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Eco Tour of Costa Rica with #FriendsTravelWestHollywoodCa JESS@FriendsTravel.com

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Eco Tour of Costa Rica with #FriendsTravelWestHollywoodCa JESS@FriendsTravel.com

SCHEDULED DEPARTURES

February 20 – 28, 2016

February 18 – 26, 2017

Other dates can be arranged for you on a personal basis, or your own group.

An Eco-Tour of Costa Rica

Day 1 • Departure 

Our tour begins as we depart for San José, Costa Rica. Upon arrival, we are greeted by our guide and taken to our hotel for some rest and relaxation. Tonight, we have our welcome dinner and start to get to know each other and our hosts.

Day 2 • Tortuguero 

We start out very early this morning, as we head to Tortuguero, a Caribbean town in Northeastern Costa Rica accessible only by boat or small planes. Before heading to our lodge, we visit the town of Tortuguero, a town settled around canals where you won’t find any cars. After getting settled in, we will take an easy hike through a private reserve to identify some of the local flora and fauna. B,L,D 

Day 3 • Tortuguero 

Today, we take a boat out onto the canals to look for wildlife, including crocodiles, monkeys, toucans, among other species. The afternoon is free to enjoy the grounds of our hotel. An optional excursion tonight would be a night hike to the beach to look for turtles landing on the beach. (This tour is not guaranteed to be available and depends on local officials granting permission.) B,L,D 

Day 4 • Pacific Coast 

This morning is another early departure, as we cross the country to the Pacific Coast. This trip is a bit long but well worth it, and we make all the stops we need on the way. This afternoon, we enjoy free time and our first sunset over the Pacific Ocean. B,D 

Day 5 • Pacific Coast 

Today we head to the Marino Ballena National Park. On the way, we visit the town of Bahía Ballena and meet with a local representative, who explains a little about the challenges and benefits of ecotourism in towns like this. Then we board a boat into the sea for whale-watching. Anyone that wants is also welcome to enjoy an optional surf lesson or yoga session. B,D 

Day 6 • Osa Peninsula 

Now we are going to head farther south along the coast as we seek the Osa Peninsula and all its natural treasures. On the peninsula, we pay a visit to a local organic cocoa farm and learn how this sustainable farm could be a great model for future agriculture in Costa Rica. This evening we hit the trails for a night tour in the rain forest. B,D 

Day 7 • Osa Peninsula 

We enjoy adventures on the Osa Peninsula today. For those who need an easier tour, there is bird watching in the early morning and a tour of the private reserve. For those who would like a medium difficulty tour, there will be a hike to a nearby Guaymi indigenous community, where, after crossing a couple of rivers and hiking through the forest, we are able to learn about this important indigenous culture. In the afternoon, we strap ourselves to zip-lines for a canopy tour! B,D 

Day 8 • Return to San José 

This morning we return to San José through some of the highest points in Costa Rica, where we enjoy the views and experience of the cloud forest. On our way back, we visit a local coffee farm in the Zona de los Santos region for an explanation on how coffee is produced. Tonight, in our hotel, we have one final dinner to send us off. B,D 

OPTIONAL BEACH EXTENSION 

Day 9 • Return/Extension at the Beach 

Sadly, many of us make our journey back to the US or Canada this morning. Airport transfers are available throughout the morning. For those of us who have decided to extend our tour to spend some time at the beach, our transportation picks us up at the hotel and takes us to our all-inclusive resort on one of the world-famous Guanacaste beaches.

Days 9—11 • Extension at the Beach 

Early this afternoon, we arrive at the all-inclusive resort for a couple of days of nothing but sun, sand, water, and relaxation. B,L,D 

Day 12 • Return to US 

This morning, we say adiós to Costa Rica with great memories and new friends. Our driver will be escorting us to the Liberia airport in northern Costa Rica for departures to the US.

Abbreviations for Meals 

B=Breakfast L=Lunch D=Dinner

Tour Prices: 

CRC16: February 20 – 28, 2016 • $2,169

CRC17: February 18 – 26, 2017 • $2,239

Prices are per person, land only, double occupancy 

with a minimum of 15 participants

Single supplement: $400 (2016 & 2017) 

Beach Extension: $780 (2016) • Single (+$250) 

Beach Extension: $800 (2017) • Single (+$250) 

Your Tour Includes: 

Land Transportation via private deluxe air-conditioned motor coach

Accommodations (double occupancy) in moderate first-class hotels

Meals per the itinerary

Admission to all activities indicated in the itinerary except those listed as optional

 Services of professional tour manager 

 Local step-on guides for city tours and major attractions

Luggage handling of one piece per person

All taxes and tips for provided services on land tour, except as noted below.

Your Tour Does Not Include: 

Roundtrip Airfare and related taxes, fees and fuel charges

 Meals other than indicated above

Beverages, except with breakfast

 End of tour gratuity for coach driver and tour guide

 Items of a personal nature such as passport fees. (Passport must be valid for 6 months beyond return date.) 

Optional insurance for health, baggage and cancellation. (This insurance is available and recommended.)  Ask JESS Kalinowsky for more info. 

Payment Schedule: 

A deposit of $500 per person is due with reservation. Final payment is due 100 days prior to departure date. Invoice will be sent out prior to final payment. Passengers may add after this date subject to air and land availability. Generally airlines do not increase the price of a ticket after it has been contracted. However, prior to the issuance of a ticket, airlines may (and regularly do) impose fuel, tax, or security surcharges. In the event a surcharge is imposed after Ed-Ventures has received a final payment, Ed-Ventures will send an additional invoice for the surcharge amount. Early registration is encouraged.

Currency: 

Currency exchange rates fluctuate constantly. In the event of a significant drop in the value of the dollar, we reserve the right to add a currency surcharge to the price of the tour.

Refund/Cancellation Policy: 

All cancellations must be in writing. The date of postmark will determine the amount of refund due. Refunds are based on the number of days prior to departure date. From the time of deposit to 99 days before departure a $100 administrative fee plus any airfare penalties will be assessed. From 99-14 days, a $300 cancellation penalty plus lost airfare deposits and any unrecoverable deposits to ground suppliers will be assessed. Airline tickets once purchased are nonrefundable. Anyone canceling less than 14 days prior to departure will receive no refund.

Purchase of health, baggage, and trip cancellation: 

RESERVATIONS: JESS@FriendsTravel.com #JessKalinowsky #FriendsTravelWestHollywoodCa

 

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