Wheelchair Accessible Costa Rica Itinerary
Sugar cane in Costa Rica has a mythology similar to that of coffee, gold and a few other resources - making them seem like they all originated in Costa Rica. Like many myths, sugar cane started in its native region of south Asia and India and was transported to more than 100 countries, including Costa Rica, where the welcoming climate caused it to flourish.
Day 1 Private Guided Arrival
On arrival meet and greet inside Juan Santamaria International Airport. Transfer with accessible vehicle and assistance to your hotel. The balance of the day is for independent activities.
In the evening from 7-9PM attend the Tierra Tica Show on the outskirts of San Jose. The show experiences the famous nightlife of Costa Rica with an evening of typical dances live marimba music, a delicious buffet dinner with drinks included along with fireworks. All this is from the magical setting of a wonderful restaurant with breathtaking views over the entire Central Valley.
Day 2, Poas Volcano and Coffee Plantation
Morning visit to Poás volcano. A visit to Poas is a powerful symbol of the geothermal forces that formed Costa Rica. When the mist and clouds part you'll see the sulfuric, bubbling, green rain fed lake at the bottom, surrounded by smoke and steam rising from fumaroles. Water from the lake is constantly seeping through cracks in the hot rock, evaporating and building pockets of steam. When the pressure in these pockets exceeds the weight of the water above, the steam breaks through in geysers that rockets up with an immense column of smoke and steam.
The next stop is at Cafe Britt discover Costa Rican gourmet coffee while visiting a sustainable gourmet coffee plantation and nursery.
Your day included transportation, your personal bilingual guide, national park entrance fees, the coffee plantation entrance fee, show and lunch. Poas Volcano National Park & Coffee Plantation (Café Britt).
Day 3, Cartago Ruins Lankester Orchid Garden
Transportation from San Jose to Turrialba area. Sightseeing through Cartago Ruins and the Basilica de Los Angeles Church. Visit to Lankester Orchid Garden.
Cartago City is steeped in rich history and culture and it was the first capital of Costa Rica. Founded in 1563 by Juan Vasquez de Coronado, this city has the distinction of being the first Spanish settlement in the country. A visit to the Cartago region provides a flashback in time, with ruins dating back to the 16th century when pre-Columbian inhabitants farmed what was once the country’s breadbasket region.
The city’s largest church the Basilica de Nuestra Señora de Los Ángeles, the miraculous La Negrita, or Black Madonna. This statue is known throughout the country for its healing powers, and many pilgrims visit the city annually on the feast day of the Virgin of the Angels i.e. August 2.
After your visit continue to the Fortunately Lankester Gardens where the orchids steal the show. They are surprisingly difficult to see in the wild. Fortunately Lankester Gardens has a world class collection of nearly a thousand varieties displayed at eye level, and the huge number of plants means it's likely that hundreds will be blooming when you visit.
Check in at your local hotel. The balance of the day at leisure to explore the area with the guide on your own. Lunch & dinner on your own.
Your services today include transportation, bilingual guide, garden entrance fee.
Day 4, visit CATIE
Full day visit to the Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center (CATIE). CATIE is a regional scientific knowledge center for agriculture and the management of natural resources, dedicated to sustainable rural development and poverty reduction in tropical America. Its mission is to contribute to rural poverty reduction in tropical America by promoting competitive and sustainable agriculture and natural resource management, through higher education, research and technical cooperation.
Lunch on your own.
After your visit the balance of the day is at leisure to explore the area with the guide on your own. Your services today include transportation, bilingual guide, garden entrance fee.
Day 5, From Turrialba to Sarapiqui area
At night visit to La Tirimbina Biological Reserve for a multimedia presentation of about 30 minutes regarding the natural history of bats, their classification, diversity, adaptations, reproduction, threats and more. At the end of the presentation, a trained bat guide will provide you with a safe opportunity to observe up close some of the bats that were captured during the evening for research project. Dinner on your own.
Day 6, La Selva Bio Reserve and Chocolate tour
The full day is spent visiting La Selva Biological Reserve. During a walk of about 3 1/2 hours through the jungle, (on cement & wood trails) to glimpse at the leading-edge of academic tropical study.
