Bitzu - Electric Car
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Costa Rica is hot. Almost 30 percent of the country’s surface consists of protected jungle, one of the results of 40 years of consistent reforestation. In addition, Costa Rica abolished its army in 1948 and its energy supply has been 98% renewable for the past 6 years. The United Nations declared Costa Rica the ‘greenest country in the world’ in September 2019.
The Costa Rican jungle is teeming with wildlife. Your Green Circle Experience will offer you unrivalled opportunities to enjoy Costa Rica’s abundant flora and fauna wherever you go. Sloths, monkeys, crocodiles, toucans, turtles…..You can spot them anywhere and the Costa Rican nature is often very accessible. With or without a guide.
Costa Rica truly is a little paradise. And it is our responsibility to keep it that way. If you choose to book our Green Circle Experience, you choose to support that goal. But you also choose to live your dream in an unprecedented way.
It is with great pleasure that we have started working on a customized travel quote for you. Are you ready for the adventure?
On the map above, you can see the itinerary. You can click on the flags for more information. Make sure to scroll down this page for that same information. Below the itinerary, you will find important additional information and a photo impression.
Because your trip is meant to be an exploratory trip to see which of our hotels speak to you as a travel agent, we decided to visit as many of these hotels as possible. On various locations there will be a possibility to visit more than one hotel. As such, this itinerary is pretty tight. But you will be able to explore as many places as possible in 10 days.
Of course this is a first proposal and we are very eager to hear your opinion. Please, let us know if there are any changes or additions you would like to see.
Note: Your stay at El Castillo (Rancho Margot) is shown as 2 nights in this itinerary as a result of them having a minimum stay of 2 nights. We will arrange an exception so that you can stay one night.
Costa Rica is an adventure, have fun!
Villa San Ignacio is a charming boutique hotel with spacious rooms, a nice restaurant, a pool, and a beautiful tropical garden. Everything is there to let you relax during your last day in Costa Rica and before stepping on the plane home.
To find more about Villa San Ignacio click here
‘Follow your heart’
Bitzú is not just a VE, it is owned by a couple that is known in Costa Rica as THE pioneers of electric mobility. Bitzu means ‘humming bird’ in the indigenous Maleku language. A precious bird that is fast and silent, just like your fast and silent AION V Plus with a 500 km range a panoramic roof and an astonishing design.
Click here for more info about Bitzu and its cause!
Head deeper into nature. On your way to your final destination near Boca Tapada, you will pass the small village of Pital, surrounded by pineapple plantations. To get to the Maquenque Eco Lodge, you must hop on a boat to cross the river. Getting there is part of the adventure. You will arrive in a peaceful oasis amid overwhelming lush nature.
Upon arrival, it is hard to believe that this place actually exists.
To find more about Maquenque Eco Lodge click here
The village of El Castillo is nestled at the foot of Costa Rica’s most famous volcano, the Arenal. You will stay at Rancho Margot, a beautiful, fully self-sustaining estate at the end of the road.
CNN has elected Juan Sostheim’s Rancho Margot as one of the most sustainable destinations in Costa Rica. Stay in a comfortable room in a lush green garden and relax in the natural pool at Rancho Margot. The ranch is entirely self-sufficient and carbon-negative. And that is a very positive thing!
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Your next destination is Bijagua, a small village near the river Rio Celeste and Tenorio National Park. The Rio Celeste owes its name to the intense blue colour of its water, caused by the minerals sulphate and calcium carbonate. However, the local legend goes that the river became so blue after God painted the sky blue and washed his brushes in the river.
Tenorio is a dormant volcano that last erupted in 1902. The area around the valley is beautiful and from the higher parts you can see Lake Nicaragua on a clear day. You will stay in the middle of nature at Finca Mei Tai in a family chalet with 2 bedrooms and outdoor kitchen. Enjoy it after a walk by the pool!
Visit Tenorio National Park on your own and hike to the Rio Celeste waterfall. Upstream the blue colour of the river becomes more intense. You can also walk over suspension bridges in the rainforest or make a so-called floating trip on the river Corobici where you will encounter monkeys, crocodiles and iguanas.
