Charleston SUP Safaris is teaming up with Santos Tours (www.santostour.net) to offer this unique adventure and eco-tour to Costa Rica. We are offering an all-inclusive one-week long package tour designed to present the best of what Costa Rica has to offer, in an environmentally sustainable, culturally responsible way with loads of adventure activities. We will be immersing ourselves in the culture and environment of Costa Rica while moving from cloud forests and volcanoes to the lush tropical rainforest and beaches of the coast to take part in many exciting activities in each location.
✦ WHEN: November 9-16, 2019
✦ WHERE: Multiple AMAZING Destinations in Costa Rica
✦ COST: $1,500USD Includes all food, lodging, activities, and
transport within Costa Rica. *** Price excludes alcohol***
✦ CONTACT: [email protected]
Destination and Activites
The tour involves 1-week in Paradise: Stand Up Paddleboarding in Manuel Antonio, tour of Manuel Antonio National Park, Sea Kayaking in Golfo Dulce, Extreme Forest Park-Canopy Tour in Santa Maria de Dota, Poas Volcano Tour, Coffee Plantation Tour, 4×4 Biodiesel Expedition: Mountains to Sea, Manuel Antonio National Park Tour, Chontal Jungle Lodge, Dolphin and Whale Tour, Organic Chocolate Farm Tour, and Rainforest Hiking Tour
Extreme Forest Park: “Experience the Forests of Costa Rica from a whole new perspective, whether it’s swinging from the top of a tree in the cloud forests or scaling the inside of a towering strangler fig before rappelling back down to the solid ground. This tour will take you into three different types of forests: cloud forest, subtropical rainforest, and tropical rainforest. This is an activity you can feel good about afterward since everything from the activities, the land, to the meals are provided by local people and help their community.” Santos Tours
Bio-Coffee Adventure-The Conscious Tour: Experience the realities behind the process of how coffee gets from the farm to your cup, as you learn about everything from the growing to the roasting of coffee beans … Of course what coffee tour is complete without a tasting opportunity. You will get a chance to taste the final coffee product on the farm where it is grown. During this tour, you will be accompanied by local farmers who will show you why organic and sustainable farming techniques are so important.
Sea Kayaking: Enjoy the tranquil waters and breathtaking views of Golfo Dulce while sea kayaking in the early morning. The lush jungle covered mountains surround the green blue waters of the deep gulf, home to a variety of marine life from whales to corals, and everything in between. One of the most bio-diverse ecosystems on the planet.
Poas Volcano tour: Poas is a beautiful volcano with a spectacular view at the top of the cone. Inside the crater, at the top of the volcano, there is a lake with turquoise blue water. The volcano is active and emits smoke, which contrasts the color of the blue lake. What an amazing natural site.
Day 1 – Arrive in Costa Rica, staying in Hotel La Dehesa Bed & Breakfast in Heredia (www.ladehesainn.com), 20 minutes from the airport. Orientation and group introductions at night. Dinner provided at the hotel.
Day 2 – Transfer to Santa Maria de Dota, staying at one of two possible options depending on availability, Toucanet Lodge (www.eltoucanet.com) or Cedrela Lodge (Cedrela Eco-lodge on Facebook). Both of which are sustainably run eco lodges in the mountains of Los Santos, 100% Natural. Also visiting the Extreme Forest Park.
Day 3 – We will begin the day with a visit to an organic coffee farm, to learn about the environmental and social advantages of organic farming, and sampling some coffee on the farm. This is called the Bio-Coffee Adventure: The Conscious Tour. Later we will transfer from the mountains and cloud forests of Los Santos to the beaches and lush rainforest of Manuel Antonio. We have the opportunity to take part in an exciting off road journey in the Santos Tours truck which runs on recycled cooking oil, biodiesel that Santos Tours makes themselves. This will be a one of a kind tour, only offered by Santos Tours, allowing us to take the back roads and literally go through rivers and down the mountains to the beach. We will then arrive at Manuel Antonio with two possible options for accommodations Hotel Los Almendros (www.almendroshotel.com) or Hotel Costa Verde (www.costaverde.com). We will cool off for the rest of the afternoon at the beach.
Day 4 – We will be starting the day in Manuel Antonio, with a tour through the national park. We also plan on going for a Stand Up Paddleboard tour in the water around Manuel Antonio. Then transferring to El Chontal Cabinas Ecological (El Chontal on Facebook) in Rincon de Osa, in the afternoon.
Day 5 – We will be going on a boat tour in Golfo Dulce to see dolphins, giant schools of fish, great scenery, possibly whales, and sea turtles. We will tour the Gulf, and see some of the beautiful areas. In the afternoon we will take a tour of an organic chocolate farm, and have a chance to learn about and sample the best chocolate in the world. (www.fincakobo.com) This will be night #2 at the El Chontal Cabinas.
Day 6 – We are going to start the day out with either an early morning rainforest hike to see the sunrise and look for the endemic Golfo Dulce poison dart frogs, and other wildlife, or an early morning kayak tour on the waters of the Gulf out front of El Chontal where we will be staying. In the afternoon we will transfer back to Heredia, to the Bed and Breakfast, La Dehesa.
Day 7 – We will be going on a tour of Poas Volcano National Park. This tour involves hiking to the rim of the volcano to look into the spectacular crater with a turquoise blue lake at the bottom. That night staying again at Hotel La Dehesa. We will arrange for people to fly out the following morning.