Between beaches, and volcanoes

A natural paradise, Costa Rica will allow you to contemplate various species in their natural habitat.
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(transfers / trip / half board / activities )

4 to 9 people

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From November to May but also in July and August, two ways to discover Costa Rica with a good probability of sunny weather ...

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Everyone talks about Costa Rica, but no one will introduce you to it like Caro and Sylvain!

Come and discover the true meaning of "pura vida" at the gentle rhythm of the holidays and away from the crowds. Caroline & Sylvain welcome you in a villa with a chef at home, to share with you their experience of living in Costa Rica. No need to pack your bags every day!

They take you to discover a rich ecosystem whose variety of landscapes will give you a complete look at what this magnificent country has to offer.

Two atypical guides, sportsmen, artists and very involved in the defense of the environment. Always with you, they can orient the program at any time, to adapt to an arrival of turtles further south, or to changing weather conditions, in order to be in the best place at the best time.

Yoga, surfing, lazing on the beach, suspension bridges, animals, volcanoes and waterfalls ... Incredible sunsets, a complete program that leaves space for relaxation!

And in addition, Sylvain is a professional photographer and will give you advice on how to take crazy photos! You will leave with memories full of heart ... and full of the camera!

WHY WE LOVE THIS TRIP?

- Because it's another way to discover Costa Rica: French people who have been living there for 11 years will share their wonder with you!
- To see Costa Rica by its more preserved aspects, far from the floods of tourists
- For the mix of “stay in a comfortable villa” and the “discovery roadtrip” in a 3 stars hotel.
- For the advice of Sylvain, professional photographer, who will help you take the most beautiful shots for unforgettable memories!
ASK FOR THE PROGRAM:

Day 1 - Arrival in Costa Rica

You are welcomed at Liberia airport by Caroline and Sylvain in the early afternoon and transferred to the villa.

After settling into your new base camp, off you go to explore the surrounding beaches and connect with the local "Pura Vida" atmosphere. On the program: beaches, sun, cocktails ...

At the end of the day Caroline and Sylvain will present the week's program to you around a well-deserved aperitif.

Your chief has concocted a first dinner for you in front of the swimming pool, a moment of conviviality that allows you to slowly get into the rhythm!

Journey time : 1h30

Selected Hotel : Eco Villa at Playa Negra (or similar, according to availability)

Included : diner

Day 2 - Surf class and Pura Vida

This morning you are going for a surf lesson (1h30)! Whether you are a total beginner or already used to waves, you will quickly see that here in the warm waters of Costa Rica, catching a wave is GUARANTEED!

The surf teachers will take care of you and you will come out of the water with a smile ... And maybe you want to lay down in a hammock to continue enjoying this tropical atmosphere ...

Chill on the beach the rest of the afternoon.

Journey time : 5 min

Selected Hotel : Eco Villa at Playa Negra (or similar, according to availability)

Included : breakfast, dinner

Day 3 -  Boat exploration in Palo Verde Park

You leave at the end of the morning to visit the typical city of Santa Cruz and its painted wooden houses and take the opportunity to eat in a traditional Soda.

You then take the road to Palo Verde Park where Georges, a Costa Rican in love with biodiversity, awaits you with his boat for a cruise on the Tempisque estuary. Tropical birds, crocodiles and white-faced monkeys can be seen in the shade of the boat on one of the largest rivers in Central America and a hotspot for Costa Rican biodiversity. This adventure on an uncrowded site will give you the impression of a trip to the end of the world with the late afternoon lights for great photos. Let yourself be guided by your host Sylvain who will help you take nice shots!

Journey time : 1h30

Selected Hotel : Eco Villa at Playa Negra (or similar, according to availability)

Included : breakfast, dinner.

Day 4 - Paddle time !

You leave just after breakfast to discover the picturesque Pirates Beach: relaxation, paddle boarding or snorkeling near the famous rocks protecting the hidden treasures of pirates, you have the choice!

Your hosts know another secret beach on the road which will be a great option depending on the weather conditions ... In any case, you will be in adventurer mode and almost alone in the world in this little paradise!

It is also the perfect place to learn paddling techniques as the water is always calm. There is even a mangrove swamp hidden at the end of the beach. But you can also just lie down yours towels and let yourself go and admire the scenery. The opportunity to put into practice the photo techniques learned the day before!

On the way back you stop at Villa Real, where you will have a lunch break in a very famous little Soda, where the meal is copious and really cheap.

Journey time : 1h

Selected Hotel : Eco Villa at Playa Negra (or similar, according to availability)

Included : breakfast, dinner

Day 5 - Relaxation day

When you wake up, your hosts offer you a small stretching and a little workout for the most motivated.

Then, it's a relaxing day on one of the beautiful beaches in the region that awaits you!

Several optional activities will be offered to you that day, but it is also the opportunity to taste the Pura Vida spirit by simply letting yourself live, and enjoying a delicious smoothie with seasonal fruits in a hammock under a palm tree. . (optional activities, at an additional cost, to be reserved and paid for on site).

Cocktails and sunset on the beach before returning to dinner at the Villa.

Journey time : 10 min

Selected Hotel : Eco Villa at Playa Negra (or similar, according to availability)

Included : breakfast, dinner

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Day 6 - Volcano Rincon de la Vieja

This morning, you leave early (5:45 am) to the volcanoes area for the next two nights. You will have breakfast on the road in roadtrip mode.

You start with the Rincon de la Vieja volcano and its natural park with a nice hike on the trails of the park.

