Multi-Day Tour | Escorted, Independent, Private

Nature, Culture & Roots (11 days)

Swiss Travel, Costa Rica

San José, Costa Rica To SJO International Airport, Costa Rica

Valid for Departures Now Through: 30 Nov 2019

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, also he will provide you with all the necessary documentation you will need during your vacation. Then, you will be transferred to Real InterContinental San José hotel, where you will stay the first night in Costa Rica.

Day 2
La Fortuna, Costa Rica
Nayara Gardens and Nayara Springs Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

By midmorning starts the journey to the northern plains of the country where the main attraction is the Arenal Volcano. Stopping along the way to visit the famous town of Sarchi, known internationally for its hardworking artisans who give fame to this village as "The Cradle of Costa Rican Crafts." Our journey will continue through the plantations of various agricultural products, ornamental plants and cattle ranches to the village of La Fortuna, where we will be delighted by a delicious lunch in a cozy restaurant. If the weather allows it, you will be able to enjoy a magnify view to the impressive Arenal Volcano. After lunch, we will continue to Nayara Springs hotel where you will stay for the next three nights.

Late in the afternoon, you will visit the impressive Tabacon Hot Springs. Here, you will find several pools that flow across Tabacon River and are heated directly from the volcanic veins of the Arenal Volcano. These soothing waterfalls will make you feel rejuvenated due to all the benefits they provide. These springs help improve blood circulation and oxygenation, removes toxins from the body, stimulate metabolism, help digestion, promote relaxation and improve the functioning of the nervous system, which make Tabacon a must-visit destination. The exotic gardens that surround this place will definitely make you enjoy a natural and unique environment that will make you feel completely stress free. Finally, we will enjoy a delicious dinner and then you will be transferred to your selected hotel.

Day 3
La Fortuna, Costa Rica
Nayara Gardens and Nayara Springs Breakfast

During the morning, we will visit the Arenal Hanging Bridges, a system of trails immersed in the rainforest, where you will find 16 hanging bridges that were built considering all types of visitors and their security. This tour is adorned by magnificent views of the imposing volcano and you will find a huge variety of species such as mammals, reptiles, amphibians, birds and insects making it one of the most complete visits in the area.

In the afternoon, you will enjoy a 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 4
La Fortuna, Costa Rica
Nayara Gardens and Nayara Springs Breakfast

Day at your leisure to enjoy the hotel facilities or explore the area. We highly recommend the visit to Arenal Volcano National Park (extra cost) that protects an active perfect cone volcano with constant moderate explosions accompanied by roar, gases and ash emissions that raise high in the air. The attraction of this volcano has helped to develop the area as a prime destination in the country; from being a small town of cattle and agricultural farms, it has become one of the most tourist-developed areas with hotels, tour attractions, adventure activities, hot springs and water sports.

Day 5
Bajos del Toro, Costa Rica
El Silencio Lodge & Spa Breakfast

At mid-morning, a private transfer will take you to Bajos del Toro. This area is surrounded by the cloud forest characteristic of high mountains; it offers 1000 hectares of a private natural reserve with rivers flowing from the top of the mountains and waterfalls hidden in the forest.

It is one of the best places to observe birds in Costa Rica, including hummingbirds, endemic bird bell, the famous Quetzal and many more who fly freely among ancient trees laden with orchids, bromeliads, mosses and ferns.

Registration and lodging for the next two nights at El Silencio Lodge & Spa hotel will be done. This place is widely considered a sanctuary in harmony with the environment and it is surrounded by the stunning tropical cloud forest. The hotel has 500-acre private reserve where flowing small rivers and beautiful waterfalls. An eco-hotel representative will be available to provide information about the region and the services offered by the property. You can enjoy a walk through the trails of the property where you can discover the wonders of these ancient forests, including large numbers of migratory birds and interesting plantations of medicinal trees that will help you learn more about natural medicine. Rest of the day at your leisure.

Day 6
Bajos del Toro, Costa Rica
El Silencio Lodge & Spa Breakfast

This day you will explore the area to know it as a local. Los Bajos del Toro Amarillo is a thriving rural community with rich traditions, unsurpassed landscapes, and intriguing flora. With this tour you will visit to local orchid enthusiast, Mr. Martin Porras and his private garden. His collection features more than 400 orchid species, from fun shoe-shaped specimens to tiny varieties of Lilliputian beauty. A magnifying glass is provided for a unique micro-safari. Followed by a stroll through the local town and a fun stop at Doña Olga’s Pulpería where you can palm fresh tortillas and buy local pastries.

