Selvita - Electric Car
XXXX based on 2 adults, 17 day trip
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.
Treasure the trees!
If you come to Costa Rica to experience the jungle, la selva in Spanish, Selvita is your car. You can of course take a dive in the ocean along the way, but you will only stay in lodges that make part of the jungle. Treasure the trees!
Selvita is the symbol of why electric driving is so important for for the Green Circle and Costa Rica. A car that protects the primary rainforest. Selvita Experience will take you back to nature in an unprecedented way, just immerse yourself and enjoy!
Your Green Circle
The price mentioned for this tour is based on 2 adults travelling in low season. If you intend to make this trip with a different number of people or during high or top season, it will be our pleasure to send you an adjusted travel quotation. Please note we designed this journey for 2 adults, or maximum 3 adults.
La Guacima is a small, typical Costa Rican village near the airport Juan Santamaria. You might not expect it, but a tropical oasis is awaiting you. The perfect start after a long flight. Just sit down and relax or dive into the pool.
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‘Treasure the trees’
It all started with Selvita, just before Covid hit the world. The owners of Selvita have enjoyed her beauty ever since. One thing is for sure, they will never get another car with a combustion engine and it leaves no doubt that you will feel the same about that after 2 weeks of joy in this BYD S1 with a 400 kilometer range.
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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. Soon you will understand why it was Maquenque Ecolodge who was one of the founders of the Green Circle back in 2014.
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. The founders of the Green Circle, Renee and Ed, got married here. That same day, the first seed was sown for the Green Circle, back in 2012. In fact, it took two more years to really get started.
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Your next destination is Bijagua, a small town nestled in a lush volcanic valley. The village is the perfect stop-over to visit the Rio Celeste River and Tenorio National Park. According to a local legend, the Rio Celeste became so blue after God painted the sky blue and washed his brushes in the river. The scientific explanation for the bright blue is the minerals sulfate and calcium carbonate.
To find more about Tenorio Lodge click here
The mountains of Monteverde, world-famous for its unique cloud forest. Located at 1400 m altitude Monteverde is surrounded by breathtaking landscapes. Monteverde was founded in 1951 by the Quakers, and their commitment to preserving half of their property resulted in today's protected cloud forest.
To find more about Valle Escondido click here
Drive uphill deeper into nature to encounter another slice of paradise. Rafiki Safari Lodge is a sustainable safari tent camp in the middle of the jungle that offers various adventure tours.
The Boshoff family, owners of the hotel and originally from South Africa, are highly committed to preserving the pristine nature surrounding the lodge. Therefore, sustainability was necessary to maintain its existence in the Savegre Valley. Starting with a raw piece of forest and overgrown cattle pastures, the Boshoff family had to find ways to survive in the wilderness and create the comforts necessary to host guests.
To find more about Rafiki Safari Lodge click here
Today you will drive to the charming village of San Gerardo de Dota in the Cerro de la Muerte. This mountain range separates the Caribbean and Pacific Coast. Before reaching the highest point of the road (3300m/11000 feet) descend into a beautiful green valley carved by the river Savegre and enjoy the breathtaking scenery before arriving in the charming, small town of San Gerardo de Dota (2500m)..
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Continue your journey to Turrialba, which means "river of fire" in the Huetar language.
Stay in the colonial boutique hotel Casa Turire, situated on a beautiful estate near a gorgeous lake only a few minutes outside the rural town of Turrialba and just minutes from the majestic Turrialba volcano.
Hotel Casa Turire breathes historical charm and invites guests to enjoy the glamor and elegance of a colonial deco boutique hotel. A spectacular tropical garden surrounds the hotel. Still, on its grounds, you'll also find a sustainable working farm that provides the ingredients for tasty breakfasts, lunches, and dinners for hotel guests.
If you stay at this hotel, you can relax around the pool area and book a massage or beauty treatment, hike trails, horseback riding, or birdwatching.
Explore the area
The rivers in this area, especially the famous Rio Pacuare, are excellent for rafting.
Not keen on getting wet? Go for a hike in La Marta reserve or visit the Guayabo national monument. This archeological site reveals secrets of a pre-Columbian society of 10,000 people that lived in the rainforest 3000 years ago.
Other activities in this area are horseback riding, mountain biking, or joining a coffee tour.
Stop at Mirador de Orosí or one of the many viewpoints over the Orosí valley.
Have lunch in La Casona del Cafetal with stunning views over the lake and the valley.
And let's not forget about one of the major attractions in this region: the Irazu volcano!
Tip: Go as early as possible for a good view.
Your Green Circle Experience is slowly coming to an end and your final destination is Alajuela. There is no better way to end your journey in style than staying in the boutique hotel Villa San Ignacio.
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.
The airport is only 7 km / 4,5 miles from the hotel. So leave your car in the car park and hand in the car keys at the reception desk, and a taxi shuttle will take you to the airport.
Explore the area
If there's time to explore the area still, then these outings are highly recommended:
Visit a coffee factory
Join a chocolate tour
Head to the Volcano Poás
Good to know
Make sure you have at least 6,000 Colones in cash on your way to your last destination. Route 27 is a toll road.
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.Read more about safe travel
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.