|CUBA TO COSTA RICA
|Post Tour - MONTEVERDE CLOUD FOREST, COSTA RICA|
8th to 12th November 2012
In the mid 60s, a Quaker community moved to the Monteverde area where they found a cloud forest paradise and decided to protect it. The area was covered with tall trees festooned with orchids, bromeliads, ferns, vines and mosses as well as numerous crystal clear streams and waterfalls. Variable climate and large altitudinal gradient has helped to produce an extremely high biodiversity. The four life zones found in Monteverde are home to more than 100 species of mammals, 400 species of birds, 500 species of butterflies, 120 reptile and amphibian species, 2,500 plant species (among them 420 different types of orchids and 200 fern species), 500 species of trees and thousands of insects. Among the 400 species of birds, some of the best known species are: The Quetzal, the Bird Bell, the Black Turkey Bird, the Mot-Mot, the Orange-bellied Trogon, and the Bare-neck Umbrella Bird.
Day 1 - San Jose to Monteverde.
After breakfast at the hotel we transfer to Monteverde. On arrival we will experience the magic of the Cloud Forest onboard a small replica vintage train. Alongside the railway the view changes as we enter the forest. Reaching a viewing point in the middle of the forest, if it is clear we hope to observe Costa Rica´s most active volcano, the Arenal Volcano. Afrer a local Costa Rican lunch we transfer to El Establo Hotel for a two night stay.
Day 2 - Monteverde.
This morning enjoy a walking tour of the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve. After lunch at the Selvatura Park there will be the chance to experience the hanging bridges of Selvatura. There are many bridge systems in the world, few of them are hanging bridges, and fewer still are those that are located inside the real cloud forest. Selvatura Park´s treetop walkways provide the best way to safely admire the cloud forest canopy. View the wide variety of flora and fauna and experience the biodiversity of the cloud forest canopy which is not found anywhere else in the world.
Day 3 - Monteverde to San Jose.
This morning we return to San Jose via the scenic town of Sarchi, Macaw considered the home of Costa Rica’s best craftsmanship. It was here in Sarchi that, more than a century ago, primitive local artists began painting and decorating their traditional oxcarts in intricate and colourful designs. There was spirited but good-nature competition among families to see who could create the most spectacular designs. We will be able to see artisans painting a variety of woodcrafts. After lunch in Sarchi we arrive at the little town of Grecia, famous for its historical metal church. This evening we transfer to the Real Intercontinental Hotel for an overnight stay.
Day 4 - San Jose.
After breakfast transfer to the airport for your scheduled flight to London Heathrow via Miami.
Day 5 - London.
Arrive this morning.
|Prices per person based on double occupancy |
|Price Includes - Two night accommodation at El Establo Hotel in Monteverde on bed and breakfast basis, overnight accommodation at Real Intercontinental Hotel in San Jose on bed and breakfast basis, Trainforest Tour with typical Costa Rican lunch, Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve, Hanging bridges of Selvatura tour with lunch, private air-conditioned transportation, bilingual guides, entrance fees, Sarchi tour and lunch, dinner on days 1 and 2, airport transfer. |
Not Included - Meals not shown in itinerary, Costa Rica departure tax.