Trip Type : Small Group Tour
Costa Rica - Rainforest Adventure tour

Costa Rica - Rainforest Adventure

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Travel Style: You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level: Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level: 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
13 days
From: $ 2,795 $ 215 / day
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  • Explore Tortuguero National Park and its jungle canals
  • Enjoy Arenal and Poas Volcanoes
  • Wildlife viewing, tropical forest walk & rafting at Sarapiqui
  • Enjoy the world-famous Eco-Termales Hot Water Springs
  • Visit a local community untouched by tourism
  • Visit coffee and cocoa plantations
  • Visit an indigenous village known for its pottery
  • Visit 3 National Parks, the Atlantic & Pacific Oceans

Short Description

Costa Rica is an oasis of natural wonders - volcanoes, rainforests, white sand beaches, coral reefs and wildlife - all within a world-renowned system of national parks that protects more species of mammals and birds than the continental U.S.A. and Canada combined.

Our trip features Costa Rica's natural wonders, experienced through an active program of hikes, river safaris and horseback rides. Enjoy the pristine flora and fauna of Sarapiqui during a tropical forest walk, a river journey and rafting. Feel the welcoming energy of a local community untouched by tourism and an indigenous village known for its pottery making.

Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
Trip Type Small Group Tour
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.
Lodging Level Premium - 4 star
Flights & Transport Only ground transport
Start City San Jose
End City San Jose

Trip Includes

  • All accommodations throughout
  • All meals, starting with dinner on day 1 and finishing with breakfast on departure day (i.e. the last day of the ElderTreks tour)
  • Bottled drinking water throughout the trip
  • All internal transportation
  • Airport transfers on day 1 and departure day (i.e. the last day of the ElderTreks tour)
  • All day trips and entrance fees as outlined in the itinerary
  • Tips for hotels (porterage), bus driver, restaurants and spot guides
  • Services of a trip leader.

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Day 1: Arrive in San José

You will be met on your arrival at San José Airport and transferred to our hotel. Later in the evening, we meet our guide for dinner and orientation meeting. Overnight in San José.

Day 2: To Tortuguero N.P. via Braulio Carrillo N.P.

Early morning, depart San José for the Caribbean coast. Enroute, we drive through Braulio Carrillo National Park, enjoying wonderful views of the rainforest. Upon arrival in Caño Blanco we transfer to our boat for a 1 1/2 hour boat journey through the beautiful canals to get to Tortuguero, always keeping an eye out for wildlife.

Upon arrival in Tortuguero, we visit the Atlantic Green Sea Turtle Museum founded by the Caribbean Conservation Corporation. The late Dr. Archie Carr began to study and tag the thousands of Atlantic green sea turtles that every year from June through October come to Tortuguero Beach to lay their eggs. Originally intended to protect a major nesting beach of the Atlantic green sea turtle, Tortuguero National Park now protects 51,870 acres, one of the last large areas of tropical rainforest in Central America. Eleven habitats are found in the park. Three species of monkeys (spider, howler and white-faced), three-toed sloths and river otters are frequently seen along the natural inland waterways and canals. Caiman, iguanas, river turtles, basilisk lizards and poison dart Dendrobates frogs inhabit the area. 320 species of birds including all 6 species of king fishers, 3 species of toucans, 8 species of parrots and other neotropical species such as the slaty-tailed trogon, white-collared manakin, purple-throated ruitcrow and white-fronted nunbird all inhabit the area. We will have the opportunity to observe them during our ride through the creeks of Tortuguero National Park.

Your guide will also take you to the village of Tortuguero to learn about the history of Tortuguero village, visit the park headquarters and walk past colorful Afro-Caribbean homes Dinner and overnight in Tortuguero.

Day 3: Wildlife of Tortuguero National Park

Today we travel by boat to explore the canals of Tortuguero and Caño Harold (Harold's Canal) in Tortuguero National Park. During our visit to Caño Harold, we have the opportunity to see bare-throated tiger herons, snowy egrets, boat billed herons and other species which are known to nest here. We return to the lodge in the late afternoon to relax before dinner. There may be an opportunity of an afternoon optional garden walk with your Guide.

