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Natural Highlights of Costa Rica (from 2020)

Natural Highlights of Costa Rica (from 2020)

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Flight tickets are not included. Our travel experts will gladly help you find the cheapest flights. The price above is based on 2 adults traveling together. The price is a from-price and varies with the date. See the exact price when selecting date.
What's included?
From 1499 EUR
Flight tickets are not included. Our travel experts will gladly help you find the cheapest flights. The price above is based on 2 adults traveling together. The price is a from-price and varies with the date. See the exact price when selecting date.
What's included?
Duration
9 days
Starts in
San Jose
Ends in
San Jose
Group size
Max 16, Avg 12.
Travel type
National Geographic Journeys

Please note that some departures on this tour require, that you are fully Covid-19 vaccinated min. 14 days prior to tour start. If you're not fully vaccinated, then a negative PCR test min. 96 hours before tour start is required. See under departure date list which rules are applicable:

  1. Travel-Ready Tours require that all travellers and CEOs (Tour leaders) must have received a full COVID-19 vaccination with the final dose given at least 14 days prior to the start of the tour, or a negative PCR test within 96 hours prior to the first day of the tour.
  2. Vaccinated Tours require that all travellers and CEOs (Tour leaders) must have received a full COVID-19 vaccination with the final dose given at least 14 days prior to the first day of the tour.
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.
Itinerary

Natural Highlights of Costa Rica (from 2020)

Day 1 - San Jose

Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer is included. 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.

Day 2 - San Jose/La Fortuna

Awake in the Costa Rican capital and take a tour of a G Adventures–supported 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 Cano 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. 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.

Day 8 - Manuel Antonio/San Jose

Return to San Jose. Tonight, choose to join the group for a farewell dinner at a popular local restaurant.

Day 9 - San Jose

Depart at any time.
Summary

What’s included?

Accommodation

Hotels (8 nts).

Local transport

Private vehicle, walking, boat.

Meals

Meals Included: 8 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 1 dinner
Meals Budget: Allow USD340-445 for meals not included.

Please be aware

La Fortuna
- Venado Caves Exploration (78USD per person)
- La Fortuna Waterfall Swim (15USD per person)
- Costa Rica Adrenaline Bundle

Arenal
- Stand Up Paddle (Lesson and Tour) (65USD per person)
- Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge Tour (60USD per person)
- Hanging Bridges (66USD per person)
- Mountain Biking (79USD per person)
- ***Baldi*** (64USD per person)
- Lost Canyon Adventures Canyoning (90USD per person)
- Gravity Falls Waterfall Jumping (125USD per person)

Monteverde
- Monteverde Horseback Riding (45USD per person)
- Ziplining (50USD per person)
- Sky Walk
- Monteverde Butterfly Garden Visit (15USD per person)
- Hanging Bridges Monteverde (35USD per person)

Manuel Antonio
- Horseback Riding (69USD per person)
- Whale and Dolphin Watching (65-80USD per person)
- Snorkelling
- Manuel Antonio Catamaran Tour

Manuel Antonio National Park
- Surfing (55-75USD per person)
- Kayaking (69USD per person)
- Sailing

Natural Highlights of Costa Rica (from 2020)

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