Visit indigenous tribes and explore areas many overlook. Meet Costa Ricas Caribbean in this package highlighting some of the best activities in the area. This trip will appeal to nature lovers wanting to avoid the more crowded Pacific coast and focus on the unique island feel of our Caribbean.
Day 1 ~ Arrival
Transfer to Hotel
Check In Adventure Inn ~ or similar hotel
Day 2 ~ Alajuela to Puerto Viejo ~ (B,L)
Rafting Transfer Pacuare River – The Pacuare River is rated one of the top rivers in the world. You’ll experience the intimate nature of the rainforest via the river. The warm water, cascading waterfalls, and opulently lush rainforest with its brilliantly colored plants, animals, and birds make this trip exquisite for your senses.Located on Costa Rica’s Atlantic slope, the Pacuare River borders the Talamanca mountain range, home to native Cabecar Indians and an incredible variety of wildlife, including parrots, toucans, deer, jaguars, ocelots, monkeys, butterflies, and more. Add in the exciting Class III -IV whitewater rapids and you have a tropical adventure packed with rich experiences that last long after you’ve returned home.
Check In La Costa de Papito ~ or similar hotel
Day 3 ~ Puerto Viejo ~ (B)
Canopy Tour & Horseback Combo Tour – The Canopy Tour is an adventure tour sending you flying through the treetops on a beautiful eco reserve overlooking rio banano. The Canopy Tour is an hour of pure adrenaline with incredible views through a 2 1/2 kilometer canopy with 10 platforms and 8 cables lead by experienced guides. The Horseback Riding Tour can be an added combination to the Canopy Tour. The tour begins by picking you up at your hotel or in front of Willies Tours Costa Rica. The ecological reserve is located near Limon, around 30 minutes driving 40 kilometers from Cahuita. Upon arriving, guides will help you with your equipment. It is important to note that only the guides should adjust your equipment, this is for your protection and security while soaring through the rain forest of the Caribbean Costa Rica. Once your equipment is on you are ready to begin your canopy adventure. A short demonstration is given on the do’s and don’ts while on the tour. A wagon will take you up through the forest to the first platform, where your adrenaline will start pumping in anticipation. For the clients safety, there are two guides that will accompany you the entire time. One guide will go first and wait for you on the following platform to catch you or help you if there are any problems. The second guide will attach you to the cable, ensuring your equipment and safety before zipping through the air. Make sure to look around as you pass the rich rain forest and the beautiful flowing river beneath you. The Horseback Riding Tour is two hours leading you through the trails in the lush rain forest. Entering the forest on horseback allows you the opportunity to enjoy the scenery. Along the way you will stop at a few incredible views that over look the Rio Banano. Make sure to look low and high to see the variety of animals the forest has to offer, such as an abundance of frogs hoping along the trail, the canopy home to sloths and a variety of birds such as Tucans and Monkeys. At the end of either tour you will be taken back to the service center. There is a small shop if you are thirsty or would like a souvenir to remind you of the beautiful area. Afterwards you will return to the private bus where you will be taken back to your hotel. This tour is perfect for a half-day adventure!
Day 4 ~ Puerto Viejo ~ (B)
Bri Bri Indigenous Reserve Cultural Tour – The Bri Bri Indigenous Reserve Tour is a great way to spend a day experiencing the rich culture of Costa Rica. The tour lasts five to six hours making four different stops in the Tribe Reserve to: a family, a Medicinal Plantation, an exotic waterfall and a Cacao House. The Bri Bri is an indigenous tribe found in the Southern Caribbean, Costa Rica. The tribe was originally living in the Talamanca Mountain range, primarily living off the land with no running water or electricity. The term “Bri Bri” represents the language, the tribe, the culture and the town. You will cross over a hanging bridge to visit the six-generation family of Chief Don Silverio who is believed to be the oldest Tico (Costa Rican) at 109. You will learn how they farm, cook, and how their pre-Colombian homes were built from organic materials found in the surrounding forested areas. You will have the opportunity to ask questions and take photos with the family. The second stop on the Reserve is to a Medicinal Plantation where a Shaman will demonstrate and explain different trees, plants, fruits and vines that are used for medicinal purposes. The tribe have used a variety of different natural sources for healing purposes and also for prevention of diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, etc. Although new age medicine has started to enter the culture, Shaman’s are still sought for their wisdom and experience. At the end of the Medicinal Plantation tour there is an opportunity to purchase arts and crafts as a souvenir.The next stop is an exotic waterfall on the reserve where you will hike 30 minutes through primary forest, crossing rivers to reach your beautiful destination. The waterfall was where the tribe used to performed rituals and ceremonies for purification and healing purposes. Although the water is no longer used for ceremonies, the area is still thought to cleanse the body.
