Duration: 5 days/4 nights
Price From $703 per person (based on double occupancy), single supplement $505, Child under 12 sharing room $263.
Destination: Sarapiqui Costa Rica
We are pleased to present a new program of rural home stays whereby visitors can get an authentic view of Costa Ricans and their ways of living, while also helping to support them as a part of our efforts to foster more sustainable tourism. By staying in homes of local families, enjoying home-made meals, and even participating in daily activities (if they so desire), visitors will experience much of our culture. At present, we offer home stays in two regions, in La Trinidad de Dota and el Roble de Sarapiqui.
- Day 1: Arrival in San Jose
- Day 2: Sarapiqui homestay, el Roble
- Day 3: Volunteer work with host families
- Day 4: La Selva OTS half day hike. Afternoon with host families
- Day 5: To San Jose, or beach/volcano extension
Day 1: ARRIVAL TRANSFER
Upon your arrival in San Jose, Costa Rica and after clearing customs & immigration, exit the airport terminal to your right where you will meet a representative of Costa Rica Sun Tours who will present you with land portion vouchers and transfer you to your hotel.
Hotel: ROOM STD GARDEN VIEW SGL AT BOUGAINVILLEA
Meals Incl: (1B)
Located in a quiet residential area a few minutes outside downtown San Jose, the Bougainvillea Hotel offers far more than just accommodations. The Bougainvillea is a family-owned and operated inn with tastefully decorated rooms where every detail is personally supervised by owner Hans van der Wielen. The hotel´s restaurant offers excellent cuisine in an attractive dining room. The Bougainvillea also offers a gift shop, meeting and conference facilities, internet, currency exchange, a swimming pool, sauna and tennis courts. Perhaps the hotel´s most outstanding feature is it´s wonderful landscaping of beautiful gardens with tropical flowers, orchids, bromeliads, medicinal plants and trees which host some 60 species of birds including hummingbirds, colorful tanagers and numerous songbirds.
Day 2: SARAPIQUI HOMESTAY, EL ROBLE
Morning pick-up at your hotel for a scenic drive with your driver. Your travels will take you through the mountains through the spectacular cloud and rainforest scenery of Braulio Carrillo National Park en route to the lowland community of El Roble de Sarapiquí. This area is a region of tropical agriculture that produces bananas and pineapples on large plantations, beef cattle, and local crops such as plantains, papayas, and various root crops. With some reserves of splendid rainforests (La Selva, Tirimbina) in the area and the Sarapiqui River, tourism featuring birdwatching, nature walks, white water rafting and kayaking, and riverboat tours are also integral parts of the regional economy. In Sarapiqui you will meet your local family(ies) who will be your hosts for the next two days. They will introduce you to their way of life in this interesting region.
Hotel: HOMESTAY EL ROBLE SARAPIQUI
Meals Incl: (3B, 3D)
Day 3: VOLUNTEER WORK WITH HOST FAMILIES
On this day be prepared to lend a hand! You may help do “chores” on a farm, do some handywork in the local community (painting the school, trimming up the local town park etc.) help prepare a meal with produce from the farm, “chat” with students in a local school who are trying to learn English, or any number of country “chores”. Here local residents raise black pepper, bananas, and pineapples, so you may be asked to help harvest one of these crops. As you experience the “hands-on” activity, you will share ideas and learn about your hosts’ way of life in Costa Rica.
Day 4: LA SELVA HALF DAY HIKE
OTS La Selva ½ day private tour, including round – trip transportation, lunch and local guide. The Organization for Tropical Studies (O.T.S.) is a 1560-hectare research station and biological reserve. There are more than 450 species of trees, 400 species of birds (over half the species that reside in Costa Rica), 113 species of mammals, 81 species of reptiles, & 48 species of amphibians that have been identified here. Here the wildlife is accustomed to the benign presence of researchers and visitors and tranquilly “go about their business” and are easy to observe.
In the afternoon you will spend more time with your host families. You may enjoy a walk through their community, visit with family and friends, watch a local soccer game, or enjoy some other activity they may have prepared especially for you. This is a unique opportunity for you learn more about true Costa Rican culture and residents´ life in this small rural community and to share time with your hosts and likely, new friends.
Day 5: TO SAN JOSE, OR OTHER DESTINATION
Return transfer to San Jose or continue your vacation with a transfer to another destination
Included: As specified in the above itinerary, arrival, lodging, transportation within Costa Rica, meals [B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner], specified entrance fees to National Parks & Private Reserves, ground operator support within Costa Rica 24/7, and taxes.
Not Included: International airfare, airport departure taxes, meals not specified in the itinerary, alcoholic beverages, personal equipment, extras in hotels (laundry, phone calls, and room service), gratuities, or costs associated with changes in your itinerary for reasons beyond our control.
Costa Rica Sun Tours terms and conditions apply.
No refunds will be given for unused services as per our terms and conditions.
Any changes or cancellations made to these services while in Costa Rica are at the traveler’s expense.
Travel insurance, including trip cancellation insurance, is available and strongly recommended.