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Dear Partners As we look at the exciting year ahead of us, we are delighted to present our new tours of Costa Rica, especially designed to attract tourists that are looking for a different, closer to nature travel experience, but with top of the line accommodations, amenities and services. These rates and programs start in November 2008 an run until October 2009. These packages, which are offered in conjunction, are ideal for a few reasons: Great properties with a wide variety of services and great locations, that offer a series of active adventures to be found only in Costa Rica. We will continue offering tours to our most popular destinations, including Tortuguero National Park, Arenal Volcano plains and Monteverde Cloud forest, but we would also like to encourage you to explore with us less known places and regions that can offer different and unique experiences to your clients. In our new sales catalogue we offer family packages, exciting multisport programs, nature lover programs and bird watching packages to stay ahead of the latest trends. Our topnotch luxury travel product is included with a sample program. We hope you’ll join us for a first-hand experience of one of the world’s top nature destinations. By travelling with Vesatours, you are making a difference by supporting our sustainable work throughout the country, as we show the best of Costa Rica with our environmentaly friendly programmes. We look forward to serving you and creating a memorable experience for your clients.

Thank you!

Silvia Salazar

Vice-President Vesatours & Actua, DMC.


CONTENTS 10 ABOUT VESATOURS 8 8 9 9 10 14

Our History Our Values Our Mission Our Commitment with Sustainable Tourism Our Products Terms And Conditions

17 WELCOME TO COSTA RICA 17 18 18 18 19 19 19 20 20 20 21 21 21 21 22 26

Geography Climate & Seasons Population Language Government Economy Religion Currency & Banks Time Public Services Health & Medical Assistance Commerce Hours Education Costa Rican Cuisine! Regions Arenal, Monteverde & Sarapiqui

28 SUSTAINABLE TOURISM 29 What Do We Do As An Environmentally Responsible Inbound Tour Operator? 31 Take The Journey With Us

33 OUR TOURS 33 37 43 49

Luxury Travel Birding Adventure Costa Rica Multisport Special Interest

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(506)2282-5990 fax w w w. v e s a t o u r s . c o m

(506)2282-5995 costarica@vesatours.com


ABOUT VESATOURS Our History Vesatours was founded in 1985 by Carlos Salazar, one of Costa Rica’s first tourism visionaries. After a successful 30 years in the industry, he retired and passed the torch to his daughter, Silvia Salazar, the current company director. Ever since taking on the challenge, Silvia has led the company through the incredible growth tourism has experienced in the last 25 years in Costa Rica. By creating a diverse and professional team, she has led the company into a path of growth, sustainable practices and lasting friendships. Our passion for nature drives our tireless quest for partners in the tourism industry that adhere to

sustainable practices, and who understand our deep concern for the environment and our constant conservation efforts.

Our Values Responsibility with our communities and with nature, innovation, respect, liberty, empathy and honesty are the cornerstones upon which our corporate integrity is built. These, in turn, reflect a multi-faceted, underlying respect towards our company members, our suppliers, clients, our social and environmental responsibilities, as well as towards creativity, the value of teamwork and a job done with enthusiasm and above all, passion!


Our Mission At Vesatours, our mission is to be on the forefront of Costa Rican tourism industry. We strive to achieve this by fully understanding the needs of our clients and providing them with an unsurpassed travel alternative, generating complete satisfaction. We are moved by the need to offer a country that visitors can actively be a part of and learn from, and guide each of our clients through our distinctive culture and nature, in a way that safeguards local communities and biodiversity, throughout best environmentally friendly practices. We maintain sustainable-tourism standards, strategic alliances with socially and environmentally conscious organizations, suppliers and tour operators; our commitment is to ensure community-wide benefits and participation in front-line activities.

Our Commitment with Sustainable Tourism Travelling with Vesatours becomes a learning experience that ensures added value for your vacation, by increasing your awareness of our environmental responsibilities while you have fun and discover the wonder of nature and its unique secrets. We cautiously select suppliers that integrate best management practices for sustainable tourism in its operation. Vesatours supports the Best Management Practices Program for Sustainable Tourism of Rain Forest Alliance in Costa Rica. Reinforce best practices at our offices, strength our suppliers development program, enhance and guide the quality of the products we offer to our clients are just a few of the positive impacts we have obtained from this great relationship.

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We are proud to be a Certified Tour Operator with the Costa Rica Sustainable Tourism Certification (CST). Fourth Level We know this is just the beginning of a long walk; we invite you to walk the stroll with us in the sustainable tourism travel pathway.


Our Products Group and Individual Travel Costa Rica, a perfect reason for making new friends while enjoying and living a cultural experience. We want to make sure we deliver what you really desire. That is why we go the extra mile to combine unique themes with the desires of our customers, creating truly refreshing experiences that stay in the passenger’s wits forever.

We take pride in offering… • • • • • • •

A dedicated and experienced Group Travel Team Customized Programs Monitoring logistics of the entire program Deep knowledge of the product we offer Experienced certified tour guides Reasonable pricing English, German, French, Spanish, Portuguese and Japanese tour speaking guides as tour directors.

Our unique holiday’s programmers’ are: • • • • • •

Adventure & Multisport Programs Family Holidays Wellness and Healing packages. Getaways with Friends Honeymooners Specific Interest Programs as: o Ornithologists o Tropical Biology o Bat enthusiasts

Arrangements for groups and individual travelers considering our sustainable orientation: • • • • • • •

Accommodation for your travel needs Comfort and security at every place you visit Food and beverage arrangements Special visits Cultural highlights Flexible itineraries Liability & Insurance

With our experience of two decades a variety of programmes to choose from throughout the rich and diverse regions of the country, we deliver experiences that will leave participants yearning for more. We create and design tailor made itineraries for Costa Rica, which convey a truly memorable and


unforgettable experience for international clients seeking only the highest standards of service.

under the sun into a comprehensive package designed just for you.

Please feel free to contact our travel consultants to costarica@vesatours.com

Family Travel

Honeymoon Packages We set the scene for the unforgettable honeymoon you’ve always dreamed of. Your vision of a perfect, unique experience becomes reality through our careful organization, which combines lovely, romantic retreats, rainforest beauty, exotic lodges, adventure activities and relaxation

There is no better way to bond and expand relationships than through family travel. Together you will tenderly discover value and understand each other, as well as the magnificent world in which you live. Have fun and enjoy your family! Do not forget to contact our sales executives to organize a unique itinerary for your family needs.

Adventure and Multi-Sport Programs. Our trips are planned with adventure seekers in mind, exploring new cultures, and ecosystems in a participatory style. Itineraries can include: • • • • • • • •

hiking, trekking, mountain biking, horseback riding, sea kayaking, scuba diving, canoeing, white water rafting

All of these and more alternatives allow your body and spirit to get in shape while you learn and discover with us different experiences, great challenges and unforgettable rides in our adventure and multi-sport programs. Many of our trips offer the chance to participate in more than one type of activity. Trips that offer varied activities will keep you interested and add to your travel experience offering a variety of perspectives of its countryside and its people.

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Enhance your understanding with our Special Interest packages!

Luxury Travel What matters is the personalized service.

Our group department will be thrilled to design and combine special elements to organize a unique and fantastic trip for your individual interest.

Costa Rica is known as the one of the jewels of Latin America due to its geographic location, nature biodiversity and distinctive retreats with exceptional service and environmental awareness.

Vesatours designs the most nature-oriented trips into our rain forest. We delivered brilliant nature trips with expert guidance including both amateur and qualified and certified guides. We offer nature oriented trips such as bird watching, botanic trips and national park trips.

Wellness and healing packages

Experience the freedom sense that guides you where the wind bears your spirit. Our rich healing and wellness programmes allow you to achieve balance through natural elements. Engage in proper nutrition and health care.

Boutique hotels, deluxe eco lodges, unsurpassed spas, luxury resorts, private venues and wildlife treasures can ensure spiritual well-being and unique, authentic experiences. Through our knowledge and experience of the luxury travel environment, we deliver outstanding experiences for our guests. Please feel free to contact Silvia Salazar, whose experience is second to none in designing the luxury experience. Once the experience has been defined, Silvia provides additional support to our travel consultant and operation department during the entire reservation process. Her direct email address is silvia@vesatours.com


Testimonials “Silvia has helped with my VIP groups in Costa Rica. Vesatours and the staff there do an incredible job. NOTHING is left to chance - and every detail is made into another part of an incredible experience. Silvia is creative and listens to her clients. She makes every minute a wonderful event! I choose to work with her again because she is a true professional and has a wonderful staff!”

“Her company is one of the few that you can really let go and trust that your clients will be satisfied beyond belief. The staff and crew really care about your clients and the product she represents. Silvia is able to adapt to changes, personalities and unusual request with grace under fire. I truly enjoyed working with her and her staff and would recommend her to the most difficult of clients”

Annette Griffin

Patricia Supriana

Managing Partner Nobis Travel & Travel Portobello, Idaho

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Incentives, Actua Visitors DMC Your trust is our biggest reward! Actua, Vesatours DMC, established in 1993, constantly seeks the perfect combination in leisure, activities, fun events and special venues for incentives programmes in Costa Rica. We work with passion to offer unsurpassed service that meets your clients expectations. Numerous client’s needs encourage us to create and design unique and different incentive programmes for Costa Rica which accomplish truly memorable experiences for your exclusive clients. We are delighted to present our partnership with Actua, DMC.

Terms And Conditions Payment Policies Once the services are confirmed, Vesatours will send an invoice with the necessary information concerning the payment.

Payment policiesfor groups At the time both parts sign the contract, our prepayment of 10% of the total amount of services is required. The remaining 90% will be negotiated according to the prepayment policies of the different properties involved in the confirmed reservation.

Payment policies for Fit’s Once all services are confirmed, the sales executive will send an invoice for all the services to be provided. Payment should be done in full prior to the passenger’s arrival as negotiated along confirmation process and prepayment policies of the different properties involved in the confirmed booking.

Cancellation and Refund Policies Fits Full refund, less a cancellation fee of $50 will be given when cancellation is made within 50 days or more days notice prior to the arrival date (less advised non-refundable hotel deposits or hotel penalties). For cancellation notice received within 15 to 30 days of arrival date a 75% refund will be given, less hotel deposits and first night penalty at each hotel. No refunds will be given for no shows or for cancellation made within 10 days or less or the arrival date. Exceptions to the above policies are subject to a Vesatours written approval.

Bank Information Bank name:

Banco Nacional De Costa Rica

Cancellation and refund policies for groups

Address of the bank:

If any cancellations occurred, we will apply the refund policy from each property applied to us as advised plus a negotiable management fee. Your Vesatours Sales Executive will previously share all the prepayment and cancellation policies involved in the group’s program.

019462

San José, Costa Rica, Central America

U.I.D.

Swift code: BNCRCRSJ

Attention branch: Belén Heredia.

Name of the beneficiary: 100-02-169-600018-3

Beneficiary’s account number: VIAJES ESPECIALES VESA S.A.


WELCOME TO COSTA RICA Costa Ricans have many reasons to be proud of this small Central American country (only 51,100 square kilometers). Even though Costa Rica’s territory represents only 0.03% of the world’s landmass, this little piece of earth is home to 4% of the flora and fauna on the planet. For this reason, Costa Rica is noted for being one of the countries with the richest biodiversity in the world. Twenty-five percent of Costa Rican territory is under protection as national parks, biological reserves, private reserves and national wildlife refuges. Home to over four million Costa Ricans (who call themselves ticos and ticas), this country chose over fifty years ago to abolish its army. Despite the poverty that holds many neighboring countries in its grasp, Costa Rica has built an oasis of relative peace and growth opportunities. For example, 96 percent of the population can read and write, and the nationalized health care system has managed to keep infant mortality at very low levels. For these reasons, Costa Ricans feel pride. Whether they speak Spanish, Bribri, or Mekatelyu, whether

they travel by horse or by car, ticos know that they have two invaluable treasures: the natural beauty of their country and their sociopolitical system, which is the envy of many other countries.

Geography Costa Rica is connected to the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, which give the country its diverse ecosystems. The country is cut in half by a volcanic mountain range system that runs from the northeast to the southeast of the territory. Volcanic mountain ranges are separated by deep valleys and other mountains. The Talamanca mountain range, which crosses over the southern region of the country, penetrates deep into the northern part of Panama; this is where the tallest peak in the country is located.

Borders Costa Rica lies between Nicaragua to the north and Panama to the south. It has a narrow Pacific coastal region. Cocos Island (10 sq mi; 26 sq km), about 300 mi (483 km) off the Pacific Coast, is under Costa Rican sovereignty.

Location Middle America, bordering both the Caribbean Sea and the North Pacific Ocean, between Nicaragua and Panama

Area total: 51,100 sq. km/19,575 sq mi Water: 440 square kilometers.

Highest Peak

Cerro Chirripó: 3,810 m

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Climate & Seasons

Population

Costa Rica is a tropical country located between two oceans--the Pacific and the Atlantic—with a complex geography which makes for varied climatic conditions and a variety of life zones ranging from tropical dry forest to high altitude moors. Generally the temperature varies between 14 and 32 degrees Centigrade (50 to 90 degrees Fahrenheit) depending on your altitude.

Costa Rica has a population of 4,016,000 inhabitants (according to the 2005), distributed in the seven provinces which make up the country: San Jose, Alajuela, Heredia, Cartago, Guanacaste, Puntarenas and Limon. The capital is located in the province of San Jose, which is the most populous of all. The population is largely of Spanish and mestizo descent.

Even though there are not definite seasons and the climate in each region is relatively stable during the year, there are slight climatic changes depending on if it is the “summer” (the dry season) or “winter” (the rainy or “green” season). The dry season is usually from December to April, and the green season is from May to November. The Atlantic coast is an exception, with the driest weather in March and April and again in September and October

Language Spanish is the official language, however some regions have their own languages—in Limon, a Creole English called Mekatelyu is spoken, along with other indigenous languages like Brbri and Cabecar. In other regions, indigenous groups like the Gnabe or Guaymi, as well as the Boruca, have also preserved their own languages.


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Government

and clothing, construction materials, fertilizer, and plastics.

Costa Rica is a constitutional democratic republic. Elections are held every four years. In 2006, Oscar Arias Sånchez was elected president. Arias, who had served as president once before (1986–1990), won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1987 for fostering peace talks that eventually ended the civil wars in Central America.

Costa Rica is the number two producer of bananas and the first producer of pineapples in the world. Costa Rica also produces and exports coffee, melons, sugar, and beef as well as manufactured goods such as textiles, electronics, and medical equipment. Raw materials, consumer goods, capital equipment, and petroleum are imported. The United States is the largest trading partner.

Economy

Religion

Costa Rica is an agricultural country, although tourism and industry are being developed at a moderate pace. Industries include food processing and the manufacture of electronic components, textiles

Catholicism is the official religion, but freedom of worship is guaranteed to all. About 75% of the people are Roman Catholics.


