Two nights spent in a hotel in San Jose, 2 nights in a local guesthouse, 3 nights in a farmhouse guesthouse with shared bathroom, and 1 night at the local pub. Due to the nature of the journey, accommodation may be limited to local guesthouses and private bathrooms may not always be available.
Depending on availabilities:
Park Inn Hotel in San Jose - Nights 1 & 8
This hotel located within walking distance of San Jose’s city center offers 117 comfortable rooms with amenities including air conditioning, Wifi and TV. The private bathrooms all include free toiletries. An outdoor swimming pool, a hot tub and fitness center are available for guests’ use.
Rio Carara Lodge - Nights 2 & 3
Located in a natural corridor amidst Carara National Park, the Castro-Fernández Nature Reserve and the Turruburares Mountains. There are no immediate neighbours or electricity, which adds to the feeling of seclusion and tranquility. Food is cooked typical style in a wood stove. Most of the ingredients used are locally sourced and grown on the property. Accommodation is at the rustic family home surrounded by spacious corridors with hammocks and offers 10 hectares with great nature trails, waterfalls, and natural pools.
Finca Galán - Nights 4,5 & 6
Finca Galán is an ecological farm, which has started offering lodging to selected travelers who enjoy authentic life-changing experiences. Accommodation is in a 3-bedroom/ 2-bathroom bungalow house perched on a mountain slope at the basin of Cerro Galán on the Turrubares Mountains. There is one bedroom with two bunk beds, one with twin single beds, and one with a double bed. Water is brought to the house by gravity directly from a private natural spring source. Cooking is done by gas stove and evening are candlelit. The area is so peaceful and quiet that the only sounds in the morning will be the dozens of singing birds that eagerly await for the first rays of lights at dusk and go to be at night with candles and at the sounds of the tropical forest.
Palenque Mata de Platano - Night 7Palenque Mata de Platano is located in Mata de Platano in the Turrubares county. This Costa Rican Pub is located by the Turrubaritos river and serves as rest stop for locals wanting a meal, a beer, or a stay. Palenque Mata de Platano offers 4 rooms with ceiling fan, private facilities, and have 2 or 3 beds. The rooms are located right above the bar and restaurant facilities, which will provide a good opportunity to mingle with the locals.
Most meals are included in this trip from breakfast on Day 2 to lunch on Day 8, as well as breakfast on Day 9. Meals on the first day and dinner on Day 8 are not included. Due to its geographical location and climate, Costa Rica has a wide variety of fruits and vegetables; which when combined with the interplay of native and European ingredients translate into a unique Costa Rican flavour. The basics of the Costa Rican diet are: rice, beans, and tortillas, which consist primarily of corn.
The ingredients used by Costa Rican cooks include simple native foods, such as "chayote" (squash), avocados, and the ever present corn. Costa Rican cuisine is also characterized by its' mildness and comes as a surprise to many visitors who might have travelled through Mexico and expect to find the same love spicy chillies in Costa Rican foods. Chillies are used to some degree, however, they are most commonly used in hot sauces with accompany broiled meats and poultry. Tubers, such as sweet potatoes and cassava, commonly known as "yucca" frequently accompany lunch and dinner meals.
In many dishes yucca is often substituted for potato, perhaps boiled and mashed, fried to exquisite crispness to accompany meat and sandwiches instead of fries, or simply boiled and served with butter and garlic. Plantains, a type of banana, are another Costa Rican favourite, and are most often boiled, mashed, stuffed with cheese, or fried to accompany meats or bean dishes. Unlike bananas, plantains are much larger and need to be cooked to be eaten. Costa Rican diet also includes plenty of meats including: Poultry, fish, beef and pork ... We can cater to most dietary restrictions if given prior notice.
A traditional Costa Rican breakfast consists of "gallo pinto" (Pinto Rooster), eggs, tortillas and sour cream, with coffee and fresh fruit juice. Most restaurants will offer some international options.
Typically known as "casado" (Married), includes: rice and beans, one choice of meat (beef, chicken, pork, or fish), salad, fried plantain (a type of banana, very sweet and very tasty).
Pretty much whatever you like, and fish and seafood here is excellent, well priced, and fresh, as are the fruits and vegetables. Of course Costa Rica produces some of the finest coffee in the world and it's not uncommon to see bumper stickers around proclaiming that "Juan Valdez drinks Costa Rican coffee".