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Greeks to Costa Rica: New Year's Celebration

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  • Day 1: The Adventure Begins

    Welcome to San José, Costa Rica, the cultural and political capital of this vibrant, thriving nation. Crack open a coconut and crank up the calypso music, you’re about to get tropical for the next 10 days.

    Today's Highlights:

    • Meet a trip representative at the airport
    • Transfer to your accommodation in San José via private coach
    • Receive the latest schedule and trip updates from your Tour Director
    • Greet other travelers as they arrive
  • Day 2: Hike La Fortuna Waterfall + Kayak on Lake Arenal

    The rainforest is filled with secrets and today you get to be its closest confidant as it spills the beans on all of its mysterious landforms, wildlife, and people. Keep an open ear and open eyes (but preferably not open-toed shoes) as you hike, swim, and kayak around the Arenal Region.

    Today's Highlights:

    • Hike (don’t chase) the La Fortuna Waterfall, one of the most spectacular sights in Central America.
    • Cool off with a swim in the waterfall’s plunge pool, then heat back up in the nearby hot springs.
    • Consider purchasing volcano insurance on your future Costa Rican lake house as you kayak and swim the pristine waters of Lake Arenal and take in views of the surrounding (now-dormant) magma-makers.
    • Catch sights of the can’t-miss national bird, the Quetzal. Seriously, you won’t miss these colors, even in the rainforest.

    In the evening, it’s time for your Welcome Mixer. Enjoy appetizers and drinks with fellow travelers at an authentic local spot. Afterwards, you’re free to take the party elsewhere!

  • Day 3: Free Day in Arenal + White Water Rafting Excursion

    Wake up and smell the extremely high quality Costa Rican coffee. Once you’re nicely caffeinated (trust us, one whiff of this stuff is enough) take the day to swim, explore, and enjoy the beautiful volcano-lined skyline of inner-Costa Rica. And, hey, if that coffee has you feeling ambitious, opt in for a day of white water rafting (lunch included).

    Today's Highlights:

    • Take a wade on the wild side with a white water rafting adventure—an excursion both suitable and thrilling no matter your experience-level.
    • Enjoy the crazy-vibrant flora of the Arenal Region.
    • Be prepared to find out why, exactly, they call it the rainforest. Hint: it’s right there in the name.

    White Water Rafting (extra cost)

    Give your legs a break during an adrenaline-pumping Arve river adventure. Hop in a raft with a local river guide, and work together to navigate the rapids. Experience Alpine wilderness from a new perspective.

    Why wait? Save money by booking this optional excursion before your trip departs.

  • Day 4: Travel to Monteverde + Night Hike

    Monteverde is the jumping off point for Costa Rica’s surreal cloud forests. After a morning bus ride from Arenal, the day is yours to explore village life, but remember to stay limber for tomorrow’s ziplining.

    Today's Highlights:

    • Board your bus bound for the village of Monteverde—founded originally as a Quaker settlement (yes, the very same Quakers from your oats).
    • Remember to pop some Lactaid—the Quakers of Monteverde make drool-inducing cheese that puts Wisconsin to shame.
    • Take some free time in the village to explore its quaint amenities, including channeling your inner Bruce Wayne at the Bat Museum.
    • Switch on your headlamp and bid good riddance to daytime with an optional night hike through the rainforest and surrounding area.

    Monteverde Night Hike (extra cost)

    Hit the trails when the sun goes down. Follow your guide to see Monteverde after-dark, and listen up as they point out nocturnal critters like armadillos, silky anteaters, and even cute little kinkajous.

    Why wait? Save money by booking this optional excursion before your trip departs.

  • Day 5: Explore the Santa Elena Cloud Forest

    Today, you’ll experience a whole different rainforest habitat: the Santa Elena Cloud Forest. High altitude and moisture (12 feet of rain per year) combine to make this a one-of-a-kind ecosystem—oh, and did we mention there’s ziplining?

    Today's Highlights:

    • Find out what clouds are really made of as you walk through them—yes, through them— in the densely vegetated, misty trails of the Costa Rican rainforest.
    • Yell “Geronimo!” as you soar high above the rainforest canopy, zooming from one platform to the next at speeds of up to 60 mph.
    • Admire the nearly 500 breeds of orchid from afar, no matter how tempting it may be to salsa dance with one in your ear.
    • Try an Imperial, the national beer of Costa Rica, back in Monteverde, as the town turns up for the night.
  • Day 6: Beach Day in Puntarenas + New Year's Eve Celebration

    Ever have a Costa Rican massage? No, it’s not a relaxing 60-minute session with Toucan-scented essential oils. It’s what visitors sometimes refer to a bumpy bus ride in rural areas as (don’t worry, it’s fun). Today you’ll knead those knots out on your trip from Monteverde to Puntarenas for a little beachside R&R.

