Costa Rica Mystic Jungles

The jungles, swamps, and mangroves of Costa Rica are a wonder to behold. Constant sunlight, abundant rains, and the high temperatures are a recipe for biological diversity. On this tour, marvel at the sight of a red toed tree frog, a resplendent Quetzal bird or a Scarlet Macaw. The tour will take you to the paradise that is Puerto Viejo, watch ants cutting leafs with their jaws before learning how chocolate is harvested in Sarapiqui. Nature lovers will enjoy Cano Negro where you will observe alligators, kingfishers and rare plants. In Rio Celeste you will marvel at the brilliant blue waters which gets its show-stopping hue from a chemical reaction between volcanic minerals. A walk through Tenorio Volcano National Park will take you along the riverbed. Here, you will see (and smell) the Rio Celeste turn from clear to vivid turquoise. You will also get to admire the waterfall, which is fast becoming one of the country’s most popular attractions. 

Duration
11 days
Options
Private basis, Escorted
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Trip highlights

  • Spot some of the most colorful birds in the world at the Cahuita National Park
  • Trek the Cano Negro forest
  • Discover the magnificent Rio Celeste waterfall
  • Zip lining through tree tops

On arrival our local representative will receive and assist you at the Airport. You will then have a transfer from Juan Santamaría International Airport to your hotel in San José.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Holiday Inn Escazu or similar

After breakfast and checking out you will depart to your next destination, Puerto Viejo, a laid back paradise located in the South Caribbean Coast.

Once you have arrived the rest of the day is at leisure to explore.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Villas del Caribe or similar

This morning it time to explore Cahuita National Park. Cahuita has to be one of the most amazing parks in the country. It was created in 1970 as a National Monument to preserve the coral reefs off the Caribbean Coast. Its main attractions are the white sand beaches fringed with endless trees, a sea of transparent waters and the coral reefs just offshore. Some of the brightest and most colorful birds in the world can be seen in the national park, for example, green ibises, keel-billed toucans and herons. Flora is unsurpassed, from orchids to mushrooms, there are thousands of species of plants. Enjoy a walk of approximately 7 km along the path of the national park. Entering the park through the sector of Playa Blanca and taking the trail to Punta Cahuita, the tour will be a journey of beautiful beaches where you can swim in the calm waters of the Caribbean Sea and observe various types of wildlife.

The rest of the day is at your leisure to relax at the hotel.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Villas del Caribe or similar

After checking out you will depart to your next destination, the green and lush Sarapiquí. This is a well known region for its amazing and rich biodiversity as well as for being a nature lover’s dream destination.

Once in Sarapiquí enjoy a truly surprisingly interesting experience! A fascinating tour of ants which allows you to enjoy in a very different and unique way, the wonderful process of these insects. You can see up close on this tour how the ants cut the leaves with their jaws and move to the colony. There we will discover how they cultivate the fungus and surprisingly know the queen live, and the caste division and its functions of these important insects. Rest of the day at leisure to immerse with natural surroundings and relax at the hotel.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Sarapiquis Rainforst Lodge or similar

Before leaving Sarapiquí, you will have one last adventure here! Open the secrets and wonders of one of mankind’s favorite foods, chocolate. Originally from Central America, this plant has an extraordinary history as it was one of the most important products for the Mayan and Aztec cultures. Learn about the artisanal process by which cacao fruit is transformed into chocolate (harvest, fermentation, drying, etc.) while the story of pre- and post colonial chocolate is told and of course, you will delight you taste with the glorious chocolate.  Afterwards, transfer to your next destination, Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge. The remainder of the day is at leisure to relax and enjoy natural surroundings. 

Suggested Accommodation

  • Cano Negro Lodge or similar

During the morning, discover the biodiverse environments with a walk through the community of Caño Negro. At the dock, board the boat and begin the tour on the Frio River and lagoons where you will experience stunning landscapes, abounding with wildlife and you will get a glimpse of the daily life of people living near the wetland. Your guide will point out the many natural and cultural riches of Caño Negro. You will be impressed with the variety of flora and fauna that can be seen inside this refuge which is home to more than 350 species of birds, 310 plants and at least 160 species of mammals.

In the afternoon, the tropical forests secrets await for you to be uncovered! Enjoy a walk on the trails and recharge yourself with the energy that only a forest can provide. The forests of Caño Negro are a unique domain teaming with life where monkeys swing among the trees, birds of many sizes fly stealthily among the vegetation and even the smallest of nature’s treasures represents millions of years of evolution.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Cano Negro Lodge or similar

Today you will head to Bijagua, home of the enchanting Rio Celeste National Park. This region is a virgin rainforest and a sanctuary to tropical animal species like pumas, tapirs, sloths, anteaters, coatis, giant butterflies and rare plant species, like the wild orchids.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Celeste Mountain Lodge

Today, discover the beautiful Rio Celeste. A legend tells that after God was done painting the sky, he washed his brushes in the river that now bears the name of Rio Celeste (Light Blue River). During a hike through this humid forest ecosystem, with you will have the chance to observe various animal species and exuberant flora surrounding you. Along the walk, discover the magnificent Rio Celeste waterfall, and also the place where the river dyes itself into that amazing light blue coloration.

The rest of the afternoon is at leisure to relax at the hotel.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Celeste Mountain Lodge or similar

At the agreed time, depart to your next destination, Rincón de la Vieja, one of the most beautiful countryside and ecological diverse in Guanacaste province. At over 34,000 acres, Rincón de la Vieja has room for two volcanoes, 32 rivers and streams, and an incredible variety of flora and fauna.

The rest of the day is at your leisure, we suggest you experience the incredible hot springs at Rio Negro. Beautiful and relaxing, the volcanic hot springs bubble up in the Rio Negro (“Black River”), heated naturally by the Rincon de la Vieja Volcano and surrounded by thick forest.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Hacineda Guachipelin or similar

This day experience doses of adrenaline in the adventure paradise that is Costa Rica! Get an incredible adrenaline rush on our exclusive Canyon Canopy Tour! You will fly through the trees on zip lines, rappel, rock climb, swing like Tarzan, and cross hanging bridges over a narrow river canyon. Your playground is the spectacular White River Canyon, formed by water erosion over millions of years. It’s just a short walk from the hotel where your excitement begins. You’ll have exhilarating fun on 7 zip line cables, 1 hanging bridge, 2 Tarzan swings, a controlled 20-meter (65-foot) rappel, natural rock climbing wall, and via ferrata traverses and climbs.  

Suggested Accommodation

  • Hacienda Guachipelin or similar

After breakfast you will check out and depart for the airport.

Included

  • National Parks entrance fee's (except Cano Negro Wildlife Refuge)
  • Private transfers between areas
  • Meals included as stated

Not included

  • Tips for the guide and driver
  • Meals and beverages not specified on itinerary
  • Optional excursions