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Costa Rica Trekking Tour

Trekking tour - Day 1

Meet and greet

Meet at the airport and transfer to the Hotel in San Jose.

This day you will get enough information on what we will be doing along the Costa Rica Trekking Tour. Depending on everyone’s arrival time we could take a sightseeing walking tour around the city of San Jose.

Trekking tour - Day 2

Departure to the San Gerardo area at Cerro de la Muerte

On the way we will stop at the Irazu Volcano at 11,500 ft OSL. Irazu is actually a derivative of an Indian word, which means “thunder and Earthquake Mountain”. An active stratovolcano, Irazu has had a number of volcanic eruptions over the years. The first documented eruption was in 1723 by Diego de la Haya, after which one of Irazus five craters has been named. The last time Irazu erupted was in 1994. However, in 1963 on the day President John F. Kennedy made an official trip to Costa Rica, this volcano spewed to life after a period of 20 years, and then went on to stay active for another two years, before going dormant again.

After hiking up the Volcano we will descend the mountain and stop at the Beautiful Orosi Valley for a traditional Costa Rica lunch. Later on we will continue to the Savegre Lodge at San Gerardo area.

Overnight at Savegre Lodge.

Trekking tour - Day 3

Early breakfast and then a great adventure hike in the Costa Rican Cloud Forest

The Cloud forest, also called a fog forest, is a generally tropical or subtropical evergreen moist forest characterized by a high incidence of low-level cloud cover, usually at the canopy level.

After the hike… Check out and departure to the San Jeromino area. Upon arrival at the camping site, we will do Rock Climbing, Rappelling, Tarzan Swing and visit the waterfalls.

At this location there are only basic accommodations and this is the first place where we will use our tents to either camp outside or under a roof. There is an option to camp under the Rock. This is a huge rock where you can set up your tent and spend the night like no one you know has done it before.

Overnight at Las Lajas Camping site.

Trekking tour - Day 4

Home stile breakfast and then get ready to start hiking

One of the real trekking experiences as we start to hike toward the Ena Peak, a part of the Talamanca Mountain Range that is over 11.000 ft OSL, is that we'll be hiking through different kinds of forests until we reach La Sabana. This is a kind of Sub-alpine or Paramo forest that due to the altitude vegetation doesn't grow too high.

This night we will be in the middle of the forest where there are basic facilities at the refuge. Our local staff will prepare our meals at the camping site.

Overnight at Ena's Camping site.

Trekking tour - Day 5

Breakfast at Ena's camping site

Return to Las Lajas Camping Site to continue to our next hiking destination.

We are going to be on the road for about three hours going south of Costa Rica on the Pan-American high way. We are going to be staying in the Tropical Rain Forest at the New Tropica Lodge.

Overnight at New Tropica.

Trekking tour – Day 6

Trekking Corcovado National Park

This day starts our greatest and nicest trekking expedition as we walk across the Corcovado National park. We’ll be trekking from Los Patos area to Sirena Ranger’s station.

This is the longest of all our trekking adventures but definitely the nicest since we will be at the Osa Peninsula. The bio diversity found on the Osa peninsula is not surpassed by any other region of similar size on earth. Costa Rica’s Corcovado National Park is the hiking adventure of a lifetime. It encompasses the only remaining old growth wet forests on the Pacific coast of Central America, and 13 major ecosystems including lowland rain forest, highland cloud forest, jolillo palm forest, and mangrove swamps, as well as costal marine and beach habitats.

There is a good chance of spotting some of Costa Rica’s shyest and most endangered inhabitants: Baird’s Tapirs, Jaguars, Scarlet Macaws, Red-backed squirrel monkeys and White-lipped Peccaries. It is wet, remote and rugged, but the walking tour trails are relatively good, and the camping areas near the ranger stations are grassy and well drained.

Overnight at the Sirena Park Ranger's Station, Camping or Basic accommodations.

Trekking tour - Day 7

Morning breakfast at the Sirena Station

Boat Transfer to Marenco Lodge

At Marenco we will be spending the next night enjoying the beach and relaxing from a great trekking expedition. There are a few activities that we will be doing from Marenco: visiting Rio Claro (Clear River), a river full of pristine clear water perfect for safe swimming.

One of the nicest activities we can do here is a night hike, which is perfect to observe the different kind of night wildlife.

Overnight at Marenco Lodge

Trekking tour - Day 8

Boat transfer from Marenco Lodge to Sierpe area

Here we will be on the ocean for a while until we reach the river mouth of the Sierpe River, at this river we will have the chance to see different types of water birds that inhabit this special eco-system; this area is rich in different kinds of Mangrove and other vegetation.

We are going to be driving after we reach the Sierpe town. This is a short drive to the Local Airport in Palmar Norte where we will be taking a Domestic flight to San Jose for our last night in Costa Rica.

Overnight at the San Jose Hotel.

What to bring to your Costa Rican walking vacation

Sleeping bag, gloves, small towel, warm clothes (for inside and outside). Camping tent, hiking shoes Gore-tex Hiking shoes (Gore-tex are better), rain jacket and rain pants, hat and sunscreen, camera , sunglasses, hiking poles are useful, sandals or shoes for resting time, towel, mosquito net, sheets and pillow case, insect repellent, personal medicines, energy food, daypack, good flashlight with extra batteries. Plastic bags to protect your stuff from the rain and laundry.

Maximum Weight for flights: 12 kg / 26 pounds of luggage, Extra luggage can be storage in San Jose prior to the tour departure and you will get it before going to the airport the last night in San Jose.

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