Witness volcanoes, rainforests, and an amazing variety of plant and wildlife in Costa Rica - raft on jungle rivers, zip line in the rainforest, sky-walk in a cloud forest, and visit eco-parks and reserves.



Naturally Inspiring... There are wonders to behold at every turn in Costa Rica, from nature's exquisitely adorned treasures to man-made gems glittering in gold. Sugar-sand beaches kiss aquamarine seas. Jeweled hummingbirds, candy-striped toucans and equally resplendent Quetzals flirt with porcelain-winged butterflies dressed in electric blue... A place where jungles run wild and volcanoes simmer, Costa Rican landscapes also play host to coffee plantations, richly rewarding; pineapple plantations, organically inspired; gardens, butterfly-filled, in a cloud forest... and eco-resorts, naturally nurturing. Spending a week here is an adventure that touches body, mind and soul with zip-lining and horseback rides, float trips on jungle rivers and a lake cruise, insider visits to a farmer's home on a jungle river, a coffee farm and a farewell celebration at an artisan chocolatier in San Jose, all from equally colorful Costa Rican hideaways that promise an authentic glimpse of paradise.

Naturally Inspiring... There are wonders to behold at every turn in Costa Rica, from nature's exquisitely adorned treasures to man-made gems glittering in gold. Sugar-sand beaches kiss aquamarine seas. Jeweled hummingbirds, candy-striped toucans and equally resplendent Quetzals flirt with porcelain-winged butterflies dressed in electric blue... A place where jungles run wild and volcanoes simmer, Costa Rican landscapes also play host to coffee plantations, richly rewarding; pineapple plantations, organically inspired; gardens, butterfly-filled, in a cloud forest... and eco-resorts, naturally nurturing. Spending a week here is an adventure that touches body, mind and soul with zip-lining and horseback rides, float trips on jungle rivers and a lake cruise, insider visits to a farmer's home on a jungle river, a coffee farm and a farewell celebration at an artisan chocolatier in San Jose, all from equally colorful Costa Rican hideaways that promise an authentic glimpse of paradise.

Traveling Well Includes:
  • TAUCK EXCLUSIVE - On-tour film vignettes custom-made for Tauck by BBC Earth natural history experts plus other select BBC Earth touches
  • Privately guided exploration within Costa Rica's Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve
  • Sky walk; on suspension bridges through the cloud forest canopy
  • Exotic wildlife viewing on a float trip along the Penas Blancas River
  • Presentation by one of Monteverde Reserve's residents
  • Guided tour and lunch at Don Juan coffee plantation

  • Call (864) 225-5588 for more information or to book today! Mention code 14710285

    Tour Operator
    Tauck Tours
    Offer
    Offer valid through 3/31/2020
    Duration
    8 Days
    DayDestinationDescription
    Day 1San JoseWelcome to Costa Rica

    Tour begins: 5:00 PM, Hotel Grano de Oro. A transfer is included from San Jose's Juan Santamaria International Airport to Hotel Grano de Oro in Costa Rica's capital city, San Jose. Meet your fellow eco-adventurers at this evening's welcome reception followed by dinner at your hotel.



    Lodging: Hotel Grano de Oro

    Meals: D
    Day 2San JoseGlittering gold, toucans & on to Arenal

    Kick off your Costa Rica travel today with a visit and guided tour of the San Jose's Museo del Oro (Gold Museum), home to a priceless collection of thousands of gold artifacts and artworks from the pre-Columbian period. Then head 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. Return to your hotel for lunch before departing San Jose and traveling to the Arenal region for a two-night stay at Tabacon Grand Spa Thermal Resort.



    Lodging: Tabacon Grand Spa Thermal Resort

    Meals: B, L, D
    Day 3La FortunaRiver float trip & thermal resort leisure

    Your Costa Rica travel adventure continues in the jungle today with a float trip* down the scenic Penas Blancas River aboard a raft; your bilingual guide helps you look for wildlife ranging from sloths to crocodiles to giant iguanas along the shore. Visit a farming family who have lived on the river all their lives, like their ancestors before them, without modern technologies. Return to your thermal resort in the heart of one of Costa Rica's most richly diverse ecosystems for lunch, followed by a free afternoon to enjoy the resort's hot springs and other amenities. Join us for dinner tonight at a local restaurant.



