Discover Daily Life + Treasures of Nature

+ A congenial talk with Jack Donnelly, author of Costa Rica: Folk Culture, Traditions and Cuisine, promises a look into Costa Rican life and culture which few visitors have a chance to experience.
+ Visit a working coffee estate in the lovely Central Valley to see and learn about the process that brings these fine beans to your morning coffee cup.
+ Explore from the tropical jungle to the cool cloud forest on guided nature walks, by Sky Tram, and along unique hanging bridges.
+ Sit down to dinner with Marvin Rockwell, one of the original Quaker settlers who came to Monteverde in the 1950’s.
+ Set out along Park trails and by boat through Mangrove estuaries to explore the diverse flora and fauna of Manuel Antonio – regarded by many as the crown jewel of Costa Rica’s National Parks.
  • Day 1 – Welcome to San Jose, Costa Rica

    On arrival at the airport, you’ll be warmly greeted and escorted to the Hotel Buena Vista. Built in Spanish Colonial style, our enchanting boutique hotel is surrounded by landscaped tropical gardens with commanding vistas over the Central Valley. Settle in to your guestroom and delight in the marvelous views from your private balcony.
     
    Late this afternoon, join our Trip Leader Jorge Leiton and meet Jack Donnelly, the author of Costa Rica: Folk Culture, Traditions and Cuisine. Drawing from the personal experiences featured in his book, this informal talk with Mr. Donnelly promises a great introduction to life in Costa Rica. Then enjoy some light refreshments as Jorge presents an overview of your upcoming travels together. After dinner, gather around the pool for coffee and an intimate acoustic guitar performance.  Meals D
  • Day 2 – Onward to Arenal

    After breakfast and check-out, you’ll join Jorge for a tour of the Doka Estate. Here on this working coffee plantation, you’ll learn about – and see firsthand - the sustainable processes that bring the fine beans of the Central Valley to your morning cup of coffee. Continue your scenic journey, stopping for lunch along the way, and arrive at Arenal in the mid-afternoon. Check in to your spacious suite at the Arenal Kioro Hotel and take in the spectacular view of the Arenal Volcano from your balcony or en suite Jacuzzi. Before this evening’s dinner, you’ll also have time relax by the pool or enjoy the soothing thermal waters of Kioro’s hot springs.  Meals B+L+D
  • Day 3 – From the Forest Canopy to Town

    This morning’s Sky Tram adventure offers an exciting and enlightening view of the dense forests that surround Lake Arenal and the volcano. Ascending the mountain, traveling gently through the canopy high above the forest floor, you’ll gain a new perspective on this eco-system. These open-air tram cars afford spectacular views of the lake and Arenal Volcano, and immerse you in all the sights and sounds of the forest. At the top of the mountain, you can just enjoy in the panoramic vistas from the wide observation platform or join a guided nature walk along the forest trails of the summit.
     
    After this aerial adventure, Jorge will take you to the nearby town of La Fortuna de San Carlos for lunch at Nene’s, an inviting local restaurant with a diverse menu ranging from steaks and sandwiches to ceviche – a local favorite. After lunch, you’ll have free time to explore this charming town at your own pace. You can stroll through the town’s central garden with its fine views of Arenal Volcano, mingle with locals along the town’s lively main street, shop for handmade artisan crafts, or stop by POPS for their much-loved coconut ice cream. Tonight’s dinner will be enlivened by a private Salsa dancing lesson which we’ve arranged for our guests!  Meals B+L+D
  • Day 4 – Hanging Bridges Adventure + On to Monteverde

    After breakfast and check out, you’ll join Jorge for another rainforest adventure. Ranging in elevation from just 5 feet above the ground to more than 145 feet high over the forest floor, this network of bridges and hanging bridges winds its way through the jungle and offers a unique way to view the biodiversity of this eco-system - from the darkened forest floor to the sun-dappled canopy. Sit down to lunch at Café & Macadamia, a charming restaurant with wonderful views of Lake Arenal, and then continue to Monteverde to visit the Butterfly Garden. In addition to more than 50 different species of butterflies, arachnids and insects, this is a great place to see and learn about other Costa Rican wildlife including White-faced Capuchin monkeys, agoutis and coatis!
     
