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Costa Rica with The Sisterhood

NOVEMBER 25 - DECEMBER 6, 2023

Pura vida. In English, it translates to “the simple life.” But pura vida is so much more: it’s an attitude, a celebration of life in the moment. It’s time to experience what pura vida means to you. You’re on your way to explore a place unlike anywhere else in the world, where pura vida is an unofficial motto and a way of life. Welcome to the emerald of Central America: Costa Rica.

 

Don’t miss your opportunity to join Sisterhood Travels for this incredible women-only once-in-a-lifetime trip. We promise you lots of fun, laughs, spectacular sightseeing, and, most of all….the magic of Sisterhood!

OUR ITINERARY

November 25, 2023

Today, we’ll depart from our independent gateways and meet in San Jose, Costa Rica for the start of our exciting tour!

Hotel: Doubletree Cariari Hotel, San Jose

November 26, 2023

Seemingly endless mountain horizons. Complex evergreen forests. These are the wonders of Tortuguero National Park. We’ll travel by boat to our hotel before heading further down the rivers and canals to the world’s first sea turtle research station. Later, you’ll have time to explore Tortuguero town with our Tour Manager. Get away from it all and relax at your lodge set in the middle of the jungle, our home for the next two nights. From the morning calls of the monkeys to the gentle chatter of the birds, listen to the active sounds of the rainforest around you.

Hotel: Evergreen Lodge, Tortuguero

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

November 27, 2023

We’ll begin the day on an excursion to search for the elusive green macaw and other unique winged creatures that flock to Tortuguero. Then, we’ll embark on a nature cruise, getting a glimpse into the life of jaguars, manatees, ocelots, and more. The rest of the afternoon is yours to enjoy your Tortuguero resort with your Sisters. Tonight, a local will teach us all about his village and its previous history as a coconut plantation. Watch as he demonstrates how they use coconuts before trying your hand at making a local favorite: coconut candy. 

Hotel: Evergreen Lodge, Tortuguero

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

November 28, 2023

Today, we’ll take a boat back to the mainland and make our way towards the Sarapiquí and Tirimbina Rainforest Center. We’ll spend time at a cacao plantation and see the process of converting the seed from bean to bar, tasting for yourself why cacao is called “the food of the gods.” Later, we’ll arrive at our secluded nature resort, nestled on the edge of the San Carlos River. Stroll the butterfly and botanical gardens lined with fruit trees, including lemon, soursop, guava, mango and tangerine. 

Hotel: Tilajari Hotel Resort, San Carlos

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

November 29, 2023

Explore the beauty of our surroundings on a Peñas Blancas River Safari. Paddle and float down the river on a peaceful adventure, taking in the sights and sounds of the rainforest as our naturalist guide describes the intricacies of the wildlife around us. Later, we’ll visit the finca of a local family and try specialty snacks such as banana bread, gourmet Costa Rican coffee and more. We’ll end our day with a guided walk through a private, primary forest reserve for a look at the various flora and fauna. 

Hotel: Tilajari Hotel Resort, San Carlos

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

November 30, 2023

Today, suspended over the rainforest floor, relish a bird’s-eye view of the jungle on a guided tour of Arenal’s famous hanging bridges. High above the jungle canopies, marvel at a cloud forest taking shape around you. Settle into our resort where we’ll be surrounded by striking views of Arenal’s famous volcano for the next 3 nights.

Hotel: Mountain Paradise Hotel, Arenal

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

December 1, 2023

Today, it’s your choice! Since Costa Rica is the birthplace of zip lining, glide over the canopies on a mind-blowing rip through the jungle – OR- make your way across lava fields for an up-close-and- personal look at the volcano on a moderate hike along the trails formed by lava during the 1968 eruption. The afternoon is yours to spend as you wish. Perhaps you’ll discover the town of La Fortuna or relax in the hotel’s naturally heated pools. 

Hotel: Mountain Paradise Hotel, Arenal

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

December 2, 2023

In the shadow of Arenal Volcano, the day is yours to enjoy at leisure. Perhaps, if you’re feeling adventurous, you’ll opt for an exhilarating white water rafting experience. (Please reserve when making your booking). Or, simply hang back at the resort, choose a spa service, explore the grounds, and soak in one of Arenal’s famous hot springs.

