Costa Rica The Indigenous Trails, La Nueva Pura Vida President’s Pick
The term “Ecotourism” was defined in many key locations, and Costa Risa is paramount among them. Ever since my first visit at the age of 14, I always imagined that there was more to Costa Rica than what we see today, repeated repeatedly in many tours on the market, and so, it’s with an inner child vision that we are introducing the Indigenous Trail of Costa Rica. La Nueva Pura Vida.
Price starts at 650.00 Land per person, per day, double occupancy.
Costa Rica: A Family Program Visiting: Northern Zone & Peninsula
Bijagua – Monteverde – Santa Teresa
Day 1: Arrive Liberia, Costa Rica
Welcome to Costa Rica! Bienvenidos, upon arrival at the Liberia Airport, proceed through Customs and Immigration; once cleared, collect your luggage and make your way to the arrival hall, where you are met by a Big Five Representative who will be waiting for you with a sign indicating your last name. You will be welcomed, assisted, and privately transferred to your hotel. (2 Hr. Drive)
ORIGINS exists in a place where time stands still, suspend your ordinary life, and dive into a spectacular adventure into the alchemy of the mystic in the high valley jungles of Costa Rica.
Let the volume of nature place you in a world that is both raw and luxurious. The ORIGINS offers a chance to rediscover the world in front of you, to ally your thoughts and wonder in a connection to what you like, old and new. So, cast off and cast away on a retreat that will renew how you see your world. Origins Lodge (B)
Day 2: Bijagua
Rio Celeste Tubbing
This morning, you will be transferred to one of the world’s most stunning and enchanting rivers! Rio Celeste. With its spectacular turquoise blue waters, experience the thrill and excitement of tubbing led down the river’s current as you immerse in the beauty, mild temperature, and adrenaline of the rapids surrounded by a lush tropical forest sets the stage for an out-of-this-world activity.
Class I and II Rapids River floating is the perfect option for a family fun adventure.
Back in the lodge, you can enjoy some of the on-site activities, such as the Oro waterfall hike, Stand-Up Paddling, Birdwatching, and the Medicinal Plants tour. Origins Lodge (B)
Day 3: Bijagua
Horseback Riding & Private Farm
Today, you will be accompanied by your naturalist guide to embark on a unique experience through Bijagua’s local towns and landscapes, connecting with pure nature. Enjoy a Half-Day tour of Horse Riding and galloping through various farms crossing the Tigra River and plantations. One of the first stops would be to visit and study an ancestral tree named “Kapook,” considered one of the world’s largest trees. This sacred tree was cared for by the indigenous people, who believed in it as an ally with the power to protect the forest. Some of these threes are more than 200 years old.
Afterward, you will be delighted to arrive at Don Sergio’s private farm, where you will be surprised by the view of the river and waterfall. Here, you will have time to enjoy the surroundings and share a picnic with your loved ones! Origins Lodge (B, Picnic)
Day 4: Bijagua / Monteverde (3 Hr. Drive)
Today, we begin with a 3-hour drive towards Monteverde. Upon arrival, you are welcome to the mysterious and hypnotizing cloud forest, with its breathtaking rainbow–covered valley in the clouds offering spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean and Arenal Volcano. It is the perfect setting for exploring the tree canopy and birdwatching.
The Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve is a Costa Rican reserve located along the Cordillera de Tilarán within the Puntarenas and Alajuela provinces. Named after the nearby town of Monteverde and founded in 1972, the Reserve consists of over 10,500 hectares of cloud forest.
Your stay at The Cloud Forest Lodge perfectly combines isolating yourself in nature and staying close to all of Monteverde’s facilities. It is located within the Bellbird Biological Corridor, two kilometers (1.25 Mil) from the main town, literally in the middle, between the Monteverde Reserve and the Santa Elena Reserve.
In the afternoon, your guide will take you on a walkabout of the tropical forest and explore the nightlife for an unparalleled experience in Monteverde, the birthplace of night hikes in Costa Rica. Re-connect with nature, live in the forest in complete darkness, and let technology enhance your ability to see and hear things your senses won’t be able to perceive. Your Forest Expert will describe and show how the forest’s inhabitants live and survive at night. End the night enjoying a delicious after-hours drink while reflecting on life in the dark. Cloud Forest Lodge (B)
Day 5: Monteverde
Today is a whole morning experience, revealing the forest as you’ve never seen before, guided by forest and canopy mobility experts to ensure safety and inspiration to all. Explore the morning’s life by observing the forests’ many layers, from the ground level to the treetop. Your local guide will meet you in the morning and take you to the Savia Reserve, a sanctuary for nature, biodiversity, and scientific knowledge. Developed as a natural playground, SAVIA seeks to create an experience in which you can interact intimately with the flora and fauna of the tropical forest in a symbiotic manner that you will love.
Here, you will cross a hanging bridge to access a platform in a tree where breakfast will be served overlooking the ocean. Afterward, you will descend on a rope.
Complement your Forest Immersion with the many SAVIA’s versions of adventure activities. Climb the inside of a 30m/98.5 Ft. tall Ficus tree and explore the forest canopy with experienced Mobility Experts. Continue to ascend on a rope to access the higher strata of the forest and hang on a hammock to contemplate, connect, and absorb the forest’s energy like never before. This adventure will challenge and open your perspective on the cloud forest. We are sure that you will remember this journey for a lifetime. Cloud Forest Lodge (B)
Day 6: Monteverde
Today, you will be visiting the Madre Tierra Farm! Coffee, Sugarcane, Vegetables, and much more are seen in how it’s cultivated… Depending on what activities are happening on your day at the farm, you could be milking cows for the first time, watching how cheese is made, picking coffee beans, or straining sugar cane for a sweet post-hike drink. Madre Tierra was the first carbon-neutral farm in the country, and the Belmar family’s dedication to sustainability and preservation of the environment.
