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Costa Rica Walking and Nature Tour

Costa Rica, Central America

from $3,095* per person 7 Days December-April, June, October
Comfort accommodations Exertion level: 3
Operator: Classic Journeys 12 people max
  • San jose airport, alajuela, costa rica
  • Active & Adventure trips
You don’t have to be a birdwatcher to get a major buzz when a hummingbird lands on your hand. Costa Rica will touch you in all kinds of crazy/wonderful ways. There’s the decadence of lounging on your casita’s terrace under the gaze of a volcano. And the cool quotient of ziplining in a rainforest canopy or high-fiving a monkey from your kayak. You can count butterflies or orchids if that’s your thing, or just go with the lazy tropical flow of our well-planned days. We see a lot of visitors treat Costa Rica like a beach resort, making a beeline past the tapirs to grab a spot on the sand. But what a missed opportunity! On our Costa Rica walking and nature tour, you’ll meet the native ticos, have mind-bending eco-experiences with our local guides and naturalists, and enjoy the most relaxing active vacation ever. Because Costa Rica is temperate and easily accessible from the U.S., you can join us in almost any season—and it’s a fantastic spur-of-the-moment getaway.

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Costa Rica, Central America

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After meeting in San José, our Costa Rica travel adventure begins with an easy warm-up walk that leads us to five spectacular waterfalls. At Arenal Volcano we venture onto the lower slopes to see the results of recent eruptions. Flowing, bubbling red lava is the spectacular backdrop to dinner at our hotel (3 nights) across the lake.

Cool greens take over as we explore a private cloud forest owned by the former president of Costa Rica. With remarkable birds like emerald toucanets and the resplendent quetzal plus thousands of plants, our naturalist-guided walks at this private wildlife sanctuary are unforgettable. We’ll pay visits to the Butterfly Garden in the morning—when the dazzling varieties are most active—and to a local village school.

Just two hours away is Carara National Park, one of the last major breeding sites of the scarlet macaw and home to white-faced monkeys and sloths. For three mornings, a chorus of squirrel and capuchin monkeys is our wake-up call at Manuel Antonio Park. On horseshoe-shaped Pacific beaches, in mangrove swamps and in primary jungle, the game and bird viewing here is unrivaled. In addition to guided walks and an easy day that offers your choice of kayaking in mangroves or river rafting, there are opportunities to wander on the beach, snorkel or boogie board, or take a siesta by the pool.

Returning to San José, we visit a working coffee plantation for a tasting of the local brews before parting company.

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