|PANAMA CANAL, CORALS & CULTURES
|Pre Tour - COSTA RICA – MONTEVERDE CLOUD FOREST|
19th to 22nd March 2013
In the mid 60’s, 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.
Passengers will fly from London on 19 March and spend a night in San Jose before joining the itinerary as detailed.
Day 1 - Monteverde.
Upon arrival at Monteverde we will be introduced to the rainforest on a small, replica vintage train before being served lunch. After lunch transfer to the El Establo Hotel for your 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. The treetop walkways tour consists of 1.9 miles of trails in which visitors will encounter eight bridges of various lengths which range between 170 feet and 560 feet. The treetop walkways can be enjoyed by people of all ages and physical conditions. Most of the trails are flat and climbs are very small. Visitors may be able to appreciate a wide variety of flora and fauna from the area, plus they will be able to observe the biodiversity of the cloud forest canopy which is not found anywhere else in the world. The treetop walkways borders the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve, the flora and fauna in both parks is very similar because they are part of the same forest with the difference that Selvatura Park is located on the Atlantic side of the forest and the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve is on the Pacific side.
Day 3 - Monteverde.
Check out of hotel and continue to either San Jose or Punta Arenas depending on which cruise booked.
|Prices per person based on double occupancy |
|Price Includes - Two nights hotel accommodation at the El Establo Hotel in Montverde, overnight accommodation in San Jose on breakfast only basis, transfers, tours as described, English speaking guides, breakfast daily, lunch and dinner on days 1 to 3.|
Not Included - Gratuities, travel insurance and meals other than those stated.