Currency & Banks

Time

The national currency is the Colón (¢). Dollars and traveller’s checks can be exchanged at banks and hotels. Banks open from 9am-3pm from Mondays to Fridays. Some banks are open till 6pm while others operate on Saturdays until noon. Exchange rates fluctuate daily so be sure to check first. Traveller’s checks in US dollars are preferred as other currencies are rarely accepted. Major credit cards are commonly honoured in most business establishments but remote businesses require payments in local currency. ATM is available in most cities and towns with bank offices.

GMT/UTC minus 6 hours Costa Rica is on Central Standard Time Zone, six hours behind Greenwich Mean Time and one hour behind the Eastern Standard Time. Daylight Savings Time is not observed.

Public Services In Costa Rica, public services are accessible in almost every region of the country. Some of the principal services are:

Operator Assistance For international calls is 116, local information is 113 and long distance is 124. Direct dial service is available to most countries.

Electricity 110 volts. 60 Hertz.

Water Drinkable almost everywhere in the country. Tap water is safe to drink however precautions should be taken in more remote areas.

Telephones A network of public telephones covers the country, and if you can’t find one, you will find a managed phone, where you can call and pay the administrator for the time you talk. Modern telephone, facsimile, telegraph, telex, e-mail and airmail facilities exist for internal and international communities.


Internet

on the service. Taxi drivers do not expect tips but tipping them is greatly appreciated.

RACSA offers internet and e-mail access. There are many internet cafes in towns and cities and Cyber cafes with internet services can be easily found at the most popular tourist destinations.

Health & Medical Assistance

Taxi Service The official taxis are red with a yellow triangle on the door. They all have (meters).

Entry Requirements Citizens of the United States, Canada and some countries in Europe are not required to have a visa and are allowed to stay for a maximum of 90 days with a valid passport. For other nationalities, they can check with the respective embassies in their home country.

Taxes Passengers departing on international flights have to pay an airport tax of around $26. Hotels include 13% sales tax and 3.39% tax on room charges. Service charge 10% in restaurants must be included.

Customs No custom duties are charged on personal luggage which includes items for personal and professional use as long as they do not appear on commercial quantities.

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Costa Rica’s socialized medical system has been successful at keeping the diseases that plague most tropical countries in check, through a system of education and preventive medicine. If you happen to need medical attention, first rate care is available at any of Costa Rica’s public hospitals and private clinics in San José.

Commerce Hours General commerce Shopping centers Government banks Private banks Office hours

9 10 9 9 8

a.m. to a.m. to a.m. to a.m. to a.m. to

6 9 3 5 5

p.m. p.m. p.m. p.m. p.m.

Education Education is very important in Costa Rica. In fact, 27% of the national budget is spent on education. As a result, 95% of the population is literate. Primary (1st6th grade) and secondary (7th-11th or 12th grade) education are free and mandatory for all citizens. Public schools are dispersed all over the country. There are four large public universities which have become major universities in Central America.

Tipping

Costa Rican Cuisine!

Most restaurants add 10% service charge called “servicio” to the bill. It is also customary to leave a gratuity as personal thanks for good service. Bellboys and housekeepers can receive $0.5 - $2 depending

The contrasts in Costa Rica are found not only in biodiversity, but also in our native dishes. For example, in Limon, on the Atlantic Coast, the food is characterized by use of the oil and coconut milk


in the most traditional recipes. Corn is the prime ingredient used in making the most popular dishes in the northern region of Costa Rica, which are appealing to the rest of the country too. A great variety of picadillos would delight anyone’s taste buds. Ceviche and other seafood are very popular in the Pacific region, and casados and gallo pinto are never in short supply at sodas all over the country. Soditas are small diners or very simple restaurants, often with wooden tables and chairs and red-checked tablecloths, where you are attended by the owner.

Regions Central Valley This region offers everything there is to discover in the country: famous national parks, plenty of flora and fauna, the perfect conditions to practice adventure sports and all kinds of history, culture and nature tours. Four provinces- Cartago, Heredia, Alajuela and San José converge in the Central Valley, full of little towns, each with its own characteristic feel. At the centre of it all is the bustling city of San José, Costa Rica’s business and government centre. San José is just large enough to have fine restaurants, nightclubs, excellent hotels and cultural activities of all kinds. In Costa Rica, Central Valley doesn’t translate into dull city action, on the contrary, it’s close to everything there is to come across in the country: from world famous national parks vibrant with flora and fauna, and hundreds of interesting species, to the perfect setting to go in adventure trips or leisure activities, to all sorts of history, culture and nature tours. This city also sports a network of museum exhibits the Gold, Jade Museum, featuring nine impressive

displays of Costarican culture heritage with an altitude of over 2900 metres above sea level. The eternal spring-like climate ideal for strolling around the city’s many attractions or basing your stay here and visiting the rest of county on day trips. San Jose is the seat of most government services; however, the provincial capitals Alajuela, Heredia and Cartago offer a variety of quality commercial and tourism services.

Mid Pacific This part of the country has a magical, almost mystical appeal for travelers in search of the perfect beach in strong contact with nature. The Pacific Coast runs over 500 miles from its northernmost tip to the border with Panamá. The whole coast is made up of spectacular beaches, some isolated, some more populated. Nevertheless, you’ll always find somewhere to lay down your beach towel and start recharging your solar batteries The mid pacific or central pacific zone features a great number of beaches, seaside villages and inland picturesque towns that captivate tourists from all over the world. The region’s main attractions are its many beaches along the coast and protected wilderness areas. Nature areas include wildlife refuges, national parks and biological reserves. The mid pacific attracts thousands of visitors and as a result there are many sporting events, cultural and leisure activities. The mid pacific is a nucleus with adventure sports such as surfing, kayaking and river rafting as well as nature oriented activities including bird watching, trekking along nature trails and many natural habitats.


South Pacific Stretching along the Pacific coast from Dominical in the north to Punta Burica to the southern end of the country, this region includes many natural attractions of the Talamanca mountain range. The stunning biodiversity, natural beauty of the southern pacific zone contains several places of great natural importance. The region offers a variety of activities that include hiking up Mount Chirripó, Costa Rican’s tallest mountain; horseback riding, rafting, diving, bird watching and nature tours. Two very important protected areas are located in this region defined by The National Geographic

magazine as “The Most Biologically Intense Place on the Planet” and La Amistad Natural Park, a joint effort of Costa Rica and Panama recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.

North Pacific (Guanacaste) The destination

Guanacaste, is the most popular destination for those looking for the sun, unspoiled beaches, and adventure. This tourist destination offers upscale accommodations, great weather, and the pleasant Costa Rican hospitality. The name of the province derives its name from the first civilization that lived in this area, and means –tree of the ears- as the fruit of these giant trees is shaped similar to a human ear.

The people

The Guanacastecos, descendants of the Chorotegan Indians and early Spanish settlers, started many of the traditions that are now referred to as typically Costa Rican, and a strong folkloric character pervades the region. As you travel through the region, watch for traditional costumes, folk dancing, music, and recipes handed down from colonial times. North Guanacaste has two main tourist centres that are Liberia (central of stopover distribution, scale and excursion) and Santa Cruz, and three other tourist centres: El Coco, Tamarindo and Flamingo. The landscape of the coast is exceptional. There are beaches of white sands and a peaceful sea qualified by intense blue, especially the ones located inside Papagayo’s Gulf (Nacascolo, Virador, Iguanita and Panama). It is one of the regions of greater development. Source: Costa Rica Tourism Bureau


The seasons

Guanacaste stretches endlessly towards the horizon. During the Dry Season - from November to May most of the wild areas and farms are covered by wild savanna grasses that float over the land, like lakes of gold. During the Green Season -from June to October- the land itself appears to be alive with thick, green tropical forest growth, there is sun every morning with some short showers in the afternoons.

For the seasonal activities of windsurfing and turtle watching, you have to come during Dry Season, for most other activities such as bird watching, diving, fishing or plain relaxing, you can join us at almost any time of year.

The Caribbean The distinctive culture of the Caribbean is like another country in itself. Influenced by the Afro-Caribbean background and a distinctive pace of life, this region offers an out of the ordinary experience for delegates: Lodges that can only be accessed by water, through the Tortuguero waterways, where endemic species expose their authentic existence; the most exotic and multihued sea life submerged deep within the country’s largest coastal coral reefs; luscious rainforests, boasting with one of the country’s most biological diverse life; adventure that unravels in all of its true forms; authentic Caribbean style cuisine in a living in peace with the typical Costa Rican dishes… This zone is ideal for smaller groups, given that the majority of hotels lodges and camps are small, intimate and set in lush tropical gardens or forests.

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Arenal, Monteverde & Sarapiqui Beyond the immensity of nature

If nature attracts you, this region offers reserves, forests, relaxation, adventure and action!

Arenal Volcano Arenal Volcano, the most attractive active volcano in Costa Rica, is located in the San Carlos plain of central Alajuela province, one of Costa Rica’s most agriculturally productive zones. Ciudad Quesada, the main city in San Carlos is a midpoint for trips north to Volcán Arenal, Ecotermales thermal waters, Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge and the Venado Caves. Some of the main attractions in this area are:

Sarapiquí

The country’s premier eco-lodges call this nature paradise home. The virgin rainforest makes contrast with the rustic country roads that wind through lowland hills. You’ll also enjoy the family farms, banana and pineapple plantations as far as the eye can see.

Monteverde

A major destination for nature lovers, Monteverde is a very unique community and a magical biological reserve. Many rare species, including the quetzal, and the three-wattled bellbird live in this land of greenery. The cloud forest stretches from the lush ferns

and mosses that cover the ground to the dark canopy formed by the tallest trees. Vines and web like moss hang down and swing slowly in the breeze. A group of Quakers mostly from the United States founded the colony of Monteverde 40 years ago, choosing Costa Rica for its peace and tolerance. Monteverde is just below the cloud forest, far from tropical heat. Today, the people raise dairy cattle and goats on the steep slopes above the village of Santa Elena.


SUSTAINABLE TOURISM Our commitment to nature and caring for the planet’s limited resources starts in a small but beautiful country named Costa Rica. Throughout our history, Costa Ricans have made key decisions to sustain a high standard of life for our people. Costa Rica created a new constitution in 1949 and the most significant factor in it was the abolishment of the national army which opened financial support and allowed more attention to invest in social programs, such as education and health. Our health care system was built on solidarity and equality principles, meaning that 100% of the population is given equal comprehensive public health insurance with equal access to services. In 1945 Costa Rica declared Los Robledales our first National Park, located south of the province of Cartago along the Interamerican highway. The Costa Rican Tourism Board was formed in 1955 and around the same time a law established Volcan Turrialba and Volcán Irazú National Parks. In 1963 we started to organize our National Parks Department and from then on, we have created a large number of national parks, biological reserves, forest reserves, protected sanctuaries, wildlife refuges and one archaeological national monument. Costa Rica officially established its Biodiversity Law in 1998, opening the space to the creation of our current National System of Conservation Areas, (SINAC). During the last decade, governments along with the private sector impulse conservation of protected natural areas such as wet lands, mixed and

private wildlife refuges as well as the establishment of a large quantity of private reserves for conservation and ecotourism purposes. Approximately a quarter of our territory belongs to a protected area and experts have estimated that Costa Rica has 5% of the world’s biodiversity. We are grateful and proud that our governments have historically supported conservation initiatives proposed by distinguished citizens since 1945 when the first national park was established. Biodiversity has always been the main ingredient in Costa Rica’s tourism industry. As a tour operator, Vestours promotes the conservation of our natural resources since the are main ingredient for the development of our tourism. Thanks to our biodiversity, we can offer a wide variety of activities that our visitors can experience in a handful of places on Earth. Our protected areas have been the object of admiration, and have always enhanced the experience that our sales team design for our visitors. The tourism industry represents the main income for many families and the numbers keep growing every year, therefore our engagement with sustainable tourism starts here, with and for our people. We invite you to join us in this incredible journey, to learn with us how we can better protect our environment and to continue the legacy of those visionaries who decided to protect this small piece of paradise more than 50 years ago.


What Do We Do As An Environmentally Responsible Inbound Tour Operator? • Vestours has implemented a Best Management Practices for Sustainable Tourism (BMPST) in our offices. • Actively encourage our suppliers to implement BMPST in their Operations through Rain Forest Alliance Sustainable Tourism Division BMPST Program. For more info visit www.rainforest-alliance.org • Constantly measure the impact of our tourism operation and implement corrective actions as soon as opportunities are identified. • Our product department selects suppliers that

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integrate BMPST in their operations and constantly put them in contact with experts that can help them to achieve their quality and sustainability goals. Promotes the Rural Based Community Tourism Project, by including them in our commercialization chain Promote the use of local products and services that constantly improve their quality standars. Vesatours signed the document “The Code of Conduct” for the Protection of Children and Adolescents from Commercial Sexual Exploitation in Tourism. www.protegiendoles.org Vesatours achieved the 4th level of the Costa Rica


Sustainable Tourism Certification, CST.

What CST is all about

CST is a program that seeks to categorize and certify tourism companies according to the degree of sustainability in their operations. CST was launched in 1997 and it currently provides certification services to hotels and tour operators. Four fundamental aspects are evaluated:

1. Physical-biological parameters

Evaluates the interaction between the company and its surrounding natural habitat.

2. Infrastructure and services (For Tour Operators)

Evaluates the management policies and the operational systems within the company and its infrastructure.

3. Service Management (For Tour Operators)

Evaluates processes by means of which, the company manages service lifecycle: Operational Company Policies, General Policies, and programs that demonstrate implementation, continuity and improvement of the policies. Product Design Standards are critical to this aspect.

4. External clients

evaluates the interaction of the company with its clients in terms of how much it allows and invites the client to be an active contributor to the company’s policies of sustainability.

5. Socio-economic environment

Evaluates the interaction of the company with the local communities. For each and every one of these items a list of specific questions was designed to help evaluate how thoroughly the firm complies with a series of standards previously established for the social, environmental

and economics fields. Each and every one of the questions refers to an element of sustainability with which the firm should comply in order to qualify in any one of the different stages or levels of fulfillment, which for our purposes we have labeled “levels”. The final rating will be assigned to the company in question according to the lowest level achieved in any of the four fields evaluated. To measure and fix these different levels, the CST program provides a system of “sustainability levels””, on a scale of 0 to 5, in which each number indicates the relative position of the firm in terms of sustainability. This scheme provides a way to classify the tourist firms in terms of “levels” in a system very similar to the commercial categorization of hotels by means of the well-known stars system. If the first level of a category is achieved (level 1) this means that the firm has taken the first step on the road or process of sustainability. The higher levels correspond to stages that are each one more advanced than the previous one, peaking on level of level 5, which means that the company is considered


as outstanding in terms of sustainability.

Ecotourism Society at www.ecotourism.org.

