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Costa Rica: Jungles & Rainforests 2019 tour

Costa Rica: Jungles & Rainforests 2019

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Travel Style: You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level: Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level: 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
8 days
From: $ 3,590 $ 449 / day
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Overview

Highlights

  • Earth Journey
  • created with BBC Earth; enjoy outdoor activities including zip lining
  • river rafting and horseback riding; tour a pineapple plantation
  • visit a chocolate 'workshop' and explore Tortuguero National Park by boat with naturalists

Short Description

Earth Journeys, created by Tauck and BBC Earth... From the Caribbean Sea to the Pacific Ocean, Tauck Bridges introduces your family to the amazing biodiversity of Costa Rica's beach, rainforest and jungle!

Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
Trip Type Small Group Tour
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.
Lodging Level Premium - 4 star
Flights & Transport N/A
Start City San José, Costa Rica
End City Guanacaste, Costa Rica

Trip Includes

  • Gratuities to Tauck Director, drivers & local guides are included
  • On-tour film vignettes custom-made for Tauck by BBC Earth natural history experts plus other select BBC Earth touches
  • Zip line adventure for extraordinary views of Arenal Volcano and the lush rainforest canopy
  • Jungle river-rafting adventure with an expert wildlife guide
  • Guided pineapple tour includes tastings of field-fresh pineapples and pineapple treats
  • Hands-on demonstration in making chocolate
  • Exploration of Tortuguero National Park by boat and land with expert naturalists includes a canal cruise
  • Airport transfers upon arrival and departure as noted
  • 20 meals (7 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 7 dinners); gratuities to local guides and drivers, admission fees, taxes, porterage and service charges

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Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive San José

Tour begins: 6:00 PM, InterContinental Costa Rica. A transfer is included from San José's Juan Santamaria International Airport to InterContinental Costa Rica in the heart of Costa Rica's capital city, San José. Meet your fellow eco-adventurers at this evening's welcome reception followed by dinner at your hotel, where your family enjoys Deluxe Rooms.

MEALS : D

LODGING : InterContinental Costa Rica at Multiplaza Mall

PORTOFCALL : San Jose, Costa Rica

Day 2 Toucans, chocolate & Tortuguero

A day of fun awaits your family today as you depart the capital, San José, and make your way to Tortuguero National Park, a tropical paradise in the heart of the coastal rainforest and your first taste of Costa Rica's incredible biodiversity! En route, pay a visit to the Toucan Rescue Center, where you'll tour the facilities and meet some of the toucans, sloths, monkeys and other wildlife the center's staff cares for. Next, learn everything you ever wanted to know about one of our favorite food groups - chocolate - at an artisan chocolatier! See the natural process of transforming the cacao fruit into chocolate during a hands-on demonstration, do a little tasting and have lunch. This afternoon, a boat transports you to your rustic rainforest retreat adjacent to Tortuguero National Park - where most travel is by water, toucans and blue morpho butterflies fly all around you, and howler monkeys provide a natural wake-up call! Enjoy a poolside barbecue for dinner tonight.

MEALS : B, L, D

LODGING : Aninga Lodge

PORTOFCALL : Tortuguero, Costa Rica

Day 3 The natural treasures of Tortuguero

Wake up today in your rainforest lodge near the entrance to Tortuguero National Park, where 11 different habitats have been identified in the surrounding wilderness - providing homes to 60 kinds of mammals, 57 species of amphibians, 111 varieties of reptiles and more than 309 recorded species of birds! Your day begins with a morning canal cruise, where you'll do some birding and nature viewing with our local guides, then return to your lodge for lunch. This afternoon, take a boat to explore the village of Tortuguero; learn about the medicinal benefits of coconuts, and the "tree of life" they come from, during a coconut demonstration; and, if you wish, take an optional canal cruise inside Tortuguero National Park, or just relax at your resort. And if you're traveling with us between July and August, this evening we'll take an unforgettable nighttime trip to the beach to observe nesting green sea turtles in one of the world's top nesting grounds for these endangered animals. You'll have a chance to see them make their way up the beach from the water to dig their nests in the sand, leaving tractor-tread trails behind them!

MEALS : B, L, D

LODGING : Aninga Lodge

PORTOFCALL : Tortuguero, Costa Rica

Day 4 Sarapiqui River float trip

Head to the banks of the Sarapiqui River to take in the sights and sounds of the rainforest; a national monument today, the river played an important role in suppressing an armed incursion into Costa Rica in 1856, serving as a highway that transported soldiers, weapons and food. Board a rubber river raft for a gentle float trip* through the jungle; try to spot turtles, sloths, monkeys, iguanas and other wildlife that call the Sarapiqui region home. Continue to your thermal water spa resort, where you'll spend some time at leisure before dinner this evening.

MEALS : B, L, D

LODGING : The Royal Corin Thermal Water Spa & Resort

PORTOFCALL : La Fortuna, Costa Rica

Day 5 Zip lining at Arenal & a pineapple tour

In Costa Rica's Arenal region, get an extraordinary bird's-eye view of cone-shaped Arenal Volcano, an actively "restless" volcano, on a thrilling zip-line ride* at Sky Trek Adventure Park, where you'll soar over and through the canopy of rainforest treetops! (Those not into zip lining can take a nature walk instead.) Following lunch at a local restaurant, join us for a pineapple tour on which you'll taste pineapples fresh from the field, learn how to choose the best pineapple at the supermarket, and sample some local pineapple treats. Return to your resort for some time at leisure and dinner tonight.

MEALS : B, L, D

LODGING : The Royal Corin Thermal Water Spa & Resort

PORTOFCALL : La Fortuna, Costa Rica

Day 6 Across Costa Rica to coastal Guanacaste

Head out from Arenal and across Costa Rica's interior today to Guanacaste on the Pacific coast, stopping for lunch on the way. Then continue on to your eclectic oceanfront resort, El Mangroove, on the shores of the Pacific in Guanacaste.

MEALS : B, L, D

LODGING : El Mangroove

PORTOFCALL : Guanacaste, Costa Rica

Day 7 Outdoor fun & a beachfront farewell

A day of fun awaits your family today at Vandara Adventure Park & Spa in Guanacaste... where the only other guests will be your fellow Tauck travelers! You can choose from activities including horseback riding, a zip-line adventure*, waterslides, a dip in volcanic hot springs, or a massage. Whichever you choose, it's a great way to wind up your family's Costa Rica vacation! After enjoying a farm-to-table lunch at Vandara featuring products from the park's own organic garden, return to your oceanfront resort, where you'll celebrate the end of your amazing eco-trip with a farewell reception on the beach, complete with traditional Costa Rican music by a marimba band, followed by a farewell dinner.

MEALS : B, L, D

LODGING : El Mangroove

PORTOFCALL : Guanacaste, Costa Rica

Day 8 Adios, Costa Rica!

Tour ends: Guanacaste. Fly home anytime. A transfer from El Mangroove to Liberia International Airport is included. You should allow a minimum of three hours for check-in at the airport.

MEALS : B

PORTOFCALL : Guanacaste, Costa Rica

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