Rainforests, sloths, beaches and coffee. This is Costa Rica, come experience the best of it.

Nice to meet ya, Costa Rica. Introducing the country encapsulating ‘pura vida’ to the extreme, a laid-back paradise where even the sloths are taking things easier than usual. After soaking up the culture in San Jose we hit the national parks in search of unspoilt rainforest and deserted white-sand beaches. And did we mention the sloths? This is a trip for nature lovers among you: a ‘best of’ trip in Costa Rica, which just happens to quite possibly have the ‘best of’ biodiversity in the whole wide world. You won’t regret it.

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Terms & Conditions

Start
San Jose, Costa Rica
Finish
San Jose, Costa Rica
Destination
Costa Rica
Style
Comfort
Code
QBKR
Physical rating
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 12

Why you'll love this trip

  • Take in the atmosphere and culture of San Jose, Costa Rica’s bustling capital nestled between the mountains and volcanoes.

  • Visit Manuel Antonio and Corcovado national parks and swim off white-sand beaches while searching for tropical birds, iguanas and sloths.

Is this trip right for you?

  • The tropical climate of Central America means conditions can be really hot and humid. Always carry plenty of water with you and stay hydrated, especially on walking tours.

  • Try to learn as many Spanish words as you can. Locals are very friendly, but also shy, so you'll need to make plenty of effort to break the ice. Attempting to communicate in Spanish is a great way of showing you care.

