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TREK HIDDEN COSTA RICA

12 Days, San Jose to San Jose
TREK HIDDEN COSTA RICA

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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...

IS THIS Active TRIP FOR ME ? YES ! IF YOU...
    • Want to physically engage with your environment
    • Are looking beyond a mere vacation as you hike, bike and kayak
    • Like exploring the world's greatest vantage points
What's Included
  • Overseas Medical Insurance for the duration of the tour (Sum of US$ 2,50,000 covered).
  • 11 nights accommodation with breakfast (Hotels (6 nts), jungle homestay (3 nts, multi-share), fully equipped cave (2 nts, sleeping bags, no electricity)).
  • 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 5 dinners
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  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities (Local bus, pickup truck, van, raft, hiking).
  • Hiking excursion to Piedras Blancas (4-day)
  • Hiking excursion to Diamante Verde Cave (3-day)
  • Waterfall rappelling
  • Whitewater rafting on the Savegre River
  • Trapiche explanation
  • Ziplining
  • Traditional sauna and medicinal plant talk
  • Bread, tortilla, and chocolate-making
  • Services of Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout the tour.
VERY IMPORTANT
Please ensure that you print a final copy of your trip details provided by Cox & Kings as pdf format.
Important Notes
We recommend you to have a meal budget of USD 195-255 for food and drinks which are not included in the programme.
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Itinerary
Day 1 Arrive San Jose
Day 2 San Jose/San Isidro
Day 3 San Isidro/Piedras Blancas
Day 4 Piedras Blancas
Day 5 Piedras Blancas
Day 6 Piedras Blancas/Dominical
Day 7 Dominical/Tumbas
Day 8 Tumbas
Day 9 Tumbas/Uvita
Day 10 Uvita
Day 11 Uvita/San Jose
Day 12 Depart San Jose
Departures
  • Nov
    2017
  • Dec
    2017
  • Jan
    2018
  • Feb
    2018
  • Mar
    2018
  • Apr
    2018
  • May
    2018
  • Jun
    2018
  • Jul
    2018
  • Aug
    2018
  • Nov
    2018
  • Dec
    2018
  • Start
  • Finish
  • Sat, 11 Nov '17
  • Wed, 22 Nov '17
  • Sat, 25 Nov '17
  • Wed, 06 Dec '17
  • Sat, 16 Dec '17
  • Wed, 27 Dec '17
  • Sat, 23 Dec '17
  • Wed, 03 Jan '18
  • Sat, 06 Jan '18
  • Wed, 17 Jan '18
  • Sat, 27 Jan '18
  • Wed, 07 Feb '18
  • Sat, 24 Feb '18
  • Wed, 07 Mar '18
  • Sat, 10 Mar '18
  • Wed, 21 Mar '18
  • Sat, 31 Mar '18
  • Wed, 11 Apr '18
  • Sat, 21 Apr '18
  • Wed, 02 May '18
  • Sat, 19 May '18
  • Wed, 30 May '18
  • Sat, 09 Jun '18
  • Wed, 20 Jun '18
  • Sat, 07 Jul '18
  • Wed, 18 Jul '18
  • Sat, 28 Jul '18
  • Wed, 08 Aug '18
  • Sat, 25 Aug '18
  • Wed, 05 Sep '18
  • Sat, 03 Nov '18
  • Wed, 14 Nov '18
  • Sat, 24 Nov '18
  • Wed, 05 Dec '18
  • Sat, 15 Dec '18
  • Wed, 26 Dec '18
  • Sat, 22 Dec '18
  • Wed, 02 Jan '19
  • Sat, 29 Dec '18
  • Wed, 09 Jan '19
TRIP SPECIFIC SAFETY

Cox & Kings takes all reasonable measures to ensure your safety and enjoyment while travelling with us. The aim of this document is to give you an insight into ways you may further enhance your own personal safety while abroad.