The following table shows the correlation between the levels and the percentage of attained:

Help Keep the Balance:

Level

% Attained

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The level assigned to any firm will always be the lowest level achieved in any of the areas. It is expected that this policy will encourage the firms to advance towards the model of sustainability by giving the same degree of consideration and importance to each of the four areas evaluated. The CST system is designed to include a series of incentives that will increase in benefits for each company, in direct proportion to its increased rating. This means that as the rating increases, more and better benefits will be received; international and national publicity and promotion, specifically designed for the CST; training for its personnel; priority participation in various world tourism fairs and events, etc.

Take The Journey With Us Respect for communities and the environment is a core Vesatours value. We’re convinced that our guests, in choosing responsible operators and adhering to a few key guidelines, are ensuring themselves a winwin vacation experience that surpasses all others in terms of fun, satisfaction, cultural immersion and memories. We’ve included a few specific suggestions for Costa Rica that travellers might like to keep in mind; for a more general list, see The International

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Stay on the not - so - beaten track.

Trails not only keep you from getting lost, they localize and minimize the impact travellers have on the environment. Most are designed to maximize your experience; if you stick to them, there’s no telling what wonder will be around the corner.

Animals in Costa Rica are wild.

Misguided travellers who offer food put animals at risk by interfering with their natural wariness of humans (the backpack-raiding monkeys at Manuel Antonio are a case in point) and can actually make them sick. Resist the temptation!

Leave things right where they are.

It’s illegal to take anything out of national parks, and inhabitants of other areas would much prefer you left things intact as well. A digital picture will last longer and it’s easier to e-mail…

Keeping the water cycle clean.

Not all areas in Costa Rica have efficient watertreatment systems. Try to bring biodegradable soaps and shampoos.

One person’s endangered species is another person’s tourist trap.

Selling turtle eggs is illegal, with the exception of a sanctioned harvest in Ostional; it’s best to steer clear. Tortoiseshell products generally made from the endangered hawksbill turtle, animal skins, corals or orchids (except those grown commercially) are other souvenirs to avoid. Many environmental groups in Costa Rica sell beautiful – and responsible –


keepsakes.

Costa Rica’s landfills don’t get a vacation.

When travelling, for convenience sake, it’s easy to forget the three “Rs” that have probably been instilled in your life at home: reduce, reuse, and recycle – in that order. You – and Costa Rica – will feel better if you stay diligent.

Double your money.

Most travellers often like to give something back to Costa Rica, and it’s much appreciated. In donating

to a recognized group, your money will have much more effect than donations to individuals will. Vesatours can direct you to a number of community organizations.

Get into the spirit.

Doing some background reading on the Costa Rican culture will help you respect and enjoy the culture that much more. You’ll be amazed at how quickly any well-intentioned attempt at saying a few Spanish words will draw a smile.


OUR TOURS Luxury Travel Our Luxury Brake in Costa Rica will give you access to a unique experience of outstanding hotels and eco-lodges with world-class services and amenities. Kayaking through Damas Island Estuary & Mangroves in Quepos at night, hiking through mountain trails in Manuel Antonio and Corcovado National Parks or a day of swimming and snorkelling along the beaches of the warm Pacific coast are some of the unforgettable experiences included in this luxury programme.

Highlights • Night expedition at the Isla de Damas estuary and mangroves • Manuel Antonio National Park • Corcovado National Park • Caño Island snorkelling tour

Meals

7 breakfasts 3 Lunches 7 Dinners

Day 1 Arrive to San José Our friendly staff will meet and assist you at airport and transfer you to the hotel for an overnight stay.

Accommodation: Hotel Rosa Blanca

Meals:

Dinner at the hotel

Services included:

Meet & greet services at the International Airport. Transfer to the Finca Rosa Blanca hotel.

Day 2 Manuel Antonio, Quepos After breakfast and check out, a driver will meet and take you to the Tobias Bolaños local airport, to board the domestic flight to Quepos where you will spend the next 2 days enjoying the breathtaking forests and beaches at the Manuel Antonio National Park. After a short 20-minute flight, we will check in at the hotel and take the day off for resting and exploring the local scene. At night, the adventure begins with the expedition to the Isla de Damas estuary and mangroves where over 70% of the ecosystem is nocturnal. We arrive at our Damas Island rancho located in our protected mangrove habitat. This is a great opportunity to experience and observe the mangrove ecosystem at night while riding on open-seat kayaks paddling at your own pace.

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Accommodation:

Accommodation:

Meals:

Meals:

Arenas del Mar- Superior Room. Breakfast, dinner and refreshment during the night tour.

Services included:

Domestic flight, transportation to the hotel. Our night tour includes round trip transportation, bilingual guides and naturalists, kayaks as well as all required equipment.

Day 3 Manuel Antonio National Park Enjoy the relaxing ocean view, while you enjoy your breakfast. This morning we visit the Manuel Antonio National Park, one of the most important refuge areas for the White Face and Tití monkeys, as well as numerous reptiles. See how many different kinds of flora and fauna you can spot just in the span of a 2 ½ hour nature walk or hike. After the walk, enjoy some local fresh fruits and refreshments as we take a break to rest and cool down. This park is just south of Quepos on the Pacific Coast, 132 km from San José. Perhaps it is so popular because of its white sand beaches backed by an evergreen forest that grows right up to the high tide line. The area has primary forest, secondary forest, mangrove swamps, lagoons and beach vegetation. There is a great variety of animal life, with 109 species of mammals and 184 bird-species. The park includes 12 small isles just off the coast where dolphins can be spotted, and if lucky migrating whales can be spotted. During the afternoon you will have time off to relax in the hotel swimming pool, or to explore the area and its activities.

Arenas del Mar – Superior room Breakfast, refreshment and fruits in the park.

Services included:

Round trip transportation, bilingual naturalists guide and entrance fee to the park. What to bring: Swimming suit, towel, cap, and sunscreen lotion & comfort sandals.


Day 4 , Day 5, and Day 6, Corcovado National Park After breakfast, a driver will meet you to bring you to the Quepos domestic airstrip to take the flight to Palmar Sur. Upon arrival, boat transportation will be provided to the Sierpe River dock to continue your way to the eco lodge settled in the middle of a private reserve next to the National Park. Live the most extraordinary rainforest experience by staying with us at Casa Corcovado, located next to the Corcovado National Park, the last remaining Pacific lowland rainforest of sustainable size in

Central America. Located on the Osa Peninsula in the Costa Rican southwest, Corcovado in the crown jewel of a worldrenowned national park system. For the next two days you will be guided by the staff at Casa Corcovado, whose superior service and expertise will make you feel secure and relaxed so you may enjoy the treasures of this exotic area of Costa Rica. Casa Corcovado Package includes: • Air transportation San José - Palmar Sur - San José • Land transportation Palmar Sur - Sierpe - Palmar Sur • Boat transportation Sierpe - Casa Corcovado - Sierpe • 3 nights lodging in a Deluxe Bungalow at Casa Corcovado • Tour to Corcovado National Park and Tour to Caño Island • Bird watching tour (optional) • Hiking on the Casa Corcovado Trails • All meals, park fees and taxes Tour descriptions included in the package.

Hiking in the Corcovado National Park

After a delicious breakfast your adventure begins. We venture into Corcovado National Park with our guides. The cool morning hours offer a good opportunity to spot wildlife and to observe some of the incredible bird species that abound in the park.

Caño island tour

Caño Island is an ancient Indian burial ground. You will be able to explore this beautiful paradise, and picnic on a white sand beach sheltered by coconut palms or snorkel among the coral reefs that abound near the island. There will be time for a hike up to the burial grounds deep within this small island.

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Day 7, Central Valley Transfer to the Drake Bay airstrip to aboard your return flight to San José. Upon arrival at the Tobías Bolaños Airport, a friendly driver will take you to the Hotel for check in and after you’ll enjoy the rest of the day off for personal activities. Please contact your personal travel consultant for any request or advice about activities, dining or shopping during your last afternoon in San José. Overnight at Finca Rosa Blanca Hotel.

Accommodation:

• Gratuities and portage • Travel insurance • Visas (if required) • Holiday surcharges

Trip Notes • Child pricing available based on sharing with two adults • Complete Private Guide and Transportation upon request. • Prices per person according Occupancy with a minimum of 2 adults travelling.

Prices Valid From

December 1st to April 30th 2009 except during the Holy Week

Finca Rosa Blanca

Meals:

Net prices in USD according to occupancy

SGL

DBL

TPL

2

3297

2445

2274

3

3253

2400

2229

4

3230

2378

2207

According to your flight schedule you are required to arrive at the airport at least 3 hours prior flight departure.

5

3217

2365

2194

6

3208

2356

2185

7

3236

2384

2213

Consider an approximate amount of $26 for departure tax.

8

3227

2375

2204

9

3220

2368

2197

10

3215

2362

2191

11

3210

2358

2187

12

3206

2354

2183

13

3203

2351

2180

14

3200

2348

2177

15

3198

2345

2174

16

3196

2343

2172

Breakfast and Dinner

Services included:

Domestic flights and transportation.

Day 8, Back home.

Meals:

Breakfast

Exclusions • International Airfare & taxes • Meals, unless otherwise indicate • Items of a personal nature


HOTELS Caribbean Azánia Hotel Description:

Just a few steps from the Caribbean sea, with the tropical rainforest in background, the spacious and tastefully decorated bungalows are privately set apart amidst lush gardens full of color and natural beauty. Designed and crafted in a unique style that blends traditional materials, exotic woods and thatchedpalm roofs, with a modern building concept.

Location:

Located in front of Cocles Beach ( awarded with the Costa Rican Government Blue Flag for clean beaches ), 1,5 km south of Puerto Viejo of Talamanca, on the road to Manzanillo, South Caribbean Coast of Costa Rica.

Facilities:

Each bungalow has a particular atmosphere, with a softly lit original sauna-style bathroom that allows you to enjoy a shower while admiring the natural surroundings. The mezzanine provides wonderful spatial flexibility; while ceiling fans, large windows with mosquito nets and high peaked roofs allow a refreshing natural air circulation. All decorated with bamboo lamps and furniture.

Each bungalow comes equipped with a refrigerator and has its own private deck and hammock out front, inviting to relax and enjoy the colorful tropical gardens of the surroundings covered with bromeliads, heliconias, gingers, palms and tropical fruit trees, which interact with a great variety of birds and butterflies, as well as to listen to the different sounds of the jungle or just lie under a bright moonlight and sparkling stars. Every bungalow comfortably lodge up to four people, with one queen size bed and two twin size beds, one of them placed in the mezzanine to provide privacy. For enjoying a delightful tropical breakfast, fresh drinks, listen to some music, Direct TV, play games or get some information and advices about tours and activities…a cozy place with fine woods and inviting decoration awaits you…the “Club House / Reception”…built like a typical palm-roof Rancho which reflect in the dimensions of its structure those of the surrounding rainforest.

Activities:

Please contact our travel consultant for further assistance and booking.

Room Rates: Room Type

Validity

Single

Double

Triple

Standard Room

15/12/08 - 30/04/09 01/07/09 - 15/09/09

$87.00

$87.00

$107.00

Standard Room

15/12/08 - 14/12/09

$71.00

$71.00

$92.00

*** Rates in USD include breakfast and 16.39% sales tax

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Location:

Le Cameleon Boutique Resort 5 Stars Hotel Description:

Le Caméléon Boutique Resort is located in Puerto Viejo de Limón, on the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica. With its laid back attitude and Caribbean life style, Puerto Viejo has it all: long walks on the pristine beaches, exotic flora and fauna in a wildlife refuge, snorkeling or diving among the many reefs in crystal clear waters, world-class surfing, and mountain biking, kayaking and cultural visits to indigenous communities. Cocles Beach with its beautiful golden sands is walking distance from the resort. At Le Caméléon every day is a new day. The light effects inside the rooms and around the hotel, will change colors every day, creating a special atmosphere that will stimulate the guests spirit. Decorative elements and other details will change every day too. The hotel is contemporary with rustic elements and a minimalist decor, that creates a relaxing and elegant atmosphere, specially designed for the upscale traveler. The hotel features Antonio’s, the new Italian cuisine restaurant that will delight the most discriminating guests, and Numu Lounge, the international bar to enjoy an exclusive selection of beverages and music.

Le Caméléon is located in the south Caribbean of Costa Rica between the Reggae town of Puerto Viejo and the fisher town of Manzanillo, nestled in a lush tropical garden, just a few steps away from the golden sands of Cocles Beach.

Facilities:

• Restaurant and bar • Swimming pool and outdoor jacuzzi • Laundry service • Room service • Spa services • Gift shop • Tour desk • Parking area • Beverages on the beach • Transportation Limon airport – hotel – Limon airport upon request

24 Rooms equipped with: • Air conditioning • Ceiling fan • Cable television • Safety deposit box • Telephone • Hair dryer • CD and DVD player • Wireless internet connection

Room Rates: Room Type

Validity

Superior Room

06/01/ 08 – 30/04/2009

$211.00 $211.00 $245.00

Junior Suite

06/01/ 08 – 30/04/2009

$221.00 $221.00 $245.00

*** Rates in USD include breakfast and 16.39% sales tax

Single

Double

Triple


goal is to preserve this untouched virgin forest, no visitors are allowed in this area.

Pacuare Jungle Lodge In Process of Certification 4 Stars Ecologde

Location:

Description:

The Pacuare Lodge was built with a minimum impact on the river and rainforest site where it is located. Lanterns and candles provide light, as there is no electricity at the lodge. No trees were cut to build the bungalows and main lodge. Lumber was purchased from a sustainable reforestation project operated by small farmers. The roofs are made from palm leaves installed by Cabecar Indians living in the area using their traditional style. Near the lodge we have purchased nearly 30 hectares of primary rainforest that was in danger of being cleared. Because our

The Pacuare Lodge is conveniently located roughly in the center of Costa Rica, making it easily accessible from many of Costa Ricaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most popular destinations, Turrialba.

Services:

Restaurant and bar, Natural Trails, Rest areas, Transportation from San JosĂŠ, Meals included, Rafting tour to get to the hotel, Private bathroom.

Activities:

Please contact our travel consultant for further assistance and booking.

High Season Rates per person in USD valid from January 3 until April 30, 2009/ July 1st - August 15 2009. Rate

Garden View Bungalow

Honeymoon Suite

DBL

SGL

DBL

SGL

DBL

Adventure 2days 1night)

$375.00

$485.00

$422.00

$440.30

$486.00

Adventure 3days2nights)

$548.00

$708.00

$647.00

$671.01

$762.00

Adventure 4day(3nights)

$720.00

$933.00

$870.00

$901.71

$1038.00

Adventure 5.day(4nights

$892.00

$1157.00

$1095.00

$1132.42

$1314.00

Honeymoon Getaway 3days/2nights

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River View Junior Suite

$861.00

$790.80


Selva Bananito Lodge 4 Stars Ecolodge. 3 Leave CST Sustanaible Tourism Certificacion Location:

The Lodge is located at the foot of Cerro Muchilla, or Muchilla Mountain, in the Province of Limón on the Atlantic side of Costa Rica. Cerro Muchilla is part of an eastern outcropping of Costa Rica’s southernmost mountain range, the Cordillera de Talamanca, much of which belongs to the enormous Costa Rican/Panamanian La Amistad Biosphere Reserve. This protected zone consists of a core -La Amistad International Park- and several surrounding wildlife and Indian reserves (which also act as wildlife reserves), adding up to a total of about one million hectares (2.2 million acres) of uninterrupted, protected land. This “green belt,” which spans southern Costa Rica from east to west, remains the least explored territory in the country, its biological wealth scarcely studied. Selva Bananito Ecolodge, is highly distinguished for its conservation efforts because we do take an active stand in conservation by directing and supporting our watershed conservation efforts through Fundación Cuencas de Limón or Limon Watershed Foundation. In order to achieve this goal, we provide logistic and financial support to this Non Profit Organization, through revenues generated by the nature and adventure activities we offer at our Ecolodge Hotel Costa Rica, Ecolodge Selva Bananito.

