Introduction
Costa Rica is barely the size of West Virginia, yet it has more biodiversity than anywhere else on earth. It’s a nation where a “transcontinental” flight takes only an hour or so. It’s a land with Afro-Caribbean culture and cowboys. And don’t even try to count the keeled-bill toucans, jaguars, orchids, howler monkeys and river otters— though you may be tempted as you transition from Atlantic coast to Pacific on this amazing trip. On this Special Edition departure, timed to coincide with the magnificent nesting of the Green Sea Turtles in Tortuguero National Park, you’ll adventure first to the tiny island of Tortuguero, and then to the surprisingly un-rainy forests of Guanacaste with whitewater rafting, zipline glides, boat rides and more in between. Our local guides will introduce you to a diverse mix of natives too, right where they live in remote villages. At our waterfront lodges, the views are amazing and the living is easy and comfortable. Best of all, every activity you read about in this itinerary is included at no extra cost.
Itinerary at a glance
DAYS 1-2 – SAN JOSE / TORTUGUERO
After meeting in San José, we begin our Costa Rica family vacation with a brief flight to Tortuguero National Park (2 nights). From our riverfront hotel, we head out for some kayaking through the lagoons or a guided jungle walk with the chance to spot crocodiles, river turtles, capuchin monkeys, macaws and more. We’ll also set out in the evening to view the Green sea turtles emerge from the ocean and nest on the beaches. Likewise, at the Sea Turtle Conservancy, we’ll learn about the ancient migration patterns that bring sea turtles back to the local beaches every year to lay their eggs. We may even see the tiny, newly hatched turtles digging out of their nests and scrambling to the safety of the waves.

DAYS 3-6 – GUANACASTE / LIBERIA
Next, we head to mountains of the continental divide, Guanacaste. On our first activity, you’ll ascend into the treetops for a thrilling zipline ride through the forest canopy. We settle in for the next three nights at a beachfront resort with the Pacific right out our front doors. Multisport activities here include a private catamaran ride to waters perfect for snorkeling. Or, alternatively, you can take some surfing lessons. On our last full day, you’ll have the option of joining river experts for some wet and wild whitewater rafting in Class III/IV rapids. Or if you prefer, walk with our guides to Llanos de Cortez, one of Costa Rica’s most beautiful waterfalls. Our final day, we part company at Liberia Airport.
Picture Yourself...
  • Spotting Green sea turtles as they nest on the beach
  • Rafting through Class III/IV rapids on the Tenorio River
  • Ziplining and snorkeling...or just lounging on the beach or by the pool
Costa Rica: Tortuguero Sea Turtle Nesting
Special Edition
6 Days / 5 Nights
Starting Point: San Jose - 6:30am, Lobby of San Jose Marriott **Please note: start time is subject to change based on the internal air flight schedule

Ending Point: 1:00pm - Liberia Airport


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Tour Dates & Prices
Tour prices are per person based on double occupancy. Single supplement is only applicable if you are traveling solo and/or have a room to yourself.
TOUR DATES
TOUR PRICES
SINGLE SUPPLEMENT
August 9-14, 2020$3595.00$595.00
Sep 27-Oct 2, 2020$3495.00$595.00


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Internal Air
Please note: Baggage restriction on this tour is limited to 30 lbs per person due to the internal airline's weight restriction. The total cost for the internal flights is approximately $150.00 per person.
What's Included
  • Accommodations for 6 days and 5 nights
  • Full time experienced guide(s) who are with you throughout the trip, handle behind-the-scenes logistics and are there to help with anything from haggling for a rug to buying a tube of toothpaste
  • Support vehicle(s)
  • Admissions to tastings, historic sites and other scheduled events as noted in the detailed daily itinerary.
  • Gratuities for hotels, meals and baggage
  • Trip literature
  • All land transportation during the trip
• All breakfasts, 3 lunches, 4 dinners
• Full-time experienced guide(s) who are with you throughout the trip and handle behind-the-scenes logistics
• Admissions to scheduled events as noted in the detailed daily itinerary
• Gratuities for hotels, meals, and baggage
• All land transportation during the trip
Above & Beyond Benefits
  • Invisible Check-In
    When your group arrives, we whisk you and your bags to your room immediately. No waiting – no tipping.
  • Privileged Access Events
    One-of-a-kind access to remarkable people, places and activities arranged just for you.
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Temperature variation is very small from one season to the next and from daytime to nighttime, with a very small difference from the hottest to the coldest month in a particular location. We think you’ll be surprised by the temperate nature of the weather. San Jose, the capital city, sits at an elevation of 3,000 feet and is in a bowl of fertile soil, surrounded by the Cerros de Escazu mountains to the west and the twin volcanoes of Barva and Poas to the north. In Tortuguero, temperatures remain the same nearly year around with average day time highs in the mid 80s to low 90s and night time lows in the upper 70s. Precipitation varies by month with the months of February, March, September and October being the driest. Guanacaste experience's little rain and consistent heat from November to April, and a wet season from late May to November. With it's hot, dry climate, the perfect time to visit Gaunacaste is year around. Average temperatures range from a maximum of 85-90 degrees and a low of 70-75.


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Accommodations
Bosque Del Mar Playa Hermosa

A unique beachfront property in Hermosa Bay, Guanacaste, with a high-end boutique eco-concept, relaxed all-suite rooms, and steps from the beach with clear ocean waters and beautiful soft sand. Come relax and enjoy tranquility while watching monkeys play.

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