    Lodging: Tabacon Grand Spa Thermal Resort

    Meals: B, L, D
    Day 4MonteverdeZip lining at Arenal & on to Monteverde

    Today starts off with 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 - one of the world's most highly regarded zip line operations - where you'll soar over and through the canopy of rainforest treetops! (Those not into zip lining can take a nature walk instead.) After lunch at a local restaurant, drive to rest stop, El Dos, and enjoy a Sugar cane demonstration with some samplings of fresh sugar cane juice and moonshine to taste before heading off for Monteverde, where you'll spend the next three nights in the heart of the cloud forest at Monteverde Lodge.



    Lodging: Monteverde Lodge

    Meals: B, L, D
    Day 5MonteverdeA walk through the canopy, butterflies & more

    An exciting day of biodiversity awaits in Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve. First, join two of Costa Rica's foremost naturalists for a memorable walk through the cloud forest canopy at the Selvatura Hanging Bridges, as they provide an incredible overview of the cloud forest ecosystem. After lunch and some free time back at your resort, see more than 50 of over an estimated 1,000 native Costa Rican butterfly species, including the stunning blue morpho, at the reserve's enclosed Butterfly Garden; our naturalists pass along their expert insights on the butterflies' complex life cycles. Continue on to Sofia and join us at a local restaurant featuring eclectic Costa Rican and fusion cuisine in a lovely tropical setting, for a private lecture by one of the Monteverde Reserve's naturalists, followed by dinner. Tonight, relax amidst the orchid-filled gardens of your eco-lodge, where your room boasts bay windows looking out on the cloud forest!



    Lodging: Monteverde Lodge

    Meals: B, L, D
    Day 6MonteverdeKing Coffee & free time at your resort

    Rise early and head to Monteverde Reserve for a guided walk through the reserve with a naturalist. Then... there's nothing like fine Costa Rican gourmet coffee... and today you'll get to see how it's produced, from the seed to the cup, with your local guide on a private tour of the Don Juan Coffee Plantation; learn about the various stages of coffee cultivation and production and its importance to Costa Rican history, and have lunch. Following an afternoon spent relaxing or enjoying free time as you please back at Monteverde Lodge, you may want to join us for an optional nighttime nature walk; because most of the cloud forest's animals are nocturnal, it's a wonderful opportunity to view wildlife that are typically asleep during the day. Have dinner at the lodge tonight.



    Lodging: Monteverde Lodge

    Meals: B, L, D
    Day 7San JoseReturn to San Jose & celebrate chocolate

    Depart Monteverde today and return to the capital city of San Jose, arriving in time for lunch at a local restaurant. After checking in and spending some free time at your hotel, head over to Sibu, a noted artisan chocolatier, where you'll learn everything you ever wanted to know about chocolate! Observe the natural process of transforming the cacao fruit into chocolate during a demonstration (with a little tasting, of course), and say goodbye to your memorable Costa Rica trip at a farewell reception followed by dinner.



    Lodging: Hotel Grano de Oro

    Meals: B, L, D
    Day 8San JoseJourney Home

    Tour ends: San Jose. A transfer is included from the InterContinental Costa Rica to San Jose's Juan Santamaria International Airport. Allow 3 hours for flight check-in.



    Lodging:

    Meals: B
    Dates/Pricing

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    DatePrice / DescriptionQuote
    12/06/2020$3,890.00* (USD) / LIMITEDQuote
    Disclaimer
    * All prices are per person in U.S. dollars, based on double occupancy.

    Itinerary Changes - Although not expected, Tauck reserves the right to alter the sequence of ports or omit or substitute scheduled ports or attractions at any time without prior notice.

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