Costa Rica North and South: National Parks, Wildlife & Hot Springs

Costa Rica North and South: National Parks, Wildlife & Hot Springs

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Costa Rica North and South: National Parks, Wildlife & Hot Springs

15 Days Starting and ending in San José

Visiting: San José, Tortuguero, Arenal, Parque Nacional Volcan Tenorio, Chirripó, Península de Osa, Manuel Antonio

Tour operator:

G Adventures

Tour code:

25954

Group size:

1 - 18

Physical rating:

3 - Average

Special diets catered:

Vegetarians, Vegans

Tour operated in:
English
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Tour Overview

Experience Costa Rica to the fullest on this comprehensive 15-day exploration into the country's spectacular, diverse landscapes. Featuring a perfect blend of essential highlights like La Fortuna and Manuel Antonio National Park, venture even deeper into the unspoiled jungle and beaches of the Osa Peninsula in search of wildlife and adventure. Stay in motion with kayaking and hiking, with time for kicking back in regenerative natural hot springs. Costa Rica is calling—be sure to pick up.

Highlights

  • Look for tropical birds and monkeys while kayaking the canals of Tortuguero National Park, Soak in the restorative thermal springs at Tabacón Resort, Hike to an intensely blue-coloured waterfall in Volcán Tenorio National Park. Savour delicious farm-to-table cuisine at a wellness eco-camp, Search for wildlife in the pristine Corcovado National Park, Spot sloths and hit the beach in Manuel Antonio Antonio National Park.

Itinerary

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Day 1: San Jose: Welcome To The Jungle
Location:

San José


Accommodation:

Gran Hotel Costa Rica


Meals Included:

DINNER


Feel the warm air hit your face as you step out of the plane in Costa Rica. Fall into the pace of the traffic and beeping car horns as you take in the sights and sounds of this vibrant Central American country en route to the city centre. We welcome you to San José, and while technically not quite in the jungle just yet, we invite you to embrace all of the new and exciting things that await.

Arrive to Costa Rica at any time and transfer to the hotel. Meet your fellow group members at the welcome meeting in the evening and get all the important information about the adventure ahead. Afterwards, head to a nearby restaurant for a delicious welcome dinner with new friends.

TRANSPORT: You will be met at the airport and transferred to the hotel to start your adventure.

ACTIVITY: EVENING Your opportunity to meet your CEO and fellow travellers, and learn more about your tour. 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.

Day 2: Tortuguero National Park: Kayaking In The Canals
Location:

San José


Accommodation:

Aninga Lodge


Meals Included:

BREAKFAST, LUNCH, DINNER


See the landscape dramatically change as you head out of the city and through the lush Braulio Carrillo National Park en route to the coast. Before long you'll be gliding through the canals of Tortuguero in a kayak, keeping a lookout for tropical birds, reptiles and monkeys that call this place home. Settle into the comfortable lodge for the night and fall asleep to the sounds of the jungle.

Travel by minibus and boat from San José to Tortuguero National Park. After lunch, take the first of 2 kayaking excursions to the nearby canals to spot wildlife.

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

TRANSPORT: Sit back and relax as you travel by boat from La Pavona to the lodge in Tortuguero.

FREE TIME: EVENING Spend a free evening relaxing before dinner at the lodge. Enjoy the various amenities on the property.

ACTIVITY: Grab a paddle and prepare to witness a parade of tropical birds, reptiles, and mammals as you kayak through the black water canals of Tortuguero. Scan the trees for toucans, watch the shores for caimans, otters, iguanas, frogs, and look up to see monkeys sharing space with sloths. Bring your binoculars and bug spray. Be prepared for hot, humid, and possibly wet weather.

Day 3: Tortuguero National Park: Coastal Waterways
Location:

Tortuguero


Accommodation:

Aninga Lodge


Meals Included:

BREAKFAST, LUNCH, DINNER


Wake early and prepare for more exploration of Tortuguero's waterways to spot wildlife. Catch the light glinting off of a Morpho butterfly's blazing blue wings as you paddle along the canals and listen to the calls of the forest. In the evening, you could take an excursion to visit the nesting grounds of green and leatherback turtles for which the national park was named, and perhaps spot the females laying eggs on the beach (seasonal, July to October).

Take an optional morning boat safari to spot wildlife at dawn when things are most active. After breakfast head out again by kayak to explore some of the secondary canals and waterways. Enjoy free time in the afternoon to visit the nearby town or to relax by the pool.

ACTIVITY: Hop back into a kayak and set off onto the calm morning waters to explore some secondary canals and waterways in the national park. Try to spot wildlife like, tropical birds, reptiles, and mammals as the sun warms the day. Keep watch for toucans, monkeys and sloths in the canopy above you as you glide through the water.

