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Squadrons of pelicans swoop down from a ‘Jurassic Park’ volcano backdrop and glide unsteadily across the silvery water of a sandy bay. Walking beneath the high cathedral of the jungle canopy, its lime green light streaming down, you hear howler monkeys whoop and bark. Armoured iguanas clattered up thick trunks as a rare Quetzal bird darts in a turquoise flash through the cloud forest: The ‘Rich Coast’ of Costa Rica derives its name with good reason.
When José Figueres Ferrer became provisional president of Costa Rica in 1948, he abolished the national army and set the country on a path to prosperous stability, and therefore an increasingly popular tourist destination amid the tumultuous region of Central America. It has since become the ‘poster child’ for sustainable ecotourism throughout the world, and an active example of how linking tourism with a growing protected area network can lead to the simultaneous growth of both its socioeconomic and environmental sectors.
By 2015 Costa Rica was able to produce 99% of its electricity from renewable sources, and with millions of trees continuing to be planted every year, it has literally doubled its forest cover over the last 40 years. This fantastic and relaxing adventure avoids some of the more heavily visited areas, allowing you to immerse yourself in Costa Rica’s wondrous natural biodiversity and culture, whilst also learning about the country’s successes in ecotourism, which offer a path to recovery for the rest of the world.
Single rooms are available on a first come, first served basis. We will charge on a pro-rata basis if a single room is only available for part of the trip.
Take the opportunity to explore the Ballena National Park on horseback, in a small guided group. Riding hats provided.
Guided small group, sea kayaking. Our kayak tour, apart from being an adventure tour, is an ecological tour on which you can see plenty of wildlife. You will start the excursion exploring the Bay, and then kayak to a river in the rainforest nearby to the hotel. Frequent sightings include crocodiles, iguanas, spider monkeys, and howler monkeys.
No previous experience required. Minimum of 2 people for this tour.
The bird watching tour is flexible; it can be done in the surroundings of Drake Bay village or at any of the farms near the town. The tour can either be 2 hours or all day, and includes: a specialized guide in birds fully equipped for bird watching and, if it's an all-day tour, lunch is included. The Osa Peninsula is known for its great abundance of avifauna and is a favorite destination for bird lovers.
This 3-hour tour starts at 6 p.m. on a farm in the vicinity of Drake Bay and is the best way to see amphibians, reptiles, and other nocturnal creatures, in addition to the surreal experience of trekking through the rainforest at night. Some of the wildlife you may encounter includes red-eyed tree frogs, snakes, poison-dart frogs, glass frogs, and an abundance of insects. Headtorches are included if needed.
Our horse riding trip is more than just a ride; it is an equine eco-tour on which you are sure to witness the diverse array of wildlife that the area is known for. The ride will take you through rivers, forests, and pristine beaches; it ends at a waterfall, where you can take a refreshing swim.
Minimum of 2 people for this tour.
Morning Tour from 10:30 - 3.00pm: includes VIP double decker bus & welcome drink, Bilingual guide, Live Music Show, Lunch, Guided walking tour at the National Theatre, Art Museum, Shopping at Central Market, the Gold Museum and the National Monument.
Afternoon Tour from 3.15 - 7.00pm: includes VIP double decker bus & welcome drink, Bilingual guide, Live Music Show, Dinner, Guided walking tour at the National Theatre, Art Museum, Shopping at Central Market, the Metropolitan Cathedral, Plaza de la Democracia, Central Avenue and the National Monument.
We fully believe in, and practice, Responsible Tourism and are using hotels run by locals. The accommodation on this adventure really accentuates your experience. We put time and effort into building our relationship with accommodation suppliers to ensure you have a great trip. We choose accommodation based on cleanliness, comfort, safety, proximity to our route (to avoid unnecessary extra travel) and a warm client welcome, as well as reliability in their service to us.
Wherever we can we will choose smaller, more characterful, individual hotels, but in areas where tourism is still developing, or in remote areas (like the mountains), we may not have a wide range of options. An aspect of our adventures is to escape the ‘trappings’ of modern Western lifestyles and to experience new things with are exciting and memorable and reflects the countries we are visiting.
The list below gives information on our first choice of accommodation for this adventure. Where hotels and refuges are fully booked or unavailable, we will use an alternative of a similar standard, and equally well situated. We will provide you with an accurate list of accommodation, with contact information to leave with relatives, prior to departure on your adventure.
