Think you know Costa Rica? Trade in the same old settings for the real deal. Trek into the heart of the jungle to live with three families in a remote village. Discover t read more...he emerald core of a diverse land while bunking down behind a massive waterfall in a hidden cave. Learn about the medicinal plants native to these parts and how to make sugarcane candy. This is a spectacular country with opportunities for waterfall rappelling, surfing, and whitewater rafting. This is what adventure is all about.collapse
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Arrive at any time.
There are no planned activities during the day, so check into the hotel and explore the city. As it is located in the central highlands, San Jose enjoys a moderate climate.
Amid the hustle and bustle, San Jose has beautiful parks, museums and the ornate National Theatre downtown. Enjoy the view of the surrounding mountains from the downtown streets.
The central plaza is a good place to people-watch. A mime, juggler, marimba band, magician, or storyteller may be performing for whatever is collected when the hat is passed. Artisan booths are common, creating a regular arts and crafts fair atmosphere.
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
Please try to arrive before 6pm for an important group welcome meeting where you can meet the Chief Experience Officer (CEO) and the other group members. If you arrive early enough, you'll have time to head into the city to visit a museum, shop or people-watch in the main plaza. (None (Meals on your own))
Travel by local bus over the highest mountain pass in the country. Arrive in the valley of San Isidro de El General and take a walk in the main plaza. Visit some shops and stock up before the next day's trek into the jungle.
Early morning departure to San Isidro de El General. Located near three rivers and Costa Rica's highest mountain, Mt Chirripo, this region is well-known but few travelers stay to find out why.
San Jose - San Isidro3h-4h
Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.
San Isidro Afternoon
A free afternoon allows you the chance to explore the main square, located around three kilometres from the hotel, and get geared up for tomorrow's hiking adventure. (None (Meals on your own))
Travel in the back of pickup trucks through lush green landscapes. Enjoy a 4-hour hike to a jungle homestay for the night while spotting tropical fauna and plenty of wildlife along the way.
Today we embark on a three-day, three-night excursion with a locally owned and operated adventure company to the community of Piedras Blancas, found in the heart of the Zona de los Santos region.
The journey is always half the fun, so we will leave town in the back of pickup trucks, traveling like the locals to find our trail head in the small town of Brujo.
San Isidro - Brujo 2h
Hop into the back and ride along to the next destination.
Jungle Trekking to Piedras Blancas
Brujo - Piedras Blancas
Ready for a challenge? Gear up and head off for a six-hour trek through the jungle. Local English-speaking guides will point out flora and fauna and spot birds and wildlife in the thick forest canopy. Trek up, down, and around rocks and roots. During rainy season (May-Nov), bring walking sticks to support you in the slippery mud.
Save your energy for 'la cuesta roja' (the red hill) -- 20-30 minutes of an uphill slog. The payoff? Howler monkeys and toucans as travel companions. (Dinner,Lunch)
Experience life in a remote community. Make sugarcane candy, visit the local school, and cool off in the river that flows right by the house. Before dinner, learn how to make traditional baked goods.
Participate in various activities in and around the Lopez family farm. In small groups, make 'dulce' (candy) at the family's traditional 'trapiche' (sugar cane mill).
Hike one hour to the Granados household and stay the night. While there, local guides and members of the family will explain how to make fresh cheese and breads.
Take a late-day dip in the river, enjoy tasty traditional Tico cooking and head to bed for a well-deserved rest.
Enter a traditional community kitchen and get to know the techniques and practises involved in making local style bread as well as getting to sample the results of the the hard work at the stove.
Harness your inner Tarzan and Jane and plunge into the river with lush forest all around. (Dinner,Lunch,Breakfast)
Zip across the Savegre River to the next homestay with an included medicinal plant walk and traditional sauna.
Start the day with a delicious home-cooked breakfast and fortify for the two-hour hike through the rainforest to Los Fonseca's retreat.
Cross over the Savegre River to the house by cable car. Enjoy the sights and sounds of the rushing waterfall directly in front of the dining area. Watch wildlife and hummingbirds up close.
End the day with a traditional 'Temascal' sweat sauna and reflect on the day's events. Reward yourself homemade chocolate made from cocoa beans collected right from the garden.
Hike to Los Fonseca's
Hike through the rainforest for two hours to reach the home of the Fonseca family. Stop along the watch to bird-watch, learn about unique plants and breathe in the pure jungle air.
Buckle up your harness, don your helmet and prepare to launch. Glide along cables suspended across the Savegre River above the cloud forest canopy. In this remote part of Costa RIca, flying through the jungle on a zip line is the most exhilarating way to get around.
Cleanse your mind and body in this traditional 'temazcal' sweat lodge. Used by Central American indigenous for centuries, hot volcanic rocks heated within this enclosed structure make you sweat, then smile. Embrace the heat and relax.
