Best of Costa Rica

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Discover the country that encapsulates ‘pura vida’ (the simple life), on this 10-day exploration of Costa Rica. This laidback paradise, where even the sloths are taking things slow, offers so much to see and do and is perfect for all nature lovers. After soaking up the culture in San Jose, you’ll hit the national parks of Arenal Volcano and Manuel Antonio in search of unspoilt rainforests, waterfalls, scenic views and chill beaches. Search for unique wildlife and soak up loads of free time to choose your own adventure, whether that’s hiking volcanos, soaking in hot springs or searching for local wildlife like howler monkeys, butterflies and caimans. See the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve, visit an organic family-owned farm producing some of the best coffee in the world and learn from a local naturalist guide on a hike through lush landscapes.

Availability

From 30/03/2024 to 29/12/2025

Departure dates & prices

Dates Availability Price
  • Mar Sat 30 2024 to Apr Mon 08 2024
    Available
    From
    $4,370*
  • Apr Sat 13 2024 to Apr Mon 22 2024
    Sold Out
    From
    $4,195*
  • May Sat 18 2024 to May Mon 27 2024
    Sold Out
    From
    $4,230*
  • Jul Sat 20 2024 to Jul Mon 29 2024
    Available
    From
    $3,634*
  • Aug Sat 24 2024 to Sep Mon 02 2024
    Available
    From
    $3,825*
  • Oct Sat 26 2024 to Nov Mon 04 2024
    Available
    From
    $3,715*
  • Nov Sat 23 2024 to Dec Mon 02 2024
    Available
    From
    $3,825*
  • Dec Sat 07 2024 to Dec Mon 16 2024
    Available
    From
    $4,050*
  • Dec Sat 14 2024 to Dec Mon 23 2024
    Available
    From
    $4,010*
  • Jan Sat 18 2025 to Jan Mon 27 2025
    Available
    From
    $4,050*
  • Feb Sat 15 2025 to Feb Mon 24 2025
    Available
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    $4,210*

What's included

Visit a local indigenous community and meet the Terraba people – a matriarchal community who have lived along the Terraba River for the last 500 years – and learn how to make a traditional wooden mask.
Hike through the scenic landscapes of Manuel Antonio National Park with a local naturalist guide and learn all the hidden secrets of the rainforest, looking out for local wildlife like sloths and iguanas.
Tuck into a super fresh garden-to-table lunch of Costa Rican favourites, including fresh tortillas that you’ll learn how to make from a skilled local woman, with ingredients from her orchard.
Meet the family who run the Tierra Amiga organic coffee farm, and learn the whole process of the coffee bean, from planting to harvesting to tasting.
Enjoy a cup fresh from the grinders and tuck into a locally made lunch.
Wander through the incredible Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve, home to more than 100 species of mammals and over 400 species of birds.
Learn about the biodiversity of the region and look out for quetzal birds and howler monkeys.
By travelling on this trip, you’ll directly support our Intrepid Foundation partner, Eden Reforestation Projects.
Donations help them provide local employment opportunities and tackle climate change one tree at a time as they restore forests across 10 different countries.
Breakfasts Included: 9.
Lunches Included: 3.
Dinners Included: 1.
Hotel (7 nights),Lodge (2 nights).
Private vehicle,Boat.
Age: min 15.
Group Size: 1 - 12.
Complimentary Arrival Transfer.
La Fortuna - Tortilla making.
Monteverde - Cloud Forest Reserve Hike.
Manuel Antonio National Park - Tour with a Naturalist Guide (entrance fee, guide and transport).
Térraba River - Mask Carving Lesson.
Térraba River - Indigenous Community Visit & Lunch.
Los Santos - Tierra Amiga Coffee Experience including lunch.
San Jose - Leader-led orientation walk.
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Itinerary

