Nature Tour of Costa Rica | Yampu Tours

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Nature Tour of Costa Rica

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PRIVATE TOUR - 8 DAY SAMPLE ITINERARY

FROM $4786+

Private Tour Highlights

  • Seeking sustainability at every turn, staying at two of Costa Rica’s best eco-lodges
  • Sipping coffee on the open decks of Finca Rosa Blanca, taking in the views of the Central Valley
  • Setting sights on the Bijagual Waterfall in Carara National Park, the tallest falls in Costa Rica
  • Uncovering the natural gems of Corcovado National Park in the Osa Peninsula, one of the most pristine and biologically diverse regions in Central America
  • Watching the sun set in the most serene surroundings on the coasts of Osa Peninsula
  • Whale-watching, bird-spotting and wildlife tours in and around the Corcovado National Park, seeking the array and animals native to the region
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Tour Overview

Visit two of Costa Rica’s premier sustainable lodges in this nature tour of Costa Rica: Finca Rosa Blanca & Lapa Rios. Opened in 1985, Finca Rosa Blanca Plantation & Inn sits on 30 acres of certified organic hard bean coffee and combines luxury with certified sustainability. Your trip continues to Lapa Rios Ecolodge, set in a private nature reserve spread over 1,000 acres of Central America’s last remaining lowland tropical rainforest in Costa Rica.

Enjoy Costa Rica’s premier organic shade grown coffee plantation and Inn. Opened in 1985, Finca Rosa Blanca Plantation & Inn sits on 30 acres of certified organic hard bean coffee and combines luxury with certified sustainability. The world class Inn has 13 rooms with bright and striking décor of hand printed murals and lush Costa Rican hardwood interiors surrounded by exquisite indoor and outdoor gardens.

Lapa Rios Ecolodge is set in a private nature reserve spread over 1,000 acres of Central America’s last remaining lowland tropical rainforest in Costa Rica. Built in harmony with the surrounding forest and beach environment enjoy your own ocean view bungalow while discovering this emerald green paradise. The reserve is home to a diverse population of wildlife including: spider monkeys, toucans, ocelots and pumas. Lapa Rios offers an assortment of activities from rainforest hikes to kayaking.

Inclusions
Prices include domestic air from San José to Puerto Jimenez; 4 nights accommodation at Finca Rosa Blanca including breakfast; 3 nights accommodation at Lapa Rios, including breakfast; all tours with bilingual guide meals where specified, entrance fees, transportation between hotels, transfers between airport and hotel, and taxes. Local airport taxes that are payable in the country of destination are not included. Taxes and security fees that can be paid at time of ticketing are already included.

Local flights within Costa Rica have a weight limitation of 30 lbs (13 kgs) per person, including carry-on and luggage that can be stored. Extra baggage (if any) can be left in San José where it will be stored at our local office. Collapsible carry-on bags are recommended to allow for separating luggage if needed.

In an effort to keep the grounds in pristine condition, Finca Rosa Blanca Plantation & Inn allows only foot traffic and electric cars on the premise. There is a parking lot located across the street in a large guarded parking lot next to the coffee production center.

Costa Rican authorities will demand that all travelers coming from the following countries: Angola, Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Democatric Republic of the Congo, Gabon, Gambia, Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Sudan, Bolivia, Venezuela, Brazil, Peru, Columbia and Ecuador, as well as, the Republic of Guyana, have a yellow fever vaccination certificate.
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Package Price: $4786
Pricing Details

Prices shown above are per person. Hotel categories do not adhere strictly to international ratings; Yampu has evaluated the hotels according to destination and availability. Prices include local airfare (where applicable), hotel accommodation including daily breakfast; all transfers with baggage handling, all guided tours in English and all entrance fees.

Trip Type:

All our trips are operated on a private basis unless specified otherwise. This is only a sample itinerary; your Yampu Tour Consultant will personalize this trip for you according to your available dates, interests and type of hotels. This is your trip and we will work on making it perfect!

Tour Itinerary

Day
1

San Jose

Today we will fly into San Jose, Costa Rica. Upon arrival, be greeted for airport reception transferred to the Finca Rosa Blanca Coffee Plantation and Inn.

Today we will fly into San Jose, Costa Rica. Upon arrival, be greeted for airport reception transferred to the Finca Rosa Blanca Coffee Plantation and Inn.

Day
2

Finca Rosa Blanca

Drive by the city of Alajuela and pass by the Agriculture Monument, the Monument to Juan Santamaria and the famous Mango Park on the way to Poas Volcano. Notice the change in temperature and vegetation, as well as a beautiful landscape of coffee plantations, fern, flower and strawberry farms along the way. Stop to visit Doka Coffee Estate for a delicious breakfast and a coffee tour at an actual coffee plantation. Discover the ancient techniques used by experts to produce one of the best coffees in Costa Rica, and learn about the careful process involved in the cultivation, harvesting and roasting of the Golden Bean. After the tour, continue to Poas Volcano. Admire the impressive main crater with its sulfur fumaroles and learn about the different ecosystems in this beautiful national park. Then proceed to La Paz Water Fall Garden for lunch and a tour. On arrival, walk along a trail that leads to a spectacular waterfall in the middle of the rainforest. Also visit the hummingbird gallery, Serpentarium, bird house, butterfly garden and frog exhibit inside the park.

Return to the Finca Rosa Blanca for an evening at leisure.

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3

Irazu Volcano

Observe lovely panoramic views while traveling along the Panamerican Highway towards Irazu Volcano National Park. At 11,260 feet, the Irazu Volcano is the highest active volcano in Costa Rica. Visit the villages of Cot, Tierra Blanca, Potrero Cerrado and San Juan de Chicua as ascending the volcano. Then enjoy views of the Central Valley, descend to the city of Cartago and visit the Virgin of the Angels Basilica. This evening return to Finca Rosa Blanca for relaxation and leisure time.

