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.

Start
San Jose, Costa Rica
Finish
San Jose, Costa Rica
Countries
Costa Rica
Themes
Explorer, Wildlife
Code
QVKHC
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 16
Carbon offset
0kg pp per trip


Highlights

  • 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

Itinerary

Get accustomed to Costa Rican time on a leisurely walk through San Jose or perhaps visit the lively San Pedro area.
Head to La Fortuna and the beautiful surrounds of Lake Arenal, where big winds sweeping in from the Caribbean make the lake a windsurfer's delight. Why not visit the active Arenal Volcano or bathe in its thermal springs.
Ecologists have suggested that the steamy Monteverde cloud forest was actually once two different ecosystems, straddling each side of the Continental Divide. As a result, the area boasts several unique species of flora and fauna. Explore the emerald-green cloud forest by foot to admire the wide array of wildlife and to learn how this incredible ecological curiosity came to be.
Discover the soft-sand beaches, tropical vegetation and turquoise waters of Manuel Antonio National Park. Hike along the trails to spot some of the abundant wildlife - be on the lookout for armadillos, sloths and colourful birds. Impossible to resist, the warm waters offer great swimming, kayaking or surfing. While Manuel Antonio itself is a laid-back kind of town, its night-life is famously fiery - so kick up those heels and get a taste of Costa Rican revelry.
Return to San Jose to meander through the stalls of the Mercado Central, take a look at the impressive collection of art works at the Museo de Oro Precolombino y Numismatica or catch a show at the city's pride and joy - the Teatro Nacional.
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..
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.
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.
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Inclusions

Meals
14 breakfasts1 dinner
Transport
Boat, Minibus, Shuttle Bus
Accommodation
Hotel (14 nights)
Included activites
  • Complimentary airport arrival transfer
  • La Fortuna - Hot Springs
  • Limon - Aviarios Sloth Sanctuary
  • Manuel Antonio National Park - entrance
  • Monteverde - Cloud Forest hike
  • Orientation walk
  • Puerto Viejo - Visit to Punta Mona Permaculture Center
  • Tortuguero - Turtle watching night tour
  • Tortuguero National Park - Walking Tour

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