Costa Rica holiday, off the beaten track
Tailor made, fully flexible itinerary to suit your departure dates with local assistance included. Travel by transfers or hire car. Ask for an international flight quote.
Description of Costa Rica holiday, off the beaten track
This Costa Rica holiday is all about getting off the beaten track, tailor made to suit your interests and time frame, while also ensuring that you see some of the parts of Costa Rica that we really value. Starting in the capital, San Jose, you then take a coach to the outskirts of Tortuguero National Park, which is only accessible by boat. Be prepared for a trip into another world completely. This is a classic place to visit in Costa Rica, as is La Fortuna and the Arenal volcano, just one of sixteen volcanoes on Costa Rica in fact. Staying in a wooden cabin on the outskirts of touristy La Fortuna, however, means you can enjoy this tropical terrain in more peaceful surroundings.
You will be even further off the tourist trail after that, spending time with the Tico community in Juanilama where the women have set up an exemplary community tourism business, so that visitors can learn about the local ecosystem, produce and traditional cuisine. From Juanilama to Boca Tapada up in the north, which is a protected wildlife reserve where you can stay in the most simple, natural bungalows surrounded by birds. This reserve is, for example, a primary nesting area for the endangered great green macaw. It really is a special place to spend your last night before heading back to San Jose and your onward journey.
5 Reviews of Costa Rica holiday, off the beaten track
Reviewed on 20 Jan 2020 by William JohnsonIt was a good way to see Costa Rica, and experience a range of activities. I would definitely recommend it. Read full review
Reviewed on 30 Jan 2019 by Naomi HatchThe real highlight was making fresh chocolate with them from their Cocoa plantation. It was the nicest chocolate we had ever tasted and a truly unique experience! Read full review
Reviewed on 13 Feb 2018 by Ruth LambertThe most memorable was the early morning canoe trip from Evergreen Lodge with Ray Brown wildlife watching. Snorkelling off Caño island and seeing sea turtles. Read full review
Reviewed on 21 Sep 2018 by Vince PayneThe stunning countryside, wildlife and how incredibly clean of litter it is, great not seeing plastic rubbish everywhere... Read full review
Reviewed on 18 Apr 2017 by Jackie JonesThe most memorable part of the holiday was encountering unexpected wildlife up close! Read full review
PlanetWe aim to use accommodation that shares our values when it comes to the environment. During this trip you will stay in an eco-lodge in La Fortuna who are committed to protecting the flora and fauna of Costa Rica. They do this by recycling, educating the community on the practices and benefits of environmental protection and using energy saving methods and biodegradable products throughout the lodge.
We also like to use local guides on each of our trips who know the area and the natural surroundings. During our trip to Corcovado National Park you will explore the area with a guide who can tell you all about the wildlife, plants and trees here and how best to protect them.
Our local partner in Costa Rica has sustainability at the forefront of their ethos and they have demonstrated this by achieving the highest level of 5 leaves as part of the Certification for Sustainable Tourism Program. This program is based on the degree to which they comply with a sustainable model of natural, cultural and social resource management. This influences their choices when it comes to accommodation and excursions they offer.
PeopleWe are constantly looking for meaningful trips which give back to the communities and adds something really special to our customer's experience in Costa Rica. During this itinerary you will spend one night with the Bribri tribe in a local village near the Panama border. Here you will learn how to make chocolate, visit a traditional finca (farm) and learn which plants have medicinal benefits. You'll enjoy a home made meal from local natural products and get an insight into local life in this tribe. This brings tourism income into the community and gives our customers a truly authentic and memorable experience.
Throughout our trips we use local guides and drivers who can pass on their specialist expertise to our customers. By having a local guide specific to each area you gain an insight and experience. This also puts money into the local's pockets, especially if you eat at local restaurants which we actively encourage.