Costa Rica Explorer

Comfort, San José to San José

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Tour description provided by G Adventures

Costa Rica has as many microclimates as it does opportunities for active adventures, and this 2-week journey will bring you the best of both. There's a visit to a cloud forest, but for a bigger jolt, opt to rappel down waterfalls or fly across ziplines above the treetops. For the caffeine connoisseur, we visit a coffee co-op and learn how it gets from bean to your cup. For a different pace, float through the canals of the Tortuguero National Park in search of wildlife. From the Caribbean beaches to the Pacific, this stunning tour embodies some of the best that Costa Rica has to offer.

What’s included

  • National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Tortilla Making and Home Dinner, La Fortuna G Adventures for Good: Mi Cafecito Coffee Cooperative Tour, Sarapiquí
  • Arrival transfer
  • Boat tour of Tortuguero National Park
  • G Adventures-supported coffee cooperative tour and local lunch
  • Tortilla-making and a typical lunch with a local family
  • 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


  • Spot wildlife while cruising the canals of tortuguero
  • Savour a local lunch at a g adventures-supported coffee co-op
  • Enjoy spectacular volcano views while soaking in hot springs
  • Hike the trails of reserves and national parks
  • Learn to make tortillas with a local family
  • Relax on the scenic pacific coast


Day 1 San José If you arrive early enough, you'll 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 San José/Tortuguero (1B, 1L, 1D) This morning enjoy a delicious Costa Rican breakfast enroute as we transfer by road then boat through the famous canals of Tortuguero. This tropical eco-paradise is home to countless bird and animal species, and you will have many opportunities to view and photograph wildlife. The tropical rainforest gives way to prime secluded beaches, ideal nesting grounds for Green turtles (nesting July-October) and Loggerhead, Hawksbill and Leatherback Turtles (nesting March-June). We cannot guarantee you will see turtles but odds are fairly good from July through October. Transport: Shared van (4.00-5.00 hours) Motorized canoe (1.50 hour(s))
Day 3 Tortuguero (1B, 1L, 1D) Plenty of opportunity to see a variety of birds, monkeys and other wildlife. In our downtime, relax at the secluded lodge on a hammock or at the pool or beach. Option to take a zipline excursion or go kayaking. Included Activities: Tortuguero National Park Guided Boat Tour Guided Jungle Walk
Day 4 Tortuguero/La Fortuna (1B, 1L) Depart early and enjoy an included snack enroute. This afternoon, visit to a G Adventures-supported coffee cooperative with a tour and local lunch. Arrive in Fortuna this evening and relax at the pool surrounded by jungle and volcano views. Included Activities: Mi Cafecito Coffee Cooperative Tour Transport: Boat (1.50-2.00 hours) Private Vehicle (6.00-7.00 hours, 200km)
Day 5 La Fortuna (1B, 1L) Visit a local home and take a tortilla-making lesson followed by a typical lunch with a local family. Option to visit and soak in local hot springs. Additional Notes: Please note that if you booked the Adrenaline Theme Pack, on day 5 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’s Arenal Volcano. For your second option, you can choose ONE of the following: stand up paddle (2 hours), half day hike (3 hours), Venado caves (2 hours) or kayak (2 hours). Included Activities: Tortilla Making and Home Dinner
Day 6 La Fortuna (1B) Free day in La Fortuna. Options include rafting, waterfall rappelling, soaking in local hot springs or take a boat tour of the Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge.
Day 7 La Fortuna/Monteverde (1B) From La Fortuna, we make our way up to the misty mountain air of the Monteverde cloud forest. We spend 2 days exploring the town and nearby Forest Reserve, truly a bird lover’s paradise. Transport: Shared van (1.00 hour(s)) Boat (1.00 hour(s)) Private Vehicle (2.00 hour(s))
Day 8 Monteverde (1B) Take a guided nature hike in the Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve. Afternoon is free for optional activities. Additional Notes: Please note that if you booked the Adrenaline Theme Pack, on day 8 you will have a bird’s-eye view of the rainforest canopy as you soar through the trees on a Tarzan swing, a giant rappel and a 450-foot-high zipline. Tour is approx. 2.5 hours long. Included Activities: Santa Elena Cloud Forest Guided Tour
Day 9 Monteverde (1B) Free time to explore all that Monteverde has to offer. Saddle up and go horseback riding. Zip-line through the jungle canopy. Wobble bravely over suspension bridges. Visit the butterfly garden and take close-up photos.
Day 10 Monteverde/Manuel Antonio (1B) The white sand beaches and warm Pacific waters are the ideal atmosphere to relax at the end of your adventure. If you opt to chill out at the beach, be sure to walk out into the sea on the incredible natural sand formation that shapes a whale's tale when the tide goes out. Transport: Private Vehicle (6.00 hour(s), 267km)
Day 11 Manuel Antonio (1B) Take an included day trip to Manuel Antonio National Park. After enjoy free time at the public beach. Included Activities: Manuel Antonio National Park Visit
Day 12 Manuel Antonio (1B) Free time to explore Manuel Antonio and the National Park with option to surf, go horseback riding, or visit nearby picturesque beaches.
Day 13 Manuel Antonio/San José (1B) Travelling across picturesque highlands, we return to San José for one last night in the city. Transport: Private Vehicle (5.00 hour(s), 190km)
Day 14 San José (1B) Departure day, depart at any time. Included Activities: Departure Day