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Wildlife and Rainforests of Costa Rica

19 Days  |  Departing Friday 19th April 2024 and returning Tuesday 7th May 2024

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Progress Payment: $ 6400 7600 by 19 Dec 2023
Final Payment: $ 7299 8749 by 19 Jan 2024
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Discover a land brimming with wildlife, volcanoes and rainforests


  • Hop on Hop off Big Bus Los Angeles 1 Day pass
  • San Jose, affectionately known to its residents as 'Chepe',
  • Tortuguero National Park, known as Costa Rica’s “little Amazon”.
  • Sightings of monkeys, iguanas, crested basilisk lizards, sloths, water birds, toucans, parrots, parakeets and caiman.
  • La Fortuna/Arenal Volcano National Park 
  • Local cooking class with Isela Jimenez
  • Visit the Ecotermales Fortuna Hot Springs
  • Arenal Observatory Lodge Trails and Hanging Bridge Walk 
  • Sky Tram and Sky Walk Hanging Bridges Tour 
  • Don Juan Coffee Farm Tour 
  • Monteverde - named ‘the jewel in the crown of cloud forests’ by National Geographic, 
  • Manuel Antonio National Park 
  • Catamaran adventure along the beautiful coast of Manuel Antonio National Park
  • Waco, Texas & Magnolia Market at the Silos Full Day Tour


Fully escorted by a Sisterhood Womens Travel Tour Hostess who is on hand to assist with making your holiday a memorable one
Return economy airfares ex Melbourne including taxes (other departure cities available on request Class Upgrades available on request)
English speaking guides
All transportation as per Itinerary
Meals as per itinerary (B,L,D) = Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation with private facitilies
All sightseeing as per Itinerary 
Willing to share option (subject to availability)
Meet and Greet prior to departure by Zoom 


Local tipping is customary in the USA & Cost Rica. Sisterhood Womens Travel tipping system on all Group Tours involves passengers contributing to a kitty which is paid to your tour hostess at the beginning of the tour who then distributes it daily to service providers on your behalf. This avoids the need for you to consider individual tipping situations daily throughout your trip. The estimated amount for your tour is USD150.00 and this will confirmed in your final documentation.

** This tour requires a moderate level of fitness.  There are 2 x 5 kilometre walks that we'll be enjoying and as this itinerary is all about the outdoors, we can expect to be walking on uneven ground and paths etc.   There are also some long drives on this itinerary.

View Itinerary Map here: https://hayleymorris.travelmap.net/costa-rica-2024


Day 1 - Friday 19 April 2024

Melbourne - Los Angeles (meals in flight)

Welcome to Sisterhood Womens Travel!

Join your Sisterhood Womens Travel tour hostess and fellow travellers at the Melbourne Airport at the designated time for our flight to Los Angeles. Sit back, relax and enjoy your flight.

We'll cross the international date line and arrive into Los Angeles in the evening.

Transfer to hotel and dinner at leisure.

Overnight - Short Stories Hotel (or similar)

Day 2 Saturday 20 April 2024

Los Angeles

Welcome to Los Angeles. 

Today we will make use of our Hop on Hop off Big Bus sightseeing pass and journey through the City Of Angels. From witnessing the famous Hollywood Sign, shopping on Rodeo Drive, to sampling the fresh food at the Farmer’s Market.

With stops conveniently located near Los Angeles’ most popular landmarks and attractions, this sightseeing tour covers the best bits the city has to offer. Hop off and explore, at leisure and as many times as you wish. Or simply stay on the bus and go for a scenic spin. With two routes will we will see Los Angeles the panoramic way.

We'll regroup for dinner to share the day's experiences.

Overnight - Short Stories Hotel (or similar)

Day 3 - Sunday 21 April 2024

Los Angeles - San Jose, Costa Rica

Transfer to the airport for our flight to San Jose Costa Rica

We'll be met on arrival at San Jose Airport for transfer to our hotel. In the early evening join our guide for an orientation briefing where we will have the opportunity to get an overview of the following day’s activities and to ask questions to prepare for our trip.