  • 1 - San Jose Bienvenidos! Welcome to Costa Rica. San Jose is this lush country's capital, a bustling city flanked by mountains to the south and more mountains to the north, with a few volcanoes thrown in for good measure. This rapidly expanding city contains lively markets, historic neighbourhoods and a chorus of old theatres, with a big chunk of the country's population within its boundaries. You'll get things started with a welcome meeting at 6 pm tonight. After, ask your leader for the best spots for a first taste of Costa Rican cuisine in the surrounding streets.
  • 2 - La Fortuna Head out this morning, bound for La Fortuna - a leafy small town known as the gateway to Arenal Volcano National Park. When you arrive, you'll learn how to cook traditional Costa Rican tortillas from a local woman who knows all the secret tips. Dona Chela will help you to prepare the dishes with ingredients from her garden, which you can also wander around before and after you cook. You'll make your tortillas in the traditional, old-school way by using the wood-fired stove in the kitchen. Sit down to a lunch of Costa Rican favourites, accompanied by your own handmade tortillas and get to know the family. After, check in to your hotel and enjoy a free afternoon in the lush surroundings. Maybe visit the nearby hot springs for a soak, fed by the thermal Tabacon River.
  • 3 - La Fortuna Today is a free day in La Fortuna. Maybe get active and head to the famed national park, hiking the Arenal Volcano for some gorgeous views. Maybe just wander the rainforest and take one of the trails leading to La Fortuna Waterfall. You can also book a Cano Negro boat tour - this full-day activity will see you visiting the Cano Negro Wildlife Refuge, a wetland system home to varied wildlife like sloths, monkeys, caimans and tropical birds. Look out for the critters as you cruise along the river - you can even hop in a canoe or kayak!
  • 4 - Monteverde Today's journey to Monteverde is as much about the journey as it is about the destination. You'll take a boat across Lake Arenal, then take a scenic drive to this major eco-tourism destination. When you arrive, you'll have a free afternoon to choose your own adventure. Get out and explore the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve on your own, or head to the nearby butterfly garden. Visit the suspension bridges for some leafy views over the area or take on a forest night walk, looking out for local wildlife.
  • 5 - Manuel Antonio Begin the day with a tour of the spectacular Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve - host to more than 100 different species of mammals and 400 species of birds. Your leader will share information on the fascinating biodiversity of the region and lend their expert eye to spotting some wonderful wildlife. Look out for the resplendent quetzal and its quirky hairdo and listen for the sounds of howler monkeys and the unmistakable call of the three-wattled bellbird. With nearly 500 unique species of orchids, the reserve holds the world's highest diversity of this famed flower. After a morning with your head in the clouds, drive on to Manuel Antonio in the afternoon. When you arrive in this gorgeously lush national park, you'll have the option to go on a scenic sunset cruise.
  • 6 - Manuel Antonio Take the day to experience the lush national park surrounding Manuel Antonio. Your park entrance fee is included and joining you will be a naturalist guide with all the insider knowledge that you need. Spend some time discovering the park and learning about the beauty of the jungle, keeping an eye out for sloths and iguanas. Wander into the depths of the rainforest and be aware of where your naturalist guide is telling you to look - they know exactly where to find the weird and wonderful that call this place home! Tonight, you're free to find the best spot to watch the sun go down or to ask your leader for the best local bars and dinner spots.
  • 7 - Manuel Antonio Today is a free day to explore this lush region however you wish. You could book yourself a kayak tour of the waterways and mangrove habitat, seeing the park from the water. Maybe head to one of Manuel Antonio's famed beaches, rent a surfboard and spend some time catching waves in the water, or chase the rays on the sand and kick back with a good book.
  • 8 - Zona de los Santos Drive to a small indigenous community this morning, saying your goodbyes to Manuel Antonio. The Terraba, or Teribe, are an indigenous group with a rich cultural heritage. Located on approximately 34.7 square miles (9000 hectares) along the Terraba River, they have survived off the land for more than 500 years. The community consider themselves matriarchal, and women are the teachers, responsible for passing information down through the generations. Here, you'll learn how to carve your own wooden mask, before sharing a local home-cooked lunch with the villagers. This afternoon, travel to Copey de Dota in a private vehicle, where you'll spend the night.
  • 9 - San Jose An extra special morning beverage awaits you today! Visit an ecological family-owned farm, where everything is produced organically. Here, you'll learn how the coffee bean makes its way from cherry to cup. Learn the full process, from planting to harvesting, roasting and grinding, and then prepare your own cup of coffee. Have lunch with the family to reward your hands-on efforts. After, drive back to San Jose where your leader will take you for a stroll to stretch your legs and get a feel for this lively city. You might like to head out for an optional farewell dinner and toast to a trip well-travelled.
  • 10 - San Jose With no further activities planned after breakfast, you're free to leave any time after check out. If you'd like to extend your stay in Costa Rica, just reach out to your booking agent.
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