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Costa Rica North and South: National Parks, Wildlife & Hot Springs - The Geluxe Collection

Experience Costa Rica to the fullest on this comprehensive 15-day exploration into the country's spectacular, diverse landscapes. Featuring a perfect blend of essential highlights like La Fortuna and Manuel Antonio National Park, venture even deeper into the unspoiled jungle and beaches of the Osa Peninsula in search of wildlife and adventure. Stay in motion with kayaking and hiking, with time for kicking back in regenerative natural hot springs. Costa Rica is calling—be sure to pick up.
Tour details
Tour Provider G Adventures
Price From
$11,199
Number of Days
15
Start Location
San José, Costa Rica
End Location
San José, Costa Rica
Age Range
Avg. 30+
Group Size
1 to 16
Tour Style
Comfort
Tour Themes
Virtuoso
Physical Rating
Moderate
Itinerary Open all
Day 1 - San Jose: Welcome to the Jungle
Feel the warm air hit your face as you step out of the plane in Costa Rica. Fall into the pace of the traffic and beeping car horns as you take in the sights and sounds of this vibrant Central American country en route to the city centre. We welcome you to San José, and while technically not quite in the jungle just yet, we invite you to embrace all of the new and exciting things that await.
Day 2 - Tortuguero National Park: Kayaking in the Canals
See the landscape dramatically change as you head out of the city and through the lush Braulio Carrillo National Park en route to the coast. Before long you'll be gliding through the canals of Tortuguero in a kayak, keeping a lookout for tropical birds, reptiles and monkeys that call this place home. Settle into the comfortable lodge for the night and fall asleep to the sounds of the jungle.
Day 3 - Tortuguero National Park: Coastal Waterways
Wake early and prepare for more exploration of Tortuguero's waterways to spot wildlife. Catch the light glinting off of a Morpho butterfly's blazing blue wings as you paddle along the canals and listen to the calls of the forest. In the evening, you could take an excursion to visit the nesting grounds of green and leatherback turtles for which the national park was named, and perhaps spot the females laying eggs on the beach (seasonal, July to October).
Day 4 - La Fortuna: Arenal Volcano
Leaving the coast behind, we'll head inland with a stop at a G Adventures-supported coffee cooperative along the way. Learn all about how coffee is harvested and produced as you sip a delicious cup of one of Costa Rica's most tasty indulgences. Stretch your legs and soak in the scenery on a walk to a nearby waterfall before a typical lunch and then continue onwards towards the iconic and active Arenal Volcano, unmissable in the distance as you approach.
Day 5 - La Fortuna: Your OMG Day
Today is all about you. Fly through the lush forest canopy on a series of zip-lines and platforms or go on a canyoning excursion, rappelling down waterfalls and swimming in the refreshing pools. Whichever option you choose, your muscles will appreciate a soak in the restorative thermal springs and waterfalls of Tabacón Resort, a luxurious and relaxing way to spend the evening.
Day 6 - Rio Celeste: Tropical Rainforest
Start the morning high up in the forest canopy, strolling a series of hanging bridges and witnessing the environment come alive from the treetops to the rainforest floor below. See Costa Rica's incredible diversity on full display and keep your eyes out for colourful toucans, hummingbirds and other residents of this lush magical natural world.
Day 7 - Rio Celeste: Volcán Tenorio National Park
Local legend has it that when God was finished painting the sky, the brush used was washed in the river of Volcán Tenorio National Park. Hike through the rainforest along jungle trails, keeping an eye out for birds and wildlife before reaching the spectacular blue waterfall of Rio Celeste.
Day 8 - San José: Bikes and Bites
Get to know Costa Rica's capital city like a local today as you set off by bike to explore the sights and to stimulate the senses. Discover some of San José's history and architecture in the downtown area while also visiting some local favourite spots and hidden neighbourhood gems along the way with stops for typical snacks and coffee.
Day 9 - Mount Chirripó Area: The Central Highlands
Swap the big city energy for stunning natural beauty as you take in the breathtaking views from the walking trails at Irazú Volcano, the highest active volcano in the country. If you're extremely lucky and the skies are clear it is possible to see both the Caribbean and Pacific coasts from the top. The evening provides a respite from the hustle and bustle as you settle into a wellness eco-camp at the foot of Chirripó Mountain, an ideal place to connect with nature and with your senses.