Description:

What does Ecolodge Hotel Costa Rica actually mean? Very simply, Ecolodge Hotel Costa Rica refers to the services we provide as regular hotels do, such as room and board, but it also makes allusion to Ecolodge Costa Rica, which means that we are oriented toward an environmentally friendly operation as a core value of our operation. Above all, Ecolodge Costa Rica refers to the location in which lodges are to be found. Selva Bananito, your Costa Rica Ecolodge, is situated in a pristine and natural setting, located at the foothill of the Cerro Mochila, the eastern outcropping of the Talamanca Mountain Range, in the province of Limon, Costa Rica.

Facilities:

Selva Bananito Ecolodge offers: • Spacious, elegantly tiled bathrooms with solar heated water. • A spacious “Rancho” (main lodge) to enjoy meals and socialize with others. • Ample decks with spectacular views and comfortable hammocks for your “siesta”. • Each tastefully designed cabin features one queen size and one full size bed, or two queen sized beds. • Eleven individual cabins constructed of beautiful salvaged wood. They stand on stilts, following Caribbean tradition. • Romantic, candle-lit evenings. To preserve a more natural night-time ambience, we use no electricity. Reading lamps are provided in each cabin. • The privilege of exploring a pristine environment in the intimacy of a small group, while also learning about human land use in the lowland tropics.

Room Rates only by person, valid from 01/12/2008 to 30/11/2009 Occupancy

Standard

Superior

1 PAX

$131.00

$149.00

2 PAX

$113.00

$121.00

3 PAX

$100.00

$106.00

4 PAX

$100.00

$106.00

*** Rates in USD include breakfast and 16.39% sales tax


CENTRAL VALLEY

Downtown. 800 meters above sea level are providing the most fantastic weather of the Central Valley.

Corteza Amarilla Art Lodge & Spa 4 Stars Petit Hotel 3 leave CST Sustainable Tourism Certification

How to get there? From FORUM, Santa Ana 5 kilometers west toward Ciudad Colón, On the right hand side.

Description:

Built in a 4500 square meters property, and with a unique type of architecture mixing Art Noveau, Deco, Barroque and some oriental influence, Corteza Amarilla Art Lodge & Art provides you a tropical atmosphere, surrounded by costarican trees, that blooms through the year and all the magic of well lit and exotic gardens. Corteza Amarilla Art Lodge & Spa, is the ideal destination that perfectly combines city and hacienda style. Our lodge is an exclusive refugee of tranquillity and peace.

Location:

Located just 15 minutes from Juan Santamaría International Airport and 12 minutes from San José

Facilities:

This place definitely has the ambiance of a mansion with exquisite details and impeccable attention for the guests. The authenticity of this lodge, owned by the Salgado Family is the distinctive comfortable rooms and the warm and friendly service. The cuisine! Great food is guarantee at this lodge. With different flavours of fusion cuisine and a great environment you will have a one life time gastronomic experience.

Activities:

Please contact our travel consultant for further assistance and booking.

Room Rates: Room Type

Validity

Single

Double

Triple

Junior Suite

01/01/09 - 31/12/09

$140.00

$140.00

$158.00

Master Suite

15/12/08 - 14/12/09

$169.00

$169.00

$186.00

*** Rates in USD include typical breakfast and 16.39% sales tax

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private viewing deck and whirlpool, gas fireplace, complimentary mini-bar, and premium amenities including L´Occitane personal care products.

El Silencio Lodge & Spa Description

Find crisp mountain air, mist-draped forest, and unspoiled nature in Costa Rica’s spellbinding central volcanic valley. El Silencio Lodge & Spa is a planet-friendly sanctuary for soft adventure and inspired wellness. Silencio, Spanish for “silence”, is befitting of a destination where daily stress is hushed and the sound of nature blooms. Explore and enjoy five hundred private acres of carbon-offsetting tropical cloud forest, hidden waterfalls, premium suites and amenities, cozy fireplaces, a river-trimmed Spa, and tantalizing local flavors.

Location:

Set in Costa Rica’s central volcanic region.

Facilities:

El Silencio Lodge & Spa offers 16 luxury suites with river or cloud forest vistas. Each features a

A yoga platform studio is available for prescheduled retreats. Our exciting menu emphasizes local flavors and fresh and organic ingredients. Costa Rican traditions are transformed with inspired flare and a savory international twist. Wellness-inspired dishes features regional fish free-range poultry and always fresh organic when possible vegetables, fruits and herbs. Three daily a la carte meals are included in the lodging rate.

Activities:

Please contact our travel consultant for further assistance and booking. Poas Volcano Arenal Volcano & hot springs Sarchí Arts & Crafts Sarapiquí River Rafting

Daily Room Rates per person: Room Type

Validity

Single

Double

Triple

Bungalow

04/01/09 - 30/04/09

$354.00

$221.00

$189.00

Bungalow

01/05/09 - 19/12/09

$335.00

$193.00

$170 .00

Bungalow

20/12/09 - 03/01/10 Holiday Season

$418.00

$258.00

$207.00


Finca Rosa Blanca 4 Stars Hotel 5 leave CST Sustanaible Tourism Certification Description:

Finca Rosa Blanca Country Inn is situated above the beautiful Central Valley of Costa Rica. Surrounded by towering ¨Higuerón¨ trees and exotic flora, the Inn offers spectacular views of volcanoes, cloud forests and coffee plantations. Here at 4000 feet above sea level on a temperate plateau of extraordinary beauty, is grown some of the world’s best coffee in the lush volcanic soil. Nestled in 10 acres amid hundreds of fruit trees and dramatic tropical flora is the enchanted Finca Rosa Blanca Country Inn, a jewel crowing a picturesque knoll.

Location:

Finca Rosa Blanca is only 15 minutes from the San José International Airport, but far enough from San José so that at night the city twinkles in the valley below, Santa Bárbara de Heredia.

Facilities:

The Inn offers two extraordinary master suites, and eleven elegant yet whimsical Junior suites, four of which can be united to form two spacious villas. All of our luxurious rooms include Jacuzzi baths and mini bars as well as private Verandas overlooking the lovely Central Valley and the volcanoes above.

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Enjoy a relaxing and refreshing massage, exotic volcanic mud wrap or organic offee body scrub in the elegant but intimate ¨El Targua Spa¨.

Activities:

Please contact our travel consultant for further assistance and booking. Internacionales, usa mariscos frescos, carnes y pollo para crear un menú que cambia todos los días.

Actividades:

Por favor contactar nuestra Agencia de Viajes para mayor asistencia y reservaciones. Room Name

Category

Beds

Usd

Las Aves Room

Jr Suite

1 Queen + 1 Twin

$290

La Carreta Room

Jr Suite

1 King+ 1 Twin

$290

La Piedra Room

Jr Suite

1 King

$290

El Valle Room

Jr Suite

1 Queen + 1 Day Bed

$290

Villa Laguna

Villa

2 King + 1 Twin

$450

La Guaria Room

Jr Suite

1 King

$290

El Roble Room

Jr Suite

1 King + 1 Day Bed

$290

Villa Boyero

Villa

2 King + 1 Twin

$450

El Pino Room

Jr Suite

1 King

$290

El Higueron Room

Jr Suite

1 King + 1 Day Bed

$290

El Ranchito Suite

Suite

1 King + 2 Day Beds

$340

Rosa Blanca Suite

Suite

1 Queen + 2 Twins

$340

La Ventana Room

Jr Suite

1 King + 2 Twins

$290

El Guarumo Room

Jr Suite

1 Queen + 1 Twin

$290

El Cafetal Room

Jr Suite

1 King + 1 Twin

#290


Grano de Oro Hotel 5 stars petit hotel 4 Leave CST Sustanaible Tourism Certification Description:

Converted from a Tropical Victorian mansion, the hotel maintains the warmth and comfort of a private home. The hotel’s charming atrium terrace and corridors have sparkling fountains and lush tropical planting, and rooftop deck offers soothing Jacuzzis and a spot for secluded sunbathing. The restaurant at the Grano de Oro is one of San José’s finest, serving continental cuisine in a warm and intimate atmosphere. Service is paramount and the perpetually smiling staff of the Grano de Oro welcomes guests home time and again.

Location:

Hotel Grano de Oro occupies a quiet street in the nation’s capital of San José, close to the vibrant city center and numerous restaurants, theaters and shops.

Situated on a shady street just off Paseo Colón, San José’s main thoroughfare, Hotel Grano de Oro is a true oasis, a sanctuary in the heart of a bustling city.

Facilities:

Guests delight in the tranquil ambiance of tropical plants and flowers found throughout the hotel. Additionally, a rooftop garden terrace with lawnbeds and Jacuzzi provides blissful, secluded lounging. The Gallery gift shop displaying quality Costa Rican handicrafts is the perfect place to browse for that special souvenir of Costa Rica.

Activities:

Please contact our travel consultant for further assistance and booking.

Room Rates: Room Type

Validity

Single

Double

Triple

Standard Room

20/12/08 - 30/11/09

$148.00

$162.00

$187.00

Superior Room

20/12/08 - 30/11/09

$171.00

$185.00

$211.00

***Rates in USD include continental breakfast and 16.39% government sales tax.


Peace Lodge Description:

While staying at the Peace Lodge on the grounds of La Paz Waterfall Gardens, you will enjoy:

With the Peace Lodge we endeavored to create the finest quality accommodations in Costa Rica and quite possibly in the world. To do this we put our master craftsmen to work sculpting a uniquely themed environment for your enjoyment. We combined the use of naturally shaped wood beams and hand laid hardwood flooring along with river stone and slate to render an atmosphere that encompasses the rustic past and natural beauty of the rainforest and Costa Rica.

• 5 Magnificent Waterfalls 3.5 Kilometers of Paved Hiking Trails • Hummingbird Garden with 24 Species Hummingbirds • Butterfly Observatory • Wildlife and Bird Watching • Lagoon Pool & Jacuzzi • Massage Services • Serpentarium • Casita de la Paz • Ranarium: Frog Exhibit • Trout Lake with Fishing • Birds Aviary

Location:

Located on the grounds of La Paz Waterfall Gardens Nature Park in Varablanca, Alajuela and one hour from the San José International Airport, Peace Lodge encompasses the rustic past and natural beauty of the rainforest and the essence of Costa Rica.

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Activities:

Facilities:

Please contact our travel consultant for further assistance and booking.

The rooms are designed with unique amenities such as oversized balconies, Jacuzzi tubs, waterfall showers and grand stone fireplaces. You will experience the true essence of the Rain Forest through each of our rooms.

Rates based on double occupancy and do not include Sales or ICT Taxes. Each additional Adult is $40, each child is $20 per night. Lodging includes unlimited access to La Paz Waterfall Gardens Nature Park ($35 per person, per day value.)

2009 Room Rate Validity

villa

Deluxe

Stadard

Dec. 16, 2008 - Jan. 3, 2009

$435.00

$365.00

$295.00

Jan.4 – April 30, 2009

$415.00

$345.00

$275.00

May 1 – June 30, 2009

$375.00

$295.00

$235.00

July 1 – August 31, 2009

$415.00

$345.00

$275.00

Sept. 1 – December 15, 2009

$375.00

$295.00

$235.00


Real Intercontinental Hotel 5 stars hotel In process of certification Description:

This hotel is considered the best 5 star hotel in San Jose. The nearby mall has a food court, supermarket, cinema and many stores. Near the hotel there are many different restaurants in the Escazú area.

Location:

This magnificent hotel is located 2,5 miles south of the City Center of San José on the highway to Ciudad Colón in Escazú. From the airport to the hotel it takes 20 minutes by car and from the hotel to the City Center 15 minutes.

Facilities:

260 tastefully decorated rooms offer unparalleled views of the Central Valley. Each room features 24hour room service, air-conditioning, cable television, voice mail, laundry and valet services, private bathroom with hot water, direct dial telephone with voice mail, electronic key system and minibar. Handicap’s rooms are available.

Guests have access to our complete fitness facility, tennis court, pool, and golf coarse only five minutes away. Business travelers will appreciate our Business Center with four private meeting rooms, state-of-the-art audiovisual equipment, faxes, computers, scanners and copy machines. Professional secretarial and translator available upon request. The hotel also has a beauty parlor, a Car Rental Desk and a souvenir shop. Each of the 4 function rooms is flexible enough to accommodate gatherings of 20 to 1,000 people with staff of meeting planners and catering professionals are available to assist you with every aspect of every event. The hotel offers 24-hour room service and a relaxing atmosphere at the Bar Escenario. Only 5 minutes walking distance you will find a big Mall with stores, supermarket, cinemas and food court. There are many different specialties restaurants nearby.

Activities:

Please contact our travel consultant for further assistance and booking.

Room Rates: Room Type Deluxe Room Club Room Deluxe Room Club Room

Validity January, February March, December April to November

Single

Double

Triple

$207.00

$207.00

$187.00

$247.00

$247.00

$211.00

$154.00

$154.00

$201.00

$194.00

$194.00

$241.00

Rates include 16.39% and buffet breakfast at Azulejos restaurant. Club Floor includes continental breakfast at the Club Lobby.

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Facilities:

Villa Blanca Hotel Description:

At Villa Blanca, comfort goes hand-in-hand with conservation. The philosophy Behind Green Hotels management is to combine country-style hospitality with a profound respect for the natural surroundings. Clients from around the world come to Villa Blanca to soak in the charming ambiance to experience the authentic Central American flavor and to explore the most bio-diverse ecosystem on the planet. Surrounded by the most spectacular cloud forest in Costa Rica, Villa Blanca Cloud Forest Hotel and Spa, surrounded by the Los Angeles Cloud Forest Private Biological Reserve. The Villa Blanca experience begins with the unique personality of your private accommodations. Each charming “casita” is part of an authentic Costa Rican Farm Village concept overlooking 3,000 acres of dairy pastures and pristine tropical cloud forest.

Location:

Located just one hour from San José International Airport, discover a new world destination for ecoconscious travelers. Introducing Villa Blanca Cloud Forest Hotel and Spa. A 75-acre boutique hotel surrounded by the spectacular Los Angeles Private Biological Reserve.

