This 15 day Costa Rican adventure is a great opportunity to explore this beautiful country away from the tourist trail. Concentrating on the more remote locations you will be able to experience the stunning volcanic regions and central forests. Kick back in an isolated lodge in the rainforest and enjoy the jungle lined beaches.
COSTA RICA OFF THE BEATEN TRACK TAILORMADE ADVENTURE
DAY 1: ARRIVAL TO COSTA RICA
You will be greeted at the airport where the driver will transfer you to Cortago. The night will be spent in the Paraiso Orocay Lodge.
DAY 2: SCENIC VIEWS AND ANCIENT RUINS
After breakfast you will meet your guide and you will set out by car to the amazing Irazu Volcano, followed by a tour of Cortago, one of the oldest towns in the country. The trip will continue to the Tapanti National Park and the scenic Orosi valley. The last destination before the return to the hotel are the ancient ruins of Ujarras.
Irazu Volcano National Park- One of the most frequented national parks in Costa Rica situated close to the city of Cartago. The park is the site of a reforestation project to restore the area which was destroyed by the eruptions. The forest is made up of conifers and other exotic and native species and also a native forest consisting mainly of oaks and alder, protecting the watershed of the Reventado River.
On this day you will receive a prive guided transfer to San Gerardo de Rivas and receive a guided walk at the Los Quetzales National Park before driving to El Pelicano hotel situated in the foothills of Chirripo National Park (the highest peak of Costa Rica).
DAY 4 & 5:
The activities on these two days are based on your personal preference as you might choose to relax at the hotel, explore the National Park of Chirripo or book an alternative onsite.
The Chirripo National Park is one of the wildest parks of Costa Rica as it has the country’s highest peak and miles of trails that any explorer would love. It encompasses one of the largest ecological zones in Costa Rica and protects a huge number of important ecosystems.
Today you will embark on a private and guided transfer to Golfito with a stop at the wonderful Nauyaca waterfall where you will be able to enjoy swimming in this marvellous location.
The Nauyaca Waterfalls are located in an approximately 8 meters wide canyon and reach forty-five meters in free fall. This place is ideal for adventure lovers as it is recognized as one of the most beautiful places in Costa Rica’s South Pacific.
On this day, you will be transferred to the remarkable Nicuesa Lodge where you will be spending the next 3 nights.
DAY 8 & 9:
During these two days the activities that you will participate in will be chosen by personal preference.
The Nicuesa Lodge is a sustainable tourism hotel located in the spectacular southern Pacific Coast rainforest by the Osa Peninsula. It is built on a 165-acre private rainforest reserve. This trip includes the rainforest package which offers many great opportunities for various activities such as kayaking, rainforest hiking tours, botanical garden tours, snorkeling, fishing, jungle river tours and more.
After breakfast you will head out to your next destination – Punta Leona. On the way there, you will stop at the wondrous and remote Bahia Ballena National Park
Ballena National Marine Park is one of the most unique reserves in Costa Rica, named after humpback whales which migrate to the region from August to April each year, so is a great place to see these majestic mammals. The Marine Park protects more than 13,000 acres of ocean and 9 miles of coastline. Comprised of mangrove forests, coral reefs and untouched beaches, the national park is one for travelers who want to view fragile wildlife while escaping the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
Todays activities are based on personal preference. If you wish, will be able to participate in activities such as bird watching, spa treatments, gym classes, water basketball & volleyball, mini golf, tennis, snorkelling, surfing and Latino music dance classes at the Punta Leona hotel.
On this day you will take a fast boat from Jaco to Montezuma where you will be transferred to the beach view room at Tango Mar in the Nicoya peninsula where you will be staying for 3 nights.
The Nicoya Peninsula’s southwest coast has miles of pristine and secluded beaches framed by a jungle, an ideal location for walking, swimming and surfing. Both locals and tourists enjoy relaxing amongst the nature while admiring the beautiful surroundings.
DAY 13: Cabo blanco adventure
Today you will explore the beautiful Cabo Blanco National Park.
Cabo Blanco is located in the southern peninsula of Nicoya and it includes 3,070 hectares or 7,586 acres of beaches, rainforests, mangroves and river habitats. The park has many various types of wildlife including felines, monkeys, raccoons, lizards and birds.
DAY 14: SWIMMING IN THE STARS
Day 14 brings an exciting kayaking adventure in the bioluminescent waters of the Nicoya peninsula where you will be able to experience this magical sight.
The bioluminescent water is created by a chemical reaction within a living organism, however the environmental factors have to be perfect as this phenomena is often seasonal. The water during the night looks beautiful and it is often compared to a starry night due to the magical glow emitted from the sea.
DAY 15: Heading home
This is the last day in which you will be transferred to the airport where you will board a flight from Tambor to San José.
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