Costa Rica Quest

  • Costa Rica

Soak in the thermal hot springs of Arenal Volcano, watch the sunset over the Pacific, learn about coffee production and support a local community

Nature called you to Costa Rica – now here you are, suspended in the jungle canopy, locking eyes with a curious monkey. This action-packed tour of Costa Rica’s highlights is perfect for the adventurer with limited time who wants to explore the region’s diversity. Get your adrenaline pumping, follow a trail to the base of a waterfall, melt away in thermal springs or relax on a beach – our CEOs will help you find the secluded spots only the locals know.

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(€67.67 per day)

Suitable for
All ages
Trip Code
CRQ
Travel Style
Classic
Service Level
Standard
Physical Grading
2 - Light
Trip Type
Small Group
Group Size
Max 16, avg 12
Transport
Private vehicle, boat, local bus, walking.
Accommodation
Hotels (8 nights).
Meals
1 lunch
Other
  • G Adventures for Good: Mi Cafecito Coffee Cooperative Tour, Sarapiquí Recharge: Hot Springs, Arenal Volcano
  • Guided cloud forest night walk (Monteverde)
  • Free time in La Fortuna, Monteverde, and Quepos
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    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.
Costa Rica Quest itinerary
  • Day 1San José

    Arrive at any time.

    There are no activities planned until an evening welcome meeting.

    Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting

    The adventure begins tonight. Feel free to explore before your welcome meeting, but make sure you’re back in time to meet the group. After introductions, your CEO will review the details of your tour. Please note that normal check-in times apply at our start hotels, but you can usually store your luggage for the day if you arrive early.

    accommodation

    Hotel El Sesteo

  • Day 2San José / La Fortuna

    Drive to Sarapiquí to visit the G Adventures-supported Mi Cafecito Community Coffee Plantation. Learn about the impact this project has had on the community and sample some of the products they sell. Continue on to the Arenal region and take advantage of a free afternoon and a full free day to experience the adventure activities and natural wonders of the area. Enjoy an included relaxing soak in the local hot springs.

    La Fortuna is an excellent base for adventure. Opt to hike the area’s nature trails, swim in chilly La Fortuna waterfall or go canyoneering.

    Private Van with Wi-fi

    Stretch out, unwind, and check your messages aboard our private, wi-fi-equipped ride.

    Mi Cafecito Coffee Cooperative Tour

    Visit the Mi Cafecito coffee cooperative in San Miguel de Sarapiqui, see shade-grown coffee plants, learn about everything from harvesting, to husking, drying, and roasting the beans before enjoying the best part – a fresh cup!

    Find out where your cup of java comes from. Visit the Mi Cafecito coffee cooperative in San Miguel de Sarapiqui, see shade-grown coffee plants, learn about everything from harvesting, to husking, drying, and roasting the beans before enjoying the best part – a fresh cup! Enjoy a typical lunch of plantains, beans, and freshly caught tilapia fish. Feel good about all this eating and drinking knowing that you are supporting a G Adventures for Good project that helps 200 farmers and their families.

    Hot Springs

    Relax in the shadow of the Arenal Volcano immersed in therapeutic waters heated by the earth’s magma and infused with healing minerals and salts. Rejuvenate your muscles, detox your cells, and stimulate all your senses in nature’s thermal spa. Breathe in the pure rainforest air and marvel at the mystic surroundings of these outdoor pools of paradise.

    accommodation

    Hotel Monte Real

    Optional Activities:

    • Whitewater Rafting

      Pull on your bathing suit and water shoes, don a helmet and prepare to get wet and wild. Guided by expert leaders, paddle through Class II-IV rapids as you raft past spectacular scenery. Feel the burn, work up a sweat, then cool off in the pure river water. Experience the energy and excitement and enjoy!

      Bring clothes to wear while rafting and to change into afterwards. Wear secure closed-toed shoes (or sport sandal) that will dry quickly.

      Choose from two different options: i) Level II and III rapids near Arenal Volcano. Leaves at 11:00 and includes transport to/from hotel, equipment, bilingual guides, tropical fruit break, delicious home-cooked meal, towel, and photographer. or ii) Level III and IV rapids on the Rio Sarapiquí. Leaves at 08:30 and includes transport to/from hotel, equipment, bilingual guides, tropical fruit break, delicious home-cooked meal, towel, and photographer.

    • Lost Canyon Adventures Canyoning

      This tour leave three times daily at 07:30, 10:00, and 13:00 and includes transport to and from hotel, bilingual guide, and lunch. Bring clothes that can get wet, change of clothes, and secure closed-toed shoes (or sport sandals), and extra money for photos or t-shirts from the tour.

