Botanical Treasures of Costa Rica - A Special Tour

, (PressExposure) July 10, 2006 -- Calypso Island Tours is offering “ Botanical Treasures of Costa Rica”,

a unique 12-day/11-night tour which will sample the rich botanical diversity of Costa

Rica. Scheduled for November 23 - December 4, this 12-day adventure will journey into the rugged Southern Pacific mountain range and through the lush, steamy rainforests of the Northern lowlands. Featured are excursions to a variety of botanical gardens and horticultural research facilities including a visit to the beautiful private gardens of noted Horticulturist, Lleana Tehran, founder of SACRO (Save Costa Rica’s Orchids), an organization dedicated to maintaining natural habitats where orchids grow wild and to Las Cruces Biological Station, home of Wilson Botanical Gardens, Costa Rica’s preeminent botanical garden. Located near the Panamanian border at an elevation of 4500 feet above sea level, these gardens are a fascinating showcase for tropical plants and the facility serves as a research center for the Organization of Tropical Studies

While traveling through the Caribbean lowlands, tour participants will be enriched by a visit to the small village of Argentina, who are trying to improve the community’s economy and protect the environment through agro-ecotourism. You’ll have an opportunity to explore their cooperative farms, learn about their cottage industries which produce various products from the rainforest and interact with members of the community. The tour concludes with a workshop on how soaps and teas are made from medicinal plants

Other highlights include an excursion to the venerable Lankester Garden, Costa Rica’s oldest botanical garden located near the colonial town of Cartago, a tour of the majestic Irazu volcano, which looms 11,00 feet above sea level with magnificent views of both the Pacific and Atlantic oceans and an all day excursion to La Paz Waterfall Gardens, home of the world’s largest enclosed butterfly observatory. In addition, there will be leisurely nature hikes and a jungle cruise where you’ll encounter many tropical birds and other creatures of the rainforest,

The tour escorted is escorted by a professional botanist from Costa Rica and is limited to a maximum of 16 people. The price for this 12-day tour is $2389 per person, based on double occupancy, and includes accommodations, touring and sightseeing, all transfers and most meals. International airfare is not included. For more information, call (866) 682-2121 or (650) 866-3654 or visit []

About Calypso Island Tours

Calypso Island Tours specializes in botanical and nature tours to such diverse tropical destinations as Costa Rica, Thailand and the Caribbean. Our company is an advocate for sustainable tourism; as such we strongly believe that tourism if managed properly can have minimal impact on the environment and can contribute to the preservation of our woodland forests, coral reefs and the natural beauty of our remaining wilderness areas. In addition, tourism can provide tangible benefits for the indigenous communities that we come in contact with by offering them incentives to protect the environment. Furthermore, we patronize small locally owned hotels, local tour escorts and tour operators in the destinations we promote and we encourage meaningful exchange between our clients and the local people in the community.

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Press Release Submitted On: July 10, 2006 at 1:31 pm
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