Costa Rica: A World of Nature

February 16 – 27, 2019


Small Group Explorations Tours – With just 12-24 passengers, this provides the personal adventures that today’s cultural explorers dream of!!  Travelers must be in good health as sightseeing requires walking on uneven terrain; some hotels will not have air conditioning or elevators.

This adventure begins in Springfield, MO – At this time, we do not plan on sending a Sunnyland representative, but are happy to help you with your reservations and arrangements.  Please give us a call for more information.

Special Features

  • Round Trip Air from Springfield
  • Luxury Motorcoach Transportation
  • Stay in Tortuguero National Park
  • 2-night stay just outside of Manuel Antonio National Park
  • River boat excursion with a jungle crocodile safari
  • Visit the First Green Turtle Research Station
  • Visit an organic pineapple plantation and a cacao plantation
  • 3-night stay with spectacular view of Arenal Volcano
  • Tour Arenal’s hanging bridges – zip line through the rainforest
  • Optional white water rafting expedition
  • So much more to experience!  Give us a call for a brochure!!

Highlights of this fabulous trip:  Tortuguero National Park, Sarapiqui Rainforest, Pineapple Plantation, Chocolate-Making Demonstration and Tasting, River Rafting, Arenal Volcano, Choice of Zip-lining or Volcano Lava Field Hike, Culinary Demonstration, Hanging Bridges, Jungle Crocodile Safari and Bird Watching, Manuel Antonio National Park

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Double: $3,899/pp
Single: $4,599/pp
Triple: $3,869/pp
Trip Protection:   $315/pp

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Deposit:  $500/pp due at time of booking
Final Payment Due:  December 18, 2018

Day 1: Saturday, February 16, 2019 – Tour Begins.  Discover the fascinating ecosystems of Tortuguero National Park, Arenal Volcano and Manuel Antonio National Park.TreeFrog_CVO_30171

Day 2: Sunday, February 17, 2019 San Jose – Tortuguero National Park – Today brings dormant volcanos and crater lakes as we journey through Braulio Carrillo National Park en route to the Caribbean lowlands.  Along the way, take in mountain vistas and Caribbean-style villages.  Later, discover the wonders of Tortuguero National Park’s rainforest as you cruise the rivers and canals with an expert guide. Enjoy a 2-night
stay at an eco-lodge surrounded by lush tropical forest and an array of wildlife. Learn more about your surroundings during a visit to the world’s first green turtle research
station. Here, dedicated scientists are working to protect the turtle’s nesting
habitat and eggs. This evening, join your fellow travelers for a welcome
reception and dinner. (B, L, D)

Day 3: Monday, February 18, 2019 – Tortuguero National Park Get your camera ready. Set out on an early morning bird-watching excursion that explores the myriad of local and
migratory birds that flock to this area.  Next, embark on a nature cruise through the park – keep an eye out for howler monkeys, sloths, toucans and caimans.  Savor time to seek out green macaws and some of Costa Rica’s endangered animals, including jaguars, tapirs,
ocelots, cougars, river otters and even manatees. (B, L, D)

Day 4: Tuesday, February 19, 2019 – Tortuguero National Park – Sarapiquí – Take to the water again and embark on a leisurely boat ride to the mainland as we travel to the Sarapiquí region, one of the world’s most important research regions for tropical rainforests. Visit an organic pineapple plantation to learn about the various types of this exotic fruit and taste why Costa Rican pineapples are among the world’s best. Arrive at your eco-lodge nestled in the rainforest and surrounded by towering Almendro trees, howler monkeys and keel billed toucans. Enjoy free time to hike through the deep green forest or simply relax in a hammock and take in the nature around you. (B, L, D)

Day 5: Wednesday, February 20, 2019 – Sarapiquí Discover the history and continuing importance of cacao to Central America’s economy when you visit a cacao plantation. Observe the process of producing chocolate from the cacao bean and sample the
delicious finished product. Then, see the region from a different perspective
on an exhilarating Sarapiquí River rafting adventure. Return to your
rainforest lodge for a traditional Costa Rican dinner. (B, D)

Day 6: Thursday, February 21, 2019 – Sarapiquí – Arenal Volcano Begin the
day engulfed in nature with an early morning bird watching tour along the
natural forest trails and nearby stream.  Later, behold the spectacular views of
Arenal Volcano and absorb the tranquility of your surroundings as
you begin a 3-night stay at your resort featuring panoramic views of the
volcano. (B)

Day 7: Friday, February 22, 2019 – Arenal Volcano – This morning, experience the rainforest from the treetops on a guided walking tour along Arenal’s hanging bridges. Then, the choice is yours! Embark on one of Costa Rica’s most thrilling zip
lining experiences and take in one-of-a- kind views of the Arenal rainforest.
Or, enjoy a moderate hike along the trails of Arenal Volcano National
Park; cross lava fields and pause to enjoy spectacular views of the
volcano. (B, D)

Day 8: Saturday, February 23, 2019 – Arenal Volcano – Enjoy a day at leisure. This morning you may take an optional river safari down the Peñas Blancas River. For the more adventurous, an exhilarating white water rafting expedition on the San
Blas River is also available. This evening, roll up your sleeves for a hands-on
cooking demonstration; then savor the local flavors of Costa Rica during a traditional dinner. (B, D)

Day 9: Sunday, February 24, 2019 – Arenal Volcano – Tarcoles – Manuel Antonio National Park – Head to the Pacific Coast today. Along the way, stop for a jungle crocodile safari
and bird watching excursion. Hop aboard a safari boat to explore the remarkable mangrove ecosystem of the Rio Grande of Tarcoles, home to one of the world’s largest wild
crocodile populations. View waterfowl, iguanas, and over fifty varieties of native birds, including the very rare scarlet macaw. Later we continue to the world-renowned Manuel Antonio National Park to check into our resort just outside the park. Soak up the sweeping views and take in the sunset overlooking the park and the Pacific Ocean before dining this evening. (B, L, D)

Day 10: Monday, February 25, 2019 – Manuel Antonio National Park – Wake up to a cool breeze and spectacular views. The day is yours to relax and enjoy the surrounding beauty. You can enjoy the luxurious amenities of your resort, walk the nearby nature trails that lead to dramatic views of the Pacific, or perhaps head to the nearby white sand beaches. (B)

Day 11: Tuesday, February 26, 2019 – Manuel Antonio National Park – San
Jose –  This morning we explore spectacular Manuel Antonio National Park, known for its pristine beaches and primary forest. Spend your time walking the forest trails in
search of the three-toed sloth, agoutis, squirrel monkeys and iguanas; or take
a swim in the inviting blue waters.  Then, say goodbye to the coast and continue to San Jose and toast to the natural richness that is Costa Rica at a wonderful farewell dinner. (B,D)

Day 12: Wednesday, February 27, 2019 San Jose – Tour Ends –  Your tour
comes to a close today. Head for home with many amazing memories.  (B)

Note for Fly Away Passengers:

Missouri residents will need a Missouri REAL ID Compliant Driver’s License to board the aircraft OR a Federally issued ID with a photo such as a passport.  Travel Protection Insurance is highly recommended as flights are non-refundable and non-transferable.

Note:  Certain criminal convictions will make you ineligible to enter other countries.  See for further information.

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