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Costa Rica

November 14-27, 2021

Classic Tour

Costa Rica is full of unmatched natural beauty. This two-week tour ventures off the beaten path to a lush and wild world. Stop in at a reforestation project, visit a sea turtle conservancy program, opt to zip-line through the jungle canopy, and have a soak in volcanic hot springs. Riding a wave of “pura vida,” experience pure travel joy.

 

Signature Moments

  • Marvel at the splendor of one of the world's most biodeverse countries - a true Eco-paradise
  • Take in sweeping jungle and mountain views in guided rainforest walks
  • Visit the Mi Cafecito coffee cooperative and learn hands on where your morning cup of java comes from
  • Enjoy adventure in La Fortuna where you can raft down a waterfall or just relac in a local hot spring
  • See the difference a National Geographic tour makes: exploration with insider access without sacrificing comfort
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Inclusions & Highlights
  • 13 Nights Deluxe accommodations
  • Private air conditioned transportation
  • Breakfast each morning
  • 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners
  • Tortuguero National Park guided tour
  • Guided jungle walk
  • Visit the Sea Turtle Conservancy
  • Mi Cafecito Coffee Cooperative tour
  • Tortilla making and home dinner
  • Monte Verde Institute Lecture & Reforestation project
  • Guided Manuel Antonio National Park visit
  • Manuel Antonio Catamaran Cruise
  • Arrival Transfer
  • Gratuities
  • English speaking guide throughout
  • Women's Travel Club leader
Itinerary
Women's Travel Club Costa Rica Tour
Day 1 - Arrive San Jose

Welcome to Costa Rica!
Upon arrival at the airport today you will be met by a local guide and transfer to your hotel.
The adventure begins tonight. Feel free to explore before your welcome meeting, but make sure you’re back in time to meet the group. After introductions, your tour leader will review the details of your tour. Please note that normal check-in times apply at our start hotels, but you can usually store your luggage for the day if you arrive early. After a brief introduction meeting we will enjoy a welcome dinner together.
If you arrive early enough, you'll have time to head into the city to visit a museum or the main plaza in the city centre. The plaza is a good place to people-watch. A mime, juggler, marimba band, magician, or storyteller may be performing for whatever is collected when the hat is passed. Artisan booths are common, creating a regular arts and crafts fair atmosphere.
Accommodations - Hotel Radisson San Jose

 

Day 2 - Tortuguero

This morning we travel to Tortuguero National Park where we will enjoy guided boat trips and wildlife viewing through the canals and coastal jungle. Enjoy a delicious Costa Rican breakfast en route as we transfer by road then boat through the famous canals of Tortuguero. This tropical eco-paradise is home to countless bird and animal species, and you will have many opportunities to view and photograph wildlife. The tropical rainforest gives way to prime secluded beaches, ideal nesting grounds for green turtles, loggerhead, hawksbill, and leatherback turtles. 
In Tortuguero National Park we stay in a remote jungle lodge that is only reachable by boat. Rooms are simple, with ensuite, electricity and hot water, but due to this remote location there can sometimes be interruptions to services. There is no A/C but each room has large-screened windows and ceiling fans to catch the breeze off the Caribbean Sea. While at the lodge during your downtime, you can enjoy the pool, bar or beach. The stunning location, wildlife and natural beauty of the location more than makes up for a few minor inconveniences.
This evening there will be an optional guided night tour in Tortuguero National Park. Travel the canals by night to learn about the incredible biological diversity of the area. Different animals are more active at night and this is the best time for caiman spotting.
Accommodations - Turtle Beach Lodge

 