During this journey, you will also be part of their Gastronomy Program, learning about what Costa Rican Farm-to-Table is all about while taking you to the organic garden only a few meters away from the Restaurante Celajes. Here, you will learn about the techniques used to responsibly practice organic agriculture fertility through composting, low-impact farming, and cooking methods like their smoker. Finally, you will indulge in a special menu *Including a side, main dish, and dessert prepared with freshly harvested ingredients. Created for the entire family.
You will be fully engaged in this Gastronomy experience, from helping the chef pick the ingredients that will then be prepared in the beautiful setting of the Belmar organic garden to selecting one of their Gardens-to-Glass artisanal cocktails/mocktails or craft beers. Relax as you see the whole process come full circle; lastly, as the day ends, rest and enjoy a cup of Madre Tierra coffee or garden herb infusion on the Celajes balcony overlooking the Nicoya Peninsula for the perfect evening. Cloud Forest Lodge (B)
Day 7: Monteverde / Santa Teresa Beach
Today, you will be met and driven to Santa Teresa Beach by your private guide/driver, where you will be staying next to the Pacific Ocean (4.5 Hr. Drive).
Santa Teresa is somewhat of a remote stretch of the Nicoya Peninsula, lined with tropical jungle that splashes onto its long white-sand beaches resembling the Pacific Coast. This area is one of those spots most Costarricans grew up visiting, with its pristine beaches and small fishing towns taken over by surfers that give off an incomparable feeling of being at a perfect beach community where everyone chills and enjoys the Pura Vida lifestyle.
This area is one of those spots that reminds you of the Pacific Coast and that most Costarricans grew up visiting: pristine beaches, small fishing towns taken over by surfers, and just that incomparable great feeling of being at a perfect beach community where everyone is just chilling and enjoying the Pura Vida lifestyle. This tiny and one-time best-kept secret of the Pacific coast has seen a booming increase in visitors that end up becoming locals as they fall in love with the place, making it one of the most cosmopolitan beach towns in Costa Rica where both celebrities and modern-day gypsies have found a spot to settle down for a while.
Stay at Pasha Beachfront Estate, a private luxury estate of 10 rooms accommodating up to 20 guests, just steps from Playa Hermosa. It is the first of its kind to offer 200m (700 ft.) of pristine beachfront on a 9+ acre estate, with over 1,500 m2 (15,000 sq.ft.) of private living space. Comprised of a luxurious four-bedroom house and three two-bedroom villas, Pasha Beachfront Estate is the ideal spot to soak up the surf with your favorite people.
At Pasha, the staff of 14 includes a Head Host, Private Cook, 24/7 Security, and meticulous Housekeeping Staff —all of whom are accomplished at providing you with intuitive, personalized service. Daily services include Housekeeping, Turn-Down Service, and Laundry Services —so you’ll never have to lift a finger. Pasha Beachfront House (B)
Day 8: Santa Teresa Beach
Curú Wildlife Refuge
This is the first Wildlife Refuge established in Costa Rica in 1983. This farm-style refuge combines sustainable land use so wildlife and humans can interact in the same space. The different ecosystems found in Curú give this area a variety of species that are generally easy to spot along the trails. Varied wildlife in the Reserve will allow the opportunity to possibly see hauler monkeys, white face monkeys, a wide variety of birds, agoutis, and other animals. Perfect for those who enjoy bird watching and love nature. After this walk, you will have time to relax on the beach and after, if you like, do some kayaking. Pasha Beachfront House (B)
Day 9: Santa Teresa Beach
Take your day at leisure to enjoy the beach, go surfing, or rent a bike and discover the beaches in the area, and at dusk, enjoy the bioluminescence experience. There are few places in the world where you can experience bioluminescence throughout the year. And fortunately for travelers to the Nicoya Peninsula, here is one such place. Bioluminescence is a magical show created by living organisms through a chemical reaction, natural light.
In the gulf, it’s the algae that create this magical effect. When disturbed, the algae emit a burst of light. Since there are millions of them, they look like sparks in the water. The wavelengths are blue to green in the area and, depending on the number of algae, will appear as bluish or greenish flashes.
Snorkeling is one of the best ways to see this phenomenon; wearing these masks, you’ll swim around stars, which is a great way to get a good look at it. The fish will swim rapidly and look like underwater fireworks as they take off, leaving a trail of “fairy dust” in their wake. The guide will fully instruct you on the safety and issues of snorkeling at night and teach you all about this biological show while enjoying the relaxing ride.
This tour takes place at Playa Los Vivos (1 hour away). Before the light fades away, you’ll be able to navigate, spotting wildlife in the mangrove. When the bay gets dark enough, you’ll be ready to experience a unique biological show you’ll remember for a lifetime. Pasha Beachfront House (B)
Day 10: Costa Rica Depart
After breakfast, it’s time to say “Adios” goodbye. Today, you will be transferred to the Tambor’s airstrip, and from there, you can fly to San Jose or Liberia International Airport and connect with your international flight. (B)