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Costa Rica

Costa Rica

Tour Dates:
Dec 29, 2017 - Jan 7, 2018

3,895 (per person)


Future Dates:

Escape your dreary winter weather and to ring in the New Year in sunny, gorgeous Costa Rica. Here you will bask on beautiful beaches, visit tropical rain forests, witness canopy walkways and have many opportunities to view exotic animals birds and butterflies. With the Caribbean Sea on one coast, the Pacific Ocean on the other and mountains with waterfalls in between, you will love every minute of your vacation!

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Day 1: Depart US and arrive in San Jose – Transfer to Don Carlos Hotel

  • Overnight at Don Carlos Hotel.

Day 2 : Depart San Jose with stop along the way at La Paz Waterfall Gardens for a day of enchantment.  B/L

La Paz Waterfall Gardens is the #1 Most Visited Privately Owned Ecological Attraction in Costa Rica featuring the best hiking near San José, the most famous waterfalls in Costa Rica, rescued wildlife preserve with over 100 species of animals and an environmental education program.

Day 2 – Day 5:

You will enjoy a marvelous view of the Arenal Volcano, one of the most exciting experiences of Costa Rica, where the fury of the eruptions combined with the relaxing environment of the mountain make this a perfect place. There are breathtaking views of an active volcano which has periodic eruptions and lava flows. All of this can be seen glowing in the night sky. This hotel offers us use of extensive trails and beautiful gardens on their grounds.

Arenal volcano lava flow hike through the rain forest. There is also a hike to a magnificent waterfall.
Other possibilities are visiting a botanical garden or a cruise on Lake Arenal at sunset for an additional fee.
For evening relaxation hot springs at the base of the volcano is perfect.
Visit the Cano Negro River Preserve (for nature lovers!) This refuge is considered one of the richest in biodiversity in all the country. You will find a great variety of birds, monkeys, iguanas, sloths, alligators and turtles.
Morning boat ride through the tropical rain forest, with diverse flora and fauna.

  • Overnight at Hotel Arenal Springs.          B

Day 6 – 9:

Transfer to Casa Conde Del Mar Hotel and Resort located on Playa Panama, which lies in the northern region of Guanacaste. Situated directly on one of the country’s most beloved beaches, yet only 20 minutes driving from Liberia’s international airport. This mini paradise can be reached just moments after your arrival in Costa Rica.

The Guanacaste region, aptly dubbed as Costa Rica’s “Wild West”, is home not only to the country’s most pristine beaches, but also to several mountain ranges, volcanoes and tropical dry forests where natural beauty and wildlife abound.

Playa Panama has the Blue Flag certification and is known as one of the most sanitary beaches in Costa Rica. Enjoy many water sports including fishing, swimming, and windsurfing on this beautiful stretch of beach.

Whether sunbathing on the immaculate mile-long, taupe sand beach, exploring the lush vegetation surrounding it, or taking up a water sport such as windsurfing, fishing, swimming or snorkeling, you will be in the midst of pure natural beauty in Playa Panama. Also, several national parks, such as Santa Rosa and Rincon De la Vieja, are accessible for day trips.

When relaxing within the resort, take advantage of the swimming pool, Jacuzzi, therapeutic massages, souvenir shop, two restaurants, bar, and room service. Laundry, international calling and voice mail services are available as well.

Optional day trip excursions include Santa Rosa National Park or Ricon dela Vieja National Park.

  • Overnight at Casa Conde Del Mar Hotel.      B/L/D

Day 10: Transfer to Liberia International Airport for Flight out to the USA

Don Carlos Hotel - Don Carlos Hotel is in the very heart of the historical area known as Barrio Amón in San José, Costa Rica.

Hotel Arenal Springs - There are breathtaking views of an active volcano which has periodic eruptions and lava flows. All of this can be seen glowing in the night sky. This hotel offers us use of extensive trails and beautiful gardens on their grounds.

Casa Conde Del Mar - Casa Conde Del Mar hotel is located directly on the beach and offers beautiful accommodations in a comfortable and relaxing environment.

Biotrek’s small group tours are custom designed to reflect the local character and shared traditions of the countries we visit. No matter if this is a family vacation or an independent traveler experience you will love sunny Costa Rica!

Costa Rica is one of the most beautiful, prosperous, and tourist friendly countries in all of Central America, and is less than five hours flight time away from the Washington DC area. You and your friends and family will experience a natural kingdom of lush rain forests and pristine beaches; tiny blue indigenous frogs, giant leather back turtles, hummingbirds and iguanas; screaming howler monkeys, crackling lava and crashing white waves: Costa Rica attractions offer a breathtaking array of sights and sounds! Your Costa Rica guided travel itinerary can include whitewater rafting, a rain forest canopy tour, hiking, boat tours, active volcano exploring, snorkeling, and relaxing at the beach all while enjoying one of our many fabulous eco- lodges. You choose!

