Classic: Costa Rica Adventure (CRA)
Countries Visited: Costa Rica Great value, reasonable prices, quality experiences Comfortable and varied tourist-class accommodations chosen for location and character Mix of public and private transport for the best overall experience All the top highlights included, plus plenty of time to explore on your own
Trip Style: Classic - Designed for maximum variety, these trips are geared towards travellers searching for a healthy mix of active exploration, uncommon landscapes, amazing wildlife and local cultures.
Service Level: Standard
Physical Demands Rating: 1 - You'll have to walk around on your own, climb some stairs and carry your own bag. Easy does it.
Group Size: Max 16, avg 12
Meals Included: 4 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners
Accommodations: Hotels (13 nts), jungle lodge (2 nts, multi-share).
Spot wildlife while cruising through the canals of Tortuguero, hike through the cloud forest, enjoy the gorgeous beaches of the Pacific and Caribbean coasts, savour a local lunch at a G Adventures-supported coffee plantation
If you're looking for a taste of Costa Rica's world-class highlights but want to keep things spicy with a sampling of hidden treasures, this action-packed adventure tops the menu. In spite of its small size, Costa Rica is one of the most biologically diverse countries in the world - explore its volcanoes, wildlife, rainforests and beaches. This adventure offers a great balance of guided excursions and free time. Optional activities abound - choose to get your adrenaline pumping or take it easy with a stroll through a butterfly garden.
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|Offer valid through 6/30/2018|
|Day 1||San Jose||Day 1 San Jose|
Arrive at any time. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
|Day 2||Quepos||Day 2 San Jose/Quepos|
The small town of Quepos is on the Pacific Coast and this region of Costa Rica is a great place to relax and enjoy the sun and nearby sea. A short distance away, Manuel Antonio National Park offers beautiful white-sand beaches and warm turquoise water, ideal for swimming, fishing, kayaking, boogie boarding, sailing or surfing. Transport: Local bus (5.00 hour(s), 190km)
|Day 3||Quepos||Day 3 Quepos|
Enjoy a free day in the Manuel Antonio region to explore and relax. Opt go kayaking through mangroves, take a surf lesson or cruise along the coast on a dolphin-spotting sunset sailing excursion.
|Day 4||Monteverde||Day 4 Quepos/Monteverde|
Ascend to the Monteverde cloud forest region. Spend a couple of days exploring the town and a cloud forest reserve, truly a bird lovers paradise. This unique community has several cooperatives worth visiting. Optional activities include the Sky Walk, a series of suspension bridges through the jungle canopy, a butterfly garden and a thrilling canopy zipline. Transport: Private Vehicle (6.00 hour(s), 220km)
|Day 5||Monteverde||Day 5 Monteverde|
Enjoy a guided tour of Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve. Opt to fly across the forest canopy on ziplines or visit the frog pond. Included Activities: Santa Elena Cloud Forest Guided Tour
|Day 6||La Fortuna||Day 6 Monteverde/La Fortuna|
La Fortuna, the town near the foot of Arenal Volcano is an excellent base for adventure. Hike the area's nature trails, swim in chilly La Fortuna waterfall or go canyoneering (rappelling) and catch a bird's eye view of the forest greenery. Transport: Shared van (3.50 hour(s)) Boat (1.00 hour(s)) Shared van (0.25 hour(s))
|Days 7-8||La Fortuna||Days 7-8 La Fortuna|
Optional activities include full-day whitewater rafting on the Toro or Arenal Rivers, mountain biking, caving, horseback riding, or a tour of the CaNo Negro Wildlife Refuge. Like much of Costa Rica, the area is a birders' paradise, with over 600 species as permanent residents. Finally, after a long day of exploring, you can choose to take a relaxing soak at Baldi Hot Springs.
|Day 9||Sarapiqui Rainforest||Day 9 La Fortuna/Sarapiqui Rainforest (1L, 1D)|
Visit a coffee cooperative in the small village of San Miguel de Sarapiqui and take a traditional coffee tour. Enjoy a local lunch here- theres even fresh tilapia farmed on site- and then tour the grounds of the cooperative to learn about the coffee process from bean to cup. Next, board a tractor-drawn cart excellent for navigating the jungle along rugged uphill terrain on the way to our special jungle oasis. Additional Notes: Accommodation is in a rustic lodge with multi-share sleeping arrangements, and shared bathroom facilities. Included Activities: Mi Cafecito Coffee Cooperative Tour Sarapiqui Jungle Lodge Stay Transport: Includes a stop at the Mi Cafecito Coffee Cooperative with lunch. Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s)) Tractor (2.00 hour(s))
|Day 10||Sarapiqui Rainforest||Day 10 Sarapiqui Rainforest (1B, 1L, 1D)|
Enjoy a day in the beautiful Sarapiqui Valley. Optional activities (all included in our overnight package, weather-depending) include swimming in the river, night walks, an empanada-making lesson or lounging in a hammock. Included Activities: Sarapiqui Jungle Lodge Stay Swimming Cooking Demonstration Sunrise Birding Hike
|Day 11||Tortuguero||Day 11 Sarapiqui Rainforest/Tortuguero (1B, 1L, 1D)|
The journey to Tortuguero is half the adventure. Begin by taking a tractor-drawn cart, board a private van, and finish it off with a journey by boat. This unique village has walking paths that extend into the national park, a fantastic place to see wildlife even when turtles arent in season. Transport: The trip takes you from the Magsasay Jungle Lodge to the Pozo Azul restaurant. The bumpy trip takes approximately two hours. On our journey in we ford two rivers, by tractor when the water is low, or cross foot-bridges when water levels rise with the rains. Tractor (2.00 hour(s)) Private Vehicle (4.00-5.00 hours) Boat (1.50 hour(s))
|Day 12||Tortuguero||Day 12 Tortuguero (1B, 1L, 1D)|
Enjoy free time to explore Tortuguero. Opt to kayak through the canals and view the wildlife, wake up early and head to the beach to watch turtle eggs hatch (seasonal), or just wander through the town.
|Day 13||Puerto Viejo de Talamanca||Day 13 Tortuguero/Puerto Viejo de Talamanca (1B)|
A morning boat ride and drive ends in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, with spectacular scenery en route. This seaside town is perfect for relaxing or exploring the Manzanillo National Wildlife Refuge. Transport: Boat (1.50 hour(s)) Private Vehicle (5.00-6.00 hours, 140km)
|Day 14||Puerto Viejo de Talamanca||Day 14 Puerto Viejo de Talamanca|
The picturesque village of Puerto Viejo de Talamanca's 14 kms of incomparable white- and black-sand beaches are surrounded by exotic tropical vegetation. Opt to rent a bike, hike to Monkey Point, go snorkelling or take it easy and explore La Isla Botanical Gardens.
|Day 15||San Jose||Day 15 Puerto Viejo de Talamanca/San Jose|
Take a bus ride over the mountains back to the capital. Transport: Private Vehicle (5.00 hour(s), 410km)
|Day 16||San Jose||Day 16 San Jose|
Depart at any time.
Local Flights: N/A
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Itinerary Disclaimer: While it is our intention to adhere to the route described below, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the itinerary and on occasion it may be necessary, or desirable to make alterations. The itinerary is brief, as we never know exactly where our journey will take us. Due to our style of travel and the regions we visit, travel can be unpredictable. The Trip Details document is a general guide to the tour and region and any mention of specific destinations or wildlife is by no means a guarantee that they will be visited or encountered. Aboard expedition trips visits to research stations depend on final permission.
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