playing in the jungle, surf towns + pura vida (7 Days)
One week + lots of adventure. On this trip we explore the Nicoya Peninsula- one of only five blue zones in the world and a lesser travelled region filled with jungles and glittering coastlines (without the crowds).
Cabuya, Montezuma, Santa Teresa + Mal Pais
San Jose (SJO)
San Jose (SJO)
Known as a "blue zone", travelling here helps us understand why locals have some of the longest lifespans in the world.
- Stay on site of a wildlife rescue center and learn about conservation efforts in the region (your money is giving back to the community!)
- Fresh and healthy meals cooked on-site
- Day trips to explore hidden local gems like waterfalls, lagoons, and volcanic reefs
- Free time to chill and explore the area at your own pace (and with your new friends)
- Daily activities and plan will be adjusted with the weather.
Pura vida baby!
Day 1 | Fly from SJO to Tambor on a 30 minute scenic flight. Airport Pickup. Welcome Meeting and time to relax at the jungle lodge - lounge by the pool, read, go for a swim or a nature walk. Home cooked dinner from our jungle lodge chef.
Day 2 | Yoga on the outdoor covered yoga deck - downward dog to the sounds of howler monkeys and breathe in the fresh jungle air. Breakfast. Spend the morning swimming in a blue lagoon and meeting local legends. First, go for a swim in a stunning azure river and then visit Doña Nena - a local legend who will show you how she makes coconut oil and marmalade that the whole community loves. Lunch at the lodge and then head to a local favourite spot- Banana Beach for a relaxing afternoon. Lounge in the chairs or hammocks, explore the beach and watch a spectacular sunset (our travellers confirm it's the best sunset they've ever seen). Dinner at the lodge.
DAY 3 | Yoga (optional). Breakfast. Surf's up for a class on the beach (the group will be divided by level and all levels are welcome). This is a great opportunity to try surfing for the first time or improve your skills! Lunch. Breathtaking waterfall hike + swim (be daring and jump off the cliffs). We'll hang at the waterfall and then head to explore the laidback beach town of Montezuma where you can explore the local shops, buy unique souvenirs and find some treats (the mango margs are calling our name). Dinner at the lodge.
DAY 4| Yoga (optional). Breakfast. Snorkelling tour with lunch on the island. This place is paradise - expect coral reefs and little bays and inlets that attract colourful marine life.
Free afternoon (ask your OT host for suggestions on what to do in the area or hang out by the pool - options for the afternoon include a hike in the nearby reserve, visiting a local chocolate maker for a class and tasting, walking to the cemetery island at low tide). Dinner
DAY 5 | Yoga (optional). Breakfast. Free Day (Beach/town transfers available, opt to go zip-lining, take another surf lesson). Sunset at our secret sunset spot (fun vacation cocktails with a breathtaking view included)
DAY 6 | Yoga (optional). Breakfast. Free Day (Beach/town transfers, zip-lining, second surf lesson optional, other activities in the area). Your host will be happy to provide guidance and options!
Live music in town (did someone say reggae night?)
DAY 7 | Breakfast, airport drop off and sad goodbyes!
Please note, this is a fully outdoor itinerary and therefore activities and schedules are weather and tide-dependent. Expect to go with the flow - literally!
your jungle home
Relax and unwind at our quaint jungle lodge. Located in a quiet part of the Nicoya Peninsula, wake up to the early morning calls of howler monkeys, spot Scarlet macaws flying overhead, swim in the infinity pool overlooking the jungle, and enjoy
meals with your new friends in the outdoor spaces.
We’re located walking distance to a reserve with walking trails and a small town with cafes and bars (ask us where to get the best coconut frozen coffee and chocolate cake).
Travel as a force for good moment: your money is going to support the local rescue efforts in the area through the on-site animal rescue centre.
Internal round trip flight from San Jose airport
Airport pick up and drop off
Double share bungalow accommodations
All meals: 6 breakfasts | 6 lunches | 6 dinners
Montezuma waterfall hike (guided)
1 yoga class
1 surfing lesson
Trip to Banana Beach and access to lounge chairs
Guided River Lajas swim or Isla Cabuya visit (season dependent)
Secret sunset spot for happy hour + a drink
All transfers to activities in private vehicle
Experienced guide who is knowledgeable about the region
Meals and activities not mentioned
An extra surf lesson
A yoga package with 4 additional classes
Bioluminescent kayak excursion
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