Ecotourism in Costa Rica, 15 day guided tour, small groups (6 to 12 travellers)

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AMERIKA VENTURE
Based in Canada
& Costa Rica
Inbound travel agency
& Tour operator
Across the Americas
Since 1996

Cultural Ecotourism in Costa Rica - 15 days - CRA               
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Map of the tour CRA - Ecotourism 15 days

This eco-adventure explores some of the most remote and unique regions of Costa Rica as well as main features such as the Arenal and Poas Volcanoes.

A 15 day ecotour off the beaten track travelling in a small group with one of the best naturalist tour guides in Costa Rica!

Small groups (6 to 12 travellers);
Top naturalist guides;
Professional drivers;
Charming high end lodging;
For all our tours in Costa Rica click here
Type: Ecotourism
Group:  6 to 12
Duration: 15 days

Butterfly of Costa Rica

wildlife of Costa Rica

Indigenous reserve in Costa Rica

Horseback riding in Costa Rica

Guided nature tour Costa Rica

Arenal Volcano

Wildlife watching in Costa Rica

Howler monkey in Costa Rica

Butterfly of Costa Rica

Indigenous reserve in Costa Rica

Birding in Costa Rica

Costa Rica faune & flora

Costa Rica faune & flora

Costa Rica faune & flora

Costa Rica faune & flora
TRAVELLER FEEDBACK :

THE PRE-TOUR COMMUNICATIONS
The communications were excellent, and we were very impressed that the arrangements (confirmation of tour, procurement of airline tickets and travel insurance) were made in such short order. The one-stop shopping was great! The information on the tour (the package) provided was excellent. A friend of mine who is a travel agent said she was very impressed, as were we.

THE TOUR GUIDE
We had the pleasure of having Federico as our guide. It would not be possible to say enough about his qualities in terms of knowledge of CR and ability to find animals and birds including being able to generate animal and bird calls that could not be distinguished from that of the actual animals and birds (and they felt the same). He was also entertaining, fun, engaging and extremely accommodating. Five star plus!

In addition, he has wide experience and knowledge in other areas, a constant source of conversation, information and pleasure. Finally, he took extremely good care of us, going out of his way to make things perfect. [...]

All other boat captains, zip-line operators, rafting guides, etc. were superb. Very competent staff, informed, helpful, knowledgeable and instilled confidence. Excellent and well chosen.

THE TOUR
Loved the entire thing. [...] The range of sites, climates, topography, landscape and altitudes was immensely rewarding. The program was intense but not overly. Always something of interest, but with enough downtime. Very well planned, and the opportunity to see quite a lot of the country And be away from the crowds!

ACCOMODATIONS
Lodgings and restaurants exceeded all expectations. Excellent! Sometimes the term "charming inns" may be a code for tacky, but in all cases during this tour we were very impressed and surprised. Beds always comfortable, Staff were universally helpful, charming and willing to do all to make things go well. [...]

TRANSPORTATION & TRANSFERS
Having a lot of experience travelling in Africa, I was personally shocked and very pleasantly surprised to see the high quality and performance of the vehicles provided. The driver was excellent, as was the vehicle.

MEALS
Food in lodgings was great and varied. Choice of restaurants and meals excellent and our guide ensured that I had extra avocado or guacamole, a particular favourite of mine, at every occasion possible!

WOULD YOU RECOMMEND AMERIKA VENTURE?
It is difficult for me to indicate how excellent this tour was. Everything was perfect and I would have to say it was the vacation of a lifetime. [...] I will do all I can to promote your company and your services!

Diana Chaplin, Canada
Costa Rica 15 day tour (CRA)

Day 1. San Jose
Arrival in San Jose International Airport, meet your driver and guide at the airport arrivals terminal. Private transfer to San Jose, evening meal and overnight in a very comfortable and charming hotel or inn in the capital.

Day 2. Poas National Park - Monteverde
Meet your friendly tour guide and travel companions for breakfast. Exploration of the Poas National Park; encounter with an active volcano which has the world's second largest crater surrounded by a cloud forest abounding with this life so particular to Costa Rica : hummingbirds, bromides, lichens, butterflies... Lunch on the Volcano slopes on our way back and guided visit of a coffee plantation. Explanation of the coffee growing process and its social and political context in Costa Rica. Drive towards Monteverde in the afternoon (4hrs drive). Tonight we will be staying in a friendly family run inn in Santa Elena, Monteverde (great cook and warm family atmosphere!).

