Journeys of Discovery Presents
Costa Rica
Call of the Wild
Animal Connections Wildlife Adventure
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Tour Cost:   $3,293.00 if paid by check, cash or money order
$3,425.00 if paid by credit card 4% processing fee
based on a minimum of 18 travelers in double room
Single supplement private room: $816.00

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     What is Included:
Transfers to and from Airport to hotel
11 nights accommodations at suggested hotels or similar
All meals as noted in the tour itinerary
Lunch with the babies and private VIP tour at Toucan Rescue Ranch
VIP Private Tour Jaguar Rescue Center
Tours and entrance fees with naturalist guides as listed in the trip itinerary
Animal Connections discussions and meditations facilitated by Mary J. Getten

Not Included:
International airfare to San Jose, Costa Rica
Personal expenses, beverages, phone calls, laundry etc.
Anything not specifically noted in the tour itinerary
Optional tours and activities on free days
Tips to drivers, private guides and hotel staff
Trip cancellation – emergency medical travel insurance

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    Journeys of Discovery Travel
Gayle Lawrence

The Beauty of Costa Rica Will Feed Your Soul

    Mary J. Getten: Since 1996, Mary’s work as a professional animal communicator has helped
    thousands of clients worldwide via telephone consultations and group workshops understand and
    create more harmony with their own pets and other animal species. Her passion is to open people to the
    intimate inner world of animals and nature. Mary has a very personal connection with marine mammals
    which began in 1986 working at the Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito, CA. She is the author of
    Communicating with Orcas; The Whales’ Perspective and a contributing writer in the book, Dolphins and
    Whales Forever, released March 20, 2014. Mary currently resides in Florida and spends her time giving
    lectures, conducting workshops, online classes and traveling.
       Visit Mary's Website:
Join Mary J. Getten and Gayle Lawrence
on an amazing animal and wildlife adventure in
meet wild and wondrous creatures and
experience unique hands-on, very personal
intimate animal connections
Feb. 5 - 16, 2019 - 12 days
Tour Cost:  $3,293.00
Welcome to Paradise - We're Waiting for You!
Costa Rica - Where Nature Feed's Your Soul
Join author and animal communicator Mary J. Getten and Gayle Lawrence – Journeys of
Discovery Travel, on a Magical Adventure of animal connections, rest, rejuvenation, and
renewal for your mind, body, and spirit among the healing energy of nature in Costa Rica.
Imagine serene walks along the Caribbean sea, sloths hanging from trees, birds and howler
monkeys reminding you first thing in the morning that the most important thing you have
to do today is enjoy the Magic and simply relax! Life is challenging and often we don't have
time to savor the moment, enjoy a sunset, marvel at the colors on a butterfly wing, or
simply sit in the midst of nature and feel humbled by Mother Earth’s beauty and her
magnificent creatures. We need a quiet place to sit and think, pray, write or meditate.

The natural paradise that is Costa Rica will offer you that place.

Mary will facilitate group discussions and meditations to help you move deeper into
telepathic connection with your new exotic animal friends…

As they say in Costa Rica…Pura Vida! - Pure Life!

The fun and laid-back lifestyle that is Pura Vida is extremely addictive.
Falling in love with Costa Rica is a severe side effect!
    Day to Day Tour Itinerary

Day 1 Feb 5 Tues – USA / SAN JOSE         
Upon arrival a group transfer is arranged to take you to the hotel. Dinner on your own.  
Hotel Bougainvilla website

    After breakfast join Mary for a group orientation and introductions from 9:00 am to 10:
    30 am. Then depart for the Toucan Rescue Ranch and enjoy a private catered “lunch
    with the babies.” During lunch, the staff will bring out some of the baby sloths,
    monkeys, kinkajou and other rescued baby animals for you to meet. Afterward enjoy a
    private tour of the rest of the facility and the other very special animal residents.  

Focus on the care and rehabilitation of Costa Rican wildlife in need. They care for confiscated, sick and injured wildlife from
government agencies. They offer a loving home delivering appropriate medical treatment, rehabilitation and if possible, returning
these beautiful animals and birds to their wild and natural environment.
 Toucan Rescue Ranch website

Afterward we continue our drive through rugged mountains, lush banana plantations, and small villages on our way to the Caribbean
lowlands.  We check into our beach hotel and enjoy a delicious dinner together. You’ll have some time to explore the hotel gardens
or just chill out on the beach.
 Cariblu Beach Resort website   

This morning we’ll enjoy a hike in beautiful Cahuita National Park, which is a combination of stunning beaches and a tropical
rainforest. Cahuita National Park has an easy walking trail that winds along the coastline around Cahuita  
Point and Puerto Vargas.  Visitors walk among hard-packed sand trails beside the coastline, over bridges through the park's
marshlands, and through the park's secondary forest past lagoons and beaches. Under the canopy, white faced capuchin monkeys
play happily searching for ripe fruit to eat. Howler monkeys, two- and three-toed sloths, green iguanas, and more than 400 species
of birds dwell among the forest canopy while down below armadillos, anteaters, coatis, raccoons and agoutis scurry across the forest
floor. Lunch in a local restaurant will give us a sample of Cahuita’s local afro-Caribbean flair.

