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Imagine discovering a place of immense natural beauty, complete with peaceful rivers, sparkling waters, rumbling volcanoes, tropical jungles and lush forests! Immerse yourself in Costa Rica!

Fiesta Tours specializes in light adventure and eco-tourism. Fiesta Tours also provide hotel reservation, car rental, one-day tours, multi-day programs, diving and fishing packages and domestic airline tickets. With Fiesta Tours International, experience as much as you can-without being rushed-and learn as much as you can, while having the time of your life.

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Birds and Butterflies

This full-day tour is dedicated to bird and butterfly enthusiasts. Fiesta Tours will pick you up at your hotel for a trip to the Butterfly Farm, where a guide will escort you through an enchanting two-hour tour.

Learn all about the world and natural history of butterflies as you stroll through a tropical garden full of hundreds of these fascinating and beautiful creatures! Continue on to Zoo Ave, which is dedicated to preserving the rich natural history of Costa Rica through breeding, rehabilitation and release of native fauna. The spacious zoo grounds also serve as a beautiful, lush botanical garden, with many varieties of palms, heliconias, orchids and gingers.

Zoo Ave is an excellent place where you can see and learn about all the types of Costa Rican wildlife in a natural setting. A delicious typical Costa Rican lunch follows. Return to your hotel around 2 pm.

Rainforest Adventures

This complete tour gives you the opportunity to enjoy the highlights of Costa Rica in one full day. The day begins with a scenic drive through the 50,000-hectare Braulio Carrillo National Park. Along the way, the guide will give you an overview of the tour. The first stop? The beautiful Danta Reserve, which lies on the lowlands of the National Park. Cement trails are perfect for a leisurely hike after an outdoor breakfast. Then it’s on to Puerto Viejo of Sarapiqui. There, board a canvas-covered boat for an exciting trip along the Sarapiqui River.

Along the banks of the river you can look for alligators lazing in the sun and listen for the sounds of howler monkeys in the trees. Chances are you’ll catch a glimpse of the most common birds found here, which include kingfishers, toucans, ibises and colorful and loud oropendolas. There’s also a good chance of sneaking a peek at the endangered Great Green Macaw in amongst the tall trees, entwined with lianas and laden with bromeliads and orchids. You can’t find this bird anywhere else in the world!

San Jose Natural History Tour

This is a day you’re sure to enjoy! This extraordinary tour, originating from San Jose, takes you through an entertaining, in-depth introduction to Costa Rican natural history. You won’t find a more comprehensive one-day natural history tour.

Led by a highly-trained naturalist guide, you will find a variety of animals, birds, insects and trees-without having to leave the Central Valley. With minimal driving time, you’ll spend the day involved in activites, not on the road! Hotel pick-up is early, to facilitate a full orientation at La Salle Natural History Museum. Taking advantage of the museum’s many impressive displays, our guide will provide a broad overview of the life-systems that you will encounter (and no doubt some humerous commentary along the way.). We will continue to El Rodeo Forest Reserve, only 20 minutes from San Jose, for a walk through the last remaining old-growth forest in the Central Valley.

Fiesta Tours leisurely trek passes through a tropical highland forest, which is home to sloths, white-nosed coatis, lesser anteaters, orchids. Birds such as parrots, toucans, fly catchers, aracari tucanets, jays, mot-mots, cookos and hummingbirds share flying space with many types of butterflies. After a satisfying typical lunch, we will proceed to the Zoo Ave wildlife rescue center in La Garita de Alajuela.

Rainforest Adventures and Arenal Glowing Volcano

2 Days – 1 Night

Day 1

This comprehensive tour will have you dancing back and forth across the continental divide, experiencing the highlights of Costa Rica’s numerous ecological zones.

The day begins with a scenic drive through the 50,000-hectare Braulio Carrillo National Park. As you make your way up through the cloud forest, the guide will give you an overview of the day’s activities. The first stop is the Danta Reserve in the lowlands of the park. At breakfast you’ll get a fun crash course in natural history. Armed with this knowledge, you’ll set out for a leisurely hike on cement trails through the forest. Then it’s on to Puerto Viejo of Sarapiqui.

At this historical trading center between Nicaragua and Costa Rica, you’ll board a canvas-covered boat for an exciting two-hour trip on the Sarapiqui river. Look for alligators lazing in the sun and listen for the sounds of howler monkeys in the trees along the banks of this biological corridor. Chances are you’ll catch a glimpse of the most common birds found here, which include kingfishers, toucans, ibises and colorful and loud oropendolas. There’s also a good chance of sneaking a peek at the endangered Great Green Macaw in amongst the tall trees, entwined with lianas and laden with bromeliads and orchids. You can’t find this bird anywhere else in the world! After the boat trip, enjoy a typical Costa Rican lunch served in the home of Don Juan and Dona Rosa.

After lunch continue to La Fortuna and an afternoon check-in at the lodge in the Arenal Volcano area. To make your afternoon perfect, immerse yourself in the natural hot springs of the Tabacon Resort and Spa located on the volcano’s slopes. These soothing springs have an outstanding view of the volcano’s dazzling lava shoots. They are also reputed to have therapeutic and medicinal benefits!

