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Private Guided Tour TUANIS

14 Days / 13 Nights

from 1.722 US$ p. p.

Useful Information Travel Planning

  • Quetzal - Bird of the Gods
  • Culture of the indigenous Borucas/Terrabas
  • Boat tour through the Mangrove swamps
  • Trekking through the Cloud forests
  • Esquinas Rainforest: pure Jungle
  • Fantastic sandy Pacific Ocean beaches
  • Trek to the country’s highest volcano

 

Unique vegetation, an exotic animal world, majestic volcanoes and the interesting culture of Costa Rica can be discovered on the Amadeus guided tour "Tuanis". Experience up close the natural beauty of this country, the pristine jungle within the "Rainforest of the Austrians". It includes tours by boat through the mangrove swamps and on suspension bridges through the cloud forests. A highlight of the trip is the visit to the highest volcano Irazú and the observation of the bird of the Gods the Resplendent Quetzal. In addition to the unique nature and the diversity of wildlife, you will also get to know, by visiting a local family, the culture and typical handicrafts of the indigenous peoples of Costa Rica. Enjoy the breathtakingly beautiful sunsets on one of the Pacific Oceans most beautiful beaches.

Day 1:  From your preferred airport you fly to San José. Your English speaking guide will be waiting to greet you upon arrival at the airport. After a short transfer to your hotel and after a quick check in you will be given your reserved room. Welcome cocktails will be served allowing you to get to know the other participants of the group.

Accommodation: Fleur de Lys Hotel. Meal Plan: Breakfast.

 

Day 2:  Following a hearty breakfast we drive to the chic City of Escazú and the El Encanto project. Here long-established families not only dedicate themselves in the preparation of small dishes that are typical of the region, but also in the legends and tales of witches in the region. We also get the opportunity to visit a private mask workshop.

In the afternoon we visit the National Museum where you can learn a little about the history of Costa Rica.

 

Accommodation: Fleur de Lys Hotel. Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch (El Encanto). 

 

Day 3: Today we drive past Costa Rica's first coffee plantations and the old capital of Cartago to the Irazu National Park, the highest volcano in Costa Rica at 3,432m. We walk through the volcanic landscape to the main crater and then on to the highest point of the volcano. Here we can enjoy the breathtaking views of the volcano’s 3 craters and with good weather the Braulio Carillo National Park and Volcano Turrialba.

Following a visit to the Basilica in Cartago we travel in the afternoon through the picturesque Orosi Valley to San Gerardo de Dota, which is below the Cerro de la Muerte (Peak of Death 3,500 m) the valley, is framed by mountain rain forest.

 

Accommodation: Trogon Lodge. Meal Plan: Breakfast

 

Day 4:  The best place to observe Quetzals in Costa Rica is the Finca Paraiso del Quetzal Serrano.

After a tour of the oak forest you can enjoy freshly caught rainbow trout from the fincas own ponds. The vegetation is typical of tropical mountain forest. Evergreen oak forest with bromeliads, ferns, orchids and mosses cover every corner of this area.

You can see beautiful highland plants, rare birds and a opulence of magnificent blossom. Without doubt one of the most beautiful places for long hikes in Costa Rica.

 

Accommodation: Trogon Lodge. Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch (Paraiso de Quetzales). 

 

Day 5: Today we leave San Gerardo de Dota and travel through the mountains to the village of Boruca/Terraba. Only a few of the indigenous Borucas/Terrabas speak their ancient language, but many continue the old crafts that reflect their culture. Ornately carved and imaginatively painted masks are made by the families as well as weavings coloured with natural dyes. Together we will learn the various techniques and can, at a typical lunch learn a lot about the traditions of Borucas/Terrabas.

 

Accommodation: Esquinas Lodge. Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch (Borucas/Terrabas). 

 

Day 6: Today we explore the Esquinas National Park, a region found is in the south of Costa Rica which is also known as the Rainforest of the Austrians. Since the 1980s, with the help of Austrian donations a large part of the rain forest has been purchased and protected against deforestation. Our hotel complex, the Esquinas Rainforest Lodge is located well off the main tourist routes, is set in the middle of the Piedras Blancas National Nature Park and is surrounded by thousands of hectares of untouched wilderness. It is the ideal place for nature lovers to experience the tropical rain forest in a peaceful atmosphere. During a hike through the rainforest we will hear from our guide more about the incredible density of the jungle with its 140 different tree species and over 2500 different plant species. As we hike past waterfalls we come across not only colourful birds and brightly coloured butterflies but also monkeys, agoutis or the South American coati.

 

Accommodation: Esquinas Lodge. Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 7: Today we travel by boat through the Golfo Dulce. We land in Golfito and drive along the steep, densely forested coastline and secluded beaches across to the mouth of the Rio Esquinas. Along the way in the clear emerald waters we discover colourful fish and sometimes even stingrays. Dolphins enjoy the protected waters of the Gulf and with a bit of luck can be seen on the water’s surface.

Finally, we dock at the "Casa Orquideas". A Garden of Eden with bromeliads, heliconias, ornamental palms, orchids, ginger, fruit trees and an impressive collection of Spices and Medicinal plants, the loving owners Trudy and Ron Macalister have tended this garden for more than 25 years. After a walk in the garden it is time for a swim in the Golfo Dulce. After a picnic lunch we return to Golfito and from there along the coast north to Dominical.

