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Classic Costa Rica Away From the Crowds

Swap the tourist trail for our peaceful path through Costa Rica, with all the coffee fincas, volcano views, misty forests and jungle-fringed beaches you could wish for.

Our mission here is to take all the elements of a 'classic Costa Rica' and move it far off the tourist trail. Instead of the quad bikes of Monteverde, you have blissfully peaceful cloud forest where quetzals are often seen. Manuel Antonio's crowded paths are replaced with rich Caribbean culture and lush wild beaches. You can still visit Arenal on the way through, but our brilliant base is far away from its maddening crowds.

Let us take care of the logistics and the driving, you just enjoy everything we love about Costa Rica's quieter side.

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Itinerary

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Day 1 - Head for the coffee hills

Your trip begins with a warm welcome and a short journey up into the hills above San José. Your first two nights are spent on Teri and Glenn's beautiful coffee farm and luxury inn.
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Day 2 - Explore rich highland culture with your guide

A relaxed morning strolling around the finca is just the tonic today. The views are wide and wonderful, the bird life bountiful. Later head out for a cultural introduction to the highlands.
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Day 3 - Move on to the volcanic north

Your first transfer takes you into the bucolic north, where great volcanoes rise. But rather than the crowds and commercialism of Arenal, your lodge is tucked away in quiet countryside.
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Day 4 - Explore hanging bridges or enjoy a safari float

You have a choice of guided activities today - explore the famous hanging bridges at a quieter time, or float along a peaceful wildlife-rich river on an inflatable raft with small electric motors.
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Day 5 - Settle into the Nicoya Peninsula

Your next base is a laid-back village on the coast, full of 'Tico' character. Stroll out for a lingering lunch with your toes in the sand, and watch the sun go down from a gently swaying hammock.
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Day 6 - Stroll through a wildlife refuge

As well as being the ideal place to unwind, your hotel has its own nature reserve where you might spot howler monkeys, anteaters, coatis, raccoons, iguanas and myriad birds and insects.
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Day 7 - Make time for turtles

You can take a boat to snorkel with sea turtles here, and timed right, you may even be able to see turtles nest or hatch on the beach. One Pura Aventura guest got up at 4:30am to get this photo!

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Your Accommodation

You have some truly great places to stay, from a luxury inn on a coffee estate to beautiful B&Bs by the beach; a peaceful cloud forest retreat to an off-grid ecolodge that produces its own artisan chocolate.

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Unforgettable Experiences

The price here includes a raft of guided activities, including wildlife-watching, a safari float, coffee and cacao farm tours with tasting sessions, cultural visits and Costa Rica's very best white-water rafting.

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Award-winning Sustainability

This trip produces 2.7 tonnes of CO2 per person, from the UK and back. Our award-winning Travel Positive action is to mitigate 4.3 tonnes (160%) at a brilliant community reforestation project in Central America.