Multi-Day Tour | Escorted, Independent, Locally Hosted

Leaving my Footprint (8 days)

Swiss Travel, Costa Rica

San José, Costa Rica To San José, Costa Rica

Valid for Departures Now Through: 19 Sep 2018

Leaving my Footprint (8 days)

Day 1

San José, Costa Rica

Day 2

San José, Costa Rica

Day 7

San José, Costa Rica

Day 8

San José, Costa Rica

Itinerary

DAY LOCATION(S) HOTEL MEALS DESCRIPTION
Day 1
San José, Costa Rica
Real InterContinental San José None

Upon arrival at SJO International Airport, a Swiss Travel representative will meet and greet you, and he will provide you with all the necessary documentation you will need during your vacation. Then, you will be transferred to the hotel in San Jose.

Day 2
San José, Costa Rica
Real InterContinental San José Breakfast, Lunch

This day, you will visit “Obras Del Espiritu Santo” after breakfast. This non-profit organization was founded by the priest Sergio Valverde who started feeding homeless people fifteen years ago, and since that moment, people began to join this project, which is now a very well-known organization. Nowadays, the organization has 38 different ministries focused on diverse social aspects such as health, education, and teenagers and children at social risk. This institution also provides counselling and motivational programs to homeless people and to individuals who are currently in prison, among other groups of interest. Every year, on Christmas time, they organize a party for 30.000 children. Such activity takes place in the National Stadium located in San Jose. This project does not receive any financial help from the government, so all they do is achieved thanked to the contribution of people who want to give an opportunity to children and people at social risk. During your visit, you will share a special time with children, also you will visit the small zoo that priest Sergio has created in the community. You could also teach to children about your culture and language, always being accompanied by a bilingual guide who will do of this visit a great experience for you and for all these people who will never forget you.

Day 3
La Fortuna, Costa Rica
Arenal Kioro Suites & Spa Breakfast

At mid-morning, the journey starts to the northern lowlands of Costa Rica, where the major attraction is the Arenal Volcano. The tour begins with a climb up to the central volcanic mountain range. On the way, it is possible to see diverse agricultural plantations, ornamental plants and cattle ranches until the arrival to “La Fortuna” where the mighty Arenal Volcano will welcome you with its impressive perfect conic shape. Check in at the hotel in Arenal, as you will be staying the next four nights at this property. The afternoon will be at your leisure to enjoy the facilities of the hotel.

Day 4
La Fortuna, Costa Rica
Arenal Kioro Suites & Spa Breakfast, Lunch

Today you will enjoy a guided journey through “Arenal Vida Campesina” property where you can appreciate traditional and non-traditional cultivations and take part of activities like milking a cow, making “tortillas” and gathering of vegetables from their own garden, cultural activities as the milling of sugar cane, typical dances and collecting water from our handmade well. In addition, you will have the opportunity to collaborate with the environment by sponsoring and planting a tree in danger of extinction and enjoying a typical, organic lunch made with products harvested from the property and cooked on a woodstove.

Day 5
La Fortuna, Costa Rica
Arenal Kioro Suites & Spa Breakfast, Lunch

This day, you will be part of the history, culture and traditions of “The Maleku” Tribe. The Malekus indigenous people are very open to visitors and enjoy sharing with tourists a piece of their cultural roots, and main traditions, letting you learn about and experience some of the authentic Costa Rican heritage. Although most Malekus speak Spanish, they hold their native “Maleku Jaica” language near to their hearts, teaching young children this language even at elementary school. You will be also delighted by a fresh glass of “chicha”, a lesson on Maleku history, a language class and a tour through a medicinal plant garden to learn about the close interaction between the members of the tribe and their surrounding ecosystem. Before enjoying lunch, you will have the opportunity to participate in an arrow-making lesson. A theatrical representation that shows some Malekus’ ancient customs, such as weddings or duels will be the conclusion of the visit.

Day 6
La Fortuna, Costa Rica
Arenal Kioro Suites & Spa Breakfast

Today you will visit Proyecto Asis “Wild Animal Rescue Center, Volunteer Programs and Spanish School” for a tour that allows you to experience a unique opportunity to not only be near the wild animals, but also help in their rehabilitation. During the tour, you will walk around the property accompanied by a tour guide, to visit each of the enclosures. In that way, you will learn important information of every specie: habitat where they live, source of food, social behavior, as well as information about if the animal is listed as endangered (national and international) and why. When this activity ends, there is a coffee break for the participants, including coffee, natural juice and tropical fruits. After that, you start with the volunteering that consists of preparing food for the animals and feeding them.

Day 7
San José, Costa Rica
Real InterContinental San José Breakfast

After enjoying unforgettable experiences in Arenal area you will be transferred back to San Jose where you will stay the last night in Costa Rica. On the way, it is possible to admire diverse agricultural plantations, ornamental plants and cattle ranches.

Day 8
San José, Costa Rica
None Breakfast

After enjoying, unique experiences related to social, cultural and natural aspects of Costa Rica, it is scheduled the transfer from your selected hotel in San José, to SJO International Airport to board your flight back home.

