Costa Rica Tours & Trips 2020

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Travel Style Travel Style Relaxed A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers.
Full on For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included.
Mixed You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included.

Trip Type Trip Type Group Tour Groups are between 25-60 people, typically ~30-40. Usually there will be many opportunities to split off and enjoy meals and excursions in smaller groups. This is the most economical way to travel, saving up to 40% versus booking the same itinerary yourself.
Small Group Tour Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
River Cruise These vessels are smaller than most ocean cruisers, limiting which amenties are available. Passenger counts can vary. One of the biggest advantages of a river cruise is the ability to dock at smaller ports and local villages.
Small Ship Cruise Small ship cruises usually have a max passenger count of 500. The primary purpose of these trips is to spend time off the vessel in local ports (e.g. Mediterranean) or experiencing nature (e.g Galapagos or Antarctica). Cabins can vary from budget to luxury.
Private Guided Private tours give you the undivided attention of a guide, and often involve special access to sites and unique experiences not available to larger groups. This is a great option for families, couples, and small friend groups. Expect to pay a bit more for the extra service.
Self Guided / Independent Tour A travel company plans your itinerary and arranges all the logistics including lodging, local activities, and transportantion. You have the flexibility of a solo trip while still getting the convience and time savings of expert planning. Get 90% of the benefits of a tour, without a guide.
Vacation / Holiday Package Similar to a self guided tour, this usually involves a home base, such as a hotel or resort, with packaged activities and day tours as a part of the stay.
Large Ship Cruise This is the "floating city" experience, with multiple ways to enjoy your vacation aboard the ship as much as on land. Ships are multiple floors, provide several activities, culinary, and shopping options. They often make fewer stops and have less time available for shore excursions.

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Lodging Level Lodging Level Camping Typically involves most nights sleeping in tents (sometimes permanent tented sites) or in rustic cabins and lodges.
Basic - 2 star You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping.
Value - 3 star Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Premium - 4 star 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.
Luxury - 5 star The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays.

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Physical Level Physical Level Very Easy Minimal walking - motor vehicles available for all major parts of trip.
Easy Normal generally flat walking in urban or suburban environments.
Moderate Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment.
Strenuous All or most of day hiking or biking, hills included.
Extreme Very challenging all day hiking and backpacking carrying significant equipment.

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Solo Friendly Solo Friendly Good for Singles Trips that specifically cater to travelers looking to meet other singles.
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Costa Rica Eco Adventure with Guanacaste

Trafalgar
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10 days
$ 225 / day
$ 2,250
From : $ 2,768
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Travel Style : N/A
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Comfort (4*)
Highlights
  • VIEW Arenal Volcano
  • VISIT Tortuguero National Park, Sarapiquí, Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve
Visits:
Costa Rica
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Costa Rica Family Holiday

Intrepid Travel
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10 days
$ 204 / day
$ 2,040
From : $ 2,754
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : N/A
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value (3*)
Highlights
  • Go beyond a biology lesson and immerse yourself in nature, from spotting rare birds in Monteverde to listening for the evocative call of howler monkeys in Manuel Antonio National Park.
  • Harvest produce and come together to cook a rustic meal from scratch during a homestay with family in an agricultural community.
  • Get active on guided walks through forest and jungle, plus an incredible canopy walk along suspended bridges in Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve.
  • Family holidays aren’t always relaxing, but this trip offers plenty of opportunities to take it slow in thermal springs and pools and on beaches.
  • End this adventure by hitting Manuel Antonio National Park, where the evergreen forest grows right up to the long, whitExplore e beaches and irresistible water.
Visits:
Arenal Volcano, Manuel Antonio National Park, Costa Rica
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Costa Rica: A World of Nature featuring Tortuguer ...

