Chamäleon - Costa Rica Pura Vida 15 Tage Adventure-Trip

  • Chamäleon
  • Veranstalter: Chamäleon
  • Angebotsnummer: 259596
  • Reisedauer: 15 Tage
  • Reise Land: Costa Rica
  • Kundenbewertung:
    (3.87 von 5)
  • Termine: 124 Termine im Zeitraum vom
    14.10.2023 - 30.11.2024
  • ab € 1.679
  • zur Buchungsanfrage
Es gab Zeiten, da kamen höchstens Schildkröten an die Karibikstrände Costa Ricas. Da brüllten die Affen unter sich. Füllten Aras und Göttervögel die Baumkronen des Urwaldes. Und die vulkanischen Lagunen verblubberten ihr segensreiches Thermalwasser ganz umsonst. Heute ist es noch genauso. Mit einem Unterschied: Heute bist auch du da. 

1. San Jose
Hola! Welcome to Costa Rica. With over a third of the countrys population living within its parameters, San Jose is packed with both people and culture. Begin with a welcome meeting at 6 pm at your hotel; a good chance for you to meet your group leader and fellow travellers. If you arrive earlier in the day, why not visit the National Museum? This canary-yellow building houses everything from exhibits on pre-Colombian history to a garden filled with native butterflies, giving you an overview of the country before your adventure begins. Early bird history buffs might be interested in the Pre-Columbian Gold Museum or the Jade Museum, both of which display a wealth of indigenous artefacts.
There are no meals included on this day.

You will stay at a hotel.

Special Information Its very important that you attend the welcome meeting as we will be collecting insurance details and next of kin information at this time. If you are going to be late please let your travel agent or hotel reception know. Ask reception or look for a note in the lobby for more information on where the meeting will take place. If you cant arrange a flight that will arrive in time, you may wish to arrive a day early so youre able to attend. Well be happy to book additional accommodation for you (subject to availability).
San Jose - Pre-Colombian Gold Museum (entrance fee) - USD16 San Jose - Jade Archaeological Museum (Entrance fee) - USD16 San Jose - National Museum (entrance fee) - USD11

2. Tortuguero National Park
Leave the hotel this morning and descend to the Caribbean lowlands on a 4-hour scenic (and a bit bumpy) public bus journey that ends at the port of La Pavona. This rustic port is your entry point to Tortuguero National Park. Hop aboard a small boat and journey for around 1.5 hours into the depths of the Costa Rican wilderness. Arrive in the middle of this biodiverse area, where freshwater lagoons rest under the canopy of rainforest bordering the ocean which many animals call home, including jaguars and turtles.
Meals Included Breakfast

You will stay at a lodge.

Tortuguero - Boat ride to Tortuguero National Park

3. Tortuguero National Park
Today youre free to explore the park at your own pace. If youre woken by the chattering of the forests some 300 bird species, why not haul yourself out of bed for a sunrise canoe trip? Its a magical way to see the maze-like canals of the park, and you can look out for otters and manatees in the morning light. Tortuguero National Park, established in 1970, is now home to 13 of Costa Ricas 16 endangered mammals. Among them are manatees, ocelots and jaguars, as well as over 300 bird species. First and foremost, however, it is the nesting ground of the green turtle, which comes ashore between July and October to lay its eggs on the sandy beaches. Lesser numbers of the critically endangered hawksbill turtle, plus loggerheads, and giant leatherback turtles also nest within the park at different times of the year. During the day, you might want to return to the parks walking trails or simply relax in your lodge. Many species are particularly active at night, so if you wish, you can head out in the evening on a turtle watching tour, with part of the cost supporting a program aimed to patrol the beach for poachers. Be ready for all seasons - waterproof clothing and shoes are recommended.
There are no meals included on this day.

You will stay at the same property as the night before.

Special Information Turtle Nesting Season typically happens between July and October each year. The optional activity will be subject to this natural event.
Tortuguero - National Park (Entrance Fee) Tortuguero - Sunrise canoe trip around canals - USD45 Tortuguero - Turtle Watching Night Tour - USD45

4. Santa Rosa de Pocosol Homestay
Bid farewell to the evergreen rainforest this morning and make the 4-hour journey to Santa Rosa de Pocosol by private vehicle. Enjoy an informal Spanish lesson during the drive. Tonight is a memorable homestay experience, but as the family youll be staying with doesnt speak much English, it might useful to brush up on some Spanish phrases on the drive. The community is centred around agriculture, and on arrival you will head to your homestay for a small cooking lesson. Youll prepare a couple of dishes, making up part of your dinner! Alternatively in the afternoon, you might want to take a soap-making workshop or a guided hike to a nearby waterfall. This evening, you will be staying in guest rooms attached to family homes.
Meals Included Dinner

You will stay at a homestay.

