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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:

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Moderately Easy

Courtesy Franck Pinel
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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Find the Adventure That’s Right for You

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.

Day in the Life: Making a Difference in Costa Rica

Partner since: 1994 Total Donated: $634,868

Simply by traveling with OAT, you support the work of the nonprofit Grand Circle Foundation. Alan and Harriet Lewis created the Foundation with the mission of changing people's lives through travel—which includes both the travelers who journey with OAT, and the local people who welcome us so warmly into their homelands.

Learn more about our work in Costa Rica, and what you'll experience during your itinerary:

A Day in the Life of Altamira Village

Your school visit at Altamira is just one aspect of your A Day in the Life experience, which is featured on most O.A.T. itineraries. Each A Day in the Life is specially tailored to showcase daily life in your destination—in this case, the Altamira village on the fringes of Costa Rica's lush rain forest. You'll get to know the local people through conversation and hands-on activities, getting an authentic glimpse of what life is really like here—and not just the typical tourist's version.

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Supporting a World Classroom: Costa Rica

By seeing how children are educated all over the world, we gain a rare understanding of different cultural values—as well as the common values that unite us all. That’s why Grand Circle Foundation supports the Altamira School in Costa Rica.

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Grand Circle Foundation

Alan and Harriet Lewis founded Grand Circle Foundation in 1992 as a means of giving back to the world we travel. Because they donate an annually determined amount of revenue from our trips, we consider each one of our travelers as a partner in the Foundation’s work around the world. To date, the Foundation has pledged or donated more than $164 million in support of 300 different organizations—including 60 villages and nearly 100 schools that lie in the paths of our journeys.

Learn more at the grandcirclefoundation.org

Click below to read our Travel Planning Guide on Costa Rica: Natural Parks & Tropical Forests

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