Costa Rica Eco Tour

11 Day Trip
Per Day Price Level $$$$
Per Day Budget $ 335
Per Day USD ranges:
$$$$ < $250
$$$$ $250-500
$$$$ $500-750
$$$$ $750+
  • Experience some of the Islands best boutique lodges and resorts.
  • Discover Finca Rosa Blanca’s (produces some of the world’s best coffee) plantation and learn everything from the experts including how to make a cappuccino, latte and espresso.
  • Visit the artisan town of Sarchi as you stay in the nearby Villa Blanca Cloud Forest Hotel in a 3,000-acre private cloud forest.
  • Enjoy the Punta Islita’s beautiful beachfront and tropical rainforest including a range of activities like golf, zip lining and horse riding.
  • Get a private cooking lesson and learn the secrets behind Costa Rica’s favorite dishes.
  • Choose from a selection of fantastic guided trips in the Osa Peninsula including the early or sunset bird tour, a waterfall hike a rain forest ridge walk or the Osa trail hike.

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  • Itinerary Summary

    Day 01 : Arrival at San Jose

    Meet and greet at Juan Santamaria International Airport and private transfer to the hotel in Santa Barbara de Heredia.

     

    Accommodation: Finca Rosa Blanca Coffee Plantation & Inn, Jr. Suite

    Meals: Meals Not Included

    Day 02 : Heredia

    Breakfast in the hotel. Day to relax at the hotel and to discover Finca Rosa Blanca’s organic coffee plantation.

     

    Rosa Blanca Coffee Plantation is located 4000 feet above sea level, on a temperate plateau, ideal for producing some of the world’s best coffee in the lush volcanic soil.

     

    Learn how coffee was discovered and how it is traded and consumed today while strolling down the lanes of Finca Rosa Blanca’s organic sustainable coffee plantation. The guide will explain all about the different steps involve in planting and harvesting an organic coffee plantation, and you can even participate in the picking of coffee, during the harvest season, from October to January. The guide will also take you step by step through the whole procedure of coffee from clearing and drying the berries to final roasting and packing. Learn how the experts discern and rate gourmet coffee by participating in a coffee cupping session and learn how to make a cappuccino, café latte and espresso coffee. Finally, sit out and enjoy the view while sipping a fresh cup of coffee while learning about the benefits that an organic sustainable coffee plantation bring to the environment and the community.

    Duration: 2h30 hours

     

    Accommodation: Finca Rosa Blanca Coffee Plantation & Inn, Jr. Suite

    Meals: Breakfast

    Day 03 : Heredia to El Silencio de Los Angeles Reserve

    After breakfast, our guide will pick you up in Finca Rosa Blanca to take you to Villa Blanca Cloud Forest Hotel, visiting en route the towns of Grecia, Sarchí, Naranjo and Zarcero.

     

    The town of Sarchi is home to the typical artisans of Costa Rica. Sarchi offers from the hands of laborious artisans the most beautiful oxcarts, very representative of Costa Rica’s culture and idiosyncrasy, a variety of handicrafts and also the opportunity to get involved in the processing. Bright colors, different kind of woods and a heritage of talents are part of what you will enjoy on your visit to Sarchi.

     

    Villa Blanca is located in the heart of 3000 private acres of pristine cloud forest and dairy pastures. The gardeners and guides continuously work to maintain a 3 km. system of nature trails through the property specially designed with no staircases or steps to keep a good walking rhythm.  Guest can take a self-guided walk or chose to be accompanied by Villa Blanca’s naturalist guide.

     

    Accommodation Villa Blanca Cloud Forest Hotel, Deluxe Casita

    Meals: Breakfast

    Day 04 : Villa Blanca’s Cloud Forest

    Breakfast included in the hotel. Day at leisure to relax and enjoy Villa Blanca.

     

    Accommodation: Villa Blanca Cloud Forest Hotel, Deluxe Casita

    Meals: Breakfast

    Day 05 - 07 : Punta Islita

    After a delicious breakfast, our guide will pick you up to take you beautiful Punta Islita. This private transfer by road will take approximately 4H30 (204 Km).