      Hold on tight and get ready to rappel down the face of rushing waterfalls. Fear and fun collide in the rainforest as you throw caution to the monkeys and launch yourself into nature. Get soaked and feel completely alive. Trek through rivers, wobble across a hanging bridge, and keep your eyes peeled for exotic birds and wildlife. Let the action begin!

    • Stand Up Paddle (Lesson and Tour)

      Grab a long wide board and show those surfer dudes how it’s done without waves on Lake Arenal with the volcano looming above. Tour picks up from the hotel and includes a tour of the west-end of the Lake while you’re getting the hang of the paddle board. Enjoy the amazing view, with chances to spot wild birds like Great Blue Herons or even Howler Monkeys. Learn more about the area while exploring the lake and snack on some tropical fruit before heading back to the hotel.

      Must be over 12 years old to participate.

    Meals Included

    • Lunch
  • Day 3La Fortuna

    Free day in La Fortuna. Experience the outdoor adventures, amazing wildlife and natural wonders in this area.

    Spend the day getting your adrenaline pumping, viewing local wildlife, marvelling at the Arenal Volcano and getting to know more about Costa Rica in La Fortuna. There are enough activities here to keep you busy all day long.

    free time

    Experience the outdoor adventures, amazing wildlife and natural wonders in this area.

    accommodation

    Hotel Monte Real

    Optional Activities:

    • Whitewater Rafting

      Pull on your bathing suit and water shoes, don a helmet and prepare to get wet and wild. Guided by expert leaders, paddle through Class II-IV rapids as you raft past spectacular scenery. Feel the burn, work up a sweat, then cool off in the pure river water. Experience the energy and excitement and enjoy!

      Bring clothes to wear while rafting and to change into afterwards. Wear secure closed-toed shoes (or sport sandal) that will dry quickly.

      Choose from two different options: i) Level II and III rapids near Arenal Volcano. Leaves at 11:00 and includes transport to/from hotel, equipment, bilingual guides, tropical fruit break, delicious home-cooked meal, towel, and photographer. or ii) Level III and IV rapids on the Rio Sarapiquí. Leaves at 08:30 and includes transport to/from hotel, equipment, bilingual guides, tropical fruit break, delicious home-cooked meal, towel, and photographer.

    • Canyoneering

      Departure: 7:30am & 10:00am & 1:00pm (pick-up time varies according to hotel location in the Arenal Area) Includes: Transport to/from your hotel, fun & professional guides who love what they do, tropical fruit break, delicious, home-cooked meal, towel and lots of adventure. Duration Approximately: Half-day (approximately 4-5 hours) hours

      INTERMEDIATE

      Recommended for ages 13-65 in good physical condition.

      Hold on tight and get ready to rappel down the face of rushing waterfalls. Fear and fun collide in the rainforest as you throw caution to the monkeys and launch yourself into nature. Strapped securely in your harness, descend deep into the canyon, get soaked and feel completely alive. Trek through rivers, wobble across a hanging bridge and keep your eyes peeled for exotic birds and wildlife. Let the action begin!

    • Stand Up Paddle (Lesson and Tour)

      Grab a long wide board and show those surfer dudes how it’s done without waves on Lake Arenal with the volcano looming above. Tour picks up from the hotel and includes a tour of the west-end of the Lake while you’re getting the hang of the paddle board. Enjoy the amazing view, with chances to spot wild birds like Great Blue Herons or even Howler Monkeys. Learn more about the area while exploring the lake and snack on some tropical fruit before heading back to the hotel.

      Must be over 12 years old to participate.

  • Day 4La Fortuna / Monteverde

    Travel by bus and boat through the stunning Costa Rican scenery up into the cloud forest. Take an included guided night walk to learn about nocturnal life in the jungle firsthand.

    Travel across Lake Arenal into the mountains and on to Monteverde Cloud Forest.

    Arrive to spend time enjoying this nature-lover's paradise.

    Shared van

    Climb aboard and make friends with your seatmate en route to the next stop.

    Boat

    Climb aboard and get your float on.

    Shared van

    Climb aboard and make friends with your seatmate en route to the next stop.

