later this afternoon, continue on to Los Angeles Cloud Forest in the mountain community of San Ramon, known as the "City of the Poets." When we say "cloud mountain" or "cloud forest" - the clouds literally meet the mountain as they breeze through the terrain, offering a visually dramatic experience. Your hotel, Villa Blanca, nestles atop such a mountain. With the feeling of an Adirondack lodge, the property used to be owned by the President of Costa Rica until Jim Damalas from San Francisco took it over. Try to meet Jim. He's a character! Who else in Costa Rica would install a professional movie theater with daily showings of classics and recent hits. He also has a beautiful wedding chapel, a jungle laboratory, green houses to grow your dinner produce, and plenty of mountain trails to explore. Dinner and overnight at Villa Blanca.
Note: Are you adventurous? Instead of doing the Sky walk, try Sky Trek - a secure system of Zip Lines, including eight cross-sectional cables that together 5have a total length of 1.7 miles with distances from 100 to 2,460 feet, and with a maximum height of 660 feet, which exceed the treetops, providing a panoramic eagle-eye view. This needs to be requested in advance at the time of booking.
Day 5 : Lecture on the Exotic Life forms of Costa Rica - Cloud Forest Nature Walk - Leisure Aftern
This morning you'll enjoy a lecture by the resident ecosystem biologist followed by a guided nature walk of the Los Angeles Private Cloud Forest at 3,000 feet above sea level. You'll witness insects that perfectly resemble twigs and leaves, along with other fascinating specimens. This afternoon, you'll learn how Costa Rica leads the world in "sustainable tourism" - preserving God's amazing bounty of exotic life forms. In a word, it's PARADISE! Dinner and overnight at Villa Blanca.
Day 6 : Tango Mar Beachfront Resort - Afternoon of Leisure - Seaside Dinner Tonight
Bidding farewell to our home in the mountains, we descend toward the warm, dry air of the Pacific coastline and head west toward the Nicoya Peninsula. Our resort owner Hilde, is from Belgium. She fell so much in love with the Tango Mar Resort & Spa that she bought the place! Chances are you'll see Hilde greeting guests as they arrive, and at dinner. The rest of the afternoon is yours to enjoy the swimming pool or beach. Dinner and overnight on the terrace with your new friends, swaying palm trees and the hypnotic surf.
Day 7 : Day at Leisure or Optional Activities
Today is all yours! Enjoy the private beach at Tango Mar or book an optional activity (at extra cost) such as a yoga class, golf, zip line, horseback riding or hike through the wild jungles of Curu Wildlife Reserve or Cabo Blanco National Park. Are you feeling any younger today? The National Institute for Aging has designated the Nicoya Peninsula as a "Blue Zone"-that is, one of the areas with the world's longest life expectancy. The researchers credit the Nicoyan lifestyle of daily physical activity, high calcium water, year-long fruit consumption and close family relationships. Sounds like a recipe for happiness and long-life everywhere! Dinner and overnight at Tango Mar.
Day 8 : Sail Across the Gulf of Nicoya - Traditional Tamale Cooking Class - Farewell Dinner and Loc
After a leisurely breakfast, you'll cross the Gulf of Nicoya to Puntarenas, via ferry. Driving south along the Pacific coast, you'll stop at a private ranch to learn how to make the authentic Latin American treat - the Tamale. Traditionally, making tamales is an all-day affair. That's why Costa Rican families reserve them for special occasions such as Christmas. After your hard work, enjoy a tamale feast before heading back to San Jose for the final night of fun in Costa Rica. This evening, dine in a rustic casona (country house), offering a panoramic view of the Central Valley. Tonight's menu includes meat specialties, along with traditional Costa Rican dishes of enyucados, picadillos, refried beans and tortillas. Now here's a chance to show off your dancing skills and enjoy a typical dancing show! Costa Rica is a peaceful nation, living in harmony with lavish natural beauty. And now you should know why the national slogan is - PURA VIDA! Overnight in San Jose.
Day 9 : Morning at Leisure - Flight Back to U.S.
Morning at leisure. Take a private transfer back to Juan Santamaria Airport (SJO) to catch your flight home or continue on to our optional extension to Panama.
Payment Terms & Methods :
* Some Advance Percentage of total booking amount * Airfare/Transport fare to be paid full at one time in advance.
Cancellation & Refund Policy :
* Upon cancellation, refund will be made after deducting the Retention Amount. * Retention Amount varies as per the number of days left before your package start date.
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