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Explore Costa Rica
Costa Rica may be small, but there is plenty of adventure to be had. Visit all of the major highlights and get off the beaten path to discover a lush and wild world with the aid of National Geographic supported projects.
- Style: Guided Small Group Adventure Tour
- Duration: 14 days/13 nights
- Starts in: San José
Guide Price £1699
- Visit the Sea Turtle Conservancy
- Learn the art of tortilla making
- Learn how coffee is made at Mi Cafecito
- Hike in the Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve
- Embark on a jungle cruise in search of local wildlife
- Enjoy a lecture by one of the National Geographic researchers at the Monteverde Institute
- Visit Manual Antonio National Park
Day 1 San José
Arrive in San José and transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure to discover the city.
Day 2 San José to Tortuguero NP
Travel by road to Tortuguero National Park before boarding a boat to reach your remote jungle lodge and home for the next two nights.
Day 3 Tortuguero NP
This morning, embark on a guided jungle cruise in search of caiman, howler monkeys, sloths and basilisk lizards. In the afternoon, visit the Sea Turtle Conservancy to learn about the research and conservation initiatives to save the Caribbean green turtle from extinction.
Day 4 Tortuguero NP to Arenal
Rise early to travel to La Fortuna, stopping en route at the Mi Cafecito Coffee Cooperative. Tour the cooperative to learn how they harvest, dry and roast the beans before trying a fresh cup yourself.
Days 5-6 Arenal
Enjoy two free days to explore Arenal Volcano National Park with activities including rafting, waterfall rappelling or soaking in the local hot springs. On the evening of day five, visit a local home and learn the art of tortilla making.
Days 7-8 Arenal to Monteverde
Make your way by road and boat up to the misty mountain air of the Monteverde Cloud Forest. On day eight, enjoy a nature hike in the Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve seeking bellbirds and quetzals.
Day 9 Monteverde
This morning, visit the Monteverde Institute, a National Geographic funded research facility to study the famed canopy of the Monteverde Cloud Forest. Enjoy a lecture by one of the researchers before playing an active role in planting trees or collecting data. Your afternoon is free to explore this area.
Days 10-12 Monteverde to Manuel Antonio NP
Drive to Manual Antonio National Park, Costa Rica’s smallest national park. On day 11, explore this popular park’s fabulous beaches and great hiking trails to spot monkeys, armadillos, sloths and over 350 species of birds. Day 12 is free to explore at your leisure.
Days 13-14 Manuel Antonio NP to San José
Return to San José for an optional farewell dinner with your fellow travellers before your tour comes to an end after breakfast on the morning of day 14.
Optional Excursions:Payable through your Tour Leader
A guided night boat tour in Tortuguero National Park
Monteverde hanging bridges
Soak in the hot springsat Arenal
Manuel Antonio catamaran cruise
Departs:Frequent departures, Jan - Dec 2020 & 2021.
- Arrival Transfer in San José
- 11 nights hotel accommodation & 2 nights jungle lodge
- 13 breakfasts, 3 lunches & 3 dinners
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