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Nature's Paradise of Costa Rica

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January 13 - 22, 2022
10 Days / 9 Nights

This tour starts and ends in San José

$3,980 per person/double occupancy
$1,460 optional single supplement
$290 additional night, single or double room (includes a private airport transfer)
Includes all fees and taxes


This tour may be combined with the The Wonders of the Galápagos tour to Ecuador (January 3 - 11, 2022)


Costa Rica, with its long, dramatic coastline, misty cloud and rain forests, smoldering volcanoes and pristine golden beaches, is one of the planet’s most biologically diverse countries. Named the “rich coast” by the Spanish conquistadors who first settled here, Costa Rica is a place for the adventure of a lifetime. With 5 percent of the world’s biodiversity concentrated in such a small area, it allows for close encounters with a myriad of animals, among them several species of monkeys, frogs, birds and sloths. This is the land of adventure with picturesque rain forest and cloud forest hikes, sailing on aquamarine ocean to secluded coves, ziplining, floating on primeval rivers through mangrove forests, enjoying the volcano formed thermal pools and relaxing at the world-class spas, or listening to the chattering of howler monkeys and toucans just outside your window.

With a history dating back to the 1500s, today Costa Rica is often referred to as the “happiest place on earth.” Ticos, as native Costa Ricans are called, live by their motto Pura Vida, meaning anything from “Hello” to “This is the Life!”, and the Costa Rica's Nature Paradise tour will allow us to take advantage of this happy lifestyle and spend the 10 days living to the fullest!

  • We’ll spend the first night in Costa Rica's capital of San Jose, before moving for four nights to the La Fortuna region, in the shadow of the smoldering Arenal Volcano. We'll spend the following three nights in the Herradura region on the dramatic Pacific coast, before coming back to San Jose for one more day to explore the city.
  • While in the La Fortuna region, we'll see the Poas Volcano and La Paz Waterfall, learn about the ancient secrets of chocolate during a cocoa farm tour, enjoy a Costa Rican cooking class and an interactive coffee plantation tour, relax in the mineral hot springs, walk in the canopy of the rain forest on hanging bridges, soar above the mountains, as we take the Sky Tram to the Arenal Volcano overlook, where we can try ziplining, then relax as we watch the wildlife during the Twilight Safari Float.
  • While in the Herradura area, we will cruise on a private boat into the sunset, as we admire the dramatic coastline, stop to snorkel, explore the cloud covered canopies of Monteverde, take a boat tour in a river filled with crocodiles, explore the famous Manuel Antonio National Park, visiting with a private guide to learn about the exotic plant and animal life and about Costa Rica's native history, and have lunch in a converted cargo plane. There will also be time for spa and leisure time on the beach and in the rainforest.
  • While in San Jose, we'll see the city's highlights with a private guide, during a panoramic city tour.
  • 2 nights in a luxury modern San Jose hotel, 4 nights in a resort hotel in La Fortuna in the shadow of the Arenal Volcano, 3 nights in a beach resort hotel in Herradura on the dramatic Pacific Coast
  • Delicious local meals: 9 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 8 dinners, including drinks
  • All transportation in Costa Rica: comfortable, air-conditioned bus and a professional driver
  • All excursions and cultural activities as per the itinerary
  • An experienced Tour Director and Costa Rican adventure guides throughout the tour
  • All sightseeing and activities fees as per itinerary
  • A private sunset cruise
  • Private airport transfers on arrival and on departure
  • All porterage, restaurants', guides' and driver's gratuities

Additional/optional costs may include: optional travel insurance, optional single room supplement, additional accommodations, optional early hotel check in, optional Tour Director's gratuities, meals or activities not mentioned in the itinerary, room service, mini bar charges, laundry charges, phone calls, personal expenses.

The cost does not include airfare.

  • The blue crater and sulfur fumaroles of the Poas Volcano
  • La Paz Waterfall and White Magic Waterfall
  • The Ancient Secrets of Chocolate tour at a cocoa plantation
  • Sky tram and ziplining at the Arenal Volcano Park
  • Mineral Hot Springs of Tabacon
  • Arenal hanging bridges
  • Twilight Safari Float
  • Costa Rican cooking class
  • Visiting a coffee plantation
  • Monteverde cloud forest walk
  • Boating on a river filled with crocodiles
  • Manuel Antonio National Park with a naturalist guide
  • Snorkeling in the sparkling Pacific Ocean
  • A private Manuel Antonio ocean cruise
  • Learning about Costa Rica's history during the tour of San Jose
What Makes This Trip Special  
  • Accommodation at exclusive, centrally located hotels throughout the tour
  • Inclusion of most meals, with drinks
  • Professional, local adventure and naturalist guides throughout the tour
  • Experienced Tour Director throughout the tour
  • Exclusive experiences, not available to larger groups
  • A small group of maximum 16 women
  • No forced shopping

I loved Costa Rica!  I've been there before, and this tour was so much more enjoyable.  It included nature walks and adventures like zip lining, but also comfortable resort-like hotels with pools to relax in.  I appreciate the wonderful hotels and restaurants you find for us as well as the wide variety of activities. – Kathy from Ohio

This was a fabulous trip! The people in Costa Rica are very friendly and go out of their way to please you. Food was fabulous! Very happy with Sights and Soul. So glad I did this trip! One of my top 5 trips so far! – Lynn from Ohio

Holding a baby sloth and handfeeding hummingbirds, seeing whales were the highlights. The zipline and crocodile tour were an adrenaline rush. Also the group of women were awesome! – Stephanie from British Columbia

My worries about traveling alone are over! I can see the world now, with women like myself and Tour Leaders who are dedicated to the safety and experience of the travelers. – Wendy from Virginia

S+S runs a great tour company. I always tell people how carefully they select guides, hotels, restaurants, businesses, etc. I felt totally safe with your company, and I know you will always strive to do your best, you have a good balance of various activities and something for every interest. Bravo, S+S! - Kathleen from Washington

As always, traveling with Sights and Soul is a wonderful, almost hassle-free way of experiencing new destination, as well as meeting new friends. - Denise from Indiana

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Why travel with other women?
Many women do not have families or compatible friends who wish to travel. When going on a main-stream tour, women often find that most activities are geared towards couples and quite often they feel left out. Singles' tours are not always what women are looking for. If you do not have a traveling companion, there is also the issue of the expensive "single supplement", sometimes as much as 50 or even 100 percent of the tour cost. By going on women-only tours, women can easily avoid paying for the single supplement by sharing a room with another woman traveler.
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