Rest of the day at your leisure.

Day 7
San Isidro Del General, Costa Rica
Hacienda AltaGracia, an Auberge Resort Breakfast

During the morning, a private transportation will take you from Bajos del Toro to Domestic Terminal in San José where a charter flight will take you to San Isidro el General. Then on a private transportation, you will get at Hacienda AltaGracia hotel located over 7,000 ft. This hotel has been designed for guests seeking a private vacation retreat with luxury resort comforts and a variety of recreational pursuits. In addition, it will offer you a purely authentic Costa Rican experience in an intimate hacienda setting and one of Central America’s finest spas.

Day 8
San Isidro Del General, Costa Rica
Hacienda AltaGracia, an Auberge Resort Breakfast, Lunch

Today you will meet the Boruca tribe; The Borucas are one of the last remaining indigenous tribes of Costa Rica. Their reserve is located at the foothills of the Talamanca Mountains in the south of Costa Rica, a remote area that has served them well for centuries, most notably in their defeat of Spanish colonists in the 1500’s. Borucas have a rich cultural heritage and work hard to retain their traditions; they are wood carvers, creating intricate and symbolic masks which when decorated are used in their dances to ward off evil. They are weavers, using wool, which is dyed using native plants; they are craftsmen, making drums out of cedar and cowhide and the village elders still speak their native language. They are people of the land; they grow rice, beans, coffee, cacao, corn, tomatoes, and they raise cows, pigs, goats and chicken, but only enough to feed their families. Every New Year they celebrate their grandest festival - The Baile con Diablitos or Dance with the Devil – where they honor their ancient legends, bringing to life folklore in the form of dance and music and re-enacting their victory fight against Spanish influence. They proudly wear their intricately carved and painted masks during all festivities.

They will proudly welcome you and while there, you will learn about the history and traditions of this victorious tribe of people. You will see how they make their intricate crafts; have the opportunity to get involved in their creations yourself. You will see the different family farms and see how they live off their land and you will hear their legends and tales passed down through generations. During your visit, you will enjoy a Boruca cultural show and have typical lunch in their company by the river they hold sacred, with views of a majestic waterfall. The pride and passion the Borucas have for their ancestral heritage is palpable and you will depart feeling you have made new friends with one of the last indigenous tribes of Costa Rica.

Day 9
San Isidro Del General, Costa Rica
Hacienda AltaGracia, an Auberge Resort Breakfast

This day is at your leisure. A number of complimentary activities are offered daily throughout the resort. Enjoy hiking, biking, fitness, meditation, culinary, spa and equestrian activities all without leaving the resort. Other activities will have an additional cost, for example horseback riding, ultralight flights and zip lines, among others.

Day 10
San José, Costa Rica
Costa Rica Marriott Breakfast

This morning a private transportation will take you back to the local airstrip in San Isidro el General where you will take a charter flight to San José. Once in the capital, a transportation will take you to Costa Rica Marriott hotel where you will enjoy the last night of the trip.

Day 11
SJO International Airport, Costa Rica
None Breakfast

After an unforgettable visit to Costa Rica, we have scheduled a private transportation from Costa Rica Marriott hotel to SJO International Airport where you will board your flight back home.

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Description

Costa Rica is a natural paradise but also has a magical culture and roots that you will enjoy with this program. Visit "The Cradle of Costa Rican Crafts", enjoy at the hot springs heated directly from the volcanic veins of the mighty Arenal Volcano. Admire the forest from the hanging bridges and contribute with a Wild Animal Rescue Center. Feel the calm and magical forest in Bajos del Toro. Then enjoy a luxury experience accompanied with a visit to The Borucas, one of the last remaining indigenous tribes of Costa Rica while learn to create a mask of the Boruca and be part of their tribe and their daily activities. Definitively this program will offer you unforgettable experience of the country.

About Us

At Swiss Travel we understand that travelers want more than just a holiday; they want to make lifetime memories. For that reason all products are carefully selected to provide visitors with not only comfort and safety, but also the chance to encounter authentic Costa Rica. Each tailor-made program combines a blend of adventure, culture, relaxation. Swiss Travel proudly implements sustainable, socially responsible trends in all daily operations while create unforgettable experiences.

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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
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By: Mike


Reviewed on: 28 Nov 2018

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