EXPO CRUISES AND TOURS
Duration: February 9, 2019 - February 21, 2019

A journey into the heart of one of the most biodiverse places on the planet Costa Rica a beautiful country boasting a laid-back, comfortable lifestyle and overwhelming natural beauty.   Sublime landscapes, infinite mountains and volcanoes, waterfalls and abundant tropical hospitality invite you to explore all their wonderful spots.

Day 1    San Jose, COSTA RICA               Hotel Stay
Day 2    Tortuguero National Park           Lodge Stay
Day 3    Tortuguero National Park           Lodge Stay
Day 4    Arenal Volcano Area                   Hotel Stay
Day 5    Arenal Hanging Bridges             Hotel Stay
Day 6    Arenal Hot Springs                     Hotel Stay
Day 7    Manuel Antonio National Park  Hotel Stay
Day 8    Manuel Antonio National Park  Hotel Stay
Day 9    Dominical/Marino Ballena          Hotel Stay
Day 10  Dominical/Marino Ballana           Hotel Stay
Day 11  San Jose, COSTA RICA               Hotel Stay
Day 12  San Jose, COSTA RICA               Hotel Stay
Day 13  Depart for CANADA

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DAY 1 – Saturday / February 9, 2019                                      CANADA – SAN JOSE, COSTA RICA
Meet your tour host at Toronto Pearson Airport.  Depart Canada for your flight to San Jose.  Upon arrival you will be met by your local guide and taken to your hotel.  Accommodation: WYNDHAM SAN JOSE HOTEL or similar – 1 Night.

DAY 2 – Sunday / February 10                                                    TORTUGUERO
After breakfast, you will be met by your local guide as we depart for Tortuguero.  Today we will travel along the scenic Caribbean coast of Costa Rica and travel through the Braulio Carillo National Park to board our boat and travel along the scenic canals to Tortuguero.   The area of Tortuguero is rightfully called “The Amazon of Costa Rica” because access is only by boat on the Jungle Rivers.  This afternoon after lunch, we will tour the Tortuguero´s village, where you will observe the lifestyle of the local people and visit the museum.  Enjoy dinner this evening.   Accommodation: EVERGREEN LODGE or similar – 2 Nights.  (B/L/D)

DAY 3 – Monday / February 11                                                  TORTUGUERO NATIONAL PARK
This morning, after breakfast, we will be taken on a hiking trip to the Tortuguero Hill, where we will get closer to the surrounding forest and learn about its species, plants and inhabitants.  After lunch, you can relax on your cruise along the backwater canals to discover the wildlife that resides in the area.  Enjoy dinner this evening.  (B/L/D)

DAY 4 – Tuesday / February 12                                                  ARENAL VOLCANO
Breakfast at the lodge.   Enjoy a boat ride before taking a coach that will take us to Guápiles, where we will enjoy lunch at a local restaurant.  After lunch we continue our drive to Arenal area, passing through picturesque towns.  Upon arrival to Arenal Volcano area you will have the remainder of the day to enjoy at your leisure.  Accommodation: ARENAL KIORO or similar – 3 nights.   (B/L)

DAY 5 – Wednesday / February 13                                           ARENAL
Today we depart to The Hanging Bridges project.  It consists of eight (8) fixed bridges, ranging in length between 8 and 22 meters, and six (6) hanging bridges, built with the latest techniques, and designed with an eye for both beauty and safety. The hanging bridges are between 48 and 98 meters long. All the bridges are made of galvanized steel and high-strength aluminum. The safety mesh and the suspension cables are all galvanized steel.  The entire project was designed to blend with the natural environment, leaving the forest virtually intact.  After the tour, we will head back to the hotel to rest and relax.  (B/L) 

DAY 6 – Thursday / February 14                                                ARENAL
This morning, enjoy some free time or take an optional tour of the Sky Tram and Canopy Tour where you can observe the rain forest.  This afternoon, we depart for the Tabacón Hot Springs where you can relax and enjoy its serene flowing waterfalls, tropical foliage and mineral-rich natural springs.  This evening enjoy dinner at the Tabacón Hot Springs.  (B/D)

DAY 7 – Friday / February 15                                                      MANUEL ANTONIO
This morning, we depart our hotel and travel towards the Manuel Antonio area.  On the way, we will make a stop to visit the Rainforest Aerial Tram. Explore every level of the tropical transitional forest in Costa Rican from the ground to the treetops. Our unique Aerial Tram Tour lets you experience first hand all the secrets the forest keeps while you fly above the treetops accompanied by a magnificent ocean view, a relaxed environment, and a peaceful experience in harmony with nature.  Check-in to the hotel upon arrival.  Enjoy dinner this evening. Accommodation: PARADOR or similar – 2 nights.  (B/D)

