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San Jose, Tortuguero, Sarapiqui, La Fortuna, Rincon de la Vieja, Manuel Antonio, and more!

11 Days from/to San Jose, Costa Rica

November 09 – 19, 2024


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Gay Costa Rica tourHike through lush rainforests, encounter countless exotic creatures such as sloths, toucans, and strawberry frogs, discover majestic volcanoes in thrilling national parks, take a dip in hot thermal springs, and daydream under the Latin American sun on a heavenly beach. Costa Rica is a stunning natural spectacle just waiting to be explored. Pura vida: it’s a greeting, a lifestyle, and a reply. It’s also the motto of the laid-back “Ticos”, the courteous inhabitants of this country, and will soon also become your very own motto as we explore tropical Costa Rica.

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On this round trip, you’ll discover the many facets of Costa Rica. In addition, you’ll have plenty of time to relax in pristine nature between the Pacific and the rainforest with the spectacular silhouette of the Arenal Volcano on the horizon, and of course with a permanent smile on your face – another typical “Tico” characteristic.


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• Tortugero and Arenal Volcano National Parks

• Rincón de la Vieja

• Hiking tour on an active volcano

• Swimming and relaxing on a Pacific beach


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Costa Rica Pura Vida Gay Tour Itinerary

Day 1
Bienvenido a Costa Rica!
Welcome to the gay adventure of a lifetime!

After your arrival in San José (flights not included in this tour), you’ll transfer to the hotel where you’ll receive a warm welcome from your guide and finally get to meet the other guys.

Accommodation: Delta Hotels by Marriott San Jose Aurola, San Jose


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Day 2
Next stop – the Caribbean
Rise and shine! After an authentic Tico breakfast consisting of gallo pinto with rice, beans, and scrambled eggs, you’ll hop on the bus and head for the Caribbean.

On the way, you’ll pass Braulio Carrillo National Park with its lush rainforest, gurgling rivers, and stunning waterfalls.

Your journey continues past extensive banana plantations on the way to La Pavona.

From there, you’ll Continue by boat to Tortuguero National Park, home to the majestic green sea turtle.

Your habitat for the next two days will be a rustic lodge surrounded by the relaxing sounds of nature.

In the afternoon, you’ll explore the quaint village of Tortuguero and then have time to enjoy the pool and spa. Your first adventure-packed day comes to a close.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Laguna Lodge, Tortuguero


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Day 3
Jungle adventures
If you’re up for exploring the jungle, a boat tour departs at dawn to explore the wonders of the national park (additional fee, payable on site).

Make sure to charge your phone/camera – you’ll see capuchin monkeys and spider monkeys climb overhead as well as crocodiles and terrapins lurking on the riverbank.

Back at the lodge, a tasty breakfast awaits you.

In the morning, you’ll explore the area around the lodge and in the afternoon, you’ll embark on another boat trip through the winding canals of the national park.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Laguna Lodge, Tortuguero


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Day 4
Rainforest exploration
Today, you’ll return to civilisation by boat and then continue by bus through the Caribbean lowlands to the amazingly biodiverse city of Sarapiquí.

On the way, you’ll stop at a pineapple plantation and learn all kinds of interesting facts about the delicious “king of fruits” on an expansive finca.

After arriving at our next tropical lodge, the time has come to set off on the gay adventure you’ve been waiting for – your first rainforest hike!

Keep your eyes peeled for colourful birds, iguanas, sloths, and more! The rainforest is a treasure trove for hobby photographers looking to take epic photos to show friends and family back home.

Meals Included: Breakfast & Lunch
Accommodation: Sarapiquis Rainforest Lodge, Sarapiquí


Arenal thermal pool


Day 5
Did someone say chocolate?
Today’s destination will make your heart skip a beat and your stomach rumble!

In the Tirimbina Nature Reserve, you’ll learn all about Costa Rica’s "brown gold" – cocoa. You’ll hear interesting facts about the prized beans and how they are processed. Of course, you’ll also get a chance to sample some real organic rainforest chocolate. Delectable!

With the taste of chocolate in your mouth, you’ll bid "farewell" to the rainforest – the Arenal Volcano is awaiting your arrival. Once we get there, you’ll have the chance to take a dip in the relaxing hot thermal springs. Gay holidays don’t get any better than this!

