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9 days,San José to San José

Learning about the Sarapiqui rainforest and Monteverde cloudforest with local naturalists, Partaking in demonstrations by experts on how chocolate and coffee get from the forest to your table, Sharing lunch and a cooking demonstration in a local family's home


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Connect with nature’s best in Costa Rica. Explore the lush rainforests full of exotic flora and fauna. Relax in the hot springs near Arenal Volcano and later enjoy a tortilla-making lesson and lunch with a local family. Learn how chocolate is made on a tour at La Tirimbina Rainforest Center and then enjoy a bird’s-eye view of Monteverde’s cloud forest atop a treetop canopy. Costa Rica is a world famous destination known for beautiful landscapes from the ground up.

What's Included

  • Arrival transfer - Welcome gift - 1 hour group Spanish lesson - Tour and rainforest walk at La Selva Biological Station - Chocolate tour and demonstration at La Tirimbina Rainforest Center - Visit the Danaus Ecocenter - Visit the Hot Springs of Arenal Volcano - Tortilla making and a typical lunch with a local family - Tour of the Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve - Coffee farm demonstration, tasting and tour.
  • 8 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinner. (Allow USD240-310 USD for meals not included.)
  • Comfort hotels (6 nts), comfort permanent tents (2 nts)
  • Private van, boat, walking.
  • Discovery Adventures guide, local guides.
  • Small group experience; Max 15, avg 10.

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Day 1 San José

Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer included.

Day 2 Sarapiquí (1B)

Travel to Sarapiqui where a naturalist guide leads us on an educational hike through the rainforest and a visit to OTS (Organization for Tropical Studies) and the La Selva Biological Station. We also enjoy a fun group Spanish lesson.

Day 3 Sarapiquí (1B)

Visit the Tirimbina Rainforest Center with a local guide. Explore the forest across suspension bridges to a former cacao-tree plantation where we have a demonstration and opportunity to taste organic rainforest chocolate and learn about sustainable tourism practices. Option to visit a pineapple plantation.

Day 4 La Fortuna (1B,1L,1D)

Travel to La Fortuna. Relax at a local hot spring for a theraputic soak and visit a local family for a tortilla-making lesson and a typical lunch.

Day 5 La Fortuna (1B)

Visit to the Danaus Ecocenter for a guided forest walk. Option to raft whitewater rapids, take a safari float through the Caño Negro Reserve or hike to the La Fortuna Waterfall.

Day 6 Monteverde (1B)

Travel to stunning Monteverde Cloud Forest. Option to take a nighttime forest hike, visit the butterfly garden or fly through the treetop canopy on ziplines.

Day 7 Monteverde (1B)

Explore the Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve with an expert naturalist and visit a coffee farm where an expert guide takes us through the various aspects of coffee production, growing, harvesting, processing and tasting.

Day 8 San José (1B)

Return to San José for our final evening.

Day 9 San José (1B)

Depart at any time.