Costa Rica Travel Adventure

15-18 Days
TYPOLOGIES

AUTO

DIFFICULTY

Medium

MIN. AGE

2 Years

2285

Nature & Culture Costa Rica

The ultimate South American Costa Rica travel hunt you can indulge in for maximum fun!

Are you a lover of wildlife and nature? Then this 15-days South American travel adventure is the perfect getaway for you! From visiting the Tenorio Volcano National Park to viewing the stunning Rio Celeste waterfall, tasting sugary pineapples in Boca Tapada, and an adventurous sea kayaking at Ballena National Park, Costa Rica is one country that fills you with thrills and excitement at any given opportunity.

The ultimate South American Costa Rica travel hunt you can indulge in for maximum fun!

Are you a lover of wildlife and nature? Then this 15-days South American travel adventure is the perfect getaway for you! From visiting the Tenorio Volcano National Park to viewing the stunning Rio Celeste waterfall, tasting sugary pineapples in Boca Tapada, and an adventurous sea kayaking at Ballena National Park, Costa Rica is one country that fills you with thrills and excitement at any given opportunity.

Get lost in the waves of excitement with our exclusive daring travel adventures!

Day by day

Requirements to rent a car:

• Valid passport to travel in Costa Rica.

• Valid license ID.

• Older than 23 years old (if you are older than 21 years old a license with 2 years of the

expedition is required)

• Credit card (Visa, Master Card, AMEX). Debit cards and cash are not accepted.

• The rent a car company will charge you a refundable deposit of $750 USD.

San Jose, Costa Rica’s capital and the largest city in the country, San Jose is considered to be among the most cosmopolitan cities in Latin America. Downtown San Jose is the busiest part of town. A maze of streets and avenues, here you can find most of the city’s museums as well as several hotels and plazas.

Start point: Main entrance , Aeropuerto Internacional Juan Santamaría (SJO), Ruta Nacional 1, Alajuela, Alajuela, Costa Rica

If you’re looking for a quiet getaway, you can visit Bijagua de Upala, a little village near the entrance of Tenorio Volcano National Park. As the gateway to Celeste River, an incredible sky-blue river, this little town has become more popular while keeping a very natural and rural feel with stunning mountain scenery, fantastic bird watching, and charismatic locals.

The Rio Celeste waterfall is near the Tenorio and Miravalles Volcanoes You will begin a hike through the dense, lush, tropical rainforest that surrounds the Tenorio National Park. You and your nature guide can go at your own pace and you'll learn interesting things about the rainforest along the way.

Once at Los Tenideros, where two rivers come together, you'll be amazed at the celestial turquoise blue watercolor that comes from the waterfall. The celestial blue color is created when the minerals in the water: aluminum, silicon, and oxygen are suspended in the water and refracts light from the sun so that the flow looks blue.

Boca Tapada Costa Rica is located in the northern lowlands nearby the mouth of the San Carlos River. This off-the-beaten-path part of Costa Rica is home to hundreds of pineapple and sugar cane plantations as well as a rich biodiversity of plants and animals. Boca Tapada is one of the few remaining nesting sites of the endangered Great Green Macaw. One of the newest additions to the Boca Tapada area is the Maquenque Eco Preserve which has a mission of preserving the habitat of the Great Green Macaw as well as other species who habitat is dependent on the wetlands around Boca Tapada.

Night Walk: Come and share with an unique experience, from another point of view. In this activity you will visit the gardens and the hotel ́s forest, where you can live and enjoy the nightlife of some animals such as alligators, frogs, nocturnal birds, snakes, and spiders also, you will experience the peace and sounds that the nature gives us. The Naturalist Guide will give you information on the flora and fauna in the area.

Enjoy the tranquility of the rainforest traveling to Tres Amigos River by raft. Here you can see the richness of flora and fauna, and you can discover exotic animals like crocodiles, tortoise, iguanas, monkeys, waterfowl and more.

During this tour, the naturalist guides will explain how to paddle and some safety regulations, in addition, he will give you interesting information about the region and the species that you have seen.

Sarapiqui is located in the Heredia province and it has gain popularity because of the rich biodiversity as well for the adventure activities that can be done here. Surrounded by lush green forests and banana and cacao plantations, Sarapiqui was once just a small port town. Located at the junction of the Puerto Viejo River and Sarapiqui River. In Sarapiqui, several private reserves can be found such as La Tirimbina, La Selva and many others making a great place to admire nature and wildlife. As one of Costa Rica’s last remaining areas of primary rainforest, Sarapiquí is home to over half of the country’s total species of birds. The species diversity is astounding, with more than 1,850 plants, 448 birds, 70 species of bat and five of Costa Rica’s six felines.

