Costa Rica is a great place to learn about nature, people, and explore deeply the connections between both. Our Costa Rica Learning Adventure is a great place to start getting some ideas about your own adventure! This is a great trip for families and couples who want to not only get close to nature but learn about it in depth. As with all our vacations we can customize this trip any way you wish.
Day 1 ~ Arrival
Private Transfer to Arenal – (approx. 3 hours) – Your driver will be waiting outside the airport holding a sign with your name on it. Off you go to the famous Arenal volcano and the adventure capital pf Costa Rica. On your way into the mountains enjoy the scenic views as you make your way North. Vehicles equipped with WiFi.
Check In Kokoro Resort or similar hotel
Day 2 ~ Arenal ~ (B,D)
Volunteering at Proyecto Asís – This hands-on one-day volunteer project puts you in direct contact with local fauna and flora in a very down-to-earth environment. We start with an easy 30-minute orientation walk through secondary rainforest that surrounds the wild animal rescue shelter to get to know the story behind this grassroots endeavor. Proyecto Asis was established about 12 years ago – Proyecto Asis founder Don Jaime del Castillo and his son Alvaro had a dream to turn the once-abandoned farm back into vibrant rainforest while providing a sanctuary for hundreds of species of birds and other wildlife. You will be put to work feeding a few of the animals such as wild boars, kinkajous, monkeys, caimans & more along the way, plus other helpful activities such as trail repair, cage building, painting, planting trees and more. hroughout the day, you’ll get a good understanding of how Proyecto Asis works to rehabilitate injured and abandoned animals & release them back to their environment, as well as educational programs underway to help prevent hunting and poaching of the surrounding Children’s Eternal Rainforest that connects with Monteverde.
Evening at Eco Termales Hot Springs – Evening pass and dinner at Eco Termales Thermal Pools. This is a great and relaxing way to end a day. The Eco Termales Hot Springs has been the life work of the Hidalgo family. The smallest of the Arenal hot springs, Eco Termales is geared toward privacy and relaxation and it does not accept more than 100 visitors at one time. Enjoy the springs until closing.
Day 3 ~ Arenal ~ (B,L)
Caño Negro Boat Tour – You’ll do a peaceful boat ride in an area unsurpassed in natural beauty – wildlife guaranteed! The Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge together with Río Frío is a biologically humid area, one of Costa Rica’s richest areas of biological diversity. Here you can find a great variety of resident and migratory birds, three different species of monkeys, iguanas, sloths, turtles, and caimans.
Day 4 ~ Arenal ~ Tarcoles ~ (B)
Private Transfer to Tarcoles – (approx. 3 hours) – Out of the mountains and down to the Pacific, your adventure continues as you enter an important nesting ground area for the Scarlet Macaw.
Check In Cerro Lodge – Or similar hotel
Day 5 ~ Tarcoles ~ (B)
Carara Park Guided Nature Walk with Naturalist Guide- A full day of wildlife observation that starts at the Meandrical trail, a one way path with five different micro-ecosystems ranging from 25-year-old pasture fields to secondary growth forests aging more than 200 years. Randall Ortega is a wealth of knowledge about his country and has a passion for the conservation of nature. International birders and wildlife enthusiasts are sure to enjoy Randall’s specialized knowledge and abilities to locate some Costa Rica ‘s most elusive species. His familiarity with the habitats, behaviors, and instincts of native birds and wildlife make him an incredible source of information and the ideal tour guide for those who seek up-close viewing opportunities, yet want to respect the natural boundaries of all life in the rain forest.
Day 6 ~ Tarcoles ~ Dominical ~ (B)
Private Transfer to Dominical – (approx. 3 hours) – Enjoy the coastline as you make your way south along the Pacific.
