Costa Rica- Individual
This is our classic, authentic, custom tour through Costa Rica.
We recommend our “Individual Tour” to all those nature loving visitors, that want to connect in this way to the real highlights, white stains, authentic secret tips, with a well designed itinerary and comfort, adventure and culinary delights.
Our unique concept of individual tours has proven itself for over 20 years in Latin America.
We create together with the collaboration of our customers a customized program. As structure we have our long-established tour. We also offer many other combination, we are here to help with constructive suggestions and experience.
1st Day: Arrival, Santa Ana, Central Valley (-, -, D)
Arrival at the Juan Santamaria International Airport in Alajuela, and drive to our nearby hotel in Santa Ana.
Since the arrival is usually in the early morning, you can have a beautiful day at the spa of the posada, or time left on your own to explore Santa Ana or San Jose.
With a tasteful dinner we give to you some instructions and information about the travel documents, explain peculiarities of the tour, and answer any doubt or question.
2nd Day: the nebulous Poás Volcano: (B, L, -)
The active volcano “Poás”, located in the “Parque Nacional Volcán Poás”, is, with over 330,000 visitor per year, one of the main attractions of the country.
The National Park is located approximately 1.5 hours north of the Posada. The last big eruption of the volcano was in 1953. The result was a 300 meter deep crater, which has the enormous diameter of 1.3 kilometers. There are also two secondary craters, and one of it with a blue lagoon. In 1989 and 1995 there were further small eruptions.
The attraction, the 2,704 meter high from the volcano Poás, allows, with a good weather, an amazing view into its bubbling inside. There is no guarantee, of course, but despite the fog, there is a chance to take a look at the sulfur-colored water in the huge crater with fumaroles.
The laborious ascent is eliminated, because a well-built footpath leads from the visitor center to the crater. It will be exciting when the Poas Volcano spews sulphurous mud and steaming water into the air.
From the main crater, there is a one-hour trail through the adjacent crippled woods. This bizarre forest is caused by the acidic air and coldness. You can reach the adjacent crater with the Laguna Botos, and with a little luck, you'll have a good look inside. Along this path, you'll have to keep your eyes wide open, because at this altitude, very rare birds may be observed. Other attractions of the day: Visit the coffee plantation Doka, as well as the nature park "Cataratas de la Paz".
3rd Day: adrenaline rafting on the Rio Pacuare (B, L, D)
What could be more exciting? With an inflatable boat, driving on lazy river through the evergreen rain forest along the Rio Pacuare. Monkeys screaming in the woods, dozens of different species of birds can be observed at close range. Suddenly appears the first rapids. Fortunately, there is before the tour a comprehensive introduction and safety briefing. And fortunately, the security standard on our tours is extremely high. There is even a rescue kayak in the wake, who takes watches out, and takes care of any Rafter. The Rio Pacuare is one of the 10 best rafting rivers in the world. It has rapids of Class 1 - 4, is therefore a bit challenging. Children under 12 will not be taken, however, as an alternative, we can reach the camp by land.
The night takes place in a super-luxury jungle camp, the food is gourmet class, there are many optional tour packages for the afternoon.
4th Day: even more adrenaline-Pacuare Lodge to Santa Ana (B, L, D)
Well, who sweated in the past day? Today it gets really started. Only in the lower course of the Rio Pacuare you can find class 4 rapids, luckily you'll have one day prior experience already gained. After the healthy, natural breakfast we continue into the boats, it is now an active rafting required to maneuver the boat.
Lunch takes place in an idyllic setting in a rapid, early in the afternoon you reach the small town Siquirres. There, we are already waiting for the bus transfer to Santa Ana.
5th Day, a different kind of volcano, the Barva Volcano (B, L, -)
Once again, a quiet night in our posada in Santa Ana. You'll have the opportunity to wash your clothes.
The long extinct volcano Barva, although is located in the vicinity of San Jose, is strangely not a tourist destination. So it will be a really quite place to visit. A sinister place when contrasted to the visit from the Poás Volcano at the beginning of the trip.
