From Local Culture to Caribbean Coasts

Costa Rica 12-Day Community & Culture Holiday Itinerary

Prices from £1,525 pp

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Duration12 days / 11 nights (flexible)

ItinerarySan Jose - Tortuguero - Sarapiqui - Bri Bri Village - Puerto Viejo - San Jose

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If you want to explore the real heart of Costa Rica, this itinerary is just the ticket. Journey through wild rainforests to endless pineapple fields, meet local farmers and try your hand at a spot of fishing. Pay a visit to the indigenous BriBri tribe before hitting the beach for some relaxation and top it off with a taste of Caribbean cooking. If you’re keen for a Costa Rica trip with a difference, look no further.

What's included

  • Accommodation – price based on 2 people sharing
  • Breakfast
  • Transport
  • Excursions as described below

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We know the way to San José

After a long flight you’ll be pleased to see a representative from our local office waiting for you at the airport. They’ll provide you with an information pack and whisk you away to your modern hotel in central San Jose. All the main sights and buildings are within walking distance from your hotel. You’ll no doubt want to relax after your flight though, so why not sit back and relax on the roof terrace, cocktail in hand, letting your first impressions of Costa Rica sink in?

san jose city tour scenery

Through the Jungle to Tortuguero

The amazing landscape of Tortuguero is not accessible by road. Instead you’ll find rivers meandering through the pristine rainforest to the famous nesting ground of countless turtles. You’ll spend a couple of nights in a jungle lodge, with all of your food and boat trips included. Fill your senses with the sounds of the rainforest, listen to howler monkeys in the distance, smell the tropical hibiscus or spot tiny red frogs in the grass.

Close up of monkey looking left

Pit Stop in Pineapple Fields

In Sarapiqui you’ll stopover in a small village between endless pineapple fields in a cosy bungalow with a small porch set in a tropical garden. The next morning, you’ll drive the short distance to visit Don and his family. On their small farm you’ll see how pineapples are grown, fish for your own lunch in the local pond and watch your hosts turn it into a tasty meal.

Farmer and visitor on a pineapple farm in Sarapiqui, Costa Rica holding a pineapple.

Bamboo Boat to the Bribri Village

You’ll spend 2 days living with the Bribri tribe as you really get to know the indigenous people and their culture. Stay in an original Bribri cabaña with palm leaves for a roof, take a bamboo canoe on the Yorkin River and walk through banana plantations. Using your English speaking guide, and all your senses, you’ll find out how to make your own chocolate. Then, the best part: tasting!

tribe with hut

Reefs & Reggae of the Caribbean

After all that travelling you’re probably ready for a long stretch of sandy beach and a tasty Caribbean stew; well, Puerto Viejo is the place for both. The distinctly Caribbean feel means that you’re never too far from an intoxicating reggae beat or a tropical cocktail. You’ll also get your nature fix, visiting nearby Cahuita National Park to explore the colourful world both above and below the water.

Beach in Cahuita
Rob standing by tree

Speak to our Costa Rica specialist, Rob

“I’ve visited Costa Rica a few times and it has never let me down. It’s packed with adventure; from volcanoes to cloudforests. Plus, being wildlife-mad, it’s perfect for me. I love its diversity and impressive conservation efforts.”

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