San Jose, the capital of Costa Rica, is currently undergoing a renaissance with modern high rise buildings emerging, a brand new national stadium and a new Chinatown being built. Yet it still retains much of its past multicultural heritage in restored elegant old buildings, historic statues and parks. Its many international restaurants offer excellent cuisine, its theatres host numerous concerts and performances, and nightlife abounds in clubs with dancing to salsa, merengue or rock.

Overnight - Hilton Garden Inn San Jose la Sabana (or similar)

Day 4 - Monday 22 April 2024

San Jose - Tortuguero National Park (B, L, D)

We are met at our hotel early this morning for a transfer (approx. 2 hours) through the magnificent Braulio Carrillo National Park on the Limon Highway to La Pavona dock.

En route, we'll stop at a local restaurant for a delicious breakfast. At La Pavona dock, we embark on a boat for the transfer (approx. 1-hour) to our lodge in Tortuguero.

Upon arrival check-in and enjoy lunch at the lodge. Remainder of the day at leisure to enjoy the pool, walk along a forest trail, or simply relax before dinner

Overnight - Evergreen Lodge (or similar)

Day 5- Tuesday 23 April 2024

Tortuguero National Park (B, L, D)

This morning after breakfast, we enjoy the rich wildlife of Tortuguero, navigating the rainforest canals by boat. This tour will allow us the chance to see a large diversity of bird species, monkeys, sloths, crocodiles, and iguanas.

After the tour, return to our hotel where our local guide will take us to the town for a leisurely walk to get a taste of local life. After the tour, return to our hotel.

Remainder of the day at leisure. 

Overnight - Evergreen Lodge (or similar)

Day 6 - Wednesday 24 April 2024

Arenal (B, L, D)

This morning after breakfast, we check-out of our lodge and board the boat transfer back to La Pavona dock. We're met on arrival at La Pavona dock to depart on the transfer to Arenal. En route, we stop at a local restaurant for a delicious lunch.

Arenal is one of the most popular destinations in Costa Rica. The volcano, although inactive for the past few years, is a majestic site. This picturesque region offers natural beauty, amazing wildlife and plenty of outdoor activities for visitors including hiking trails, the famous La Fortuna Waterfall, zip-line tours, rafting, canopy bridge walks, waterfall canyoning, organic farm tours and more. There are also a variety of relaxing hot springs with warm soothing waters heated by the volcano.

On arrival in Arenal, we are dropped off at our hotel.

Overnight - Montana de Fuego Hotel (or similar)

Day 7 - Saturday 25 April 2024

Arenal (B, L, D)

Today, we enjoy a 5km walk to visit La Fortuna Waterfall outside the town of La Fortuna, this 70 metres tall waterfall receives its cool clear waters from the pristine forested mountains of Arenal Volcano National Park. In addition to viewing a majestic waterfall, visitors are helping the local community as the entrance fees are used for important public projects. The waterfall is located in a small canyon surrounded by lush forest, and is accessed by walking down a steep, short trail.  Daring visitors can take a swim in the cold-water lagoon below the falls if they wish.

After visiting the falls, we enjoy a cooking class with Isela Jimenez, known as Chela, she offers some of the best cooking classes in the La Fortuna - Arenal Volcano area. Chela provides a diverse menu of local recipes cooked on a handmade wood-burning stove in an authentic farm-to-table experience, where we can enjoy a delicious meal while supporting a local entrepreneurial woman.  Afterwards, return to our hotel.

Later this afternoon, we will visit the Ecotermales Fortuna Hot Springs. The family owned and operated natural hot springs are heated right from the heart of the Arenal Volcano and combine the health and wellness benefits of the soothing hot springs with the incredible peace and relaxation of the surrounding rainforests of the La Fortuna/Arenal Volcano area. 

