National Geographic Journeys: Natural Highlights of Costa Rica (CRNNG)
Trip Style: Information Not available
Service Level: Upgraded
Physical Demands Rating: 2 - There'll be some light walking and hiking. Suitable for most fitness levels. Nothing too challenging.
Group Size: Max 16, Avg 12.
Meals Included: 8 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinner
Accommodations: Not Availaible
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
Home to volcanoes, lush rainforests, beaches, and unique wildlife, Costa Rica is a celebrated pioneer in protecting natural heritage. Forge your own path through this gorgeous country over nine days of outstanding adventure. Trek across the foot of a volcano to photograph electric blue butterflies, visit a coffee co-op, and search for monkeys while hiking park trails. Get in touch with nature's best in Costa Rica.
- Tour Operator
- G Adventures
- Offer valid through 3/31/2018
- 9 Days
- Escorted - Yes
|Day 1||San Jose||Day 1 San Jose|
If you arrive early enough, youll 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. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting Transport: Private Vehicle
|Day 2||La Fortuna||Day 2 San Jose/La Fortuna (1B, 1L, 1D)|
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. Additional Notes: Please also note that the town of La Fortuna 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. Included Activities: Mi Cafecito Coffee Cooperative Tour Tortilla Making and Home Dinner Transport: Private Vehicle (6.00 hour(s), 150km)
|Day 3||La Fortuna||Day 3 La Fortuna (1B)|
Free day in La Fortuna for optional activities. Opt for rafting, canyoneering, or nature hikes.
|Day 4||Monteverde||Day 4 La Fortuna/Monteverde (1B)|
Travel from La Fortuna to the cloud forest of Monteverde - a nature lovers paradise. Additional Notes: 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. Transport: Private Vehicle (5.50 hour(s), 60km)
|Day 5||Monteverde||Day 5 Monteverde (1B)|
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. Included Activities: Santa Elena Cloud Forest Guided Tour Monteverde Institute Lecture
|Day 6||Manuel Antonio||Day 6 Monteverde/Manuel Antonio (1B)|
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. Additional Notes: 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. Transport: Private Vehicle (6.00 hour(s), 267km)
|Day 7||Manuel Antonio||Day 7 Manuel Antonio (1B)|
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. Included Activities: Manuel Antonio National Park Visit
|Day 8||San Jose||Day 8 Manuel Antonio/San Jose (1B)|
Return to San Jose and enjoy an optional farewell dinner on the town. Transport: Private Vehicle (5.00 hour(s), 190km)
|Day 9||San Jose||Day 9 San Jose (1B)|
Depart at any time. Included Activities: Departure Day
Local Flights: N/A
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