Day 3. Monteverde Cloud Forest
Exploration of Santa Elena's Biological Reserve in the Monteverde Cloud Forest. Guided hike on the trails accompanied by a naturalist (tropical biologist). Contoured by the Tilaran Mountains this reserve is spread on eight ecological zones, it shelters over 100 mammal, 400 bird and 1500 plant species. In the afternoon, we will also experience the famous Sky Trek, a network of under story trails and platforms reaching high above the ground. Zip lines of steel cables attached from one platform to another allow you to slide through the forest canopy - it's fun and unforgettable! Night in Santa Elena.

Day 4. Arenal Volcano
Breakfast at the lodge and departure for a scenic drive towards the active Arenal Volcano going around the beautiful Arenal Lake OR expedition on horseback through the farmland and slopes of the Arenal-Monteverde zone (both options are proposed, additional fees apply if you choose the horseback ride). Those who will travel by road will stop for lunch in a very pleasant Italian restaurant located on a hill top yielding superb views of the region, those on horseback will have a lunch box meal on the side of the lake. They will then cross on a motorized boat to meet the rest of the group at the Arenal dam near the foot of the Volcano a few minutes drive away from our hotel and the Tabacon Hot springs. Stay in a comfortable hotel on the volcano slopes. Optional visit to the Tabacon hot springs in the evening.
OPTION: Horseback ride @
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Day 5. Arenal Volcano
Optional early morning birding tour on the volcano slopes. Breakfast at the hotel and transfer to the beautiful Fortuna waterfall located next to the Chato mountain, the ancient crater of the Arenal Volcano. Descending a steep trail between rock cliffs with dense vegetation we reach the base of this amazing 140-foot waterfall for a refreshing swim. Lunch at a restaurant in Fortuna village before heading towards Arenal Volcano National Park. Inside the park are several hiking trails open to visitors taking you as close as advisable to the summit of the active volcano. The park rangers are continuously monitoring the volcanoes activity and upon arrival at the ranger station they will inform visitors which trail is open. From the ranger station at the park entrance there are two hiking trails leading east through some young secondary forests & old lava formations from previous eruptions to the mirador, a look-out point, from where you can watch lava flowing from the volcano. This is a 2 to 3 hours hike (1.4km each way). Transfer back to our hotel for supper and relaxation. Optional visit to Tabacon hot springs (fees apply).

Day 6. Selva Verde or /
Centro Neotropico de Sarapiqui
Breakfast at the hotel and transfer to the private reserve of Selva Verde (1½ hr drive). Upon arrival buffet lunch at the lodge's restaurant located on the riverside. Selva Verde Reserve protects 180 hectares of primary and 300 hectares of secondary tropical rainforest we discover during a guided hike on the nature trails. Free afternoon to explore the surroundings or simply relax in the hammocks. You may wish to visit the butterfly farm to learn about the butterfly world, the plants and flowers they are attracted to and how the garden is maintained. Evening meal at the lodge.

Day 7. Selva Verde or / Centro Neotropico de Sarapiqui
An early morning bird watching tour is available every day at 6h00 before breakfast. Inform your tour guide if you are interested. Breakfast at the lodge followed by a boat trip on the Sarapiqui river, during which you will have the opportunity to observe river wildlife, and feel the vitality of the river as a means of transportation for the local Costa Ricans. After lunch at the lodge we visit the Sarapiqui Conservation Learning Center (SCLC) located on the grounds of Selva Verde for an overview of this project. Your guide may be able to organize a meeting with the researchers and volunteers working at the center in order to provide an insight in their world. Excellent local artwork can also be purchased at the end of the visit. Free afternoon; explore the surroundings – together with your naturalist guide or on your own, relax or choose one of the optional activities proposed by the lodge such as rafting or kayaking on Sarapiqui River and horseback riding expeditions in the nearby region (additional fees apply). Your tour guide will be happy to assist you in organizing such activities. Supper and overnight at the lodge.