The volcano is part of the National Park Braulio Carrillo, the largest and most important National Park of the central valley.
Access is through small villages, coffee plantations and flower fields. The ride is not far, but varied by beautiful landscapes. For the next kilometers we must (depending on the weather) switch on the four-wheel drive.
From the entrance of the National Park is an interesting but fairly exhausting walk through the cloud forest. You will feel like in JRR Tolkien, and will no longer have the camera out of your hands. Fog is normal and adds to the eerie atmosphere in the cloud forest. Lunch is a picnic in the cloud forest, a culinary adventure. Fog is normal, and contributes to the eerie atmosphere in the cloud forest. Lunch is a picnic in the cloud forest, a culinary adventure.
It is possible to look at the 2906 m high crater from 2 positions. Another path leads to a secondary crater of Laguna Copey. An exciting day in the tropical cloud forest, lonely and quiet with an impressive flora and fauna.
6 - 8th Day: Tortuguero National Park (B, L, D)
The flora and fauna from the National Park are unique in this world. Our guides have the knowledge and the experience to match people's requests.
It begins early in the morning, we drive through any kind of nature on our way to “Caño Blanco” by bus. Then we continue by boat. Depending on how many wild animals can be seen on the road, it takes a long time until we get to the lodge.
Once there, and after a welcome drink, there is a powerful lunch before the first tour starts. Frogs, butterflies and gardens are on the program. After dinner, you'll have the option to do an optional night tour.
Early in the morning, before the rich breakfast, you will enjoy a guided early tour by boat, through the Tortuguero National Park, where you can see and meet a variety of animals and plants. Particularly the bird life is very active at this time, and you get to see quite few, of more than 300 species of the National Park.
Kayak tour: after having already won a detailed knowledge of the flora and fauna, then comes a kayak tour, to look up close at things again in peace. Here you will be with a small group going upstream, so you can easily return within three hours to the lodge.
This is only in the spawning season, from July to October, and it provides an unforgettable experience. If you go at night to the beach, you may watch one of the giant tortoises, as it lays its eggs, and digs a nest. The whole thing is strictly monitored by volunteers, so that the turtles are not disturbed during their work. Photographing and white lights are strictly prohibited, dark clothing is recommended.
The lunch in the eighth day, shall be taken outside the national park, on the Rio Dante. From there, private transfer to Bananito on the Caribbean coast.
8.-10. Day: in the rain forest Bananito Reserve (B, L, D)
The journey continues for a few days in the jungle. The starting point is the famous Selva Bananito Lodge. The Lodge is more than just a place to stay in the rainforest, it is also a great accommodation.
In addition, there is a big project behind it, where the environment and nature conservation have top priority. This is the starting point for exciting trips and adventures in the dense rainforest.
Horses are available for jungle tours. There are horses for any class. Even the absolute beginners who has never sat on a horse, doesn't have to worry. Professional guides and tour guides will be taking care of you. A ride at a gallop across the barren steppe is included on the program. A visit to a waterfall in the rainforest can be performed on horseback or by foot.
You may spend one day by trekking, away from the lodge, where you can almost reach the national park "La Amistad", a common National Park of Panama and Costa Rica. Waterfalls, wildlife, environmental protection programs, and active participation in protecting the environment are on the program.
There are also adrenalin offers. Many tours and activities are included in the tour price.
By canopy, wires floating through the tops of giant trees. By rappel, throw yourself down from a giant tree, or climb the highest trees of the tropical rainforest.
Anyone who enjoys watching birds, doesn't have to go too far. Even from your balcony of the room, you are able to see and hear a lot of them. The professional guides of the lodge are true ornithologists, and will show you surprisingly many different species.
On the 10th Day (B, L, -), we will be going further to the nearby beach town of Cahuita. Cahuita is famous for its Caribbean flair, the reggae music and the nearby white sandy beaches. After many days of adventure, we'll have a little nightlife at the rainforest, music and freshly prepared cocktails.