San Jose (Day 1): 4* Hotel President, Family owned, centrally located hotel. Ensuite rooms with Wifi, bar & restaurant
San Gerardo de Dota (Day 2 & 3): Saverge lodge; rustic 4* spa hotel set in a nature reserve. Ensuite rooms, wifi & bar & restaurant
Marina Ballena National Park (Day 4 & 5): Hotel Cristal Ballena: 4* boutique hotel & spa situated on a hill between the Pacific Ocean and the rainforest covered mountains. Pool, bar, park & spa. Ensuite rooms with wifi.
Drake Bay (Day 6 - 8): Jinestes de Osa 3* Hotel just off the water in Drake Bay, Osa Peninsula. Spectacular bay views, ensuite rooms with wifi. Bar & restaurant
Alajuela (Day 9): Buena Vista Chic 4* Boutique Hotel in a relaxed colonial Spanish style. Small pool. Ensuite rooms with wifi. Bar & Restaurant
Unless you have booked a single room (where they are available) and paid the single room supplement for those nights, you will be sharing a twin room with another client (of the same gender).
Supporting you on your holiday will be an experienced, local, English speaking Costa Rican guide with a good knowledge of the areas visited, and the wildlife that might be encountered. They will be joined by an ornithology expert for part of Day 2 of the adventure, when you are hoping to spot the beautiful Quetzal. You will also be joined by a local National Park guide in Corcovado National Park on Day 7.
We work closely with our Costa Rican Tour Operator partners both before and during your adventure to ensure that they understand your needs and the standard that YellowWood Adventures expects. We believe that it is a very important positive aspect of Responsible Tourism, to employ the expertise of local suppliers, as well as offering you a much more informative and authentic experience.
Your group will be any number from our minimum group size of 6, up to a maximum of 12 clients. This number works really well with the ratio of guides, and ensures the optimum level of service to you during your adventure.
We get clients booking alone, as couples and in small groups of friends. If you have a group of friends or family who are interested in having their own customised trip, then please let us know and we can cost it for you.
This adventure is a fabulous mix of sightseeing, and exploring the stunning National Parks and coastlines on foot.
To get the most of out of this adventure, you need to be in good physical health, and enjoy walking as a way of exploring an area. You do not need to be an experienced hiker as the walks on the itinerary are taken at a leisurely pace (to enable wildlife spotting and photography) on well trodden paths, for short periods of time (up to 2hrs) and with regular stops. You will be carrying just a day pack and bottle of water (bottled water) when walking or sightseeing.
Walking shoes or lightweight walking boots are more appropriate for this trip than hard and heavy walking boots.
Please note that you need to have an open mind to adventure travel, and experiencing different cultures to your own, first hand.
Your YellowWood adventure starts at the airport in San Jose where you will be met for your hotel transfer (if you are arriving on Day 1 of the adventure). We understand that arriving into an unfamiliar airport can be very daunting, so we aim to give you as much information here as possible to help you prepare. Please refer to our Costa Rica Overview page for information on Entry Requirements.
Flights are not included in the cost of your holiday, and whilst we are happy to help advise you, responsibility for booking the correct flights rests with you. We recommend that you use a comparison tool such as www.momondo.co.uk or www.skyscanner.net when searching for flights.
We will send you a Flight Information Sheet with further pointers on which flights to book for your adventure.
For the latest travel advice from the Foreign Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) including security and local laws, plus passport and visa information, check www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice. We also receive notifications direct from the FCDO so we are always aware of the ‘status’ in our destination countries.
Holiday insurance is essential for all Yellow Wood Adventures. Unfortunately anyone without insurance is not able to take part in the holiday, so please make sure you arrange cover. We recommend sorting your insurance when you book so that if you have problems during the run up to your holiday, and need to cancel, you are covered, particularly in the light of effects that the pandemic has had on travel.
Prior to the holiday, we will ask you to send us details of your insurer, policy number, 24 hr emergency assistance contact details and the name, address, and telephone numbers of your NOK or persons to be notified in the event of an emergency.
Your insurance needs to cover you for hiking /trekking with the following fairly standard inclusions:
We would also recommend that you have cover for the following optional items:
For information on Costa Rica, such as climate, weather, language, social norms, food & drink etc, please have a read of our Country specificinformation.
Please contact us if you have any questions.
We can also arrange private departures for you:
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To help you choose the right adventure for you, we have given each itinerary a grading that relates to the level of Walking / Trekking you will experience during the trip. This grading can be found on the Yellow map on the adventure page of the website.
All of our trips involve a level of general activity so are designed for people who are in good health, enjoy the outdoors, and have a taste for adventure and some level of fitness. As will be clear from our destinations, the climate (and altitude) may be different to that which you are used to, so please take this into consideration when choosing the most suitable holiday.
Please read our Adventure Itinerary & Essential Information for more information and don't hesitate to contact us if you would like to chat through whether you have found a suitable adventure for you.
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