Off the Beaten Track on Costa Rica’s Caribbean Coast

Highlights

  • Spot nesting sea turtles on pristine Caribbean beaches and learn how they are protected
  • Discover authentic Costa Rican cuisine on a hands on cooking class with a local family
  • Stay in a riverside jungle lodge and head out on hiking and boating expeditions
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What you'll do

Arrival Day

Arrive into San Jose Airport, where you will be picked up and taken directly to your hotel in the Costa Rican capital, where you will get the chance to relax, refresh and get ready for your adventure to begin.

At the Autentico Hotel Each room is equipped with a bathroom with shower, ceiling fan, Wi-Fi,  coffee maker. The on-site restaurant specialises in typical Costa Rican dishes. Other amenities include a swimming pool and a beautiful garden.

 

 

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Volcanoes and Traditional Haciendas

Your first visit will be to Irazú Volcano National Park. Irazú is the highest volcano in Costa Rica at just over 3400 meters above sea level.

Then you drive to the Turrialba Valley, a city that was once the gateway to the Atlantic coast, now an important agricultural region and tourism destination. Turrialba is named after the volcano (Torre=tower and alba=white). The volcano sits along the southeast of the Central Volcanic Corridor and currently it is the most active volcano in the ...Read All

Cooking with a Local Family

Turrialba hosts a beautiful reserve full of tropical plant species and today you will take a guided hike through La Marta wildlife reserve to a research station administrated by a local private university, drinking in views of jungle-covered hillsides.

After this experience immersed in nature, you will have the opportunity to enjoy cooking lessons with a local family, discovering the secrets of local Costa Rican cuisine, before enjoying your delicious hand made lunch, a truly local exp...Read All

The Costa Rican Amazon

Transfer to the Caribbean plains on a scenic drive as you cross the green mountains that divide Turrialba and the Caribbean Coast.

Boca Pacuare is today’s destination, the fascinating canals of the Caribbean coast, known as the Costa Rican Amazon, as they snake their way through the jungle.

A boat will take you up to this area through the extensive system of canals to the lodge where you will spend the next two nights.

Your guide will provide invaluable insight into thi...Read All

Sea Turtle Experience

Today you’ll have a full day to explore the Boca Pacuare area. Start with a floating trip on the canals of the Madre de Dios lagoon, a great opportunity to see a huge variety of birds, reptiles, monkeys, and butterflies.

To top it off, you will also visit the Pacuare Biological Reserve. Head to the Sea Turtle Conservation Project and spend time with the volunteers in charge of the program to get an idea of local life in the area. If you visit during the weekdays, you will also vi...Read All

Transfer to Caribbean Paradise

Your adventure in Costa Rica continues after breakfast, when you get back on the boat through the canals so you can rejoin your driver and head to the South Caribbean.

On the way, you will visit an iguana conservation project lead by the Bribri Indigenous Group of the Kekoldi Reserve.

Enjoy the rest of the afternoon and night immersing yourself in the relaxing Caribbean lifestyle, music and gastronomy, as you reach one of the best beaches in Costa Rica and your hotel, Le Cameleo...Read All

Relax on the Caribbean Coast

Spend your final days in Costa Rica relaxing on the beautiful Caribbean coast, drinking in the rays on white-sand, palm-fringed beaches.

On one of the days, you will meet a local guide in Manzanillo, and head out on a hike of this amazing refuge. It was created in 1985, to protect both marine and coastal land areas. It also includes communities whose traditional lifestyle has always been to care for their natural environment, so it has some residential/ecotourism zones.

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Coffee Highlands and the Central Valley

Transfer back to the Central Valley for your last night in Costa Rica. On this day, enjoy a great last experience of authentic Costa Rican culture and cuisine on a day that includes a visit to a sustainable forested coffee farm.

Taste cuisine that creatively honours the culinary traditions of the coffee highlands, and drink in the richness of the local culture, views of steaming volcanoes, cloud forests and the splendour of the lush natural surroundings.

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Farewell to Costa Rica

The time has come for you to say farewell to Costa Rica and your new friends who have helped you see the country through the eyes of a local.

