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Day 1– Arrive at Playa Uvita airport, then a stop at the Tarcoles River Bridge for some crocodile viewing. On to the hotel to check and a sunset dinner & mixer at the beach.
Day 2– Breakfast orientation, then training from 10am to 12pm, lunch (on own) and we then finish off our afternoon training from 1pm – 3pm. Dinner @ Carlitos (included)
Day 3- Breakfast, then training from 8am to 12pm. Lunch on your own, returning to finish up the day’s training from 2pm – 4pm.
Day 4- Breakfast and then Excursion day! Details to follow…..Cloud Bridge Reserve and Laferia in San Isidero.
Day 5- Breakfast and training from 8am – 12pm, a visit to the Feria (farmer’s market) during lunch, then finishing up our day’s training from 2pm – 4pm. Dinner in Ojochal (on own)
Day 6- Excursion in Sierpe (all day)
Day 7- Breakfast and training from 8am – 12pm and 2pm to 6pm. We are then off to a sunset dinner at the Jolly Roger on the Escalera (moutain ridge)
Day 8- Free Day! You have many options, join Patrick for more adventures, or head out on your own. Then join Patrick for your completion Dinner (included). Location is TBD.
Day 9- Departing day! Departing time will be determined on earliest flight leaving.
A bit about Costa Rica and some of our stops…
Uvita: Just 17 km south of Dominical, this sweet little village consists of a few dirt roads, lined with farms, guesthouses and tiny shops, a cluster of strip malls by the main Costanera Sur entrance, and a scattering of hotels in the jungle-covered hills above. With its gentle pace of life, it should give you a good idea of what the central Pacific coast was like before the tourist boom.
Uvita’s main attraction is Parque Nacional Marino Ballena, a pristine marine reserve famous for its migrating pods of humpback whales and its virtually abandoned wilderness beaches, but there are also good waterfalls nearby and once a year it holds the country’s biggest hippie fest, the Envision Festival.
Held a short distance from the main entrance to Uvita, the sweet little farmers’ market is a good place to mingle with locals and longtime expats, and purchase locally grown fruit and vegetables, honey and home-cooked foods.
In the morning we will be spending some time acclimating and visiting Uvita. The town, village and the beach @ Bellana National Park is within walking distance from the hotel. The park is patrolled and has toilets and fresh water showers. There is a $6.00 entrance fee.
San Gerardo de Rivas: If you have plans to climb Chirripo, you’re in the right place – the tiny, tranquil, spread out town San Gerardo de Rivas is at the doorstep of the national park. It’s known for its trout farm to local cheese – chocolate-makers in nearby Canaan.
Cloudbridge Nature Reserve: A network of trails traverses the property, which is easy to explore independently. Even if you don’t get far past the entrance, you’ll find two waterfalls, including the magnificent Catarata Pacifica. Entrance is by donation.
Talamanca Reserve: This private reserve has numerous hiking trails, the longest being a seven-hour trek, and another leading to its 10 waterfalls. This is optional part of our day.
Dinner at Dominical: Dominical hits a real sweet spot with the travelers who wander up and down its rough dirt road with a surfboard under an arm, balancing the day’s activities between surfing and hammock hang time. Many proud residents are quick to point out that Dominical recalls the mythical ‘old Costa Rica’ – the days before the roads were all paved, and when the coast was dotted with lazy little towns that drew a motley crew of surfers, backpackers and affable do-nothings.
Humedal Nacional Terraba-Sierpe: The Rios Terraba and Sierpe begin on the southern slopes of the Talamanca mountains and, nearing the Pacific Ocean, they form a network of channels and waterways that weave around the country’s largest mangrove swamp. The river delta comprises the Humedal Nacional Terraba-Sierpe, which protects approximately 330 km of wetland and is home to red, black and tea mangrove species. The reserve also protects a plethora of birdlife, especially waterbirds such as herons, egrets and cormorants, and larger denizens of the murky waters and tangled vegetation such as caimans and boas. An exploration of this watery world by boat gives you a unique insight into this very special and fragile ecosystem.
The Terraba-Sierpe reserve is only accessible by a boat tour.
Diamante waterfalls @ the Diamante Center.
Dinner @ Ojochal village which is claimed to be the “culinary capital of Costa Rica.”
Ojochal: Of the trio of villages – Dominical, Uvita and Ojochal (the sporty one, the wildlife one and the gourmet one) – that make up the CostaBallena, this laid back, spread out village is the culinary epicenter, with a multicultural expat population.
Incal and Ojochal focuses on three things.surfing, whale watching and gourmet cuisine.
La Costa Ballena
South of Quepos, the well trodden central pacific tourist trail begins to taper off evoking the feel of the Costa Rica of yesteryears- surf shacks and empty beaches, roadside ceviche vendors and a little more space. Intrepid travelers can have their pick of any number of deserted beaches and great surf spots. The region is also home ot the great bulk of Costa Rica’s African palm oil industry, which should be immediately obvious after the few dozen kilometers of endless plantations lining the sides of the Costanera
Known as the Costa Ballena, the beauteous length of the coastline between Dominical and Ojohochal.
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