Costa Rican Highlands, Indigenous Community and Rainforests

      San José, Costa Rica

      Duration: 15 days
      Group size: 1 - 2
      Costa Rican Highlands, Indigenous Community and Rainforests
      San José, Costa Rica

      Duration: 15 days
      Group size: 1 - 2

      About this trip


      About this trip

      Embark on an amazing 15 day nature and culture adventure starting in the highlands. Stay in local lodges and explore a rural and indigenous communitiy full of people wanting to share their knowledge on sustainable farming, medicinal plants, and ancient masks carving and weaving.

      You'll spend four exhilarating days on the Pacific Coast, in The Osa Peninsula before heading to the Arenal Volcano.

      The Osa is the last virgin rainforest on the Pacific side of Central America, and has amazing wildlife, flora and fauna, and a really unique culture compared to the rest of Costa Rica. The region comprises a whopping 2.5% of the world's biodiversity. During your time there you will have the opportunity to stay in amazing ecolodges, eat delicious local food, hike in Corcovado National Park, observe the cetaceans in Golfo Dulce and more! 

      One of the best places to take in the Arenal Volcano’s awe-inspiring beauty is at La Fortuna, a tiny town located near the foot of the volcano. The perfect place to kick back and enjoy the area’s superb beauty, La Fortuna still retains much of its original Tico charm. Here you will have many options for activities ranging from hiking, to canyoning, to river rafting.

      From the Arenal volcano you will continue to your last destination: Sarapiqui. One of the few remaining areas in Costa Rica that is the dwelling of the endangered Green Macaw, Sarapiqui is also home to a number of nature reserves and national parks including the Braulio Carrillo National Park and the Sarapiqui Protected zone.

      Feel the welcoming and kind spirit of locals in this itinerary while getting a deeper understanding of the culture, traditions and natural biodiversity of Costa Rica.

      Cancellation Policy

      If trip is cancelled: 

      • 45+ days in advance - 100% will be refunded
      • 15 - 44 days in advance - 50% will be refunded
      • 8-14 days in advance - 30% will be refunded
      • 0-7 days in advance - 0% will be refunded

      High Season Cancellation Policy

      If your trip falls during peak season (The weeks of Easter, Christmas & New Years) the following cancellation policies apply:

      If trip is cancelled: 

      • 90+ days in advance - 100% will be refunded
      • 45-89 days in advance - 50% will be refunded
      • 14-44 days in advance - 30% will be refunded
      • 0-13 days in advance - 0% will be refunded


      All diets are compatible with this trip, vegetarian, vegan, gluten free. Just let us know!

      What’s included

      • Accomodations
        Lodging each night is included in your choice of boutique hotels or ecolodges. Recommendations are included in the day-by-day itinerary.
      • Tours & Activities
        Unique experiences available daily. See the day-by-day itinerary for recommended tours and additional options available.
      • Local Guides
        English speaking local & specialized guides during activities
      • Airport Transfers
        Private transfer
      • Ground Transport
        Private transfer will take you between destinations
      • Entrance Fees
        To sites of interest, museums and national parks
      • Food
        Included meals are noted in the itinerary: B= Breakfast, L= Lunch, BL= Boxed Lunch, D= Dinner
      • 24/7 assistance
        In country assistance in English during the whole trip
      • Tips
      • International Flights
      • Travel Insurance
      • Optional activities
      • Not specified meals
      • Alcoholic Drinks


      Day 1
      Welcome to Costa Rica! Drive to the mystic highlands (-/-/D)

      Welcome to Costa Rica, one of the most biodiverse countries on Earth! Once you arrive to the San Jose airport you will be greeted by your driver and head towards the Providencia community where you will spend the next two nights. Providencia is an impressive forest of high altitude with abundant nature, waterfalls, coffee plantations and giant oaks with an abundance of optional nature and culture activities. Settle into your lodge for the evening and enjoy your first Costa Rican dinner.

      Transportation: 3 hour drive from San Jose Airport to Providencia.

      Accommodation Options: Cabins, or Homestay.

      Your Organizer

      Lokal connects travelers to local, sustainable tourism experts around the globe to plan incredible personalized adventures. From wildlife expeditions to stunning indigenous-run ecolodges in the Amazon to workshops with master artisans in Laos, every trip includes unique travel experiences that also support local livelihoods, protect the environment and preserve cultural traditions. Happy travels!