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In connection with the nature of Costa Rica and its people

Trip description

Summary of your trip:

Costa Rica is a natural paradise that offers an incredible encounter between fauna and flora. The great biodiversity of this country will allow you to reconnect with a whole preserved ecosystem. During your trip, you too will be an actor of the protection of this environment by getting involve in certain projects and by exchanging with the locals. It is thanks to certain encounters that you will better understand and appreciate all the natural beauties that a country like Costa Rica has to offer.

Day 1 : Juan Santamaria Airport - Alajuela

Monument national du Costa Rica, San José.

Welcome to Costa Rica!

Your driver will be waiting for you at the Juan Santamaria International Airport, near San José, 1,150 meters above sea level in the heart of the Central Valley, to take you to your hotel.

Night at the Tacacori Ecolodge.

Bungalow Casita.

Included: private transportation, room & breakfast.

Day 2 : Siquirres - Pacuare River

Rafting au Costa Rica.

Rafting on the Rio Pacuare

Early in the morning, departure from San Jose in grouped service towards Siquirres for a rafting descent on the Rio Pacuare to the Rios Tropicales lodge, in the heart of the jungle.

Upon arrival at the operations center in Siquirres, you will stop to enjoy a typical breakfast (included), then the guides will give you safety instructions and navigation techniques.

Ready for adventure, you'll board the rafts and begin to navigate between canyons and lush vegetation through an impenetrable and wild jungle. Class III rapids welcome you into the charm of the Rio Pacuare gorges, in the heart of the primary rainforest, and some of the scenery is breathtaking!

Before taking a picnic on the banks of the river, you will enjoy a walk in the jungle leading to a waterfall and a natural swimming pool.

In the early afternoon, you will arrive at the lodge nestled in the jungle, where you can relax, swim in the waterfall or explore the self-guided trails of the 600-hectare private reserve.

Approximate driving time: 3 hours from San José to Siquirres.

Approximate rafting time: 2h30; class II & III rapids from easy to moderate.

Info: transfers in group service; luggage weight limited to 14kg per person.

Possibility to reach the lodge on foot - please consult us.

Night and full board at the Rios Tropicales lodge.

Deluxe room.

Included: buffet breakfast, dinner (excluding drinks), excursion (group service), local English speaking guide, lunch (excluding drinks), room & breakfast, transport in group service.

Day 3 : Pacuare River

Toucan perché dans un arbre.

Free day at leisure to explore the beautiful surroundings of the lodge as you wish.

The site is the ideal starting point for guided hikes (included) in the heart of nature to discover the local flora and fauna. Various trails lead to a thousand and one waterfalls that flow into the rainforest, and you will have the privilege of spotting tropical birds and constantly confronting the wildlife of this protected environment.

If you wish, you can also book on site various outdoor activities offered by the lodge (not included):

- zip line

- canyoning

- combo canyoning and zip line

- horseback riding

- hike to the Cabecar indigenous community

Excursions in group service, minimum 2 persons; information and reservations on site.

Night and full board at Rios Tropical Lodge.
Deluxe room.

Included: dinner (excluding drinks), excursion (group service), local English speaking guide, lunch (excluding drinks), room & breakfast.

Day 4 : Pacuare River - Siquirres - San José - Puerto Viejo de Sarapiqui

Day4 : Pacuare River - Siquirres - San José - Puerto Viejo de Sarapiqui

Rafting on the Rio Pacuare

After being awakened by the sounds of the rainforest and the roaring rapids of the Rio Pacuare, you will enjoy a delicious breakfast.

Free time to enjoy the surrounding nature and departure for a new day of adventure in the white waters.

Along the way, you will stop to visit crystalline waterfalls and natural waterfalls.

In the early afternoon, you will reach the road and the Rios Tropicales operations center in Siquirres, where you will be able to change clothes and have a hot lunch (included).

Approximate rafting duration: 3 hours; class III & IV rapids from moderate to difficult. Arrival around 13:30 in Siquirres.

Info: transfers in grouped service.

Pick up of your rental vehicle

Info: you will find in the "other services" part of your quotation, all the information concerning your vehicle.

Road from San Jose to Sarapiqui.

Departure to Puerto Viejo de Sarapiquí, whose forests are the refuge of tapirs, sloths, coatis and various monkeys.

