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NATURAL HIGHLIGHTS OF COSTA RICA

Forge your own path through gorgeous Costa Rica. Trek across the foot of a volcano, photograph blue butterflies and get in touch with nature’s best.

Travel Style

Adventure

Start

San Jose

Finish

San Jose

Trip Code

NHCR154

Countries

1

Number of countries visited

Days

9

Duration of the trip

Pace

2

Pace level 2: Light
$

Price

1919

Price per person including tax

Itinerary

NATURAL HIGHLIGHTS OF COSTA RICA
Trip Code: NHCR154

  • Map

    Trip Route

  • Overview

    About this Trip

    • Operator: Epik Escapes
    • Countries: Costa Rica
    • Min/Max: Max 16, Avg 12 passengers
    • Style: Adventure (Nature and Wildlife)
    • Start Date: March 25, 2018
    • End Date: April 2, 2018
    • Duration: 9 days
    • Pace: 2 (Light)
    • Price: $1919 (Per person including tax)
    • Devour a delicious lunch at a G Adventures-supported coffee co-op
    • 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 breathtaking parks
    • Search for wildlife while exploring the Pacific coast
  • San Jose

    Day 1

    Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer 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.

    Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting: The adventure begins tonight. Feel free to explore before your welcome meeting, but make sure you’re back in time to meet the group. After introductions, your CEO will review the details of your tour. Please note that normal check-in times apply at our start hotels, but you can usually store your luggage for the day if you arrive early.

      Private vehicle from Juan Santamaria International Airport to San Jose
    Radisson San Jose (or similar)

  • San Jose • La Fortuna

    Day 2

    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.

    G Adventures for Good - Mi Cafecito Coffee Cooperative Tour: Find out where your cup of java comes from. Visit the Mi Cafecito coffee cooperative in San Miguel de Sarapiqui, see shade-grown coffee plants, learn about everything from harvesting, to husking, drying, and roasting the beans before enjoying the best part – a fresh cup! Enjoy a typical lunch of plantains, beans, and freshly caught tilapia fish. Feel good about all this eating and drinking knowing that you are supporting a G Adventures for Good project that helps 200 farmers and their families.

    National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Tortilla Making and Home Dinner: Learn the art of tortilla making from Doña Mara in her family home. Grind the corn, mix the “masa” (dough) into balls, flatten into circles, and then cook them up on a wood-burning stove. Relax with a fresh tropical fruit juice, get to know the family, and hear about the history of tortillas. Afterwards, dig into a tasty “casado” – a typical Costa Rican dish including black beans and plantains – complete with your own hand-made tortillas.

      Private vehicle from San Jose to La Fortuna
    Magic Mountain (or similar)
      Breakfast, lunch and dinner

  • La Fortuna

    Day 3

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

    Magic Mountain (or similar)
      Breakfast

  • La Furtuna • Monteverde

    Day 4

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

    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. As well, the cloud forest sits at a higher elevation and offers a cooler but humid climate - which is why hotels in this area do not have A/C.

      Private vehicle from La Fortuna to Monteverde
    Hotel Heliconia (or similar)
      Breakfast

  • Monteverde

    Day 5

    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.

    Santa Elena Cloud Forest Guided Tour: Pull on your poncho and boots. It’s time to head into the cloud-covered forest, past over-sized ferns and exotic orchids. Harness your inner Tarzan and Jane as you imagine swinging from the giant vines. Trudge along 12km (7 mi) of trails, watch for wildlife, and trek to the top of the observation tower. Be sure to stop and listen, too. Hear the haunting call of the bellbird and perhaps catch sight of the brilliant green and red resplendent quetzal. Feel good about protecting the forest and sustaining the quality of local schools through payment of your park fees.

    National Geographic Journeys Exclusives - Monteverde Institute Lecture: Visit the Monteverde Institute which has served as the base for numerous National Geographic-funded explorers and researchers studying the famed canopy of the Monteverde Cloud Forest. Enjoy a lecture by one of the researchers outlining the various projects National Geographic has sponsored including new discoveries, insect and bird studies, and the reforestation of tropical regions.

    Hotel Heliconia (or similar)
      Breakfast

  • Monteverde • Manuel Antonio

    Day 6

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

    Please note that 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.

      Private vehicle from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio
    Tabulia Tree Hotel (or similar)
      Breakfast

  • Manuel Antonio

    Day 7

    Take an excursion to Manuel Antonio National Park, famed for its stunning beaches and abundant wildlife. Look for monkeys, sloths, and some 350 species of birds.

    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.

    Manuel Antonio National Park Visit: Pack your sunscreen, snack, beach shoes, and prepare for a great day in Costa Rica’s smallest yet no less stunning national park. Manual Antonio offers four white-sand beaches, separated by jagged rock outcrops and tidal pools. Swim, snorkel, surf, and sunbathe. When you’re all beached out, head to the shade of the nearby hiking trails to search for sloths, monkeys, and armadillos. Climb to the lookout to capture views of the pristine Pacific Ocean and the area’s off-shore islands.

    Sailing: Slap on some sunscreen and hop aboard as we set sail along the rugged Pacific Coast of Manuel Antonio National Park on a catamaran. Bask in the beauty of the white-sand beaches and small islands that accent the shoreline. Keep watch for dolphins, rays, and migrating whales. Hop into the warm water and snorkel with more than 50 species of colourful tropical fish.

    Tabulia Tree Hotel (or similar)
      Breakfast

  • Manuel Antonio • San Jose

    Day 8

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

      Private vehicle from Manuel to San Jose
    Radisson San Jose (or similar)
      Breakfast

  • San Jose

    Day 9

    Depart at any time.

      Breakfast

  • What's Included

    Important Information

    • Arrival transfer
    • G Adventures-supported coffee tour and local lunch
    • Tortilla making and dinner in a local home
    • Guided nature walk in the Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve
    • Monteverde Institute visit and lecture
    • Guided excursion of Manuel Antonio National Park
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
  • Payment Terms

    Important Information

    • A non-refundable deposit of CAD $250 is required by November 27, 2017
    • Remaining balance is to be paid by January 14, 2018

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