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Costa Rica: Rainforests, Volcanoes & Wildlife

9 days Nature & Wildlife
From misty cloud forests and lush jungles to volcanic landscapes and sun-kissed beaches, there’s so much to love about this Central American hot spot. Begin your adventure in Tortuguero, the Land of Turtles, then take a dip in the natural hot springs at the foot of the mighty Arenal Volcano and explore the majestic cloud forest region before ending your tour in San José.

Let us handle the details

Expert Tour Director

      Local       cuisine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Maximum tour group size: 30 travelers

Tour Pace: You will walk for about 2.5 hours daily across moderately uneven terrain, including paved roads, unpaved trails and muddy paths, with some hills.

Let us handle the details

Expert Tour Director

      Local       cuisine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Your tour includes

  • 8 nights in handpicked hotels

  • Breakfast daily, 4 lunches, 7 three-course dinners, including beer at the welcome and farewell dinners

  • Multilingual Tour Director

  • Private deluxe motor coach

  • Guided sightseeing and select entrance fees

Map of Tour of Costa Rica

San José 1 night Hotel info

Day 1: Arrival in San José

Fly to Costa Rica and settle into your hotel in San José.

Tortuguero 2 nights Hotel info

Day 2: Sightseeing tour of Tortuguero

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Drive through the Costa Rican countryside, then boat through jungle-lined canals to beachside Tortuguero, the Land of Turtles, for a guided tour of the tropical area.

• Stop in Braulio Carrillo National Park, home of many dormant volcanoes and placid crater lakes

• Take a scenic drive through local banana plantations 

• Learn about endangered turtles at the Sea Turtle Conservancy 

Later, get to know your group at a welcome dinner.

Day 3: Rainforest & canal expedition

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Explore Tortuguero National Park’s diverse habitats, including mangrove forests, swamps and beaches.

• Boat through the park’s canals, seeking out monkeys, tapirs, jaguars, sloths, toucans and bats

• View the freshwater creeks and lagoons, home to endangered turtles and over 50 species of fish

Arenal Region 2 nights Hotel info

Day 4: Arenal hot springs

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Transfer to the highlands for your first glimpse of Arenal Volcano National Park’s lush landscape, shaped by the active volcano and massive lake of the same name. Then, spend an afternoon in the relaxing waters of the La Fortuna de San Carlos volcanic hot springs.

Day 5: Hiking tour of Arenal

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Hike through Arenal Volcano National Park on a guided tour.

• View the mile-high volcano, a near-perfect conical shape that emerges from the Sierra de Tilarán mountain range 

• Gaze at the placid Lake Arenal, watching for hummingbirds, woodpeckers and kingfishers by its shores

• Stop to enjoy a tasting of raw sugarcane at a local farm

Enjoy a free afternoon in Arenal or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Ziplining Tour $65pp* Details

Today's ziplining excursion adds a bit of adrenaline to your Costa Rican vacation. The longest ziplines on this course cover nearly half a mile, and the tallest are almost 600 feet off the ground; in short, you've never traveled like this before! You'll fly silently above the treetops and come home with a renewed sense of adventure.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $75)

Monteverde 2 nights Hotel info

Day 6: Scenic tour of Lake Arenal

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Transfer to Monteverde by boat for another look at the spectacular Lake Arenal, then enjoy a free afternoon in Monteverde or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Sky Walk $55pp* Details

The canopy layer of the Costa Rican rainforest teems with life, but until recently, it was difficult for travelers to enter this world. On today's excursion, a guided tour brings you to a series of suspended bridges high above the floor of the Monteverde cloud forest. Today, you'll walk where birds fly.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $65)

Day 7: Cloud forest reserve excursion

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Take a guided tour of what may be the world’s most stunning cloud forest reserve. 

