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Canopies & Cabanas

8 days with Contiki   Rating: Budget
Restricted to Ages 18-35

Itinerary
Click for Dates and Prices Day 1 Arrive Playa Tamarindo
Good morning beach babies and welcome to Costa Rica - a haven for lovers of the great outdoors. A central American country, it serves up coastlines on both the Caribbean and Pacific. Tonight meet up with your Trip Manager and get straight into it.

Day 2 Playa Tamarindo
A bohemian atmosphere permeates every inch of this paradise. Pass the day in the water, snorkelling or scuba diving amongst rainbow fish, or getting amongst the surf. There's an optional catamaran cruise this afternoon, because really who doesn't love getting out there on the water. Whether you opt for this or not, make sure you catch the sunset. Divine. Dinner with the group will top off a perfect day.

Day 3 Playa Tamarindo to Monteverde
Shake out your beach towel and pack away those swimmers (for now). Today we're making for the mountains!
With clean air filling your lungs our next spot awaits, and the misty forests of Monte Verde are sure to take your breath away. This leafy wildlife hotspot is home to coffee plantations, countless monkey species and friendly locals who work hard to preserve the balance between nature and tourism.

Day 4 Monteverde
Yes, yes and yes is what you will as we explore the tropical Selvatura Park – most likely whilst ziplining down a mind-blowing 1km long line. But that’s not all on offer. We’ll also be walking the hanging bridges amongst the lush Monte Verde cloudforest – there are eight in total of varying lengths, each offering unparalleled views of the forest floor – then popping in to a butterfly sanctuary to spot just some of the 20 species flying around. This afternoon is all about learning about everyone’s favourite caffeinated friend – coffee. One of Costa Rica’s most famous exports, we’ll learn how the plants are cultivated and the entire process of turning delicious little berries into rich coffee beans. Definitely a gift shopping op for the parents…

Day 5 Monteverde to Manuel Antonio via Jaco & Quepos
This morning we'll leave Monte Verde in the clouds and meander our way back to the coast.
On route, we’ll stop off at the gorgeous surf resort of Jacó for some lunch. A cute little fishing town and a great spot to grab a bite and people watch, this is just what we’ll need to cure our sadness at leaving our rainforest paradise behind.
In the spirit of seeing more, we’ll stop again at Quepos, maybe grabbing a coffee or some plantain crisps for a tasty snack en route.
Oceanside Manuel Antonio is a dizzying mix of ancient rainforest, pristine beaches and coral reefs. We’ll arrive at the hotel for some relaxing by the pool (or at the bar) whilst contemplating Costa Rican life, soaking up these last few days in paradise.

Day 6 Manuel Antonio
Today is yours to conquer as you will, but with a menu of appetising optionals up for grabs, we reckon you’ll find it hard to resist. So what can we tempt you with? How about a horseback excursion to the luscious Tacori Waterfalls, a ride your own ATV adventure where you can stop for waterfall fun and frolics, or a surf lesson to get you in and amongst the waves. With bleached sandy beaches, an underwater playground just begging to be snorkelled and fresh fish dinners a-plenty to be had, this lazy beach town may just claim your heart.

Day 7 Manuel Antonio
Hike along the coast up through the mountains with an expert this morning, spotting macaws, toucans and sloths along the way. Don't forget your camera so you can snap all Manuel Antonio National Park's exotic plants and animals and get rewarded with a swim at the end. An optional catamaran cruise is on the cards in the afternoon, where we'll swim and snorkel with dolphins, whales and sea turtles - the salty water hiding our tears at the realisation it's our last night together. We'll end the day with an included dinner, and no doubt a few drinks to toast the trip, and oh what a trip it has been.

Day 8 Manuel Antonio to San José
Milk your final morning in Manuel Antonio for all it's worth, squeezing in a kayak or a snorkel before we head to San José.
The trip ends on arrival as we pull back into the gritty city. Costa Rica, you've been a real treat!
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All This Included
Beach bums & water babies listen up, this is the trip for you. Head to the stunning beaches of Costa Rica, with a little adventure and wildlife thrown in for a good measure. You'll be the envy of all your mates back home when your Insta has you ziplining through the tropics, learning from the best Costa Rican coffee producers and walking through a butterfly sanctuary with the most gorgeous colourful creatures fluttering all around you.
  • We always provide comfortable accommodation in a relaxed atmosphere - think comfy hotels with bright communal areas for you and your new squad to relax and socialise.
Highlights
  • Explore Selvatura Park and visit the hanging bridges and butterfly and hummingbird gardens
  • Coffee making demonstration and tasting
  • Visit a local market
Accommodations
Hotel (7 nights)
Notes
  • Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
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