Highlights
  • Wander through the artisan stalls of San Jose’s Plaza de la Cultura
  • Learn some home-cooked recipes on a visit to the Juanilama agricultural community
  • Hike the forested jungle trails of Manuel Antonio National Park
  • Take a soak in La Fortuna’s lava-heated thermal springs
  • Try to spy the resplendent quetzal in Monteverde’s cloud forest
  • Chill out amid Quepos’ blissed out surf town vibe

Even in a region well known for its natural diversity, Costa Rica is still a stand out. Thanks to a longstanding tradition of preserving its natural assets, much of the country’s verdant rainforest still stands, opportunities for nature-based adventures abound and the beaches on both coasts are in exceptional nick. As a result, the nation’s cultural riches can oft end up overlooked – but here too the country has much to offer. Costa Ricans are widely regarded as some of the world’s friendliest people and on this trip – in between exploring the country’s most famous national parks –you’ll get to know them while lending a hand on a rural farmstay and kicking back in the rustic beach town of Quepos.

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Activities
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Flights & Transport
  • Only ground transport

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Our guide was absolutely lovely and managed September 2015

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Our guide was absolutely lovely and managed the group in a professional but relaxed and friendly way. The hotels chosen were very good quality. The balance and flexibility of free time with activities was perfect.
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Overall I think the trips are well September 2015

4.0
  • Value 4.0
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  • Activities 4.0
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  • Meals 4.0
Overall I think the trips are well planned and offer interesting and diverse experiences that you wouldn't normally have the opportunity to experience if you were travelling on your own. Only negative is that some of the additional activities can work out to be somewhat expensive.
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I would say it was Excellent from September 2015

4.0
  • Value 4.0
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  • Activities 4.0
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I would say it was Excellent from the point of view of the commitment from the guide, and very good in terms of the overall result._x000D_
I would suggest Intrepid to my friends that are prepared to rough it a bit, like myself, but not to the ones who look for comfort and luxury.
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A really good experince with a good September 2015

4.0
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A really good experince with a good guide (Randy) with lot knowledge of the nature, animals, the country, etc. Small, cool,group._x000D_
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Magic moments included, that i will never forget. thanks.
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Great leader! January 2017

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Our leader, Antonio Mass made the trip perfect for us, every day was planned, we were given lots of options for activities for the days and the night whether for dining or night life or shopping. He was so knowledgeable in every aspect of the trip from knowing where a bank was to post office to best places for shopping or location of beaches. Based on his experience as a travel guide, I will always recommend Intrepid.
I also noticed how he made us and every other couple feel special on the trip. Super great person and leader, well done!
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Itinerary

Day 1 San Jose

Hola! Welcome to Costa Rica! Your adventure begins with a Welcome Meeting at 6pm on Day 1. Please look for a note in the hotel lobby or ask the hotel reception where it will take place. If you can't arrange a flight that will arrive in time, you may wish to arrive a day early so you're able to attend. We'll be happy to book additional accommodation for you (subject to availability). If you're going to be late, please inform the hotel reception. We'll be collecting your insurance details and next of kin information at this meeting, so please ensure you have all these details to provide to your leader. With over half the country's population living within its parameters, San Jose is a bustling city with lively markets, intriguing museums and a dynamic atmosphere. A good place to start exploring is the main plaza, a fantastic place to get comfy and do some people watching. Artisan booths are common here and you never know when there'll be a spontaneous art fair. Have a look at the Gold Museum which has an amazing collection of indigenous gold art. If these cultural gems get you in the mood for a bit of shopping head to the out door market in Plaza de la Cultura or the Central Market where you can buy anything from handicrafts to seafood.

Day 2 Santa Rosa de Pocosol

Travel by private minibus to Santa Rosa de Pocosol (approx 3 hours) where we spend the night in a homestay. Just down the road is the Juanilama agricultural community where we have the option to get to know the local villagers, help with farm chores or take a cooking lesson. Several villagers have built comfortable rooms for guests next to their homes. All rooms have shared facilities. In order to make the most of this homestay experience, it may take a bit of effort from your side to break the ice first. Learn as many Spanish words as you can and get ready for some serious hand language signals.

