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Gardens of Costa Rica with Walter Reeves 2011 Final

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					                    COSTA RICA
 (with a post tour cruise through the Panama Canal)
           Tropical Gardens, Lush Jungles & Vibrant Cloud Forests
                     With Garden Host Walter Reeves
                                           Jan 11- 20, 2012

                      “I had never seen a forest so green. Vines spiraled
               upward into the tops of huge trees draped with hanging plants.
                                    Even the light was green.”
                                            Jeremy Schmidt

                  Escape the cold gray days of winter (and ice storms) and join Walter Reeves for a
                  very special garden adventure to sun soaked Costa Rica. On this nine night tropical
                  garden adventure you’ll discover a jungle paradise unlike any other. Despite its
                  diminutive size, Costa Rica boasts greater biodiversity than all of Europe or North
                  America! Over 850 species of birds have been identified here, far more than have
                  been seen in Europe or Australia and more butterflies thrive here than on the entire
                  continent of Africa. Join Walter Reeves and enjoy numerous visits to outstanding
                  botanical gardens, explore lush jungles, stroll along the shores of starlit beaches and
                  view an abundance of exotic wildlife from a bridge that gently suspends you in the
                  mist of the Cloud Forest canopy. Sultry breezes, tropical gardens and colorful birds
                  await you.

2 Nights     San Jose (first and last night)
2 Nights     Arenal Volcano and Hot Springs
3 Nights     Monteverde Mountain Cloud Forest
2 Nights     Pacific Beach/ Manuel Antonio National Park
9 Nights     Post-tour Extension with a 7 night WindStar Cruise

Colorful Garden visits as listed in your itinerary A coffee plantation visit Towering Arenal Volcano
  The Monteverde Cloud Forest Soaking in the Tabacon Hot Springs Hummingbird Gallery
Skywalk and zip line canopy tour Wildlife viewing via a Cano Negro river float trip Butterfly
Gardens The stunning Pacific Coast Morning and evening bird walks Monteverde Orchid Gallery
  Sightings of toucans, quetzals, monkeys, iguanas, sloths and more!

   Hosted by garden expert Walter Reeves
   An expert Earthbound Expeditions guide/naturalist
   Nine nights of accommodation in charming hotels, comfortable cabins & lodges
   (All rooms with private baths and hot showers)
   Roundtrip air from Atlanta to San Jose, Costa Rica
   Special visits to botanical gardens, cloud forests and orchid & butterfly galleries
   All breakfasts, plus sixteen additional meals
   Transportation from arrival to departure on board a spacious, air-conditioned motorcoach
   Complimentary airport transfers in Costa Rica (if arriving the day the tour begins)
   Entrances to all activities and national parks as listed in your itinerary
   Gratuities for your guides, naturalists and driver
   Fun introductory language lessons offered by your guide
   Hotel and country taxes of 13%
   Complimentary refreshments
   A fun group of fellow garden lovers

                          TRIP FACTS
                          Length: 9 Nights / 10 Days
                          $2,950 PP Dbl. Occupancy Land + Air from Atlanta on Delta Airlines
                          $2,675 PP Dbl. Occupancy Land only
                          $575 Single Supplement (waived if matched with roommate)
                          Trip departs Atlanta on Wednesday, January 11, 2012
                          Trip begins in San Jose, at 5:00pm on Wednesday, January 11
                          Trip ends in San Jose, Costa Rica on the morning of Friday, January 20
                          Post-tour begins January 20, 2012
Post-tour ends in Panama City on Sunday, January 29

NOT INCLUDED: Airline fuel surcharges, taxes & baggage fees, alcoholic beverages with meals,
room service and gratuities for hotel staff, travel insurance, meals, Costa Rica departure tax of $26 and
any activities or items not listed in your itinerary.

