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Classic Costa Rica

Costa Rica, Central America

from $3,745* per person 7 Days December-April, July, August
Boutique accommodations Exertion level: 4
Operator: Geographic Expeditions 18 people max
  • San jose airport, san jose, costa rica
  • Active & Adventure trips
It’s hard to imagine a first-time visitor to Northern California not putting San Francisco, Yosemite, and the Wine Country on their wish list. But, as you know, locals often studiously avoid the too-popular sites in those iconic places suggested by guidebooks. For example, we love San Francisco, but it’s been quite a while since we’ve ventured down to Fisherman’s Wharf, and we urge visiting friends to ferry over to Angel Island for its fantastic views of the city and the Golden Gate Bridge rather than being crammed aboard a boat to Alcatraz.

Well, the same goes for deservedly iconic and much-visited Costa Rica. Our 20 years of going there have taught us that if you want to visit classic destinations like Monteverde, Arenal, and Manuel Antonio, you’re well advised to stay off the beaten path, as we do in Classic Costa Rica. Even better is exploring that rarer path with our expert naturalist guides.

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Costa Rica, Central America

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  • This is a custom departure, meaning this trip is offered on dates that you arrange privately with the provider. Additionally, you need to form your own private group for this trip. The itinerary and price here is just a sample. Contact the provider for detailed pricing, minimum group size, and scheduling information. For most providers, the larger the group you are traveling with, the lower the per-person cost will be.


Day 1: arrive in San José; drive to the Cloudforest at Villa Blanca •

Day 2: walk along misty cloud forest trails for bird watching; drive to Arenal Volcano, with a stop at the hanging bridges for a walking rainforest tour •

Day 3: mountain biking and waterfall rappelling; Hidalgo family hotsprings •

Day 4: to Arenal to Rafiki Safari Lodge via scenic charter flight •

Day 5: class III & IV rafting on the tropical Savegre River •

Day 6: private tour with a naturalist of Manuel Antonio National Park for and beachside picnic; sea kayaking at Biesanz Beach •

Day 7: scenic flight back to San Jose in time for international flights home

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