Basic Costa Rica: Coastlines & Cloud Forests

Basic Costa Rica: Coastlines & Cloud Forests
Basic Costa Rica: Coastlines & Cloud Forests
Basic Costa Rica: Coastlines & Cloud Forests
Basic Costa Rica: Coastlines & Cloud Forests
Basic Costa Rica: Coastlines & Cloud Forests
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  • Overview
  • Itinerary
  • What's Included
  • Dates
  • G Adventures

Stay flexible in Costa Rica on this unique two-week adventure. You'll hit the volcanoes, a cloud forest, and both of the incredible coasts. Chill out on white-sand beaches and explore pristine wildlife reserves. Best of all, this trip gives you the flexibility to create the adventure of a lifetime, so you can soar across the treetops by zipline, rappel down a waterfall, or learn to surf the Pacific breaks. Take a trip that's packed with just the essentials — everything you need to explore the diversity and beauty of Costa Rica.

Highlights
  • Chill out on the Caribbean and Pacific coasts
  • cruise across Lake Arenal with beautiful views of Arenal Volcano
  • explore the misty cloud forest
Monteverde Your Welcome Moment: Meet Your CEO and Group Your First Night Out Moment: Connect With New Friends Your Local Living Moment: Coope San Juan Homestay
Cantón de San Carlos Your Discover Moment: La Fortuna Your Discover Moment: Monteverde. Beach time in Puerto Viejo and Santa Teresa. Free time in La Fortuna and Monteverde. All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.
Meals Included
1 breakfast, 1 dinner
Accommodation
Simple hotels (3 nts), hostels (9 nts, multi-share), local homestay (1 nt).
Your G for Good Moment: Life Monteverde Experience
Transport
Local bus, boat, taxi, private vehicle, walking.
Destinations
  • Costa Rica
  • Central America
Tour Types
  • Planeterra Project
  • Adventure
  • 18-to-Thirtysomethings
  • Basic
  • 2 - Light
  • Small Group
Day 1: San José

Arrive at any time. Tonight, explore the La California barrio with your fellow travellers. Stop in at one of the many bars to get to know your group over a few drinks. Cheers to new friends and new adventures!

Arrive in San Jose at any time. There are no planned activities so check into our hotel and enjoy the city.

Day 2: San José/Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Travel to the Caribbean coast and enjoy the tropical seascape.

We begin with an incredible bus ride over the mountains to the Caribbean coast. The picturesque village of Puerto Viejo de Talamanca’s white and black sand beaches are surrounded by exotic tropical vegetation.

Day 3: Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Opt to go snorkelling in the Caribbean or hiking in Manzanillo National Wildlife Refuge.

Day 4: Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Opt to go snorkelling in the Caribbean or hiking in Manzanillo National Wildlife Refuge.

Day 5: Puerto Viejo de Talamanca/San Carlos

Travel north by bus up the Caribbean coastline before heading inland through varied landscapes. In the afternoon, arrive to San Carlos and to the rural community of Coope San Juan. Stay overnight with a local family for an authentic Costa Rican experience.

Day 6: Cantón de San Carlos/La Fortuna

Take the short drive to La Fortuna, the adventure capital of Costa Rica. Options abound—soak in Arenal's hot springs or get the adrenaline pumping with whitewater rafting or waterfall rappelling.

Get your adrenaline pumping and pre-book the Costa Rica Adrenaline Bundle on the checkout page to include this optional activity on your tour or ask your GCO or travel agent for assistance.

Day 7: La Fortuna

Enjoy an entire free day in La Fortuna. Opt to go whitewater rafting, mountain biking, caving, horseback riding, or a tour of the Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge. Like much of Costa Rica, the area is a birders’ paradise, with over 600 species as permanent residents. After a long day of exploring, you can choose to take a relaxing soak at Baldi Hot Springs.

