Basic Costa Rica: Coastlines & Cloud Forests

13 nights from £591

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
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
Start:San José
Finish:San José
Duration:13 Nights
Group size:14 - 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).
Physical rating:2 - Light
Meals:1 breakfast, 1 dinner
Diets:Vegetarians, Vegans
Tour operated in: English

Overview

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. .......read more
Highlights
  • Chill out on the Caribbean and Pacific coasts.
  • Cruise across Lake Arenal with beautiful views of Arenal Volcano.
  • Explore the misty cloud forest.
Transport
Local bus, boat, taxi, private vehicle, walking.
Accommodation
Simple hotels (3 nts), hostels (9 nts, multi-share), local homestay (1 nt).
Meals Included
1 breakfast, 1 dinner

Itinerary

Location: 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.

ACTIVITY: Your opportunity to meet your CEO and fellow travellers, and learn more about your tour. Opt to join the group for a local meal afterwards. Don't forget to see the notice in the lobby (or ask reception) for the official time and place to meet up with the group.

ACTIVITY: Connect with new friends on your first night out in a new destination. Only available on 18-to-Thirtysomethings tours.

Accommodation: ,Hotel,

Accommodation Name: Hotel Lluvia de Oro (or similar)

Meals: ,No Meals,

Location: 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.

TRANSPORT: Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.

FREE TIME: Free time to explore paradise.

Accommodation: ,Hotel,

Accommodation Name: Hotel Kayas Place (or similar)

Meals: ,No Meals,

Location: Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

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

FREE TIME: Free time to explore paradise.

Accommodation: ,Hotel,

Accommodation Name: Hotel Kayas Place (or similar)

Meals: ,No Meals,

Location: Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

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

FREE TIME: Free time to explore paradise.

Accommodation: ,Hotel,

Accommodation Name: Hotel Kayas Place (or similar)

Meals: ,No Meals,

Location: 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.

TRANSPORT: Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.

TRANSPORT: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

ACTIVITY: Immerse yourself in local farming culture by staying with a family in the Coope San Juan community in the rainforest of northern Costa Rica. Your presence is supporting this community-owned and operated business. While you're here, practice Spanish, enjoy authentically-cooked fresh food, bike along jungle trails, and try your hand at fishing.

Accommodation: ,Coope San Juan Homestay (or similar)

Meals: ,Dinner,

Location: 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.

TRANSPORT: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

FREE TIME: FULL DAY With so much to see and do here, make the most of your time and get going.

Accommodation: ,Hostel,

Accommodation Name: Selina Hostel La Fortuna (or similar)

Meals: ,Breakfast,

Location: 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.

FREE TIME: FULL DAY With so much to see and do here, make the most of your time and get going.

Accommodation: ,Hostel,

Accommodation Name: Selina Hostel La Fortuna (or similar)

Meals: ,No Meals,

Location: 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.

TRANSPORT: Climb aboard and make friends with your seatmate en route to the next stop.

TRANSPORT: Climb aboard and get your float on.

TRANSPORT: Climb aboard and make friends with your seatmate en route to the next stop.

ACTIVITY: Enjoy a visit to Life Monteverde, a coffee cooperative made up of 12 local families, dedicated to educating Costa Rica and the world about sustainable farming and conservation. Your visit here directly benefits Life Monteverde's educational programs, which provide free access to local school groups, and training for Costa Ricans. Walk through the plantations of various tropical plants including bananas and pineapples, and learn about coffee growing and production, as well as various sustainable agriculture techniques like converting animal waste to fuel. Also make sure to taste the delicious coffee before you go!

Accommodation: ,Hotel,

Accommodation Name: Hotel El Sueño (or similar)

Meals: ,No Meals,

Location: Monteverde

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

FREE TIME: FULL DAY Get out and explore the misty cloud forest.

Accommodation: ,Hotel,

Accommodation Name: Hotel El Sueño (or similar)

Meals: ,No Meals,

Location: Monteverde, Santa Teresa

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

TRANSPORT: Climb aboard and make friends with your seatmate en route to the next stop.