Day 3 La Fortuna/Arenal Volcano

Continue by private minibus to La Fortuna (approx 2 hours). La Fortuna is a small town situated just a few minutes away from Costa Rica's most famous volcano - the majestic Arenal. Besides the panoramic views the town offers a range of other activities such as the 70-metre-high La Fortuna waterfall, stunning lush forest, rare plants, animal watching and water sports on the lake. The volcano’s inner workings also mean that the area has a number of thermal springs where hot, lava-heated water gushes to the surface. These springs have been turned into a number of thermal pools and waterfalls, often surrounded by foliage, an ideal chance to relax.

Day 4 Monteverde

Today take the scenic route to Monteverde (approximately 4 hours in total). Travel by shared minibus to Lake Arenal, which we'll cross by boat. On a clear day you'll see fantastic views of the surrounding area. On the other side of the lake, re-board the minibus and continue on to our destination. Monteverde was founded as an agricultural community in 1951 by a group of North American Quakers; they cleared virgin forest to create verdant pastures ideal for dairy farming. These environmentally aware settlers were conscious of the danger that unrestricted settling and farming could cause to this precious habitat. Consequently they established a small privately-owned wildlife sanctuary, which has since grown to become the internationally-renowned Monteverde Cloudforest Biological Preserve. These forests are similar to rainforests, but instead of relying on rain for essential moisture, adequate water comes from the semi-permanent cloud that covers the region. It is lush and full of wildlife. This is truly a nature lover's paradise. More than 2,000 species of plants, 320 bird species and 100 different types of mammals call Montverde home.

Day 5 Monteverde

Your leader will take you on a walking tour through the Monteverde National Park. Alternatively, walk through the canopy on suspension bridges or watch butterflies at play in the specially created butterfly garden. The local guides are very knowledgeable about the area and passionate about conservation and in the local communities there are several cooperatives worth visiting. More than 2,000 species of plants, 320 bird species and 100 different types of mammals call Montverde home. Be sure to keep an eye out for the resplendent quetzal, one of the most elusive birds in the world.

Day 6 Quepos

Travel to Quepos by private minibus (approx 5 hours). Located close to the beautiful Pacific beaches and exotic wildlife of Manuel Antonio National Park, Quepos is a laid-back town with a vibrant nightlife.

Day 7 Quepos/Manuel Antonio NP

Spend your time here enjoying all that Manuel Antonio NP has to offer. Head out for a hike along its many trails, keeping one eye on the great views and the other looking for the abundant wildlife. Monkeys, armadillos, sloths and hundreds of birds are among the species you maybe be able to spot. The park also boasts turquoise seas and white-sand beaches, perfect for swimming, kayaking, sailing and fishing. It would be easy to spend your whole time here in, or by, the water.

Day 8 San Jose

Take a local bus back to San Jose (approx 4 hours). The buses in this region of the country are a little more basic but this is a great opportunity to mix with Costa Ricans and get a feel for local life. Arrive back in time for you to pick up some last minute souvenirs at the city's colourful and vibrant markets. Then we can head out for an optional dinner and a final night on the town sampling the huge variety of nightlife. The perfect way to end our adventure.

Day 9 San Jose

There are no activities planned for the final day and you are able to depart the accommodation at any time.

