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Basic Costa Rica

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

Visit: San Jose

Tour Type: Small Group

Accommodation: Basic

Activity: Parks & Nature Reserves, Local Culture & Cuisine, History, Wildlife

Overview

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Stay flexible in Costa Rica on this unique two-week adventure. You'll hit the volcanoes, a cloud forest, and both of the incredible coasts. Chill out on white-sand beaches and explore pristine wildlife reserves. Best of all, this trip gives you the flexibility to create the adventure of a lifetime, so you can soar across the treetops by zipline, rappel down a waterfall, or learn to surf the Pacific breaks. Take a trip that's packed with just the essentials everything you need to explore the diversity and beauty of Costa Rica.

Highlights

    • Chill out on the Caribbean and Pacific coasts
    • Cruise across Lake Arenal with beautiful views of Arenal Volcano
    • Enjoy opportunities to go whitewater rafting and horseback riding along the beach
    • Explore the misty cloud forest

Trip Details

The Trip

Product Code: 126931
Tour Type: Small Group
Accommodation: Basic
Transport: Local bus, boat, taxi, private van, walking.
Guide Language: english
Travel Styles: 18 - 35 Year Olds Only

Starts: San Jose, Costa Rica
Finishes: San Jose, Costa Rica
Duration: 14 days
Departures: Guaranteed
Physical rating: Light

Includes

    Activities
    • Plenty of beach time in Puerto Viejo and Sámara
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    Accommodation
    • Simple hotels (13 nts, sometimes multi-share).
    Meals Included
    • 0 breakfasts, 0 lunches, 0 dinners
    Transport
    • Local bus, boat, taxi, private van, walking.
    Group Leader
    • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout

Price

Price person (sharing double) $1087 ($78/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 in San Jose at any time. There are no planned activities so check into our hotel and enjoy the city.

Included Activities:
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting

Day 2: San José/Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

We begin with an incredible bus ride over the mountains to the Caribbean coast. The picturesque village of Puerto Viejo de Talamanca's white and black sand beaches are surrounded by exotic tropical vegetation.

Transport:
Local bus (4.00-5.00 hours, 220km)

Day 3: Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Opt to try snorkelling in the Caribbean or hiking in Manzanillo National Wildlife Refuge.

Day 5: Puerto Viejo de Talamanca/La Fortuna

We travel north by bus through varied landscapes and arrive at La Fortuna, a small town near the foot of Arenal Volcano. La Fortuna 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. Natural hot springs are also in the area and perfect after a day of travel or exploration.

Transport:
Local bus (3.50-4.00 hours)
Private Vehicle (2.50-3.50 hours)

Day 6: La Fortuna

Optional activities include full-day whitewater rafting on the Toro or Balsa 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 8: La Fortuna/Monteverde

From the central valley, 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 including artist collectives and a cheese factory.

Local guides are extremely knowledgeable about the area and passionate about conservation of this precious ecosystem.

Optional activities include a walk along suspension bridges through dense forest, a coffee tour, or an adrenaline-filled zipline above the cloud forest on one of the many famous canopy tours.

Transport:
Private Vehicle (0.25 hour(s))
Boat (1.00 hour(s))
Private Vehicle (2.00 hour(s))

Day 9: Monteverde

Free day to enjoy; opt to tour the cloud forest or visit a coffee plantation.

Day 10: Monteverde/Sámara

We travel to the coast of the Nicoya peninsula and arrive in Sámara, a cozy little beach town.

Transport:
Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s), 140km)

Day 11: Sámara

Fill your days with as much or as little as you like. Start off with an early yoga class or sleep in before setting off to explore nearby beaches in search of a perfect, tranquil spot for a day of relaxing along the beautiful Pacific coast.

For those who prefer to stay active, try your hand at surfing, fishing, snorkelling, or horseback riding along the beach. There is also a zip-line adventure tour through the tropical forest if you're looking to get a close-up view of monkeys, iguanas, and various other wildlife.

If you'd like to strengthen some of the Spanish skills you have picked up during your time in Costa Rica, try out some classes at the local Spanish school. At night, enjoy a delicious seafood dinner at one of the beachside restaurants or sip a cocktail as you watch the sun set and the town come alive.

Day 13: Sámara/San José

Return to San José for some last-minute shopping and a final night on the town.

Transport:
Local bus (5.00-6.00 hours, 240km)

Day 14: San José

Depart at any time.

Included Activities:
Departure Day

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Pierre-Francois S. 

Excellent tour. Every stop was action packed. The different locations chosen to stop at really allowed to have the broadest view possible of all Costa Rica has to offer.

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Neil M. 

This trip was one of the best I have ever done, everything was well organized and ran like clockwork. A very personal and professionally run service from start to finish.