Three fantastic concerts, waterfalls, volcanoes, hot springs, a Latin dancing show and a boat ride where you'll likely see monkeys, iguanas and many tropical birds highlight this amazing Costa Rican Tour!
Fly to Costa Rica for an exciting tropical musical adventure! Arrive in the Costa Rican capital of San José, meet your Encore Tour Manager and get out to explore this vibrant and bustling city full of Spanish colonial architecture and the friendliest people you may ever meet.
This morning travel to the beautiful province of Alajuela. In the afternoon, visit a local school where you will have your debut concert as part of an exchange! In the evening view the Arenal Volcano as you swim in the therapeutic waters of the hot springs at the base of the volcano. Spend the night in San Carlos, also known as Ciudad Quesada, the agriculture capital of the north.
Today travel north to Caño Negro and the Río Frío. Comprised of swamp and marshlands, the area covers about 1,977 acres in the wet season. Enjoy a boat trip on the river while you share company with exotic creatures such as osprey, storks, caimans and monkeys, as well as the unique gars, which have lungs, gills and a nose. Lunch will be included today instead of dinner. Return to San Carlos for the evening where you will rehearse and perform your next concert performance of the tour!
This morning is something truly special: riding horseback from the Arenal area along the shores of Lake Arenal toward the lush cloud forest of Monteverde. Your bags will travel by bus and will meet you in Monteverde. If you choose not to ride, you may travel on the touring bus. Arrive at your destination with a new understanding of how the local native populations traveled and a deep appreciation of just how spectacularly beautiful Costa Rica can be.
Today explore this important and fascinating cloud forest. Originally settled in the 1950s by a group of Quakers from Alabama, Monteverde Cloud Forest is home to more than 400 species of birds, 100 species of mammals and 2,500 species of plants including the jaguar, ocelot, Baird’s tapir, three-wattled bellbird, bare-necked umbrellabird, and the famously elusive resplendent quetzal. Get ready for a different perspective on the forest, as this afternoon you will swing far above the forest floor on the world famous Monteverde Canopy Tour and Hanging Bridges. You will have views from a series of platforms, suspension bridges and thrilling zip-lines.
Journey to Manuel Antonio, where the forest meets the Pacific coastline. Spend the rest of the day getting a feel for the local culture and relaxing in beautiful natural surroundings.
Enjoy a full day in Manuel Antonio National Park, one of the most stunning parks in Costa Rica. A series of small beaches with lush forests and well-maintained trails are yours to explore for the day. Explore the park and its wildlife (Capuchin monkeys play in trees just behind the beach) before returning to your hotel tired and happy.
Return to San Jose today stopping en route at the magnificent Poas Volcano, one of the most accessible active volcanoes in the world. You can stand at the edge of its crater and look down 1,000 feet to the geyser-like eruptions. Continue to a coffee plantation for a visit then check in to your hotel in San Jose. This evening perform your final concert performance of the tour!
Transfer to the airport for your return flight to the United States.
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