Costa Rica Vacation Package Adventure-seekers and hammock-dreamers, rejoice! This small group, action-packed journey through Costa Rica is the perfect balance.
- Delve into Costa Rica’s vast natural wonders.
- Do some adventure, ideal for families.
- Enjoy of cooking classes and dancing lessons with your family.
- Visit Bribri Native Women’s group.
- Bed down in comfy lodgings throughout.
- 2-night accommodation in San José or similar.
- 6-night accommodation in Limón or similar.
- Meals as per itinerary (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner).
- Activities: hiking, rappelling, horseback riding and snorkeling cooking classes.
- Dancing lessons,zip lining.
- Yorkin day trip – Bribri Native Women’s group.
- Local guide.
- Small-group tour.
- Private Air-conditioned transportation. Mini-Van or similar.
- Airport taxes.
- Gratuities (optional).
- Other services not mentioned in the itinerary.
- Extra beverages and alcoholic drinks.
- Meals, souvenirs and other local and personal expenses not specified in the itinerary.
- Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability.
- A minimum of 2 people per booking is required.
- This itinerary is designed for minimum 8 years old people.
- Please note: optional activities can be purchased while in Costa Rica.
- Please be aware that a minimum physical condition is required.
- Not accessible by wheelchair.
|Duration||9 Days and 8 Nights|
|Groupsize||2 to 12|
Day 1: Arrive San José
Welcome reception at Juan Santamaria International Airport in San Jose where you are warmly greeted and transferred to the Hotel Bougainvillea, an attractive three-story hotel set in tropical gardens just 20 minutes from the airport. Spacious rooms offer two double beds, television, and balcony, and other amenities include a swimming pool, tennis court, and restaurant. Overnight at Hotel Bougainvillea.
Day 2: Selva Baninito - Veraguas Rainforest
Depart with your guide through the highland cloud forests of the Central American isthmus to the slopes of the lowland Caribbean coast. In route you visit the Veraguas Reserve for a rainforest walk. After 3 ½ hours you transfer to a 4 wheel drive vehicle traveling another 40 minutes over rugged roads deep into the protected tropical rainforests of La Amistad International Park. This protected area of wildlife habitat and Indian territories constitute the largest nature reserve in Central America spanning 2.2 million acres of uninterrupted Costa Rica Green Adventuress across the Talamanca mountain range of southern Costa Rica and Northern Panama. Overnight at Selva Bananito Lodge. Includes: Breakfast- Lunch – Dinner.
Day 3: Selva Bananito - Hike and Waterfall Rappelling
Grab your water sandals and hiking boots for a full day hike (5-7 hours) into the rainforest. There are over 60 river crossings, jumping in the plentiful river pools along the way and passing by a 600 year-old mahogany tree as you learn more about rainforest ecology. After rappelling down an 80-foot waterfall (optional) enjoy a well-deserved hearty picnic lunch. This is a real, adrenaline-packed Costa Rica eco tour for true adventure seekers and requires very good physical condition. Other fun and interesting optional activities are available for those who prefer a milder outing. Overnight at Selva Bananito Lodge. Includes: Breakfast- Lunch – Dinner.
Day 4: Selva Bananito - Zip lining, Tree Planting and horseback riding
After a short hike, experience the canopy of the primary rainforest gliding on a zip line hanging 100-feet above the forest floor! This afternoon you take part in Selva Bananito’s ongoing reforestation project. The Stein family has planted hundreds of tropical hardwoods on a part of their land originally cut down by banana plantations in the 1800’s. By creating forested corridors you help provide better habitat for wildlife. Your saplings will one day become part of the tropical rainforest contributing to the conservation of endemic and endangered species while supporting the work of the Fundacion Cuencas de Limón, a nonprofit foundation that has become a regional leader in watershed protection and environmental educational programs. This afternoon, you settle in at Selva Bananito Jungle Lodge where cozy eco-style cabins are built on stilts in traditional Caribbean style. In the afternoon you saddle up for a 2-3 hour horseback ride among local farms, through rivers, and over hills with beautiful vistas. After a candlelight dinner (there is no electricity at the lodge, water gets heated by solar panels) relax in your hammock to enjoy the sounds of the jungle and take in the light show of fireflies. Overnight Selva Bananito Lodge. Includes: Breakfast- Lunch – Dinner.
Day 5: Cocles Beach - Snorkeling, Cahuita National park walk and cooking lesson
You head south for an adventure on the reefs off Cahuita National Park (1-1.5 hour drive). En route stop for snorkeling at the Cahuita National Park, part of a 10,000 acre protected reserve with miles of coral reef along the coast. On the underwater coral gardens watch for parrot fish, angel fish, snappers, groupers, grunts, blue tangs, jack fish, and other species swimming amongst the sea fans, brain coral, boulder coral, fire coral, and elk horn corals. Lunch is served at a local restaurant. With one of Puerto Viejo’s matriarch cooks, you learn to cook Caribbean-style and then enjoy a delicious lunch including patacones (fried plantains), coconut rice, fish or chicken, with Caribbean style-sauce, and fresh fruit shakes. The English language spoken here is called “Patois” in which many a phrase begins with, “Let me tell you what’s been happening”. Dinner is served at a local restaurant. Overnight at Hotel Shawandha Lodge. Includes: Breakfast- Lunch – Dinner.
Day 6: Talamanca - Yorkin day trip - Bribri Native Women's group
Spend today in Yorkín, a small town located in the Talamanca Bribri indigenous territory, only accessible by a 1-1/2 hour motorized dug-out canoe on the spectacular Rio Yorkin. There is plenty of wildlife to view along the way so keep your binoculars handy. This is also one of the best places to see organic cacao and banana plantations, learn about medicinal plants, and interact with indigenous people of the tropical rainforests of Costa Rica. Through personal interaction with the Bribri Indians they share their culture, local customs, typical food, mythology, and history. Sit for a typical Bribri style lunch at the Casa de las Mujeres, part of an association of indigenous women dedicated to developing new sources of income to preserve their culture such as farming, organic cacao production, and ecotourism. Your visit helps send their children to school. Save room for dessert because the women share their secrets of chocolate making! After a fun-filled day of eating and learning, you board your canoe and head back to Bambú and overnight in Cocles at Shawandha Lodge. Includes: Breakfast- Dinner.
Day 7: Cocles Beach Banana Bikes, Beach and dancing lesson
Today you hop on your local style “banana bikes” for a short ride to the town of Puerto Viejo where you learn about the amazing history of the Afro-Caribbean descendents of escaped slaves and rail road workers who settled along this isolated coast. You can also take time to enjoy the beach. In the afternoon you have an opportunity to see some Soca, Salsa, Merengue, Hip Hop, Calypso, and African music, and learn to dance from an instructor with more than 20 years motivating Caribbean youth to take pride in their culture and heritage. Proceeds from your visit go to benefit the local youth dance group “Olaba”.
Day 8: Transfer to San José and San José by night
Enjoy a relaxed morning in the rainforest and some beach time before heading back to San Jose, Our private driver will take you to have a nice exploration walking on this area with a great dinner in one of the best restaurants in San Jose. Overnight at Hotel Alta. Includes: Breakfast- Dinner.
Day 9: Departure
Transfer to the San Jose International airport for your international departure or extend your trip to explore more of Costa Rica’s natural wonders. Includes: Breakfast.