Beautiful Costa Rica

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  • 2014-01-01 - 2014-12-31

From San Jose to Tortuguero National Park, discover Costa Rica with Intrepid

Costa Rica - a land of mist-shrouded treetops, rain-soaked canopies and forest floors that burst with some of the most diverse wildlife on the planet. From sleepy coastal sounds to the busy racket of San Jose, see the best this country has to offer by delving into some of its finest national parks and wilderness reserves. Whether you're working up a sweat on a steamy hike, cooling off with a surfing lesson or exercising your inner sloth and relaxing with an icy, fruit-filled concoction, Costa Rica is like nothing you've ever experienced.

  • Explore the busy streets of San Jose
  • Soak in the soothing Baldi Hot Springs
  • Glimpse the imposing Arenal Volcano
  • Walk through Monteverede's cloud forest
  • Get acquainted with the white-sand beaches of Manuel Antonio National Park
  • Visit the laid-back town of Puerto Viejo
  • Meet the famous locals of Tortuguero National Park

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Day 1 San Jose

With over half the country's population living within its parameters, San Jose is a bustling city with lively markets, intriguing museums and a dynamic atmosphere.

Days 2-3 La Fortuna/Arenal Volcano

Sitting in the shadow of Costa Rica's majestic Arenal Volcano, La Fortuna offers steaming hot springs and endless outdoor activities.

Days 4-5 Monteverde

Monteverde's Cloud Forest Reserve is a true nature lover's paradise. Lush, green and teeming with colourful butterflies, unique plants and exotic creatures.

Days 6-7 Manuel Antonio National Park

Boasting abundant wildlife, turquoise water and white-sand beaches, Manuel Antonio National Park is a beautiful place to explore by land or sea.

Days 8-9 San Jose

Set in the heart of Costa Rica's fertile Central Valley, San Jose buzzes with colour, culture and the spirit of its friendly residents.

Days 10-11 Puerto Viejo

Travel out to the Caribbean coastal town of Puerto Viejo de Talamanca and explore Cahuita National Park. In spare time, drop by a permaculture farm to learn about sustainable farming practices or hire a surfboard and hit the waves..

Days 12-13 Tortuguero National Park

Drive on to Tortuguero National Park, a vast area of coastal wetlands. Home to reptiles, amphibians and a myriad of bird species, it is also the chosen nesting ground of green sea turtles. When night falls, set out on a guided walking tour in search of these endangered creatures.

Days 14-15 San Jose

Return to San Jose for the final night of this Costa Rican adventure. Why not head out as a group to one of the fine local restaurants and remember the highlights of the trip over a few Imperial beers.