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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’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.

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)

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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 $1,419

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.

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.

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.