Cultural Excursion

Caribbean Treasures

Cartago, Costa Rica

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Prices From: $1,380 per person

With this package you can visit the best spots in the Costa Rican Caribbean. Begin your journey in Tortuguero the Amazonas of Costa Rica, here you can ride the magical channels. Then you will visit Cahuita, in the southern Caribbean. Here you'll have the chance to explore a Jamaican immigrant village and experience their amazing food, music, and culture. Highlights include: Cartago, Tortuguero Canals, Cahuita National Park, Puerto Viejo, Manzanillo Beach and San José.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1 - Costa Rica Arrival

Upon arrival in Costa Rica a representative will be present at the airport to assist you with your luggage and bring you to the hotel. In the evening enjoy a welcome dinner at the hotel.

Overnight: Hotel Grandpas (Dinner Included)

Day 2 - Cartago - Tortuguero

After a delicious breakfast we will transfer to the Tortuguero Canals. After driving through the Turrialba, you can view the banana plantations just before arriving at the dock. Transfer by boat to the Lodge. This afternoon explore the area with your naturalist guide. Local attractions include: the butterfly farm, frog farm and garden, ranarium, aquarium, bio-digestor, and gardens.

Overnight:Mawamba Lodge (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

Day 3 - Tortuguero

After breakfast departure by boat to the private trail where you will enjoy a guided walk into the tropical rainforest. In the afternoon you'll explore the canals by boat, you might even see some wildlife (Toucans, monkeys, perhaps crocodiles, etc). Tortuguero National Park is one of the most varied within the park system, with 11 ecological habitats, from high rainforest to herbaceous marsh communities. Fronting the sea is the seemingly endless expanse of beach. Behind that is a narrow lagoon, connected to the sea at one end and fed by a river at the other, which parallels the beach for its full 35-km length. The back of the lagoon is a coastal rainforest threaded by an infinite maze of serpentine channels and streams fed by rivers flowing from the central mountain ranges and by the torrential rains that fall in the area. On the periphery of the forest lies a complex of swamps.

Overnight: Mawamba Lodge(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

Day 4 - Tortuguero - Puerto Viejo

After breakfast meet at main dock for return boat ride to Caño Blanco dock then transfer to South Caribbean. Afternoon visit Puerto Viejo Town and leisure time.

Overnight: Hotel Costa de Papito (Breakfast Included)

Day 5 - Puerto Viejo

After our delicious breakfast we will go to Cahuita National Park. In this place we will have a hiking and snorkeling tour with a local guide. He will explain to us the culture and history of the Caribbean side of Costa Rica. After Snorkeling, we will provide you with a tropical fruit based snack and bottled water, after which we will begin the second part of the tour, which is: hiking with trail interpretation. The guide will take you to different points between Cahuita Point and the town of Cahuita (5 km) observing various types of snakes (boas, bocaraca, bush master, eyelash vipers, etc.), sloths, white faced and howler monkeys, anteaters, armadillos, raccoons, blue morpho butterflies among others, birds and many more things such as: medicinal plants, orchids, trees, ferns, vertebrates, invertebrates, sea and earth shellfish, etc. After this tour we will go to Manzanillo Beach, one of the most beautiful beaches of the Caribbean Coast. Here we will enjoy a delicious lunch at Maxis Restaurant (not included). After this lunch you will enjoy some leisure time at the beach. In the late afternoon you will return to your hotel.

Overnight: Hotel Costa de Papito (Breakfast Included)

Day 6 - Puerto Viejo - San José

After breakfast we will visit Kekoldi, one of the most popular indigenous reserves. We will have a walking tour around this reserve. Keköldi Indigenous Reserve offers a unique glimpse of the Bribri and Cabecar culture. The members of Keköldi Wak ka Köneke Association will introduce you to their customs, typical meals, Bribri mythology and history. You will also learn about their efforts to protect the endangered green iguana and you may be lucky enough to witness the phenomenal raptor bird migration. After our walking tour we will enjoy a very special lunch. Afternoon transfer to San José for overnight.

Overnight: Hotel Don Carlos (Breakfast and Lunch Included)

Day 7 - Puerto Viejo - San José

After breakfast we will transfer you to the Juan Santamaria International Airport for your return flight home.

(Breakfast Included)

Accommodation Information

Grandpa's Hotel

Grandpas´ Hotel is located on the North side of Cartago, just 35 minutes away from the magnificent Irazu Volcano. We offer a wonderful view of the beautiful province of Cartago Costa Rica. At Grandpas' Hotel, you will enjoy the relaxing and peaceful stay where you can enjoy spacious gardens and farming views that sorround our hotel. The great location provides pleasant surrounding where you can really rest, enjoy the pure air and beauty of the city of Cartago in Costa Rica. You will be near San Jose and all the natural attractions that the province Cartago offers.

Mawamba Lodge

Mawamba Lodge is situated on the Northeast area of Costa Rica’s Caribbean Coast on a sand bar between the Tortuguero Canals and the Caribbean Sea, an excellent location that provides direct access to the beach and the canals. Nestled in the lush rainforest, this is the ideal hideaway for nature lovers and the perfect place to discover the wonders of the Tortuguero National Park. The Lodge is a 15-acre beach front property located on the right side of Tortuguero, offering nice views to the Tortuguero Lagoon and the canals. It’s beautiful gardens and rustic accommodations, blend with the exuberant jungle vegetation, exotic birds and wildlife creating the perfect balance of nature. All the spacious and comfortable rooms are built in fine woods and are equipped with either one double and one single bed or three single beds. All feature a private bathroom with hot water and ceiling fans and offer tranquil garden views.

Hotel Costa de Papito

La Costa de Papito, located on the beach road one and a half Kms from Puerto Viejo town. A lush tropical "Garden of Eden" on the edge of the jungle. Just across the road from the gorgeous expanse of the white sand Cocles beach — "Beachbreak wave" for surfers on the north end, and the cool, sweet water of the Rio Cocles to the south. Cocles Beach is the winner of the highly coveted Costa Rican government Blue Flag for pristine beach. The bungalows at La Costa del Papito are individually designed and beautifully decorated by local craftsmen. The Cocles beach lifeguard program and overall high level of security honour this beach with the distinction of being " the safest beach community in the country. Afro Caribbean, indigenous and Costa Rican cultures blend here to temper and challenge the international visitor.

Hotel Don Carlos

Located in the oldest historical section of San José, the ‘Four Star’ Hotel Don Carlos is a small, but significant part of Costa Rica’s rich heritage. Once upon a time residence for two past Presidential families, the historical Hotel Don Carlos’ warmth and charm, graciously awaits you. Enjoy Costa Rica’s finest art works as you stroll through the gallery-like corridors and maze of quiet, garden & fountain settings, restaurant and mini pool.

Location

Region: Central America

Address:
Cartago
Costa Rica

Amenities/Activities

Breakfast Breakfast

Day Tours Day Tours

Ecologically Responsible Ecologically Responsible

Hiking Trekking Hiking Trekking

Wildlife Wildlife

Archeology Indigenous Archeology Indigenous

GBC Staffpick GBC Staffpick

General Information

The price includes:

  • All breakfasts
  • All other meals specified in the itinerary
  • All national park entrances fees
  • Private guide and transportation throughout the tour
  • All accommodations as indicated in itinerary
  • All land transfers as indicated in itinerary
  • All activities mentioned and necessary entrance fees

The price excludes:

  • International flight tickets and airport tax
  • Visas
  • Service tips and gratuities
  • Drinks, gratuities and personal expenses
  • Meals not specified
  • Optional tours
  • Insurance