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Costa Rica is hot. Almost 30 percent of the country’s surface consists of protected jungle, one of the results of 40 years of consistent reforestation. In addition, Costa Rica abolished its army in 1948 and its energy supply has been 98% renewable for the past 6 years. The United Nations declared Costa Rica the ‘greenest country in the world’ in September 2019.
The Costa Rican jungle is teeming with wildlife. Your Green Circle Experience will offer you unrivalled opportunities to enjoy Costa Rica’s abundant flora and fauna wherever you go. Sloths, monkeys, crocodiles, toucans, turtles…..You can spot them anywhere and the Costa Rican nature is often very accessible. With or without a guide.
Costa Rica truly is a little paradise. And it is our responsibility to keep it that way. If you choose to book our Green Circle Experience, you choose to support that goal. But you also choose to live your dream in an unprecedented way.
It is with great pleasure that we have started working on a customized travel quote for you. Are you ready for the adventure?
On the map above, you can see the itinerary. You can click on the flags for more information. Make sure to scroll down this page for that same information. Below the itinerary, you will find important additional information and a photo impression.
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The first destination is Alajuela. Here you will start your journey in style at boutique hotel Villa San Ignacio. At the pool in the beautiful tropical garden, you can relax after the long flight. Order a delicious cocktail or some coffee and enjoy your first day in Costa Rica.
Do you feel like exploring the area? You can visit a coffee factory or go on a chocolate tour, as well, from the hotel it is not far to the volcano Poás.
Our driver will wait for you for a 7 km / 4,5 miles drive to the hotel.
To support Costa Rica's mission to become fully carbon neutral, you ll make the Green Circle Experience Tour in a fully electric SUV with a maximum range of 400 km.
It is the BYD Yuan, a compact 5-door car suitable for 2 adults and 2 kids with stackable luggage (bags instead of suitcases).
- Free recharge with 100% renewable energy at the Green Circle hotels
- Wifi in the car
- Air conditioning
The next destination is Sarapiquí. In recent years, this region has become increasingly popular with travelers looking for authentic Costa Rica, without mass tourism.
You will be staying at Hacienda La Isla, a stylish sustainable oasis of calm and the very friendly Belgian owner will give you a warm welcome. He loves to take you on a very interesting (and especially delicious!) cocoa tour on their own cocoa plantation. During the tour, you will be taken through the history and learn how chocolate is made. Tasting is of course necessary! If you want to taste even more culture, you can join an indigenous cooking class for dinner.
Lovers of frogs and birds will have a great time at the nearby Frog’s, Heaven. Also, at the hotel, you can go bird watching with a guide. As well, we recommend walking through the private jungle reserve of the Tirimbina nature reserve, or the Selva Verde biological center. At night, you can discover what lives in the jungle in the dark, accompanied by a guide from the hotel.
If you feel like more adventure, then you can go rafting (up to category 4) on the Sarapiquí river. There are also sections where you can take a quiet boat trip in search of howler monkeys and caimans.
Today you will head deeper into nature. After you arrive at, Maquenque Ecolodge you will hop on a boat that will drop you off at the other side of the river at the Ecolodge. Here you will be surrounded by lush nature and hospitality.
The lodge is owned by the Artavia family, they are Costa Rican cattle farmers who gave their land back to nature. They aim to operate in synergy with nature and preserve the area for future generations. That is why we are proud to call them members of the Green Circle.
The hotel is located in a wonderful area, and you are in the middle of lush green nature. The tours you can make around the lodge are beautiful.
Optionally, book the early birding tour because Maquenque is a paradise for birdwatchers and nature lovers. The best known (and protected) inhabitants of the park are Great Green Macaws. But there are also many other animals that you can see during the jungle hike, during an optional evening walk, or boat trip on the river San Carlos close to Nicaragua.
Please take your time in and around the lodge. Take a dip in the pool or go kayaking on the lagoon. Be sure not to forget your binoculars, take a seat and look around. You’ll be amazed by all the birds, reptiles, mammals, and insects around you, this is nature in optima forma!
The next destination is la Fortuna. This village lies at the foot of Arenal, Costa Rica's most famous volcano. Although no lava has been seen for years, the destination still is a major attraction.
In this beautiful region, there is a lot to do for lovers of nature and adventure. You can walk over suspension bridges through the rainforest. Or visit private nature park 1968, where you can walk over solidified lava and through beautiful nature.
If you like more action, then La Fortuna is the right place for you. In the vicinity of the volcano you can kayak, zip line, and rappel. In the evening, you can relax in one of the several hot springs at the foot of the volcano.
You will stay at Roca Negra del Arenal, just outside the lively village, with a swimming pool. Breakfast is not included, but there is a common kitchen at your disposal and lots of options in the area.
Off to the beach! Today you will drive to a special spot in Playa Grande near the Marino Las Baulas National Park. You will stay at the Flor y Bambu glamping. At the pool or in a hammock in the garden, it's great to stay here! Breakfast is not included but can be booked at reception, there is a communal kitchen and there are several restaurants nearby.
Playa Grande is a very long beach in Guanacaste and the perfect spot for surfing. After the beach was incorporated into the park in 1990, it was opened to the public. However, it remains a highly protected region because it is a breeding ground for turtles. Between October and March, accompanied by a guide, you can see turtles nesting there, a special phenomenon! You can also take a nice boat trip through the mangroves in the national park
You can relax on the beach. Be sure to also take a walk to the next beach, Las Ventanas. This is a beautiful beach with an immense stone, where you are almost alone.
Did you book a trip to Costa Rica or are you considering to travel here (post) pandemic? International travel to Costa Rica is very well possible! In fact, all restrictions were lifted on 1 April, 2022, which makes travelling here very easy. On this page you can find everything you need to know about travel to Costa Rica in post pandemic times.
Since all members of the Green Circle Experience travel team live and work in Costa Rica, we are very well informed about the local situation. We speak Spanish, follow the news closely, and share all information relevant to travellers below. This page is kept up-to-date. Nevertheless, changes in the rules and regulations may occur. Remember to always check the official authorities for last-minute changes or relevant news prior to your departure.
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The Green Circle Experience is organized by Edventure Travel S.A., a Costa Rican based touroperator established back in 2006. Edventure has started organizing its Green Circle, together with 5 outstanding hotels, in 2014. The Green Circle has gained importance rapidly and can now be regarded as ‘the most sustainable experience in the greenest country of the world’ (for those who decide to fly to Costa Rica)
When you confirm your trip with Edventure Travel, a deposit must be paid equal to 15% of the total agreed travel sum and which amounts to at least US $ 100 per traveler, unless stated otherwise in the quotation from Edventure Travel.