Compelling Costa Rica

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Availability : January 7 – 14, 2024

Compelling Costa Rica

A Borton Overseas Specialty Journey

Highlights Include:

  • Journey with Staci from KS95 to explore the wonders of Costa Rica!
  • Experience a mix of adventure, nature, culture, and wildlife.
  • Hike through the rain forest and across the amazing Mistico Hanging Bridges.
  • Relax in the mineral-laden waters of Costa Rica’s hot springs.
  • Enjoy snorkeling and island hopping onboard a private local catamaran.
Tour Details

From: $5,295 per person | Single supplement $897

Price is based on double occupancy and includes roundtrip airfare from Minneapolis/St. Paul to Liberia, Costa Rica. (Please inquire for pricing from other US departure cities)

8 days

Tour Dates:
January 7 – 14, 2024

Join host Staci, of the Staci and Hutch Afternoon Show on KS95 Twin Cities radio for a winter getaway adventure to Costa Rica!

This tour offers a wide range of adventures and immersive cultural experiences. Explore the breathtaking La Fortuna Waterfall and embark on an unforgettable journey through the rainforests in the Hanging Bridges Natural History Park and indulge in relaxation at Ecotermales hot springs.  Get involved in conservation efforts with the Proyecto Asis tour and volunteer program or choose an exhilarating White Water Rafting experience or a scenic river boat tour at Hacienda el Viejo. Immerse yourself in the local culture with a cultural experience or a Rum tour too! Finally, we end our trip on a high note with a morning private catamaran cruise to snorkel and swim in amazing clear blue waters. We didn’t forget to add some free time to explore, shop, savor and soak in the gems of Costa Rica!



This is a Borton Overseas Specialty Journey – a premier, small-group tour hosted by Staci from KS95 radio.

Sunday, January 7Depart the US - Costa Rica | Meals: L D

Depart from Minneapolis/St. Paul, or your home city, to Daniel Oduber International Airport in Liberia, Costa Rica. You are in the tropics now! We will be met at the airport and enjoy a private transfer through the Costa Rican countryside to our hotel in La Fortuna (about 3 hours). Dinner at our hotel before settling into our home for the next 3 days.
Overnight at Mountain Paradise Hotel, La Fortuna

Monday, January 8La Fortuna | Meals: B D

After enjoying breakfast at the hotel, we will visit La Fortuna´s most spectacular waterfall. For those with lots of energy, engage with the 500+ steps to get the best pictures and, if weather allows, take a dip in its pond. Or, stay at the top taking pictures from the lookout, and visiting the short orchid-trail and souvenir shop. Then, we will enjoy some free time to roam in town and chose from the different local restaurants for lunch on own. This afternoon, we will learn about the rainforest’s flora and fauna from a birds-eye perspective with a Natural History guided tour of the Mistico Hanging Bridges Park and watch several rain forest species from the forest canopy, undergrowth, and floor. This is followed by a relaxing time at Eco Termales hot springs with dinner included. Overnight at Mountain Paradise Hotel, La Fortuna

Tuesday, January 9La Fortuna - Culture or Adventure | Meals: B

A couple of options to choose from today!

A) Morning tour and volunteer at Proyecto Asis, a great balance between cultural immersion, community service, conservation and a touch of adventure. This is a wild animal rescue center where you will get up close to Costa Rican animals and to learn about wildlife protection. (8:00 am to noon, approximately.)

B) White Water Rafting in Balsa River. Not only will we enjoy the thrill of exciting whitewater rafting, we will also pass through scenic forests and have the opportunity to see wildlife active on the river banks. We will paddle through rapids and emerge on the other side on a natural high! (10:30 am to 4:00 pm, approximately.)

The rest of the day is free to enjoy the surroundings.

Lunch and dinner on own.   Overnight at Mountain Paradise Hotel, La Fortuna

Wednesday, January 10Guanacaste - Tamarindo | Meals: B L

After breakfast, drive to Guanacaste plains arriving at Hacienda El Viejo (3 hour drive, approximately). Hacienda El Viejo is a Costa Rican, family-owned property that encompasses a sugar cane plantation as well as a 5,000-acre private wildlife refuge that borders the Palo Verde National Park.

Your choices today include enjoying a wildlife viewing river boat tour at Tempisque River seeing birds, monkeys, and more on this serene boat ride OR a rum tour to discover the whole process of producing high-quality rum from the purest sugarcane OR a Sabanero experience, to re-live the precious traditions such as the “ox-operated sugar mill” (trapiche), hand made tortillas, aromatic fresh coffee and some guanacastecan appetizers made of corn. All followed by lunch at La Casona.
Overnight at Wyndham Tamarindo

Thursday, January 11Tamarindo - Snorkeling & Beaches | Meals: B L

After breakfast you will enjoy a morning of snorkeling and beach hopping on board a private local catamaran.
The afternoon is yours to enjoy the surroundings or visit the little town of Tamarindo.
Overnight at Wyndham Tamarindo

Friday, January 12Tamarindo | Meals: B

Free day to enjoy the surroundings, explore nearby beaches, Independently book a surfing class, spa services or a one-day adventure.
Overnight at Wyndham Tamarindo

Saturday, January 13Tamarindo | Meals: B D

Another free day to relax on the beach or explore the area on own.
Tonight we gather for a farewell dinner and regale each other with memories and stories of our shared adventure.
Overnight at Wyndham Tamarindo

Sunday, January 14Departure | Meals: B

Breakfast and hotel check out. Group transfer to the Liberia International Airport for the return flight to Minneapolis/St. Paul. Buen viaje!

  • Roundtrip economy airfare from/to Minneapolis to Liberia, Costa Rica.
  • Staci from KS95 as host of tour on the journey (in the event Staci is unable to travel due to unforeseen circumstances, Borton Overseas reserves the right to substitute the host)
  • Private group transfer from Liberia airport to your hotel in La Fortuna
  • Private bilingual naturalist guide for 6 days
  • 3 nights at Mountain Paradise Hotel in La Fortuna
  • 4 nights at Wyndham Tamarindo
  • Meals as indicated (B-Breakfast, L-Lunch, D-Dinner)
  • Natural History Tour at Mistico Hanging Bridges  
  • Eco Termales hot springs visit
  • Choice of: Proyecto Asis Conservation Tour and Volunteer Experience or White water Rafting in Balsa River. 
  • Wildlife viewing river boat tour on Tempisque River or a Rum tour or a Sabanero cultural tour 
  • Morning private catamaran cruise – snorkeling & beach visits
  • Private group departure transfer to Liberia airport 
  • Local taxes on accommodation and meals
  • Pre-departure services of Borton Overseas
Not Included
  • Airline ancillary fees (meals, seat reservations, luggage costs, etc.)
  • Travel insurance (recommended)
  • Fees for passports, visas, or health vaccinations
  • Transfers, sightseeing, activities, meals, and beverages not specified
  • Luggage handling at airports and hotels
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature such as laundry, spa services, internet, phone, etc.
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