There are 35 casitas to choose from, including 5 romantic Honeymoon Casitas, each With breathtaking views of pristine tropical cloud forest. On the main hilltop is the Hacienda House, the centerpiece of the hotel. Here you Can enjoy fresh baked breads and pastries at E Café del Bosque. You can play a game of chess or billiards in El Mirador de Los Angeles Salon. Or you can dine on authentic Costa Rican cuisine at restaurant El Sendero while savoring the awe-inspiring views of majestic Arenal Volcano. If you are coming to Costa Rica for relaxation, Villa Blanca is also the right choice. The hotel spa facilities are world-class. And the beauty of the Los Angeles Cloud Forest Private Reserve that surrounds the property the perfect setting for inner peace and tranquillity. Villa Blanca also offers a unique look into Costa Rican society and history. Guests enjoy taking day-trips to San Ramon, known as the city of poets and artists.

Activities:

Please contact our travel consultant for further assistance and booking.

Room Rates: Room Type

Validity

Single

Double

Triple

Casitas

Dec. 20 2008 / Nov. 30 2009

$174.00

$174.00

$204.00

Superior Room

Dec. 20 2008 / Nov. 30 2009

$197.00

$197.00

$229.00

***Rates in USD include continental breakfast and 16.39% government sales tax.


Xandari Resort y Spa 3 leave CST Sustanaible Tourism Certification Description:

Xandari Resort & Spa is a tropical paradise of 22 individually designed villas nestled on a 40 acre plantation overlooking the Central Valley of Costa Rica, and only 20 minutes from the San Jose International Airport. At an elevation of 3900 feet (1200 meters), Xandari enjoys a near–perfect temperature of around 70 degrees Fahrenheit all year.

Location:

Turn right on leaving the Airport. In 100 meters, take the right exit to Alajuela. Follow road signs to Alajuela. Continue straight through Alajuela. After the last Alajuela signal light, continue straight ahead up the hill approximately 3.0 km to an intersection on the left. Turn left. Look for the Xandari signs. After 1.3 km, turn right 0.9 km to the entrance gate of Xandari Resort & Spa.

Facilities:

Villas: Each spacious villa, surrounded by gardens, has a large view terrace for enjoying the sunset and lights of the valley at night, plus a walled–in terrace for privacy and solitude.

Spa: Our spa village is set in a tropical garden and includes 5 private palm–roofed jalapas with jacuzzis and a picturesque view of the Central Valley. Enjoy a massage, mud wrap, facial, and various exotic body treatments with a distinctive Costa Rican flavor. Xandari Resort & Spa was named by World Travel Award as Costa Rica’s Leading Spa Resort. Dining: Our indoor/outdoor restaurant features a healthy continental and Costa Rican menu. Many of the fruits and vegetables are from our own organic greenhouse, orchard and gardens. Dine in intimate and elegant simplicity while enjoying a panoramic view of the Central Valley. Gardens and Trails: Stroll through botanic gardens interspersed with sculpture. A wide range of plants are identified. Hike over 4 kilometers of private scenic trails to intimate river vistas and dramatic waterfalls. Visit our orchid house and greenhouse. Environmental Program: Xandari is dedicated to a comprehensive program to diminish the environmental impact of our hotel operations and to return much of the land to its original natural beauty. Participate in this program by planting a tree.

Activities:

Please contact our travel consultant for further assistance and booking.

Room Rates: Room Type

Validity

Single

Double

Triple

Prima

November 15, 2008 – April 30, 2009 Not included December 20 to January 2

$167.00

$192.00

$217.00

$266.00

$291.00

$316.00

Prima Plus ***Rates include 16.39% plus continental breakfast.

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Corcovado Águila de Osa Inn 4 Stars Ecolodge 5 leave CST Sustanaible Tourism Certification Description:

The Península de Osa reaches out into the Pacific Ocean from southwestern Costa Rica and is described by National Geographic as “the most biologically intense place on earth”. Archaeologists and EthnoHistorians have yet to unravel the mysterious past of this region.

Location:

Nestled on Drake Bay in the secluded Osa Peninsula.

seafood delicacies, filtered water and 24-hour electricity, interesting and informative guides and a sense of adventure. Guest rooms feature hardwood floors, ceiling fans, and private tiled bathrooms with hot showers, ant the cabins are situated on a bluff overlooking magnificent Drake Bay. Distinctive cuisine created with a uniquely tropical flair makes for exciting dining and is an Aguila de Osa trademark. Fresh seafood, pasta, tasty vegetables, and luscious tropical fruit, prepared with simplicity and originality are served in a comfortable, expansive atmosphere on the open air terrace restaurant overlooking Drake Bay.

Activities:

Facilities:

There is a full-service bar, restaurant offering fresh

Please contact our travel consultant for further assistance and booking.

Room Type

Validity

Single

Double

Triple

Standard (4d/3n)

Dec. 15 2008 / April. 14 2009

$844.00

$711.00

$783.00

Please add $250 per person for domestic flights. All necessary transfers from Palmar Sur or Drake Bay airports *Lodging, standard room *All meals, (Breakfast, lunch and dinner) *Appetizers at the bar *2 day guided scuba dive tour to Caño Island *All scuba gear *Taxes


Casa Corcovado Jungle Lodge Description:

There are no roads to Casa Corcovado Jungle Lodge, access is only by motor launch. The adventure begins upon your arrival at our reception center, “La Hacienda”, in the town of Sierpe. After your captain has the luggage packed aboard your boat, you can embark on a one and a half hour ride down the Sierpe River, winding your way through the largest mangrove wetlands system on the Pacific Coast of Central America. You then follow the coast until arriving at Casa Corcovado.

Location:

Tucked away in a 170 acre private reserve bordering Corcovado National Park in Costa Rica, Casa Corcovado Jungle Lodge is the closest thing to a magical natural “Lost World”; in fact, local access is only possible by boat! There are no roads to Casa Corcovado Jungle Lodge. The adventure begins two hours before your arrival as the launch leaves from our reception center ¨La Hacienda¨ in Sierpe through the river and follow the Pacific coast.

Facilities:

“The Forest” Swimming Pool - Pool towels are available in the Bar and there is an intercom phone if you wish to order something. “El Solar” Swimming Pool - This completely tiled pool is divided with a children’s section and one with deeper water for the adults. The pool is surrounded by a flagstone-paved area, which is perfect for sunbathing in one of the lounge chairs. There also chairs and tables with umbrellas for a cooler approach.

For those who wish to escape the sun completely or for a light lunch “Al Fresco” there is a tiled-roofed “Rancho” where you can sit back and relax. Bar “El Bosque” - Surrounded by virgin Rainforest and fruit trees, which draws birds, monkeys and other animals. Dining Area - Enjoy the casual elegance of our lovely Jungle Dining Room. Margarita Sunset Point - Join us for a frosty Margarita or just to watch the sunset, a Casa Corcovado tradition. Deluxe Picnic - With all of the activities and tours very few guests have the chance to take full advantage of our beautiful pristine beach. This a unique opportunity to enjoy a half-kilometer-long sand beach where you can be completely alone, something that is very rare in today’s world. Tropical Sand Beach - Enjoy beachcombing on our half-kilometer-long pristine beach then refresh yourself under a waterfall or bathe in a shaded pool. Salon Corcovado” Meeting & Lounge Area - Our intimate Rainforest Conference Center, is a perfect place for groups, for different activities or to read a good book in the informal lounge area. Gift Shop & Office - We have Swarovsky binoculars for rent, T-shirts, sunscreen, hats, sandals, film, insect repellent, bird and animal identification charts, personal hygiene articles and many other items. Laundry Service - You will find a bag and a list of prices in your room, it is available daily just have everything ready when the chambermaid cleans your room.

Activities:

Please contact our travel consultant for further assistance and booking.

5 Days / 4 Nights Package: Room Type

Validity

Standard Extra Night Junior Suite Add Flights from/to Quepos DBL

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Jan 6th, 2009 to Aprl 30th, 2009

Single

Double

Triple

$1315.00

$1215.00

$1215.00

$135.00

$135.00

$135.00

$65.00

$45.00

$45.00

$25.00

$25.00


Guanacaste Borinquen Resort & Spa Description:

Surrounded by breathtaking landscapes and lush forests, the hotel offers a wide variety of outdoor and adventure activities to enjoy and is very close to the city of Liberia and the Daniel Oduber International Airport. The popular North Pacific Region of Costa Rica is broad and diverse. It offers unspoiled beaches, indigenous cultures, green forests, sports and much more. Make your vacation in Guanacaste complete and include a stay in the beautiful and serene mountains of Hotel Borinquen, the perfect complement to any visit to the area.

that will let you enjoy a very comfortable and relaxing vacation. All rooms have independent decks or balconies with great mountain views and breathtaking sunsets. The climate couldn’t be better thanks to its proximity to the Rincón de la Vieja Volcano, one of the most remarkable National Parks in Costa Rica, that combines the Guanacaste dry and sunny weather with the fresh air of the mountains. The thermal springs with hot pools, the mineral mud and the natural steam-room will add to the relaxing atmosphere of this retreat in the highlands. You can take advantage of the curative properties that have long been attributed to mineral rich waters and mudpots. Enjoy the unique experience of relaxing in a hot spring-fed pool after one of the exciting Adventure Expeditions and do not miss a relaxing Massage or mud mask in the luxurious Anáhuac Spa.

Location:

Hotel Borinquen is an exclusive hotel & resort located in the North Pacific Region of Costa Rica. Secluded in the picturesque outskirts of the Rincón de la Vieja Volcano in Guanacaste, Costa Rica, Hotel Borinquen Mountain Resort & Spa is the perfect place for fun, adventure and relaxation.

The Borinquen Restaurants serve national and international cuisine prepared with the best quality standards. Excellent cuts of meat, fresh fruits and vegetables and sumptuous desserts are prepared with your absolute delight in mind. There are also a snack and juice bar and a swim-up bar where you can enjoy tropical drinks.

Facilities:

Activities:

The hotel offers beautiful and private villas and bungalows with a rustic design yet modern amenities

Please contact our travel consultant for further assistance and booking.

Room Rates: Room Type Villa Bungalow Villa Bungalow

Validity Jan 07 - April 30, 2009 Dic 15, 2008 - April 30, 2009

*** Rates in USD include breakfast and 16.39% sales tax

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Single

Double

Triple

$163.00

$180.00

N/A

$180.00

$200.00

N/A

$139.00

$155.00

N/A

$157.00

$175.00

N/A


Flor Blanca Hotel Description:

Located on 7 acres of white sand beach; surrounded by world class surf, hidden among the beach almond and plumeria trees, sits Flor Blanca Resort. A romantic heaven designed for people who want the comforts of the finest resort while enjoying the adventure and excitement of a tropical jungle destination.

Location:

Our pool is a work of art, you can swim, exercise, float or sip a cold drink...doze in our â&#x20AC;&#x153;over the pool palapaâ&#x20AC;?. Hang out under the waterfall - all in our oceanfront pool. Take a class in our thatched roofed, teak floored dojo; imagine yoga, kickboxing or dance classes cooled by ocean breezes. Enjoy the big screened TV or our Yamaha piano in the music room... and when you feel inspired wander into our art studio.

At the pacific coast, in Santa Teresa.

Facilities:

Boasts 10 villas, each with a large living room, ocean facing veranda and out door garden bathroom with sunken tub, king size Bali bed with CD stereo, choose ocean breezes or air conditioning. Food is an important part of your experience at Flor Blanca. Gourmet breakfast is included on your stay, Poolside dinner enhanced by ocean breezes. Only the freshest seafood and products - 3 meals a day; vegetarian fare offered at every meal.

Massage: Schedule a massage and your massage therapist will come to your villa where you can enjoy total privacy and quiet.

Activities:

Please contact our travel consultant for further assistance and booking.

Room Rates: Room Type

Validity

Single

Double

Triple

Superior one bedroom villa

Diciembre 01, 2008 Abril 30, 2009 (except peak season)

$778.00

$778.00

N/A

For further pricing and special packages *** Rates in USD include breakfast and 16.39% sales tax


Harmony Hotel Description:

Inspired by the old school tropical destinations of eras that appreciated low key glamour and total escape, the Harmony hotel Nosara is the perfect setting for people to get in tune with their natural rhythm.

Location:

Located in the Pacific Ocean on Playa Guiones, Nosara, Guanacaste.

Facilities:

The graceful simplicity of earth tones and crisp whites creates rooms that are rooted in nature and beach life at the Harmony. All 24 accommodations reside on a path that meanders through a tropical garden overflowing with native vegetation. And the ears do not lie-that is the sound of waves. Amenities:

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Daily maid service, King size bed, Refrigerator, Air conditioning, Ceiling fans, Laptop-Sized safe box, Coffee maker, WIFI Access. Restaurant & Bar: The open air restaurant at the Harmony seats 40 guests in a stylish but casual atmosphere that draws upon 70â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s surf culture, Brazilian Modernism, and old school tropical resorts. Pool: At the heart of the Harmonyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lush tropical garden is its pool. Completely surrounded by several endemic species of plants and trees, which serve as a habitat for various species of birds and butterflies, creating a unique scenic display. The water is clear and silky because of a system that gradually converts salt into a natural form of chlorine.

Activities:

Please contact our travel consultant for further assistance and booking.


bungalows consist of a single bedroom with one king size bed or two full size beds. These hotel rooms are sold individually, or in addition, can be purchased with a connecting room. Junior Suites boast extra living space and even a private patio with plunge pool and an outstanding view of the Gulf.

Hilton Papagayo 4 Stars Hotel In Process of Certification Location:

Hilton Papagayo Resort Costa Rica is located in a secluded, private bay on the Pacific Ocean at the Gulf of Papagayo, Guanacaste. This is the perfect setting for a fun-filled family vacation, romantic getaway or memorable event. This Costa Rica Hilton is just 20 minutes away from the Liberia International Airport and 30 minutes by plane from San Jose, the Capital city of Costa Rica.

Over 1,300 sq. ft. of meeting space, 3 meeting rooms and open areas for events.A magical resort, with impressive Kids Club activities and facilities Until Nov 30, children ages 4-12 years are an additional $75 per child per day plus taxes. • Dining Facilities • Whirlpool • Business Center • High Speed Internet Access • Fitness Center • Tennis • Pet Facilities • Meeting Facilities • Wireless Internet Access • Accessible Rooms • Pool

Facilities:

This Costa Rica resort has 202 luxuriously appointed rooms, suites and bungalows, each featuring a terrace or balcony with magnificent views of the tranquil azure waters of the Gulf of Papagayo or tropical gardens. All hotel rooms are appointed with the warmth of polished wood furnishings including Hilton’s Serenity® Bed. Modern in-room conveniences including a flat screen TV, MP3 clock radio and mini-fridge, provide a real sense of comfort to guests throughout their stay. The beautiful

Room Rates: Room Type

Validity

Single

Double

Triple

Bungalow Tropical Garden

Jan 03-April 30,2009

$219.00

$242.00

$282.00

May 01-October 31,2009

$184.00

$207.00

$247.00

***Rates in USD include continental breakfast and 16.39% government sales tax. For further pricing please contact our sales consultant costarica@vesatours.com


La Aqua Viva 5 Stars Hotel

environment to satisfy the guests in balance with the creative energies of nature.

