9-Day Costa Rica Wildlife Expedition (8 Nights)

Costa Rica Expeditions

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Valid for Travel Now Through 29 Sep 2019

Tortuguero, Costa Rica

In this 9-day tour you will stay in the iconic Monteverde Lodge & Gardens and Tortuga Lodge & Gardens featured in National Geographic's "Trip of a Lifetime". Take boat trips in the rain forest, and save precious vacation time by flying in a 5 to 12 passenger aircraft. This itinerary is fully organized by Costa Rica Expeditions. Fully escorted by professional naturalist guides. On a typical tour participants see monkeys, parrots, toucans and sloths to name just a few of the animals that inhabit the rain forest. During the season from July to October you watch Giant Green Sea Turtles lay their eggs on the beach.

Itinerary Letter Codes:(B) Breakfast, (L) Lunch, (D) Dinner(NG) Naturalist Guide; (TG) Transfer Guide; (LG) Local Guide

DAY 1: Arrival San José, Costa Rica (No meals) (TG)

Arrive at Juan Santamaria International Airport. After passing through Immigration you will see a representative who will greet you and give you a sticker to facilitate clearing customs. Also, when you are exiting the building, you’ll see a guide, who will take you to your hotel.Overnight at: Hotel El Presidente

DAY 2: San José / Nectandra Gardens / Monteverde (B,L,D) (NG)

After a welcome orientation breakfast with your guide, drive 1 ½ hours to Nectandra Cloud Forest Garden. A morning hike by the gardens is the ideal introduction to the flora and fauna of Costa Rica. After Lunch at the Gardens 3 – 3 ½ hour drive to the Monteverde area. Overnight at: Monteverde Lodge & Gardens

DAY 3: Monteverde (B,L,D) (NG)

After breakfast, guided excursion to the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve. Afternoon Caburé Chocolate Tour. Overnight at: Monteverde Lodge & Gardens

DAY 4: Monteverde / Arenal (B,L,D) (NG)

Morning departure on a land and boat transfer to Arenal. Enjoy the rain forest with your naturalist guide and explore the surrounding. Overnight at: Arenal Manoa.

DAY 5: Arenal (B,L,D) (NG)

Guided walk to the Arenal Hanging Bridges. After lunch, Sky Trek Adventure in Arenal Theme Park. Late Afternoon visit Hidalgo Family Hot Springs. Overnight at: Arenal Manoa.

DAY 6: Arenal / Tortuguero (B,L,D) (NG)

After an early morning breakfast, drive 4 hours to the Pavona dock, where you will meet the boat for the 1 hour boat ride to Tortuguero. Overnight at: Tortuga Lodge and Gardens.

DAY 7: Tortuguero (B,L,D) (NG)

In the morning explore the creeks of the Tortuguero National park with your guide. . Visit the Sea Turtle Conservancy Visitor Center

DAY 8: Tortuguero / San Jose (B,L,D) (NG)

Morning departure from Tortuga Lodge, cross the Tortuguero River by boat and board your 30 minute light charter flight from Tortuguero to San José. Upon arrival transportation is provided to a Coffee Plantation. Doka Estate Coffee Tour.

DAY 9: Departure (TG)

Transfer to the International Airport at least three hours prior to the departure time for your flight out of the country.

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Tortuguero, Costa Rica
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Description

In this 9-day tour you will stay in the iconic Monteverde Lodge & Gardens and Tortuga Lodge & Gardens featured in National Geographic's "Trip of a Lifetime". Take boat trips in the rain forest, and save precious vacation time by flying in a 5 to 12 passenger aircraft. This itinerary is fully organized by Costa Rica Expeditions. Fully escorted by professional naturalist guides. On a typical tour participants see monkeys, parrots, toucans and sloths to name just a few of the animals that inhabit the rain forest. During the season from July to October you watch Giant Green Sea Turtles lay their eggs on the beach.

Itinerary Letter Codes:(B) Breakfast, (L) Lunch, (D) Dinner(NG) Naturalist Guide; (TG) Transfer Guide; (LG) Local Guide

DAY 1: Arrival San José, Costa Rica (No meals) (TG)

Arrive at Juan Santamaria International Airport. After passing through Immigration you will see a representative who will greet you and give you a sticker to facilitate clearing customs. Also, when you are exiting the building, you’ll see a guide, who will take you to your hotel.Overnight at: Hotel El Presidente

DAY 2: San José / Nectandra Gardens / Monteverde (B,L,D) (NG)

After a welcome orientation breakfast with your guide, drive 1 ½ hours to Nectandra Cloud Forest Garden. A morning hike by the gardens is the ideal introduction to the flora and fauna of Costa Rica. After Lunch at the Gardens 3 – 3 ½ hour drive to the Monteverde area. Overnight at: Monteverde Lodge & Gardens

DAY 3: Monteverde (B,L,D) (NG)

After breakfast, guided excursion to the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve. Afternoon Caburé Chocolate Tour. Overnight at: Monteverde Lodge & Gardens

DAY 4: Monteverde / Arenal (B,L,D) (NG)

Morning departure on a land and boat transfer to Arenal. Enjoy the rain forest with your naturalist guide and explore the surrounding. Overnight at: Arenal Manoa.

