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Costa Rica Adventure

Starts: San Jose, Costa Rica
Finishes: San Jose, Costa Rica

Visit: San Jose

Tour Type: Small Group

Accommodation: Budget

Activity: Wildlife, History

Overview

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If youre looking for a taste of Costa Ricas world-class highlights but want to keep things spicy with a sampling of hidden treasures, this action-packed adventure tops the menu. In spite of its small size, Costa Rica is one of the most biologically diverse countries in the world explore its volcanoes, wildlife, rainforests and beaches. This adventure offers a great balance of guided excursions and free time. Optional activities abound choose to get your adrenaline pumping or take it easy with a stroll through a butterfly garden.

Highlights

    • Spot wildlife while cruising through the canals of Tortuguero
    • Search for the elusive quetzal bird
    • Hike through the cloud forest
    • Enjoy the gorgeous beaches of the Pacific and Caribbean coasts
    • Savour a local lunch at a G Adventures- and MIF-supported coffee plantation

Trip Details

The Trip

Product Code: 126435
Tour Type: Small Group
Accommodation: Budget
Transport: Tractor, private van, public bus, boat, walking.
Guide Language: english
Travel Styles: Budget

Starts: San Jose, Costa Rica
Finishes: San Jose, Costa Rica
Duration: 16 days
Departures: Guaranteed
Physical rating: Average

Includes

    Activities
    • Beach time in Puerto Viejo
    • Nature trail walk with swim (Sarapiquí)
    • Jungle lodge stay
    • G Adventures-supported coffee cooperative tour and local lunch
    • Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve guided tour (Monteverde)
    • Beach time in Manuel Antonio
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    Accommodation
    • Hotels (13 nts), jungle lodge (2 nts, multi-share).
    Meals Included
    • 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners
    Transport
    • Tractor, private van, public bus, boat, walking.
    Group Leader
    • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides.

Price

Price person (sharing double) $1699 ($106/day)

Deposit:

$250 per person for bookings made 60 days or more prior to departure

Full Amount for bookings made less than 60 days prior to departure

Cancellation: Super Strict

Trip Notes

Price does not include airfare (to the Trip start & from the end location)

Trip Price may include accommodation, transport/transfer, activities, services of a professional guide & more. (Please refer to the include/excludes section for details)

Tour packages spare you the hassles of trip planning, a la carte booking, organizing and managing the logistics at a foreign location.

Itinerary

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Day 1: San José

Arrive at any time.

Included Activities:
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting

Day 2: San José/Quepos

The small town of Quepos is on the Pacific Coast and this region of Costa Rica is a great place to relax and enjoy the sun and nearby sea. A short distance away, Manuel Antonio National Park offers beautiful white-sand beaches and warm turquoise water, ideal for swimming, fishing, kayaking, boogie boarding, sailing or surfing.

Transport:
Private Vehicle (5.00 hour(s), 190km)

Day 3: Quepos

Free day in Quepos to explore and enjoy optional activities. Option to visit Manuel Antonio National Park, try mangrove kayaking or enjoy a dolphin-spotting sunset sail in this lively beach town.

Day 4: Quepos/Monteverde

Ascend to the Monteverde cloud forest region. Spend a couple of days exploring the town and a cloud forest reserve, truly a bird lover's paradise. This unique community has several cooperatives worth visiting.

Optional activities include the Sky Walk, a series of suspension bridges through the jungle canopy, a butterfly garden and a thrilling canopy zipline.

Transport:
Private Vehicle (6.00 hour(s), 220km)

Day 5: Monteverde

Guided tour of Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve. Opt to fly across the forest canopy on ziplines or visit the frog pond.

Included Activities:
Santa Elena Cloud Forest Guided Tour

Day 6: Monteverde/La Fortuna

La Fortuna, the town near the foot of Arenal Volcano is an excellent base for adventure. Hike the area's nature trails, swim in chilly La Fortuna waterfall or go canyoneering (rappelling) and catch a bird's eye view of the forest greenery.

Transport:
Shared van (2.00-2.50 hours)
Boat (1.00 hour(s))
Shared van (0.25 hour(s))

Day 7: La Fortuna

Optional activities include full-day whitewater rafting on the Toro or Arenal Rivers, mountain biking, caving, horseback riding, or a tour of the Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge. Like much of Costa Rica, the area is a birders' paradise, with over 600 species as permanent residents. Finally, after a long day of exploring, you can choose to take a relaxing soak at Baldi Hot Springs.