Meals Included: Breakfast
Accommodation: Lavas Tacotal Hotel, La Fortuna


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Day 6
Colours galore
Lace up your hiking boots! It’s time to head off to the one-of-a-kind lava fields of the Arenal Volcano National Park (2 hours, leisurely walk).

On your hike, you’ll be serenaded by tropical birds and will marvel at the lush orchids and other jungle plants that thrive on the fertile volcanic soil. Be on the lookout for the colourful beaks of the toucans in the treetops! It’s a sight you certainly don’t want to miss.

In the afternoon, you’ll learn more about the park’s diverse flora and fauna at the very informative Butterfly Conservatory where colourful butterflies and a variety of different frogs are waiting to be discovered.

Meals Included: Breakfast
Accommodation: Lavas Tacotal Hotel, La Fortuna


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Day 7
Leisure time
Off to Rincón de la Vieja! There you’ll have the chance to relax to your heart’s content.

Why not take a dip in the hot water pools on the banks of the Rio Colorado or get a spa treatment in the hotel’s very own spa (additional fees apply)?

If you prefer something more active, you should definitely take a hike to the Cangreja Waterfall (additional fee, payable on site). Simply mesmerising!

Meals Included: Breakfast
Accommodation: Rinconcito Lodge, Rincón de la Vieja


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Day 8
Volcanic escapades
Get ready for an unforgettable time at Rincón de la Vieja National Park!

The main attraction here is the volcano bearing the same name, which is famous for its constant activity in the form of sulphurous thermal springs, steaming fumaroles, and bubbling mud holes. Definitely a fascinating experience!

Furthermore, because the national park has different climate zones, it has a unique flora and fauna, which you’ll discover first hand.

To round off the experience, your guide will take you on a hike through the national park (ca. 2 hours). Another day of gay adventure comes to a close.

Meals Included: Breakfast
Accommodation: Rinconcito Lodge, Rincón de la Vieja


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Day 9
Hear the ocean calling?
The Pacific Ocean is so close you can almost hear it!

Today you’ll head south on the Interamericana, a segment of the Pan-American Highway, to Puntarenas.

On the way, you’ll cool off at the beautiful Llanos de Cortes Waterfall before reaching the national park and the beaches of Manuel Antonio – the ultimate beachside paradise.

Meals Included: Breakfast
Accommodation: Parador Nature Resort & Spa, Manuel Antonio


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Day 10
Picture-perfect beach
In Manuel Antonio National Park, you’ll encounter other inhabitants of Costa Rica, namely iguanas and kapok trees, for example.

This place really is straight out of a Caribbean dream: the turquoise blue water lapping against the white sandy beaches. Close your eyes and take in the peaceful sounds of nature on your amazing gay holiday…

In the evening, you’ll have a farewell dinner at the hotel with the other guys and talk about all the adventures you’ve had.

Meals Included: Breakfast & Dinner
Accommodation: Parador Nature Resort & Spa, Manuel Antonio


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Day 11
Adios paraíso!
The time has come to say "adios" to paradise.

Around noon, you’ll head back to the Central Valley and continue to the San José airport.

You’ll then board your flight home (flights not included).

Meals Included: Breakfast


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Why Costa Rica?

• Volcanoes, dense rainforests, thermal hot springs, turquoise-coloured rivers, and dream beaches – the comparatively small country of Costa Rica offers a variety of landscapes that are second to none (video).

• This rich diversity is also evident in the country’s wildlife. Many of the most exotic animals in the world have chosen the jungles of Costa Rica as their home.

• The country is a global pioneer in terms of nature and climate protection, with the largest percentage of protected areas, and ambitious goals such as becoming the first CO2-neutral country in the world.

• Costa Ricans are among the happiest people in the world. But watch out – this zest for life is contagious!

• Costa Rica became the first country in Central America to legalise same-sex marriage in May 2020. However, as a Catholic country, it remains conservative, and Costa Ricans keep their sexuality private and prefer not to discuss it in public.

• Due to the largely tolerant attitude of its society, Costa Rica has become the most popular gay holiday destination in Central America. In contrast to the neighbouring countries, there is a gay community in Costa Rica, which is mainly concentrated in the capital San José.


