Trek Hidden Costa Rica
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Until Dec 17 From Jan 18

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, Local Culture & Cuisine, Parks & Nature Reserves, Rafting, Walking Tour, Zip Line
  • Physical rating: Demanding
  • Accommodation standard:   Not Rated%
  • Traveller Tour Rating: 0%  
  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Supplier Tour ID: CRAC.A/201497
  • Starts: San José, Costa Rica
  • Finishes: San José, Costa Rica
You will Visit
  • San José
  • San Isidro
  • Piedras Blancas
  • Dominical
  • Diamante Verde
  • Uvita



Day 1: San José

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 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.


Day 2: San José/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 Chirripó, this region is well-known but few travelers stay to find out why.


Day 3: San Isidro/Piedras Blancas

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.


Day 4: Piedras Blancas

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.


Day 5: Piedras Blancas

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.


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 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.


Day 7: Dominical/Diamante Verde

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.


Day 8: Diamante Verde

Enjoy the day in and around Diamante Falls.


Day 9: Diamante Verde/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.


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 Caño Island.


Day 11: Uvita/San José

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


Day 12: San José

Depart at any time.
Depart from San José at any time.

    • Local Living: Bread Making, Piedras Blancas Recharge: Sauna, Piedras Blancas Local Living: Chocolate Making, Piedras Blancas
    • Hiking excursion to Piedras Blancas (4 days)
    • Hiking excursion to Diamante Verde Cave (3 days)
    • Waterfall rappelling
    • Whitewater rafting on the Savegre River
    • Trapiche explanation
    • Ziplining
    • Free time in Uvita
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    • Hotels (6 nts), jungle homestay (3 nts, multi-share), cave camping (2 nts, sleeping bags, no electricity)
    • 5 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 5 dinners
    • Local bus, pickup truck, private vehicle, 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.