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.
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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 Costa Rica 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.
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 Chirripó, this region is well-known but few travelers stay to find out why.
Travel in the back of a pickup truck through lush green landscapes. Enjoy a 4-hour hike to a jungle homestay 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.
Experience life in a remote community. Make sugar cane candy 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.
Travel by zipline 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.
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 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.
Trek to a unique fully equipped cave with twin 26m (85 ft) waterfalls. Go swimming in three natural pools and explore 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.
Enjoy the day in and around Diamante Falls.
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.
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 Caño Island.
Transfer back to the capital for a final evening with the group.
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Trip Name: Trek Hidden Costa Rica
Duration: 12 Days
From Price: $1,754
Supplier Tour ID: CRAC.A/201497
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