We recommend a visit to Frogs Paradise to lovers of frogs. A small-scale and local project where Uncle Miguel will show you the most beautiful frogs!
Today you'll head into the mountains to Monteverde which lies at 1400m and is world-famous for its unique cloud forest. In this area you have the best chance to see the beautiful Resplendid Quetzal (Costa Rican most beautiful bird, and unfortunately endangered).
Monteverde was founded in 1951 by the Quakers, a Protestant religious group from Alabama (USA). They started raising dairy cows and making Costa Rica's best cheese under the name Monteverde cheese. The Quakers have not only been great at making cheese, they brought nature conservation in Monteverde to another level.
There is a lot to do in the area. You can go hiking or horseback riding in nature. A real must is to explore the cloud forest from the canopy during one of the most spectacular zipline tours in Costa Rica! Furthermore, the region is also known for its coffee and chocolate.
You'll be staying at Monteverde Inn, enjoy the beautiful views! The hotel also has its own nature reserve where you, as a hotel guest, can hike for free or book an optional night tour. You also have your own kitchen at your disposal.
The small coastal village of Dominical on the South Pacific is a true paradise for (beginning) surfers. You can take surfing lessons or just enjoy the beautiful beaches. Every day there is a fun tourist market on the beach and there are several nice eateries.
The owner of Hacienda Baru started in 1972 as a cattle breeder, but gradually became fascinated by the natural environment and decided to bring his land back to its original state. Now the land consists for 95% of jungle. Because of the presence of cacoa, the area around the hotel attracts many animals like different kinds of monkeys, sloths, raccoons, toucans and other birds.
In the surrounding area there is also plenty to do. Between Dominical Beach and the town of San Isidro you will find the beautiful waterfalls of Nauyaca. You can reach this place after a long walk or on horseback (8 km). You can swim and picnic here.
If you would like to be guided into nature, you can go kayaking in the mangroves or book one of the nature tours at Hacienda Baru. You can also get in the car and head to Uvita, where you can visit the Marino Ballena National Park. Here you can book a fantastic dolphin or whale watching tour.
Check out our tours for this region in this video.
Today you will drive further to San Gerardo de Dota. This is a charming village in one of the most beautiful areas of Costa Rica. It lies on Cerro de la Muerte, the mountain range that separates the Caribbean and Pacific coasts.
Just before the highest point (3300m) you descend to the beautiful green valley, carved by the river Savegre, where San Gerardo de Dota is located (2500m). Enjoy the breathtaking views along the way! Here you'll be staying at Dantica Lodge.
In the 1950s, a few Costa Rican families settled in this area. They proved to be fervent advocates of nature conservation and now promote sustainable tourism in the valley and the surrounding cloud forests. It is also one of the few places in Central America where you can still see the quetzal, the sacred bird of the Mayans in Mexico, now the national symbol of Guatemala, and without doubt one of the most extraordinary birds to be seen in the wild in Costa Rica.
It is absolutely worth getting up early and going on a guided tour to look for the quetzal! Besides the Quetzal you are also likely to see woodpeckers, hummingbirds and the small green Toucanet flying by. If you want some more action, you can hike along the river to two waterfalls, or go for a guided hike through the forest to the next village, Providencia de Dota. Ask for more info about this tour if you are interested.
Today you'll drive into the mountains to Turrialba, which means “river of fire” in the Huetar language. You will spend the next few nights in a lodge with a 350-hectare farm. Besides coffee and sugar cane you will also find cows, chickens and horses. Your hosts are happy to take you for a tour of the farm.
You will spend the night in Hacienda Monte Claro on a beautiful eco-deck (open house) in nature. And from your bed you will have a magical view over the valley of Turrialba with its thousands of lights and the infinite night sky. You can see the Turrialba volcano smoking and the toucans flying by early in the morning. The eco-decks have no electricity, so you are even more immersed in nature and have incredible views at night by candlelight. A unique experience!
