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Jungle and Volcanoes
walking & study tour to Costa Rica's volcanoes

Jungle and Volcanoes

walking & study tour to Costa Rica's volcanoes
Tour type
Walking & study tour: active volcanoes - wildlife - Relax
Difficulty
Easy to Moderate
Group size: 6-12
Duration
13 days / 12 nights
Custom and group dates
3-15 Dec 2023
Price per person
$ 4800 €£¥
A small country, a narrow stretch between the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, part of the bridge between North and South, Costa Rica has a lot to offer: active volcanoes, both photogenic and relatively easy to access, extremely varied landscapes ranging from tropical to sub-alpine, well-protected national parks with an unparalleled rich flora and fauna, international flair, western standards of safety and tourist infrastructure and not least, a colorful culture of very friendly people.
The tour offers a mixture of easy to moderate hikes and excursions on volcanoes, rustic comfort, relaxing breaks in natural hot springs, waterfalls, scenic viewpoints and beaches.
Get to know and enjoy the country's coloful culture with our enthusiastic local guides. Of course, you can be sure to get a good taste of the country's excellent cuisine.

The tour is run in cooperation with local volcanologists and non-governmental organization "Volcanes sin Fronteras" ("Volcanoes without Borders"), whose projects are both research, communication and education of the public audience. Similar to our own vision, their goal is to share volcanic knowledge to the scientist and non-scientist population.
Part of our tour is to be "Volcanologist for a day": Learn about and and actively take part in volcano monitoring on the ground! We provide all necessary special equipment to take measurements, samples, and analyze them.
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  • Visit the most spectacular volcanoes of Costa Rica on one tour
  • Knowledgeable expert local volcanologist guide
  • Learn about and actively take part in volcano monitoring
  • Observe Costa Rica's rich tropical flora and fauna
  • 2 nights on a spectacular Pacific beach at the end of the trip

13 days Costa Rica

Day 1: Arrival and transfer to Rincon de la Vieja volcano
Arrival in San José and transfer to the Guanacaste Volcanic Range, where we will stay 3 nights about 5 km away from Rincon de la Vieja Volcano.
Day 2: Rincon de la Vieja volcano
Full day to explore some of the geological features of the volcano and its recent activity with a volcanologist. Sampling of volcanic hot springs.
Day 3: Discover the tropical rainforest aroung Rincon de la Vieja
After a 30 minutes drive we will explore the hot and humid rain forest at the base of the
volcano, trying to observe toucans, snakes, tapirs, many birds as well.
Day 4: Tenorio Volcano National Park
Drive to Tenorio Volcano National Park. Visit Rio Celeste, a turquoise-colored river that amazes with its blue lagoon, the "Borbollones" and its waterfall.
Night in Tenorio Volcano National Park.
Day 5-6: Arenal volcano
After breakfast we will drive to the Arenal volcano area, the youngest volcano of Costa Rica.
We spend two full days to explore Arenal Volcano National Park, rich in biodiversity and volcanic features. If no clouds, we can enjoy majestic views of Arenal volcano from the best viewpoints.
Two nights in charming La Fortuna town at the feet of the volcano.
Day 7: Poás volcano
Travel to Poas Volcano area, one of the most active volcanoes of the Central Mountain Range with vast coffee plantations around its base.
Explore Poas Volcano National Park with its particular cloud forest and the hyperacid hot crater lake "Laguna Caliente" at the summit of the volcano (depending on weather and volcanic activity).
Day 8: Turrialba and Irazu volcanoes
Early start and transfer to the area of neighboring Irazu and Turrialba volcanoes. Conditions permitting, we can ascend to the crater of Turrialba along a new trail to discover the dead area affected by its most recent eruption.
Day 9: Pacuare river rafting
Travel to the Pacuare Outdoor Center. We will reach the lodge by rafting on the Pacuare river, formed by the erosion of ancient lava flows. Discover hot springs and good variety of wildlife.
Day 10: Costa Rica's Caribbean coast
Raft the second portion of Pacuare river and continue to Puerto Viejo on the Caribbean coast where we will spend two nights to explore the area with its scenic coast, its rich flora and fauna.
See the island where Christopher Colombus arrived to Costa Rica and the reef platform that emerged by the large magnitude 7.7 Earthquake of 1991.
Two nights in beautiful Puerto Viejo town.
Day 11: Discover colorful flora and fauna in Gandoca and Cahuita National Parks
Be ready to see many beautiful colored flowers also monkeys, sloths and enjoy it a particular and tasty caribbean food!
We will wake up early to explore the Caribbean side of Costa Rica. We explore Gandoca Manzanillo and Cahuita National Parks, known for their high biodiversity.
Day 12: Free morning, transfer to San José
Free morning to explore Puerto Viejo, go to the beach, buy souvenirs etc.
Travel to San Jose in the afternoon and farewell dinner in the city center.
Day 13: Transfer to airport or own extension
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Arrival info:

The tour starts and ends in San Jose, Costa Rica's lively capital. A domestic flight back to San Jose is included at the end of the tour, in order to save 5 hours transfer along a busy highway.

Tour guide

The tour is accompanied by an experienced English-speaking local volcanologist / geologist from Costa Rica's "Volcanes Sin Fronteras" NGO. You can learn more about their activity, in particular the program "Volcanologist for a day", on their YouTube Channel:
https://www.youtube.com/c/VolcanesSinFronterasVSF/
If the group size reaches at least 8 people, one of the volcanologists from our own team will also accompany the group.

Additional info

Physical requirements

Most hikes on this trip are easy and everyone with reasonable fitness should have no problems to follow them.

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