FREE TIME: AFTERNOON The afternoon is free for optional activities in the area or to take advantage of the amenities at the lodge. Later in the evening opt to visit a turtle nesting ground (seasonal, July to October).

Day 4: La Fortuna: Arenal Volcano
Location:

Tortuguero


Accommodation:

Hotel Arenal Springs


Meals Included:

BREAKFAST, LUNCH


Leaving the coast behind, we'll head inland with a stop at a G Adventures-supported coffee cooperative along the way. Learn all about how coffee is harvested and produced as you sip a delicious cup of one of Costa Rica's most tasty indulgences. Stretch your legs and soak in the scenery on a walk to a nearby waterfall before a typical lunch and then continue onwards towards the iconic and active Arenal Volcano, unmissable in the distance as you approach.

Travel by boat and bus from Arenal to La Fortuna with a stop en route at a coffee coop. Arrive to La Fortuna in the late afternoon and enjoy a free evening to choose from one of the many great restaurants or join the CEO at their local favourite.

ACTIVITY: 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! Before lunch set out on a short hike short hike near Mi Cafecito to a waterfall. 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.

TRANSPORT: Climb aboard and get your float on.

TRANSPORT: Enjoy the scenery on the drive from Tortuguero to La Fortuna with a stop along the way to Mi Cafecito.

Day 5: La Fortuna: Your Omg Day
Location:

Arenal


Accommodation:

Hotel Arenal Springs


Meals Included:

BREAKFAST, LUNCH, DINNER


Today is all about you. Fly through the lush forest canopy on a series of zip-lines and platforms or go on a canyoning excursion, rappelling down waterfalls and swimming in the refreshing pools. Whichever option you choose, your muscles will appreciate a soak in the restorative thermal springs and waterfalls of Tabacón Resort, a luxurious and relaxing way to spend the evening.

Choose from either zip-lining or canyoning in the morning with an included lunch afterwards. Free afternoon to relax or head to Tabacón hot springs early with the day pass and have dinner at the resort before returning to the hotel.

FREE TIME: AFTERNOON Enjoy a free afternoon and evening at the hotel in La Fortuna. Relax or find some hot springs to soak in and let the day pass luxuriously.

ACTIVITY: Option 1: Soar through the lush jungle forest on ziplines and enjoy the views from the canopy.

Option 2: Go canyoning and rappel down the sides of waterfalls and swim in the cool, refreshing pools.

Both excursions will last 4 hours and begin and end at the hotel in La Fortuna.

ACTIVITY: Indulge yourself and soak those weary muscles in Costa Rica's largest network of naturally flowing thermal springs surrounded by beautiful gardens. Move from pool to pool of varying temperatures and with cascading waterfalls and get revitalized with the mineral water, naturally heated by the Arenal Volcano. Enjoy a delicious dinner before returning to the hotel.

Day 6: Rio Celeste: Tropical Rainforest
Location:

Arenal


Accommodation:

Rio Celeste Hideaway Hotel


Meals Included:

BREAKFAST, LUNCH, DINNER


Start the morning high up in the forest canopy, strolling a series of hanging bridges and witnessing the environment come alive from the treetops to the rainforest floor below. See Costa Rica's incredible diversity on full display and keep your eyes out for colourful toucans, hummingbirds and other residents of this lush magical natural world.

Visit the hanging bridges en route to Rio Celeste, arriving in time for lunch. Free afternoon to relax or to do optional activities from the hotel before dinner.

ACTIVITY: Travel to the Mistico Hanging Bridges complex and try to spot wildlife from the canopy. Walk along the bridges during a 2.5 hour guided tour of the complex before continuing on to Rio Celeste. The drive from the hotel in La Fortuna to this spot is 30 minutes by private vehicle.

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

FREE TIME: AFTERNOON Spend a free afternoon on your own at the Rio Celeste Hideaway Hotel. Walk the trails around the property or lounge by the pool in serene surroundings.

Day 7: Rio Celeste: Volcán Tenorio National Park
Location:

Parque Nacional Volcan Tenorio


Accommodation:

Rio Celeste Hideaway Hotel


Meals Included:

BREAKFAST, LUNCH, DINNER


Local legend has it that when God was finished painting the sky, the brush used was washed in the river of Volcán Tenorio National Park. Hike through the rainforest along jungle trails, keeping an eye out for birds and wildlife before reaching the spectacular blue waterfall of Rio Celeste.

Transfer to the entrance of Volcán Tenorio National Park and hike to Rio Celeste Waterfall. Free afternoon for optional activities from the hotel before a farewell dinner in the evening.

