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Costa Rica Green Vacation Special - "Going South" - 9 days

DETAILED ITINERARY: Wheels & Vouchers / Self-drive Green Special "Going South" - 9 days

Costa Rica green vacation packagesCosta Rica map - Self-drive special vacation offer San Jose Bahia Ballena - Uvita Cerro de la Muerte Drake Bay - Corcovado
Visited Regions:

Cerro de la Muerte / San Gerardo de Dota
Osa Peninsula / Drake Bay / Corcovado National Park
Bahia Ballena / Uvita
San José

Go green - sustainable vacation packages Costa Rica
Imagine enjoying a vacation and at the same time protecting the environment... - it can be done! In collaboration with the Rainforest Alliance, Aventuras Tierra Verde and several tour operators - the so called TOPS: Tour Operators Join Forces to Promote Sustainability - promote special programs which aim to conserve threatened landscapes and to provide sustainable environments for the local communities. TOPS was launched by the Rainforest Alliance in 2011 including tour operators that improve not only the sustainability of their own practices but also the sustainability of their suppliers. Tierra Verde, as a founding member of TOPS, therefore also aims to promote sustainable businesses. We would like to encourage our guests to visit eco-friendly accommodations and other sustainable providers during your Costa Rica vacations!
More information about TOPS:

This special offer has been developed for travelers interested in “green” vacations: an itinerary exclusively consisting of eco-friendly accommodation:

Certificate for Sustainable Tourism Costa RicaThe hotels and lodges featured in this special "green" itinerary have either been certified with CST (Certificate for Sustainable Tourism) or have been verified by the Rainforest Alliance (
The CST – Certificate for Sustainable Tourism (Certificado para la Sostenibilidad Turística) is a certification program which certifies tourism businesses, evaluating the degree to which there operations are sustainable.


Bee a clean driverThis itinerary additionally features the “Bee a Green Driver” pogram by Adobe Rent a Car: In order to compensate the carbon emission caused by each rental car, you might choose to contribute a fee of US $ 10: In return, this sum is used to plant an endemic tree in a reforestation area in Chambacú de Vasconia de San Carlos (Northern Costa Rica). At the same time, bees-hives of a bee native to the tropics called “Mariola" - a stingless bee - are introduced between the trees for the production of honey, thus helping the local communicy to develop.


Un Techo para mi País Costa RicaTogether with Aventuras Tierra Verde, with this program you will also actively support Un Techo para mi País (UTPMP), a Latin American non-profit organization run by college students and young professionals of 19 countries of the continent. Day by day UTPMP helps families living in extreme poverty or families becoming homeless after natural disasters, by building transitional houses. Together with the construction, a social inclusion process allows them improving their quality of life and building a sustainable community. A donation of US$ 3.00 per person is already included in the price of your vacation package. If you consider an additional contribution, we are very happy to provide you with further information. More information about "Un Techo Para Mí País"

DAY 1: San José
Welcome! Upon your arrival at San José International Airport our our English-speaking representative will greet you and escort you to your hotel. At this time you will be provided a short briefing and an informative travel handout.
ON Don Carlos Costa Rica Sustainable Hotels
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DAY 2: Cerro de la Muerte / San Gerardo de Dota

Your rental car will be delivered to your hotel in the morning.
The morning is at your disposal. You may visit for example the Irazú volcano (optional, entrance fee not included): The winding road (about 1 hour from Cartago) travels through fertile lands cultivated with all kinds of vegetables as we observe a lovely panoramic view. On the top of the volcano you can observe the main craters and on a clear day both the Atlantic as well as the Pacific Oceans can be seen.
Afterwards continue your journey up to the Talamanca mountains and the highest point of the Interamericana - the Cerro de la Muerte! From here, it's only a short ride to the San Gerardo de Dota Valley and your lodge. The rest of the day is at leisure.

ON Savegre Mountain Lodge Costa Rica Sustainable Hotels

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DAY 3: Drake Bay / Osa Peninsula

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
In the early morning you may go on a hike or participate in a guided bird watching tour (optional, not included) before heading south on the Intermarican Highway to Sierpe. Here you leave you rental car on a guarded parking lot.
From Sierpe you continue your voyage by motorboat to the Pirate Cove, along the northern coast of the Osa Peninsula (you might be lucky and spot whales or schools of playful dolphins!). After having checked in, enjoy a delicious lunch. Use this afternoon to explore the surrounding of the lodge or visit the village of Drake..

ON Pirate Cove (Rainforest Alliance Verified TM)

Drake Bay - dolphin - Green vacation package
Drake Bay - Green vacation package
DAY 4: Drake Bay (Optional: Corcovado National Park)

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
A day at your leisure.
Today you may enjoy a hiking tour through Corcovado National Park (optional), often called “the most biologically intense place on earth,” comprising thirteen major ecosystems. First, arrive by boat at the Park entrance at San Pedrillo, before walking into the jungle where you will be surrounded by the untamed wildlife Costa Rica is famous for. Your local naturalist expert will guide you through this wonderland of giant trees, hidden waterfalls, bright-red heliconia, whirling humming birds and clamoring monkeys. From an amazing variety of species, some very rare, you may even be lucky enough to see two of Costa Rica’s biggest cats, the Ocelot and the Jaguar, or the largest terrestrial mammal of Central America; Baird's tapir.
Enjoy a picnic lunch at the ranger station, then continue your hikes to a precious waterfall. (Optional, not included in the price).

