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Natural Highlights of Costa Rica

Home to volcanoes, lush rainforests, beaches, and unique wildlife, 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 electric 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.

Latin America
  • Duration: 9 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
  • For lovers of:
  • Physical rating: Light
  • Accommodation standard:   Moderate%
  • Traveller Tour Rating: 0%  
  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Supplier Tour ID: CRNNG/155188
  • Starts: San José, Costa Rica
  • Finishes: San José, Costa Rica
You will Visit
  • San José

Itinerary

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Day 1: San José

Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer included.
If you arrive early enough, you'll have time to head into the city to visit a museum, shop, or visit the main plaza in the city centre.

The plaza is a good place to people-watch. A mime, juggler, marimba band, magician, or storyteller may be performing for whatever is collected when the hat is passed. Artisan booths are common, creating a regular arts and crafts fair atmosphere.

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Day 2: San José/La Fortuna

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.

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Day 3: La Fortuna

Free day in La Fortuna for optional activities. Opt for rafting, canyoneering, or nature hikes.

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Day 4: La Fortuna/Monteverde

Travel from La Fortuna to the cloud forest of Monteverde – a nature lover's paradise.

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Day 5: Monteverde

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.

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Day 6: Monteverde/Manuel Antonio

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.

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Day 7: Manuel Antonio

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.
The park has fabulous beaches, abundant wildlife, and a great trail system for those who want to spend the day hiking. Look for monkeys, armadillos, coatimundis, sloths, and some 350 species of birds that are present in the park.

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Day 8: Manuel Antonio/San José

Return to San José and enjoy an optional farewell dinner on the town.

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Day 9: San José

Depart at any time.

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Tortilla Making and Home Dinner, La Fortuna National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Monteverde Institute Lecture, Monteverde G Adventures for Good: Mi Cafecito Coffee Cooperative Tour, Sarapiquí
    • Arrival transfer
    • Guided nature walk in the Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve
    • Guided excursion to Manuel Antonio National Park
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    Accommodation
    • Hotels (8 nts)
    • 8 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinner
    Transport
    • Private vehicle, walking
    Group Leader
    • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides
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Tour Highlights:
  • Devour a delicious lunch at a G Adventures-supported coffee co-op
  • Learn how to make tortillas in a local home
  • Listen to a lecture from a Monteverde Institute researcher
  • Hike the trails of cloud forest reserves and breathtaking parks
  • Search for wildlife while exploring the Pacific coast