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    Costa Rica Escape

    From $1299 $227 taxes

    Forget the big city crowds and high prices—now is your time to vacation in Costa Rica! With its abundant wildlife and splendid beauty, it’s no wonder Costa Rica is synonymous with pura vida—the good life. On this Costa Rica tour, you’ll spend two nights each in San José, Monteverde, and Arenal.

    The verdant cloud forest of Monteverde is one of the most bio-diverse areas on the planet. Here, search for wildlife as you explore Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve—home to jaguars, resplendent quetzals, pumas, monkeys, sloths, ocelots, many species of birds, and a large diversity of plant species—with an expert Naturalist. In Arenal, located in the shadow of Arenal Volcano (considered one of the world’s most active volcanoes), visit the Arenal Hanging Bridges. Made up of 15 bridges suspended in the treetops, you’ll see the flora and fauna from a different perspective. Be sure to have your camera ready for when your Naturalist points out monkeys, sloths, butterflies, birds, and other animals commonly seen here.

    All of this and more—plus an amazing value—await you on this fantastic Costa Rica tour!

    Travel Best Bets Package Includes

    • Round trip airfare from Vancouver to San Jose
    • 6 night guided vacation First Class coach tour with individual headsets throughout the tour
    • 6 nights in First Class or Moderate First-Class accommodation below or similar
      San Jose: Park Inn Radisson
      Monteverde: Jaguarundi Lodge
      Arenal: Magic Mountain Hotel
    • 6 Meals: 6 breakfasts
    • Round trip transfers from airport to hotel and hotel to airport

    Vacation Highlights

    MONTEVERDE – Visit Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve; Naturalist-led tour of the reserve
    ARENAL – Visit Arenal National Park; Naturalist-led tour of the Arenal Hanging Bridges
    SARCHI – Visit to the artisan village to see the famous Costa Rica ox carts
    SAN JOSÉ -Orientation tour

    Travel Best Bets Exclusive!

    September 28 – October 5, 2018

    Double Occupancy
    Vancouver $1299 + $227 tax
    Kelowna, Victoria add from $400 more per person
    Pre-Pay Gratuities
    (Tour Director & Driver)
    add $89 per person
     Single Travellers Not available on this tour

    Four Ways Globus Eliminates the Hassles
    VIP Access:
    Skip the lines and get special treatment at the must-see attractions.
    Perfect Hotels: We’ve done the work to find just the right hotels in just the right locations.
    Tour Directors: Take your heads out of the guidebook and let expert guides make every destination fascinating.
    Transportation: Leave the navigating to us – and just sit back and enjoy the ride.

    Itinerary

    Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.

    DAY 1 Arrive in San José, Costa Rica

    Arrive in San José where you will be met by a Globus representative.

    DAY 2 San José—Monteverde

    This morning, depart San José for the cloud forest of Monteverde. Situated on the continental divide under a misty cloud coverage, Monteverde is one of the most bio-diverse areas on the planet. Exploring the trails here reveals green habitats teeming with life. Over 3,000 species of plants, 400 species of birds, 60 species of bats, 1,200 species of amphibians and 700 species of butterflies to name a few call this area home. It is also one of the last remaining places in the world that is home to all six species of cats: ocelots, jaguars, jaguarundi, pumas, oncillas, and marguays. If you are lucky, this is also a great spot to catch a glimpse of one of Costa Rica’s most beautiful birds, the resplendent quetzal.

    Breakfast Breakfast

    DAY 3 Monteverde

    Today, visit SANTA ELENA CLOUD FOREST RESERVE during a Naturalist-guided walking tour. Established in 1989, the Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve comprises an area of 765 acres, and is home to forest fauna such as the sloths, jaguars, ocelots, monkeys, coatis, and numerous species of birds. With almost 100% humidity throughout the year, the cloud forest experiences almost 12 feet of rain per year. This afternoon, you may wish to explore this verdant area further or perhaps head into town or venture into the rainforest canopy for a bird’s eye view of the region.

    Breakfast Breakfast

    DAY 4 Monteverde—Arenal

    Depart Monteverde for the must-see town of Arenal located in the shadow of Arenal Volcano. Currently Arenal Volcano is in a resting phase but prior to 2010 the volcano was known for its consistent lava flows and gas emissions. Arenal is home to cascading waterfalls, thriving rainforests, abundant wildlife, and a plethora of outdoor activities. After settling in, experience the magic of the resort’s pool and Jacuzzis or consider a walk along the nearby nature trails in search of 300- to 400-year-old trees, poisonous frogs, monkeys, birds, and possibly small animals native to the area.

    Breakfast Breakfast

    DAY 5 Arenal

    Today will be spent exploring Arenal and its vast primary rainforest, and learning about its rich biodiversity. Venture into the jungle canopy on the ARENAL HANGING BRIDGES, which consist of 15 bridges suspended in the treetops and allows your Naturalist to point out various species of plants, birds, butterflies, monkeys, sloths, and other animals commonly found here. On a clear day you will get a 360-degree view of the tropical rainforest, as well as stunning views of Arenal Volcano. This afternoon, is free to explore at your leisure. Tonight, perhaps take an optional tour to the world-famous Tabacón Hot Springs. These natural hot springs are the result of rainwater heated by magma in the Earth’s interior that then rises to surface, taking with it minerals found in the Earth’s crust. Enjoy time to relax in the waters that are so beneficial to your skin and body.

    Breakfast Breakfast

    DAY 6 Arenal—Sarchi—San José

    En route to San José, visit SARCHI Village, known as the center of Costa Rican handcrafts and where you will see the artists in their workshops making the famous oxcarts. Enjoy time here for lunch before continuing to San José for a short city TOUR to see the historic National Theater and the Metropolitan Cathedral, and other sites in downtown San José.

    Breakfast Breakfast

    DAY 7 San José

    Your tour ends with breakfast this morning.

    Breakfast Breakfast

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    All rates are per person, based on double occupancy in Canadian dollars (unless otherwise stated) New bookings only. Space and price may be limited and subject to availability at the time of booking.  Errors or omissions may occur on the above information with no guarantee of being honoured. Terms and conditions apply. Tax is not included in the above base fare. Above tax amount includes $30 per adult Booking Management Fee.  Not included in the above rates: Xpresspost fee, recommended medical, cancellation or baggage insurance. Child rate is applicable when travelling with 2 paying adults sharing 1 hotel room, using the existing bedding. Price Match Policy: Travel Best Bets makes every effort to remain competitive by offering our ‘Match or Beat Any Price’ offer however due to certain restrictions  there will be some product we cannot match or beat. Please note the star ratings found on www.travelbestbets.com are determined by Travel Best Bets based on a number of factors and may not match the star rating found in the Tour Operator’s brochure. Please view our star ratings by clicking here. Due to an increasing volume of disputed bookings, we will only accept payment for air only travel to India, the Philippines and the continent of Africa through the following means: book and pay cash in person or by direct deposit into our business account – once the transaction is verified and a copy of the receipt emailed or faxed to our office, we will confirm the booking. Please contact us for details on how to book using this method.Please note there maybe a tax increase when FREE connectors are added with Air Canada Vacations. Please contact [email protected] for photo credit information. BPCPA #3287