ACTIVITY: North of Lake Arenal lies another spectacular protected area called Volcán Tenorio National Park. We'll set off on foot from the main entrance and hike along jungle trails and down a series of stairways to the brilliantly blue Rio Celeste Waterfall. Take in the scenery and watch for wildlife like monkeys and birds in the canopy above before hiking out on the same trail.

FREE TIME: AFTERNOON Travel 15 minutes back to your hotel in Rio Celeste and enjoy a free afternoon for optional activities like, tubing or horseback riding.

Day 8: San José: Bikes And Bites
Location:

Parque Nacional Volcan Tenorio


Accommodation:

Gran Hotel Costa Rica


Meals Included:

BREAKFAST, DINNER


Get to know Costa Rica's capital city like a local today as you set off by bike to explore the sights and to stimulate the senses. Discover some of San José's history and architecture in the downtown area while also visiting some local favourite spots and hidden neighbourhood gems along the way with stops for typical snacks and coffee.

Travel from Rio Celeste to San José by minibus and have lunch at a local restaurant near the hotel. In the afternoon set off to explore the city by bicycle and on foot with a local guide before meeting up in the evening for dinner.

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

ACTIVITY: Explore the city's rich history, architecture, and vibrant culture on two wheels. We'll introduce you to some of our favorite local spots and treat you to delicious empanadas and specialty coffee. Some of the places we'll visit are the National Theater, Barrio Otoya, Barrio Amón, and the Barrio Escalante among others. Stroll through the charming streets of these neighborhoods, and explore other hidden treasures like the Parque Nacional, Parque España, and Parque Morazán. Revel in the natural beauty of these parks, each with its own distinctive charm and allure.

FREE TIME: AFTERNOON Take advantage of a free afternoon in San Jose to explore the area or relax at a nearby cafe.

Day 9: Mount Chirripó Area: The Central Highlands
Location:

San José


Accommodation:

Kinkara Luxury Retreat


Meals Included:

BREAKFAST, LUNCH, DINNER


Swap the big city energy for stunning natural beauty as you take in the breathtaking views from the walking trails at Irazú Volcano, the highest active volcano in the country. If you're extremely lucky and the skies are clear it is possible to see both the Caribbean and Pacific coasts from the top. The evening provides a respite from the hustle and bustle as you settle into a wellness eco-camp at the foot of Chirripó Mountain, an ideal place to connect with nature and with your senses.

Travel from San José to the Chirripó Mountain area with a stop at Irazú Volcano before continuing to the eco-camp glamping retreat for the evening.

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

ACTIVITY: Travel from San Jose to the lush forest of the Irazú Volcano area and go for a hike along the trails near the volcano. Make stops at viewpoints along the route for photos.

TRANSPORT: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle on the transfer to Kinkará eco-camp.

Day 10: Mount Chirripó Area: Your Omg Day
Location:

Chirripó


Accommodation:

Kinkara Luxury Retreat


Meals Included:

BREAKFAST, LUNCH, DINNER


Freedom and choice are the order of the day to get the most out of this incredible part of the country. The nearby Cloudbridge Nature Reserve offers hiking and wildlife-spotting opportunities while closer to camp provides a waterfall hike with a swim and yoga. Allow the landscapes, movement and environment to revitalize your body and mind.

Choose either a wildlife excursion or a waterfall hike and yoga before lunch at the eco-camp. Enjoy a free afternoon for relaxing, on-site wellness activities, or to explore the trails around the camp on foot.

ACTIVITY: Option 1: With plenty of wildlife in the area, the nearby Cloudbridge Nature Reserve is perfect for a morning excursion. Hike and explore the jungle environment searching for birds, mammals, and reptiles.

Option 2: Remain closer to camp and embark on a waterfall hike with a refreshing swim. Afterwards return to the hotel and take a relaxing yoga class. Allow the serene landscapes and flowing movement revitalize your mind and body.

FREE TIME: AFTERNOON Spend a free afternoon enjoying the wellness amenities and optional activities at your camp in the Mount Chirripó area.

Day 11: Puerto Jimenez: The Osa Peninsula
Location:

Chirripó


Accommodation:

Botanika - Curio


Meals Included:

BREAKFAST, LUNCH


The Osa Peninsula is Costa Rica's final frontier, home to vast wilderness, wildlife and incredible diversity, and it will be our playground for the next couple of days. The journey south provides continuously changing landscapes until reaching the pristine coastal rainforest and stretches of wild ocean as far as the eye can see.

Travel south to the town of Puerto Jimenez. Take an orientation walk around town with the CEO followed by an optional walk to the nearby beach.

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

ACTIVITY: Head out with your CEO on an orientation walk of the area. Take in the vast wildness of the Osa Peninsula. Afterwards, opt to walk to Playa Preciosa with your CEO.

FREE TIME: Free time to lounge in paradise.

