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Costa Rica South and Central Pacific

From £2861 pp

Costa Rica , San José

14 Nights / 15 Days

Private tour

Costa Rica South and Central Pacific

What You'll Do

This fully immersive Costa Rica Tour takes you to some of the country's most wondrous locations, where you'll feast your eyes on some of the most captivating natural sights Central America, actually, the world, has to offer.

San José is where things kick off, and on your adventure through this Central American dream of a place, the locations you’ll discover are San José, Dota, Drake, where you’ll end in Manuel Antonio. With locals as your guides, your activities along the way include: exploring volcanoes, hiking in dense rainforests, swimming with sea turtles on untouched islands, taking a dip in secluded lagoons, visiting indigenous communities and spending quality time with the locals there – You then stay at a beautiful eco hotel in Manuel Antonio where he beaches  are beautiful and the National park is well known for its biodiversity in a small area where you can easily spot monkeys, sloths, coatis and others.

At the end of your whirlwind tour of this stunning country, relax on the picturesque Central Pacific coast – on the most beautiful Island for your luxury glamping experience – the perfect way to unwind after so much exploring. And with gorgeous weather year-round, this itinerary makes the ideal winter sun experience.

Experience
Highlights

Hike in the Corcoval National Park - one of the most biodiverse places on earth.

Visit to an indigenous community at Drake Bay and spend time with locals there, taking part in three community projects.

Snorkel with a plethora of marine animals at Cano Island.

Your Local Host:

Roberto Lizano

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 Read More

Experience Itinerary

Begin your adventure

Arrive in San Jose and you will be met and taken to your  hotel for your first night in San José. Ready to depart first thing in the morning.

 

 

 

 

Accommodation

You’ll stay at the Parque Del Lago hotel.

San Jose to San Gerardo, Dota

First stop on your journey will be the Irazú National Park. Home to the still active, Irazú Volcano (don’t worry too much, it’s been donkeys years since its last eruption), at 3400 meters above sea level. This is the highest volcano in Costa Rica. Here you take part in a small hike up to the top to the majestic crater of the volcano, nothing too demanding

Later on, you’ll visit the colonial capital of the country San José, with the opportunity to explore her beautiful Basilica.

You’ll then continue to San Gerardo de Dota, one of Costa Rica´s favourite bird watching sites to see the extraordinary Resplendent Quetzal! This lovely little village huddled up against the roaring Talamanca Mountain Range and nested in the Savegre River Valley, surrounded by oak tropical cloud forest and nearby Sub-Alpine Rain Paramo covered peaks.

Once you reach the cloud forest, there’s the opportunity to take one of it’s many stunning hikes, there’s all different types depending on your experience level. But the highlight has got to be the 2km hike to the secret waterfall.

After you return, you’ll head to your accommodation for the night, the wonderful mountain lodge Trogon Lodge (where you’ll stay for two nights) and rest up for day 2.

Accommodation

Tonight, you’ll stay at Trogon Lodge. Breakfast only is included today.

Dota

Rise and shine! Day 3 kicks off with a morning hike in the forest to find one of the most exotic, most beautiful birds in the world, the Resplendent Quetzal.

For the rest of the day you have the opportunity to explore more areas of  the Tropical Cloud Forest and visit the local indigenous village of San Gerardo.

This extremely picturesque village is the perfect opportunity to explore and interact with the locals with our Authentic community experience, visiting various families of Providencia, in Dota, Costa Rica. Visit to the old mill or “trapiche” Los Abuelos to learn about a tradition of our grandparents to produce raw sugar and other sweets from the sugar cane. Nature is part of all rural communities in Costa Rica: the Salitre waterfall can be accessed through a secondary forest with many creeks and waterfalls from 5 meters to 82 meters high. In a fun cooking class you learn to make jelly out of the fruits of the region, such as blackberry, tomato and others. The last activity of the journey is a tour of artisanal coffee with another local family: here you will learn how our grandparents made their coffee in the yard of their house. The most pleasant moments will happen between their life stories and the sound of the guitar while they sing, and while you taste one of the best cups of coffee in the world.

Parallel with the road is a pristine river on which you can try your hand at fishing or one of the various hikes from the village, around the mountain.

Accommodation

Tonight, you’ll stay at Trogon Lodge. Breakfast only is included today.

Dota to Drake Bay

Today you will explore a plethora of many different ecosystems. As you say goodbye to the Cloud Forest of Dota and head down the mountain, closer to sea level.

Your next destination will be one of the most exciting experiences of nature in the country, Drake Bay, within the lowlands rainforest. Due to it being on sea level, the lowlands is much more tropical and is very much rainforest.

On your journey there, you’ll drive through the Subalpine Paramo, and pass the Mangrove swamps of the local town of Sierpe before getting to the Pacific coastline.

En route, you will visit an indigenous community called Rey Curré, known for its famous “Fiesta de los Diablitos” (little devil’s party) held in January commemorating the resistance of the indigenous people against the conqueror Spaniards.

