COSTA RICA SOUTHERN BLT
10 days from
- Trek Code:
- Costa Rica
- Budget Lodging
- Age Range:
- > Sail to Bocas del Toro Archipelago in Panama
- > Discover stunning coral reefs and waterfalls
- > Wildlife viewing and incredible hiking trails
A true adventurer's trip with the chance to dive underwater reefs, brave river rapids, and trek deep into remote jungles. Costa Rica and Panama have it all, from stunning jungle-lined beaches to barren and active volcanoes. You'll journey by boat to Bocas Del Toro, explore the lost indigenous city of Guayabo by Turrialba, walk one of the longest hanging rope bridges in Costa Rica, hike in the Talamanca Mountain Range and swim in the warm waters of Manuel Antonio National Park. From the Pacific to the beautiful Caribbean coast, if you like the beach with loads of exciting activities thrown in, then this Costa Rica holiday is the trip for you.
- Exotic bird and wildlife viewing
- Gandoca Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge
- Scenic cruise to Bocas del Toro archipelago, Panama
- Two nights at Bocas del Toro archipelago
- Scenic walks and hikes in Turrialba National Park area
- Two nights at Manuel Antonio National Park & beaches
- Walk one of the longest rope bridges in Costa Rica
- Hike the Talamanca Mountain Range in search of Quetzals
- Scenic walk at Tirimbina Rain Forest Private Reserve, Sarapiqui
- White sandy beaches of Cahuita National Parks and Puerto Viejo
- Services of a professional bilingual tour leader
- Private transportation
- All accommodation - 9 hotel nights.
We use comfortable twin or triple share hotels on the Costa Rica Southern BLT. All rooms have separate beds with private bathrooms and you will share with another passenger of the same sex. A sleeping bag is not required on the trip.
Our tours are aimed at young international travellers aged 18 to 38, all with a sense of fun and a keen desire to explore. If you're travelling alone, don't worry... over 70% of our passengers are solo travellers and you'll soon be surrounded with like-minded people of a similar age who will quickly become your new best mates. Plus there are no single supplements.
Our tour price includes your own tour leader plus all transport and accommodation, so all you have to pay for are food, drinks and optional activities. Take a moment to add up all the costs of doing it yourself, and it soon becomes clear that a TrekAmerica trip offers fantastic value for money!
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Our routes have been carefully chosen to include the best night stops, highlights, and included experiences, but with lots of optional activities to choose from, stops at some of your leaders favourite places and occasional changes in local conditions no two Trek trips are ever the same so come ready for a unique adventure.
There are loads of exciting optional activities for you to choose from during your trip giving you the flexibility to do the things you want to and leave out the things you don't. Below are the main optional activities for this trip, these can be arranged once you are on tour via your Tour Leader and are paid for locally.
- > Surfing lessons at Cathuita US$55-$75
- > Pacuare River rafting at Turrialba (seasonal) US$65-$95
- > Snorkeling tour, Manuel Antonio US$60-$75
- > Sea kayaking, Manuel Antonio US$55-$65
- > Canopy zipline tour, Manuel Antonio US$60-$75
- > Bastimentos Marine Park boat trip US$40-$50
- > Chocolate Factory & Museum in Cahuita US$25-$35
- > Private tropical forest reserve at Turrialba US$25-$30
- > Archaeological site tour at Turrialba US$70-$75
- > Sea kayaking, Samara Beach US$40-$60
- > Surf lesson, Samara Beach US$55-$75
- > Snorkeling tour, Samara Beach US$35-$45
- > Horseback riding on Samara Beach US$35-$45
As this tour departs at 0730 we recommend that you book pre-tour accommodation. Please request hotel details at the time of booking.
Day 1-2: San Jose, Sarapiqui & Cahuita National Park
Leaving the capital of San José, you go hiking in the Tirimbina Rainforest Reserve in the area of Sarapiqui which protects 865 acres of pristine forest and contains great biodiversity. The reserve's habitats include river banks, islands, forest edges, gardens plus loads more. Walk along on of the longest hanging bridges in Costa Rica to admire many of the 420 species of birds, such as parrots, herons, toucans and others. Departing the lush forest you head for Cahuita National Park on the Caribbean coast, best known for its coral reefs close to shore and stunning sandy beaches.
Accommodation: Hotel included
Day 3-4: Bocas del Toro, Panama
Panama here we come! Reach the stunning archipelago of Bocas del Toro by boat and take an excursion to Bastimentos Marine Park. Snorkel amongst the colourful coral reefs by day and feel Panama's unique rhythms come to life in the evening... great for perfecting your salsa moves!
Located 32km from the Costa Rican border, Bocas del Toro consists of six densely forested islands, a number of uninhabited islets and the Parque Nacional Marino Isla Bastimentos, Panama's oldest marine park. Bocas' laid-back Caribbean vibe is enhanced by its natural setting and the islands are covered in dense jungles and forest palms which open up to pristine beaches fringed by reeds and mangroves. Beneath the water, an extensive coral reef ecosystem supports countless species of tropical fish and hiking through the rainforest to arrive at an empty stretch of wave-pounded shore is pretty much the norm.