Description:

Facilities:

The Hotel shows a very authentic architectonic ¨Bali Style¨, which harmonizes with an exclusive decoration representing the fusion of diverse ethnic elements from around the world, creating a high end and comfortable atmosphere for enjoying the tropics. All spaces of the hotel will surprise the guests with carefully chosen art masterpieces, belonging to a private collection that includes the sculpture ¨ Sophia ¨ made by the famous costarican master Jorge Jimenez Deredia. The Hotel is surrounded by an impressive tropical forest that belongs to the Nosara Civic Association, and it only takes a 15 minutes drive to Ostional National Wildlife Refuge which is one of the few privileged areas in Costa Rica where the Olive Ridley Sea Turtles, Leatherback and Pacific Green turtles lay their eggs. Turtles nest at Ostional all year round, but the arriving periods are more common from July through December where you can have one of the most beautiful opportunities to be in touch with Mother Nature.

A total of 35 units among individual suites, master suites and other structures, seem to be floating on the extense surrounding water mirrors, ponds and pools. The resort presents to its visitors and guests a delightful social area where wireless internet access is available, so take your laptop with you. At our restaurant, you can try many exquisite recipes that appeal to the senses, and were carefully chosen by the Chef. Our bartender will prepare for you a wide variety of different cocktails and juices that will stimulate your taste as well. There is ample deck space and lounges for sunning, as well as a secluded shady section for reading and dozing around our swimming pools and jacuzzi which is a perfect retreat for those lay back days when the body needs to rest. The kid’s pool will let your children liberate all that the energy they have within themselves. Also offer room service, laundry service, pick up taxi from the Nosara airport (upon request), free scheduled shuttle to the beach and free parking lot.

Location:

Activities:

L´acqua Viva Resort & Spa is nestled in Playa Guiones in a nature lover’s community to offer a delightful

Please contact our trave l planner for personalized service and reservations.

Room Rates:

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Room Type

Validity

Single

Double

Triple

Deluxe Room

January 01,April 30,2009

$191.00

$200.00

$245.00


Punta Islita Hotel Description:

Hotel Punta Islita is a secluded paradise of spectacular ocean views, charming luxury, and exciting activities underscored by a genuine commitment to art and responsible tourism. Explore authentic Costa Rican culture, and the natural beauty of the Guanacaste province. A solitary outpost in a land of spellbinding beauty, this is a place where nature thrives. Time stops. And the mind, body and spirit are free. Relax in luxurious seclusion and let your cares slip away, for you are now in paradise.

Location:

Nestled in the heavily forested hills of the Guanacaste Province, overlooking shimmering ocean waters.

Facilities:

Hotel Punta Islita’s tiered layout grants spectacular ocean views, seclusion, and the Generous stream of warm tropical breeze.

Discover an enticing variety of environments and facilities perfect for fine dining, relaxation, soft adventure, exploring authentic cultures, and beach activities. Savor the rich texture, color, and flavor of Costa Rican fusion cuisine in the stylish 1492 Restaurant. Its fifty-foot thatched palm ceiling and open layout are inspired by the architectural sensibility of ancient native cultures for a unique and relaxed dining ambiance. Their infinity edge pool sits at the pinnacle of Punta Islita’s tiered layout, overlooking the very ocean with which it seems to merge. Serene fresh water and placid skies create the perfect environment for adult swimming, reading, and relaxed sunbathing.Hotel Punta Islita’s accommodations enjoy spectacular ocean cove views, a distinctive architectural style, warm ambiance, and privacy. From cozy Deluxe Rooms to romantic Suites, charming Casitas, and family Villas, you will find the perfect option for your vacation or getaway.

Activities:

Please contact our travel consultant for further assistance and booking.

Room Rates: Room Type

Validity

Single

Double

Triple

Deluxe Room

Dec. 24 2008 / Jan 02, 2009

$338.00

$338.00

$375.00

Deluxe Room

Jan 03- Apr 15 2009 Jul 1 - Aug 31, 2009 Nov 16 - Dec 23, 2009

$288.00

$288.00

$328.00

Deluxe Room

Season A (Apr 16 - Jun 30, 2009)

$264.00

$264.00

$303.00

Rates, per night Includes 16.39% sales tax, includes continental breakfast, minimum of 3 nights Please consider $22 per person for domestic transfers each way.


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Manuel Antonio Arenas del Mar Hotel Description:

The resort is beautifully situated on a cliff above Espadilla Beach with its white sand beaches and the sparkling Pacific Ocean and overlooks the spectacular Manuel Antonio National Park and has direct beach access to two separate beaches. Arenas del Mar is a venture developed with the idea of building a luxurious beach resort and sustainable tourism hotel based on the experiences and knowledge acquired from more than 50 years of combined experience in tourism. Arenas Del Mar is blessed with two unparalleled beaches; Playa Espadillas and Playitas Beach.

Location:

Arenas del Mar is located on the Central Pacific Coast of Costa Rica about 2 km. from the port of Quepos, in Manuel Antonio. Most visitors to Costa Rica arrive in San José which is located about 4 hours by car or a short 20 minutes flight from Arenas Del Mar.

Arenas del Mar Beach and Nature Resort has 38 guest rooms including ocean view apartments with two bedrooms and three full bathrooms. All rooms are equipped with ceiling fans, air conditioning, flat screen cable televisions, wired internet access, telephones, mini-bars, coffee maker, safe deposit boxes, luggage racks, irons and ironing boards. All guest rooms offer spectacular views of the Manuel Antonio National Park, the Pacific Ocean and the tropical rainforest. The great advantage of the guest rooms at Arenas Del Mar is that they are located on secluded beach a secluded beach. The rooms are designed to offer maximum comfort while taking into consideration the surrounding environment. The buildings housing the guest rooms were altered to fit around existing trees, water is heated with solar panels and grey water is reused for irrigation. Rooms: * Ocean View Apartments * Ocean View Suites * Rainforest View Suites * Ocean View Superior Rooms

Activities:

Please contact our travel consultant for further assistance and booking.

Room Rates: Room Type

Validity

Single

Double

Triple

Ocean View Apartment (up to1 - 4 people)

High Season 1 Nov 2008 - 14 Dec 2008 6 Jan - 30 April 2009

$796.00

$796.00

$796.00

Ocean View Apartment (up to1- 4 people)

Low Season 1 May 2009 – 31 October 2009

$646.00

$646.00

$646.00

Ocean View Suite (Regular & Honeymoon)

High Season1 Nov 2008 - 14 Dec 2008 6 Jan - 30 April 2009

$496.00

$496.00

$554.00

Ocean View Suite (Regular & Honeymoon)

Low Season 1 May 2009 – 31 October 2009

$392.00

$392.00

$450.00

***Rates in USD include continental breakfast and 16.39% government sales tax. For further pricing please contact our sales consultant costarica@vesatours.com


Parador Hotel 4 Stars Hotel

desk, tennis court, fitness center, miniature golf, nature trails, computer stations.

Description:

It’s elegant Mediterranean – style architecture, modeled after the Traditional Spanish Paradores and quaint European “boutique hotels”, has made the resort one of a kind. With 108 rooms and suites, we offer all the expected amenities of a four plus resort, with European refinement and a warm tropical touch!

At Hotel Parador Boutique Resort & Spa” you can lounge for hours at the infinity swimming pool gazing at the incredible views while sipping on your favorite cocktail, relaxing and reading your favorite book at the adult pool, or simply take advantage of the different recreation activities.

The entire Parador experience is limitless…. wildlife, tropical gardens, boundless pools, expansive views, excellent service, delicious meals, relaxing massages, romantic settings, exciting tours, and much more!

Explore the 12 acre premises that take you through the lush gardens and mysterious jungle, where you are almost guaranteed to see some of the most abundant wildlife, such as white-faced and titi-monkeys, sloths, iguanas, coudamandas, and many species of birds.

Location:

Hotel Parador “Boutique Resort & Spa”, is located on Punta Quepos in the most pristine and tranquil area of Manuel Antonio, yet within minutes from the World Famous Manuel Antonio National Park.

A 10 minute hike to Biesanz beach can not be missed. At low tide you may observe turtle traps once made by the Quepos Indians whom resided on Punta Quepos. This small exotic beach has tiny waves and is great for swimming.

Facilities:

Activities:

Two infinity swimming pools with swim up bar, adult swimming pool with cascading waterfall, activities

Please contact our travel consultant for further assistance and booking.

Room Rates: Room Type

Validity

Single

Double

Triple

Garden

Dec 20 - Jan 04, 2009

$220.00

$220.00

$261.00

Jan 04 - April 30 / July 01 - August 30, 2009

$168.00

$168.00

$209.00

May 01 - June 30 / September 01 - December 01

$138.00

$138.00

$178.00

***Rates in USD include continental breakfast and 16.39% government sales tax. For further pricing please contact our sales consultant costarica@vesatours.com

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Gaia Hotel 5 Stars Hotel 4 CST Leaf Sustainable Tourism Certification Description:

Imagine a tropical getaway that offers sublime luxury in a spectacularly exotic locale. This is Gaia. The Gaia Hotel achieves an ideal blend of modern amenities and natural scenery. Nestled in the magnificent coastal forests of Costa Rica, the hotel’s well-appointed, terraced suites and villas offer views of lush and pristine wild surroundings that are beyond compare. The hotel sits on a vast tract of lowland coastal forest, teeming with spectacular and rare wildlife. Originally serving as the site of Jardín Gaia, a center for native orchids conservation and endangered wildlife rehabilitation, today the land remains set aside as

a refuge for these many precious species. It is here that the privileged guest may take in the sights and sounds of Costa Rica’s lush and exotic natural gifts.

Location:

Gaia Hotel and Reserve is located in Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica, is an adults only luxury boutique beach 5 star hotel and resort and a member of “Small Luxury Hotels of the World”.

Facilities:

Gaia Hotel offers more conveniences than the guest could need, including an on-site restaurant, room service 24 hours, spa, gym, and pool, plus the availability of a myriad of personal services. Gaia presents to the guest all that is desirable in an ecofriendly environment.

Activities:

Please contact our travel consultant for further assistance and booking.

Room Rates: Room Type Gaia Suite

Validity

Single

Double

Triple

Jan 04-April 30,2009

$977.00

$977.00

N/A

May 01-December 15

$780.00

$780.00

N/A

***Rates in USD include continental breakfast and 16.39% government sales tax. For further pricing please contact our sales consultant costarica@vesatours.com


Si Como No Hotel 5 Stars Hotel 5 Leaf CST Sustanaible Tourisim Certification

Location:

Description:

Facilities:

Discreetly integrated into this tropical paradise is Si Como No. Proudly occupying the most idyllic hilltop in Manuel Antonio, this award-winning eco-designed Resort & Spa provides its own signature version of “barefoot luxury” to all its guests. From Hotel Si Como No, you can visit nearby beaches, the National Park and mangroves. Not to mention, the hotel’s own Wildlife Nature Exhibits, which are adjacent to the property. Guests also enjoy a variety of water sports and local shopping, including the hotel’s Gift Shop & Art Gallery. Founded in 1992 by Ecovision, S.A., Hotel Si Como No has been a shining example of the global eco-tourism movement ever since it opened its doors. As such, the hotel is a unique blend of the country’s incredible bio-diversity and the deeply-rooted cultural values of the Costa Rican people. An active member of many planet-saving conservation programs, Si Como No practices what has come to be called “sustainable hospitality.” Principal owner/general manager Jim Damalas came to Costa Rica over 25 years ago. Formerly, an art director and producer working in Hollywood, Mr. Damalas fell in love with the area upon his first visit when he camped in what was to become Manuel Antonio National Park. That “camping trip” turned out to be more than a vacation, but rather the beginning of a love affair with the country and its people that continues to this day.

Located in Manuel Antonio, a veritable treasure chest of natural beauty, Hotel Si Como No is surrounded by lush tropical rainforest, inviting soft sand beaches, and nearby rafting rivers.

The Hotel’s 58 rooms are distributed within ten separate terraces located on ten acres of protected tropical forest. Each room has well-appointed bathrooms, fully stocked minibars, most with private balconies, direct dial telephones, energy efficient air conditioning, and are classified in five categories: Standard, Superior, and Deluxe Rooms, plus Deluxe and Honeymoon Suites that include adjoining sofa couch and desk areas, plus full amenities. You won’t find televisions or CNN in your hotel rooms, but rather the sounds of nature and the tropical vistas from your private balcony. Si Como No´s Serenity Spa: After a day of adventure tours or poolside tanning, treat yourself to a professional, relaxing, and therapeutic body massage. There are various services and packages available. Relax at the hands of our Serenity Spa experts, before or after an active day of tours, hiking or horseback riding. A massage is a healthy way to relax and ease sore or tense muscles. As part of our personal commitment to our clients, we offer three therapeutic massages and a full range of other Serenity Spa Services by appointment. Get ready for the tranquil way of life at Si Como No by pampering yourself by reserving our special massage for couples. We now feature five private treatments rooms, whirlpool bath, all overlooking lush tropical garden.

Activities:

Please contact our travel consultant for further assistance and booking.

Room Rates: Room Type

Validity

Single

Double

Triple

Standard Room

Nov. 15, 2008 - April 30, 2009 July 01, 2009 - Aug. 31, 2009

$220.00

$220.00

$258.00

May 01, 2009 – June 30, 2009 September 01, 2009 –November 14, 2009

$194.00

$194.00

$233.00

***Rates in USD include buffet breakfast and 16.39% government sales tax. For further pricing please contact our sales consultant costarica@vesatours.com Free entrance to the Butterfly Garden for selfguided walk One hour internet gift certificate

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Villa Caletas Hotel Description:

Crowning a towering mountain skirted by luxuriant jungle, Villa Caletas commands a breathtaking view of sea and sky. It is an inspired fusion of design styles - tropical Victorian, neo-classical, French - but it is so much more… What would in most earthly places seem to be an impossible jumble of disparate elements is here at Villa Caletas magically metamorphosed to harmonious beauty. Villa Caletas, a luxury hotel “Close to Heaven” that shines like a jewel among resorts, prized not only for location, design and décor, but also for outstanding facilities and service. Villa Caletas expresses a truly unique combination of mountain and seaside resort. Looming 1150 feet above the Pacific Ocean, Villa Caletas shines like a jewel among resorts. The spectacular 180-degree panorama from this tropicaljungle perch sweeps over the gulf islands of the Nicoya Peninsula to the crescent beaches of Jacó, Herradura and Punta Leona, taking in the majestic mountains.

Location:

Jacó Beach, Central Pacific Coast, Costa Rica.

