Costa Rica Adventure

Classic, San José to San José

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Tour description provided by G Adventures

If you’re looking for a taste of Costa Rica’s world-class highlights but want to keep things spicy with a sampling of hidden treasures, this action-packed adventure tops the menu. In spite of its small size, Costa Rica is one of the most biologically diverse countries in the world with volcanoes, wildlife, rainforests, and beaches to explore. This adventure offers a great balance of guided excursions and free time. Optional activities abound — choose to get your adrenaline pumping or take it easy with a stroll through a butterfly garden.

What’s included

  • Your G for Good Moment: Mi Cafecito Coffee Cooperative Tour, Sarapiquí Your Discover Moment: Quepos Your Discover Moment: Monteverde Your Discover Moment: La Fortuna Your Foodie Moment: Cooking Demonstration, Sarapiquí Rainforest Your Discover Moment: Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
  • Guided cloud forest night walk (Monteverde)
  • Jungle lodge stay
  • Nature trail walk with swim (Sarapiquí)
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities


  • Spot wildlife while cruising through the canals of tortuguero
  • Hike through the cloud forest
  • Enjoy the gorgeous beaches of the pacific and caribbean coasts
  • Savour a local lunch at a g adventures-supported coffee plantation


Day 1 San José Arrive at any time. Included Activities: Meet Your CEO and Group
Day 2 San José/Quepos The small town of Quepos is on the Pacific Coast and this region of Costa Rica is a great place to relax and enjoy the sun and nearby sea. A short distance away, Manuel Antonio National Park offers beautiful white-sand beaches and warm turquoise water, ideal for swimming, fishing, kayaking, boogie boarding, sailing or surfing. Transport: Local bus (4.00 hour(s), 190km)
Day 3 Quepos Pre-book the Manuel Antonio Catamaran Tour on the checkout page to include this optional activity on your tour or ask your GCO or travel agent for assistance.
Day 4 Quepos/Monteverde 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. Optional activities include the Sky Walk, a series of suspension bridges through the jungle canopy, a butterfly garden and a thrilling canopy zipline. Included Activities: Guided Cloud Forest Night Walk Transport: Private Vehicle (6.00 hour(s), 220km)
Day 5 Monteverde Get your adrenaline pumping and pre-book the Costa Rica Adrenaline Bundle on the checkout page to include this optional activity on your tour or ask your GCO or travel agent for assistance.
Day 6 Monteverde/La Fortuna La Fortuna, the town near the foot of Arenal Volcano is an excellent base for adventure. Hike the area’s nature trails, swim in chilly La Fortuna waterfall or go canyoning (rappelling) and catch a bird’s eye view of the forest greenery. Transport: Shared Van (3.50 hour(s)) Boat (1.00 hour(s)) Shared Van (0.25 hour(s))
Days 7-8 La Fortuna Optional activities include full-day whitewater rafting on the Toro or Arenal 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 9 La Fortuna/Sarapiquí Rainforest (1L, 1D) Visit a coffee cooperative in the small village of San Miguel de Sarapiquí and take a traditional coffee tour. Enjoy a local lunch here— there's even fresh tilapia farmed on site— and then tour the grounds of the cooperative to learn about the coffee process from bean to cup. Next, board a tractor-drawn cart excellent for navigating the jungle along rugged uphill terrain on the way to our special jungle oasis. Additional Notes: Accommodation is in a rustic lodge with multi-share sleeping arrangements, and shared bathroom facilities. Included Activities: Mi Cafecito Coffee Cooperative Tour Sarapiquí Jungle Lodge Stay Transport: Includes a stop at the Mi Cafecito Coffee Cooperative with lunch. Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s)) Tractor (2.00 hour(s))
Day 10 Sarapiquí Rainforest (1B, 1L, 1D) Enjoy a day in the beautiful Sarapiquí Valley. Optional activities (all included in our overnight package, weather-depending) include swimming in the river, night walks, an empanada-making lesson or relax and listen to the sounds of the surrounding rainforest. Included Activities: Sarapiquí Jungle Lodge Stay Swimming Cooking Demonstration Sunrise Birding Hike
Day 11 Sarapiquí Rainforest/Tortuguero (1B, 1L, 1D) The journey to Tortuguero is half the adventure. Begin by taking a tractor-drawn cart, board a private van, and finish it off with a journey by boat. This unique village has walking paths that extend into the national park, a fantastic place to see wildlife even when turtles aren't in season. Transport: The trip takes you from the Magsasay Jungle Lodge to the Pozo Azul restaurant. The bumpy trip takes approximately two hours. On our journey in we ford two rivers, by tractor when the water is low, or cross foot-bridges when water levels rise with the rains. Tractor (2.00 hour(s)) Private Vehicle (4.00-5.00 hours) Boat (1.50 hour(s))
Day 12 Tortuguero (1B, 1L, 1D) Enjoy free time to explore Tortuguero. Opt to kayak through the canals and view the wildlife, wake up early and head to the beach to watch turtle eggs hatch (seasonal), or just wander through the town.
Day 13 Tortuguero/Puerto Viejo de Talamanca (1B) A morning boat ride and drive ends in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, with spectacular scenery en route. This seaside town is perfect for relaxing or exploring the Manzanillo National Wildlife Refuge. Transport: Boat (1.50 hour(s)) Private Vehicle (5.00-6.00 hours, 140km)
Day 14 Puerto Viejo de Talamanca The picturesque village of Puerto Viejo de Talamanca’s 14 kms of incomparable white- and black-sand beaches are surrounded by exotic tropical vegetation. Opt to rent a bike, hike to Monkey Point, go snorkelling or take it easy and explore La Isla Botanical Gardens.
Day 15 Puerto Viejo de Talamanca/San José Take a bus ride over the mountains back to the capital. Transport: Private Vehicle (5.00 hour(s), 410km)
Day 16 San José Depart at any time.