As an alternative, you might go for a morning visit to the “Nature Air Kids” School in the village of Drake. The NatureKids School in Drake Bay serves a diverse range of ages and language abilities, and through 7 bi-weekly class offerings the school works with the local population to provide the tools they need to fully integrate themselves into their changing economy.
Continuing, hike along the secluded coastline of the Pacific Ocean to the very south of the bay on your own pace.
ON Pirate Cove (Rainforest Alliance Verified TM)

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DAY 5: Drake Bay / Biological Reserve Caño Island
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Today you're off for an excursion with a local guide by boat, to the precious Caño Island in the Pacific Ocean, 10 miles offshore. Twelve miles west of Drake bay, the Caño Island offers some of the most exciting sea life in the world. A wide variety of marine life can be discovered beneath the island waters. Perhaps the most memorable encounters occur with the pelagics that inhabit the area. If you like, you might want to enjoy an optional hike up to ancient Indian burial grounds in the interior of the island. Moreover, you might want to use the time to snorkel along the coral reefs that surround this tropical paradise.
Today's lunch will be picnic-style and served on the shimmering white sand beach lined by coconut palms. You'll head back to the lodge in the afternoon.

ON Pirate Cove (Rainforest Alliance Verified TM)
Caño Island - green vacations
DAY 6: Uvita / Bahia Ballena
Enjoy your breakfast before the boat will take you back to Sierpe where you will pick-up your rental car again. Now you continue on the Costanera Sur, the southern highway to the beach village of Uvita and the “Marino Ballena” Marine National Park. The "Ballena" park protects the marine life and coastal area from Playa Uvita to Playa Piñuelas.
Rest of the day at leisure.

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DAY 7: Uvita / Bahia Ballena

A day at your leisure in Uvita. You may go on one of the many excursions which are offered in the region (optional). There is a big chance, for example, that you will see dolphins. You might even spot a whale during certain times of the year (February/March)! The best time for snorkeling is during the dry season (December until March) when the water is very clear. You may also go on a mangrove tour at the river Terraba.
(All tours are optional).
ON La Cusinga Lodge Costa Rica Sustainable Hotels

Whales in Bahia Ballena - green vacation special Costa Rica
DAY 8: Uvita - San José
Ride back to San José. Once in San José, the remainder of the day is yours to do as you wish. You might visit one of the various galleries or museums (optional - entrance fees not included) or just go on a sightseeing spree.
This evening, return your rental car at the hotel.

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DAY 9: Departure
Transfer to the International Airport for your flight back home.
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15 Nov. 2012 - 30 April 2013
01 July 2013 - 31 August 2013
01 May - 30 June 2013
01 Sept. - 14 Nov. 2013
Rates per person in:
Rates per person in:
with Suzuki JIMNY 4x4
(or similar)
Flexi Drive Costa Rica - Rental Car Suzuki Jimny
Suzuki JIMNY 4x4 or similar
  • Manual
  • Max. 3-4 passengers, recommended 2
  • Air-conditioning
  • Radio – CD
Costa Rica Rental Car - Suzuki Jimny 4x4

with Daihatsu BEGO 4x4
(or similar)

Rental Car Daihatsu Bego
 Daihatsu BEGO 4x4 or similar
  • Manual
  • Max. 4 passengers, recommended 2-3
  • Air-conditioning
  • Radio – CD
Costa Rica Flexi Drive Rental Car - Daihatsu Bego
$ 1049
$ 999
with Suzuki GRAN VITARA 4x4,
Hyundai TUCSON 4x4
(or similar)
Costa Rica Flexi Drive - Rental Car Suzuki Gran Vitara or Hyundai Tucson
 Suzuki Gran Vitara 4x4 or similar
  • Manual
  • Max. 5 passengers, recommended 3
  • Air-conditioning
  • Radio – CD
Costa Rica Rental Car - Suzuki Gran Vitara 4x4
$ 939
$ 885
with Mitsubishi MONTERO SPORT 4x4 (Nativa), or similar Open Voucher Costa Rica - Rental Car Mitsubishi Montero Sport 4x4
 Mitsubishi MONTERO SPORT (NATIVA) 4x4 or similar
  • Automatic
  • Max. 5 passengers, recommended 4
  • Air-conditioning
  • Radio/CD
Costa Rica Flexi Drive Rental Car Montero Sport
$ 959
$ 899
$ 300
$ 290
Single Supplement valid for a minimum of 2 participants. Rates for 1 participant upon request:
Services Included

Accommodation & Meals:

  • 2x ON/breakfast Don Carlos
  • 1x ON/breakfast Savegre Mountain Lodge
  • 3x ON/breakfast, lunch, dinner Pirate Cove
  • 2x ON/breakfast La Cusing Lodge

Rental Car:

Rental Car 4x4 including basic insurance (mandatory) and free mileage from day 2 to day 9 (delivery and return at your San José Hotel).

Tours / Excursions:

Excursion to Caño Island from Pirate Cove according to program (local, bilingual guide; tours together with other, international travelers)


  • Airport Transfer on arrival and departure day
  • Boat transfers Sierpe – Pirate Cove – Sierpe (provided by Pirate Cove, together with other international travelers)
Costa Rica vacations - Wheels & Vouchers self drive tripsOur "Wheels & Vouchers" itineraries are self-driving trips, including a rental car (usually 4x4), pre-booked hotels and - in some cases - pre-booked excursiones and activities. Upon arrival in Costa Rica, you will receive travel documents including vouchers for all booked services, driving descriptions, road map and general information about traveling and driving in Costa Rica, telephone numbers, etc. The rental car category included in our offers can be upgraded to a higher category upon request:

International airfare, excursions mentioned as optional, entrance fees for National Parks, tips and personal expenses, airport departure tax

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