Costa Rica is a true Garden of Eden, with a wealth of wildlife in the most varied of habitats. This action-packed adventure allows you to explore its rainforests, rushing rivers, pristine beaches and towering volcanoes. Take a boat tour of Tortuguero National Park, soak yourself in relaxing hot spring and explore the magic of the Monteverde cloud forest. It offers a great balance of guided excursions and free time to use for a whole variety of optional activities whether you want a rush of adrenalin or not – ziplines, canopy walks, rafting, hiking and snorkelling. Prepare to fall madly in love with Costa Rica.
Arrive at any time.
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
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.
Local bus (5.00 hour(s), 190km)
Enjoy a free day in the Manuel Antonio region to explore and relax. Opt go kayaking through mangroves, take a surf lesson or cruise along the coast on a dolphin-spotting sunset sailing excursion.
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.
Private Vehicle (6.00 hour(s), 220km)
Enjoy a guided tour of Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve. Opt to fly across the forest canopy on ziplines or visit the frog pond.
Santa Elena Cloud Forest Guided Tour
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.
Shared van (3.50 hour(s))
Boat (1.00 hour(s))
Shared van (0.25 hour(s))
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.
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.
Accommodation is in a rustic lodge with multi-share sleeping arrangements, and shared bathroom facilities.
Mi Cafecito Coffee Cooperative Tour
Sarapiquí Jungle Lodge Stay
Includes a stop at the Mi Cafecito Coffee Cooperative with lunch.
Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s))
Tractor (2.00 hour(s))
Enjoy a day in the beautiful Sarapiquí Valley. Optional activities (all included in our overnight package, weather-depending) include swimming in the river, night walks, an empanada-making lesson or lounging in a hammock.
Sarapiquí Jungle Lodge Stay
Sunrise Birding Hike
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.
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 (4.00-5.00 hours)
Boat (1.50 hour(s))
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.
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.
Boat (1.50 hour(s))
Private Vehicle (5.00-6.00 hours, 140km)
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.
Take a bus ride over the mountains back to the capital.
Private Vehicle (5.00 hour(s), 410km)
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The tour was awesome. I really feel like I got to see many different types of environments in Costa Rica.Overall Rating
I enjoyed the trip very much, great group, nice guide and we saw sooooo much.Overall Rating
It was such a great tour. Saw so much of Costa Rica in only two weeks and G Adventures made it easy!Overall Rating
Wonderful experience! Met all my expectations and then some.Overall Rating
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.Overall Rating
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!Overall Rating
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.Overall Rating
I really liked the small group and the varied backgrounds and ages of the group. It was a good length too.Overall Rating
Quite physically demanding, but that was good! It was a very active tour. Guide, Jessica Schang, was FABULOUS!Overall Rating
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.Overall Rating
Trip Name: Costa Rica Adventure
Duration: 16 Days
From Price: 960
Trip Code: 126435
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