Costa Rica. The pristine jungle, waterfalls and paradise beaches of the Pacific Ocean
What you get
Costa Rica. The pristine jungle, waterfalls and paradise beaches of the Pacific Ocean
Two facts about Costa Rica: The biological diversity here is bigger than in Europe and the United States combined, and the standards of living are the highest in Central America. The locals are very proud of their piece of paradise!
- Hike the slopes of the active Arenal volcano and unwind in the hot springs it heats
- Walk on suspension bridges above the wild jungle of Cloud Forest, home to the biggest amount of orchids in the world
- Enjoy MalPais beaches, which are among the ten most beautiful in the world
- Watch rare species of monkeys, brown pelicans, sloths and exotic birds as you sail through the mangroves of the Manuel Antonio Reserve
- Explore the streets of the capital city of San Jose, observing the bustling metropolitan life and view the golden treasures of the Indians
The price of the trip includes:
- Accommodation in hotels and eco-lodges throughout the trip
- All transportation
- Breakfasts in some hotels
- Professional guiding services
What is NOT included:
- Flight to San Jose and back home. (Let us know if you need help finding the best deals)
- Insurance (mandatory)
- Meals (except breakfast in some hotels)
- Entrance fees to national parks
- Rafting, surfing and other activities.
We arrive in the capital San Jose where we will begin our group trip to Costa Rica and check into a hotel in the center. After a short break we take off to explore the Avenida Central - probably the best place to observe the local life of the capital. Peeking into colorful shops and cozy cafes, we walk to the National Theater. If you've been to Paris, you can't help but notice the resemblance of this majestic building, built in 1897, to the Paris Opera.
Those interested can visit one of the main museums in the country to see the treasures of the Indians of Costa Rica - the Museum of Gold, and the National Museum. The first, for example, houses thousands of gold statuettes of gods and animals. Also this museum boasts a replica of a pre-Columbian grave which was unearthed on a banana plantation in the 1950s. And the works of contemporary artists can be admired and purchased at the bazaar of folk crafts.
We will enjoy the main local dish of rice, beans and vegetables, called gallo pinto in one of the central restaurants. Nightlife lovers can explore the famous clubs and bars of the capital and enjoy music and dancing.
In the morning we leave for the town of Rio Sarapiki (1.5 hours on the way). We check into a hotel in an eco lodge on the banks of the Sarapiki River. Local water lovers adore these places. We will explore the winding canyon during a river cruise where our ship will be surrounded only by the eternal noise of water and the wild jungle. Feel like a part of the powerful forces of nature, and you begin to understand why the Indians believed in the soul of trees, water, and all living things that surround us...
Those interested can go rafting, choosing one of the routes, take a horse ride, or enjoy a zip-line between the crowns of mighty trees. In the evening, a little tired but happy, we return to the town to enjoy dinner in "soda" - a local cuisine cafe.
After breakfast we head to the city of La Fortuna (3 hours by taxi and boat). We check into a small private estate at the foot of the Arenal volcano. After some rest we begin an easy 4-hour hike to the park on the slope of the volcano, which is considered one of the ten most active volcanoes in the world. Its quiet fog-covered slopes give the illusion of peace. It is hard to believe that the living heart of the mighty force of nature beats under our feet! We will reach several observation decks to admire the magnificent views of the fog-covered jungle. The top of the conical volcano can only be visible about once a week. Let's try our luck!
We will also cross several suspension bridges over the wild forest, swim in warm waterfalls and enjoy the sounds and fresh air of the pristine jungle. In the evening we head back to the town of La Fortuna, where lava heats dozens of boiling springs and stunning waterfalls, creating places reminiscent of the descriptions of the Garden of Eden. In some sources, the temperature does not exceed 40 degrees Celsius, so we can relax after a hike.
Day 4 - 5
We head to the city of Monteverde (4 hours on the way), check into a chalet in the heart of the Cloud Biological Forest Reserve. It is here that we will continue our guided tour to Costa Rica by spending a day and a half walking on suspension bridges over the untouched jungle, watching the snow-white fog flood the forest right under our feet. This fabulous wonderland is inhabited by hummingbirds and butterflies, as well as moss-covered vines, ferns and bromeliads.
