The Costa Rica Experience

8 days

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Experience the highlights of the natural wonders of Costa Rica’s rainforests, volcanoes, beautiful views of waterfalls, rivers and beaches. Discover the wonderful world of wildlife and vegetation refreshed by gentle tropical rains. Learn about the rich Costa Rican culture and history by experiencing the beautiful museums and historical sites of San José.

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Day 1: Thursday – New York – San Jose
Leave New York for your flight to Costa Rica. Upon arrival to San Jose Airport, we will meet our tour escort who will take us to our hotel in San Jose. Overnight San Jose.

Day 2: Friday – San Jose – Poas Volcano – La Paz Waterfall
After breakfast leave towards Poas Vocano with its impressive main crater and its sulfur fumaroles and learn about the different ecosystems in this beautiful national park. Then a visit in La Paz waterfall gardens, walk through a trail leading to a spectacular waterfall in the middle of the rainforest . Inside the park visit the hummingbird gallery , the serpentarium,the bird house ,the butterfly garden and the frog’s exhibit. Return to the hotel in San Jose. Shabbat services followed by Shabbat dinner. Overnight San Jose.

Day 3: Saturday – San Jose
Following Shabbat Services at the Synagogue and lunch at the community center, enjoy a walking tour of the area. Overnight San Jose.

Day 4: Sunday – San Jose – Manuel Antonio – Jungle Crocodile
Start the day with the City Tour of San Jose, this tour immerses you in the rich Costa Rican culture and history by experiencing the beautiful historical sites of San José. We will drive through the beautiful Sabana Park and will continue heading to the University of Costa Rica, the Supreme Court and various sites of interest. After the City Tour depart to the central pacific coast where Manuel Antonio is located.
It is one of the most luxuriant locations in Costa Rica, with spectacular white-grey sandy beaches. On the way ,we will stop for the crocodile’s adventure on the Tarcoles River – a close up encounter with various types of crocodiles , some of them up to fifteen feet long. See the wonder of Costa Rica’s nature, rich vegetation, birds and animals. A guide will offer expert orientation about the crocodiles and other associated wildlife. Overnight Manuel Antonio.

Day 5: Monday – Manuel Antonio National Park
in the morning we will visit the Manuel Antonio National Park. Spectacular natural beauty and peaceful atmosphere attract many visitors to Manuel Antonio Park, which preserves not only beautiful beaches and the unique formation of Punta Cathedral, but also mangroves, a setting of islands offshore, and a humid tropical forest. The park has four beaches, each with its special characteristics. You will follow a professional guide through one of Costa Rica’s most famous National Parks that gathers numerous species of butterflies, monkeys, raccoons, coatis, agoutis, two – toed sloths, snakes, orchids, etc. Overnight Manuel Antonio.

Day 6: Tuesday – Manuel Antonio – Lands of Love Conopy
After breakfast we will proceed to “Land in Love”- hotel, resort and adventure center right in the center of a cloud forest .Upon your arrival will do the combo canopy tour, where you will see the forest from the top of the trees- more than 500 acres of forest with amazing view. Overnight Hotel & Resort “Lands of Love”.

Day 7: Wednesday – Land in Love – horseback riding- hanging bridges – Paradise hot springs
Today enjoy Lands of Love horseback riding and discover the wonderful world of wildlife and vegetation, amazing canyon, hidden lake and the mountain with its magnificent view. Then depart to Arenal, which is located in the northern part of the Alajuela province, close to Nicaraguan border. This region possesses beautiful and varied scenery. The lowlands host gushing rivers,hot springs, lagoons and plentiful wildlife. Upon arrival we will start our hanging bridges tour. We will hike through the tropical humid forest. Pass many bridges from 5 to 100 meters long and up to 60 meters high: spectacular scenery of birds, reptiles, mammals and insects. In the end of the day enjoy the thermal water of Paradise resort for a few hours. After dinner return to the hotel. Overnight Hotel & Resort “Land of Love”.

Day 8: Thursday– San Jose – New York
Transfer back to the int’l airport of San Jose for your flight home.

Dates & Prices
Tour Code Departure Return  
Tour Code Departure date Air + Land * Land only * Single Room**

* Price per person in USD double or twin room
** Supplement Price for single room

* Price of tour is subject to changedue to change in air fare.

Need to Know

Price Includes:

  • Round trip air fare from New York as per itinerary.
  • Superior Tourist Class and First Class (3 and 4 star) hotels and resorts.
  • Kosher Meals daily. (For details see General Conditions).
  • Transportation by air conditioned coaches.
  • Sightseeing, transfers and entrance fees as per Itinerary.
  • Experienced English speaking Tour Escort.
  • Experienced English speaking local guide.

Price Excludes:

  • Airport and security tax.
  • Departure taxes in San Jose $29.00 per person.
  • Travel Insurance (For details see General Conditions).
  • Personal expenses.
  • Gratuities to local service providers and Tour Escort.
  • Optional tours.
  • Individual transfers.
  • Any item not mentioned under “price includes”.

Kashrut on Tours

Only strictly kosher food is provided to our travelers on all our tours. On some of our tours we are able to provide glatt meals. Kashrut is of utmost importance to us and we take special measures to ensure that everything served is kosher.

The meals:
Breakfast is prepared using our utensils. We use local fresh fruits and vegetables, and we use milk products when they are permitted. We use kosher cereals, and bread. We usually serve hard boiled eggs and sometimes scrambled eggs or omelets. At breakfast, we prepare our lunches so that people have their choice as to what they eat for lunch. We bring food from Israel to supplement what is served in the hotel such as cheeses, peanut butter, tuna, etc.
For dinners, we serve either fish or meat (usually chicken) as our main course. In areas where meat is not available nor readily acquired, we will have fish. When possible, we acquire the meat locally from Chabad or other reliable kosher source, and in some cases we fly the meat in from Israel. We try to provide as many meat meals as possible. The main course at dinner is preceded by soup and salad and accompanied by freshly prepared vegetables. Dessert typically consists of fresh fruits.
We do not guarantee Pat Israel and Chalav Israel for all destinations.
In many destinations we have our own dishes and silverware. Where we don’t, we provide disposables at the meals. When we cook in hotel kitchens, we use our own knives, cutting boards, pots and pans, cooking implements and disposable metal trays. All food preparation is done on covered surfaces under the strict supervision of our trained staff/guides who function as our mashgichim.

We make great efforts to assure that our travelers will experience local foods first-hand, while maintaining stringent observance of Kashrut laws on all occasions.

On most of our tours, you will be accompanied by two of our staff members- one a guide for the tour who is knowledgeable about the places you are visiting and will accompany you throughout the day and the second, a person who will deal with the logistics of the tour and provide kashrut supervision in the kitchen.

It is our aim to provide the finest hotel possible in each area we visit. We require our hotels to allow us to work in the kitchen and to supervise the cooking and there are many hotels that are not willing to cooperate. They simply have no desire for us to be “meddling” in their cooking process nor are they happy about our bringing our equipment into their kitchens. We work very hard to find the best hotel in the area that will meet our requirements. Because we are not ready to compromise on kashrut, we may not always be able to use a five star hotel.

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