La Selva is the international biological research station owned by the Organization for Tropical Studies, a consortium of approximately 50 universities in the United States and Costa Rica. With its state-of-the-art laboratories, on-line geographic information system, extensive trails, and large forest reserve bordering Braulio Carrillo National Park, La Selva is one of the world's most important sites for tropical ecosystem research.
After your visit, in the afternoon visit to the chocolate tour. This 2.5 hour tour opens the secrets of one of mankind’s favorite foods. The tour is led by a trained guide across the suspension bridge into a sector of the Tirimbina forest to a former cacao-growing plot. Lunch on your own & dinner on your own. Rest
of the day at leisure to explore the area with the guide on your own
Today your services include transportation, bilingual guide, La Selva entrance fee, La Tirimbina entrance fee & taste different types of Chocolate.
Day 7, Early Morning Bird Watching
Early in the morning (05:00am approx.) visit through a variety of habitats, from dense primary rain forest for around 2 hours where you will learn how to look for birds, description of places to find them, and how to identify them using their colors and markings. After exploring the jungle continue to Arenal Volcano area.
During the afternoon, visit to Danaus Biological Rescue Center. A nature paradise in a tropical forest around an water source, located in La Fortuna, where it's possible to observe a variety of plants (orchids, bromelias, palms, bushes, ferns, heliconias, among others), more than 150 species of birds, lazy of two and three fingers, guatusas, bats, caymans, iguanas, basilisks, snakes, frogs and butterflies.
Today your services include transportation, bilingual guide, La Selva entrance fee and in the afternoon Danaus entrance fee. Lunch & dinner on your own. Overnight at a local, accessible hotel. Balance of the day at leisure to explore the area with the guide on your own
Day 8, Maleku Reserve
Full Day for visiting the Maleku Reserve. The malekus at Palenque Margarita has open their community to all visitors to share their culture, language and traditions, to understand the roots of Costa Rica. At the Palenque Cauoran U Tocuf you are received with a drink of "chicha" and a maleku history and language class. Rest of the day at leisure to explore the area with the guide on your own
Today your services include transportation, bilingual guide, Palenque Margarita entrance fee, Tabacon Grand spa entrance fee, typical lunch and buffet dinner.
Day 9, Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge and the Rio Frío
Full Day for visiting Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge and the Rio Frío. These are biological humid areas considered to be one of the richest in biological diversity in Costa Rica. Here you can find a great variety of resident and migratory birds, plus three different species of monkeys, iguanas, sloths, turtles and caimans. Today your services include transportation, bilingual guide, welcome Snack & Typical Lunch. Bring your Original Passport.
The balance of the day at leisure to explore the area with the guide on your own. Dinner is on your own
Day 10, Arenal to Guanacaste
Before leaving for Guanacaste, enjoy the Sky Tram tour. This a very interesting trip takes approximate 20 minute heading up to an observation point. At this point, you experience a tour full of adrenaline above the tree tops. Check in at Bahia del Sol Hotel where the balance of the day at leisure to explore the area with the guide on your own. Lunch & dinner on your own.
Today your services include transportation, bilingual guide, Sky Tram entrance fee.
Day 11, Palo Verde National Park
Full Day for visiting Palo Verde National Park. Ride in a motor-boat and an additional activity to choose between a sugar cane mill, canopy or electric shuttle. Palo Verde National Park was declared a Wildlife Refuge during the 1970s because of over 60 different species of birds used the Laguna, or wetland, as a migratory stop. There where once 35,000 black bellied whistling ducks, 25,000 blue winged teal, and several hundred migrating ducks during the dry season. Later the park was declared a national park and operated under the government agency called MINAE, Ministry of the Energy and Environment.
Today your services include transportation, bilingual guide, national park entrance fee, boat ride & Typical Lunch. After your activities, the balance of the day is at leisure to explore the area with the guide on your own. Dinner on your own.
Day 12, From Guanacaste to Jaco
transportation from Guanacaste to Jaco area. Check in to your local hotel. A laid back bustling town, Jaco is one of the most popular Costa Rican beaches. Located in the North of the Puntarenas province along the country's central Pacific Coast less than 2 hours from San Jose, Jaco has the reputation of being a 'party beach' with an excellent nightlife. However, the fun here is casual and relaxed, and the people here are nice and friendly. Catering mostly to a huge number of foreign tourists who want to enjoy a more tranquil lifestyle, Jaco has a nice clean beach that is especially popular in the summer.
