SOUTH CARIBBEAN COAST

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This place, nearby the harbour town Limon, is the place where Christoffel Columbus came to land in 1502 to christen the rich Costa Rican coast, because of its overwhelming natural kingdom and beauty. Even though a lot of forest has been cut down to make room for banana plantations and cattle breeding, there a lot of rainforest is still intact. 

 

The colourful towns Cahuita and Puerto Viejo have a very relaxed, laid-back Caribbean vibe and the culture is completely different comparted to the rest of the country.

 

The inhabitants here are mainly from Afro-Caribbean descent, which can be seen in the language, music, and local cuisine.

THINGS TO DO ON THE CARIBBEAN COAST

Take a hike through the Cahuita National Park, the Manzanillo Gandoca National Park, visit he Jaguar Rescue Center or the Green Macaw Breeding Project or take a trip to one of the many waterfalls or an indigenous pre-Columbian town and learn how they live and how to make chocolate. You can also rent a bike and observe the the rasta culture, beautiful beaches, countless animals, and overwhelming jungle. Other popular activities here are surfing (whether you are a beginner or experienced, there are great waves for everyone!), snorkeling and diving. 

Cahuita National Park & Snorkeling

Cahuita National Park is considered as one of the most beautiful protected area´s in Costa Rica, with its white sand beaches, large number of coconut palms, turquoise sea and coral reef this is a spot you do not want to miss!

Your captain and guide will take you to the coral reef by boat, where you will go snorkeling for two hours at two different points in the Cahuita National Park, where the reef will surprise you with its abundant marine life.

 

Afterwards you will go to the beach to rest and have a snack of tropical fruit.Then you will continue with a 1½ hour guided hike through the National Park. This National Park is a combination of beautiful beaches, coral reefs, and a tropical rainforest where you can easily observe many species of monkeys, sloths, frogs, butterflies and more. 

Price: $65 p.p.

 

Gandoca Manzanillo

Get ready for an unforgettable experience! While you walk into the forest, you will wonder about the exotic vegetation. Most of the trees are covered with mosses, lichens, bromeliads, orchids and other plants that cascade from the branches of these gigantic trees creating a backdrop for life in the jungle.

We will spot many different species of birds from the 384 species we have in this area. Some examples are hummingbirds, tanagers, owls, and toucans.

Our professional naturalist tour guides will use their sharp senses to spot animals such as white-faced monkeys and howler monkeys, sloths, iguanas, snakes, poisonous frogs, and numerous other different types of animals that you will be able to observe in this tour.

You will also learn about medicinal plants and the natural history of this natural paradise, and you will have the opportunity to learn interesting facts about our Afro-Caribbean customs.

Price: $65 p.p.

 

Bribri Day Tour

The Bri Bri Indigenous Territory Tour is an excellent way to spend the day experiencing the richness of the Pre Columbian culture of Costa Rica. You will have a cultural, anthropological and natural immersion in the Watsi Bri Bri Community in the foothills of the Talamanca Mountains.

The tour begins with a hike in the rainforest which will lead you to a waterfall. You will observe the tropical flora and have the opportunity to see red frogs and maybe other inhabitants while you relax and enjoy a refreshing swim in the natural pool.

Then, you will visit a medicinal plants garden to learn about the indigenous natural treatments and healing powers of the plants, trees, roots, leafs, barks, etc. You will be hosted by the medicine man or medicine lady.

Last but not least, you will meet a traditional Bri Bri family of five generations to learn about their way of life, their heritage and resources for farming, cooking, healing, building and hunting, using organic materials found in the surrounding forest.You will taste about 5 different chocolate flavors, have a lecture of medicinal plants and their use, and participate in a hunting demonstration with typical bow and arrows with a Bri Bri local.

Price: $100 p.p.

 

Yorkin 2 Day/1 Night Tour

The Package to Yorkin Indigenous Community is the best way to live an authentic and unforgettable experience visiting a native Bri Bri village in the heart of the Talamanca Mountains.

Sailing by traditional dugout canoe, which is an incredible experience in itself, you will enjoy the exuberant vegetation as well as Yorkin village, the organic cacao and banana plantations walking on the way to your rural lodge with your local guide. 

 

After a Bri Bri style lunch, for dessert, you will learn how to make chocolate and a delicious chocolate sauce to dip organic bananas into. You will also have a lecture on the community project based on nature and culture conservation and environmental education. Your hosts will be very happy to share their knowledge and know how as regards to medicinal plants, handicrafts and Bri Bri roof tiling. You will have the opportunity to try your hand at this native practice.

 

After dinner, you will end this day of cultural exchange listening to ancient stories about the Bri Bri culture, an oral tradition passed on from generation to generation. Full of new experiences, you will get to sleep in a traditional cabin of the lodge operated with solar energy.

