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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 the 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.

Latin America

Duration: 12 Days Guaranteed Departure: Yes
For lovers of: Hiking, Rafting, Parks & Nature Reserves, Local Culture & Cuisine, History, Wildlife, Multisport, Trekking Physical rating: Demanding
Accommodation standard:   Not Rated% Traveller Tour Rating: 0%  
Your Guide: English speaking Tour code: 133112
Starts: San José, Costa Rica Finishes: San José, Costa Rica
You will visit
  • San José
  • San José

Itinerary

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Day 1: San José

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 José enjoys a moderate climate.

Amid the hustle and bustle, San José 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.

Included Activities:
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting

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Day 2: San José/San Isidro

Early morning departure to San Isidro de El General. Located near three rivers and Costa Rica's highest mountain, Mt Chirripó, this region is well-known but few travelers stay to find out why.


Additional Notes:
Please note it will be necessary to repack your bags according to the packing list provided for our excursion to Piedras Blancas as it is an early departure on the morning of Day 3.


Transport:
Local bus (3.00-4.00 hours)

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Day 3: San Isidro/Piedras Blancas (1L, 1D)

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.

Additional Notes:
We will be welcomed with open arms and a much needed home-cooked meal at the Lopez family home. Once home to 18 children (most of whom are now adults), there are plenty of beds for everyone all under one roof. The night will be spent eating, sharing stories of the day's trek, and playing cards with the family members around the stove.

Included Activities:
Jungle Trekking to Piedras Blancas

Transport:
Pickup truck (2.00 hour(s))

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Day 4: Piedras Blancas (1B, 1L, 1D)

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.


Included Activities:
Bread Making

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Day 5: Piedras Blancas (1B, 1L, 1D)

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.

Included Activities:
Hike to the Fonseca family
Ziplining
Sauna
Chocolate Making

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Day 6: Piedras Blancas/Dominical (1B, 1L)

Today is a full, action-packed day. Set your alarm for an early morning start and a two-hour hike back to Brujo where we 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.

Additional Notes:
Bags are taken to our overnight stop in Dominical, while the activities continue with a rafting excursion.

Included Activities:
Hiking
Savegre River Whitewater Rafting

Transport:
Private Vehicle (0.75 hour(s))

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Day 7: Dominical/Tumbas (1L, 1D)

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.

Additional Notes:
Twin 85-foot waterfalls cascade over the cave accommodation. Don't think tight spaces – this is what we call an open cave and you will have no trouble enjoying the surroundings. There are hand-crafted stone beds to sleep on, composting toilets and a fully working kitchen inside the cave itself.

Included Activities:
Hike to La Catedral de Piedra

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Day 8: Tumbas (1B, 1L, 1D)

Sleep in a

Included Activities:
Rappelling near Diamante Falls

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Day 9: Tumbas/Uvita (1B)

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.

Included Activities:
Hike from La Catedral de Piedra

Transport:
Private Vehicle (1.00 hour(s))

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Day 10: 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 Caño Island.

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Day 11: Uvita/San José

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

Transport:
Private Vehicle (5.00 hour(s))

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Day 12: San José

Depart from San José at any time.

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • 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
    Accommodation
    • Hotels (6 nts), jungle homestay (3 nts, multi-share), fully equipped cave (2 nts, sleeping bags, no electricity)
    Meals Included
    • 5 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 5 dinners
    Transport
    • Local bus, pickup truck, van, raft, hiking
    Group Leader
    • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides
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Tour Highlights:
  • Trek into a remote community to live with the locals
  • Sleep in a cave behind twin waterfalls
  • Make your own sugarcane candy
  • Experience a traditional sauna and learn about medicinal plants
  • Rappel down hidden waterfalls
  • Whitewater raft on the Savegre River.