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Enjoy the tropical beauty of Costa Rica gardens during our Costa Rican Garden Tour. Broaden your botanical knowledge with your private, bilingual naturalist guide and driver. Experience the highlights of Costa Rican culture, sights and activities. Costa Rica is home to 500,000 plant species which represents 4% of the total species worldwide and is one 20 countries with the highest biodiversity. On your Costa Rica Garden Tour you can enjoy the opportunity the abundance of fauna and flora. Costa Rica has the following species counts:

  • 850 birds
  • 9,000+ vascular plants
  • 1,300 orchids
  • 1,250 butterflies
  • 2,000 trees

 

2016-08-19

Costa Rica Garden

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  • Distance 409 km
  • Duration 9 h 12 min
  • AVG speed 44 km/h
  • Min altitude 135 m
  • Peak 1793 m
  • Climb 6982 m
  • Descent 6940 m

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Day 1: San José

Arrive at San José, Costa Rica Juan Santamaría International Airport where you will be met and provided a private guided transfer from the airport to your hotel in Santa Ana.
Enjoy lunch on your own and spend the afternoon viewing the Costa Rican art collection or relaxing by the pool. Meet up with your group at later for the Welcome Cocktail and Orientation Meeting. Dinner and overnight at Studio Hotel.

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Day 2: San José

After breakfast you will spend the morning exploring San José during the San José City Tour where you will visit the Jade Museum, which has a very good collection of pre-Columbian works, and the National Museum. Lunch will be at Nuestra Tierra Restaurant after which you will visit the Hacienda La Laguna home garden. Dinner and overnight at Studio Boutique Hotel.

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Day 3: Turrialba

This morning, after breakfast, you will drive with your private tour guide to Turrialba. You will start the day with a tour at Lankester Botanical Gardens which is internationally recognized for its noteworthy collections of epiphytes. LBG was established in 1973 as a center for the exhibition, conservation and research of tropical epiphytic plants, with a special interest in orchids.

You will visit Hacienda Tayutic for lunch and tour of the beautiful hacienda, owned by the Ortuño Family for centuries. You will see how sugarcane, coffee and macadamia nuts are processed using traditional and present-day methods and wander their beautiful gardens while enjoying some of the most spectacular scenery in the country. Dinner and overnight at Studio Boutique Hotel.

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Day 4: Arenal

Today, your journey begins with a transfer to the northern lowlands of Costa Rica, where the major attraction is the world-famous Arenal Volcano. During the first part of the drive you will pass through the Central Volcanic Mountain Range, where you will admire the incomparable beauty of the landscapes, which includes the tropical rain and cloud forest and its warm climate.
Lunch will be served at Villa Blanca, a beautiful hacienda style restaurant located in heart of the clouds, that was once owned by a President of Costa Rica. After lunch, we will enjoy the El Silencio de Los Angeles Walk. Conveniently located within Villa Blanca’s 75 acre hotel property, this very user-friendly 3 Kilometer trail network was carefully engineered and designed by our own professional nature guides. With only 2.5% of the planet’s cloud forest remaining, the unique energy of this cloud shrouded forest habitat continues to marvel both scientists and tourists alike.

Then the journey continues and is adorned with the beautiful scenery of the northern plains, with its abundance of spectacular natural surroundings and country villages. Arrive in La Fortuna village and stay two nights at Volcano Lodge.

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Day 5: Arenal

During the morning you will visit the Arenal Hanging Bridges, which is one the most beautiful environmental-friendly projects in Costa Rica. The tour takes place on a 600 acre reserve filled with lush vegetation and a variety of birds and animals. Walk along sturdy bridges up among the trees in this unique rainforest environment. Your private naturalist guide will introduce you to the extremely rich biodiversity and help you spot wildlife. You are likely to see many types of birds, orchids and other exotic plants and perhaps even a sloth or howler monkey! From two bridges you can have a good view of Arenal Volcano.

