Father of the Bride

Price

$4,110/Couple for 7 NIGHTS

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Let's Dad treat the newlyweds to an indulgent 8-day adventure to Costa Rica. Experience amazing birdseye views down zip lines and hanging bridges, one of the few Canopy tours in Costa Rica that literarily takes you deep within the primary Santa Elena Cloud Forest, providing a precious and unique experience we guarantee you'll always remember. Your adventure will privately transport you to Playa Potrero in Guanacaste. The rest of this journey will consist of visiting the world heritage site at the Guancaste Conservation Area, all while enjoying Pacific Ocean breezes.

Summary

Due to excellent facilities and its close proximity to scores of attractions, Liberia is an ideal stopover for many visitors. With the recent opening of the Daniel Oduber Quiróz International Airport, the once sleepy cowboy town of Liberia is undergoing comprehensive metamorphosis as it transitions from old colonial town to modern-day tourism hub. Liberia's international airport, Costa Rica's second, serves famed destinations on Costa Rica's Guanacaste coast and Nicoya Peninsula.

Cool, misty cloud forest and deep green foliage is what has made Monteverde an absolute hot spot for eco-tourism in the Central Highlands of Costa Rica. This zone is home to a string of volcanoes, both active and dormant, beautiful national parks and diverse weather.

Playa Hermosa, which means "beautiful" in Spanish, is an aptly named gray-sand beach that perches between two mountains. In fact there are two Playa Hermosas, the other being in the Central Pacific Coast near Jaco. Guanacaste's Playa Hermosa is situated between Playa del Coco and Playa Panama, Hermosa is seldom as crowded as its neighbors. It is a fabulous getaway for those seeking quality relaxation. Most visitors bring a blanket and sunscreen to soak up Guanacaste's burning sun, and due to its calm surf, Hermosa is a favorite for swimmers.

Day to Day Itinerary

DAY #1

LIBERIA AIRPORT (LIR) PICK-UP WITH TRANSFER TO MONTEVERDE
CHECK-IN AT MONTEVERDE LODGE (2-NIGHTS)

DAY #2

SANTA ELENA CLOUD FOREST RESERVE

DAY #3

TRANSFER TO PLAYA POTRERO AT GUANACASTE NATIONAL PARK
CHECK-IN AT SUGAR BEACH HOTEL (5-NIGHTS)

DAY #4

PALO VERDE NATIONAL PARK & GUAITIL POTTERY - WORLD HERITAGE SITE

DAY #5

LEISURE AT HOTEL

DAY #6

RINCON DE LA VIEJA NATIONAL PARK HIKE - WORLD HERITAGE SITE
LIBERIA CITY TOUR

DAY #7

LEISURE AT HOTEL

DAY #8

TRANSFER TO AIRPORT

Activities

We will add an adrenaline element to this tour taking you to a Canopy Tour. The Tree Top walkway is the ideal cloud forest experience to appreciate the incredible array of vegetation and exotic bird life that the region has to offer. The walkway consists of 8 suspension bridges connected by trails covering 1.9 miles (3km). The bridges vary from 150ft (50m) to 500ft (170m) in length and are suspended at heights ranging from 36ft (12m) to 180ft (60m). At almost 5ft (1.5m) wide, the bridge system is the widest and sturdiest in Costa Rica. You will have the option of taking a self-guided treetop tour, or of joining a guided Natural History Tour. Visitors will learn about the mammals, birds and plant life – particularly bromeliads, epiphytes and ferns – living in this unique eco-system, as well as hearing some of the fascinating cultural history of the region. Tours last up to 2.5 hours. Bring long pants, suitable shoes and waterproof jackets. Selvatura's stunning butterfly garden is one of the largest on the continent. At 300ft long and 90ft wide, with a huge 50ft dome ceiling, the giant garden is host to 50 species of butterflies. Accurate and sensitive temperature controlling enables the survival of species from a range of altitudes and climate conditions throughout Costa Rica. Take a guided tour through this fascinating live exhibit and learn about the life cycle, special behaviors and evolution of these unique creatures. The Selvatura Park hosts the world's largest private insect collection and the life work of Dr. Richard Whitten. Visitors are able to view thousands of insects, butterflies and other wonderous specimens from all over the tropics that Dr. Whitten has been collecting since age 5. In addition, watch a video that Dr. Whitten has produced titled "Jewels of the Rain Forest" and features insects from all over Costa Rica, most which can be found at Monteverde. The reptile and amphibian exhibition includes over 30 species of frogs, toads, lizards, geckos and snakes, all of which are native to Costa Rica. The live specimens are housed in an array of terrariums, each adorned with vegetation and natural lighting and humidity levels to simulate natural habitats. Everything is monitored by a permanent, on-site biologist. The exhibit is educational and informative, offering visitors the opportunity to see many unusual species, most of which are rarely spotted in the wild. Guests will also learn about breeding and feeding habits and the environmental challenges facing these diminutive creatures.