TRANSPORT: Get to the next spot on your route aboard a convenient and efficient ferry boat.

TRANSPORT: Climb aboard and make friends with your seatmate en route to the next stop.

Accommodation: ,Hostel,

Accommodation Name: Selina Santa Teresa (or similar)

Meals: ,No Meals,

Location: 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.

FREE TIME: Get out and explore the southern part of the Nicoya Peninsula.

Accommodation: ,Hostel,

Accommodation Name: Selina Santa Teresa (or similar)

Meals: ,No Meals,

Location: 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.

FREE TIME: Get out and explore the southern part of the Nicoya Peninsula.

Accommodation: ,Hostel,

Accommodation Name: Selina Santa Teresa (or similar)

Meals: ,No Meals,

Location: 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.

TRANSPORT: Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.

Accommodation: ,Hotel,

Accommodation Name: Hotel Lluvia de Oro (or similar)

Meals: ,No Meals,

Location: San José

Depart at any time.

ACTIVITY: Not ready to leave? Your CEO can help with travel arrangements to extend your adventure.

Accommodation: ,

Meals: ,No Meals,

What's Included

Included
  • Your Welcome Moment: Meet Your CEO and Group
  • Your G for Good Moment: Life Monteverde Experience, Monteverde
  • 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
  • Accommodation
    Simple hotels (3 nts), hostels (9 nts, multi-share), local homestay (1 nt).
  • Fully Guided
    CEO (Chief Experience Officer) throughout.
  • Meals
    1 breakfast, 1 dinner Allow USD470-615 for meals not included.

