Anyone who’s talked travel with me, knows I am a super fan of Costa Rica! It’s easy to get to from the Mid-Atlantic, and if you are in any way, shape, or form about nature and all it’s glory, Costa Rica should be on your BOOK IT list! The people are friendly, the food is great, but the best part about this gorgeous country are the birds, beasts, and everything wild! Costa rica has such a diverse ecosystem that within a few hours drive you can enjoy volcanoes, rain forests, cloud forests, hot springs, and some of the most beautiful beaches. Costa Rica values its many national parks and is extremely eco-conscious. It is definitely a must for anyone with a sense of adventure and a fantastic place to take kids of all ages. Which one of you will spot the first sloth? Toucan? You can do as much or as little as you like. Thankfully for us, GAdventures has plenty of choices for your Costa Rican Escapades. I’ve chosen this one to highlight some of the best places to get a great sample of what the Ticos have to offer. Starting at just$1549 plus air, there are 8 more dates available for 2017. As with all GAdventures, EVERY date is a GUARANTEED DEPARTURE.
- Travel Style
- National Geographic Journeys
- Service Level
- Tour Type
- Small Group
- Physical Demands
- 2 – Light
- Dossier Code
- Central America
- 9 days
- IDB Project
Home to some of the most unforgettable landscapes, unique wildlife, and lush rainforests in the world, Costa Rica is a celebrated pioneer in protecting natural heritage. Forge your own path through this gorgeous country over nine days of outstanding adventure. Trek across the foot of a volcano to photograph giant blue butterflies, visit a coffee co-op, and search for monkeys while hiking park trails. Get in touch with nature’s best in Costa Rica.
Arrival transfer. G Adventures-supported coffee tour and local lunch. Tortilla making and dinner in a local home. Guided nature walk in the Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve. Monteverde Institute visit and lecture. Guided excursion of Manuel Antonio National Park. All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.
8 breakfasts, 1 lunches, 1 dinners
Day 1San José
Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer included.
Day 2San José/La Fortuna(Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner)
Visit a G Adventures-supported coffee cooperative with a coffee tour and local lunch. Continue to the adventure hub of La Fortuna. In the evening, visit a local home and learn the art of tortilla making. Afterwards, dig into a tasty “casado” – a typical Costa Rican dish that’s made with black beans, plantains, and the tortillas you’ve made.
Day 3La Fortuna(Breakfast)
Free day in La Fortuna for optional activities. Opt for rafting, canyoneering, or nature hikes.
Day 4La Fortuna/Monteverde(Breakfast)
Travel from La Fortuna to the cloud forest of Monteverde – a nature lover’s paradise.
Enjoy a nature hike in the Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve. After, visit the Monteverde Institute, which has served as the base for numerous National Geographic funded explorers and researchers. Enjoy a lecture by one of the researchers outlining the various projects National Geographic has sponsored in reforestation of tropical regions research and conservation. This afternoon, opt to visit a butterfly garden, zipline through the canopy, or go horseback riding.
Day 6Monteverde/Manuel Antonio(Breakfast)
Continue to the stunning Pacific coast. Enjoy the laid-back atmosphere of the area with options to surf, go horseback riding, dolphin watching on a catamaran, or visit other nearby picturesque beaches.
Day 7Manuel Antonio(Breakfast)
Take an excursion to Manuel Antonio National Park, famed for its stunning beaches and abundant wildlife. Look for monkeys, sloths, and some 350 species of birds.
Day 8Manuel Antonio/San José(Breakfast)
Return to San José and enjoy an optional farewell dinner on the town.
Day 9San José(Breakfast)
Depart at any time.
Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides.
Group Leader Details
All G Adventures group trips are accompanied by one of our group leaders, a G Adventures representative, or an expedition team. The aim of the group leader is to take the hassle out of your travels and to help you have the best trip possible. They will provide information on the places you are travelling through, offer suggestions for things to do and see, recommend great local eating venues and introduce you to our local friends. While not being guides in the traditional sense you can expect them to have a broad general knowledge of the countries visited on the trip, including historical, cultural, religious and social aspects. We also use local guides where we think more specific knowledge will add to the enjoyment of the places we are visiting- we think it’s the best of both worlds.
Private van, walking.
We believe single travellers should not have to pay more to travel so our group trips are designed for shared accommodation and do not involve a single supplement. Single travellers joining group trips are paired in twin or multi-share accommodation with someone of the same sex for the duration of the trip. Some of our Independent trips are designed differently and single travellers on these itineraries must pay the single trip price.
Hotels (8 nts).
Max 16, Avg 12.