Itinerary

San Jose is this dreamy country’s capital, a bustling city flanked by mountains to the south and more mountains to the north, with a few volcanoes thrown in for good measure. This rapidly expanding Latin city contains lively markets, historic neighbourhoods and a chorus of beautiful old theatres, and a big chunk of the country’s population live within its boundaries. A complimentary transfer is included with your trip. Please ensure you provide your flight details to your booking agent at least 14 days prior to travel so the transfer can be organised. We’ll get things started with a welcome meeting at 6 pm, after which you can look for your first taste of Costa Rican cuisine. We'll be collecting your insurance details and next of kin information at this meeting, so please ensure you have all these details to provide to your leader.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night) (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
At 9 am, after breakfast, take a leader-led walking tour San Jose’s dynamic downtown area (1.5 hours). You’ll then take a private vehicle to Los Santos (2 hours) and for a coffee tour and tasting at Don Cornelio, in Costa Rica’s coffee capital of Zona de Los Santos, Frailes. Lunch is also included there. Continue driving to Savegre (4 hours) with an informal Spanish lesson from your leader on the way, and spend the evening at the Trogon Lodge – an intimate lodge in the cloud forest.
Accommodation
  • Lodge (1 night) (1 night)
Included Activities
  • San Jose - Leader-led walking tour
  • Los Santos - Don Cornelio Coffee Tour
  • Informal Spanish Lesson
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Your entry to Los Quetzales National Park is included today and there are several optional activities to choose from. Fly through the rainforest on an adrenaline-filled zip-wire tour of the canopy, or take a adventurous and rewarding hike starting in the highlands. The area is also home to the resplendent quetzal and you could join a birdwatching tour in search of the elusive yet striking bird, before returning to the lodge for optional dinner and exchanging stories with other travellers.
Accommodation
  • Lodge (1 night) (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Los Quetzales National Park - Cloud forest (Entrance fee & Transport)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Leave Savegre at 9 am in a private vehicle and drive two hours to the Finca 6 museum where you’ll spend an hour learning about the mysterious, pre-Columbian spheres whose significance remains unknown. Continue driving to Corcovado (3-4 hours), a national park on the Osa Peninsula that’s known for its biodiversity. With 13 major ecosystems, over 400 species of birds and all the monkeys, turtles and butterflies you’d ever wish to see, it’s a nature-lover's heaven. Enjoy dinner at Luna Lodge, your secluded hotel hidden away in the pristine rainforest.
Accommodation
  • Lodge (1 night) (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Palmar Norte - Finca 6 Sphere Museum (Entrance)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
The Osa Peninsula ranked highly on Nat Geo’s list of the most romantic places to visit and it’s not hard to see why. With deserted beaches, shimmering blue water and a huge rainforest, there aren’t many better places to take a lover. That being said, it’s just as good exploring by yourself or with some new Intrepid friends. There are several optional activities to choose from today. Work up a sweat on a 4-5 hour hike through the national park, or perhaps choose to kayak during the day with colourful macaws then take a night walk, or maybe you’d prefer horseback riding and sunset bird-watching instead.
Accommodation
  • Lodge (1 night) (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Corcovado - Shady Lane - USD45
  • Corcovado - Primary Ridge Trail - USD50
  • Corcovado - Early Birdwatching - USD35
  • Corcovado - Corcovado Hike - USD80
  • Corcovado - Night Walk - USD35
  • Corcovado - Lagoon Kayaking - USD75
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Depart at 9 am for a six-hour drive north to Manuel Antonio, a national park on Costa Rica’s central Pacific coast and certified sloth country. There’ll be an optional lunch stop on the way and the afternoon is yours to relax. Drop a towel on the white-sand beaches, take a swim or swing life away in a hammock. Perhaps choose to enjoy a sunset sail on the Pacific with your fellow travellers.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night) (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Manuel Antonio - Sunset sail - USD80
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Spend another day in this lush tropical paradise and choose from several optional activities. Perhaps you’ll hike through the insanely beautiful national park in search search for sloths and iguanas, or maybe you’ll take a tour of the waterways and mangrove habitat by kayak. Already had your fill of rainforests? Stay beachside, rent a surfboard or boogieboard and spend a day catching rays and waves.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night) (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Manuel Antonio National Park - (Entrance fee) - USD16
  • Manuel Antonio - Surf/boogie board rental - USD10
  • Manuel Antonio - Mangrove tour by kayak (with lunch) - USD80
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Slowly make your way back to San Jose by private vehicle, leaving at 7.30 am. The group will stop after 1.5 hours in Jaco for an aerial tram tour through the rainforest’s canopy. Fly above the treetops for views of the glistening Pacific before exploring the nearby butterfly garden and reptile terrariums, and enjoy an included buffet lunch before continuing to San Jose (2 hours) for an approximately 3 pm arrival. The rest of the afternoon is free for you relax and pick up where you left off exploring the city, but be sure to organise a farewell dinner with your group.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night) (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Jaco - Aerial Treetop Tram Ride
  • Jaco - Butterfly Garden & Reptile Terrariums
Optional Activities
  • San Jose - The Art of Craft Beer in San Jose - Urban Adventures - USD68
  • San Jose - National Museum - USD12
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Your trip ends today and there are no activities planned. You’re free to depart after breakfast.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast

Meals

8 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners

Transport

Private vehicle, Shared boat

Accommodation

Hotel (4 nights), Lodge (4 nights)

Included activities

  • San Jose - Leader-led walking tour
  • Los Santos - Don Cornelio Coffee Tour
  • Informal Spanish Lesson
  • Los Quetzales National Park - Cloud forest (Entrance fee & Transport)
  • Palmar Norte - Finca 6 Sphere Museum (Entrance)
  • Jaco - Aerial Treetop Tram Ride
  • Jaco - Butterfly Garden & Reptile Terrariums

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Important notes

1. Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6pm on Day 1. There are no activities planned for the final day so you may depart at any time.
2. To have a private room on this trip, a single supplement is bookable; subject to availability.
3. A complimentary airport arrival transfer is included; valid if you are arriving on Day 1 or if you have booked pre-tour accommodation through us. You must provide your flight details to your booking agent at least 14 days prior to travel.
4. Please be careful when booking flights to/from San Jose; make sure you fly into/out of Juan Santamaría International Airport [SJO]. Please do NOT book flights to/from Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport [SJC] as this is located in California, United States.
5. Hurricane season in this region is June to November, when landslides, mudslides, flooding and disruptions to essential services can occur. Intrepid monitors any situations that arise, and may need to change itineraries or activities in response to these natural weather occurrences.

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