Check In villas Alturas – 1 bedroom villa or similar hotel
Day 7 ~ Dominical ~ (B)
Dolphin and Whale Watching Tour – The Whale watching and Dolphin Encounter Combo Tour, is the best option to see the most of the Marino Ballena National Park. The tour departs from Punta Uvita Beach and visits the famous Punta Uvita Whale Tale, Isla Ballena, Tres Hermanas Islets and Ventana sea caves. During the tour we search for humpback and pilot whales as well as spinner, bottle nose, and spotted dolphins, which are residents to the Uvita coast. When granted the opportunity, you might see and hear the humpback whales and observe the acrobatic displays of the dolphins. We also visit the coral and rock reefs to snorkel and observe the wonderful marine life at Punta Uvita, Isla Ballena and Tres Hermanas.
During the visits to Isla Ballena and Tres Hermanas observe the diversity of pelagic birds. Afterwards, we head for the amazing natural sea caves of Ventanas beach, and if conditions permit our experienced captain will navigate the boat through the natural water passage to give you a spectacular interior view! Throughout the tour enjoy the scenic beauty of the Uvita coastline and the mountains of Costa Ballena. Whale watching, dolphin encounters, snorkeling and a visit to natural water caves! During the Whale Watching & Dolphin Encounter Combo Tour search for humpback whales, listen to their love songs and feel the great sensation of watching a mammal that weighs more than 40 tons jump out of the water and splash its gigantic tail. Snorkel and observe dolphins, turtles, bi-color parrot fish and more!
Eco-tourists and wildlife enthusiasts will be blown away in our exhilarating whale watching and dolphin encounter combo tour. The Marino Ballena National Park is home to one of the most biologically diverse marine habitats in Costa Rica. From observing large pods of more than 100 bottle nose, spotted, common or spinner dolphins performing acrobatics to witnessing a humpback whale teach its baby to breach, this tour is for everyone to enjoy! Snorkel Isla Ballena – Whale Island and Punta Uvita “Whale tail” to explore the marine life of Marino Ballena National Park! Later, enter gigantic natural sea caves of Playa Ventanas as your captain carefully takes the boat through the caves, giving you an awesome interior perspective.
Day 8 ~ Dominical ~ (B)
Sea Kayaking – Waves And Caves – The Marino Ballena National Park was created in 1990 to preserve and protect the 4500 ha of coral reef that surrounds Ballena & Las Tres Hermanas Islands. This park also protects 13 km of pristine coastline including beautifully scenic beaches such as: Playa Ventanas, Playa Piñuelas, Playa Ballena, Playa Hermosa and Playa Bahia. Marino Ballena Park`s most interesting sedimentation process has formed a Tombolo, or land bridge, linking the offshore reef to the mainland of Uvita Bay. This interesting formation can be seen and accessed only at low tide. In the park there can be found sponges, corals, mollusks, algaes, echinoderms, crabs and other creatures which are adapted to the strong tidal swell.
Green Iguanas abound in the park, feeding on plentiful alga plants. It is also an important refuge and nesting place for numerous marine birds including the frigate and the sea earwig. It is considered the most median point of reproduction of the Humpback Whale which comes to these tropical waters during winter months.Starting with 30 minutes drive from Dominical to the put in section in Ventanas Beach. During this 23 kilometer road trip, we will stop, if we get to spot some of the wildlife such as: birds, monkeys, sloth’s etc. You will see all this, along the most beautiful scenery of the Pacific Ocean and the exuberant vegetation of the coast.
At the put in section we provide you the safety instruction by a professional and bilingual tour guide. After that, the guide will illustrate the 1 hour ease paddling to where the caves are, with natural history of the park, than you will witness one of the most scenic place in the area, over 30 different caves and 2 of them are accessible -depending on the oceans condition- by kayak. After that we will go to one of the most beautiful beaches of the area, Playa Ventanas, where we will set you up on a tropical way, with fruits and drinks. Steps away from our fruit stop, there are 2 caves for you to explore hiking through during the low tide, you can also enjoy and have fun surfing the waves at this beach on your kayak. After all this, we start to paddle back to our take out point at Playa Piñuelas and drive back to your hotel.
Day 9 ~ Dominical ~ Alajuela ~ (B)
Shuttle Transfer to Alajuela – (approx. 4 hours)
Check In Adventure Inn – standard room or similar hotel
Day 10 ~ Departure ~ (B)
Transfer to Airport
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