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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.
Live like a Free-Bird!
Free-Bird Experience reflects our spirit. Live your dream and feel free. Costa Rica has everything to give you that feeling and our spacious and noiseless Free-Bird emphasizes that even more.
Our Free-Bird pays tribute to one of the most iconic birds in Central America, the quetzal. The quetzal is also the national bird of Guatemala, home country of the owner of Free-Bird. The Green Circle hotels you will visit, reflect the essence of what Free-Bird is all about.
Your Green Circle
The price mentioned for this tour is based on 2 adults travelling in high season. If you intend to make this trip with a different number of people or during low or top season, it will be our pleasure to send you an adjusted travel quotation. Please note we designed this journey for 2 adults, or maximum 3 adults or two adults and 2 children under 12 years old.
‘Live like a Free-Bird’
The Quetzal is, without a doubt, one of the most beautiful birds on this planet This gorgeous creature lives in the tropical rainforests of Costa Rica. Free-Bird will make you feel like the Quetzal. A spacious AION V Plus with a 500 km range and is extremely comfortable for 2-3 adults or 2 with one or 2 kids.
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You will be staying in the family-run Eco Boutique hotel Ave del Paraíso. The Polish/Costa Rican owners have great creative hearts and minds, reflected in the hotel’s colorful design and attention to (sustainable) detail. Still, this Green Circle Member hotel is an oasis and space of calm in the middle of the hustle and bustle of the city. It’s located next to the University of Costa Rica, surrounded by a unique green garden where you might spot a sloth.
To find more about Ave del Paraíso click here
Selva Bananito is located on the Caribbean side of the country. It’s a 45-minute drive to the lodge in the heart of the Caribbean jungle from the small town of Bananito. This gigantic 1200 ha lush green rainforest barely escaped deforestation in the ’90s. However, thanks to the determination of Jurgen Stein, the German owner of Selva Bananito lodge, the area has been saved and protected.
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Your next destination leads you to a true paradise in the jungle! Located on the southern Caribbean coast, Manzanillo is a peaceful village at the end of the road and renowned for some of the most beautiful unspoiled beaches in the country.
The area is also known for its great cultural diversity of Latinos, Bribri, and Cabecar Indians. The Afro-Caribbean culture came with the Jamaicans in 1872 when the railroad between San José and the port of Limon was built.
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Hacienda la Isla is the place where the Green Circle became a reality back in 2014. Based on the Golden Circle from Simon Sinek, 5 leading hotels and tour operator ‘Edventure’ decided to challenge the status quo in sustainable tourism. Hacienda La Isla is tucked away in a lush piece of rainforest not too far from the main road. The lodge boasts colonial grandeur and warm and welcoming hospitality in breathtaking nature.
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Head deeper into nature. On your way to your final destination near Boca Tapada, you will pass the small village of Pital, surrounded by pineapple plantations. To get to the Maquenque Eco Lodge, you must hop on a boat to cross the river. Getting there is part of the adventure. You will arrive in a peaceful oasis amid overwhelming lush nature.
Upon arrival, it is hard to believe that this place actually exists. Soon you will understand why it was Maquenque Ecolodge who was one of the founders of the Green Circle back in 2014.
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Your next destination is Bijagua, a charming small town nestled in a lush volcanic valley. The village is the perfect stop-over to visit the Rio Celeste River and Tenorio National Park. According to a local legend, the Rio Celeste became so blue after God painted the sky blue and washed his brushes in the river. Tenorio is a dormant volcano that last erupted in 1902. The volcanic valley is, without any doubt, breathtaking. On a clear day, higher parts of the region offer panoramic views of Lake Nicaragua
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The mountains of Monteverde, world-famous for its unique cloud forest. Located at 1400 m altitude Monteverde is surrounded by breathtaking landscapes. Monteverde was founded in 1951 by the Quakers, and their commitment to preserving half of their property resulted in today’s protected cloud forest.
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Continue your journey to the small Jesusita Island in Costa Rica’s picturesque Gulf of Nicoya. You can embark on an adventure by land and sea; bioluminescence expeditions, birdwatching, forest bathing hikes, snorkeling excursions, and island hopping.
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Your Green Circle Experience is slowly coming to an end and your final destination is Alajuela. There is no better way to end your journey in style than staying in the boutique hotel Villa San Ignacio.
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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.
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.