Costa Rica Custom Vacation Tour 2018-2019

A 8 day trip to Costa Rica 
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Step into the luxurious world of Costa Rica on this custom tailored tour meant to show you lavish wildlife and comfortable rainforest lodges. Experience the iridescent plumage of the elusive quetzal and listen to the exuberant calls of howler monkeys. Journey along secluded freshwater canals at Tortuguero National Park and traverse the canopy that sits amongst the sky at the Cloud Forest Reserve. Venture through the foothills of an active volcano and indulge in the natural hot springs it provides. The richness of the Costa Rican countryside will make every moment blissful.   

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General Information

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Tortuguero National Park, Costa Rica
Landscape of Monteverde, Costa Rica
Detailed Itinerary

Places Visited 

San Jose, Tortuguero National Park, Arenal Volcano, Monteverde Cloud Forest

Departure Dates 

Dates are flexible and customizable for private departures.

Detailed Itinerary 

Day 1: The Welcoming Neighborhoods

Welcome to the energetic city of San Jose, the capital of Costa Rica. The city encompasses the vibrant and diverse cultures of the country that come from the Atlantic Ocean, the meandering mountains, and the Pacific Coast. Your private transfer meets you at the airport and takes you to your fabulous accommodation located in a historic and charming colonial mansion. People stroll through the pedestrian malls of Avenida Central, situated downtown. The stores offer large and creative window displays that attract people from all over the city.

Outside of the downtown area, the colonial mansions of Barrio Amon bring the opulent past of coffee barons to the city’s modern streets. Gardens offer unobstructed views of the mountains that surround the city. Eucalyptus trees tower over the quaint walkways of La Sabana Park. An art museum and the national soccer stadium can also be found within the park’s borders. Children kick around soccer balls and wear jerseys with their favorite player’s name bannered across the back. Charming old men sit on park benches and read the newspaper as the sunlight spreads across the valley floor. Settle into the city’s underlying charm and enjoy its fabulous luxuries.  

What’s Included: transfer, accommodation at Don Carlos Hotel

Day 2: The Caribbean Reaches

The sun rises over the mountainside and brings the energetic streets back to life. The sweet aromas of star fruit and mango accompany the rich layers of fresh-pressed Costa Rican coffee. The day begins and you are ready to venture out into the fabulous reaches of the Costa Rican wilderness. Your private transfer takes you through the jungles of Braulio Carrillo National Park en route to the secluded canals of Tortuguero. The dense jungle vegetation enraptures the mountains. You arrive at the riverbanks and board a boat that courses through the natural water highway of the region.

The region was once an archipelago of volcanic islands and now is a network of freshwater lagoons, wetlands, waterways, and Caribbean beaches. River turtles lounge on the protruding tree branches and soak up the sun. Caiman float in the water; their eyes peek just above the surface and watch out for prey and predators alike. Endangered West Indian Manatees, also known as the “sea cow” reach up to eleven and a half feet long. They make their way from the Caribbean coastline and into the shallow areas around the estuaries. Your comfortable accommodation nestles into the trees and provides a distinctive opportunity for you to interact with the tranquil sounds and tremendous wildlife of the area.  

What’s Included: breakfast, lunch, dinner, transfer, accommodation at Laguna Lodge

Day 3: The Meandering Tropics

The wild calls of the surrounding jungle rise with the dawn. Birds twitter and chirp under the canopy and howler monkeys cry out to one another in the treetops. They can reach up to 36 inches in height and can sense fruits and nuts up to a mile away from their location. Their deep guttural growl rattles the leaves. After breakfast you will tour through the canals of Tortuguero National Park to discover the stunning landscape and wildlife that enriches the region. The park covers 77,032 acres of land and stands 755 feet at its highest elevation. The temperate Caribbean water brushes against the dark sand beaches. The breeze is cool and relaxing.

The birdcalls create as light-hearted soundtrack for your exploration. Palm trees arch over the banks closer to the ocean and giant buttress roots reach out from their powerful trunks. Peacocks roam through the underbrush. The males’ iridescent feathers shimmer against the lush forestry that blankets the area. Crested eagles nest in the trees. Their wingspan reaches almost 40 inches across and they circle the sky in search of a meal below. The longer you traverse the national park the more of its treasures are revealed. Each moment creates a unique and majestic memory that will stay with you forever.  

What’s Included: breakfast, lunch, dinner, tour, accommodation at Laguna Lodge

Day 4: Caribbean Canals to Riveting Volcano

The morning sounds of vivacious howler monkeys and lively singing birds are accompanied by the creamy, indulgent flavors of jackfruit and banana. After breakfast you will fly to San Jose and make your way through the rainforest of Braulio Carrillo National Park en route to Arenal. The trees and rolling mountains look different from the air as you tour the canopy on an aerial tram. Toucans dwell in the treetops. Their large, arching bills are colored with bright yellow and tipped with red. They grow up to eleven and a half inches long and boast a rounded tail. The canopy around them shimmers jade beneath the rising sun.