Accommodation: Hotel included
Day 5: Puerto Viejo & Gandoca Manzanillo Wildlife Reserve
Back across the border into Costa Rica, enjoy Puerto Viejo's palm fringed beaches and the tropical rainforest of the Gandoca Manzanillo Reserve, famous for its pristine coral reef and year-round warm weather. Swim or snorkel in the refreshing Caribbean sea, bask in the sun or watch for 'congos' (howler monkeys) in the nearby trees. This is absolute paradise for nature lovers and underwater enthusiasts. One of the incredible features of the Caribbean Coast is the possibility to see Sloths and hear the screams of Howler Monkeys.
Accommodation: Hotel included
Day 6-7: Turrialba Volcano Area
Heading west, take in the breath-taking views of the mountains surrounding the Turrialba Valley. The quaint town of Turrialba, nestled amongst towering volcanoes, is situated near some of Costa Rica's oldest pre-Columbian ruins, dating from 1000BC. Run the Class IV whitewater rapids of Pacuare River, said to be the best in the country, or hike in the lush jungle along the Reventazon River.
Accommodation: Hotel included
Day 8-9: Manuel Antonio National Park
En route to Manuel Antonio National Park, stop for a hike on one of the highest mountains in the Talamanca Mountain Range. One of the richest biological zones in Costa Rica, this huge mountain range straddles Costa Rica and Panama and is home to more than 400 species of birds, including the most prominent Resplendent Quetzal, phoenix of the forest. Travelling up the Pacific Coast, you arrive at Manuel Antonio National Park, with beautiful beaches backed by evergreen forest growing right up to the tide line. With delicious seafood, salsa clubs and beach bars, there's no better way to end your Costa Rican escapade! Body-surf the perfectly curled waves surrounded by spectacular scenery, and sign off with some salsa and seafood down on the beach.
Accommodation: Hotel included
Day 10: San Jose
After Manuel Antonio, we return to San Jose for the end of the tour.
This tour ends at our gateway hotel at approximately 17:00 in San Jose on day 10. We can book you post-tour accommodation at our gateway hotel if required. If you are planning to fly tonight, please do not book a flight that departs before 21:00.
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- > You only need to pay a 10% deposit or (whichever is greatest)
- > Full payment is due 8 weeks before the tour departure
- > We're members of ABTA and fully financially bonded so your money is 100% safe at all times
- > If you prefer to book by telephone please contact our UK sales office
- > Prices below are land only. Call us on 0333 999 7951 for a flight inclusive quote
- You must have adequate travel insurance to join this trip. See our insurance page or download our insurance tips pdf for more information.
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For groups of 8 or more, we can offer a totally private departure just for you and your group. We can offer you a date of your choice on any of our published itineraries enabling friends, families or organizations to enjoy our classic "Trek" style of travel. Tours will generally run as per our standard itinerary shown here, small changes can be considered. (Choice of date is subject to any seasonal or operational restrictions). So contact us today and start planning your own adventure.
We've offer a whole range of travel extras with everything from city sightseeing, additional hotel nights, insurance and more so you can organise everything you'll need for your trip in one easy place.
Tours begin and end at designated hotels in the departure and arrival cities, starting at 7.30am (check your tour voucher for exact details) and finishing at around 5pm, so it's a great idea to book a room for the night before and after your tour. You can book hotels either online when you book your tour or by call our sales team.
SAN JOSE - HOTEL ARANJUEZ
Located just a few minutes from San Jose downtown, this hotel offers a great location surrounded by exotic tropical gardens.
Twin share: per person per night Matched with another traveller of the same sex. Full room: per room per night Single or double room for travellers on the same booking.
TrekAmerica's specialist flights department can offer UK customers a great airline fare to all of our Trek destinations.
We have preferred contracts with many international carriers and have secured some of the most competitive prices in the industry. We are also ATOL protected and IATA licensed.
Special offers are regularly available, so call us now on 0208 682 8920 or click below to request a flight quote by email.
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Before you join your tour you must be covered by adequate travel insurance.
TrekAmerica can offer you comprehensive travel insurance which is completely tailored for your trip and is specially designed to include all the activities listed we do.
See our insurance page or download our insurance tips pdf for more information.
Want even more adventure? We offer a 3 day jungle extension available after your trip.
Corcovado National Park is one of the protected wilderness areas with the greatest biodiversity in Central America. Experience the rare opportunity to explore the park with a local guide.
Contact us on 0208 682 8920 for more information or click below for further details.
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Why not add a volunteer experience to the end of your tour and join a sea turtle conservation project, or build homes for local families?
With active volcanoes, beautiful beaches and pristine rain forests, you're sure to take away a wealth of incredible experiences from any of our Costa Rican adventures, but you now have opportunity to give something back by adding one of the following volunteering experiences to the end of your tour.
> Volunteer Building Homes for Families
> Volunteer Conservation & Surf
> Volunteer Turtle Conservation
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