This afternoon will find us at the Jaguar Rescue Center for our 2nd up-close-and-personal animal connection encounter. A private,
behind the scenes personal experience with the animals has been arranged for our group. This special animal encounter will allow us
to have direct contact with monkeys and observe wild cats, sloths, raccoons, anteaters, marsupials, reptiles, amphibians, white-tailed
deer and different species of birds flying free – and with direct animal contact, the connection always deepens. You can also observe
most of the venomous types of snakes in Costa Rica which are housed in terrariums imitating their natural habitat.   Overnight:

This morning we’ll depart early for Sarapiqui and visit the La Selva Biological Station in time for hiking and bird watching. La Selva is
home to more than half of the 886 species of birds in Costa Rica, so we’ll have plenty of chances for creating creature connections
here. Expert naturalist guides lead the walks that give a glimpse of the cutting-edge research conducted at La Selva as well as the
natural history of the tropical rain forest. The station is surrounded by a variety of habitats including excellent primary lowland
rainforest. The guides are excellent at not only finding and identifying a multitude of birds but also mammals, reptiles, plants,
invertebrates, and the overall ecology of this tremendously diverse area.  
Hotel Ara Ambigua website

    This evening, after an early dinner, we are in for a special treat with a NIGHT WALK in La
    Trimbina Reserve:  Discover the wonders of the rain forest after dark when nocturnal species
    are active while allowing the quiet to facilitate an even deeper connection with the animal
    world. Accompanied by our naturalist guide, we’ll be on the lookout for insects, frogs, bats,
    spiders, snakes and nocturnal mammals amongst others, giving you a very different
    perspective and experience of the rainforest.  
    Overnight Hotel Ara Ambigua

Our morning will take us on a private tour to a wonderful nature preserve, Pierella Ecological Garden, with our hosts William and his
wife Krystal. They will put fruit out on feeding stands which attract an incredible variety of birds and offer up close photo
opportunities. William will take us on a nature walk where we might see two and three-toed sloths, a plethora of blue morpho and owl
butterflies, numerous adult white bats in their huge leaf home, fascinating insects, frogs including red-eyed tree frog, birds in their
natural habitat nests such as  long-tailed tyrant, Nicaraguan seed-finch, cinnamon woodpecker, rufous jacamar and male white-
collared manakins performing their mating dances. We will also tour the butterfly enclosure, frog ponds, medicinal plants, and native
forest exhibit.

    After a hearty lunch we’ll explore the Sarapiqui River which runs through a variety of
    environments - tropical wet forest, mountains, pastures, and more. This is a relaxed
    safari-style boat trip aimed at exploring the river's vibrant ecosystem.  As your boat
    cruises down the river, be on the lookout for wildlife in the water and on the land. Have
    your camera ready for pictures of beautiful tropical water birds, howler monkeys, sloth,
    iguanas, otters, crocodiles and river turtles and you can even try quieting your mind to
    energetically call upon various animals. Your guides will help you spot animals and even
    explain the ecological significance of the beautiful surrounding area. After a full day of
    wildlife viewing in the natural world, we’ll return to our hotel for dinner.  

This evening will be “Bat-tastic”! Did you know that bats represent 50% of Costa Rican mammals? Tonight we will dispel myths you
may have heard about these wonderful mammals, and enjoy an adventure into the world of bats. Enjoy a multi-media presentation
on the history of bats, classification system, diversity, adaptations, reproduction methods, and threats. Afterward, a trained guide
will provide visitors a safe opportunity to touch, feed, and release safely captured bats. Then take a short walk (15–30 min.) to see
the mist nets used to gently catch these creatures for their research project. The bats are kept for less than 2 hours and the
professional methods used assure the well-being of the animals. Overnight Hotel Ara Ambigua  

Day 6 Feb 10 Sun  - SARAPIQUI / ARENAL         B, L, D
After breakfast we begin a scenic 2 ½ hour drive to the Arenal Volcano – La Fortuna area.
On the way we’ll take a break and visit a bustling organic pineapple farm located near the foot of Mount Poas, a very active volcano
with the second largest crater in the world. The volcanic activity has made the land abundantly rich with minerals perfect for growing
the best pineapple. We’ll see how pineapple is grown and harvested and we’ll learn how to pick the best fruit at our own local market.
Then be treated to fresh pineapple picked right from the field which is true succulent, juicy nirvana! Before we leave we’ll quench our
thirst with a glass of fresh squeezed pineapple juice.

We arrive at our lovely resort with fantastic views of the Arenal Volcano and enjoy lunch. This afternoon explore the grounds, swim,
soak in the hot mineral pools, take an optional tour (extra cost) or enjoy some personal R&R. After dinner share a group discussion
with Mary.

