2018 Expedition to Costa Rica

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Itinerary


Date Day From To Comments
1 08/07/2018 Sun UK Liberia Depart London Heathrow (T2) at 09:30 on United Airlines flight UA879, arriving Houston airport at 13:40. Onwards flight UA1737 departing at 18:15, arriving Liberia airport (Costa Rica) at 20:40. Upon arrival you'll be met by your driver and taken direct to your pre-paid accommodation at Casa Vieja. Other: money for in country sim card & credit.
2 09/07/2018 Mon Liberia Casa Parra Take the public bus to Santa M aria, changing in San Jose. On arrival, meet Rafa, your trek guide. Overnight at the Casa Parra homestay.
3 10/07/2018 Tue Casa Parra M eadow Campsite You will have time to sort out kit before transferring to trek start point by truck, approx. 30 mins drive. The route is a 3hr loop past 2 waterfalls, camp at meadow campsite. Breakfast and dinner are included whilst trekking, you will need to purchase supplies for lunches in the supermarket in Santa M aria.
4 11/07/2018 Wed M eadow Campsite Ranch Campsite Trek back along the track and follow the path through the forest to 2100m before ascending to the Ranch campsite, around 4hrs walking time. In the afternoon the team can choose to trek a circular route from main campsite through primary rainforest, around 4hrs walking time. From the campsite the team can walk to view
5 12/07/2018 Thu Ranch Campsite Tortuguero Leave your camp transfer back to Santa Elena, where you should take the public bus to La Pavona (changing at San Jose & Cairari, approx. 5hrs total). Here take a pre-paid private boat to Tortuguero which takes approx. 2hrs. Other: money for entrance fee to the National Park ($15pp). Overnight at Cabinas Tortuguero.
6 13/07/2018 Fri Tortuguero Tortuguero Today the team can take a boat trip around the jungle and an evening turtle walk
(pre-paid, see R&R form for activity details). Overnight at Cabinas Tortuguero.
7 14/07/2018 Sat Tortuguero San Jose Leave by boat to La Pavona, where you can catch the public bus to San Jose, changing at Cairari (approx. 6hrs travel). Transport: includes money for taxis from the bus station.
8 15/07/2018 Sun San Jose La Fortuna de San Carlos Project 1 Take the morning public bus to La Fortuna (aprox. 4hrs) where you will meet you hosts and transfer to the village where you will be working. Set up camp in front of the village green. M eals will be provided by the community whilst you are here (please pay them for these), including dinner on arrival. Other: money for project materials.
9 16/07/2018 M on La Fortuna de San Carlos Project 1 La Fortuna de San Carlos Project 1 Continue with your project
10 17/07/2018 Tue La Fortuna de San Carlos Project 1 La Fortuna de San Carlos Project 1
11 18/07/2018 Wed La Fortuna de San Carlos Project 1 La Fortuna de San Carlos Project 1
12 19/07/2018 Thu La Fortuna de San Carlos Project 1 La Fortuna de San Carlos Project 1
13 20/07/2018 Fri La Fortuna de San Carlos Project 1 Playa del Coco Say goodbye to your project hosts and take your private bus to Playa del Coco (approx journey time 5hrs). You will be staying at the Hotel M &M Garden (breakfast included).
14 21/07/2018 Sat Playa del Coco Playa del Coco - PADI Rich Coast Diving will re-confirm the schedule with you, but spend 1 day learning theory, 1 day in the pool and 2 days learning to dive in the beautiful waters off the Costa Rican Coast.
Whilst here, team up with Project 'Strawssuck', a local initiative to reduce plastics in the oceans, in particular plastic straws!
15 22/07/2018 Sun Playa del Coco - PADI Playa del Coco - PADI
16 23/07/2018 M on Playa del Coco - PADI Playa del Coco - PADI
17 24/07/2018 Tue Playa del Coco - PADI Playa del Coco - PADI
18 25/07/2018 Wed Playa del Coco - PADI Parque Nacional Rincon de la
Vieja
A private bus will take you to your campsite at Sector Santa M aria (approx.1hr) and setting up camp by the ranger station. Other: money for national park entrance fees ($15pp per day).
19 26/07/2018 Thu Parque Nacional Rincon de la
Vieja
Parque Nacional Rincon de la
Vieja
There are several day walks you can complete on well marked trails taking you into the park, some offering spectatular views and passing geo-thermal hotspots. Pay the daily NP entrance fee ($15pp per day).
20 27/07/2018 Fri Parque Nacional Rincon de la
Vieja
Parque Nacional Rincon de la
Vieja
21 28/07/2018 Sat Parque Nacional Rincon de la
Vieja
Monteverde A private bus will take you to Santa Elena on the edge of the M onteverde Reserve.
22 29/07/2018 Sun Monteverde Monteverde A guide from GWA will meet you at your hostel to take you zip l ining in the stunning cloud forest.
23 30/07/2018 M on Monteverde Liberia A private bus will take you to Liberia where there are plenty of restaurants to choose from for your final meal in Central America. Overnight at Casa Vieja.
24 31/07/2018 Tue Liberia In transit You will be transported to the airport in plenty of time for departure. Depart Liberia airport at 13:25 on United Airlines flight UA1516, arriving Houston airport at 18:00. Onwards flight UA5 departing at 20:20.
25 01/08/2018 Wed In transit UK Arrive London Heathrow (T2) at 11:35.

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