RCGS: Costa Rica Volcanoes and Beaches with Andrew Lovesey
Departing on 30 October 2021.
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Vacation Style Holiday Type
Activity Level Leisurely / Moderate
Group Size Small Group
Jump into ‘Pura Vida’ with this epic journey through the crown jewel of Central America, Costa Rica, led by the Manager of Editorial and Travel Partnerships for Canadian Geographic and the RCGS, Andrew Lovesey. Whether he’s coordinating expeditions across the globe or off on his own adventures, Andrew is a modern explorer with more than a few stories to share (ask him about the Order of The Star of Honour of Ethiopia) as you make your way through the Costa Rican rainforest.Go tubing along the magnificently turquoise waters of the Rio Celeste, have a go at surfing on the renowned Tamarindo Beach, fly through the rainforest canopy on a zip-line adventure, and enjoy some well-deserved relaxation with mineral-rich hot springs and mud baths. Home to some of the diverse wildlife in the world, cruise alongside playful dolphins on a catamaran ride and spot nocturnal creatures on a night walk through the forest. Spend your final evening taking in a blockbuster sunset from the sun-soaked Pacific Coast before heading home relaxed and recharged.
* All breakfasts and 1 dinner
* All transport and listed activities
* Tour leader throughout & RCGS guide
* Tubing adventure on Rio Celeste, hike to Rio Celeste Waterfall, night hike
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* Zip-line canopy tour and Catamaran tour to see dolphins
Explore San Jose in your own time
On arrival at San Jose airport, you’ll be met and taken to your hotel, Studio Hotel in Santa Ana. The rest of the day is yours to shake off the flight and venture out to San Jose (or Chepe, as the locals call it) at your own pace. Accommodation: Studio Hotel or similar
Experience the vitality of the Rio Celeste on a river tubing adventure
You’ll travel 125 miles this morning, headed to the Celeste River in the Tenorio Volcano National Park. Its rainforest and the magnificently blue river are highlights of Costa Rica’s natural phenomena.Now the adventure begins. Brace yourself: you’ll be river tubing, hurtling downstream through Grade I and II rapids, flanked on each side by tropical rainforest. All to a soundtrack of monkey calls and birdsong. It’s exhilarating stuff and the perfect intro to this untamed wilderness.Tonight, you’ll stay at Rio Celeste Hideaway, a small eco-friendly resort on the slopes of Tenorio Volcano. Accommodation: Rio Celeste Hideaway or similar
Marvel at the incredible Rio Celeste Waterfall
After breakfast, you’ll venture further into the ecosystem on a four-hour hike in Tenorio Volcano National Park. You’ll spot exotic plants and wildlife before you reach the magnificent Rio Celeste waterfall and the place where the river acquires its vivid turquoise colour.Later, when the sun goes down, you’ll follow a forest trail by torchlight to witness some nocturnal species emerging. Accommodation: Rio Celeste Hideaway or similar
Wallow in a riverside mud bath in Rincon de la Vieja
After breakfast, you’ll head to Rincon de la Vieja, home to two volcanoes and 32 rivers. Alive with geothermal energy, Rincon de la Vieja effervesces with fumaroles, warm springs and mud pots.You’ll check into Hacienda Guachipelin. Near to the hotel is a crystal clear river that feeds ten riverbank pools with thermal, mineral-rich water. Soak in the pools, then apply a volcanic mud masque and let it dry before leaping into the cool stream. And repeat. And repeat. And repeat… Accommodation: Hacienda Guachipelin or similar
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Carb-load at breakfast. You’ll need the energy for a zip line tour, where you’ll fly through the trees on zip lines, rappelling, climbing and swinging. You’ll cross hanging bridges over a narrow river canyon. Proper exhilarating stuff.Feet back on solid ground, you’ll hike to the aptly named Cauldrons, where steam and sulphur belch from the fumaroles.Accommodation: Hacienda Guachipelin or similar
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After breakfast, you’ll head south-west to the paradisiacal coast today. You’re bound for mailto:Anna%20Hann” datetime=”2019-10-10T09:35″>Tamarindo on the Nicoya Peninsula, Costa Rica’s renowned surf spot.The afternoon is yours to explore your new digs – the beachfront Tamarindo Diria hotel. Take a swim in one of the pools or take a stroll on the beach. Late afternoon, you’ll board a catamaran to explore some of the bays. With a suitably tropical drink in hand, scan the sea for dolphin pods and sea turtles. Perhaps even the odd whale if you’re particularly lucky. You’ll drop anchor for amailto:Anna%20Hann” datetime=”2019-10-10T09:35″> snorkel or explore a deserted beach while the crew prepare a BBQ feast. Accommodation: Tamarindo Diria Hotel or similar
Free day in Tamarindo
Today is a free day to enjoy Tamarindo’s beachfront utopia before your thoughts turn to packing up ready for your departure tomorrow.Enjoy swimming or relaxing by the sapphire waters! Or why not take a surfing or SUP lesson (optional activites- extra cost). The barrel curls will beckon experienced surfers, but the instructors are there to guide beginners in riding their very first wave. mailto:Anna%20Hann” datetime=”2019-10-10T09:40″>Fancy another watersport insteadmailto:Anna%20Hann” datetime=”2019-10-10T09:36″>? A Stand Up Paddleboarding lesson is an alternative choice – a growing phenomenonmailto:Anna%20Hann” datetime=”2019-10-10T09:41″> that’s easy to get the hang of. mailto:Anna%20Hann” datetime=”2019-10-10T09:36″> Don’t miss the final sunset – they’re truly out of this world in these parts. Accommodation: Tamarindo Diria Hotel or similar
Head to Liberia Airport and wave goodbye to Costa Rica
After a final breakfast, one group transfer will be arranged to Daniel Oduber International Airport in Liberia. Alternatively ask us about extending your stay in Tamarindo and spending a few more days enjoying all that Costa Rica has to offer.