Backpacking Adventure in Costa Rica

Trip code: CRA

Trip Highlights

  • Cruise through the tunnels of Tortuguero and spot the amazing wildlife.
  • Explore cloud forest of Monteverde.
  • Go snorkeling in the Caribbean.
  • Savor the awesome flavors of Afro-Caribbean cuisine.
  • Chillax on the gorgeous beaches of Pacific and Caribbean coast.
  • Hike up a volcano.
  • Learn how to make delicious and authentic Empanadas!

Tour Details

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Hop aboard the adventure bus and get ready to take a wild ride through the peaceful soul of Central America! Taste the outdoor treasures in tropical rainforests, high-brisk altitude trails, scream your lungs out as you swoosh away on a Zipline above the forest canopy or be literally on cloud 9 in the cloud forests of Monteverde! This 16-day trip is your ultimate Costa Rican Adventure and it is all set to dazzle you with Central America’s old-world charms, exotic wildlife, and party-hardy beach life! Costa Rica has it all what you intrepid gappers could ask for on your gap year abroad and more if a fix of adrenaline is what gets you going! Besides your power-packed dose of adventure, Costa Rica is veritably one of the geographically and biologically diverse countries with amazing volcanoes, rainforests, beaches and enough to keep you travel bugs awe-spired! And to top that off, how does a freshly brewed pot of pure blend of Costa Rican Coffee sounds? Coffee lovers around the world are gonna envy you, lucky lads and lassies!
 

Itinerary

Day 1 - Kickoff from San Jose

Arrive in San José at any time and head out on your own to explore this uber cool city. San Jose has lots to offer, so buckle up and get to exploring! Check into the hotel and work off your jet lag, the adventure begins tonight with a welcome meet with the group in the evening.
 

Day 2 - Onward to Quepos

Head out to Quepos, a small town on the Pacific Coast and the perfect place to soak in the sun and relax. From there on, make your way up to the Manuel Antonio National Park and enjoy its warm turquoise water and laze around the amazing white sand beaches.
 

Day 3 - Fun day out in Quepos

Have an exciting day out in the Manuel Antonio area and make the most of the many thrilling activities available. Go for mangrove kayaking or surf up and hit the amazing swells, you’ve got the entire day to yourself. Set out on a dolphin-spotting cruise and end the day with a bang!
 

Day 4 - Travel to Monteverde

Ascend to the cloud forest region of Monteverde and gear up for spending an exciting few days in this amazing town. Bird lovers, keep your eyes peeled for Monteverde is truly a bird watcher’s paradise and you are in for a treat!

Day 5 - Free day in Monteverde

Pull up your poncho and boots and get ready to experience the cool mountain air of Monteverde. Enjoy a guided walking tour through Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve. You can also opt to go for the skywalk or zipline over the forest canopy and make an amazing day out of these experiences. 
 

Day 6 - Head out to La Fortuna

Gear up adventure seekers for you’re off to the base of adventure today. This town near the Arenal Volcano offers a wide spread of adventure activities that give you more than your fix of adrenaline. Swim in the chilly La Fortuna waterfall or go for a thrilling night hike around the foot of the volcano. 
 

Day 7 - 8 Explore La Fortuna

There are options abound to keep yourself busy and lots of activities as well. So use these days wisely in discovering La Fortuna as you please.
 

Day 9 - Sarapiqui Rainforest

Make your way to the small village of San Miguel de Sarapiquí and enjoy a traditional coffee tour in a coffee cooperative and learn all about the process from bean to cup. Have an amazing local lunch before boarding a tractor-drawn cart and heading out to the jungle oasis in the Sarapiqui Rainforest, navigating through the jungle along the rugged uphill terrain. 

NOTE- Accommodation is in a rustic lodge with multi-share sleeping arrangements, and shared bathroom facilities.
 

Day 10 - Enjoy the beautiful Sarapiqui Valley

Immerse yourself in the beauty of the unique jungle oasis. Have a fun time out with the many optional activities like swimming in the river, empanada making lesson and night walks( all activities included and weather depending).
 

Day 11 - Onward to Tortuguero

The journey to Tortuguero itself is an adventure on its own, which starts with a tractor drawn cart and end with a boat ride! This unique village has walking paths that leads straight to the National Park which a fantastic place to see wildlife, even when the unique green leatherback turtles are not in season.
 

Day 12 - A day out in Tortuguero

Wake up early and wander through the town as there are lots to do and see here! Opt to kayak the canals and view the wildlife or simple head out to the beach and turtle eggs hatching (seasonal). Monetize these amazing experiences and make a fun day out of it!
 

Day 13 - Travel to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

An amazing boat ride and scenic drive later you will be reaching the seaside town of Puerto Viejo de Talamanca. This town is perfect for just chillaxing or exploring the Manzanillo National Wildlife Refuge. You can also opt to snorkel in the Caribbean!
 

Day 14 - Free day in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Hike to Monkey Point, rent a bike or explore the La Isla Botanical Gardens, When it comes to activities, there are many options here to keep you busy on this free day. Also, don’t forget to try the ecstatic Afro-Caribbean Cuisine while there!

Day 15 - Off to San Jose

Enjoy a fun morning in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca before taking a bus ride over the mountains and heading back to the capital city, San Jose for a final night with this amazing group.
 

Day 16 - Depart from San Jose or embark on another adventure

Every good thing comes to an end and so has this trip! You can depart at any time and hop on your homebound flight. But if you’re not ready to leave yet, you can simply choose from any of our trips or talk to your trip coordinator to help make arrangements for your journey ahead! 

For those who are leaving, Adios, we’ll miss you!
 

Dates & Cost

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Price Includes
  • Meals included are 4 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners
  • Accommodations in hotels/hostels/beach hostels
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.
  • Cooking Demonstration in Sarapiquí Rainforest.
  • Guided tour of Santa Elena Cloud Forest (Monteverde)
  • Jungle lodge stay
  • Nature trail walk and swim (Sarapiquí)
     
Price Excludes
  • International/Domestic Airfare.
  • Visa Fees.
  • Insurance expenses (can be purchased from us at minimal cost).
  • Cost of Vaccinations.
  • Additional tours and activities (not included as paid for in the itinerary).
  • Airport transfers (available at extra cost). 
     

Living

Accommodation

Accommodation - Hotels (5 nts), cottages (1 nt, multi-share), jungle lodge (2 nts).

Meals

Meals Included - 3 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 dinners

Eating is a big part of traveling. Travelling with Go Discover Abroad you experience the vast array of wonderful food that is available out in the world. Generally meals are not included in the trip price when there is a choice of eating options, to give you the maximum flexibility in deciding where, what and with whom to eat. It also gives you more budgeting flexibility, though generally food is cheap. Our groups tend to eat together to enable you to taste a larger variety of dishes and enjoy each other's company. There is no obligation to do this though. Your CEO will be able to suggest favourite restaurants during your trip. The above information applies to Go Discover Abroad group trips. For Independent trips please check the itinerary for details of meals included. For all trips please refer to the meals included and budget information for included meals and meal budgets.

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