Costa Rica Highlands Tour

Costa Rica Highlands Tour: A 5-Day Valleys Adventure

Costa Rica Highlands Tour: A 5-Day Valleys Adventure

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Embark on a journey like no other with our Costa Rica Highlands Tour. Over the course of 5 enriching days and 4 unforgettable nights, this adventure unveils the splendor of the Costa Rica highlands. Nestled in lush valleys and breathtaking landscapes, this tour offers an organic experience blending natural beauty with cultural exploration.

San Gerardo de Dota: A Bird Lover’s Paradise

Starting in San José, the heart of Costa Rica, the tour delves into the southern Talamanca Mountains. Here awaits San Gerardo de Dota, a sanctuary known for its apple and peach farms along the serene Savegre River. As a haven for bird enthusiasts, it boasts the extraordinary Resplendent Quetzal and stunning bird species. Birding and macro photography opportunities abound in this small but beautiful town.

Orosi Valley: History Meets Nature

Next, you’ll explore Orosi Valley, a region that encapsulates Costa Rica’s vibrant history and nature. With its oldest church standing as a testament to the Spanish conquest, and a backdrop of rainforests, volcanoes, and plantations, the Orosi region showcases the rich diversity found in Costa Rica’s highlands.

Engaging Activities & Highlights

Throughout the Costa Rica Highlands Tour, you will engage in activities designed to connect you with the essence of Costa Rica. Whether photographing hummingbirds at Paraiso Quetzal, exploring Lauraceas Botanical Garden, or visiting historic Ujarras ruins, each day presents new discoveries.

Tour Highlights:

  • Witnessing the resplendent beauty of the Resplendent Quetzal in San Gerardo de Dota.
  • Exploring architectural wonders such as Los Angeles Cathedral.
  • Experiencing vibrant local culture through visits to gardens, villages, and dining experiences.

An Unforgettable Experience

With a harmonious blend of nature, history, and culture, the Costa Rica Highlands Tour offers an incomparable escape into a land of wonder. So, if you’re ready to etch memories that will last a lifetime, join us on this unique adventure. Allow Costa Rica’s highlands to captivate your senses, and rest assured that every moment is filled with opportunities for exploration and enjoyment.

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  • What to wear
    Wear layered clothing with moisture-wicking base layers, insulating mid-layers, and waterproof outer layers, along with sturdy hiking footwear.
  • Included
    Entrance Fees
    Photo Assistance
  • Not Included
    Local Flights

Tour Plan

Day 1: Arrival in San José
Your Costa Rica Highlands adventure begins with your arrival at Juan Santamaria International Airport. Spend your first night in vibrant San José, with its bustling markets and rich cultural heritage. Dinner is on your own, offering a chance to explore local culinary delights.
Day 2: Exploration of San Gerardo de Dota
After a hearty breakfast at the hotel, the journey takes you to the breathtaking San Gerardo de Dota. This sanctuary in the southern Talamanca Mountains is renowned for its birding opportunities. Capture hummingbirds at Paraiso Quetzal, enjoy a local lunch, and explore the scenic roads before checking into your hotel. An evening of macrophotography in the hotel's garden rounds off a perfect day.
Day 3: Birding and Botanical Adventures
Third day of the Costa Rica Highlands tour is a feast for nature lovers. Start with breakfast at the hotel, followed by birding photography at Batsu Garden. After lunch in town, you'll visit Lauraceas Botanical Garden, immersing yourself in the beauty of flowers, macro, and plant photography. Return to the hotel for some rest and a delightful dinner.
Day 4: Journey to Orosi Valley
The fourth day heralds the exploration of Orosi Valley. Following breakfast, you'll head to this historical region, making a stop at Los Angeles Cathedral for some architectonics photography. After a town lunch, Lankaster Garden awaits with its vibrant flowers and unique plants. Your day concludes with hotel check-in and a savory dinner.
Day 5: Departure
On the final day of your 5-day Costa Rica Highlands tour, early morning bird photography sets the tone. Enjoy one last breakfast before departing from the hotel to the Airport. Time permitting, a short stop at the historical Ujarras ruins will add a touch of history to your farewell.

Tour Location

Experience the spellbinding beauty of the Costa Rica Highlands, a destination that flawlessly melds lush landscapes, rich history, and vibrant culture. From the tranquil sanctuary of San Gerardo de Dota to the historic treasures in Orosi Valley, this 5-day tour showcases the mesmerizing natural and cultural gems found deep in Costa Rica's highland regions.

San Gerardo de Dota:

Nestled deep in the Talamanca Mountains of southern Costa Rica, San Gerardo de Dota is a true sanctuary for nature enthusiasts. This charming village is enveloped by apple and peach farms along the Savegre River and offers unparalleled opportunities to witness the extraordinary Resplendent Quetzal. With vibrant flowers and an array of stunning birds, San Gerardo de Dota stands as one of Costa Rica's most breathtaking highland destinations.

Orosi Valley:

Orosi Valley, located south of the Cachí dam, embodies the rich historical and natural tapestry of Costa Rica. Home to the country's oldest church, built in 1743 by Spanish conquerors, the valley resonates with echoes of the past. The diverse landscapes include rainforests, volcanoes, coffee, and sugar cane plantations, crafting a picturesque setting. Orosi's enchanting blend of history and nature makes it a highlight of any Costa Rica highlands tour.

San José:

The bustling capital city of San José serves as the starting point of your Costa Rica Highlands adventure. A city alive with culture, art, and history, San José provides a fascinating introduction to the country's urban heartbeat. Explore vibrant markets, savor local cuisine, or simply soak in the city's energy as you prepare to embark on a 5-day journey through Costa Rica's mesmerizing highlands.