Vast rainforests, perfect surf and sunsets over volcanoes – get ready for an incredible stroke of adventure when you travel on Roamies: Epic Costa Rica: Craters, Rainforest and Hanging-10 trip. Heading out from the capital city of San Jose, you’ll stay in incredible hostels, meet fun people and experience nature at its most beautiful. My group has countless stories to tell after our November trip: capuchin monkeys joined us for breakfast in Monteverde, we saw a sloth in the trees along the Penas Blancas River in La Fortuna, we hiked through the rainforest to the Rio Celeste waterfall in Volcán Tenorio National Park, and surfed the waves at Tamarindo Beach.
Here are just some of my personal highlights:
1: Visiting Mi Cafecito coffee farm in Alajuela
Located at the foot of the Poás Volcano in the Alajuela Province of Costa Rica, Mi Cafecito was originally created in 2009 by a local cooperative to help support local coffee producers. Unfortunately, there weren’t enough visitors to sustain the business and was about to shut down when G Adventures’ non-profit partner, Planeterra, worked with them to develop a sustainable business.
Now Mi Cafecito continues to support over 200 small farmers who produce organic coffee from the four regions of San Carlos, Sarapiqui, Heredia and Alajuela. On our visit we enjoyed a typical Costa Rican lunch of locally caught tilapia followed by a tour of the grounds and a good cup of coffee.
2: Crossing the famous suspension bridges at Selvatura
On Day 5, you’ll hang out in the jungle crown of Monteverde, located in the Cordillera de Tilarán mountain range. The treetop walkways let you experience the cloud forest from a height, so you might catch a glimpse of a capuchin monkey or even a sloth if you’re lucky. The suspended paths total just over 3km / 1.9mi with suspension bridges connecting parts of the forest, including a bridge that is over 170m long.
3: Ziplining through the Monteverde cloud forest
In addition to the hanging bridges, a trip to the evergreen area of Monteverde is not complete without the thrill of ziplining through the fog. 100% Aventura Adventure Park has a total of 10 ziplines, including the longest in all of Costa Rica, a hammock bridge, a rappel and a mega Tarzan swing. On two of the ziplines, you can be harnessed ‘Superman’ style to feel like you’re flying through the cloud forest.
There is also an option to do the Tarzan turn at the end. Ignore your impulse to back out of it because it is one of the most exciting experiences. While rigged, bravely step out of a 45-foot drop and free fall before being yanked back into the air. A good way to get over a fear of heights, believe me!
4: Listening to jungle sounds at the Rio Celeste waterfall
It was such a big day for our group. We got caught in the rain walking through the jungle, but as our Chief Experience Officer Rago said, ‘Some people get wet, but others feel the rain’. The vibrant blue water under the waterfall is so unique and a perfect place to take pictures together. A little further down the path you will find Laguna Azul, which is unusually blue in the dry season. Add a short walk to that and you can find water boiling at a natural hot spring!
5: Try traditional Costa Rican Casado in Nosara
Nosara is a laid-back beach town on the Nicoya Peninsula. Playa Guiones is ideal for surfing and it is known as a yoga center with plenty of places to take a class in the village. There is a wide variety of restaurants, bars and cafes in Nosara, but Rosi’s Soda Tica was my favorite place to grab a plate of Casado. Consisting of rice with black beans, a small salad and a piece of fish, chicken or beef – it’s a beloved staple in the country and very easy on your wallet. Fill your belly and then head for the sunset on the beach!
6: Stay at Selina in Tamarindo
Selina hostels are located throughout South and Central America, but this one on Tamarindo Beach had so much more to offer. In addition to the guaranteed clean bunks, plenty of outlets for chargers, great wi-fi and on-site tour operator, they took a more holistic approach with morning yoga classes and sunset walks. The staff were particularly friendly and the activities on offer were different from what you would expect.
Our last night as one Roamies the group started with the Selina cacao ceremony, where cacao is used in a ritualistic way to connect with yourself. After the ceremony, we sat down to a three-course vegetarian meal by a fire with Selina beer with each course. This was probably one of the most unique hostel experiences I’ve had to date and will stay with me as my adventures continue.
Ready to soar through the cloud forests and gaze upon brilliant blue waterfall pools as Claire on her [Epic Costa Rica: Craters, Rainforests & Hanging-10](https://www.gadventures.com/trips/costa-rica-san-jose-to-tamarindo/CRSTHW/ trip? Our Roamies by Hostelworld & G Adventures tours are just the ticket. And the price (especially for younger travelers on a budget) is just right too!