WIN THIS TRULY GORGEOUS 9-DAY RAINFOREST HOLIDAY FOR TWO IN COSTA RICA!
Tribes is delighted to be offering the prize for the Eden Project’s 2016 photographic competition.
Visit the Eden Project, including the incredible Rainforest Biome, from 27 May to 30 September, take a winning photo, and you’ll find yourself in the real rainforest!
This exciting rainforest holiday will take you to two main rainforest areas. You can explore Tortuguero on the Caribbean side of the country, and then head south for 3 nights at Golfo Dulce on the Pacific side. In addition you will have one night in San Jose on the day you arrive, and a night at a boutique lodge near a cloudforest.
During this week you will see a wonderful range of wildlife from stunning birdlife (hummingbirds, quetzals, toucans), to the country’s famous colourful frogs and other amphibians and reptiles, and some fascinating mammals (from slow sloths to spider monkeys, agoutis, coatis, peccaries, ocelots, deer, kinkajous ...).
We have chosen some lovely places for you to stay too, so at the times you’re not exploring rainforest you can relax by the pool, or by the beach at Golfo Dulce.
The competition is open to people aged 18 and over. UK residents only. Normal exclusions. Competition open from 27 May to 30 September 2016. See full entry instructions and terms and conditions: http://www.edenproject.com/edenphotocomp
You set off on your flight to Costa Rica. You will arrive at San Jose, the capital, where you will be taken to your hotel for the night.
Time to explore Costa Rica! This morning you will be collected for a roughly 2-hour journey by road, then you take an exciting motor riverboat trip for about 1½ hours to get to Tortuguero on the northern Caribbean coastline. Tortuguero National Park is an isolated flooded forest and network of islands. This unique area offers a wildlife rich experience different to any other in Costa Rica. After lunch at your lodge, we’ll take you on a visit of the village. The people here are strongly behind conservation, especially of the turtles for which the area is particularly famous.
After breakfast we’ll take you on a rainforest hike. It’s great to get a feeling of being in the midst of the rainforest, and spotting the wildlife you find here. You can hope to see caiman, otters, maybe even a manatee. Two-toed and three-toed sloths are both found here, as well as monkeys, iguanas, and Basilisk lizards. Birdlife such as toucans, green macaws and a host of water birds are also commonly sighted. The turtles’ nesting season here is March to October. Leatherbacks, loggerheads, hawksbills and green turtles can all be found here.
Today you’ll go back to San Jose in time for a flight south to the Golfo Dulce, by the Osa Peninsula. Your luxury beachfront rainforest lodge in the Piedras Blancas National Park is remote, and only accessible by boat, so it’s another exciting journey. The park is home to over 350 species of birds (many endemic), 750 species of trees, 140 species of mammals, 115 of reptiles and almost 10,000 species of insects.
You have two full days here to enjoy the excellent bird and wildlife viewing surrounding you. The food at Playa Cativo is renowned organic farm-to-table cuisine. All 9 rooms have an ocean view, there is a pool, yoga deck, you can go paddle-boarding, kayaking, swimming, hiking in the rainforest. This is a truly gorgeous place to escape to for a few days soaking up the flora and fauna of the rainforest. You see monkeys (they have howlers, capuchins, spider monkeys and squirrel monkeys) coatis, deer, kinkajous, peccaries, sloths, jaguars, ocelots, pumas, and in the sea there are dolphins, whale sharks, rays, and even whales in season.
Today you’ll fly back to San Jose and we’ll transfer you to the lovely boutique lodge called Chayote Lodge which is nearby some lovely cloudforest. You have the rest of the day to enjoy the wonderful views over volcanoes and coffee plantations, and taking walks through the nearby cloudforest.
You can enjoy time at Chayote until it’s time to head for the airport for your flight home. You arrive home the next morning.
Price notes: The holiday is offered to 2 people (sharing a room) free of charge, excepting the items shown as not included. It can be taken in 2016 or 2017 in the following months: May, June, September, October, November. It is subject to availability at the lodges, so we recommend the prizewinner contacts us as soon as possible to arrange their preferred date with us. Eden Project are announcing the winner in October 2016. It MAY be possible for the winner to add more people to the trip (fully payable) but this is at the discretion of Tribes and down to availability also.
International flights and taxes (airline and times to be confirmed on booking)
Getting there: The prize includes return flights from the UK to San Jose in Costa Rica in May, June, September, October, November. The airline and timings will be discussed with the winner once we known their preferred month of travel, and is subject to availability.
This bright, airy and modern boutique hotel commands sweeping views over the central valley, Gulf of Nicoya, and 4 of Costa Rica's volcanoes.
Evergreen Lodge is just 5 minutes from Tortuguero National Park so is an ideal base for boat rides, hikes and wildlife watching.
A gorgeous eco-lodge set amidst landscaped gardens at the edge of the Golfo Dulce in Piedras Blancas National Park.