Day 12: Puerto Jimenez: Corcovado National Park
Location:

Península de Osa


Accommodation:

Botanika - Curio


Meals Included:

BREAKFAST, LUNCH


Set off on an unforgettable expedition into the wilds of Corcovado National Park, a natural treasure of Costa Rica. One of the most biodiverse places on the planet, we will venture in and out by boat to head into the park on foot in search of an array of tropical birds and wildlife like toucans, monkeys and the elusive jaguar. When you hear the distinctive call, turn your eyes skyward to catch a glimpse of colourful macaws, usually flying in pairs and gleaming in the sun.

Embark on a full-day hiking and wildlife excursion into Corcovado National Park with a local naturalist guide.

ACTIVITY: Spend the day in Corcovado National Park on a hiking and wildlife-spotting excursion with a naturalist guide. Begin with a boat transfer to the entrance and look for wildlife and admire the jungle scenery in one of the most biodiverse places on the planet. After, venture back into the park on foot and look up into the trees for tropical birds. Board a boat transfer back to the hotel.

Day 13: Manuel Antonio National Park: The Pacific Coast
Location:

Península de Osa


Accommodation:

Hotel Si Como No


Meals Included:

BREAKFAST, LUNCH


Beautiful beaches and small towns dot the Pacific coastline from north to south, with hidden coves and surf breaks coming into sight as you round each corner. Take in the sweeping views and hike to a waterfall before descending down to one of Costa Rica's most well-known gems at Manuel Antonio National Park.

Travel from the Osa Peninsula to Manuel Antonio National Park with a stop en route for a hike, swim and a typical rural lunch.

TRANSPORT: Settle in and scan the scenery from the comfort of your private vehicle between Corcovado and Manuel Antonio. Enjoy a stop at the Santa Juana Lodge along the way.

FREE TIME: EVENING Spend a free evening in Manuel Antonio and grab dinner on your own.

ACTIVITY: Stop at the Santa Juana Lodge to walk the jungle trails around the property and end at a waterfall where you will have time to go for a swim. Enjoy a delicious typical Costa Rican lunch at the lodge with views over the tropical mountain jungle landscape and the Pacific coastline before continuing on to Manuel Antonio.

Day 14: Manuel Antonio National Park: Wildlife And Beaches
Location:

Manuel Antonio


Accommodation:

Hotel Si Como No


Meals Included:

BREAKFAST, DINNER


Wildlife, birds and natural beauty abound as you head into Manuel Antonio National Park to walk the coastal jungle trails. Embrace the slower pace like the resident sloths of the forest to appreciate the lush environment packed with wildlife before settling on one of the park's idyllic beaches for a swim.

Take a half-day excursion into Manuel Antonio National Park with a naturalist guide. Free afternoon for relaxing at the beach and optional activities before a farewell dinner in the evening.

FREE TIME: AFTERNOON Free afternoon for optional activities in the Manuel Antonio area.

ACTIVITY: 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.

Day 15: San José
Location:

Manuel Antonio


Meals Included:

BREAKFAST


Leave the coast behind and relive the memories on the return to San Jose and on the onward travels home.

Two departure shuttles will be provided from the Manuel Antonio hotel directly to the San José airport, where the tour ends on arrival.

Additional Information: Please note: Departing flights should be booked no earlier than 3pm.

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

What's Included

  • Accommodation
    Hotels (10 nts), Jungle Lodge (2 nts), Permanent glamping tent with shared facilities (2 nts).

  • Meals
    14 breakfasts, 11 lunches, 10 dinners

  • Your G for Good Moment: Mi Cafecito Coffee Tour, Sarapiquí Your Welcome Moment: Welcome Meeting - Meet Your CEO and Group Your OMG Day: Ziplining or Waterfall Canyoning, La Fortuna Your Wellness Moment: Tabacón Hot Springs Resort and Dinner, La Fortuna Your OMG Day: Wildlife Excursion or Waterfall Hike & Yoga, Chirripó Your Foodie Moment: Santa Juana Lodge Visit & Lunch

  • Complimentary arrival transfer

  • Welcome dinner

  • Two days of kayaking in Tortuguero National Park

  • Walk to a waterfall in San Miguel de Sarapiquí

  • Day pass at Tabacón Hot Spring Resort with dinner

  • Hanging bridges excursion to spot wildlife from La Fortuna

  • Hike to the Rio Celeste Waterfall in Volcán Tenorio National Park

  • Bikes & Bites tour in San Jose

  • Visit the viewpoints and walking trails of Irazú Volcano

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Accommodation

Hotels (10 nts), Jungle Lodge (2 nts), Permanent glamping tent with shared facilities (2 nts).

Transport

Private vehicle, kayak, boat, walking.

