Code: HS009
Duration: 12 Days
Base Price: 1700 CAD
Please contact us for customized pricing & flights

Touring and Preserving Costa Rica

Your tour begins with your international flight to San Jose where you will begin a 12 day tour of one of the most ecologically rich countries in the world.

Your professional guide will assist you daily in an informative and exciting tour of Costa Rica. The activities are varied and include activities such as hiking, kayaking, canopy touring, cultural dinner and experience, jungle cruise and so much more. You will help preserve this magnificent environment by planting a tree that will be a living legacy to your visit.

All of our tours are fully customized so things such as a school visit; humanitarian project activity; white water rafting experience all can be worked-in to your itinerary.  We will work with you from the start to ensure that the tour meets your specific objectives and budget.  The price quoted above is for the sample itinerary below, however will be adjusted to include flights; chaperone supervision; insurance coverage and budget considerations.  All pricing is subject to change until final payment is made.


Inclusions
Exclusions

  • All service fees
  • Professional and courteous assistance in planning your tour
  • Curriculum support for teachers about your destination
  • Accommodation as indicated in the itinerary
  • All meals as noted in the itinerary
  • All local taxes and service charges
  • Transfers to and from San Jose International Airport
  • English speaking Guide with the group the entire time
  • Admissions to all sites and activities indicated in the itinerary and below
  • Tortuga Island One day cruise
  • Bus with the group the entire time – including beach stay
  • Half day Jose City Tour
  • Tortuguero Activities (tour to the town, hiking and boat tours)
  • Baldí Hot Springs visit
  • Lake Arenal Kayaking Tour
  • Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve
  • Plant a tree in Monteverde Area
  • Selvatura Canopy Tour
  • Buena Vista Combo Tour

  • International airfare from local departure city
  • Air transporation taxes and fuel surcharges
  • Passport fees
  • Meals and drinks not specified in the itinerary
  • Travel Insurance (available at VERY reasonable cost)
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Tips to guide and driver (we can recommend appropriate amounts)
  • Deviation from agreed upon flights and itinerary

Itinerary

Costa Rica Program

Day 01

  • Private guided transfer Juan Santamaria International to hotel in San Jose
  • Dinner at hotel

Day 02
Early Morning departure on Tortuga Island Tour (Calypso Catamaran) This tour begins with a bus ride to the pacific port of Puntarenas, stopping along the way for a Costa Rican typical breakfast. This is an excellent opportunity to view the coffee, sugar plantations, volcanic mountains and the unique Brahman cattle that form an ever changing panorama. Upon arrival in San José Puntarenas, passengers will board Calypso’s catamaran Manta Raya, which has fresh water showers, full bar, a main salon and two deck pools. The catamaran will pass several famous islands such as San Lucas, Sugar Loaf and Negritos until final destination. Tortuga Island is known for its immaculate white sand beach and turquoise waters, a perfect spot for sunbathing, swimming, snorkeling, diving and relaxing.
Dinner at the hotel

Day 03
Coffee at the hotel
Early departure to Tortuguero, breakfast on route at local restaurant
Our trip begins early with breakfast. We drive through the spectacular rain forests of Braulio Carrillo National Park, just 30minutes from San José. Enjoy a buffet of tropical fruits before boarding a boat specially designed for canal navigation. A two-hour trip through the canals will take us to Laguna Lodge located in the lush tropical jungle of Tortuguero National Park...just in time for lunch! In the afternoon we will be at our leisure to experience the local culture and habitat, visit some of the area's wonderful natural attractions, walk the nature trails or just relax in a luxurious hammock. Note: Luggage is limited to a maximum of 25 pounds per person for this Tortuguero trip.

Day 04
- Breakfast at the hotel. We spend the entire day in this magnificent location to experience a wide array of birds, animals and plant life. Departure by boat to Tortuguero National Park, where we will enjoy a hiking trip along the trails. Lunch is included back at the lodge then in the afternoon we enjoy a canal boat tour. Standard Room Tortuguero.
The rest of the day is free for relaxation
Lunch and dinner at the hotel

Day 05
Breakfast at the hotel
9:00 am Departure from Tortuguero and continue to San Carlos, Arenal STD Room, Volcano area, San Carlos area
Lunch in route at local restaurant San Carlos. The hotel takes advantage of the natural beauty of the area and emerges as a peaceful oasis within magnificent vegetation and diverse fauna. We find ourselves surrounded by a diverse natural environment and a spectacular view of the Arenal Volcano. Pools with different temperarures from 35 C° to 65'C. 310.000 fts. of minerals and hot springs swiming pools. 10 different pools, with different temperatures coming from the individual hot springs. Come and enjoy the relaxing thermal waters, with one of the most beautiful Arenal Volcano panoramic views. In Baldi Hot Springs, the tranquility and relaxation are your better company.
Dinner at Baldí Hot Springs

