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

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Duration: 9 Days Guaranteed Departure: Yes
For lovers of: Parks & Nature Reserves, Local Culture & Cuisine, History, Wildlife Physical rating: Light
Accommodation standard:   Budget% Traveller Tour Rating: 80.0%  
Your Guide: English speaking Tour code: 126975
Starts: San José, Costa Rica Finishes: San José, Costa Rica
You will visit
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  • San José

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Day 1: San José

There are no activities planned until an evening welcome meeting.

Included Activities:
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting

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Day 2: San José/La Fortuna (1L)

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.

Included Activities:
Mi Cafecito Coffee Cooperative Tour
Hot Springs

Transport:
Private Van (4.00 hour(s), 150km)

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Day 3: La Fortuna

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.

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Day 4: La Fortuna/Monteverde

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

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

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Private Vehicle (0.50 hour(s))
Boat (0.75 hour(s))
Private Vehicle (2.00 hour(s))

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Day 5: Monteverde

Enjoy a guided tour of Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve. Opt to fly above the trees on a canopy zipline tour, go horseback riding in the hills or drive ATVs off-road.

Included Activities:
Santa Elena Cloud Forest Guided Tour

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Day 6: Monteverde/Quepos

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, boogie board, surf or take a sailing trip.

Transport:
Private Van (5.00 hour(s), 220km)

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Day 7: Quepos

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.

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Day 8: Quepos/San José

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

Transport:
Private Van (4.00 hour(s), 190km)

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Day 9: San José

Depart at any time.

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    • G Adventures-supported coffee plantation tour with light snacks (Sarapiquí)
    • Hot springs visit (La Fortuna)
    • Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve guided tour (Monteverde)
    • Beach time in Quepos/Manuel Antonio
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    Accommodation
    • Hotels (8 nts)
    Meals Included
    • 0 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 0 dinners
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    • Private van, boat
    Group Leader
    • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides
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Tour Highlights:
  • Soak in the thermal hot springs of Arenal Volcano
  • Search for the elusive quetzal bird in the cloud forest
  • Watch the sunset over the Pacific
  • Learn about coffee production and support a local community


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Lisa M Posted on: 3/21/2013 12:00:00 AM

The tour was very enjoyable. I have great pictures to prove it.

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Melissa I Posted on: 3/21/2013 12:00:00 AM

I had a fabulous time. The trip was action packed fun. I enjoyed meeting new people. All the tours and activities were well organized and full of information.

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David C Posted on: 

The "Costa Rica Quest" was fantastic, a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

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Amber B Posted on: 

The "Costa Rica Quest" was excellent! We enjoyed all the activities, our guide and the others that joined us for the adventure.

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Shelley A Posted on: 

The trip was fantastic and stress free. The other tour participants were a lot of fun and I continue to keep in touch with them. The group atmosphere really added to the experience.

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Adan R Posted on: 

The trip was excellent. Very balanced group and our tour guide (Mayra Arboleda) was very efficient, helpful and resourceful. She provided us with some options that did made our trip more enjoyable and with less time on the road and more time in the forest and beach. This is my 4th trip with G Adventures and just a great as the others.

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P. Victoria Anne W Posted on: 

Our guide was exceptional. Her knowledge of each area and unwavering commitment to ensure that we all had the most positive experience did not go unnoticed. This was the best trip I have ever taken, and I would not hesitate to travel with her again. There were plenty of activities to choose from, so we could take advantage of as little or as much as we liked. The drivers were friendly and accommodating.

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Cindilu K Posted on: 

This was a truly magical experience. The mix of company was great, and our tour leader, Francesca, was incredibly knowledgeable and informative regarding local custom and culture.

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Chrystal B Posted on: 

I loved the whole trip. It was a great experience that I would definitely do again. As a single traveler, I was a bit nervous going alone, but the people I met and the tour leader were all fabulous. Myra helped to make everyone feel at ease and no one was left out of any activities. I think that all individuals who participated in this tour had a positive experience and not only came away with a new experience, but gained some new friends as well.

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Jeanna L Posted on: 

I went to Costa Rica with G Adventures for spring break and had the time of my life!! I did everything I could possibly ever hope to do in a single vacation. I only wish I could have stayed longer!

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Andrew D Posted on: 

A very well-run, thought out trip that provides a wide variety of activities to learn about and experience Costa Rica.

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Pik Yin Peggie W Posted on: 

Overall the trip was excellent due to the tour guide and the people on the tour.

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Cheryl W Posted on: 

Francesca Davoli was an excellent guide! The G Adventures trip was truly an adventure, better than I ever expected.

