Best of Costa Rica

Lush rain forests, exotic creatures, palm-fringed beaches…

Travel from coast to coast and experience teeming waterfalls, cloud forests, volcanoes and steaming thermal springs… Join our very own Costa Rica expert, Maxine Monk, on this deluxe, fully escorted adventure of a lifetime as she returns to this unspoiled paradise. Maxine loves to share her knowledge of the wildlife, ecology and culture of Costa Rica. You have to join her!

Meet Maxine

Our Costa Rica Expert

To say Maxine is passionate about Costa Rica is an understatement. “I have visited this paradise more than 40 times since 2001. I love it so much, I now live part of the year here,” she says. Maxine has designed and escorted Costa Rican getaways for individuals, families, school and senior groups. After more than 20 years as a Maritime Travel agent, Maxine thought she’d take a break from leading Costa Rica tours. “I couldn’t stay away. I miss it too much. The fun, the new friendships, the camaraderie, and of course, the country itself.” Join Maxine for a true insider’s experience of Costa Rica.

Contact your Travel Advisor for more information & to book!

February 10 – 26, 2025

$6,899 CAD
Taxes Included!
Per person. Twin Share. Land only.
$2,400 single supplement.

Travel: 17 days, 16 nights
Max 20 guests
Accommodations: 16 nights accommodation, including 3-day Secluded Deluxe Beachfront Resort Stay
Meals: 16 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 10 dinners

“We had a wonderful trip, exploring all the different regions of Costa Rica and getting to see the country as it really is and not just from a resort. It was excellent in all aspects and Maxine Monk is a true gem! Thanks again for a trip of a lifetime!” – 2024 Guest


  • 16 nights accommodation, including 3-day Secluded Deluxe Beachfront Resort Stay
  • 16 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 10 dinners
  • English-speaking private guide, driver, naturalist guides.
  • All land transportation in private a/c coach; all transfers
  • Coffee & Pineapple Plantation
  • Poas Volcano & La Paz Waterfall Gardens tours
  • Boat tour of Tortuguero National Park & Nicoya Peninsula ferry crossing
  • Turtle Museum visit & Community Service Project in Tortuguero
  • Caribbean Rainforest Aerial Tram
  • Local Community Interaction & “Biological Corridor” lecture in Sarapiqui
  • Primary Forest & Cloudforest Suspension Bridges hikes (easy)
  • Hotsprings visit
  • San Jose City tour including National Theatre & Pre-Columbian Gold Museum
  • Includes gratuities for private guide & driver and bottled water each travel day
  • Fun, laughs, and memories to last a lifetime


Monday, February 10 – Travel to San Jose, capital of Costa Rica. After clearing customs and immigration and claiming your luggage, you will be met outside by Maxine and transferred to HOTEL STUDIO BOUTIQUE (2NT), located in Santa Ana, 15km from the airport and 12km from downtown. The hotel features beautiful Costa Rican and international art and views of the surrounding Central Valley. In order to arrive in time for orientation, participants should book flights that arrive in San Jose no later than 2:00pm. Tonight, we enjoy a Welcome Dinner and meet our guide, driver and travelling companions. D

Tuesday, February 11 – Following breakfast, our adventure begins with a visit to POAS VOLCANO NATIONAL PARK. Experience a great view of the Central Valley and stunning pastoral scenes along the way. Poas Volcano is active and has one of the largest craters in the world. Because it is in the cloudforest, it can rain and be cold here so bring a sweater and a poncho or rain jacket, wear closed -toe shoes and long pants. Our next stop will be a visit to DOKA COFFEE ESTATE located in the foothills of Poas Volcano. This is a UNESCO World Heritage Site where we will experience firsthand how a choice bean is transformed into our morning cup of coffee. We then continue our adventure as we travel to LA PAZ WATERFALL GARDENS AND PARK, a private animal sanctuary with over 100 species of rescued animals. We will hike with our guide along the La Paz River past five amazing waterfalls and enjoy a delicious Costa Rican lunch prior to visiting the exciting areas of this park located in a cloud forest and rainforest setting. You will not want to miss the butterfly observatory, hummingbird gardens, and much more. Dinner is on your own tonight. B L