Day 06
Breakfast at the hotel
am Morning departure on Lake Arenal Kayaking Tour. Glide along the visit waters reflecting the perfect cone of Arenal Volcano and the surrounding rolling hills. Arenal Lake, the country`s largest, is also among its most scenic, and the area has become popular area to kayak, windsurf, fish and hike. Heliconia Hotel Junior Suite Monteverde
Lunch at local restaurant in Arenal
pm Transfer from Arenal to Monteverde
Cena at local the hotel

Day 07
- Breakfast at the hotel

All the projects being developed here are focused on the educational development of the region as three hundred and ten hectares bordering the Monteverde.
Conservation area have been permanently leased by the administration of the Santa Elena community High School.
Lunch at local restaurant in Monteverde
Plant a tree in Monteverde Area.
Visit a Nursery to choose the future tree to plant, this tree will be a native tree, grown specially to be part of the reforestation of the open areas that were disturb and affected by the deforestation in the past. Once the tree is chosen,the clients will share the work of paint a small sign with their own design to put it next to the planted tree, leaving a memory of the person that helped the forest.
Dinner at the hotel

Day 08
Breakfast at the hotel

Departure on Selvatura Canopy Tour Tropical Pool Side room This is one of the safest adventures in Costa Rica. Our Canopy tour guides will start by dressing you with the appropriate equipment; then they will take you through each of the 15 cables and 18 platforms, and optionally through our very own Tarzan Swing. Selvatura Park is one of the longest Canopy tour in Costa Rica. Also it is the only one located inside the actual virgin cloud forest of Monteverde If our are looking for extreme adventures and amazing rides Selvatura Park´s Canopy tour is your best choice. The tour usually takes between 2.5 and 3 hours and may be completed by people ranging between 4 and 99. It is safe for all people although some restrictions may apply. Tamarindo Area - After tour transfer to Tamarindo, including a stop in route to have lunch. Guide and bus stay with the group - Dinner at the hotel

Day 09
Breakfast at the hotel

On this tour you will enjoy the primary forest on a different way: trails built up in the top of the trees (about 105 feet high). A small hike takes you to the first platform, from there you start swinging to the other 12 platforms, which are connected by 9 cables from 150 to 400 feets long. Tamarindo Area During the canopy, that last almost three hours, you will have the opportunity to observe the surrounding forest from a new perspective.... just like Tarzan!! You might be getting hot by now because of the canopy, so it is time to cool off on the 1200 ft. long water slide. After having lunch at the Lodge we start the third part of the tour: Horseback riding to the thermal waters, steambath and natural spa, located at the foot of Rincon de la Vieja Volcano. Here, you will enjoy the rejuvenating treatments with volcanic mud and mineral waters. On your way there you will enjoy the wildlife of a transitional forest ( between dry and rain forest), where you might be able to spot monkeys, squirrels and a variety of butterflies and birds such as wood peckers and toucans. Lunch included on tour Dinner at the hotel

Day 10
- Breakfast at the hotel  - Day at leisure Tropical Pool Side room - Lunch and dinner at the hotel Tamarindo Area

Day 11
- Breakfast at the hotel  - Lunch at the hotel, after lunch transfer back to San Jose visiting Sarchi town Premier Room The country's most famous artisan town. Upon entering Sarchi, countless souvenir and handicraft stores begin emerging from both sides of the road, each offering handmade artifacts. These include elaborately painted bowls and trays, natural wood serving utensils, tables, furniture, jewellery boxes and carvings.
Dinner at the hotel in San José

Day 12
Breakfast at the hotel
End of services

WHAT IS INCLUDED?
Accommodation: Fourteen (14) Nights
Total of three (3) Nights San José
Total of two (2) Nights Tortuguero
Total of one (1) Nights San Carlos
Total of two (2) Nights Monteverde
Total of three (3) Nights  Guanacaste

Services (Guided Tours)
English speaking Guide with the group the entire time;
Tortuga Island One day cruise;
Bus with the group the entire time – including beach stay;
Half day Jose City Tour;
Tortuguero Activities (tour to the town, hiking and boat tours);
Baldí Hot Springs visit;
Lake Arenal Kayaking Tour;
Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve;
Plant a tree in Monteverde Area;
Selvatura Canopy Tour;
Buena Vista Combo Tour;
Meals as Specified (Thirty two (32) Meals);
Breakfast: 11;
Lunch: 10;
Dinner: 11.