When arranging your transportation, such as flights, please take into consideration the below time restrictions for joining and departing from your group. With these times, we have taken into account travel time to/from the airport in the given destination and required time for check-in or baggage collection/immigration.

Your flight must arrive by or before: 11:59 p.m. on Day 1

Your flight must depart no earlier than: 12:00 a.m. on Day 12

 

Itinerary

Day 1San 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. 

 
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
1h18:00

Please try to arrive before 6pm for an important group welcome meeting where you can meet the Chief Experience Officer (CEO) and the other group members. If you arrive early enough, you'll have time to head into the city to visit a museum, shop or people-watch in the main plaza. 

Accommodation

 
Boutique Hotel Casa Las Orquideas (or similar)
Hotel

Day 2San 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. 

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.

 
Local bus
San José – San Isidro3h-4h

Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.

 
Free Time
San IsidroAfternoon

A free afternoon allows you the chance to explore the main square, located around three kilometres from the hotel, and get geared up for tomorrow’s hiking adventure.

Accommodation

 
San Isidro Hotel (or similar)
Hotel

Day 3San 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. 

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.

 
Pickup truck
San Isidro – Brujo2h

Hop into the back and ride along to the next destination.

 
Jungle Trekking to Piedras Blancas
Brujo – Piedras Blancas6h

Ready for a challenge? Gear up and head off for a six-hour trek through the jungle. Local English-speaking guides will point out flora and fauna and spot birds and wildlife in the thick forest canopy. Trek up, down, and around rocks and roots. During rainy season (May-Nov), bring walking sticks to support you in the slippery mud.

Save your energy for 'la cuesta roja' (the red hill) -- 20-30 minutes of an uphill slog. The payoff? Howler monkeys and toucans as travel companions.

Accommodation

 
Lopez Homestay (or similar)
Hotel

Meals included:

 Lunch | Dinner

Day 4Piedras 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.

 
Local Living: Bread Making
 

Enter a traditional community kitchen and get to know the techniques and practises involved in making local style bread as well as getting to sample the results of the the hard work at the stove.

Optional Activities - Day 4

Swimming
Piedras Blancas

Harness your inner Tarzan and Jane and plunge into the river with lush forest all around. 

Accommodation

 
Granados Homestay (or similar)
Hotel

Meals included:

 Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 5Piedras 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.

 
Hike to the Fonseca family
Piedras Blancas2h

Hike through the rainforest for two hours to reach the home of the Fonseca family. Stop along the watch to bird-watch, learn about unique plants and breathe in the pure jungle air.

 
Ziplining 
Piedras Blancas

Buckle up your harness, don your helmet and prepare to launch. Glide along cables suspended across the Savegre River above the cloud forest canopy. In this remote part of Costa RIca, flying through the jungle on a zip line is the most exhilarating way to get around.

 
Recharge: Sauna
 

Cleanse your mind and body in this traditional 'temazcal' sweat lodge. Used by Central American indigenous for centuries, hot volcanic rocks heated within this enclosed structure make you sweat, then smile. Embrace the heat and relax. 

 
Local Living: Chocolate Making
 

There are few things more delicious in the world than chocolate. See this coveted treat produced from bean to bar. From the nearby cacao plant to your mouth, enjoy the tasty benefits of 'eating local'. 

Accommodation

 
Fonseca Homestay (or similar)
Hotel

Meals included:

 Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 6Piedras 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.

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

 
Private Vehicle
Savegre – Dominical45m

Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

 
Hiking
Piedras Blancas – Brujo2h

Wave 'adios' to the Fonseca family and trek for two hours back through the jungle to the town of Brujo. 

 
Savegre River Whitewater Rafting
Brujo4h

What better way to get from A to B then taking the natural route along a scenic and exciting river? Buckle up your life jacket, grab a paddle and head off to raft the Class II - IV rapids of the Savegre River. Its water is considered some of cleanest in all of the Americas. Enjoy a natural high!

Accommodation

 
Villas Rio Mar (or similar)
Eco-Lodge

Meals included:

 Breakfast | Lunch

Day 7Dominical/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.

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.

 
Hike to La Catedral de Piedra
Diamante Verde1h-1h30m

Put on your hiking shoes, fill up your water bottles and set off on a two hour hike through ancient growth jungle. Feel the positive energy of the nearby Baru River which plummets 457m (1,500 ft) down a steep canyon to the Catedral de Piedra. This giant ledge carved into the cliff sits above the Diamante Falls -- Costa Rica's tallest waterfall at 183m (600 ft). No wonder this place is a sanctuary for shamans and those in need of healing vibrations.

Optional Activities - Day 7

Swimming
Tumbas

Grab your bathing suit and go for an invigorating swim at the base of this revitalizing waterfalls. This is nature at its most natural!

Meals included:

 Lunch | Dinner

Day 8Diamante Verde

Enjoy the day in and around Diamante Falls. 

 

 
Free Time
Diamante VerdeFull Day

Take it easy and enjoy the morning relaxing at this unique destination.

 
Rappelling near Diamante Falls
Diamante Verde

Use ropes and scramble down through pools and waterfalls. Keep an eye out for wildlife as you descend down through the waterfalls strapped securely in your harness.

Optional Activities - Day 8

Swimming
Tumbas

Grab your bathing suit and go for an invigorating swim at the base of this revitalizing waterfalls. This is nature at its most natural!

Meals included:

 Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 9Diamante 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.

 
Hike from La Catedral de Piedra
Diamante Verde

Return rejuvenated from La Catedral de Piedra and hike through jungles, over rock, in rivers and around waterfalls to Las Tumbas.

 
Private Vehicle
Diamante Verde – Uvita1h

Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

Accommodation

 
Marino Lodge CR (or similar)
Hotel

Meals included:

 Breakfast

Day 10Uvita

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.

 
Free Time
Uvita

Unwind on the beach or try one of the many activities available in Uvita.

Optional Activities - Day 10Accommodation

 
Marino Lodge CR (or similar)
Hotel

Day 11Uvita/San José

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

 

 
Private Vehicle
Uvita – San José5h

Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

Accommodation

 
Boutique Hotel Casa Las Orquideas (or similar)
Hotel

Day 12San José

Depart at any time.

Depart from San José at any time.

 

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