CULTURAL & NATURAL TREASURES

Itinerary

Day 1 Arrival to SJO Airport

Welcome to Costa Rica! One of the most diverse countries on Earth!

At your arrival your driver & guide will be waiting for you at the entrance of the airport to drive you to your hotel.

Depending on your arrival time you may have the chance to visit the Central Market and start getting to know the Costa Rican culture.

Overnight at Rosa del Paseo or similar.

Included: Guide, lunch, dinner & lodging.

Day 2San José- Cerro de la Muerte

After breakfast we start the drive all the way up to the highlands. On the way we will visit Chieton Moren Shop, it means “A Fair Deal” in Brunka language. This is a shop in which you will receive an interesting explanation of the different crafts you will find from the 8 different indigenous territories. The visitor will find information about their culture, way of life, crafts and how they make them. It is a fair-trade shop so you will be helping the ancestral artisans as well.

We continue our way to Cerro Las Vueltas, where you will spend the next 2 nights, learning about the Paramo and how this family decided to leave all and start a new life in their sustainable farm.

Overnight Las Vueltas Lodge.

Included: Guide, lunch, dinner & lodging.

Day 3Sustainable Farming

Today you will wake up with a breathtaking view and the chance to learn to milk the cows.

After breakfast you will hike the magic paramo and find medicinal plants on the way and the local guide will explain their uses.

During the afternoon you will learn the different processes they do in order to have a sustainable farm.

Overnight Las Vueltas Lodge.

Included: Guide, breakfast, guided hike to the paramo, farm tour, lunch, dinner & lodging.

Day 4Cerro de la Muerte- Providencia- Meet a rural community

Providenciais a magical paradise with abundant nature, waterfalls, coffee plantations and giant oaks, part of an impressive forest of high altitude. Adrián Fonseca has been the pioneer with the vision of creating a small oasis in the mountain, receiving visitors from all over the world and sharing the treasure of this region with the vision of being and living a self-sustainable and happy life.

During the afternoon you will have the chance to walk around town.

Overnight & dinner at Riviera Lodge.

Included: Breakfast, guide, lunch, dinner & lodging.

Day 5Waterfall Hike & Handcraft Lessons

After breakfastyou will visit EL Salitre waterfall, a secondary forest with many waterfalls is known for the concentration of salt found in its stone walls and the animals frequent to suck it, these lands were created by subduction from the bottom of the sea. Strategically located in the Savegre River basin, the cleanest in Central America, where bird species from the upper and lower parts of the Cerro de la Muerte converge, second highest mountain in Costa Rica.

During the afternoon you will meet The Agüero Cordero family, exemplary in the use and handling of plastic, paper, wood, cardboard, among others, to turn them into great works of art, giving a respite to a planet saturated with bad practices. Using waste materials, they show their participants how to make jewelry, earrings, portraits, bracelets, testing the creativity of this family.

Overnight at & dinner at Riviera Lodge.

Included: Breakfast, guide, guided waterfall tour, handcraft lessons, lunch, dinner & lodging.

Day 6Extreme Forest Adventure & Cooking lessons

After breakfast you will enjoy one of Costa Rica´s way of protecting the forest and at the same time enjoy an adventure from the forest canopy.

The activities begin with the climbing of the fig tree (hollow trees) taking advantage of the unparalleled view from the tops of the trees to descend by means of abseiling at a height of 40 meters. Continuing with the tour, we will cross a field of high ropes, the first with a Lianas

Pass of 30 meters and the second a Monode Bridge 50 meters long, with a maximum height of 10 meters in the highest part of the platform. Continuing along our natural self-guided trails, we arrive at the next activity that combines a Canopy shot of 70 meters long with an unmatched Tarzan Swing to descend from a height of 25 meters.

During the afternoon you will have the chance to learn how to make cheese and create a local dish or pastry.

Overnight at & dinner at Riviera Lodge.

Included: Breakfast, guide, Extreme Forest Adventure tour, cooking lessons, lunch, dinner & lodging.

Day 7 Sugar Mill Experience

El Trapiche, typical Costa Rica country farm which is run by a local family is the perfect place to experience the cozy and easy-going lifestyle of the Tico campesinos. Trapiche, which translated means Sugar Cane Mill, is a super fun cultural day trip that will take you to a still active sugar mill farm. Learn about the process of making sugar step by step, from the raw sugar cane freshly cut until the stage. You will help making the tapas de dulce and the traditional sobado. The farm also has other crops that include the typical products that the local farmers had been producing for over 60 years.

Overnight at & dinner at Riviera Lodge.