    Guided Cloud Forest Night Walk

    Join a naturalist guide for a 1.5-2 hour tour in the cloud forest after dark. Learn more about the habits of the area's nocturnal wildlife including mammals, birds, insects, reptiles, and amphibians, and keep your eyes and ears open on this slow-paced walk. You never know what you might see – it depends on the day and your luck!

    accommodation

    Hotel Los Cipreses

  • Day 5Monteverde

    Enjoy a free day to explore the cloud forest region of Costa Rica. Opt to fly across canopy ziplines, walk across suspended bridges through the forest canopy, or go horseback riding in the hills.

    free time

    Spend free time in Monteverde exploring the cloud forest or visiting nearby attractions.

    accommodation

    Hotel Los Cipreses

    Optional Activities:

    • Ziplining

      Buckle up your harness, don your helmet, and prepare to launch. Glide along cables suspended high above the cloud forest canopy. Dare to let go and reach top speeds as you zip past stunning scenery. Forget your fear as you spot a toucans or exotic orchids in this adrenaline-filled experience.

      Leaves three times daily at 08:30, 11:00, and 16:00 and includes transport and bilingual guides. Easy walking. Bring closed-toed shoes, rain jacket or poncho, and camera.

    • Monteverde Butterfly Garden Visit

      Get close to butterflies, bump into giant bugs, and make friends with hairy eight-legged spiders in this collection of gardens nestled in the mountains of Monteverde. Observe caterpillars, take prize-worthy photos of the iridescent blue morpho butterfly, and check out the leaf-cutter ant colony. The nature centre is home to 30 species of butterfly, a whole bunch of insects, as well as white-faced monkeys, coatis, motmots, and more.

      Open 365 days per year from 08:30-16:00.

    • Monteverde Horseback Riding

      Moderate difficulty.

      Enjoy Monteverde’s breath-giving wilderness by horseback. Spot toucans, bellbirds, and parrots as you ride through private mountain trails along the primary and secondary forest. Meet monkeys, see sloths, and possibly glimpse the Gulf of Nicoya through the clouds. Take photos, inhale the pure air, and let your horse lead you on this memorable meander in misty Monteverde.

      Over 6 years old (kids must be accompanied by an adult).

      The 6:00 AM tours are the best time for bird watching, while 8:00 AM rides traditionally have the best weather. Furthermore, sunset tours – which depart at 3:30 PM – can be arranged. Price depends on if ride is for 1 1/2, 2, or 3 hours.

    • Monteverde Hanging Bridges

      Easy

      The duration of the hike usually takes between 1.5 and 2 hours and guided and self guided tours may be booked in advance

      The Tree Top Walkways are suitable for people of all ages.

      Get up high to see the tree tops of Monteverde’s Cloud Forest from a bird’s-eye view. Cross a series of hanging bridges to discover what biologists once required (ropes and pulleys) to glimpse the lush, green vista accented by bromeliads, vines, and orchids. Wonder at this wet canopy, home to 90% of all the organisms in the forest, including thousands of species of birds, small animals, amphibians, and insects.

    • Santa Elena Cloud Forest Guided Tour

      Tours generally last between 2.5-3 hours. Hiking on marked trails.

      Pull on your poncho and boots. It’s time to head into the cloud-covered forest, past over-sized ferns and exotic orchids. Harness your inner Tarzan and Jane as you imagine swinging from the giant vines. Trudge along 12km (7 mi) of trails, watch for wildlife, and trek to the top of the observation tower. Be sure to stop and listen, too. Hear the haunting call of the bellbird and perhaps catch sight of the brilliant green and red resplendent quetzal. Feel good about protecting the forest and sustaining the quality of local schools through payment of your park fees.

  • Day 6Monteverde / Quepos

    Travel to Quepos, just outside Manuel Antonio National Park. Opt to visit the park or relax on the beach in this fun surf town. Enjoy a night out and perhaps learn how to salsa.

    Travel to the Pacific Coast. Enjoy Quepos or opt to visit Manuel Antonio National Park. The park offers excellent hiking, spectacular views, and abundant wildlife viewing. The park boasts beautiful white-sand beaches and the warm turquoise water. Opt to swim, fish, kayak, surf or take a sailing trip.

    Private Van with Wi-fi

    Stretch out, unwind, and check your messages aboard our private, wi-fi-equipped ride.

    free time

    Enjoy free time to play in the waves, explore Manuel Antonio National Park, or dance the night away.

    accommodation

    Hotel Mimos

    Optional Activities:

    • Surfing

      Slather on the sunscreen, strap on a leash, pull on a rash guard, and get ready to hit the waves. Experience the surf at the beaches near Quepos and Manuel Antonio with their left, right, and well-shaped beach breaks. Take a lesson, learn tips and techniques, then hang ten like a local.

