Off the Beaten Track Experience

Responsible Tourism

Community-based Experiences

Countries visited

Costa Rica                                  

Tour duration

11 días                                        

Comfort

High                                         

Level of difficulty

Middle

Transport

Shuttle transfer & private 4WD trucks

Start Date

2018

Accommodation

Single, double or triple (2 beds)

Group size

from 2 travelers

We recommend you bring

Trekking pants and a thin fleece; warm fleece or wool sweater; windproof jacket; comfortable trekking shoes; UV filter sunglasses; sun hat; sunscreen; repellent; daypack.

Día 1: Welcome to Costa Rica

Día 2: On road to Savegre Cloud Forest

Día 3: In search of the Resplendent Quetzal

Día 4: Mountain Spirit…

Día 5: Extreme Forest Park…

Día 6: To the quiet and rural Copey

Día 7: 4x4 Adventure to Los Campesinos Reserve

Día 8: Reserve Trails

Día 9: Manuel Antonio Beach

Día 10: Return to San José

Día 11: Good Bye

Day1

Welcome to Costa Rica

Accommodation in Presidente Hotel or similar

On arrival into the International airport Juan Santamaría in San José, you will be met by your driver and taken to your charming hotel located in the center of the capital. You will find yourself in the heart of San José, where you will find plenty to explore including museums, the national theater, el Mercado Central, restaurants and coffee shops.

Services included:

  • 10 nights of accommodation as mentioned in the programme
  • Meals: 10 breakfasts, 5 Lunches and 5 Dinners
  • Tours and services as mentioned
  • Transfer in and out
  • 4WD private transfers as mentioned
  • 2 Joint transfers as mentioned
  • Entrance fees
  • Local guides Spanish-speaking and bilingual in tours included

Services not included:

  • International air tickets
  • Domestic air tickets
  • Meals, services and activities not mentioned on the programme
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips
  • Alcoholic drinks
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Day2

On road to Savegre Cloud Forest

Accommodation in Savegre Hotel or similar

In the morning your shared transfer will take you to a very special cloud forest reserve, the Savegre Cloud Forest: This area is made up of the Savegre Valley and the Los Santos Forest Reserve which is commonly referred to as the Savegre Cloud Forest. It provides a great alternative to the far more visited Monteverde cloud forest further north. Savegre area was declared a Forest Reserve in November 1975 and covers some 62,000 hectares. Three different forest zones blend together in this area: premontane rain forest, low mountain rain forest and mountain rain forest. Elevation ranges from 2000m to 3000m above sea level in Cerro de la Muerte. At this high elevation, temperature ranges between 0 and 17 degrees Celsius, with an annual rainfall of between 2500-3500 mm per year. The fauna is also diverse and more than 175 different species of birds have been identified. It is famously home to the Resplendent Quetzal, who lives here year round, as well as other species such as Trogons, Hummingbirds, Great Tinamou, sooty robin and woodpeckers, among others. You might also be lucky enough to spot bigger animals including as felines, tapirs, brockets and coyotes.

Services included:

  • 10 nights of accommodation as mentioned in the programme
  • Meals: 10 breakfasts, 5 Lunches and 5 Dinners
  • Tours and services as mentioned
  • Transfer in and out
  • 4WD private transfers as mentioned
  • 2 Joint transfers as mentioned
  • Entrance fees
  • Local guides Spanish-speaking and bilingual in tours included

Services not included:

  • International air tickets
  • Domestic air tickets
  • Meals, services and activities not mentioned on the programme
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • READ MORE
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Day3

In search of the Resplendent Quetzal

Accommodation in Savegre Hotel or similar

Wake up early and go on the Quetzal watching tour (shared with other guests not included) that lasts around three hours. Go in search of the resplendent Quetzal with its iridescent green feathers, its long, graceful tail and bright red breast! In the afternoon, go on a 2 hour-waterfall self-guided hike: walk on your own along the trails into the cloud forest and waterfall.

