Sandwiched between the Pacific and Atlantic oceans and packed with an intense array of majestic volcanoes, misty cloud forests, stunning river valleys, and gorgeous beaches, Costa Rica is an adventure lover’s paradise. More than a quarter of the country is protected rainforest and the rest is jaw-dropping combos of bubbling volcanoes, Pacific surf beaches, and laid-back towns like Quepos and Sarapiqui. Nowhere else in the world can you experience such a variety of spectacular landscapes and activities as well as delicious food and friendly people. With over 500,000 plant and animal species, Costa Rica has more biodiversity than the USA and Europe combined. Scientists have estimated that close to four percent of the Earth’s species live here.

Costa Rica is all about getting off the beaten path and getting outside of your comfort zone. The country may be firmly on the tourist trail, but that doesn’t make this country any less amazing.

Costa Rica Tours

Costa Rica Jungle

Costa Rica Jungle Adventure

12 nights/ 13 days  Explore wildlife-rich rain forests, experience rafting world class rapids, jump from cliffs and rappel down waterfalls,
5.00 / 6 reviews
per person

Costa Rica Tour Reviews

Paulina

Costa Rica Jungle Adventure

Stacey is such an effective leader and communicator. I felt I was in great hands during the entire trip planning process, and appreciated her caring and attention to our family’s special logistic needs. The trip was a blast and beyond my expectations in every way! I’m making it a personal mission to be able to attend as many trips that she plans as possible.

Ilana

Costa Rica Jungle Adventure

I love Adventure People! Stacey is an amazing organizer and really great person to be around. My trip to Costa Rica was endless fun, full with activities that are hard to find in day to day life. Hiking through the jungle in the rain, milking a cow, making sugar, staying with local families, tree climbing, white water rafting, sleeping in a cave, waterfall rappelling, swimming under waterfalls and cliff jumping, but MOST IMPORTANT is meeting a great group of people and enjoying their company. In every trip the same experience: you come home with great memories and new friends. It is priceless!!! Thank you Stacey for organizing such great activities and I am looking forward for new adventures!!!

Kyle

Costa Rica Jungle Adventure

I just wanted to let you know that the Costa Rica trip was by far the best vacation and experience I have ever had. Before going on the trip I was a little nervous and not 100% sure what to expect since I had never been on a trip like this nor knew many of the people going. What I found was that all the people were great and we all had so much in common and consider everyone I met true friends who I am staying in contact with far after the trip is over. Our guide was awesome and I could not have planned a better more exciting trip. I would have to say my favorite part was the white water rafting, playing in the waterfalls, staying with the local families and the caves. Thank you so much Stacey for putting together such a great trip and I am looking forward to many more!

Talicia

Costa Rica Jungle Adventure

Costa Rica was more fun than I could have ever hoped for. My favorite trip moment was our time spent at Diamante Verde. Stacey’s unique take on organizing “off the beaten path” immersive, yet affordable adventures is refreshing and exciting. You know you are experiencing something that few ever will in an ethical, eco-friendly and affordable way that usually gives back to the community. Since Adventure People focuses on outdoor adventures rather than tourist locations, you end up traveling with a group who have the same sense of fun as yourself and instantly making fast friends out of strangers. I wish I could go on all her trips! I can’t wait until the next one.

Eli

Costa Rica Jungle Adventure

About 2 weeks jam packed with outdoor adventure with a great group of people. Stacey has done it again by setting up another awesome trip. Mao, our tour guide was very knowledgeable, friendly and lively. Loved it. Can’t wait for the next one! Pura Vida!

Steven

Costa Rica Jungle Adventure

I would actually only recommend this trip to family or friends who have an adventurous spirit. For those who enjoy roughing it a bit and getting a taste of the raw off the beaten path of part of Costa Rica I think this trip does a good job in fitting that bill.

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Responsible Travel

Our philosophy of travel is one of respect towards the local people we encounter, their culture, local economies and the environment. It’s important to remember that what may be acceptable behavior, dress and language in your own country, may not be appropriate in another. Please keep this in mind while travelling.

Top responsible travel tips for Costa Rica

  1. Be considerate of Costa Rica’s customs, traditions, religion and culture.
  2. For environmental reasons, try to avoid buying bottled water. Fill a reusable water bottle or canteen with filtered water instead.
  3. Always dispose of litter thoughtfully, including cigarette butts.
  4. When bargaining at markets, stay calm, be reasonable and keep a smile on your face. It’s meant to be fun!
  5. Learn some local language and don’t be afraid to use it – simple greetings will help break the ice.
  6. Shop for locally made products. Supporting local artisans helps keep traditional crafts alive.
  7. Refrain from supporting businesses that exploit or abuse endangered animals.
  8. Please ask and receive permission before taking photos of people, including children.
  9. When on community visits or homestays, refrain from giving gifts or money to locals.
  10. Admire coral while diving and snorkelling, but never remove coral from a reef or buy coral items from markets. Coral belongs in the sea.

