Discover the true meaning of “Pura Vida” on our 8-night Authentic Rural Costa Rica Experience vacation package. Spend a night in the capital city of San Jose before heading to down to the remote rainforest on the Osa Peninsula. Finally, experience the rural countryside in the Southern Mountains at Santa Juana.
Arrive San Jose, Costa Rica
Upon arrival in San Jose, Costa Rica you will be met and transferred to Hotel Presidente for overnight. This 92-room hotel in the heart of downtown San Jose is situated on the corner of the Seventh Street and Central Avenue Pedestrian Boulevard, only 20 minutes from San Jose International Airport and near some of the city's most legendary landmarks. Hotel Presidente is the perfect chic and stylish stopover before tomorrows adventure to the Osa Peninsula.
Transfer to Puerto Jimenez, Osa Peninsula
This morning transfer to the San Jose Airport for the short, scenic flight to Puerto Jimenez on the remote Osa Peninsula where you will be met and transferred by ground and boat to Playa Cativo Lodge for overnight. Playa Cativo sits on the peaceful waters of the Golfo Dulce surrounded by abundant nature and wildlife in the heart of the rainforest.
Puerto Jimenez Free Day
Enjoy your free day on the Osa Peninsula. Explore the beach and utilize the complimentary kayaks, stand up paddle boards, and snorkel gear. Overnight Playa Cativo Lodge.
Tropical Wildlife Tour & Evening Artisanal Pier Fishing
The morning, you'll set out on a one hour Tropical Wildlife Tour with a naturalist guide will bring you to a nearby valley where a variety of birds and animals are generally found. Your professional guide will point out the wildlife commonly found in the region.
This evening, walk to the pier for traditional Artisanal Hand-Line Pier Fishing. This activity has been and continues to be important in the lives of Golfo Dulce villagers. Enjoy the juice and snacks in your cooler. Overnight Playa Cativo Lodge.
Riverwalk, Waterfall & Swim
Hike to the eastern side of Playa Cativo's private reserve. Begin the trek upstream at Quebrada del Leon, one of the main creeks in Cativo. Discover the forest ecology and the wildlife native to this region. This two hour hike ends at the cool waters of Lyon's Creek. Don't forget to bring your swimsuit! Overnight Playa Cativo Lodge.
Transfer to Southern Mountains
Today, you will transfer by ground approximately 6 hours to Santa Juana Lodge in the Southern Mountains. The new Santa Juana Lodge is an authentic cultural experience in the rural Fila Chonta Mountains with a focus on sustainability.
Santa Juana Mountain Tour
Hike through the forest past mountain streams and enjoy a refreshing swim in a natural waterfall. Discover a variety of nature and wildlife unique to the region. Go Tilapia fishing or visit an authentic sugar mill. Finally enjoy a traditional "Campesino-style" lunch before returning to the lodge. Overnight Santa Juana Lodge.
Los Santos Coffee Tour
This full day coffee tour begins with a drive over the Santa Juana mountain ridge to Los Santos Coffee Plantation, considered to be the finest coffee in Costa Rica. Your guide will demonstrate the entire plant to brewing process in Dota. Overnight Santa Juana Lodge.
Depart San Jose, Costa Rica
This morning transfer by ground approximately 4 hours to San Jose International Airport for your afternoon return flight home.
Pricing is valid through the date listed for each itinerary (all pricing is subject to change until booked and confirmed). Holiday season supplements apply for Christmas, New Years, Presidents Day, and Easter travel dates. Green season specials and/or lower rates may apply for May to November travel dates.
All itineraries are land only and international airfare is quoted separately. Itinerary adjustments may be necessary depending on your international flight schedule. For example a late arrival will usually require a night near the airport in San Jose.
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