Services included:

  • 10 nights of accommodation as mentioned in the programme
  • Meals: 10 breakfasts, 5 Lunches and 5 Dinners
  • Tours and services as mentioned
  • Transfer in and out
  • 4WD private transfers as mentioned
  • 2 Joint transfers as mentioned
  • Entrance fees
  • Local guides Spanish-speaking and bilingual in tours included

Services not included:

  • International air tickets
  • Domestic air tickets
  • Meals, services and activities not mentioned on the programme
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • READ MORE
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Day4

Mountain Spirit…

Accommodation in Tamì Lodge

After breakfast you will meet your new driver who will take you on your next adventure. You will head off the beaten track in a 4WD truck to the amazing Tamì Lodge. The next 2 nights will be spent deep in the cloud forest surrounded by nature and with access to all your basic needs and amenities. Experience Tami Lodges’ unique luxury tented camp with spectacular views of the Los Santos Region. The lodge has 10 tents distributed onto 6 bungalows, 4 doubles and 2 singles. Every tent has its own private bathroom with hot running water. The showers are unique as they mimic waterfalls flowing over natural rock and the views are spectacular as the windows open up to the cloud forest and the valley.

Services included:

  • 10 nights of accommodation as mentioned in the programme
  • Meals: 10 breakfasts, 5 Lunches and 5 Dinners
  • Tours and services as mentioned
  • Transfer in and out
  • 4WD private transfers as mentioned
  • 2 Joint transfers as mentioned
  • Entrance fees
  • Local guides Spanish-speaking and bilingual in tours included

Services not included:

  • International air tickets
  • Domestic air tickets
  • Meals, services and activities not mentioned on the programme
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips
  • Alcoholic drinks
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Day5

Extreme Forest Park…

Accommodation in Tamì Lodge

This amazing experience begins with you climbing a strangler fig tree from the inside, giving you a chance to view the forest canopy from the top.

After you have taken in the incredible views, you will rapell 50 meters back to solid ground before moving on to the next experience, via the 50 meter Monkey bridge, where you will have the chance to try out your balancing skills on a slackline.

You will continue on the self-guided trails until you reach 70 meters long canopy cable, part of the amazing Tarzan Swing.

In case your adrenalin is still pumping you will have another 25meter rappel back down to the ground.

The best is saved for last as your final activity sees you to take on the Jungle Fly where you will soar through the forest in a harness, reaching a height of 15 meters.

We finish with an “Extreme Lunch” at the ecological restaurant Cascadas del Savegre. Enjoy the rest of the day in the stunning surroundings including see beautiful waterfalls.

Services included:

  • 10 nights of accommodation as mentioned in the programme
  • Meals: 10 breakfasts, 5 Lunches and 5 Dinners
  • Tours and services as mentioned
  • Transfer in and out
  • 4WD private transfers as mentioned
  • 2 Joint transfers as mentioned
  • Entrance fees
  • Local guides Spanish-speaking and bilingual in tours included

Services not included:

  • International air tickets
  • Domestic air tickets
  • Meals, services and activities not mentioned on the programme
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips
  • Alcoholic drinks
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Day6

To the quiet and rural Copey

Accommodation in Cedrela Lodge

Enjoy a typical breakfast as you ready yourself for your next foray into Costa Rica’s incredible nature. You will be driven by 4WD, reaching more than 3000 meters above sea level before descending again to the community of Copey. This is an incredibly panoramic journey and on a good day you can even see as far as the Pacific Coast.

Once in Cedrela Eco-Lodge you can enjoy various activities in the area, including fishing and hiking as optional activities.

Services included:

  • 10 nights of accommodation as mentioned in the programme
  • Meals: 10 breakfasts, 5 Lunches and 5 Dinners
  • Tours and services as mentioned
  • Transfer in and out
  • 4WD private transfers as mentioned
  • 2 Joint transfers as mentioned
  • Entrance fees
  • Local guides Spanish-speaking and bilingual in tours included

Services not included:

  • International air tickets
  • Domestic air tickets
  • Meals, services and activities not mentioned on the programme
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips
  • Alcoholic drinks
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Day7

4x4 Adventure to Los Campesinos Reserve

Accommodation in Los Campesinos Ecolodge

After breakfast experience the little travelled back roads of Costa Rica as you travel by 4×4 from the mountains of the Los Santos region all the way down to the Pacific coast. This incredible journey will have you crossing mountain passes and flowing rivers, allowing you to experience the full range of ecological regions that Costa Rica has to offer.

You will swap vehicles in the town of Londres and continue on to another very special and unique wildlife experience.

The people of the Quebrada Arroyo community are the guardians of Los Campesinos Reserve, located in the basin of the Savegre River. The reserve consists of primary and secondary forest that is in the process of regeneration and is protected by the Association of Vanilla Producers (ASOPROVA).

Upon arrival you will be served a tasty typical lunch, prepared on a wood stove. After you have settled in you will take a short walk across a 40m high, 127m long suspended bridge next to the impressive Los Chorros waterfall to swim in the transparent natural pools. Then in the evening, share stories with the locals while enjoying a homemade dinner.

