Transformative Travel LLC

Nicoya Peninsula, Costa Rica

7 Nights, 8 Days of Pura Vida!

  • Experience a true Pura Vida experience! Pura Vida is a widely used term in Costa Rica that means living a  “pure/simple life”.
  • Spend time rejuvenating in a “Blue Zone”.  There are only 5 known Blue Zones in the world! (Blue Zones are places where people’s lifestyle, environment, and diet provide the perfect healthy combination for a long and healthy life.)
  • Connect to the land, people, culture, and environment with indigenous naturalists whose ancestors have long roamed the land.
  • Stay in your own private elevated cabin in a lush and secluded lodge where the forest meets the ocean. (Worried about where to eat? Don’t! This lodge has a fabulous restaurant  that offers a spectacular complimentary breakfast!)
  • Journey highlights includes guided ziplining through the forest canopy of Montezuma Falls, kayaking and nature walks in protected reserve areas with a local expert naturalist, your own ATV to explore the many natural reserves, towns, and beaches on your own (suggested itinerary for explorations are also provided), and guided transfers to and from all included accommodations.

Overview

  • Duration: 8 Days 7 Nights.  
  • Capacity: 6 travellers
  • Airport: Juan SantaMaria International Airport (SJO)
  • Dates: Customized (subject to availability). 
  • Activity Level: Moderate. Requires hiking on uneven terrain for distances up to 10 km, and the ability to paddle a kayak up to 30 minutes at a time. 
 

Health & Safety

A health pass form MUST be completed before arrival. A negative Covid tests is required 24 hours before travel back to the US. 

  • Unvaccinated travelers MUST have trip insurance. 

For more details please visit the CDC website stating Costa Rica Guidelines. 

7 Nights & 8 Days

Itinerary

Arrival and Grounding. 

Arrive in Juan Santamaría International Airport (JSO) to a friendly face with your name on a placard ready to transport you to your local B&B. Settle in to the new vibe of Costa Rica.

Nicoya Peninsula Here We Come! Welcome to the Blue Zone!

Wake up to a vibrant display of birds in the garden and enjoy a scrumptious breakfast made by your San Jose host, Laurie before being chauffeured back to SJO for your flight to Tambor! Upon arrival, you will be chauffeured straight to Calala Lodge. Settle in and explore the local beauty before enjoying a special starry sky welcome dinner. Meals included: Breakfast and dinner. *Note: Domestic flight baggage allowance is 1 handbag 10 lbs and 1 check-in at 30 lbs. Per person.

Cabuya Island and Sunset Explorations.

 Wake up to the sounds of the Costa Rican jungle and enjoy your complimentary breakfast. Post breakfast head out for a walk to Cabuya Island (a short distance from Calala Lodge.) Being able to walk to the island is tide-dependent (low tide is necessary) so timing is important! Post lunch your rental ATV will arrive. If you feel ready for a little adventure, drive to the sleepy beaches of Mal Pais for a stellar sunset. 

Meals included: Breakfast

Curú Wildlife Refuge

Early rise for a 7 am departure for your guided tour of Curú Wildlife Reserve. With your local naturalist explore the country’s first private protected area. There are 3 aspects of Curú to witness, it’s lush jungle, it’s mangrove ecosystem, and the cattle farm that also shares the reserve. Start the day in the jungle for the best wildlife sightings (2.5 mile hike) , and enjoy an afternoon of kayaking either through the mangroves or along the bay to “secret beaches” only known to locals. Return to Calala around 4:30 pm. Meals included: Breakfast, Fruit, Drinks, and Snacks on the tour. 

Montezuma Falls and Tree Canopy Ziplining

Post breakfast head over to Montezuma on your ATV (20-25 minutes), Once you arrive (9 am) you will be met by a guide to enjoy a series of 9 cables and 13 platforms that are suspended high above the forest floor. While on the canopy tour you will see a number of plants and animals unique to Costa Rica, possibly including howler and white-faced monkeys, parrots, iguanas, and much more. During the tour, we stop at the famous waterfalls where you can take pictures and go for a swim in the pools carved by the cascading waters. After that we´ll stop in Montezuma, so you can have some time to shop and look around. *Covid test will be given at Calala Lodge in the afternoon. Meals included: Breakfast, water, and drinks during the tour.

Reserva Natural Cabo Blanco

Spend the morning exploring Cabo Blanco Natural Reserve. Enjoy a beautiful 10 km (roundtrip)  hike that features a private beach (approximately 4-5  hours total of hiking). (Be sure to pack food and water as none are available on site).  If you’d rather a shorter loop just through the forest, that can be accomplished in a 1.5 mile loop. After you visit choose between driving to other local towns or returning to Calala Lodge for a relaxed final evening in the Nicoya Peninsula. 

Meals Included: Breakfast, (optional packed lunch can be arranged upon request.)

Return to Cariari B&B Enjoy one final breakfast at Calala Lodge before checking out. Drive to Tambor and have lunch on the way before flying back to San Jose (SJO). Enjoy the familiar face of your local driver and settle back into Cariari B&B for a final nights stay. Meals Included: Breakfast

The Return Home. Final wake up to the morning birds of Costa Rica, with a hearty breakfast ready to send you home full and content. Say goodbye to your local host, Laurie, and be escorted to SJO for departure. Meals Included: Breakfast 

Inclusions

  • Meet and Greet and transportation to and from SJO and Tambor airports to accommodation.
  • Accommodations at:
    • Cariari B&B (2 nights) and
    • Calala Lodge (5 nights).
  • Domestic Airfare between SJO and Tambor (2 return flight tickets).
  • Guided tour of Curu Wildlife Reserve with a naturalist, with kayaks, paddles, and life jackets.
  • Guided Ziplining tour of Montezuma Falls.
  • 3 day ATV rental.
  •  Welcome to Nicoya Peninsula Dinner at Calala Lodge.
  • 4 professional local contacts for guidance during the journey, as well as access to your Transformative Travel team in the USA for any support needed during the trip.
  • Meals and Drinks as listed in the itinerary.
  • Pre-trip interviews & presentations to be better prepared for your trip.
  • Pre Trip Interview Checklists & Suggested Transformative Practices.
  • Google Folder will all essential travel documents available anytime, any place.
  • Covid Test for the return journey.
  • Applicable taxes and credit card fees.
  • Post Trip Reflection (1hr.)

PACKAGE PRICING

Please note that all bookings are subject to availability during the time of deposit. * Customization of this itinerary is always available upon request. 

7 Nights

Double Occupancy
$ 2,675
Per Person
  • A Payment Plan Option is available. Contact us to learn more.

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Interested in experiencing Costa Rica with a different itinerary? No problem. We can custom tailor the perfect journey for you. We specialize in crafting meaningful adventures, saving  you time and energy coordinating everyone’s interests by leaving the details to us. Tell us what is calling you and then enjoy the ride!

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What's not included.

  • Single Supplement. International airfare, visas fees, or services.
  • Accommodation, meals, transfers, sightseeing, or extensions that are not listed in the itinerary.
  • Medical (field rescue), security and/or cancellation insurance.
  • Any items of personal nature such as alcohol, tips, laundry, telephone calls etc.
  • Expenses incurred due to flight delays, roadblocks, and any circumstances beyond our control.
  • Any large tax hikes and new levies shall be payable extra and shall be billed accordingly with prior notice if applicable.
  • Additional accommodations and services in case of mandatory quarantine due to Covid-19 infection.

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