Costa Rica Itinerary February 18-25, 2017
During the tour, special instruction sessions are available. Topics can be found on the INSTRUCTION page.
The itinerary has been designed to delight both photographers and non-photographers. More importantly it is meant to give you a view of Costa Rica through the eyes of the locals.
DAY 1: LIBERIA TO ARENAL
The first day is basically a travel day, aiming for a mid-day arrival at the Liberia airport in Costa Rica. We will pick you up at the Daniel Oduber Quiros International Airport (LIR) and drive to Arenal for a welcome session.
(Although Worldesigns believes that eating is one of life’s greatest pleasures, no meals are included the first day since participants may be arriving at various times. Be prepared to experience Costa Rica cuisine throughout the tour. We’ve spent many hours searching for restaurants that provide quality Costa Rican food made from the freshest ingredients. It’s a tough job but someone has to do it!)
DAY 2: ARENAL VOLCANO
Arenal volcano is Costa Rica's “picture perfect” volcano. The area is also a birder’s paradise. If that isn’t enough, spectacular views of Lake Arenal can be seen from the property. We will have in-the-field photography instruction for hummingbirds and wildlife during the day.
Although Arenal has recently been relatively quiet, there is always a chance to see some volcanic activity. Multiple hiking trails wind through tropical gardens and forests. Our accommodations are nestled near hanging bridges, a waterfall and extensive nature trails. There is a swimming pool and a Jacuzzi so bring your swimming suit. Speedos and thongs are optional.
La Fortuna is a nearby city with one of the
most iconic churches in the country. It is a touristy town with many
opportunities for adventure tours (including an extreme zip line, horseback
riding, or rappelling down a waterfall) and thermal hot springs.
(Reservations for these activities are available at an additional fee and
should be made through Worldesigns before arrival).
Landscape photography instruction in
the evening before dinner if the sunset cooperates.
DAY 3: ARENAL VOLCANO - CHILAMATE
begin our day with a guided nature hike through the rainforest. It’s not
uncommon to see howler monkeys, a variety of colorful birds and if you’re
lucky – a wild cat.
Following the hike we’ll relax for breakfast, checkout and
drive to an Eco-lodge in Chilamate. On the way we
will stop for lunch in La Fortuna and take time to wander around the town
square and search for the perfect souvenir.
DAY 4: CHILAMATE
Chilamate Rainforest Eco Retreat is a family run project dedicated to rainforest conservation, contributing positively to the community and providing an unforgettable tourism experience.
For the photographers and wildlife enthusiasts, we will visit the Costa
Pavilion Nature Park. After lunch at a local restaurant, there is a half a
day of free time during which we can schedule other activities as desired.
There are so many things to do in the area. Transportation will be provided.
Options include white water rafting, park reserve guided hike, massage,
zipline, horseback riding, chocolate tour, and much more! Most of these
activities require advanced registration.
A more specific list of activities and pricing will be provided after
your tour registration is received.
Day 5: CHILAMATE - SARAPIQUI RIVER BOAT RIDE
Following breakfast, we will embark on a morning hike to explore the
trails at the eco-lodge. A guided boat ride on the Sarapiqui River for a
different perspective on the wildlife will be scheduled for late afternoon.
DAY 6: CHILIMATE - POÁS VOLCANO
Following breakfast, we will drive to our next destination near
Volcano National Park.
Although its activity is considerably different than
Volcano, Poás is another of Costa Rica's most active volcanoes.
DAY 7: LA PAZ WATERFALL GARDENS
Explore five magnificent waterfalls accessed by paved trails through rain and cloud forest. The wildlife refuge features the largest butterfly observatory and aviary in Costa Rica. Feed the 26 species of hummingbirds and check out the frogs in the frog habitat. A reproduction of a rustic Costa Rican farm gives you a look into the past.
will spend the entire day hiking, fishing, and exploring this ecological
resort. You may notice many references to hiking in this itinerary – they
are typically easy hikes focused on wildlife viewing.
DAY 8: POÁS VOLCANO
Our tour begins with breakfast followed by a visit to Poás Volcano National Park. This will be an early morning and involves an easy hike in the morning around the volcano trails in the cloud forest.
Poás Volcano National Park is a National Park in Costa Rica that covers an area of approximately 16,000 acres; the summit is 8,900 feet. One of the attractive features about Poás is that you can get all the way to the edge of the crater and view it from above, weather permitting.
After visiting the volcano, we will check out and drive to our next destination…the airport for those departing or to Liberia for those signed up for the extension. (Breakfast is the only meal included this day.)