Day 3 - Tortuguero

Today we will enjoy a guided boat trip and jungle walk. Search for caiman, monkeys (spider, howler, and white-faced capuchin), sloths, and basilisk lizards. Then a visit the Sea Turtle Conservancy, a non-profit organization co-founded by Archie Carr, a National Geographic grantee. Learn about the research and conservation initiatives that have been instrumental in saving the Caribbean green turtle from extinction.
Hop on board, kick back, and prepare to witness a parade of tropical birds, reptiles, and mammals as we motor through the black water canals of the Tortuguero NP. Scan the trees for toucans, watch the shores for caimans, otters, iguanas and frogs, and look up to see monkeys sharing space with sloths. Bring your binoculars and bug spray. Be prepared for hot, humid, and possibly wet weather.
Then we take a guided walk along the trails surrounding the lodge to learn more about the flora and fauna of the jungle. Learn about the delicate ecosystem and get a close-up view of some of the frogs and insects that play an important part in nature's cycle.
Then to visit and meet one of the researchers at the Sea Turtle Conservacy program, a non-profit organization where we learn about the research and conservation initiatives that have been instrumental in saving the Caribbean green turtle from extinction. Learn about the four species of sea turtles found in Tortuguero and discuss the main activities at the station including track surveys, biometric data collection and tagging, satellite tracking, nest excavations, environmental education and outreach. We also discuss raising awareness and protection for sea turtles across the globe. The Conservancy was co-founded by Archie Carr, a National Geographic grantee, for his studies in green sea turtle ecology. (Occasionally, the Sea Turtle Conservancy is closed to visitors as it is an active research facility. In the event this happens, you'll visit the nearby Caño Palma Biological Station, which includes a sea turtle and marine conservation presentation, a hands-on turtle measuring experience on the beach, and optional beach clean.)
Accommodations - Turtle Beach Lodge

 

Day 4 - La Fortuna

Today we depart early and visit a coffee cooperative and then dig into a local lunch. We arrive in La Fortuna in the evening with time to relax at the pool as you take in jungle and volcano views.
Find out where your cup of java comes from. Visit the Mi Cafecito coffee cooperative in San Miguel de Sarapiqui, see shade-grown coffee plants, learn about everything from harvesting, to husking, drying, and roasting the beans before enjoying the best part – a fresh cup! Enjoy a typical lunch of plantains, beans, and freshly caught tilapia fish. Feel good about all this eating and drinking knowing that you are supporting a good project that helps 200 farmers and their families.
Please also note that the town of La Fortuna is fairly small with shopping and some great restaurants, but most of the upgraded accommodations in this area are located outside of the main town centre - to take better advantage of the natural beauty and stunning landscapes of the area. Taxis are readily available to take you into town and back and can cost approx. $10USD each way.
Accommodations - Hotel Monte Real

 

Day 5 - La Fortuna

This morning you will have some free time to relax or explore La Fortuna. In the afternoon we will enjoy a relaxing thermal spring hot spa and then in the evening, visit a local home and learn the art of tortilla making. Once the tortillas are ready, dig into a tasty “casado” – a typical Costa Rican dish that’s made with black beans, plantains, and your very own tortillas.
Relax in the shadow of the Arenal Volcano immersed in therapeutic waters heated by the earth’s magma and infused with healing minerals and salts. Rejuvenate your muscles, detox your cells, and stimulate all your senses in nature’s thermal spa. Breathe in the pure rainforest air and marvel at the mystic surroundings of these outdoor pools of paradise.
Learn the art of tortilla making from Doña Mara in her family home. Grind the corn, mix the “masa” (dough) into balls, flatten into circles, and then cook them up on a wood-burning stove. Relax with a fresh tropical fruit juice, get to know the family, and hear about the history of tortillas. Afterwards, dig into a tasty “casado” – a typical Costa Rican dish including black beans and plantains – complete with your own hand-made tortillas.
Accommodations - Hotel Monte Real

 

Day 6 - La Fortuna

You will have free time today to either relax or take part in one of the many optional activities.
Accommodations - Hotel Monte Real

 

Day 7 - Monteverde

From La Fortuna, we make our way by road and boat up to the misty mountain air of the Monteverde cloud forest region. Spend two days exploring the town and nearby Forest Reserve, truly a bird lover’s paradise.
the town of Monteverde is fairly small with shopping and some great restaurants, but most of the upgraded accommodations in this area are located outside of the main town centre - to take better advantage of the natural beauty and stunning landscapes of the area. Taxis are readily available to take you into town and back and can cost approx. $10USD each way. As well, the cloud forest sits at a higher elevation and offers a cooler but humid climate - which is why hotels in this area do not have A/C.
Accommodations - El Establo Hotel

 

