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Costa Rica Adventure

Costa Rica Adventure
Day 1. Arrival in San Jose (Nov, 25th)
Welcome to Costa Rica! You may arrive in San Jose at any time today. You will be picked up from the airport and transferred to our hotel. You may arrive at any time today. In the evening we will have a group meeting to discuss the plan for the next to weeks and go out for our first Costa Rican dinner together.

Day 2, 3 & 4. Puerto Viejo de Talamanca (Nov, 26th,, 27 & 28th)
We begin with an incredible bus ride over the mountains to the Caribbean coast. The picturesque village of Puerto Viejo de Talamanca’s fourteen kilometres of incomparable white and black sand beaches are surrounded by exotic tropical vegetation. There are several optional activities available. Rent a bike, or hike to Monkey Point through the Gandoca - Manzanillo National Wildlife Refuge. Try snorkelling or take it easy and explore La Isla Botanical Gardens. Rent a boogie board if the waves are calling, dance the night away to reggae and calypso, taste flavourful Afro-Caribbean cuisine, and succumb to the natural beauty of this tropical paradise. This area of Costa Rica was quite isolated until a road was built a only a couple of decades ago, and it still hasn’t lost its charm. Estimated Travel Time: 5 hours. Approximate Distance: 410 km.

Day 5 & 6. Tortuguero (Nov, 29th & 30th)
A morning boat ride takes us from Moín to Tortuguero, with spectacular wildlife viewing en route. The unique village has walking paths that extend into the national park. Tortuguero National Park was created in 1975 to protect the four species of sea turtles which nest along the beaches. The approximately half-day boat ride along rivers and canals starts just outside the town of Limón and ends in the village of Tortuguero, just outside the park perimeter. We may see herons, egrets, spoonbills, as well as amphibians and reptiles like the “Jesus Lizard” (it walks on water) and caimans. The tropical rainforest gives way to prime beaches, ideal nesting grounds for Green, Loggerhead, Hawksbill and Leatherback Turtles. The latter nests from mid-March to May, the rest from July to September. The Caribbean Conservation Center, just outside of town, is an excellent source of information about the turtles and their tropical habitat. Estimated Travel Time: 8 hours. Approximate Distance: 140 km.

Day 7. Sarapiquí Rainforest (Dec, 1st)
The journey up to the jungle retreat is half the adventure as we begin by travelling along two rivers, the Tortuguero and the La Suerte. Back on land we board a van then a tractor-drawn cart excellent for navigating the jungle along rugged uphill terrain on the way to our special jungle oasis. The bumpy trip takes approximately four hours in total. We enter into primary rainforest bordering Braulio Carrillo National Park. Once you arrive at the Sarapiquí rainforest, your naturalist guide will take you into the rainforest and teach you about the plants and wildlife and the complex relations between them. . Our accommodation is in a rustic lodge which is based on a multi-share basis, as are bathroom facilities.

Day 8. Rainforest (Dec, 2nd)
Experience the richness and splendour of the most diverse environment on earth. The Sarapiquí Rainforest is a new way to save rainforest while learning about it. Over 360 species of birds have been found and there is a good chance to see monkeys and anteaters, as well as the tracks of tapirs and jungle cats. The treetops are full of vines, lianas, bromeliads, and orchids and there are more kinds of plants, birds, and butterflies here than in all of Europe. There will also be the opportunity to swim in large crystalline pools at the base of the twin waterfalls, weather permitting.

Day 9. La Fortuna (Dec, 3rd)
Today we travel north by local transport to the town of La Fortuna on the foot of Volcano Arenal. In the evening, if we are lucky with the clouds, we may be able to observe lava rolling from the volcano from the beautiful hot springs below while sipping cocktails. Estimated travel time: 6 hours. Approximate Distance: 110 km.

Day 10. La Fortuna (Dec, 4th)
La Fortuna is also known as Costa Rica’s centre of adventurous activities. Today we go on a cool rafting day-trip adventure on the Toro River, one of the warm white rivers of Costa Rica.

Day 11. La Fortuna (Dec, 5th)
We spent another day in La Fortuna. We explore the little town, swim in the river and at a beautiful waterfall or you have the chance to take part in one of the many optional activities such as waterfall rapelling, visiting national parks, quad riding, kayaking, etc.

Day 12. Monteverde (Dec, 6th)
We cross Lake Arenal by boat, while enjoying the beautiful green hills and the view on the volcano. On the other side we travel for several hours further by horses along the lake side and then we travel towards Monteverde in a van over a beautiful mountain trail.

Day 13. Monteverde Cloudforest (Dec, 7th)
We make a morning walk in the lush cloud forest reserves of Monteverde, truly a bird-lover’s paradise. In the afternoon we have the option to do an optional thrilling canopy zip line tour and we fly like Tarzan through the lush cloud forest! There is also the option to visit the butterfly and orchid gardens, frog pond or snake museum.

Day 14. Quepos (Dec, 8th)
We travel with our private van to the Pacific beach town Quepos. From here you can visit the famous Manuel Antonio reserve and its gorgeous beaches. There are lots of possible optional activities to do here: sea kayaking, white water rafting, waterfall rappelling, mangrove boat tours, snorkeling, take surf classes, or take it easy on the beach.

Day 15 & 16. Quepos (Dec, 9th & 10th)
We visit the Manuel Antonio National Park with its gorgeous beaches and have free time to explore and enjoy the beaches. We finish with a sunset sailboat tour along the coast to snorkel and spot dolphins.

Day 17. San Jose (Dec, 11th)
A local bus takes us back to the capital where we will have our last night party out.

Day 18. Departure (Dec, 12th)
Explore San Jose and departure.