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Costa Rica Explorer (10 days)

Ladatco Tours

San Jose, Costa Rica To Liberia, Costa Rica

Valid for Departures Now Through: 31 Aug 2018


Day 1
San Jose, Costa Rica
San Jose Marriott None

Arrive in San Jose and meeting and transfer to the San Jose Marriott

Day 2
Tortuguero, Costa Rica
San Jose, Costa Rica
Pachira Lodge Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Early morning departure for overland journey to Tortuguero National Park, stopping en route at a local restaurant for breakfast. Time and conditions permitting, a stop will also be made at a banana processing plant to learn more about one of the country's primary agricultural products. Continue the drive via Braulio Carillo National Park to the dock at either Matina or Siquirres (total time elapsed about 3.5 hours). Board the motorboat and journey along the canals that parallel the Caribbean for the next 1.5 hours until you reach the Pachira Lodge around lunch time. In the afternoon, visit the quaint village of Tortuguero and the Caribbean Conservation Turtle Museum (no entrance fee but a donation is expected). During the months of July-September you may wish to take an optional excursion, at additional cost, for a night turtle watch on the beach. Overnight at Pachira Lodge

Day 3
Arenal, Costa Rica
Tortuguero, Costa Rica
Arenal Nayara Hotel and Gardens Breakfast, Lunch

Very early morning excursion by boat to explore the smaller nearby canals for flora and fauna viewing. Return to the lodge for breakfast before returning to the docks at either Siquirres or Matina and are taken to Guapiles for lunch. Afterwards, continue by road (approximately 3.5 hours) to the area of Arenal Nayara Hotel and Gardens.

Day 4
Arenal, Costa Rica
Arenal Nayara Hotel and Gardens Breakfast, Dinner

This morning you will quietly paddle the Penas Blancas River and enjoy the sights and sounds of the rainforest. As you float and paddle, you may see monkeys, sloths, iguanas and crocodiles as well as numerous tropical birds. In the afternoon your host will take you for a most extraordinary view of the Arenal Volcano with a gentle hike along the base of this marvelous "Mountain of Fire". The hike begins on the active side of the volcano that takes you through the forest over recent lava flows and to the destroyed area now in the process of regeneration. Continue to El Tabacon Resort and Hot Springs where you can take a dip in one of the 10 natural mineral hot springs that descend from the volcano. The pools are surrounded by some of the most impressively well manicured tropical gardens. After your relaxing soak in the warm waters, dinner will be served in the hotel's restaurant.

Day 5
Arenal, Costa Rica
Arenal Nayara Hotel and Gardens Breakfast, Lunch

Very early this morning your guide will drive you to the area around San Carlos where you board the boat that will take you into the 24,000+ acre Cano Negro Wildlife Refuge, a remote Everglades-type wetland (humid tropical forest). Flora and fauna center around the nearly 2000 acre Lake Cano Negro. The wet season brings flocks of migratory waterfowl, turtles, crocodiles, snook and tarpon. The area is also home to some endangered species such as tapirs, cougars, jaguars and ocelots. During the dry season (February-April) the area shrinks to small isolated lagoons.

Day 6
Monte Verde, Costa Rica
Arenal, Costa Rica
Hotel Belmar Breakfast

This morning drive some 3 hours across the scenic highlands of Costa Rica to the famed cloud forest area of Monteverde, where you will spend one night at the Hotel Belmar. This afternoon you will have a guided visit to the Monteverde Butterfly Garden. In the Nature Center there is an extensive collection of butterflies and displays on their biology.

Day 7
Playa Conchal, Costa Rica
Monte Verde, Costa Rica
Playa Conchal & the Westin Resort & Spa Breakfast

Early this morning you will have an exciting introduction t0 the many species of the cloud forest. First excursion will be on the Sky Walk, adjacent to the Santa Elena Cloud Forest. The Sky Walk is a complex of hanging bridges, trails and platforms built inside the cloud forest. It is an 1800 meter trail with five hanging bridges placed in such a manner as to reveal different levels of the forest. The second excursion goes to SkyTrek. It consists of 2 suspended bridges and 3 platforms connected by zip-lines, with the observation tower reaching 8 stories! In the afternoon drive 3 hours from the cool mountain cloud forest area to the tropical Pacific coast at Playa Conchal and the Playa Conchal & the Westin Resort & Spa.

Day 8
Playa Conchal, Costa Rica
Playa Conchal & the Westin Resort & Spa Breakfast

Day at leisure to relax in the sun, surf and sand of the tropical sun.

Day 9
Playa Conchal, Costa Rica
Playa Conchal & the Westin Resort & Spa Breakfast

Another day at leisure to relax and enjoy the facilities of the resort

Day 10
Miami, FL United States
Liberia, Costa Rica
Playa Conchal, Costa Rica
None Breakfast

At the appropriate time you will be transferred to the airport at Liberia for your return home.