SAVE $175! Walter Reeves and Earthbound alumni save $100. Pay your final balance by check and
save an additional $75

                                                     F ACT
         Costa Rica is home to over 9000 identified species of vascular plants and…
                                 1,200 varieties of orchids

Jan. 11, 2012
Day 1: Depart Atlanta and Discover Lankester Gardens
Pura Vida! Today your garden adventure begins as you arrive at noon in San Jose. After clearing customs and
gathering your bags, you’ll be met by your guide and host and transported by private motor coach to an
included welcome lunch. We start the tour right away with a visit to Lankester Botanical Gardens. The
gardens were established in 1973 for conservation and research of tropical epiphytic plants, with a special
interest in orchids. On 11 hectares, the field collections, collections in greenhouses and secondary forests host
over 3,000 species of plants. The plant collections in conservatories come from botanical expeditions,
donations, and exchanges with botanical institutions throughout the world. Tonight, enjoy an orientation and
dinner hosted by garden expert Walter Reeves and your Earthbound guide, Minor Alfaro. Sleep in San Jose (L, D)

Day 2: Coffee Plantations & Lush Jungles
Weather permitting, we’ll visit La Paz Waterfall gardens this morning
and since this is harvest time, we’ll stop at at coffee plantation in order to
learn about the “Grano de Oro” (the Golden Bean).

Enjoy a traditional lunch, then cross the continental divide through the
heart of lush jungles. Our home this evening will be at the base of Arenal
Volcano, best known for its spectacular and frequent displays of volcanic
fireworks. At 5,437 feet, Arenal Volcano looms large and ominous over
the pastured green hillsides that surround its base. As Costa Rica’s most active volcano, its history is charged
with eruptions – both major and minor – that have intimately affected the region and the people who live here.
1968 saw the largest recorded eruption in Arenal’s history. After nearly 400 years of inactivity, the Arenal
Volcano burst open and buried over 5 square miles in rocks, lava and ash. And thanks to geothermal activity
beneath Arenal, the area surrounding the volcano is home to a number of stunning hot springs. Sleep at the
base of Arenal Volcano (B, L, D)

                                             Day 3: River Wildlife Float Trip and an Evening at the Hot
                                             Springs: The Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge is considered to be one
                                             of the best sites on the continent for bird watching. In addition to
                                             an abundance of birds, Caño Negro is also home to many exciting
                                             animals, such as sloth, three types of monkeys, caimans, lizards,
                                             bats, and a variety of flora native to the wetlands. Our tour to this
                                             beautiful region leaves from La Fortuna and travels approximately
                                             1 hour and 45 minutes to Los Chiles, a rustic village just two miles
                                             from the Nicaraguan border. Then we begin our boat ride to the
wetlands. On the way up, you will see many bird and animal species. We will stop midday along the river for a
typical Costa Rican lunch before heading back to Los Chiles where we’ll board our bus and return to our home
at La Fortuna. In the late afternoon you have the opportunity to soak in the warm thermal waters of Tabacon
Hot Springs, a tropically, lush resort where you can relax under warm, rushing waterfalls and in pools of
varying degrees of warmth. Sleep at the base of Arenal Volcano (B, L, D)

             “Although Costa Rica lacks an army, it claims over 830 species of birds.”

Day 4: Monteverde Cloud Forest & Butterfly Gardens
Following breakfast, we’ll say “adios” to Arenal and make our way to the renowned Cloud Forest of
Monteverde. Our picturesque drive will take us along the windswept shores of Lake Arenal before heading up
over the continental divide once again. Making a number of stops where the scenery is at its best, we end our
drive at Monteverde itself. Due to its high altitude – some 4,662 ft above sea level – Monteverde is privileged
to receive a steady supply of clouds and the life-giving moisture that they contain. This moisture, often in the
form of fog, catches on the branches of the tallest trees and drips down to the other organisms below. This
helps to support a complex and far-reaching ecosystem, one that harbors over 100 species of mammals, 400
species of birds, tens of thousands of insect species, and over 2,500 varieties of plants, 420 of which are
orchids. After checking into our mountain lodge, we visit Jim Wolf’s amazing Butterfly Garden where you’ll
get closer look at these fragile creatures and a few of their less lovely friends. Time permitting, we’ll join
Minor this evening for a sunset bird-watching walk and spend the next three nights in the midst of the Cloud
Forest. Sleep in Monteverde (B, L, D)