Day 8 - Monteverde

Pull on your poncho and boots. It’s time to head into the cloud-covered forest, past over-sized ferns and exotic orchids. Harness your inner Tarzan and Jane as you imagine swinging from the giant vines. Trudge along 12km (7 mi) of trails, watch for wildlife, and trek to the top of the observation tower. Be sure to stop and listen, too. Hear the haunting call of the bellbird and perhaps catch sight of the brilliant green and red resplendent quetzal. Feel good about protecting the forest and sustaining the quality of local schools through payment of your park fees.
Accommodations - El Establo Hotel

 

Day 9 - Monteverde

Visit the Monteverde Institute, which has served as the base for numerous National Geographic funded explorers and researchers studying the famed canopy of the Monteverde Cloud Forest. The Monteverde Institute has served as the base for numerous National Geographic-funded explorers and researchers studying the famed canopy of the Monteverde Cloud Forest. Enjoy a lecture by one of the researchers outlining the various projects National Geographic has sponsored including new discoveries, insect and bird studies, and the reforestation of tropical regions. After, play an active role in this project, visiting the National Geographic-sponsored research plot and getting your hands dirty by either planting trees to restore habitat, assisting in tree care in the nurseries, or collecting data to provide information that will aid the success of tropical reforestation programs.
You will have free time this afternoon to try one of the optional activities - maybe today is the day to try ziplining!
Accommodations - El Establo Hotel

 

Day 10 - Manuel Antonio

Drive to Manuel Antonio. Enjoy the laid-back atmosphere of the Pacific coast with options to surf, go horseback riding, or visit nearby picturesque beaches. The white-sand beaches and warm Pacific waters are the ideal atmosphere to relax at the end of your adventure. If you opt to chill out at the beach, be sure to walk out into the sea on the incredible natural sand formation that is shaped like a whale's tale when the tide goes out.
Hotels in Manuel Antonio are not located on the beach, they are scattered along the cliffside road, overlooking the stunning coast line and lush jungle. The beach, National Park, markets, shops and restaurants are easily accessible by frequent public bus (safe and easy to use) or taxi.
Accommodations - Hotel Villas Lirio

 

Day 11 - Manuel Antonio

Pack your sunscreen, snack, beach shoes, and prepare for a great day in Costa Rica’s smallest yet no less stunning national park. Manual Antonio offers four white-sand beaches, separated by jagged rock outcrops and tidal pools. Swim, snorkel, surf, and sunbathe. When you’re all beached out, head to the shade of the nearby hiking trails to search for sloths, monkeys, and armadillos. Climb to the lookout to capture views of the pristine Pacific Ocean and the area’s off-shore islands.
Accommodations - Hotel Villas Lirio

 

Day 12 - Manuel Antonio

Today we set sail on a fabulous catamaran cruise. Cruise along the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica aboard a 100ft catamaran, taking in the impressive scenery and lush jungle that has made Manuel Antonio famous. Keep your eyes peeled for playful dolphins who call these waters home before stopping to snorkel, swim, or ride one of the boat's water slides into the ocean. If you're wanting to relax and experience what the locals call Pura Vida (pure life), then look no further.
Accommodations - Hotel Villas Lirio

 

Day 13 - Manuel Antonio

Return to San Jose.
Tonight we will enjoy a tradition Ram Luna dinner and show (not included). As the sun sets over the majestic San José skyline and the stars blanket the sky, we will experience a luxurious evening of Costa Rican cuisine and a folkloric dance.
Accommodations - Hotel Radisson San Jose

 

Day 14 - Depart

Time to say good-bye to this amazing country and fabulous friends you have made along the way. Transfer to the airport for your flight home as needed.

 

**Prices are subject to change and availability. Space is limited and activities and specific hotels are subject to change. Travel insurance is strongly recommended.

 

Important Details & Pricing

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Rates

Double Occupancy - $3959 CAD per person (sharing a room)
Single Occupancy - $5319 CAD per person (your own room)

If you would like the double occupancy rate but don't have a roommate we will match you with a suitable roommate. The single occupancy rate will give you your own room. Single occupancy very limited.

Deposit of $500 CAD per person due at time of booking.
Second deposit of $750 CAD due July 1, 2021

Final Payment due - September 1, 2021

*All payments are non-refundable Please see full terms and conditions.

 

Activity Level

Moderate Activity
Some walking while visiting areas and a few shorter walking tours.

