Wild Costa Rica
Sloths are so incredibly sluggish that algae will actually grow on their fur. They spend as much as 20 hours per day sleeping, clinging tightly to tree limbs and often hanging upside down. Despite only being able to climb 2.5 metres per minute, sloths are pretty competent swimmers and an extra vertebrae in their neck means they can turn their heads some 270-degrees.
Day to Day Itinerary
Day 1: San Jose
- On arrival at San Jose airport you will be met and transferred to your hotel located in the heart of the city. In the evening you will meet your tour leader and the other members of the group for a pre-tour briefing. This is normally held at 6pm but please check the notice board at reception to confirm the time and place. Please bring your passport and travel insurance documents along with you. Following the briefing there is generally an optional group dinner at a nearby restaurant.
- Costa Rica’s capital sits in the centre of a lush, wide valley which has a comfortable subtropical climate. The streets of the town are laid out along a grid iron pattern, with avenidas running east to west and callés running north to south. Many of the most interesting buildings are in the region of Avenida Central – the Teatro Nacional is an elaborate confection of marble staircases, statues, frescoes and mirrors.
- There are a number of interesting museums in the city; the Museo de Oro has a good collection of golden pre-Columbian figurines. The Mercado Central is the main market which dates back to 1881 – there are some good food stalls here as well as countless artefacts for sale.
- Elsewhere in San Jose there are some good restaurants – you can dine out on Chinese, Indian, Italian or the more traditional variations on the theme of rice and beans.
Day 2-3: Puerto Viejo
Meals included: 2 breakfasts
- You will travel by private minibus to Puerto Viejo today, renowned throughout Costa Rica for its beautiful beaches. The famous Salsa Brava beach in Puerto Viejo is an excellent surfing spot (experts only!).
- The harbor after which Puerto Viejo is named, is calm and peaceful, with beautiful still-blue waters and inviting shores. Several bars and discos are located right on the beach, making this a great spot to hang out at night. Puerto Viejo has managed to maintain its small-town atmosphere and rustic local appeal. The surrounding lands are rich in exotic flora and fauna, and is considered one of the country's prime bird watching regions.
- You will have free time here to explore the National Park, visit a wildlife rescue centre, or sharpen your surfing skills with some lessons.
- The following day you will take a boat trip to Punta Mona, a permaculture farm and education centre, teaching people about sustainable living practices.
Day 4-5: Tortuguero National Park
Meals included: 2 breakfasts
- You will travel by minivan up the Caribbean coast today, stopping at a sloth rescue centre for a tour and to learn all about these unique creatures. You'll then continue north to Tortuguero National Park.
- Tortuguero is home to howler monkeys, brightly coloured parrots and a wide variety of other wildlife. This is where green and leatherback turtles come to lay their eggs once a year (June-September). Only accessible by either boat or plane, Parque Nacional Tortuguero encompasses 290km² of Caribbean lowland rainforest and the park plays host to an abundance of extraordinary flora and fauna.
- Comprised of eleven different types of habitat, the National Park is home to three species of monkey: the spider, howler and white-faced. The lush humidity of the tropical rainforest combines with the natural ecology and geography of Costa Rica resulting in the formation of habitats ideally suited for 300 species of bird.
- Manatees are sometimes seen in the channels, and other species in the park include jaguar, ocelot, peccary, tapir and sloth. You will spend two nights in a lodge in the rainforest.
- If the season is appropriate, you will embark on a turtle watching night tour. The following day you will have a walking tour of the national park.
Day 6-7: San Jose
Meals included: 2 breakfasts
- Today you will return by minibus to San Jose, where you may wish to join the group for an optional final dinner.
- There are no activities planned for the final day and you will able to depart the accommodation at any time. Please check the 'Finishing Point Hotel' section for checkout times and luggage storage possibilities.
Peregrine tour leader, arrival transfer, transport, sightseeing, entrance and park fees.
Summary of accommodation, transport & meals
- 6 nights Comfortable hotel
Highlight of Highlights
Tortuguero National Park
Our jungle exploration of Tortuguero National Park features travelling up-river by boat to our lodge, and guided walks to see incredible wildlife – various monkey species, amazing bird-life, even manatees.
International flights, airport departure tax, visas where required, meals not included in the itinerary, insurance, laundry, any optional tours or activities during free time, tips and items of a personal nature.
What to know
No particular level of fitness is required however a certain degree of agility is best and you should be in good health.
Vaccinations may be required for this trip. Talk to your doctor about the up-to-date information for this region.
Visas and Permits
It is your responsibility to ensure you have all required visas for your trip. Rules and regulations governing the issuance of visas are constantly changing, and vary for different nationalities and you should check visa requirements with your travel agent or relevant consular authority well before travel.
Australians, Americans, Canadians, British and New Zealanders do not currently require a visa for Costa Rica. For all other nationalities please reconfirm your visa requirements with your travel agent.
Please note that Costa Rican authorities require a Yellow Fever Certificate for visitors arriving from some countries in South America (Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Venezuela).
You are required to have travel insurance before heading off on a Peregrine trip. Insurance can be organised by your Peregrine representative or your travel agent.
Our Responsible Travel ethos is at the heart of everything we do, from getting the basics right like respecting local cultures and the environment, to initiating projects that make positive contributions to communities, to our staff’s fundraising efforts and offsetting our carbon emissions.
Customs and Culture
Please visit our Responsible Travel (http://www.peregrineadventures.com/rt) page for more information.
Our Pre Departure Information or Travel Dossier (provided upon booking a trip) provides tips on how you can show respect for the local customs and culture in the country you are travelling in.
The information listed above is a brief description of some things you may need to consider when booking a trip. Once a tour is booked you will be provided with a link to your Travel Dossier which will contain detailed Pre Departure information.
Exploring Costa Rica-The Tico Times Costa Rica The Ecotravellers-Les Beletsky Wildlife Guide
Any luggage not required for your Costa Rican holiday can be left in the luggage room of our San Jose hotel.
Public Holiday Inconveniences
Ocassionally sights such as museums and churches are closed to tourists on public holidays.
About this Information
The information provided here is given in good faith and has been compiled with all reasonable care. However, things change and some of the information may become out of date. Please keep this in mind when you read it and check with us if you want to be sure about something. The document was correct at time of printing, but you can check online for the most up to date version. If you have any queries, please contact your travel agent or our staff in Australia. We are here to help you!
24 October 2013
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