Start: San José Finish: San José
Physical rating: 2 - Light
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Make it truly your own. Start with this TailorMade sample itinerary, then work with our Private Travel team to customize the tour. Culture, nature, animals and adventure — Costa Rica has it all. Go paddling through rapids in La Fortuna, embark on a night walk in Monteverde to spot nocturnal animals, and hike along Manuel Antonio National Park to take in the incredible views. With endless add-on activities and selections, this tour to Costa Rica can be made unique to how you travel best.
Location: San José, Juan Santamaría International Airport, San José
Accommodation Name: Autentico Hotel (or similar)
Meals: No Meals
Arrive at any time. Your arrival transfer is included.
TRANSPORT: You will be met at the airport and transferred to the hotel to start your adventure.
Location: San José, Puerto Viejo de Sarapiqui, La Fortuna
Accommodation Name: Hotel Eco Arenal (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Drive to Sarapiquí to visit the G Adventures-supported Mi Cafecito Community Coffee Plantation. Learn about the impact this project has had on the community and sample some of the products they sell. Continue on to the Arenal region and upon arrival into La Fortuna, get right in the swing of things with an afternoon of canyoning past waterfalls in the jungle. In the evening and chill at the pool as you take in views of the surrounding jungle and volcanoes.
TRANSPORT: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
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! 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.
ACTIVITY: 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!
Location: La Fortuna, Arenal Volcano, La Fortuna
Accommodation Name: Hotel Eco Arenal (or similar)
Take in the sights of the river filled with amazing wildlife and natural wonders with a day of adrenaline packed white water rafting on the Sarapiquí River. Like much of Costa Rica, the area is a birders’ paradise, with over 600 species as permanent residents. In the evening, relax in the soothing waters of the local hot springs.
ACTIVITY: Pull on your bathing suit and water shoes, don a helmet and prepare to get wet and wild. Guided by expert leaders, paddle through Class II-IV rapids as you raft past spectacular scenery. Feel the burn, work up a sweat, then cool off in the pure river water. Experience the energy and excitement and enjoy!
ACTIVITY: 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.
Location: La Fortuna, Monteverde
Accommodation: Historias Lodge (or similar)
Travel by bus and boat across Lake Arenal through the stunning Costa Rican scenery up into mountains and on to Monteverde Cloud Forest.
Arrive in time to venture out and explore this nature-lover's paradise. In the evening, Take an included guided night walk to learn about nocturnal life in the jungle firsthand.
TRANSPORT: Traverse the lush countryside to Lake Arenal, where you will board a boat to view the volcano. Once across, continue on by private vehicle to the cloud forests of Monteverde.
ACTIVITY: Join a naturalist guide for a 1.5-2 hour tour in the cloud forest after dark. Learn more about the habits of the area's nocturnal wildlife including mammals, birds, insects, reptiles, and amphibians, and keep your eyes and ears open on this slow-paced walk. You never know what you might see – it depends on the day and your luck!
In the morning, explore the cloud forest in a totally new light with a guided tour of the Santa Elena Cloud Forest. In the afternoon, continue to take in the best of Monteverde from a bird's eye view flying across the the canopy on a series of ziplines.
ACTIVITY: 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.
ACTIVITY: 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.
Location: Monteverde, Quepos
Accommodation Name: Hotel Le Priss (or similar)
Travel to the Pacific Coast town of Quepos, just outside Manuel Antonio National Park.
Spend the afternoon in Manuel Antonio National Park. The park offers excellent hiking, spectacular views, and abundant wildlife viewing. The park boasts beautiful white-sand beaches and the warm turquoise water. Hike, swim and see the wildlife that makes this park so special. Opt to go on a night out and perhaps learn how to salsa.
The small town of Quepos is on the Pacific Coast and this region of Costa Rica is a great place to relax and enjoy the sun and nearby sea. 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.
Location: Quepos, Manuel Antonio, Parque Nacional Manuel Antonio, Quepos
Accommodation Name: Hotel Le Priss (or similar)
In the morning, set sail with a Manuel Antonio Catamaran Tour. Soak in the sun from a 100ft catamaran, with an included snorkel excursion. Spend the rest the day relaxing on the beach, hiking, learning to hang 10, kayaking, fishing, or horseback riding.
