Zapotal to Chira Island to Monteverde to Arenal, Costa Rica

Island Community, Volcanoes & Cloud Forests

Immerse yourself in the culture and biodiversity of Costa Rica in this off the beaten path adventure. Experience the cloud forest in Zapotal, a rural community with warm and friendly people willing to share the pura vida vibe of the country. The following days you will experience daily life on Isla Chira, an island which is only 30 miles in circumference and offers stunning ocean views and the friendly charm of island life.  Discover the local culture and learn why Isla Chira is the perfect spot for cultural immersion and relaxation. Continue to mystical Monteverde. Home to one of the rarest habitats on Earth. The Cloud Forest  is unique to other rainforests in Costa Rica, with a constant mist and hence its name. Your final days will be spent close to  the Arenal Volcano, in a town called La Fortuna. The perfect place to kick back and enjoy the area’s superb beauty, La Fortuna still retains much of its original Tico charm. Here you will have many options for activities ranging from hiking, to canyoning, to river rafting.

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Duration

11 Days / 10 Nights

Travel Style

Connect with Nature, Active Adventure, Cultural Immersion and Time to Relax

Languages

English and Spanish
English speaking local & specialized guides during all activities.

Physical Activity

Moderate activity

Location

Cloud Forest, Island, Volcano, Rural Communities and Small Towns/Villages

Connect

Wifi: Limited
Cell: Limited
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Speaks: English and Spanish

Highlights

  • Eat delicious Costa Rican cuisine including some home cooked meals
  • Hike unexplored forests
  • Zip line the canopy forest
  • Visit the Zapotal Community and spot amazing wildlife
  • Vist Chira Island and learn about the oyster cultivation process
  • Enjoy breathtaking sceneries of volcanoes and lakes

Details

Schedule

Fly into San José to start your trip

Availability

Flexible Departure Date
All year

What's Included

Lodging

10 Nights Community Lodge, Eco Lodge, Boutique Hotel, Luxury Lodge and Family Homestay

Guide

Bilingual guide and Local guide (not bilingual)

Food

Some meals included (see itinerary)
You will be eating traditional regional Costa Rican dishes and local treats on your trip. In some cases the meals will be home cooked by a local family. Veggie, Vegan and Gluten-free options are available prior notification. Included meals are noted in the itinerary: B= Breakfast, BB=Box Breakfast, L= Lunch, BL= Boxed Lunch, D= Dinner

Transport

Private car, Private van and Boat

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A local travel agency that specializes in connecting travelers to Costa Rica's nature and cultures. Their goal is to create authentic experiences for travelers that contribute to sustainable growth for local communities.

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Getting There

Fly into San José International Airport to start your trip!
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