COSTA RICA REEF & JUNGLES
10 days departing SAN JOSE from
Destination: Costa Rica
Tour Code: PRJ
A true adventurer's trip with the chance to dive underwater reefs, brave river rapids, and trek deep into remote jungle. Costa Rica and Panama has it all, from stunning jungle-lined beaches to barren and active volcanoes. We'll journey by boat to Bocas Del Toro, explore the lost city of Guayabo, walk the longest hanging rope bridge, hike in the Talamanca Mountain Range and swim in the warm waters of Manuel Antonio National Park. From the Pacific to the beautiful Caribbean coast, if you like the beach with loads of exciting activities thrown in, then this Costa Rica holiday is the trip for you!
- Exotic bird and wildlife viewing
- Gandoca Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge
- Scenic cruise to Bocas del Toro archipelago, Panama
- Two nights at Bocas del Toro archipelago
- Scenic walks and hikes in Turrialba National Park
- White sandy beaches of Cahuita and Puerto Viejo
- Two nights at Manuel Antonio National Park
- Walk the longest rope bridge in Costa Rica
- Hike the Talamanca Mountain Range
- Scenic walk at Tirimbina Private Reserve, Sarapiqui
|Accommodation:||5 hotel nights in twin share accommodation + 4 nights camping with equipment (except sleeping bag).|
|Transport:||All transportation by private vehicle|
|Meals:||3 hotel breakfasts and all meals whilst camping included|
|Guided:||Services of a professional bilingual tour leader|
|Group size:||Maximum 15|
Our routes have been carefully chosen to include the best night stops and highlights. However, as local and operational conditions may vary and unforeseen circumstances can arise, the following itinerary should be used as a guideline.
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- Surfing lessons at Cathuita US$55-$75
- Pacuare River rafting at Turrialba (seasonal) US$65-$95
- Snorkeling tour, Manuel Antonio US$60-$75
- Boca del Drago tour US$40-$80
- Sea kayaking, Manuel Antonio US$55-$65
- Canopy zipline tour, Manuel Antonio US$60-$75
- Bastimentos Marine Park boat trip US$40-$50
As this tour departs at 0730 we recommend that you book pre-tour accommodation. Please request hotel details at the time of booking.
Day 1-2: San Jose, Sarapiqui & Cahuita National Park
Leaving the capital of San Josť, you go hiking in the Tirimbina Rainforest Centre in the area of Sarapiqui which protects 346ha (865 acres) of pristine forest and contains great biodiversity. The reserve's habitats include river banks, islands, forest edges, gardens plus many more. You walk through the longest hanging bridge in Costa Rica to admire many of the 420 species of birds, such as parrots, herons, toucans and others. Departing the lush forest you head for Cahuita National Park on the Caribbean coast, best known for its coral reefs close to shore and stunning sandy beaches.
Accommodation: Camping with meals included
Day 3-4: Bocas del Toro, Panama
Panama here we come! Reach the stunning archipelago of Bocas del Toro by boat and take an excursion to Bastimentos Marine Park. Snorkel amongst the colourful coral reefs by day and feel Panama's unique rhythms come to life in the evening... perfect for perfecting your salsa moves!
Located 32km from the Costa Rican border, Bocas del Toro consists of six densely forested islands, and a number of uninhabited islets and Parque Nacional Marino Isla Bastimentos, Panama's oldest marine park. Bocas' laid-back Caribbean vibe is enhanced by its natural setting and the islands are covered in dense jungles and forest palms which open up to pristine beaches fringed by reeds and mangroves. Beneath the water, an extensive coral reef ecosystem supports countless species of tropical fish and hiking through the rainforest to arrive at an empty stretch of wave-pounded shore is pretty much the norm.
Accommodation: Lodge/cabins included. Meals paid locally
Day 5: Puerto Viejo & Gandoca Manzanillo Wildlife Reserve
Back across the border, enjoy Puerto Viejo's palm fringed beaches and the tropical rainforest of the Gandoca Manzanillo Reserve, famous for its pristine coral reef and year-round warm weather. Swim or snorkel in the refreshing Caribbean sea, bask in the sun or watch for 'congos' (howler monkeys) in the nearby trees. This is the perfect region a paradise for nature lovers and underwater enthusiasts.
Accommodation: Hotel included. Meals paid locally.
Day 6-7: Turrialba Volcano Area
Heading west, check out the breathtaking views of the mountains surrounding the Turrialba Valley. Onto Turrialba, nestled amongst towering volcanoes, this quaint town is situated near some of Costa Rica's oldest pre-Columbian ruins, dating from 1000BC. Run the Class IV whitewater rapids of Pacuare River, said to be the best in the country, or hike in the lush jungle along the Reventazon River.
Accommodation: Camping with meals included
Day 8-9: Manuel Antonio National Park
Departing Turrialba you go hiking in one of the highest mountains in the Talamanca Mountain Range. One of the richest biological zones in Costa Rica, it is home to more than 400 species of birds, including the most prominent Resplendent Quetzal, phoenix of the forest. The Mirador de Quetzales is famous for the great number of quetzals that nest amid this cloud forest. Travelling across the Pacific Coast, Manuel Antonio offers beautiful beaches backed by evergreen forest growing right up the tide line. With delicious seafood, salsa clubs and beach bars, there's no better way to end your Costa Rican escapade! Body-surf the perfectly curled waves surrounded by the spectacular scenery of Manuel Antonio National Park, and sign off with some salsa and seafood down on the beach.
Accommodation: Hotel included. Meals paid locally.
Day 10: San Jose
After Manuel Antonio, we return to San Jose for the end of the tour.
This tour ends at our gateway hotel at approximately 17:00 in San Jose on day 10. We can book you post-tour accommodation at our gateway hotel if required. If you are planning to fly tonight, please do not book a flight that departs before 21:00.
If you want to make sure you're right in the heart of the action at the absolute best time to be there, then why not book one of our Special Departures.
Spend Christmas in the island paradise of the Bocas Del Toro, Panama!
Snorkel amongst the colourful coral reefs by day and feel Panama's unique rhythms come to life in the evening... perfect for perfecting your salsa moves - Christmas with a difference!
Book 22 December 2013 departure
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Corcovado National Park is one of the protected wilderness areas with the greatest biodiversity in Central America. Experience the rare opportunity to explore the park with our local guide.
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Why not add a volunteer experience to the end of your tour and join a sea turtle conservation project, or build homes for local families?
With active volcanoes, beautiful beaches and pristine rain forests, you're sure to take away a wealth of incredible experiences from any of our Costa Rican adventures, but you now have opportunity to give something back by adding one of the following volunteering experiences to the end of your tour.
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