Overnight at Posada Suizo Loco Lodge. Comfortable rooms in a tropical garden, great food, pool, Wi-Fi and nice people.
11.+ 12. Day, Cahuita Nationalpark (B, -, -)
It is located in the comfortable Posada Suizo Loco Lodge, and will not want to stay out from the pool. But near the maritime Cahuita National Park there is a colorful, easily accessible underwater world.
You can book through the Posada a convenient half-day tour with snorkeling and hiking, but you can also do it on your own, make your way by foot to the nearby National Park.
Gorgeous white sandy beaches invite you to a bath, the coral reefs are accessible by swimming. Anyone who brings something to eat, must take care of his belongings. The monkeys from the National Park do not take the laws in serious.
On 12 Day, the transfer of the rental car is programmed so that you can take a trip to go south in the afternoon, and cross the border of Panama to Sixaola.
Overnight at Posada Suizo Loco Lodge.
13th Day: start the drive by yourself ..... North to the border with Nicaragua
After watching the birds in the morning, it starts with a Jeep ride to the north. From today on, it goes on your own. We have prepared all of the routes, interesting places on or near the path of the pre-programmed GPS. The time is enough, even for your own inquiries. All following days are for you to relax any stress, the current is at 3.5 - 4.5 hours driving time, and the most strenuous drive of the whole tour. We also provide accurate material and descriptions of the most interesting destinations available right or left of the road.
The final destination is the Laguna de Lagarto Lodge, on the Rio San Carlos.
The lodge is situated on the edge of a 500-acre tropical rain forest, far away from any civilization. In the afternoon, we explored the jungle with one of the guides from the lodge, then you can explore on your own at any time the rainforest. Over 10 km of marked forest trails are available.
A fantastically beautiful experience is the canoe trip, you can also start it on your own. This brings you to one of the two lagoons directly to the jungle, passing rotting tree trunks, occupied by orchids and bromeliads.
In the dark, you can take a walk aside from the lagoon, and as you can, they are also inhabited by large Caimans.
Overnight in the Laguna de Lagarto Lodge
14. Day: Rio San Carlos- Boca Tapada (-, -, -)
Early in the morning we go to the river, the starting point for a boat trip through the Rio San Carlos. The Rio San Carlos, has its origin at the Arenal Volcano, even in dry season it has a considerable flow: It opens at the border town of Boca de San Carlos, in the border to Nicaragua, the San Juan River.
After the hours that the tour lasts, you will have many opportunities to observe animals in their natural environment. Caimans sunbathing on sandbanks, the shy turtles around you. In the riverine trees, can be discovered, with a little luck, sloths, and monkeys families. For swimming, the water is not suitable, as many times before, sharks were sighted swimming from the Caribbean up the Rio San Juan.
After a brief, and illegal border crossing, and a stay at the border post (on the side of Costa Rica), with the possibility for a refreshment, we go back to the Rio San Carlos.
Overnight in the Laguna de Lagarto Lodge
15. Day: Boca Tapada- Arenal Volcano (B, -, -)
On this day, there is the very special destination: the Arenal Volcano. The Arenal is considered the most active volcano in Central America, and is also the youngest of Costa Rica. You can get lucky to see lava flowing into the valley, and with luck even see flying rocks glowing in the sky. The Arenal is known as a layer or stratum volcano. Its perfect cone is usually surrounded by light smoke, and in good weather from afar.
Its last major eruption of the 1670 meters high volcano Arenall, was in 1968. It destroyed the villages of Pueblo Nuevo and Tabacon, the remains can still be seen today. The volcano has not shown any activity from around 400 years. The volcano grows by a few meters per year, as the lava collects around the crater.
The journey is from east to "La Fortuna", via Pital and "el Muelle de San Carlos", where you cross the famous river of iguanas. You should stop right here. Then continue always to the east, through the plateau, the distant Arenal already in sight. In "La Fortuna de San Carlos", it is time to meet the beautiful place, to take a wider view of the Arenal Volcano, and to try some fruit at the Central Plaza. After lunch, it continues to the waterfalls of Fortuna. A beautiful walk through the woods leads to a unique viewpoint, fifteen minutes further up the valley you reach the 70-meter waterfall.
