Welcome to Central Valley & Highlands

It is on the coffee-cultivated hillsides of the Central Valley that you'll find Costa Rica’s heart and soul. This is not only the geographical center of the country, but also its cultural and spiritual core. It is here that the Spanish first settled, here that coffee built a prosperous nation, here that picturesque highland villages still gather for centuries-old fiestas. It is also here that you’ll get to fully... Read More

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$579 Nature & wildlife

Essential Costa Rica Independent Adventure

Hit two of Costa Rica's signature spots: First, head for the outdoor adventure playground around Arenal Volcano and take advantage of everything from world-class rafting to relaxing in volcano-heated hot springs. Next, head to the beaches of Guanacaste, Costa Rica's northwest coast, known for dry sunny weather all year round, killer surf and beaches that stretch for miles.

$829 Nature & wildlife

Experience Costa Rica Independent Adventure

Travel from coast to coast, from the Caribbean-flavoured beaches of Costa Rica's Atlantic coast to the Latin rhythms of Guanacaste, known for its miles of beaches, killer surf and consistently sunny weather. In between, make a stop on the country's volcanic backbone at the Arenal Volcano, a wonderland of rafting, hiking, waterfalls and hot springs.

$1399 Nature & wildlife

Costa Rica Encompassed Independent Adventure

Our most comprehensive Costa Rica Pass adventure! Start with the jungles and canals of Tortuguero, nesting ground for giant sea turtles. Next, try rafting or relax in hot springs around Arenal Volcano before heading into the cool hills of the Monteverde Cloud Forest region. Soak in the dramatic volcanic scenery of remote Rincon de la Vieja before topping it all off with some beach time and monkeys in Manuel Antonio.

$1249 Nature & wildlife

Costa Rica Quest - Teenage Adventure

Nature called you to Costa Rica – now here you are, suspended in the jungle canopy, locking eyes with a curious monkey. This action-packed tour of Costa Rica’s highlights is perfect for the adventurer with limited time who wants to explore the region’s diversity. Get your adrenaline pumping, follow a trail to the base of a waterfall, melt away in thermal springs or relax on a beach – our CEOs will help you find the secluded spots only the locals know.

$220 Small group tours

Overnight Tour: The Big Forest Hike Adventure

Enjoy an overnight tour in which you will hike from El Castillo, near La Fortuna to Monte Verde. You will go on a guided tour through the rainforest mountains and rustic unique farms. It is a strenuous hike in the wilderness and a change in altitude of 800 meters will be involved, so you must have a good physical condition. You will enjoy a wonderful adventure where you will meet locals and learn to identify plants and a variety of animals. This tour Includes lodging, dinner, breakfast and a trail snack.

$649 Nature & wildlife

Discover Costa Rica Independent Adventure

Drive from the clouds to the sand. Spend two days in the world-famous Monteverde Cloud Forest looking for the beautiful but elusive quetzal before heading south to the sun and sea around Manuel Antonio, home to the country's most popular national park. See scores of monkeys or sloths, swim or hike along pristine beaches, or dance the night away—the local nightlife is some of the best around.