     

    At Hotel Punta Islita life’s best experiences intensify. This beachfront setting features exciting tropical forest and charming people who welcome guests with heartfelt hospitality. Golf, Spa, Zip-lining, horseback riding, and fine dining can be enjoyed in relaxing seclusion and premium facilities.

     

    Take advantage of this stay to learn about Punta Islita’s people-friendly programs.

     

    Punta Islita’s Cultural Discovery Complementary Visit (2 hours):

    This guided tour provides an overview of Hotel Punta Islita’s planet-friendly, people-positive programs. It features a visit to the recycling center, to the town of Islita, to the Jon and Janie Mangus Day Care Center and the Islita Open Air Contemporary Art Museum. This innovative initiative pairs Costa Rican and international artists with local counterparts to create bold murals, installations, and sculptures in a display of identity and self-validation. Today, there are more than sixty men, women and youngsters involved in seven community art groups. Their original pieces are proudly displayed and sold at the Casa Museo, located in the heart of Islita.

     

    Tico Cooking Lessons (1H30)

    Learn the secrets behind Costa Rica’s favorite dishes including the healthy, citrus ceviche, the versatile picadillo, or the deliciously sweet tres leches dessert. Led by the Chef, Leanneth Viales, this fun session lets you understand the flavors behind local traditions so you can replicate them at home and share with family and friends.

     

    Accommodation: Punta Islita Hotel, Deluxe Room

    Meals: Breakfast

    Day 08 : Punta Islita to Playa Carbonera, Osa Peninsula

    After a delicious breakfast, early private transfer to Punta Islita airstrip or to Nosara airstrip to take a local flight to San José to connect with another local flight to Puerto Jimenez.

     

    Once in Puerto Jimenez, you will be guided to the Reception Office where refreshment will be offered before the trip continues in a bumpy and scenic road for 45 minutes.

     

    When arriving to Lapa Rios, the lodge’s manager will welcome you to the property and will tell you about Lapa Rios’ history, mission, vision and goals.

     

    Rest your body and soul after a delicious lunch taking a nap in the hammock of your comfortable bungalow or take a refreshing dip in the swimming pool.

     

    An exquisite three courses meal will be served in the restaurant for dinner.

     

    Accommodation: Lapa Rios Ecolodge, Deluxe Bungalow

    Meals: All Meals Included

    Day 09 : Playa Carbonera, Osa Peninsula

    Wake up with the stunning sunrise behind the Golfo Dulce in front of your eyes. Have a delicious breakfast with tropical fruits and locally harvested ingredients before getting ready for a new exciting day.

     

    You can choose among a selection of on-site guided tours such as the Early and Sunset Birds Tour, the Wild Waterfall Hike, the local Medicine Tour, the Rain Forest Ridge Walk, the Osa Trail Hike, the Matapalo Tour, the Night Walk and the Pigs, Twigs and Garbage Tour

     

    All guided tours help support the ongoing maintenance and land preservation of the rich Osa Peninsula biodiversity. Choosing to hike and learn about the rain forest interconnectedness with the lodge’s trained and experienced local guides will provide you an authentic local interpretation and will help the community employee’s economic support.

     

    Accommodation: Lapa Rios Ecolodge, Deluxe Bungalow  

    Meals: All Meals Included

    Day 10 : Playa Carbonera, Osa Peninsula

    After breakfast, get ready with the sunrise for another day of adventure.

     

    You might want to get immersed in the real rainforest. The Osa Trail hike will lead you into the deep primary forest in the Lapa Rios private reserve. The tour departs Lapa Rios at 8:15 a.m. and returns at noon.

     

    For the rest of the afternoon relax on the sun bed in your private balcony while hearing the toucans, macaws and sound of the waves or take time to relax in the fresh water pool. Join other guests at the scenic Brisa Azul Restaurant for a glass of wine or a cocktail before dinner.

     

    Accommodation: Lapa Rios Ecolodge, Deluxe Bungalow

    Meals: All Meals Included

    Day 11 : Departure from San Jose

    Early departure back to Puerto Jimenez to take a local flight back to San José, to Juan Santamaría International Airport. Check in at airline counter must be done three hours prior to flight departure.

