Below is a detailed itinerary.
The meals included on the tour are specified for each date: Breakfast (B), Lunch (L), and Dinner (D).
***This is a small group tour with a maximum size of 12 people.***
DAY 1 - Thursday, March 17 (D)
Flight on your own to San Jose, Costa Rica. Taxi or shuttle on your own to the hotel. Suggested cites to see in your free time are the Pre-Columbian Gold Museum, National Theatre, Jade Museum, the Central Market, or Galeria Namu. We will eat dinner as a group.
Lodging: Aurola Holiday Inn - www.aurolahotels.com or comparable
DAY 2 - Friday, March 18 (B, L, D)
We depart our hotel and eat breakfast en route to Moin where the Riverboat Francesa will meet us. The boat ride is 3 1/2 hours of natural beauty and wildlife as we cover 50 miles of natural rivers connected by canals. After a buffet style lunch, take some free time to enjoy the freeform swimming pools, butterfly and frog gardens, hammock and bar areas, and beautiful botanical gardens that attract the tropical birds. Later in the afternoon, we take a boat ride to the Caribbean Conservation Corporation center for Tortuguero village history, a video about sea turtles, and a visit to the village of Tortuguero.
Lodging: Laguna Lodge - www.lagunatortuguero.com or comparable
DAY 3 - Saturday, March 19 (B, L, D)
We take two tours to the Tortuguero National Park to see tropical lowland wildlife, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. We hope to see monkeys, sloths, toucans and more (pictures are below). All three meals are included at the lodge. You will have free time in between the tours and meals.
Lodging: Laguna Lodge or comparable
DAY 4 - Sunday, March 20 (B, L, D)
After breakfast, we take the return wildlife boat tour to Moin. We then continue to enjoy the variety of Costa Rica's natural beauty as we head to Arenal Observatory Lodge.
Lodging: Arenal Observatory Lodge - arenalobservatorylodge.com or comparable
DAY 5 - Monday, March 21 (B, D)
This is a day to get out and explore the grounds of the Arenal Observatory Lodge on your own. The 8:30 morning walk (included in the tour cost) is a 2 1/2 hour guided tour and is highly recommended. This walking adventure is filled with more than 400 species of birds, three types of monkeys and a whole host of other mammals, insects, reptiles and plants and flowers. Each excursion provides a different look at the tropical paradise. If you choose, on your own you can enjoy one of the excellent hot springs in the area or take a hiking tour where the volcano erupted in 1968.
Lodging: Arenal Observatory Lodge
DAY 6 - Tuesday, March 22 (B)
After breakfast, we travel to the unique cloud forest of Monteverde by land and across beautiful Lake Arenal. Lunch is on your own before we go to El Trapiche, a beautiful farm where we will learn the process of growing coffee, chocolate, and sugar cane. You will have a chance to make your own candy and enjoy a taste of their organic coffee. After dinner, we take a fascinating guided night tour where we will hopefully see sloths, sleeping toucans, kinkajous, and maybe even a frog.
Lodging: Hotel Camino Verde - www.hotelcaminoverde.com or comparable
DAY 7 - Wednesday, March 23 (B,D)
We are up early to take a guided tour of the Monteverde cloud forest. Monteverde houses 2.5% of the world's biodiversity. After lunch, we head to Sarchi, famed throughout Costa Rica for its brightly colored and intricately constructed handicrafts. Sarchi is also known for having the world's largest ox cart - who knew? We will take a tour where we see the artists painting the carts and other items. We also will visit the "wedding cake" church in Sarchi. We share our final tour dinner together in the San Jose area.
Lodging: Villa San Ignacio - www.villasanignacio.com or comparable
DAY 8 - Thursday, March 24 (B)
After breakfast, the tour concludes.
While changes to the tour are not likely, please realize that weather, site renovations, or other factors could keep the tour group from any given site or lodging choice.
$1,900 (per person) for a double occupancy room and $2,200 (per person) for a single occupancy room
You may pay your tour in full at one time.
Deposit: $200 will secure your place on this tour. Please include your completed Registration Form with the deposit; Terms & Conditions and the Registration Form can be found at https://internationaltourco.com/important-documents
Payment 2: $1,700 (double occupancy); $2,000 (single occupancy) due 90 days before departure.
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Give your check directly to Aaron or mail it to the address below. Please make your check payable to International Tour Company and put Costa Rica Tour in the memo line.
International Tour Company
P.O. Box 23
Cloverdale, VA 24077-0023
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Tour Director Aaron Garber
I look forward to my seventh trip to Costa Rica. I first fell in love with this country when I visited in 1999. My international travels began when I spent two months in Germany at the age of 14. It was easy and natural for me to fall in love with a different country, a new culture, and an unfamiliar language. Since that time, I have had the great fortune to travel as a tour director, tourist, and musician to Europe, Africa, South America, and Central America.
Touring the world never gets old for me; in fact, I find that I like it more with every trip I take. As the Founder and President of International Tour Company, you have my assurance that each and every tourist is important to us.
It is my hope that you will choose one of our tours because I have full confidence that your experience will be one that you remember favorably for a lifetime.
Aaron Garber, Founder and President
International Tour Company
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