Explore Tortuguero with a fun boat safari and see the national park’s unique animal and bird life. Visit the Bribri people, one of Costa Rica’s living minority peoples, and learn about their lifestyle and how to live with the rainforest in everyday life. Finish in Puerto Viejo which offers a nice Caribbean atmosphere with beaches, rainforest and good food.
Day One: Departure from Sweden and arrival in San Jose
Departure from Sweden to Costa Rica featured by localbusinessexplorer, where you (depending on the chosen airline) arrive in the evening. You will be picked up at the airport and driven to your hotel in San Jose. The city offers a wide range of attractions such as colorful local markets, historical museums and green parks, which give the city’s population a pleasant place to breathe in the country’s capital. In the capital you will find the Plaza de la cultura which is full of small stalls, shops and street vendors who live on selling clothes, jewelry and blankets. In the city center, it is also often cheap to buy surfing equipment for the trip.
Day Two: San Jose – Tortuguero National Park
This morning you will be picked up at your hotel, from where you will continue with a joint transfer for about four to five hours before arriving at Tortuguero National Park on the Caribbean coast. On the way there you get to experience Costa Rica’s beautiful landscape and the country’s colorful plantations. After arriving at the eastern passage of the national park, you continue on the beautiful river systems and through the rainforest. During the boat trip, you will see crocodiles and alligators in the water and experience the jungle’s many animals and monkeys in the rainforest trees and along the river bank. You will arrive at your eco-lodge in the late afternoon. During the period July-October, you may be lucky enough to experience some of the 2,500 green turtles that go ashore annually to lay eggs on the national park’s dark sandy beaches. This experience is not included in the price and should be booked at the same time as the trip as restrictions apply to how many people are allowed to attend this special event. It is important to point out that the Tortuguero National Park is also a great experience in addition to the normal dry season and the turtles’ hatching season. The stay includes meals as well as some selected experiences in the national park. (F , L , M )
Day Three: Tortuguero National Park
Look forward to an eventful and magnificent day at Tortuguero National Park. The national park is one of Costa Rica’s most unique animal experiences. Here you will find lush nature, hundreds of different plant species and impressive rainforest trees along the rivers. The Tortuguero National Park is described in many tourist guides as a miniature version of the Amazon rainforest in South America, and for good reason. The day is free for you before the planned afternoon boat safari in the Tortuguero National Park begins. The morning can be spent exploring the many beautiful nature trails on your own, or you can book one of the lodge’s additional tours in the national park. During dinner, your eventful boat safari begins via the national park’s many rivers. Your local guide on board the boat is good at finding the animals, which are often well hidden along the river or in the trees as the boat passes by. It may pay to bring binoculars on this trip. You return to your lodge before the sun goes down, after which supper is served in the lodge’s restaurant. The rest of the evening you have on your own and it is often possible to hear the sounds of the jungle and animals from the lodge in the evenings. (F , L , M )
Day Four: Tortuguero National Park – Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
After breakfast you return through the rainforest and then with a joint transfer south to the picturesque village of Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, located on the southern part of Costa Rica’s Caribbean coast. The village, commonly known as Puerto Viejo, has a Jamaican atmosphere and swings to the beat of reggae music and calypso rhythms, which gives the village a pleasant atmosphere. After check-in, you can enjoy the hotel’s surroundings or explore the village. The rest of the day is freely available. ( F )
Day Five: Puerto Viejo de Talamanca – Bumbu – Yorkin
This morning you will be picked up at your hotel after breakfast. Then you drive about 450 km to the small village of Bambú which is located on the Rio Telires river. In Bambú, one or more members of the Bribri people are waiting to transport you to the village of Yorkin. The motorized canoe for you up the river to Yorkin, one of the area’s isolated Bribri villages, in about an hour. During the trip you can study the river, which is surrounded by a lush and untouched tropical forest. This part of the tour can only be done by boat as there are no roads in this part of Costa Rica. You arrive at the village in the morning and the rest of the day is reserved for getting to know the culture and the inhabitants of the village. ( F , L , M )
Day Sex: Bribri City in Yorkin
Today an exciting day awaits in the village among the Bribri residents. You spend this day learning about the medicinal plants of the rainforest, studying the village’s agriculture and gaining an understanding of how traditional chocolate production takes place in the village. During the day you will also have the opportunity to explore the area on foot. You spend the evening participating in traditional dance and singing that can touch the legends and traditions of the population group. This day awaits a different and local experience with one of Costa Rica’s minority groups in one of the country’s untouched areas. ( F , L , M )
Day Seven: Yorkin – Bamboo – Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
This morning ends your stay in the village of Bribri, and the tour returns to the Caribbean coast and the pleasant Afro-Caribbean city of Puerto Viejo de Talamanca. This morning you will return to the Río Telires, where you will be picked up and driven to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca. ( F )
Day Eight-10: On your own in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
The days in Puerto Viejo are freely available to you, and you can spend time enjoying the Caribbean beaches, which have slightly darker sand than other places in the Caribbean. For example, you can rent a bicycle or go on an excursion to Manzanillo’s animal sanctuary. There are also several hikes to the picturesque Monkey Point. In addition, you can also visit several different waterfalls in the area and take a ride along the water. The city is also known for its restaurants with tasty dishes from the Afro-Caribbean cuisine. ( F )
Day 11: Puerto Viejo de Talamanca – San Jose
It’s time to say goodbye to this exotic paradise after a wonderful and not least eventful holiday in eastern Costa Rica. After breakfast, return to San Jose, a journey of about four hours. ( F )
Day 12: San Jose Airport
Today you will be picked up at your hotel and driven to the airport. ( F )
Day 13: Arrival in Sweden
The time of your arrival in Sweden varies depending on which airline you have chosen to fly with.
Two nights hotel in San Jose
Two nights at an eco-lodge in the Tortuguero National Park
Two nights in a tent under a windbreak or in simple huts near the Bribri Indian Territory.
Five nights in a hotel at Puerto Viejo de Talamanca The nights are in simple budget hotels, lodges and two nights in tents.