Observe lovely panoramic views while traveling along the Panamerican Highway towards Irazu Volcano National Park. At 11,260 feet, the Irazu Volcano is the highest active volcano in Costa Rica. Visit the villages of Cot, Tierra Blanca, Potrero Cerrado and San Juan de Chicua as ascending the volcano. Then enjoy views of the Central Valley, descend to the city of Cartago and visit the Virgin of the Angels Basilica. This evening return to Finca Rosa Blanca for relaxation and leisure time.

San Jose - Irazu Volcano-costa rica
Day
4

Carara National Park

Today, drive 3 hours away to Carara National Park. Carara is one of the most famous National Parks in the country, especially for its bird watching and wildlife spotting. During this hike, see birds, sloths, armadillos, and Guatusas, among other flora and fauna. Lunch is included today.

Today, drive 3 hours away to Carara National Park. Carara is one of the most famous National Parks in the country, especially for its bird watching and wildlife spotting. During this hike, see birds, sloths, armadillos, and Guatusas, among other flora and fauna. Lunch is included today.

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5

Flight to Puerto Jimenez – Lapa Rios

This morning, be met by the guide at the Finca Rosa Blanca Coffee Plantation and Inn to transfer to the San Jose airport for a flight to Puerto Jimenez. Upon arrival, be greeted for airport reception and transferred to Lapa Rios. Enjoy dinner and the sounds of the rainforest night.

This morning, be met by the guide at the Finca Rosa Blanca Coffee Plantation and Inn to transfer to the San Jose airport for a flight to Puerto Jimenez. Upon arrival, be greeted for airport reception and transferred to Lapa Rios. Enjoy dinner and the sounds of the rainforest night.

Day
6

Lapa Rios

Enjoy a typical Costa Rican breakfast in the Ramirez Agro-Turistic Farm, 2 miles west from Puerto Jimenez. On horseback gather a real sense of how local farmers work and live sustainably. Continue on horseback to the river to search for the local wildlife while kayaking. Visiting this local farm is a great way to be introduced to the local culture.

Returning from the tour, further the contribution to sustainable development in the Lapa Rios reforestation program by transplanting a primary rain forest seedling to an area of second growth. Participants will learn about "their tree", its role in the ecosystem and receive a certificate to commemorate their efforts. Gift certificates can be purchased on behalf of others and the trees planted in their honor.
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7

Lapa Rios

Choose from a wide range of Lapa Rios activities. We suggest a visit to the Carbonera School to interact with the local children. (Tuesdays and Thursdays only). Yampu also recommends participating in the sea and mangrove kayak tour, the guided coastal starfish walk, or the medicinal plants tour.

A great tour for all wildlife enthusiasts, follow the Naturalist Guide at sunset to search for rare and exotic birds!

Choose from a wide range of Lapa Rios activities. We suggest a visit to the Carbonera School to interact with the local children. (Tuesdays and Thursdays only). Yampu also recommends participating in the sea and mangrove kayak tour, the guided coastal starfish walk, or the medicinal plants tour.

A great tour for all wildlife enthusiasts, follow the Naturalist Guide at sunset to search for rare and exotic birds!

Rainforest-Adventure
Day
8

Flight Home

Transfer to Puerto Jimenez for flight to San Jose to board the international flight home or overlap with another Yampu program.

Transfer to Puerto Jimenez for flight to San Jose to board the international flight home or overlap with another Yampu program.

Finca Rosa Blanca Coffee Plantation and Inn, Heredia Province, Costa Rica

Lapa Rios Ecolodge, Puerto Jiménez, Costa Rica

Places You'll See

  • San-Jose-Costa-Rica

    San Jose

    Visit the largest, and one of the most exciting cities in all of Costa Rica, San Jose. Get lost in the beautiful shades of green at the Museo del Jade, home to the largest collection of pre-Columbian Jade in Central America. Take a Barrio Bird Walking Tour, or a tour through the butterfly farm and coffee farm. Watch street performers juggle, play music, and interact with their audience.

  • Osa

    Osa Peninsula (Corcovado)

    Located in southwest Costa Rica, Osa Peninsula is home to more than half of the area’s species. Enjoy a horseback ride through the jungles and appreciate these local inhabitants as they frolic through the trees. There are so many activities that are offered from mountain biking to surfing and kayaking. This is the place for a tropical adventure and getaway!

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Luxury Properties

San Jose : Finca Rosa Blanca (Santa Barbara)

Testimonials

Andy and Joan.

Traveled August, 2015

Both Joan and I had a fabulous time away

Both Joan and I had a fabulous time away and very much appreciate everything that you did to make it possible. The wildlife, particularly the sea turtles we saw laying their eggs, the monkeys, the tapir we tracked, and all of the different bird types that we encountered, were all great experiences. We also enjoyed the relaxation time that we had in Belize, where the snorkeling and diving was also good.

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Frank

Traveled February, 2010

Thank you very much for organizing a most successful overland trip through central-america.

I returned home safe and sound on Sunday. Thank you very much for organizing a most successful overland trip through central-america. I am thinking seriously about a third overland trip through south-america in the next year or so. Thank you again for arranging a very successful and most enjoyable itinerary. I will contact you again in the next couple of months about similar trips through south-america and the Caribbean.

Kay

Traveled May, 2006

The trip to Costa Rica was wonderful!

The trip to Costa Rica was wonderful! Everyone was friendly and helpful. I seemed to be unusual to be traveling alone. They made sure that I was taken care of and able to see all the sights. I had some special experiences I will never forget and am glad I had the opportunity. Got lots of pictures.

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