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costa rica s exotic orchids An Orchid Safari and Natural History Adventure April 26-May 2, 2015 n Smithsonian Journeys are designed to engage travelers in the mission
costa rica s exotic orchids An Orchid Safari and Natural History Adventure April 26-May 2, 2015 n Smithsonian Journeys are designed to engage travelers in the mission of the Smithsonian the increase and diffusion of knowledge. Like the Institution, our tours enrich our guests lives and satisfy their curiosity about the world around them. Tour Highlights n Join Smithsonian Journeys Orchid Expert David Horak to discover rare orchid species including the recently discovered Lepanthes orchids and Platystelejungermannioides, the world s smallest orchid species and so much more! n Explore this verdant land of misty volcanoes, roaring rivers, and lush jungles teeming with exotic fauna! n Observe colorful hummingbirds, glass frogs, bellbirds and howler monkeys during daily excursions with local naturalists. n Visit Tapantí National Park, La Catalina Orchid Garden, San Bosca Orchid Preserve and more on this fascinating adventure for orchid and nature enthusiasts alike! Smithsonian Journeys Expert David Horak David is the curator of orchids at the Robert W. Wilson Aquatic House at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden and has been growing orchids for more than 30 years! David began studying orchids after first encountering them in the thorn forests of northern Yucatan, Mexico while studying pre-colombian art and archeology. Over the years he has continued to travel to remote locations worldwide to discover orchids in the wild. As Curator of the Brooklyn Botanic Garden orchid collection he has more than tripled the size of the collection since his arrival to more than 6000 plants. David has been a leader in educating orchid lovers and novices alike about the staggering diversity and remarkable stories of these plant s ecologies and their wondrous adaptations and pollinator ecologies. Arenal Volcano National Park Itinerary U.S. / SAN JOSÉ n Sunday, April 26 Board your independent flight to San José. Meet your guide and transfer to the Hotel Bougainvillea, set amidst ten acres of lush tropical gardens. SAN JOSÉ n Monday, April 27 Venture to Tapantí National Park. Nestled within the 18 square miles of the park lie some of world s most beautiful orchids, including three new Lepanthes species that were discovered here in Tapantí is still the only known habitat for the new orchid species, all three of which are miniature orchids that do not grow longer than 5 mm. Continue to world-renowned Lankester Botanical Garden, home to 15,000 orchid specimens. Founded in the 1940s by famed British naturalist and orchid enthusiast Charles Lankester, the garden has grown to over 27 acres since being donated to the University of Costa Rica in The 3,000 plant species that make up the verdant landscape most of them native to Mesoamerica include noteworthy collections of epiphytes. End the day discovering CATIE Botanical Garden, where your senses are rewarded with the sights of delicate miniature orchids, BOSQUE DE PAZ n Wednesday, April 29 Spend the day exploring the 3,000-acre, privatelyowned Bosque de Paz Biological Reserve, surrounded by dense rain and cloud forests. Stroll along the orchid garden with resident naturalists, hike through the cloud forest trails, or if you re feeling adventurous, take a long, guided hike to a breathtaking waterfall. The reserve limits the number of daily visitors to keep environmental impact to a minimum and to provide guests with an intimate personal experience. (B,L,D) White-faced capuchin monkey enormous bromeliads, and 100-year-old Ceiba trees, not to mention the intoxicating scent of the Asian ylang ylang tree, which is featured in perfumes across the world. In addition to the flora, this site is an ideal place to observe birds, mammals, and reptiles native to the area. (B,L,D) SAN JOSÉ / BOSQUE DE PAZ n Tuesday, April 28 Visit La Catalina Orchid Garden, where you ll be surrounded by wild orchids in bloom. Using the tropical trails throughout the property, learn about orchid cultivation at the demo nursery, enjoy the permanent orchid show room with its multitude of hybrids and species, and relax at one of the water gardens filled with koi fish and turtles. (B,L,D) BOSQUE DE PAZ / ARENAL n Thursday, April 30 Visit Arenal Volcano, Costa Rica s most active volcano until it entered into a dormant phase in October Rising from the lush jungle landscape below, Arenal Volcano is truly a sight to behold. The national park surrounding the volcano provides seemingly endless opportunities to view native flora and fauna. From exotic orchids bursting with color to capuchin monkeys swinging from rain forest tree limbs, this scenic area is not to be missed. Unwind from the day s adventure in the hotel s thermal pool. (B,L,D) ARENAL / MONTEVERDE n Friday, May 1 Travel to Monteverde for an exploration of the San Bosco Orchid Garden. This sprawling garden features a wide variety of mini-orchids, including Platystelejungermannioide, the smallest orchid in the world, and a beautiful bromeliad garden. During a visit to Monteverde Orchid Garden, observe a large collection of more than 425 different orchid species, and stop by the hybrid-plant greenhouse, where a local expert demonstrates the difference between a flower that grows in the wild and one that grows in a laboratory. (B,L,D) MONTEVERDE / SAN JOSE / U.S. n Saturday, May 2 Early this morning, transfer to the airport for independent flights home. (B) Waterfall in Bosque de Paz Biological Reserve Resplendent quetzal arenal volcano monteverde Bosque de Paz Biological Reserve san josé pacific ocean Accommodations Hotel Bougainvillea: A hotel surrounded by lush tropical gardens, Hotel Bougainvillea epitomizes Costa Rican lifestyle and hospitality. Guest rooms offer a private balcony, flat screen TV, telephone, safety deposit box, WI-FI, coffee maker, radio alarm clock, ceiling fan, and hair dryer. 2 Nights. Bosque de Paz: Bosque de Paz Lodge is made up of 12 very spacious rooms, each adorned with Costa Rican handicrafts. Each room has two double beds, a private bathroom with hot water, and ample balconies to admire the magnificent landscapes. 2 Nights. Clockwise from top: Hotel Bougainvillea, Bosque de Paz; Los Lagos Hotel; El Establo Costs per person: Rates Double Occupancy $3,895 Single Occupancy $4,470 Airfare: International airfare is not included in the cost of the program. Please call International Expeditions (IE) at for competitive airfares to/from San José, Costa Rica in your selected class of service. Airfare is payable to IE. All airfares are subject to change until ticketed. Los Lagos Hotel: Los Lagos Hotel features its own 13 platform rainforest canopy, horseback riding, and spectacular observation points throughout the property. All of the spacious, air-conditioned room offer private facilities, as well as a satellite TV, telephone, safe deposit box, and mini-fridge. The hotel features a natural hot spring and spectacular spring-fed pools for wading and relaxing. 1 Night. El Establo: While in the lush cloud forests, enjoy a stay at El Establo, set in a private 150 acre farm adjacent to the Monteverde Reserve. The rooms at El Establo feature excellent views of the Gulf of Nicoya on clear days, private bathrooms, orthopedic mattresses, cable TV, and hair dryers. 1 Night. Our Mission: Smithsonian Journeys are designed to engage travelers in Smithsonian s mission - the increase and diffusion of knowledge. Like the Institution, our tours enrich our guests lives and satisfy their curiosity about the world. 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