Collette
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12 days
$ 221 / day
$ 2,649
From : $ 3,258
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : N/A
Physical Level : Full day hiking or trekking over medium to long distances. Moderate expectation of physical fitness. Strenuous
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Comfort (4*)
Highlights
  • Taste for yourself why cacao is called “food of the gods” and observe the process of converting this magical seed from bean to bar.
  • Enjoy a traditional Costa Rican dinner.
  • Explore a family-owned finca and have a farm-to-table experience, complete with culinary demonstration.
  • Learn about Costa Rica’s ecosystem and local culture.
  • Visit the world’s first sea turtle research station in Tortuguero National Park.
  • Explore Arenal during a captivating 3-night stay.
  • Stay in Tortuguero National Park and find yourself surrounded by wildlife.
  • Enjoy a 2-night stay just outside of pristine Manuel Antonio National Park.
  • Hop aboard a river boat for a jungle crocodile safari and bird watching excursion.
Visits:
Costa Rica
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Costa Rica: Raft, Surf & Kayak

Intrepid Travel
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8 days
$ 242 / day
$ 1,935
From : $ 2,612
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value (3*)
Highlights
  • Gandoca Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge is home to monkeys, reptiles, toucans and macaws, while its waters contain turtles, barracudas, sea urchins and more than 125 species of fish.
  • Raft Costa Rica’s Pacuare River – an area ranked in the top five rivers of the world for whitewater rafting. You’ll tackle Class 3 and 4 rapids on an unforgettable river adventure.
  • Catch some waves with a hiking and surfing expedition at Manzanillo beach. You’ll be away from the crowds and hanging ten in no time!
  • Hop into kayaks and paddle through the waterways of Tortuguero National Parkin search of monkeys, sloths, caiman, jaguars and lizards.
  • Explore the rich urban centre of capital San Jose, with time before and after your active adventure to really get to know the Costa Rican way of life.
Visits:
Caribbean, Tortuguero National Park, Costa Rica
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Costa Rica & Nicaragua Highlights

13 days
$ 1,615
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value (3*)
Highlights
  • Soak in the hot springs near the base of Arenal, an active volcano!
  • Zip line across incredible flora and fauna in Monteverde.
  • Relax beachside in the laidback Nicaraguan town of San Juan del Sur.
  • Feel history come alive in Granada, Nicaragua's oldest city!
  • End your journey in the colonial city of Leon.
Visits:
Arenal Volcano, Granada, Lake Nicaragua, Leon, Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve, San José, Costa Rica
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Costa Rica Family Vacation

7 days
$ 1,663
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Comfort (4*)
Highlights
  • Look on in amazement as you visit Costa Rica’s highest active volcano, Irazu. On a clear day, you can see the Pacific and Caribbean oceans.
  • Float down Sarapiqui River and enjoy the rich biodiversity found in this rainforest region. Watch out for the rare Green Macaw!
  • Kids can unleash their inner thrill seekers on a zip line tour through Arenal's tropical rainforest.
  • Relax on the beach while kids play in the warm waters on Costa Rica's beautiful central Pacific coast.
  • Enjoy guided tours that combine the right amount of activity and fun for the whole family.
Visits:
Arenal Volcano, San José, Costa Rica
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Costa Rica & Panama Discovery

Intrepid Travel
Premier
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13 days
$ 99 / day
$ 1,285
From : $ 1,799
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping. Basic (2*)
Highlights
  • Clear sea perfect for swimming, shacks serving cold cerveza and sandy shores covered in starfish are waiting in the Bocas del Toro, where you spend three nights on Isla Colon.
  • Head to the coffee plantations, waterfalls and caldera hot springs of Boquete, a highland town so beautiful you won’t miss the beach one bit.
  • Ride some of the region’s best breaks in Santa Catalina. If you'd prefer to stay dry (or horizontal), there's a hammock with your name on it.
  • Cycle around the quiet streets of Puerto Viejo de Talamanca with your leader, the best way to get your bearings in this relaxed town.
  • Get to know Panama City during a guided stroll along the Cinta Costera right to the city’s salty belly – the Mercado de Mariscos (seafood market).
Visits:
Boquete, Caribbean, Central America, Panama City, Colon, Costa Rica, Panama
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Classic Costa Rica

Intrepid Travel
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15 days
$ 111 / day
$ 1,670
From : $ 2,255
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value (3*)
Highlights
  • Swap the concrete jungle for real jungle on this trip into the rainforests, waterways, hot springs and palm-lined beaches of Costa Rica.
  • Long-nosed tapirs, white-faced capuchin monkeys, elegant ocelots and three-toed sloths – Costa Rica is home to exotic animals, and this trip puts you in the perfect position to spot them all.
  • Go deeper than the average tourist with a homestay in a quiet agricultural community; the perfect opportunity to experience local life and practice your Spanish.
  • Refresh after jungle hikes spotting endemic wildlife in the rejuvenating hot springs of volcanic La Fortuna.
  • Begin and end your trip in Costa Rica’s lively capital, San Jose, where you’ll see a more urban side of the country.
Visits:
Manuel Antonio National Park, Tortuguero National Park, Costa Rica
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Costa Rica: A World of Nature featuring Tortuguer ...