• Walk along the forest floor, spotting colorful amphibians, reptiles and birds  

• Learn about the local educational system by visiting a school (Please note: On select departures, school may be closed for holidays and breaks)

• Help with reforestation efforts by planting a native tree at Heliconia Ranch

San José 1 night Hotel info

Day 8: Sightseeing tour of San José

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Leave the cloud forest behind for the European-style city of San José, stopping at Espiritu Santo Coffee Plantation en route. Learn about coffee harvests and enjoy a tasting before continuing on for a guided tour of San José.

• See La Sabana Metropolitan Park, the National Stadium and the Rohrmoser residential area

• Stop at the Plaza de la Cultura, site of many performances and celebrations, and admire the National Theater

• Pass Bellavista Fortress, home of the National Museum, and learn about the city’s pre-Columbian history

• Marvel at the steel exterior of the Edificio Metálico, a century-old building prefabricated in Belgium, and admire the historic streets of Barrio Amón

Day 9: Departure

Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home or extend your stay in Costa Rica to explore Manuel Antonio.

Add Manuel Antonio & San José $659 pp

Please note: Extension is not available on all departure dates.

Soak in the natural beauty of Manuel Antonio, a vibrant destination where lush rainforests are side by side with postcard-worthy beaches.

Manuel Antonio 2 nights Hotel info

Day 9: Tarcoles River cruise

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

En route to Manuel Antonio, relax on a riverboat tour of the Tarcoles River with a local guide.

• Take in views of lush mangrove forests and jungle settings

• Look out for wildlife such as crocodiles, iguanas, lizards, monkeys and birds

Day 10: Manuel Antonio National Park

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Get to know the country’s smallest national park, popular for its breathtaking beaches and scenic hiking trails.

• Keep an eye out for local fauna—the park is home to 109 mammal species and 270 bird species

• Walk to the top of rocky Cathedral Point to view the park from across the Pacific

• Witness a blowhole shooting sea spray over Escondido Beach

• Survey the saw cliff and sea caves at Serrucho Point 

• View a pre-Columbian underwater turtle trap

Enjoy a free afternoon in Manuel Antonio or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Manuel Antonio Sunset Cruise $105pp* Details

Spend the afternoon cruising along the central Pacific coast of Quepos on board the Ocean King catamaran, the largest catamaran in Central America. Sail through the various islands and rock formations as you explore Manuel Antonio National Park from the water, keeping an eye out for dolphins and sea birds that inhabit the area. Stop at tranquil Biesanz beach to snorkel in the calm turquoise waters as you explore the underwater beauty up close.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $115)

San José 1 night Hotel info

Day 11: Transfer to San José

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Enjoy a free morning before traveling back to San José and rejoining your group for a farewell dinner.

Day 12: Departure

Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

Let us handle the details

Expert Tour Director

      Local       cuisine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Your tour includes

  • 8 nights in handpicked hotels

  • Breakfast daily, 4 lunches, 5 three-course dinners, including beer at the welcome and farewell dinners

  • Multilingual Tour Director

  • Private deluxe motor coach

  • Guided sightseeing and select entrance fees

San José 1 night Hotel info

Day 1: Arrival in San José

Fly to Costa Rica and settle into your hotel in San José.

Tortuguero 2 nights Hotel info

Day 2: Sightseeing tour of Tortuguero

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Drive through the Costa Rican countryside. Then, boat through jungle-lined canals to beachside Tortuguero, the Land of Turtles, for a guided tour of the tropical area.

• Stop in Braulio Carrillo National Park, home of many dormant volcanoes and placid crater lakes

• Take a scenic drive through local banana plantations 

• Learn about endangered turtles at the Caribbean Conservation Center 

Later, get to know your group at a welcome dinner.

Day 3: Rainforest & canal expedition

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Explore Tortuguero National Park’s diverse habitats, including mangrove forests, swamps and beaches.