Santa Rosa de Pocosol - Home-cooked Meal Santa Rosa de Pocosol - Homestay experience Leader-led Informal Spanish Lesson Santa Rosa de Pocosol - Soap-making workshop - USD19 Santa Rosa de Pocosol - Waterfall hike - USD10

5. Tenorio Volcano National Park - Rio Celeste
After breakfast, a truly magical river awaits. Drive for 2 hours to Tenorio Volcano National Park, where youll visit the Rio Celeste: a river fed by two different water sources, and when they collide, the water takes on a distinctive light blue colour. On the way, stop off to visit an indigenous Maleku community, where youll meet the locals and share a traditional Maleku meal with them. Hear stories of their history, culture and the challenges the community face in modern Costa Rica. With only 650 people left, the Maleku Indian tribe is the smallest in Costa Rica. The community and the country share a common goal in reforestation, both working to regenerate forests and plant fruit trees which encourage animals back to their natural habitats. On arrival to the Tenorio Volcano National Park take a leader-led hike around Rio Celeste, and spend the afternoon exploring the sky-blue falls and streams - it must be seen to be believed! The surrounding forest is full of wildlife, so keep your eyes peeled for tapirs, monkeys, anteaters and more hiding in the jungle canopy.
Meals Included Breakfast, Lunch

You will stay at a hotel.

Guatuso - Maleku Community Experience

6. Rio Celeste
Today is as clear as the Costa Rica air, and with plenty of optional activities available, how about a guided tubing excursion at Rio Celeste? The light-blue waters of the river are generally off-limits to travellers, however youll have the opportunity to float along the water in an inflatable donut and spend the day lazing along the river. If youre a thrill-seeker, theres the option to embark on a 7-hour guided rafting tour at nearby Rio Tenorio. Youll tackle 20 rapids and theres plenty of natural beauty to admire along the banks during the lulls. Those who prefer a nature tour with less adrenaline might like to take a 3-hour safari cruise along the Rio Tenorio, with a guide who will help you spot howler monkeys, crocodiles, river otters and an abundance of tropical birds.
Meals Included Breakfast

You will stay at the same property as the night before.

Rio Celeste - White Water River Tubing Adventure - USD55 Rio Celeste - National Park Guided Trail Walk - USD70

7. La Fortuna
Beneath the watchful eye of the immense Arenal Volcano lies La Fortuna, a sleepy town with an abundance of hot springs and natural pools to enjoy. Departing at 8 am, youll arrive by private vehicle after a 2-hour drive and have the rest of the day to do as you please. Perhaps grab some fresh fruit in town, hop in a taxi to the entrance and then hike to La Fortuna waterfall for a swim beneath the cascading waters that spill out of the towering jungle. In the evening, why not grab a classic local dinner with your travel buddies? Chifrijo (fried pork, salsa, beans and tortilla chips) is a great dish to try.
Meals Included Breakfast

You will stay at a hotel.

8. La Fortuna
Enjoy a free day to explore La Fortuna as you wish. The region offers a range of sights such as stunning lush forest, rare plants, animal watching and water-based sports on the lake. The volcanos inner workings also mean that the area has plenty of thermal springs where hot, lava-heated water gushes to the surface. These springs, often surrounded by foliage, make the ideal place to relax. Active types could try stand-up paddleboarding on Lake Arenal with the incredible backdrop of the volcano and rolling green hills. Animal lovers will have a good chance of spotting sloths, monkeys, crocodiles and basilisk lizards skipping across the water on a boat tour of Cano Negro Reserve. Have a chat with your leader about the options available.
There are no meals included on this day.

You will stay at the same property as the night before.