Collette
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12 days
$ 229 / day
$ 2,749
From : $ 3,381
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Full day hiking or trekking over medium to long distances. Moderate expectation of physical fitness. Strenuous
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Comfort (4*)
Highlights
  • Enjoy a traditional Costa Rican dinner.
  • Taste for yourself why cacao is called “food of the gods” and observe the process of converting this magical seed from bean to bar.
  • Explore a family owned Finca and have a farm to table experience, complete with cooking demonstration.
  • Learn about Costa Rica’s ecosystem and local culture.
  • Visit the world’s first green turtle research station in Tortuguero National Park.
  • Explore Arenal during an extended 3-night stay.
  • Stay in Tortuguero National Park and find yourself surrounded by wildlife.
  • Enjoy a 2-night stay just outside of pristine Manuel Antonio National Park.
  • Hop aboard a river boat for a jungle crocodile safari and bird watching excursion.
Visits:
Costa Rica
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Real Guatemala to Costa Rica

Intrepid Travel
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17 days
$ 96 / day
$ 1,624
From : $ 2,274
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping. Basic (2*)
Highlights
  • Oh, Central America, what a land. Get a taste of four different countries on an epic Latin adventure that takes in the sights and offers a whole heap of optional activities too.
  • Cerro Verde is waiting to be explored. Enjoy a full day at leisure in one of El Salvador’s most beautiful national parks – climb a volcano crater or take the plunge in the pristine lake. The choice is yours!
  • Island life doesn’t get much better than Ometepe in Nicaragua – volcanoes, wildlife-rich rainforest, stunning beaches, ancient rock carvings, and a massive lake are all on your plate.
  • Central America likes to keep you on your toes – hike, cycle or zip-line through the steamy cloud forests of Monteverde in Costa Rica and get up close to nature in one of the world’s most incredible landscapes.
  • Costa Rica's famous Arenal Volcano in La Fortuna is unbe-lava-ble. Go with the flow and let off some stream with hikes, waterfalls, watersports, and hot springs in the shadow of this giant.
Visits:
Arenal Volcano, Central America, Granada, Lake Nicaragua, Ometepe, Salvador, Copan, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Honduras
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Costa Rica Family Holiday with Teenagers

Intrepid Travel
Premier
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9 days
$ 238 / day
$ 2,140
From : $ 2,889
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value (3*)
Highlights
  • Dive into the heart of one of the world’s most biologically diverse countries, travelling along rivers, through dense rainforest, past towering volcanoes and to blissful beaches on a journey that will awaken your inner nature-lover
  • Get active on an incredible range of outdoor pursuits – rafting along rapids, climbing up to volcanic craters, safari-ing for crocs, and hiking through jungle
  • Enjoy close-up encounters with Costa Rica’s endless wildlife, then enjoy plenty of time to let off some steam in thermal springs and swimming pools
  • End this adventure by hitting Manuel Antonio National Park, where the evergreen forest grows right up to the long, white beaches and irresistible water
Visits:
Arenal Volcano, Manuel Antonio National Park, Costa Rica
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Epic Mexico to Costa Rica

Intrepid Travel
Premier
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32 days
$ 100 / day
$ 3,200
From : $ 4,480
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping. Basic (2*)
Highlights
  • There's nothing quite like eating with a local family to really experience a place. At dinner you'll be experiencing traditional Guatemalan hospitality while improving your Spanish with the locals.
  • There are many sides to Central America, and you’ll get a taste of a few: slumbering poolside by Playa del Carmen, gazing at the pyramids of Tikal or haggling in the markets of Chichicastenango.
  • Choose your own adventure in Cerro Verde National Park. Hike the face of a volcano or escape the heat with a dip in the aqua waters of a crater lake.
  • Don’t just fall in love with the food of Central America – learn to make papusas (stuffed flatbread) in El Salvador and nacatamales (steamed filled dough) in Nicaragua.
  • Island life doesn’t get much better than Ometepe in Nicaragua – volcanoes, wildlife-rich rainforest, stunning beaches, ancient rock carvings, and a massive lake are all waiting.
  • Central America likes to keep you on your toes – hike, cycle or zip-line through the steamy cloud forests of Monteverde in Costa Rica and get up close to nature in one of the world’s most incredible landscapes.
  • Costa Rica's famous Arenal Volcano in La Fortuna is unbe-lava-ble. Go with the flow and let off some stream with hikes, waterfalls, watersports, and hot springs in the shadow of this giant.
Visits:
Antigua, Caribbean, Caye Caulker, Central America, Chichicastenango, Lake Atitlan, Lake Nicaragua, Ometepe, Salvador, San Ignacio, Tikal, Granada, Copan, Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico, Nicaragua, Honduras
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Central America Explorer