    Today's Highlights:

    • Board your bus from Monteverde to Puntarenas.
    • Trade leafy greens for sandy scenes and relax on the beach at Playa Mantas.
    • Take that <i>Pura Vida</i> attitude out to sea with some stand-up paddleboarding at the beach.
    • Congratulate yourself for swimming in the Pacific Ocean—a feat that practically makes you Lewis & Clark.
    • Celebrate New Year's Eve in Puntarenas.
  • Day 7: Explore Manuel Antonio National Park + Beach Time

    Some people need to be near mountains. Some people need to be near the beach. Some people are swamp people—but we won’t get into that now. Manuel Antonio National Park somehow has both (mountains and beaches, not swamps). See Costa Rica’s most-beautiful, most-visited national park today up close and personal.

    Today's Highlights:

    • Trek through cliff-side rainforest in order to soak up the sun at the two main immaculate white-sand beaches of the park: Espadilla Sur Beach and Playa Manuel Antonio.
    • Keep an ear out for howler monkeys, the only land animal louder than your 8am Calculus professor.
    • Try and take a selfie with a wild two-toed or three-toed sloth. Don’t worry if it takes a minute to get the perfect shot, they don’t move very fast.
    • Spot other amazing animals like capuchins, coati, dolphins, iguanas, and the common basilisk (feel free to look these in the eyes, Harry Potter fans).
  • Day 8: Free Day in Quepos + Catamaran Cruise

    Quepos may be small, but it makes up for it in spirit. Today is yours to explore the tiny town, consider grabbing a Gauro Sour (the national drink made from distilled sugar cane), or heading down to the docks to hear the fishermen swap sport fishing stories.

    Today's Highlights:

    • Practice your “laid-back” pose. Maybe move that elbow down a bit. Put those sunglasses on. Yeah that’s it. Now you’re relaxing in Quepos.
    • Take your sea legs out of storage for an optional catamaran voyage around the Pacific coastline.
    • Chow down at a soda—you heard that correctly. Costa Rican lunch cafés are called sodas, and they’re an absolutely delicious way to eat authentically and affordably.

    Costa Rican Catamaran Cruise (extra cost)

    Cruise on a catamaran through the Pacific Ocean, kick back and admire the coastline, and try and spot manta rays, reef sharks, sea turtles, and even dolphins in the crystal clear waters.

    Why wait? Save money by booking this optional excursion before your trip departs.

  • Day 9: Travel to San José via Sarchi

    On your way back to San José, stop in Sarchi for a guided tour of a coffee plantation. Toast your trip goodbye with your Farewell Dinner, then time for dancing, drinks, or creating a detailed scrapbook of your time in Costa Rica—however you see fit to wish your time in paradise goodbye.

    Today's Highlights:

    • Stop off in Sarchi for a coffee plantation tour on your way back to San José.
    • Watch as the little red berries become morning buzz brew right before your eyes.
    • Salivate as the final product is roasted and brewed, then sample the freshest coffee of your life, and give in to the caffeine-induced feeling of invincibility.
    • Swap phone numbers, Instagram follows, email addresses, AIM screen-names—whatever it takes to make your time with your Costa Rican travel BFFs feel like “see you soon,” not “goodbye forever.”

    Farewell Dinner

    Share some last laughs (and maybe shed a few tears) at an included farewell dinner with the group.

  • Day 10: Fly Home

    ¡Adiós, amigos!

    Translation: Goodbye, friends. Your next destination awaits—home. Before you head to the airport, enjoy your last few moments together. Take one more group photo. Grab that final drink. (Fine, maybe a couple of drinks.) But this isn’t goodbye. It’s “See you later.” The only question is, <i>where?</i>



    1. Double the fun

    A lot of our trips line up back to back! Give us a call—we can help you add another and save big while you're at it.

    2. Go ahead or stay behind

    Extending your trip is easy! During checkout, you'll have the option to fly to (or from) the gateway of your choice for an additional fee. We'll adjust your flights accordingly, but you'll be responsible to take care of your transportation, hotels, and other logistics outside of tour.

    Note: Depending on your desired gateways, additional fees may apply.

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Overall rating: 5 out of 5
Based on 2 authentic traveler reviews
  • Loved it!

      Sydney, traveled May. 2021

    I absolutely loved traveling around Costa Rica with EF and my tour director Johnathan! Every time I travel with EF it keeps getting better and better! Everything was so easy and stress free.

  • Mary #2 review :)

      Mary, traveled May. 2021

    Our tour guide john and bus driver luis were the best and made all of us feel so safe and looked after. 10/10 would do again with them at my side. If I had to change anything however it would be. the paddle boarding activity. Although being on the beach was nice I have done paddle boarding in the US and would rather have an activity more unique to the settin... See more

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