Hostel hop your solution to epic Costa Rica

Sprawling rainforests, good surf, and sunsets over volcanoes — prepare for an unbelievable punch of journey if you’re travelling on the Roamies: Epic Costa Rica: Craters, Rainforest and Hanging-10 tour. Setting out from the capital metropolis of San Jose, you’ll keep in unbelievable hostels, meet enjoyable individuals, and expertise nature at its most stunning. My group has numerous tales to inform after our journey in November: capuchin monkeys joined us for breakfast in Monteverde, we noticed a sloth within the timber alongside the Penas Blancas river in La Fortuna, we hiked via the rainforest to Rio Celeste Waterfall in Volcán Tenorio Nationwide Park, and surfed the waves at Tamarindo Seashore.

Listed below are simply a few of my private highlights:

1: Visiting Mi Cafecito espresso farm in Alajuela

Set on the foot of the Poás Volcano within the Alajuela province of Costa Rica, Mi Cafecito was initially created in 2009 by a neighborhood co-operative to assist help native espresso producers. Sadly, there weren’t sufficient guests to maintain the enterprise and had been on the level of shutting down when G Adventures’ non-profit associate, Planeterra, labored with them to develop a sustainable enterprise.

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Now, Mi Cafecito continues to help over 200 small farmers that produce natural espresso from the 4 areas of San Carlos, Sarapiqui, Heredia, and Alajuela. On our go to we loved a typical Costa Rican lunch of regionally caught tilapia adopted by a tour of the grounds and an excellent cup of espresso.

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2: Crossing the well-known hanging bridges at Selvatura

On Day 5, you’ll get to hang around within the jungle cover of Monteverde, which is nestled within the Cordillera de Tilarán mountain vary. The treetop walkways allow you to expertise the cloud forest from a top so you possibly can catch a glimpse of a capuchin monkey or perhaps a sloth, in case you’re fortunate. The suspended paths are simply over 3km / 1.9mi in complete with hanging bridges connecting elements of the forest, together with one bridge that’s over 170m / 560ft lengthy.

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3: Ziplining via the Monteverde cloud forest

Along with the hanging bridges, a visit to the evergreen space of Monteverde isn’t full with out the joys of ziplining via the mist. The 100% Aventura Journey Park has a complete of 10 ziplines together with the longest in all of Costa Rica, a hammock bridge, one rappel, and a mega Tarzan swing. On two of the ziplines you will get hitched up ‘Superman’ model to really feel such as you’re flying via the cloud forest.

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There’s additionally an choice to do the Tarzan swing on the finish. Ignore your impulse to again out of it as a result of it is one of the vital exhilarating experiences. Whereas rigged up, you’ll want to bravely step off a forty five foot drop and free fall earlier than being jolted again into the air. An effective way to recover from a worry of heights, belief me!

4: Listening to jungle sounds at Rio Celeste waterfall

This was such an excellent day for our group. We obtained caught within the rain strolling via the jungle however as our Chief Expertise Officer Rago mentioned: ‘Some individuals get moist, however others really feel the rain’. The colourful blue water below the waterfall is so distinctive and an ideal place to seize photographs collectively. Just a little additional down the path you’ll discover Laguna Azul which is exceptionally blue throughout the dry season. Add a brief stroll to that and yow will discover water boiling at a pure scorching spring!

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5: Attempting conventional Costa Rican Casado in Nosara

Nosara is a laid-back seaside city on the Nicoya Peninsula. Playa Guiones is right for browsing and it’s generally known as a yoga hub with loads of locations to take a category within the village. There’s all kinds of eating places, bars, and cafes in Nosara however Rosi’s Soda Tica was my favorite place to seize a plate of Casado. Consisting of rice with black beans, a small salad, and a bit of fish, rooster, or beef — it’s a beloved staple within the nation and really simple in your pocketbook. Fill your stomach after which head for the sundown vibes on the seaside!

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6: Staying on the Selina in Tamarindo

Selina hostels are discovered throughout South and Central America however this one on the Tamarindo beachfront had a lot extra to supply. Along with the assured clear bunks, loads of sockets for chargers, nice wi-fi and on-site tour operator, they took a extra holistic strategy with morning yoga lessons and sundown seaside walks. The employees had been significantly pleasant and the actions on provide had been completely different from what you’d anticipate.

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Our final evening as a Roamies group began with the Selina cacao ceremony, the place cacao is utilized in a ritualistic solution to join with your self. After the ceremony, we sat right down to a three-course vegetarian meal by a campfire with Selina beers accompanying every course. This was in all probability one of the vital distinctive hostel experiences I’ve needed to date and can stick with me as my adventures proceed.

Able to soar via the cloud forests and stare upon brilliantly blue waterfall swimming pools like Claire on her [Epic Costa Rica: Craters, Rainforests & Hanging-10]( journey? Our Roamies by Hostelworld & G Adventures journeys are simply the ticket. And the worth (particularly for youthful travellers on a price range) is excellent too!


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