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14 Days
Availability : Sept to Dec 2018 / Jan to Dec 2019
San Jose - Costa Rica
San Jose - Costa Rica

TRIP OVERVIEW
  • Meet researchers at the Sea Turtle Conservancy, co-founded by a National Geographic grantee.
  • Participate in reforestation efforts at the Monteverde Institute, a research center supported by National Geographic.
  • Explore the canals of Tortuguero National Park on a boat tour, spotting caimans, howler monkeys, sloths, and more.

ITINERARY

Costa Rica may be small but it offers big adventure. This two-week tour ventures off the beaten path to a lush and wild world. Stop in at a reforestation project, visit a sea turtle conservancy program, opt to zip-line through the jungle canopy, and have a soak in volcanic hot springs. Riding a wave of “pura vida,” experience pure travel joy.

This trip is offered in partnership with G Adventures.

DAY 1: SAN JOSÉ
Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer included.
Accommodations:Radisson San Jose (or similar)
 
DAY 2: SAN JOSÉ/TORTUGUERO
Travel to Tortuguero National Park and enjoy guided boat trips and wildlife viewing through the canals and coastal jungle. In leisure time, relax at the secluded lodge or (on this evening) take an optional night boat excursion.
Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Optional Activities:Tortuguero National Park Guided Night Boat Tour
Accommodations:Turtle Beach Lodge (or similar)
 
DAY 3: TORTUGUERO
Enjoy a guided boat trip and jungle walk. Search for caiman, monkeys (spider, howler, and white-faced capuchin), sloths, and basilisk lizards. Also visit the Sea Turtle Conservancy, a non-profit organization co-founded by Archie Carr, a National Geographic grantee. Learn about the research and conservation initiatives that have been instrumental in saving the Caribbean green turtle from extinction.
Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Optional Activities:Turtle Nesting Night Excursion (Seasonal), Guided Kayak Excursion
Accommodations:Turtle Beach Lodge (or similar)
 
DAY 4: TORTUGUERO/LA FORTUNA
Depart early and visit a G Adventures-supported coffee cooperative. Take a tour of the co-op and dig into a local lunch. Arrive in La Fortuna in the evening and relax at the pool as you take in jungle and volcano views.
Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodations:Hotel Monte Real (or similar)
 
DAY 5: LA FORTUNA
Explore Fortuna with numerous optional activities. In the evening, visit a local home and learn the art of tortilla making. Once the tortillas are ready, dig into a tasty “casado” – a typical Costa Rican dish that’s made with black beans, plantains, and your very own tortillas.
Meals Included:Breakfast, Dinner
Optional Activities:Hot Springs, Lost Canyon Adventures Canyoning, Hanging Bridges, La Fortuna Waterfall Swim, Gravity Falls Waterfall Jumping, Stand Up Paddle (Lesson and Tour), Mountain Biking
Accommodations:Hotel Monte Real (or similar)
 
DAY 6: LA FORTUNA
Free day in La Fortuna. Options include rafting, waterfall rappelling, soaking in local hot springs, or taking a boat tour of the Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge.
Meals Included:Breakfast
Optional Activities:Hot Springs, Lost Canyon Adventures Canyoning, Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge Tour, Kayaking , Hanging Bridges, Gravity Falls Waterfall Jumping, Stand Up Paddle (Lesson and Tour)
Accommodations:Hotel Monte Real (or similar)
 
DAY 7: LA FORTUNA/MONTEVERDE
From La Fortuna, we make our way by road and boat up to the misty mountain air of the Monteverde cloud forest region. Spend two days exploring the town and nearby Forest Reserve, truly a bird lover’s paradise.
Meals Included:Breakfast
Accommodations:Hotel Heliconia (or similar)
 
DAY 8: MONTEVERDE
Enjoy a nature hike in the Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve. You’ll also have some free time after to zip line, walk the hanging bridges, or explore the town.
Meals Included:Breakfast
Optional Activities:Monteverde Hanging Bridges, Ziplining , Serpentarium Visit, Frog Pond Visit
Accommodations:Hotel Heliconia (or similar)
 
DAY 9: MONTEVERDE
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 before playing an active role in this project, visiting the National Geographic sponsored research plot and planting trees, assisting in the nurseries, or collecting data.
Meals Included:Breakfast
Optional Activities:Monteverde Hanging Bridges, Monteverde Horseback Riding, Monteverde Butterfly Garden Visit, Monteverde Coffee Plantation Tour, Ziplining
Accommodations:Hotel Heliconia (or similar)
 
DAY 10: MONTEVERDE/MANUEL ANTONIO
Drive to Manuel Antonio. Enjoy the laid-back atmosphere of the Pacific coast with options to surf, go horseback riding, or visit nearby picturesque beaches.
Meals Included:Breakfast
Optional Activities:Surfing, Whale and Dolphin Watching
Accommodations:Hotel Villas Lirio (or similar)
 
DAY 11: MANUEL ANTONIO
Take an included day trip to Manuel Antonio National Park. After enjoy free time at the beach.
Meals Included:Breakfast
Accommodations:Hotel Villas Lirio (or similar)
 
DAY 12: MANUEL ANTONIO
Free time to explore Manuel Antonio and the National Park with option to surf, go horseback riding, or visit nearby picturesque beaches.
Meals Included:Breakfast
Optional Activities:Surfing, Horseback Riding, Snorkelling, Hiking, Kayaking, Whitewater Rafting, Manuel Antonio Catamaran Tour
Accommodations:Hotel Villas Lirio (or similar)
 
DAY 13: MANUEL ANTONIO/SAN JOSÉ
Return to San José for an optional farewell dinner with the group.
Meals Included:Breakfast
Accommodations:Radisson San Jose (or similar)
 
DAY 14: SAN JOSÉ
Depart at any time.
Meals Included:Breakfast
 
 
WHAT’S INCLUDED
  • Accommodation: Hotels (11 nts), rustic jungle lodge (2 nts).
  • Meals: 13 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners
  • Transport: Private vehicle, shuttle van, boat.
  • Arrival transfer
  • Boat tour and wildlife viewing in Tortuguero National Park
  • Guided nature walk in the Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve
  • Guided excursion to Manuel Antonio National Park
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
  • Accommodation: Hotels (11 nts), rustic jungle lodge (2 nts).
  • Meals: 13 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners
  • Transport: Private vehicle, shuttle van, boat.
  • Arrival transfer
  • Boat tour and wildlife viewing in Tortuguero National Park
  • Guided nature walk in the Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED
  • Airfare to and from destination
  • Trip cancellation insurance or any other travel insurance
  • Visas
  • Any activity not described in What’s Included
  • Meals on your own
  • Gratuities
MY OWN ROOM

During your trip, sometimes it’s just more convenient and comfortable to have your own room. That’s why we offer the “My Own Room” option – a single room all to yourself.

My Own Room Option: From $3,468

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