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If you are seeking a family oriented adventure Eco Tour Vacation and Excursion in Costa Rica Atlantic on a budget , Budget Adventure Travels recommends the Rainforest Adventures Costa Rica Lodge.
The lodge is also an excellent option for hosting corporate retreats for North American companies seeking a unique destination that is both good for the company bottom line, provides a more intense immersion with nature, and aids in eco-tourism in one of the most peaceful countries in the world.
I have showcased some of the notable aspects of the lodge and physical surroundings below.
When staying overnight at the lodge, your group will be assigned a dedicated rainforest guide who stays in the lodge overnight. This is important to mention since at night, the lodge premises is totally void of staff save for a night guard and the rainforest guide! Told you privacy is guaranteed! And since the accommodation is limited to about 12-15 cabins only, a group can expect to have a low group-to-guide ratio, offering a very interactive and immersive experience.
There is a dining hall and kitchen in the lodge but no 24/7 restaurant on-site. Kitchens staff come in from nearby towns 3 times a day to prepare breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Other times, there are snacks available on-site during the day. But there is no grocery store nearby, so if you plan on an extended stay, make sure you carry some personal supplies and never skip a meal in the dining hall!! Ever.
The bio-diversity of Costa Rica is undeniably world-famous. A sample tour of what you can expect to encounter.
There are variants on the populace across the country. This is a sampling of what you can expect to encounter on the Atlantic side.
The goal of Budget Adventure Travels is to always seek unique and memorable adventure travel experiences that are affordable to a typical working class family in North America. While acknowledging that tour and total vacation prices is affected by various factors, such as season, distance traveled, local events, booking negotiations etc, it still warrants a general overview of expected pricing to look at a ballpark number.
The following is based on adult pricing for a minimum of two adults during the month of August and departure from Calgary, Canada (expensive place to fly out of in comparison to most locations out of USA) to San Jose, Costa Rica. All bookings were made online through booking sites. Prices below are per person and in Canadian Dollars (click here to get the most current USD conversion rate)
Airfare Roundtrip YYC-SJO (tax incl.) $ 800
1 night hotel accommodation SJO $ 20
Private Taxi roundtrip to/from lodge $ 0
Lodge Accommodation for 3 nights $ 540
Total Cost Per Person $1,410
The cost of the lodge includes all meals and tour via the Rainforest Aerial Tram. Additional activities can be buy in advance or on site. Here is a price list of all activities offered. If you plan on booking a group reservation or corporate retreat, definitely contact their office to pre-arrange bulk pricing discounts.
Disclaimer: I research extensively on budget adventure tour options in Costa Rica prior to this travel. In my opinion, the Rain Forest Adventure Lodge offers the perfect balance of affordability, serenity, and uniqueness in the experience for singles, couples and families. I initiated the contact with this company. A portion of the stay was sponsored by the company. All opinions are my own.
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- Lush rainforest makes Costa Rica an eco-friendly destination for tours (examiner.com)
- Costa Rica Rainforest Vacation Adventure Tour | Budget Adventure Travel (larkycanuck.com)