Intrepid Travel
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47 days
$ 97 / day
$ 4,540
From : $ 6,356
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping. Basic (2*)
Highlights
  • This is one of our most extensive trips in Central America, hitting more than 20 destinations and introducing you to the cities, villages and myriad cultures of seven countries.
  • Your local craft fair just won’t feel the same after you’ve experienced Chichicastenango, a colourful Guatemalan market that draws thousands of vendors from the surrounding mountain villages.
  • Chichen Itza is one the New Seven Wonders of the World – find out why. Strolling around the ancient Maya ruins feels pretty wondrous.
  • A few days on Caye Caulker provides the perfect opportunity to enjoy Belizean island vibes, beachside beers and optional snorkelling, the perfect (almost) hallway point for this epic adventure.
  • Discover the jungle Costa Rica is famous for during a stay in Monteverde, a misty rainforest area home to sloths, hummingbirds, white-faced monkeys and tapirs among hundreds more animal species.
Visits:
Antigua, Caribbean, Caye Caulker, Central America, Chichen Itza, Copan, Lake Atitlan, Lake Nicaragua, Ometepe, Salvador, San Cristobal, San Ignacio, Tikal, Granada, Mexico City, Playa del Carmen, Tikal National Park, Leon, Palenque, Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua
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Central American Adventure

Intrepid Travel
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33 days
$ 96 / day
$ 3,180
From : $ 4,452
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping. Basic (2*)
Highlights
  • Get to know contemporary Maya life during a homestay in San Jorge La Laguna, a lakeside village where you can share meals and conversation with a local family.
  • Caribbean Caye Caulker is a dreamy place to spend two days with no plans. Munch barbecue lobster? Snorkel in coral reef? Nap under a palm tree? It’s up to you.
  • Cruise up the Rio Dulce to your waterfront jungle lodge, then maybe grab a beer and relax while the sounds of nature fill the air.
  • Quaint Suchitoto is a contemporary arts hub with a colonial facade. Explore the flower-studded balconies, galleries housed in 19th-century buildings and a lake teeming with thousands of local birds.
  • Hike, cycle or zip-line through the steamy cloud forests of Monteverde – there’s so many ways to experience the lush canopies and unique Central American wildlife.
Visits:
Antigua, Caribbean, Caye Caulker, Central America, Copan, Lake Atitlan, Lake Nicaragua, Ometepe, Salvador, San Ignacio, Tikal, Granada, Tikal National Park, Leon, Playa del Carmen, Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua
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Tropical Costa Rica

Collette
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Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
9 days
$ 174 / day
$ 1,569
From : $ 1,930
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Comfort (4*)
Highlights
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  • Uncover the importance of conservation in Costa Rica during a visit to a tree nursery.
  • Discover the charming town of Zarcero and its whimsical topiary garden.
  • Enjoy the breathtaking scenery surrounding Arenal Volcano.
  • Spot indigenous wildlife while on a Cano Negro riverboat cruise.
  • Learn about Costa Rica's vegetation on a guided walk in the cloud forest.
Visits:
Guanacaste, Costa Rica
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Top Costa Rica Experiences and Attractions

Top Costa Rica Experiences

Exploring miles of off-the-beaten-track beaches on both the Caribbean and Pacific coasts

Glimpsing rare tropical birds and butterflies on a rainforest hike

Viewing both coasts from atop 11,200-foot Irazu volcano while gazing into massive craters that look like they were scooped out for some gargantuan ice cream cone.

Cooling off in Monteverde Cloud Forest, one of the most beautiful forests in the world, while in search of monkeys, sloths, and other wildlife.