There are few things more delicious in the world than chocolate. See this coveted treat produced from bean to bar. From the nearby cacao plant to your mouth, enjoy the tasty benefits of 'eating local'. (Lunch,Dinner,Breakfast)
Raft the Savegre River and relax at the end of the day by stretching out on the beach. Try the local seafood at an optional group dinner.
Today is a full, action-packed day. Set your alarm for an early morning start and a two-hour hike back to Brujo where jump into rafts and head off on the Savegre River.
Paddle toward the Pacific coast, then take a van to Dominical. Spend the rest of the day at the local bungalows, in the swimming pool or walking along the beach.
Savegre - Dominical 45m
Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private ride.
Piedras Blancas - Brujo
Wave 'adios' to the Fonseca family and trek for two hours back through the jungle to the town of Brujo.
Savegre River Whitewater Rafting
What better way to get from A to B then taking the natural route along a scenic and exciting river? Buckle up your life jacket, grab a paddle and head off to raft the Class II - IV rapids of the Savegre River. Its water is considered some of cleanest in all of the Americas. Enjoy a natural high!
Trek to a unique fully equipped cave with twin 26m (85 ft) waterfalls. Included activity options: waterfall rappelling, swimming in three natural pools, and exploring surrounding trails.
Time to put the boots back on and hike to Catedral de Piedra
('Cathedral of Stone').
A free day for exploring the area, the local guides will plan a number of activities depending on the group's interest and energy levels.
Options include a number of hikes to the surrounding falls, waterfall rappelling, cliff jumping and swimming in the natural pools.
Hike to La Catedral de Piedra
Put on your hiking shoes, fill up your water bottles and set off on a two hour hike through ancient growth jungle. Feel the positive energy of the nearby Baru River which plummets 457m (1,500 ft) down a steep canyon to the Catedral de Piedra. This giant ledge carved into the cliff sits above the Diamante Falls -- Costa Rica's tallest waterfall at 183m (600 ft). No wonder this place is a sanctuary for shamans and those in need of healing vibrations.
Grab your bathing suit and go for an invigorating swim at the base of this revitalizing waterfalls. This is nature at its most natural! (Breakfast)
Enjoy the day in and around Diamante Falls.
Sleep in a
Tumbas Full Day
Take it easy and enjoy the morning relaxing at this unique destination.
Rappelling near Diamante Falls
Use ropes and scramble down through pools and waterfalls. Keep an eye out for wildlife as you descend down through the waterfalls strapped securely in your harness.
Grab your bathing suit and go for an invigorating swim at the base of this revitalizing waterfalls. This is nature at its most natural! (Breakfast,Dinner,Lunch)
Relax and chill out on the beach. Opt to surf, whale-watch, horseback-ride or snorkel.
Wake up early and set off on foot back to Las Tumbas. At the trail's end, hop in a private van and enjoy the ride to Uvita, a small beach town on the southwestern Pacific coast.
Take some much deserved time to rest and relax.
Hike from La Catedral de Piedra
Return rejuvenated from La Catedral de Piedra and hike through jungles, over rock, in rivers and around waterfalls to Las Tumbas.
Tumbas - Uvita 1h
Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private ride. (Breakfast)
Free day to enjoy Uvita.
This is a perfect day for some quality hammock time. Still need to move? There's lots to do. Take a surf lesson, visit the Ballena Marine National Park (December to April is prime-time to see humpback whales), horseback ride, snorkel, SCUBA dive or take a trip to nearby Cano Island.
Unwind on the beach or try one of the many activities available in Uvita.
Throw on some long pants, grab the reins and hop up on a well-trained horse. Trail ride through the tropical forest and across the area's most beautiful landscape. Look for toucans in the trees and admire the ocean views. Visit waterfalls and end your journey jogging your horse along the beach.
Rent a mask and fins and head underwater to check out the marine life under thriving in the warm waters off this southern Pacific coast. Take a half-day trip to Marino Ballena National Park, watch for whales, dolphins and sea turtles, then jump overboard and see a spectacular variety of fish.
Set off by boat, admire the rugged coastline, and in 15 minutes, arrive at Marino Ballena National Park. Suit up in scuba gear and explore the diverse underwater world. See a large variety of reef fish as well as underwater pinnacles and coral covered in sea fans.
Cano Island Visit
Isla del Cano
Book a full day-trip to the protected marine reserve of Cano Island - popular with snorkellers, divers and anyone who appreciates beautiful beaches and trails that wind through mountainous untamed forests. Located 16km (10 mi) offshore from the Osa Peninsula, spend time hiking, beachcombing or just enjoying nature. Snorkel or scuba the clear waters, and see more than 100 species of fish, including barracuda, eels, white tip reef sharks, bottlenose dolphins, humpback whales, and rays. (Breakfast)
Transfer back to the capital for a final evening with the group.
Uvita - San Jose 5h
Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private ride. (None (Meals on your own))
Depart at any time.
Depart from San Jose at any time.
As per itinerary - B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals