Highlights of Costa Rica

For complete details contact:
Laurie Johnson at:   ljohnson@nexioncanada.com
(289) 812-2112  | (506) 7198-9674 WhatApp

What’s Included

National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Tortilla Making and Home Dinner, La Fortuna
National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Monteverde Institute Lecture, Monteverde
Good: Mi Cafecito Coffee Cooperative Tour, Sarapiquí. Arrival transfer. Guided nature walk in the Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve. Guided excursion to Manuel Antonio National Park. All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.

Meals Included

8 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinner

Transport

Private vehicle, walking.

Tour is land only

Light walking and hiking suitable for most fitness levels. Nothing too challenging.

from $2049.00 CAD per person based on double occupancy

Based on a minimum of 8 to a maximum of 16

Land Only

DEPOSIT DUE DATE:  19 October 2018

DEPOSIT AMOUNT: $250 per person
FINAL PAYMENT: 60 days before departure (18 December 2018)
 *If a payment is due on a date that is not a business day, such payment will be due on the business day immediately before the payment due date.

My Own Room (single supplement) CAD 1,079.00
Maximum number of MOR’s – 2

Please note that if you have booked the “My Own Room” option for this tour, you will receive your own single room for all night stops
Prices are subject to change until extra is confirmed

Pre/Post Accommodation (Single): 120 CAD per room per night
Pre/Post Accommodation (Twin/Double): 120 CAD per room per night

Costa Rica Adrenaline Bundle: 176 CAD per person
Manuel Antonio Catamaran Tour: 102 CAD per person

Cancellation Policy 
* Cancellation 60 days or more prior to departure = Loss of deposit
* Cancellation between 30 and 59 days prior to departure = 50% loss
* Cancellation within 30 days of departure = 100% loss
It is mandatory for all of our travellers to have Emergency Medical insurance that covers for both emergency evacuation and repatriation to the sum of $200,000 USD we also strongly recommend purchasing an all inclusive plan that covers cancellation/interruption insurance as well. I am able to send a quote over on request.

Day 1 San José

Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer included.

If you arrive early enough, you’ll have time to head into the city to visit a museum, shop, or visit the main plaza in the city centre.

The plaza is a good place to people-watch. A mime, juggler, marimba band, magician, or storyteller may be performing for whatever is collected when the hat is passed. Artisan booths are common, creating a regular arts and crafts fair atmosphere.

Costa Rica has one of the most diverse ecosystems in the world and is a top destination for nature lovers. As such, there is a lot of rain, regardless of the season, allowing for its lush green rain forests and cloud forest, in which flora and fauna thrive. Please come prepared for the possibility of wet weather and variations in temperature.

Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
1h18:00

The adventure begins tonight. Feel free to explore before your welcome meeting, but make sure you’re back in time to meet the group. After introductions, your CEO will review the details of your tour. Please note that normal check-in times apply at our start hotels, but you can usually store your luggage for the day if you arrive early.

Private Vehicle
Juan Santamaría International Airport – San José

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

Accommodation

Radisson San Jose (or similar)
Hotel

Day 2 San José/La Fortuna

Visit a G Adventures-supported coffee cooperative with a coffee tour and local lunch. Continue to the adventure hub of La Fortuna. In the evening, visit a local home and learn the art of tortilla making. Afterwards, dig into a tasty “casado” – a typical Costa Rican dish that’s made with black beans, plantains, and the tortillas you’ve made.

Please also note that the town of La Fortuna is fairly small with shopping and some great restaurants, but most of the upgraded accommodations in this area are located outside of the main town centre – to take better advantage of the natural beauty and stunning landscapes of the area. Taxis are readily available to take you into town and back and can cost approx. $10USD each way.

Private Vehicle
San José – La Fortuna3h

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

Travel time includes lunch and coffee tour.

G Adventures for Good: Mi Cafecito Coffee Cooperative Tour

Find out where your cup of java comes from. Visit the Mi Cafecito coffee cooperative in San Miguel de Sarapiqui, see shade-grown coffee plants, learn about everything from harvesting, to husking, drying, and roasting the beans before enjoying the best part – a fresh cup! Enjoy a typical lunch of plantains, beans, and freshly caught tilapia fish. Feel good about all this eating and drinking knowing that you are supporting a G Adventures for Good project that helps 200 farmers and their families.

