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Costa Rica Gardens, Volcanoes & Waterfalls

Jan 12, 2023 - Jan 22, 2023



Join Garden and Nature Tours with C. Colston Burrell, local guide
Vernon Campos and Brett Isaacson of Friendship Tours in San Jose,

Costa Rica to explore a tropical paradise. Though scarcely larger
than West Virginia, this friendly country is a magnet for gardeners,
birders, natural history enthusiasts and adventurers.
Costa Ricans, like most gardeners, are drawn to a wealth of plants from
around the world. Gardens here are as variable as their owners but are
often set within a nurturing envelope of native trees. Colorful foliage is
favored as a foil for the deep green palms, philodendrons and elephant
ears that are commonly grown. Gingers, heliconias, birds of paradise,
gardenias and succulents provide long seasons of bloom, augmented by
orchids and tropical bulbs in season.
In these gardens, parks and lodges an unbelievable array of tropical
ornamentals and edibles awaits discovery. Costa Rica boasts over 9,000
species of flowering plants and 800 species of ferns. The 876 species or
birds, including flamboyant toucans and tanagers, are sure to seduce
even the casual birder. Parrots, hummingbirds, tanagers and
honeycreepers flock to the blazing orange coral trees that set the
countryside awash with spring color. This diversity of plants and animals is
due to incredible variation in topography, vegetation and rainfall
patterns. For its size, Costa Rica has more preserved land than any other
country in the world, nearly 1/4 of its landmass.
In addition to gardens, we have ample opportunities to explore the
unique topography and geology of Costa Rica. We will tour La Selva, a
world-renowned biological research station to learn about tropical
ecology. Exhilarating hanging bridges, local craft shops and wildlife
feeding stations are a few of the attractions we will visit.
Join us for this unforgettable journey to explore bucolic and rugged
regions of Costa Rica, with exciting opportunities for exploration and
relaxation.

SOME HIGHLIGHTS:

•Partake of dinner with SACRO founder Ileana de Teran in her magnificent
garden
•Enjoy visits to three private gardens, including Villaverde, the garden of
Esther Rodriguez
•Take a tour of Ark Herb Farm with a Farm to Table Lunch
•Visit 4 extraordinary botanical gardens including Else Kientzler and
Nectandra Cloud Forest Reserve
•Walk to a lava field in Arenal National Park
•Experience the exhilaration of Arenal Hanging Bridges
•Explore sustainable agriculture at Vida Campesina Organic Farm
•Marvel at colorful birds while visiting Cope Wildlife Garden and Bogarin
Feeders
•Learn tropical ecology from a guided tour of La Selva Biological Station
•Take an afternoon boat ride to the Sarapiqui River
•Visit world famous La Paz Waterfall Gardens

TOUR DURATION 10 Nights / 11 Days

TOUR INCLUSIONS
† Airport transfers
† Ten nights hotel/lodge accommodations
† All meals from dinner on January 12 to
breakfast on January 22*
† Sightseeing and transportation by Toyota
Coaster as outlined in the program itinerary
† Local driver/guide and flora & fauna expert
Vernon Campos
† Escort throughout tour—C. Colston Burrell
† Water and snacks in the Coaster
† Admissions to all parks and gardens
† Guided natural history and birding excursions
† Afternoon boat ride to the Sarapiqui River
† Hotel taxes and service charges
† Gratuities to your local driver/guide and host

NOT INCLUDED IN THE TOUR
† Round-trip airfare from home cities
† Travel insurance
† Airport fees, taxes and baggage charges
† *Lunch at Hotel Bougainvillea on January 13th
† Optional sightseeing or recreational activities
† Gratuities to servers, luggage handlers or
housekeeping
† Alcoholic beverages during the trip
† Covid test on departure if required
† Any other items not specifically mentioned as
included in the itinerary


AIR TRAVEL: Each tour has a minimum number of travelers that must be registered before the tour is a go. Once this number is reached, Friendship Tours will let you know so that you can book your airfare.

To Make a Reservation, https://www.friendshiptours.net/group-travel
Select "Group Sign In." Enter the TOUR CODE: 23JAN12COSTA in the box labeled "Make a New Reservation."

Or call Barb at Friendship Tours for more information - 860-243-1630



11 Day(s)


Highlights

  • •Partake of dinner with SACRO founder Ileana de Teran in her magnificent garden
  • •Enjoy visits to three private gardens, including Villaverde, the garden of Esther Rodriguez
  • •Take a tour of Ark Herb Farm with a Farm to Table Lunch
  • •Visit 4 extraordinary botanical gardens including Else Kientzler and Nectandra Cloud Forest Reserve
  • •Walk to a lava field in Arenal National Park
  • •Experience the exhilaration of Arenal Hanging Bridges
  • •Explore sustainable agriculture at Vida Campesina Organic Farm
  • •Marvel at colorful birds while visiting Cope Wildlife Garden and Bogarin Feeders
  • •Learn tropical ecology from a guided tour of La Selva Biological Station
  • •Take an afternoon boat ride to the Sarapiqui River
  • •Visit world famous La Paz Waterfall Gardens
  • † All meals from dinner on January 12 to breakfast on January 22*

Pricing

DOUBLE - PER PERSON - LAND PRICE (DOES NOT INCLUDE AIR) based on 12 travelers

$4995

SINGLE- LAND PRICE (DOES NOT INCLUDE AIR) based on 12 travelers

$5992


Policies

Payment Policy

$2000 per person deposit with reservation. Final payment by October 17, 2022.

Cancellation Policy

If a passenger cancels after deposit to Oct 17, 2022, the fee is $1,000 pp; October 18, 2022

to November 18, 2022, fee of $3,000; no refunds if cancelled after November 18, 2022.

Trip Protection Policy

Proof of travel insurance with the added option of BED REST/QUARANTINE coverage is required for this tour. Your travel insurance policy must cover medical expenses and lodging in the event of COVID-19 infection. If a traveler catches COVID-19 during their stay in Costa Rica, they must quarantine for 7 days. The quarantine cannot be ended early even in the event of a negative test during this period. Travelers are responsible for the costs of lodging during quarantine. Costa Rica Tourism recommends you have an insurance policy that will cover for a minimum of $2,000 for lodging expenses in the event of COVID-19 quarantine. Friendship Tours can assist with the purchase of trip protection coverage through Travel Insured International’s Worldwide Trip Protector Plan. No financial compensation will be provided to guests who miss any or all of the tour due to COVID-19.

TRIP PROTECTION COVERAGE with the option to add BED REST/QUARANTINE coverage is available through Travel Insured International’s Worldwide Trip Protector policy in case you test positive and can not enter back into the United States at the end of the tour. Additionally, Travel Insured International offers a policy with the option for CANCEL FOR ANY REASON coverage when purchased within 14 days of your initial deposit - ask Friendship Tours for more information. Or request a quote online: https://www.travelinsured.com/agency/?r=http:%2F%2Fwww.friendshiptours.net&p=


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