Costa Rica Experience

Travel to a jungle-clad and beach-lined natural paradise.

Discover a region of natural diversity, cultural riches and laidback vibes on a nine-day jungle jaunt through Costa Rica. Thanks to a longstanding tradition of preserving its natural assets, much of the country’s primary rainforest still stands, opportunities for nature-based adventures are endless and the beaches on both coasts are nothing short of picturesque. Kick back in the rustic beach town of Quepos, explore the steamy cloud forests of Monteverde, and get to know the locals by lending a hand on a rural farmstay near Santa Rosa de Pocosol. Explore the depths of this colourful and vibrant country with plenty of time to make this trip your own.

Why you'll love this trip

San Jose is Costa Rica’s cultural heart. Spend time wandering through the artisan stalls of the main Plaza de la Cultura, with plenty of time to stop for a refresco (smoothie) and to do some people watching.

Lend a hand at a farmstay outside of Santa Rosa de Pocosol, and learn some home-cooked recipes and techniques from the locals on a visit to the Juanilama agricultural community.

Marvel at the size and stature of the Arenal Volcano on the horizon, perhaps taking a soak and relaxing in La Fortuna’s lava-heated thermal springs.

Try to spot the elusive resplendent quetzal when you’re exploring Monteverde’s steamy cloud forests. Better yet, why not consider a jungle zip-line to get high in the sky?

With plenty of time to chill out at your own pace, Quepos’ surf vibe is ideal for catching some waves, lazing on the white-sand beaches or hiking the lush trails of Manuel Antonio with your travel pals.

Is this trip right for you?

Many of the activities (both included and optional) on this trip take place in the great outdoors. This means you'll need to be prepared to deal with insects and occasionally rustic conditions. It's all part of immersing yourself in this natural paradise.

Costa Rica is generally hot year-round, and from May to October can be pretty wet too. Of course, you wouldn't get that gorgeous, emerald-green rainforest without the rain, but please carefully consider which time of the year you'll feel most comfortable travelling.

There are many opportunities to get active on this adventure. Some of the optional activities require a moderate level of fitness and sturdy walking shoes. If you'd prefer to take it easy, however, there are plenty of other things you can do instead.

The homestay is a wonderful opportunity to witness everyday local life. A hearty homecooked dinner and breakfast will be served during your stay, which can be a lot more basic than what you're used to.

With so much to see and do, Costa Rica can sometimes be expensive. Expect to pay more than you would in other Central American countries for a lot of things.

*Your flights from Ireland to Ecuador are not included but can be arranged by your agent

Contact us on 046 9068600 / 0818 333 990 or email info@travalue.ie

 

 

Itinerary

Day 1: San Jose

Day 2: Santa Rosa de Pocosol

Day 3: La Fortuna

Day 4: Monteverde

Day 5: Monteverde

Day 6: Quepos

Day 7: Quepos - Manuel Antonio NP

Day 8: San Jose

Day 9: San Jose

From €872 per person includes:

Meals:

1 breakfast, 1 dinner

Transport:

Private vehicle, Boat, Public Transportation

Accommodation:

Hotel (7 nights), Homestay (1 night)

Included activities:

Santa Rosa de Pocosol - Cooking class
Santa Rosa de Pocosol - Homestay experience
Leader-led Informal Spanish Lesson
Monteverde - Cloud Forest (entrance fee and transport)
Manuel Antonio National Park - (Entrance fee)

A single supplement is available if you’d prefer not to share a room on this trip. The single supplement applies to all nights on your trip and is subject to availability. Please speak to your booking agent for further information.

*Your flights from Dublin are not included but can be arranged by your agent

Contact us on 046 9068600 / 0818 333 990 or email info@travalue.ie

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