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Sophie Z Posted on: 

The tour was a fantastic combination of all the amazing things you can do in Costa Rica in all the best places.

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Jill O Posted on: 

An action packed, fun filled holiday which gave me a great insight, and some very surreal experiences, into the world of Costa Rica. Pura Vida!

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Anna S Posted on: 

I was so travel weary when I arrived in Costa Rica after months of travelling but this tour really got me enthusiastic again. Better than I could ever have expected!

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Cindilu K Posted on: 

This was a truly magical experience. The mix of company was great, and our tour leader, Francesca, was incredibly knowledgeable and informative regarding local custom and culture.

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Leara D Posted on: 

The tour was excellent. We saw some amazing places and spent just the right amount of time at each place. Mayra's local knowledge meant we got a much better experience.

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Brock J Posted on: 

The tour was great. It packed a lot into a short period of time and was a great introduction to Costa Rica.

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Nadia F Posted on: 

It was fantastic! The trip was much more than I expected and I did things I never thought I would have done before.

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Andre C Posted on: 

A wonderful, exciting, organized, safe and amazing trip overall. G Adventures and Mayra rock!

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Nora J Posted on: 

This tour is an excellent choice for someone that is interested in magnificent nature and extreme activities such as rafting, rapelling and zip lines!

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Elizabeth M Posted on: 

This was one of the best adventures Ive ever had. The guide was so enthusiastic (her name is Donna) and helped get us psyched for the experience. I also thoroughly enjoyed my fellow travelers. We certainly made the most of our experience in CR - rappelling off 180 foot canyons, white water rafting on class 4 and 5 rapids, ziplining in Monteverde, catching a glimpse of the endangered Quetzal, galloping on horseback and shouting 'pura vida' as we surfed the waves in Manual Antonio National Park...what a fabulous vacation! Three other group members and I are already planning our next trip with G Adventures. THANKS!!!

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Suzan O Posted on: 

It covered a good portion of the country so we could see what it was like in its diversity. Quite well thought out.

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Cindilu K Posted on: 

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Lindsey G Posted on: 

Costa Rica was fabulous. The tour provided us with plenty of sights, activities, and adventure. The tour gave us a great variety of what Costa Rica has to offer in a very short period of time. For short trips, low stress and planned accommodation's and travel, G Adventures is great.

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Amy Y Posted on: 

I had a very good time on the trip, there was a good mix between the scheduled activities and free time for independent adventures.

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Sylvie L Posted on: 

Overall impression: Great trip, lots of activities to choose from, don't have to be with the group all the time

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Amy l Posted on: 

Had a wonderful time doing everything from kayaking and caving to having good meals and playing cards in the evenings with the other tour members.

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Courtney S Posted on: 

Costa Rica was a great country to be involved in a coordinated group due to all the activities to get involved in. It was really great being able to sign up for excursions etc with the good people you met in the group-it made participating that much more fun.

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Stephanie P Posted on: 

This was our first G Adventures tour and we were quite pleased with it. We found Fabi very knowledgeable, friendly and helpful! All the hotels were clean and nice.

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Marilyn C Posted on: 

Lots of time on the road but during that time you became closer to the other people.

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Larry B Posted on: 

Overall this was one of my favorite trips. Not only was Costa Rica such a diverse country with mountains, beaches & beautiful lush rainforests, but the group was fantastic. They really made this a complete adventure.

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Bruno L Posted on: 

My first G Adventures trip ever. The absolute highlight was rappelling a 65 m waterfall in the jungle, closely followed by whitewater rafting, ATVing, snorkeling, horseback riding, Ziplineing, kayaking in the Mangroves. The lowpoint (not receiving the luggage at the beginning) turned into a great bonding experience with fellow group members. Doing this trip with my adult daughter was AWESOME.

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Ashley W Posted on: 

I had an amazing time on Costa Rica Quest! Our tour guide, Dawna was incredibly knowledgeable about every stop on our tour and I could tell that she loved her job. The activities companies that G Adventures used were also wonderful, particularly the Desafio crew in La Fortuna. The nine day trip was a great way to get a little taste of Costa Rican culture as well as see three incredibly beautiful and adventurous places. I would come back to Costa Rica in a heartbeat!

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J-F B Posted on: 

This was our first time travelling with a group. It was a great success as we got along with everybody. Bethany was a masterful guide as she was organized but open to any changes along the way.

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Ganit B Posted on: 

I had an incredible time between the hot springs, horseback riding, eating at great local restaurants, going on an awesome canopy tour and hanging out at the beach. I have to say that my two favourite things were the canopy tour and the beach (which was beyind beautiful).

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