• Boat through the park’s canals, seeking out monkeys, tapirs, jaguars, sloths, toucans and bats

• View the freshwater creeks and lagoons, home to endangered turtles and over 50 species of fish

Arenal Region 2 nights Hotel info

Day 4: Arenal via Guapiles

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Transfer to the highlands  for your first glimpse of Arenal Volcano National Park’s lush landscape, shaped by the active volcano and massive lake of the same name. Stop in Guapiles for lunch, then enjoy a free afternoon in Arenal or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Arenal Hot Springs & Dinner $75pp* Details

Head to Arenal National Park and relax at the park’s natural hot springs. The afternoon is yours to explore the array of heated pools, kept warm by geothermal activity surrounding the Arenal Volcano. Then, enjoy dinner, along with views of the volcano, at a restaurant in the charming town of La Fortuna before traveling back to your hotel.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $85)

Day 5: Hiking tour of Arenal

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Hike through Arenal Volcano National Park on a guided tour.

• View the mile-high volcano, a near-perfect conical shape that emerges from the Sierra de Tilarán

• Gaze at the placid Lake Arenal, watching for hummingbirds, woodpeckers and kingfishers by its shores

Enjoy a free afternoon in Arenal or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Ziplining Tour $65pp* Details

Today's ziplining excursion adds a bit of adrenaline to your Costa Rican vacation. The longest ziplines on this course cover nearly half a mile, and the tallest are almost 600 feet off the ground; in short, you've never traveled like this before! You'll fly silently above the treetops and come home with a renewed sense of adventure.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $75)

Monteverde 2 nights Hotel info

Day 6: Scenic tour of Arenal Lake

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Transfer to Monteverde by boat for another look at the spectacular Lake Arenal, then enjoy a free afternoon in Monteverde or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Sky Walk $55pp* Details

The canopy layer of the Costa Rican rainforest teems with life, but until recently, it was difficult for travelers to enter this world. On today's excursion, a guided tour brings you to a series of suspended bridges high above the floor of the Monteverde cloud forest. Today, you'll walk where birds fly.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $65)

Day 7: Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Take a guided tour of what may be the world’s most stunning cloud forest reserve. 

• Walk along the forest floor, spotting colorful amphibians, reptiles and birds  

• Learn about the local educational system by visiting a school (Please note: On select departures, school may be closed for holidays and breaks)

• Help with reforestation efforts by planting a native tree at Heliconia Ranch

San José 1 night Hotel info

Day 8: Sightseeing tour of San José

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Leave the cloud forest behind to explore the Espiritu Santo Coffee Plantation, learn about coffee harvests and enjoy a tasting. Then, get to know the European-style city of San José on a guided tour.

• Pass by the National Theatre and Opera House 

• See Sabana Metropolitan Park’s many monuments and sculptures

• Stop at the Plaza de la Cultura, site of many public performances and celebrations  

• See Bella Vista Fortress and learn about the city’s pre-Columbian history

• Marvel at the Metallic Building’s century-old metal exterior

• Stroll through the historic streets of Barrio Amón

Day 9: Departure

Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home or extend your stay in Costa Rica to explore Manuel Antonio.

Add Manuel Antonio & San José $749 pp

Please note: Extension is not available on all departure dates.

Soak in the natural beauty of Manuel Antonio, a vibrant destination where lush rainforests are side by side with postcard-worthy beaches.

Manuel Antonio 2 nights Hotel info

Day 9: Tarcoles River cruise

Included meals: Breakfast

En route to Manuel Antonio, relax on a riverboat tour of the Tarcoles River with a local guide.

• Take in views of lush mangrove forests and jungle settings

• Look out for wildlife such as crocodiles, iguanas, lizards, monkeys and birds

Day 10: Manuel Antonio National Park

Included meals: Breakfast

Get to know the country’s smallest national park, popular for its breathtaking beaches and scenic hiking trails.