After your arrival the balance of the day is at leisure to explore the area with the guide on your own. Lunch & dinner on your own.
Day 13, Monday, Guacalillo boat tour
Half Day for visiting Guacalillo by boat where you explore the Guacalillo estuary of the Tarcoles River by boat. This estuary is located amidst mangroves that house one of the world’s largest populations of crocodiles. The reason is it holds the worlds largest supply of the crocodile's favorite foods: birds. Guacalillo estuary is known for the great variety of parrots, kingfishers, roseate spoonbills, frigate birds, and others. Mangroves trees, tropical weather, and a saline coastal habit provide the perfect dining conditions for the crocks.
Balance of the day at leisure to explore the area with the guide on your own. Dinner on your own
Today your services include transportation, bilingual guide, boat ride & Typical Lunch (our supplier chicken or fish with advance notice for lunch).
Day 14, Free day to explore
Free Day in to explore with your guide and driver with many options:
Carara National Park
This is the northernmost Pacific coastal rainforest remaining intact in Costa Rica, and is the beginning of the transition zone into the tropical dry forests of the northwest. Carara is one of Costa Rica's most popular National Parks, in large part due to its proximity to San José. This is also where many cruise ship's passengers are bused for a day trip when the liners dock just up the coast at Puerto Caldera, and a common destination for field trips by school children.
Manuel Antonio area
Ponce de León, the Spanish explorer, whose futile search for the Fountain of Youth became his signature expedition, is rarely recognized for one of his greatest discoveries - Quepos and Manuel Antonio - which he put on the charts in 1519.
So abundant are the riches of Costa Rica's Central Pacific coast, that he might have found his fabled fountain had he gone ashore and explored the region's. Perhaps It is so popular because of its expensive white sand beaches backed by an evergreen forest that grows right up to the high tide line. The principal habitants are primary forest, secondary forest, mangrove swamps, lagoons and beach vegetation. There is quite a varied fauna with 109 species of mammals and 184 of birds. The park includes 12 little isles just off the coast; these are a number of dolphins and, at times, migrating whales.
Hanging Bridges at Villa Lapas
"Villa Lapas Sky Way" is a union of natural trails and hanging bridges (hammocks) throughout a wonderful rain forest of centenary trees. It is located in a private reserve very close to the Carara National Park. Depending on the hour at which you take this tour, you can see many species of birds and animals. Carara's main attraction for most visitors is its wildlife, and star billing goes to the Scarlet Macaw. These raucous members of the parrot family add a bright splash of primary colors to the overall green of the rain forest. It is estimated that about 150 of these blatant birds feed and nest in the reserve. Lunch & dinner on your own
Day 15, Jaco to San Jose Airport for departure
Early morning transportation from Jaco to San Jose for your international flight at Juan Santamaria Airport.
About our Accessible Costa Rica Vacation
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Our Costa Rica Wheelchair Vacation Overview:
Our ecofriendly, wheelchair accessible vacations in Costa Rica typically require 9-15 days to complete comfortable, and without a rush. Our
15 day, Wheelchair Accessible Costa Rica Itinerary (above) is from $4800 per person, based on four persons traveling together in shared accommodations. More time might be needed if a slower pace is needed, or if travel in heat and humidity slow you down.
Wheelchair Vacation in Costa Rica Includes:
A large wheelchair accessible vehicle with a driver and a local guide who speaks English, the vehicle is adapted with an w/lift, or or ramp for easy loading and disembarking. The vacations also include all
accommodations, daily full-breakfast at each hotel, additional meals as noted, all admissions, guided sightseeing and local and government taxes.
Wheelchair Vacations Do Not Include:
International airfare, passports, travel insurance, admissions
to attractions not noted in the itinerary, gratuities to service staff, meals (except where noted), rental vehicles, telephone and postage from
outside the USA. Items not mentioned specifically in the itinerary,
items of personal nature, unforeseen items outside the tour operators
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(3 star, 4 star, 5 star) your dates of travel, the number of participants and the destinations you choose.
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