Costa Rica is a country bubbling over with diversity, allowing you to traverse through the densest rainforest one day, and relax on white sandy beaches the next, drawing both adrenalin junkies and beach lovers alike. This new experience unearths the untouched side to Costa Rica, where nature in its blissfully raw state is enhanced by beautiful eco-lodges and sanctuaries that are peppered across the landscape. So for 14 nights immerse in the lush forests, tame the waves on empty beaches and be beguiled by this magical Central American gem.
The new wild and untamed Costa Rica experience highlights including witnessing turtles laying eggs on one of the worldís most important nesting sites, Tortuguero, exploring the rainforest with treks to see endangered wildlife and stunning waterfalls, gazing out to panoramic views of the ocean and soft white sands at Punta Islita and surfing the epic Costa Rican waves at Guiones Beach.
Black Tomato is a tailor-made operator putting together entirely personalised bespoke trips. Black Tomato can arrange a 14-night Costa Rica wild and untamed experience from $3,899 per person including flights, accommodation and transfers based on two sharing.
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Show me the way to San Jose
Once you touch down in San Jose youíll be whisked you off to an urban oasis in the heart of the Costa Ricaís Capital. Converted from a colonial Victorian mansion, the Hotel Grano de Oro provides a relaxing retreat to rest up after your flight or the perfect place to get out and explore the sights and sounds of the city. Spend your time in San Jose acquainting yourself with Costa Ricaís rich culture from visiting the National Theatre, home to historical paintings from colonial days, to the Pre Colombian Gold Museum.
After an early start youíll begin your journey to Tortuguero, where youíll cross the continental divide that runs through the beautiful Carrillo National Park. Once youíve taken a few snaps of the picture perfect views itís time for a hearty Costa Rican breakfast at the Rancho Roberto restaurant where you can sample the delectable Caribbean cuisine and freshly brewed regional coffee, thatís sure to tantalize those taste-buds.
Once you have refueled, the journey continues as you drive past tropical banana plantations to the CaŮo Blanco Dock. Climb aboard a boat that will skim you across the ocean towards the Tortuguero town and sandbar. As the wind blows through your hair, your expert guide will point out unique bird species soaring ahead and explain the natural history of the area.
Once back on dry land your welcomed by lush tropical gardens at the Manatus Hotel, a tranquil place where you can settle down surrounded by perfect nature. For the next few days explore the local Town of Tortuguero and take in all the local flavours and fascinating heritage that fuses Hispanic, Miskito Indians from Nicaragua, and Afro-Caribbean cultures. Take a tour floating down serpentine canals or hike through the coastal rainforest keeping your eyes peeled for caimans, sloths, toucans, turtles and monkeys.
Land of Turtles
As Tortuguero is translated as Ďregion of turtlesí, itís no surprise that this little patch of paradise is a turtle watching haven. The piece de resistance, is watching Hawksbill, Loggerheads, Green and Leatherbacks turtles nesting at night (from July to October) at Tortuguero Beach. Oo and ah as you watch the majestic creatures crawl up the beach to lay their eggs in the sand, youíll think youíve stumbled into a David Attenborough documentary. For the rest of your time in Tortuguero simply enjoy the untouched beaches and forests at your leisure flopping on the golden sands or taking to the crystal waters for a dip.
Once you have been totally emerged in the Costa Rican wildlife, itís time to jet off south to the Osa Peninsula on the countryís Pacific Coast. Once you touch down in Sierpe Town youíll hop on a boat that will weave its way through luscious mangroves, before heading out into the vast blue ocean to Casa Corcovado, your eco-haven for the next few nigths. As one of the remotest parks in the country, and home to the largest and only tropical primary lowland rainforest in the world, the wild and untamed Osa Peninsula is truly spectacular.
The next few days are a hikerís dream, where youíll be guided through lush, dense rainforest, where around every corner youíll be met by secret beaches and lagoons. As you head deeper into the 41,000 hectares of virgin jungle youíll settle down for a picnic lunch by a cascading waterfall where you can take a cooling dip to escape the heat. Head back to your beautifully rustic lodge for a freshly prepared diner of locally sourced produce, as you get ready to awe at the magnificent sunsets that illuminate the skies.
The last day in Corcovado National Park will be an unforgettable tour of CaŮo Island Biological Reserve, where your guide will let you in on the best snorkeling spots around the island, where you can sight dolphins and different species of whales.
After a few days in the secluded national park itís time to emerge from the rainforest and head north to the glorious Punta Islita for surf, sun, and relaxation. Youíll hole up at the Punta Islita hotel where eco-luxury is fused with spectacular ocean views, a distinctive architectural style, and a warm, friendly ambiance. Enjoy your days at Punta Islita lounging on sun-kissed beaches, kayaking through the shallow waters, sport fishing, or taming the waves on a surf board.
For the last few days of your trip itís time for a little change of scenery, as you head over to Guiones Beach. The aptly named Hotel Harmony is the ideal place to finish off your secluded Costa Rican adventure. This coastal utopia offers up prime surfing on long secluded stretches of sand and daily yoga classes to calm the mind and revitalize the body. The Staff at Harmony hotel keep the atmosphere alive with their charm and grace and the local cuisine and juice bar are the best around.
After two days of bliss, a final short air transfer from Nosara lands you in San Jose to spend the last night in tropical paradise at the Xandari hotel. Take in the last panoramic views of Central Valley in Costa Rica before reluctantly heading home refreshed and suitably sun-kissed.