DAY 5: Arenal (B,L,D) (NG)

Guided walk to the Arenal Hanging Bridges. After lunch, Sky Trek Adventure in Arenal Theme Park. Late Afternoon visit Hidalgo Family Hot Springs. Overnight at: Arenal Manoa.

DAY 6: Arenal / Tortuguero (B,L,D) (NG)

After an early morning breakfast, drive 4 hours to the Pavona dock, where you will meet the boat for the 1 hour boat ride to Tortuguero. Overnight at: Tortuga Lodge and Gardens.

DAY 7: Tortuguero (B,L,D) (NG)

In the morning explore the creeks of the Tortuguero National park with your guide. . Visit the Sea Turtle Conservancy Visitor Center

DAY 8: Tortuguero / San Jose (B,L,D) (NG)

Morning departure from Tortuga Lodge, cross the Tortuguero River by boat and board your 30 minute light charter flight from Tortuguero to San José. Upon arrival transportation is provided to a Coffee Plantation. Doka Estate Coffee Tour.

DAY 9: Departure (TG)

Transfer to the International Airport at least three hours prior to the departure time for your flight out of the country.

About Us

About Us

Created in 1978, Costa Rica Expeditions continues to set the pace with Taylor made itineraries of leisure, wilderness and nature adventures in one of the world's most bio diverse and richly-populated wildlife areas. With appeal for travelers seeking escape to remote wilderness areas, retreats and beaches with the most upscale accommodations waiting at the end of the day, Costa Rica Expeditions blends adventure-packed itineraries led by expert, bilingual naturalist guides with luxurious lodgings set in Costa Rica's wildest corners. Costa Rica Expeditions is widely recognized as the best nature and adventure tour operator in the country.

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Terms & Conditions

TERMS & CONDITIONS

INCLUDED: Accommodations, Transfers, Tours and Meals: As indicated in the itinerary.

Porterage: we include the handling of two bags per person.

Taxes & entrance fees: Hotel taxes, entrance fees to National Parks, museums and places of interest in effect at the time of booking are included unless otherwise specified.

NOT INCLUDED: Costs of obtaining passports, visas; excess baggage fees; personal expenses, gratuities for tour escort, guides or driver; international airfare and airport departure taxes; sightseeing or meals not specified in the itinerary; personal insurance coverage.

HOLIDAY PAYMENT POLICY:

APPLIES TO CHRISTMAS, NEW YEARS, PRESIDENTS WEEK AND EASTER

A non-refundable deposit of 50% of the total trip cost is required to guarantee your reservation upon acceptance of proposal. The balance is due 60 days prior to the start date of departure. Any trips that are reserved less than 90 days prior to arrival must make full payment before hotel reservations can be confirmed. Deposits that are made to secure peak season hotels, guides and services are non-refundable.

PAYMENT POLICY FOR DATES OTHER THAN HOLIDAY DATES

A deposit of 50% of the total trip cost is required to guarantee your reservation upon acceptance of proposal. The balance is due 30 days prior to the start date of departure. Any trips that are confirmed less than 60 days prior to arrival must make full payment before hotel reservations can be confirmed.

PRICES CHARGED

The prices we charge reflect our costs and a reasonable profit for our services in planning and operating the trip.

PRICE BREAKDOWNS

We do not give price breakdowns.

HOLIDAY CANCELLATION POLICY:

APPLIES TO CHRISTMAS, NEW YEARS, PRESIDENTS WEEK AND EASTER

Deposits that are made to secure peak season hotel, guides and services are non-refundable. In the case of cancellations 90 days or more prior to the start date of the scheduled trip, there is a full refund minus a cancellation fee of $750 or 20% of the entire cost of the trip. In the case of cancellations received in our office from 89 to 46 days prior to the start date of the trip, there is a 50% refund, minus hotel deposits and guide fees. There will be no refund for cancellations made 45 or fewer days prior to the trip.

CANCELLATION POLICY FOR DATES OTHER THAN HOLIDAYS

Deposits that are made to secure peak season hotel, guides and service are non-refundable. In the case of cancellations 30 days or more prior to the start date of the scheduled trip, there is a full refund minus hotel deposits and guide fees, in addition to a cancellation fee of $500 or 15% of the entire cost of the trip. In the case of cancellations received in our office from 29 to 15 days prior to the start date of the trip, there is a 50% refund, minus hotel deposits and guide fees. There will be no refund for cancellations made 14 or fewer days prior to the trip.



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