DAY 8 – Saturday / February 16                                                MANUEL ANTONIO NATIONAL PARK
After breakfast, we will visit Manuel Antonio National Park. Manuel Antonio Park is considered by many one of Costa Rica’s most beautiful parks.  Established in 1972 with an area of 690 hectares, Manuel Antonio contains 400 plant species, more than 100 species of mammals and 184 of birds can be found here.  More likely to be seen are the three kinds of monkeys, including a subspecies of the squirrel monkey which can be found only in this park.  Toucans, parrots, and ant birds are just a few of the tropical birds which can be found in this Tropical Humid Forest.  Enjoy dinner this evening.  (B/D)

DAY 9 – Sunday / February 17                                                    DOMINICAL
After breakfast, we depart towards the Dominical area. Dominical is a beach-front town in the Bahía Ballena de Osa District in the province of Puntarenas in Costa Rica, approximately 45 km south of Quepos. It is well known for large, year-round waves and is popular among surfers in Costa Rica. The town began as a small fishing village but has since grown into a tourist attraction. This afternoon, we visit the Nauyaca Waterfalls which is the ideal place for lovers of nature and adventure where you can enjoy a walk, swim, climb, take pictures and, enjoy a wonderful day in one of the most beautiful places in Costa Rica.  Accommodation:  CRISTAL BALLENA – or similar 2 nights.    (B/D)

DAY 10 – Monday / February 18                                                DOMINICAL / BORUCA RESERVE
After breakfast, we depart towards Boruca Indigena Reserve. The picturesque valley of the Río Grande de Térraba cradles several indigenous villages that comprise the reserve of the Boruca (Brunka) people. At first glance it is difficult to differentiate these towns from typical Tico villages, aside from a few artisans selling their handiwork. These towns hardly cater to the tourist trade, which is one of the main reasons why traditional Boruca life has been able to continue without much distraction.  (B/D)

DAY 11 – Tuesday / February 19                                               TRANSFER FROM DOMINICAL TO SAN JOSÈ
After breakfast, at the lodge, we depart back to San Jose.  Today we will visit Cartago town.  Founded in 1563 by Juan Vasquez de Coronado, it was the Capital of Costa Rica until 1823.  The years following the regions secession from the Spanish Empire in 1821, were turbulent times for all of Central America and it was no different in Costa Rica.  Following a couple of years of struggle in which all four of Costa Rica`s major settlements, Cartago, San Jose, Heredia and Alajuela claimed the right to be the capital of the new country, Cartago lost a brief but bloody civil war with San Jose.  While it relinquished its political leadership, it remained the religious and spiritual center of the country.  We will visit one of Cartago`s most important landmark, La Basilica de la Virgen de Los Angeles, which holds the statue of the nation’s patron saint “La Negrita” and is the site of an annual pilgrimage by hundreds of thousands of Costa Ricans and Central American Catholics.  Accommodation: WYNDHAM SAN JOSE HOTEL or similar – 2 nights.   (B/D)

DAY 12 – Wednesday / February 20                                        CARTAGO & IRAZÙ VOLCANO NATIONAL PARK
Breakfast at the hotel.   Today we depart south along the Pan-American Highway until we reach the base of the behemoth “Iztaru”.  The winding road traverses fertile lands in which all types of vegetation are cultivated, all the while affording us a spectacular panoramic view of the surrounding hills and valleys.  On a clear day, at the very top of the summit, one can be privy to an unforgettable bird’s eye view of both the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.  As we descend to the city of Cartago, we will stop at the Virgin of the Angels Basilica – a famous site for many believers, some of which travel for days or even weeks on foot, in a pilgrimage of faith to this site. Next, we stop at the Lankester Gardens, a University of Costa Rica Center where more than 800 species of orchids, bromeliads and countless species of other plants can be seen.  We then continue to the Valley of Orosi, an area that overflows with unparalleled beauty, where we visit one of the few remaining colonial churches.  Lunch at a local restaurant.  (B/L)

DAY 13 – Thursday / February 21                                              DEPART SAN JOSE FOR CANADA
It’s time to say farewell to Costa Rica.  You will be transferred to the airport for your flight back to Canada.   (B)

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       Double Occupancy $5,495                       Single Occupancy $6,695      
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All prices are in Canadian dollars, per person based on double occupancy and include:

Return airfare from Toronto, for Ottawa please add $200 pp other departure cities upon request
12 Nights in first class hotel/lodge stays
All gratuities for local guides and drivers
Breakfast daily and most meals are included
All departure taxes/fees and surcharges
Locally fully guided tours as per our itinerary
Fully hosted by Expo Cruises & Tours*