• Keep an eye out for local fauna—the park is home to 109 mammal species and 270 bird species

• Walk to the top of rocky Cathedral Point to view the park from across the Pacific

• Witness a blowhole shooting sea spray over Escondido Beach

• Survey the saw cliff and sea caves at Serrucho Point 

• View a pre-Columbian underwater turtle trap

Enjoy a free afternoon in Manuel Antonio or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Manuel Antonio Sunset Cruise $105pp* Details

Spend the afternoon cruising along the central Pacific coast of Quepos on board the Ocean King catamaran, the largest catamaran in Central America. Sail through the various islands and rock formations as you explore Manuel Antonio National Park from the water, keeping an eye out for dolphins and sea birds that inhabit the area. Stop at tranquil Biesanz beach to snorkel in the calm turquoise waters as you explore the underwater beauty up close.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $115)

San José 1 night Hotel info

Day 11: Transfer to San José

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Enjoy a free morning before traveling back to San José and rejoining your group for a farewell dinner.

Day 12: Departure

Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your return flight home.

How's the weather?

  • San José, Costa Rica
  • Tortuguero, Costa Rica
  • Arenal, Costa Rica
  • Monteverde, Costa Rica
Temperature Precipitation
  • JAN
  • FEB
  • MAR
  • APR
  • MAY
  • JUN
  • JUL
  • AUG
  • SEP
  • OCT
  • NOV
  • DEC

Passport & visa

In order to enter Costa Rica, U.S. and Canadian citizens need a valid passport. The expiration date must extend at least six months beyond the date of your return home. No visa is required for U.S. or Canadian citizens. If you are not a U.S. or Canadian citizen, contact the Costa Rican consulate for your particular entry requirements.

Airport & departure taxes

If you purchased your flights through Go Ahead, all airport and departure taxes for this tour are included in the total trip cost printed on your invoice. If you booked your own flights, you will be responsible for paying the departure tax of $29 at the airport before checking in for your flight. Please note that this fee can be paid with USD, the Costa Rican colón, Visa, MasterCard or American Express.

Baggage allowance

Airlines have varying weight restrictions on luggage. Some airlines may impose additional charges if you choose to check any baggage. Please contact your airline or refer to its website for detailed information regarding your airline’s checked baggage policies. Bear in mind that your luggage will probably weigh more on your return trip due to souvenir shopping. We allow only one suitcase per person. One carry-on bag is also permitted, provided that it does not exceed 45 inches (length + width + height). There may be times when you will have to handle your own bags, and you’ll find that lightweight luggage provides a distinct advantage. Make sure you label your baggage and carry valuables, medication and documents in your carry-on luggage.

Clothing & packing tips

Your itinerary focuses on the outdoors, so your clothing should be casual and appropriate for outdoor use. Loose-fitting, layered clothing that can accommodate varying temperatures will be most comfortable. A sun hat, sunglasses and a bathing suit are recommended, as well as sturdy walking shoes or hiking boots. Occasional rain showers are common in the areas you’ll be visiting, so pack light rainwear. Binoculars are very useful for bird- and animal-watching, along with a field guide if you’re interested in the different species you’ll spot. Insect repellent is also highly recommended for visits to the rainforests.

Health

Travelers should be reasonably fit. Take proper care for sun exposure. There is also some risk of mosquito-born diseases, especially in the rainforests and national parks. Consult your doctor at least eight weeks prior to departure about possible preventive measures and personal travel requirements.

Cuisine

Costa Rican cuisine is often based on rice, black beans, corn, and beef, chicken or fish. Fresh, locally grown fruit is abundant and includes such varieties as bananas, mangoes, pineapples and avocados. Traditional desserts include custards, puddings and simple cakes. Locally grown coffee is served very strong and black, though it may be served with hot milk upon request.

Transportation

Flights arrive in San José and depart from San José. Included transportation on this tour is by private motor coach. Destinations on tour are all easily walkable, although some local buses may be available.

Electricity

Costa Rica uses 110 volts, the U.S. standard.

Time zones

Costa Rica is always six hours behind Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), and it does not observe daylight-saving time. Therefore, it’s two hours behind New York from April to October, and one hour behind New York from October to April.