Day 2

After breakfast, enjoy a 45-minute hike at Arenal Volcano National Park. This Park is known for its diverse variety of wildlife, monkeys, sloths, coatis, jaguars and ocelotes, to name just a few! The great biodiversity of the area and the exclusivity of many of its species attract scientists, bird watchers and nature lovers alike. Return to San Jose via Zarcero, a small town know for its topiary figures. Have lunch at Ceci’s restaurant, then make a short visit to the town of Sarchi, a town famous for its wonderful souveniers.

Monteverde Cloud Forest

2 days/1 night

Cloud forest blankets the tops of all of Costa Rica’s highest mountains. These high forests are full of gnarled trees festooned with orchids, bromeliads and other epiphytes which thrive in the high humidity. Here you will see notable species of birds such as Black Guan and hummingbirds, among many others. This is a great opportunity that nature lovers shouldn’t miss!

Day 01

Early morning transfer for a four-hour drive from San Jose to Monteverde (one hour of the drive is bumpy road). Check-in at Hotel Finca Valverde. Afternoon visit to the Monteverde Reserve for a moderate hike. (Lunch and dinner are not included.)

Day 02

Breakfast included. The first morning will have you walking on air-literally-with a visit to the sky walk. The walk is a system of suspension bridges that start at ground level, reaching into the canopy of the forest. It’s a spectacular chance to see the forest from a completely different perspective. Return to the hotel for lunch (not included) and checkout. Transfer to San Jose via Sarchi, where you can wander through the picturesque streets and shop for the typical souveniers that have made this town famous. Drop off at your hotel in San Jose.

Manuel Antonio National Park

2 days/1 night

One of the most beautiful parks in the entire Costa Rican system is located on the Pacific Ocean. In Manuel Antonio, the beaches are fringed with tall evergreen forest, providing the visitor an opportunity to share the habitat with many animals. Close encounters with white faced and howler monkeys, coatimundis, iguanas and a variety of birds are guaranteed. Manuel Antonio is also one of the last remaining habitats for the extremely endangered squirrel monkey.

Day 01

We depart early in the morning for a four-hour drive from San Jose to Manuel Antonio. In the afternoon, hike leisurely through the national park (make sure you peek under a few banana leaves-you might be rewarded with a view of some peacefully-sleeping bats!) The trails emerge onto a white sandy crescent beach, where you can relax in the sun and swim in the clear turquoise water.

Day 02

Mid morning transfer from Manuel Antonio to San Jose.

Optional visit enroute: Canopy tour or Carara Biological Reserve. Drop off at your hotel in San Jose.

Diving at Cocos Island

The Sea Hunter is 115 feet of live-aboard comfort and convenience, which seems to have been built with trips to Cocos in mind. Once again, the development of the Sea Hunter as a live aboard can be credited to the incredible work and vision of the owners, Yosy Naaman and Avi Klapfer, who purchased what was a support boat in the gulf of Mexico, and with eight months of extensive renovation and refurbishing, turned the boat into the lovely vessel she is today. She is now a rare hybrid, combining a large working platform and powerful machinery (she is equipped with two GM 700 horsepower engines) of a functional work boat, with the comfortable and functional interior of a modern yacht.

The boat and her crew specialize in providing excellence in service, food, and underwater excitement and beauty. She has eight cabins for a total capacity of 18 passengers (three double-bed staterooms with private bath, two triples with private bath, and three doubles with private bath). Diver facilities are extremely well designed with individual gear storage, private camera/strobe storage shelves with individual 110 volt AC power, and a private dryer for clients towels and bathing suits.

The chase boats are an asset worth noting on the Sea Hunter : At times rubber inflatables are not enough to get divers where they want to go in the wind-blown vastness of the Pacific. Sea Hunter has two 24 fiberglass cruisers, which provide the stability that is necessary at Cocos Island. We put 9 or less divers in each chase boat and take them to distinct sites for every dive.

This is a superbly comfortable, stable and spacious vessel, with everything a serious diver/photographer could wish.

The Sea Hunter features these advantages not usually found on a vessel her size:

* Extendable deck-mounted crane with 15 ton capacity
* Large aft work deck measuring 33ft by 24ft
* Two main generators, 75 kW, 65 kW
* Portable diesel 5 kW generator mountable in either tender
* Two heavy duty fiberglass tenders, 24ft
* Full workshop including electric welder, oxy-acetylene unit, drill press, and all other necessary tools.

Cocos Island, lying isolated in the tropical Pacific, three hundred miles southwest of Costa Rica, is an ocean oasis. Its isolation is the essence of its magic. For decades the hideout of pirates and adventurers, Cocos Island is recognized today as among the last truly wild places in nature.

A distinctive and remote diving location, Cocos Island is for the serious diver. In the world-renowned waters surrounding Cocos Island you will dive with white tips and hammerhead sharks, dolphins, manta rays up to 18 across, marbled sting rays approaching 6 in diameter, giant moray eels, sailfish, and an occasional whale shark! Additionally, you will see large schools of jacks and tuna, creole fish, octopus and other various reef life. Silky sharks, silver tips, marlin, and green turtles are also in the area. In an era where ecological catastrophe haunts us at every turn, Cocos Island stands today as an example of natural harmony.

The Undersea Hunter and the Sea Hunter offer live-aboard expeditions to Cocos Island in comfort and safety. Our crews are experts on this island and its surrounding waters and can help you experience the best that Cocos has to offer! Join us on one of our exciting expeditions to Cocos Island to experience one of Mother Natures most spectacular performances.

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