     

    Meals: Breakfast

  • Duration
    11 days
    Difficulty
    Easy
    Primary Activities
    Culture and History
    No. of travellers
    Min. 2
    Other Activities
    Bird Watching, Trekking
    Children Allowed
    Yes
  • Comfort
    Learn more
    Super luxury

    Our highest-end category of accommodation, Super Luxury is defined by top quality customer service and premium amenities. Hotels in this exclusive category include the Aman resorts, Oberoi Vilas hotels, and certain independent purveyors.

    Luxury

    Luxury Hotels meet the standards of most well-known 5-star hotel brands around the world, and include premium accommodations and amenities. In some cases our Luxury category overlaps with the "boutique" hotels, many of which are equally luxurious and accommodating.

    Boutique

    Boutique hotels are typically smaller, or independently owned hotels that offer top-end service and amenities equivalent to luxury providers. Boutique hotels often differentiate themselves from bigger hotel brands through their unique character, location, or history.

    Glamping

    Glamping (short for “glamorous camping”) and lodges denotes outdoor-focused accommodations that combine the best of nature with a designer / comfort angle in mind, so customers can get the best of both worlds.

    Camping

    Camping refers to a wide range of tented accommodation, which will most likely apply to outdoor / adventure trips like trekking, hiking, etc.

    Others

  • Price Details (per person)

    High Season Jan to Dec $ 3,688 $ 335 per day

    * All Prices are per person based on double occupancy. Some savings may be available for larger groups.

Cost Includes
  • Private arrival transfer
  • 2 nights at Finca Rosa Blanca Hotel
  • 2 nights at Villa Blanca Hotel
  • 3 nights at Punta Islita Hotel
  • 3 nights at Lapa Rios Ecolodge
  • Daily breakfast
  • Full board at Lapa Rios Ecolodge
  • Finca Rosa Blanca guided coffee tour
  • Guided transfer from Finca Rosa Blanca to Villa Blanca, visiting the towns of Grecia, Sarchí, Naranjo and Zarcero
  • Two on-site guided tours in Lapa Rios
  • Punta Islita’s Cultural Discovery Complementary Visit
  • Tico Cooking with Chef Leanneth
  • Three local flights
  • All private transfers as specified
  • All hotel taxes

Included during Lapa Rios stay:

  • Lodging in private Deluxe Bungalow
  • 3 extraordinary meals per day and non alcoholic & non mixed drinks
  • One round trip Puerto Jimenez - Lapa Rios - Puerto Jimenez transfer
  • Selection of on-site guided tours such as: Early and Sunset Birds Tour, Wild Waterfall, Local Medicine Tour, Rain Forest Ridge Walk, Osa Trail, Matapalo Tour and Night Walk Pigs, Twigs and Garbage Tour
  • The luggage limit per person allowed on local flights and Lapa Rios package is 25 pounds (12 kg. approx.)
Cost Excludes
  • Meals not specified
  • Costa Rica departure tax
  • Tips for guides
  • Optional tours
  • Other expenses
Day 01 : Arrival at San Jose

Meet and greet at Juan Santamaria International Airport and private transfer to the hotel in Santa Barbara de Heredia.

 

Accommodation: Finca Rosa Blanca Coffee Plantation & Inn, Jr. Suite

Meals not included

Day 02 : Heredia

Breakfast in the hotel. Day to relax at the hotel and to discover Finca Rosa Blanca’s organic coffee plantation.

 

Rosa Blanca Coffee Plantation is located 4000 feet above sea level, on a temperate plateau, ideal for producing some of the world’s best coffee in the lush volcanic soil.

 

Learn how coffee was discovered and how it is traded and consumed today while strolling down the lanes of Finca Rosa Blanca’s organic sustainable coffee plantation. The guide will explain all about the different steps involve in planting and harvesting an organic coffee plantation, and you can even participate in the picking of coffee, during the harvest season, from October to January. The guide will also take you step by step through the whole procedure of coffee from clearing and drying the berries to final roasting and packing. Learn how the experts discern and rate gourmet coffee by participating in a coffee cupping session and learn how to make a cappuccino, café latte and espresso coffee. Finally, sit out and enjoy the view while sipping a fresh cup of coffee while learning about the benefits that an organic sustainable coffee plantation bring to the environment and the community.