Day 8. La Paz Gardens, San Jose
Optional morning wildlife watching tour in the reserve. Filling breakfast and scenic drive towards the capital via Vara Blanca. We will visit on our way to the capital the amazing La Paz Waterfall Gardens where we experience lush rainforests, majestic waterfalls, fluttering butterflies and whimsical hummingbirds. With over 3.5 kilometres ( 2 miles) of nature trails, a butterfly observatory, hummingbird gardens and bird watching areas proposed, we can spend here most of our day without seeing time fly! Lunch will be served buffet style in the excellent on site restaurant (rated 4 forks). The dining area yields incredible views of the La Paz River Valley and the Poás Volcano. Final drive down to San Jose in the afternoon, installation in a charming inn located near all the services in a quiet neighbourhood, evening meal near the hotel

Day 9. Cerro de la Muerte / San Gerardo de Dota
After breakfast we head towards the Cerro de la Muerte & San Gerardo de Dota area where some of the best bird watching in Costa Rica can be done. The eco-lodge we stay at (Trogon Lodge or Savegre Lodge) proposes some excellent hiking on private trails, excellent combination of Costa Rican and international cuisine and charming yet superior lodging facilities. Amidst dazzling flowers, showing amazing shades of colors and where centennial oak trees show their impressive roots, at an altitude of 2200 m. / 7000 ft above sea level, surrounded by the unspoiled ecology of the area., you will find here in the gardens or on the trails the beauties you came to Costa Rica for. The song of the Resplendent Quetzal, in it's magical fly, is a sample of the exuberant biodiversity that lives in this very special and unique area.

Days 10. Cerro de la Muerte / San Gerardo de Dota
A full day in this beautiful and peaceful environment is very appreciated by the nature lover. Explore the region with your guide , choose one of the numerous active adventures proposed or simply relax at the lodge and enjoy !

Day 11. Bahia Drake and Corcovado
Heading off for Sierpe, Osa Peninsula, where we cruise on the Sierpe River towards Bahia Drake. First , we pass through the rainforest on the Rio Sierpe which eventually leads through an estuary with mangroves and further into the ocean. During this scenic and interesting boat ride (90min.) we get the chance to observe monkeys, sloths, macaws, parrots, boobies, pelicans and even dolphins, excellent photography can be done here! Overnight in a charming jungle eco-lodge in Drake Bay.

Day 12 and 13. Corcovado National Park
(Optional dive tour to Isla del Cano Biological Reserve)
During these two days we explore the nature trails of the Corcovado National Park region, considered being the best remaining Pacific coastal rainforest in Central America. Because of its remoteness this national park embraces one of the greatest biological diversity of Costa Rica and many important endangered rainforest species are protected here. Overnights in a charming and friendly eco-lodge in Drake Bay, transfers by boat. This two day stay in the Corcovado National Park sector includes a full day hiking ecotours within the national park starting and ending in the main ranger station at Sirena camp. Option on day 13: dive tour or snorkelling tour to Isla del Cano (additional fees apply).

Day 14. Manuel Antonio National Park
Return by boat to Sierpe, scenic drive to San Isidro and Manuel Antonio area where we stay in a comfortable and charming hotel on the coast near the National Park. Manuel Antonio offers excellent bird watching and wildlife watching.

Days 15. Transfer to airport in San Jose
Transfer to San Jose international airport for a check-in at least 2 hours before your flight or to another location in the San Jose area.

Optionally, you can choose to extend your stay in the Manuel Antonio National Park & Quepos region. Ask us for a quote including lodging, meals and transfer back to San Jose at the end of your stay.
Please note the following alternative program:
Occasionally, this two week tour can present the schedule of the second week first and the schedule of the first week second. In this case, the schedule / itinerary will go as follow: day #1 > days #9 to #14 > buffer day Manuel Antonio / San Jose > days #2 to #7 > day #15.
Same inclusions and program, different order of the weeks.

NOTE: The description of this program is provided as a general indication of the tour's day by day itinerary. Your program could be slightly different according to weather conditions, availabilities or changes in the accessibility of a site and/or service.
Accomodations during this tour are provided in charming & meticulously selected 3* inns, eco-lodges and hotels. We only use on our trips carefully selected small and medium sized genuine hotels and Inns offering friendliness and a homey touch along with the comfort and services expected from larger hotels. Inns are locally owned and managed - often family run - and provide a warm and cozy atmosphere to their visitors. Rooms are large and they include a private bathroom, a ceiling fan and/or air conditioning. * Unless otherwise indicated in the tour's day by day description.

