National Geographic Journeys

Explore Costa Rica

  • Duration 14 Days
  • Group Size Small Group
  • From $2,379 AUD
Call 1300 363 742

Trip Overview

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.

Trip Highlights

Hear a lecture from a researcher at the Monteverde Institute, learn how to make tortillas during a visit to a local family home, spot wildlife while cruising the canals of Tortuguero, enjoy spectacular volcano views while soaking in hot springs, learn all about sea turtles with an expert from the Sea Turtle Conservancy

Itinerary - 14 Days

Day 1 San José

Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer included.

Day 2 San José/Tortuguero (1B, 1L, 1D)

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 (1B, 1L, 1D)

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 (1B, 1L)

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 (1B, 1D)

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 (1B)

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 (1B)

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 (1B)

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 (1B)

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 (1B)

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 (1B)

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

Day 12 Manuel Antonio (1B)

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 (1B)

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

Day 14 San José (1B)

Depart at any time.

Explore Costa Rica

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