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Rainforest Adventure Week / Esquinas Lodge - 7 Days

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 7 day(s)
Group Size: 2 - 8 people
Destination(s): Costa Rica  
Specialty Categories: Rainforest  
Season: January - December
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: Yes
Minimum Per Person Price: 772 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 772 US Dollar (USD)

The biodiversity of Costa Rica‘s newest, remotest and least known national park, Piedras Blancas (part of the Osa conservation area), is one of the highest in all of Central America. Esquinas Rainforest Lodge is the ideal base for excursions into the dense jungle, which has hardly been explored or researched.

The rainforest adventure week is an all-inclusive program full of variety for sporty, adventurous persons wishing to experience the rainforest without having to forfeit a high standard of comfort. The excursions are not extremely long, strenuous, or dangerous, although a certain amount of fitness and adaptability to the tropics is recommended. Mornings are devoted to exploring the rainforest with an experienced guide - on foot, on horseback, on mountain bikes, by kayak, or by boat. Afternoons allow ample time for hiking the well-marked trails, relaxing by the pool, or bird watching.

Each of the ten cozy rooms of Esquinas Lodge has a private bath, hot water shower, tiled floor and ceiling fan. While relaxing on the shady veranda, guests can enjoy a close-up view of the forest. The array of exotic birds, including parrots and toucans, is stunning (over 200 species have been counted). The large main building has a spacious, open living room, library, bar, and a restaurant offering high-standard cuisine only a stone‘s throw from the dense jungle. A crystal-clear jungle stream flows through the naturally-filtered swimming pool and the beautifully landscaped tropical garden, which attracts a great variety of wildlife such as monkeys, sloths, caymans and colorful butterflies. A 10-mile long network of well-marked trails departs directly behind the lodge.

Your Itinerary:

Day 1:
Morning flight from San José to Golfito and transfer (30 Min.) to Esquinas Rainforest Lodge. Our adventure week begins with an introductory hike through secondary forest to the nearby biological station of the organisation "Rainforest of the Austrians" and a tour through it‘s botanical garden, home to 80 kinds of fruits and vegetables and 80 kinds of orchids. Overnight stay at Esquinas Lodge.
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Day 2:
Guided excursion (approx. 3 hrs.) through untouched primary rainforest, that is home to approx. 2500 species of plants and trees. We can observe heliconias, orchids, prop and butressed roots, butterflies, lizards, leave cutter ants, and with some luck also monkeys, sloths or poison dart frogs. Overnight stay at Esquinas Lodge.
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Day 3:
We ride our mountain bikes to the village of La Gamba (4 Km.) and hike to the Chorro Waterfall (30 Min.), under which we can swim in a deep, crystal clear pool. The courageous can continue canyoning up the riverbed, climbing over small waterfalls until they reach a large waterfall in the middle of the rainforest. An optional night hike gives us the opportunity to track down nocturnal animals such as snakes, bats, or possibly a rare margay. Overnight stay at Esquinas Lodge.
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Day 4:
After a drive to Golfito, a motor boat takes us to enchanting, palm-fringed Playa Cacao, where we begin kayaking along the pristine, steep coast. The waters of Golfo Dulce are calm in the morning, and often dolphins and a large variety of water–birds can be seen. The rainforest reaches all the way down to the many uninhabited coves and bays, where we have the opportunity to disembark for swimming and snorkeling. The motorboat follows at a discreet distance, ready to pick us up after around 3 hours (or when we give a sign). Overnight stay at Esquinas Lodge.
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Day 5:
Our horseback ride takes us towards Golfito. After around 1 1/2 hours we enter the Quebrada Gamba for a trailless riverbed hike which leads to a beautiful jungle waterfall. After a refreshing dip in the natural pool, we descend to the valley, where our horses already await us for the ride back to the lodge. (Alternative in case of bad weather: Valle Bonito) Overnight stay at Esquinas Lodge.
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Day 6:
This free day gives us the opportunity for more mountain-biking or more hiking. Also, the following optional excursions can be arranged:
- Full-day trip by light plane to the center of Corcovado National Park, including a 5- hour stopover to explore the rainforest of Costa Rica‘s most famous reserve.
- 40-min. circular flight over Golfo Dulce, Corcovado- and Piedras Blancas National Parks.
- Excursion to famous Wilson Botanical Garden in Las Cruces and to San Vito.
- Boat trip through the remote, untouched mangrove swamps of the Rio Coto.
Overnight stay at Esquinas Lodge.
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Day 7:
Morning transfer to Golfito and flight back to San José.

The order of excursions can be changed on short notice depending on weather or other reasons.

Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Included in the price: 6x accommodation Esquinas Lodge, flight San José - Golfito - San José, transfer from Golfito to the lodge and back, three meals daily, fruit juices, coffee, tea; guided excursions as described.

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