Here at OAT, we always strive to personalize your experience, whether you’re looking for more of a cultural sense of a region as it pertains to lifestyle and art or natural surroundings. So when there is more than one trip offered for one region or country, there can be lots of details to consider before making a reservation. This month, I’d like to focus on a question that one of our travelers left on our forum about our different trips to Costa Rica.
A:Great question. The main difference between our adventures is that Real Affordable Costa Rica gives more of an overview of Costa Rica’s highlights, so it might be a better option for first-time travelers to this region.
National Parks & Tropical Forests is often a second trip for bird-watchers and nature-lovers who want to get more of an in-depth feel for the terrain.
On Real Affordable Costa Rica, you'll balance nature treks on biodiverse trails with the charm of colonial cities. San Jose’s highlights include a tour of the capital’s National Park and the National Theater, called the “jewel of the nation.” You’ll enjoy the emerald green of tropical forests when you head to Manuel Antonio National Park, a lush reserve with four beaches, island bird sanctuaries, coral reefs, and a rain forest. You might see two- and three-toed sloths, capuchin monkeys, or giant iguanas. You’ll also enjoy the vistas of the thermal spas and verdant hills from the town of La Fortuna, the “front yard” of the Arenal Volcano. Part of the Costa Rican experience is taking advantage of these wonderful wildlife-viewing opportunities. This trip is, in a nutshell, most of what this beautiful country has to offer—great for first time visitors.
The Costa Rica: National Parks & Tropical Forests tour includes hotels at more remote locations, including Savegre Lodge in San Gerardo de Dota, a lush valley of fruit orchards with opportunities for hiking and horseback riding. But one of the most popular activities is bird-watching, as the lodge’s altitude of 7,000 feet makes it ideal for looking for the more than 170 species that abound in the nearby forest. A stream near the hotel means your dinner might include fresh fish.
Both trips offer an incredible value and adventure in this diverse country. There are some similarities between both adventures. If you are looking for a "taste" of Costa Rica, Real Affordable Costa Rica may be the option for you. If nature is your top priority, then National Parks & Tropical Forests may be the better pick for you. It's all about personal preference.
I hope that this information helps explain some of the general differences between two of our exciting Central America trips. Please check back on our website frequently, as 2013 departure dates will be announced soon. And, if you have any more questions, please feel free to email me!
Letters to Harriet
A few of you have written in to question a response we posted in our March edition of Travel Talk about accommodations on our Mongolia & the Gobi Desert adventure. We incorrectly stated that there are private toilets in the two-, three- and four-person ger tents in Mongolia. There are only toilets in the main ger. We apologize sincerely for the error.