Approximate driving time: 2 hours.

Night at a local family's home in Sarapiquí.

Rudimentary comfort.

Dinner included in the price.

Included: excursion (group service), local English-speaking guide, lunch (drinks not included), transport in group service, car rental, room & breakfast, dinner (drinks not included).

Day 5 : Puerto Viejo de Sarapiqui

Half day volunteering in Sarapiqui
During this day, in total immersion in the community of Sarapiqui, you will be able, while sharing with its members, to repaint the school, do some planting, build a vegetable garden, sensitize the students to recycling, express your artistic talents, reforest the local farms... among others!

Approximate duration: 4 hours.

To the rhythm of Latin music

Discover a fundamental element of Latin culture: dance!
Salsa, Merengue and Cumbia Criolla, these names and rhythms will have (almost) no more secrets for you. Let the music rise inside you and free your hips, following the advice of your teacher.

Approximate duration: 1 hour.

Night at a local family's home in Sarapiquí.

Rudimentary comfort.

Dinner included in the price.

Includes: excursion (group service), local guide, room & breakfast, dinner (drinks not included).

Day 6 : Puerto Viejo de Sarapiqui - Arenal Volcano

Jardin de La Fortuna offrant une magnifique vue sur le volcan Arenal.

Road from Sarapiqui to Arenal.

The road continues towards the La Fortuna region and the majestic Arenal volcano (1,650 metres), which is perfectly conical in shape.

Approximate driving time: 1 hour 30 minutes.

Stroll over the suspension bridges

You will enjoy a 3 km long route crossing the primary forest and about 15 suspension bridges over the canopy, from where you will have a breathtaking view of the tropical vegetation and the Arenal Volcano!

Approximate duration: 2 hours of walk.

Night at the Finca Luna Nueva Lodge hotel.

Room Casa Barro.

When staying at the Finca Luna Nueva, a guided tour of the finca is included. Enjoy it!

Included: entrance(s) to the site(s) mentioned in the program, room & breakfast.

Day 7 : Arenal Volcano

A bike ride in the great outdoors!

Accompanied by certified naturalist guides, during your bike ride you will enjoy the beauty of nature with remarkable landscapes all along Lake Arenal and its volcano.

Approximate duration: 2 hours 30.

Night at the Finca Luna Nueva Lodge Hotel.

Room Casa Barro.

When staying at the Finca Luna Nueva, a guided tour of the finca is included. Enjoy it!

Included: equipment rental, excursion (group service), local guide, room & breakfast.

Day 8 : Arenal Volcano

Volcan Arenal.

Cocoa tour: learn, salivate, enjoy!

Discover the secrets and wonders of one of man's favourite foods: chocolate. You will learn everything about chocolate, from the planting of the cocoa fruit, its transformation process and history, to the manufacture of the bars! You will be able to taste the indigenous chocolate drink, as well as the chocolate bars made from organic cocoa. At the end of the tour, you will have the opportunity to make your own bar that you can take with you.

Approximate duration: 2 hours.

Overnight at the Finca Luna Nueva Lodge Hotel.

Room Casa Barro.

When staying at the Finca Luna Nueva, a guided tour of the finca is included. Enjoy it!

Included: chocolate tasting, excursion (group service), local English speaking guide, room & breakfast.

Day 9 : Arenal Volcano - Volcano Tenorio

Road from Arenal to Tenorio.

Departure to the Miravalles (2,028 metres above sea level) and Tenorio (1,916 metres above sea level) volcanoes.

Approximate driving time: 2 hours.

Night at the Finca Mei Tai.

Room Tiburón.

Included: room & breakfast

Day 10 : Tenorio Volcano

Catarata Rio Celeste, parc national Tenorio.

Tenorio National Park

You will explore one of the most beautiful trails in the country between jungle, waterfalls and natural hot springs. You will have the opportunity to discover the Rio Celeste famous for its unreal turquoise blue colour (which intensifies with the reflection of the light rays) due to the minerals in its waters which contrast with the intense green of the tropical vegetation.

36 km long, the Rio Celeste originates at the meeting point of 2 rivers, crosses volcanic hot springs, sulphur springs, before forming a magnificent waterfall.

Approximate duration: 2 hours 30.

Night at the Finca Mei Tai.

Room Tiburón.

Included: entrance(s) to the site(s) mentioned in the program, room & breakfast.