Services included:

  • 10 nights of accommodation as mentioned in the programme
  • Meals: 10 breakfasts, 5 Lunches and 5 Dinners
  • Tours and services as mentioned
  • Transfer in and out
  • 4WD private transfers as mentioned
  • 2 Joint transfers as mentioned
  • Entrance fees
  • Local guides Spanish-speaking and bilingual in tours included

Services not included:

  • International air tickets
  • Domestic air tickets
  • Meals, services and activities not mentioned on the programme
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips
  • Alcoholic drinks
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Day8

Reserve Trails

Accommodation in Los Campesinos Ecolodge

At 7:00 a.m., after breakfast, your local guide will take you for a walk on the Mirador El Pacifico Trail (approx 2.5 hours), sharing stories of his adventures in the forest and explaining the uses of native plants. Part of your journey will involve crossing a forested gorge by aerial tram, from where you can look out over the Rio Savegre Valley and the Pacific Coast.

Enjoy a typical lunch and the rest of the day is yours to explore the community and reserve at your own pace.

Services included:

  • 10 nights of accommodation as mentioned in the programme
  • Meals: 10 breakfasts, 5 Lunches and 5 Dinners
  • Tours and services as mentioned
  • Transfer in and out
  • 4WD private transfers as mentioned
  • 2 Joint transfers as mentioned
  • Entrance fees
  • Local guides Spanish-speaking and bilingual in tours included

Services not included:

  • International air tickets
  • Domestic air tickets
  • Meals, services and activities not mentioned on the programme
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips
  • Alcoholic drinks
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Day9

Manuel Antonio Beach

Accommodation in Hotel Plaza Yara

Today after breakfast your driver will drop you off at Manuel Antonio Beach. This day is free for you to relax and enjoy the area. You can simply relax, explore the National Park by your own or hire a tour guide or take on one of the additional activities on offer in the area such as: Sunset Catamaran rides, horseback riding, White Water Rafting, Surf lessons and canopy tours.

Services included:

  • 10 nights of accommodation as mentioned in the programme
  • Meals: 10 breakfasts, 5 Lunches and 5 Dinners
  • Tours and services as mentioned
  • Transfer in and out
  • 4WD private transfers as mentioned
  • 2 Joint transfers as mentioned
  • Entrance fees
  • Local guides Spanish-speaking and bilingual in tours included

Services not included:

  • International air tickets
  • Domestic air tickets
  • Meals, services and activities not mentioned on the programme
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips
  • Alcoholic drinks
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  • READ LESS

Day10

Return to San José

Accommodation in Presidente

Free morning to enjoy one last swim in the warm waters of the Pacific Ocean before you are driven back to San Jose in the afternoon where you will have the night free to explore the city.

Services included:

  • 10 nights of accommodation as mentioned in the programme
  • Meals: 10 breakfasts, 5 Lunches and 5 Dinners
  • Tours and services as mentioned
  • Transfer in and out
  • 4WD private transfers as mentioned
  • 2 Joint transfers as mentioned
  • Entrance fees
  • Local guides Spanish-speaking and bilingual in tours included

Services not included:

  • International air tickets
  • Domestic air tickets
  • Meals, services and activities not mentioned on the programme
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • READ MORE
  • READ LESS

Day11

Good Bye

It is time to say goodbye to Costa Rica and you will be transferred to the airport in time for your return flight home.

Services included:

  • 10 nights of accommodation as mentioned in the programme
  • Meals: 10 breakfasts, 5 Lunches and 5 Dinners
  • Tours and services as mentioned
  • Transfer in and out
  • 4WD private transfers as mentioned
  • 2 Joint transfers as mentioned
  • Entrance fees
  • Local guides Spanish-speaking and bilingual in tours included

Services not included:

  • International air tickets
  • Domestic air tickets
  • Meals, services and activities not mentioned on the programme
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • READ MORE
  • READ LESS

Price per person from $1475.00

(Based on 2 travelling sharing double/twin accommodation)

Note: quote and hotels are subject to availability until deposit or total balance is paid. Quote based on payment by debit card, credit card or international wire transfer. All costs of bank transfers to us must be borne by the sender. Deposit and card payment charges are non-refundable. All other payments subject to our Terms and Conditions

It is your responsibility to ensure that you meet all passport and visa requirements for travel and that you have secured the correct insurance, vaccinations and any other necessities before you depart. Please ensure that your insurance covers costs resulting from any flight complications such as delays or cancellations.