Hotel: Mountain Paradise Hotel, Arenal

Meals: Breakfast

OPTIONAL WHITE WATER RAFTING EXCURSION – $99 per person 

Embark on a fun-filled white water rafting adventure that is great for all levels of rafters. The half-day adventure on the Rio Balsa or Sarapiqui River provides plenty of action and thrills, but with milder white water rapids, Class II-III. Our river guide will pick us up at our hotel and join us on a short drive to the “put-in” spot where the fun begins. We’ll receive a thorough briefing and explanation of the safety equipment and procedures. Once everyone has had time to practice and review the commands and “high-fives” we’ll embark on our journey down the rapids. Get wet and wild as you navigate rapids on our 2-hour adventure tour down the beautiful and tropical river. Drink in the majestic foliage of the rainforest as you watch for monkeys, sloths and toucans while you raft. You will come to understand the meaning of Costa Rica’s favorite saying, “Pura Vida!” and the best Class II-III white water rafting in the region! Duration: Approximately 3.5 hours.  Transportation is included.

December 3, 2023

This morning, wake up and smell the coffee at a local farm that produces some of Costa Rica’s well-known beans. Take a tour with local plantation workers and have a chance to discuss what life is like for these coffee farmers. In the afternoon, we’ll head to Playa Herradura and settle into our resort for the next 2 nights.

As the day draws to a close, watch the sun set over the Pacific alongside birds in every color of the rainbow.

Hotel: Los Sueños Marriott Costa Rica, Playa Herraduras

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

December 4, 2023

Welcome to Manuel Antonio National Park, home to verdant rainforests and white sand beaches. In this natural wonderland, traverse the trails where the wild things are, or go for a swim in the turquoise waters as wildlife rummages in the canopies.

Hotel: Los Sueños Marriott Costa Rica, Playa Herraduras

Meals: Breakfast

December 5, 2023

See wild crocodiles among the mangroves of Tárcoles’ Rio Grande. On this exhilarating jungle crocodile safari, you’ll boat beneath the towering jungle, looking along the river banks for a glimpse of these incredible creatures. Then say goodbye to the coast and hello to San Jose. Toast to the pura vida of Costa Rica tonight at our Sisterhood farewell dinner.

Hotel: Doubletree Cariari Hotel, San Jose

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

December 6, 2023

Costa Rica farewell as your tour comes to an end today.

Meals: Breakfast

Pricing

PRICING & INCLUSIONS

Double Occupancy Per Person
$ 3999
00
per person
  • 10-nights accommodations as listed within the itinerary
  • 11 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 8 Dinners
  • Roundtrip transfers between airport and hotel
  • Private group transportation throughout the entire trip
  • All private sightseeing tours as listed within the itinerary
  • Private Tour Director
  • Local Guides as noted within the itinerary
  • Sisterhood Travels Group Leaders
  • Commemorative T-Shirt

PRICING & INCLUSIONS

Single Occupancy Per Person
$ 4999
00
per person
  • 10-nights accommodations as listed within the itinerary
  • 11 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 8 Dinners
  • Roundtrip transfers between airport and hotel
  • Private group transportation throughout the entire trip
  • All private sightseeing tours as listed within the itinerary
  • Private Tour Director
  • Local Guides as noted within the itinerary
  • Sisterhood Travels Group Leaders
  • Commemorative T-Shirt

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

  • The maximum number of travelers on this tour will be 24 including your Group Leader.
  • International airfare is not included in your pricing. If you would like to learn more about airfare, please click here: https://sisterhoodtravels.com/booking-airfare/
  • Arrival and departure airports are the same: SJO
  • If you need a roommate, we will be happy to match you to another traveler, but we will not assign your roommate until final payments are made. If you have asked us to match you, you do not need to search for one in our Facebook group. See Need a Roommate? Below for more information.
  • We will need your airfare arrangements no later than 90 days prior to departure in order to arrange your transfers.
  • At the time of your booking, you are not required to be vaccinated against COVID. This is subject to change without notice and any penalties incurred are your responsibility.
  • We cannot accommodate mobility assist devices such as wheelchairs and walkers on this tour.
  • Your passports must be valid for at least six months beyond your return date to the United States
  • Optional Travel Insurance is not included in your pricing. We will send you a 3rd party quote for your review.
  • Any optional expenses or expenses related to anything not specifically listed in this itinerary are not included
  • Availability subject to change without notice. First deposited – first accommodated.

Need a Roommate?

Cancellation & Refunds

Activity Level:

Moderate

This is a moderately paced itinerary that involves some longer days and more activities. Expect some early hotel departures, and limited time for day time rest and rejuvenation as the itineraries are designed to ensure that you see as much as possible in these wonderful destinations. This may include longer coach journeys and guests should be able to join a walking tour lasting 1-2 hours with stops possibly over uneven terrain. Guests should have reasonable health and mobility and be comfortable with standing for longer periods of time with no difficulty.