Wednesday & Thursday, February 12 & 13 – We begin our adventure today with a drive through scenic and mystical BRAULIO CARRILLO NATIONAL PARK, with cascading waterfalls set amidst Jurassic Park-like jungle. Crossing the Continental Divide to the Caribbean side of the country, we continue on past banana plantations to board our boat and travel along rivers and canals through jungle waterways to PACHIRA LODGE (2NT) Located in the middle of TORTUGUERO’s tropical forest, you will be in the heart of nature at it’s very best! Being awakened at 5:25am by howler monkeys in the trees directly above you is an experience you will never forget. This is considered one of Costa Rica’s most exotic areas and accessible only by boat or plane. While here, we will enjoy guided boat tours through striking canals of TORTUGUERO NATIONAL PARK. We might find spider, howler and white-faced Capuchin monkeys swinging through the trees, as well as hundreds of bird species and wildlife including tiger herons, macaws, boas, crocodiles, caimans, bats, iguanas and more. Rain jackets or ponchos and insect repellant are necessary for this tour. During our stay we will stroll through tiny TORTUGUERO VILLAGE, visit the TURTLE MUSEUM to learn about the conservation of the green sea turtle, and during a short beach hike, take part in a community service project by cleaning a portion of one of the most important nesting beaches for marine turtles in the world. B L D (each day)

Friday, February 14 – Following breakfast, we traverse the canals and rivers to continue our adventure. We will meet up with our coach and driver and enjoy a typical lunch in GUAPILES, then continue on to experience the CARIBBEAN RAINFOREST AERIAL TRAM. We will travel through 2.6km of rainforest from forest floor to tree tops, accompanied by our own naturalist guide. Following this, we travel to SARAPIQUI region and check in to SELVA VERDE LODGE AND RAINFOREST RESERVE (3NT), located in the lush lowlands of the north-central area of Costa Rica. Fauna such as keel-billed toucans, great green macaws, sloths and howler monkeys can be spotted in the lodge area so be ready and do not miss the experience of walking together with thousands of other species! Tonight we will enjoy a special group Valentine’s Dinner in LA TERRAZA RESTAURANT. B L D

Saturday, February 15 – Free morning to relax, take an early morning hike with our guide, enjoy the pool, hike lodge trails or take a local tour. Midday we will take part in a “CHARLA”. What better way to learn about rural community life than to visit a home and meet a member of that community. We will visit a local casa and discover how a Tico family makes cheese and “arepas”. We will have the opportunity to ask questions about life in this area. This project is arranged by SCLC, (Sarapiqui Conservation Learning Centre) located on the lodge property. We will have the opportunity to donate school supplies to local schools in the area during this visit. Following dinner, you might choose to explore the rainforest on a night walk with our guide. B L D

Sunday, February 16 – Following breakfast, we will visit THE BEST PINEAPPLE TOUR – Ever! This is a fun-filled, insightful experience that you will not soon forget! Not only will you learn all about the history and growing process and how to choose the best pineapple in the store, you will taste the fruit straight from the field! Maikol’s passion for his plantation and his amusing anecdotes, makes the tour informative and fun!! Prior to dinner this evening, we will attend a lecture on Biological Corridor.” B L D

Monday, February 17 – Following breakfast we will cross the Sarapiqui River to enter the PRIMARY FOREST RESERVE – the lodge’s old growth and secondary forest, to observe this unique ecosystem with a naturalist guide. This is an easy hike and you need to wear closed-toe shoes and insect repellant and bring a rain jacket or poncho. After lunch we will travel towards the northern region and one of the most famous volcanoes in the country. The major attractions here are the splendid ARENAL VOLCANO and man-made LAKE ARENAL. It’s an exciting destination for nature lovers and explorers with loads of adventure activities for all levels. We will stop at the picturesque town of LA FORTUNA, a great place to take photos and shop for snacks, before making our way up the mountain to ARENAL OBSERVATORY LODGE (2NT). Boasting impressive views of the volcano and lake, this hotel is the only one within ARENAL NATIONAL PARK. After settling in to our “rooms with a view” enjoy the lodge surrounded by the wonders of the rainforest. Dinner is on your own this evening. B L

Tuesday, February 18 – Are you an early riser? Our alarm clock this morning might be a
Howler Monkey or a Montezuma Oropendula bird. Enjoy breakfast overlooking the lake and viewing the mighty volcano. The morning is free. You might wish to spend an hour with our guide, hiking the trails around the lodge or choose to explore on your own. Later afternoon, we visit ECOTERMALES HOTSPRINGS and escape into this family owned natural paradise, surrounded by the tropical rainforest with views of the impressive Arenal Volcano. Enjoy time bathing in the hot springs, strolling through the lush tropical gardens of this secret paradise or sipping a cool drink at the pool bar. Water sandals (not flip-flops) are necessary for this hot springs activity. You will have time to enjoy all this before savouring a dinner highlighting the art of Costa Rican cuisine. Lunch is on your own. B D

