Pure Costa Rica

One Departure Only | February 18 - 24, 2019

7 Days, 6 Nights

San José to Bajos del Toro, Rio Perdido, Isla Chiquita

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Travel Co-Lab: Costa Rica with Toad&Co and Modern Adventure

You hear the howler monkeys goofing off by the bright blue waterfalls again, as colorful quetzal birds watch from the forest. The morning mist is rising now, over the jungle canopy in the shadow of towering volcanoes. And you feel fresher by just breathing it in, as the slow, slow drip of locally grown coffee seeps through a tiny burlap filter on your private deck. This is not a dream: this is Costa Rica, the world’s greatest eco-friendly destination — and the only nation that can justify its crowd-sourced unofficial motto of pura vida, or “pure life.”

On this trip with Toad&Co, we’ll zip through canyons, and go tubing in river canyons fed by thermal springs. From Bajos del Toro, we’ll ride horses to lush green peaks, meet up with Costa Rica cowboys on the way to Rio Perdido, then check into luxury “glamping” tents on Isla Chiquita and spend a day snorkeling offshore islands or daytripping with a local fisherman. 

We love visiting Costa Rica because this compact Central American haven is dense in wondrous beauty and wildlife, and always showing us that how we travel matters – that our choices can have a lasting positive impact on the communities and places we visit. And also we love Costa Rica because every visit sticks with you for life. Join us to see why.

The Reason

Toad&Co is about so much more than clothing: We use business to spark social and environmental change; we have an insatiable passion for life’s most curious quirks and hidden gems; and we‘ll never give up on our quest for the perfect grilled cheese. From ancient ruins to modern libations, every day is an adventure when you see things from the Toad perspective. Join us as we gallivant across the globe in search of it all.

Your Experience

Costa Rica has been the model for ecotourism for decades. Not just for its diversity, but for its devotion to preserving it.

February 18 - 24, 2019

In Costa Rica pura vida is not just “pure life,” but a good-natured way to say hello, see ya later, no worries, no stress.

Day by Day

Pure Costa Rica is all about adventure, self-renewal and the power of FUN. On this week-long journey, we'll stay in Costa Rica's top eco-lodges, explore waterfalls and volcanoes, zip line over canyons, and laze on secluded beaches.

Day 1 | February 18

Welcome to Costa Rica! We meet up in San José, then jump right into the jungle! Our drive bends along roads that rise into lush, colorful highlands. We stop to meet tropical fruit vendors, browse locally made artesanías (handicrafts), and make fresh corn tortillas in a local kitchen. 

You’ll love our destination, a lodge set amidst bird-filled forests and towering waterfalls. Cocktail in hand, we’ll prop up on outside decks as the murmurs and squawks from the nocturnal forest rise around us.

Day 2 | February 19

Today we wake up to sweeping forest views and breathe in air so lush it’s misty. After a breakfast made of ingredients hand-picked from the organic farm here, we explore the cloud forest – on the back of a horse. Our leisurely trek passes traditional farms on way to a jaw-dropping view of a volcano set amidst waterfall cascades.

Later, you can take a relaxing dip into your own private outdoor whirlpool or pick a nature trail into the forest, to spot colorful tree frogs and sit in peace by a bright-blue waterfall.

Day 3 | February 20

After breakfast, we break for cowboy country! Weaving through the backroads of the remote San Bernardo Lowlands, we’ll watch for the area’s famed sabaneros (cowboys) riding horses roadside.

Welcoming us is our spellbinding set-up: treehouse-style bungalows on the shores of Rio Perdido where epic wildlife and nature converges into deep canyons. After checking in, we’ll get our adrenaline pumping with a white-water river tubing ride past dramatic rock walls. We finish in time to rest with a drink in the hammock, as the Milky Way takes over Costa Rica’s clearest skies.

Thank you.

Day 4 | February 21

Wake to a little meditative ramble on one of the hotel’s hiking trails. Then, after breakfast, bring out your action hero! We’ll race across canyons on a ”Tarzan swing” and zip lines, then reward ourselves with a soak in thermo-mineral pools.

Come sundown, we’ll share stories over cocktails then top the day off with a specially arranged dinner on a wooden deck suspended above the river.