National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Tortilla Making and Home Dinner

Learn the art of tortilla making from Doña Mara in her family home. Grind the corn, mix the “masa” (dough) into balls, flatten into circles, and then cook them up on a wood-burning stove. Relax with a fresh tropical fruit juice, get to know the family, and hear about the history of tortillas. Afterwards, dig into a tasty “casado” – a typical Costa Rican dish including black beans and plantains – complete with your own hand-made tortillas.

Accommodation

Hotel Monte Real (or similar)
Hotel

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 3 La Fortuna

Free day in La Fortuna for optional activities. Opt for rafting, canyoneering, or nature hikes.

Free Time
La Fortuna

Free day to set out and explore nature near La Fortuna.

Optional Activities – Day 3

Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge Tour
Arenal – Caño Negro

59USD per person

Travel north to Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge near the Nicaraguan border. Take a guided tour by covered boat through one of the world’s most important wetlands; home to a vast array of plants, birds, reptiles, fish, and mammals. Keep your eyes peeled and you may see a three-toed sloth or a Jesus Christ lizard.

Hanging Bridges
Arenal1h30m-2h 3km

66USD per person

Come join the monkeys and perhaps spot a sloth lazing in the treetops of this protected rainforest that’s set in the shadows of the Arenal Volcano. Trek 3km (2 mi) of winding trails up, down, across, and over 16 different bridges. One of higher suspended bridges overlooks a gorgeous gorge and 60m (37 mi) waterfall. Look up and down to spot birds, snakes, frogs, lizards, howler monkeys, and more. Don’t forget to bring binoculars, bug spray, and a long lens as you reach new heights in the canopy of Costa Rica.

Lost Canyon Adventures Canyoning
Arenal

89USD per person

Hold on tight and get ready to rappel down the face of rushing waterfalls. Fear and fun collide in the rainforest as you throw caution to the monkeys and launch yourself into nature. Get soaked and feel completely alive. Trek through rivers, wobble across a hanging bridge, and keep your eyes peeled for exotic birds and wildlife. Let the action begin!

La Fortuna Waterfall Swim
La Fortuna

14USD per person

Take a walk, taxi, or horse just outside the town of La Fortuna to the nearby waterfall. Once at the gate, pay a fee then start the descent on rough steps (more than 500 of them!) to get to the base of the falls. The water cascades 65m (200 ft) down the side of the dormant Cerro Chato. Sit on the rocks, get sprayed, watch for iridescent blue morpho butterflies and then plunge into the cool waters.

Gravity Falls Waterfall Jumping
Arenal

113USD per person

Hold on tight and get ready to rappel down the face of rushing waterfalls. Fear and fun collide in the rainforest as you throw caution to the monkeys and launch yourself into nature. Strapped securely in your harness, descend deep into the canyon, get soaked and feel completely alive. Trek through rivers, wobble across a hanging bridge and keep your eyes peeled for exotic birds and wildlife. Let the action begin!

Extreme Volcano Hike
Cerro Chato4h-5h

77USD per person

Feel like getting a sweat on? This intense hike cuts through the lush rainforest to the crater of the inactive Cerro Chato Volcano, where there’s now an emerald green lake. Hike back down and enjoy the lush landscape, then cool off in the waterfall of La Fortuna.

Venado Caves Exploration
La Fortuna

76USD per person

Duck your head and enter an underground world formed some 15 million years ago. The Venado Caves are 45 min NW of Fortuna. Ford rivers, crawl through caverns, and marvel at the strange stalactites, stalagmites and subterranean inhabitants including bats, frogs, and spiders. Not ideal if you get anxious in closed spaces. Great for those who want to channel their inner Indiana Jones.

Stand Up Paddle (Lesson and Tour)
Arenal

62USD per person

Grab a long wide board and show those surfer dudes how it’s done without waves on Lake Arenal with the volcano looming above. Tour picks up from the hotel and includes a tour of the west-end of the Lake while you’re getting the hang of the paddle board. Enjoy the amazing view, with chances to spot wild birds like Great Blue Herons or even Howler Monkeys. Learn more about the area while exploring the lake and snack on some tropical fruit before heading back to the hotel.

Mountain Biking
Arenal3h-5h 13-15km

71USD per person

Rent a bike and head off along one of the backroads outside of town. Take the road to San Ramon and turn right on the road toward the waterfall. Or take a guided cycling tour and pick one of three routes of varying difficulty.