All our services in Costa Rica . . .
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Séjour en éco-lodge à Tortuguero

Inclusions
Exclusions
  • An excellent naturalist tour guide with you from the beginning to the end and specialized local guides in certain regions.
  • All the transports in a private mini-bus with private driver, from airport arrival to airport departure.
  • Accomodations in charming and very comfortable hotels, eco-lodges and inns, private bathroom, pleasant ambience.
  • All the activities and entry fees in the sites and national parks included in the description of the tour.
  • All the meals served in the inns and restaurants or picnic (full board).
  • International flights; get a quote
  • Personal insurance;get a quote
  • Optional activities (0 to 130 $US / pers.)
  • Tips, drinks and personal expenses.

TOUR PRICE IN 2014 / 2015

This tour is operated as a regular service (100% guaranteed departures) from:
2890.00 $US PER TRAVELLER IN DOUBLE OCC.
Child sharing parent(s)' room:
SINGLE occupancy supplement:
TRIPLE occupancy discount:
QUAD occupancy discount:
 1445.00 $US
 +700.00 $US
-120.00 $US
-240.00 $US
 per traveller
 per traveller
 per traveller
 per traveller
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International flights NOT INCLUDED.
Travel Insurance NOT INCLUDED.
Discounts for triple and quadruple occupancy do not apply to child rate
nor to the regular rate for parents sharing a room with a child / children.
If rates vary according to the season and / or the number of participants
and / or other factors, see details under RATE VARIATIONS.
The price of this tour may change at any time BEFORE booking.
Once a reservation is confirmed, the price is fixed and can no longer fluctuate.
To avoid paying a single occupancy supplement individual travellers can request
to share a double occupancy room (upon request and subject to availability).

DATES OF OUR NEXT TOUR DEPARTURES

These dates correspond to DAY #1 of the tour
2017 : OCT 07, OCT 14, OCT 21, OCT 28, NOV 04, NOV 11, NOV 18, NOV 25, DEC 02, DEC 09, DEC 16, DEC 23, DEC 30
2018 : JAN 06, JAN 13, JAN 20, JAN 27, FEB 03, FEB 10, FEB 17, FEB 24, MAR 03, MAR 10, MAR 17, MAR 24, MAR 31, APR 07, APR 14, APR 21, APR 28, MAY 05, MAY 12, JUN 23, JUN 30, JUL 07, JUL 14, JUL 21, JUL 28, AUG 04, AUG 11, AUG 18, SEP 29, OCT 06, OCT 13, OCT 20, OCT 27, NOV 03, NOV 10, NOV 17, NOV 24, DEC 01, DEC 08, DEC 15, DEC 22
2019 : JAN 05, JAN 12, JAN 19, JAN 26, FEB 02, FEB 09, FEB 16, FEB 23, MAR 02, MAR 09, MAR 16, MAR 23, MAR 30, APR 06, APR 13, APR 20, APR 27, MAY 04, MAY 11, JUL 06, JUL 13, JUL 20, JUL 27, AUG 03, AUG 10, AUG 17, OCT 12, OCT 19, OCT 26, NOV 02, NOV 09, NOV 16, NOV 23, NOV 30, DEC 07, DEC 14, DEC 21, DEC 28
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Comparing our tours and prices with others, consider...

  • The number of participants in the tour. The SIZE of the group has a major incidence on the quality of the services provided by the tour leader and the driver. Small groups remain personal unlike large groups.
  • What IS and what is NOT included in the tours & services you compare.
  • Our tours respect the principals of ecotourism. Our guides, staff members and providers are meticulously selected to meet our exacting requirements and standards and they are remunerated equitably and considered with great esteem as we much value their participation to our mission.
  • The quality standards of the services and accommodations we provide in our tours are high and our customer service is exceptional. We are committed to offering the very best to our travellers before, during and after their trip.
  • We provide our travellers with the contact information of their tour manager who is available 7 days a week before and during the tour to promptly assist them with any situation or simply answer questions or doubts before the tour starts.


Procedures and deadlines summary:

  1. Upon reception of your booking request we will send you a booking confirmation & invoice (or another offer if the requested services cannot be confirmed).
  2. Upon reception of your invoice, you must send us your initial deposit (30% of the tour price + 100% of flights and/or travel insurance, if these services are booked through us). We accept all major credit cards, checks, wire transfers and cash.
  3. Your final payment must be received 45 days prior to your tour departure.
  4. We send you your travel documents by FedEx courier 30 days prior to your tour departure (or before). We also send you (at the same time) an electronic version (PDF document sent by email) of your documents to keep as a backup copy in your files.
    All payments received are confirmed by our accounting dpt. the next day with an updated account statement sent by email.

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