Cooking lessons:

This tour is a great opportunity to learn about organic agriculture where you can not only see the production technique but also have the experience of harvesting the different products in the field and turning them into delicious traditional dishes of Costa Rican cuisine. An ideal activity to share with family or friends since it is 100% experiential. The local chef would provide the list of ingredients that you will need to prepare the menu of the day so that you can harvest them directly from the plant, then prepare and cook in a traditional firewood kitchen to later proceed to taste them.

The cacao tree was originated in Mesoamerica and has a rich and extraordinary history. The tour includes a guided walk across the Tirimbina hanging bridge to an old cacao plantation, as well as through a forested section where you will observe how the product originally developed there. A guide will reveal the secrets of transforming cacao fruit into chocolate. You’ll see the chocolate-making process first-hand and even have the opportunity to treat your taste buds to real organic rainforest chocolate!

The Horseback riding begins at the stalls, where you are given the necessary equipment: a helmet, leggings, and rain poncho. You’ll be assigned a horse that matches your experience and ability, and you'll learn the basics of horse handling and safety. When you’re ready, you’ll mount the horse and practice handling it in the coral.

Head out with your horse onto trails that run through pastureland, jungle, and rivers. You’ll have a unique opportunity to see some of Costa Rica’s beautiful countryside and may even spot birds and other wildlife. Along the way, you’ll be given fresh fruit and water.

A bilingual guide and wrangler accompany every ride. This ensures that your tour will not only be informative but also safe. There are both 2-hour and 4-hour tours available.

Pierrella Ecological Garden is a special place run by a local family, your host William and Krista will start the tour with a little history of the place and tell you all about how they reforest the property and the animals start coming and how all started.

Then you will visit the butterfly garden to learn everything about the different species and the complete metamorphosis. After learning about the butterflies, you will keep walking in the trails where your host is going to show you other animals such as sloth, frogs, and insects.

Then you will admire the garden and all the birds that come there. At the end of the tour, you will have a delicious typical lunch.

Turrialba is a farming town. Because they have a very interesting climate being near the Caribbean side in the Central Valley, you will see fields of lettuce, cilantro, sugar cane, coffee, and others. But one of the most famous products from Turrialba is their cheese.

Turrialba combines a charming little town with amazing nature sites such as the Turrialba Volcano, which is currently active and regularly throwing ashes. The Pacuare and Reventazon river, perfect for whitewater rafting. The Pacuare river is considered a top river for this sport. Also, the most important pre-colonial archeological site, Guayabo, is located in Turrialba, Costa Rica’s only pre-Columbian site that is open to public access, these ruins provide a fantastic insight into what life circa 1000 BC to 1400AD must have been like.

Los Santos area sits in the Talamanca Mountain Range in highlands of south-central Costa Rica. Los Santos area is very special for several reasons, one of the most important is the wildlife that live here specially the birds. The high elevation of the area attracts woodpeckers, warblers, falcons, owls and quetzal. The other reason is the high-quality coffee produce in this land. Consider one of best coffee in the world you can delight with it when you visit a coffee plantation and a local coffee shop.

Los Santos area is home of Los Quetzales National Park, a perfect place for hiking and admiring the nature, avid hikers will get reward with stunning views.

In San Gerardo de Dota, Savegre, you have the best chance of findingand observing this spectacular Quetzal. The Aztecs believed the Resplendent Quetzal was the representation of Quetzalcóatl, their supreme god. One of the naturalist guides will take you to the places where the quetzal feeds on aguacatillos, their favorite fruit. It only needs a few seconds of watching the quetzal to appreciate why it is considered to be the most beautiful species in the American continent.

Located in the south Pacific of Costa Rica. Uvita is a small town, here are small shops, and souvenirs place. Nightlife is not big here in Uvita but there is still several bar and restaurant options. The town itself is spread out and stretches from the beach area and back into the mountains.

It is the primary entrance to the incredibly beautiful Marino Ballena National Park which protects both coastline and sea. The park is most well-known for the Humpback Whales that migrate here annually to rear their young. The backdrop for the area is just as spectacular with towering lush green mountains shrouded in clouds that quickly descend to sea level. Marino Ballena National Park is mostly a marine park. It was created to protect the dolphins and whales, which can be observed most of the year, with the exception of May and June. The best months are August, September, and October, followed by January and February.

The Sea Kayaking adventure begins at low tide as the waves go to one side of the Whale's Tail where you will do the kayaking. Paddling to this point will take between 30 to 45 minutes. The Snorkeling portion of the tour will take between 45 minutes and 1.5 hours and allows you to see a variety of fish and coral species.

Many marine species can be seen during the snorkeling. You will continue with kayak, to enter a small mangrove forest in Marino Ballena National Park where it is possible to spot sea birds, toucans, and some small reptiles.

Drive back to San Jose for the last night in the country.

What's included

  • Accommodation
  • Local professional guide
  • Daily breakfast
  • Hyundai Tucson IX35 4WD (or Similar)

Not included

  • Flights before and after the tour are not included in the tour price.
  • Travel insurance is not covered in the tour price.
  • Departure taxes ($29 per person)