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Natural Highlights of Costa Rica
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9 days

from $2,099 AUD

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Offered in partnership with G Adventures, our National Geographic Journeys line blends fun, hands-on exploration, meaningful encounters with people and cultures, and more free time and choices—with the structure and security of traveling in a small group.

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Travelers should be in good health and comfortable walking or standing for extended periods of time. Daily activities may include walking tours, visits to sites, safari drives, and easy hikes; and some days will have more physical activities such as longer hikes, kayaking, snorkeling, or biking.

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Casual trips offer immersive travel experiences at an unbeatable value with free time and plenty of choices built into the itineraries. Accommodations are comfortable, well-located, and modest. Trips are led by dynamic local guides, some meals and activities are included, and transportation is provided for included excursions.

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EXPEDITION OVERVIEW
  • Visit the Monteverde Institute, a research center supported by National Geographic, and assist in cloud forest conservation.
  • Tour a G Adventures–supported coffee co-op whose proceeds benefit the local community.
  • Cook up traditional Costa Rican dishes in the home of a local family, and then sit down to dinner with them.
Itinerary

Home to volcanoes, lush rain forests, beaches, and unique wildlife, Costa Rica is a celebrated pioneer in protecting natural heritage. Forge your own path through this gorgeous country over nine days of outstanding adventure. Trek across the foot of a volcano to photograph electric blue butterflies, visit a coffee co-op, and search for monkeys while hiking park trails. Get in touch with nature’s best in Costa Rica.

Day 1: San José

Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer included.

Day 2: San José/La Fortuna

Visit a G Adventures-supported coffee cooperative with a coffee tour and local lunch. Continue to the adventure hub of La Fortuna. In the evening, visit a local home and learn the art of tortilla making. Afterwards, dig into a tasty “casado” — a typical Costa Rican dish that’s made with black beans, plantains, and the tortillas you’ve made.

Day 3: La Fortuna

Free day in La Fortuna for optional activities. Challenge yourself with a rafting adventure, canyoning, or embark on a nature hike.

Day 4: La Fortuna/Monteverde

Travel from La Fortuna to the cloud forest of Monteverde — a nature lover's paradise.

Day 5: Monteverde

Enjoy a nature hike in the Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve. After, visit the Monteverde Institute, which has served as the base for numerous National Geographic-funded explorers and researchers. Enjoy a lecture by one of the researchers outlining the various research and conservation projects that National Geographic has sponsored to support the reforestation of tropical regions. This afternoon, opt to visit a butterfly garden, zipline through the canopy, or go horseback riding.

Day 6: Monteverde/Manuel Antonio

Continue to the stunning Pacific coast. Enjoy the laid-back atmosphere of the area with options to surf, go horseback riding, dolphin watching on a catamaran, or visit other nearby picturesque beaches.

Day 7: Manuel Antonio

Take an excursion to Manuel Antonio National Park, famed for its stunning beaches and abundant wildlife. Look for monkeys, sloths, and some 350 species of birds.

Day 8: Manuel Antonio/San José

Return to San José and enjoy an optional farewell dinner on the town.

Day 9: San José

Depart at any time.

PRICES & DATES

  • date 04 Jul 2020 - 12 Jul 2020
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  • date 05 Sep 2020 - 13 Sep 2020
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  • date 07 Nov 2020 - 15 Nov 2020
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    $3,468 AUD Per Person

  • date 12 Dec 2020 - 20 Dec 2020
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  • date 19 Dec 2020 - 27 Dec 2020
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    $2,279 AUD Per Person
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    $3,548 AUD Per Person

  • date 26 Dec 2020 - 03 Jan 2021
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  • date 15 May 2021 - 23 May 2021
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  • date 19 Jun 2021 - 27 Jun 2021
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  • date 03 Jul 2021 - 11 Jul 2021
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  • date 17 Jul 2021 - 25 Jul 2021
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  • date 07 Aug 2021 - 15 Aug 2021
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  • date 25 Sep 2021 - 03 Oct 2021
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  • date 30 Oct 2021 - 07 Nov 2021
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  • date 06 Nov 2021 - 14 Nov 2021
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  • date 13 Nov 2021 - 21 Nov 2021
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  • date 20 Nov 2021 - 28 Nov 2021
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  • date 27 Nov 2021 - 05 Dec 2021
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  • date 04 Dec 2021 - 12 Dec 2021
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  • date 11 Dec 2021 - 19 Dec 2021
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  • date 18 Dec 2021 - 26 Dec 2021
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  • date 25 Dec 2021 - 02 Jan 2022
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  • date 01 Jan 2022 - 09 Jan 2022
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  • date 08 Jan 2022 - 16 Jan 2022
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  • date 15 Jan 2022 - 23 Jan 2022
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  • date 22 Jan 2022 - 30 Jan 2022
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  • date 29 Jan 2022 - 06 Feb 2022
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  • date 05 Feb 2022 - 13 Feb 2022
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  • date 12 Feb 2022 - 20 Feb 2022
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  • date 19 Feb 2022 - 27 Feb 2022
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  • date 26 Feb 2022 - 06 Mar 2022
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  • date 05 Mar 2022 - 13 Mar 2022
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  • date 12 Mar 2022 - 20 Mar 2022
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  • date 19 Mar 2022 - 27 Mar 2022
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  • date 26 Mar 2022 - 03 Apr 2022
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  • date 02 Apr 2022 - 10 Apr 2022
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  • date 09 Apr 2022 - 17 Apr 2022
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  • date 16 Apr 2022 - 24 Apr 2022
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  • date 23 Apr 2022 - 01 May 2022
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All trip prices are per person based on double occupancy or single occupancy unless otherwise noted, are subject to change without notice and do not include airfare. Optional activities are at an additional cost.

  • Accommodation: Hotels (8 nts).
  • Meals: 8 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinner
  • Transport: Private vehicle, boat.
  • Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Tortilla Making and Home Dinner, La Fortuna
  • Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Monteverde Institute Lecture, Monteverde
  • Your G for Good Moment: Mi Cafecito Coffee Cooperative Tour, Sarapiquí
  • Your Discover Moment: La Fortuna
  • Arrival transfer
  • Guided nature walk in the Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve
  • Guided excursion to Manuel Antonio National Park
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

What's Not Included

  • Airfare to and from destination
  • Trip cancellation insurance or any other travel insurance
  • Visas
  • Any activity not described in What's Included
  • Meals on your own
  • Gratuities

My Own Room

During your trip, sometimes it's just more convenient and comfortable to have your own room. That's why we offer the "My Own Room" option - a single room all to yourself.

My Own Room Option: From $2,311

ABOUT NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC JOURNEYS

Offered in partnership with G Adventures, our National Geographic Journeys line blends fun, hands-on exploration, meaningful encounters with people and cultures, and more free time and choices—with the structure and security of traveling in a small group.

Age Requirement:12+

All travelers under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.