Day 8: La Fortuna/Monteverde

Travel from La Fortuna to Monteverde and into the cool mountain air of the area. Stop at Life Monteverde, a coffee cooperative for coffee tastings, and a tour of their farm to learn about sustainable agriculture. In the afternoon, take time to venture out and explore the mountainous town of Monteverde.

From the central valley, ascend to the Monteverde cloud forest region. Spend a couple of days exploring the town and a cloud forest reserve, truly a bird lover's paradise. This unique community has several cooperatives worth visiting including artist collectives and a cheese factory. Local guides are extremely knowledgeable about the area and passionate about conservation of this precious ecosystem. Optional activities include a walk along suspension bridges through dense forest, a coffee tour, or an adrenaline-filled zipline above the cloud forest on one of the many famous canopy tours.

Day 9: Monteverde

Free day to enjoy; opt to tour the cloud forest or visit a coffee plantation.

Day 10: Monteverde/Santa Teresa

Travel to the Pacific coast of the Nicoya Peninsula and enjoy this laid-back beach town.

Day 11: Santa Teresa

Surf or swim the waves, practice yoga on the beach or chill out in this laid-back beach town.

Fill your days with as much or as little as you like. Start off with an early yoga class or sleep in before setting off to explore nearby beaches in search of a perfect, tranquil spot for a day of relaxing along the beautiful Pacific coast. Check out Cabo Blanco NP to spot some wildlife, hike to the nearby waterfall for a dip or a jump in the local swimming hole or simply lounge on the beach. Take a day trip to the beautiful Isla Tortuga, where you can snorkel along a volcanic rock reef or check out the nearby surf havens of Mal Pais and Santa Teresa. Adrenaline junkies can take their pick of activities as well - ziplining, boogie boarding, horseback riding or scuba diving are all options. On the other hand, if relaxation is what you seek, opt for a yoga class or take a leisurely hike to search for orchids. Want to learn how to surf in Costa Rica? Pre-book the Santa Teresa Surf Lesson on the checkout page to include this optional activity on your tour or ask your GCO or travel agent for assistance.

Day 12: Santa Teresa

Surf or swim the waves, practice yoga on the beach or chill out in this laid-back beach town.

Fill your days with as much or as little as you like. Start off with an early yoga class or sleep in before setting off to explore nearby beaches in search of a perfect, tranquil spot for a day of relaxing along the beautiful Pacific coast. Check out Cabo Blanco NP to spot some wildlife, hike to the nearby waterfall for a dip or a jump in the local swimming hole or simply lounge on the beach. Take a day trip to the beautiful Isla Tortuga, where you can snorkel along a volcanic rock reef or check out the nearby surf havens of Mal Pais and Santa Teresa. Adrenaline junkies can take their pick of activities as well - ziplining, boogie boarding, horseback riding or scuba diving are all options. On the other hand, if relaxation is what you seek, opt for a yoga class or take a leisurely hike to search for orchids. Want to learn how to surf in Costa Rica? Pre-book the Santa Teresa Surf Lesson on the checkout page to include this optional activity on your tour or ask your GCO or travel agent for assistance.

Day 13: Santa Teresa/San José

Travel back to the capital for a final evening with the group.

Return to San José for some last-minute shopping and a final night on the town.

Day 14: San José

Depart at any time.

  • Your G for Good Moment: Life Monteverde Experience, Monteverde Your Welcome Moment: Meet Your CEO and Group Your First Night Out Moment: Connect With New Friends Your Local Living Moment: Coope San Juan Homestay, Cantón de San Carlos Your Discover Moment: La Fortuna Your Discover Moment: Monteverde
  • Beach time in Puerto Viejo and Santa Teresa
  • Free time in La Fortuna and Monteverde
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

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Group Size:1 - 18
Suitable For: Minimum age of 18 years for this trip.
Accommodation:Simple hotels (3 nts), hostels (9 nts, multi-share), local homestay (1 nt).
Difficulty:2 - Light
Meals:1 breakfast, 1 dinner
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