Currency

The Costa Rican colón is the currency you will be using on your tour, but U.S. dollars are accepted everywhere. Better rates of exchange are usually available at your destination, although it is worth ordering some currency from your local bank to use when you first arrive. We strongly advise that you take a combination of debit/bank cards and credit cards, which may be exchanged at local banks for cash as needed. You can use most debit/credit cards at ATMs on the international networks Cirrus and Plus, but make sure to check with your home bank about withdrawal fees. We suggest that you inform your bank and credit card company of your travel plans, so that they won’t confuse your international purchases for fraudulent charges.

Tipping

At the conclusion of your tour, it is customary to offer your Tour Director and driver a gratuity. We recommend tipping in your tour country’s currency, the equivalent of $3USD/CAD per person per day for your driver and $6USD/CAD to $9USD/CAD per person per day for your Tour Director. If applicable, we also recommend the equivalent of $2USD/CAD per local guide. Tips can only be paid in cash. Please keep current local currency exchange rates in mind when tipping.

Purchasing optional excursions on tour

If you have not yet purchased your optional excursions, you may be able to do so while on your tour. Your Tour Director will only accept cash (in USD only), Visa or MasterCard as payment for optional excursions. Please be advised that if you pay for an excursion by credit card while on tour, it may take up to three months for your card to be charged. Some optional excursions may only be purchased in advance. See the separate “Optional Excursions” sheet for more information.

How's the weather?

  • San José, Costa Rica
  • Tortuguero, Costa Rica
  • Arenal, Costa Rica
  • Monteverde, Costa Rica
Temperature Precipitation
  • JAN
  • FEB
  • MAR
  • APR
  • MAY
  • JUN
  • JUL
  • AUG
  • SEP
  • OCT
  • NOV
  • DEC

Passport & visa

In order to enter Costa Rica, U.S. and Canadian citizens need a valid passport. The expiration date must extend at least six months beyond the date of your return home. No visa is required for U.S. or Canadian citizens. If you are not a U.S. or Canadian citizen, contact the Costa Rican consulate for your particular entry requirements.

Airport & departure taxes

If you purchased your flights through Go Ahead, all airport and departure taxes for this tour are included in the total trip cost printed on your invoice. If you booked your own flights, you will be responsible for paying the departure tax of $29 at the airport before checking in for your flight. Please note that this fee can be paid with USD, the Costa Rican colón, Visa, MasterCard or American Express.

Baggage allowance

Airlines have varying weight restrictions on luggage. Some airlines may impose additional charges if you choose to check any baggage. Please contact your airline or refer to its website for detailed information regarding your airline’s checked baggage policies. Bear in mind that your luggage will probably weigh more on your return trip due to souvenir shopping. We allow only one suitcase per person. One carry-on bag is also permitted, provided that it does not exceed 45 inches (length + width + height). There may be times when you will have to handle your own bags, and you’ll find that lightweight luggage provides a distinct advantage. Make sure you label your baggage and carry valuables, medication and documents in your carry-on luggage.

Clothing & packing tips

Your itinerary focuses on the outdoors, so your clothing should be casual and appropriate for outdoor use. Loose-fitting, layered clothing that can accommodate varying temperatures will be most comfortable. A sun hat, sunglasses and a bathing suit are recommended, as well as sturdy walking shoes or hiking boots. Occasional rain showers are common in the areas you’ll be visiting, so pack light rainwear. Binoculars are very useful for bird- and animal-watching, along with a field guide if you’re interested in the different species you’ll spot. Insect repellent is also highly recommended for visits to the rainforests.

Health

Travelers should be reasonably fit. Take proper care for sun exposure. There is also some risk of mosquito-born diseases, especially in the rainforests and national parks. Consult your doctor at least eight weeks prior to departure about possible preventive measures and personal travel requirements.