Reveling in the colors of wildflowers and trees on a nature hike: orchids, bougainvillea, jacaranda, and flame and poro trees, which paint the landscape with purples, oranges and scarlets.

Coming upon a forest waterfall and taking a dip in the waters below

Relaxing in a secluded hot springs at Arenal Volcano National Park

Partaking in Costa Rica's famous adventure activities: Riding a zipline high over a forest canopy, rappelling down a waterfall canyon, kayaking on a clear mountain lake -- or all three in one day.

Reeling in a big catch on a sport fishing cruise in a quest for tuna, wahoo and marlin.

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Costa Rica Trip Reviews

1,881 Costa Rica Tour Reviews - Summary 95% Recommend

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We had the most fantastic trip to Greece

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

We had the most fantastic trip to Greece! Traveling in February to Athens, we met our tour manager and dove right into the itinerary. Our group consisted of 47 students and 5 chaperones. The ancient sites were breathtaking. All of our tour guides were knowledgeable and knew how to engage high school learners. Jeff, our tour manager, kept us moving but magically knew when it was time to take it a little easy. The accommodations were clean and comfortable and the food was unforgettable!! Jessica, our state side ACIS contact was extremely helpful throughout the entire organization process. Her enthusiasm always keeps me going. I cannot think that any aspect of the trip could have been better! Even the February Greek weather was great! It was warm and we had snow capped mountains in the background of our pictures.

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Operator ACIS

ACIS continues to shine

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

I have been traveling with ACIS for years, and their reaction to traveling during the pandemic underlines the reason why. They have been extremely communicative, there was never a question of what the policies were, and what the deadlines were. In fact, they were extremely generous in their refund policies. In a time where they could have easily stuck to their written policies, they went above and beyond and led the industry in terms of balancing business and fairness. I continue to choose to travel with them because of these reasons and look forward to our Italia 2020 trip in 2022!

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Operator ACIS

As we close the pandemic

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

As we close the pandemic, I can't help but reflect on the trip that almost opened it! We traveled to Greece in late February with 47 students. We experienced the trip of a lifetime!! Powerful moments at historic sites mixed with wonderful moments along the way, this was a fantastic trip for our students as well as our staff! Safety was priority one and we soon learned upon our return why ACIS was talking so much about safety!

The sites were magnificent. The food and accommodations were excellent! Our tour manager took care of us from security gate to security gate and made sure we had a fantastic trip! On the States side, Jessica was such a great support. Her knowledge and care made sure we pulled this off!! Wow! We can't wait to return!!

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Operator ACIS

I loved my Europe travel experience…

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

I loved my Europe travel experience with ACIS and highly recommend them!
We took a middle school group to Italy for the first time and it was awesome! Our guide was so knowledgeable, organized and fun, the kids loved him!
Our program manger was helpful, encouraging, and flexible when some changes had to be made. She made arrangements to accommodate us, and get the best deal! We loved her too!
A great experience for the students, parents and us! I look forward to more ACIS adventures! Thank you!

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Operator ACIS

Superb service

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

Amy Garrow helped me to book my diving trips over several years. This time the booking for the Agressor trip was complicated by COVID-19. Nevertheless Amy provided excellent guidance throughout the booking, adjusted flights to eliminate risks and made my trip enjoyable and easy

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Operator Caradonna Adventures

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5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

I used ACIS for the first time last year after running tours with another company for 15 years. I will never go back. Hotels are truly central, the meals are substantial and the guides are excellent. The pre travel support I received from my Tour Consultant, Jeannie, made the planning of our trip so much easier than their competitor.

But here's where ACIS really stands out to me. We were in country in March 2020, two days before the Covid travel shut down. Long story short, things changed within days after our departure. You can tell a lot about a company by how they respond during a time of crisis. ACIS shined. We had our new flights within hours and we all got home safely. Even though they didn't have to, they even kicked back the money to my travelers for the day we missed in Madrid.

Even with all of this, my travelers had a life changing travel experience. As a matter of fact, I just received a text message from a graduated traveler thanking me for her travel experience and how much it changed her life.

There are other travel companies out there, many probably cheaper. Please remember this - you get what you pay for. Are you really in London if it takes two train rides to get into the center of the city? How much time do you lose in the city because you have to catch the last train? I wish I realized this 15 years ago. Don't make the same mistake I did.

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Operator ACIS

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