Spanning 14,084 hectares (34,800 acres), Rincon de La Vieja National Park (World Heritage Site) is filled with a wide range of natural wonders that includes nine volcanic craters, pristine tropical forests, waterfalls, and hot springs. The park extends over six life zones, and not surprisingly, has a huge amount of biodiversity. You will have the opportunity to spot such creatures as howler monkeys, sloths, tapirs, and even pumas. Your naturalist guide will help to interpret and inform as you hike along the park's trails, ensuring an exciting and educational day spent in one of Costa Rica's most magnificent national parks. A SERIES OF ERUPTIONS AROUND THE CRATER OF RINCON DE LA VIEJA VOLCANO HAS CREATED A SAFETY HAZARD FOR VISITORS WISHING TO HIKE TO THE CRATER. PERHAPS STABILITY WILL RETURN TO THIS ACTIVE VOLCANO BUT UNTIL THEN NO HIKERS ARE ALLOWED NEAR THE CRATER.

Have your camera handy as you search the riverbanks for monkeys, crocodiles, and a myriad of birds on this nature cruise through this National Park. After a scenic guided drive through Guanacaste's Sabanero (cowboy) Country, you'll hop into a boat and begin your cruise down the Tempisque River. Best known for its murky water and spectacular wetlands, this area acts as a sanctuary for both resident and migrating marine bird species. Appropriately, this tour is a real treat for bird watchers, as you'll have the chance of spotting a wide range of fowl that includes storks, egrets, spoonbills, grebes and more. Also be on the lookout for monkeys, iguanas, scarlet macaws, anteaters, crocodiles and caimans, which can often be seen lingering along the banks of the river. The tour ends with a visit to the Guaitil indigenous village, where some of the country's most spectacular pottery is made and sold.

Tour Highlights

  • TAKE ADVANTAGE OF 100% GUIDED ACTIVITIES
  • LEARN ABOUT THE FASCINATING CULTURAL HISTORY OF THE REGION
  • NESTLE DOWN THE SIDES OF THE CONTINENTAL DIVIDE
  • DISCOVER THE BEAUTY, MAGIC AND WONDERS WITH BIRDSEYE VIEWS OF YOUR TROPICAL FORESTS
  • JOURNEY ALONG THE BREATHTAKING WATERS OF GREAT RIVERS WHILE VISITING MARINE SANCTUARIES

Lodging

Monteverde Lodge

The gorgeous Monteverde Lodge is situated up in the Tilaran Mountain range in Monteverde. Monteverde is world renowned for its mystical primary cloud forest reserve. The reserve houses an abundance of bird species, mammals, and diverse vegetation. This is a true paradise for nature lovers and eco-travelers looking to be surrounded by nothing but untouched natural beauty. 1 Forest View Balcony Room, sleeps 4.

Hotel Sugar Beach

Hotel Sugar Beach is on the coast of the Pacific Ocean in the Guanacaste Province, a Northwestern region of Costa Rica. The beach, Playa Pan de Azucar, remains secluded and pristine. Nature is all around, the sounds of birds, and the sea create a sense of awareness and relaxation. 1 Honeymoon Suite, sleeps 2. Kings Size Bed, Private Balcony.

Transportation

Private transport service offers a safe, convenient, and flexible way to travel anywhere within Costa Rica. Private transport can be scheduled anytime you wish and from any airport, hotel, private home or identifiable landmark in Costa Rica. All the vehicles used for private transportation are air conditioned, well-maintained minibuses (passenger vans) driven by reliable and punctual Costa Rican professionals, who are eager to help your group move safely about the country.

Not Included

  • MEALS (U.N.O.)
  • INTERNATIONAL AIRFARE
  • GRATUITIES
  • HOTEL EXTRAS

What to Bring

  • Binoculars (preferably 7x35 or bigger, also available for purchase at FTS online store)
  • Camera with extra batteries & film
  • Flashlight with extra bulb & batteries
  • Insect repellant, Sunscreen, bathing suit
  • Hat, Day pack / dry sack
  • Water bottle
  • Lightweight/quick dry cotton clothes
  • Sandals, sneakers / hiking boots
  • Long pants, Rain gear, Windbreaker
  • Money in small denominations
  • Toiletries & personal medications

What to Expect

Our Natural & Cultural History Guides are the finest in the eco-tourism industry. Due to frequently asked questions from our clients about suggested guide & staff gratuities, we would like to provide you with the following universal tipping guidelines:

  • Naturalist guide/Tour leader: US$10.00-US$20.00 per person/day
  • Day tour guide: US$10.00 per person/day
  • Transfer driver: US$2.00 per person
  • Tour driver: US$5.00 per person/day
  • Tour boat driver: US$5.00 per person/day
  • Hotel bellman: US$1.00 per person per suitcase
  • International airport bellmen (red caps): US$1.00 per piece of suitcase
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