Enjoy dinner at the Ecotermales in their Costa Rican restaurant.

After dinner transfer to your hotel for a relaxing night sleep.

Overnight - Montana de Fuego (or similar)

Day 8 - Sunday 26 April 2024

Arenal (B, L)

This morning, we will transfer to the El Silencio Private Reserve to explore the area around the Arenal volcano, learn about its fascinating history, and view how the flora and fauna are reclaiming the formerly devastated landscape. Arenal volcano erupted violently July 29th 1968 destroying the region west of its base with hot gases, rocks and later, lava flows. Today the volcano steams quietly and heats local rivers that have been developed into popular hot springs and spas. Forest vegetation is quickly returning and covering the massive rock fragments and lava flows, and rainforest wildlife once again flourishes in and around the park. Enjoy views of the Green Lagoon and Lake Arenal, before entering the regenerating forest and primary rainforest located on the outskirts of the Arenal Volcano.  Here we will have the opportunity to see a wide variety of plants and animals that inhabit the rainforest. 

Afterwards, transfer to the Arenal Observatory Lodge enjoying lunch en route. 

After lunch, we visit the Arenal Hanging Bridges, a complex of suspension bridges and trails through beautiful rain forest.  As we walk we may encounter wildlife including toucans, poison dart frogs and howling, spider and white-faced capuchin monkeys. 

Afterwards, return to our hotel with the remainder of the day at leisure.

Overnight - Montana de Fuego (or similar)

Day 9 - Monday 27 April 2024

Monteverde (B, L, D)

This morning, we are met at our hotel this morning for a transfer to our hotel in Monteverde (approx. 3.5 hours).  En route, stop for lunch at a typical restaurant.

The Monteverde Cloud Forest in the Tilaran mountain range is one of the world’s premiere destinations for naturalists.  A cloud forest is an especially beautiful and rare type of rain forest created by frequent mists from low lying clouds.  This cool and moist environment is characterized by massive trees covered by thick carpets of small plants.  Much of the resident wildlife is unique to these habitats. 

On arrival in Monteverde, drop off at our hotel.

This afternoon, we visit Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve for our 5km nature walk. In the Puntarenas Province, the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve is one of the premier natural history destinations in Costa Rica. The forest is dominated by trees densely covered with mats of small plants known as epiphytes that include mosses, lichens, orchids, ferns and bromeliads.  This cool, very green and often misty forest is home to a variety of wildlife.  On our walk you may encounter monkeys, coatimundis, agoutis and numerous bird species such as Toucanets, Chlorophonias and seasonally the Bellbird and legendary crimson and green Resplendent Quetzal.

Afterwards, return to your hotel and enjoy dinner.

Overnight - El Establo Hotel (or similar)

Day 10 - Tuesday 28 April 2024

Monteverde (B, L)

Early this morning, discover The Monteverde Sky Tram/Walk that combines a ski lift ride with views of the Cloud Forest.  The Sky Tram is a guided ride with short stops to observe the wonders of the Cloud Forest. 

Afterwards, we transfer to the highlands of Monteverde enjoying lunch en-route. Visit the Don Juan Coffee Farm which offers the opportunity to learn about Costa Rican coffee and folklore.  During the coffee tour, learn about the history, cultivation, and operation of a functioning coffee 'beneficio'. 

After the tour, we transfer back to our hotel and the rest of the day is at your own leisure.

Overnight - El Establo Hotel (or similar)

Day 11 - Wednesday 29 April 2024

Manuel Antonio (B, L)

We are met at our hotel this morning and then depart on our journey to Manuel Antonio (approximately 4 hours), stopping at Tarcoles River Bridge. This wide river flows all the way from the mountains in Costa Rica’s Central Valley before emptying into the Gulf of Nicoya/Pacific Ocean. The Tarcoles River is most famous for its crocodiles and is teeming with birds. We enjoy lunch en-route.