Places Visited
  • San Jose
  • San Isidro
  • Piedras Blancas
  • Dominical
  • Tumbas
  • Uvita
  • DAY 1 Arrive San Jose

    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
    18:00

    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))

  • DAY 2 San Jose/San Isidro

    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.

    Local bus
    San Jose - San Isidro3h-4h

    Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.

    Free Time
    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))

  • DAY 3 San Isidro/Piedras Blancas

    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.

    Pickup truck
    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)

  • DAY 4 Piedras Blancas

    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.

    Bread Making
    Piedras Blancas

    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.

    Optional Activities
    Swimming

    Piedras Blancas

    Harness your inner Tarzan and Jane and plunge into the river with lush forest all around. (Dinner,Lunch,Breakfast)

  • DAY 5 Piedras Blancas

    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
    Piedras Blancas2h

    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.

    Ziplining
    Piedras Blancas

    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.

    Sauna
    Piedras Blancas

    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.

    Chocolate Making
    Piedras Blancas

    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)

  • DAY 6 Piedras Blancas/Dominical

    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.

    Private Vehicle
    Savegre - Dominical 45m
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private ride.

    Hiking
    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
    Brujo
    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! (Lunch,Breakfast)

  • DAY 7 Dominical/Tumbas

    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
    Tumbas

    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.

    Optional Activities

    Swimming
    Tumbas

    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)

  • DAY 8 Tumbas

    Enjoy the day in and around Diamante Falls.

    Sleep in a

    Free Time
    Tumbas Full Day

    Take it easy and enjoy the morning relaxing at this unique destination.

    Rappelling near Diamante Falls
    Tumbas

    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.

    Optional Activities
    Swimming

    Tumbas

    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)

  • DAY 9 Tumbas/Uvita

    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
    Tumbas

    Return rejuvenated from La Catedral de Piedra and hike through jungles, over rock, in rivers and around waterfalls to Las Tumbas.

    Private Vehicle
    Tumbas - Uvita 1h

    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private ride. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 10 Uvita

    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.

    Free Time
    Uvita

    Unwind on the beach or try one of the many activities available in Uvita.

    Optional Activities
    Horseback Riding

    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.

    Snorkelling
    Uvita

    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.

    Scuba Diving
    Uvita

    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)

  • DAY 11 Uvita/San Jose

    Transfer back to the capital for a final evening with the group.

    Private Vehicle
    Uvita - San Jose 5h

    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private ride. (None (Meals on your own))

  • DAY 12 Depart San Jose

    Depart at any time.

    Depart from San Jose at any time. (Breakfast)

  • Meal basis

    As per itinerary - B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals

  • TRIP DETAILS

    If you have booked this trip or are curious about all of the details, you can download this trip's information as a PDF.

    Please ensure that you print a final copy of your Trip Details to review a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes that affect your plans.

  1. We recommend you to have a meal budget of USD 195-255 for food and drinks which are not included in the programme.

  2. This programme is operated on a Coach tour. Maximum Group size is 16 passengers, at an average there are 10 passengers travelling on this tour.

  3. Itinerary descriptions are guaranteed with the exception of unforeseen conditions which include, but are not limited to, road closures due to weather, acts of God, safety concerns, changes to highway legal restrictions, and acts by third parties beyond the control of Service Provider.

  4. There is no refund for any non-utilization of any services.

  5. All holiday prices are subject to Govt. Service Tax of 5% payable to Govt of India.

  6. At this point of time no services are confirmed and the same is subject to availability.

  7. Request for an early hotel check in or late checkout is at the discretion of the accommodation unless pre-booked and pre-paid in advance.

  8. All payment to be made strictly by cheque / Demand Draft / Direct bank transfer in favour of 'COX AND KINGS LIMITED'.

  9. Costa Rica will not be allowing anyone to enter the country without proof of a departure ticket (bus, airplane, boat, etc.). If you are travelling through a few countries in Central America, you will need to show proof of your itinerary and a departure ticket from your last destination. Please print the itinerary and voucher and bring it with you.


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