Close to Costa Rican Nature 8 Days / 7 Nights CRT876

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Imagine…feeling, seeing and hearing an active volcano spewing fiery red lava while luxuriating in its natural hot springs; touching the soft velvety paw of the endangered squirrel monkey; riding along jungle rivers; spotting the rare Quetzal bird and hearing its mystical voice. Imagine being able to experience all of this and more in just 8 days.

 

Day 01 Arrival – San Jose Meet and greet at the international airport and transfer to the El Rodeo Country Inn Hotel for your first night in Costa Rica.

Overnight at the El Rodeo, Superior room, Breakfast included.

Day 02 Private Poas Volcano – Else Kientzler – Bosque de Paz (B-L-D) Depart with your English speaking driver-guide in direction to the Poas Volcano national Park. We now begin our assent to the Poas where we will soon feel a change in temperature and the lush vegetation becomes apparent, preparing us for the pleasures of the exuberant cloud forest of the Poas Volcano. On a clear day, the view of the main crater is admired by all visitors, with its diameter is considered one of the widest in the world. After this we will enjoy a quick hike on a trail which leads us to the Botos Lagoon (an extinct crater), where many different ecosystems exist and where some of the many species of flora and fauna of this cloud forest can be observed. After leaving the National Park we will continue in direction to Sarchi where the Else Kienztler Botanical Gardens are located. These Botanical Garden is home to over 2,000 different plants from around the world. The Botanical Garden is spread over 7 hectares (17 acres) in Sarchi Norte, nestled at the foot of Volcano Póas in Costa Rica’s Central Valley. They scientifically group and label our plants, presenting their natural history, uses, and the importance of conserving them. Hike more than 2 kilometers (1.3 miles) of footpaths, as you marvel at our Botanical Garden’s collections and designs. Learn more about plants, using the Botanical Garden as an open classroom. At the end of this tour, you will continue onwards the Bosque de Paz private reserve. This 988 acre private biological reserve serves as a corridor between two national parks: Poas and Juan Castro Blanco. This rain and cloud forest is a bird life sanctuary where the quetzal, emerald toucan, and many other species are frequently seen. Bosque de Paz is where you will overnight these two days. The next morning, explore the flora and fauna that surrounds the area with your local guide.

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Overnight at the Bosque de Paz Lodge, Standard room, Full board included

Day 03 Bosque de Paz (B-L-D) Hike and relax at this property.

Overnight at the Bosque de Paz Lodge, Standard room, Full board included

Day 04 Bosque de Paz – Sarapiqui (B) Mid-morning prívate drive to the Sarapiqui area. Set on the banks of the Puerto Viejo River, 42 miles North of San Jose and next to the Braulio Carrillo National Park, Sarapiqui, has become an important destination among tourists seeking for adrenaline adventure or to relax in an ambience surrounded by exotic nature. It is known as of the richest areas for bird watching. In Sarapiqui you will find several protected areas, Braulio Carrillo National Park, La Selva Biological Station and Sarapiqui Protected Area, which they all combine different types of tropical rainforests. At late afternoon enjoy a shared

Night walk Tour (La Tirimbina) With a naturalist as your guide, take a walk by the light of the moon and discover the wonders of the nighttime rainforest, when most wildlife species are active. The Red-Eyed Tree Frog (Agalychnis callidryas) and Web-Footed Frog (Rana vaillanti), nocturnal species, are common discoveries on Night Walks.  During this 2-hour walk, you will learn about the natural history of different rainforest species, with a focus on nocturnal species such as: frogs, insects, spiders, sloths, kinkajous, porcupines, opossums, and others, revealing a completely different perspective of the rainforest.. Includes:  Transportation, guide & entrance fee.

Overnight at the Selva Verde Hotel, River standard room, Breakfast included.

Day 05 Sarapiqui River class I-II, safari float trip (B-Box lunch) The best safari  float trip exotic bird watching and varied flora, in a great and beautiful river in the jungle of Sarapiqui. Two hours of pure nature, bird watching, surrounded by lush tropical jungle safari where our weapon observation is the camera view. Observation here vary, from exotic amphibians, lots of tropical birds, otters, fish, snakes, sloths, iguanas and a great variety of flora which make this trip an unforgettable experience. Enjoy the sounds of the rainforest and experience relaxing and pleasant to float slowly downstream paddling slowly with only the sounds of nature. Includes: Bilingual guides, transportation (see notes below), professional equipment, tropical fruit & traditional lunch. Duration:  3 hours approximately plus transportation. Meals:  Tropical fruit snacks & lunch Afternoon at leisure. Take advantage of the Selva Verde private reserve or relax around the pool (tours at Selva Verde are not included into package)

Overnight at the Selva Verde Hotel, River standard room, Breakfast included.

Day 06 Sarapiqui – Arenal Volcano (B) After breakfast, enjoy a scenic private drive through the San Carlos Valley to the Arenal Volcano where you will check into the Arenal Paraiso. Relax in the Hotel’s thermal waters or receive an invigorating spa treatment.

Overnight at the Arenal Paraiso, Superior room, Breakfast included

Day 7 Arenal – San Jose (B) Return on private transfer back San Jose to the El Rodeo Country Inn Hotel for your last night in Costa Rica.

Overnight at the El Rodeo, Superior room, Breakfast included.

Day 8 Departure After breakfast, transfer to airport or take advantage of one of the many beach extensions available.

 

Price per person in USD:

                                                         Single              Double              Triple

01 Nov 2013    14 Dec 2013        $2535               $1456               $1165
15 Dec 2013    30 Apr 2014         $2568                $1474               $1176
01 May 2014   31 May 2014       $2535                $1456               $1165
01 Jun 2014     31 Jul 2014          $2568                $1474               $1176
01 Aug 2014    31 Oct 2014         $2535                $1456               $1165

 

Price Includes:

 

  •  Meet & Greet at the airport
  •  Arrival & Departure transfers
  •  Private ground transfers in an A/C motor coach.
  •  2 Nts El Rodeo Country Inn, Superior room  (B)
  •  2 Nts Bosque de Paz, Standard room  (FB)
  •  2 Nts Selva Verde, River standard (B)
  •  1 Nt Volcano Lodge, superior room (B)
  •  Daily breakfast
  •   3 lunches (1 box lunch)
  •  2 dinners
  •  Entrance fee to Else Kientzler Botanical Gardens
  •  Entrance fee to Poas Volcano national park
  •  Shared night walk at la Tirimbina
  •  Sarapiqui River class I-II, safari float trip
  •  1 day of private driver-guide (Day 2)
  •  Local English speaking guides.
  •  All taxes and service charges.