Basic Costa Rica
14 days from San Jose to San Jose
From $ 1349
Duration14 days

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.

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  • Duration: 14 days
    Service level: Basic
  • Starts in: San Jose
    Physical Grading: Light
  • Ends in: San Jose
    Ages: 18+
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Day 1: San José

Start place: San Jose

Arrive in San Jose at any time. There are no planned activities so check into our hotel and enjoy the city.
Arrive at any time.

End place: San Jose

Day 2: San José/Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Start place: San Jose

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.
Travel to the Caribbean coast and enjoy the tropical seascape.

End place: Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Day 3-4: Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Start place: Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Opt to go snorkelling in the Caribbean or hiking in Manzanillo National Wildlife Refuge.

End place: Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Day 5: Puerto Viejo de Talamanca/La Fortuna

Start place: Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

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.
Travel to La Fortuna in central Costa Rica. Try to catch a glimpse of Arenal Volcano through the cloud cover.

End place: La Fortuna

Day 6-7: La Fortuna

Start place: 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.
Options abound—soak in Arenal's hot springs or get the adrenaline pumping with whitewater rafting or waterfall rappelling.

End place: La Fortuna

Day 8: La Fortuna/Monteverde

Start place: La Fortuna

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.
Travel from La Fortuna to Monteverde and into the cool mountain air of the area. Enjoy a G for Good farm experience and lunch at a local farm.

End place: Monte Verde

Meals: L
Day 9: Monteverde

Start place: Monte Verde

Free day to enjoy; opt to tour the cloud forest or visit a coffee plantation.

End place: Monte Verde

Day 10: Monteverde/Santa Teresa

Start place: Monte Verde

Travel to the Pacific coast of the Nicoya Peninsula and enjoy this laid-back beach town.

End place: Santa Teresa

Day 11-12: Santa Teresa

Start place: 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.
Surf or swim the waves, practice yoga on the beach or chill out in this laid-back beach town.

End place: Santa Teresa

Day 13: Santa Teresa/San José

Start place: Santa Teresa

Return to San José for some last-minute shopping and a final night on the town.
Travel back to the capital for a final evening with the group.

End place: San Jose

Day 14: San José

Start place: San Jose

Depart at any time.

End place: San Jose

Inclusions

Included

  • Your G for Good Moment: Life Monteverde Visit, Monteverde Your Discover Moment: La Fortuna Your Discover Moment: 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
  • Transport

    Local bus, Boat, Taxi, Private vehicle, Walking
  • Accommodation

    Simple hotels (3 nts), Hostels (10 nts, multi-share)
  • Meals

    1 lunches,

Dates & availability: Basic Costa Rica

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