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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.
- 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
- Your G for Good Moment: Mi Cafecito Coffee Cooperative Tour, Sarapiquí
- Your Discover Moment: Quepos
- Your Discover Moment: Monteverde
- Your Discover Moment: La Fortuna
- Your Foodie Moment: Cooking Demonstration, Sarapiquí Rainforest
- Your Discover Moment: Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
- Guided cloud forest night walk (Monteverde)
- Jungle lodge stay
- Nature trail walk with swim (Sarapiquí)
- All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
This adventure boasts vans fitted with Wi-Fi for up to five users at a time. Check your email, upload a photo to Facebook, or send a tweet to your friends
Hotels (13 nts), jungle lodge (2 nts, multi-share).
4 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners
Private vehicle, tractor, public bus, boat, walking.
Staff & experts
Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides.
Day 1 San José
Arrive at any time.
Day 2 San José/Quepos
Travel to Quepos and enjoy a few days of relaxing and exploring Manuel Antonio National Park.
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 Quepos/Monteverde
Travel from Quepos to Monteverde and into the cool mountain air of the area. Take an included guided night walk to learn about nocturnal life in the cloud forest firsthand. Ascend to the Monteverde cloud forest region. Spend a couple of days exploring the town and a cloud forest reserve, truly a bird lover's paradise. This unique community has several cooperatives worth visiting.
Day 5 Monteverde
Enjoy a free day to explore the cloud forest region of Costa Rica. Opt to fly across canopy ziplines or tour a coffee plantation.
Day 6 Monteverde/La Fortuna
Travel from Monteverde to La Fortuna. Enjoy free time for optional activities such as whitewater rafting, waterfall rappelling, or relaxing in local hot springs.
Days 7-8 La Fortuna
Enjoy two free days in La Fortuna. Optional activities abound.
Day 9 La Fortuna/Sarapiquí Rainforest
Enjoy an included visit to a G Adventures-supported coffee cooperative with a local lunch before heading to a jungle oasis in the Sarapiquí Rainforest. Visit a coffee cooperative in the small village of San Miguel de Sarapiquí and take a traditional coffee tour. Enjoy a local lunch here-- there's even fresh tilapia farmed on site-- and then tour the grounds of the cooperative to learn about the coffee process from bean to cup.
Day 10 Sarapiquí Rainforest
Enjoy a day in the beautiful Sarapiquí 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.
Day 11 Sarapiquí Rainforest/Tortuguero
Head to Tortuguero. Opt to visit the nesting grounds of the green and leatherback turtles at night (seasonal). 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.
Day 12 Tortuguero
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.
Physical Rating: 3 - Average
Some tours may include light hiking, biking, rafting, or kayaking in addition to walking.
The Ripple Score is an honest evaluation of how often we use local businesses and services to create each tour. With this score you can see the percentage of our local expenses that stay in the communities you visit.
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