After taking several trips to Central America (Costa Rica and Belize) in 2001 & 2002 I decided to customize very active, small group trips to Costa Rica. Rather than spending most of the time traveling in a van or bus trying to take in all of the well known highlights of the country (if it’s Tuesday it must be Belgium type tours), each trip concentrates on one to two areas of the country so that you can truly experience the beauty and wildlife Costa Rica has to offer by being immersed in it, instead of driving through it.
These are all very active trips. The scenery and wildlife are spectacular. Participants must be able to hike 5-6 hours at a moderate pace on several days of each trip. Some trips also include canoeing or kayaking, no prior experience necessary. There are some ascents/descents, and some trails along narrow ledges that people with fear of heights might be uncomfortable with.
Trip prices are low because I am not leading these trips for a profit as traditional travel companies do. I will be paying to go on the trips just like everyone else. Links to the websites for many of the lodges are included so you can see exactly where we are staying. All trip prices include lodging, meals, local guides, activities and internal transfers within Costa Rica. The only additional expense is your airfare to San Jose, Costa Rica and a $25 departure tax you pay at the airport when returning home.
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All participants must be able to hike at a moderate pace for about 6 hours on most days, carrying a backpack with lunch, snacks and lots of water.
There will be a lunch break as well as snack/rest breaks on each hike. Most trails are in excellent condition and provide good, stable footing.
There are some ascents/descents, and some trails along narrow ledges that people with fear of heights might be uncomfortable with.
Hiking in Rincón de la Vieja National Park, full day boat trip in Tamarindo Estuary and Rio Matapalo, Curú Wildlife Refuge and Cabo Blanco Park. Active volcanoes, isolated parks with few travelers, beautiful Pacific coastline and beaches, and abundant wildlife including turtle and sea bird nesting sites.
An incredible canoeing and hiking adventure in Costa Rica.
Valid U.S. Passport required to enter the Costa Rica. No vaccinations required, but current tetanus shot a good idea. For elderly/immune deficient consult with your doctor if they feel a malaria or hepatitis shot is recommended.