On arrival at Manuel Antonio we settle into our hotel and the remainder of the day is at leisure.

Overnight - Tabulia Tree Hotel (or similar)

Day 12 - Thursday 30 April 2024

Manuel Antonio (B, L)

Today we enjoy a guided nature walk in Manuel Antonio National Park. In 2011 Forbes Magazine listed Manuel Antonio as one of the 12 most beautiful national parks in the world for its gorgeous cream coloured sand beaches, lush forest growing to the beach edge, abundant wildlife, warm Pacific waters, and forest trails with scenic ocean views. The animals are accustomed to visitors, and you are likely to see a variety of wildlife including squirrel monkeys, Capuchin monkeys, and sloths.

After our walk you will have free time to enjoy the park on your own before returning to our hotel.

Remainder of the day is at leisure.

Overnight - Tabulia Tree Hotel (or similar)

Day 13 - Friday 1 May 2024

Manuel Antonio (B, snacks, D)

We are met at our hotel this morning to board a catamaran adventure. This voyage sails along the beautiful coast of Manuel Antonio National Park.

While we're cruising we can scan the ocean and horizon for dolphins, frigate birds, pelicans, and other marine life. The catamaran will anchor for a break near a local beach for snorkeling and swimming, delicious snacks, and refreshments.

Return to our hotel and the remainder of the day at leisure.

Overnight - Tabulia Tree Hotel (or similar)

Day 14 - Saturday 2 May 2024

San Jose (B)

Today we are met at our hotel for the afternoon transfer (approx. 3 hours) to our hotel in San Jose.

Afternoon and Dinner at leisure.

Overnight - Hampton Inn and Suites Hotel (or similar)

Day 15 - Sunday 3 May 2024

San Jose - Dallas Texas (B)

Today we are transferred to San Jose Airport for our flight to Dallas, Texas.

Upon arrival into Dallas we will be met and transferred to our hotel with the afternoon and evening at leisure.

Overnight - Hyatt Regency Dallas Downtown Hotel (or similar)

Day 16 - Monday 4 May 2024

Dallas (B)

Today we join our Tour Guide for a day tour, as we travel to Waco, Texas for a little Magnolia Market magnificence and some Fixer Upper fun! 
There's a little something for everyone at Magnolia Market at the Silos.  This property includes the Magnolia Market Shop, Silos Bakery, Magnolia Seed & Supply, the Garden, numerous Food Trucks and the Big Green Lawn.
Shop to your heart’s content at the Magnolia Market, the main attraction! Enjoy the Market’s handpicked home décor and lifestyle goods.  Enjoy the beautifully staged, seasonal displays.  Shop till you drop!

Treat yourself to Silos Baking Co., the on-site bakery filled with Joanna's personal recipes and hand-picked favorites—like "The Silos Cookie" and "The Prize Pig" bacon and cheddar biscuit.  Don’t miss this little corner of the Silos—it's definitely the sweetest!

The Waco Tour also includes visits to separate properties, “Clint Harp’s” Harp Designs Co., Magnolia Table (if available), “Jimmy Don’s” JDH Iron Designs, Waco Suspension Bridge and stops for photos at some “Fixer Upper" home

Dinner tonight is at leisure.

Overnight - Hyatt Regency Dallas Downtown Hotel (or similar)

Day 17 - Tuesday 5 May 2024

Dallas - Melbourne (D meals in flight)

Today we have a day at leisure to explore Dallas.  Your Sisterhood Hostess will assist with sightseeing options.

In the late afternoon we'll be transferred to the Airport to begin our journey home.

Sit back, relax and enjoy the inflight entertainment as we head towards home.

Day 18 - Wednesday 6 May 2024

In Transit (meals in flight)

In Transit

Day 19 - Thursday 7 May 2024

Welcome Home

Arrival back into Melbouorne.  What a fantastic adventure we've enjoyed. 

Thank you for travelling with Sisterhood Womens Travel and we look forward to welcoming you back.

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