Meals Included

14 breakfasts, 11 lunches, 10 dinners

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  • Joining Hotel

    For details of your joining hotel please refer to your tour voucher, G Account, the G Adventures App or contact your travel agent.

  • My Own Room

    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

  • Group Size Notes

    Max 16, avg 12

  • Max Pax

    18

  • Group Leader

    CEO (Chief Experience Officer) throughout, local guides.

  • Itinerary Disclaimer

    While it is our intention to adhere to the route described below, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the itinerary and on occasion it may be necessary, or desirable to make alterations. The itinerary is brief, as we never know exactly where our journey will take us. Due to our style of travel and the regions we visit, travel can be unpredictable. The Trip Details document is a general guide to the tour and region and any mention of specific destinations or wildlife is by no means a guarantee that they will be visited or encountered. Aboard expedition trips visits to research stations depend on final permission. Additionally, any travel times listed are approximations only and subject to vary due to local circumstances.

  • Dossier Disclaimer

    The information in this trip details document has been compiled with care and is provided in good faith. However it is subject to change, and does not form part of the contract between the client and the operator. The itinerary featured is correct at time of printing. It may differ slightly to the one in the brochure. Occasionally our itineraries change as we make improvements that stem from past travellers, comments and our own research. Sometimes it can be a small change like adding an extra meal along the itinerary. Sometimes the change may result in us altering the tour for the coming year. Ultimately, our goal is to provide you with the most rewarding experience. Please note that our brochure is usually released in November each year. If you have booked from the previous brochure you may find there have been some changes to the itinerary. VERY IMPORTANT: Please ensure that you print a final copy of your Trip Details to review a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes that affect your plans.

  • Transport

    Private vehicle, kayak, boat, walking.

  • What's Included

    Your G for Good Moment: Mi Cafecito Coffee Tour, Sarapiquí Your Welcome Moment: Welcome Meeting - Meet Your CEO and Group Your OMG Day: Ziplining or Waterfall Canyoning, La Fortuna Your Wellness Moment: Tabacón Hot Springs Resort and Dinner, La Fortuna Your OMG Day: Wildlife Excursion or Waterfall Hike & Yoga, Chirripó Your Foodie Moment: Santa Juana Lodge Visit & Lunch. Complimentary arrival transfer. Welcome dinner. Two days of kayaking in Tortuguero National Park. Walk to a waterfall in San Miguel de Sarapiquí. Day pass at Tabacón Hot Spring Resort with dinner. Hanging bridges excursion to spot wildlife from La Fortuna. Hike to the Rio Celeste Waterfall in Volcán Tenorio National Park. Bikes & Bites tour in San Jose. Visit the viewpoints and walking trails of Irazú Volcano. Orientation walk of Puerto Jimenez and walk to Playa Preciosa. Full-day hiking and wildlife expedition into Corcovado National Park with a naturalist guide. Walk to a waterfall and have a traditional rural lunch at a mountain reserve. Half-day excursion into Manuel Antonio National Park with a naturalist guide. Farewell dinner. Departure transfer. All tips included for activities and meals, except for CEO and porterage. All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.

  • Meals

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  • Spending Money

    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.

  • Emergency Fund

    Please also make sure you have access to at least an additional USD $200 (or equivalent) as an 'emergency' fund, to be used when circumstances outside our control (ex. a natural disaster) require a change to our planned route. This is a rare occurrence!

  • Departure Tax

    Costa Rica airport exit tax: $29USD

  • Important Notes

    Costa Rica will not be allowing anyone to enter the country without proof of a departure ticket (bus, airplane, boat, etc.). If you are travelling through a few countries in Central America, you will need to show proof of your itinerary and a departure ticket from your last destination. Please print the itinerary and voucher and bring it with you. ACCOMMODATION NOTE: Please be aware that properties we stay in with only two stories may not have elevators installed and climbing the stairs with your luggage will be necessary.

  • Tipping

    On the Geluxe Collection tours, tipping is included for all included activities and meals. Tipping is not included for the CEO or Porterage. Should you want some basic guidelines on tipping for the activities you do on your own, please see below. At the end of each trip if you felt your G Adventures CEO did an outstanding job, tipping is appreciated. The amount is entirely a personal preference, however as a guideline $10-15 USD per person, per day can be used. For meals and activities not included in your itinerary, it is appropriate in Latin America to tip 10%. Though not compulsory, tipping is expected. 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 and shows an expression of satisfaction.

  • International Flights

    Check-in times and baggage allowances/restrictions vary by airline and can change at any time. For the most up-to-date information for your flight, please contact your airline. We recommend checking in online in advance to avoid potential delays at the airport.

  • Joining Instructions

    For details of your joining hotel please refer to your tour voucher, G Account, the G Adventures App or contact your travel agent. From the customs checkpoint, it is a short 30-second walk to the airport exit doors, Outside the airport doors, you will find people waiting for arriving passengers, this area is really congested and chaotic, and the G representative will be waiting there with a sign of G Adventures. In case you don't see the sign, don't panic continue walking to the Malinche Restaurant. If for any reason you still don't see your driver, please wait outside of the restaurant and contact us at the following numbers: - Monday to Sunday from 8 am to 5pm: +506 4001 8474 (ext 4) - Monday to Sunday from 5 pm to 8am: +51 997 582 712 Once you arrive at your Joining Hotel, look out for a Welcome Note which will be left at reception with all of the necessary information regarding your Welcome Meeting, along with the meeting time (usually between 5pm and 7pm). This is when you will get a chance to meet your CEO and other travellers, receive information about any general and specific aspects of the trip and learn more about how the tour will run. If you don’t see a note, please ask reception for details! If you arrive late, s/he/they will leave you a message detailing what time and where you should meet the next morning.

  • Arrival Complications

    We don't expect any problems, and nor should you, but if for any reason you are unable to commence your trip as scheduled, please refer to the emergency contact details provided in this dossier and contact us as soon as possible. If you have a pre-booked transfer, and you 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.

  • Accommodation

    Hotels (10 nts), Jungle Lodge (2 nts), Permanent glamping tent with shared facilities (2 nts).

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    Planeterra International Foundation is a non-profit organization committed to turning travel into impact by helping local communities earn an income from tourism. Planeterra connects underserved local communities to the benefits of tourism by developing and supporting small community-owned businesses. These businesses support Indigenous people, empower women, grant youth access to employment opportunities, and protect the environment. Planeterra also works to ensure these businesses have a thriving customer base by integrating their projects into G Adventures’ itineraries globally. G Adventures is Planeterra’s largest corporate donor, covering all operating costs, so 100% of your donation will bring opportunity to people in need. G Adventures Dollar-a-day Program - Make Every Day Count - Turn your travel into impact with Planeterra Foundation. Did you know? Most communities around the world do not benefit from tourism. Give back to the places you visit on your travels by creating opportunities for local people to earn an income, and protect the environment. Make every day count by donating $1/day for the length of your trip, and join us in empowering the communities you will visit when you travel. 100% of your donation goes directly to Planeterra projects.

  • Group Leader Description

    All G Adventures group trips are accompanied by one of our group leaders, a G Adventures representative, or an expedition team. The aim of the group leader is to take the hassle out of your travels and to help you have the best trip possible. They will provide information on the places you are traveling through, offer suggestions for things to do and see, recommend great local eating venues and introduce you to our local friends. While not being guides in the traditional sense you can expect them to have a broad general knowledge of the countries visited on the trip, including historical, cultural, religious and social aspects. We also use local guides where we think more specific knowledge will add to the enjoyment of the places we are visiting- we think it's the best of both worlds.

  • What to Take

    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.

  • Meals Included

    14 breakfasts, 11 lunches, 10 dinners

  • Optional Activities

    Tortuguero National Park - Tortuguero National Park Guided Boat Tour (75USD per person) - Turtle Nesting Night Excursion (Seasonal) (51USD per person) Parque Nacional Volcan Tenorio - Tubing down the Rio Celeste - Horseback Riding Chirripó - Wellness Activities at Kinkará Manuel Antonio National Park - Surfing (55-75USD per person) - Kayaking (70USD per person)

  • 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 leader, who will take note of your insurance details. When selecting a travel insurance policy we require that at a minimum you are covered for medical expenses including emergency evacuation and repatriation. A minimum coverage of USD200,000 is required. G Adventures can provide you with the appropriate coverage. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects. Some tours include adventure activities that require extra coverage (e.g. crampon use); please review your itinerary and make sure that you are covered for all included activities. 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.

  • Money Exchange

    Credit cards and debit cards are very useful for cash advances. Visa cards are the most widely accepted cards. While ATMs are widely available, there are no guarantees that your credit or debit cards will actually work in Latin America. Check with your bank. You should be aware that to purchase products or services on a credit card a fee of 5%-10% usually applies. Do not rely on credit or debit cards as your only source of money. A combination of US dollars cash and cards with travellers cheques as backup is best. Always take more rather than less, as you don't want to spoil the trip by constantly feeling short of funds. Please be advised that during the first week of this trip, it may be difficult to exchange travellers' cheques and visit functioning ATMs, so it is advisable to withdraw enough cash to last for the first week while you are in San Jose prior to leaving. There are ATMs along the way on Days 2 and 3, but these have been known to malfunction. As of Day 7, there are plenty of ATMs for cash withdrawal. CURRENCY EXCHANGE TIP: Please be advised that slightly torn US dollar notes, notes that have been heavily marked or are faded may be difficult to exchange. It is best to bring notes in fairly good condition, in denominations lower than 100USD (or equivalent). As currency exchange rates can fluctuate often we ask that you refer to the following website for daily exchange rates: www.xe.com

