Cultural Excursion

Unique Costa Rica

Cartago, Costa Rica

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Do you want to explore Costa Rica in a very different way? If so this package is for you. With Unique Costa Rica you will visit the town of Cartago, Costa Rica's first capital. Here you can visit the Irazú Volcano. This tour combines adventure and cultural experiences. Highlights include: canopy repelling, river rafting, and Orosi Colonial Church. You will also venture to the Pacific side at Playa Dominical were you can relax and enjoy the beautiful beaches.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1 - Costa Rica Arrival

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

Overnight: Hotel Grandpas (Dinner Included)

Day 2 - Irazu Volcano National Park - Canopy Rapelling Adventure

After a delicious breakfast we will move toward the Irazu Volcano National Park to admire one of the volcanoes that is still active. After seeing the wonderful Irazu Volcano we will move to a farm specializing in the production of flowers and strawberries. Agriculture has been the main source of income through the years at Cartago. Depart for the Cerro La Carpintera where we will enjoy a delicious typical lunch at Hacienda Chirraca. Following our lunch we will increase our adrenaline with Canopy-Rappelling Adventure La Carpintera. The canopy consists of 19 platforms, 13 cables (the longest at 450 meters ext.) and 2 rappel (1.35 m and 2.6 m). In the afternoon you'll transfer to our hotel where you'll have a few hours of free time before dinner.

Overnight: Hotel Grandpas (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

Day 3 - Rio Grande de Orosi River Rafting - Tapantí National Park Hike

After our breakfast, we will move to the beautiful Orosi Valley, where you will enjoy a full day of activities including rafting on the Rio Grande de Orosi. After a full safety talk, paddling instruction and practice before we face a section of class III rapids, ideal for all the thrill seekers. The zone extends over a distance of 5 km of continuous rapids and offers spectacular views of the surrounding mountains. The trip along the river takes about 1 ½ hours. Later you'll transfer to Tapantí National Park. After our walk through this unique ecosystem we will transfer back to the hotel, through Cachi hydroelectric dam.

Overnight: Hotel Grandpas (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

Day 4 - Cartago - Dominical

After our breakfast we transfer to the South Pacific region of Costa Rica, heading towards the beaches reknown for their unique natural beauty. After checking into Hotel Villas Rio Mar you'll have the option to explore the surrounding area or relax by the pool.

Overnight: Hotel Villas Rio Mar (Breakfast and Lunch Included)

Day 5 - Dominical

After breakfast you will have the day to explore Dominical at your leisure. If you wish optional tours are available (not included in price): Whale Watching (in season only), surf lessons, Damas Island kayak, sea kayaking, visit to Manuel Antonio National Park.

Overnight: Hotel Villas Rio Mar (Breakfast Included)

Day 6 - Dominical

After breakfast you will visit some beaches in the area. In the afternoon you'll transfer to Cartago. In the evening enjoy a farewell dinner at the Hotel Grandpas.

Overnight: Hotel Grandpas (Breakfast and Dinner Included)

Day 7 - Costa Rica Departure

After breakfast you will be driven 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.

Hotel Villas Rio Mar

Set on the banks of the Barú river, surrounded by impressive tropical forests the jungle resort Villa Rio Mar awaits you with traditional hospitality. Hotel Villas Rio Mar seeks to provide its main operating an efficient hosting service, which varies according to their standards of comfort and sustainability policies based on total quality and specialty care department, generating a commitment to integrity and spirit of service among its employees and the environment, and constant updating of controls and procedures involving the management of sustainable development and improving participation and neighboring communities, which exceeded customer expectations, establishing it as a separate company in nationally and internationally for its commitment to the effort to create awareness at the level of sustainable tourism.


Region: Central America

Costa Rica


Breakfast Breakfast

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Hiking Trekking Hiking Trekking

Wildlife Wildlife

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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