Introduction
You expect paradise to be beautiful. But who knew it was so much fun? Costa Rica blends adventure and nature like nowhere else. A quarter of the country is protected paradise for everything from anteaters to orchids. The best part is how easy and exciting it is. You don’t just look at the cloud forest canopy. You stroll through it on suspended bridges or glide through on a zipline. You can high-five a monkey from a kayak or slalom down a colorful tropical jungle river by raft. And you’ll explore with expert naturalists who make sure you spot the best fauna and flora. You’ll meet the native ticos, too, and learn about local life. The trip features stays at the foot of Arenal Volcano and in Manuel Antonio Park, and all activities are included at no extra cost. Because Costa Rica is temperate and close to the U.S., you can join us in almost any season—and it’s a great spur-of-the-moment getaway.
Picture yourself...
  • Exploring the forest canopy on hanging bridges or by zipline
  • Seeing scarlet macaws, crocodiles and howler monkeys
  • Rafting on a jungle river or kayaking amid mangroves
Itinerary at a glance

DAYS 1-2 - SAN JOSE / ARENAL
After meeting in San José, our Costa Rica travel adventure heads straight for the rainforest with a walk that weaves beside and behind five waterfalls. You’ll also step into a cloud of thousands of butterflies and come nose-to-beak with 26 species of hummingbirds.

At the foot of Arenal Volcano (2 nights), our inn is the perfect spot to start a walks through the frozen lava flow on the lower slopes. We’ll head right up to the teeming canopy of the forest where you can choose either a zipline ride or a naturalist-guided walk on hanging bridges. (There’s no extra cost for either option.) In seasons when class is in session, we visit the kids and teachers at a small local school. Then we hop a boat for a river safari in search of crocodiles, scarlet macaws and kingfishers.

DAYS 3-6 - MANUEL ANTONIO PARK / SAN JOSE
Manuel Antonio Park is the crown jewel of Costa Rica parks. Our lodge sits on a forested promontory overlooking a crescent Pacific beach (3 nights). Capuchin and squirrel monkeys provide your wake-up call and keep you company at open-air breakfast. Naturalists take us for walks to spot some of the 109 mammal species and 184 kinds of birds—everything from sloths and coatis to toucans. We set aside a beach afternoon for snorkeling, boogie boarding or sunning. On our final full day, you can head off for whitewater rafting in Class II-IV rapids or slip into a 1- or 2-person kayak to paddle among the mangrove trees for more wildlife spotting.

On our way back to San José, we’ll see how Costa Rica’s world-famous coffee is grown, harvested and roasted on a working plantation. Of course we’ll do a tasting too.

Costa Rica—Arenal & Manuel Antonio Park
Cultural Walking Adventure
6 Days / 5 Nights
Starting Point: San José, Costa Rica - 9:00 am

Ending Point: San José, Costa Rica - 1:00 pm

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Guest Reviews
“This was one of the best trips we have been on. It was outstanding from start to finish. We loved that we didn't have to plan anything and our days were filled with fun activities, opportunities for learning and quality time spent together everyday.”
Leslie N.

“Jorge was the best guide we have encountered in over 25 years of fairly extensive travel. He was excellent in his knowledge of all aspects of Costa Rica. We can’t say enough good things about him!”
Leonard and Carolina G., Houston, TX

“The visit to the school and to the organic farm were both extremely educational and enjoyable. The visit to the coffee plantation was also very well done.”
Christine O., Midland, MI

“I can't say enough great things about Kenneth. He was so great, he seemed to anticipate our needs and created a fabulous vacation. He even was helpful finding info for us regarding our trip extension. We were so sad to leave him at the end!”
Melinda S., Moretown, VT

“Our guide was great at finding animals and keeping us entertained.”
David R., Lexington, MA

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Extend your trip
Choose one of three fascinating extensions to the Galapagos, Panama or Costa Rica’s Tortuguero sea-turtle preserve on the Caribbean.
Choose your options at no extra cost
Will you walk hanging bridges or zipline in the forest canopy? Go whitewater rafter or kayaking? Every activity we offer is included in your trip cost.
Tour Dates & Prices
Tour prices are per person based on double occupancy. Single supplement is only applicable if you are traveling solo and/or have a room to yourself.
TOUR DATES
TOUR PRICES
SINGLE SUPPLEMENT
Dec 27, 2016-Jan 1, 2017$3495.00$795.00
January 15-20, 2017$3295.00$695.00
February 12-17, 2017$3295.00$695.00
March 12-17, 2017$3295.00$695.00
May 28-Jun 2, 2017$3095.00$595.00
June 18-23, 2017$3095.00$595.00
Dec 27, 2017-Jan 1, 2018$3595.00$795.00
  • Full time experienced guide(s) who are with you throughout the trip, handle behind-the-scenes logistics and are there to help with anything from haggling for a rug to buying a tube of toothpaste
  • Support vehicle(s)
  • Admissions to tastings, historic sites and other scheduled events as noted in the detailed daily itinerary.
  • Gratuities for hotels, meals and baggage
  • Trip literature
  • All land transportation during the trip
• Breakfasts, 5 lunches & 5 dinners
Costa Rica—Arenal & Manuel Antonio Park
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The temperature variation in Costa Rica is very small from one season to the next and from daytime to nighttime. The climate of the areas visited during the first half of the trip is mild. During the second half of the trip, in the rain forests, the climate is warmer and more humid. In the cloud forest, the precipitation (usually in the form of a light mist) from the Pacific catches on the high trees of the forest. Manuel Antonio Park is a lowland rain forest, situated at sea level. As such, it is warmer and more humid than the other areas. However, our lodge is located in the hills above the park and beaches, offering us cooling trade winds.

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Hotels
Tabacon Grand Spa Thermal Resort

This multi-award winning 5-star luxury resort is located at the base of Arenal Volcano. The property boasts its own thermal springs, heated by the volcano. Rooms are beautifully appointed with handicrafts and furnishings made by Costa Rican artisans.

Si Como No

Surrounded by the forest of Manuel Antonio Park, this hotel strikes the perfect balance between design and comfort. The tropical style rooms are contoured into the jungle hillside. Its jungle terraces and vivid gardens overlook the Pacific.

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