Spirit of Costa Rica II - Nature and Culture Adventure Trip

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Alfredo

Guided trip
What's special?
special Learn about Costa Rican Culture
special Sustainability and ecotourism
special Visit impessive Natural sites
Why visit Costa Rica? Costa Rica is a fantastic destination for nature and culture enthusiasts. The country is one of the oldest democracies in Latin America and a world class nature destination. Costa Rica boasts the largest national park system in Latin America, with 25% of its land dedicated to protective parks and reserves. Join us to discover traditional Costa Rican meals, delve into the country's rich history, and explore the breathtaking landscapes of the Central Valley. This unique trip offers insights into Costa Rican society, traditional cuisine, coffee history, and an unparalleled trip experience! Explore the vibrant city of San Jose with visits to the museums showcasing pre-Columbian gold and jade artifacts, the iconic National Theater, and the bustling Central Market for souvenirs and a traditional "Casado" lunch. Our home base in central San Jose provides easy access to the lively Bario Escalante, a gastronomic and entertainment hub featuring diverse global cuisines and lively bar activities. Venture beyond the city to the active Irazú Volcano, where we'll visit Hacienda Retes, an eco-farm with a farmhouse dating back to 1878, offering trekking opportunities. Discover the art of coffee at the Britt coffee factory and plantation before heading to the Gulf of Nicoya for a day trip to Isla San Lucas, a historic penal colony turned wildlife reserve. Our adventure concludes with a visit to La Paz Waterfall Gardens and Nature Park, a must-visit destination renowned for its five waterfalls and extensive flora and fauna. Join us for a diverse and enriching journey through the cultural and natural wonders of Costa Rica.

I am Alfredo, a middle-aged world traveler, adventurer, historian, college professor, and businessman for many years. I love to share my knowledge and experience with other people, young and not-so-young! 😎🌎🏕

Our accommodation will be centric apartments/B & B´s in San Jose, close to all attractive areas in the city. From there we can move to the main dining and trending areas of the city, we have an excellent location for shopping and buying topical Costarrican souvenirs. Our location will also permit us to start in an easy way our daily movements outside the city to our scheduled visiting places. Any questions about the trip? You can let me know in the Q&A section!

What's included?
Accommodations in San Jose(shared rooms)
Transportation (Land only)
Lunch & Tour at Hacienda Retes
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Trip Itinerary
1

San José

Day 1-3
Transportation on your own from Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO) to our accommodations in San Jose; rest a bit and then proceed to our magnificent city tour. Activities: Explore San Jose´s historic and downtown area, visit the Central Market and have a typical Costa Rican lunch called “Casado”, visit the national Theater, a replica of Paris Opera House, built in 1895. Visit the “the Pre-Columbian Gold Museum” with the countries historical native gold artifacts are on display. Also, Barrio Escalante, one of the city´s most trendy neighborhood.
2

Laguna del Irazú

Day 3-4
Day Irazú Volcano, an active volcano East of San Jose and later that morning to have lunch at “Hacienda Retes” a historical Farmhouse built in 1895 and still in use. Walk through the natural paths of the farm for observation of rare birds and a tour of the farm that has milk cows and sheep.
3

Santa Bárbara de Heredia

Day 4-5
We will visit “Britt Coffee farm and plantation” in Santa Lucia de Barba de Heredia, for a Visit to a coffee nursery and tour a sustainable coffee farm. Try out the best coffee in the world and learn about the important role of coffee in Costa Rica's history and culture.
4

San Lucas Island

Day 5
San Lucas Island National Park is an island located off the Pacific shore of Costa Rica in the Gulf of Nicoya. It is part of the Puntarenas district of Puntarenas Canton of the province of Puntarenas. San Lucas is known for its old prison, which operated between 1873 and 1991. After its closure, a wildlife refuge was established, which was later declared a national park. The former prison facilities are today a historic center. In the evening on the return trip to San Jose, we will have dinner at the famous seafood restaurant “La Leda.”
5

La Paz Waterfall Gardens Nature Park

Day 5-6
La Paz is a waterfall in central Costa Rica. In Spanish, it is known as Catarata de La Paz. It is 31 kilometers north of the city Alajuela. La Paz Waterfall Gardens Nature Park is the Most Popular Nature Tour in the San Jose Area featuring Five Famous Waterfalls and The Largest Animal Sanctuary in Costa Rica. It is by far the best place to see wildlife in Costa Rica.
6

San José

Day 6-7
We will spend the day in San Jose awaiting our flights, with a little time for shopping. All good things must come to an end: departure day via Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO) by taxi or Uber.
Trip Summary
Accommodation
Apartments & Bed & Breakfast & Hotel
7 days trip
San José, Laguna del Irazú & 4 more
Transportation
Car
What's excluded?
Alcohol beverages not included
Medical Insurance
Entrance and lunch at la Paz Waterfalls
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