The rivers in this area are known for their raging waters; there is excellent rafting and the best kayakers in the world come here to practice. Other options include hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking or a canyoneering tour. The lodge also has 5 routes (between 1-4h) which you can explore for free on foot or by mountain bike.
Today you will head deeper into nature to Selva Bananito Lodge. This sustainable lodge is located in the middle of a huge private reserve. The lodge was established to generate income to protect the rainforest and all the flora and fauna in the area.
The reserve is home to more than 350 species of birds as well as caimans, monkeys, armadillos, sloths, and numerous other animals. Special is that wild cats like jaguars, ocelots, and pumas live in the reserve, which is regularly spotted on the lodge's wildlife cameras. The three rivers in the reserve provide all the people in the Limon region with clean drinking water.
The Eco lodge is located in the middle of nature. You stay in a beautiful, wooden house and from your balcony, you have a beautiful view over the fields with behind that the mountains and the jungle. Solar panels provide hot water in the shower and atmospheric lighting in your room. You dine every evening with candlelight with the guides and other guests in the hotel’s restaurant.
There are several tours offered at the lodge (all optional). You can choose from a hike through the rainforest, horseback riding, fly with a gyrocopter, or tree climbing. It is also possible to do a waterfall tour where you rappel down the waterfall. If you prefer things a bit quieter, you can take an early birding tour or work on their reforestation project where you plant trees and thus offset the co2 emissions of your trip.
If you want to fully experience the jungle of Selva Bananito then we recommend all adventurers to spend 1 night in the jungle. The next day, you can see on video which animals were in the jungle that night. This is a super adventurous and unique experience! Please contact us for more info.
You will leave the car in Goshen and travel by boat to Barra Pacuare. This area is in terms of nature not comparable to the better known and busy Tortuguero. But, in Barra Pacuare however, you do not have to share nature with many others. The journey here is already a special undertaking. On this first boat trip you will undoubtedly spot many birds and other animals.
On a beautiful spot on a lagoon and in the jungle, you are the guest at Lirio Lodge. Here you are far away from civilization and regular tourism. There's no Wi-Fi or swimming pool, but you won't get bored at this beautiful place.
You’ll have a great night's sleep In the middle of nature. And early in the morning, when the jungle awakens, you have the best chance to spot animals. It's still cool, and the animals are busy scoring their breakfast for the day. Accompanied by a guide, you will go to the Pacuare reserve, where you will walk through primary tropical rainforest and have a great chance of spotting different birds like the oropendula and toucan.
Furthermore, you'll take a boat trip through the Pacuare channels (part of the Tortuguero channels) where caimans, crocodiles, river turtles, sloths, snakes, birds and monkeys live. If you still haven't seen it all, you can go out yourself with a kayak or book an extra tour.
By the way, if you travel between March and June, you can also visit a local turtle project.
Did you book a trip to Costa Rica or are you considering to travel here (post) pandemic? International travel to Costa Rica is very well possible! In fact, all restrictions were lifted on 1 April, 2022, which makes travelling here very easy. On this page you can find everything you need to know about travel to Costa Rica in post pandemic times.
Since all members of the Green Circle Experience travel team live and work in Costa Rica, we are very well informed about the local situation. We speak Spanish, follow the news closely, and share all information relevant to travellers below. This page is kept up-to-date. Nevertheless, changes in the rules and regulations may occur. Remember to always check the official authorities for last-minute changes or relevant news prior to your departure.
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The Green Circle Experience is organized by Edventure Travel S.A., a Costa Rican based touroperator established back in 2006. Edventure has started organizing its Green Circle, together with 5 outstanding hotels, in 2014. The Green Circle has gained importance rapidly and can now be regarded as ‘the most sustainable experience in the greenest country of the world’ (for those who decide to fly to Costa Rica)
When you confirm your trip with Edventure Travel, a deposit must be paid equal to 15% of the total agreed travel sum and which amounts to at least US $ 100 per traveler, unless stated otherwise in the quotation from Edventure Travel.