Day 5: Vibrant Cloud Forests and an Energetic Hummingbird Gallery
This morning prepare for the overwhelming lushness of the Cloud Forest of
Monteverde, home to numerous species of plants, birds and animals. Your
guide will lead you on a walking journey through this abundant
environment, pointing out the many exciting plants and animals, and
keeping a keen eye out for Quetzals, considered by many to be the most
beautiful bird in the world. Having heightened our interest in birds, we
make a quick stop at the Hummingbird Gallery to enjoy a viewing of these
tiny and beautiful members of the Cloud Forest community. The afternoon
is yours to explore the area of Monteverde at your own leisurely pace. Of
course, you may just want to take a siesta, or relax at the lodge. Sleep in Monteverde (B, L, D)

Day 6: Canopy Skywalk and Orchid Gardens
This morning we enjoy the rare opportunity to visit the Cloud Forest canopy. Skywalk is a series of
suspension bridges that will allow you to walk where our planet’s life is at its most complex. Eighty percent
of all life in the Cloud Forest is to be found in the canopy. Hovering one hundred feet above the dark floor of
the jungle, the sun-soaked canopy explodes with life. Former guests have stated that Skywalk is the trek a

After a tasty lunch, we head to Monteverde Orchid Garden. There are more than 1,400 types of wild orchids
growing throughout the rainforests of Costa Rica, and 500 of these can be found in Monteverde alone.
Incredibly, the Monteverde Orchid Garden houses 426 different species, spread across a neatly labeled and
aesthetically pleasing outdoor garden. A trip here will educate you on the characteristics, growing environment
and threats that orchids currently face. Your afternoon is free and we’ll meet up later for a group dinner.
Sleep in Monteverde (B, L, D)

Day 7: Stunning Beaches Via Carara National Park
Birdwatchers flock to Carara National Park area because it presents two life zones and a variety of birds,
including one of the largest remaining wild populations of Scarlet Macaw in Costa Rica. In addition, the park
is a must for anyone interested in tropical biology. The park is located between the dry forests of the north and
the humid ones of the south and it is the result of this situation in an "ecotone" that gives Carara its diversity.
There are trails that go through both zones where you can appreciate the forest's exuberance and if lucky
enough, spot some animal species which inhabit it. After lunch and our visit, we make our way to the Pacific
Coast where we’ll dine this evening on seafood specialties.
Sleep near Manuel Antonio National Park (B, L, D)

                                               Day 8: A Day at the Beach
                                               Today is your day to truly relax. The only thing on the agenda is
                                               lying in a hammock contemplating the incredible beauty of Costa
                                               Rica from a suspended position. If you are interested our
                                               resident naturalist will be available for an educational walk along
                                               the beach. For those who prefer a more active day you may wish
                                               to set out on a hike or simply discover the joy of body surfing in
                                               the warm waters of the Pacific Ocean. Be warned: spontaneous
                                               beach parties have been known to occur here…pura vida!
                                               Sleep near Manuel Antonio National Park (B)

Day 9: Pacific beach to San Jose via the artisan village of Sarchi & the Kientzler Gardens: Our drive back to
San Jose will take us past coffee plantations and striking scenery. We make a stop in the artisan village of Sarchi
where you can do some last minute shopping before we visit the Kientzler Gardens. This Botanical Garden is home
to over 2,000 different plants from around the world and is spread over 17 acres.
Enjoy a farewell feast tonight hosted by your Earthbound guide, Minor, and host Walter.
Sleep in San Jose (B, L, D)

Day 10 (Jan 20): Tour over after breakfast / Post Tour Extension
For those of you staying on in Costa Rica to continue on the Post-Tour Extension, you will spend one extra
night in San Jose and enjoy a tour of the Gold Museum and the National Opera House. On day 11 (Jan 21),
you will be transferred to the WindStar for your 7 night Cruise to the Panama Canal. (B) Buen Viaje!