ACTIVITY: Cruise along the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica aboard a 100ft catamaran, taking in the impressive scenery and lush jungle that has made Manuel Antonio famous. Keep your eyes peeled for playful dolphins who call these waters home before stopping to snorkel, swim, or ride one of the boat's water slides into the ocean. If you're wanting to relax and experience what the locals call Pura Vida (pure life), then look no further.
Location: Quepos, San José
Opt to chill at the beach in the morning before the journey by bus back to the capital.
Location: San José
Depart at any time. Your departure transfer is included.
TRANSPORT: You will be picked up at your hotel and transferred to the airport.
Your Wellness Moment: Hot Springs, La Fortuna.
Your G for Good Moment: Mi Cafecito Coffee Cooperative Tour, Sarapiquí
Guided cloud forest night walk (Monteverde)
Free time in La Fortuna, Monteverde, and Quepos
All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
Hotels (8 nts).
Private vehicle, boat, local bus, walking.
8 breakfasts, 1 lunch
Allow USD310-405 for meals not included.
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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)
• 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)
• 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
• Locks for bags
• Long pants/jeans
• Outlet adapter
• Personal entertainment (Reading and writing materials, cards, music player, etc.)
• Reusable water bottle
• Small travel towel
• 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
• Shorts/skirts (Longer shorts/skirts are recommended)
• Sun hat/bandana
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!
1. Please note that these Trip Details are based on the sample itinerary that was used to create your customized tour, meaning that some things listed here may no longer apply, including the service level, physical grading, and inclusions. For the specifics related to your particular personalized tour please refer to your tour vouchers or consult with your Private Travel GCO or travel agent.
2. 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.
3. Be prepared for rain and lower temperatures during the winter season (June-November), especially in Costa Rica's central valley.
On your TailorMade trip, you will be met by a G Adventures Representative on Day 1 with more information about your tour. They will also be able to answer any questions you may have. If you have an arrival transfer, please meet your transfer representative in the arrivals area; they will be holding a G Adventures sign.
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 your own luggage.
Your G for Good Moment: Mi Cafecito Coffee Cooperative Tour, Sarapiquí
Your Wellness Moment: Hot Springs, La Fortuna. Guided cloud forest night walk (Monteverde). Free time in La Fortuna, Monteverde, and Quepos. All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.
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.
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- Gravity Falls Waterfall Jumping (125USD per person)
- Stand Up Paddle (Lesson and Tour) (65USD per person)
- Hanging Bridges (66USD per person)
- La Fortuna Waterfall Swim (15USD per person)
- Tour (33USD per person)
- Monteverde Butterfly Garden Visit (15USD per person)
- Monteverde Horseback Riding (45USD per person)
- Hanging Bridges Monteverde (35USD per person)
Manuel Antonio National Park
- Surfing (55-75USD per person)
- Kayaking (69USD per person)
- Horseback Riding (69USD per person)
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For details of your joining hotel please refer to your tour voucher, G Account, the G Adventures App or contact your travel agent.
Rappel down the waterfalls of La Fortuna, Relax in the hot springs of the Arenal Volcano, Snorkel off the side of a catamaran in Manuel Antonio National Park
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Illegal drugs will not be tolerated on any trips. Possessing or using drugs not only contravenes the laws of the land but also puts yourself and those around you 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.
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.
Travel Insurance: Travel insurance is compulsory in order to participate on any of our trips. 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.
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.
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.
CURRENCY EXCHANGE TIP: Please be advised that slightly torn 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
It is customary in Latin America to tip service providers such as waiters, at approximately 10%, depending on the service. Please note that in Costa Rica, a 23% charge is added on to almost every meal (13% tax, 10% tip). Further tipping for wait staff is appropriate in the case of excellent 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.
Laundry facilities are offered by some of our hotels for a charge. There will be times when you may want to or have to do your own laundry so we suggest you bring non-polluting/biodegradable soap.
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 or refer to the emergency contact details provided in this dossier. 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.
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Hotels (8 nts).
Private vehicle, boat, local bus, walking.
Costa Rica airport exit tax: $29USD
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8 breakfasts, 1 lunch
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. 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 jewellery 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. During your trip you will have some free time to pursue your own interests, relax and take it easy or explore at your leisure. Please use your own good judgment 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.
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.
Swimming, including snorkeling, is always at your own risk.
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