You take a baot through the Mangrove out to sea and further down the Southern coastline where finally, you will reach the bay and be met to guide you to your hotel the Aquila de Osa which is where you’ll call home for the the next three nights.

Accommodation

Tonight, you’ll stay at Aquila de Osa. Breakfast and dinner are included today.

Caño Island

Today you’ll take a boat trip to the wonderful, untouched island of Caño Island. This truly is a gem of the South Pacific of Costa Rica! Not only do the waters surrounding this island contain some of the most abundant and varied marine life in the world, but the island also possesses several pre-Colombian archeological artefacts.

Caño Island is believed to have once been a pirate hideout and some go as far as to claim that the island was the inspiration for Robert Stevenson’s Treasure Island.

The journey to the island will give you the opportunity to see dolphins, whales, sea turtles, rays and other magnificent marine animals. And you can even snorkel amongst them if you wish! Caño Island is a gem of the South Pacific of Costa Rica! You will go with a local guide, from the only tour operator owned and managed by locals.

Accommodation

Tonight, you’ll stay at Aquila de Osa. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included today.

Corcovado National Park

Day 6 includes visits to the Osa Península and Corcovado National Park. These are considered to be among the most biological intense areas in the world. If you’re a nature aficionado or not at all,  your trip to Costa Rica must include Osa in the itinerary. Sirena or San Pedrillo Stations are excellent spots to admire the huge biodiversity of Corcovado, and see animals like the tamandua, the tapir or the peccary.

 

 

Accommodation

Tonight, you’ll stay at Aquila de Osa. Breakfast and dinner are included today.

 

Drake Bay to Manuel Antonio

Day 8 will start with a boat tour with a local guide through the Sierpe River and its mangrove. You’ll then head to the Central Pacific area of the country.

On the way, we will stop at the spherical stones park: perfectly spherical stones that are believed to have once marked an offshore burial ground and ceremonial site for the indigenous Diquis tribe who inhabited the Golfo Dulce area until the arrival of the Spanish.

We then take you to Manuel Antonio, where you will stay for the rest of your Costa Rican adventure at the eco lodge Si Como No.

Accommodation

Tonight, you’ll stay at Si Como No. Breakfast only is included today.

Si Como No Hotel - Manuel Antonio

Located along Costa Rica’s Central Pacific coast, Si Como No is a special Manuel Antonio Resort Spa and Wildlife Refuge that sits atop one of the most idyllic hillsides in Manuel Antonio. The resort’s lush jungle terraces and brilliantly vivid gardens overlook the sparkling ocean just above world-renown Manuel Antonio National Park.

Whilst at Manuel Antonio you will take part in a Costerican Cooking class. You will be preparing the main component of the meal yourselves and the staff will take care of the rest of the meal, so you may enjoy a wonderful authentic lunch at a local ranch. For dessert you will learn the dripped coffee making technique used in Costa Rica to prepare coffee the typical way.  And for those who do prefer tea, you will sample some of the medicinal plants in the garden, in order to create the tea of your preference. Additionally, you will extract sugarcane juice using the Trapiche and mixing a wonderful, refreshing drink with it. The Medicinal Plants Garden is also included in the tour since the  spices and medicinal plants will be freshly picked for seasoning your dishes.

Accommodation

Si Como No strikes the perfect balance of design and comfort, connecting guests with the surrounding tropical forest of Manuel Antonio and the essence of the spirit of Costa Rica. Its 58 rooms are contoured into the jungle hillside across the property’s ten acres.

Si Como No features two dining concepts, each a unique Costa Rica experience. The unsurpassed jungle terrace location of the Claro Que Seafood Grill & Wine Bar offers an elegant dining setting with fresh seafood and wine and cocktail selections of the region. For more casual dining, guests can try the Rico Tico Bar & Grill, famous for the Banana Flambé fire show, canopied dining area, and poolside service.

Glamping on the Isla Chiquita - Central Pacific Coast

After breakfast, you transfer to Puntarenas in the Central Pacific. After boarding the ferry boat that takes you accross the Nicoya Gulf, you will be then taken to a small island called Jesusita, just in front Paquera port, where the ferry drops you off. In this small island you will have experience luxury island  Glamping, you will enjoy the luxury of the tent camps overlooking the ocean. Use your kayaks, paddle boards, relax in the spa or take the interesting bioluminiscence tour at night!

Accommodation

Isla Chiquita Glamping Costa Rica is located on the shores of Costa Rica’s Gulf of Nicoya. Each of the 18 glamping tents features a king bed with a daybed or two double beds, a private shower and bathroom with double sinks, a spacious lounging deck with stunning forest or ocean views.

 

Location Information

This tour starts from Costa Rica’s capital, San Jose, where your guide will lead you for the next ten days around the central Pacific region.

You’ll drink in incredible natural parks, volcanoes, waterfalls, jungles, and graceful colonial cities, get to know local, offbeat communities and, spot stunning wildlife and try the best, most authentic food.

The experience ends in Manuel Antonio, in a beautiful resort on the coast of the Puntarenas Province.

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