Costa Rica Travel Information

san jose weather chart

Year-round tropical warmth means there really isn’t a bad time to visit Costa Rica. January through April are the dry “summer” months and May through December are typically the rainy “winter” months. However, Costa Rica’s diverse topography and blanket of rainforests suggest that you should be prepared for at least some rain year round – a very small price to pay for such incredibly lush scenery. The good news is that even during the rainiest of seasons, the rainfall tends to be limited to a couple of hours a day… just enough time for you to enjoy a cup of Costa Rica’s world-renowned coffee in one of its many cafes. Temperatures vary with altitude, with San Jose’s temperatures ranging between 15C and 21C and the coastal areas experiencing much warmer climes.

Costa Rican cuisine features many types of foods you’ve probably never heard of, let alone actually tried. While you may find variations of it in other Latin American countries or specialized restaurants, there is a uniqueness to Costa Rican cuisine. Below are five of the top foods to try while in Costa Rica.

  1. Gallo pinto. In essence, rice and beans. Gallo pinto can be found at just about any restaurant or soda in Costa Rica and while it’s often served throughout the day, it’s considered a breakfast dish. Gallo pinto is a mixture of rice and black beans, sometimes served also with fried or scrambled eggs, plantain, and/or a meat.
  2. Casado. Also, rice and beans, but with a subtle difference. If gallo pinto is the typical breakfast dish of Costa Rica, then casado is the typical lunch dish of Costa Rica. However, the main difference between gallo pinto and casado is that while gallo pinto is a mixture of rice and beans, the rice and beans are separate with casado. There are many different variations of casado, which may include plantain, tortillas, cabbage, cheese, and/or a choice of meat. Many local restaurants will serve casado with several different options of meat and seafood to choose from.
  3. Plantains. Plantains have the same general look as bananas, but are typically cooked, rather than eaten by themselves. Plantains are often fried and served as a side dish in Costa Rica, such as alongside casado or gallo pinto. There are other variations of plantains that you may find in Costa Rica and other parts of Latin America called tostones, which are twice fried and have more the consistency of french fries or homemade potato chips than the fried plantain that is often served with gallo pinto and casado.

  4. Tres leches cake. Tres leches cake is for those who have a sweet tooth and want dessert to cap off their meal. Tres leches cake is actually a dessert that can be found throughout Central America, as it’s origin is unclear. Tres leches, or three-milk, cake is just that, doused with several different forms of milk, including evaporated milk, sweetened condensed milk, and heavy cream. This is one dish you’ll find in Costa Rica that you’ll also be able to find in other destinations and even possibly in your own hometown at a local bakery.
  5. Ceviche. Ceviche is another one of those Latin American dishes that you’ll find in multiple destinations and not just Costa Rica. Nonetheless, you’ll find it prepared in different ways depending on the destination. In Costa Rica it’s often prepared with tilapia, cilantro, lime juice, and finely diced vegetables. While many restaurants serve it, you’ll sometimes find roadside carts also freshly preparing and serving ceviche.

Wedged between the mighty Pacific Ocean and the picturesque Caribbean, Costa Rica is best known for its incredible beaches and magical rainforests. While Costa Rica’s name (meaning ‘Rich Coast’) suggests that Costa Rica’s beauty is limited to its golden beaches, the backbone of this coastal nation consists of some truly stunning mountain ranges, many of which contain active and dormant volcanoes. For this reason, adventure sports such as zip-lining, whitewater rafting and cycling are popular in inland destinations such as La Fortuna and Montverde. Geographically, Costa Rica shares borders with Nicaragua to the north and Panama to the south, serving as a perfect starting point for exploring this fascinating part of the world.

Apart from being a beach lover’s paradise, Costa Rica is renowned for its incredible biodiversity. Over half of the country is blanketed in forest, and those seeking to spot local wildlife will be enthralled by Costa Rica’s unique species of plants and animals. Scuba diving is another popular activity, with Costa Rica boasting some of the most beautiful bays, beaches and reefs in the world.

1. Tortuguero National Park

One of Costa Rica’s best-kept secrets, this national park is the unspoilt paradise you’ve been searching for. Will you slip effortlessly into Tortuguero’s warm turquoise waters or simply relax on its idyllic shores? The choice is entirely yours.

2. Manuel Antonio

Leave the hassles of modern life behind and discover an eco-playground surrounded by unlimited coastal delights. Spend a day exploring misty rainforests before cooling off on one of Manuel Antonio’s delightful beaches, or head into town for some famous, fiery nightlife.