During the afternoon, you will visit the world-famous Tabacón Hot Springs. A virtual “Garden of Eden” awaits you at Tabacon Hot Springs & Spa located at the foot of the Arenal Volcano. From the heart of the volcano spring fountains of thermo-mineral water which form the Tabacon River, running at a soothing 39C (102F), forming natural pools which cascade into the thermal lagoons, guaranteeing an unforgettable sensation. Relax in the multiple thermal pools, enjoy optional spa treatments or walk the trails surrounded by exotic tropical gardens which provide many photo ops. Dinner is a delicious buffet with a wide selection of local and international culinary treats.

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Day 6: Arenal / San José

After an early breakfast at Volcano Lodge, you have the option to enjoy the Canopy / Zipline Tour or spend the morning at leisure. Experience this uniquely Costa Rican invention of sailing across the canopy of the rainforest on over 2 kilometers of cables connecting 18 platforms. Thereafter you will take your private guided transfer from Arenal to San José and on the way will visit the incredible church of Zarcero Topiary. Lunch will be at Las Carretas Restaurant and crafts shop before we arrive at the Hotel Bougainvillea where you can enjoy the beautiful gardens before dinner and your overnight stay.

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Day 7: Departure San José

After breakfast at Hotel Bougainvillea you will be taken by private transfer to the Juan Santamaria International Airport, San José where you will depart for home with visions of the beauty of Costa Rica in your mind.

 COST FOR LAND TOUR (7D/ 6N)

  • DOUBLE OCCUPANCY $ 2100.00 (per person sharing a room)
  • SINGLE SUPPLEMENT +$475

WHAT IS INCLUDED?

ACCOMMODATION

  • Total of three (3) nights at Studio Boutique Hotel in Deluxe Room
  • Total of two (2) Nights at Volcano Lodge, Arenal Volcano Area. In Superior Room
  • Total of one (1) night at Bougainvillea Hotel, Heredia in Mountain View Room

SERVICES GUIDED TOURS

  • Escorted by a full-time Costa Rican Bilingual Naturalist Guide

TRANSPORTATION PRIVATE MOTOR COACH

  • Private Land Transportation for the whole tour

MEALS ( 16 ) AS SPECIFIED

  • Breakfasts: 6
  • Lunches : 4
  • Dinners: 6

OTHERS

  • Porter tips at Juan Santamaria International Airport
  • Maids and bellboys at Studio Hotel

WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED?

  • International Airfare to San Jose, Costa Rica
  • Passport fees
  • Additional charges for Easter Week
  • Additional charges for airport transfers for passengers who do not arrive or depart at the same time.
  • Optional Activities: Arenal Ecoglide Canopy Tour $58; Spa priced per treatment
  • Airport Departure Taxes (currently $29)
  • Tips for Costa Rican full-time guide and driver, local guides and hotel housekeeping, porters

Included Activities

Jade Museum

They have a very good collection of pre-Columbianworks. It includes jade from all over the Americas, as well as ceramics, stone, gold and bone relics. It provides a fascinating look at the life of the early cultures in this area of the world. Their exhibit is the largest American jade collection in the world (over 6,000 works of pre-Columbian art and jewelry).

National Museum

Though not extremely large in size, it is a carefully thought out display taking visitors on a sort of time machine starting with Pre-Columbian indigenous culture to colonial life, the advent of the industrial revolution, mentioning historical facts along the way, right up until modern times. It is located in the Old Fort where you can still see bullet holes from the 1948 revolution.

Lankester Gardens

Lankester Botanical Garden is internationally recognized for its noteworthy collections of epiphytes. LBG was established in 1973 as a center for the exhibition, conservation and research of tropical epiphytic plants, with a special interest in orchids.

On 11 hectares, the field collections, collections in greenhouses and secondary forests host over 3,000 species of plants. The plant collections come from botanical expeditions, donations, and exchanges with botanical institutions throughout the world.

