Costa Rica vacation, encompassed

“A two week, small group tour, covering a wildlife filled circuit of this magnificent country. And both beautiful coastlines, Pacific and Caribbean.”

Highlights

San Jose | Manuel Antonio National Park | Costa Rica wildlife watching | Quepos | Santa Elena | Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve | Lake Arenal | Arenal Volcano | La Fortuna | Tortuguero National Park | Cahuita National Park

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25 Oct 2020
US $1869
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22 Nov 2020
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31 Jan 2021
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28 Feb 2021
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14 Mar 2021
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28 Mar 2021
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09 May 2021
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01 Aug 2021
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29 Aug 2021
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21 Nov 2021
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05 Dec 2021
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19 Dec 2021
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Vacation type

Small group adventure vacation

Whether you are traveling alone or with friends/family its good value, and a great way to meet new people! While itineraries are pre-planned there is plenty of free time to explore at your own pace. This trip will appeal to travelers of all ages who enjoy meeting new people as well as seeing new places.

Responsible tourism

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we screen every trip so you can travel knowing your vacation will help support conservation and local people.

Environment
This Costa Rica vacation utilises both local transport and private minivans in order to give passengers a unique cultural experience and to put profits directly back into the local community. Traveling on local transport keeps the group carbon emissions low, while also providing the chance to meet locals and other travelers. When using private minivans, we always use a local supplier to ensure they money is going back into the community. This method of transport allows us to stop over in restaurants and markets where local transport does not go, thus providing business for these establishments.

We keep our groups small (max 19) so that the overall socio-environmental effect of our tours is kept as low as possible. We employ local guides to organise all of our optional excursions and activities in order to give profits back to the local community.

During visits to the Monteverde Cloud Forest and several National Parks passengers can learn about the endangered species in the region and spot the native wildlife. This teaches them about the local environment and encourages them to respect their surrounds. Our tour leaders encourage passengers to behave in an eco-friendly manner at all times by ensuring no waste is deposited and advocating the ‘take only photos and leave only footprints’ philosophy at all times.

We recognise that it is not only on-location staff who have environmental responsibilities but also our administration staff in our offices around the world. All our offices endeavour to be environmentally sound through practising energy conservation, implementing recycling plans and being responsible for the surrounding physical environment. We believe in leading through example and operate in this manner to encourage other businesses and individuals to be considerate of the environment and conserve the natural beauty we currently share.
Community

The Impacts of this Trip

We stay at 100% locally-operated hotels (as opposed to international hotel chains) to ensure that we continue to support the local community. An example of this is when we stay in Tortuguero as we stay overnight in All Rankin's Lodge. The Rankin family were some of the first settlers in Tortuguero. The lodge is still owned locally and the owners are the ones that take the groups around the national park and into the village. They are very involved with the community and this is a properly family experience for the groups.

We encourage our passengers to join in on responsible optional excursions that benefit the community. For instance from Cahuita they can visit the Jaguar Rescue Centre which is a great example of sustainability through tourism. Passengers have the chance to donate to the local wildlife that has been rescued and nursed back to health. They can also visit the Lava Lounge, Dog Rescue center, walking the dogs and taking care for them. Eating at these establishments also puts money back into the center’s much needed funds.

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4 Reviews of Costa Rica vacation, encompassed

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Reviewed on 01 Mar 2020 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


I really enjoyed the variety of this trip.
Each location was a different
environment, we got a little bit of
everything! If I had to pick just one
thing, I really enjoyed the zip lining in
Monteverde, it was the largest zip line
I’ve ever done and the view was exciting
and beautiful

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


There are excursions that are included
like some of the national parks but there
are also optional excursions each day
that are not included but highly
recommended. I would look through
and get a sense of which ones are top
priority so that you don’t try to do
everything and exhaust yourself

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes! Our guide Cyndi was very good at
taking us to restaurants run by locals
that were usually cheaper and more
tasty than the more touristy alternatives

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


It was wonderful. This trip offered such
a variety of experiences and
environments. I feel like we truly saw
everything Costa Rica had to offer. Our
guide Cyndi was incredible, always on
top of everything, knowledgeable, and so
fun to be around! I will recommend this
trip to anyone looking to explore Costa
Rica

Reviewed on 15 Mar 2020 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


Tortuguero and Manuel Antonio

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Pack light walking trousers and shorts.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


It was great I really enjoyed it

Reviewed on 14 Aug 2019 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


Watching a large green turtle lay her eggs on the beach in Tortuguero under the stars, with lightening flashing over the ocean in the distance.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


If you like wildlife, being outdoors in nature and being active then you'll love this trip. Lots of water-related activities (rafting, snorkeling etc.) and traveling
via boat so you should ideally be comfortable with water. You should take advantage of the optional activities and expect to spend money. Take both US dollars and local currency, but you can also pay by card in some places. Take a bag that you can carry/lift, but you can use the wheels most of the time. Take a
waterproof, cool clothes, walking boots, sun cream and insect repellent. Wifi is widely available.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes, yes and yes. No global hotel or restaurant chains, used public transport and local drivers, gave money to national parks and the people who work there,
recycling bins available. Obviously all tourism has environmental impacts but restricting numbers will reduce the impacts.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Excellent! Lived up to my expectations and more. I want to go back to that beautiful country.

Reviewed on 27 Aug 2017 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


Seeing wildlife in its natural habitat

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Don't take a rucksack unless you really want to- a bag on wheels is fine. This time of year is really humid, so very lightweight clothing is important. Expect to get wet! Take your own hairdryer. Some of the hotels are very basic.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes: if local people can make money from tourism, they have a financial incentive to maintain and protect the environment. E.g. In Tortugero, people who once killed turtles and ate their eggs are now keen to conserve their heritage and have other means of income. We used small scale tour operators, used local cafes and restaurants and paid local wildlife guides.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


In most respects it was a great trip, and one which I couldn't have done on my own. I was with a great group of people, we had very good guide and I enjoyed all the places we visited and trips I went on. The only negative was that some of the hotels were really bad. The tour operator were very non specific about the accommodation for a long time, which I found worrying, but of course you can't tell just by looking at a website. For the amount of money I paid, I expected better. "Simple " accommodation doesn't have to mean dirty, dilapidated and badly maintained.

Read the operator's response here:

Thank you for your feedback. Our tours are designed to limit our environmental impact and give as much back to local communities as possible.

The hotels we use are quite basic and they do vary from place to place. We avoid large western chains, using locally owned hotels. However, we are trying to source new hotels in some parts of Costa Rica currently. This is proving quite tricky as hotels need to be safe, reliable, centrally located and able to take large groups. We do now list all of the hotels we use on our website so that you are able to research the accommodation used in advance.

We always recommend a rucksack on our tours as they are more versatile and easier to use than suitcases on wheels which can often get damaged and dirty on uneven and sandy roads. However, it is just a recommendation and you are free to bring any type of luggage as long as you can carry it over some distances and up flights of stairs when lifts aren't available.

Thank you again for your feedback and we hope to see you on another tour soon.

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