Dinner and overnight in Tortuguero.

Day 4: Canals of Tortuguero, To Sarapiqui

After breakfast we depart via the stunning wildlife rich canals of Tortuguero to Caño Blanco where we transfer to our vehicle and continue to Sarapiqui stopping for lunch on our way to the hotel. Upon arrival at the hotel, we will enjoy a chocolate tour. Until the 19th century, Costa Rica was very poor with an economy based on subsistence agriculture.

The rest of the afternoon is free to exploring the grounds of the hotel where the garden is a natural extension of the surrounding rainforest. Stepping into this forest, one is struck by the diversity of flora and fauna. While exploring, be sure to keep an eye out for indigenous wildlife. Dinner and overnight in Sarapiqui.

Day 5: Sarapiqui Rafting Adventure

This morning, enjoy an exciting river rafting adventure (Class III). Make sure you keep an eye out for birds and wildlife while enjoying your adrenaline rush.

After lunch, we return to the hotel in the late afternoon where you have some time to relax before dinner. Dinner and overnight in Sarapiqui.

Day 6: To Arenal Volcano, Hot Springs

Today we depart for Arenal, driving by many large cattle farms, as well as yuca, plantain and papaya plantations. We stop for lunch in La Fortuna in San Carlos Valley, the town at the base of Arenal volcano. Arrive at the hotel in time for an afternoon rest before we enjoy the Eco-Termales Hot Water Springs followed by dinner. Overnight in Arenal and if mother nature permits, view the volcanic activity.

Day 7: Arenal Hanging Bridges

Enjoy the morning ziplining near Arenal Volcano. This Arenal canopy tour has 10 different-sized cables and 12 platforms with cables from 600-ft to an astounding 2,500-ft long! You will have unparalleled views of Arenal Volcano.

After lunch, with your guide enjoy an afternoon hike in the Arenal Hanging Bridges. This project sits within a 250-hectare (618 acre) reserve of fully recovered secondary rain forest. A visit to Arenal Hanging Bridges consists of traversing 16 bridges (8 hanging) from 5 to 100 meters long that cross the rain forest and a 3 km circuit of interpretive trails. Overnight in Arenal.

Day 8: Rincon de la Vieja, Local Community

Today we travel to Rincon de la Vieja. The continental divide has created a dry forest on one side of Rincon de la Vieja national park and lush rainforest on the other. Not only is the area naturally fascinating but offers the oppourtunity to experience a local, untouched community. Enjoy your visit to the community of El Gavilan, where we meet with the town mayor, Don Gerardo, have lunch in local homes and visit with the local children.

After lunch, enjoy a visit to the botanical gardens, hots springs and even a mud bath.

Dinner and overnight in Rincon de la Vieja.

Day 9: Blue River - Horseback Riding, Hiking, Waterfalls and River Swim

The Blue River is not only a naturally beautiful volcanic river but also offers health giving minerals. We set out on our journey by horseback until we reach our destination at the Blue River. We then begin our hike to a beautiful waterfall that is the perfect setting to enjoy our picnic lunch. Be sure to bring along your swimsuit, as there are several opportunities to enjoy a refreshing dip in the beautiful and aptly named Blue River. This is a perfect setting to enjoy a restful yet exciting afternoon and cool off in the beautiful blue waters. Dinner and overnight in Rincon de la Vieja.

Day 10: To Playa Panama, Guanacaste

After breakfast, we depart for Playa Panama, Guanacaste. Enjoy the scenery of the volcano, rural villages and farms as we drive through an area of Costa Rica that still seems untouched by the outside world. Once we have arrived at the Pacific coast, you can enjoy the hot, warm sun and beach. The afternoon is at leisure where you can soak up the sun at the beach or relax under the Tamarind trees. Dinner and overnight in Playa Panama.

Day 11: Indigenous Pottery Village

Today we'll have the unique opportunity to visit with an indigenous village famous for pottery making. Here in the village of Guaitil, the local indians make pottery the same way their ancestors did over 900 years ago. It is one of the few remaining villages of pre-Columbian Costa Rica that was a land rich in trading for the Inca and Mayan Empires. Dinner and overnight Playa Panama.

Day 12: Fly to San José, Poas Volcano, Coffee Plantation,

We have an early morning flight to San Jose. Upon arrival, we drive to Paos Volcano. Poas is one of the widest volcanic craters in the world at almost 1 mile (1.6km) and is one of the largest active volcanos in the world.

This afternoon we visit Doka Estate, the oldest humid coffee processing plant declared an Architectural Heritage for Humanity, that works with hydralic power. We learn about the vital role coffee has played in forging democracy in Costa Rica as well as cultivating a national identity. The introduction of coffee provided a product suitable for export along with bananas. Today, both remain two of the most important crops in Costa Rica.

The coffee tour is packed with tips and tricks that will help make your next cup of coffee your best and learn how to properly store coffee. Tonight we enjoy our Farewell Dinner as we collectively share our unique Costa Rica experience with our fellow travelers. Overnight in San José.

Day 13: Depart San José

Transfer To San José International airport for your homeward flight.


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Flights & Transport

Only ground transport

Group Size:

Small Group - 24 max

Maximum Number of People in Group: 16

Maximum 16 travelers

Cancellation Policy:

Cancellation Policy

Participants seeking to cancel or revise any trip must provide ElderTreks™ with a written request in accordance with these Terms and Conditions. Requests for revisions and/or cancellations shall be determined in the sole and absolute discretion of ElderTreks™. Name changes are considered to be a cancellation of one traveler and a new booking of another, assuming space available. Participants booked on all land-based adventures may receive a refund for a cancelled trip, subject to a cancellation fee, as follows:

Cancellation made Cancellation Fee (days before departure)

More than 100 days deposit amount*

31 – 99 days 50% of tour price

0 – 30 days 100% of tour price

Please note cancellations for Heli-Hiking in the Canadian Rockies and Polar Bears of Churchill between 0-60 days is 100% of tour price. Participants booked on all ship-based adventures may receive a refund for a cancelled trip, subject to a cancellation fee, as follows:

Cancellation made Cancellation Fee (days before departure)

More than 120 days deposit amount

0 – 120 days 100% of tour price

Participants shall not be entitled to a refund for any trip, or portion thereof, that the Participant does not use or attend for any reason whatsoever, including but not limited to no-show, illness, accident, or neglect of any person. Despite any provision to the contrary, applicable Cancellation Fees shall be non-refundable and shall apply in addition to any other non-refundable, or unrecoverable amounts paid by or on behalf of the Participant (including non-refundable air arrangements).

ElderTreks™ and the ship operators reserve the right to cancel or amend the price of any trip at any time up to the date of departure. In the event that the tour price increases by more than 7% of the price at the time of booking, the Participant may cancel the trip and request a full refund of payment made to ElderTreks™ by providing written notice to ElderTreks™ prior to the date of departure and within seven (7) days of being notified of such price increase. Refunds will not be provided where tour price increases are the result of government taxation or fuel surcharges.

Additional Information:


The Costa Rican climate can vary over short distances because of the rugged mountain chain that affects the wind, rain, and temperature resulting in a series of microclimates where altitude is a key to change. To generalize, there is a rainy season or “winter”, with short heavy downpours usually around mid-day, that lasts from May–November. During the dry season, temperatures will range from the low 50’s°F (10°C) at Monteverde, to a high of 90°F (32°C) at sea level. San Jose is a comfortable 72°F (22°C) year-round.

Medical Insurance:

Insurance coverage is not included in the cost of your trip. Please note that medical insurance is not required for this adventure but is recommended. ElderTreks offers comprehensive travel insurance and we are happy to provide you with a quote if you call our office. If you are purchasing insurance elsewhere, please ensure you provide the details to ElderTreks as soon as possible.

*Please note those travelers with pre-existing medical conditions must take out travel insurance at the time of deposit

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Trip Excludes

  • International flights
  • Tips to eldertreks tour leader
  • National guide, alcoholic drinks
  • Visa’s and travel insurance

Meals Included:

2 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches and 11 Dinners

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