Facilities:

Swimming Pool: The vast, deep-blue pool with an “infinity” edge creates the illusion of being one with the ocean. Adding to its splendour are a miniature waterfall, an island of tropical plants, and naturalrock facing. Serenity reigns at this magnificent pool area, in keeping with the atmosphere all around the hotel. We offer bar service by the pool where

you can enjoy our delicious cocktails and all sorts of drinks, the schedule of this bar is 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Ask one of our waiters for the lunch by the pool. Beach: One mile from the hotel guests can enjoy Caletas beach, an hourly transfer will take you back and forth starting at 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 pm or even better if you have your own 4x4, you can go at any time to this wild and very private pebble beach, equipped with sun beds and refreshing drinks out of our snack bar to relax under the sun or under the cool shade. Find down here showers and restrooms. Exercise room: A little sweat won’t do any harm you during your vacation, try our exercise room, workout early in the morning or in the afternoon, take advantage of this facility and enjoy a universal machine, bicycle elliptical, weights and bench. Restaurants & Bars: Mirador: International cuisine with French style. Open from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Anfiteatro: International cuisine. Open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. The bar and restaurants offer exquisite cuisine, your favorite drinks and incredible views of the coastline. Mountain Pool: The hotel swimming pool, on the edge of the mountain precipice, is a place of refuge. Its natural rock facings, miniature waterfall and tropical plant island add to the sense of tranquility one feels throughout the hotel property. Special Events and Meeting Rooms: Sala Martiguez: Capacity for 24 persons. Restaurante y Terraza Anfiteatro: Capacity from 35 to 120 persons. Restaurante Mirador: Capacity from 50 to 120 persons. Terraza Mirador: Capacity from 70 to 120 persons.

Activities:

Please contact our travel consultant for further assistance and booking.

Room Rates: Room Type Standard Deluxe

Validity

Single

Double

Triple

December 21, 2008 - January 04, 2009

$249.00

$249.00

$288.00

November 15, 2008 - July 31, 2009

$208.00

$ 208.00

$248.00

***Rates in USD do not include breakfast ** Rates include 16.39% government sales tax. For further pricing please contact our sales consultant costarica@vesatours.com


Northern Plains

hotel making an ideal refuge for the great diversity of birds, some mammals and lizards, besides a large variety of plants.

Arenal Manoa 4 Stars Hotel

Facilities:

Description:

Arenal Manoa is a beautiful place to rest, relax and enjoy the marvelous view of Arenal Volcano. Surrounded by gardens, pastures and animals, our rooms have been designed so that each one offers you a panoramic view of the volcano. Our visitors can take advantage of our spacious gardens for walking and meditation as well as the opportunities to see the daily operations of a typical Costa Rican farm.

Location:

Located at just two hours and a half from San José, is Hotel Arenal Manoa, in one of the most popular tourist places for visitors, a place where you will find a huge variety of tourist attractions, as well; one of the most active volcano in the world; the Arenal Volcano. With a privileged location, we are 7 kilometers west from La Fortuna and 800 meters from the main road that made a very natural and private environment, surrounded by the La Palma River, that go around the

With 40 rooms, Arenal Manoa is a destiny created for you to enjoy the combination of a high quality service and an exuberant nature beauty. Everything start with our rooms that combines a modern and rustic architecture, with plenty space for your comfort, where you can enjoy the view of the Arenal Volcano from your own bed, also a big bathroom with an little garden just to remember the natural beauties that surround us and the balcony where you can delight with the panoramic view and the gardens that are around the rooms, while you rest in a rocking chair. In our Junior Suites you will find a pleasing atmosphere for your stay. Each one is equipped with: Two queen sized beds, Air conditioning, Satellite television, Private bath with hot water and a hair dryer, Telephone, Terrace with a view of the volcano, Refrigerator, Safe-Deposit box, Coffee maker. Restaurant: In El Dorado Restaurant our guests can enjoy both national and international cuisine while savoring the beautiful view.

Activities:

Please contact our travel consultant for further assistance and booking.

Room Rates: Room Type

Validity

Single

Double

Triple

Standard Room

20 -11-08 – 06 -01-2009 (05 -12/5- 2009)

$175.00

$200.00

$225.00

Standard Room

15 -12- 2008 – 14-12- 2009

$145.00

$160.00

$180.00

*** Rates in USD include breakfast and 16.39% sales tax

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Arenal Nayara & Gardens 4 Stars Hotel In Process of Certification

strategic location will allow you to enjoy the most of the area and all its attractions.

Description:

Make one of our 24 deluxe casitas your home in this lush and verdant natural wonder, where simply waking up to the wondrous sight of the Arenal Volcano is an experience in itself. The Altamira Restaurant, which serves breakfast, lunch and dinner offers an unparalleled vista of the volcano from a hilltop. Surrounded by lush tropical plants and flowers Altamira has been designed to provide an exclusive dining experience. You can also enjoy a drink in a stylish and comfortable ambiance.

Facilities:

Every room at the Arenal Nayara Hotel & Gardens has been designed to provide the utmost comfort and style while maintaining a close contact with nature. Taking our guests experience as the center of this design, the hotel has built a unique concept of individual bungalows separated by lush tropical plants. Every one of its large suite-size bungalows will provide the independent space and privacy to create a self experience including a private backyard with an outdoor shower and wide glass doors to the private front balcony.

Location:

Located in the outskirts of one of the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most amazing volcanoes, Arenal Nayara Hotel & Gardens is the experience of a lifetime. At Arenal Nayara Hotel & Gardens, you will find a unique blend between the hospitality of our local culture and the warm tropical climate, making your Costa Rican vacation an unparalleled experience that soothes your senses and rejuvenates your spirit. Arenal Nayara Hotel & Gardens is located between the town of Fortuna and the Arenal Volcano National Park 6 miles from Fortuna. The hotels is within 20 minutes from the main attractions of the area, including hot springs, waterfalls and the National Park main entrance. The

Acantha Spa is located on the top of the hillside of Arenal Nayara between rooms 7 & 9. From the hotel entrance transportation is provided with golf cart. Please contact reception if the cart is not visible. Acantha Spa is in an environment of relaxation and harmony. To ensure this peaceful atmosphere we request that guests do not use their cellular phones and speak in a gentle voice

Activities:

For further information please contact our sales consultant at costarica@vesatours.com - CAĂ&#x2018;O NEGRO WILDLIFE REFUGE TOUR - HIKING TO RIO CELESTE - ARENAL HANGING BRIDGES - SKY TREK & SKY TRAM

Room Rates: Room Type

Validity

Net Rate

Double

Triple

Deluxe Room

12.10.2007 / 12.15.2008

$162.00

$162.00

$207.00

*** Rates in USD include 16.39% sales tax and continental breakfast


* Total number of rooms 53 * Total hectares of property 27 acres * Humid climate. Temperature 16 to 24 degrees Celsius * Rooms for disabled * Mini Gym * Play room

Arenal Kioro Hotel 5 Stars Hotel 4 Leave CST Sustainable Tourism Certification Description:

Arenal Kioro hotel and restaurant offers a fabulous place with a natural viewpoint to the Arenal Volcano. The hotel has 27 acres of undulating land, surrounded by two streams ( La Palma and Kioro) with crystalline waters that begin to flow in the Arenal Volcano National Park. It has two paths where plant species are identified. Besides, 3 kilometers away there is a property with private thermal springs for our customer’s delight. Arenal Kioro is located 10 kilometers Northwest from La Fortuna in San Carlos , in front of the majestic Arenal Volcano.

Suites: Our suites have two terraces with the best panoramic volcano and mountain view , hydromassage, air conditioning, safe box, minibar, coffee maker, hot water, direct dialing telephone, satellite television, hair dryer, key card safety locks. Titokú Hot Springs: It’s located at only 7 min from Kioro. We offer 8 different hot springs pools, with hydro-massage. Every pool comes with different temperature and size (6-20 people) Titokú has the total capacity for 80 persons. Titoku`s other service: reception, waiting room, snack bar (30 people), salon (50people), bathrooms (for disables), dressing rooms and lockers. Our Schedule: 10 am until 10pm.

Facilities:

Activities:

Location:

Please contact our travel consultant for further assistance and booking.

* Location 10 minutes North West from La Fortuna * Type of rooms suites

Room Rates: Room Type

Validity

Single

Double

Triple

Standard Room

Dec. 20 2008 / Nov. 30 2009

$353.00

$391.00

$432.00

***Rates in USD include continental breakfast and 16.39% government sales tax. For further pricing please contact our sales consultant costarica@vesatours.com

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Royal Corin 5 Stars Lotel

the incredible sculptures made in Cypress, located in the local park.

Description:

Facilities:

Our huge reception area is perfectly conditioned with modern furniture and advanced architecture which makes you feel comfortable right from your arrive to the hotel. The Royal Corin staffs are a highly qualified team because excellent service is one of our main goals. Your pleasant stay is another of our objectives so we are always looking for a respectful treatment. In Royal Corin we work to make you to feel great!

Location:

Hotel Royal Corin Resort and Spa is located at La Fortuna de San Carlos. This area belongs to the province of Alajuela and joins the Arenal Volcano area with the Monteverde forest and Santa Elena in the province of Puntarenas. The trip to La Fortuna, from San Jose, is a short and pleasant journey that includes, among other attractions, travel into Zarcero, this area is internationally famous for his traditional dishes and

The Royal Corin Resort & Loto Spa has 54 rooms with an elegant design, quiet atmosphere in harmony with natural wealth of the area of the majestic Arenal volcano. Each room has fantastic view of the volcano mainly because of the excellent architectural design of this five stories hotel. Three floors are strictly for lodging. The Royal Corin means an excellent chance to rest and enjoy several sports with recreation options. Visitor here, experience invaluable moments and unexpected sensations meanwhile enjoys a casual chat in our Lava Bar. Guest also have the chance to improve their health into thermal waters or receive a relaxing massage in the Loto Spa

Activities

For suggestions and support please contact our sales consultant costarica@vesatours.com

Room Rates: Room Type

Validity

Single

Double

Triple

Jan 01- April30,2009

$165.00

$165.00

$193.00

*** Rates in USD include buffet breakfast and 16.39% sales tax


The Springs Arenal Spa & Resort 4 Stars Hotel Description:

With a spectacular view of the Arenal Volcano, natural hot and cold springs, four unique dining experiences, and an impressive full service Spa, The Springs Resort and Spa at Arenal promises to overwhelm you in every aspect of quality, service and design.

Location:

The resort perches one thousand feet above the Arenal Valley on a mountain ridge just six kilometres north of the active volcano but safely outside the government declared danger zone. Our higher altitude relative to other hotels in the area allows for not only incomparable views of the volcano, the lush valley, and the surrounding towns that sparkle at night, but also access to the area’s famous prevailing breezes. In fact, the name Arenal is an indigenous word meaning “Window of the Wind”.

Facilities:

With eighteen freeform, landscaped pools provide our guests with great views of the volcano and a multitude of options with temperatures ranging from 76˚F to 103˚F.Fourteen thousand square foot full services Spa encompasses one entire level of our reception building and reflects our serious commitment to provide a complete treatment experience to replenish your mind, body and soul. Massages, facials, body wraps, manicures and pedicures are

offered in a luxurious and holistic setting administered by trained professionals with the latest technology. Restaurants: Whether you crave a chopped filet mignon hamburger served poolside at Treetops Grill or a Seared Yellow fin Tuna Steak prepared with a unique Costa Rican/Asian fusion sauce at our fine dining restaurant Las Ventanas, we are sure to satisfy your culinary desires. Games In addition to Ginger Sushi, the Games side of our Casino level features old fashioned parlour games such as billiards, darts, chess, checkers, cards and backgammon as well as a few high tech video games. Also, a rocking chair on the Sunset Terrace is a great place to watch the sun set behind the volcano but also to enjoy the distant city lights glimmering at night. Casino Due to some recent changes in the Costa Rican Government’s rules and regulations regarding the permitting of casinos in the country we are not entirely certain of when we will be able to open the casino. Our best estimate is February to April of 2009. We plan to have 60 gaming machines including typical slots, video poker and video blackjack as well as 4-8 Blackjack tables, a Roulette table, Small Stakes Poker, Caribbean Stud Poker and a Craps table. Rooms facilities, Each Guest Room and Villa at The Springs Resort and Spa includes a Private Terrace with Balcony and Picturesque Volcano View, Hammocks, Rocking Chairs, Central Air Conditioning, Luxurious Marbled Bathrooms with Jacuzzi Tubs and Multiple Head Showers, Satellite Television with 37” Flat Screen TV, Surround Sound Stereo with CD/DVD Player and IPOD/MP3/USB Connectivity, Telephone, Wireless Internet Access, Wet Bar, Safe, Mini-Bar Refrigerator and Coffee Maker.

Room Rates: Room Type

Validity

Net Rate

Double

Triple

Vista Guest Rooms (1st level)

Dec 15, 2008 / Jan 3, 2009

$436.00

$436.00

$487.00

Vista Guest Rooms (1st level)

Jan 4, 2009 / Apr 30, 2009

$384.00

$384.00

$435.00

Vista Guest Rooms (1st level)

May 1, 2009 / Jun 15, 2009

$374.00

$374.00

$425.00

Family Suites

Dec 15, 2008 / Jan 3, 2009

$501.00

$501.00

$553.00

Family Suites

Jan 4, 2009 / Apr 30, 2009

$450.00

$450.00

$502.00

Family Suites

May 1, 2009 / Jun 15, 2009

$440.00

$440.00

$492.00

*** Rates includes 16.39% sales tax *** Rates do not include breakfast

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Facilities:

Southern Pacific Cuna del Angel Hotel Description:

The owners have made every effort to create a unique and typical colonial style environment with endless details. The Hotel is the result of careful planning and research to create an exclusive and cozy boutique hotel amidst the surroundings of exuberant tropical jungle forest. The Palapa, the main building of this unique hotel, was designed as an area of homage to local ancestors and a symbolic expression of Costa Rican indigenous culture. Its’ architectural design was based on the “Boruca” traditional ceremonial dwelling with its’ circular shape and conic roof creating the idea of center projected energy towards the sky.

Location:

Nine kilometers (5 1/2 miles) south of Dominical off the coastal road, looking over the treetops towards the crystalline Pacific waters.

The Hotel’s 16 rooms, each named after an angel, are richly decorated with colonial and Asian details, and equipped with all modern amenities: Air conditioning and ceiling fans, DVD and Direct TV, Wireless Internet access, Mini bar, safe, hairdryer, room service…all with astonishing ocean and jungle views from the private terraces or balconies. The Spa at Cuna del Angel offers guests a wide range of beauty and wellness treatments in the soothing ambiance of natural splendor. Their aim is to help achieve a balance between body, mind and spirit - and an overall sensation of delight and wellbeing. They use some of the world’s finest cosmetic products, such as Saint Germain de Capuccini and La Prairie, and state of the art technology, such as cellular stimulation and accelerating equipment for rejuvenation. Additionally, their qualified team of professionals will ensure the best specialized and personalized care.

Activities:

Please contact our travel consultant for further assistance and booking.