Hot Springs
Arenal Volcano

42-84USD per person

Relax in the shadow of the Arenal Volcano immersed in therapeutic waters heated by the earth’s magma and infused with healing minerals and salts. Rejuvenate your muscles, detox your cells, and stimulate all your senses in nature’s thermal spa. Breathe in the pure rainforest air and marvel at the mystic surroundings of these outdoor pools of paradise.

Accommodation

Hotel Monte Real (or similar)
Hotel

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 4 La Fortuna/Monteverde

Travel from La Fortuna to the cloud forest of Monteverde – a nature lover’s paradise.

The town of Monteverde is fairly small with shopping and some great restaurants, but most of the upgraded accommodations in this area are located outside of the main town centre – to take better advantage of the natural beauty and stunning landscapes of the area. Taxis are readily available to take you into town and back and can cost approx. $10USD each way.

Accommodations tend to be a bit more simple here, with fewer amenities. Its important to remember that the cloud forest sits at a higher elevation and offers a cooler but humid climate – which is why hotels in this area do not have A/C. It can also feel damp in rooms which is unavoidable in such a climate.

Private Vehicle
La Fortuna – Monteverde4h60km

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

Accommodation

Hotel Heliconia (or similar)
Hotel

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 5 Monteverde

Enjoy a nature hike in the Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve. After, visit the Monteverde Institute, which has served as the base for numerous National Geographic funded explorers and researchers. Enjoy a lecture by one of the researchers outlining the various projects National Geographic has sponsored in reforestation of tropical regions research and conservation. This afternoon, opt to visit a butterfly garden, zipline through the canopy, or go horseback riding.

Santa Elena Cloud Forest Guided Tour
Monteverde2h-3h

Pull on your poncho and boots. It’s time to head into the cloud-covered forest, past over-sized ferns and exotic orchids. Harness your inner Tarzan and Jane as you imagine swinging from the giant vines. Trudge along 12km (7 mi) of trails, watch for wildlife, and trek to the top of the observation tower. Be sure to stop and listen, too. Hear the haunting call of the bellbird and perhaps catch sight of the brilliant green and red resplendent quetzal. Feel good about protecting the forest and sustaining the quality of local schools through payment of your park fees.

National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Monteverde Institute Lecture

Visit the Monteverde Institute which has served as the base for numerous National Geographic-funded explorers and researchers studying the famed canopy of the Monteverde Cloud Forest. Enjoy a lecture by one of the researchers outlining the various projects National Geographic has sponsored including new discoveries, insect and bird studies, and the reforestation of tropical regions.

Optional Activities – Day 5

Ziplining
Monteverde3h-4h

50USD per person

Buckle up your harness, don your helmet, and prepare to launch. Glide along cables suspended high above the cloud forest canopy. Dare to let go and reach top speeds as you zip past stunning scenery. Forget your fear as you spot a toucans or exotic orchids in this adrenaline-filled experience.

Monteverde Butterfly Garden Visit
Monteverde

15USD per person

Get close to butterflies, bump into giant bugs, and make friends with hairy eight-legged spiders in this collection of gardens nestled in the mountains of Monteverde. Observe caterpillars, take prize-worthy photos of the iridescent blue morpho butterfly, and check out the leaf-cutter ant colony. The nature centre is home to 30 species of butterfly, a whole bunch of insects, as well as white-faced monkeys, coatis, motmots, and more.

Monteverde Horseback Riding
Monteverde2h30m-3h

40USD per person

Enjoy Monteverde’s breath-giving wilderness by horseback. Spot toucans, bellbirds, and parrots as you ride through private mountain trails along the primary and secondary forest. Meet monkeys, see sloths, and possibly glimpse the Gulf of Nicoya through the clouds. Take photos, inhale the pure air, and let your horse lead you on this memorable meander in misty Monteverde.

Sky Walk
Monteverde

Get up high to see the tree tops of Monteverde’s Cloud Forest from a bird’s eye view. Cross a series of suspension bridges to discover the early ropes and pulleys that early biologists required to glimpse – a lush, green vista accented by bromeliads, vines, and orchids. Wonder at this wet canopy, home to thousands of species of birds, small animals, amphibians and insects (making up 90% of all the organisms in the forest).

Serpentarium Visit
Monteverde

15USD per person

Frog Pond Visit
Monteverde

14USD per person

Accommodation

Hotel Heliconia (or similar)
Hotel

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 6 Monteverde/Manuel Antonio

Continue to the stunning Pacific coast. Enjoy the laid-back atmosphere of the area with options to surf, go horseback riding, dolphin watching on a catamaran, or visit other nearby picturesque beaches.