Day 9: La Fortuna/La Virgen (1B, 1L)

Visit a coffee cooperative in the small village of San Miguel de Sarapiquí and take a traditional coffee tour. Enjoy a local lunch here— there's even fresh tilapia farmed on site— and then tour the grounds of the cooperative to learn about the coffee process from bean to cup.

Next, board a tractor-drawn cart excellent for navigating the jungle along rugged uphill terrain on the way to our special jungle oasis.

Additional Notes:
Accommodation is in a rustic lodge with multi-share sleeping arrangements, and shared bathroom facilities.

Included Activities:
Mi Cafecito Coffee Cooperative Tour
Sarapiquí Jungle Lodge Stay

Transport:
Includes a stop at the Mi Cafecito Coffee Cooperative with lunch.
Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s))
Tractor (2.00 hour(s))

Day 10: La Virgen (1B, 1L, 1D)

Enjoy a day in the beautiful Sarapiquí Valley. Optional activities include swimming in the river, night walks, an empanada-making lesson or lounging in a hammock.

Included Activities:
Sarapiquí Jungle Lodge Stay

Day 11: La Virgen/Tortuguero (1B, 1D)

The journey to Tortuguero is half the adventure. Begin by taking a tractor-drawn cart, board a private van, and finish it off with a journey by boat.

This unique village has walking paths that extend into the national park, a fantastic place to see wildlife even when turtles aren't in season.

Transport:
The trip takes you from the Magsasay Jungle Lodge to the Pozo Azul restaurant. The bumpy trip takes approximately two hours. On our journey in we ford two rivers, by tractor when the water is low, or cross foot-bridges when water levels rise with the rains.
Tractor (2.00 hour(s))
Private Vehicle (3.00 hour(s))
Boat (1.50 hour(s))

Day 12: Tortuguero (1B, 1L, 1D)

Enjoy free time to explore Tortuguero. Opt to kayak through the canals and view the wildlife, wake up early and head to the beach to watch turtle eggs hatch (seasonal), or just wander through the town.

Day 13: Tortuguero/Puerto Viejo de Talamanca (1B, 1L, 1D)

A morning boat ride and drive ends in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, with spectacular scenery en route. This seaside town is perfect for relaxing, or exploring the Manzanillo National Wildlife Refuge.

Transport:
Boat (1.50 hour(s))
Private Vehicle (1.00-2.00 hours, 140km)

Day 14: Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

The picturesque village of Puerto Viejo de Talamanca's 14 kms of incomparable white- and black-sand beaches are surrounded by exotic tropical vegetation.

Opt to rent a bike, hike to Monkey Point, go snorkelling or take it easy and explore La Isla Botanical Gardens.

Day 15: Puerto Viejo de Talamanca/San José

Take a bus ride over the mountains back to the capital.



Transport:
Local bus (5.00 hour(s), 410km)

Day 16: San José

Depart at any time.

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Rachel P 

The tour was awesome. I really feel like I got to see many different types of environments in Costa Rica.

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Marianne V 

I enjoyed the trip very much, great group, nice guide and we saw sooooo much.

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Jessica F 

It was such a great tour. Saw so much of Costa Rica in only two weeks and G Adventures made it easy!

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Tania W 

Wonderful experience! Met all my expectations and then some.

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Alexander D 

The tour was more than anything I could have expected. It covered the main areas of the country, allowing you to get a good feel for Costa Rica. It was very well organized but allowed you to have the freedom of doing your own thing. My favorite bit about the trip was that it had a good mix of things to do, from staying in the middle of the jungle to relaxing on the beach. We also had a great group of people.

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Deirdre D 

As a previously solo only traveler, I found this trip to be a perfect group travel experience. Lots to explore, tons of high adventure, great food and fun with happy new friends!

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Kathrin W 

It was great, a little bit of everything: adventure, fun, beach, down time, nature, towns, good food, good company. I had a very enjoyable holiday.

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Sandra M 

I really liked the small group and the varied backgrounds and ages of the group. It was a good length too.

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Kelley F 

Quite physically demanding, but that was good! It was a very active tour. Guide, Jessica Schang, was FABULOUS!

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Anne S 

I met a fantastic group of people, diverse in ages, occupations and interests. I did things I had long wanted to do and with encouragement from the group did things I never thought I could do. I was impressed that I did not have to do any planning I was completely free to enjoy the experience and therefore able to make the absolute most of every day.