Tour Features

Experience(s)

  • Culture, History & Arts
  • Family Vacations
  • Sightseeing
  • Wildlife & Nature

Description

Every time we travel we have great memories but traveling also we could create good memories for some other people and give a hand to our Mother Nature while we enjoy and this program gives to you the opportunity to know Costa Rica, enjoying its nature but also contributing in some different aspects. During this trip, we will visit “Obras del Espíritu Santo”, this non-profit is focused on diverse social aspects such as health, education, and teenagers and children at social risk. Next days you will enjoy in the northern plains of the country where the mighty Arenal Volcano will welcome you. In Arenal, you will have the opportunity to live the costarican culture at “Arenal Vida Campesina” milking a cow, making “tortillas” and milling sugar cane. You could collaborate with the environment by sponsoring and planting a tree in danger of extinction. In addition, you will be part of the history, culture and traditions of “The Maleku” Tribe, with a lesson on Maleku history, a language class and learning about the close interaction they have with their surrounding ecosystem, even you will have the opportunity to participate in an arrow-making lesson. Besides, you will visit Proyecto Asis for a tour that allows you to experience a unique opportunity to not only be near the wild animals, but also help in their rehabilitation. In that way, you will learn important information of every specie, after that, you start with the volunteering that consists of preparing food for the animals and feeding them. This program definitively you will enjoy it but you also could say, I am leaving my footprint!

About Us

Whether it's a family vacation or a friend’s trip, Swiss Travel Service offers you the best Costa Rican experts in designing custom-made vacations. Our dedicated Virtuoso experts understand your needs and will work to satisfy them considering your client’s interests and budget. Contact us and let us know what you need and what your expectations are, the more information you give us, the better we can build an ideal program for your clients. We want to know if is it a special celebration trip, if you are looking for adventure, nature or relaxation.

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Terms & Conditions

Payment Policy:

All Individual reservations must be paid in full at least 30 days prior to the client’s arrival to Costa Rica.

Cancellation Policy:

Some charges may apply for last-minute cancellations, changes or no-shows. Cancellation charges will apply according to each supplier’s cancellation policies. Swiss Travel charges a US $50.00 handling fee for cancellation of confirmed bookings.



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By: Howie


Reviewed on: 19 Nov 2013

this trip had a more difficult aspect in that the destinTion was in a very remote spot. It required an overnight stay enroute. All flights and transfers proceeded smoothly. The accomodations were as advertised. The only glitch was that no boarding pass was provided for leg of return flight. It turns out, none was needed, but that was not explained ahead of time.
Travel Advisor:  Kathleen Ortiz

Highly recommend

By: Wendy


Reviewed on: 17 Mar 2014

Travel Advisor:  Brigitte Feinberg

Reliable and Professional

By: ChicagoSue


Reviewed on: 03 Jun 2014

Swiss Travel helped our travel agent coordinate a nearly 2 week trip in Costa Rica.  A representative met us at the airport, gave us our final itinerary, introduced us to the driver who would be taking us to our first destination, and then checked on us intermittently throughout the trip.  All the drivers and guides who we met were professional and helpful.  While we never needed to contact someone from Swiss Travel for additional assistance, it was comforting to know that we had local contacts in the event of an emergency.  
Travel Advisor:  Michele Vogel

Wonderful

By: Jen


Reviewed on: 23 Jun 2015

We used Swiss travel for our airport transportation and for our zip lining trips and bother were great. Very professional and zip lining was fabulous!
Travel Advisor:  Cristina Buaas

Terrific Service, Knowledgeable & Friendly Staff

By: DC Z's


Reviewed on: 17 Apr 2016

Swiss Travel provided our family with top-quality service throughout our recent vacation in and around Costa Rica. Our adventure spanned three regions - with each and every Swiss Travel Guide and Driver being extremely friendly, knowledgeable and humorous! Staff went above and beyond in describing local cultures, economic vagaries of the country's regions, historical perspectives and environmental policies that every country should aspire. Thank you, Swiss Travel and Valerie Wilson Travel! The DC Z's
Travel Advisor:  Valerie Ann Wilson

Good Service

By: Ashley


Reviewed on: 25 Jul 2016

Everything was arranged ahead of time. We did not have to worry about anything on trip! It was all handled!
Travel Advisor:  Deborah Barth

Great tours & guides

By: Michelle G


Reviewed on: 20 Dec 2016

Swiss Travel employs great drivers and exceptional guides. They were all very knowledgeable and accommodating during our tours.
Travel Advisor:  Terri Stanfield

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By: WalshCrew


Reviewed on: 01 Jul 2017

Before this trip I had no idea what Costa Rica travel would be like. On arrival to the country SWISS TRAVEL was there with a smile. These people are first class. Driving through the country to our destinations their personal attention was immeasurable. Every time we had a transfer to an excursion or new hotel they were prompt, polite and engaging. We even made a request to stop at a Supermarket which they did!!! Love and thankfulness to all my Swiss Travel people!
Travel Advisor:  Regina Kubica

Swiss Travel transportation

By: KikiG


Reviewed on: 13 Jul 2017

These guys were the ultimate professionals. They are always punctual and provide very comfortable vehicles. Since my main bag didn't arrive with me, they didn't hesitate to stop at a suitable place so I could purchase a few things that I would need to get by. They made themselves available for language translation and anything else we needed. They gave us as much information along the way as we wanted. They were friendly and made us feel very welcome in their country. I'd highly recommend them.
Travel Advisor:  Bette Prochaska

Costa Rica

By: Sandy


Reviewed on: 26 Feb 2018

When planning for the trip the agent took time to go through all the details of the trip. She answered all questions and even gave restaurant recommendations (which were wonderful). During travel Swiss Travel was there to make changes in transportation needed. And help find missing glasses.
Travel Advisor:  John-Paul Fine

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By: JLF


Reviewed on: 04 Apr 2018

Very impressed with the coordination of a complex travel plan! Only complaint is wish we would have had more time to do more! Great job by Swiss Travel.
Travel Advisor:  Alexis Jaffer