La Fortuna - Arenal 1968 Volcano View and Lava Trails (Entrance fee) - USD19 La Fortuna - Ecotermales Hot Springs (entrance fee) - USD44 La Fortuna - La Fortuna Waterfall (Entrance only) - USD18

9. Lake Arenal -  Monteverde
A morning of travel by bus and boat leads to incredible Monteverde. Depart at 8 am and arrive at a port on Lake Arenal in the afternoon. Cross the lake by boat (45 minutes) and then hop on a bus again to continue on to Monteverde (2 hours). There are options in town for lunch on arrival. Settled by North American Quakers in 1951, the area was initially used as an environmentally conscious agricultural community and is now a biological preserve. The forest has near-constant cloud cover, providing consistent rainfall, which also gives the area an enchanted feel. Spend the afternoon in the cloud forest on a leader-led nature walk, looking out for hummingbirds, quetzals and even lazy sloths among the mist later in the day. You may even choose to return after dusk to seek the animals and insects that are largely hidden in the day.
There are no meals included on this day.

You will stay at a hotel.

Monteverde - Cloud Forest leader-led Nature Hike Monteverde - Night walk through Cloud Forest - USD35

10. Monteverde
Make the most of your time in lush Monteverde and organise a local guide to take you on a nature walk. There also several local communities that operate cooperatives worth visiting. You may wish to get a different perspective on the forest by walking through the canopy on suspension bridges, or perhaps watch butterflies at play in the Butterfly Garden. More than 2000 species of plants, 320 bird species and 100 different types of mammals call Monteverde home, and no matter what you choose to do, be sure to keep an eye out for the resplendent quetzal, one of the most elusive birds in the world.
There are no meals included on this day.

You will stay at the same property as the night before.

Monteverde - Butterfly Garden and Insects Farm (entrance fee) - USD18 Monteverde - Coffee & Chocolate tour - USD40 Monteverde - Suspension bridges tour - USD50 Monteverde - Canopy Zip Lining (Entrance, Equipment & Transport) - USD50

11. Manuel Antonio
Wedged between the beautiful Pacific coast and the national park, Manuel Antonio is a laidback town. After a 4-hour journey in a private vehicle you will make a stop in Quepos; a chill town with a vibrant nightlife. This afternoon, youll get the chance to meet three generations of Costa Ricans and tuck into a traditional cooking class and lunch with them in their home. Prior to the pandemic, the family ran one of the most popular restaurants in Quepos for almost 20 years. Now, youre lucky to learn the secret flavours and spices of their traditional dishes and get to know the whole family. After lunch arrive at your accommodation and enjoy some downtime. Perhaps head to Espadilla Beach to watch the sunset over the Pacific Ocean.
Meals Included Lunch

You will stay at a hotel.

Manuel Antonio - Cooking Class & Lunch

12. Manuel Antonio
Today, feel the soft crunch of foliage underfoot while you hike the trails of the national park on a leader-led Nature hike. Keep one eye on the scenic views and the other looking out for the abundant wildlife. Monkeys, armadillos, sloths and hundreds of birds are among the species you may be able to spot. Later, spend some time on the beaches surrounding the national park, and perhaps hire a surfboard to catch some waves at Playa El Ray. If you want to spot wildlife and keep active at the same time, consider paddling through the mangrove forest on a guided kayak tour. Its not unusual for curious monkeys to climb right onto the boat to say hello, and youll likely see snakes, crocodiles and plenty of birdlife too. Just remember your insect repellent! In the evening, perhaps take a sunset sail off the coast, watching the blue sky turn orange is a spectacular sight. Youre in Costa Rica, the ‘rich coast, so soak up the shores as much as possible.
There are no meals included on this day.

You will stay at the same property as the night before.

Special Information Depending on your tour departure day, the national park could be closed to visitors today (Mondays).
Manuel Antonio National Park - (Entrance fee) Manuel Antonio National Park - Leader-led Nature Walk Manuel Antonio - Cruise - USD95 Manuel Antonio - Mangrove Kayak Activity (with lunch) - USD70

13. Manuel Antonio
Today is free for you to do as you please. If you wish, you could return to Manuel Antonio National Park and continue your search for the solemn, white faces of the capuchin monkeys who live in the trees. Alternatively, why not kick-off your shoes and feel the sands of Manuel Antonio Beach between your toes? Its easy to spend a whole day on this calm coastline. The towering green trees provide that line the coast provide solace from the sun, and a great place to sit by with a book (and maybe a guaro sour).
There are no meals included on this day.

You will stay at the same property as the night before.

Manuel Antonio National Park (Entrance fee) - USD16

14. San Jose
Bid farewell to the coast and return to San Jose via public bus. In the evening, you could head for dinner with your fellow travellers and group leader.
There are no meals included on this day.

You will stay at a hotel.

15. San Jose
With no activities planned for the day, you are free to depart at any time.
Meals Included Breakfast

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