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Day 1, Dec 4

  • Arrive in San Jose, Costa Rica

  • Meet your fantastic Trip Leaders Paul & Amanda at the airport (SJO)

  • Travel to the hotel, enjoy dinner and relax for the evening

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Day 2, Dec 5

  • Drive to the Caribbean

  • Enjoy a traditional local lunch at the lodge

  • Walk down to the beach and enjoy the warm waters of the Caribbean Sea

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Day 3, Dec 6

  • Explore Gandoca-Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge with an expert local guide

  • Relax at the lodge for the afternoon

  • Dine at one of the best restaurants in Puerto Viejo and experience the vibrant night life of the Caribbean

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Day 4, Dec 7

  • Optional morning activities:

    • ​Kayak the Punta Uva River

    • Easy Yoga at a local studio

    • Dolphin watching boat ride

    • Bird watching tour​​

    • Relax on the beach

  • ​​​Visit the ARA Project

  • Epic Night Hike through Gandoca-Manzanillo Wildife Refuge

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Day 5, Dec 8

  • Hike Cahuita National Park with an expert local guide

  • Eat lunch and explore the town of Cahuita

  • Relax for the afternoon or explore the jungle around the lodge


Day 6, Dec 9

  • Depart the Caribbean and travel by dugout canoe to an indigenous BriBri community on the Costa Rica/Panama border

  • Explore the community and learn how to make chocolate by hand 

  • Spend the night in a traditional BriBri round house
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Day 7, Dec 10

  • Travel by dugout canoe back down the river to our vehicles

  • Drive to the Guayabo Lodge, enjoying an amazing lunch with a spectacular view along the way

  • Check into the lodge, have a gourmet dinner, and relax for the evening

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Day 8, Dec 11

  • A hot cup of local coffee and an early morning nature walk to a nearby waterfall before breakfast

  • Explore the Guayabo Monument, the oldest pre-columbian ruins in Costa Rica

  • Relax at the lodge or explore the private nature reserve next door for the afternoon


Day 9, Dec 12

  • Journey to the top of the Irazu Volcano, the tallest volcanic peak in Costa Rica (and is not currently erupting)

  • Travel to the Savegre Valley, where we will spend the last part of our trip

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Day 10, Dec 13

  • Bird Watching Tour in search of the Resplendent Quetzal (and many other amazing birds)

  • Lunch at Mirriam's, which has the best trout ever and a world famous bird feeder out back

  • Visit the Batsu Garden to an up close look at some incredible hummingbirds

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Day 11, Dec 14

  • Explore the Paramo, the highest peaks in Costa Rica, home to birds found nowhere else on earth and if the weather permits, a view of both the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea

  • A quick stop at a local hummingbird hot spot

  • Lunch at Mirriam's

  • Relax at the lodge or hike to a waterfall

Day 12, Dec 15

  • Return to San Jose for the flight home
Trip Itinerary
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