See forests, fauna and fireworks on this Costa Rican adventure

The jewel of Central America, Costa Rica's environment is world-renowned for being diverse, vibrant and healthy. If you’re short on time but want a taste of this country's unique sights then jump onboard this express trip through San Jose’s colonial streets; La Fortuna’s hot springs and volcano; Monteverde’s cloud forest; and Manuel Antonio’s turquoise seas. With abundant wildlife, intense volcanic landscapes and superb Pacific beaches, this Costa Rican adventure is sure to be a trip to remember.

Start
San Jose, Costa Rica
Finish
San Jose, Costa Rica
Countries
Costa Rica
Themes
Explorer
Code
QVKR
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 16
Carbon offset
194kg pp per trip


Highlights

  • Experience the diversity of Costa Rica's environment
  • Lay back and relax in La Fortuna hot springs
  • Spot wildlife in the lush Monteverde cloud forest
  • Swim in the warm waters of Manuel Antonio National Park
  • Catch a show at San Jose's National Theatre

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 sandy beaches, tropical vegetation and turquoise waters in 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 laidback kind of town, its nightlife is famously fiery - so kick up those heels and get a taste for Costa Rican revelry.
Return to San Jose to meander through the stalls of the Mercado Central, take a look at the collection of shimmering art at the Museo de Oro Precolombino y Numismatica or catch a show at the city's pride and joy - the Teatro Nacional. There is many a wonderful way to end this fantastic Costa Rican adventure.
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Inclusions

Meals
8 breakfasts1 dinner
Transport
Boat, Minibus, Shuttle Bus
Accommodation
Hotel (8 nights)
Included activites
  • Complimentary airport arrival transfer
  • La Fortuna - Hot Springs
  • Manuel Antonio National Park - entrance
  • Monteverde - Cloud Forest hike
  • Orientation walk

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Notes

1. This trip is run by our experienced sister company Peregrine Adventures.
2. A single supplement is available on this trip.
3. An airport arrival transfer is included. Please provide your flight details at the time of booking.

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Reviews

Our Costa Rica Express trips score an average of 4.5 out of 5 based on 6 reviews in the last year.

Costa Rica Express , March 2015

Costa Rica Express , March 2015