Day 10 - Mount Chirripó Area: Your OMG Day
Freedom and choice are the order of the day to get the most out of this incredible part of the country. The nearby Cloudbridge Nature Reserve offers hiking and wildlife-spotting opportunities while closer to camp provides a waterfall hike with a swim and yoga. Allow the landscapes, movement and environment to revitalize your body and mind.
Day 11 - Puerto Jimenez: The Osa Peninsula
The Osa Peninsula is Costa Rica's final frontier, home to vast wilderness, wildlife and incredible diversity, and it will be our playground for the next couple of days. The journey south provides continuously changing landscapes until reaching the pristine coastal rainforest and stretches of wild ocean as far as the eye can see.
Day 12 - Puerto Jimenez: Corcovado National Park
Set off on an unforgettable expedition into the wilds of Corcovado National Park, a natural treasure of Costa Rica. One of the most biodiverse places on the planet, we will venture in and out by boat to head into the park on foot in search of an array of tropical birds and wildlife like toucans, monkeys and the elusive jaguar. When you hear the distinctive call, turn your eyes skyward to catch a glimpse of colourful macaws, usually flying in pairs and gleaming in the sun.
Day 13 - Manuel Antonio National Park: The Pacific Coast
Beautiful beaches and small towns dot the Pacific coastline from north to south, with hidden coves and surf breaks coming into sight as you round each corner. Take in the sweeping views and hike to a waterfall before descending down to one of Costa Rica's most well-known gems at Manuel Antonio National Park.
Day 14 - Manuel Antonio National Park: Wildlife and Beaches
Wildlife, birds and natural beauty abound as you head into Manuel Antonio National Park to walk the coastal jungle trails. Embrace the slower pace like the resident sloths of the forest to appreciate the lush environment packed with wildlife before settling on one of the park's idyllic beaches for a swim.
Day 15 - San José
Leave the coast behind and relive the memories on the return to San Jose and on the onward travels home.
Inclusions
  • Your G for Good Moment: Mi Cafecito Coffee Tour, Sarapiquí Your Welcome Moment: Welcome Moment - Meet Your CEO and Group Your OMG Day: Ziplining or Waterfall Canyoning, La Fortuna Your Wellness Moment: Tabacón Hot Springs Resort and Dinner, La Fortuna Your OMG Day: Wildlife Excursion or Waterfall Hike & Yoga, Chirripó Your Foodie Moment: Santa Juana Lodge Visit & Lunch
  • Complimentary arrival transfer
  • Welcome dinner
  • Two days of kayaking in Tortuguero National Park
  • Walk to a waterfall in San Miguel de Sarapiquí
  • Day pass at Tabacón Hot Spring Resort with dinner
  • Hanging bridges excursion to spot wildlife from La Fortuna
  • Hike to the Rio Celeste Waterfall in Volcán Tenorio National Park
  • Bikes & Bites tour in San Jose
  • Visit the viewpoints and walking trails of Irazú Volcano
  • Orientation walk of Puerto Jimenez and walk to Playa Preciosa
  • Full-day hiking and wildlife expedition into Corcovado National Park with a naturalist guide
  • Walk to a waterfall and have a traditional rural lunch at a mountain reserve
  • Half-day excursion into Manuel Antonio National Park with a naturalist guide
  • Farewell dinner
  • Departure transfer
  • All tips included for activities and meals, except for CEO and porterage
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
Departure dates
Start End Availability Price NZD
16 Nov 2024 30 Nov 2024 7 $11,819
18 Jan 2025 01 Feb 2025 11 $12,419
08 Mar 2025 22 Mar 2025 5 $12,419
12 Apr 2025 26 Apr 2025 12 $11,819
14 Jun 2025 28 Jun 2025 16 $11,199
12 Jul 2025 26 Jul 2025 16 $11,819
09 Aug 2025 23 Aug 2025 16 $11,199
20 Sep 2025 04 Oct 2025 16 $11,199
18 Oct 2025 01 Nov 2025 16 $11,199
29 Nov 2025 13 Dec 2025 16 $11,819
13 Dec 2025 27 Dec 2025 16 $11,819