Costa Rica Small Group Adventure
Costa Rica Small Group Adventure 16 days
Regardless of its small size, Costa Rica is one of the most biologically diverse countries in the world. Consisting of volcanoes, wildlife, rainforests and beaches. With an emphasis on wildlife, this adventure brings you a balance of guided excursions and free time. Optional activities include zipping through the sky on a canopy tour to scuba diving, and much more besides.
- 100s of species of tropical birds and other wildlife
- Experience multiple habitats and eco-systems
- Visit Caribbean, central and Pacific regions
- Varied and spectacular scenery
- Travelling with like minded people (max 16, avg 12)
- Hotels (13 nts), jungle lodge (2 nts, multi-share)
- 4 lunches, 4 dinners, 4 breakfasts
- All transportation between destinations and to/from included activities
- Tour leader throughout and local guides
- Boat ride to Tortuguero
- Nature trail walk with swim (Sarapiquí)
- Wildfoot-supported coffee cooperative tour and local lunch
- Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve guided tour (Monteverde)
ITINERARY15 Nights 16 Days
- Day 1 | San José
- Days 2 - 3 | San Jose to Quepos
- Days 4 - 5 | Monteverde
- Day 6 | Monteverde to La Fortuna
- Days 7 - 8 | La Fortuna
- Day 9 | La Fortuna & La Virgen
- Day 10 | La Virgen
- Day 11 | La Virgen & Tortuguero
- Day 12 | Tortuguero
- Day 13 | Tortuguero to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
- Day 14 | Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
- Day 15 | Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to San Jose
- 16 | San Jose
Arrive at any time. Amid the hustle and bustle of this busy capital, San José has beautiful parks, museums and an ornate National Theatre. Start your exploration of the city in the central plaza, a great place to people-watch. A mime artist, juggler or marimba band may be performing. Artisan booths are common, creating a regular arts and crafts fair atmosphere. Sample the excellent craft beers that are currently taking the country by storm. Welcome meeting at 6.00pm. Overnight at Dunn Inn Hotel or similar
San Jose to Quepos
Today we head to the small town of Quepos on the Pacific coast. A short distance away, Manuel Antonio National Park offers beautiful white-sand beaches and warm turquoise water, ideal for swimming, fishing, kayaking, boogie boarding, sailing or surfing.
Accommodation at Villa Romantica or similar
Manuel Antonio National Park Visit - One of Costa Ricas nicest beaches, you will see sloths, monkeys, iguanas, and possibly armadillos. Climb to the lookout to capture views of the pristine Pacific Ocean and the area’s off-shore islands.
Kayaking - Choose to kayak the calm waters of the mangroves or paddle the waves of the Pacific.
Whale and dolphin watching (seasonal) - Enjoy a half day catamaran trip looking for whales and dolphins that are often spotted in these beautiful bays, and have a chance to do some deep water snorkelling before heading back on to the boat for a tasty BBQ lunch.
Spend a couple of days exploring the town and a cloud forest reserve, truly a bird lover's paradise. Optional activities include the Sky Walk, a series of suspension bridges through the jungle canopy, a butterfly garden and a thrilling canopy zip line, with line longest zip line in Latin America, over one and a half kilometres in length. 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 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. Accommodation at El Atardecer Hotel or similar.
Monteverde to La Fortuna
Travel from Monteverde to La Fortuna, known for activities like rafting, waterfall rappelling and relaxing in local hot springs.
La Fortuna, the town near the foot of Arenal Volcano is an excellent base for adventure. Hike the area’s nature trails, swim in chilly La Fortuna waterfall or go canyoneering (rappelling) and catch a bird’s eye view of the forest greenery. Accommodation at Hotel Las Colinas or similar
Enjoy two free days in La Fortuna to enjoy optional activities, Also thearea is a birders’ paradise, with over 600 species as permanent residents
Venado Caves Exploration - Duck your head and enter an undergroundworld formed some 15 million years ago.
La Fortuna Waterfall Swim - The water cascades 65m (200 ft) down theside of the dormant Cerro Chato. Sit on the rocks, get sprayed, watch foriridescent blue morpho butterflies and then plunge into the cool waters.
Canyoneering - Hold on tight and get ready to rappel downthe face of rushing waterfalls
Baldi Hot Springs Soak - Relax in the shadow of the Arenal Volcanoimmersed in one of the naturally heated pools at Baldi Hot Springs Hotel andSpa.
Whitewater Rafting - Pull on your bathing suit and water shoes,don a helmet and prepare to get wet and wild. Guided by expert leaders, paddlethrough Class II-IV rapids as you raft past spectacular scenery.
La Fortuna & La Virgen
Today we will head towards Saraquipi Rainforest and on route, stop andvisit a local coffee cooperative in the small village of San Miguel de Sarapiquí.Here we will tour the grounds of the cooperative to see shade-grown coffeeplants, learn about everything from harvesting, to husking, drying, androasting the beans before enjoying the best part – a fresh cup! Enjoy a typicallunch of plantains, beans, and freshly caught tilapia fish. Then take a tractor-drawn cart excellent for navigating the jungle along rugged uphill terrain on the way to our special jungle oasis. Accommodation in Magsasay Lodge or similar where there may be shared sleeping and bathroom facilities.
Enjoy a day in the beautiful Sarapiquí Valley. Optional activities include swimming in the river, night walks, an empanada-making lesson or lounging in a hammock.
La Virgen & Tortuguero
After breakfast we will head to Tortuguero; the journey is half the adventure - by tractor, van and then boat. Your beautiful jungle lodge can only be accessed by boat so hop on board, kick back, and prepare to witness a parade of tropical birds, reptiles, and mammals as we motor through the black water canals of the Tortuguero. Accommodation at Baula Lodge or similar
Enjoy free time to explore Tortuguero. kayak through the canals and view the wildlife, wake up early and head to the beach to watch turtle eggs hatch (seasonal). Grab a paddle and prepare to witness tropical birds, reptiles, and mammals as you kayak through Tortuguero National Park. At night visit the nesting grounds of the green and leatherback turtles (seasonal)
Tortuguero to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
After breakfast, head to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, with spectacular scenery en route. Scan the trees for toucans; watch the shores for caimans, otters, iguanas and frogs, and look up to see monkeys and sloths.
The village of Puerto Viejo is surrounded by picturesque white and black sand beaches, Check out the beaches of Cocles and Punta Uva, at Gandoca Manzanillo National Wildlife Refuge close by look for capuchin and howler monkeys, sloths and raccoons. Grab a mask and snorkel and head out to explore the marine life off the coast. Accommodation at Escape Caribeno or similar.
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
With free time here, head out and explore and do some of the optional activities that you didn’t get a chance to do yesterday and don’t forget to try some fantastic Afro-Caribbean cuisine, a local favourite being rice and beans cooked in coconut milk, with Caribbean chicken.
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to San Jose
Enjoy free time in the morning before heading back to San Jose with overnight accommodation at Dunn Inn Hotel or similar
Depart anytime for your flight home
Your Itinerary Accommodation
Villa Romantica, Quepos
The hotel complex is located close to the national park of Manuel Antonio (about 7 min. drive) and downtown Quepos (5 min. walk) and surrounded by quite a densely vegetated area The hotel consists of a main building with reception area and a two-storey colonial style suite complex, a swimming pool and a terrace. The grounds are well kept and the atmosphere is friendly and relaxed.
The 16 tastefully furnished rooms offer: private bath (with hot and cold water) and ceiling fans/air conditioning and cable-TV. There is also wifi available.
El Atardecer, Monteverde
Strategically located 300 metres south of downtown Santa Elena and with excellent views over the Gulf of Nicoya and great sunset views over the Pacific, this great value hotel is an ideal base for the Monteverde cloud forest..
Rooms with private bath and hot water - Restaurant, national and international cuisine - Wireless Internet (free for hotel guests) - Tour desk for information and reservations for all attractions - Telephone for local and international calls - Laundry Service - Transportation service to all of Costa Rica - 2 Day Rooms to read, write or just relax - Private Parking
Magsasay Lodge, Sarapiqui
The lodge offers an authentic Eco Experience with the Braulio Carrillo National Park at your door step. The 35 year old solid hardwood home was remodelled into 10 comfortable rooms plus a large deck putting you practically into the jungle, lighted by solar power. The accent is on excellent food and service in a jungle environment. It is an ideal place for bird, and butterfly watchers, through the many miles of trails and paths on the 900 acres.
The lodge has 10 rooms for a total capacity of up to 36 guests in triple or quadruple occupancy. The lodge is provided with solar power for lightning and basic appliances as well as hot water showers. Bathrooms are just across the hall
La Baula Lodge, Tortuguero
La Baula Lodge is a rustic lodge buildt in the early 80´s and located in Tortuguero. It has been completely restored by its present owners.
The lodge is surrounded by lush gardens filled with wildlife. From the balcony of your room you can admire howler monkeys, spider monkeys, sloth and birds, such as toucans, manakins and trogons, plus a wide variety of flowers and plants.
This lodge offers 45 basic standard rooms with ceiling fan, private bathroom with hot water, reading lamps and balcony.
The lodge also offers other services such as bar & restaurant, swimming pool, high speed wireless internet connection, security box at the front desk and tour assistance.
Hotel Escape Caribeno, Puerto Viejo
This hotel is located in the small Caribbean village of Puerto Viejo, seven minutes from the "Pueblo", in front of the famous Salsa Brava beach, a paradise for surfers.
In the coral reef, next to the hotel, there are different natural pools where it's possible to swim and snorkel as well as places for mountain biking.
The property consists of 14 garden and sea front bungalows, each with private facilities, minibar, safe and wifi. There is also a breakfast restaurant.
Dunn Inn Hotel, San Jose
The Hotel Dunn Inn is conveniently located in the desirable upmarket and historic neighborhood of Barrio Amon, San Jose. This Costa Rica hotel is steps from downtown, museums, souvenir shops, central market, commercial center, banking and the continuous nightlife that is famous to the city.
Set 650 yards from the National Theatre of Costa Rica, Hotel Dunn Inn features a restaurant and free WiFi throughout the property. Each room at this hotel is air conditioned and features a flat-screen TV with cable channels. Every room includes a private bathroom equipped with a bath or shower. There is a 24-hour front desk at the property.
The nearest airport is Tobías Bolaños International Airport, 4.3 miles from the hotel.
Hotel Las Colinas, La Fortuna
Next to La Fortuna Central Park, this certified eco-friendly hotel features impressive views of Arenal Volcano and provides access to a wide range of activities and adventures. Family owned and managed, the hotel offers a high level of service and hospitality and has been welcoming guests from across the world for over 25 years.
Accommodation in the hotel is provided in air-conditioned rooms with private bathrooms, cable TV, comfortable beds and access to either the terrace area or a private balcony. Many of the rooms offer splendid views of the Arenal Volcano and there is also a honeymoon suite with a king-size bed and a Jacuzzi.
Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel and daily breakfast with regional specialities is available. Local snacks and drinks are available at Lopez Internet Cafe. Lunch and dinner can be enjoyed at La Terraza Jardin Restaurant.
For exploring the outdoors, the tour desk offers trips to attractions like the Arenal Hot Springs and Fortuna Waterfalls. Activities include horse riding, rappelling and rafting. Relaxing massage and beauty treatments are also available.
If you prefer to simply relax and soak up your surroundings there is an open air terrace garden which offers fantastic views and is a great spot for enjoying a drink with fellow travellers.
What Our Customers
Enjoyed the numerous lodges we stayed in which gave a good flavour of Costa Rica. We saw so much, in so little time but never felt rushed….. all in all a great holiday. Thanks.
Considering the standard of accommodation and level of guiding, I think we got great value for money and would happily go again. Although I loved seeing the turtles and hummingbirds the best bit had to be rafting into camp at Pacuare Lodge, best lodge ever!!!
Great views of a huge range of birds, animals and insects etc so a very successful trip. Despite the weather, I did and saw so much every day, an action packed two weeks, thanks for the free bins, they came in most useful.
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