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Natural Highlights of Costa Rica

  • 9 Day(s)
  • Trip Code : GACRNH

When you think of stunning landscapes, unique wildlife and lush rainforests, Costa Rica should definitely spring to mind first. This compact, 9-day experience allows you to see the natural beauty of this country for yourself, while staying in hand-picked, upgraded hotels. Choose to either dive right in with optional rafting and ziplining, or take it easy with hot springs and nature walks. Guided visits to a Cloud Forest Reserve, Manuel Antonio National Park and a coffee co-op provide the perfect backdrop for your discovery of Costa Rica- When you think of stunning landscapes, unique wildlife and lush rainforests, Costa Rica should definitely spring to mind first. This compact, 9-day experience allows you to see the natural beauty of this country for yourself, while staying in hand-picked, upgraded hotels. Choose to either dive right in with optional rafting and ziplining, or take it easy with hot springs and nature walks. Guided visits to a Cloud Forest Reserve, Manuel Antonio National Park and a coffee co-op provide the perfect backdrop for your discovery of Costa Rica-

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Day 1 San José

Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer included.

Arrive in San José at any time. A G Adventures representative will meet you at the airport and transfer you to our joining point hotel. There are no planned activities so check into our hotel and enjoy the city. Please try to arrive before 6pm for an important group meeting where you can meet the Chief Experience Officer (CEO) and the other group members. If you arrive early enough, you'll have time to head into the city to visit a museum, shop or people-watch in the main plaza. As it is located in the central highlands, San José enjoys a moderate climate. The heat and humidity of the coast and lowland areas may affect you , with a general sense of lethargy and/or loss of appetite. This is no cause for alarm, it is simply a reaction to the heat. Be sure to drink plenty of water (cold bottled water is available everywhere) and do not attempt too much in any given day. We prefer fan-cooled rather than air conditioned rooms to avoid having to acclimatize to the heat and humidity every time you go outside. Like most cities, San José has its good and bad sides. It is the centre of government, theatre, and art, as well as of air pollution and congestion. It has beautiful parks and museums, and a few beggars on the streets. It is big and often noisy, but even from its crowded downtown streets, you-

Day 2-3 La Fortuna/Arenal (2B,1L)

This morning visit a Planeterra-supported coffee cooperative with a coffee tour and local lunch. Continue to the adventure hub of Costa Rica, La Fortuna. On Day 3, there is plenty of time for optional activities including rafting, waterfall rappelling, a

This morning visit a Planeterra-supported coffee cooperative with a coffee tour and local lunch. Continue to the adventure hub of Costa Rica, La Fortuna. On Day 3, time for optional activities including rafting, waterfall rappelling, and soaking in natural hot springs. Visit a coffee cooperative in the small village of San Miguel de Sarapiqui and take a traditional coffee tour. We will have a delicious local lunch, there's even fresh tilapia farmed onsite, and then tour the grounds of the cooperative to learn about the coffee process from bean to cup. We visit this particular coffee cooperative because we identified it as one that needed economic support through tourism due to a major earthquake that left the village without access to economic opportunities for several years. Under a three-year initiative with the Multilateral Investment Fund, G Adventures and its foundation, Planeterra, are working with the cooperative to further develop the tour, provide tourism training, and develop other local businesses to be linked to the cooperative. Your visit ensures we are providing continued income to the cooperative and its more than 130 member farmers and their families. Please note that if you booked the Adrenaline Theme Pack, on day 3 you will have an action packed day with both canyoneering and an option of your choice. Canyoneering is approximately 2.5 hours long, with four waterfall repels through the lush rainforests around Costa Rica-

Day 4-5 Monteverde (2B)

Enjoy a nature hike in the Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve. Opt to visit a butterfly garden, zipline through the canopy or go horseback riding.

Enjoy a nature hike in the Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve. Opt to visit a butterfly garden, coffee farm, zipline through the canopy or go horseback riding. From La Fortuna, we make our way up to the misty mountain air of the Monteverde cloud forest. Explore the town and nearby Forest Reserve, truly a bird lover-

Day 6-7 Manuel Antonio National Park area (2B)

Continue to the stunning Pacific coast where we take a guided visit to Manuel Antonio National Park. Enjoy the laid-back atmosphere of the area with options to surf, go horseback riding, catamaran dolphin watching or visit other nearby picturesque beaches

Continue to the Pacific coast where we take a guided visit to Manuel Antonio National Park. Enjoy the laid-back atmosphere of the area with options to surf, go horseback riding, or visit other nearby picturesque beaches. On Day 7 take an included day trip to Manuel Antonio National Park. Like monkeys? Although this is Costa Rica-

Day 8 San José (1B)

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

Travelling across picturesque highlands, we return to San José for one last night in the city. Estimated Travel Time: 5 hours Approximate Distance: 190 km

Day 9 San José (1B)

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  • Costa Rica

Is this for me?

  • Trip Style: Small Group Adventures
  • Comfort Level: Superior
  • Physical Demands: There'll be some light walking and hiking. Suitable for most fitness levels. Nothing too challenging.

What's included?

  • Arrival transfer. Planeterra-supported coffee cooperative tour and local lunch. Guided nature walk in Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve. Guided excursion of Manuel Antonio National Park. All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.
  • Max 15, Avg 10.
  • 8 breakfasts, 1 lunch.
  • Allow USD250-300 for meals not included.
  • Private van, walking.
  • Comfort hotels (8 nts).
  • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides.

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