We hope you have had an incredible 10 days in Costa Rica, and are returning home with wonderful travel memories that will last a lifetime

 

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What's included

Included

  • Accommodation (1 night hotel, 2 nights hacienda hotel, 2 nights jungle lodge, 4 nights premium boutique hotel, 1 night coffee plantation resort)
  • All breakfasts, lunch and dinner at jungle lodge
  • Local guide throughout
  • All transfers (including airport transfers)
  • Irazú Volcano National Park tour
  • La Marta Wildlife Refuge tour
  • Cooking class and lunch with a local family
  • Sea Turtle Conservation Project visit
  • Local school visit (weekdays only)
  • Turtle hatching night tour (season dependent)
  • Manzanillo hike and dolphin spotting
Your local host

Roberto

I was born and raised in Costa Rica and have lived here my entire life. And ever since I could, I’ve been travelling the world. Soon after I left school, I travelled around Costa Rica and discovered every single part of it! Although, we do have a fairly small country, there’s an insane amount to explore, and I’m still exploring it today, seeking out new hiking trails, new lagoons, different viewpoints, that take you to places you hadn’t even knew existed before, it really is fascinating.

My deep knowledge of countries extends far beyond just Costa Rica as well, I’ve been lucky enough to have a broad knowledge of most of the other Central American countries, as well as, a lot of the South American coun... Read All

I was born and raised in Costa Rica and have lived here my entire life. And ever since I could, I’ve been travelling the world. Soon after I left school, I travelled around Costa Rica and discovered every single part of it! Although, we do have a fairly small country, there’s an insane amount to explore, and I’m still exploring it today, seeking out new hiking trails, new lagoons, different viewpoints, that take you to places you hadn’t even knew existed before, it really is fascinating.

My deep knowledge of countries extends far beyond just Costa Rica as well, I’ve been lucky enough to have a broad knowledge of most of the other Central American countries, as well as, a lot of the South American countries, allowing me to extend tours over there as well.

You might be surprised to know that I started out in a completely different field altogether, I studied engineering at university and worked in this industry for a little while. But, a little while later, due that passion for discovery and exploring new places eating away at me, I started my immersive travel company with a friend (14 years ago to be exact) and began having way too much fun helping people discover my wonderful country and the countries around it, so as soon as the possibility came around I just grabbed it, decided to leave engineering behind and have worked in the industry ever since.

What inspired you to work in travel?

As I’ve mentioned, I do have a bit of an obsession when it comes to showing people the beauty of Costa Rica. But apart from this, I’ve always been very much pro environment and have a keen interest in conservation. One of the best things about travel is that it can have a large component of conservation, at some point before I started working in travel, I thought I would work within conservation. So travel is a great bridge between my passions of discovery and conservation. Because if tourism is done right can help change both people’s lives and the world, and that’s really powerful.

What makes your experiences special?

Firstly, supplier and destination selection is key for us when choosing our experiences. If you get these right, you have a pretty good shot of having a truly authentic experience. So, we choose destinations that are not the same as all the other tour companies out there, those that are emerging or have something special about them, that most people don’t know about. An example would be, Drake Bay in Costa Rica, there’s a few things that everybody does e.g. the Corcovado National Park, a must visit for this area. But the difference between us and the other companies is that we use the local companies, that employ real locals, so this gives smaller companies a chance to compete with the large companies. When we choose hotels, we choose those that are sustainable, away from the normal ones.

And we always ensure the places/people we work with are committed to sustainability, it’s our mission to spread the wealth of toursim, to make sure money just doesn’t go to all the large companies, we think it should be shared equally to everyone in the country. So our suppliers are always real local people, that truly love their country and are trying to make an honest living out of it.

 

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Location

The tour starts and ends at San Jose Airport, where you will be picked up to begin your adventure before you’re dropped back off there at the end of the 10 nights. From there you’ll head west to Turrialba to explore national parks and authentic rural life, before transferring to the coast at Barra de Pacuare.

After your time in the ‘Costa Rican Amazon’, you’ll head south to Punta Cocles for some quality beach time, finally heading back to San Jose via a spectacular coffee plantation resort.

1) San Jose

2) Turrialba

3) Barra de Pacuare

4) Punta Cocles

5) Santa Barbara de Heredia

FAQs

What should I wear?

Lightweight cotton and linen clothing is recommended for most of the year with warmer clothes for cooler evenings. Waterproofing is necessary during the rainy season. Loose-fitting clothing is best. Wear neutral browns and greens for birding and wildlife viewing. Always bring mosquito repellent for both day and night.

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