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It’s a Costa Rica Experience FAM trip with Intrepid from Oct. 5-11, 2024, including hotel, breakfast and airport transfers.

The adventure begins in Costa Rica’s capital of San Jose for an overnight visit, then travels by private vehicle to Santa Rosa de Pocosol, where you’ll spend the night in a homestay and get the opportunity to take an informal cooking lesson, maybe help with farm chores… really get to know the locals.

Then it’s on to La Fortuna, a small town just minutes away from Costa Rica‘s famed Arenal Volcano, a proximity that has created a number of thermal springs in the area. La Fortuna also offers a stunning lush forest, rare plants, animal watching and water-based activities on a lake.

The Wonder of Monteverde

The next day you’ll discover Monteverde, founded as an agricultural community in 1951 by a group of North American Quakers who were environmentally aware and conscious of the danger that unrestricted settling and farming could cause to this precious habitat. Consequently, they established a small, privately owned wildlife sanctuary, which has since grown to become the internationally renowned Monteverde Cloudforest Biological Preserve. More than 2000 species of plants, 320 bird species and 100 different types of mammals call Montverde home.

After saying goodbye to Monteverde, you’ll travel through the mountains to Quepos by private minibus (around 5 hours). Located close to the beautiful Pacific beaches and exotic wildlife of Manuel Antonio National Park, Quepos is a laidback town with a vibrant nightlife. This afternoon, you’ll get the chance to meet three generations of Costa Ricans and tuck into a traditional cooking class and lunch with them in their home.

The next day is a full exploration of Manuel Antonio National Park, which offers hiking trails, beautiful beaches and abundant wildlife including monkeys, armadillos, sloths and hundreds of birds. That afternoon, you head back to San Jose.

The rate is $400, not including international flights, visas, tips and meals not mentioned in the itinerary. But don’t take too long deciding—applications for the FAM are only open through June 9. For full details, visit