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1. Posted by travelover (Respected Member 494 posts) 16y Star this if you like it!

Does anyone know of any good trips to Costa Rica based on exploration?

2. Posted by IMonaghan (Respected Member 431 posts) 16y Star this if you like it!

what do you want to do while you're there? I have spent a good amount of time in Costa Rica on the Pacific Side and Central CR... What kind of trip are you looking for?

3. Posted by travelover (Respected Member 494 posts) 16y Star this if you like it!

I want to go to Costa Rica to do something alond the lines of an eco-tour. The one thing I HAVE to see is the Monteverde Cloud Forest (which is so beautiful in pics!!!) and I also like some of the activities such as the canopy adventures and repelling down waterfalls.

My problem is I want to find a planned trip that I can go on without forming my own group, because I cannot find people to accompany me on this trip (for monetary and interest reasons -- no one I know seems to want to spend the money to have an adventure!). The one company I looked at that seemed to cover everything I wanted to do was International Adventures and the problem with them is that you have to form your own travel group.
So my question is, does anyone know of a travel group that specializes in Costa Rican Adventures, that satisfies the following criteria:

1. A trip to the Monteverde Cloud Forest
2. Adventures such as canopy tours
3. Relatively inexpensive (somewhere around 2000$-2500$ CDN)

I would really appreciate any info!

One more thing, something really important for me is safety. I would definitely not sacrifice safety (accomodations, non-corrupt tours ) for price. I will definitely pay for a quality trip!

4. Posted by IMonaghan (Respected Member 431 posts) 16y Star this if you like it!

Hmm.. sadly I'd be of very little help to you as I personally haven't been on a guided tour in many many years. Have you thought of the idea of going on your own with a list of things to do and just kinda winging it? I mean you can find Hotels around Costa Rica for 15 usd a night or so... and take a bus across the country or anywhere in it for under 10 usd... Just a thought...
I have some good friends in a town there called Palmalres though... I will email them and ask them if they know any good tour companies for you

5. Posted by travelover (Respected Member 494 posts) 16y Star this if you like it!

Thanks a lot! I really appreciate it!

6. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 16y Star this if you like it!

Hey travelover!

I travelled for three weeks in Costa Rica last/this year. I was with a group of friends but we travelled like IMonaghan suggests. Mostly independent. Especially the bus was easy, just need to keep an eye on your luggage :) It is a dirt cheap way of travelling and gets you where you need to be quickly and on time.

One thing we did do though that might be interesting to you is book a few 2/3 days tours from San Jose. This was primarily for the first 3 days and the last 3 and worked out very well. They could have been booked if it was just one person as well. The tours were mainly a way of getting to areas that would otherwise have cost us a lot of time to sort out. We booked through Ecole Travel (that's all I can remember) which is owned by some dutch people who moved to CR over 20 years ago. All their tours were run by Costa Ricans which was great.

Getting tours to Monteverde will be no problem. It is one of the more popular destinations and you can book that from San Jose, probably even from your hostel in San Jose.... assuming that is where you arrive. And it is as good as in the pics in real life. To see most of the wildlife going with a guide really helps, we did a night tour with and a day tour without. Nothing on the daytour, during the night tour all kinds of things. These can also be booked locally in Monteverde by the way (which is what we did) ... which is about 6/7 hours by bus from SJ if I recal correctly. El Arenal is also pretty spectacular. There is something about watching lava coming out of a volcano which is exciting. There was a nice boat/4wd trip between Monteverde and El Arenal which was also very cheap. Another thing I really liked was our time up in Rincon de la Vieja. Some great hiking and remote waterfalls to walk to.

Besides that, CR offers plenty in the way of adventure; white water rafting, repelling etc. etc. Montezuma is also well worth the visit.

Considering I could go on and on... I kept a diary while I was there that covers EVERYTHING we did in Costa Rica and what we thought about it at the time. It's public so just click on my username and the link to my diary...


ps. if you have any specific questions, just post them here; I will be back...

7. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 16y Star this if you like it!

One other thing, have you checked out the tours area here at

There are quite a few in Costa Rica and especially starting in San Jose. It will help you get a good idea of what is available, if nothing else.



8. Posted by IMonaghan (Respected Member 431 posts) 16y Star this if you like it!

Unfortunately I haven't heard back from my friends in CR yet, but I did want to suggest going to Arenal while you are there. It is a very active volcano not too far away from the cloud forest and some of the more popular canopy tours.

It is very worth it. Some of my best memories of CR is sitting around the base of the Volcano with my friends there telling stories and watching the Volcano erupt at night... It's quite a sight to see.

9. Posted by ksvarhely (Budding Member 10 posts) 16y Star this if you like it!

HAve you gone yet? we went this summer for 3 weeks and did all the stuff you were mentioning. if you have not gone yet and still want tips, i have some good ones on where to stay and what to do and not do- let me know-


10. Posted by travelover (Respected Member 494 posts) 16y Star this if you like it!

I actually have not gone yet. I was hoping to have enough money to go this summer! I would love some advice on places to stay and things to do! Thanks a lot!

Tam :)