Simply say “Costa Rica” and vivid images of paradise instantly flood the imagination. This eight-day tour makes those dreams a reality while letting you connect with the country’s charming people. Your spirits will be lifted with a visit to Mi Cafecito Community Coffee Plantation and a G for Good project supporting 200 local farmers, before carrying on to the outdoor utopia that is La Fortuna. There, you’ll be treated to a world of wellness, with yoga sessions overlooking the Arenal Volcano, hiking, free time for meditation, and a rejuvenating trip to thermal hot springs. Continue on to remote Rincón de la Vieja for more yoga and a therapeutic mud bath before a final stop in Playa Carrillo — home to a beach devoid of buildings, hotels, and restaurants that will give your mind a sense of clarity you may have previously thought impossible.
Day 1 San José
Arrive at any time and meet your included transfer to the hotel. This evening, meet the group and CEO for a welcome meeting. Take this opportunity to set your intention for the trip ahead. Arrival Transfer transport Juan Santamaría International Airport – San José You will be met at the airport and transferred to the hotel to start your adventure. Welcome Meeting - Meet Your Chief Experience Officer (CEO) and Group Your opportunity to meet your CEO and fellow travelers, and learn more about your tour. Opt to join the group for a local meal afterwards. Don't forget to see the notice in the lobby (or ask reception) for the official time and place to meet up with the group. Accommodation Hotel Radisson San Jose (or similar)accommodation
Day 2 San 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 La Fortuna, an outdoor paradise and the adventure capital of Costa Rica. Join the group for the first included yoga session on the hotel grounds overlooking Arenal Volcano. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch Private Vehicle San José – La Fortuna, 4h Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle. Mi Cafecito Coffee Cooperative Tour 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. La Fortuna Yoga Class Join the group for the first included yoga class. Led by a teacher from a local studio with a stunning backdrop of Arenal Volcano, the tranquil setting sets the mood for the week to come. Accommodation Magic Mountain (or similar)
Day 3 La Fortuna
Visit nearby Lake Arenal this morning for a stand-up paddleboard (SUP) class. Enjoy free time in the afternoon to take part in optional activities around La Fortuna – opt to go canyoning, hiking, or use the time for rest and meditation. In the evening, visit nearby hot springs for a relaxing soak in the thermal waters. Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner Stand-up Paddleboard Class on Lake Arenal Head to nearby Lake Arenal for an included stand-up paddleboard class. If this is your first time on a SUP, the instructor will help you get set up before starting the class. Afterwards, take part in a yoga class back on the hotel grounds on a yoga deck (el salto). Free time Afternoon Experience the outdoor adventures, amazing wildlife and natural wonders in this area. Hot Springs Soak After a long day of exploring, take a relaxing soak in the hot springs around La Fortuna. Situated at the base of the Arenal Volcano, immerse yourself in therapeutic waters heated by 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 Magic Mountain (or similar) Optional Activities Lost Canyon Adventures Canyoning Arenal – Monteverde 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 and keep your eyes peeled for exotic birds and wildlife. Let the action begin! Hanging Bridges Arenal Come join the monkeys and perhaps spot a sloth lazing in the treetops of this protected rainforest that’s set in the shadows of the Arenal Volcano. Trek 3km (2 mi) of winding trails up, down, across, and over 16 different bridges. One of higher suspended bridges overlooks a gorgeous gorge and 60m (37 mi) waterfall. Look up and down to spot birds, snakes, frogs, lizards, howler monkeys, and more. Don’t forget to bring binoculars, bug spray, and a long lens as you reach new heights in the canopy of Costa Rica. La Fortuna Waterfall Swim La Fortuna Take a walk, taxi, or horse just outside the town of La Fortuna to the nearby waterfall. Once at the gate, pay a fee then start the descent on rough steps (more than 500 of them!) to get to the base of the falls. The water cascades 65m (200 ft) down the side of the dormant Cerro Chato. Sit on the rocks, get sprayed, watch for iridescent blue morpho butterflies and then plunge into the cool waters.
