Costa Rica
March / April 2020

CONFIRMED DEPARTURE

Costa Rica contains breath-taking biodiversity so this tour will appeal to those interested in flora and fauna. You will come across a vast array of birds, plants and wildlife, perhaps spotting rainbow billed toucans, scarlet macaws, frogs and lizards, butterflies and orchids, monkeys and crocodiles. The landscapes are also varied, from rainforests and wetlands, to active volcanoes, mountain ranges and beautiful coastlines. You will experience Costa Rica through a wide range of activities. Ascend Poas Volcano, hike to La Paz and Rio Celeste waterfalls, cruise on the channels at Tortuguero, walk through the tree tops in the Monteverde Cloud Forest, and bathe in natural hot springs. You will also visit family-run coffee and sugar plantations and end in world-renowned Manuel Antonio National Park where you can sail or snorkel. Staying in locally owned hotels and eco lodges, this is an active holiday full of adventures.

TOUR MANAGER Warwick Silvester

TOUR DATES Saturday 21 March – Tuesday 7 April 2020

TOUR INCLUSIONS

  • The services of an experienced New Zealand based Calder & Lawson Tours tour manager
  • Economy class airfares
  • 1 nights accommodation on outbound journey
  • 14 nights accommodation in Costa Rica
  • Meals as specified in the itinerary
  • Local guides
  • All group transfers
  • Admissions as detailed in the itinerary
  • Activities and sightseeing tours with local guides as detailed in the itinerary
  • All tips for local guides and other service providers
  • Pre-tour material

TOUR EXCLUSIONS

  • Airline taxes
  • Personal expenses
  • Travel insurance
  • Meals not specified in the itinerary
  • Beverages during included meals, unless specified
  • Hotel porterage
  • Any visa or eSTA visa fees

TOUR PRICE Ex Auckland

Share twin per person                                     NZD$10,980
Single supplement (limited availability)     NZD$  1,900

Please contact Calder & Lawson Tours if you are interested in a single occupancy place.

GROUP SIZE Minimum 10, maximum 18

 

Walking in Iceland

By Warwick Silvester
The unique attraction of Iceland as a destination is its geography, geology, landscape, and geothermal activity and its social and geological history has the potential to enthral. Its enormous glacial valleys overlain with so much recent volcanic activity lend unique structures to the mystery of the land. Some of the spectacular sights included:

Jokulsaron glacial lagoon where the ice which is calved from the glacier floats in the lake until it downsizes enough to exit the lake into the sea.

jokulsaron-glacial-lagoon

Reynisfjara – where we were delighted to see the long promised basalt columns. There were multiple columns of all sizes and the debate on whether they are five or six sided was finally resolved, marginally in favour of five sided.

reynisfjara_basalt-colums

But it was the amazing waterfalls of Gullfoss and the delicate Seljalandsfoss that had us truly enthralled. Gullfoss cascades down several drops and carries an enormous glacial melt. Seljalandsfoss on the other hand is a long gentle cascade that one can walk behind and savour its power.

gullfoss-waterfall