      Price variance depends on if you're just renting a surf or boogie board for an hour, or taking a 3-4 hour lesson.

    • Manuel Antonio National Park Visit

      Easy walk or hike, depending upon your abilities and self-paced tour. Bring water, a camera, sunscreen, bug spray, and your binoculars while you hike in the Park, and if you so desire bring your bathing suit and towel for a relaxing afternoon at the beach after your hike and guided adventure. Price per person listed is the park entrance fee, guided hikes are extra.

      Hikes are moderate difficulty.

      Pack your sunscreen, snack, beach shoes, and prepare for a great day in Costa Rica’s smallest yet no less stunning national park. Manual Antonio offers four white-sand beaches, separated by jagged rock outcrops and tidal pools. Swim, snorkel, surf, and sunbathe. When you’re all beached out, head to the shade of the nearby hiking trails to search for sloths, monkeys, and armadillos. Climb to the lookout to capture views of the pristine Pacific Ocean and the area’s off-shore islands.

    • Kayaking

      Choose to kayak the calm waters of the mangroves or paddle the waves of the Pacific. In the Damas Island estuary, the ocean meets fresh water rivers and creates a protected home for birds, snakes, crocodiles, and white face monkeys. For the more adventurous, opt for an open-seat ocean kayak and paddle along the shoreline and nearby islands, keeping an eye out for frigates, boobies, and jumping fish.

      Price includes lunch.

    • Fishing

      Cast a line and (depending on the season) hope to hook a marlin, sailfish, tuna or dorado (mahi mahi). Fishing in Quepos, north of Manuel Antonio, is Costa Rica’s most popular spot for blue water sport fishing.

    • Sailing

      Slap on some sunscreen and hop aboard as we set sail along the rugged Pacific Coast of Manuel Antonio National Park on a catamaran. Bask in the beauty of the white-sand beaches and small islands that accent the shoreline. Keep watch for dolphins, rays, and migrating whales. Hop into the warm water and snorkel with more than 50 species of colourful tropical fish.

  • Day 7Quepos

    Enjoy a free day to visit Manuel Antonio National Park, sail, snorkel or surf in the Pacific. Opt to kayak through mangroves or relax on the beach.

    free time

    Spend a free day of exploring Quepos, or head to Manuel Antonio to enjoy a full-day of wildlife spotting or kayaking.

    accommodation

    Hotel Mimos

    Optional Activities:

    • Manuel Antonio National Park Guided Hike

      Pack your sunscreen, camera, hiking shoes and bug repellent and prepare for a great day in Costa Rica’s smallest yet biodiverse national park. Manual Antonio offers four white sand beaches, separated by jagged rock outcrops and tidal pools. Head to the shade of the nearby tropical forest in search of sloths, monkeys, armadillos and iguanas. Climb to the lookout to capture views of the pristine Pacific Ocean and the area’s off-shore islands. Learn how the wildlife has adapted to their environment and enjoy your exotic experience.

      Price includes park entrance fee and price of guide.

    • Sailing

      Slap on some sunscreen and hop aboard as we set sail along the rugged Pacific Coast of Manuel Antonio National Park on a catamaran. Bask in the beauty of the white-sand beaches and small islands that accent the shoreline. Keep watch for dolphins, rays, and migrating whales. Hop into the warm water and snorkel with more than 50 species of colourful tropical fish.

    • Kayaking

      Choose to kayak the calm waters of the mangroves or paddle the waves of the Pacific. In the Damas Island estuary, the ocean meets fresh water rivers and creates a protected home for birds, snakes, crocodiles, and white face monkeys. For the more adventurous, opt for an open-seat ocean kayak and paddle along the shoreline and nearby islands, keeping an eye out for frigates, boobies, and jumping fish.

      Price includes lunch.

    • Surfing

      Slather on the sunscreen, strap on a leash, pull on a rash guard, and get ready to hit the waves. Experience the surf at the beaches near Quepos and Manuel Antonio with their left, right, and well-shaped beach breaks. Take a lesson, learn tips and techniques, then hang ten like a local.

      Price variance depends on if you're just renting a surf or boogie board for an hour, or taking a 3-4 hour lesson.

  • Day 8Quepos / San José

    Opt to chill at the beach in the morning before the journey by bus back to the capital.

    Local bus

    Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.

    free time

    Enjoy a final morning at the beach. Do as much or as little as you'd like.

    accommodation

    Hotel El Sesteo

  • Day 9San José

    Depart at any time.

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