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2018 Costa Rica: Natural Parks & Tropical Forests

Costa Rica: San José, San Carlos, Arenal, Monteverde, Manuel Antonio, San Gerardo de Dota

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13 Days from only $2995 including international airfare

Activity Level:

1 2 3 4 5

Moderately Easy

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Pura Vida

Let this impressionistic film give you a sense of everyday life for Costa Rica’s people, rain forests, and beaches.

Courtesy Jordan Lee
Costa Rican Rodeo

Get an up-close-and-personal feel for the people at a Costa Rican rodeo; both those there to watch and those participating.

Courtesy of Mitch Hanley
Profiles in Process : Soyla Figuerero - Crafting a Cigar, or “Puro”

Watch a Cuban expatriate living in Costa Rica handcraft cigars from different varieties of tobacco leaves.

Courtesy Sebastien Duhem
Drone de Costa Rica

Get a bird’s-eye view of Costa Rica’s misty rain forests and verdant hills in this film.

Courtesy David Conover
The Squirrel Monkey of Costa Rica

Learn why locals are striving to protect Costa Rica’s population of squirrel monkeys.

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Our Activity Level rating system ranks adventures on a scale of 1 to 5 to help you determine if a trip is right for you. See the descriptions below for more information about the physical requirements associated with each rating.

Activity Level 1:

1 2 3 4 5

Easy

Travelers should be able to climb 25 stairs consecutively, plus walk at least 1-2 miles over some uneven surfaces without difficulty. Walks typically last at least 1-2 hours at a time. Altitude can range from zero to 5,000 feet.

Activity Level 2:

1 2 3 4 5

Moderately Easy

Travelers should be able to climb 40 stairs consecutively, plus walk at least 2-3 miles over some uneven surfaces without difficulty. Walks typically last for at least 2-3 hours at a time. Altitude can range from zero to 5,000 feet.

Activity Level 3:

1 2 3 4 5

Moderate

Travelers should be able to climb 60 stairs consecutively, plus walk at least 3 miles over some steep slopes and loose or uneven surfaces without difficulty. Walks typically last for 3 or more hours at a time. Altitude can range from 5,000 to 7,000 feet.

Activity Level 4:

1 2 3 4 5

Moderately Strenuous

Travelers should be able to climb 80 stairs consecutively, plus walk at least 4 miles over some steep slopes and loose or uneven surfaces without difficulty. Walks typically last for 4 or more hours at a time. Altitude can range from 7,000 to 9,000 feet.

Activity Level 5:

1 2 3 4 5

Strenuous

Travelers should be able to climb 100 or more stairs consecutively, plus walk at least 8 miles over some steep slopes and loose or uneven surfaces without difficulty. Walks typically last for 4 or more hours at a time. Altitude can range from 10,000 feet or more.

Accommodations

Main Trip

Studio Hotel

Santa Ana, Costa Rica

Located in Santa Ana—about 20 minutes outside of San José—Studio Hotel houses a private display of more than 100 paintings and sculptures by Costa Rican artists. Each of its 89 air-conditioned rooms features complimentary Internet access, a safe, a minibar, an LCD TV, and a private bathroom with a hair dryer. On site, guests can enjoy a pool, fitness center, and restaurant serving Costa Rican cuisine.

El Tucano Resort and Thermal Spa

Aguas Zarcas de San Carlos, Costa Rica

The El Tucano Resort is located in a private rain forest reserve where tropical birds or wildlife can often be spotted on the grounds. The resort offers an on-site restaurant, a spa, hiking trails, and bathing in waters warmed by natural hot springs in an outdoor pool, a jacuzzi, and a river. Each of the 87 rooms has a private bath, TV, telephone, and safe.

El Establo Mountain Resort

Monteverde, Costa Rica

Set on a private 150-acre farm adjacent to the Monteverde Nature Preserve, El Establo offers an escape from the everyday. Its large windows and balconies offer views of the ocean and mountains, and its amenities include a spa, two restaurants, and two indoor pools. Each of its 155 rooms feature coffee- and tea-making facilities, a refrigerator, private bath, and cable TV.

Villas Lirio

Quepos, Costa Rica

The 24-room Villas Lirio is set in a secluded locale just outside of Quepos, near Manuel Antonio National Park. Native tropical plants adorn the grounds, and the hotel’s property includes two outdoor swimming pools. Each air-conditioned room features a telephone, cable/satellite TV, balcony or terrace, and private bath.

Savegre Lodge

San Gerardo de Dota, Costa Rica

Located in the midst of a private nature reserve, this family-run, 50-room lodge is the ideal spot to search for the Resplendent Quetzal, or the more than 170 other species of birds that also abound in this forest. While here, enjoy walks along nearby hiking trails, or simply stroll among the colorful blooms of the lodge’s orchards and gardens. Each of the hotel's simple rooms features  a safe, telephone, and private bath with hot water and hair dryer.

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Studio Hotel

Santa Ana, Costa Rica

Located in Santa Ana—about 20 minutes outside of San José—Studio Hotel houses a private display of more than 100 paintings and sculptures by Costa Rican artists. Each of its 89 air-conditioned rooms features complimentary Internet access, a safe, a minibar, an LCD TV, and a private bathroom with a hair dryer. On site, guests can enjoy a pool, fitness center, and restaurant serving Costa Rican cuisine.

Drake Bay Wilderness Lodge

Drake Bay, Costa Rica

The family-owned Drake Bay Wilderness Lodge is situated between the ocean and a jungle river in Costa Rica’s beautiful Drake Bay. The charming resort features 20 tropical cabins, each with private bath, porches, and a ceiling fan, and a view of the bay, mountains, and surrounding rain forest. There is also an open-air bar at the resort, perfect for relaxing as the sun settles over the bay.

Aninga Hotel & Spa

Tortuguero, Costa Rica

Located only minutes from the main entrance to Tortuguero National Park, Aninga Hotel & Spa is surrounded by winding canals and lush jungle. Each of the hotel’s 32 bungalow-style rooms features a ceiling fan and a private bath with hot water, while on-site amenities include an outdoor pool, restaurant, and bar.

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