Lovers of orchids will be mesmerized by the largest number of these flowers in the world, which belong to more than 500 species. Hundreds of streams permeate the amazing forest. Who knows, if this is how our planet looked like millions of years ago?
At dinner and before bed we will enjoy the divine sounds of the virgin forest: the voices of tree frogs, crickets, cicadas and other mysterious creatures.
Day 6 - 7
Ready for the beaches of the Pacific ocean? In the morning in about two hours we will reach the Playa Tamarindo beach and check into a hotel. Did you imagine our guided tour to Costa Rica will take us to such paradise spots? It is the most famous beach on the Nicoya Peninsula, with plenty of hotels, bars and restaurants. We will enjoy the beautiful sea, warm sand and fresh breeze. In the evening let`s walk along the seafront, savoring Latin American dishes and enjoying passionate performances of local musicians.
Surfing lovers are welcome to ride the waves near the rocky parts of the coast. The nearby Playa Grande beach is also worth exploring. It is known among conservationists and professional surfers. During the day, its coastal winds form powerful waves, especially at high tide. But at night it is here that the ancient cycle of life continues: leatherback sea turtles, following the ocean currents back to their place of birth, lay their eggs in the local dunes.
We take a bus to the pier and travel 13 kilometers by the ferry to the town of Malpais. The journey will take us about 6 hours. We will check into a simple hotel in one of the fishing villages and enjoy pristine beaches, included in the ten most beautiful beaches in the world by the Forbes magazine. Just a few decades ago, only fishermen who lived in small villages along the coast knew about these beauties. The Malpais beaches became famous when Hollywood actor Mel Gibson and Brazilian model Gisele Bündchen bought land and built villas here.
This paradise is open to everyone! The sea, perfect in color and temperature, is filled with colorful fish. The area boasts many white sand beaches and rocky coves. Let`s swim, sunbathe, and take in the heaven around us. You can also take classes and learn to kayak or paddle on a SUP. In the evening, hospitable fishermen will prepare a dinner of local seafood. What a delicious treat!
Day 9 - 10
In the morning on ride a minivan to the Montezuma waterfall (1 hour on the way). We will enjoy the warm waters of the waterfall, and those who wish can walk through the surrounding jungle. Let`s head to Playa Naranjo, admiring coffee and palm plantations along the way (an hour and a half trip). We board a ferry that will take us to the town of Puntarenas in less than an hour. In about three hours by bus we will reach the Manuel Antonio Nature Reserve and check into a cozy lodge in the park.
The next morning we start a walk in the park, where the rainforest meets the sea, providing shelter for rare animals like endangered squirrel monkeys. We will see Capuchin monkeys scurrying along beautiful beaches, brown pelicans diving into the crystal waves, and sloths watching lazily from the trees. We will walk to a picturesque three-level waterfall, and have a picnic in the wild.
Day 11 - 12
In the morning we continue our small group trip to Costa Rica and leave for the pristine rainforest of the Corcovado National Park (about 7 hours on the way). We check into a hotel in the park, rest and, shod in sturdy rubber boots, walk out into the unknown. We will return with memories for a lifetime! Let's start with trekking in the jungle, then change to boats and explore the mangroves. Giant trees here meet the ocean, and the powerful plexus of roots resembles bizarre creatures. We observe exotic birds, walk through the jungle, often finding ourselves on beautiful deserted beaches.
The next day we will go kayaking next to playful dolphins and among flocks of tropical fish. We will delve into the labyrinths of mangrove canals, silently sliding past herons, crested caracars and other mysterious inhabitants. We are just the same guests on this amazing, incomprehensible planet...
Say goodbye to the wild jungle and let`s head back to the capital San Jose. The bus journey will take about 7-8 hours. Returning to the city, we will stay in a hotel we already know. We recommend devoting free time on this day to buying souvenirs. From Costa Rica you should bring coffee, cocoa, fresh and dried mango, locally produced chocolate. They also sew quality bamboo clothes and pareos, and make very original decorations from coffee beans by hand.
In the evening we gather for a farewell dinner to share our impressions. Our group trip to Costa Rica is over. Thank you for exploring with us!
Is this trip for you?
Citizens of most countries do not need a visa to visit Costa Rica.
We provide free visa consultations for clients.
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