Linger Longer in Costa Rica

Travel to Puerto Viejo

Venture to the Gandoca -Manzanillo Refuge which is known for its pristine forest and home to some of the most virgin forests in Central America. This forest is home to jaguar, puma, tapir, coatimundi, sloths, monkeys, anteaters, and over 360 species of birds.

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Sojourn – Gain a better understanding of the community you’re visiting. Learn about different religions or spiritual practices. How do these impact the communities? How does religion or spirituality influence local traditions?

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Savor – Will you choose sweet or savory? Take the time to visit local markets and discover unique local ingredients. Learn how to prepare traditional meals & local favorites.

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Tip of the Tongue – Each morning, take the time to learn a few basic greetings and phrases in the local language. Learn how to write greetings & your name in the local script.

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A Wrinkle in Time – History influences our present. Discover the history of the country you visit. Hear the stories of your guides & their family history. Where do they come from?

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Journal Journeys – Take some time to reflect on the day’s events and document your journey. Spend a moment journaling about the day had & day ahead. These are memories for a lifetime!

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Culture – From local dances, festivals, or simple gestures to communicate – all of these make up a country’s culture. Learn and practice cultural norms & how to show respect in the culture you visit.

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Itinerary

After landing in the charming Costa Rican capital of San Jose, travel to the beachside town of Puerto Viejo. Situated on the Caribbean side of Costa Rica, near the border of Panama, Puerto Viejo is much less crowded than tourist towns on the Pacific side, with a diverse array of visitors and locals. You won’t find fast food chains or high rise hotels here, but you will see colorful homes, exquisite uncrowded beaches and exotic wildlife. Take a deep breath of warm ocean air and spend your first day getting settled into Paradise.

Discover the Jaguar Animal Rescue Centre located near Playa Cocles. This centre serves as a refuge and rehabilitation center for many local animals including members of the cat family, monkeys, snakes and more.

Learn the process in which indigenous chocolate is made by the people who know it best. Watch a demonstration of the process, from the growing of the Cacao plant to the making of chocolate. After, hike to a beautiful waterfall.

Hike through the Cahuita National Park beginning in the community of Cahuita, along white beaches and up to Cahuita Point. Relax and swim in the calm water of the Caribbean Sea.

After your morning breakfast and checkout, say goodbye to the sleepy seaside village and head to San Jose, where you’ll catch your flight home. Promise yourself you’ll come back soon!

Siéntate y Relájate!

Pack your flip flops and get ready for the magic of the laid-back Caribbean paradise of Puerto Viejo de Talamanca. Famous for its Salsa Brava surf break, this colorful beachside town is not just for surfers. Its cool Caribbean attitude and variety of outdoor activities make it an attractive and exciting travel option for all! Take a nature trek through the lush neighboring rain forest and make friends with the many exotic animals that call this region their home. Or just stay put and spend days with your feet up, relaxing on pristine beaches and chatting up locals in beachside bars. From adventure-filled days, to calm peaceful nights, Puerto Viejo truly has something for everyone!

Value

3-6 Day
Group Trips

  • Airfare
  • Transportation
  • 2.5 - 3-Star Accommodations
  • Daily Activities & Excursions
  • 2 Meals Per Day
  • Tours & Entrance Fees
  • Daytime & Self-Guided Tour Director
  • 1 Impact Project

Classic

7-12 Day
Group Trips

  • Airfare
  • Transportation
  • 2.5 - 3-Star Accommodations
  • Daily Activities & Excursions
  • 2 Meals Per Day
  • Tours & Entrance Fees
  • Daytime Guided Tour Director
  • Up to 2 Impact Projects

Epic

7-14 Day
Group Trips

  • Airfare
  • Transportation
  • 3.5 - 4-Star Accommodations
  • Daily Activities & Excursions
  • 2 Meals Per Day
  • Tours & Entrance Fees
  • 24/7 Guided Tour Director
  • Up to 3 Impact Projects
  • Final Night Celebration Dinner

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