Basic Costa Rica

18-to-Thirtysomethings, San José to San José

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Tour description provided by G Adventures

Stay flexible in Costa Rica on this unique two-week adventure. You'll hit the volcanoes, a cloud forest, and both of the incredible coasts. Chill out on white-sand beaches and explore pristine wildlife reserves. Best of all, this trip gives you the flexibility to create the adventure of a lifetime, so you can soar across the treetops by zipline, rappel down a waterfall, or learn to surf the Pacific breaks. Take a trip that's packed with just the essentials — everything you need to explore the diversity and beauty of Costa Rica.

What’s included

  • G Adventures for Good: Life Monteverde Visit, Monteverde Carte Blanche: La Fortuna Carte Blanche: Monteverde
  • Beach time in Puerto Viejo and Santa Teresa
  • Free time in La Fortuna and Monteverde
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

Highlights

  • Chill out on the caribbean and pacific coasts
  • Cruise across lake arenal with beautiful views of arenal volcano
  • Explore the misty cloud forest

Itinerary

Day 1 San José Arrive in San Jose at any time. There are no planned activities so check into our hotel and enjoy the city. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
Day 2 San José/Puerto Viejo de Talamanca We begin with an incredible bus ride over the mountains to the Caribbean coast. The picturesque village of Puerto Viejo de Talamanca’s white and black sand beaches are surrounded by exotic tropical vegetation. Transport: Local bus (5.00 hour(s), 210km)
Days 3-4 Puerto Viejo de Talamanca Opt to go snorkelling in the Caribbean or hiking in Manzanillo National Wildlife Refuge.
Day 5 Puerto Viejo de Talamanca/La Fortuna We travel north by bus through varied landscapes and arrive at La Fortuna, a small town near the foot of Arenal Volcano. La Fortuna is an excellent base for adventure. Hike the area’s nature trails, swim in chilly La Fortuna waterfall or go canyoneering (rappelling) and catch a bird’s eye view of the forest greenery. Natural hot springs are also in the area and perfect after a day of travel or exploration. Transport: Local bus (3.50-4.00 hours) Private Vehicle (2.50-3.50 hours)
Days 6-7 La Fortuna Optional activities include full-day whitewater rafting on the Toro or Balsa Rivers, mountain biking, caving, horseback riding, or a tour of the Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge. Like much of Costa Rica, the area is a birders’ paradise, with over 600 species as permanent residents. Finally, after a long day of exploring, you can choose to take a relaxing soak at Baldi Hot Springs.
Day 8 La Fortuna/Monteverde (1L) From the central valley, ascend to the Monteverde cloud forest region. Spend a couple of days exploring the town and a cloud forest reserve, truly a bird lover's paradise. This unique community has several cooperatives worth visiting including artist collectives and a cheese factory. Local guides are extremely knowledgeable about the area and passionate about conservation of this precious ecosystem. Optional activities include a walk along suspension bridges through dense forest, a coffee tour, or an adrenaline-filled zipline above the cloud forest on one of the many famous canopy tours. Included Activities: Life Monteverde Visit Transport: Shared van (0.50 hour(s)) Boat (0.75 hour(s)) Shared van (2.00 hour(s))
Day 9 Monteverde Free day to enjoy; opt to tour the cloud forest or visit a coffee plantation.
Day 10 Monteverde/Santa Teresa Travel to the Pacific coast of the Nicoya Peninsula and enjoy this laid-back beach town. Transport: Private Vehicle (8.00 hour(s), 200km)
Days 11-12 Santa Teresa Fill your days with as much or as little as you like. Start off with an early yoga class or sleep in before setting off to explore nearby beaches in search of a perfect, tranquil spot for a day of relaxing along the beautiful Pacific coast. Check out Cabo Blanco NP to spot some wildlife, hike to the nearby waterfall for a dip or a jump in the local swimming hole or simply lounge on the beach. Take a day trip to the beautiful Isla Tortuga, where you can snorkel along a volcanic rock reef or check out the nearby surf havens of Mal Pais and Santa Teresa. Adrenaline junkies can take their pick of activities as well - surfing, ziplining, ATV, boogie boarding, horseback riding or scuba diving are all options. On the other hand, if relaxation is what you seek, opt for a yoga class or take a leisurely hike to search for orchids.
Day 13 Santa Teresa/San José Return to San José for some last-minute shopping and a final night on the town. Transport: Local bus (8.00 hour(s))
Day 14 San José Depart at any time. Included Activities: Departure Day
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