Duration: 2h30 hours

 

Accommodation: Finca Rosa Blanca Coffee Plantation & Inn, Jr. Suite

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 03 : Heredia to El Silencio de Los Angeles Reserve

After breakfast, our guide will pick you up in Finca Rosa Blanca to take you to Villa Blanca Cloud Forest Hotel, visiting en route the towns of Grecia, Sarchí, Naranjo and Zarcero.

 

The town of Sarchi is home to the typical artisans of Costa Rica. Sarchi offers from the hands of laborious artisans the most beautiful oxcarts, very representative of Costa Rica’s culture and idiosyncrasy, a variety of handicrafts and also the opportunity to get involved in the processing. Bright colors, different kind of woods and a heritage of talents are part of what you will enjoy on your visit to Sarchi.

 

Villa Blanca is located in the heart of 3000 private acres of pristine cloud forest and dairy pastures. The gardeners and guides continuously work to maintain a 3 km. system of nature trails through the property specially designed with no staircases or steps to keep a good walking rhythm.  Guest can take a self-guided walk or chose to be accompanied by Villa Blanca’s naturalist guide.

 

Accommodation Villa Blanca Cloud Forest Hotel, Deluxe Casita

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 04 : Villa Blanca’s Cloud Forest

Breakfast included in the hotel. Day at leisure to relax and enjoy Villa Blanca.

 

Accommodation: Villa Blanca Cloud Forest Hotel, Deluxe Casita

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 05 - 07 : Punta Islita

After a delicious breakfast, our guide will pick you up to take you beautiful Punta Islita. This private transfer by road will take approximately 4H30 (204 Km).

 

At Hotel Punta Islita life’s best experiences intensify. This beachfront setting features exciting tropical forest and charming people who welcome guests with heartfelt hospitality. Golf, Spa, Zip-lining, horseback riding, and fine dining can be enjoyed in relaxing seclusion and premium facilities.

 

Take advantage of this stay to learn about Punta Islita’s people-friendly programs.

 

Punta Islita’s Cultural Discovery Complementary Visit (2 hours):

This guided tour provides an overview of Hotel Punta Islita’s planet-friendly, people-positive programs. It features a visit to the recycling center, to the town of Islita, to the Jon and Janie Mangus Day Care Center and the Islita Open Air Contemporary Art Museum. This innovative initiative pairs Costa Rican and international artists with local counterparts to create bold murals, installations, and sculptures in a display of identity and self-validation. Today, there are more than sixty men, women and youngsters involved in seven community art groups. Their original pieces are proudly displayed and sold at the Casa Museo, located in the heart of Islita.

 

Tico Cooking Lessons (1H30)

Learn the secrets behind Costa Rica’s favorite dishes including the healthy, citrus ceviche, the versatile picadillo, or the deliciously sweet tres leches dessert. Led by the Chef, Leanneth Viales, this fun session lets you understand the flavors behind local traditions so you can replicate them at home and share with family and friends.

 

Accommodation: Punta Islita Hotel, Deluxe Room

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 08 : Punta Islita to Playa Carbonera, Osa Peninsula

After a delicious breakfast, early private transfer to Punta Islita airstrip or to Nosara airstrip to take a local flight to San José to connect with another local flight to Puerto Jimenez.

 

Once in Puerto Jimenez, you will be guided to the Reception Office where refreshment will be offered before the trip continues in a bumpy and scenic road for 45 minutes.

 

When arriving to Lapa Rios, the lodge’s manager will welcome you to the property and will tell you about Lapa Rios’ history, mission, vision and goals.

 

Rest your body and soul after a delicious lunch taking a nap in the hammock of your comfortable bungalow or take a refreshing dip in the swimming pool.

 

An exquisite three courses meal will be served in the restaurant for dinner.

 

Accommodation: Lapa Rios Ecolodge, Deluxe Bungalow

All meals included

Day 09 : Playa Carbonera, Osa Peninsula

Wake up with the stunning sunrise behind the Golfo Dulce in front of your eyes. Have a delicious breakfast with tropical fruits and locally harvested ingredients before getting ready for a new exciting day.