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                 Post Tour Windstar Cruise January 20-29
                  (Signup by June 30, and Save $350 and enjoy $100 per person on board credit)

Natural and manmade wonders unite on this exotic voyage encompassing Costa Rica’s Pacific Coast, islands
of Panama and the Panama Canal. History, flora and fauna are highlighted by Wind Star’s local naturalist and
most ports are accessed by zodiac beach landings. Outside of Bahia Drake lies Corcovado National Park along
with Drake Bay which is known for its marine life including dolphins, whales and turtles. Golfito has one of
the highest rainforests and most beautiful beaches in Central America. The waters surrounding Isla de Coiba
boast one of the principal coral reefs on the Pacific Coast. Transit the Panama Canal, a once-in-a-lifetime
experience, before stepping back in time to experience the culture of San Blas islands, where Kuna Indians
make colored fabrics and fish from canoes as they have for centuries.

1 Extra Night San Jose with included activities (Jan 20)
7 Nights WindStar Cruise to Panama (Jan 21-28)
1 Night Panama City (Jan 28)

INCLUDED: Four star hotel accommodations in San Jose & Panama City Breakfast daily while in San Jose
and Panama City San Jose’s Gold Museum & Opera House Lunch in San Jose Airport and ship transfers 7
night WindStar Cruise Island barbecue All meals on board the cruise.

Puerto Caldera's natural parks and wildlife Corcovado National Park outside Bahia Drake Golfito's rainforest
   Panama Canal Transit Kuna Indians of San Blas Islands Colon's transcontinental railway Swimming
with sea turtles and dolphins

$2,975 Per person category “A” (Includes air from Panama City on Delta Airlines if joining the group flight)
$2,679 Single Supplement (waived if a roommate is found)

SAVE $400 Reserve your space before June 30 & save $350 & obtain a $100 on board Credit. Make your final
payment by check and save an additional $50

NOT INCLUDED: Special shore excursions               Gratuities on board   Alcoholic beverages and drinks on
board   Port Fees and WindStar taxes (see below)

ADDITIONAL FEES: Port Fees $200 & WindStar taxes $130
                       GARDENS VISITED

                                     LANKESTER GARDENS
                                     Internationally recognized for its noteworthy collections of epiphytes, the
                                     Lankester Botanical Garden was established in 1973 as a center for the
                                     exhibition, conservation and research of tropical epiphytic plants, with a
                                     special interest in orchids. On 11 hectares , the field collections,
                                     collections in greenhouses and secondary forests host over 3,000 species
                                     of plants. The plant collections in conservatories come from botanical
                                     expeditions, donations, and exchanges with botanical institutions
                                     throughout the world.

A labor of love by Englishman Michael LeMay the garden not only displays over 2,500 tropical plants, it sells
seeds and cuttings (pre-approved for export) for many of them. The huge butterfly enclosure is a highlight
with hundreds of the jewels of the rainforest within easy sight.

The Botanical Garden is home to over 2,000 different plants from around the world. They are perfectly suited
for recreation, education and ecotourism. The Botanical Garden is spread over 7 hectares (17 acres) in Sarchi
Norte, nestled at the foot of Volcano Póas in Costa Rica's Central Valley.

The CERF is 22,000 hectares (54,000 acres) in size and encompasses primary and secondary forest as well as
regenerating areas. The CERF, along with other private reserves and the Arenal National Park, forms a forest
block under protection of about 50,000 hectares (110,000 acres).

There are more than 1,400 types of wild orchids growing throughout the rainforests of Costa Rica, and 500 of
these can be found in Monteverde alone. Incredibly, the Monteverde Orchid Garden houses 426 different
species, spread across a neatly labeled and aesthetically pleasing outdoor garden. A trip here will educate
visitors on the characteristics, growing environment and threats that orchids currently face.

The Monteverde Butterfly Garden – known locally as the Mariposario – is one of Monteverde’s most visited
attractions. Situated in Cerro Plano, which lies between the town of Santa Elena and the Monteverde Reserve,
the Butterfly Garden is comprised of four climate-controlled butterfly gardens, a medicinal plant garden, a
biodiversity center, and a live leafcutter ant colony. Here visitors can observe some of the most fascinating and
beautiful insects in all of the tropics.

