Explore Costa Rica
Costa Rica is a stable, democratic country located in Central America. This peaceful and exuberant country abolished its army in 1948. Since then, the money which had been allocated to the military was moved to improve education, health, and the conservation of natural resources.
Due to these events and the country’s reputation of being one of the most bio-diverse regions in the world, Costa Rica is an ideal vacation destination.
Whether you’re looking for peace, adventure, pampering, connect with nature, beaches, volcanos… you will find it here and also you will discover the hidden wonders of this unique destination through the enjoyment of the wide array of activities available.
Costa Rica means “Rich Coast” in Spanish. This outstanding country borders Nicaragua to the North, Panama to the South, a 200 kilometer long Caribbean Coast at the East and a 1,000 kilometer long Pacific Coast at the West. It is one hour behind Eastern Standard Time and due to its proximity to the Equator the times of sunrise (6am) and sunset (6pm) vary little.
This small territory has 12 life-supporting zones which are determined by temperature, average and seasonal rainfall, altitude and quality of the soil. From these different life zones we can divide its vegetation into 3 types: rain forest, cloud forest and dry forest. Each one of these can be found in 3 major topographic areas: the Cordilleras, the Caribbean lowland plains, and the Pacific Region.
You will be able to experience Costa Rica’s wonders from high elevation mountains with their Cloud Forest, to the Jungle Rainforest of the Caribbean or the Dry Forest of the Pacific Coast.
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Upon arrival to Costa Rica, staff will be waiting for your flight outside of Arrivals, and will be carrying a sign with your name.
Staff will assist with all of your luggage and will hand you a Welcome Kit so that you can review it on the way to your hotel. Staff will be assisting you with your Hotel Check In Process.
Before you head to your room to relax for the rest of the evening, staff will go over the itinerary briefing with you.
After having breakfast at your hotel, staff will pick you up at the hotel to start your city tour.
The tour starts with a visit to the Central Market in San Jose, a Costa Rican architectural and historical heritage site, originally built in 1880 of red brick, and rebuilt on 1888 after a big earthquake with a firm concrete structure that maintains its original maze like layout. This centenary market place almost feels as if it suspended in time, with many of its original stands still being operated from one generation to another, catering goods to locals and tourists, from vegetables to fruits, fresh meats, fresh seafood products, freshly grounded coffee beans or whole beans, all sorts of spices, local souvenirs of all sorts, including the traditional Costa Rican coffee brewing device, The Chorreador, to healing herbs, traditional wooden toys, Catholic Saint Statues, weaved hammocks, indigenous art pieces, and much more. Another great feature of this Central Market, are its many local cuisine stands, from Caribbean Spicy Soups, to Fish Ceviches, to Casados, to artisan icecream, artisan cheese corn tortillas, traditional Costa Rican sandwiches, among many other local gastronomic experiences.
The next stop on your city tour is at the National Theater, a jewel of arquitecture, history and fine arts, innagurated in 1897, thanks to the flourishing coffee economy, initiated in 1820 with the first exports of Costa Rican Coffee to Europe.
The last stop will be at the Precolombian Jade Art Museum, of great archaelogical heritage for the region, preserving and featuring one of the largest collection of Precolombian Jade Art around the world.
This day will end with a drop off at your SJO hotel where you will have the rest of the evening at your leisure.
Once at Tortuguero National Park, we will head to the Sea Turtle Conservancy, which is located right at the center of the park, for a guided visit to one of the oldest turtle conservation projects in the world. The Sea Turtle Conservancy is a research and education center established since 1959 in one of the most important nesting places for green turtles in the world.
Note that entrances to the Sea Turtle Conservancy are not included, they must be paid on site.
After the guided visit to Sea Turtle Conservancy, we will head to your hotel in Tortuguero, Hotel Pachira Lodge or a similar hotel, and assist you with your check in. 3 meals per day are included with your Tortuguero Reservation.
*Note that entrance fees to Tortuguero are not included, as they must be paid on site.
Away from the city and made up by an extensive network of rivers and canals, Tortuguero National Park access is possible only through small boats: this way the Tortuguero National Park is, a place unlike any other; where small communities surrounding Protected Wilderness Area, as Barra del Tortuguero and San Francisco, still retain their Afro-Caribbean Traditions and also enjoy the benefit of having the bicycle as their main transportation method, making the
travel a true encounter with the quaint Costa Rican Caribbean Culture.
