Spot wildlife while cruising the canals of Tortuguero, savour a local lunch at a Planeterra-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.
- Arrival transfer. Boat tour of Tortuguero National Park. Planeterra-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.
- 13 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 2 dinners. (Allow USD380-500 for meals not included.)
- Comfort hotels (11 nts), rustic jungle lodge (2 nts).
- Private van, boat, walking.
- Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides.
- Small group experience; Max 15, Avg 10.
- Costa Rica
Day 1 San José
Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer included.
Day 2-3 Tortuguero (2B,2L,2D)
Travel to Tortuguero National Park and enjoy guided boat trips and wildlife viewing through the canals in search of caiman, monkeys (spider, howler, and white-faced Capuchin), sloths and basilisk lizards. In leisure time, relax at the secluded lodge on a hammock or at the pool. Option to visit the nesting grounds of the green and leatherback turtles (seasonal) or go kayaking.
Day 4 La Fortuna/Arenal (1B,1L)
Depart early and enjoy an included snack enroute. This afternoon, visit a Planeterra-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.
Day 5-6 La Fortuna/Arenal (2B,1L)
Explore Fortuna and take a tortilla-making lesson followed by a typical lunch with a local family in their home. Options include rafting, waterfall rappelling, soaking in local hot springs or take a boat tour of the Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge.
Day 7-9 Monteverde (3B)
Travel to Monteverde and take a guided nature hike in the Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve. Options to visit a butterfly garden or coffee farm, zipline through the canopy or go horseback riding.
Day 10-12 Manuel Antonio National Park area (3B)
Drive to Manuel Antonio and enjoy a guided walk in the scenic National Park. Enjoy the laid-back atmosphere of the Pacific coast with option to surf, go horseback riding, or visit nearby picturesque beaches.
Day 13 San José (1B)
Return to San José for an optional farewell dinner with the group.
Day 14 San José (1B)
Depart at any time.
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