Suitcase Swagger Travel Club is offering a trip to Costa Rica in January to visit this gorgeous country during the best time of year for the experience. Home to volcanoes, lush rainforests, beaches, and unique wildlife, Costa Rica is a celebrated pioneer in protecting natural heritage. Forge your own path through this gorgeous country over nine days of outstanding adventure. Trek across the foot of a volcano to photograph electric blue butterflies, visit a coffee co-op, and search for monkeys while hiking park trails. Get in touch with nature's best in Costa Rica.
Day 1 San José Arrive.
Day 2 San José to La Fortuna Visit a G Adventures-supported coffee cooperative with a coffee tour and local lunch. Continue to the adventure hub of La Fortuna. In the evening, visit a local home and learn the art of tortilla making. Afterwards, dig into a tasty “casado” — a typical Costa Rican dish that’s made with black beans, plantains, and the tortillas you’ve made.
Day 3 La Fortuna Free day in La Fortuna for optional activities. Challenge yourself with a rafting adventure, canyoneering, or embark on a nature hike. Day 4 La Fortuna to Monteverde Travel from La Fortuna to the cloud forest of Monteverde — a nature lover's paradise.
Day 5 Monteverde Enjoy a nature hike in the Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve. Visit the Monteverde Institute, which has served as the base for numerous National Geographic-funded explorers and researchers. Enjoy a lecture by one of the researchers outlining the various research and conservation projects that National Geographic has sponsored to support the reforestation of tropical regions. This afternoon, opt to visit a butterfly garden, zipline through the canopy, or go horseback riding.
Day 6 Monteverde to Manuel Antonio Continue to the stunning Pacific coast. Enjoy the laid-back atmosphere of the area with options to surf, go horseback riding, dolphin watching on a catamaran, or visit other nearby picturesque beaches.
Day 7 Manuel Antonio Take an excursion to Manuel Antonio National Park, famed for its stunning beaches and abundant wildlife. Look for monkeys, sloths, and some 350 species of birds.
Day 8 Manuel Antonio to San José Return to San José and enjoy an optional farewell dinner on the town.
Day 9 San José Depart for home.
Price starts at $1849 per traveler not including airfare to San José. There is no single supplement; solo travelers will be paired with single travelers of the same gender.