Costa Rica: A Mecca for Ecotourism

Costa Rica is one of the most biologically diverse areas in the world. It's tucked into a small geographic area where visitors have huge opportunities to experience nature in its many forms. A one-week vacation is perfect to explore the diverse natural resources and historic sites.

The country has a large number of national parks and nature preserves that boast a rich array of birds, mammals, reptiles and rain-forest plants. Adventure seekers will find numerous outlets for surfing, mountain biking, river rafting, hiking, forest canopy zip lining systems and scuba diving. Those who prefer a less strenuous vacation can view several active volcanoes, take boat trips down jungle rivers and float through the treetops in a rain-forest aerial tram.

Costa Rica is also home to a variety of historical sites. Many of these can be visited in one day from San Jose, including a historic tour of Cartago, former capital of Costa Rica and home to Orosi- one of the country's most important religious sites. Here you can visit the 18th-century Iglesia San Jose de Orosi with its remarkable museum. The famous Lankester Botanical Garden are nearby and provide a lush haven for local plant species.

San Jose has some of the best options for shopping. Check out the Plaza de la Democracia or the Central Market for fresh produce and local handicrafts. The National Artisans Market offers reproductions of pre-Columbian gold jewelry and wood carvings. The Museum of Pre-Columbian Gold in the Plaza de la Cultura sells handcrafted replicas of museum pieces as well as contemporary jewelry.

Top 10 Activities in Costa Rica

  • Sighting/bird watching

  • Black sand beaches

  • Deep sea and river fishing

  • Scuba diving

  • Surfing

  • Horseback riding

  • Volcanos

  • Rainforests

  • Diverse dining

  • Shopping

Unique Activities for Everyone

Avanti Destinations specializes in providing hand-picked, locally owned hotels and hard-to-find-options for experienced travelers at the best values. Some of their specialties include:

  • Cooking classes in Belgium, France and Italy

  • Food and wine programs in Czech Republic, Germany, France, Italy, Portugal and Spain

  • Castle, châteaux and manor house stays in Czech Republic, France, Germany, Ireland, Poland, Portugal and Wales

  • Rail programs connecting the major cities of Europe

  • Biking programs in Tuscany & Umbria in Italy as well as La Rioja in Spain

  • Self-drive programs in France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Portugal, Scotland, Spain and Wales

  • Villas and farmhouses in Italy

  • B&Bs in Ireland

  • Vespa Tour in Tuscany

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Featured Vacations:

Ultimate Peru

10 Days / 9 Nights from only $18991

Fascinating Peru – rich in culture, history, and natural beauty – is a country that has so much to offer. Consider our 9-night program as a good introduction to Peru. It covers Lima, the Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, Cuzco, and Lake Titicaca – all a must-see for any first-time visitor. If you have more time, we highly recommend extending your stay – add an extension to a jungle lodge; see the Nazca Lines; there is much more to see in this country of many contrasts.

Packages includes: All air and ground transfers, including Vistadome train to Machu Picchu, and the Andean Explorer to Puno; 2 nights Lima
City tour; 1 night Sacred Valley; Pisac Market and Ollantaytambo Ruins tour with lunch; 1 night Machu Picchu with dinner; 2 entrances to Machu Picchu including 1 guided tour with lunch; 2 nights Cuzco
City & ruins tour; 2 nights Puno, Lake Titicaca; Uros and Taquile Islands tour; Daily breakfast


Costa Rica Cooks!

5 Days / 4 Nights from only $6552
Minimum 6 passengers; Departs Daily

Avanti goes beyond the ordinary to find unexpected experiences that will delight even the most discriminating of independent travelers.

Take our 5-hour cooking class taught by a master chef in Guanacaste: pick herbs from an organic farm and learn to cook a 4-course meal of Nuevo Costa Rican cuisine. This vacation — available only from Avanti — also includes a jungle canopy tour and zip-lining. Perfect for a group of friends. We know where to find the best that Costa Rica has to offer independent travelers with uncommon tastes.

And we put it all together with the best connections. Let us show you the way.

Packages includes: Arrival transfer from Liberia airport; 4 Nights at the 3 BR Private Residence Reserva Conchal; Nuevo Costa Rican Cuisine Cooking Class; Artola Canopy Tour; Departure transfer to Liberia airport

Family options available as well!


Costa Rica Short & Sweet for a family

8 Days / 7 Nights from only $10933
2 adults + 1 child from $1,093 per adult
2 adults + 2 children from $1,269 per adult
Departs Daily

Packages includes: All ground transfers; Arrival transfer from Liberia airport; 3 Nights Arenal - Volcano Lodge - Superior; Hanging Bridges Tour; 4 Nights Guanacaste - Flamingo Beach - Standard


Villa Wine Discovery

4 Days / 3 Nights from only $8994
Departs Daily - April to October, 2014

Italy produces some of the world’s best wines, in a wide variety of locations and wine styles. Our Tuscany wine discoveries include accommodations at a wine-producing villa, where you will get a real sense of how the wine is grown and produced. Some of the most famous wines of Italy are produced in Tuscany, all with the wonderful regional cuisine and beautiful countryside.

These are easy extensions from the major cities in Tuscany, like Florence or Siena but also provide easy access to the Cinque Terre or traveling north to Venice afterward.

Packages includes: 3 nights accommodation in a wine-producing villa; 2 wine tastings: One at your villa and one at a nearby winery; Two 3-course dinners; 4 days compact manual car rental; Guidebook of the area, maps & suggested itineraries; Daily breakfast

1Land Only - All prices are per person based on double occupancy; price subject to availability; and does not include airfare. May require a post-night in Lima. Price may vary depending on choice of accommodations and can change without notice. 2Land Only-Price is per person based on double occupancy. Airfare not included in price. Availability and price may change at any time and without prior notice and will be unavailable on certain holidays. 3Land Only-Price is per person based on double occupancy. Airfare not included in price. Availability and price may change at any time and without prior notice and will be unavailable on certain holidays. 4Land Only—Price does not include air travel, is per person, based double occupancy and subject to availability. Price may vary slightly by month of travel. We recommend booking early for stays in May and September. Other villa choices available at higher cost.