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Tayutic Hacienda

Tour the beautiful hacienda, owned by the Ortuño Family for centuries. You will see how sugarcane, coffee and macadamia nuts are processed using traditional and present-day methods. The tour will help you to understand the historical importance or these crops for Costa Rica. On the farm you can see a little church from the beginning of the 20th Century and their beautiful gardens while enjoying some of the most spectacular scenery in the country.

El Silencio de los Angeles, Cloud Forest

El Silencio de Los Angeles Walk – Conveniently located within Villa Blanca’s 75 acre hotel property (formerly the farm of an ex-President), this very user-friendly 3 kilometer trail network was carefully engineered and designed by their own professional nature guides. It has no steps or obstacles to compete with the enjoyment of observing the countless variety of tropical flora and fauna along this guided nature interpretive walk. With only 2.5% of the planet’s cloud forest remaining, the unique energy of this cloud shrouded forest habitat continues to marvel both scientists and tourists alike.

Arenal Hanging Bridges

Walk along sturdy bridges up among the trees in this unique rainforest environment. Your private naturalist guide will introduce you to the extremely rich biodiversity and help you spot wildlife with his powerful telescope and binoculars. You are likely to see many types of birds, orchids and exotic plants and perhaps even a sloth or monkey. From two bridges you can have a good view of Arenal Volcano and perhaps the lava coming down.

Tabacon Hot Springs & Spa

A virtual “Garden of Eden” awaits you at Tabacon Hot Springs & Spa located at the foot of the Arenal Volcano. From the heart of the volcano spring fountains of thermo-mineral water which form the Tabacon River, running at a soothing 39C (102F), forming natural pools which cascade into the thermal lagoons, guaranteeing an unforgettable sensation. Relax in the sun deck areas or walk the trails and enjoy the multiple pools surrounded by exotic tropical gardens. While you enjoy a delicious buffet dinner enjoy the views of Arenal Volcano.

Zarcero Topiary

The topiary of the church of Zarcero was begun over 40 years ago and the skillful gardener worked there until his retirement recently. However, you may still see him at the topiary giving his same tender loving care to his shrubs. You will see the intertwining archway leading to the church, a monkey riding a motorcycle, a pig, and other enjoyable creations.

Sarchi

You will stop in Sarchi, the “crafts capital” of Costa Rica.. The village is well-known for its artisans who reproduce all sizes of the painted oxcart, the national symbol of Costa Rica. Both the ox carts and leather rocking chairs can be packed flat to take on the plane with you!

There are also items of leather, ceramics, wood, and jewelry with pre-Columbian indigenous designs. From the mid-nineteenth century, oxcarts were used to transport coffee beans from Costa Rica’s central valley over the mountains to Puntarenas on the Pacific coast, a journey requiring ten to fifteen days. The oxcarts used spoke-less wheels, a hybrid between the disc used by the Aztec and the spoke wheel introduced by the Spanish, to cut through the mud without becoming bogged down. Today’s painted oxcart is a colorful representation of the original rough-hewn, rectangular, cane-framed vehicles covered by rawhide tarps.

Bougainvillea Hotel Garden

You will end your tour at Bougainvillea Hotel where you will have time to enjoy the beautiful hotel garden. Set amidst the coffee farms of Santo Domingo de Heredia, the hotel has extensive areas dominated by tall trees and brightened by plentiful flowers. The gardens are considered to be the best of all hotel gardens in Costa Rica.

Optional Activities

Arenal Ecolide Canopy / Zipline Tour

Experience this uniquely Costa Rican invention of sailing across the canopy of the rainforest on cables connecting multiple platforms. This is a sport, not a nature activity. This exciting tour lasts about 2 hours and takes you on 13 cables.

Additional Cost: $58 adults (minimum 2 persons required)

Spa Treatments

Relax and enjoy optional spa treatments at the many spas in the area.

Garden Tour of Costa Rica
$2,100.00
One tour per person

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