Natural Highlights of Costa Rica
9 days from San Jose to San Jose
From $ 1699
Duration9 days

Home to volcanoes, lush rainforests, beaches, and unique wildlife, Costa Rica is a celebrated pioneer in protecting natural heritage. Forge your own path through this gorgeous country over nine days of outstanding adventure. Trek across the foot of a volcano to photograph electric blue butterflies, visit a coffee co-op, and search for monkeys while hiking park trails. Get in touch with nature’s best in Costa Rica.

This tour is operated by

  • Duration: 9 days
    Service level: Upgraded
  • Starts in: San Jose
    Physical Grading: Light
  • Ends in: San Jose
    Ages: 12+
Natural Highlights of Costa Rica - Tour Map

Itinerary

Expand all
Day 1: San José

Start place: San Jose

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.
Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer included. Costa Rica has one of the most diverse ecosystems in the world and is a top destination for nature lovers. As such, there is a lot of rain, regardless of the season, allowing for its lush green rain forests and cloud forest, in which flora and fauna thrive. Please come prepared for the possibility of wet weather and variations in temperature.

End place: San Jose

Day 2: San José/La Fortuna

Start place: San Jose

Visit a G Adventures-supported coffee cooperative with a coffee tour and local lunch. Continue to the adventure hub of La Fortuna. In the evening, visit a local home and learn the art of tortilla making. Afterwards, dig into a tasty “casado” — a typical Costa Rican dish that’s made with black beans, plantains, and the tortillas you’ve made. Please also note that the town of La Fortuna is fairly small with shopping and some great restaurants, but most of the upgraded accommodations in this area are located outside of the main town centre - to take better advantage of the natural beauty and stunning landscapes of the area. Taxis are readily available to take you into town and back and can cost approx. $10USD each way.

End place: La Fortuna

Meals: B, L, D
Day 3: La Fortuna

Start place: La Fortuna

Free day in La Fortuna for optional activities. Challenge yourself with a rafting adventure, canyoneering, or embark on a nature hike.

End place: La Fortuna

Meals: B
Day 4: La Fortuna/Monteverde

Start place: La Fortuna

Travel from La Fortuna to the cloud forest of Monteverde — a nature lover's paradise. The town of Monteverde is fairly small with shopping and some great restaurants, but most of the upgraded accommodations in this area are located outside of the main town centre - to take better advantage of the natural beauty and stunning landscapes of the area. Taxis are readily available to take you into town and back and can cost approx. $10USD each way.

Accommodations tend to be a bit more simple here, with fewer amenities. Its important to remember that the cloud forest sits at a higher elevation and offers a cooler but humid climate - which is why hotels in this area do not have A/C. It can also feel damp in rooms which is unavoidable in such a climate.

End place: Monte Verde

Meals: B
Day 5: Monteverde

Start place: Monte Verde

Enjoy a nature hike in the Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve. After, visit the Monteverde Institute, which has served as the base for numerous National Geographic-funded explorers and researchers. Enjoy a lecture by one of the researchers outlining the various research and conservation projects that National Geographic has sponsored to support the reforestation of tropical regions. This afternoon, opt to visit a butterfly garden, zipline through the canopy, or go horseback riding.

End place: Monte Verde

Meals: B
Day 6: Monteverde/Manuel Antonio

Start place: Monte Verde

Continue to the stunning Pacific coast. Enjoy the laid-back atmosphere of the area with options to surf, go horseback riding, dolphin watching on a catamaran, or visit other nearby picturesque beaches. Hotels in Manuel Antonio are not located on the beach, they are scattered along the cliffside road, overlooking the stunning coast line and lush jungle. The beach, National Park, markets, shops and restaurants are easily accessible by frequent public bus (safe and easy to use) or taxi.

End place: Manuel Antonio

Meals: B
Day 7: Manuel Antonio

Start place: Manuel Antonio

The park has fabulous beaches, abundant wildlife, and a great trail system for those who want to spend the day hiking. Look for monkeys, armadillos, coatimundis, sloths, and some 350 species of birds that are present in the park.
Take an excursion to Manuel Antonio National Park, famed for its stunning beaches and abundant wildlife. Look for monkeys, sloths, and some 350 species of birds.

End place: Manuel Antonio

Meals: B
Day 8: Manuel Antonio/San José

Start place: Manuel Antonio

Return to San José and enjoy an optional farewell dinner on the town.

End place: San Jose

Meals: B
Day 9: San José

Start place: San Jose

Depart at any time.

End place: San Jose

Meals: B

Inclusions

Included

  • Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Tortilla Making and Home Dinner, La Fortuna Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Monteverde Institute Lecture, Monteverde Your G for Good Moment: Mi Cafecito Coffee Cooperative Tour, Sarapiquí Your Discover Moment: La Fortuna
  • Arrival transfer
  • Guided nature walk in the Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve
  • Guided excursion to Manuel Antonio National Park
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
  • Transport

    Private vehicle, Walking, Boat
  • Accommodation

    Hotels (8 nts)

Dates & availability: Natural Highlights of Costa Rica

Departing Finishing Catalog Price Sale Price Seats left
Departing Sat, 07/06/2019 Finishing Sun, 07/14/2019 Catalog Price $ 1779 Sale Price $ 1601 14 Book
Departing Sat, 08/03/2019 Finishing Sun, 08/11/2019 Catalog Price $ 1849 Sale Price $ 1849 12 Book
Departing Sat, 09/07/2019 Finishing Sun, 09/15/2019 Catalog Price $ 1699 Sale Price $ 1699 11 Book
Departing Sat, 10/05/2019 Finishing Sun, 10/13/2019 Catalog Price $ 1699 Sale Price $ 1699 14 Book
Departing Sat, 10/26/2019 Finishing Sun, 11/03/2019 Catalog Price $ 1699 Sale Price $ 1699 16 Book
Departing Sat, 11/02/2019 Finishing Sun, 11/10/2019 Catalog Price $ 1699 Sale Price $ 1699 14 Book
Departing Sat, 11/09/2019 Finishing Sun, 11/17/2019 Catalog Price $ 1699 Sale Price $ 1699 16 Book
Departing Sat, 11/23/2019 Finishing Sun, 12/01/2019 Catalog Price $ 1779 Sale Price $ 1779 15 Book
Departing Sat, 12/07/2019 Finishing Sun, 12/15/2019 Catalog Price $ 1779 Sale Price $ 1779 15 Book
Departing Sat, 12/21/2019 Finishing Sun, 12/29/2019 Catalog Price $ 1849 Sale Price $ 1849 2 Book

Save up to 50% on tours! Get exclusive access to members-only deals by email.

Subscribe to our newsletter