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Explore Costa Rica
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14 days

from $2,294 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.

Max 16

EXPEDITION OVERVIEW
  • Meet researchers at the Sea Turtle Conservancy, co-founded by a National Geographic grantee.
  • Participate in reforestation efforts at the Monteverde Institute, a research center supported by National Geographic.
  • Explore the canals of Tortuguero National Park on a boat tour, spotting caimans, howler monkeys, sloths, and more.
Itinerary

Costa Rica may be small but it offers big adventure. This two-week tour ventures off the beaten path to a lush and wild world. Stop in at a reforestation project, visit a sea turtle conservancy program, opt to zip-line through the jungle canopy, and have a soak in volcanic hot springs. Riding a wave of “pura vida,” experience pure travel joy.

Day 1: San José

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Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer included.

Day 2: San José/Tortuguero

Travel to Tortuguero National Park and enjoy guided boat trips and wildlife viewing along canals and the coastal jungle. After, relax at our secluded lodge or take an optional night boat excursion.

Day 3: Tortuguero

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Enjoy a guided boat trip and jungle walk. Search for caiman, monkeys (spider, howler, and white-faced capuchin), sloths, and basilisk lizards. Also visit the Sea Turtle Conservancy, a non-profit organization co-founded by Archie Carr, a National Geographic grantee. Learn about the research and conservation initiatives that have been instrumental in saving the Caribbean green turtle from extinction.

Day 4: Tortuguero/La Fortuna

Depart early and visit a G Adventures-supported coffee cooperative. Take a tour of the co-op and dig into a local lunch. Arrive in La Fortuna in the evening and relax at the pool as you take in views of the surrounding jungle and volcanoes.

Day 5: La Fortuna

Explore La Fortuna with numerous optional activities. In the evening, visit a local home and learn the art of tortilla making. Once the tortillas are ready, dig into a tasty “casado” — a typical Costa Rican dish that’s made with black beans, plantains, and your very own tortillas.

Day 6: La Fortuna

Free day in La Fortuna. Options include rafting, waterfall rappelling, soaking in local hot springs, or taking a boat tour of the Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge.

Day 7: La Fortuna/Monteverde

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From La Fortuna, we make our way by road and boat up to the misty mountain air of the Monteverde cloud forest region. Spend two days exploring the town and nearby Forest Reserve, truly a bird lover’s paradise.

Day 8: Monteverde

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Enjoy a nature hike in the Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve. You’ll also have some free time after to zipline, walk along hanging bridges, or explore the town.

Day 9: Monteverde

Visit the Monteverde Institute, which has served as the base for numerous National Geographic-funded explorers and researchers studying the famed canopy of the Monteverde Cloud Forest. Enjoy a lecture by one of the researchers before playing an active role in this project, visiting the National Geographic-sponsored research plot and planting trees, assisting in the nurseries, or collecting data.

Day 10: Monteverde/Manuel Antonio

Drive to Manuel Antonio. Enjoy the laid-back atmosphere of the Pacific coast with options to surf, go horseback riding, or visit nearby picturesque beaches.

Day 11: Manuel Antonio

Take an included day trip to Manuel Antonio National Park. After, enjoy free time at the beach.

Day 12: Manuel Antonio

Free time to explore Manuel Antonio and the National Park with options to surf, go horseback riding, or visit nearby beaches.

Day 13: Manuel Antonio/San José

Return to San José for an optional farewell dinner with the group.

Day 14: San José

Depart at any time.

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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 (11 nts), rustic jungle lodge (2 nts).
  • Meals: 13 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners
  • Transport: Private vehicle, shuttle van, boat.
  • Arrival transfer
  • Boat tour and wildlife viewing in Tortuguero National Park
  • 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 $3,398

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.