In the midst of Central America lies a gem: Costa Rica. A land that is every bit as rich as its name suggests from its lush rainforests to its golden beaches. Known for its ‘Pura Vida’ way of life, this magnificent country is a sanctuary for anyone looking to step away from the hustle of everyday life. It presents an opportunity to immerse themselves in a world of natural beauty and warm, welcoming people.
If you’re not a planner, Intrepid Travel’s Costa Rica makes their itineraries for travelers to experience the best of the country. From local cuisine and cultural customs, there is a little something for every type of traveler.
Here’s why Intrepid’s Costa Rica itineraries stand out as the best way to experience ‘Pura Vida.’
Premium Costa Rica Itinerary: Where Adventure Meets Culture
If you’re someone who wants to experience Costa Rica luxuriously, while also connecting with its natural beauty and culture, the Premium Costa Rica itinerary is for you. This nine-day trip begins and ends in the country’s capital city San Jose. However, the itinerary takes you through a whirlwind of experiences in between. You’ll explore rainforests, volcanoes and stunning beaches. You will be guided by a knowledgeable local tour guide who provides the inside scoop into Costa Rican life.
Key highlights of this itinerary include hiking around Arenal Volcano and an immersive organic farm tour in La Fortuna. If you’re looking for a bit of relaxation, Manuel Antonio National Park offers an unforgettable tour.
After an incredible experience spotting wildlife like sloths and monkeys, you can unwind at a pristine beach. Make sure to watch out for the monkeys. While super cute, these tiny monkeys always are looking for traveler’s food to snag while on the beach.
This itinerary covers airport transfers, tipping, luggage transport, daily breakfasts and curated meal experiences. It also brings you 24/7 on-ground support for a truly worry-free vacation.
Best of Costa Rica Itinerary: Nature’s Best-Kept Secrets
For nature lovers who love keeping it simple while traveling, the ‘Best of Costa Rica’ itinerary captures the quintessence of the country’s biodiversity. Your journey will take you to the heart of unspoiled nature in Corcovado National Park and Manuel Antonio. You’ll be able to hike, swim and marvel at the undeniable natural beauty of this country.
Enjoy an intimate coffee farm visit where you’ll learn about one of Costa Rica’s prime exports. You have a chance to taste the coffee, and learn about how coffee is produced organically from seed to cup.
What sets this itinerary apart is the opportunity to interact with the Térraba, an indigenous group with a history of sustaining themselves off their land for over five centuries. A member from the community will walk you through the land. They will show you important cultural practices, like carving your own wooden mask and harvesting chocolate from the cacao plant. It’s the perfect trip for travelers looking to dive deep into Costa Rica’s rich natural and cultural diversity.
The Best of Both Worlds
I had the opportunity to experience a blend of Intrepid’s Premium and Best of Cost Rica itineraries. My week-long experience was nothing short of magnificent. From visiting the Térraba community and learning the cultural importance of cacao and traditional crafts to exploring Manuel Antonio National Park with its abundant wildlife, the trip was a lesson in the essence of Pura Vida.
The days were filled with learning and exploration. The Tierra Amiga ecological farm taught me about organic coffee farming. While at Juanilama, a cooking class led by local women allowed us to taste traditional Costa Rican dishes. At La Fortuna, the thermal mineral waters at the base of the Arenal Volcano were heavenly. The waters are healing and especially beneficial if you have skin ailments, like eczema and psoriasis. Spending time with the dwindling Maleku tribe brought me back to the reality of the need for environment conservation. There are only 650 people left in this tribe, making it the smallest in Costa Rica.
What You Should Know Before Visiting
While Costa Rica offers a variety of experiences, it’s important to remember that it has a tropical climate. Stay hydrated and be prepared for hot and humid conditions.
Whether you’re an adventure seeker or a cultural enthusiast, Intrepid Travel’s Costa Rica itineraries offer the best of both worlds. From breathtaking landscapes and indigenous experiences to luxury accommodations and experiences, these curated trips are your passport to experiencing Costa Rica in its truest form. ¡Pura Vida!