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Talamanca Highlands and Osa Peninsula Multisport (8 days)

Costa Rica's Osa Peninsula is both isolated and spectacular. Called "the most biologically intense place on earth" by National Geographic Magazine, it is home to some of the most pristine, coastal rainforest found anywhere in the world - half of which are protected in Corcovado National Park, and private reserves. Join us as we explore this remote and scenic area by bike and on foot. You'll also enjoy beautiful white sand beaches, kayak in the Pacific, and snorkel in the warm, clear waters off Isla del Ca�o - an island renowned for its coral reefs and extensive variety of aquatic life.

Two days mountain biking - 30 to 45 km each day

Three days hiking in the Cloud and Rain Forest - 2 to 4 hours hiking

Snorkeling at Isla del Caño

Difficulty:  easy to intermediate.  A mild physical challenge with varied activities.

Minimum age for white water rafting is 12 years old.

 

Departures: Every Saturday.  Private departures are possible on any date, with a minimum of two persons, depending on availability.

 

Cost: US $ 1,950 per person in double occupancy

Single supplement:  US $ 375

 

This tour is run by request only, with a minimum of two persons.  No fixed departures for this tour.

 

Includes:       

·          7 nights lodging on select accommodations,

·          Air conditioned support van
·          Bilingual Naturalist Guides and Professional guides for each activity
·          Use of a Front Suspension Cannondale Mountain Bike
·          7 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 6 Dinners as listed in the itinerary
·          Entrance fees and tours listed in the itinerary.
 

Itinerary:

Day 1: Arrival to San Jose              

We gather at our base hotel in San Jos� today, where you can explore Costa Rica's capital city. If you come in early we'll suggest some of our favorite sights to visit, and then we'll gather late this afternoon for a glass of wine and introductions. This evening you'll enjoy a traditional Costa Rican casado dinner.

 

Day 2:  Hike in a coffee plantation

After breakfast together in our hotel, we shuttle into the Talamanca Mountains to Santa Maria de Dota, one of the most important coffee production areas in Costa Rica.  We’ll hike through an award winning coffee plantation and do a tour of the Cooperative Processing Plant (Beneficio). In the afternoon we dive to the village of San Gerardo de Dota, a small farming community and a great place for bird watching.  Tonight we stay at a private lodge on a family farm with plenty of opportunities for wildlife viewing.

 

Day 3:  Search for the Quetzal bird in the cloudforest

Today we'll begin with a short hike into the Cloudforest in search of the many unique birds found in this area and especially the colorful Quetzal, a bird of great significance to both the Aztec and Mayan cultures. By late afternoon, though, we'll be in the quiet coastal village of Dominical, where you can enjoy its beautiful beach and magnificent coastal scenery.

 

Day 4:  Bike to La Cusinga

We pedal today on a new road along the coast to to the nearby lodge of La Cusinga.  Undiscovered by tourists, this area captures all of the natural beauty of Costa Rica - mountains, rainforest, the Pacific Ocean, and abundant wildlife.  Biking distance: 35 km. (21 miles)

 

Day 5:  Bike to Sierpe.  Boat trip to Corcovado.

We pedal today to the nearby village of Sierpe.  On the way we’ll pass the town of Palmar Sur, known for the stone spheres made by indigenous people in pre columbian time. Our ride takes us along the coast and then inland to cross the Terraba River (the largest in Costa Rica). We'll shuttle to Corcovado by boat, passing through Terraba-Sirepe mangroves. Bikinig distance: 45km. (27 miles)

 

Day 6: Hiking in Corcovado  

Corcovado National Park is home to the largest tree in Central America, a 77 meter Silk Cotton tree. We hike in the extensive trail system offered by this remote National Park. On the edge of the park we stop at a waterfall frequented by tapirs, macaws and other species of animals. After a picnic lunch on the beach we'll take a boat shuttle back to our hotel for dinner.

 

Day 7: Snorkeling at Isla del Ca�o

We've planned a tour of Isla del Ca�o today. Historically a sacred burial ground of the Boruca Indians, Isla del Ca�o is home to many ancient artifacts, including more stone spheres. This morning we'll snorkel in the warm waters off the island. Enjoy the coral reefs and huge variety of aquatic life before our picnic lunch on the island. We'll have a special final dinner together tonight.

 

Day 8: Morning transfer back to San Jos�

This morning after an early breakfast we'll provide a shuttle back to San Jos� and the airport.

 
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