Zapotal to Rio Celeste to La Anita to Arenal, Costa Rica

Unexplored forests, Rural Communities & Volcanoes

Immerse yourself in the culture and biodiversity of Costa Rica in this off the beaten path adventure. Experience the cloud forest at Zapotal, a rural community with warm and friendly people willing to share the pura vida vibe of the country.

Continue to one of Costa Rica's best kept secrets as well as one of the best places for hikers - Tenorio Volcano National Park. Not only can travelers trek alongside the stunningly beautiful Rio Celeste but the park is also home to an abundance of flora and fauna. As there are many legends and myths in Costa Rica, this river is no different. Ancient legend has it that the gods dipped their paint brushes into the river while painting the sky.

Continue to Rancho La Anita, a ranch nestled in a small valley between the Miravalles, Rincón de la Vieja, and Santa Maria Volcanoes.; Hidden within the dense rainforest in this region live more species than are found in the United States and Canada combined!

Your final days will be spent at the Arenal Volcano. One of the best places to take in the Arenal Volcano’s awe-inspiring beauty is at La Fortuna, a tiny town located near the foot of the volcano. The perfect place to kick back and enjoy the area’s superb beauty, La Fortuna still retains much of its original Tico charm, offers thermal waters and outdoor activities galore.

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Duration

11 Days / 10 Nights

Travel Style

Active Adventure, Connect with Nature and Cultural Immersion

Languages

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

Physical Activity

Moderate activity

Location

Small Towns/Villages, Rural Communities, Rainforest, Wildlife Reserve and National Park

Connect

Wifi: Limited
Cell: Limited
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Speaks: English and Spanish

Highlights

  • Eat delicious, home cooked meals
  • Hike unexplored forests
  • Make chocolate at an organic farm
  • Feel the warmth of locals at Zapotal Community
  • Explore Rio Celeste
  • Enjoy breathtaking sceneries

Details

Schedule

Fly into San José International Airport to start

Availability

Flexible Departure Date
All year

What's Included

Lodging

10 Nights Boutique Hotel, Eco Lodge, Luxury Lodge, Community 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. Veggie, Vegan and Gluten-free options are available prior notification. A local family might prepare some of your meals. Included meals are noted in the itinerary: B= Breakfast, BB=Box Breakfast, L= Lunch, BL= Boxed Lunch, D= Dinner

Transport

Private car and Private van

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Getting There

Fly into San José International Airport to start your trip!
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