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Home to unforgettable landscapes and unique wildlife, Costa Rica is used to being in the spotlight. Shine your own on this gorgeous country on a thrilling adventure that will have you trekking across the foot of a volcano to photograph giant blue butterflies, visiting a coffee co-op, and seeking out monkeys while hiking park trails. Get in touch with some of nature’s most breathtaking natural wonders in Costa Rica.
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
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)
Our newest line of trips, offered in partnership with G Adventures, blends fun, hands-on exploration, meaningful encounters with people and cultures, and more free time and choices—with the structure and security of traveling in a small group.
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.
Click here for a description of all activity levels.
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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
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.
Meals Included 8 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinner.
Allow an additional $325–425 for meals not
Transportation Private van
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.