3. Jaco

Once a sleepy beach town, Jaco’s proximity to San Jose has made it a one-stop shop for those seeking big waves and even bigger parties. Not exactly a remote oasis, but there is no denying Jaco’s uber-cool surf-town vibe.

4. Playa Tamarindo

An upmarket alternative to Jaco’s backpacker bliss, Playa Tamarindo is an elegant town that delivers a ton of truly exquisite beaches. Pristine blue waters meet a backdrop of bottle green forests – it’s no wonder that Playa Tamarindo is one of Costa Rica’s most famous destinations.

5. Corcovado

Well off the tourist trail, Corcovado’s ebony sands are not your average beach-going experience. Boasting diversity in colour, landscape and wildlife, Corcovado is perfect for those seeking beaches with character and charm.

We take the health and safety of our travelers seriously, and we take every measure to ensure that trips are safe, fun and enjoyable for everyone. We recommend that all travelers check with their government or national travel advisory organisation for the latest information before departure:

From Australia?

Go to: http://www.smartraveller.gov.au/

From New Zealand?

Go to: http://www.safetravel.govt.nz/

From Canada?

Go to: http://www.voyage.gc.ca/

From US?

Go to: http://travel.state.gov/

From UK?

Go to: http://www.fco.gov.uk/en/

The World Health Organization

also provides useful health information:
Go to: http://www.who.int/en/

We also recommend that you carry a First-Aid kit and hand sanitizers/ antibacterial wipes as well as any personal medical requirements. Tap water in Cuba is generally safe, but it is recommended that you drink bottled water.

Diarrheal illness is common among travelers, even in those staying in luxury accommodations. Travelers can diminish diarrhea risk through scrupulous washing of hands and use of hand sanitizers, especially before food preparation and eating. The greatest risk of traveler’s diarrhea is from contaminated food. Eat only food that is cooked and served hot; avoid food that has been sitting out on a buffet. Eat raw fruits and vegetables only if they have been washed in clean water. Drink only beverages from factory-sealed containers, and avoid ice because it may have been made from unclean water.

Costa Rica Travel FAQ’s

Australia: Not required
Belgium: Not required
Canada: Not required
Germany: Not required
Ireland: Not required
Netherlands: Not required
New Zealand: Not required
South Africa: Yes – in advance
Switzerland: Not required
United Kingdom: Not required
USA: Not required

While tipping isn’t mandatory in Costa Rica, rounding up the bill and leaving spare change at restaurants and cafes is generally standard practice. 500 colones should be sufficient.

Costa Rica’s cities and tourist centres have internet access available in internet cafes and hotel lobbies. Internet access is less available in rural and remote areas.

Mobile phone coverage is generally good in Costa Rica’s cities and metropolitan areas, although expect limited coverage in remote or mountainous areas. Ensure you have global roaming activated with your carrier if you wish to use your phone while in Costa Rica.

Costa Rica’s toilets are a mixture of flushable toilets and squat toilets, so be prepared to encounter both. Carry your own supply of toilet paper and soap as these aren’t always provided.

Coconut drink = 250 CRC
Can of soft drink = 450 CRC
Bottle of beer = 1000 CRC
Basic lunch = 2000 CRC
Sit down dinner in a restaurant = 5000-7500 CRC

Although tap water is considered safe to drink in Costa Rica’s cities, it’s probably a good idea to avoid drinking tap water in Costa Rica. For environmental reasons, try to avoid bottled water. Ask your leader where filtered water can be found as some hotels provide this. Remember to peel fruit and vegetables before eating and avoid ice in drinks.

Major credit cards are accepted by most large shops, hotels and restaurants, although smaller vendors and market stalls often only accept cash.

ATMs are easily found in the large cities and airports, although are less common in rural and remote areas. When travelling out of the city, come prepared by having enough cash as ATMs aren’t always an option.

Yes. Travel insurance is mandatory to participate on any of our trips – not just by us, but by many of the tour operators we work with. You will not be permitted to join a trip until evidence of travel insurance has been presented. The minimum requirement must provide coverage of $200,000USD for medical expenses including repatriation and emergency rescue. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects. Some credit card companies offer travel insurance, but proof of coverage will be required. Contact your provider for details.

  • 1 Jan New Year’s Day
  • 11 Apr Juan Santamaria Day / Battle of Rivas
  • 13 Apr Maundy Thursday
  • 14 Apr Good Friday
  • 1 May Labor Day
  • 25 Jul Annexation of Guanacaste Day
  • 2 Aug Patron Saint Day / Our Lady of Los Ángeles
  • 15 Aug Mother’s Day / Assumption Day
  • 15 Sep Independence Day
  • 16 Oct Cultures National Day
  • 25 Dec Christmas Day

Please note these dates are for 2017. For a current list of public holidays in Costa Rica go to: http://www.worldtravelguide.net/costa-rica/public-holidays

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Current Weather in San Jose