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.
G Adventures for Good: Mi Cafecito Coffee Cooperative Tour, Sarapiquí
Hands-On: Cooking Demonstration, Sarapiquí Rainforest. Guided cloud forest night walk (Monteverde). Jungle lodge stay. Nature trail walk with swim (Sarapiquí). Free time in Quepos, Monteverde, La Fortuna, Tortuguero, and Puerto Viejo. All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.
4 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners
Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides.
Group Leader Details
All G Adventures group trips are accompanied by one of our group leaders, a G Adventures representative, or an expedition team. The aim of the group leader is to take the hassle out of your travels and to help you have the best trip possible. They will provide information on the places you are traveling through, offer suggestions for things to do and see, recommend great local eating venues and introduce you to our local friends. While not being guides in the traditional sense you can expect them to have a broad general knowledge of the countries visited on the trip, including historical, cultural, religious and social aspects. We also use local guides where we think more specific knowledge will add to the enjoyment of the places we are visiting- we think it’s the best of both worlds.
Private vehicle, tractor, public bus, boat, walking.
We believe single travellers should not have to pay more to travel so our group trips are designed for shared accommodation and do not involve a single supplement. Single travellers joining group trips are paired in twin or multi-share accommodation with someone of the same sex for the duration of the trip. Some of our Independent trips are designed differently and single travellers on these itineraries must pay the single trip price.
Hotels (13 nts), jungle lodge (2 nts, multi-share).
Max 16, avg 12
Day 1 San José
Arrive at any time.
Day 2San José/Quepos
Travel to Quepos and enjoy a few days of relaxing and exploring Manuel Antonio National Park.
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.
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.
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 6Monteverde/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 7–8La Fortuna
Enjoy two free days in La Fortuna. Optional activities abound.
Day 9La Fortuna/Sarapiquí Rainforest(Lunch | Dinner)
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.
Day 10Sarapiquí Rainforest(Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner)
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 11Sarapiquí Rainforest/Tortuguero(Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner)
Head to Tortuguero. Opt to visit the nesting grounds of the green and leatherback turtles at night (seasonal).
Day 12Tortuguero(Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner)
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.
Day 13Tortuguero/Puerto Viejo de Talamanca(Breakfast)
Head to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca. Opt to snorkel in the Caribbean, hike in Manzanillo National Wildlife Refuge, or rent a bike to hit the beach.
Day 14Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
With free time here, head out and explore. Don’t forget to try some fantastic Afro-Caribbean cuisine.
Day 15Puerto Viejo de Talamanca/San José
Enjoy free time in the morning before heading back to San Jose for the final night with the group.
Day 16San José
Depart at any time.