Hotels in Manuel Antonio are not located on the beach, they are scattered along the cliffside road, overlooking the stunning coast line and lush jungle. The beach, National Park, markets, shops and restaurants are easily accessible by frequent public bus (safe and easy to use) or taxi.

Private Vehicle
Monteverde – Manuel Antonio6h267km

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

Optional Activities – Day 6
Whale and Dolphin Watching
Manuel Antonio

65-80USD per person

Take to the open seas in search of spotted dolphins and migrating humpback whales. Costa Rica’s warm waters create ideal conditions to grow plankton – the primary food source for these delightful creatures. Keep your eyes peeled for sea turtles and manta rays as well. Navigate small islands, past jagged cliffs and big boulders, the nesting grounds of marine birds such as pelicans, ibises, and boobies.

Surfing
Manuel Antonio National Park1h-5h

55-75USD per person

Slather on the sunscreen, strap on a leash, pull on a rash guard, and get ready to hit the waves. Experience the surf at the beaches near Quepos and Manuel Antonio with their left, right, and well-shaped beach breaks. Take a lesson, learn tips and techniques, then hang ten like a local.

Horseback Riding
Manuel Antonio

69USD per person

Throw on some long pants, grab the reins, and hop up on a well-trained horse. Trail ride through the tropical forest and rivers and across the area’s most beautiful landscape. Look for toucans in the trees and admire the ocean views. End your horseback journey with the opportunity to swim under a beautiful waterfalls.

Accommodation

Hotel Villas Lirio (or similar)
Hotel

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 7 Manuel Antonio

Take an excursion to Manuel Antonio National Park, famed for its stunning beaches and abundant wildlife. Look for monkeys, sloths, and some 350 species of birds.

The park has fabulous beaches, abundant wildlife, and a great trail system for those who want to spend the day hiking. Look for monkeys, armadillos, coatimundis, sloths, and some 350 species of birds that are present in the park.

Manuel Antonio National Park Visit
Manuel Antonio5h

Pack your sunscreen, snack, beach shoes, and prepare for a great day in Costa Rica’s smallest yet no less stunning national park. Manual Antonio offers four white-sand beaches, separated by jagged rock outcrops and tidal pools. Swim, snorkel, surf, and sunbathe. When you’re all beached out, head to the shade of the nearby hiking trails to search for sloths, monkeys, and armadillos. Climb to the lookout to capture views of the pristine Pacific Ocean and the area’s off-shore islands.

Optional Activities – Day 7
Sailing
Manuel Antonio National Park

Slap on some sunscreen and hop aboard as we set sail along the rugged Pacific Coast of Manuel Antonio National Park on a catamaran. Bask in the beauty of the white-sand beaches and small islands that accent the shoreline. Keep watch for dolphins, rays, and migrating whales. Hop into the warm water and snorkel with more than 50 species of colourful tropical fish.

Surfing
Manuel Antonio National Park1h-5h

55-75USD per person

Slather on the sunscreen, strap on a leash, pull on a rash guard, and get ready to hit the waves. Experience the surf at the beaches near Quepos and Manuel Antonio with their left, right, and well-shaped beach breaks. Take a lesson, learn tips and techniques, then hang ten like a local.

Snorkelling
Manuel Antonio

Book a special boat trip or simply rent a mask and fins on Playa Espadilla, just north of the entrance to Manuel Antonio’s national park. Explore the reefs and volcanic rock formations in the warm salt water. Float amongst schools of tropical fish. Look for crabs and clams. Don’t forget your sunscreen or, better yet, wear a t-shirt so you don’t burn your back!

Kayaking
Manuel Antonio National Park

69USD per person

Choose to kayak the calm waters of the mangroves or paddle the waves of the Pacific. In the Damas Island estuary, the ocean meets fresh water rivers and creates a protected home for birds, snakes, crocodiles, and white face monkeys. For the more adventurous, opt for an open-seat ocean kayak and paddle along the shoreline and nearby islands, keeping an eye out for frigates, boobies, and jumping fish.

Accommodation

Hotel Villas Lirio (or similar)
Hotel

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 8 Manuel Antonio/San José

Return to San José and enjoy an optional farewell dinner on the town.

Private Vehicle
Manuel Antonio – San José5h190km

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

Accommodation

Radisson San Jose (or similar)
Hotel

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 9 San José

Depart at any time.

Departure Day

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

Meals included:

Breakfast