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  • Tortuguero

  • Arenal

  • Monteverde (SkyWalk & SkyTrek

  • Playa Concha

About Us

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1) 50+ years of Destination Knowledge & Experience

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At LADATCO, we elevate the Experience of travel...beyond the the level of Pampered Adventure

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Terms & Conditions

Deposit $750 per person in order to confirm space.

Second deposit to complete a total deposit of 30% of total cost due upon confirmation of all space.

Full payment due 65 days prior.

Cancellation policy - to be verified for each booking but in general:



Up to 90 days prior departure $ 750

89 to 61 days prior departure 30% of tour costs

60 to 31 days prior departure 50% of tour costs

30 to 00 days prior departure 100% of tour costs

NOTE: No Refunds are made for changes made en route at the discretion of the traveler.

Because everything is Custom Designed, deposit-payment-cancellation policy will be confirmed for each booking and the above is for general guidelines only.

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Reviewed on: 23 Jan 2014

Our vacation to Costa Rica was wonderful. All guides and drivers were top notch and we never had to wait for anything. I would book again using Ladatco Tours.

By: travel bug

Reviewed on: 20 Apr 2014

We have traveled to South America on several occasions and have used Ladatco (Michelle) to set up our tours/itineraries.  We have always felt like we saw the MOST interesting things that were especially geared for the interests of our group members.  We also think our schedules have made the most use of our time, money and logistics.  I highly recommend Ladatco to plan a South American vacation. 
Travel Advisor:  Deborah Bush

great guides

By: andi 007

Reviewed on: 08 Jan 2015

they were friendly/ very knowledgeable and flexible
Travel Advisor:  Deborah Bush


By: Lisa

Reviewed on: 21 May 2015

Argentina/ Chile
Travel Advisor:  Linda Fezekas

No direct contact therefore hard to rate

By: the other guy

Reviewed on: 21 Jul 2015

A middle man and therefore hard to rate.

excellent job

By: t and d

Reviewed on: 20 Dec 2015

Hotels and airline arrangements worked well. Two flight delays. Guide on Easter Island was excellent and we received an extra tour the day we arrived that was not on the plan but was very welcome.
Travel Advisor:  Jamo Ladd

Chilean and Argentinian arrangements

By: Ed

Reviewed on: 21 Feb 2017

Sports Tours of Santiago provided a great guide, Alvaro Gonzalez, and the hotels and resorts were wonderful. I appreciated them negotiating reasonable single supplements for the accommodations.
Travel Advisor:  Linda Van Buren

Ladatco midde person

By: Charlie

Reviewed on: 11 Feb 2017

We had no contact with a Ladatco rep. They provided services to our travel agent and we were happy with the result.
Travel Advisor:  Deborah Bush


By: anonymous

Reviewed on: 27 Mar 2017

They planned a terrific itinerary, the guide was fabulous, helpful and full of knowledge about the area and the people.
Travel Advisor:  Kip Abbott



Reviewed on: 10 Jun 2017

Travel Advisor:  Vivian Paesano

Galapagos and Ecuador Trip - 2017

By: Jan

Reviewed on: 29 Jul 2017

Very good trip and service. Was where they needed to be at all times. Provided very good drivers and guides, spoke English well, wee flexible with our desires, and gave us consistent guides that got to know our family. Coordinated well with our overall trip planner. Trip was great and the guide provided a lot of local color with our trip -- as sometimes we like to go off the beaten track and experience more local places. Perfect fit for our family.
Travel Advisor:  Nancy Macleod

Macchu Picchu and Galapagos

By: The Johnson's

Reviewed on: 30 Oct 2017

Ladatco did a great job putting together our trip. Our local guides were really great. The Gourmet Food tour in Lima was a wonderful way to start our trip! One of the owners, Samantha, was our guide and gave us a culinary experience to remember. Our guide, Ramiro, with Metropolitan Tours, was so knowledgeable and so passionate about Peruvian history and the time of the Incas! we really enjoyed our time with him and learned so much from him. The visit to the Quillot village was an experience we will never forget. And, of course, Macchu Picchu and the other Incan ruins were awe-inspiring. The second Ramiro, in Quito, was another wonderful guide. We loved our hotels and wished we had more time to enjoy the amenities of Hotel B in Lima, the Sol y Luna in the Sacred Valley and Casa Gangotena in Quito. The Petrel is a beautiful small ship with an excellent crew. Our naturalist, Nico Andrade, was just great. He was knowledgeable, funny and kept us busy! The food was just OK.
Travel Advisor:  Linda Van Buren

Local travel

By: Susu

Reviewed on: 06 Jan 2018

Wonderful guides. Thorough. We were well taken care of.
Travel Advisor:  Rochelle Lieberman

Peru December 2017

By: Roger

Reviewed on: 12 Jan 2018

Very well put together
Travel Advisor:  Joanne Meyer