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Costa Rica Extended Trip Itinerary

Day 1

Arrival in Costa Rica

Afternoon
  • Arrive at San Jose's Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO) before 1:00 pm.
  • Your Trip Leader will pick you up from the airport, and we’ll head to the rainforest! (~3.5 hour drive)
  • If you are prone to motion sickness we suggest taking any medication before the drive. It’s a beautiful and winding drive through the mountains of Costa Rica.
  • Stop for souvenirs and snacks in Los Angeles Cloud Forest as you marble at all the green and lush mountains around you.
  • Visit a local farm where you'll learn about sugar cane, taste fresh fruits, and enjoy your first homemade Costa Rican dinner prepared with organic ingredients.
Evening
  • Settle into your amazing rooms surrounded by nature and get ready to meet your new friends as you enjoy your first delicious dinner at the eco-lodge

Day 2

Eco-Lodge Tour & Adventure

Morning
  • Enjoy your first amazing breakfast at the eco-lodge, fresh coffee, organic vegetables and homemade breads await for you.
  • After breakfast, hike around the Ranch or fly through the tree tops at one of the World’s best zip-lining tours in Costa Rica. Zip-lining is optional and not included.
Afternoon
  • After a nice morning walking around the property, enjoy a tasty lunch at the eco-lodge made with the vegetables produced at the farm.
  • Explore the grounds on a tour of the eco-lodge. Learn about the organic farm and the use of sustainable sources of energy and good ecological practices while taking in the  views of the mountains.
Evening
  • Enjoy another wonderful dinner at the eco-lodge while listening to the sounds of nature at night.
  • Take the evening to get to know your new friends while enjoying a nice tropical drink under the stars.

Day 3

La Fortuna

Morning
  • Start the day with new energy provided by the lush forests of Costa Rica and enjoy another tasty breakfast at the eco-lodge.
  • Depart to La Fortuna to enjoy more outdoor activities. "La Fortuna" is Spanish for "The Fortune" and was named for the town's fertile lands.
  • Explore Arenal Lake on a pedalboard and visit the local waterfall in the middle of the rainforest, a local spot where you can freshen up into a natural pool.
Afternoon
  • Get a local and delicious lunch called a “casado” while exploring La Fortuna and try a delicious fruit ice cream.
  • Spend your last afternoon soaking up at the hot springs, warmed naturally at Termalitas del Volcan and let your muscles relax after a few days filled with incredible adventures (optional activity).
Evening
  • After a full day of activities, enjoy another wonderful dinner at the eco-lodge and get ready for another day of adventures out in the wild.
  • Enjoy the hammock in your bungalow and rest while taking in the surrounding landscape.

Day 4

Rainforest Adventure

Morning
  • Enjoy a delightful breakfast at the eco-lodge, get the feel for the true Costa Rican morning flavors with a nice coffee and a plate of tropical fruits.
  • Spend the morning hiking various trails on the property or choose from the following optional adventures: white water rafting, kayaking in Lake Arenal or enjoy a relaxing yet adventurous horseback riding tour around the farmlands.
Afternoon
  • After lunch, opt for a hike to the Arenal Observatory in search for monkeys, toucans, and other wild animals (optional activity) or relax at the hotel.
Evening
  • Tonight enjoy the closing dinner at the eco-lodge with your new friends where you will all share your best moments of the adventure.
  • Optional night out in La Fortuna to finish your amazing trip with a high note, full of Latin music and cocktails (transportation not included).

Day 5

Depart to the Beach

Morning
  • One more amazing breakfast at the eco-lodge before you head towards Costa Rica's world-famous beaches.
  • Begin your drive to Manuel Antonio, where you'll find some of the best beaches that Costa Rica has to offer. (~5-hour drive)
Afternoon
  • Enjoy your lunch overlooking one of the coolest black sand beaches in the country.
  • Make a quick stop at Rio Tarcoles where you can see groups of Costa Rican Crocodiles. These crocs can reach lengths of up to 12 feet!
  • Arrive at Playa Hermosa. A beautiful black sand beach recognized as having one of the most consistent surf breaks in the world.
  • Soak in your first sunset in Costa Rica. Remember to bring your bathing suit!
Evening
  • Depart for our boutique hotel in Manuel Antonio (~1 hour drive).
  • After getting settled in, it's up to you whether you want to relax or hit the town.

Day 6

Waterfalls and Costa Rican Culture

Morning
  • Have a delicious Costa Rican breakfast.
  • For those craving an even further off-the-beaten-path activity, you can spend your day hiking to epic hidden waterfalls in Quepos. Even the drive will be an adventure as we traverse through little known dirt roads.
Afternoon
  • Take the local bus to the local farmers market in Quepos to sample tropical fruit, cheese, and much more.
  • Relax on the promenade with a perfect view of the sun setting over the ocean.
Evening
  • Enjoy dinner in town and have an optional night out on the town with your new friends.

Day 7

Explore + Beach + Adventure

Morning

  • Enjoy an authentic Costa Rican breakfast at your hotel.
  • Depending on the tide and the weather your Trip Leader will take you to our favorite secret beach.
  • Spend the morning lounging under the Costa Rican sun away from tourists.
Afternoon
  • Head to the beach for an optional surf lesson.
  • Learn how to surf from some of Costa Rica’s best surf instructors on one of Costa Rica's best beaches (depending on the tide).
Evening
  • Enjoy a Costa Rican dinner at our boutique hotel.
  • Optional night out and salsa lessons. ($10 per person + transportation)

Day 8

El Cocal Community Cooking Experience

Morning
  • Immerse yourself in the local community of El Cocal by learning how to cook a delicious Costa Rican meal.
  • Learn about Costa Rican culture and traditions from local friends.
Afternoon
  • Have lunch at El Cocal with your new friends.
  • Enjoy local music and dancing with the community.
  • Relax at the local beach with your group and soak in the tropical views of Costa Rica.
Evening
  • Enjoy the last dinner out at Manuel Antonio.
  • Optional night out or star gazing.

Day 9

Relaxation & Departure

Morning

  • Enjoy one final breakfast in paradise with your group of friends before departing to the airport to catch your flight back home.
  • Be sure your flight departs after 1:30 pm. Transportation is provided back to Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO).
  • We look forward to welcoming you into our close-knit Travel Community.

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