Wednesday, February 19 – Today, following breakfast, we journey to the beautiful and mystical area of MONTEVERDE, where trees grow to heights of more than 100 feet! Enjoy the view as we transition from rainforest to cloudforest. We will be amazed by the emerald-green foliage and the symphony sung by Monteverde’s animal kingdom. We will arrive at FICUS SUNSET SUITES HOTEL (2NT). Located in the heart of Monteverde and within walking distance from the small town of SANTA ELENA, you will find great local restaurants, shops and a grocery store close by. Enjoy a free afternoon to explore. Later view amazing sunsets and breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean. Enjoy a group dinner tonight in a local restaurant within walking distance from our hotel. Lunch is on your own. B D

Thursday, February 20 – Following breakfast, we head to SELVATURA HANGING BRIDGES – a reserve that abounds with wonderful trails, suspension bridges, and outstanding natural areas. Count on up-close encounters of Costa Rica’s famous forest ecosystems and possible close encounters with cloudforest inhabitants. If we are fortunate, we may spy the “resplendant quetzal” bird – the wish of many travellers who venture here. This is an easy hike and you need to wear closed-toe shoes and insect repellant and bring a rain jacket or poncho. The afternoon and evening are free. Lunch and dinner are on your own. B

Friday, February 21 – This morning we leave the mountains of Monteverde Cloudforest behind us and journey west and south to the Pan American Highway (longest highway in the world) towards the Central Pacific, home to beautiful beaches, national parks and refuges. The region is home to many ecosystems that serve as habitat for numerous plant and animal species, many of which reside protected within wildlife reserves. Many activities here involve sun, sand, nature, adventure, relaxation, and water sports. Destination – the NICOYA PENINSULA, separated from the mainland of Costa Rica by the GULF OF NICOYA. We will cross the FRIENDSHIP BRIDGE (gift from Taiwan) and continue on to TANGO MAR BEACHFRONT SPA & GOLF RESORT (3 NT). This intimate and exclusive small, deluxe resort, located on a 150- acre private beachfront reserve, offers the ultimate relaxation escape or an active eco- vacation. Tango Mar is the recipient of the Costa Rican Ecological Blue Flag Certification award. Guests here have access to a world of fascinating and exciting soft and adrenaline-rush activities:horseback riding, kayaking, canopy zip lining, hiking, bird watching, golf, incredible sunset cruises, nature and ecological tours to nature wildlife reserves including CURU BIOLOGICAL NATURE RESERVE or POCHOTE MANGROVE ESTUARY TOUR. This is the time to relax, enjoy the beach and pools or check out the area and get rested for our journey back to reality! A group dinner is included tonight in the restaurant overlooking the stunning Pacific Ocean. Lunch is on your own today. B D

Saturday & Sunday, February 22 & 23 – Two days at leisure to enjoy the resort. Our guide and driver will be available for local excursions. Lunch and dinner are on your own. B

Monday, February 24 – Today we will return to the mainland and the CENTRAL VALLEY via ferry from PAQUERA port on the Nicoya Peninsula to PUNTARENAS port on the Central Pacific. The 70 minute crossing is scenic and relaxing with great views of the gulf and the small islands, some inhabited by colonies of seabirds, another, SAN LUCAS – a formerly penal colony. Next, we are off to SARCHI, Costa Rica’s main artisan town. The brightly painted oxcarts that you noticed around the country are made here. We will visit the oxcart factory and see Guinness Book of World Records “largest oxcart in the world.” This is the ideal place to purchase those last-minute gifts. Finally, we journey on to San Jose and check in to CROWNE PLAZA SAN JOSE COROBICI, (2NT) – located 15 minutes from the airport and 5 minutes from downtown. Enjoy your hotel for our final two nights in Costa Rica. Lunch and dinner are on your own today. B

Tuesday, February 25 – This morning, following breakfast, our guide will show us the culture, history and architecture of San Jose. We will begin with a tour of the downtown and surrounding area, including residential areas and SABANA PARK, location of the first international airport. We will visit the beautiful NATIONAL THEATRE and the impressive PRE-COLUMBIAN GOLD MUSEUM. Following lunch downtown we will return to our hotel. Tonight we will gather together at FUJI RESTAURANT, located in our hotel, for a farewell dinner. Be prepared for an evening of fun as we raise a glass to shared experiences with new friends and bid “adios” and “pura vida” to our guide and driver. Lunch is on your own today. B D

Wednesday, February 26 – Departure day. Following breakfast, there will be transfers to the airport for your flights home unless you are choosing to extend your stay. Your adventure completed, you will have to agree that Costa Rica is an ecological wonderland and everything in this tiny country is indeed a natural wonder! B


Term & Conditions: *Some itinerary details are subject to change. Price is per person based on double occupancy. Cancellation Policy: Once full payment has been received, the tour is considered non-cancellable. Deposit of $1,000 per person required at time of booking. Deposit is fully refundable if tour does not occur. Full payment is required on December 2, 2024. Minimum number of 14 bookings required to guarantee departure.

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