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Costa Rica is home to some of the most beautiful beaches, unforgettable landscapes, unique wildlife, and lush rainforests. Explore Caribbean Costa Rica in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, unique mix of Latin and Carribean culture, and then discover the hidden jewels of the Pacific Coast, Montezuma, Mal Pais and Santa Teresa.
Our representative/tour guide will be with you for the whole duration of this custom designed vacation.
This trip, like all our other trips is highly customized for daily activities. The tours and activities described below is our suggestion for a most memorable vacation, but you can choose any other activity. Check our Local tours page for better understanding of what we can offer. Pura Vida!
Welcome to Costa Rica!
We will be waiting outside the arrivals terminal with a sign with your names on it.
After leaving the airport, we begin the journey to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, four and a half hour drive trough the beautiful Costa Rican countryside. We will make one short stop to have lunch in the local restaurant. Upon arrival to Puerto Viejo, we will take you to your hotel, lovely eco-friendly boutique hotel where you’ll have your own bungalow either within a garden or with the ocean view.
Included: Private transport, Hotel
After the breakfast, we will take you to the wildlife rescue center named in honor of its original resident – The Jaguar Rescue Center.
The Jaguar Rescue Center is a temporary home for rescued, injured and orphaned animals. The primary goal of the JRC is to rehabilitate animals and reintroduce them back into their native habitats. Monkeys, birds, sloths, snakes and more are brought to the JRC, and treated by professional veterinarians, caregivers and a team of staff and volunteers. This tour will bring you in direct contact with monkeys, wild cats, sloths, anteaters and other animals.
After the JRC, enjoy the beach, or stroll trough the town and visit many little shops, have a lunch in a local inexpensive soda restaurants serving local Caribbean food or try one of many international restaurants (we can recommend where to go) or rent a bicycle and explore the area.
In the afternoon opt for a 2-1/2 hour horseback riding on the beach and trough the jungle. Get to know the Caribbean on the back of a horse and with the help of our experienced guide. This is an optional activity.
And then go and check out what the town has to offer in the evening!
Puerto Viejo’s dining scene reflects its widely-varied international population – Caribbean, Italian, Argentinean, Mexican, Asian, Spanish, Middle Eastern, North American, and of course, Costa Rican. There’s also a great selection of bars and discos to dance the night away or listen to live music.
Included: Hotel, Breakfast, Jaguar Rescue Centre, Private transport.
Optional:2-1/2 hr horseback riding – $65 per person
After the breakfast, we will take you to a Gandoca-Manzanillo Jungle Hike tour.
Gandoca-Manzanillo National Wildlife Refuge is rainforest and wetland habitat with a coral reef. At 23,348 total acres, this vast refuge begins 3 miles south of Puerto Viejo-until it runs into the Sixaola River at the Panamanian boarder. Apart from the great variety of vegetation, you will see animals like monkeys, toucans, sloths, snakes, caimans and a wide variety of birds. Our guide knows this refuge like his own backyard, since he grew up in the jungle and the breadth and depth of his knowledge and experience are simply amazing. He knows ever plant, animal, and sign of every animal that you will encounter. It will be an experience you will never forget, fun and adventurous! The tour is approximately 4 hours. If you would like to finish the tour with some white sand beach and crystal blue water experience, it will be our pleasure to take you there. 🙂
After the tour, we will take you back to your hotel.
Included: Hotel, Breakfast, Gandoca-Manzanillo tour, Private transport
Early morning, after the breakfast we will start our trip towards Montezuma. Montezuma is special. That is the first thing anyone will tell you about Montezuma.
One of the things that makes it unique is its almost bohemian feel. Though small, Montezuma is a vibrant community, made up of like-minded expats and locals. Adding to this, Montezuma has an impressive selection of restaurants serving food from all around the world.
It will take approximately 8hr to reach Montezuma. The trip includes an hour and a half ferry ride from Punta Arenas to Nicoya Peninsula. Upon arrival to Montezuma, we will take you to your hotel, lovely boutique hotel.
Included: Private Transport, Hotel
In the morning we will take you to Montezuma Waterfalls. A 40-minute river hike leads to a waterfall with a delicious swimming hole. Further along the trail, a second set of falls offers a good clean 10m leap into deep water. You’ll want proper hiking footwear.
Afterwards, explore Montezuma and it’s beautiful beaches, go to Montezuma Butterfly Garden or walk Montezuma’s most popular beach, Playa Montezuma. If you are up for a little adventure, continue walking north to explore more beaches and secluded coves. About 15-20 minutes away is a spot marked with dozens of makeshift rock sculptures called cairns and also a small waterfall.
Included: Hotel, Waterfalls tour, Private Transport
Today we will take you to a popular whole day snorkeling tour from Montezuma to nearby Isla Tortuga (Tortuga Island). This small island is about one hour away by boat and has volcanic rock structures that create great snorkeling conditions. There’s also a white sand beach where will you have a lunch. The ride out to the island is a tour in itself as you take in the beautiful coastline. Sometimes dolphins, turtles, or other marine life are spotted from the boat too.
In the evening we will leave Montezuma and 45 min later we will arrive at Santa Teresa and your next lovely hotel.
Included: Hotel, Private Transport
Optional: Tortuga Island – $60 per person
Santa Teresa is a booming new travel destination in Costa Rica, just a short ride from Montezuma, attracting beach lovers to its broad, white-sand beaches, and yogis to the world-class yoga classes. Our hotel host here is a surfing instructor so this would be a wonderful opportunity to try surfing! Or we can help organize any of the activities offered in Santa Teresa: boat tours, fishing, snorkeling, stand up paddle boarding, horseback riding, or a canopy tour on the edge of the Cabo Blanco Nature Reserve.
At the sunset, you could go to a Yoga class, at the Horizon Yoga Center where you can enjoy your practice at the open wooden pavilion with the sounds of nature and the view of the ocean. This Yoga center is called Horizon for a reason!
Included: Hotel, Private Transport
The drive from Santa Teresa to San Jose will be approximately 6 hours with a ferry crossing of the Gulf of Nicoya. We recommend selecting an afternoon flight back home. Alternatively, spend a rest of the day and a night in San Jose. This is your opportunity to see the capital of Costa Rica. We will provide the accommodation and the ride to the airport tomorrow morning.
Pura Vida! We hope you had a great time and will come to visit Costa Rica again soon!
Included: Private Transport
Optional: Hotel in San Jose, Breakfast, Transport to the airport
Escapade Costa Rica Tours, Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica