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Highlights
  • Spot wildlife while cruising the canals of tortuguero
  • Savour a local lunch at a g adventures-supported coffee co-op
  • Enjoy spectacular volcano views while soaking in hot springs
  • Hike the trails of reserves and national parks
  • Learn to make tortillas with a local family
  • Relax on the scenic pacific coast

Costa Rica has as many microclimates as it does opportunities for active adventures, and this 2-week journey will bring you the best of both. There's a visit to a cloud forest, but for a bigger jolt, opt to rappel down waterfalls or fly across ziplines above the treetops. For the caffeine connoisseur, we visit a coffee co-op and learn how it gets from bean to your cup. For a different pace, float through the canals of the Tortuguero National Park in search of wildlife. From the Caribbean beaches to the Pacific, this stunning tour embodies some of the best that Costa Rica has to offer.

Trip Description
Costa Rica Explorer
 
Countries
Flights & Transport
  • Only ground transport

42,855
G Adventures Travel Reviews & Ratings
100% Recommend

4.8 out of 5
Excellent 32,586 Great 10,221 Average 4 Disappointing 1 Terrible 4
Value
4.8 Guide
4.8 Activities
4.8 Lodging
4.8 Transportation
4.8 Meals
4.8
Costa Rica Explorer

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The philosophy of travel for G Adventures is to support local business and to explore the culture in a specific country in an authentic manner. December 2015

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
As a first time G Adventure client. I thought the tour itself is very well planned. It gave an interesting overview of many areas- flora and fauna and physical features of the various areas of Costa Rica. Our tour guide provided a balance of directed activity and great suggestions for our "free" individual choice times for excursions. I felt as though I had a brush with the real culture of this country. A very positive experience.
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Operator G Adventures

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Small group of like-minded people. November 2015

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
I enjoyed the itinerary which gave a good overview of the great variety of scenery, flora and fauna according to altitude and coastal climate. Travelling overland in a minibus allowed us to appreciate even more the diversity as we went from one region to another. The contact with the local population is limited, but the evening spent at Dona Mara near La Fortuna gave us a chance of an insight into a Costa Rican family life. Equally the coffee plantation and the spice plantation were informative about production and rural life. We saw a lot without being rushed.
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Operator G Adventures

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The Costa Rica tour exceeded expectations. October 2015

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Great location, good travelling companions, competent and professional leadership.

Operator G Adventures

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this was my first G adventure and had an extremely amazing time our guide was awesome and the places we went and how we traveled were also great. August 2015

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Had a fabulous time the food the people and Costa rica were all great! Best trip Ive been on.

Operator G Adventures

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Recommends

I had a good experience with my trip, and I would not hesitate in recommending to my friends who would enjoy this type of arrangements. July 2015

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
It was the most fun and adventureous holiday I've ever had!

Operator G Adventures

Itinerary

Day 1 San José

If you arrive early enough, you'll have time to head into the city to visit a museum, shop or visit the main plaza in the city centre. The plaza is a good place to people-watch. A mime, juggler, marimba band, magician, or storyteller may be performing for whatever is collected when the hat is passed. Artisan booths are common, creating a regular arts and crafts fair atmosphere. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting Transport: Private Vehicle

Day 2 San José/Tortuguero (1B, 1L, 1D)

This morning enjoy a delicious Costa Rican breakfast enroute as we transfer by road then boat through the famous canals of Tortuguero. This tropical eco-paradise is home to countless bird and animal species, and you will have many opportunities to view and photograph wildlife. The tropical rainforest gives way to prime secluded beaches, ideal nesting grounds for Green turtles (nesting July-October) and Loggerhead, Hawksbill and Leatherback Turtles (nesting March-June). We cannot guarantee you will see turtles but odds are fairly good from July through October. Transport: Shared van Motorized canoe

Day 3 Tortuguero (1B, 1L, 1D)

Plenty of opportunity to see a variety of birds, monkeys and other wildlife. In our downtime, relax at the secluded lodge on a hammock or at the pool or beach. Option to take a zipline excursion or go kayaking. Included Activities: Tortuguero National Park Guided Boat Tour Guided Jungle Walk

Day 4 Tortuguero/La Fortuna (1B, 1L)

Depart early and enjoy an included snack enroute. This afternoon, visit to a G Adventures-supported coffee cooperative with a tour and local lunch. Arrive in Fortuna this evening and relax at the pool surrounded by jungle and volcano views. Included Activities: Mi Cafecito Coffee Cooperative Tour Transport: Boat Private Vehicle

Day 5 La Fortuna (1B, 1L)

Visit a local home and take a tortilla-making lesson followed by a typical lunch with a local family. Option to visit and soak in local hot springs. Additional Notes: Please note that if you booked the Adrenaline Theme Pack, on day 5 you will have an action packed day with both canyoneering and an option of your choice. Canyoneering is approximately 2.5 hours long, with four waterfall repels through the lush rainforests around Costa Rica’s Arenal Volcano. For your second option, you can choose ONE of the following: stand up paddle (2 hours), half day hike (3 hours), Venado caves (2 hours) or kayak (2 hours). Included Activities: Tortilla Making and Home Dinner

Day 6 La Fortuna (1B)

Free day in La Fortuna. Options include rafting, waterfall rappelling, soaking in local hot springs or take a boat tour of the Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge.

Day 7 La Fortuna/Monteverde (1B)

From La Fortuna, we make our way up to the misty mountain air of the Monteverde cloud forest. We spend 2 days exploring the town and nearby Forest Reserve, truly a bird lover’s paradise. Transport: Shared van Boat Private Vehicle

Day 8 Monteverde (1B)

Take a guided nature hike in the Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve. Afternoon is free for optional activities. Additional Notes: Please note that if you booked the Adrenaline Theme Pack, on day 8 you will have a bird’s-eye view of the rainforest canopy as you soar through the trees on a Tarzan swing, a giant rappel and a 450-foot-high zipline. Tour is approx. 2.5 hours long. Included Activities: Santa Elena Cloud Forest Guided Tour

Day 9 Monteverde (1B)

Free time to explore all that Monteverde has to offer. Saddle up and go horseback riding. Zip-line through the jungle canopy. Wobble bravely over suspension bridges. Visit the butterfly garden and take close-up photos.

Day 10 Monteverde/Manuel Antonio (1B)

The white sand beaches and warm Pacific waters are the ideal atmosphere to relax at the end of your adventure. If you opt to chill out at the beach, be sure to walk out into the sea on the incredible natural sand formation that shapes a whale's tale when the tide goes out. Transport: Private Vehicle

Day 11 Manuel Antonio (1B)

Take an included day trip to Manuel Antonio National Park. After enjoy free time at the public beach. Included Activities: Manuel Antonio National Park Visit

Day 12 Manuel Antonio (1B)

Free time to explore Manuel Antonio and the National Park with option to surf, go horseback riding, or visit nearby picturesque beaches.

Day 13 Manuel Antonio/San José (1B)

Travelling across picturesque highlands, we return to San José for one last night in the city. Transport: Private Vehicle

Day 14 San José (1B)

Departure day, depart at any time. Included Activities: Departure Day

Dates & Pricing

Price From

$ 2,099

Price Per Day:

$ 150 per person
 
Costa Rica airport exit tax: $29USD
Details
Trip Includes
  • National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Tortilla Making and Home Dinner
  • La Fortuna G Adventures for Good: Mi Cafecito Coffee Cooperative Tour
  • Sarapiquí
  • Arrival transfer
  • Boat tour of Tortuguero National Park
  • G Adventures-supported coffee cooperative tour and local lunch
  • Tortilla-making and a typical lunch with a local family
  • Guided nature walk in Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve
  • Guided excursion of Manuel Antonio National Park
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
Meals Included: 13 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 2 dinners
Flights & Transport
Only ground transportPrivate van, shuttle van, boat, walking.
Group Size:
Small Group - 24 max
Maximum Number of People in Group: 15
Max 15, Avg 10.

Solo Notes

We believe single travellers should not have to pay more to travel so our group trips are designed for shared accommodation and do not involve a single supplement. Single travellers joining group trips are paired in twin or multi-share accommodation with someone of the same sex for the duration of the trip. Some of our Independent trips are designed differently and single travellers on these itineraries must pay the single trip price.
Accomodations
Comfort hotels (11 nts), rustic jungle lodge (2 nts).
In Tortuguerro National Park we stay in a remote jungle Lodge that is only reachable by boat. Rooms are simple, with ensuite, electricity and hotel water, but due to this remote location, there can sometimes be interruptions to services. There is no A/C but each room has large-screened windows and ceiling fans to catch the breeze off the Caribbean Sea. While at the lodge during your downtime, you can enjoy the pool, bar or beach. The stunning location, wildlife and natural beauty of the location more than makes up for a few minor inconveniences. Please also note that La Fortuna and Monteverde have fairly small centres with shopping and some great restaurants, but most of the upgraded accommodations in these areas are located outside of the main town/city centre - to take better advantage of the natural beauty of these areas. Taxis are readily available in both areas.
Start City
San José
End City
San José
Guides Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides.

Age Notes

Min. Age: You must be 18 to travel unaccompanied on a G Adventures tour. For minors travelling with a guardian over 21 years old, the minimum age is 12.

Additional Information:

Important Notes

1. PROOF OF DEPARTURE Costa Rica will not be allowing anyone to enter the country without proof of a departure ticket (bus, airplane, boat, etc.). If you are travelling through a few countries in Central America, you will need to show proof of your itinerary and a departure ticket from your last destination. Please print the itinerary and voucher and bring it with you. 2. WEATHER Be prepared for rain and lower temperatures during the winter season (June-November), especially in Costa Rica's central valley. 3. EXTRAS Looking to add to your experience? Check out our Extras! Specially designed for travellers with unique interests, theme packs are optional add-ons to your G adventures trip that make your adventure more you-centric. Extras must be booked prior to departure, please see details in our optional activities field and ask you sales CEO.

Meals

Eating is a big part of traveling. Travelling with G Adventures you experience the vast array of wonderful food that is available out in the world. Generally meals are not included in the trip price when there is a choice of eating options, to give you the maximum flexibility in deciding where, what and with whom to eat. It also gives you more budgeting flexibility, though generally food is cheap. Our groups tend to eat together to enable you to taste a larger variety of dishes and enjoy each other's company. There is no obligation to do this though. Your CEO will be able to suggest favourite restaurants during your trip. The above information applies to G Adventures group trips. Please refer to the meals included and budget information for included meals and meal budgets.

Dossier Disclaimer

The information in this trip details document has been compiled with care and is provided in good faith. However it is subject to change, and does not form part of the contract between the client and the operator. The itinerary featured is correct at time of printing. It may differ slightly to the one in the brochure. Occasionally our itineraries change as we make improvements that stem from past travellers, comments and our own research. Sometimes it can be a small change like adding an extra meal along the itinerary. Sometimes the change may result in us altering the tour for the coming year. Ultimately, our goal is to provide you with the most rewarding experience. Please note that our brochure is usually released in November each year. If you have booked from the previous brochure you may find there have been some changes to the itinerary. VERY IMPORTANT: Please ensure that you print a final copy of your Trip Details to review a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes that affect your plans.

Physical Requirements Our small group adventures bring together people of all ages. It is very important you are aware that, as a minimum, an average level of fitness and mobility' is required to undertake our easiest programs. Travellers must be able to walk without the aid of another person, climb 3-4 flights of stairs, step on and off small boats, and carry their own luggage at a minimum. Travellers with a pre-existing medical condition are required to complete a short medical questionnaire, which must be signed by their physician. This is to ensure that travellers have the necessary fitness and mobility to comfortably complete their chosen trip. While our CEOs work hard to ensure that all our travellers are catered for equally, it is not their responsibility to help individuals who cannot complete the day's activities unaided. Please refer to the physical ratings in this Trip Details document for more information. The medical questionnaire can be found online at: www.gadventures.com/medical-form.
Rules & Other Requirements Illegal drugs will not be tolerated on any trips. Possessing or using drugs not only contravenes the laws of the land but also puts the rest of the group at risk. Smoking marijuana and opium is a part of local culture in some parts of the world but is not acceptable for our travellers. Our philosophy of travel is one of respect towards everyone we encounter, and in particular the local people who make the world the special place it is. The exploitation of prostitutes is completely contrary to this philosophy. Our CEOs have the right to expel any member of the group if drugs are found in their possession or if they use prostitutes.

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