Mixing eco-activities with beautiful locations and a laid-back pace, this two-week journey through Costa Rica is perfect for senior travelers. Travel from the Caribbean to the Pacific Ocean via the cloud forest, helping to preserve nature and heritage along the way. This tour will help you get closer to birds, monkeys, communities, and biodiverse landscapes. It will also provide you with all the space and time that is necessary to travel at your preferred pace.
San Jose – Storytellers in San Jose
After landing at the country’s main international airport, you will spend the afternoon with a local guide, exploring central San Jose and the many characters that give it life. You can take a short stroll with your guide and spend some time relaxing around the city’s main plaza. As part of the afternoon, you will be introduced to two of San Jose's storytellers. As you sit back, the storytellers will tell you about Costa Rica’s history from pre-Columbian times to colonial takeovers and the progress that has been made since gaining their independence. This will provide you with some context for the rest of your tour, and you will not need to move very far.
Tortuguero – A Tropical Eco-Paradise
Day 3 - 4
Tortuguero – Sea Turtle Conservation, Secluded Beaches, and Marine Activities
La Fortuna – Exploring an Organic Coffee Farm and Soothing Volcanic Hot Springs
La Fortuna – Eco-Tourism around Arenal Volcano
Monteverde – Planting Trees and Helping to Preserve the Cloud Forest
Day 8 - 9
Monteverde – Immersed in a Birdwatching Paradise
Manuel Antonio National Park – Relaxed Day on the Pacific Coast
Day 11 - 12
Manuel Antonio National Park – Intimate Wildlife Highlights of Costa Rica
San Jose – Departure
- Uncover Costa Rica’s incredible wildlife during two days of laid-back activities in Manuel Antonio National Park
- Actively support sea turtle conservation during an intimate day with researchers on the Caribbean coast
- Immerse yourself in the eco-paradise of Monteverde Cloud Forest, using canopy walks and research stations to uncover Costa Rica’s tropical birdlife
- Listen to storytellers on the San Jose streets and gain an understanding of the country’s heritage
- Soothe your muscles in natural, volcanic hot springs during two days in La Fortuna
- Visit an organic coffee farm and track the journey from bean to cup
- Relax on spectacular beaches with three days on the Caribbean Sea and three days on the roaring Pacific
- Plant a tree in a revitalized rainforest and be part of the process to return a plantation to its former glory
- Savor eco-tourism activities that are tailored for seniors during your two days in the astonishing Arenal area
Costa Rica is one of the world’s premier eco-tourism destinations. Not only is the country dominated by national parks and well-preserved nature, but it is also a place where you can actively get involved with preserving nature for future generations. From planting trees in a reclaimed forest to sea turtle conservation, Costa Rica is where you can experience a response to climate change. With this exciting, 13-day journey, you will explore organic coffee plantations, birdwatch with researchers in the cloud forest, discover a fabulous array of wildlife, and play your part in keeping Costa Rica pristine.
With 13 days in Costa Rica, you can explore at a leisurely pace. You will have an extra day at each destination, which means that you will have more time to relax, get closer with wildlife, and venture off the beaten track. For example, by spending three nights in Tortuguero, you can actively experience sea turtle conservation, while in Monteverde, you can spend peaceful afternoons admiring tropical birds from a reserve’s research stations. A mix of land transfers and flights will lead you between the five destinations. You will also have handpicked accommodations to provide you with luxury and tranquility in Costa Rica’s unique places.
You will spend your first day in the capital city San Jose, where you will listen to street-side storytellers and gain an appreciation of Costa Rica’s heritage. Afterward, you will fly to Tortuguero, which is an eco-paradise and tropical reserve on the Caribbean Sea. Here, there will be secluded beaches, marine activities, and incredible marine life. After a morning at an organic coffee plantation, you will spend two nights in La Fortuna, where your lodge will have private, volcanic hot springs in its garden. Here, you can customize your itinerary with a choice of eco-tourism activities and enjoy superb views of Arenal volcano.
Nearby, Monteverde is a destination that will immerse you in nature. You will spend three days being guided in the cloud forest by local researchers. Research stations are superb birdwatching spots, while suspension bridges will give you a stunning impression of canopy life. It is in Monteverde where you will plant a tree and help return more swathes of land to their former glory. Manuel Antonio is a small national park with incredible biodiversity. It is also home to sloths, three species of monkeys, and remarkable flora. It also has wonderful beaches, and with three final days here, you can relax on the Pacific coast, wander with the wildlife, and complete almost two weeks of eco-activities in Costa Rica.
$3,037 per person (excluding international flights)
Your Zicasso trip is fully customizable, and this sample itinerary is a starting place for your travel plans. Actual costs are dynamic, and your selection of accommodations and activities, your season of travel, and other such variables will bring this budget guideline up or down. Throughout your planning experience with your Zicasso specialist, your itinerary is designed around your budget. You can book your trip when you are satisfied with every detail. Planning your trip with a Zicasso travel specialist is a free service.
The starting price is based on travel during the low season for a minimum of two travelers staying in shared 3-star accommodations. Please inquire for a custom trip quote based on your travel preferences and travel dates.
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