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  • Privately Guided
  • Starting Price: $4,250
  • Length: 11 days
  • Operator: iExplore Exclusive
  • 1-800-267-33479am - 5:30pm Eastern
    Destinations: Central and South America, Costa Rica
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Tour Description

The tropical gem of Costa Rica is so beautiful, safe and temperate that it is where South Americans go for the perfect vacation. Costa Rica boasts magnificent cloud forests of lush green foliage and countless species of delicate orchids. Like neighboring Panama, its jungles are home to monkeys and brightly colored birds, including the elusive Quetzal. Explore the incredible beauty of one of the world's most biologically diverse countries where unique varieties of plants and animals thrive and multiply.

Itinerary

Day 01: San Jose, Costa Rica

Arrive San Jose airport. You are met and transferred to transfer to your hotel for overnight.

Marriott Hotel

Day 02: San Jose - Corcovado National Park

Transfer to the airport for your 60-minute flight to Palmar Sur. Upon arrival, a representative of the lodge will transfer you by land to Sierpe dock, boat transfer to your lodge. Enjoy the balance of your day exploring your surroundings.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Aguila de Osa Inn

Day 03: Corcovado National Park

Excursion to Corcovado National Park. The cool morning hours offer a good opportunity to spot wildlife and to observe some of the incredible variety of birds that abound in the park. As well, much will be mentioned about the plant and tree species, which is lush, and teeming with life. At the Station under shade trees on the beach you will enjoy a sumptuous picnic with fresh fruit and ice-cold drinks. After lunch there will be time to explore the beach or to just relax. In the afternoon return by boat to the lodge.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Aguila de Osa

 

Day 04: Cano Island Biological Reserve

Full day excursion to Cano Island. Your tour starts after breakfast when your guide will help you select snorkeling gear. For those who want to explore the coral reefs around the island, it's a great opportunity to see a fantastic number of fish, rays and sometimes turtles. This is one of the best dive spots in Costa Rica. On most days there will be a chance to snorkel at the "Coral Garden," which is an excellent spot for beginners or more experienced guests. There will also be plenty of time to take a swim, beach-comb or to try your luck at snorkeling in the cove in front of the Park Station. Around mid-afternoon return to the lodge.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Aguila de Osa Inn

Day 05: Corcovado National Park - Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve

Transfer Drake Bay airstrip and board your return flight to San Jose.Upon arrival, your private driver-guide will meet you to take you to the highlands of Monteverde. Overnight at Hotel Fonda Vela, a family-run hotel known for the hospitality of its owners, superb food and large comfortable rooms. The afternoon is free to explore or relax in charming environs of Fonda Vela.

Breakfast

Hotel Fonda Vela

Day 06: Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve

This morning you will be picked up at your hotel to explore with your private guide, the magical cloud forests of Monteverde Reserve on easy trail through this home of the Resplendant Quetzal and other denizens. After, visit the Hummingbird Gallery Art and Souvenir shop, where these tiniest of birds frequently come to feed.

This afternoon you will enjoy the Sky Tram/Sky Trek Tour. The Sky Tram is a high tech cableway that goes through the world famous Monteverde Cloud Forest, with great views of the surrounding areas. The tour starts with a 30 minute ride on the cableway, where you will get a unique perspective of the flora and fauna, accompanied by a Costa Rican expert. The Sky Tram ends in a wide observation platform where the adventure begins- the Sky Trek Canopy Tour- a high adrenaline tour on ziplines, high above the forest floor. Zip from platform to platform to see the forest from a truly unique perspective.

Breakfast

Hotel Fonda Vela

Day 07: Monteverde - Nicoya Peninsula

Depart this morning to the Pacific coast town of Islita, near the tip of the Nicoya Peninsula. Hotel Punta Islita, an award-winning hotel and member of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World, is known for exceptional service, creature comforts and a top-notch spa. Spend the afternoon swimming in the infinity pool, set upon a perch overlooking the coast, or in the other located beachside.

Breakfast

Punta Islita Resort

Days 08: Nicoya Peninsula

This morning you will enjoy a guided walk through the forest trails that surround the hotel's grounds. In the afternoon, enjoy a 60-minute Honey and Milk Massage, by the experts of Punta Islita's spa.

Breakfast

Punta Islita Resort

Days 09: Nicoya Peninsula

Full day at leisure. While at Punta Islita resort, you can choose to spend the your time at the beach, horseback riding through a tropical dry forest, take another guided tour, or find a comfortable spot by the pool.

Breakfast

Punta Islita Resort

Day 10: Nicoya Peninsula - San Jose

Transfer to Islita airstrip, for return flight to San Jose. You are met and transferred to your hotel for check-in. Head into nearby towns for last-minute shopping, or simply to enjoy a last afternoon of peace and quiet in this relaxed mountain setting.

Breakfast

Xandari Plantation

Day 11: San Jose - Depart

You are transferred to the airport for your homebound flight.

Breakfast

Departures

Depart any day! Contact an iExplore Adventure Consultant for details.

Pricing Information

2011 Prices:

November 15, 2010 to April 30, 2011*

$4,525 per person double occupancy.

$6,600 Solo Traveler.

$1,295 Single Room Supplement.

May 1, 2011 to November 14, 2011

$4,250 per person double occupancy.

$6,199 Solo Traveler.

$1,160 Single Room Supplement

* Prices are not valid from Dec. 15, 2010 to Jan. 5, 2011 and April 16 to 24, 2011. Please contact iExplore for an exact quote over these periods.

Prices for your dates of travel may vary- please contact iExplore for an exact quote. Quoted prices are based on current rates of exchange, tariffs and taxes as of July, 2010. iExplore reserves the right to increase tour prices to cover increased costs, tariffs and taxes received after prices are published, and to reflect fluctuations in foreign exchange rates. iExplore is under no obligation to give breakdown costs involved in any package.

Inclusions:

Private transfers in San Jose

1 night at Costa Rica Marriott (Deluxe room) - breakfast included

One-way domestic flight: San Jose-Palmar Sur

3 night/4 day Aguila de Osa (Junior suite) package including land/boat transfer from Palmar Sur and return land transfer to Drake Bay airstrip, full board, one day guided tour to Corcovado National Park and one day guided tour to Caño Island

One-way domestic flight: Drake Bay-San Jose

One-way private land transfer from San Jose to Monteverde

2 nights at Fonda Vela Hotel (Junior suite) - buffet breakfast

Half-day private walk at Monteverde Biological Reserve including round trip transportation, entrance fee and local bilingual naturalist guide

Sky Trek Canopy tour including round trip transportation, entrance fee, canopy equipment and guides

One-way private land transfer from Monteverde to Punta Islita, accompanied by a bilingual guide

3 nights at Punta Islita Hotel (Deluxe room) - continental breakfast

One pre-scheduled guided nature walk at Punta Islita

One 60-minute honey & milk massage at Punta Islita

Transfer to Punta Islita airstrip

One-way domestic flight: Islita-San Jose

1 night at Xandari Resort (Ultra Villa) - continental breakfast

Meals as indicated (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)

Exclusions:

International airfare and airport taxes

Meals, unless otherwise indicated

Items of a personal nature

Gratuities and porterage

Travel insurance

Visas (if required)

Holiday surcharges

All prices are in US dollars and do not include international airfare, unless otherwise noted.

Prices displayed are based on the lowest season base price and assume double occupancy. Prices are shown in U.S. dollars and may or may not include administrative fees, taxes, meals, airfare (where applicable) and Single Supplements. Cancellation penalties, blackout dates and other restrictions may apply.

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