Costa Rica: The Caribbean Vibe

badams TRAVEL Tours Costa Rica: The Caribbean Vibe

September 9 – 18, 2021

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This tour will focus on Costa Rica’s southern Caribbean coast and the area around Turrialba.  We’ll take a scenic drive through the fertile farmlands on the slopes of the Irazú Volcano, we’ll visit the Guayabo National Monument, The Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center, and the Orosi Valley.

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Then, we’ll continue on to Cahuita on the coast.   You’ll spend four nights on the coast.  We’ll take advantage of our timing and join the Ticos in celebrating their independence day.  During your stay you’ll spend some time on the Bribri Indigenous Reserve and see how they cultivate cacao.  You’ll visit a wild animal rescue; hopefully you’ll see sloths and a variety of creatures. You’ll also spend time visiting the Gandoca Manzanilla reserve by boat and on foot.  Our last night will be in charming, colonial Alajuela City, near the San Jose International Airport.


Detailed Itinerary

Day 1:   Drive to Turrialba and check in to our hotel.  But on the way, we’ll take a scenic drive along the slopes of the Irazú Volcano through fertile farmlands and stop to view the craters of Costa Rica’s tallest volcanco.  Meals included:  dinner.

Day 2: First thing in the morning, we’ll visit the Turrialba Farmers Market to see the bounty that this little agricultural village yields, and better yet, taste it. Local farmers bring their weekly harvest to town and line up to sell to the public. Prices are low and quality is the highest. Many restaurants and families alike purchase the week’s vegetables and fruits from these vendors.  Then we’ll have lunch at the Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center and spend the afternoon exploring the grounds and learning about the center’s work.  Meals included:  breakfast.


Day 3:  We’re off to the Guayabo National Monument, situated on the lush slopes of the Turrialba Volcano.  One of the largest and most important archeological finds in Costa Rica, Guayabo is believed to have been the residence of approximately 10,000 people about 3,000 years ago. During your visit, you can explore the city’s infrastructure and discover petroglyphs and tombs that were discovered by archeologists in 1968. The priceless artifacts that were found during excavation have found a home in the National Museum located in San Jose. Meals included:  breakfast.


Day 4:  We’ll spend today exploring the beautiful Orosi Valley. Orosi is a tranquil and serene community in the province of Cartago. While somewhat undiscovered by travelers, Orosi features an incredibly peaceful setting among the lush forest and towering pine trees. This hidden gem is truly one of Costa Rica’s finest, and it has actually been a beloved spot in the country for centuries due to its ideal soil conditions and perfect climate. This is why Orosi Valley is home to some of the most delicious coffee in Costa Rica. Meals included:  breakfast.


Day 5:  After breakfast we’ll head to Cahuita on Costa Rica’s southern Caribbean coast.  On the way, we’ll stop for lunch in Limon.  After we check in to Playa Negra Guesthouse, you have the remainder of the afternoon to lounge by the pool or on the beach.  Meals included:  breakfast.


Day 6:   Do you love chocolate? Costa Rica has some of the most wonderful chocolate, made by the country’s indigenous Bribri tribe.  We’ll visit the tribe, go on a hike through a their cacao plantation, and see a demonstration of the cacao paste process using tools that date back to pre-Columbian times.  Located in the stunning foothills of the Cordillera de Talamanca, the Bribri Indigenous Reserve is one of the most distinct cultural communities in Costa Rica.  Have you ever been to a chocolate factory? It’s kind of like that, but here, you’ll find it’s a much more culturally intense experience to watch the women of the Bribri tribe create organic chocolate. Whether you’re in the mood to indulge your sweet tooth or you’re looking for a deeper connection to the people of Costa Rica, this tour will do both.  We’ll get back to the guesthouse in time for lounging and cocktails by the pool.  And to watch the faroles (lantern) parade in Cahuita!  Meals included:  breakfast & lunch.


Day 7: After breakfast, we’re going to the Gandoca Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge, just a few kilometers north of the Panama border.  This refuge protects some of the region’s most endangered flora and fauna.  Encompassing several rare habitats like a lowland rainforest, a wetland and a mangrove swamp, the refuge also safeguards the only orey and jolillo palm swamps in Costa Rica. This is important ecologically because it contains the only intact mangrove swamp in the Atlantic and the primary lowland small rainforest found here is the only one of its kind in the region.  The refuge is also the nesting area for several species of turtles, manatees, crocodiles, caimans, tarpons and dolphins.  Meals included:  breakfast.


Day 8:   You have the morning to relax on the beach, by the pool, or take a stroll into Cahuita and watch the Independence Day parade.  After lunch, we’re taking a private tour of the Jaguar Rescue Foundation. Its a tour that is unlike any animal experience you’ve had before. The tour will bring you in direct contact with monkeys, wild cats, sloths, anteaters and more. You’ll see monkeys in the trees, birds flying free, and the most venomous snakes in Costa Rica, housed in terrariums imitating their natural habitat. Guided by professionals who have extensive training with the animals, you will see things you wouldn’t even have known to look for.  Meals included:  breakfast.


Day 9:  Transfer to Alajuela City with stops in Limon and Braulio Carrillo National Park to see the sights.  Meals included:  breakfast.


Day 10: Fly home.   Meals included:  breakfast.  


Activity Level: Moderate.  Activities are generally not very strenuous, however, we expect that guests can enjoy two hours or more of walking, are sure-footed on cobbled surfaces, and walk up and down stairs without assistance.  In rural and small town settings, unpaved roads and pathways will be common with some short sections of rough trail which we expect that guests can traverse with no more than a companion’s hand to steady them.  Historic city centers are frequently more accessible by foot than vehicle, and sometimes it is not possible for your motor coach to drop you off at the hotel and site entrances.  Due to the structure of some buildings, facilities for the disabled may be limited.  


Travel during CoVID-19.  We are working to make our 2021 itineraries as safe as possible:

  • our lodging partners are augmenting their cleaning and disinfecting protocols;
  • our meals will be mostly in open air settings, and
  • nearly all of our touring time is spent in the outdoors, the few indoor spaces that we will go into will be large and uncrowded.

Note that for this trip, you will be required to:

  • provide BADams Travel and Costa Rican immigration officials with proof of vaccination and proof that you have insurance that will cover your care in Costa Rica if you become sick;
  • observe Costa Rican masking and social distancing requirements; and
  • additional masking and social distancing requirements from your tour curator in order to further protect your co-travelers and our Costa Rican driver, guides, hospitality workers, etc.


Cost:  $1,925 per person, double occupancy, $275 single supplement.  Includes:

  • Airport transfers for guests arriving and departing during the suggested times.
  • Transfers within Costa Rica.
  • Meals: 9 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinner.  Other meals will be on your own individually or as a group.
  • Tours (including entry fees) as listed.

Minimum travelers:  5.  Maximum travelers:  9.



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