Costa Rica Experience - Central America
discover the real Costa Rica
If you want to discover the real Costa Rica, this is the tour for you. There’s so much packed in to this nine-day adventure, from a visit to an indigenous community, to guided boat tours through the jungle. You’ll enjoy a stay on the stunning Caribbean coast, discover the flora and fauna of national parks and take a tour of a coffee plantation. For the thrill seeker, there’s even an option to take in breathtaking views of the rainforest as you soar across an exhilarating zip line.
12 Days from £3,749pp
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• Visit Cahuita National Park
• Visit Tortuguero Village & the Caribbean Conservation Center
• Local Flavours – Sample traditional dishes and eat like a local in the home of a Bribri family
• Visit an indigenous Bribri community to learn about their culture & traditions
• Enjoy two guided boat tours through Tortuguero National Park
• Enjoy a traditional Bribri lunch and learn how chocolate is made
• Just You Private Chauffeur Service
• Use of an airport lounge in the UK
• 19 meals: 10 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 5 dinners including a welcome drink
• Just You Tour Manager as your host & specialist Local Guide
• 10 nights in 4-star hotels & jungle lodges plus 1 night in flight
• Overseas transfers, other transportation & porterage
• Return flights from Gatwick with British Airways
Today, Just You’s Private Chauffeur Service will collect you from home for your flight to San José, the capital of Costa Rica.
Our adventure begins as we travel to Puerto Viejo de Limon, a beach resort on the Caribbean coast. A popular spot for surfers, it boasts crystal-clear waters and stunning sandy beaches.
This afternoon we will visit Cahuita National Park, which was created to preserve the coral reef along its shores. Sea turtles nest in the protected marine area and the reef is home to many different species of coral and fish. On land, brightly coloured birds including green ibises, keel-billed toucans and herons live in the forest, and you might spot mammals such as monkeys and pacas roaming amongst the tropical plants. Get to know your travelling companions over a welcome drink and dinner this evening.
There’s a fascinating day in store, as we learn about the indigenous Bribri people of Costa Rica and get an insight into their culture and traditions. We travel to the Bribri Reserve, the biggest indigenous community in the country, where we will begin our visit to Watsi. We will visit a family where five generations live together under the same roof, and learn about their home and lifestyle. You will also discover how the Bribri people use medicinal plants and produce chocolate. You’ll even have an opportunity to grind your own before enjoying a taste of the finished product. You’ll then join the family for a delicious home-cooked meal of local chicken with vegetables, served on plantain leaves with no cutlery needed. After lunch you will visit one of the most spectacular waterfalls in the area: the Rio Dos Aguas Waterfall.
We’ve an early start today as we set off for Tortuguero National Park. We’ll stop at a restaurant for breakfast, and as there are no roads into Tortuguero, the final part of our journey will be by boat. We’ll arrive at our hotel in time for lunch, and will visit Tortuguero Village to find out about the local community this afternoon. We’ll also visit the Caribbean Conservation Center to discover more about the sea turtles that nest on the nearby beaches.
We’ll explore Tortuguero National Park on two guided boat tours today. This beautiful region is one of Costa Rica’s most important ecological sites and a renowned nesting site for sea turtles. Behind a beach-fringed coastline, a network of freshwater channels cuts through the dense jungle and is home to a variety of other wildlife, including monkeys, river otters, crocodiles, caimans and many species of bird.
Keep your eyes peeled for sightings as you cruise the waterways, canals and swamps, and explore some of the trails on foot. Your guide is on hand to answer questions about the history and wildlife of the park and will do their best to help you spot as many different species as possible.
After breakfast we leave Tortuguero by boat and then drive to the village of Muelle de San Carlos. We’ll stop at a restaurant for lunch on the way, and then visit ‘Mi Cafecito Coffee Tour’ in the afternoon. During our tour of this community coffee plantation, we will gain an insight into the lives of Costa Rica’s coffee producers. There will also be an opportunity to sample the coffee and purchase some to take home as a souvenir.
When we arrive in Muelle de San Carlos, the rest of the day will be free for you to relax and enjoy the facilities at the hotel. You could take a dip in the swimming pool or perhaps enjoy a drink with your travelling companions.
If you want to discover Costa Rica’s rainforest canopy, we’ve lined up two fantastic optional excursions for today. The not-so-good news is you can only choose one – as they both take place at the same time!
The first option is a zip-line adventure in La Fortuna. Experience a rush of adrenaline as you fly through the rainforest canopy from platforms suspended in the treetops. You’ll see the impressive Canyon of the Arenal River and get a unique view of the rainforest’s extraordinary flora and fauna. Be sure to keep a look out for wildlife too, monkeys, toucans, hummingbirds and sloths all reside in this part of the forest.
If you prefer to admire the rainforest at a slower pace, our second option is a visit to the Hanging Bridges of Arenal. Explore the rainforest on a walking trail which crosses no less than 15 bridges, six of which are hanging in the rainforest canopy, offering a spectacular view of the scenery below. It’s an incredible experience, with highlights including 98-metre-long Tyra Bridge and Waterfall Bridge which is suspended 60 metres in the air. Keep your eyes peeled as you walk – more than 250 species of bird live in this rainforest reserve along with a vast array of reptiles, mammals and insects.
After breakfast we will transfer you to La Fortuna which is your base for the next 3 nights, exploring more of Costa Rica’s incredible highlights, from dense rainforests and soaring volcanoes to Idyllic tropical beaches. This afternoon join us on an optional bird watching tour where you will observe bird species in their natural habitat, explore the trails of the reserve where your experienced guide will explain all about the species such as the Chocu aco and the Boat Billed Heron.
Today has been left for you to spend at leisure, alternatively you could choose to go on an optional excursion Kayaking on Lake Arenal and experience breathtaking views of the Arenal Volcano.
After breakfast why not join us on an optional excursion hiking La Fortuna Waterfall trekking through tropical forests to the base of the waterfalls natural pools.
This evening enjoy a farewell dinner in a local restaurant in the centre of La Fortuna serving traditional Costa Rican dishes.
Today you will be transferred to the airport for your return flight to the UK.
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