Costa Rica has a long, proud history of ecotourism, claiming one of the most developed conservation programs in the Americas and enthusiastically invites travelers to experience its treasured landscape. On your Costa Rica trip, you’ll learn the essential meaning of the country’s motto, Pura Vida – “Pure Life.” Experience nature travel at its best!

From untouched secluded beaches to canopy walks, volcano hikes and tropical spas, Costa Rica has just about something for everyone. But don’t take our word for it. We invite you and your entire family to EXPERIENCE it for yourselves!

Playa Panama lies in the northern region of Guanacaste. Situated directly on one of the country’s most beloved beaches, yet only 20 minutes driving from Liberia’s international airport, this mini paradise can be reached just moments after your arrival in Costa Rica. Playa Panama has the Blue Flag certification and is known as one of the most sanitary beaches in Costa Rica. Enjoy many water sports including fishing, swimming, and windsurfing on this beautiful stretch of beach.

For our small adventure travel groups we are able to stay at smaller more charming hotels and our beach hotel here is located directly on this fabulous beach for a comfortable and relaxing environment. The Guanacaste region is home not only to the country’s most pristine beaches, but also to several mountain ranges, volcanoes and tropical dry forests where natural beauty and wildlife abound. Whether sunbathing on the immaculate mile-long, taupe sand beach, exploring the lush vegetation surrounding it, or taking up a water sport such as windsurfing, fishing, swimming or snorkeling, you will be in the midst of pure natural beauty in Playa Panama. Also, several national parks, such as Santa Rosa and Rincon De la Vieja, are accessible for day trips.

Arenal Volcano and the surrounding area is one of the most exciting experiences you will enjoy on your small group vacation in Costa Rica! Our hotel offers breathtaking views of this active volcano which has periodic eruptions and lava flows. All of this can be seen glowing in the night sky from the hotel grounds. There are beautiful gardens and walking trails to explore as well. Whether you are vacationing with your family, friends or are one of out independent travelers there are many activities available. These include a hike on the lava flow through the rain forest and to a magnificent waterfall. There are many birds and animals to see on your hike as well. A cruise on Arenal Lake at sunset is a great experience and great for photographs. In the evening relaxing in a hot spring surrounded by tropical gardens is especially relaxing. The day boat trip through the Cano Negro preserve is rewarding with continue sightings of a great variety of birds, monkeys, iguanas, sloths, alligators and turtles. This refuge is considered one of the richest in biodiversity in all of Costa Rica!

Ecotourism emphasizes a minimal impact on the environment. It provides income that helps to both preserve protected areas as well as benefit local populations, by reducing their dependence on activities possibly harmful to natural habitats.

Fortunately, Costa Rica, the birthplace of ecotourism, is also the place where this activity has achieved the highest level of success. Costa Rica takes pride in the fact that every day tens of thousands of visitors experience the incredible variety of wildlife in this natural paradise.

Costa Rica, a small country, measuring 51.100 square kilometers, is replete with breathtaking landscapes and a variety of natural wealth. This small stretch of land, representing barely 0.3% of the earth’s total surface area, houses 5% of the global biodiversity. Costa Rica is home to more bird species than the United States, as well as to a greater variety of butterflies than in all of Africa. These facts demonstrate why this Central American nation of 4 million inhabitants has received such considerable international recognition in the area of biodiversity.

Living in Costa Rica’s diverse habitats and ecosystems are: 13 thousand plant species, 2,000 moth and 4,500 butterfly species, 163 varieties of amphibians, 220 types of reptiles, 1,600 species of fresh and salt water fish, and at least 870 types of birds.

The extensive landscape also boasts many different types of forests, including deciduous, mangrove swamps, rain forests, herbaceous ponds, cloud forests, moors, palm groves, oak woods, riparian forests, and swamp groves.

Among Costa Rica’s environmental wonders are extensive volcanoes, several of which are active and produce relaxing thermal springs, and are some of Costa Rica’s most popular attractions. There are deep caves to explore and pre-Columbian settlements, sites of many meso-American archaeological studies. These are all part of a vast system of 22 national parks, 10 wildlife refuges, 12 biological reserves, 8 forest reserves and 26 protected zones, covering 25% of the national territory.

The Costa Rican Government, in an effort to preserve the natural riches of this country, is currently implementing sustainable development policies that foster the adequate use of natural resources.


Includes
  • All Excellent Accommodations
  • Ground Transportation with Private Driver
  • Meals where listed on Itinerary
  • International Air Travel Booked Separately; Call for Quote

Travel

Travel with tour guide Sunny Reynolds, who has been showing the world to travelers since 1992. While this is not exclusively a photo tour, Sunny Reynolds as a professional photographer is happy to help all levels of photographers take better photos of their adventures.

  • Rates Based on Double Occupancy
  • Single Supplement Applies
  • Subject to Availability
  • All Prices subject to change