Travel With Us to Costa Rica!

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Untouched rainforests, rich coffee, scenic volcanos, quiet beaches, and brightly colored macaws await you in this Costa Rica nine-day, eight-night tour. You’ll taste milk, cheese, and strawberries on a 1,000-acre working farm, visit with students who will perform folk dances at a Costa Rican school, ride a raft down the picturesque Sarapiqui River, walk through a cloud forest on a suspension bridge, and see spider monkeys, sloths, and more at national parks.

9 Days • 16 Meals • Double: $3,497 (Per Person) February 22-March 2, 2019 Round-trip air from Kansas City (Other departure cities available)

Day 1: Welcome to Costa Rica

Your adventure begins the moment you land, with a meet and greet at San Jose International airport with a tour representative. Board a transfer to the hotel where you’ll get settled into your room and enjoy a private reception to get to know your fellow explorers over dinner.

Day 2: Doka Estate Coffee and Sarapiqui Area Tours

Today you’ll take the journey to Sarapiqui, with plenty to see and do along the way. The fertile green hills of tourist favorite Poas Volcano provide a lush backdrop for the Vargas Ruiz family’s Doka Coffee Estate, where an expert will teach you about production, harvesting, roasting and packaging of the “Golden Bean.” Coffee connoisseurs won’t want to miss a chance to purchase the gourmet beans in the Doka Estate Souvenir Shop before leaving.

Continue to the Corso Leche Tour, which blends nature’s bounty and rustic landscapes with tastings of food produced right here on the almost 1,000 acre El Corso working farm. Climb aboard the tractor that will take you through 10 stations, including strawberry fields, milking stalls to commune with cows, an artisan cheese factory, house of the birds and forest trail, (where a secondary cloud forest patch awaits at the end of a short path), ending with a rest at the edge of a serene forested lake. After you’ve sampled the farm fresh offerings, sit back and relax as you take in the awe-inspiring views of the Poas and Barva volcanoes. In the mood for more? Try a strawberry-based beverage or coffee at the Bar de la Leche and retire to the hotel for dinner.

Day 3: White Water and Hot Springs

After breakfast at the hotel, you’ll be ready to see Costa Rica from a new perspective—on a rafting tour down the rainforest-lined Sarapiquí River. The eight-mile river tour is perfect for beginner and intermediate paddlers alike, as ICT certified guides take every precaution to ensure everyone’s safety at all times.

On to an afternoon at Ecotermales Hot Springs, which features four impossibly clear, rock-lined pools that vary in temperature from 91 to 105 degrees Fahrenheit. Cradled by the greenery of the rainforest, these pools offer ultimate serenity, complete with a cascading waterfall as background music. Finish your day with a leisurely dinner at the restaurant on premise, which was once home to the Hidalgo family, before checking into Arenal Springs Resort & Spa, your home for the next two nights.

Day 4: School visit, folk dances, and Arenal Springs Resort

Today, you’ll observe Costa Rica’s education system firsthand with a visit to a local high school or elementary school. Tour the school with the director, a teacher, and/or students, followed by a question and answer session. The children will then present their performance, which is often a folkloric dance. Lunch, included, is prepared on a wood stove in a local home. Return to Arenal Springs Resort & Spa for a free evening to explore.

Day 5: Pontoon ride to Rio Chiquito/Monteverde Sugar Mill

Board a bus at your hotel for the scenic 30-minute drive to Arenal Lake Dam, where you’ll then take a 30-40 minute pontoon boat ride across Lake Arenal to the small town of Río Chiquito. From there you’ll travel to Monteverde Trapiche to enjoy lunch and a guided tour of this Costa Rican family project.

Trapiche means sugar mill, and the first one came to Monteverde in 1948. You’ll learn this and other facts about the production of sugarcane and coffee and the traditional way to grow bananas, arracache (a local legume), avocado, macadamia nuts and more during your guided farm walkabout. A hands-on experience, you may find yourself collecting and transporting coffee to the grinding machines to see how it’s made in Monteverde. Take an oxen-pulled cart a short distance to the sugarcane mill to watch brown sugar being made, then top off the afternoon by trying artisanal sugar cane candy. Unpack and settle in for the evening after checking into the hotel before seeking out the perfect dinner spot.

Day 6: Cloud Forest Reserve and Skywalk Tour

Your morning will be spent in the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve, one of the most famous conservation areas in Central America and the most well-known cloud forest in the world. Called a cloud forest because of its high altitude, this tropical rainforest experiences almost 100% humidity year-round, and warm trade winds from the northeast sweep up the Continental Divide where they cool and condense, hanging in the forest as frothy clouds. Bring your binoculars as you might see some of the over 450 species of birds while walking the paths.

On to the guided Skywalk Tour, which will bring out the nature-loving adventurer in you! Get out the camera to capture the vibrant, lush leaves, abundant tropical fruits and even animals that dwell in the rainforest canopy. Suspension bridges make this part of the forest accessible for the first time, bringing you up close and personal with the most colorful and lively (not to mention sunny!) part of the entire forest. Take a break at any of the three towering waterfalls you’ll pass on the walk before having lunch at a local eatery.

Day 7: Carara National Park

En route from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio is a stop at Carara National Park. Meaning “river of lizards” in the Huetar indigenous language, this forest is a bird-watchers paradise. Here, you’ll be amazed by the beauty of the only transitional forest in the Central Pacific and take in the rich diversity of plant and animal life that results from both and dry forests and rain forests merging. If you’re lucky, you may catch a glimpse of the endangered scarlet macaw. Break for lunch on your own and at your leisure before checking into the luxurious Si Como No Hotel for the next two nights. Dinner at a local restaurant is included.

Day 8: Manuel Antonio National Park

A trip to Costa Rica wouldn’t be complete without seeing a sloth or two. How about capuchin monkeys, raccoons, iguanas, exotic birds and squirrel monkeys? You’ll have the opportunity to view them all as you explore the 1,687-acre Manuel Antonio Park. You’ll also love the beaches, lagoons and mangroves that add to the park’s natural beauty. Your guided tour will be sure to take you to all the highlights. Tonight, break bread at a farewell dinner with your traveling companions.

Day 9: Farewell

After breakfast, board a transfer to San Jose International Airport to head home; the three-hour drive providing plenty of time to recap favorite moments with newfound friends and begin planning the next adventure.

Quality Accommodations:

  • Night 1: Wyndham San Jose Herradura & Convention Center or similar
  • Night 2: Hacienda Sueño Azul Hotel or similar
  • Nights 3-4: Arenal Springs Resort & Spa or similar
  • Nights 5-6: El Establo Hotel or similar
  • Nights 7-8: Si Como No Hotel or similar

Highlights:

  • Taste milk, cheese and strawberries at 1,000 acre El Corso working farm.
  • Have a guided visit through Manuel Antonio National Park.
  • Visit with students at a Costa Rican school.
  • Take a raft down the picturesque Sarapiquí River.
  • Go for a walk in the sky though a cloud forest on a suspension bridge.
  • Set your camera lens on a scarlet macaw, sloth or spider monkey.

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