Room Rates: Room Type

Validity

Single

Double

Triple

Deluxe Angel Room

Jan 08 - April 05 April13 – April 30th July 01 – 31 August

$172.00

$181.00

$199.00

Rates do not include breakfast For additional pricing please contact our sales consultant costarica@vesatours.com

Spa Package

• 3 Nights in a Deluxe Angel Room at Cuna del Angel Hotel • Welcome Fruit Drink at arrival • Daily Continental Buffet Breakfast • 1 Delicious Marine Package (Mineral Salts Scrub, Seaweed Wrap, Clay Massage & Sea Crystal Bath) • 1 Relaxing Massage

• Turkish bath per person. • 1 Manicure & Pedicure • Gourmet Dinner for two and a Bottle of Wine Complimentary. • Taxes included

Valid for 2009 (Dec, 01-2008 to Nov, 30-2009) Green Season I

Green Season II

High Season

De, 01-08 to Dec, 23-08 May, 01 to Jun, 30

Sept, 01 to Nov, 30

Jan, 08 to Apr, 30 Jul, 01 to Aug, 31

Rack

$ 888.00

Net AGT $ 710.40 (*) Do not apply for Easter Week

Rack

$ 858.00

Net AGT $ 686.40

Rack

$ 976.00

Net AGT $ 780.80


Kiana Resort 5 Stars Hotel Location:

The Villas at Playa Dominical is a beachfront spa resort uniquely situated amidst nature’s richest treasures at the crossroad between Costa Rica’s central and southern Pacific coasts, where mountainous rainforest descends to meet the dramatic Pacific surfs.

Description:

The Resort offers unmatched diversity of experience that combines wildness with luxury, exploration with relaxation, spiritual with sensual indulgence. It is a comforting anchor for those in pursuit of adventures and an endearing playground for those rediscovering life’s simple pleasures.

Facilities:

The 4 types of exquisitely furnished villas with 1’500 square feet (140 m2) of living and entertainment areas are designed with a tropical modern theme combining elements of Southeast Asian and Latin America for rustic simplicity and understated elegance. Each villa has an open floor plan with full kitchen, decks and covered terraces to enjoy both indoor and outdoor living. 26 two bedroom luxury villas can be split as:

• 26 individual King or Twin guestrooms with a spacious bathroom • 26 one bedroom luxury suite with full kitchen, some with an open air Palapa (gazebo)

The 2,400 square foot sanctuary comprises 2 treatment rooms and 1 couple’s room, each with their own individual and private shower room, in addition to a relaxation or reflection room, a steam room and a gym. Opening hours: daily from 09.00 am to 7.00 pm. (Reservation is required). In villa treatment can be organized with advance notice.

Activities:

Surfing, snorkelling, diving. Guided tours for bird or whale watching, jungle waterfalls, wild life reserves; yoga, tai chi. Spanish and Latin dances classes. For further assistant please contact our sales consultant costarica@vesatours.com Package rate per occupancy All the packages are available from January 4th, 2009 until December 20th, 2009. Launching & Green Season: from 4th January to 30 June 2009 (launching Rate) and from 1 Sep Kiana Experience • 4 nights, breakfast included • a free upgrade from a one bedroom suite to a private villa. • champagne and fruit amenities on arrival • a candlelit dinner with wine • Cheese and cold cut platter with a bottle of wine • 4 days C4x4 car rental • Art and cultural activities. • Private Visit to the Boruca reserve • “Planting a tree” activity ember

Room Rates: Room Type

Validity

Single

Double

Triple

Kiana Package

Jan 04 2009 / June. 30 2009 1 July 2009 to 31 August 2009

$2534.00

$2651.00

$2957.00

1 September 2009 to 20th December 2009

$2115.00

$2241.00

$2538.00

For further packages /yupricing please contact our sales consultant costarica@vesatours.com 2009 to 20th December 2009 (Green Season) High Season: from 1 July 2009 to 31 August 2009 All taxes are included in above rates.

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Tortuguero Manatus Hotel Description:

A room at Manatus Hotel begins with an extraordinary sense of peace and comfort. Your guest room is designed to inspire, its beauty connects you with the surrounding environment of a wildlife sanctuary and the water canals, while ensuring your comfort and convenience. Here at Manatus Hotel, the first class experience is the rule rather than the exception. We offer all the possibilities for family getaways, romantic escapades, vacations and wildlife adventures.

Location:

The Manatus hotel is located on the Tortuguero river side across Laguna Lodge only 5 minutes away by boat from the town and 5 minutes away from the air strip.

Facilities:

All rooms have luxury finishes, air conditioning, cable TV, mini bar, 2 queen size beds and solarium. Our services include bar and a la carte restaurant, swimming pools and tropical gardens, private forest reserve, boat with bathroom, tours and activities, pool table, panoramic dock and laundry service. Art Gallery: We have an exclusive art collection from the National Artist Marcela Crespo Gallegos which is available for sale. Our Spa service includes relaxing and stone massages, manicure and pedicure, facials, hair treatment, hair removal with wax and braids. Gym: For your convenience we have a Gym Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

Jul

Agu

Dec

available for our guests. Internet: Stay connected in Tortuguero with our Internet access. Your visit to Manatus Hotel would not be complete without experiencing the variety of activities available to you here at the Hotel and in Tortuguero National Park. Fishing Tour: Fishing Tour provides an opportunity for everyone to experience the sport fishing lifestyle and is a great way to spend quality time with family and friends. Canopy Tour: Offers the adventurous tourist an exhilarating opportunity to soar through the forest treetops high above the forest floor. Kayaks: There are few ways to see wildlife as delightfully as in a smoothly gliding silent kayak. Water Bikes: Tortuguero is renowned for itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s beautiful and scenic canals. Water Biking is the best way to see them. Bird Watching: Our hotel has an extense forest that offers you the possibility to view the jungle life from a perspective previously reserved for a select group of researchers and photographers. Frog Observatory: We have protected the natural habitat of the frog, permitting the animals to live in security and to be able to reproduce. At the same time, you can enjoy their colorful beauty. Turtle Tour: Tortuguero is considered to be the most important nesting site in the Western half of the Caribbean for the green turtle and other species of sea turtles. We will take you to an amazing tour to see them and you will learn all about this incredible phenomena of nature. (Available only on June, July, August, September and October).

Activities:

Please contact our travel consultant for further assistance and booking. May

Jun

Set

Oct

Nov

Package

Rate p/p

Ocup.

Package

Rate p/p

Ocup.

2 Days 1 Night

$420

SGL

2 Days 1 Night

$370

SGL

2 Days 1 Night

$390

DBL

2 Days 1 Night

$340

DBL

2 Days 1 Night

$365

TPL

2 Days 1 Night

$320

TPL

2 Days 1 Night

$345

QPL

2 Days 1 Night

$310

QUAD

3 Days 2 Nights

$540

SGL

3 Days 2 Nights

$470

SGL

3 Days 2 Nights

$495

DBL

3 Days 2 Nights

$425

DBL

3 Days 2 Nights

$460

TPL

3 Days 2 Nights

$400

TPL

3 Days 2 Nights

$435

QPL

3 Days 2 Nights

$380

QPL

Additional night

$200

Adult

Additional night

$170

Adult


Turrialba Casa Turire Hotel 4 Stars Hotel Description:

Casa Turire is a charming place and of a warm elegance situated in the green and agricultural region of Turrialba. Casa Turire is haven of gracious charm set in the verdant agricultural region of Turrialba. It is an ideal base camp for exploring Costa Rica – its rich interior from Braulio Carrillo to Irazú Volcano- its riotous rivers from the Reventazón to the Pacuareand the Caribbean coast from exotic Limón to the mystical submerged rainforest for Tortuguero. All these diverse areas and attractions are easily reached from the comfort and inviting luxury of Casa Turire.

Location:

Hotel Casa Turire is located to 8.5km outside of Turrialba near Hacienda Atirro on the edges of the Angostura Lake.

Facilities:

Casa Turire holds twelve rooms and four suites – all of grand prestige. These spacious rooms; with strong and beautiful wood floors, high ceilings and

private balconies that offer a spectacular view of the imposing hills. Each one uniquely designed with elaborate furniture with woods cultivated in the plantations. The headboards in the rooms are of fine wood, mixed perfectly with the fabrics of floral zarasa and walls of smooth stucco. Each room welcomes you with great comfort, direct dial telephones, satellite TV, as well as hair dryers and items of personal hygiene in the bathrooms. There are numerous activities available on the lake for the guests of Casa Turire. A hydroelectric dam watered by the Reventazón River floods an enormous area, forming an artificial lake of 37 meters in depth. Casa Turire has built a boat dock and offers non-motorized aquatic activities: kayaking and canoeing. You just have to take a walk through the gardens of Casa Turire to feel closer to nature. Tropical birds are observed on many occasions, toucans, orioles & parakeets. The pool area offers a refreshing break with splendid landscapes to admire.

Activities:

Please contact our travel consultant for further assistance and booking.

Room Rates: Room Type

Validity

Single

Double

Triple

Standard Room

20/11/08 - 06/01/09

$128.00

$156.00

$181.00

*** Rates in USD include breakfast and 16.39% sales taxes

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About the pictures

Oliver Acosta is one of key Naturalist Guides and has been part of the Vesatours team for 18 years. His passion for Photography is one of his strengths. We are deeply grateful with him because our printing material and web are constantly enhanced with his magic pictures.

Thank you very much Oliver!


TOUR LIST Tours in Arenal 2009

Hanging Bridges or Safari Float + Waterfall by Car + Hike + tabacon hot springs Entrance fees, lunch and dinner included

Prices per person

Arenal 4 in 1 :

$ 195,94

Tour CANOPY

Entr

Viaje RAFTING / SA

Kayak on Lake Arenal

$ 49,69

Caño Negro: Río Frío boat Tour

Snacks and lunch included

$ 58,80

Sna

RAFTING class IV in

Gui

Canopy and Rafting

Gui

Monteverde One Day Tour

Entrance fee to the Reserve and Lunch

$ 189,38

Horseback Riding

Gui

Guided walk at la Tir

Arenal Volcano Hike + Ecotermales

Dinner included

$ 92,81

Entr

Chocolate tour at la T

Entr

Horseback to La Fortuna Waterfall

$ 55,31

Arenal Reserve Hike

Entrance fee and snacks included

Horseback to Monteverde

Bat tour at la Tirimbin

Gui

$ 45,73 $ 78,05

Snacks included

Río Celeste one day tour

Entrance fee and Lunch included

Mountain Biking

Snacks included

Safari Float Tour

Entrance fee and snacks included

$ 98,44

Savegre River Raftin

Gui

$ 68,13

Naranjo River Rafting

$ 45,73

Damas Island Kayak

Gui

Sea Kayak (Snorkelin Tours in Monteverde 2009

Prices per person Horseback riding

CANOPY TOUR In Selvatura Park

Entrance fee and guide included

TREETOP WALKWAYS in Selvatura Park

Entrance fee and guide included

NATURAL HISTORY WALKS in Selvatura Park

Entrance fee and guide included

$ 69,83 $ 46,56 $ 64,01

Manuel Antonio Natio

Packages: Canopy tour +Walkways + Butterfly Garden ( Selvatura)

Entrance fees and guide included

Canopy tour +Walkways+Butterfly garden +Humminbird Garden

Entrance fees, guide and lunch included

Damas Island Boat Tou

$ 130,07

Carara National Park

$ 99,80

Caminata de Historia Natural en la Reserva Biológica del Bosque Nuboso de Monteverde

$ 52,50

Transport, guide, entrance fee and walk in the Reserve

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$ 107,08

Walkways +Butterfly Garden + Education Center+Reptile & Amphibiam Exhibition / Selvatura Park

Entrance fees, guide and lunch included

FOUR WELLERS ( A T

Canopy Tour Dolphin Watch Catamaran Aventure


Prices per person Tours in Sarapiqui 2009 $ 195,94

Tour CANOPY

Entrance fee and guided tour

Viaje RAFTING / SAFARI $ 49,69 $ 58,80

***4 passengers required

Guided tour and snaks

Canopy and Rafting Package Horseback Riding

$ 33,78

Guided tour

Guided walk at la Tirimbina $ 92,81

Entrance fee and guided tour

Chocolate tour at la Tirimbina

Entrance fee and guided tour

$ 55,31

$ 93,33 $ 84,00

Guided tour and snaks

$ 189,38

$ 46,67 $ 46,67

Snaks and guided tour

RAFTING class IV in Sarapiqui

Prices per person

Bat tour at la Tirimbina

$ 22,67 $ 21,33 $ 20,00

Guide tour Tours in Manuel Antonio 2009

$ 78,05 Savegre River Rafting

$ 68,13 $ 45,73

Damas Island Kayak

Prices per person

$ 88,75

Guided tour and snacks

Naranjo River Rafting

Guided tour and snacks

Sea Kayak (Snorkeling) Horseback riding

FOUR WELLERS ( A T V )

$ 56,25

Grecia/Sarchi/Oxca

Irazú Volcano (Half d

Irazú Orosi Lankester

$ 93,75

Canopy La Carpinter

Manuel Antonio National Park Tour

$ 43,75

$ 107,08

Damas Island Boat Tour

$ 56,25

$ 130,07

Carara National Park Tour

$ 93,75

Canopy Tour

$ 62,50

Dolphin Watch

$ 73,75

Catamaran Aventure

$ 73,75

$ 52,50

San José City Tour

NATURE TOURS

$ 64,01

$ 99,80

Sarapiquí Canopy T

Transp riding,

$ 56,25

$ 69,83

Transp Poás riding

$ 56,25

$ 56,25

Prices per person

$ 46,56

Entran

Poás Volcano & Sara

$ 45,73

$ 98,44

Coffee doka State tou

Canopy Braulio Carr


$ 93,33 $ 84,00 $ 33,78 $ 22,67 Tours in San Jose 2009

$ 21,33 $ 20,00

Coffee doka State tour

Entrance fee, guide et transport

Prices per person $ 42,50

Poás Volcano & Sarapiquí -Rain Forest Adventure Prices per person

$ 88,75 $ 56,25 $ 56,25 $ 56,25 $ 56,25

Transport, guide, breakfast, visit to La Paz, lunch, visit to Poás Volcano, boat tour in Sarapiquí river, horseback riding. Sarapiquí Canopy Tour from San Jose

Transport, guide, boat trip in Sarapiquí river, Horseback riding, Canopy, typic lunch

$ 56,25 $ 93,75 $ 62,50 $ 73,75 $ 73,75

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$ 68,75

Grecia/Sarchi/Oxcart factories and stores

$ 31,95

San José City Tour

$ 28,00

Irazú Volcano (Half day)

$ 38,88

Irazú Orosi Lankester

$ 59,50 ADVENTURE TOURS

$ 93,75

$ 43,75

$ 71,25

Canopy La Carpintera

$ 64,69

Canopy Braulio Carrillo ( LATE DEPARTURE TOUR )

$ 69,00


Tarifario Vesatours  

Tarifario para agencia de viajes mayorista en Costa Rica Vesatours

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