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Natural Highlights of Costa Rica – Small Group Escorted Tour

This 8 night small group tour starts in San Jose, the national capital. An eco-tourist's dream - beaches, volcanoes, rivers, jungles & exotic fauna. Step off the beaten path & immerse yourself into the Pura Vida lifestyle!

Natural Highlights of Costa Rica – Small Group Escorted Tour

DEPARTURE DATE: April 1, 2023
Countries Visited: Costa Rica

OVERVIEW

Home to lush rainforests, pristine beaches, and an astonishing diversity of wildlife, Costa Rica has long been a leader in conservation and the protection of natural heritage. Experience this gorgeous Central American nation on a fun-filled adventure, taking you from the foot of an active volcano to the misty highlands and Pacific coast. Hear from a researcher at the National Geographic–supported Monteverde Institute, learn the art of tortilla-making with a local family, and seek out the country’s unique creatures—from blue morpho butterflies to howler monkeys—on hikes through the forest.

Travel Dates & Pricing

TRAVEL DATEPRICETYPE
April 1, 2023from $2,699 CADPer Person
April 8, 2023from $2,699 CADPer Person
April 15, 2023from $2,699 CADPer Person
April 22, 2023from $2,699 CADPer Person

What's Included

  • 8 night small group escorted tour round trip from San Jose Costa Rica
  • 8 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 1 dinner
  • Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Tortilla Making and Home Dinner, La Fortuna Your Journeys
  • Highlight Moment: Monteverde Institute Lecture, Monteverde Your G for Good Moment: Mi Cafecito Coffee Cooperative Tour, Sarapiquí Your Discover Moment: La Fortuna
  • Arrival transfer
  • Guided nature walk in the Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve'Guided excursion to Manuel Antonio National Park
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
  • Taxes

Itinerary

DAYDATEPLACE
1Sat Apr 1SAN JOSÉ
2Sun Apr 2SAN JOSÉ/LA FORTUNA
3Mon Apr 3LA FORTUNA
4Tue Apr 4LA – FORTUNA/MONTEVERDE
5Wed Apr 5MONTEVERDE
6Thu Apr 6MONTEVERDE/MANUEL ANTONIO
7Fri Apr 7MANUEL ANTONIO
8Sat Apr 8MANUEL ANTONIO/SAN JOSÉ

ITINERARY DAY 1 – SAN JOSÉ
Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer is included.

DAY 2 – SAN JOSÉ/LA FORTUNA
Awake in the Costa Rican capital and take a tour of coffee cooperative. Meet local farmers, observe shade-grown coffee plants, and gain insight into the process of coffee production, from bean to cup. After a typical lunch—accompanied by an aromatic cup of coffee—continue to the town of La Fortuna, situated at the foot of the majestic Arenal Volcano. This evening, we’ll visit a local home to learn how to make tortillas. Chat with your welcoming hosts and dig into a traditional Costa Rican meal of black beans, plantains, and your own handmade tortillas.

DAY 3 – LA FORTUNA
Spend the day on your own, exploring La Fortuna and its surrounding areas. In 1968, the Arenal Volcano erupted after centuries of laying dormant, converting this quiet agricultural town into a hot spot for adventure travel. Choose to go stand-up paddleboarding on the tranquil waters of Lake Arenal; rappel down a rushing waterfall on a canyoning excursion; relax in the shadow of Arenal Volcano at a naturally heated outdoor spa; take a boat tour of Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge, one of the world’s most important wetlands; and more.

DAY 4 – LA – FORTUNA/MONTEVERDE
Travel from La Fortuna to the leafy cloud forests of Monteverde—a nature lover’s paradise. This afternoon, choose to discover Monteverde’s breathtaking wilderness on horseback, riding along picturesque mountain trails and looking out for toucans, monkeys, and sloths. Or, embark on a zip-lining adventure in the birthplace of the canopy tour, gliding high above the treetops or zooming through the misty foliage at exhilarating speed.

DAY 5 – MONTEVERDE
Set out on a hike in the stunning Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve, treading past giant ferns and vibrant orchids. If you’re lucky, you might catch a glimpse of the resplendent quetzal—a sacred bird in Maya and Aztec cultures. Afterward, visit the Monteverde Institute, a research and educational organization supported by National Geographic. Hear from a researcher about some of the institute’s conservation initiatives, including a successful reforestation project.

DAY 6 – MONTEVERDE/MANUEL ANTONIO
Leaving the cloud forest behind, head to Costa Rica’s sweeping Pacific coast and settle into your hotel in the seaside village of Manuel Antonio. Soak up the laid-back atmosphere of the area, and opt to go surfing, horseback riding, or dolphin watching on a catamaran. You can also spend the rest of the day relaxing on the beach.

DAY 7 – MANUEL ANTONIO
Discover the lush tropical forests and white-sand beaches of Manuel Antonio National Park. Costa Rica’s smallest national park—yet one of the most spectacular—boasts an abundance of wildlife, including monkeys, armadillos, sloths, iguanas, and countless species of birds. Hike through the dense forest, climb up to rocky outcrops for views of the dazzling Pacific Ocean, and go swimming in the park’s lovely lagoons and tidal pools. Opt to take a surfing lesson, or head out for a snorkelling excursion on the nearby reef.

DAY 8 – MANUEL ANTONIO/SAN JOSÉ
Return to San José. Tonight, choose to join the group for a farewell dinner at a popular local restaurant. DAY 9 SAN JOSÉ – Depart at any time.

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