Ecology Tours
Close to Nature
8 (Days / 7 Nights)

Imagine! Feeling, seeing and hearing an active volcano spewing fiery red lava while luxuriating in its natural hot springs; touching the soft velvety paw of the endangered squirrel monkey; riding along jungle rivers; spotting the rare Quetzal bird and hearing its mystical voice. Imagine being able to experience all of this and more in just 8 days.



Included

Meet & Greet at the airport

Arrival & Departure transfers

Private ground transfers in an A/C motor coach.

2 Nts Overnight at the Hotel Bougainvillea, Standard Mountain room (B)

2 Nts Bosque de Paz, Standard room  (FB)

2 Nts Selva Verde, Sarapiquí room (B)

1 Nt Volcano Lodge, superior room (B)

Daily breakfast

2 lunches

2 dinners

Entrance fee to Else Kientzler Botanical Gardens

Shared night walk at la Tirimbina

Sarapiqui River class I-II, safari float trip

1 day of private driver-guide (Day 2)

Local English speaking guides.

All taxes and service charges.



What to bring

Clothing: Costa Rica is a very informal and casual country. Formal attire is only used in the city of San Jose and on very special occasions (Weddings, birthdays, anniversaries) We recommend to bring a sweater for the highland areas, and light loose fitting shirts, pants or jeans, and shorts for the lowland areas. For the beach areas please dont forget to bring a hat or cap, sunscreen, and sun glasses. For the rainforest and the National Parks we recommend hiking boots, a small backpack, water bottle, pocket knife, flashlight, insect repellent, rainwear, and a pair of binoculars to observe animals.

Day 01: Arrival in San Jose

Meet and greet at the international airport and transfer to the Hotel Bougainvillea for your first night in Costa Rica.

 

Overnight at the Hotel Bougainvillea, Standard Mountain room, Breakfast included.


Day 02: Private Else Kientzler Gardens & Sarchí – Bosque de Paz (B-L-D)

In the morning you will be picked up from your guide that brings you to Sarchi town, known as the Cradle of Costa Rican Artisans because of its fine workshops. Here we will have time to enjoy the artistic work of the local artisans as they create the famous typical oxcart.

 

After that, we will continue to the Else Kienztler Botanical Gardens. These Botanical Garden is home to over 2,000 different plants from around the world. The Botanical Garden is spread over 7 hectares (17 acres) in Sarchi Norte, nestled at the foot of Volcano Poas in Costa Rica's Central Valley.

 

They scientifically group and label our plants, presenting their natural history, uses, and the importance of conserving them. Hike more than 2 kilometers (1.3 miles) of footpaths, as you marvel at our Botanical Garden's collections and designs. Learn more about plants, using the Botanical Garden as an open classroom.

 

At the end of this tour, you will continue onwards the Bosque de Paz private reserve.

 

This 988 acre private biological reserve serves as a corridor between two national parks: Poas and Juan Castro Blanco. This rain and cloud forest is a bird life sanctuary where the quetzal, emerald toucanet, and many other species are frequently seen. Bosque de Paz is where you will overnight these two days. The next morning, explore the flora and fauna that surrounds the area with your local guide

 

Overnight at the Bosque de Paz Lodge, Standard room, Full board included


Day 03: Bosque de Paz (B-L-D)

Guided Hike at the hotel Reserve.(Tour schedule: 6 a.m/9:00a.m or 3:00p.m)

Live the experience of being able to breathe the purest air of the mountains, while resting or walking through the jungle, without any environmental pollution and in evident contrast with the daily life of a world full of stress, worries and scares.

When you walk along the various natural trails, you will be able to admire the fabulous biodiversity up in the centenarian trees loaded with orchids, bromeliads, moss and ferns, set in an unforgettable landscape and surrounded by impressive mountains, valleys, rivers and imposing waterfalls
 

Overnight at Bosque de Paz Standard Room


Day 04: Bosque de Paz – Sarapiqui (B)

Mid-morning private drive to the Sarapiqui area.
Set on the banks of the Puerto Viejo River, 42 miles North of San Jose and next to the Braulio Carrillo National Park, Sarapiqui, has become an important destination among tourists seeking for adrenaline adventure or to relax in an ambience surrounded by exotic nature. It is known as of the richest areas for bird watching.

In Sarapiqui you will find several protected areas, Braulio Carrillo National Park, La Selva Biological Station and Sarapiqui Protected Area, which they all combine different types of tropical rainforests. At late afternoon enjoy a shared Night walk Tour (La Tirimbina) With a naturalist as your guide, take a walk by the light of the moon and discover the wonders of the nighttime rainforest, when most wildlife species are active.

The Red-Eyed Tree Frog (Agalychnis callidryas) and Web-Footed Frog (Rana vaillanti), nocturnal species, are common discoveries on Night Walks. During this 2-hour walk, you will learn about the natural history of different rainforest species, with a focus on nocturnal species such as: frogs, insects, spiders, sloths, kinkajous, porcupines, opossums, and others, revealing a completely different perspective of the rainforest.

 

Includes: Transportation, guide & entrance fee.

 

Overnight at the Selva Verde Hotel, Sarapiquí room, Breakfast included.


Day 05: Sarapiqui River class I-II, safari float trip (B)

The best safari  float trip exotic bird watching and varied flora, in a great and beautiful river in the jungle of Sarapiqui.

Three hours of pure nature, bird watching, surrounded by lush tropical jungle safari where our weapon observation is the camera view. Observation here vary, from exotic amphibians, lots of tropical birds, otters, fish, snakes, sloths, iguanas and a great variety of flora which make this trip an unforgettable experience. Enjoy the sounds of the rainforest and experience relaxing and pleasant to float slowly downstream paddling slowly with only the sounds of nature.

 

Includes: Bilingual guides, transportation, professional equipment & tropical fruit

 

Afternoon at leisure. Take advantage of the Selva Verde private reserve or relax around the pool (tours at Selva Verde are not included into package).

 

Overnight at the Selva Verde Hotel, Sarapiquí room, Breakfast included.


Day 06: Sarapiqui - Arenal Volcano (B)

After breakfast, enjoy a scenic private drive through the San Carlos Valley to the Arenal Volcano where you will check into the Volcano Lodge
 

Overnight at Volcano Lodge Superior Room


Day 07: Arenal - San Jose (B)

Return on private transfer back San Jose to the Hotel Bougainvillea for your last night in Costa Rica.

Overnight at the Hotel Bougainvillea, Standard Mountain room, Breakfast included.


Day 08: Departure (B)

After breakfast, transfer to airport or take advantage of one of the many beach extensions available
 

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Dates Sgl Trvl Sgl Dbl Tpl Child
From: 01 NOV 18 To: 14 DEC 19
$2195 $1840 $1235 $980 N/A

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Price not valid during Christmas, New Years and Easter

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