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wildlife & nature • 8 days, 7 nights

Into the Wilds of Costa Rica

Costa Rica
wildlife & nature • 8 days, 7 nights

Into the Wilds of Costa Rica

Costa Rica
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  • Group Size 12 People Maximum
  • Activity Level
    Moderate
  • Travel Style
    Outdoor Expedition
from $4,180 USD per person
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Trip Overview
Overview

On this immersive adventure to Costa Rica, experience the rainforest-covered heart of Central America. Explore dense jungle and open tropical beaches, active volcanoes and lush coffee farms. Behold the neon blue waters of Rio Celeste, a color so vivid and seemingly unnatural that you truly must see it to believe it. Hear the squawks and howls of parrots and monkeys found only in the tropical jungle. Enjoy world-class coffee at its source—the definition of fresh, local, and delicious. 

Highlights
  • Savor jungle-to-cup coffee and sustainable local cuisine
  • Wander deep into the volcanic rainforest, exploring waterfalls and surreal neon blue waters
  • Dine above the cloud forest canopy in Monteverde
  • Snorkel from the deck of a catamaran in crystalline Pacific Ocean bays
  • Experience a traditional indigenous Maleku ceremony and cuisine

Itinerary

Itineraries and daily schedules are subject to change. We expect to do everything listed in the itinerary, though the order may be rearranged based on weather or other local conditions.
Costa Rica

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Pricing

The listed price of the trip is per person based on double occupancy.

Traveling Solo?

You’re in good company. Solo travelers typically make up about half of our small groups. With curiosity at the center of our experiences, there’s a natural camaraderie that develops over the course of a trip. We have two options for you: 

Shared Room (subject to the latest Covid-19 guidelines): You'll be matched with another solo traveler of the same gender.

Private Room: Have your own room, subject to availability, for a supplemental cost of $1,380. After booking your trip, please request a private room when you fill out your traveler information form and we’ll add the option to your booking and final balance. 

Activity Level

Four to six miles of walking each day, with lots of time spent moving around and on your feet. You should be comfortable walking on both flat and uneven ground, as well as stairs. In Monteverde, we will hike for about 3 hours as we explore four big waterfalls, ten suspension bridges and have an opportunity to swim in El Tigre River! There will be uneven terrain and trails may be wet and slippery.  The last portion of the trail is mainly uphill, so there will be a choice of riding horses or taking a safari 4WD car. 

Arrival & Departure

Our trip begins in San José. You will be met at the Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO) and transferred to your hotel. We recommend arriving by 3pm on Day 1 of your trip. 

Our trip concludes on Day 8 in Liberia, where we will transfer you to the Liberia Guanacaste Airport (LIR). You may depart at anytime. 

Included
  • Accommodation throughout the trip at comfortable boutique hotels and lodges
  • All meals as described in the itinerary
  • Transportation throughout the trip, including arrival and departure airport transfers
  • An experienced Atlas Obscura Trip Leader to accompany you for the duration of the trip as well as special guests throughout
  • Admission to all proposed activities, locations, and events
  • A curious group of fellow Atlas Obscura travelers!
  • 24/7 emergency assistance during your trip, provided by Global Rescue (terms apply)
  • Special access to unique places and extraordinary experiences
  • All gratuities (restaurants, hotels, drivers) excluding your Atlas Obscura Trip Leader
Excluded
  • International flights or other transportation to and from Costa Rica
  • Pre- and post-trip accommodations
  • Travel insurance (recommended)
  • Additional meals and drinks outside of Atlas Obscura offerings, including most alcoholic drinks
  • Passport and visa fees, if applicable
  • COVID-19 testing requirements
  • Customary gratuities for Trip Leader
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Trip FAQ

Your participation in this trip provides significant financial contributions to the communities we visit, directly supporting small businesses, schools, villages, and local families. In addition, this trip has a large focus on ecotourism in an effort to combine sustainable travel with ecosystem-level conservation and the explicit recognition of and respect for the rights of indigenous people. That’s why ecotourism is more than just “nature tourism”; it has the explicit goal of benefiting local communities both environmentally and economically. By providing financial incentives through tourism, these communities can become empowered to fight against poverty, and in achieving a more sustainable sort of economic development, can better resist other more exploitative industries like mining, agriculture, ranching, or logging. Ecotourism has also motivated the traditional tourism industry in general to move towards more “green” or sustainable practices.

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