Cuisine

Costa Rican cuisine is often based on rice, black beans, corn, and beef, chicken or fish. Fresh, locally grown fruit is abundant and includes such varieties as bananas, mangoes, pineapples and avocados. Traditional desserts include custards, puddings and simple cakes. Locally grown coffee is served very strong and black, though it may be served with hot milk upon request.

Transportation

Flights arrive in San José and depart from San José. Included transportation on this tour is by private motor coach. Destinations on tour are all easily walkable, although some local buses may be available.

Electricity

Costa Rica uses 110 volts, the U.S. standard.

Time zones

Costa Rica is always six hours behind Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), and it does not observe daylight-saving time. Therefore, it’s two hours behind New York from April to October, and one hour behind New York from October to April.

Currency

The Costa Rican colón is the currency you will be using on your tour, but U.S. dollars are accepted everywhere. Better rates of exchange are usually available at your destination, although it is worth ordering some currency from your local bank to use when you first arrive. We strongly advise that you take a combination of debit/bank cards and credit cards, which may be exchanged at local banks for cash as needed. You can use most debit/credit cards at ATMs on the international networks Cirrus and Plus, but make sure to check with your home bank about withdrawal fees. We suggest that you inform your bank and credit card company of your travel plans, so that they won’t confuse your international purchases for fraudulent charges.

Tipping

At the conclusion of your tour, it is customary to offer your Tour Director and driver a gratuity. We recommend tipping in your tour country’s currency, the equivalent of $3USD/CAD per person per day for your driver and $6USD/CAD to $9USD/CAD per person per day for your Tour Director. If applicable, we also recommend the equivalent of $2USD/CAD per local guide. Tips can only be paid in cash. Please keep current local currency exchange rates in mind when tipping.

Purchasing optional excursions on tour

If you have not yet purchased your optional excursions, you may be able to do so while on your tour. Your Tour Director will only accept cash (in USD only), Visa or MasterCard as payment for optional excursions. Please be advised that if you pay for an excursion by credit card while on tour, it may take up to three months for your card to be charged. Some optional excursions may only be purchased in advance. See the separate “Optional Excursions” sheet for more information.

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4 / 5

4 / 5

Traveled On: 1/9/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: MA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Amazing Rainforests

All in all this tour was excellent. Our tour director was very knowledgable about all of the areas that we visited and very accommodating (the friend I was traveling with has some serious food allergies and he went out of his way to not only make sure that there was always something she could eat at each meal but that it was not the same thing everyday). All of the hotels that we stayed at we beautiful and very unique. My friend and I did both of the optional excursions on the tour. The zip-line excursion was, for me at least, the highlight of the tour, it was just incredible how much you could see and how fast you moved through the rain forest canopy. I was less impressed by the cloud bridges however, since the place where they are located also has zip-lines the people on the zip-lines scared away any animals in the area and my hope for the bridges had been to see more animals closer up. That being said this same location had a hummingbird garden that we visited before the walk on the cloud bridges where the birds would land on you if you stood still which was also a very cool experience. If you're looking for a high-energy tour and the chance to see plants and animals you would never see in the United States than I would highly recommend this tour to you.

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Hello! Welcome home, and thank you for sharing your experience. We’re glad to hear you had an excellent time on tour. Costa Rica is an incredible destination, and we agree that zip-lining is just one of the amazing experiences you can have there. We’re happy you enjoyed your Tour Director and that he was able to accommodate your friend’s food allergies. All of our Tour Directors care about our travelers and work very hard to meet all needs. The Hummingbird Garden sounds like it was a magical experience for you, as well as seeing all the unique flora and fauna endemic to Costa Rica. We’re thrilled you would recommend this tour, and again, we thank you for taking the time to review your experience. We hope to welcome you on tour again soon!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | February 09, 2016

4 / 5

4 / 5

Traveled On: 1/9/2016

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: MD

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

What a trip!