Stay in the historic district of San Jose, and explore some of the major attractions such as the National Theatre and the Golden Museum.
How this holiday helps
The Eden Project in Cornwall is an educational charity, connecting people with each other and the living world. They constantly explore how we can work towards a better future, and back transformational projects and learning programmes. Their famous visitor centre is in a huge crater in Cornwall, UK, where vast Biomes house the largest rainforest in captivity with stunning plants.
Tribes Travel is an award-winning sustainable travel company, so it made sense for Eden to work with Tribes to offer an environmentally-friendly rainforest holiday as this year’s prize for the photo competition. Tribes offers mostly tailor made nature, wildlife and cultural holidays in Africa, Latin America and India. They also plant thousands of indigenous trees each year, currently in deforested areas of Malawi, to offset their travellers’ flight carbon emissions.
The Costa Rica holiday itself visits two rainforest regions – Tortuguero on the Caribbean and Piedras Blancas National Park on the Golfo Dulce in the south Pacific coast. Here you will be able to see true rainforest for real – enjoy the flora, spot the wildlife and incredible array of birds. Costa Rica is known for its efforts in conservation and sustainability, and is one of the world’s top ecotourism destinations.
The lodge you will be staying at in Tortuguero is Rainforest Alliance certified for its environmental sustainability. Playa Cativo, the lodge at Golfo Dulce is 100% powered by hydroelectricity and solar power, and has an organic farm, as well as using the most environmentally friendly products it can get.
This promotion is open to residents of the United Kingdom (England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland) who are 18 years or over, excluding employees and their immediate families of the promoter, their agents or anyone professionally connected with the promotion.
There will be one competition, starting at 0:00 on Friday 27 May 2016 and closing at 23:59 on Friday 30 September 2016. Any entries received outside these times and dates will not be accepted.
How to enter: Internet access and a Twitter and/or Instagram accounts are required to enter. On-line entry via Twitter or Instagram only - all participants must have access to the internet and an active Twitter and/or Instagram account. If you do not have a Twitter or Instagram account you will need to create one in order to participate and you will require an active email address in order to do this. See https://support.twitter.com or https://help.instagram.com for support.
To enter, you can either: - Tweet your photo that you took at the Eden Project to your followers, including the hashtag #edenphotocomp, and you will be automatically entered into the competition. Do not include @edenproject at the beginning of your Tweet. - Instagram your photo that you took at the Eden Project to your followers, including the hashtag #edenphotocomp, and you will be automatically entered into the competition. You can choose whether you set your location as ‘Eden Project’ or not.
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The prize is a holiday for two to Costa Rica (including flights), provided by Tribes Travel. The itinerary for the prize is as shown on this Tribes Travel web page.
The prize includes international flights and taxes, accommodation in twin/double share for 7 nights (full board at Tortuguero and Golfo Dulce, breakfast only at Radisson in San Jose and at Chayote Lodge), transfers and domestic flights. The prize also includes a flight offset, provided by Climate Care and 10 trees will be planted on behalf of the winner.
The prize excludes travel to UK departure airport, visas (if required), vaccinations, travel insurance, health insurance, tips, personal expenses, drinks and meals not mentioned. This prize is subject to availability and is available to take in October and November 2016 or May, June, September, October and November 2017. Additional travellers may be able to join for extra cost. Winners will be selected by a panel of judges with at least one independent judge. The criteria for selection will be for creativity and capturing the essence of The Eden Project.
One winner will be picked from all valid entries received and will be notified via Twitter or Instagram within 28 days of the closing date. At point of winner notification, the winner will be asked to supply a valid email address for further information on the prize to be sent to.
In the event the claim for the prize is not received by the promoter within 28 days of prize notification, the promoter reserves the right to withdraw prize entitlement and award the prize to a reserve selected at the same time as the original.
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There are no cash or other prize alternatives available in whole or in part except in the event of circumstances outside its reasonable control. The promoter reserves the right to substitute an alternative of equal or greater value. Unless otherwise agreed in writing by the promoter, the prize will only be awarded directly to the winner. In the event of circumstances outside the reasonable control of the promoter, or otherwise where fraud, abuse, and/or an error (human or computer) affects or could affect the proper operation of this promotion or the awarding of prizes, and only where circumstances make this unavoidable, the Promoter reserves the right to cancel or amend the promotion or these terms and conditions, at any stage, but will always endeavour to minimize the effect to participants in order to avoid undue disappointment.
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Promoter: The Eden Project, Bodelva, Cornwall, PL24 2SG, UK
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Time: GMT -6
Flight time: The flying time is about 12 hours from the UK. There are now direct flights from the UK using British Airways. We work with all the major airlines and can offer flights from the UK or via the USA, Panama or a European hub. With the connection times you are looking at around 15 or 16 hours.
Language: Spanish is the official language. English is widely spoken throughout Costa Rica
Visas: Not required for British travellers. Other nationalities should obtain advice from their embassy.
Health: There are no compulsory vaccinations.
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