Rain Cloud Forest Odyssey
7 Days / 6 Nights
This 7 day / 6 night adventure includes Tortuguero National Park and the Monteverde Cloud Forest.
Experience firsthand the tropical rainforests of Tortuguero National Park and stay at Tortuga Lodge & Gardens on the North Atlantic Coast, discover three species of monkeys swinging from branch to branch and, if you're lucky, watch iconic birds like the Keel-billed Toucan, the Ringed Kingfisher and the Tiger Heron as they move through the forest, hunt for their next meal and call to their kin.
Continue to Monteverde Lodge & Gardens in the Cloud Forest of Costa Rica. Hike in the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve with your bilingual Naturalist and perhaps observe the stunning Resplendent Quetzal (Jan-Jul), see the detail in the face of unique species of birds you'll observe in your guides telescope, listen to the sound of the wind whistling across the Continental Divide and at the end of the day, dine at the El Jardin Restaurant at Monteverde Lodge.
Meal codes: (B) Breakfast, (L) Lunch, (D) Dinner.
Day 1: San José / Limon / Tortuguero
Morning pickup at your hotel** in San José and drive to the Atlantic lowlands near Limon. About mid-day board a boat with local guide and depart for a 2-to-4-hour trip to Tortuguero. Set on a private rainforest reserve bordering Tortuguero National Park, the lodge's rooms have private baths and hot showers. A swimming pool is surrounded by botanical gardens that lead to the rainforest and river. Arrive at Tortuga Lodge late afternoon. Optional activities such as: river kayak and fishing are available at extra cost. Dinner and overnight at Tortuga Lodge & Gardens, River View Downstairs Terrace Room. (L,D) (TG)
Day 2 & 3: Tortuguero National Park
Two full days in Tortuguero with two 3-hour boat tours into Tortuguero National Park with a local Tortuguero Guide. Originally intended to protect a major nesting beach of the Atlantic green sea turtle, Tortuguero National Park now protects 51,870 acres, one of the last large areas of protected tropical rain forest in Central America. Eleven habitats are found in the park. Three species of monkeys (Spider, Howler, and White-faced), Three-Toed Sloths, and River Otters are frequently seen along the natural inland waterways and canals. Caiman, iguanas, River Turtles, Basilisk Lizards, and Poison Dart frogs inhabit the area, along with more than 320 species of birds including all 6 species of kingfishers found in the new world, 3 species of toucans, 8 species of parrots, and other neotropical species such as the Slaty-Tailed Trogon, White-Collared Manakin, Purple-Throated Fruitcrow, and White-fronted Nunbird and many more species which you will have the opportunity to experience during this boat ride through the back water canals of Tortuguero National Park. The rest of the day is free for optional excursions (at additional cost). Overnight at Tortuga Lodge & Gardens, River View Downstairs Terrace Room. (B,L,D)
Day 4: Tortuguero / San José / Monteverde
After breakfast, cross the canal for your 30 minute light charter flight to San Jose. Upon arrival, meet your Service Guide at the Tobias Bolaños Airport. Drive west until you reach the Pacific Coast and then turn inland towards the Tilarán Mountain Range. Arrive at Monteverde Lodge & Gardens in time for lunch (on your own). Checkout time is 12:00 p.m., so you may have to wait to check into your room. Dinner and overnight at Monteverde Lodge & Gardens, Forest View Downstairs Room. (B,D)
Day 5: Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve
After breakfast join a morning excursion (of up to 10 people) to Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve accompanied by a Monteverde Naturalist Guide from the Reserve or by a Costa Rica Expeditions Service Guide. Originally just 4,000 acres, the Monteverde Reserve now protects an area of approximately 25,000 acres, comprising six different life zones. So many habitats in such a small area, along with extensive trail systems, allow you to observe and learn about a rich diversity of flora and fauna. Return to your hotel at mid-day. Afternoon on your own, optional activities are available (at additional cost). Overnight Monteverde Lodge & Gardens, Forest View Downstairs Room. (B,L,D)(LG)
Day 6: Monteverde Lodge
After breakfast, visit the Monteverde Butterfly Garden where butterflies and other insects are raised and displayed in screened enclosures with beautiful gardens. After lunch, return to the Monteverde Reserve or the Santa Elena Reserve with a Monteverde Guide for more time to hike and experience the cloud forest, search for wildlife, and observe the flora. Overnight Monteverde Lodge, Forest View Downstairs Room. (B,L,D)(LG)
Day 7: Monteverde Lodge / San José
After lunch, drive approximately four hours to your San José hotel. (B,L)
IMPORTANT: There is a 30-pound weight limit on domestic flights in Costa Rica. Please remember to pack light. If you would like to leave some of your belongings behind, we will do our best to catch it up to you when you arrive at the next destination in your itinerary.
