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Discover Costa Rica Tour

Discover Costa Rica

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DISCOVER (AGE 18 +)

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San Jose, Pacific Coast, La Fortuna
12 days
The tour will start on Monday
The tour will end in San Jose on the Friday 12 days after your start date
Animal Rescue Centre and Turtle Project
Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO)
Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO)
Maximum 16 persons
Minimum age : 18
Going Solo? : Over 70% of those on our tours start off as solo travellers
COVID-19 PROTECTION GUARANTEE : If by the end of 2023, you have not been able to travel due COVID-19, we will refund any payments made. You also have the flexibility to change your dates as many times as you need, free of charge
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Itinerary

DAY 1 (MON): Arrival - San Jose

It’s finally here - the commencement of your epic journey starts today. When you arrive, one of our hearty and forever-smiling guides will be waiting to greet you with a hug, smile and Bamboo hi-5!

You’ll then be whisked off to the accommodation to get rested and refreshed. There will be an informal meet & greet for those of you feeling energised enough tonight. Let the adventure begin!

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DAY 1 (MON): Arrival - San Jose

It’s finally here - the commencement of your epic journey starts today. When you arrive, one of our hearty and forever-smiling guides will be waiting to greet you with a hug, smile and Bamboo hi-5!

You’ll then be whisked off to the accommodation to get rested and refreshed. There will be an informal meet & greet for those of you feeling energised enough tonight. Let the adventure begin!

DAY 2 (TUE): San Jose

To kick off our first action-packed day, we will gather you all for an in-depth orientation. We'll explain some do's and don'ts, the culture and customs as well as offer some tips to help you get the most out of this trip.

It's then off to the stunning Irazu Volcano National Park to explore the area before heading on to the Old Capital of Cartago and the Basilica.

On the way back to our accommodation, we'll have a short tour of downtown San Jose and the buzzing Central Market.

Meals included: Breakfast & Dinner

DAY 3 (WED): San Jose

Today it's off to the animal rescue centre, located about an hour and a half away from San Jose city. We'll have a brief look around and learn about the work going on to protect the country's flora and fauna before we get straight into feeding, cleaning cages, and learning more about the country's ecosystem and animals.

We will spend tonight back in San Jose and enjoy an evening walk around downtown, checking out the shops and seeing the sights and monuments, You'll feel like a local in no time!

Meals included: Breakfast & Lunch

DAY 4 (THU): San Jose to Puerto Jimenez

After breakfast, it's time to get on the road and head off to Puerto Jimenez by bus. The journey's around 6 hours and we'll have a stop for lunch along the way.

On arrival at our accommodation, you'll have the rest of the day free to rest up or visit the beach (just a 10 minute walk from where we're staying!) before heading out for dinner tonight.

Meals included: Breakfast & Dinner

DAYS 5 - 8 (FRI - MON): Turtle Project

This morning we head through dirt roads annd lush jungle to our turtle conservation project!

On arrival at the project we'll have a chat about the work that's going on here to save Costa Rica's turtle population.

Working with a local award-winning initiative, we will be doing a variety of tasks that not only focus on the turtle population but also the education of the local community.

The beaches of this area are stunning and have been the fertile breeding grounds for these turtles for thousands of years. Together we'll work to reverse the negative effects that humans have created and ensure that these legendary creatures continue to have a safe and sacred land for breeding.

Whether you're involved with beach clean ups, night patrols or permaculture, each and every task will play and important part towards the overall goal of improving the lives, and sustaining the population of Costa Rica's sea turtles.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 9 (TUE): Turtle Project - Manuel Antonio

Bidding farewell to the project, we'll head back to Puerto Jimenez for lunch before continuing on to Manuel Antonio and checking in to our accommodation for the night.

Meals included: Breakfast & Lunch

DAY 10 (WED): Manuel Antonio

You've earned it so we're giving it to you! Finally, a day you can relax and take in everything that you've seen, done and experienced over the last 10 days. A free day in Manuel Antonio, a stunningly picturesque location to spend time in the home of private yachts, posh marinas and a cocktail or two by the pool. Alternatively, speak to your guide about organising one of the many optional activities on offer.