 

Optional Activities

Cost Rica Adrenaline bundle
Canyoning - (Half-day Arenal) Rappel, down-climb, river-trace, and descend huge waterfalls in the rugged mountains and lush rainforests around Costa Rica’s Arenal Volcano.
Ziplining - (Half-day Monteverde) Get a true bird’s-eye view of the rainforest canopy as you soar through the trees on a Tarzan swing, a giant rappel, and a 137-meter-high (450-foot) zipline.
Rate - $194 CAD

**Please note - Prices are subject to change. You must weigh between 45-100kg (100-200 lbs) and be at least 130 cm (4'3 ft) tall to participate.

 

Group Size

Minimum - 8 ladies
Maximum - 16 ladies

 

Exclusions
  • International Airfare (can be arranged by WTC)
  • Visa/passport handling fees
  • Meals not listed in itinerary
  • Alcoholic Beverages
  • Optional Activities
  • Expenses of a Personal Nature
  • Early check-in and late check-out of hotel

 

Tour Leader

Kirsten Ness
Kirsten is a veterinarian and owns a small animal practice. When she isn't busy looking after adored family pets she loves to explore the world. Kirsten is a fun and very knowledgeable tour leader.

 

Flight Information

Once your flights are booked please forward a copy of your itinerary to info@womens-travel-club.com.
A Women's Travel Club agent is available to help you book your flights. Please do not book any flights until tour is confirmed. Follow this link to a form to request flight options and quotes. A Women's Travel Club agent will send you back the recommended flight option that best suits you. We are pleased to offer a flight booking service for your tour. As quoting of flights can be a time-consuming endeavor, a service fee of $113 ($100 plus HST) will apply.

Arrive to San Jose
Depart from San Jose

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Travel Insurance:

Out of country medical insurance is required. We strongly recommend that you obtain cancellation and interruption insurance to protect your investment.
Use this link to request an insurance quote.
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Accommodations
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Hotel Radisson San Jose

Situated less than four kilometers outside downtown, Radisson San José-Costa Rica offers a great location. You can wander through San José’s various markets or museums, unwind at the hotel’s on-site restaurants or escape to the Gulf of Nicoya, less than a two-hour drive from the Radisson.

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Turtle Beach Lodge

Turtle Beach Lodge in Tortuguero National Park, is a secluded hotel resort spanning 175 acres. It encompasses miles of jungle trails, a meandering private canal and a half mile of isolated beach on the Caribbean Sea.
The lodge provides highly trained staff and guides who ease you into an extraordinary jungle experience. Tortuguero has incredible biological variety due to the existence of eleven different habitats, including rainforest, swamps, beaches and lagoons. The beaches are a key nesting ground for endangered sea turtles, including Hawksbill, Loggerheads, Green and Leatherbacks. Manatees, caiman and crocodiles live in the canals and the jungle is home to endangered jaguars, three species of monkeys (spider, howler, and white-faced Capuchin) and three-toed sloths. Basilisk lizards and tree frogs inhabit the area, along with 375 species of birds. There are more than 400 species of trees and approximately 2,200 species of plants.

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Hotel Monte Real

This lovely Hotel is in a superb position with great view of the Arenal Volcano, bordering the Burio River and a little forest where you will be able to observe iguanas, squirrels, sloths, colorful birds and beautiful butterflies.

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El Establo Hotel

Set 1 km from the Monteverde Butterfly Gardens, this relaxed hotel is 2 km from the Curi Cancha Wildlife Refuge and 4 km from the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve.
Casual rooms offer flat-screens, safes and minifridges, plus balconies or terraces. Suites, some bi-level, add loft bedrooms, in-room whirlpool tubs and/or sitting areas.

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Hotel Villas Lirio

Surrounded by tropical gardens at the edge of the Parque Nacional Manuel Antonio, this laid-back hotel is 2 km from Espadilla beach.
Casual rooms have traditional wooden decor, tiled floors and patios. All come with flat-screen TVs and minifridges.

Extra Hotel Nights

Often ladies will book a night at the first hotel prior to the tour. This gives them a chance to relax after a long flight and settle in before the tour starts. Let us know if you would like pricing and information on the hotel.
Follow this link to request pre or post tour hotel nights.

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