Rain Cloud Forest Odyssey
7 Days / 6 Nights
This 7 day / 6 night adventure includes Tortuguero National Park and the Monteverde Cloud Forest.
Experience firsthand the tropical rainforests of Tortuguero National Park and stay at Tortuga Lodge & Gardens on the North Atlantic Coast, look for three species of monkeys, watch iconic birds like the Keel-billed Toucan, the Ringed Kingfisher and the Tiger Heron as they move through the forest. Visit the village of San Francisco de Tortuguero and participate in The Words Adventure Program, where guests teach local kids English.
Continue to Monteverde Lodge & Gardens, hike in the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve and perhaps observe the stunning Resplendent Quetzal (Jan-Jul), learn from your Naturalist Guide about how Monteverde is considered the “Canary in the Mines” of Global Warming.
Meal codes: (B) Breakfast, (L) Lunch, (D) Dinner.
Day 1: San José / Limon / Tortuguero
After breakfast on your own, meet your local guide and driver in the lobby of your hotel and drive in an air conditioned van (shared with other guests) to the Atlantic lowlands near Limon (3 hours). About midday board a boat with your local Naturalist Guide and depart on the 1.5 yo 2.5 hour trip to Tortuguero (shared with other guests). Arrive at the Lodge in the late afternoon. Overnight at Tortuga Lodge & Gardens, River View Downstairs Terrace Room (L,D) (TG).
Day 2 & 3: Tortuguero National Park
Two free days on your own. During your stay you will have one 3-hour boat excursion into Tortuguero National Park with a local guide. Originally intended to protect a major nesting beach of the Atlantic Green Sea Turtle, the Park now protects 51,870 acres, one of the last large areas of tropical rainforest in Central America. Eleven habitats are found in the park. Three species of monkeys (Spider, Howler, and White-faced), Three-toed Sloths, and river otters are frequently seen along the natural inland waterways and canals. Caiman, iguanas, river turtles, Basilisk Lizards, and Poison Dart Frogs (Dendrobates) inhabit the area, along with more than 320 species of birds including all six species of kingfishers found in the new world, three species of toucans, eight species of parrots, and other neotropical species such as the Slaty-tailed Trogon, White-collared Manakin, Purple-throated Fruitcrow, and White-fronted Nunbird and many more species which you will have the opportunity to observe during your boat rides through the backwater creeks of Tortuguero National Park. Return to the Lodge for lunch. The rest of your time is free for optional excursions (at additional cost).
The Word Adventure
For children in the developing world nothing beyond the Three R’s in their own language is as valuable for them to learn as English. Young adults with a working knowledge of English have vastly more opportunities than their mono-lingual peers. Yet in Tortuguero a town where at times there are more English speaking visitors than inhabitants, the vast majority of children grow-up without learning English.
If you would find it rewarding to spend an hour a during one or more of the days that you will be at Tortuga Lodge sharing your English knowledge and learning about the life of child from Tortuguero, please let us know by emailing your Travel Planner. We will schedule the sessions so that they do not interfere with the other tours and excursions that you have planned.
The lessons will take place in the town of San Francisco de Tortuguero. Transit time from the lodge by boat is five minutes. The Lodge will supply the transportation. There is no charge. Children as young as 10 are welcome to participate.
Overnight at Tortuga Lodge & Gardens, River View Downstairs Terrace Room. (B,L,D)
Day 4: Tortuguero / San José / Monteverde
After breakfast board a boat to cross the river to the Tortuguero airstrip. Here you will meet your pilot, for the 35 minute flight (one seat in plane) to San Jose. Upon arrival at the light aviation airport, meet your guide for the drive (4 hours) to Monteverde. Drive west until you reach the Pacific Coast and then turn inland towards the Tilaran Mountain Range. Arrive at Monteverde Lodge in time for lunch (on your own). Please note that checkout time is at 12:00 PM and you may have to wait to check into your room.
After lunch, meet one of Monteverde Lodge’s Naturalist Guides and explore the Monteverde Lodge Gardens. This 15 year old garden is home to Imperial Bromeliads, Costa Rica’s national flower known locally as the Guaria Morada and hedges of Blue porter weed and Lantana where butterflies feed constantly. Emerald Toucanet, Euphonia, White-faced Capuchin Monkey and the Agouti are frecuent visitors to the gardens.
Dinner an overnight at Monteverde Lodge & Gardens, Forest View Downstairs Room. (B,D)
Day 5: Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve
Two full days in Monteverde. During your stay you will have one excursion (up to 10 people) to the Monteverde’s Cloud Forest Reserve. Your escort is one of Monteverde Lodge’s handpicked guides, the very best Naturalists in the region. Which reserve will be visited and the time of day (morning or afternoon), will be defined the day before depending on weather, recent sightings but most importantly where your Naturalist Guide thinks you will have the best experience. Check with the front desk the night before to get the final time of the tour to the Cloud Forest. A visit to the Monteverde Butterfly Garden is included, where butterflies and other insects are raised and displayed in screened enclosures with beautiful gardens.