A boat transfer will take you from Tortuguero Mangrovees to the dock to continue with your journey on land.
A private ground transfer will be waiting at the dock to take you from Tortuguero to Arenal.
We will stop for lunch on the way at a traditional rustic restaurant. Lunch not included.
The first tour at Arenal will be a guided afternoon tour to an Organic Farm, where you will learn the process of sustainable farming from the vegetable garden to the kitchen table. This farm to table experience will include cooking lessons with the vegetables, herbs and fruits you have picked from the garden, to prepare a delicious dinner with the assistance of their expert cooks on traditional Costa Rican staple meals.
This tour offers a tree top view of the Costa Rican Rainforest from high rise custom made metal bridges, which have been sustainable built across the rainforest at the height of the tree canopies. This tour gives you the opportunity to glimpse in detail at the fauna and flora that exists at such heights, where you will have ample time to take photos of the wildlife.
Your next adventure this day, would be the canopy tour, also known as zipline tour. Another must do when traveling to Costa Rica. This tour consists of metal cables securely strapped to tree trunk platforms from where you can see the canopy tree life from upclose, while experiencing the adrenaline of gliding at a moderate and fun speed, from one horizontally suspended cable to another, from tree to tree, with the assistance of the zip line operators, in a thoroughly safe manner. This tour takes approximately 2 hours.
Note that we can take 1 person on a wheelchair per day at 1 PM for the Canopy Tour. The next day we can set up a 2nd canopy tour for another tourist on a wheelchair, also at 1 PM.
Your guide will assist with the check in at Hotel Los Pinos, or a similar hotel in the area.
Cloud Forests around the world, account for only 1% of the global territory, making this location a one of a kind experience, where you would have the opportunity to experience low-hanging clouds hovering around the upper canopy of the forest, before they condense onto the leaves of trees right in front of your eyes, dripping to the plants below. Experience walking through the clouds in the misty and foggy lush rainforest of Monteverde.
On this day we head back to San Jose, for a 4 hour drive through the Costa Rican Mountain Range.
Depending on the time of departure from Monteverde, we can coordinate either lunch or dinner at a gastronomic zone, with ample spaces and wheelchair accessability.
Before you head to your room to relax for the rest of the evening, staff will go over the itinerary briefing with you.
A private transfer will then take you to the Irazu National Park on a guided tour. National Park Fees, included.
Irazu Volcano National Park, is among one of the most visited volcanoes, due to its easy access and close distance to the city and its impressive size and height, being one of the tallest volcanoes of Costa Rica, standing at 3432 meters or 11 260 feet. It’s particular shape allows to reach the summit safely by car and view its iconic large green crater, portrayed in many Costa Rican brochures.
Irazu National Park ranges from Tropical Rainforest at the skirts of the mountain, as it transitions into a Cloud Forest, with Montane Wildlife at the very summit, giving it the appearance of a rocky moonscape like environment. At night, Irazu summit can reach freezing temperatures. Be sure to take your sweater or windbreaker for your visit, even on morning visits, as temperatures can change quickly whenever the dense cloud forest covers its summit. Sunscreen is also recommended as the rays of the sun can be strong due to the height of the volcano.
The ascending road to Irazu National Park provides a nice scenic farming mountain range landscape, with many of its local farmers selling their goods at the side of the road, from artisan goat cheese, to traditional Costa Rican desserts, flowers, potatoes, huge delicious strawberries and other fruits. The produce cultivated in the surrounding area of the volcano, is known for its rich flavor and quality, due to the richness of the soil, that has been fertilized by the ash of the volcano over centuries.
Tropical Rainforest Wildlife can sometimes be seen on the side of the road on way to the summit, on the skirts of the volcano. Once on the summit, Montane Wildlife can be spotted at times crossings it’s rocky and almost barren landscape, such as the Volcano Hummingbird, an endemic species of the Costa Rican and Panama Highlands, as well as robins, owls, porcupines, rabbits, coyotes, and even foxes can also be spotted at times.
After a stop for lunch on the way, lunch included in the package, we will head to the Lankester Botanical Gardens, a private orchid collection established on 1917 in Costa Rica by a British Orchid enthusiast, Charles Lankester West. In 1973, his family donated his entire collection of over 3000 species of orchids, to the American Orchid Society and Stanley Smith Foundation, who in turn, purchased and donated the whole property to the University of Costa Rica for research as well as for the enjoyment of the public of this World Class Collection of Orchids.