This trip was full of interesting and exciting activities. We saw and experienced the country of Costa Rica. We experienced the monkeys in the rain forest, zip lining in the mountains, hiking in the continental divide. My daughter and I even saw some of the country side by horseback, thanks to our very accommodating tour guide, Edgar! We learned a lot about the vegetation and cultures of this beautiful country from Edgar who is originally from Costa Rica. We had a wonderful group and had a lot of fun! Lots of good memories!

 

Hi Patricia! We’re happy to hear you enjoyed your tour! Between zip-lining, horseback riding, and meeting monkeys in the rainforest, it sounds like you had a magical time. We’re so glad you enjoyed your Tour Director, Edgar, and that he was able to accommodate your needs. It’s fantastic that you had a wonderful group and made lots of unforgettable memories. Thank you for taking the time to share your experience with us, and we hope to see you on tour soon!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | February 08, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 12/5/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: MA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Amazing Trip

What a wonderful trip to Costa Rica. I have to give props to Go Ahead tours for taking care of all the little details and allowing us not to have to worry so we could enjoy the trip. Our tour director Edgar was amazing. Very knowledgeable, friendly and really made the trip extra special. I highly recommend this tour.

 

Hi Marc! It’s wonderful to hear you enjoyed your time in Costa Rica. We love taking care of all the details so you can feel carefree on tour. We’re pleased to learn you found your Tour Director to be knowledgeable and that he was able to provide an extra special experience. We thank you for your recommendation, and we hope you will travel with us again soon!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | January 07, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 11/7/2015

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: IL

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Amazing Trip!

What a wonderful tour and what an Amazing Country! Very smooth, great itinerary, and an excellent value with so much included. Our tour guide Rafa was excellent! He was very knowledgeable and went out of his way to make sure we saw the very best of Costa Rica! I appreciated his love and concern for the flora and fauna of his country and their conservation, and that he was very excited to share its wonders with us! Salvo, our bus driver, did an excellent job and was very accommodating and pleasant. There were so many amazing things about this tour, but to mention a few unforgettable highlights, being awakened a dawn by the howler monkeys, seeing a pair of toucans, watching a male monkey make a bridge of himself for his mate/offspring in the trees on the canal tour, close up view of a Giant iquana, seeing a slew of wild macaws, and most awesome of all, getting to see the newly hatched baby sea turtles make their famous run for the ocean, all in Torteguero, was worth the whole trip for me!, Zip-lining 600 feet above the jungle, sitting in the hot springs in the pouring rain with our group, and a visit to an organic farm all in Monteverde, the sky walk and getting to see the gorgeous and rare quetzal in the cloud forest in Monteverde,and planting a tree at Heliconia ranch, (Wonderful meal and coffee!) where we were also treated to native dance by darling school children! Also got within 2 feet of a 3 toed sloth on the tour which was fantastic! I felt like we were treated to an amazing array of wonders and beauty and had a fabulous group travelers. Great job GoAhead!

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 12/5/2015

Number of Past Tours: 6

From: MD

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Another Fantastic Adventure!

I just can't get enough of Go Ahead !!! Another great trip through the "Selvas" of Costa Rica. From the exotic atmosphere of Tortuguero to the mystical ambience at Arenal and the super views at the Cloud Forest in Monte Verde, this trip was truly memorable. Our tour director was very knowledgeable and friendly and we had a fantastic team of "tour mates". Another successful adventure.

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5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 11/7/2015

Number of Past Tours: 6

From: CA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Unique and fun tour

This tour was better than I expected. Going through the rainforest and taking the boat ride through the canals and seeing wildlife - toucans, macaws, monkeys, baby turtles, a sloth and more in their natural habitat was fascinating. Waking up to the sounds of the howler monkeys is an experience I'll never forget. It was an activity filled tour which was so much fun. Our tour director, Rafael, was great. He was so knowledgeable and liked to make sure we saw things that were indigenous to Cost Rica. He was like a walking encyclopedia. As for the hotels, they were very nice - especially the Arenal Manoa and Hot Springs Resort, which had a picture perfect view of the Arenal volcano. This is a tour I really enjoyed a lot.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 9/5/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: PA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Pura Vida!