Day 4 La Fortuna/Rincón de la Vieja Volcano National Park
Home to two volcanoes, Rincón de la Vieja is the epitome of Costa Rica: lush jungle, extensive flora and fauna, bubbling mud pools next to volcanic thermal waters, and an escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner Private Vehicle La Fortuna – Rincón de la Vieja Volcano National Park, 3h30m-4h30mSettle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle. Rincón de la Vieja Yoga Class Enjoy another rejuvenating yoga class on the way to the hotel before arriving in Rincón de la Vieja National Park. Accommodation Hotel Hacienda Guachipelin Superior Room (or similar)accommodation
Day 5 Rincón de la Vieja Volcano National Park
Enjoy a day of exploring Rincón de la Vieja National Park. Start by taking a short hike to one of the volcanic mud pools in the area. After a rejuvenating exfoliation with the volcanic mud, rinse off at nearby thermal pools. This afternoon is free to explore the park, or spend time enjoying the lodge. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Volcanic Mud Bath and Hot Springs activity Rincón de la Vieja Volcano National Park Visit natural hot springs which give rise to very hot mountain streams; sulfuric ponds filled with bubbling mud. Dare to step in and get muddy. Soak in the hot, therapeutic waters and feel invigorated and alive. Free time Afternoon Opt to hike one of many trails in the park, go ziplining, or tubing along the Rio Negro. Accommodation Hotel Hacienda Guachipelin Superior Room (or similar) Optional Activities Canyon Canopy Tour Rincón de la Vieja Volcano National Park Enjoy a zipline tour that has you flying through the trees on ziplines, rappelling, rock climbing, and cross hanging bridges over a narrow river canyon. Explore the White River Canyon with 7 zip line cables, 1 hanging bridge, 2 Tarzan swings, a controlled 20m (65 ft) rappel, natural rock climbing wall, and via ferrata traverses and climbs. Rio Negro Hot Springs Rincón de la Vieja Volcano National Park Enjoy the beautiful and relaxing volcanic hot springs bubbling up in the Rio Negro (“Black River”), heated naturally by the Rincon de la Vieja Volcano – the largest and most active volcano in Guanacaste, Costa Rica. Surrounded by thick forest, the crystal clear river flows through 10 man-made pools. Heated volcanic clay is available, too. After it dries, wash it off with a cool shower or jump in the river before soaking again in the hot pools. Simbiosis Spa and Hot Springs Rincón de la Vieja Volcano National Park A visit to the Simbiosis Spa & Hot Springs is a relaxing option for a more private hot springs experience. There, enjoy volcanic mud baths, volcanic clay, hot springs pools in the forest, a sauna, massages, and body treatments.
Day 6 Rincón de la Vieja Volcano National Park/Playa Carrillo
Known for being less busy than other beaches along the coast, Playa Carrillo is perfect for rest and relaxation as there are few distractions and minimal noise. The beach itself has no buildings, hotels or restaurants, and is considered one of the most beautiful beaches in Costa Rica. Meals included: Breakfast Private Vehicle Rincón de la Vieja Volcano National Park – Playa Carrillo, 4h-5h Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle. Playa Carrillo Sunset Yoga Class Enjoy an evening yoga class on the hotel grounds near the idyllic crescent bay of Playa Carrillo. The sunsets here are guaranteed to impress! Accomidation Hotel Nammbu (or similar)
Day 7 Playa Carrillo
Head to the beach to learn how to hang 10 at an included surf lesson. Take the rest of the day to do beach activities, meditation, or reflect on the journey of the past week. In the evening, take part in a sunset yoga class and enjoy the ocean breeze. Meals included: Breakfast Surf Lesson Slather on the sunscreen, strap on a leash, pull on a rash guard and get ready to hit the waves. Take a lesson, learn tips and techniques, then hang ten like a local. Free time Afternoon Enjoy free time this afternoon to relax on the beach or back at the hotel. Playa Carrillo Sunset Yoga Class Enjoy an evening yoga class on the hotel grounds near the idyllic crescent bay of Playa Carrillo. The sunsets here are guaranteed to impress! Accommodation Hotel Nammbu (or similar) Optional Activities Ocean Kayak and Snorkel Enjoy the natural beauty of the Pacific Ocean by kayaking to a tropical island where you can snorkel amongst the marine life. Stand-up Paddleboarding Try your hand at Standup Paddleboarding on the Pacific Coast. You'll have a guide to offer instructions and support as you paddle across the bay to the to Chora Island. There you will have an opportunity to swim, spot iguanas, enjoy fresh tropical fruit, or just relax.
Day 8 Playa Carrillo/San José
Bid farewell to the coast and travel back to San José. Trip ends on arrival at San José Airport. Meals included: Breakfast Private Vehicle Playa Carrillo – San José, 4h-5h Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Price Per Individual
1 adult in a shared double occupancy room
1 adult in a single occupancy room
Your G for Good Moment: Mi Cafecito Coffee Cooperative Tour, Sarapiquí Your Welcome Moment: Welcome Meeting - Meet Your CEO and Group Your Wellness Moment: Stand-up Paddleboard Class on Lake Arenal, La Fortuna Your Wellness Moment: Hot Springs Soak, La Fortuna Your Wellness Moment: Volcanic Mud Bath and Hot Springs, Rincón de la Vieja Volcano National Park.
Arrival transfer and All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.
4 regional yoga classes.
Free time for rest and meditation.
Hotels (5 nts), eco-lodge (2 nts).
7 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 Dinners (Allow USD245-320 for meals not included)
CEO (Chief Experience Officer) throughout, local guides.
If traveling solo, you will be room matched with another solo traveler of the same gender unless you choose the single room option at an additional cost.
Pre Hotel Nights can be added $100 per room, per night
Early check in / late check-out – unless specifically detailed in the itinerary(*).
International airfare & Airport taxes.
Tips for drivers and tour guides
Meals not mentioned in the itinerary
Personal expenses (laundry, telephone calls, travel insurance, etc.)
You can get a visa on arrival. A visa on arrival can be purchase for a fee at the border or airport in destination.
To help protect our travelers and the places we visit, all our tours now adhere to our Travel with Confidence policy, which includes vaccination requirements. On all tours all travelers must have received a full COVID-19 vaccination with the final dose given at least 14 days before the start of the tour.
Deposits for Double Occupancy rooms are $400 per person. The deposit will be processed for the minimum amount required to secure the booking. Naturally, you can give us a call with any questions. After receipt of deposit, any change/s made to the reservation/s will incur a processing fee of $50 per change.
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