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Costa Rica

Best of Costa Rica

from $ 1759

Enter a world of rainforests, howler monkeys, volcanoes and hanging bridges

Trip Dates

  • 21.Jul. - 01.Aug.2017
  • 08.Sep. - 19.Sep.2017
  • 03.Nov. - 14.Nov.2017
  • 09.Mar. - 20.Mar.2018
  • 06.Jul. - 17.Jul.2018
  • 02.Nov. - 13.Nov.2018

Trip Dates

21.Jul. - 01.Aug.2017 closed
08.Sep. - 19.Sep.2017 available Book now
03.Nov. - 14.Nov.2017 available Book now
09.Mar. - 20.Mar.2018 available Book now
06.Jul. - 17.Jul.2018 available Book now
02.Nov. - 13.Nov.2018 available Book now

Trip Highlights

  • Experience the Costa Rican rainforest, famous for its unique wildlife and lush vegetation
  • Hike in Arenal National Park, home to the impressive Arenal Volcano
  • Discover the local flora and fauna during a twilight walk in Monteverde
  • Visit the waterfall of La Fortuna
  • Enjoy a traditional cooking class with a local family in Sarapiqui
  • Kick back in the beachside town of Samara

Brief Itinerary

Day 1 - Arrive San Jose

Day 2 - Sarapiqui

Day 3 - Sarapiqui

Day 4 - La Fortuna

Day 5 - La Fortuna

Day 6 - Monteverde

Day 7 - Monteverde

Day 8 - Samara

Day 9 - Samara

Day 10 - Samara

Day 11 - San Jose

Day 12 - Trip ends San Jose

The Sweat Level

EASY

Fitness is an important aspect of our trips, and the fitter you are the more easily you will adjust and enjoy yourself. This trip has been assigned a Sweat Level of ‘Easy’. Trips with this grading are fairly relaxed and suitable for most fitness levels. In preparation of the trip, we recommend you exercise once or twice a week for two to three months prior to departure.

When To Go

There are several distinct climatic zones in Costa Rica and as it is a tropical country there is no winter or summer. Most regions experience a rainy season from May to November and a dry season from December to April. In the rainy season, short afternoon showers are common, although not daily. Coastal temperatures can reach 28ºC to 32ºC while mountain regions can be considerably cooler with temperatures dropping to as low as 5ºC at higher altitudes.

Trip Inclusions

  • 11 x breakfast,1 x lunch
  • 9 nights hotel, 2 nights eco lodge accommodation on a twin share basis
  • Local English speaking Yomads guide
  • Private group transfers throughout in an air conditioned vehicle
  • Cooking course in Sarapiqui
  • National park entrance fees for parks visited in itinerary

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Let one of our travel consultants know if you're interested in airfare or stopover ideas to San Jose and they'll send a detailed quote your way.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive San Jose

Welcome to Costa Rica! Upon arrival, make your way to the hotel in San Jose. The day is free for you to explore the nearby area which is home to many shops and restaurants. A trip briefing will be held at the group hotel in the evening where you will meet your guide and Yomads group to learn more about the coming days.

Meals: Nil

Days 2 & 3: Puerto Viejo de Sarapiqui

After breakfast we depart for Puerto Viejo de Sarapiqui, a scenic area known for its pineapples, bananas and sugar cane, that will be our home for the next two nights. Incorporating both the natural beauty and biodiversity of the Caribbean lowlands, the area is ideal for both adventurous activities and relaxing. Here we'll participate in a cooking class with a local family to learn the techniques of traditional Costa Rican cuisine.

Meals: B

Day 4: Arenal National Park

Today we travel to La Fortuna, the gateway to Arenal Volcano and its lush surroundings. Here, we will enter Arenal National Park to walk at the base of the volcano. Through the forest, we'll pass the old lava flow of the eruption of 1968 as we learn more about the flora and fauna of the area. In the afternoon, arrive at the lodge where you're free to relax and take a dip in the pool.

Meals: B

Day 5: La Fortuna

In the morning, hike to the waterfall of La Fortuna. It is a steep hike downhill to the waterfall, situated in the middle of the jungle, but you will be rewarded with close up views of the stunning waterfall and the chance to swim in its water. Later, return to the lodge where the rest of the day is spent at leisure. For those that are interested, an optional hanging bridges excursion can be arranged.

Meals: B

Days 6 & 7: Monteverde

Taking the route around Lake Arenal we head for Monteverde, a small community that is home to the Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve. In the evening, embark on a twilight hike to learn more about the cloud forest's natural inhabitants as the diurnal animals go to sleep and the nocturnal animals wake up. The following day is reserved for you to explore at your own pace, and optional excursions including hiking, coffee tours and a serpentarium visit can be arranged.

Meals: B

Days 8 - 10: Samara

Leaving Monteverde, we make for the beach town of Samara for some rest and relaxation. Our time here is free for you to spend the days at leisure, enjoying the serene beaches and calm waves of the ocean.

Meals: B

Day 11: San Jose

Today we leave the beach and return to San Jose where you will have time to continue exploring the town's hidden corners, revisit your favourite spots, and celebrate the group's last night together.

Meals: B

Day 12: Trip ends San Jose

Our trip ends today in San Jose, leaving you free to head home or to continue you adventure on your own.

Meals: B

Accommodation

San Jose 2N Hotel
Sarapiqui 2N Hotel
La Fortuna 2N Lodge
Monteverde 2N Hotel
Samara 3N Hotel

Disclaimer

This itinerary may change at any time due to inclement weather, forces of nature and other circumstances beyond our control. Prices valid up to 31/12/2017. For trips departing after this date, the price will likely increase subject to local inflationary pressures on operational costs.

The Sweat Level

  • Easy
Easy – these are pretty relaxed and are suitable for most fitness levels. Expect though to push a little outside of your comfort zone with the included activities, but they are not for lengthy durations.

Moderate - these will include cycling, walking, kayaking and other activities which will put a sweat on the brow. You should do some pre trip training like going to the gym, jogging, brisk walking or cycling at least 3 times weekly for months before you go to get your fitness level up.

Hardcore - these will include sustained walking or cycling over multiple days and that means you’ll need to get into a great fitness regime before your trip. The best preparation you can do is day walks or cycle trips one a fortnight that build your endurance fitness coupled with some hour long ‘cardio’ workouts up to 3 times a week, and continue this for 3 months before departure.

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