The next day you will go for a hike through the jungle and learn more about the natural and cultural resources of the Yorkin Community before your return trip to civilization!

 

Price: $190 p.p.

 

Horseriding

Make the very most of your time in Puerto Viejo by joining an exclusive horseback ride along one of the most incredible and undeveloped beaches and jungle in Costa Rica. Tours range from relaxing rides, perfect for families or beginners, to advanced trips for more experienced riders.

This tour combines both beach and jungle for a complete experience. This is definitely the best way to explore the most important beauty of the Caribbean! We ride along the beach, where you will get to see breathtaking scenery of white sand beaches. Then, we head into the jungle, where you explore the rich wildlife of the tropical rainforest. Your guide will help you spot animals such as howler monkeys, sloths, toucans, parrots and more on this amazing tour. This tour is a great opportunity to learn about this unique ecosystem. Available in the morning or the afternoon.

 

Price 1.5/2 hours: $70 p.p.

Price 2.5/3 hours: $85 p.p.

 

Rio Pacuare Rafting

The Pacuare River is one of the best choices for your adventure treks in Costa Rica. No other trip in the country exists that offers you a perfect blend of wilderness exposure and excitement, all in one day.

Pacuare is world famous for its sheer beauty. It is not an overly challenging river, but it has a lot of rapids, therefore giving you an adventure filled with lots of fun.

 

The 18-mile one day run includes a total of 52 rapids of class II - III. During this trip you will raft through the famous Pacuare River Gorge, which is 5 miles of some of the best white water Costa Rica has to offer.

 

Price: $110 p.p.

 

Surf Lesson

What better to spend your day in the tropical waters of the Caribbean Ocean? Our surf classes take place at Cocles Beach and other major beaches of Puerto Viejo. Each course takes 2 hours and is limited to a maximum of 5 learners per instructor.

 

You will begin with a theoretical lesson, in which you will learn new/surprising facts about the sea, about currents and waves, important knowledge that will make you feel safe in the ocean, followed by a brief warm-up and the practical application of all you will have learned. Whether you wish to surf for the first time, or need to refresh your skills, our course is the one to go for!

 

Price: $70 p.p.

 

Bike Tour Along Caribbean Coast

The most beautiful beaches of Costa Rica are here, between Puerto Viejo and Manzanillo. No big hotels or mass tourism, the nature is overwhelming, the wildlife abundant, and there is a relaxed atmosphere. Your guide will pick you up today at 08:00 am with bikes and you bike along the coast to Manzanillo. The distance between Puerto Viejo and Manzanillo is around 10 km.

 

Price: $40 p.p.

 

Caribbean Cooking Class

If you love Caribbean food and would like to learn how to cook it to surprise your guests at home, then this course is for you! Cheo, our private cheff will teach you how to prepare several Caribbean dishes, and of course you can eat it yourself after the cooking course! You can choose from different dishes: Vegetarian, Fish, Chicken or Meat and can choose from a lunch or dinner menu.

Transport is included, so you will be picked up and brought back to your hotel!

 

Price: $65 p.p.

 

Salsa Lesson

You will get to immerse yourself in Costa Rica's vibrant and friendly culture by learning to dance Like a local! Be sure to sign up for our dance lessons with a local instructor to get your feet moving to the beats of merengue, salsa, cumbia and a Costa Rican favorite: bachata. Most Costa Ricans learn to dance from an early age and one could say "it's in their blood..." Merengue is probably the style of music you'll hear most-often around Costa Rica and probably the easiest to learn how to dance to. It's a quick two-step pattern and the man is responsible for directing the woman with his right hand back and forth.

 

Cumbia is believed to come from Colombia, but Costa Ricans have put their own twist on how to dance to it. It's a mostly sideways step in a 1-2-3-4 count that Costa Ricans call the "Swing Criollo" that adds a special bounce on the step and goes a little faster. And then there's Salsa the sexiest of Latin dancing that originated in Cuba when you get to the Salsa part of the lesson, you'll be doing spins and turns!

Price: $40 p.p.

 

Canopy Tour

During this tour you will glide through the treetops in the heart of the jungle. The Canopy consists of 9 aerial platforms and 13 ground platforms, with a total of 2760 meters of cable. Between the platforms you will hike through nature and your guide will teach you about the nature and animals you will encounter. Once you reach the seventh platform, you will not touch the ground again until the end of the route, so you will cross and watch the jungle as birds do. In order to be completely immersed in the jungle surroundings,  the former steel cables have been replaced with cables made out of carbon fiber in this particular part of the jungle.

Add another bit of adrenaline and be sure to try the superman cable. You will glide through a 300 meters cable flying like the famous superhero.

Price: $65 p.p.

 

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