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Costa Rica may be small, but it’s loaded with opportunity for adventure. Explore four distinct rain forest regions, from the cloud forests of Monteverde to the coastal jungles of Manuel Antonio. Drop by a National Geographic-supported reforestation project, visit a sea turtle conservancy program, opt to zip line above the lush canopy, and soak in volcanic hot springs. Get off the beaten path to discover a different kind of travel experience amid Costa Rica’s stunning landscapes and spectacular biodiversity.
Meet researchers at the Sea Turtle
Conservancy, co-founded by a
National Geographic grantee.
Participate in reforestation efforts
at the Monteverde Institute, a
research center supported by
Explore the canals of Tortuguero
National Park on a boat tour,
spotting caimans, howler monkeys,
sloths, and more.
Itinerary - 14 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 — Tortuguero
Travel to Tortuguero National Park and enjoy guided boat trips and wildlife viewing through the canals while seeking out caimans, howler monkeys, and sloths. Take advantage of free time to relax at our secluded lodge, or take an optional boating excursion after dark. The next day, meet with researchers from the Sea Turtle Conservancy, co-founded by National Geographic grantee Archie Carr. The research team will tell us about four species of sea turtles found on the beaches of Tortuguero, as well as the threats they face. (2B, 2L, 2D)
Days 4, 5, & 6 — La Fortuna/Arenal
Visit a G Adventures–supported coffee co-op for lunch and a tour. Then continue on to La Fortuna—the adventure hub of Costa Rica. Spend the evening relaxing by the lodge pool, taking in views of the towering Arenal Volcano. The next day, visit a local home and learn the art of tortilla-making from the family. Sit down with them to a dinner of casado, a typical Costa Rican dish of black beans, plantains, and tortillas. Then take advantage of a full day to explore La Fortuna. Optional activities include canyoneering, canopy walks, kayaking, a boat tour of the wetlands in the Cano Negro Wildlife Refuge, and more. (3B, 1L, 1D)
Days 7, 8, & 9 — Monteverde
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 their conservation projects.
Take a guided nature hike in the Santa
Elena Cloud Forest Reserve, and then enjoy
extended time here for optional activities, including a visit to a butterfly garden, a zip line
canopy tour, and horseback riding. (3B)
Days 10, 11, & 12 — Manuel Antonio
the Pacific coast and take a guided walk through
Manuel Antonio National Park, famed for its
stunning beaches and abundant wildlife, including
monkeys, armadillos, sloths, and some 350
species of birds. Spend three days taking in the
laid-back atmosphere of the area, with options
to surf, go horseback riding, take a catamaran
cruise to spot marine life, or visit other nearby
Days 13 & 14 — San José
Return to San José and
opt to join a farewell dinner in town. Depart any
time the following day. (2B)
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.
Contact Us: 1-800-281-2354
Call to speak with a specialist about this trip.
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 $1,419
Arrival transfer, transport
between destinations and to/from included
activities, and activities as listed in the itinerary.
The optional after-dark boating excursion in
Tortuguero National Park and optional excursions
in La Fortuna, Monteverde, and Manuel Antonio
are at an additional cost.
Meals Included 13 breakfasts, 3 lunches,
3 dinners. Allow an additional $440–575 for
meals not included.
Transportation Private van, shuttle van, boat
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.