 

Accommodation: Villas Rio Mar Hotel. Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch (packed lunch).

 

Day 8: Today we travel for about 1 hour to the Manuel Antonio National Parkwhich is habitat to over 100 species of mammals and 184 bird species. The cheeky Capuchin monkeys like to eye up the curious park visitors, also commonly seen park residents are the Howler monkeys, Iguanas and Sloth’s.

A walk on a sometimes somewhat steep but safe trail up to an observation deck with a fantastic views over the wooded cliffs and the Pacific Ocean.

It is not only its beautiful hiking trails through the lush humid tropical forest and its abundant wildlife that attracts visitors but also the parks wonderful beaches. 
The white sand beaches are lapped by turquoise water and are among the finest in the country. There is more than sufficient time for a swim and to relax.

 

Accommodation: Villas Rio Mar Hotel. Meal Plan: Breakfast 

 

Day 9: On route to our next destination we cross the Tarcoles River and on the banks are crocodiles - a good opportunity to observe these animals in the wild is on a boat tour through the mangrove swamps and lush river landscape.

After a buffet lunch, the tour continues to the cloud forest reserves of Monteverde and Santa Elena.

 

Accommodation: Arco Iris Lodge. Meal Plan: Breakfast 

 

Day 10: Today we have an adventure with a difference; we go on the so called Skywalk a system of suspension bridges in the dizzying heights of the forest. Here we have the opportunity to gain an insight into the delicate ecosystem of the forest canopy. Due to its location on the Continental Divide an incomparable biodiversity of fauna and flora can be found here.

In the afternoon we are introduced to the mysterious world of bats. Let's be surprised by the countless wonders.

 

Accommodation: Arco Iris Lodge. Meal Plan: Breakfast 

 

Day 11: Today just outside the Monteverde we visit the Coffee Finca of the Bello family. For many generations they have been growing organic coffee, various herbs and other useful crops. With a little guidance we learn about the cultivation and processing. We visit the old, built by the great-grandfather, main house, and are allowed together with the family, to taste the homemade specialties on the porch.

Here you feel yourself transported to another time. Also many somewhat strange appliances from centuries past can be admired.

We then continue our journey towards La Fortuna de San Carlos.

 

Accommodation: Lomas del Volcan Hotel. Meal Plan: Breakfast

 

Day 12:  We take a walk in the Arenal National Park over volcanic sand to the lava fields, acoustically accompanied by the distant rumble from the crater and crashing sounds of rolling boulders. In the fertile earth flourish orchids and other exotic plants - Toucans like to settle in the tree tops. From the now cooled lava flow we have, on a clear day, a beautiful view of the volcanic cone and the Atlantic lowlands.

Don Juan, a former teacher at an agricultural college subsequently explains during a tour of the thoughtfully landscaped herb and vegetable garden of Finca Educativa Ecologica the interactions between the various known and exotic cultivated plants. Guests are invited to taste, help harvest and also help with the production of sugar cane juice.

The afternoon is at leisure.

 

Accommodation: Lomas del Volcan Hotel. Meal Plan: Breakfast 

 

Day 13: On route to San José, we make a short stop in San Ramón and experience how cigars are rolled at the cigar factory of Don Tuto. Then it's back to the Central Valley.

At your farewell dinner in your hotel you can reminisce on the many shared travel experiences.

 

Accommodation: Studio Hotel. Meal Plan: Breakfast, Dinner (Hotel) 

 

Day 14: Transfer to the International Airport.

 

Name Days Stars ICT Parking Swimmingpool Spa Restaurant AC TV WIFI
Fleur de Lys 1,2
Trogon Lodge 3,4
Esquinas Lodge 5,6
Villas Rio Mar 7,8
Arco Iris Lodge 9,10
Lomas del Volcan 11,12
Studio Hotel 13
14 Days / 13 Nights Single Double
2 Persons 4865 4277
3 Persons 3941 3353
4 Persons 3479 2891
5 - 7 Persons 3115 2527
self driver 2310 1722
single room supplement 588
All Prices in USD


Services included

  • All Transfer
  • All overnight stays are based on double occupancy with breakfast incl.
  • For other meals see table.
  • All entrance fees listed in the table Activities and National Parks.
  • Qualified English-speaking tour guide.
  • Transport in modern, comfortable and fully air-conditioned vehicles.
  • EU safety guidelines for drivers  and driving times are maintained.

 

Self Drivers

  • Airport Transfers
  • Accommodation is based on a doubleroom including breakfast
  • Rental car including basic insurance. Vehicle Type: Hyundai Tucson or similar
  • GPS navigation system 
  • free mileage


Services not included

  • Gratuities (optional) 
  • Departure Tax Costa Rica (29 USD) 

Celebrating our 25th anniversary Amadeus Travel CR wants to use this opportunity to thank all our customers for travelling with us. We feel very pleased with the honor to have received the highest possible certification regarding sustainable tourism by the National Tourism Institute of Costa Rica. It encourages us to achieve the highest possible standards in terms of the quality of our tours and the education and training of our team.