In the afternoon you can explore the national park "Volcan Arenal", where you takes an exciting walk on the volcano slope. The trail goes through the lava flows to a large, lava-free field, down to the regular incandescent rumble rocks.
When visibility is good, you can admire it, with fog you only enjoy the acoustic adventure.
The night will take place in Castillos, from where you have a direct view of the active, south-west flank of the volcano. And, for your happiness, is located through a gentle valley, far enough separated from the volcano in order to sleep in peace.
Overnight in the elegant Hotel Linda Vista del Norte
16. Day: Fortuna- Tenorio Volcano and aguas celestes (B, -, -)
A beautiful ride along the Arenal Reservoir, partly over bumpy roads, you will reach the National Park "Tenorio Volcano". This already long extinct volcano is surrounded by dense vegetation. A globally unique phenomenon is the "Rio Celeste" - the sky-blue river.
From the cause to get to the bottom, a little tedious jungle hike is necessary. We pass by the blue waters of the Celeste River Falls, and take a natural "bath". Hot springs that flow into the river, invite you to a relaxing bath.
After another little walk on a bumpy path and we get to the end of the track. At the confluence of two small mountain streams, the water mixes, and turns sky blue.
This is a chemical reaction of four different minerals of volcanic origin, such as sulfur, and calcium. The theory of the resident in the mountains Maleku Indians is much more satisfying: After God painted the sky, he rinsed the brush in the Rio Celeste.
Overnight in the elegant Hotel Linda Vista del Norte
17. Day: Fortuna
Around Fortuna de San Carlos is so much to do: Extreme Canopy, suspension bridges, quads, hiking in the national park, hot springs and much more. Or just in the hot tub of the hotel waiting, with the volcano and a frozen margarita in sight.
Overnight in the elegant Hotel Linda Vista del Norte
18. Day: Fortuna- Rincon de la vieja: Costa Rican tropical cuisine (B, L, D)
Through dirty roads, we go to the next lodge. Wild nature, waterfalls, and the direct proximity to the volcano Miravalles, and Rincon de la Vieja, make this accommodation a real experience. With a little cooking course, the secrets of Costa Rican cuisine are revealed. The freshly prepared dishes reflecting watery mouths.
Overnight in Finca la Anita
19. Day: Rincón de la Vieja - The bubbling witches' brew (-, -, -)
Now is time to explore the volcano Rincon de la Vieja, and its national park. The volcano is not only very attractive and really big, after all, it has 9 craters, and is temporarily active. Smoking chimneys, and steaming mini-craters remembers that Costa Rica is located in a geologically active region.
Overnight at Finca la Anita
20. Day: Rincón de la vieja- Playa Samara (B, -, D)
Again a day of contrasts. After breakfast, we go out of the cold and rainy mountains, down to the blue, warm sandy beach.
Samara Beach is one of the most appropriate beaches in Costa Rica. The kilometer-long white sand beach bay is ideal for swimming, surfing (suitable for beginners), sunbathing, beach walking, and horse riding.
The hotel is located in the resort, absolutely close to the beach. It is possible in it to relax at the pool, enjoy a massage or relax on the beach.
Overnight at Hotel Belvedere
21. + 22. Day: Samara - great food, bathing and relaxing (B, -, -)
Samara has a lot to offer: horseback riding, tours to nearby nature reserves, sailing trips, waterfalls, surf lessons. You could stay forever in this paradise.
Of course it is possible to reserve for additional days.
Overnight at Hotel Belvedere
23rd Day: Samara - Sta Ana (B, -, -)
Return to Santa Ana, handover of the rental car, and a delicious dinner in the Posada. The departure draws near.
24th Day: Santa Ana Airport - Home (B, -, -)
After breakfast we go to the nearby airport.
Hasta luego Costa Rica. And we certainly hope to see you again soon.