COSTA RICA

(NOVEMBER 1-9, 2021)

Spectacular landscapes and exotic wildlife abound as you walk among the tree tops in the rainforest, sail along the famous canals in Tortuguero National Park, and hike in the shadows of a volcano. Discover the history and important of sea turtle conservation, unwind in a thermal hot spring, and visit a plantation to learn how coffee, chocolate, and sugar cane go from farm to finished product!

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Optional travel protection plan:

  • $370 per person, Double or Single

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A $500 deposit per person is required with your registration form in order to reserve your spot. $100 is non-refundable after July 20, 2021.

Final payment is due September 20, 2021

what’s included

  • Round-trip airport transfers from Cedar Rapids/Iowa City
  • Round-trip air to San Jose
    (price based on air estimate of $750)
  • Deluxe motorcoach transportation
  • 8 nights’ accommodations
  • 17 meals (7 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners)
  • Admission to attractions as stated on itinerary
  • Porter service of one bag per person at hotels
  • Taxes and gratuities for included services
  • Professional tour manager
Not included in the price of this tour:

Meals/beverages other than those listed on the itinerary, beverages other than tea or coffee with included meals, items of a personal nature/souvenirs, phone calls and faxes from hotels, travel protection plan, passport fees, visa fees (if applicable), current baggage fees at the airport as assessed by the airline, and any service not listed in the above inclusions.

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Itinerary

Day 1: Monday, November 1, 2021

Today we transfer to the airport for our flight to San Jose, Costa Rica. Upon arrival we will meet our coach and make the short drive to our hotel. The remainder of the evening is yours to relax and grab dinner on your own. The hotel is conveniently located within the Multiplaza Mall and is home to a number of trendy restaurants.

Note: The airport location and airline will be confirmed no sooner than nine months before departure.

Day 2: Tuesday, November 2, 2021

An early departure will take us through the rainforest and cloud forest of Braulio Carrillo National Park toward Tortuguero National Park on the Caribbean coast. Along the way, we will stop in Guapiles for a delicious breakfast. Tonight’s accommodations are only accessible by water, so we’ll depart for the dock after breakfast to board a boat to the Pachira Lodge. The one-hour ride through the canals to Tortuguero will be an wonderful opportunity to marvel at the amazing landscapes and look for many of the animals that make Costa Rica famous! Lunch will be served at the lodge before we explore the small town of Tortuguero and see the Sea Turtle Conservancy Center. The conservancy has worked to protect endangered sea turtles in Costa Rica since 1959, and we will learn about the history and importance of conservation during our visit.

(Breakfast, lunch, and dinner included)

Day 3: Wednesday, November 3, 2021

After breakfast we will set out to explore Tortuguero National Park on a cruise through its world-famous canals. The park boasts a large variety of biological diversity due to its eleven different habitats ranging from rainforests and mangrove forests to swamps, beaches, and lagoons. As we venture through this unique maze of natural waterways, keep your eyes peeled for monkeys, sloths, river turtles, toucans, and more. Following our boat tour, the rest of the afternoon is yours to enjoy the walking trails.

(Breakfast, lunch, and dinner included)

Day 4: Thursday, November 4, 2021

This morning we will leave the Caribbean coast and head to Arenal in northern Costa Rica. We will stop again in Guapiles for lunch before continuing on to our hotel in the Arenal area.

(Breakfast and lunch included)

Day 5: Friday, November 5, 2021

The impressive Arenal Volcano is a must-see natural phenomenon in Costa Rica’s Arenal Volcano National Park. We’ll take a nature hike on a trail close to the national park and enjoy its amazing views. This afternoon is all about relaxation as we unwind in one of the best thermal water places in the area.

(Breakfast, lunch, and dinner included)

Day 6: Saturday, November 6, 2021

Enjoy breakfast this morning before we continue our journey to the Monteverde Cloud Forest known for its biological reserve that protects a wide variety of endangered species. More than 2,500 plant species, 100 mammal species, 400 bird species, 120 reptilian and amphibian species, and thousands of insect species draw scientists and tourists alike! During our drive to Monteverde, we will take in the breathtaking views of Arenal Lake and the northern plains. We’ll also visit Don Juan for a tour of the coffee plantation that begins with the history of coffee around the world and its importance in Costa Rica’s development. The focus will then shift to chocolate with a look at how a cacao seed is turned into pure and ground cocoa. The history and processing of sugar cane will round out our time at Don Juan.

(Breakfast and dinner included)

Day 7: Sunday, November 7, 2021

Today’s adventure takes us to the treetops with a Sky Walk experience. The Sky Walk tour consists of hiking on trails through the tropical forest and venturing along hanging bridges above the treetops for a peaceful look at the flora and fauna of the canopy from a completely different perspective. Our day’s touring will come to an end at the Butterfly Gardens, where we will learn about the life cycle of butterflies and moths.

(Breakfast, lunch, and dinner included)

Day 8: Monday, November 8, 2021

After a full week of excitement, sit back, relax, and enjoy the scenery as we drive back to San Jose. Upon arrival, we will settle into our overnight accommodations for an evening at leisure.

(Breakfast included)

Day 9: Tuesday, November 9, 2021

We will transfer to the airport for our flight home.