Overnight Monteverde Lodge & Gardens, Forest View Downstairs Room. (B,L,D)(LG)
Day 6: Monteverde Lodge
After breakfast, visit the Monteverde Butterfly Garden where butterflies and other insects are raised and displayed in screened enclosures with beautiful gardens. After lunch,you can enjoy any of the optional activities (at additional cost) which include a visit to a coffee plantation, bat museum, horseback riding and more. These can be set up directly with the lodge once you arrive Overnight Monteverde Lodge, Forest View Downstairs Room. (B,L,D)(LG)
Day 7: Monteverde Lodge / San José
Morning free to continue to explore the region. After lunch, drive approximately four hours to your San José hotel. (B,L)
IMPORTANT: There is a 30-pound weight limit on domestic flights in Costa Rica. Please remember to pack light. If you would like to leave some of your belongings behind, we will do our best to catch it up to you when you arrive at the next destination in your itinerary.
MORE IMPORTANT INFORMATION: We pick up and drop off at most hotels in downtown San Jose, be sure to let us know where you are staying at the time of booking so alternate arrangements can be made if needed.
The prices below include lodging in a River View Downstairs Room at Tortuga Lodge & Gardens and in a Forest View Downstairs Room at Monteverde Lodge & Gardens
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|Prices are per person||* Rate for the rest of the year 2014||** Rate for the Holiday Season||*** Rate for the rest of the year 2015|
|Price sharing a
|Price in a Single Room||$2068||$2378||$2068|
|Price sharing a Triple Room||$1370||$1478||$1370|
|Child Rate-Sharing with Parents 0-10 years old||$598||$598||$598|
|Prices for adding an extra day in Tortuga Lodge|
|Extra Day in Single River View Downstairs Terrace Room||$246||$302||$246|
|Extra Day, in Double a River View Downstairs Terrace Room||$162||$191||$162|
|Extra Day in Triple
River View Downstairs Terrace Room
|Child Rate-Sharing with Parents, 6-10 years old****||$39||$39||$39|
|Prices for adding an extra day in Monteverde Lodge|
|Extra Day in Single Forest View Downstairs Room||$288||$322||$288|
|Extra Day, in Double a Forest View Downstairs Room||$145||$193||$145|
|Extra Day, in Triple
Forest View Downstairs Room
|Child Rate-Sharing with Parents, 6-10 years old****||$32||$32||$32|
|* Rest of the year 2014:||Jan 07 - Dec 18, 2014|
|** Holiday Season:||Dec 19, 2014 - Jan 05, 2015|
|*** Rest of the year 2015:||Jan 06, 2015 - Dec 18, 2015|
|****Ask us about extra day rates for children 5 and under!!|
Includes: 6 nights lodging in double occupancy (Downstairs River View Rooms at Tortuga Lodge & Gardens and Forest View Downstairs Rooms at Monteverde Lodge & Gardens), 9 meals at Tortuga Lodge & Gardens and 9 meals at Monteverde Lodge, Ground transportation from San Jose to the Caño Blanco dock in an air conditioned tour bus with the services of a bilingual Service Guide, boat transfer from the Caño Blanco dock to Tortuguero, two-three hour boat tours into Tortuguero National Park with Torguguero Naturalist Guide and entrance fees. Flight from Tortuguero to San Jose in a domestic flight (one seat in plane), ground transportation from San Jose to Monteverde in an air conditioned tour bus with the services of a bilingual Service Guide. Visits to the Santa Elena Biological Reserve, the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve and the Monteverde Butterfly Garden with a local Monteverde Naturalist Guide. Ground transportation from Monteverde to San Jose with a Spanish speaking driver. We pick up and drop off at hotels in the Metropolitan Area; there is a surcharge for hotels outside of this radius Taxes in effect at the time of booking.
Extra Day at Tortuga Lodge & Gardens: Includes one night in a Downstairs River View Room in double occupancy, and three family style meals. Ask us about an upgrade to the River View Balcony Terrace Rooms.
Extra Day at Monteverde Lodge & Gardens: Includes one night in a Forest View Downstairs Room in double occupancy, and three a la carte meals. Ask us about an upgrade to the Forest View Balcony Room.
Child Rate: The extra day is free for children 5 and under, Children ages 0-10 received a special discounted rate (indicated in pricing table above) if sharing with at least one adult. The extra day is free for children 5 and under and the rate for children 6-10 is as indicated above.
IMPORTANT NOTE LUGGAGE LIMITATION: When flying or traveling by boat within Costa Rica a maximum of 30 pounds of luggage is allowed per person. The 30 lb weight limit for flights or boat trips within Costa Rica does not mean that you need to limit yourself to 30 lbs of baggage for your entire trip to Costa Rica. While it always makes sense to travel light, you can bring more than 30 lbs of luggage. We are happy to store your excess luggage in San Jose, and catch it up to you as soon as your return from your excursion. Arrangements can be made to permit more luggage per person at considerable extra cost.