Costa Rica – Pura Vida - 8 Days

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Costa Rica – Pura Vida

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 José, all from equally colorful Costa Rican hideaways that promise an authentic glimpse of paradise.

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Tour prices are per person in U.S. dollars. All hotel accommodations, entertainment, special dinners, land transportation, sightseeing, porterage, and the services of local guides, drivers and the Tauck Director are included. Transportation from Juan Santamaria International Airport in San Jose to Hotel Grano de Oro is included, provided we have received accurate international flight arrival information at least three weeks prior to the tour departure date.Transportation from the Real InterContinental Hotel to Juan Santamaria International Airport is also included. Transportation to the international airport in San José is also included if you choose to spend additional nights at the Real InterContinental after the tour ends. Transportation to and from airports may be shared with other Tauck guests.

Rates and schedules are not guaranteed until booked and will vary based on departure date.

Day 1
Welcome to Costa Rica

Tour begins: 6:00 PM, Hotel Grano de Oro. A transfer is included from San José’s Juan Santamaria International Airport to Hotel Grano de Oro in Costa Rica’s capital city, San José. Meet your fellow eco-adventurers at this evening’s welcome reception followed by dinner at your hotel.

Meals – Dinner

Day 2
Glittering gold, toucans & on to Arenal

Kick off your Costa Rica travel today with a visit to San José’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 José and traveling to the Arenal region for a two-night stay at Tabacon Grand Spa Thermal Resort, where you’ll enjoy Orchid Rooms.

Meals – Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Lodging – Tabacon Grand Spa Thermal Resort

Day 3
River float trip & thermal resort leisure

Your Costa Rica travel adventure continues in the jungle today with a float trip* down the scenic Peñas 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.

Meals – Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Lodging – Tabacon Grand Spa Thermal Resort

Day 4
Zip 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, travel to the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve, where you’ll spend the next three nights in the heart of the cloud forest at Monteverde Lodge.

Meals – Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Lodging – Monteverde Lodge

Day 5
A 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, an acclaimed 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 pioneering 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!

Meals – Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Lodging – Monteverde Lodge

Day 6
King 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.

Meals – Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Lodging – Monteverde Lodge

Day 7
Return to San José & celebrate chocolate

Depart Monteverde today and return to the capital city of San José, arriving in time for lunch at a local restaurant. After checking in and spending some free time at your hotel in the heart of the city, 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.

Meals – Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8
Pura Vida, Costa Rica!

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

Meals – Breakfast

What's Included

  • 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 Peñas Blancas River
  • Presentation by one of Monteverde Reserve’s original Quaker settlers
  • Guided tour and lunch at Don Juan coffee plantation
  • Visits to the private home of a local farmer and Monteverde Reserve’s Butterfly Garden
  • Farewell reception and dinner at an artisan chocolatier in San José
  • Two-night stays at acclaimed “eco-resorts” in Costa Rica’s rainforests and cloud forests, including an award-winning thermal hot springs resort
  • Airport transfers upon arrival and departure as noted
  • 20 meals; gratuities to local guides, taxes, service charges, admission fees and porterage

Night 1
San José, Costa Rica

Hotel Grano de Oro

Situated on a shady street just off Paseo Colon, San Jose’s main thoroughfare, Hotel Grano de Oro is a true oasis in the heart of the city. Converted from a Tropical Victorian mansion, the hotel maintains the warmth and comfort of a private home with all the amenities of a fine hotel. Service is paramount and the perpetually smiling staff of the Hotel Grano de Oro welcome guests to their “home away from home” time and again. Hallways lined with period photographs and original art meander through the building and present lush tropical flower arrangements and luxurious plants at every turn. The hotel is ideally located for exploring San José and its many museums and other attractions, and enjoys easy access to the rainforest, volcanoes and other natural treasures of one of the most biologically diverse countries on Earth. Comfortable guest rooms feature Simmons Beauty Rest Pillow top mattresses, 300 thread 100% cotton linens, feather and hypoallergenic synthetic pillows, marble vanities, ceramic soap and lotion dispensers, bathrobes, coffee maker, fully equipped silent minibar, hairdryer, flat screen cable TV, in room electronic security box (fits most laptops), telephones with direct access to international calling, air conditioning and ceiling fans, and windows that open to enjoy the beautiful San José climate.

Tauck Guests enjoy complimentary Internet access in guest rooms!

Nights 2-3
La Fortuna, Costa Rica

Tabacon Grand Spa Thermal Resort

Tabacon Grand Spa Thermal Resort offers the unique combination of the energy of the Arenal Volcano, the heat of the Tabacon Hot Springs and the purity of the surrounding rainforest, blended into what many have described as “paradise” or “the eighth wonder of the world”. The four elements of nature are present in this unique luxury hotel and resort, featuring the heat of the volcano, the flowing waters of the hot springs, the pure air of the rainforest and the fertile earth of the of the Fortuna de San Carlos Region. Located at the base of the Arenal Volcano, this luxury resort is recognized as a member of The Leading Hotels andTheLeadingSpasoftheWorld. ItisaSignatureTravelGrouppreferredhotel,andhasbeenrecognizedandnamedto numerous travel publications and the recipient of many accolades. Guest rooms are all beautifully appointed with rich handicrafts and furnishings made by Costa Rican artisans, and feature cable television, DVD, personal safes, minibars and coffeemakers. Guest bathrooms include luxurious bathrobes, deluxe bath toiletries, hair dryers and bathtubs. The hotel’s restaurants and bars afford an opportunity to try local and international flavors in cuisine and beverages, featuring menus that are continually updated with exciting dishes, both traditional and innovative. Tabacon Grand Spa Thermal Resort’s award-winning Grand Spa joined the Leading Spas of the World in 2007, quickly rising to the top of spa rankings worldwide and named one of the “best mineral spas” and “eco-spas” on Earth.

Tauck Guests enjoy complimentary Internet access in guest rooms!

Nights 4-6
Monteverde, Costa Rica

Located at the edge of the famous Monteverde Cloud Forest, this secluded lodge offers a high degree of comfort as well as a delightful experience for nature lovers. Both its rustic setting and imaginative design never fail to impress its guests. The lovely gardens are particularly noteworthy.

Night 7
San José, Costa Rica

InterContinental Costa Rica at Multiplaza Mall

Set in the elite San José suburb of Escazú, the InterContinental Costa Rica at Multiplaza Mall is the epitome of modern, understated elegance. The hotel is located within Multiplaza, the city’s most important mall, where you will find a variety of stores, bars and restaurants. Spacious guest rooms feature soundproof windows, soft bedding with 300-thread-count Egyptian cotton sheets and feather pillows, individually controlled air conditioning, iron / ironing board, 37-inch LCD TV with cable and satellite stations, a multimedia connector, a spacious work desk, radio with CD player, coffee maker, minibar, bathrobes, hair dryer and a scale. There’s a cool outdoor swimming pool complex surrounded by tropical gardens, tennis court, the largest Urban Spa of Central America, and a fully equipped, state-of-the-art Health & Fitness Centre. You’ll find three trendy concept restaurants from which to choose – Factory, Alfredo Trattoria Italiana, and The Market. And if you’re in the mood for an exotic aperitif, sample one of the 50 sake cocktails at the Nau Bar.

Tauck Guests enjoy complimentary Internet access in guest rooms!

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