      Bird, Mammal & Reptile List
               (Identified by travelers participating in an Earthbound Expedition)

COSTA RICAN BIRDS                                   BIRDS…
Ringed Kingfisher                                   Resplendent Quetzel
Great Kiskadee Flycatcher                           White Shouldered Tanager
Great Egret                                         Blue Crowned Motmot
Northern Jicana                                     Emerald Toucanet
Purple Gallinule                                    Orange Billed Nightingale Thrush
Black Bellied Whistling                             Violet Saber Winged Hummingbird
Duck                                                Green Violet Eared Hummingbird
Collared Redstart                                   White Eared Ground Sparrow
Wood Stork                                          Orange Bellied Trogan
Grey Hawk                                           Common Bush Tanager
Montezuma Oropendola                                Slate Throated Redstart
Sooty Robin                                         Bronze Cowbird
Great Tailed Grackle                                Red Legged Honeycreeper
House Wren                                          Mountain Robin
Chestnut Mandibled Toucan                           Swainson’s Thrush
Yellow Faced Grassquit                              Ocraceous Peewee
Yellow and White Warbler                            Wilson’s Warbler
Clay-Colored Robin                                  Grey Headed Chachalaca
Band Tailed Barb Throated Hummingbird               Groove Billed Ani
Summer Tanager                                      Great Blue Heron
Bananaquit                                          Bare Throated Tiger Heron
Scarlet Rumped Tanager                              Amazon Kingfisher
Turkey Vulture                                      Osprey
Black Shouldered Kite                               Laughing Falcon
Black Vulture                                       Limpkin
Keel Billed Toucan                                  Crested Caracara
Buff Throated Woodcreeper                           Spotted Sandpiper
Tropical Kingbird                                   Snowy Egret
Northern Oriole                                     Green Backed Heron
Yellow Bellied Flycatcher                           White Winged Dove
Blue Seed Eater                                     Magpie Jay
Brown Jay                                           Great Green Macaw
Yellow Warbler                                      American Swallow Tailed Kite
Rufus Tailed Hummingbird                            Caspian Tern
Blue Grey Tanager                                   Ruddy Turnstone
Golden Olive Woodpecker                             Brown Pelican
Anhinga                                             Red Lored Parrot
Rufus Motmot                                        Barn Swallow
Red Billed Pigeon                                   Roadside Hawk
Cattle Egret                                        Black Headed Trogon
Black Striped Sparrow                               Short Tailed Night Hawk

    Olive Throated Parakeet                            Central American Aguti
    Squirrel Cuckoo                                    Northern Tamandua (anteater)
    White Fronted Parrot                               White-faced Capuchin Monkey
    Crested Guan                                       White-nosed Coatimundi
    Budgerigar                                         Mantled Howler Monkey
    Collared Aricari                                   Olingo
    Hoffman’s Woodpecker                               Mexican Hairy Porcupine
    Inca Dove                                          Striped Hog-nosed Skunk Central American
    Palm Tanager                                       Spider Monkey Brown-throated Three Toed
    Bat Falcon                                         Sloth Hoffman’s
    Double Striped Thickknees
    Pale Billed Woodpecker                             REPTILES
    Yellow Naped Parrot                                Reptiles American Crocodile
    Scarlet Macaw                                      Green Sea Turtle
                                                       Green Iguana
    COSTA RICAN MAMMALS IDENTIFIED                     Basilisk (Jesus Christ lizard)
    Mammals (* = in captivity)                         Whiptail lizard

                   RAVES AND REVIEWS
“Now that I am home, I realize what an intense experience it was, part vacation, but part immersion
into another culture and another perspective on the vastness of the natural world.”
Former guest, Vickie Shea

“Our guide’s enthusiasm was very contagious and his knowledge was unending on the countryside and
its environment. You guys covered it all! Our guides were unflappable, keeping the mood up.
Thoughtful attention to details at all times.”
Former guests, Jack and Ros Collins

Most memorable moment? “So many!!! The raft trip, plus the cloud forest, plus the entire wildlife etc.
etc. Oh yes, seeing the people and their way of life and their homes.”
Former guest, Katharine Kirks

“Everything was superb!” Most memorable moment? “Seeing all the monkeys! Boogie boarding at Playa
Grande, raft trip, horseback riding, hikes in Monteverde and Los Inocentes.”
Former guest, Laurel Smetzer

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