  • Health

    Please note inoculations may be required for the country visited. It is your responsibility to consult with your travel doctor for up to date medical travel information well before departure. You should consult your doctor for up-to-date medical travel information well before departure. We recommend that you carry a First Aid kit and hand sanitizers / antibacterial wipes as well as any personal medical requirements. Please be aware that quite often we are in remote areas and away from medical facilities, and for legal reasons our leaders are prohibited from administering any type of drug including headache tablets, antibiotics, etc. When selecting your trip please carefully read the brochure and itinerary and assess your ability to cope with our style of travel. Please refer to the Physical and Culture Shock ratings for trip specific information.

  • Laundry

    Laundry facilities are available at almost every stop on the trip. If you would prefer to do your own laundry, we suggest you bring non-polluting/biodegradable soap. Please note that it may be difficult for your clothes to dry quickly due to the high humidity of Costa Rica.

  • Visas and Entry Requirements

    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. It is your own responsibility to have the correct travel documentation. Visa requirements for your trip will vary depending on where you are from and where you are going. We keep the following information up to date as far as possible, but rules do change and sometimes without warning. While we provide the following information in good faith, it is vital that you check the information yourself and understand that you are fully responsible for your own visa requirements. Visa information specific to your destination and nationality can be found in our Important Pre-Departure Information page here

  • Emergency Contact

    Should you need to contact us during a situation of dire need, it is best to first call either the G Adventures Local Operator (if one is listed below) or our G Adventures Local Office. If for any reason you do not receive an immediate answer, please leave a detailed message and contact information, so they may return your call and assist you as soon as possible. AIRPORT TRANSFER If you have purchased an arrival transfer or if an arrival transfer is included in the cost of your tour, please note that: Your arrival transfer has been arranged based on flight information provided to us. If you are advised of a flight schedule change within 48 hours of your scheduled arrival time, we will do our best to rearrange your arrival transfer however we cannot guarantee this. If your arrival transfer does not arrive within 30 minutes after you have exited the arrivals area please take a taxi to your start point hotel. EMERGENCY CONTACT NUMBERS G Adventures Office San Jose, Costa Rica During Office hours (Weekdays 9am-5pm Local Time): +506 4001 8474 After hours emergency number: +51 997 582 712 WhatsApp Available) If you are unable for any reason to contact our local office, please call the numbers listed below which will connect you directly with our Sales team who will happily assist you. Hours of operation by region can be found here. Toll-free, North America only: 1 888 800 4100 Calls from UK: 0344 272 0000 Calls from Germany: 0800 365 1000 Calls from Australia: 1 300 796 618 Calls from New Zealand: 0800 333 307 Outside North America, Australia, New Zealand, Germany and the UK: +1 416 260 0999

  • Packing List

    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) • Vouchers and pre-departure information (required) • Visas or vaccination certificates (With photocopies) 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: • Hand sanitizer (required) • Face masks (Clients will be only be required to wear a face mask where it is mandated by local regulations.) • Pen (Please bring your own pen for filling out documents.) • Quick Covid Test/Antigen Test Warm Weather: • Sandals/flip-flops • Shorts/skirts (Longer shorts/skirts are recommended) • Sun hat/bandana • Swimwear

  • Highlights

    Look for tropical birds and monkeys while kayaking the canals of Tortuguero National Park, Soak in the restorative thermal springs at Tabacón Resort, Hike to an intensely blue-coloured waterfall in Volcán Tenorio National Park. Savour delicious farm-to-table cuisine at a wellness eco-camp, Search for wildlife in the pristine Corcovado National Park, Spot sloths and hit the beach in Manuel Antonio Antonio National Park.

  • Safety and Security

    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. 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. Leave your valuable jewelery at home - you won't need it while travelling. Many of the hotels we use have safety deposit boxes, which is the most secure way of storing your valuables. A lock is recommended for securing your luggage. When travelling on a group trip, please note that your group leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the trip itinerary if it deemed necessary, due to safety concerns. Your Chief Experience Officer (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 and 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 judgement when selecting an activity in your free time. Although the cities visited on tour 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. 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. Read more about travel safety for ways to further enhance your personal safety while traveling.

  • Feedback

    After your travels, we want to hear from you! Your feedback information is so important to us that we'll give you 5% off the price of your next G Adventures trip if your feedback is completed on-line within 30 days of finishing your trip. Your tour evaluation will be e-mailed to you 24 hours after the conclusion of your trip. If you do not receive the tour evaluation link in the days after your tour has finished, please drop us a line at customerservice@gadventures.com and we will send it on to you.