 

You can choose among a selection of on-site guided tours such as the Early and Sunset Birds Tour, the Wild Waterfall Hike, the local Medicine Tour, the Rain Forest Ridge Walk, the Osa Trail Hike, the Matapalo Tour, the Night Walk and the Pigs, Twigs and Garbage Tour

 

All guided tours help support the ongoing maintenance and land preservation of the rich Osa Peninsula biodiversity. Choosing to hike and learn about the rain forest interconnectedness with the lodge’s trained and experienced local guides will provide you an authentic local interpretation and will help the community employee’s economic support.

 

Accommodation: Lapa Rios Ecolodge, Deluxe Bungalow  

All meals included

Day 10 : Playa Carbonera, Osa Peninsula

After breakfast, get ready with the sunrise for another day of adventure.

 

You might want to get immersed in the real rainforest. The Osa Trail hike will lead you into the deep primary forest in the Lapa Rios private reserve. The tour departs Lapa Rios at 8:15 a.m. and returns at noon.

 

For the rest of the afternoon relax on the sun bed in your private balcony while hearing the toucans, macaws and sound of the waves or take time to relax in the fresh water pool. Join other guests at the scenic Brisa Azul Restaurant for a glass of wine or a cocktail before dinner.

 

Accommodation: Lapa Rios Ecolodge, Deluxe Bungalow

All meals included

Day 11 : Departure from San Jose

Early departure back to Puerto Jimenez to take a local flight back to San José, to Juan Santamaría International Airport. Check in at airline counter must be done three hours prior to flight departure.

 

Meals included: Breakfast

Cost of the entire itinerary

High Season Jan to Dec $ 3,688 $ 335 per day
Cost Includes
  • Private arrival transfer
  • 2 nights at Finca Rosa Blanca Hotel
  • 2 nights at Villa Blanca Hotel
  • 3 nights at Punta Islita Hotel
  • 3 nights at Lapa Rios Ecolodge
  • Daily breakfast
  • Full board at Lapa Rios Ecolodge
  • Finca Rosa Blanca guided coffee tour
  • Guided transfer from Finca Rosa Blanca to Villa Blanca, visiting the towns of Grecia, Sarchí, Naranjo and Zarcero
  • Two on-site guided tours in Lapa Rios
  • Punta Islita’s Cultural Discovery Complementary Visit
  • Tico Cooking with Chef Leanneth
  • Three local flights
  • All private transfers as specified
  • All hotel taxes

Included during Lapa Rios stay:

  • Lodging in private Deluxe Bungalow
  • 3 extraordinary meals per day and non alcoholic & non mixed drinks
  • One round trip Puerto Jimenez - Lapa Rios - Puerto Jimenez transfer
  • Selection of on-site guided tours such as: Early and Sunset Birds Tour, Wild Waterfall, Local Medicine Tour, Rain Forest Ridge Walk, Osa Trail, Matapalo Tour and Night Walk Pigs, Twigs and Garbage Tour
  • The luggage limit per person allowed on local flights and Lapa Rios package is 25 pounds (12 kg. approx.)
Cost Excludes
  • Meals not specified
  • Costa Rica departure tax
  • Tips for guides
  • Optional tours
  • Other expenses
Climate

Costa Rica’s climate is marked by two distinct seasons: dry season (Dec.-April) and the wet season (May-Nov.). The average daily temperatures range between 70 and 80 degrees.

 

It is home to vast array of plants and trees, every species highly adapted to the ecosystems within which they reside. The foliage is accented by brightly colored flowers and lush green trees.

 

Costa Rica boasts a profusion of zoological riches, and rightfully so. The National Institute of Biodiversity, in an attempt to identify every plant, animal and insect species, has approximated that within the borders of this small isthmus at least one million species exist.

Visas, Travel Documents and Special Permits

Please note that you are responsible for checking your destination country's visa requirements and then getting the visa accordingly.

 

Further, most countries require travellers to have a passport that is valid from at least 6 months from the day of entry into the country, so please confirm that you satisfy your destination country or countries passport, visa and medical (if any) requirements well in advance of your trip.

Immunizations / Medical Requirements

  • Please carry all personal medication

Recommended Packing List
  • Comfortable clothes
  • Insect repellent 
Meals provided

Other useful tips

  • The luggage limit per person allowed on local flights is 40 pounds (18 kg. approx.).
  • **Note: Prices may vary drastically over Christmas, New Years and Easter.

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