Costa Rica- Natural Paradise

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Costa Rica – Natural Paradise

March 6 – 14, 2018

9 Days/8 Nites

Costa Rica is a peaceful and friendly little country with a thriving democracy and has been voted one of the best places in the world to live. It is a safe, eco-conscious country and home to many of mother nature’s natural wonders including rainforests with many incredible varieties of exotic floral and fauna plus rare birds and wildlife. Volcanoes and the Atlantic turtle nesting beaches provide diversity to the rainforests. Costa Rica is bordered by Nicaragua to the north, Panama to the south, the Caribbean Sea to the east and the warm Pacific Ocean to the west. In fact, the literal translation for Costa Rica is “Rich Coast”. Literacy in Costa Rica is very high and Costa Rica’s culture is a pleasing combination of European and Latin American influences.

Costa Rica tours have been flourishing thanks to Costa Rica’s continued commitment towards the preservation and conservation of its natural habitats, birds and wildlife. Over 23% of Costa Rica is now protected in wildlife refuges, reserves and national parks.

Tour Features

1. Lodging: 2 nts San Jose, 2nts Fortuna, 2 nts on the Pacific Coast, 1 nt Manuel Antonio, 1 nt San Jose

2. Meals: 8 dinners, 7 lunches, 8 breakfasts

3. Deluxe modern air conditioned motor coach transportation with a restroom.

4. Caravan’s professional tour escort and Way To Go Tour’s own Jerry Waldkoetter.

Things to see and do:

There is so much we are only listing some highlights…San Jose, Fortuna, Guanacaste, Manuel Antonio; Poas and Arenal Volcanoes, an afternoon soak in the hot springs; Cafe Brit Coffee Plantation; San Carlos Valley; the hanging bridges; Escalonia Cloud Forest Trail; Can Palm Wildlife Reserve; Cano Negro Wildlife Refuge; diverse wildlife you might see: tropical hummingbirds, butterflies, montezuma oropendolas and their nests, crocodiles, black turtles, whistling ducks, roseate spoonbills, cormorants, anhingas, blue heron, northern jacanas, caimans, howler monkeys, spider monkeys, white face monkey, the rare squirrel monkey, the three-toed sloth, green iguanas, and water-walking lizards.

$2646 per person double occupancy / $3076 single occupancy. Price includes the tour; airfare, taxes— except for the Costa Rica airport departure tax (about $25); also included an optional $99 for Caravan’s tour protection and most gratuities. Not included are tips for the bus driver and tour guide. Arline fees for checked luggage are not included.

To Join this Natural Paradise Tour and experience the “Pura Vida” of Costa Rica’s people and natural wonders send a $500/person deposit. Balance is due December 2nd. Special deal: Save $50/ person—-pay the $500 deposit by July 28 and a balance $2096 of by December 1st. Passports are required.

Questions: Call Jerry of Jeff at 693-0793.

Send check to:

Way To Go Tours

580 Ward Rd.

North Tonawanda, NY 14120

Itinerary 

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Day 1 –Tuesday, March 6, 2018 San José, Costa Rica

Welcome to the “rich coast,” friendly land of democracy and rare natural beauty. With naturalist guides, see exotic birds and wildlife, hike in jungle rainforests, view volcanoes, soak in hot springs and cruise through biological reserves. Caravan provides transfers from the Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO) in San José, Costa Rica to your hotel for a two night stay. Rooms are available for check in after 4:00 p.m. Join Caravan for an 8:00 p.m. welcome briefing. Dinner is served until 9:30 p.m. at your hotel.

Day 2 –Wed., Mar. 7, ’18 – Poás Volcano, Cloud Forest

Morning visit to Costa Rica’s most popular park, Poás Volcano. Weather permitting, you can see inside the active crater from an overlook. Next, hike the Escalonia Cloud Forest Trail, home to epiphytes, orchids, ferns and tropical hummingbirds. Cloud forests are like rainforests, but with less rain and more humidity. Then, drive through Costa Rica’s famous coffee growing region. Lunch. Enjoy a guided tour at a coffee plantation. Sample fresh Costa Rican coffee. Visit a butterfly garden. Dinner. BLD

Day 3 – Thurs., Mar. 8, ’18 – Wildlife Rescue Center, Fortuna

This morning, drive by San Jose’s Plaza de la Cultura, Central Park, and the National Theatre.