Meals included: Breakfast 

DAY 11 (THU): Manuel Antonio to San Jose

Today we will be treating you to an incredible catamaran tour in Manuel Antonio. Don't worry about a thing, just sit back, relax and take in the breathtaking views. We even have lunch covered for you.

In the afternoon we'll heading back to the beginning where it all started with a road-trip back to San Jose. But the fun doesn't end.. we have a final night-out to give Costa Rica the send-off it truly deserves!

Meals included: Breakfast & Lunch

DAY 12 (FRI): Departure - San Jose

It's over...the end! Trust us, you won't believe how much you've done, how much you've experienced, how many new friends you've made and how soon you want to be back here in this magical country.

Hugs, back-slaps and hi-5's all around, along with that final team photo – the memory that'll last forever.

Meals included: Breakfast

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Travel Highlights

  • Spending time on the beautiful Pacific Coast getting involved in a variety of conservation work to help save the country's endangered sea turtles
  • Cruising through Los Chiles Wildlife Refuge
  • Chilling out at the beach
  • Visiting and helping out at an animal rescue centre

Accommodation and Meals

You'll be staying in various accommodation types throughout your trip. At the turtle conservation project, the accommodation is basic but comfortable. This will be bunk bed, dorm-style accommodation with shared bathroom facilities. There are no towels provided here so it is important to bring your own.

At the rest of the locations, you will be staying in either hotels or guesthouses in shared rooms (sleeping two to four).

Wi-Fi is available in each place we stay, although not the most reliable!

If you need to have your laundry done, there are local services that are low-cost and, unlike the WiFi, are reliable.

Locations

  • San Jose
  • Pacific Coast
  • La Fortuna

What’s Included

Spending time on the beautiful Pacific Coast getting involved in a variety of conservation work to help save the country's endangered sea turtles
Cruising through Los Chiles Wildlife Refuge
Chilling out at the beach
Visiting and helping out at an animal rescue centre
Airport pick-up and transfer on arrival into Costa Rica
Full support from our expert English-speaking local guides
All transfers outlined in the itinerary
11 nights' accommodation
All tour activities
Heaps of meals
Full pre-departure support from our ace travel coordinators
A flashy Travel Hack packed full of helpful advice
Donation to projects

FAQ

In short - anything that’s not on the "What's included?" list in the info pack! The main things you’ll absolutely need to get that aren’t included are:

International flights - we have people join us from all over the world so we leave these flexible so you can choose the departure airport and airline that suits you best.

Travel Insurance - you can choose your own travel insurance, or we can organise this for you. You can find details on the travel insurance here and will be able to add this onto your booking.

Visas – depending on the passport you hold you may need to get a visa before you travel. Please see below for more info on visas.

Arrival

You need to book a flight that lands into San Jose's International airport (airport code SJO) on the Monday that the tour starts. Providing you arrive on this day (between the hours of 8am and 6pm), one of the team will then be there to meet you on arrival and take you back to the hostel in the city.

If you arrive before your Monday start date, you will need additional accommodation. We can book this for you and you will just need to make your own way there from the airport and pay on arrival.

Departure

The tour will end in San Jose on the Friday 12 days later so you need to make your arrangements from there that day.

Passport holders of many countries do not need to get a visa to travel to Costa Rica for stays of up to 30 or 90 days. A quick Google search will tell you whether you need a visa or not.
This largely depends on you. All the breakfasts throughout the tour are included as are all of the meals whilst you are volunteering. The rest of the meals are up to you and if you are having local meals it will cost a couple of dollars, if you prefer western food it will be more depending on where you eat. You should bring some USD dollars with you to exchange, but you will also be able to withdraw more from cash points in the major cities whilst you are away.
This depends on your home country and your vaccination history. You should visit a local travel clinic and see what they recommend.

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Like any country in the world, there will always be some dangers (even when in your home country!) and it is important to exercise common sense, particularly when in major cities and tourist destinations. However, Costa Rica is a very safe country to travel in and around. You’ll also be with our award-winning team throughout your stay and will be travelling with a group.
All of our prices are in USD. If you would like to see what this is in your local currency you can use a conversion site such as www.xe.com which will give you the current exchange rate. Please bear in mind that the amount will be taken in USD when you pay and exchange rates will fluctuate.
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