Arenal Springs Resort: The resort’s colonial-style cabins offer impressive views of the Arenal Volcano with vaulted ceilings and large
bay windows. Enjoy a spacious bathroom and a garden-style shower. Rooms have air conditioning, cable TV, ceiling fan, refrigerator,
telephone, security deposit box, hairdryer, coffee maker and wireless internet. Each has a private covered patio with rocking chairs
and a coffee table.
 Arenal Springs Resort Website

Day 7 Feb 11 Mon – ARENAL    Breakfast – free day
Relax, write, schedule a massage, explore, or choose from a variety of full day or half day tours encompassing a wide range of
activities ( additional cost). Experience zip-lining, a river float trip, cave tour, horseback riding, volcano hike and so much more!   
After a fun-filled day, soak and relax in the hot mineral pools at the resort.    Lunch and dinner on your own.
Additional cost:  List of optional tours

Day 8 Feb 12 Tues  – MONTEVERDE CLOUD FOREST         B, L, D
After breakfast we’ll board our bus for a 4 hour drive through beautiful scenery to Monteverde Cloud Forest. After a delicious lunch
we’ll visit the Monteverde Butterfly Garden, or Mariposario. This is the area’s original and largest butterfly garden housing more than
50 species of butterflies. Situated in Cerro Plano, between the town of Santa Elena and the Monteverde Reserve, the Mariposario
offers a biodiversity center, medicinal plant garden, live leaf cutter ant colony, in addition to four climate-controlled butterfly gardens
where visitors can observe some of the most beautiful and fascinating insects in the Tropics. Visitors always find the leaf cutter ant
colony exhibit truly fascinating! Displayed under glass, this allows visitors to see the long lines of ants, diligently carrying leaves,
often twice their size, along a warren of trails to their nest.

Besides learning about butterflies and leaf cutter ants, we’ll also discover why cockroaches are actually great neighbors and how
jewel scarab beetles can distort light waves! After getting some great photos of amazing butterflies, ants and other interesting
creatures, then enjoy some R&R time before dinner.  Lunch at a local restaurant  
 Monteverde Country Lodge website
Day 9 Feb 13 Wed  – Monteverde Cloud Forest         B, L, D
This morning we’ll visit the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve and take an easy hike to look for the incredibly rare and beautiful bird,
the Resplendent Quetzel and other wildlife.   Lunch

This afternoon we’ll visit the Frog Pond and marvel at the amazing variety of small, colorful frogs of Costa Rica. Then finish our day
with a Coffee and Chocolate tour! The locals say, to learn about coffee is to learn about the history of Costa Rica! One of the Best
Costa Rican Coffees is grown on the Don Juan Coffee farm due to the rich volcanic soil, necessary altitude and perfect weather which
results in an exquisite cup of gourmet coffee. Take a ride in the ox-drawn cart to handpick your own coffee beans and learn about
the process from seed, coffee bean to cup.

The ideal complement to coffee has to be chocolate which will be the next part of our tour. Chocolate and coffee is a huge aspect of
the traditions and culture of Costa Rica. You will participate in the chocolate process from seed to pure ground cocoa and be able to
enjoy, share and taste the fruit of the cocoa plant. Then witness the transformation in becoming a delicious chocolate drink. Our final
stop will be the gift shop where you can purchase gourmet Costa Rican coffee and chocolate to take home with you.

Day 10 Feb 14 Thurs - MONTEVERDE / FREE DAY        B
Breakfast at the hotel.  This day is yours to do as you please! Take optional tours, hike and explore on your own or just enjoy a
peaceful, relaxing day.   Lunch and dinner on your own    additional cost:  
List of optional tours

Day 11 Feb 15 Fri  - MONTEVERDE / SAN JOSE        B, L, D
Breakfast at the hotel and check out. We’ll begin our drive back to San Jose to spend our final night in Costa Rica. Along the way we’
ll stop for lunch and have some time to stretch our legs and explore the colorful towns of Grecia and Sarchi. The famous Sarchi
Village, declared a World Heritage site by UNESCO is known as the center of Costa Rican handicrafts where they make the famous
colorful oxcarts or carreta.

    The oxcart plays a very important part in the cultural history of Costa Rica. In the
    middle of the 19th century, when coffee was first being cultivated in the surrounding
    countryside, oxcarts provided the only method in which to transport the hand-picked
    beans over the mountains to the coast and usually were a family’s only means of
    transportation. They even became a status symbol and the tradition of painting and
    decorating them with a particular design would identify which part of the country the
    driver was from.  The metal church in the Grecia Village park was originally imported
    from Belgium to Puerto Limon in 1897. The church was transported by oxcarts to its
    present day location. This evening we’ll enjoy a farewell group dinner. Afterward Mary
    will facilitate a final group discussion to share our experiences of our time in Costa Rica.

Day 12 Feb 16 Sat  – SAN JOSE AIRPORT DEPARTURE HOME    Breakfast
Group Transfer to the airport for your flight home. Depending on your flight departure time, you may arrange to take a taxi to the
airport at a later time. After a magical journey with Mary in Costa Rica, return home with a heart filled with love and magical
memories of your amazing connections with new animal and human friends. Welcome Home!