“Two week overland tour from San Jose as part of a small group (max 16). Good mix of optional & included activities, free time and one or two long drives.”

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San Jose | Tortuguero National Park | Sarapiqui | Santa Rosa de Pocosol | La Fortuna/Arenal Volcano | Monteverde | Quepos | Manuel Antonio NP |

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Small group adventure

What is a small group adventure?
It's a great way to travel! Whether you are traveling on your own, with a partner or with friends, a small group trip is a fantastic way to see the world. You'll travel on a fixed itinerary that has been designed to help you discover the best of region. From the known highlights, the hidden gems that you won't find in the guidebooks.

Itineraries run on set departure dates, accompanied every step of the way by an English speaking local group leader. You chose the itinerary and the date that suits you best and you book on.

Why travel on a small group adventure?
Small groups allow us to explore where larger tour groups can't. Our maximum group size of 16 travelers allows us to use local transport to get from A to B, to visit rural villages, spend time with the locals and even stay at a local home overnight, and it allows us to give our travelers genuine, real life experiences of the countries we are visiting; what you'll be doing and how you'll travel depends entirely on your chosen itinerary.

Is an adventure right for me?
The word adventure means something different to everyone, and our range of trips reflects that. Whether you want to explore local markets, visit out of the way temples and meet local people or go on an early morning safari drive searching for the 'big five', we'll have a trip for you. If you are looking for a physical challenge such trekking the Kokoda Track or summiting Kilimanjaro, we can help with that too.

So what can I expect on this trip?
This is a classic style of small group adventure. You'll find your trip combines a good mix of included activities and free time, with some meals included as per your itinerary. We don't want you to feel chaperoned, it's your vacation not ours. Your group leader will be on hand to assist with organising anything you might wish to do in your free time, but how you spend it is up to you. Anything listed as included in your itinerary will be included in trip price; whereas anything listed as optional will be at an additional cost should you wish to take part.

These trips are great value, including things that you would struggle to organise independently, such as a night at a homestay in a remote village, or local guides around a remote place of interest. Transport will be a combination of private vehicle and public transport, whichever is the most appropriate for the route we are traveling; this might include train, plane, camel, tuk tuk, bicycle, boatÖ

On a majority of these trips you'll stay in 2-3 star accommodation, locally owned and reflective of the region you are traveling through. All solo travelers will be automatically roomed on a twin share basis with another group member of the same sex, unless you opt to pay for your own room at time of booking. There are no compulsory single supplements for solo travelers willing to share. Single rooms aren't available on camping trips, and you will be expected to help out with camp tasks such as setting up and breaking down your camp.

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
We just can't get enough of the Amazon, not only as a jaw-dropping travel destination but also as a global treasure and this trip will help to ensure that the incredibly Amazon Rainforest is here for us to enjoy for generations to come! By booking your Latin American adventure with us you're helping us work towards a sustainable future for the Amazon.

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The Impacts of this Trip

This trip gives you plenty of opportunities to get to know the culture and vibrant history of Latin America. There are numerous chances for local interaction as we cover so much ground using all means of public transport. Youíll be surprised how much you can learn from a friendly local who strikes up a conversation during your journey.

Your leader and the occasional local guide will be able to direct you to many local eateries throughout the trip, helping you discover real local fare at real local prices (and probably helping you learn some Spanish at the same time). All travelers are encouraged to explore with the group and on their own, learn a few words of the language and interact with the locals as much as possible.

Local guides are employed to help explain as much as possible about the cultural differences and the historically significant places that we visit. This also allows us to appreciate the importance of preserving and respecting these sites and to help us minimise the impact of our visits.

There are plenty of opportunities to support local merchants in the markets and stalls that we pass along the way. We can purchase traditional handicrafts from local artisans and learn more about the importance of preserving these crafts.

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“I felt really affected by being in the forest... Itís alive with birdsong, but itís more than that. Sounds, smell, sight Ė itís a kind of mixture and an amazing atmosphere.”

Reviewed on 25 May 2019 by

Too many to mention, really - it was all memorable! But the most memorable parts were maybe the cloud forest, the mangroves boat trips, Copan, Tikal or the growler monkeys. Read full review

Reviewed on 16 Sep 2019 by

The most exciting part of the vacation was seeing the volcano Arenal in La Fortuna and the beach at Manuel Antonio. Read full review

Reviewed on 08 Mar 2019 by

Costa Rica is a lovely place to visit but had we known it was so expensive we would never have signed up to a vacation that didn't have a lot of included activities and meals included. Read full review

Reviewed on 26 Feb 2018 by

All of it was memorable...each place visited is so different... it's hard to choose. Monteverde for its lush vegetation, but boy can it get cold at night...and tortuguero for its wildlife. Read full review

Reviewed on 29 Jul 2018 by

Seeing turtles was the most exciting part of the vacation Read full review

Reviewed on 31 Mar 2017 by

For my husband it was the amazing variety and beauty of the birds. For myself it was the excitement of seeing an armadillo at close quarters, although all the wildlife was extraordinary! Read full review

Reviewed on 15 Aug 2016 by

Costa Rica is the most environmentally sympathetic country I have visited. Read full review

Reviewed on 15 Aug 2016 by

Best bit: Watching sea turtles laying their eggs on Tortuguero beach and the homestay Read full review

Reviewed on 07 Apr 2014 by

The trip to Tortuguera via bus and finally the boat journey through the rivers and canals was magical and the "town" itself was wonderful, a naturalist's dream! I would recommend it to anyone interested in the beauty of nature, birds and flowers, etc. Read full review

Reviewed on 15 Nov 2012 by

Seeing green turtles laying eggs & watching them hatch was the most memorable part of the vacation. Read full review

Reviewed on 01 Jul 2012 by

Seeing the rare Quetzal bird was exciting, but it was all memorable...Excellent. Read full review

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