Costa Rica was awesome! Jeff, the tour director, was enthusiastic and knowledgeable and really wanted us to understand wildlife, people and the nature of Costa Rica. He has a dry sense of humor that occasionally turned some people off but I found it difficult to use it against him especially since he tried using humor during and after the long bus rides and heavy rains. Despite the rains and bus rides, Costa Rica was postcard beautiful. The hotels were amazing. Evergreen Lodge in Tortuguero is a campy lodge embedded where only boats or airplanes can go. Monkies, Toucans and an array of frogs were some highlights of the visit. You felt like you were camping so this will be a delight to outdoor adventurers. Arenal Manoa & Hot Springs Resorts in La Fortuna (San Carlos) was a spectacular hotel with photograph inspiring views of Arenal Volcano. The rooms were oriented to view the Volcano from your bed. This was my favorite hotel that I plan on revisiting. Finally, El Establo Mountain hotel in Monteverde was very cool! It was embedded in a mountain but you did not really sense it while you were in your room which had a spectacular view of the valley. The food was also great. Jeff recommended many restaurants on those days where food was not included and the restaurants I visited had delicious meals. I especially enjoyed the plantains that I thought I disliked! The hikes were not overly demanding but there were some steep inclines that challenged a few. You will get your exercise with this tour. Overall, Go Ahead did a great job putting together this tour. I commend them for finding people, places and food that will make most travelers happy. Costa Rica is beautful!

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5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 7/18/2015

Number of Past Tours: 5

From: TX

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Prepare for adventure!

This tour was such a delight. In a short time, we got to visit diverse climates: rainforest, cloud forest, volcano, hot springs, rolling hills, ocean . . . all while viewing incredible wildlife up-close (monkeys, sloths, hummingbirds, poison dart frogs, coatis, caymans, iguanas, and more!). We kicked-off in "the Venice of Costa Rica," experiencing waterways and ocean with a remote but charming river lodge as our home base. The change to the cooler climate and verdant, colorful landscape of La Fortuna was a delightful change, and it's there we enjoyed our hotel the most (though all stays on tour were very good). Geographical highlights included the hike up Mount Arenal and the later landscape of Monteverde with a trek through the cloud forest. Recreational highlights included the ziplining and surprise (and free!) optional free-falling "Tarzan swing" zipline. Food was fresh and flavorful throughout the trip, and Tour Director Edgar and Bus Driver Jorge made an incredible duo. Our group cohesion of 26 intrepid explorers made the trip exceptionally fun. The only disappointments were the late arrival/early departure on the first and last day that, essentially, wiped-out both days. Our last day on tour was monopolized by driving and, unfortunately, a poor out-of-the-way lunch decision and timing that resulting in no advertised tour of San Jose. But those disappointments were still not enough to sour the trip. It was another great Go Ahead Tour adventure!

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 7/12/2014

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: MN

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Sense of family

The group was smallish with very similar likes. Our tour director, Jeff, had a great sense of humor and put everyone at ease. It's always great to have a guide who loves his country and wants to share that beauty. I also enjoyed starting the tour small at small hotels and places. It allowed for a better sense of "group "family" . The hotels, fresh fruit at ever meal and delicious buffets were perfects. To walk on an old volcano, go zip gliding for the first time and walking on suspended bridges, are beautiful pieces of a memory where I can say "I did it". I had a blast and by the time we ended up at a resort, we still kept to the group and had fun. Go job Go Ahead!

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 6/13/2015

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: NC

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Wonderful tour!

This tour was enjoyable, educational and fun! Our tour director, Jeff, was fabulous - knowledgeable, articulate and entertaining. He is a skilled photographer, and was always willing to help us get the best shots of all the wildlife we saw. The tour did a really good job of introducing us to different areas of the country, and thanks to Jeff, we learned so much about the environment, the people, the political system and much more. We would highly recommend this tour!

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