    Then check in to El Establo, our inviting hotel nestled in the misty cloud forests of Monteverde. As the afternoon wanes, we’ll take you to a prime vantage point to watch the sun set over the mountain ridges and the distant waters of the Gulf of Nicoya. This evening, we’ve arranged for you to dine with Marvin Rockwell, one of the original Quaker pioneers who settled in Monteverde in the 1950’s. The fine cuisine of Morpho’s Restaurant and Mr. Rockwell’s colorful stories promise a memorable evening.  Meals B+L+D
  • Day 5 – Explore the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve

    After breakfast, you’ll join Jorge for a guided nature walk into the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve. With moisture-laden trade winds blowing upward along the mountain slopes of the region, you’ll find clouds and fog hovering almost continuously in the upper canopy of the forest. Condensing onto the leaves and plants below, the moisture contributes to the extraordinary biodiversity of the Cloud Forest. With expert insight from Jorge, you’ll learn about the myriad species that thrive here: More than 2,000 varieties of plants (420 of which are orchids!), 400 species of birds including the elusive Resplendent Quetzal, 5,000 different types of moths, 400 mammal species including cats, deer, tapir and sloths, and 1,200 species of reptiles and amphibians! At the nearby Hummingbird Garden, you can see up to 14 species of these lively colorful birds in a setting of extraordinary beauty!
     
    After lunch, visit the Monteverde Orchid Garden to see and learn about these extraordinary blooming plants. In a natural tropical forest with well-maintained paths, you’ll discover an impressive collection of more than 460 species of orchids. Many of them are miniature varieties that are indigenous to the Monteverde region, including some with delicate flowers measuring less than one inch! This evening, you’ll dine at Café Caburé under the direction of Susana Salas – a wonderful Argentine-born chef.  Meals B+L+D
  • Day 6 – Macaw Sanctuary + Onward to the Pacific

    Descending from the cool of the Cloud Forest this morning, you’ll visit the Natuwa Macaw Sanctuary where you’ll see a variety of endangered bird and mammal species. Established in 1994 to protect Scarlet and Great Green Macaws from threats to their habitats, this pioneering conservation sanctuary has grown into a refuge, breeding and rehabilitation center for numerous animals including primates and big cats.
     
    Sit down to a delightful lunch at Villa Caletas, set on a hilltop overlooking the Pacific. Then continue to Si Como No, our inviting resort at Manuel Antonio National Park. Our guests enjoy Superior Guestrooms with private balconies overlooking the jungle-clad hillsides stretching down to the Pacific.  Meals B+L+D
  • Day 7 – Discover Manuel Antonio National Park

    This is one of the country’s smaller national parks, but with pristine tropical forests, spectacular ocean beaches and dramatic rocky headlands, Manuel Antonio is regarded by many as the crown jewel of Costa Rica’s extensive system of National Parks and Reserves. In Jorge’s engaging and knowledgeable company, you’ll set out after breakfast to explore along the accessible and well-maintained trails of the Park. Learn about the unique flora and biodiversity of the region and keep your eyes peeled for its wild residents - including sloths, iguanas, the rare squirrel monkey, diminutive red land crabs, and a wide variety of tropical birds.
     
    In the afternoon, you’ll discover another one of Manuel Antonio’s remarkable eco-systems. Setting out in a covered boat, you’ll explore the pristine estuaries and lush mangroves that surround Damas Island. In addition to the unique plant life that thrives in these brackish wetlands, this adventure offers a chance to espy white-faced monkeys, colorful birds and a variety of reptiles and amphibians. This evening you’ll dine at Café Milagro.   Meals B+L+D
  • Day 8 – Depart San Jose

    After breakfast, we’ll take you to the airport in San Jose for your departure flight.  Meals B

Extend Your Trip

  • Panama City and the Canal

    With its world-famous Canal, rich bio-diversity and Colonial history, the neighboring country of Panama is the perfect complement to your adventures in Costa Rica. We include 3 nights deluxe hotel, extensive sightseeing and a Canal transit from the Culebra Cut to the Pacific Ocean.

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Check In!

  • Buena Vista Lodge - San Jose, Costa Rica

    Hotel Buena Vista is a beautiful Spanish colonial style resort located in the mountains of Alajuela, outside San Jose.  Offering panoramic views of the Poas, Barva and Irazu volcanoes, this boutique property is set amidst extensive tropical gardens, home to numerous species of wildlife and is ideal for bird watchers!  Guest room amenities include complimentary Wi-Fi and flat screen televisions.  The hotel offers a solar-heated outdoor pool, nature trails and the on-site Quetzal Grille services international and Tico cuisine with locally-sourced produce.

  • Arenal Kioro Hotel - Arenal, Costa Rica

    An intimate deluxe resort with spacious guest rooms offering private terraces and en suite jacuzzis with magnificent views of Arenal Volcano.

  • El Establo - Monteverde, Costa Rica

    El Establo is a Costa Rican lodge with a view; set high on a mountain, guests can overlook the valley below and spot other mountains around. Hotel amenities include a solar-heated pool, Jacuzzi, spa, lake, private forest trails, sports courts, and a restaurant. All 80 rooms have telephone, cable TV, and safety box. Set on a private 150-acre farm adjacent to Monteverde, this wonderful superior first class forest resort offers beautiful guest rooms with private balconies. Enjoy amazing sunset views, fine dining and the Green Leaf Spa.