Day 11 : Tenorio Volcano - Samara

In the morning, departure for the Nicoya peninsula.

You will cross the Puente de la Amistad before reaching Nicoya, the administrative centre of the peninsula which lives at the rhythm of the comings and goings of campesinos (peasants) and cowboys. You will cross varied landscapes before reaching the small seaside resort of Samara.

Then, installation at the hotel near a beautiful white sand beach, ideal site for idleness or swimming in the turquoise waters of the Pacific.

Note : 3 to 4 hours drive approximately

Overnight at the Samara Pacific Lodge Hotel.

Standard room.

Included: room & breakfast

Day 12 : Samara

Playa Samara.

Free day to enjoy the beaches of the region.

Please consult us for the various aquatic activities not to be missed on site.

Overnight at the Samara Pacific Lodge Hotel.

Standard room.

Included: room & breakfast

Day 13 : Samara

Morning free to discover the region.

Please consult us for the various activities not to be missed on site.

Saddle up!

Set off on a horseback ride between farms and the coast, in the shade of the tall Guanacaste trees that have given their name to the province. The HorseJungle ranch is run by a French couple and their horse-loving volunteers.

You will go to the wild grey sand beach of Buenavista located 3 kms north of Samara. You will cross many rivers and shady jungle paths before returning to the starting farm.

Then you will reach Barigona Beach. Like in a dream: white sand beach bordered by coconut palms, turquoise and clear water. The views are unforgettable.

On the way back you will pass through the village of Buenavista, local atmosphere...

Approximate duration: 3 hours.

Info: this tour is available in the morning or in the afternoon to enjoy the beautiful sunset.

Overnight at Samara Pacific Lodge Hotel.

Standard room.

Includes: tour (group service), local guide, room & breakfast.

Day 14 : Samara - Costa de Pajaros

Coucher de soleil sur la péninsule de Nicoya.

Road from Samara to Costa de Pajaros.

Today, you leave the beautiful Nicoya Peninsula to reach Costa de Pajaros, an area famous for bird watching.

Approximate driving time: 2 hours and a half.

Overnight at La Ensenada Lodge.
Standard room.

Dinner included at the hotel.

Included: room & breakfast, dinner (excluding drinks).

Day 15 : Costa de Pajaros - Uvita

Discovery of the mangrove by boat

Early in the morning you will leave by boat to explore the mangroves of the Abangares River. You will discover the rich fauna of this typical ecosystem of the Nicoya golf course. You will be able to observe the impressive diversity of birds and, with a bit of luck, crocodiles, crabs and iguanas.

Approximate duration: 2 hours and a half.

Route from Costa de Pajaros to Uvita.

Today, departure for the South Costa Rican Pacific coast to reach the region of Uvita and its many beaches.

Approximate driving time: 3 hours and a half.

Night at the Manoas Hotel.

Luxury Carpa tent with private bathroom and terrace.

Includes: local guide, group transportation, room & breakfast.

Day 16 : Marino Ballena Park - Uvita

Isla del Coco.

Marino Ballena National Park

Created to protect the country's largest coral reef, the national park owes its name to the humpback whales that roam its warm waters to reproduce.

You will be surprised by the natural shape of the beach in this park, which is exactly shaped like a whale's tail!

Approximate duration: 2 hours.

Night at the Manoas Hotel.

Luxury Carpa tent, with private bathroom and terrace.

Included: entrance(s) to the site(s) mentioned in the program, room & breakfast.

Day 17 : Dominical - Uvita

Discovery of the Nauyaca Falls

Departure for a walk to the Cataratas de Nauyaca, one of the most spectacular waterfalls in the country. You will continue the walk through lush vegetation to a canyon about 80 meters wide.

Arrival at the waterfalls, some of which reach 45 meters high. You will then be able to take full advantage of the natural swimming pools to swim and relax while enjoying the surrounding nature.

Approximate duration: 4 to 5 hours of walking; intermediate to difficult level.

Note: falls closed on Sundays, entrance fee to be paid on site.

Night at the Manoas Hotel.

Carpa luxury tent, with private bathroom and terrace.

Included: room & breakfast

Day 18 : Uvita - San José

Road from Uvita to San José.

Departure route to the Costa Rican capital.

Approximate driving time: 4 hours.

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