Orchids are found in the wild, secretively growing on their own, on very high canopy branches, making them a rare sight in the wild. On Lankester Botanical Gardens you will have the opportunity to see the widest array of flowering orchids in one place. Orchids are not only an elegant and rare flower, but also a type of flower that typically only blooms for 1 or 2 days. As orchids bloom on different days and not only on an specific season, this Botanical Garden with its thousands of orchids is sure to have blooms in plethora all year round.
Surrounding the Lankester Botanical Gardens, a well preserved premontane forest attracts many animals, birds and insects. Hummingbirds in particular visit the garden, specially around the nectar rich flowers inside and around the butterfly enclosure inside Lankester Gardens.
This day ends with your drop off at your SJO hotel, for you to enjoy the rest of the evening at your leisure.
Upon arrival to the Chilamate Town, we will head to Sarapiqui River, for a Safari Float Tour. This tour is a very laid back and calm level of river rafting along very peaceful waters, where you will have the opportunity to spot the wildlife that lives on the ridges of the riverbank, such as iguanas, monkeys, crocodiles, and a myriad of species of birds.
For this tour, we recommend to bring long a sleeve t-shirt if possible, to protect your arms you from the sun. Otherwise make sure to cover yourself well with sunscreen. Insect repellent is also advised, along with light shorts, bathing suit, tennis shoes, amphibian shoes, or well strapped sandals. All passengers on the inflatable raft must wear shoes to protect their feet. It is recommended to bring a light windbreaker in case the weather turns slightly chilly that day.
Afterwards we will head to the La Selva Research Station, established in 1968 by the American botanist and climatologist, Dr. Leslie Holdridge, a pioneer of private forest conservation in Costa Rica. He initially purchased the land for sustainable forest research in his tenacious efforts to promote the conservation
of the natural resources in the country. Currently, La Selva Station is one of the longest running ecological data research center in the world, with more than 40 years of operation.
From his research studies at La Selva Research Station, he established a system to catalogue land areas in accordance to heat, precipitation and moisture of the naturally occuring ecosystems. This system was named by Dr. Holdridge, as the Life Zone Ecology Catologing system, which it is currently widely used in almost all of Latin America, to organize, delimitate and determine by priority the protected areas of each country.
La Selva Research Station is a 1600 hectare area of an outstanding species richness, adjoining the Braulio Carrillo National Park, as well as including a forrest corridor with the Barba Volcano National Park. This land is home to more than 2,077 species of plants; 125 species of mammals (72 of them bats); 470 species of birds; 48 amphibian species; 87 species of reptiles; 45 species of freshwater fish; and tens of thousands of insects, arachnids, and other arthropods.
At the end of this visit, a private transfer will take you to the Arenal Area, and assist you with your check in at Hotel Arenal Paraiso or a similar hotel. You will have the rest of your evening at your leisure.
We will then head to the Mariolas Trail. This location offers an authentic local experience, as it is operated by a Costa Rican family that owns the land, who four years ago decided to reforest their property alongside the very accessible trails they have built in it. This property also functions as a conservation center for bees. This local experience includes cooking lessons to prepare corn tortillas the traditional way, imparted by the grandmother of this family, who will also be preparing typical dishes for its visitors. Note that only the tortillas are included in the entrance price.
The grandfather of the family, does the guided tours to explore the teeming biodiversity of their reforested farm. Make sure to bring your camera, as there would be countless opportunities for great shots of the wildlife of this beautiful reforested property. Closed shoes and repellent are recommended for this tour.
Our next stop this day will be at Arenal 1968 for lunch. This is an amphitheater lookout with an open concept restaurant, that offers 360 views of the magnificent Arenal Volcano and the Arenal Lake. You can also enjoy your lunch in a picnic setting if you prefer.
We will finish this day with drop off at your hotel in Arenal, for you to enjoy the view of the volcano at your leisure for the rest of the evening. Do note that Arenal is also part of a rainforest zone, so visibility of the perfectly conical imponent volcano can be clouded at times.
On the way we will stop at a rustic restaurant for lunch. Note that lunch is not included.
After your check in at your Tamarindo Hotel, Wyndham or similar, you will have the rest of your day at your leisure.