Not Included
  • Tipping and Gratuities

FAQ

Illegal drugs will not be tolerated on any trips. Possessing or using drugs not only contravenes the laws of the land but also puts the rest of the group at risk. Smoking marijuana and opium is a part of local culture in some parts of the world but is not acceptable for our travellers. Our philosophy of travel is one of respect towards everyone we encounter, and in particular the local people who make the world the special place it is. The exploitation of prostitutes is completely contrary to this philosophy. Our CEOs have the right to expel any member of the group if drugs are found in their possession or if they use prostitutes.
Accommodation will be varied throughout your adventure. Some nights we use multi-share accommodation, on a single-sex basis (typically 4-6 people per room). We have specifically chosen unique accommodations to give local flavour to your trip. Couples: Please note that due to the variety of accommodation used in Central America, couples will be split into separate rooms when we use multi-share hostels. Pending availability, couples may be able to pay extra while on tour to have their own room in some destinations.
Simple hotels (3 nts), hostels (9 nts, multi-share), local homestay (1 nt).
We don't expect any problems, and nor should you, but if for any reason you are unable to commence your trip as scheduled, as soon as possible please contact your starting point hotel, requesting that you speak to or leave a message for your CEO (if you are not on a group tour please refer to the emergency contact details provided in this dossier). If you are unable to get in touch with your leader, please refer to our emergency contact details. If you have pre-booked an airport transfer and have not made contact with our representative within 30 minutes of clearing customs and immigration, we recommend that you make your own way to the Starting Point hotel, following the Joining Instructions. Please apply to your travel agent on your return for a refund of the transfer cost if this occurs.
Costa Rica airport exit tax: $29USD
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Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout
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Chill out on the Caribbean and Pacific coasts, cruise across Lake Arenal with beautiful views of Arenal Volcano, explore the misty cloud forest
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1 breakfast, 1 dinner
Minimum age of 18 years for this trip.
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca - Gandoca Manzanillo National Wildlife Refuge Hike - Snorkelling - Bike Rental - Boogie Boarding - Finca la Isla Botanical Garden Visit Arenal - Gravity Falls Waterfall Jumping (125USD per person) - Lost Canyon Adventures Canyoning (90USD per person) - Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge Tour (60USD per person) - Whitewater Rafting (61-86USD per person) - Mountain Biking (79USD per person) - Arenal Horseback Riding (66-68USD per person) - ***Baldi*** (64USD per person) - Stand-Up Paddle and Kayak Combo (59USD per person) La Fortuna - Venado Caves Exploration (78USD per person) - Costa Rica Adrenaline Bundle - La Fortuna Waterfall Swim (15USD per person) Monteverde - Tour (33USD per person) - Santa Elena Cloud Forest Guided Tour (35USD per person) - Sky Walk - Monteverde Butterfly Garden Visit (15USD per person) - Ziplining (50USD per person) - Monteverde ATV Tour - Monteverde Coffee Plantation Tour (35USD per person) Santa Teresa - Swimming - Sunset Grill Party (35USD per person) - Santa Teresa Surf Lesson Malpais - Cabo Blanco Boat Ride (180-210USD per group) - Snorkelling
Costa Rica Water Activities: • Drybag (Will help keep cameras and essentials dry) • Sport Sandals or Water Shoes (if you plan to do waterfall rappelling and/or rafting) Documents: • Flight info (required) (Printouts of e-tickets may be required at the border) • Insurance info (required) (With photocopies) • Passport (required) (With photocopies) • Required visas or vaccination certificates (required) (With photocopies) • Vouchers and pre-departure information (required) Essentials: • Binoculars (optional) • Camera (With extra memory cards and batteries) • Cash, credit and debit cards • Day pack (Used for daily excursions or short overnights) • Ear plugs • First-aid kit (should contain lip balm with sunscreen, sunscreen, whistle, Aspirin, Ibuprofen, bandaids/plasters, tape, anti-histamines, antibacterial gel/wipes, antiseptic cream, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea, rehydration powder, water purification tablets or drops, insect repellent, sewing kit, extra prescription drugs you may be taking) • Flashlight/torch (Headlamps are ideal) • Fleece top/sweater • Footwear • Hat • Locks for bags • Long pants/jeans • Moneybelt • Outlet adapter • Personal entertainment (Reading and writing materials, cards, music player, etc.) • Reusable water bottle • Shirts/t-shirts • Sleepwear • Small travel towel • Sunglasses • Toiletries (Preferably biodegradable) • Watch and alarm clock • Waterproof backpack cover • Windproof rain jacket Health & Safety: • Face masks (required) • Hand sanitizer (required) • Pen (Please bring your own pen for filling out documents.) • Rubber gloves Warm Weather: • Sandals/flip-flops • Shorts/skirts (Longer shorts/skirts are recommended) • Sun hat/bandana • Swimwear
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Many national governments provide a regularly updated advice service on safety issues involved with international travel. We recommend that you check your government's advice for their latest travel information before departure. Petty theft, bag snatching and muggings have been on the rise in San Jose. Though not common, there are certain precautions you should take when visiting the city. Although the cities visited on our tours are generally safe during the day, there can be risks to wandering throughout any major city at night. It is our recommendation to stay in small groups and to take taxis to and from restaurants, or during night time excursions, as they are the safest and easiest way to avoid any issues one might encounter on the streets after dark. In addition, always leave your passport (It’s better to carry a photocopy of it instead), credit cards and money that you won't be using in the hotel. Many of the hotels we use have safety deposit boxes in the room, or a general one at reception, this is always the safest method of storing your valuables. We strongly recommend the use of a neck wallet or money belt while travelling, for the safe keeping of your passport, air tickets, travellers' cheques, cash and other valuable items. Remember that like in any other city, you should never leave your bags unattended, nor flaunt jewellery, cameras etc