You travel over a mile through the trees and find endless wonders along the way, from avifauna to orchids. The flowers’ petals swirl with light purple and cream hues, creating a hypnotic effect. In Arenal you will settle into a hotel that gives you an exciting view of both Arenal Lake and Arenal Volcano. The water in the distance is placid and reflective. Steam continues to rise from the crater, adding white cloud puffs to the bright sky. The opulent panorama of Arenal is only the beginning.

What’s Included: breakfast, lunch, dinner, transfer, tour, accommodation  

Day 5: Edging Volcanoes and Clouds

Listen to the sounds of the morning accompany the rising steam of the enchanting volcano landscape. Arenal Volcano is 5,437 feet above sea level and erupted daily from 1968 until 2012. The magma would light up the summit in the evening and thunderous sounds would echo around the mountainside. Follow your guide on a private tour of Arenal Volcano National Park and listen to the remarkable stories and legends of the region. The park stretches across 29,692 acres of protected land. Your guide points out majestic wildlife along the trail, from foraging deer to perching parrots.

The lava fields bring the fairytale landscape to life. The black and craggy rocks rise up the western foothills of the volcano. The cooled magma creates an expansive area free of trees and wildlife. The volcanic peak towers over the scenery and creates an unequaled, looming skyline. Later in the day you will have a private transfer to Monteverde, home to the Cloud Forest Reserve and a celebrated local dairy farm. The farm was founded by Quakers in the 1950s and continues to produce cheese and ice cream enjoyed by the locals and all of Costa Rica. Settle into your tremendous accommodation where modern comforts meet countryside charm.  

What’s Included: breakfast, lunch, dinner, tour, transfer, accommodation at El Establo Mountain Hotel

Day 6: Luxuries of the Clouds

The sky comes down and meets the mountaintops in the Cloud Forest Reserve. The birds call out beneath the canopy. Moss paves the forest floor and looks like lush carpet. The rivers meander along the rolling hills. The water rushes against the bedrock and mists into the air. The rainforest is dense. The aroma of fern drifts through the air. After breakfast you can tour through the canopy on the private reserve, strolling along the aerial walkways. Orchids blossom in the treetops 135 feet in the air.

The crimson and effervescent green plumage of the resplendent quetzal stands out against the shimmering leaves. The mountains rise to an altitude of 4,662 feet above sea level. The clouds roll over the treetops and drip down offering moisture to the low-lying greenery. The bridges cross over two miles of park. Hummingbirds flutter and monkeys ramble through the high branches. Spider monkeys’ tails can grow to a length 35 inches. They relax in the treetops and their prehensile tails can wrap around dangling vines. The rainforest is a mixture of natural luxury and unfathomable mystique.

What’s Included: breakfast, lunch, dinner, tour, accommodation at El Establo Mountain Hotel

Day 7: Bright Lights of Forest and City

The quetzals twitter in the cool light of the morning. The clouds have yet to sweep over the high altitude rainforest. The soothing songs of the morning accompany the chocolaty hints of fresh-pressed Costa Rican coffee. The luxury of the countryside come in packages both big and small, from the vast landscapes of the region to the subtle flavors of the complex cuisine. After breakfast, your private transfer will escort you along your return trip to San Jose. The city continues to thrive with bustling energy. The tree-lined boulevards of Rohrmoser are accented with playgrounds. The cool breeze blows along the verdant mountain landscape of the neighborhood of Santa Ana.

Stroll through the Central Market where over 200 shops and stalls are amassed over an entire city block. The market was formed in the 1880s and continues to boast popular fruit stands and restaurants, along with quality artisan woodcrafts. In the evening you can dine at Product C, a grassroots restaurant with refinement in its concept, and lavish in its décor. The restaurant boats sustainable seafood and offers a variety of fresh and flavorful dishes, from the ceviche of the day to a salmon dish encrusted with dill. The capital city offers the comfortable qualities of life within its fast-paced modern streets and neighborhoods.  

What’s Included: breakfast, transfer, accommodation at Balmoral Hotel

Day 8: Over the Mountains

The sun casts a light over the looming mountains. The valley emerges from the dawn darkness and shines in the embracing daylight. Savor the mountain panorama. Indulge in the tropical flavors of breakfast, from creamy coconut to sweet passion fruit. Soon your private transfer will take you to the airport for your flight home. The comforts of the rainforest and the wandering canals of Tortuguero have shown you a different side of the wild. You have traversed canopies and found sensational wildlife hidden in the luxurious Costa Rican countryside.

What’s Included: breakfast, transfer

Price

Price 

Zicasso recommends the following guidelines for customized Costa Rica vacation packages, excluding international flights:

  • 5-star: USD $250 - $1,000+ per person per day
  • 4-star: Minimum USD $220 per person per day
  • 3-star: Minimum USD $200 per person per day

The customized package will include hotels, airport transfers and other transportation within Costa Rica, guided tours or activities, unique experiences, trip planning, and 24X7 support during your trip.

Please inquire for a custom quote. The price is customized based on final hotel choices, travel dates, and other custom preferences.