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2017 Costa Rica: Natural Parks & Tropical Forests

Costa Rica: San José, San Carlos, Arenal, Monteverde, Manuel Antonio, San Gerardo de Dota

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13 Days from only $3195 including international airfare

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Costa Rican Rodeo

Get an up-close-and-personal feel for the people at a Costa Rican rodeo; both those there to watch and those participating.

Courtesy David Conover
The Squirrel Monkey of Costa Rica

Learn why locals are striving to protect Costa Rica’s population of squirrel monkeys.

Courtesy Franck Pinel
Pura Vida

Let this impressionistic film give you a sense of everyday life for Costa Rica’s people, rain forests, and beaches.

Courtesy Sebastien Duhem
Drone de Costa Rica

Get a bird’s-eye view of Costa Rica’s misty rain forests and verdant hills in this film.

Courtesy of Mitch Hanley
Profiles in Process : Soyla Figuerero - Crafting a Cigar, or “Puro”

Watch a Cuban expatriate living in Costa Rica handcraft cigars from different varieties of tobacco leaves.

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Find the Adventure That’s Right for You

Our Activity Level rating system ranks adventures on a scale of 1 to 5 to help you determine if a trip is right for you. See the descriptions below for more information about the physical requirements associated with each rating.

Activity Level 1:

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Easy

Travelers should be able to climb 25 stairs consecutively, plus walk at least 1-2 miles over some uneven surfaces without difficulty. Walks typically last at least 1-2 hours at a time. Altitude can range from zero to 5,000 feet.

Activity Level 2:

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Moderately Easy

Travelers should be able to climb 40 stairs consecutively, plus walk at least 2-3 miles over some uneven surfaces without difficulty. Walks typically last for at least 2-3 hours at a time. Altitude can range from zero to 5,000 feet.

Activity Level 3:

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Moderate

Travelers should be able to climb 60 stairs consecutively, plus walk at least 3 miles over some steep slopes and loose or uneven surfaces without difficulty. Walks typically last for 3 or more hours at a time. Altitude can range from 5,000 to 7,000 feet.

Activity Level 4:

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Moderately Strenuous

Travelers should be able to climb 80 stairs consecutively, plus walk at least 4 miles over some steep slopes and loose or uneven surfaces without difficulty. Walks typically last for 4 or more hours at a time. Altitude can range from 7,000 to 9,000 feet.

Activity Level 5:

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Strenuous

Travelers should be able to climb 100 or more stairs consecutively, plus walk at least 8 miles over some steep slopes and loose or uneven surfaces without difficulty. Walks typically last for 4 or more hours at a time. Altitude can range from 10,000 feet or more.

Facts & Figures

Get to know more about the places you’re visiting on this trip—from common languages and religions, to time zones, geography, and more.

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  • Area: 19,929 square miles

    Capital:  San José

    Languages: Spanish is the official language; English is also spoken.

    Ethnicity: Mestizo, European, K’iche, Kaqchikel, Mam, Q’eqchi, and indigenous.

    Location: Costa Rica is bordered by Nicaragua, Panama, the Pacific Ocean, and the Caribbean Sea.

    Geography: Costa Rica has very little flat land. The plains along the Pacific and Caribbean coasts are characterized by tropical forests and beaches. The interior of the country is mountainous and precipitous.

    Population: 4,576,563

    Religions: Catholic (76%), Evangelical (14%), other denominations (Methodist, Jewish, etc.) (10%)

    Time zone: Costa Rica is on Central Standard Time, one hour behind U.S. EST. When it is 6am in New York, it is 5am in José.

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