. A lock is recommended for securing your luggage. When travelling on a group trip, please note that your CEO has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the trip itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to safety concerns. Your CEO will accompany you on all included activities. During your trip you will have some free time to pursue your own interests, relax and take it easy or explore at your leisure. While your CEO will assist you with options available in a given location please note that any optional activities you undertake are not part of your itinerary, and we offer no representations about the safety of the activity or the standard of the operators running them. Please use your own good judgment when selecting an activity in your free time. Stick to the main streets only during the day, and after sundown, please take a taxi. Taxis can be organized from reception of your hotel. Also, take the address of the hotel with you. Protests and Demonstrations- Protests and demonstrations, even those that are well intended, have the potential to turn violent with no warning. Counter protests can also turn violent. Action by security forces to disperse demonstrators and protesters may occur at any time. If you are in an area where demonstrators or protesters are gathering, avoid the temptation of staying for a good photo opportunity and leave the area immediately. Water based activities have an element of danger and excitement built into them. We recommend only participating in water based activities when accompanied by a guide(s). We make every reasonable effort to ensure the fun and adventurous element of any water based activities (in countries with varying degrees of operating standards) have a balanced approach to safety. It is our policy not to allow our CEOs to make arrangements on your behalf for water based activities that are not accompanied by guide(s). Swimming, including snorkeling, is always at your own risk. We take all prudent measures in relation to your safety. For ways to further enhance your personal safety while traveling, please visit: <a href="http://www.gadventures.com/travel-resources/safety/"> www.gadventures.com/travel-resources/safety/</a>
We believe single travellers should not have to pay more to travel so our group trips are designed for shared accommodation and do not involve a single supplement. Single travellers joining group trips are paired in twin or multi-share accommodation with someone of the same sex for the duration of the trip. Some of our Independent trips are designed differently and single travellers on these itineraries must pay the single trip price.
Every traveller is different and therefore spending money requirements will vary. Some travellers may drink more than others while other travellers like to purchase more souvenirs than most. Please consider your own spending habits when it comes to allowing for drinks, shopping and tipping. Please also remember the following specific recommendations when planning your trip.
It is customary in Latin America to tip service providers such as waiters, at approximately 10%, depending on the service. Tipping is an expected - though not compulsory - component of your tour program and an expression of satisfaction with the persons who have assisted you on your tour. Although it may not be customary to you, it is of considerable significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels. There are several times during the trip where there is opportunity to tip the local guides or drivers we use. Recommendations for tipping drivers and local guides would range from $5-10 USD per day depending on the quality and length of the service; ask your CEO for specific recommendations based on the circumstances and culture. Tipping of your G Adventures Chief Experience Officer is very much appreciated. The amount is entirely a personal preference; however as a guideline $5- 7 USD per person, per day is our recommendation in the region. However, if you felt your CEO did an especially outstanding job, any additional amount will always be welcome.
Local bus, boat, taxi, private vehicle, walking.
Travel Insurance: Travel insurance is compulsory in order to participate on any of our trips. When travelling on a group trip, you will not be permitted to join the group until evidence of travel insurance has been sighted by your CEO, who will take note of your insurance details. When selecting a travel insurance policy please bear in mind that all clients must have medical coverage and that we require a minimum coverage of USD 200,000 for repatriation and emergency rescue. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects. If you have credit card insurance we require proof of purchase of the trip (a receipt of credit card statement) with a credit card in your name. Contact your bank for details of their participating insurer, the level of coverage and emergency contact telephone number.
Like any city where tourism is on the increase, crime also tends to increase and while San José is not a noticeably dangerous city, there are certain precautions you should take. Make sure that you are aware of your things at all times and don't go out carrying expensive gear or jewellery.
All countries require a valid passport (with a minimum 6 months validity). Contact your local embassy, or consulate for the most up-to-date visa requirements, or see your travel agent. As of November 1st, 2007, the Costa Rica government, requires those entering Costa Rica from certain countries in South America and Sub-Sahara Africa, to have an International Certificate of Vaccination against Yellow Fever. Those affected countries are: Angola, Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Sudan, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, French Guiana and Venezuela. You should consult your doctor for up-to-date medical travel information well before departure.
We recommend using a backpack for your convenience, or a medium-sized suitcase if you prefer. A daypack is also essential for carrying everyday items. Space is limited on transportation, so there is a limit of one main piece of luggage per person. You will be responsible for carrying and handling your own luggage.
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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Start:San José
Finish:San José
Duration:13 Nights
Group size:14 - 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).
Physical rating:2 - Light
Meals:1 breakfast, 1 dinner
Diets:Vegetarians, Vegans
Tour operated in: English
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