  • Si Como No Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica

    Surrounded by the beauty and nature of Manuel Antonio, our enchanting resort is set on a forested slope above the Pacific Ocean. Alexander+Roberts guests will be upgraded to spacious Deluxe Rooms - where every window and your private balcony offer breathtaking views of the lush jungle stretching down to the sea. These Deluxe air-conditioned rooms also feature high beamed ceilings, a separate sitting area, minibar and in-room safe. After sightseeing, you might take a dip in one of the crystal-clear swimming pools, indulge in a treatment at the Cala Spa, or just take in the view from your balcony.

Our Small Group Journey Value

+ Fully guided by Jorge Leiton, our experienced Costa Rican naturalist guide
+ Comprehensive sightseeing and guided nature expeditions with never more than 16 guests including all entrance fees
+ 20 Meals: 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 7 dinners
+ 7 nights in our carefully selected resort hotels and Cloud Forest lodge
+ All on-tour transportation including airport transfers
+ Luggage handling and all hotel taxes and service charges

Trip Pricing

  • Traveling as a single?

Arrive San Jose - Per Person Double

Dates   Standard Accommodation
Departure Return   Regular Deal
4/5/2019
Sold Out
4/12/2019 $3899 $3599
 
5/17/2019
Sold Out
5/24/2019 $3899 $3599
 
6/14/2019 6/21/2019 $3899 $3599
 
7/12/2019 7/19/2019 $3899 $3599
 
8/9/2019 8/16/2019 $3899 $3599
 
9/6/2019 9/13/2019 $3899 $3599
 
10/4/2019 10/11/2019 $3899 $3599
 
11/1/2019 11/8/2019 $3899 $3599
 
12/6/2019 12/13/2019 $3899 $3599
 
1/11/2020 1/18/2020 $3999 $3699
 
1/25/2020 2/1/2020 $3999 $3699
 
2/8/2020 2/15/2020 $3999 $3699
 
2/22/2020 2/29/2020 $3999 $3699
 
3/7/2020 3/14/2020 $3999 $3699
 
3/21/2020 3/28/2020 $3999 $3699
 
4/17/2020 4/24/2020 $3999 $3699
 

Select all Deals that apply for best available price.

  • Save $600 per couple + $300 solo on all of our Small Group, Small Ship and Private Journeys when you pay-in-full at time of booking.
  • Travel is one of life's most rewarding experiences, perhaps even more so when it's shared with those you love! Combine our limited-time pay-in-full discount with our Family & Friends offers and save even more:
    • Save $50 more per person when 3 guests go
    • Save $100 more per person with 4 people
    • Save $150 more per person with 5 people
    • Save $200 more per person with 6 or more people!
    For Groups of 8 or more please call 800.221.2216

Extend Your Trip

  • Panama City and the Canal

    With its world-famous Canal, rich bio-diversity and Colonial history, the neighboring country of Panama is the perfect complement to your adventures in Costa Rica. We include 3 nights deluxe hotel, extensive sightseeing and a Canal transit from the Culebra Cut to the Pacific Ocean.

    View Day by Day »

Trip Pricing

  • Traveling as a single?

Travel Any Day - Per Person Double

Dates   Standard Accommodation
Departure Return   Regular
1/1/2019 12/31/2019 $4999
 
1/1/2020 12/31/2020 $5199
 

Select all Deals that apply for best available price.

  • Travel is one of life's most rewarding experiences, perhaps even more so when it's shared with those you love! Combine our limited-time pay-in-full discount with our Family & Friends offers and save even more:
    • Save $50 more per person when 3 guests go
    • Save $100 more per person with 4 people
    • Save $150 more per person with 5 people
    • Save $200 more per person with 6 or more people!
    For Groups of 8 or more please call 800.221.2216

Extend Your Trip

  • Panama City and the Canal

    With its world-famous Canal, rich bio-diversity and Colonial history, the neighboring country of Panama is the perfect complement to your adventures in Costa Rica. We include 3 nights deluxe hotel, extensive sightseeing and a Canal transit from the Culebra Cut to the Pacific Ocean.

    View Day by Day »

Trip Reviews

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  • Vicki from LA gives this tour 

    Jorge (Georgie) our tour guide was FANTASTIC ! He was always on the lookout for interesting things to show us. Did you know he calls the birds to us? Visitors to the National Parks without a knowledgeable guide really miss out. The trip was everything advertised and more. Be ready to walk!


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    Date Traveled: 2/8/2019

  • David from CT gives this tour 

    Staff and countries visited were great!


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    Date Traveled: 3/14/2014

  • Millie from CA gives this tour 

    The informative guide - Eduardo - was excellent!


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    Date Traveled: 2/12/2014

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