Hike from 1h30 to 2h to reach a wonderful waterfall where you can swim and 1h30 to 2h to come back.

Along the way, you can admire varied landscapes of ridges and forests with beautiful trees, and sometimes even monkeys, blue morphos or even tropical birds ... only if you know how to be discreet! ?

You will have lunch in a nearby Soda because the walk will have starved you (lunch not included).

You take the road to Tenorio Park where you will be welcomed in a superb hotel with swimming pool and jacuzzi. In the evening, enjoy dinner in a nearby soda after having an aperitif around a pool table or a game of darts! (dinner not included).

Note: bring your poncho (waterproof clothing) because the volcanoes area is sometimes rainy.

Journey time : 2h in the morning / 1H45 in the afternoon.

Selected Hotel : Rio Celeste Hideaway (or similar, according to availability)

Included : breakfast

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Day 7 - The incredibly blue water of the Rio Celeste

In the morning, a hearty breakfast on the terrace with the spectacle of toucans and countless birds that live around the lodge.

You then continue with a hike in the National Park, in the tropical forest, along a river with incredibly blue water ... It's almost unreal!

You return to take a good shower at the hotel before packing your suitcases and setting off for the Arenal Volcano.

After having freely lunched on the road, a little surprise awaits you ... Caroline and Sylvain will spoil you!

You will end the day with dinner at a lively restaurant in the picturesque and touristic town of La Fortuna.

Journey time : 20 min in the morning / 1H45 in the afternoon.

Selected Hotel : Villa DECARY (or similar, according to availability)

Included : breakfast

Day 8 - Arenal Volcano / Hanging bridges

This morning you visit the Hanging bridges with a naturalist guide: a beautiful walk above the giant trees and nice views of the volcano. This walk is an opportunity to discover the characteristic species of the humid forest zone. It's also an opportunity to think of yourself as adventurers on the bridges in the middle of the lush jungle!

For lunch, Caroline and Sylvain make you experience a timeless moment with a Costa Rican grandmother who have a typical and family restaurant where you can taste her traditional cuisine.

If it rains heavily, you can visit a batrachian and reptile farm (supplement to be paid on site, approximately $ 23). The guides at this center are passionate and will teach you a lot about frogs, snakes, and rainforest wildlife.

NB: this activity is only included in the program in the event of heavy rain.

Returning to the Guanacaste sun, you will take a tour of the lake to admire the various points of view on the volcano and observe birds and coatis.

Journey time : 45 min in the morning / 4h in the afternoon.

Selected Hotel : Eco Villa at Playa Negra (or similar, according to availability)

Included : breakfast, dinner

Day 9 - Shopping

This morning, for the more motivated, you will have the choice between a yoga or running session with Caroline. It is also an opportunity to set up a new surf lesson if you wish (at an additional cost, to be reserved and paid for on site).

With Caroline, "shopping time" in Tamarindo where you will find all the souvenir shops, surfshop, jewelry, clothes as well as banks and supermarkets if you want ... Caroline knows all the good deals to find clothes and souvenirs ?

Journey time : 30 min.

Selected Hotel : Eco Villa at Playa Negra (or similar, according to availability)

Included : breakfast, dinner

Day 10 - Nicoya peninsula

This morning again, if you are motivated, you can do a little running session with Caroline, and have breakfast under the rancho of the Villa.

Then, you will head south to the Nicoya Peninsula, to discover the turtle nesting areas. Alternating landscapes - sometimes postcard and white sand, local originalities like this beach bordered by the sea on both sides - sometimes tropical beaches with black sand bordered by palm trees and typical villages where you taste the famous Costa Rican “Gallo Pinto”.

You will have the opportunity to visit Brenda Bompard's “refuge for wildlife”, which has become a reference for the rehabilitation of wild animals in the region. (not included, participation of $ 50 for the association). Advance reservation. Please specify your wish to visit the refuge when confirming your stay. Visit only possible if the whole group is doing the visit.

Journey time : 1h30.

Selected Hotel : Eco Villa at Playa Negra (or similar, according to availability)

Included : breakfast, dinner

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Day 11 - Back home...

After breakfast and some souvenir photo exchange, Caroline and Sylvain drive you to Liberia airport. Plan return flights after 12.00 am.

Bye bye Costa Rica.....

Journey time : 1h30.

Included : breakfast.


N.B: The names of the hotels are given for information only, and may be replaced by hotels of the same level of range and comfort as those initially proposed. Confirmation of hotels will be given to you approximately 10 to 15 days before your departure, on your travel document. The star rating of the accommodation is given in local standards, which may differ from French standards.

N.B.2: The activities can be reprogrammed according to the constraints encountered on site by the guide (weather forecast, travel time). However, all activities will be maintained, or alternatives will be offered.

To put in the suitcase

● your passport (remember to scan or photocopy your documents in case of loss)
● your plane tickets
● a pair of shoes that don't suck and hold your ankle well for hikes
● a backpack for the two nights at the hotel with the necessary items
● clothes that are not afraid of water and that dry relatively quickly, synthetic type rather than cotton
● a little wool for cool evenings
● a beach towel (hand towel provided)
● a swimsuit, of course!
● mosquito repellent
● sun protection (sunscreen, hat, glasses)
● a poncho for the volcanoes area
● your personal pharmacy (with prescriptions if necessary)
● earplugs in case your roommate snores ... you never know!
● an electrical adapter
● and your camera! Recommended luggage You can choose a soft bag or a suitcase. A backpack is essential for excursions and especially for the nights of days 6 and 7 (in which you can put the necessary things for the night).
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