Day 5 | February 22

We’ve tested our limits, now it’s time to kick back. Next is the perfect place: Isla Chiquita, a secluded island harboring lovely beaches and serene views of the Pacific. We’ll check into our ocean-view, luxury ”glamping” tents, then explore! Hang out on the beach, go paddle-boarding, or have some fun in a cooking class learning to make ceviche.

We meet for a sprawling ocean-to-table dinner at a beloved local eatery, then swap stories over a nightcap at a low-key, thatch-roofed bar. 

Day 6 | February 23

Buenas! It’s our last day together, so we’ve arranged options for you. Join a sea kayaking tour to spot sea creatures and exotic birds, or join a fun artisanal fishing tour, where you’ll join a local fisherman on a small boat voyage and discover a local’s view of life in the Gulf of Nicoya. 

At the end of the day, we’ll gather back together for a drink and watch the sunset sparkle across the water, before our farewell feast.

Day 7 | February 24

All good things must come to an end. After breakfast, we’ll transfer you back to shore just in time to catch the ferry crossing Nicoya Gulf for a drive to the San José Airport. We’ll say goodbye to our new friends for now, but keep all the memories forever.

Where We Sleep

Sustainable eco lodges, bungalows in the cloud forest, luxury private tents pitched on the ocean’s edge – the best of both beauty and comfort.

El Silencio

This luxury mountain spa hotel makes every effort to connect with its incredible surroundings. El Silencio's suites feature sustainably sourced wood and wide views of towering forest (best seen from the rocking chair on your personal deck). Listen to the river's roar coming through the surrounding jungle.

Rio Perdido

Location, location, location. Topography means everything for the locale of this hotel's spacious modern bungalows. It's set atop a peninsula rimmed by canyons on the rushing Rio Perdido. There's a pool and trails leading to thermal mineral springs.

Isla Chiquita

We finish at an extraordinary glamping resort, with luxury wood-floor "tents" with sitting decks facing the sea - the perfect spot to sit and watch sunset and take in the sounds of nature. It's eco-adventure central, with options to paddle board or snorkel the blue sea, or go on bird-watching hikes.

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So many questions, right?

That’s OK, we have answers. Read our FAQs below. Or text or call us at +1 (855) 219-8018 to speak with a Modern Adventure Trip Specialist.

  1. What does the price include?

    Six nights at 4-star jungle lodges and boutique eco-resorts; private in-country travel; private tours as noted with local guides and cultural experts; guided activities, adventures & expeditions; entrance fees; daily breakfasts; most lunches and dinners; local beverages with meals; gratuities for local staff; departure transfers to airport.

  2. What is not included?

    Roundtrip airfare to Costa Rica; travel insurance; transport to the trip start in San Jose; activities not included in the trip itinerary; hotel incidentals including room service, laundry service and hotel bar tabs; food and beverage not included itinerary; gratuity for trip leader.

  3. How many people on the trip?

    We limit the group to no more than 20 fellow adventurers. You can expect to be joined by a diverse range of fellow travelers in terms of age, background and configuration – including solo travelers, couples and friends traveling together. Our experiences are about being fun and inclusive.

  4. What is the cancelation policy?

    You may cancel up to 96 days prior to the scheduled departure date and receive a full refund minus a $500 per-person service fee. If you cancel between 95 and 61 days in advance, there is a 50% cancellation fee. Within 60 days or less of departure there is a 100% cancellation fee. (See our Terms and Conditions for full details.)

  5. Do I pay a supplement for a single room?

    Yes, there is a $1,500 supplement for solo travelers who wish to have their own private room. We can also accommodate a limited number of solo travelers willing to share a double room with travelers of the same gender. Please indicate this as your preference at checkout. The bedding configuration for two people, across our three hotels in Costa Rica, includes rooms with: two twin beds; a queen bed plus a double sofa bed; and a queen bed and twin bed. If we are unable to find a suitable roommate for you, you will be charged the single supplement to secure a single room.

  6. Do I need a travel visa?

    US citizens do not require a visa to visit Costa Rica. Just bring your valid US passport. For citizens of other countries, check with the Costa Rica Embassy or Consulate for information and requirements.

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