Included: Breakfast, guide, sugar mill experience, lunch, dinner & lodging.

Day 8Providencia- Terraba- Chocolate Experience

After breakfast we will continue our way to the southern part of the country, to the Indigenous Territory of Terraba. The origin of the Brörán, proper name of the Térrabas, which means mass of fermented corn, is known to be of Chibcha ancestry as well as other indigenous peoples that inhabit the South of Costa Rica. Studies indicate that the presence of these indigenous peoples over the region dates back approximately 5000 years, developing practices and knowledge techniques such as agricultural, astronomical, science, fishing, sea routes, and the manipulation of materials such as gold, clay, mud and stone spheres.

Upon arrival the local guide will welcome the group in the center of town. A brief review of the history and current affairs of the Indigenous Territory is given.

After lunch you will receive a presentation on the process of roasting and grinding cocoa.

Take a tour to learn about the cacao plant and its importance within the Térraba culture. Then they will explain how the seed is prepared for the process of roasting in a wood-burning stove until it is grinded with a stone or a grinding tomb, to finally enjoy a hot chocolate

Overnight & dinner at El Descanso.

Included: Guide, lunch, cacao tour, dinner & lodging.

Day 9Terraba- Ancient Weaving and Mask Carving Lessons

After breakfast visit the petroglyph. You can observe carefully the symbolic drawings that were there sculpted years ago by ancient Térraba and the meaning of these in their culture.

During the morning we will drive for 20 minutes to the indigenous town of Boruca.

Daily life in Boruca reflects a self- sustaining agricultural village, but one where the majority of the economy is supported by artisan crafts and ecotourism.

You will get to know Margarita, the visionary of the community, she will share part of their history. Then you continue to learn and do your own carved wooden mask and help in the process of weaving. Boruca has a long tradition of hand-dying threads from naturally found colors from sources including leaves of the sangrilla tree, bark of the carbonero tree, clay, indigo plants and occasionally the ink of a mollusk. After spinning thread from locally-grown cotton, they use a loom to weave the thread into handbags, wall hangings, coin purses and more.

Overnight & dinner at El Descanso.

Included: Guide, petroglyph, weaving and masks lessons, lunch, dinner & lodging.

Day 10 Terraba- Rincón de Osa

Early morning you will drive towards the Osa Peninsula, specifically to Rincon, a small town in the South Pacific. El Chontal is a small Ecolodge, owned and operated by a local family of four. Doña Azucena, the chef-owner, her husband Don Jorge, and their sons Eric and David. Eric manages the property together with his father while marine biologist David focuses on keeping track of the Gulf’s dolphin population and monitoring the state of their habitat by means of amphibian biological indicators.

Overnight & dinner at El Chontal.

Included: Guide, lunch, dinner & lodging.

Day 11Monitoring the Dolphin Population at Golfo Dulce

Today after breakfast you will be helping David and the Cetacean Research Center of Costa Rica monitoring the dolphin population at the Golfo Dulce. It is one of the most important locations for cetacean reproduction. You will be on a boat into the Golfo Dulce looking for dolphins and writing that information into a binnacle.

During the afternoon you will receive a lecture on conservation in the Osa Peninsula.

Overnight & dinner at El Chontal.

Included: Guide, lunch, boat research experience, lecture, dinner & lodging.

Day 12Monitoring the Amphibian Population

Today after breakfast you will have a hike into the humid forest of the biodiverse Osa. Having the chance to monitor the amphibian population.

During the afternoon you will have a hands-on activity. You will be taught by a local several ways of recycling and making crafts.

After dinner you will receive a final presentation in which you will be able to see the results of the monitoring you have help done in the past days.

Overnight & dinner at El Chontal.

Included: Guide, lunch, guided hike, recycling Crafts lessons, dinner & lodging.

Day 13 Stone Spheres Archeological Site

After breakfast you will start you drive back towards the Central Valley. On the way you will stop by Finca 6 an archeological site. It has 4 areas: mounds: they served as the basis for housing structures, alignments:5 spheres in situ make two alignments, one of three stone spheres and the other of two spheres, Spheres in transit: consists of about 20 spheres recovered by the National Museum and point 5: it is an area that concentrates ceramic fragments and sculptures. Because of the importance and unique stone spheres this archeological site was declared as World Heritage.

Overnight & dinner at Rosa de America or similar.

Included: Guide, lunch, Finca 6 entrance, dinner & lodging.

Day 14Departure

After breakfast you will drive back to the international airport. We hope you leave the country with a new perspective on how ecological & cultural tourism help to protect the environment and the culture of local communities.

Included: Breakfast & guide.

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