Natural Highlights of Costa Rica

  • Trip Type: Journeys
  • 9 Days | Round-trip San José
  • Group Size: Max 16

Trip Details


Home to volcanoes, lush rain forests, 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.

Trip Highlights

    • Visit the Monteverde Institute, a research center supported by National Geographic, and assist in cloud forest conservation.
    • Tour a G Adventures–supported coffee co-op whose proceeds benefit the local community.
    • Cook up traditional Costa Rican dishes in the home of a local family, and then sit down to dinner with them.

Itinerary - 9 Days

Day 1 — San José

Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer is included. Those arriving early may wish to explore downtown San José, discovering its lively plazas and colonial architecture.

Days 2 & 3 — La Fortuna/Arenal

Visit a G Adventures–supported coffee co-op for lunch and a tour. Continue on to La Fortuna to visit a local home and learn the art of tortilla-making from the family. Then sit down with them to a dinner of casado, a typical Costa Rican dish of black beans, plantains, and tortillas. The next day, take advantage of free time to explore La Fortuna—the adventure hub of Costa Rica. Optional activities include canyoneering, canopy walks, and a boat tour of the wetlands in the Cano Negro Wildlife Refuge. (2B, 1L, 1D)

Days 4 & 5 — Monteverde

Travel to Monteverde and enjoy a guided nature hike in the Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve, where you can opt to visit a butterfly garden, ride a zip line through the canopy, or go horseback riding. Visit the Monteverde Institute, which has served as the base for numerous National Geographic–funded explorers and scientists studying the cloud forest. Meet some of the researchers and learn about the various projects examining insects and birds, as well as tropical reforestation and conservation. (2B)

Day 6 — Manuel Antonio

Continue to Manuel Antonio on the stunning Pacific coast. Enjoy the laid-back atmosphere of the area with options to take a surfing lesson, go horseback riding through tropical forests, take a catamaran cruise, or visit other nearby beaches. (1B)

Day 7 — Manuel Antonio

Take a guided walk in Manuel Antonio National Park, famed for its stunning beaches and abundant wildlife, including monkeys, armadillos, sloths, and some 350 species of birds. Swim or snorkel in the park’s pristine coastal waters, and then hike the trails that wind through the inland tropical forests. (1B)

Day 8 — San José

Return to San José and enjoy an optional farewell dinner in town. (1B)

Day 9 — San José

Depart at any time. (1B)

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Activity Level


Travelers should be in good health and comfortable walking or standing for extended periods of time. Daily activities may include city walking tours, visits to sites, game drives, or easy hikes, with options for more physical activities such as hiking, kayaking, snorkeling and biking.

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Cost Details

All trip prices are per person based on double occupancy. If you're traveling on your own, we'll pair you up with a roommate of the same gender so that you can pay the same rate as other travelers. Prices are subject to change without notice and do not include airfare. All prices and fares are quoted in U.S. dollars.

My Own Room

During your trip, sometimes it's just more convenient and comfortable to have your own room. That's why we offer the "My Own Room" option - a single room all to yourself.

My Own Room Option: From $899

What's Included

Arrival transfer, transport between destinations and to/from included activities, and activities as listed in the itinerary. Optional excursions in La Fortuna, Monteverde, and Manuel Antonio are at an additional cost.

Comfortable, mid-range hotels (8 nights)

Meals Included
8 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinner. Allow an additional $325–425 for meals not included.

Private van

Optional Experience

You can do whatever you wish during your free time on tour, but if you're in need of suggestions, we've got them. Details about any optional experiences for this trip will be available during the booking process. Please note, these are at an additional cost.