The water springs from the top of the Talamanca Mountain Range, dropping into a naturally formed swimming pool where you will have the opportunity to refresh yourself in the cool water. This part of the tour presents you with beautiful scenery and the chance to really admire the landscape of Costa Rica. During the hike you will have the opportunity to see the famous “Poisonous” Red Frog and the blue butterfly, which is sought after for luck and good health. The waterfall is the perfect photo to take home and show the natural beauty that Costa Rica has to offer.After hiking to the waterfall you will stop in the town of Bri Bri to enjoy a delicious meal of “Comida Tipica” in a local setting and then it’s time for the final destination for dessert. The last stop is the Cacao House where you will be given a demonstration of the traditional process of making organic chocolate that has been passed down from generation to generation for over 300 years. Cacao has been used in the lifestyle for healing, purification and medicinal purposes. At the end of the demonstration there will be time for questions and chocolate tasting. Organic chocolate makes for the perfect unique souvenir, bringing the rich flavor home. This tour is interactive allowing for travelers to get a first hand look at a local culture. We want people to be immersed in the area, expanding their knowledge, ideas and beliefs. The tribe have remained relatively isolated from Western civilization over the years. Slowly, the culture is starting to change. Witness first hand the struggle to maintain their identify and preserve their culture and traditions against the ever changing world.
Day 5 ~ Puerto Viejo ~ (B, snacks)
Animal Rescue Centre, Waterfall Hike and Chocolate House Combo Tour – The Jaguar Rescue Center offers shelter, treatment and protection to ill or wounded wild animals in the South Caribbean area. The Center is run by Sandro, an expert in poisonous snakes, and Encar, a biologist with a vast experience with looking after wild mammals in captivity. Sandro and Encar started the Jaguar Center with the aim of saving the lives of as many animals that come in to the shelter, as well as trying to re-introduce them to their natural habitat, the forests of the South Caribbean. Their house has become a sanctuary for wild animals and they try to accommodate their jungle guests as well as they can: terrariums for the snakes, large spaces for the Congo monkeys to rest in after spending the whole day playing in the garden’s trees, special quarantine cages for the animals arriving seriously injured and also a large supply of medicine and an operating theatre for emergency surgery if necessary.
Chocolate House – Next we will visit an indigenous family where they make chocolate from the Cacao trees growing beside their house. You will learn and see demonstrated the process by which the cacao fruit is transformed into delicious and unique chocolate. You will have an opportunity to purchase some chocolate or other indigenous made handicrafts here. Note the owners of the chocolate house speak very limited English so if you don’t speak Spanish your explanation of the process may take the form of a pantomine!
Waterfall Hike – Finally, you and your driver/guide will take a short hike (about 20 minutes through the jungle where you can see local plants and butterflies) to the Volio waterfall, a 12m high waterfall in the Talamanca mountains, where you can swim if you like. Should this waterfall be too dry, we will take you to an other waterfall in the area where you can enjoy swimming in the pristine nature pools.
Day 6 ~ Puerto Viejo ~ (B)
Free Day / Optional Tour Day
Day 7 ~ Puerto Viejo to Alajuela ~ (B,L)
Irazu Volcano National Park & Transfer to San Jose or Alajuela – The Volcano Irazu Tour combines a visit to a majestic volcano with transportation to San Jose. This full day tour will leave you refreshed after the views from the country side and the volcano. Although this tour is available at anytime, at Willies Tours to best meet our clients needs and wants, we recommend this tour the day before your vacation in Costa Rica ends. Before the Spanish Conquest, the natives of this region referred to Volcano Irazu as “Istaru” which stands for mountain of tremors and thunders. Now the active volcano, that lies near the city of Cartago, has the name “El Coloso” due to the amount of catastrophes it has caused in the past. As of today, Volcan Irazu has had a total of 23 eruptions dating back to the first in 1723.
From the outskirts of Volcan Irazu spring rivers such as the Reventazon, Sarapiqui, Sucio and Toro Amarillo Rivers. The tour begins by picking you up at your hotel and continuing with a five hour drive on scenic backroads. The route takes you through the country side of the central valley and through small towns such as Turrialba and Pacayas. You will pass rolling hills covered in lush green vegetation, creating exceptionally beautiful landscapes. Arriving at the national park you will spend two hours learning the history of the area while exploring three craters. You will walk on a path until you hit volcanic ash where the craters extend beneath you. Clouds encircle the area where unique vegetation covers the volcanic soil with large leafs and plants.
Check In Hotel ~ 3 star accommodation
Day 8 ~ Departure
Transfer to Airport
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