Next, visit a wildlife rescue center. Here, injured birds and animals are rehabilitated for release back into the wild. Lunch. Continue to Fortuna in the San Carlos Valley for a two night stay. Dinner. BLD

Day 4 – Fri., Mar., 9, ’18 – Caño Negro Cruise, Hot Springs

Head north this morning, passing through sugar cane, teak, pineapple, and orange plantations. Then, cruise on the Rio Trio, gateway to the world famous Caño Negro wildlife refuge, home to many migratory birds found nowhere else in Costa Rica. Look for black turtles, whistling ducks, roseate spoonbills, cormorants, anhingas, blue heron, and northern jacanas. Watch for caimans, howler monkeys, spider monkeys, green iguanas, and water-walking lizards. Lunch. Return to Fortuna. This afternoon enjoy a relaxing soak in the volcanic hot springs. Dinner. BLD

Day 5 – Sat., Mar., 10, ’18 – Hanging Bridges, Leatherback Turtle Park

Morning visit to the Hanging Bridges. With a naturalist guide, hike the suspension bridges. Weather permitting, enjoy views of majestic Arenal Volcano. Next, enjoy a scenic drive around Lake Arenal. Lunch. Then, to Costa Rica’s beautiful Pacific Coast. Visit Leatherback Turtle National Park and learn about Costa Rica’s efforts to protect this endangered giant. The leatherback is the largest marine reptile in the world, weighing over 1,500 pounds. Continue to the J.W. Marriott Guanacaste Resort and Spa for a relaxing two night stay. Dinner. BLD

Day 6 – Sun., Mar., 11, 2018 – Guanacaste Beach Resort

Free time today to enjoy your magnificent world class beach resort. Visit the elegant spa or swim in your hotel’s infinity pool, the largest in Central America. Lunch. Time to beachcomb while strolling your resort’s pristine beach. Dinner. BLD

Day 7 – Mon., Mar. 12, ’18 – Bird Watching Cruise, Manuel Antonio

This morning, drive though the cattle ranches of Guanacaste. Stop at the Monteverde Cooperative. Lunch. Next, cruise on the Tarcoles River, adjacent to the Carara Biological Reserve. Float through a mangrove forest. Enjoy bird watching and crocodile spotting. Look for white and snowy egrets and the amazing nests of the montezuma oropendola. This tropical bird and wildlife sanctuary is a nesting site for the scarlet macaw. Continue to Manuel Antonio. You’ll stay at the only hotel next to the National Park, conveniently located directly at the entrance. Dinner. BLD

Day 8 – Tues., Mar. 13, ’18 – Manuel Antonio, Aerial Tram

Early morning visit to world famous Manuel Antonio National Park, a natural habitat for the white face monkey, the rare squirrel monkey and the three-toed sloth. Hike through the rainforest and along the spectacular beach coves, ranking among the most beautiful in the world. Look for toucans and parrots. (Please note: Park visit may take place on Day 7, when Day 8 is a Monday.) The rest of your morning is at leisure. Enjoy your hotel’s pools and rooftop terrace, or visit nearby artisan shops. Lunch. Then, a thrilling aerial tram adventure. Glide through and above a dry tropical transitional forest. Enjoy views of waterfalls and the Pacific Ocean. Return to San José. Farewell dinner. BLD

Day 9 – Wed., Mar 14, ’18 – San José

Your tour ends after breakfast this morning at your hotel. Breakfast begins at 6:30 a.m. Caravan provides transfers to the Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO) in San José, Costa Rica. Thanks for vacationing with Way To Go Tours and Caravan. ¡Pura Vida! B