Explore Costa Rica

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

Trip Details

 

Costa Rica may be small but it offers big adventure. This two-week tour ventures off the beaten path to a lush and wild world. Stop in at a reforestation project, visit a sea turtle conservancy program, opt to zip-line through the jungle canopy, and have a soak in volcanic hot springs. Riding a wave of “pura vida,” experience pure travel joy.

Trip Highlights

    • 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 National Geographic.
    • 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

Continue to 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 beaches. (3B)

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)

Related Trips

Offered in partnership with G Adventures, our National Geographic Journeys line 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.

Dates

2018
  • Jan 21 - Feb 03, 2018 (sold out)
  • Jan 26 - Feb 08, 2018 (sold out)
  • Jan 28 - Feb 10, 2018 (sold out)
  • Feb 04 - 17, 2018 (sold out)
  • Feb 11 - 24, 2018 (sold out)
  • Feb 18 - Mar 03, 2018 (sold out)
  • Feb 25 - Mar 10, 2018 (sold out)
  • Mar 04 - 17, 2018 (sold out)
  • Mar 11 - 24, 2018
  • Mar 18 - 31, 2018
  • Mar 25 - Apr 07, 2018
  • Apr 01 - 14, 2018 (sold out)
  • Apr 08 - 21, 2018 (sold out)
  • Apr 22 - May 05, 2018
  • May 20 - Jun 02, 2018
  • Jun 03 - 16, 2018
  • Jun 10 - 23, 2018
  • Jun 24 - Jul 07, 2018
  • Jul 01 - 14, 2018
  • Jul 08 - 21, 2018
  • Jul 29 - Aug 11, 2018
  • Aug 12 - 25, 2018
  • Sep 09 - 22, 2018
  • Sep 30 - Oct 13, 2018
  • Oct 14 - 27, 2018
  • Nov 04 - 17, 2018
  • Nov 11 - 24, 2018
  • Nov 18 - Dec 01, 2018
  • Nov 25 - Dec 08, 2018
  • Dec 02 - 15, 2018
  • Dec 16 - 29, 2018
  • Dec 30, 2018 - Jan 12, 2019
2019
  • Jan 03 - 16, 2019
  • Jan 06 - 19, 2019
  • Jan 10 - 23, 2019
  • Jan 13 - 26, 2019
  • Jan 17 - 30, 2019
  • Jan 20 - Feb 02, 2019
  • Jan 24 - Feb 06, 2019
  • Jan 31 - Feb 13, 2019
  • Feb 03 - 16, 2019
  • Feb 10 - 23, 2019
  • Feb 17 - Mar 02, 2019
  • Feb 24 - Mar 09, 2019
  • Mar 03 - 16, 2019
  • Mar 10 - 23, 2019
  • Mar 17 - 30, 2019
  • Mar 24 - Apr 06, 2019
  • Mar 31 - Apr 13, 2019
  • Apr 07 - 20, 2019
  • Apr 14 - 27, 2019
  • Apr 28 - May 11, 2019
  • May 05 - 18, 2019
  • May 12 - 25, 2019
  • May 26 - Jun 08, 2019
  • Jun 09 - 22, 2019
  • Jun 23 - Jul 06, 2019
  • Jun 30 - Jul 13, 2019
  • Jul 07 - 20, 2019
  • Jul 14 - 27, 2019
  • Jul 28 - Aug 10, 2019
  • Aug 11 - 24, 2019
  • Sep 08 - 21, 2019
  • Sep 29 - Oct 12, 2019
  • Oct 27 - Nov 09, 2019
  • Nov 03 - 16, 2019
  • Nov 10 - 23, 2019
  • Nov 17 - 30, 2019
  • Nov 24 - Dec 07, 2019
  • Dec 15 - 28, 2019
  • Dec 29, 2019 - Jan 11, 2020

Trip Cost

Price From

$2,339

Activity Level

Light/Moderate

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 $1,309

What's Included

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.

Accommodations
Comfortable, mid-range hotels (11 nights), rustic jungle lodge (2 nights)

Meals Included
13 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners. Allow an additional $440–575 for meals not included.

Transportation
Private van, shuttle van, boat

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.