MORE IMPORTANT INFORMATION: We pick up and drop off at most hotels in downtown San Jose, be sure to let us know where you are staying at the time of booking so alternate arrangements can be made if needed.
The prices below include lodging in a River View Downstairs Room at Tortuga Lodge & Gardens and in a Forest View Downstairs Room at Monteverde Lodge & Gardens
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|Prices are per person||* Rate for the rest of the year 2013||** Rate for the Holiday Season||*** Rate for the rest of the year 2014|
|Price sharing a
|Price in a Single Room||$2068||$2378||$2068|
|Price sharing a Triple Room||$1370||$1478||$1370|
|Child Rate-Sharing with Parents 0-10 years old||$598||$598||$598|
|Prices for adding an extra day in Tortuga Lodge|
|Extra Day in Single River View Downstairs Terrace Room||$234||$302||$234|
|Extra Day, in Double a River View Downstairs Terrace Room||$156||$190||$156|
|Extra Day in Triple
River View Downstairs Terrace Room
|Child Rate-Sharing with Parents, 6-10 years old****||$39||$39||$39|
|Prices for adding an extra day in Monteverde Lodge|
|Extra Day in Single Forest View Downstairs Room||$288||$322||$288|
|Extra Day, in Double a Forest View Downstairs Room||$176||$193||$176|
|Extra Day, in Triple
Forest View Downstairs Room
|Child Rate-Sharing with Parents, 6-10 years old****||$32||$32||$32|
|* Rest of the year 2013:||Jan 07 - Dec 18, 2013|
|** Holiday Season:||Dec 19, 2013 - Jan 05, 2014|
|*** Rest of the year 2014:||Jan 06, 2014 - Dec 18, 2014|
|****Ask us about extra day rates for children 5 and under!!|
Includes: 6 nights lodging in double occupancy (Downstairs River View Rooms at Tortuga Lodge & Gardens and Forest View Downstairs Rooms at Monteverde Lodge & Gardens), 9 meals at Tortuga Lodge & Gardens and 9 meals at Monteverde Lodge, Ground transportation from San Jose to the Caño Blanco dock in an air conditioned tour bus with the services of a bilingual Service Guide, boat transfer from the Caño Blanco dock to Tortuguero, two-three hour boat tours into Tortuguero National Park with Torguguero Naturalist Guide and entrance fees. Flight from Tortuguero to San Jose in a domestic flight (one seat in plane), ground transportation from San Jose to Monteverde in an air conditioned tour bus with the services of a bilingual Service Guide. Visits to the Santa Elena Biological Reserve, the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve and the Monteverde Butterfly Garden with a local Monteverde Naturalist Guide. Ground transportation from Monteverde to San Jose with a Spanish speaking driver. We pick up and drop off at hotels in the Metropolitan Area; there is a surcharge for hotels outside of this radius Taxes in effect at the time of booking.
Extra Day at Tortuga Lodge & Gardens: Includes one night in a Downstairs River View Room in double occupancy, and three family style meals. Ask us about an upgrade to the River View Balcony Terrace Rooms.
Extra Day at Monteverde Lodge & Gardens: Includes one night in a Forest View Downstairs Room in double occupancy, and three a la carte meals. Ask us about an upgrade to the Forest View Balcony Room.
Child Rate: The extra day is free for children 5 and under, Children ages 0-10 received a special discounted rate (indicated in pricing table above) if sharing with at least one adult. The extra day is free for children 5 and under and the rate for children 6-10 is as indicated above.
IMPORTANT NOTE LUGGAGE LIMITATION: When flying or traveling by boat within Costa Rica a maximum of 30 pounds of luggage is allowed per person. The 30 lb weight limit for flights or boat trips within Costa Rica does not mean that you need to limit yourself to 30 lbs of baggage for your entire trip to Costa Rica. While it always makes sense to travel light, you can bring more than 30 lbs of luggage. We are happy to store your excess luggage in San Jose, and catch it up to you as soon as your return from your excursion. Arrangements can be made to permit more luggage per person at considerable extra cost.