  • A Couple of Rules

    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 people in the sex trade 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 utilize the services of paid sex workers, in any capacity.

  • Solo Travellers

    We believe solo 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 solo travellers on these itineraries must pay the single trip price.

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    G Adventures was established in 1990

  • Do you operate a “single share” option and how does it work?

    Most of our trips do not have a single supplement. This means that the accommodation is on a twin share basis and, if travelling on your own, you will be sharing a room with another G Adventures traveller of the same sex. Some tours have an optional single supplement. An optional service that may be available is called "My Own Room". This service allows solo travellers to request their own room.

  • Can I join the tour once it has departed?

    It's extremely difficult if not impossible to join a tour after it has begun. It is possible to leave a tour early however you will be responsible for your own arrangements from the moment you decide to leave the tour. You would also be responsible for all costs associated with joining a tour late or leaving one early. If you feel this may be necessary, please consult us before you book.

  • What policies are in place for Covid-19?

    https://www.gadventures.com/travel-with-confidence/

  • What Ethical Travel credentials does the tour company have?

    https://www.gadventures.com/about-us/core-values/

Reviews of this Operator

Lynsey M, UK  

Rio de Janeiro to Buenos Aires: Waterfalls & White Sands

08-Nov-2021

This tour was very good. I would reccomend it. It is great to see the difference in the three countries, Iguassu Falls definitely a highlight on my whole South America trip.

Connie McKain Albright  

Galapagos

10-Jan-2023

This was our first trip with G Adventures. We took the 8 day trip around Galapagos on their ship Yolita II. The guide, Adrienne, was knowledgeable and very pleasant. Each day had a variety of activities to choose from so you could fill your day or pick and choose what you wanted to do. The guide knew where to look for various animals so we saw an abundance of wildlife - lots of different sea birds, sea lions, a few kinds of iguanas, and many kinds of fishes. The only negative, and it's not G Adventures fault, is that the little ship rocks and rolls and night which can make sleeping challenging.

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Tina. G, Canada  

DAK

08-Nov-2021

The tour was great! Our guide Peter was very knowledgeable and gave us just the right amount of information about the sights and animals we were seeing. He was also very personable and had a great sense of humour. Our cook was great as well! They were both flexible and accomodated our requests to spend longer looking at some animals, to visit craft markets, etc. The lodge accommodations both inside and outside Kruger National Park were fantastic.

Sandra Salter  

I have taken four trips with G…

18-Dec-2022

I have taken four trips with G Adventures. The Guides have been so knowledgeable and friendly. Each trip has been thoroughly planned. The trips have been once in a lifetime experiences.

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Jil S, Canada  

Costa Rica Adventure

08-Nov-2021

The tour was excellent! I think there was something for everyone on this tour... lots of hiking and nature walks for nature lovers, a plethora of optional activities for the adventurous and lots of downtime for the ones who just want to relax. I loved it!

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  • Free Date Changes

    G Adventures allows you to make 10 free date changes, as long as the change is made at least 45 days before the start of the tour.

  • Transfer as credit to Future Tours

    G Adventures allows you to transfer existing payments to a future tour to avoid cancellation fees if you can't travel and inform g adventures, 45 days before departure.

  • Low Deposit

    G Adventures requires a minimum deposit of 200 GBP per person or the full booking value, whichever is less, with the final balance not due until 60 days before departure.

  • Cancellation Policy

    We don't charge a cancellation fee, here is a summary of g adventures charges.

    Up to 60 days before tour starts: Forfeit 100% of deposit.

    At 59 days before tour starts: Forfeit 50% of booking price.

    At 29 days before tour starts: Forfeit 100% of booking price.

  • Travel With Confidence Policy

    Our Travel with Confidence policy was created to highlight the measures G Adventures has taken in
    response to the increased focus on health and safety, mask-wearing, hygiene and physical distancing
    coming out of the pandemic. This policy complements our Book with Confidence policy - which
    provides additional flexibility and freedom for your travellers during the booking phase - and will, we
    believe, provide additional reassurance to those considering travel to travel with us. The safety of
    your travellers has always been our top priority, which is why new physical distancing and cleaning
    measures have been put in place on all of our tours. Our Travel with Confidence policy features
    health and safety procedures from the moment your travellers arrive on tour to the moment they
    leave, without taking away from having the time of their lives. While on tour, it is a requirement that
    your travellers follow the directions of their CEO at all times to help keep their fellow group-mates
    safe, as well as local residents. The policy will evolve as time goes on and as we continue to monitor
    local public health recommendations, but what won’t change is our commitment to keeping your
    travellers safe as they explore our big, beautiful world.

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