After breakfast, we will head to the beach for your adapted surfing lessons with the Costa Rican Adapted Surf Sports Association. An organization created in 2015 in support of the first Costa Rican surfer to participate in the 2015 ISA World Adaptive Surfing Championship. Since then, this organization has dedicated all of their efforts in offering surf lessons, focused on inclusion, empowerment and development of people with disabilities in this sport. This tour provides people with different disability conditions, the unique and fun experience of surfing and of course of being in direct contact with the ocean like any other Costa Rican tourist would enjoy.
This fantastic day, ends with your drop off at your Tamarindo Hotel, where you will have the rest of the day at your leisure.
We will then spend the rest of the day with you at the beach. We will plan with you to head to the hotel for lunch or at a nearby restaurant of your preference. Note that lunch is not included. After lunch, we will head back to the beach for the rest of the afternoon.
After breakfast a private transfer will take you to Monteverde. Driving time is around 4 hours or so.
We will stop for lunch on the way. Note that lunch is not included.
Upon arrival to Monteverde, our guide will assist you with your check in at your Monteverde Hotel, Los Pinos or a similar hotel. On this day you will have the rest of the afternoon at your leisure at your Monteverde Hotel, which offer many opportunities to see the natural wildlife from a close distance.
We will then head to the Sky Tram, an aerial cable car, or aerial open gondola, that will take you all the way to the highest mountain in Monteverde, in a smooth ascent with panoramic views of the Cloud Forest. While ascending you will be able to admire many of the distinctive flora and fauna that can only be spotted in the high tree top canopy view. This experience is perfect for those that want to experience the rainforest canopy without much physical effort.
Once the air gondola reaches the summit, you will arrive at a wide observation platform, built on the highest point of the reserve, from which you will have spectacular panoramic views of Monteverde.
Monteverde National Reserve is one of the few remaining Cloud Forest in Central America. This Reserve was established in 1972 by a coalition of scientists, as well as the community of Quakers that established in the area, creating an ecologically sustainable community inside the reserve.
This location has a restaurant on the premises, but you can also choose to eat lunch at one of the restaurants close to your hotel. Note that lunch is not included in this package.
After lunch, we will head back to your hotel, and you will have the rest of the afternoon at your leisure.
This drive takes around 5 hours, as we descend from the mountains to the sea level where Manuel Antonio National Park is located. We will stop on the way for lunch. Note that lunch is not included.
Our guide will assist you with your check in at your Manuel Antonio Hotel, Hotel San Bada or similar, where you will enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure.
Due to the popularity of this beautiful coastal national park, there is a maximum of tourists allowed per day. Entrances must be purchased in advance to guarantee your visit, so please send us full name, passport number and nationality of each visitor well in advance, when confirming your reservation to Manuel Antonio.
After your visit to Manuel Antonio, you can choose with your guide which accessible restaurant option you would prefer for enjoying your lunch in this beautiful area. From a unique C-123 Cargo Plane turned into a restaurant on the Manuel Antonio Hill, with views to the ocean and rainforest, to a restaurant at the beach, or several restaurant options at the Marina Pez Vela in Quepos. Note that lunch is not included.
This day ends with the drop off at your hotel in Manuel Antonio, for you to enjoy the rest of the evening at your leisure.
On this day, we will do a Catamaran Tour at the Marine Area of Manuel Antonio National Park. This area is great for leisure boat tours, given its clear and tranquil waters, that allows easy sightseeing from the Catamaran of all the marine fauna that makes this park their home. Lunch included for this marine tour.
We finalize this day with drop off at your hotel, for you to enjoy the rest of the afternoon at your leisure.
We will then head to the Tarcoles Area, for a Jungle Crocodile Safari Boat Tour at the Rio Grande of Tarcoles, where you will have the opportunity to enjoy the wildlife of the river and of the river bank from up close, while seated comfortably on an ample and comfortable river boat. This tour offers great opportunities for close up photography shots of many of its hundreds of bird species, iguanas, basilisks, and the famous American Crocodile, that can grow up to 4 meters long (13 feet). Each boat tour includes a local bilingual guide, that will be explaining all of the ecosystem of this wide and calm river ride.
After this river tour, we will start our 2 hour journey back to San Jose, stopping on the way for lunch. Note that lunch is not included.
Upon arrival to San Jose, our guide will assist you with the check in at your San Jose Hotel, Hotel Hampton Inn or similar, where you will have the rest of the evening at your leisure.
A private transfer will take you to the airport, so that you can make your check in 3 hours before your flight.
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