Costa Rica is a very small country with coasts on two oceans, coral-fringed beaches, active volcanoes and an immense biodiversity. The entire twenty-seven percent of the country is made up of national parks and reserves, the highest percentage in the world. On this trip you hike through the rainforest teeming with life, stop to take a swim in one emerald green lagoon...
Day 1.Transfer from the airport to the hotel. Depending on when you arrive, enjoy Rosa Blancas beautiful environment.
Day 2.We start the day with a beautiful ride through coffee and flower plantations. Today we visit Pocas volcano, one of the world's largest geysirs, whose crater extends throughout 1.5 km in diameter. We walk through the rainforest in the National Park and takes us further on to the Rosa Blanca coffee plantation located in a temperate plateau 1200m above sea level. Here is some of the world's best cultivated coffee in the rich volcanic soil. Learn how coffee was discovered and how to deal with it and drink it today. Overnight in Jr suite including breakfast.
Day 3-6.Wake up at dawn and enjoy your organic coffee and a good breakfast before traveling on with private transfer to the Pacific coast and Kura Design Villas. This is an upscale, boutique hotel, which has been mentioned in Conde Nest Traveler as the best, new Hotel 2013.
The hotel is located near the Marino Ballena National Park, annually visited by humpback whales and dolphins. The days can be spent along the pristine beaches, diving or snorkeling, whale watching, kayak paddling or take a trip to the nearby waterfalls Nauyaca. The small village near Uvita is a very great place for surfing and in the village Ojochal you will find a fantastic kitchen. 3 nights accommodation Jr Suite
Villa including breakfast.
Day 6.Today you travel further to Lapa Rios Ecolodge, Puerto Jimenez. Beautifully situated in the heart of a private nature reserve, this is as close to paradise it gets! Beach and rainforest in an incomparable combination!
On arrival you will be welcomed by the manager who tells with what Lapa Rios has to offer. Enjoy a delicious lunch and take a power nap in the hammock. 3 nights accommodation in Double bungalow and full board Lapa Rios.
Day 7-8.Choose between the following hikes: make a morning and sunset bird tour, make a hike to the waterfall, make a tour of the rainforest and look at medicinal plants and herbs, learn more about ecotourism in a hike to see how the rain forest preservation. Overnight Lapa Rios.
Day 9.Private transfer to Manuel Antonio National Park and Arenas Del Mar which is a fantastic beach and rainforest hotel, an experience for travelers looking for something more than the typical luxury experience. The hotel is nestled in eleven acres of rainforest and at Manuel Antonio National Park. The view from the hills overlooking Manuel Antonio is spectacular, the beaches are idyllic, and its jungles inhabited by frogs, squirrel monkeys, sloths, tropical birds and other forms of exotic animals.
We also recommend the breathtaking "Hanging Bridges & Waterfall Tour "that winds through a 1,500-acre pristine forest via footbridges suspended above the canopy. It's just the beginning. There are countless ways to experience nature in Manuel Antonio: Riding, Kayaking, rafting, surfing, sailing, and ziplining. 4 nights accommodation in 1 King ocean view superior room including breakfast.
Day 10.Half day tour to Manuel Antonio one of Costa Rica's most famous national parks due to its wide range of flora and fauna specimens: home to three of the four existing species of monkeys in Costa Rica. The park itself has three different trails that vary in degree from flat to very steep. During the visit, you will be accompanied by a naturalist guide who is knowledgeable about everything you see. Throughout walk, your guide will stop and explain the different natural specimens that can be observed. A 20-minute stop will be made at the third beach where we may rest on the beach or playing in the surf. Throughout the hike you will be able to se sloths, birds and reptiles, admire
orchids, butterflies and tropical trees. The guides are equipped with Pentax and Suvaroski telescope that you can use observing wildlife and take pictures with another perspective. Overnight in ocean view superior room including breakfast.
Day 11.After breakfast it's time to pack your bags for a half day catamaran sailing with time for snorkeling, swimming and much more. You also have a good chance of seeing dolphins. A BBQ is served on board. Overnight in ocean view superior room including breakfast
Day 13.Private transfer to San Jose, Costa Rica's capital. Overnight at the Grano de Oro including breakfast.
Hotel standard: 4.5 -5
Season: All year
Airport: San José international airport
Duration: 14 nights
Included in the price: full board, sharing in double, all domestic transports and activities according to program.
Not included in the price: International flights, activities outside program, tips, travel insurance, taxes.
Finca Rosa Blanca has since they opened in 1985 had a policy to leave the smallest possible footprint on the environment and surroundings and is the first certified sustainable hotel in Costa Rica! The hotel and the organic coffee plantation is managed by:
Solar water heating, organic certified coffee that uses the waste from coffee to fertilize, copper and silver ionization is used to clean the pool. The hotel has eco toilets, they are composting, recycling and separating waste. They grow their own organic vegetables for use in the restaurant. All employees of the hotel are local residents. It educates and donate to schools and nearby villages.
The hotel takes ecotourism very seriously. The hotel has managed to preserve a 40,000 m2 large rainforest area and have created a protected haven for endangered animals and plants. The hotel only has 16 bungalows not to affect the surrounding flora and fauna. It places great emphasis on the training of local residents and employees. All fifty employees at Lapa Rios are locals. The hotel was built with sustainable materials and methods, and no live trees were taken down for construction of the hotel. It uses solar panels for water heating and electricity.
Projects they conduct:
They have built a school for the locals, clean beaches continuously, they have planted 25,000 native ' suitapalms " to eventually be able to replace the roofs of bungalows, they educate visitors and invites researchers, allowing no motorised vehicles on the beach or within the reserve.
Kurà design hotel
Ultraviolet PURA water filters purify the water for all taps of the hotel
Reutilization of threated wastewater drip irrigation system for property gardens
Rainwater collection system
Salt water system pool
Nontoxic biodegradable cleaning products by Blue Tech
Hight efficiency / dual flush toilets for reducing water use
Wastewater treatment plant by Bionest
Recycling and waste management system
Compost system to recycle organic waste
Bamboo straws to reduce the amount of non-recyclable waste
Planting of native species throughout the property
Support of non-profit organizations on research and conservation of endangered species of the country
Hiring local staff:
Supporting national artists
Purchasing local foods and products
Arenas Del Mar
The hotel is set in eleven acres of nature; a property with private nature trails filled with wildlife and access to two beautiful beaches. Surrounded by so much natural beauty, they are committed to being sustainable. Arenas Del Mar seeks to demonstrate that a world class resort can successfully combine the highest levels of sustainability, rigorous standards in environmental stewardship and social responsibility. They are completely carbon neutral. Learn more about our other programs below and be sure to take our complimentary Easy Being Green Tour when you visit. Arenas del Mar is a member of the Cayuga Collection of Sustainable Luxury Hotels and Lodges. Learn more about sustainable practices and policies of this group of hotels.
Good to know about Costa Rica:
Travel ethics: No specific
Visa: Visa to Costa Rica
Vaccinations: Vaccinations for Costa Rica
Packing: Sunglasses, hat, sunscreen, good walking shoes, swimming suit.
Local Currency: Costa Rican colon, but USD is always good to bring.
Weather: Weather Costa Rica
Telephone and email: Mobile network works ok, depending on the area. Access to email and internet at the hotel/lodges.
Water: Buy bottled water and make sure the bottle ends up in the recycling bin. Water on tap is of varying quality.
Safety: Your safety is our priority. Costa Rica is generally a safe country to travel in, but look out for pickpockets and strong underwater currents.
Travel tips: Travel tips Costa Rica
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