Dates & Pricing

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$ 916

Price Per Day:

$ 102 per day
 
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Nov-24-2018Dec-02-2018$ 1,165NoSold Out Reserve
Dec-08-2018Dec-16-2018$ 1,008Yes5 spots left Reserve
Dec-15-2018Dec-23-2018$ 1,165Yes3 spots left Reserve
Dec-22-2018Dec-30-2018$ 1,225YesSold Out Reserve
Dec-29-2018Jan-06-2019$ 1,190YesSold Out Reserve
Jan-05-2019Jan-13-2019$ 988Yes7 spots left Reserve
Jan-12-2019Jan-20-2019$ 988Yes7 spots left Reserve
Jan-26-2019Feb-03-2019$ 1,008Yes7 spots left Reserve
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Dec-07-2019Dec-15-2019$ 988Yes12 spots left Reserve
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Dec-21-2019Dec-29-2019$ 1,235Yes12 spots left Reserve
Dec-28-2019Jan-05-2020$ 1,235Yes12 spots left Reserve
Dec-30-2019Jan-07-2020$ 1,235Yes12 spots left Reserve
Jan-04-2020Jan-12-2020$ 1,235No12 spots left Reserve
Jan-11-2020Jan-19-2020$ 1,235No12 spots left Reserve
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Feb-08-2020Feb-16-2020$ 1,235No12 spots left Reserve
Feb-15-2020Feb-23-2020$ 1,190No12 spots left Reserve
Feb-22-2020Mar-01-2020$ 1,190No12 spots left Reserve
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Aug-01-2020Aug-09-2020$ 1,145No12 spots left Reserve
Aug-15-2020Aug-23-2020$ 1,145No12 spots left Reserve
Aug-22-2020Aug-30-2020$ 1,145No12 spots left Reserve
Sep-05-2020Sep-13-2020$ 1,190No12 spots left Reserve
Sep-19-2020Sep-27-2020$ 1,190No12 spots left Reserve
Oct-03-2020Oct-11-2020$ 1,190No12 spots left Reserve
Oct-17-2020Oct-25-2020$ 1,190No12 spots left Reserve
Oct-31-2020Nov-08-2020$ 1,190No12 spots left Reserve
Nov-14-2020Nov-22-2020$ 1,190No12 spots left Reserve
Nov-28-2020Dec-06-2020$ 1,235No12 spots left Reserve
Dec-05-2020Dec-13-2020$ 1,235No12 spots left Reserve
Dec-12-2020Dec-20-2020$ 1,235No12 spots left Reserve
Dec-19-2020Dec-27-2020$ 1,235No12 spots left Reserve
Dec-26-2020Jan-03-2021$ 1,235No12 spots left Reserve
Dec-28-2020Jan-05-2021$ 1,235No12 spots left Reserve
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Details
Flights & Transport
Only ground transportPrivate minibus,local bus,boat
Group Size:
Small Group - 24 max
Maximum Number of People in Group: 12
Accomodations
Hotel (7 nights),Homestay (1 night)
Start City
San Jose
End City
San Jose
Guides All Intrepid group trips are accompanied by one of our group leaders. The aim of the group leader is to take the hassle out of your travels and to help you have the best trip possible. Intrepid endeavours to provide the services of an experienced leader however, due to the seasonality of travel, rare situations may arise where your leader is new to a particular region or training other group leaders. Your leader will provide information on the places you are travelling through, offer suggestions for things to do and see, recommend great local eating venues and introduce you to our local friends. While not being guides in the traditional sense you can expect them to have a broad general knowledge of the places visited on the trip, including historical, cultural, religious and social aspects. At Intrepid we aim to support local guides who have specialised knowledge of the regions we visit. If you were interested in delving deeper into the local culture at a specific site or location then your leader can recommend a local guide service in most of the main destinations of your trip.
Additional Information:

Finish point

  • Hotel Le Bergerac
  • First entry to Los Yoses, 50 mts. South San Jose
  • San Jose
  • San Jose
  • COSTA RICA
  • Phone: +506 22347850

Alternate Finish point

  • For trips departing on the following dates, use this finish point.
  • 24 Nov 2018 (QVSS181124), 15 Dec 2018 (QVSS181215), 29 Dec 2018 (QVSS181229)
  • Exe Hotel San Jose Center
  • Edificio Cristal, Av. 1, Calles 1 y 3
  • San Jose
  • COSTA RICA
  • Phone: +506 4080 5280

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