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Natural Highlights of Costa Rica
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Home to some of the most unforgettable landscapes, unique wildlife, and lush rainforests in the world, Costa Rica is used to being in the spotlight. Shine your own on this gorgeous country over nine days of outstanding adventure. Trek across the foot of a volcano to photograph giant blue butterflies, visit a coffee co-op, and search for monkeys while hiking park trails. Get in touch with natures best in Costa Rica.

Latin America

Duration: 9 Days Guaranteed Departure: Yes
For lovers of: Parks & Nature Reserves, Wildlife Physical rating: 2 - Light
Accommodation standard:   Moderate% Traveller Tour Rating: 0%  
Your Guide: English speaking Tour code: 155188
Starts: San José, Costa Rica Finishes: San José, Costa Rica
You will visit
  • San José
  • San José

Itinerary

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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

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Day 2: San José/La Fortuna (1B, 1L, 1D)

Visit a G Adventures-supported coffee cooperative with a coffee tour and local lunch. Continue to the adventure hub of La Fortuna. In the evening, visit a local home and learn the art of tortilla making. Afterwards, dig into a tasty “casado” – a typical Costa Rican dish that's made with black beans, plantains, and the tortillas you've made.

Additional Notes:
Please also note that the town of La Fortuna is fairly small with shopping and some great restaurants, but most of the upgraded accommodations in this area are located outside of the main town centre - to take better advantage of the natural beauty and stunning landscapes of the area. Taxis are readily available to take you into town and back and can cost approx. $10USD each way.

Included Activities:
Mi Cafecito Coffee Cooperative Tour
Tortilla Making and Home Dinner

Transport:
Private Vehicle (6.00 hour(s), 150km)

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Day 3: La Fortuna (1B)

Free day in La Fortuna for optional activities. Opt for rafting, canyoneering, or nature hikes.

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Day 4: La Fortuna/Monteverde (1B)

Travel from La Fortuna to the cloud forest of Monteverde – a nature lover's paradise.

Additional Notes:
Please also note that the town of Monteverde is fairly small with shopping and some great restaurants, but most of the upgraded accommodations in this area are located outside of the main town centre - to take better advantage of the natural beauty and stunning landscapes of the area. Taxis are readily available to take you into town and back and can cost approx. $10USD each way.

Transport:
Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s), 60km)

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Day 5: Monteverde (1B)

Enjoy a nature hike in the Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve. After, visit the Monteverde Institute, which has served as the base for numerous National Geographic funded explorers and researchers. Enjoy a lecture by one of the researchers outlining the various projects National Geographic has sponsored in reforestation of tropical regions research and conservation. This afternoon, opt to visit a butterfly garden, zipline through the canopy, or go horseback riding.

Included Activities:
Santa Elena Cloud Forest Guided Tour
Monteverde Institute Lecture

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Day 6: Monteverde/Manuel Antonio (1B)

Continue to the stunning Pacific coast. Enjoy the laid-back atmosphere of the area with options to surf, go horseback riding, catamaran dolphin watching, or visit other nearby picturesque beaches.

Additional Notes:
Hotels in Manuel Antonio are not located on the beach, they are scattered along the cliffside road, overlooking the stunning coast line and lush jungle. The beach, National Park, markets, shops and restaurants are easily accessible by frequent public bus (safe and easy to use) or taxi.

Transport:
Private Vehicle (6.00 hour(s), 267km)

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Day 7: Manuel Antonio (1B)

The park has fabulous beaches, abundant wildlife, and a great trail system for those who want to spend the day hiking. Look for monkeys, armadillos, coatimundis, sloths, and some 350 species of birds that are present in the park.

Included Activities:
Manuel Antonio National Park Visit

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Day 8: Manuel Antonio/San José (1B)

Return to San José and enjoy an optional farewell dinner on the town.

Transport:
Private Vehicle (5.00 hour(s), 190km)

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Day 9: San José (1B)

Depart at any time.

Included Activities:
Departure Day

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • Arrival transfer
    • Coffee co-op tour and local lunch
    • Guided nature walk in the Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve
    • Monteverde Institute visit
    • Guided excursion of Manuel Antonio National Park
    • Interesting articles, helpful tips, and photography advice from National Geographic before you depart
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    Accommodation
    • Hotels (8 nts)
    Meals Included
    • 8 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinner
    Transport
    • Private van, walking
    Group Leader
    • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides
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Tour Highlights:
  • Devour a delicious lunch at a G Adventures-supported coffee farm
  • Learn how to make tortillas in a local home
  • Listen to a lecture from a Monteverde Institute researcher
  • Hike the trails of cloud forest reserves and National Parks
  • Search for wildlife while exploring the Pacific coast