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What's Included?

• Group transfer from/to the airport

• Excursions and round-trip transportation by customary, air-conditioned coach

• 10 nights accommodation

• Breakfast, full board at the lodge on the 2nd and 3rd day, 1 lunch, 1 dinner

• Boat trips to/from the lodge in Tortuguero National Park

• Boat trip in Tortuguero National Park

• Chocolate tasting

• English-speaking gay guide

• Entrance fees according to the itinerary

• CO2 compensation – climate neutral gay tour


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Delta Hotels by Marriott San Jose Aurola


Tour Hotels

Delta Hotels by Marriott San Jose Aurola, San Jose

Set next to Morazán Park and 1 km from the centre of San José, Delta Hotels by Marriott San Jose Aurola offers views of the Central Valley. It features an indoor swimming pool, gym and free parking.

Each air-conditioned room at the Delta Hotels by Marriott San Jose Aurola has simple, modern décor with carpeted floors. All accommodation has cable TV, free Wi-Fi and a coffee maker.


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Guests can enjoy a selection of Costa Rican and international cuisine in the Tropicana buffet restaurant. The à la carte Mirador Restaurant is set on the 17th floor and offers views of San José.

Costa Rica’s National Museum, the Museum of Gold and Children’s Museum are within 500 metres of the Aurola. Tobias Bolaños and Juan Santamaría Airports can be reached in 25 minutes by car.


Laguna Lodge, Tortuguero


Laguna Lodge, Tortuguero

Laguna is an eco-touristic lodge, located in Tortuguero in the northern Caribbean of Costa Rica. The area has amazing rivers, lakes and wetlands that shelter a lush jungle of primary forests and exotic plants. The lodge is built on a narrow strip of land, 650 feet wide, between Tortuguero´s main lagoon and the Caribbean Sea.


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With garden views, Laguna Lodge is set in Tortuguero and has a restaurant, a tour desk, bar, garden, year-round outdoor pool and terrace. There is a fully equipped private bathroom with bath and free toiletries. A buffet breakfast is available every morning at the lodge.


Sarapiquis Rainforest Lodge


Sarapiquis Rainforest Lodge, Sarapiquí

Offering an on-site restaurant and Palenque-style design, Sarapiquis Rainforest Lodge is located in Heredia. It offers an outdoor swimming pool, free Wi-Fi and a tour desk.

Each spacious room at this tropical property boasts bright décor and comes equipped with tiled floors, nightstands and a private bathroom with a shower and toilet.


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Guests can find off-site dining options, including restaurants serving international cuisine, within just 3 km of the property.

The on-site tour desk can help guests arrange activities like water sports, horse riding, hiking and canoeing. The hotel also offers a museum and an archaeological park.


Lavas Tacotal Hotel, La Fortuna


Lavas Tacotal Hotel, La Fortuna

Lavas Tacotal Hotel has one of the most privileged views of the magnificent Arenal Volcano. Its conical surprise makes this one of the most important attractions in Costa Rica. In the Fortuna of San Carlos you can walk along solidified lava trails, travel through lush forests and enjoy adventure and relaxation excursions for everyone.

The rooms have cable TV and air conditioning. The bungalows have private terraces with garden views.


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Offering an outdoor pool and a restaurant, Hotel Lavas Tacotal is located in Fortuna. It offers excellent views of Arenal Volcano, free breakfast and free Wi-Fi.

Arenal Volcano is a 10-minute drive away, while guests can reach the Rio Fortuna waterfalls in a 20-minute drive.


Rinconcito Lodge, Rincón de la Vieja


Rinconcito Lodge, Rincón de la Vieja

Rinconcito Lodge is a family project with more than 10 years of existence that was born with the aim of giving a twist to the attractions of the area, for the use of its natural riches and the excellent climate that prevails. We are a hotel located between the volcano Rincon de la Vieja and the Miravalles volcano

Enjoy the wonderful climate of San Jorge de mogote from the pool is one of the many places that we offer to capture your best moments of the landscape that surrounds it. Enjoy the best climate in Guanacaste and spend a holiday full of fun, relaxation and eating delicious in our 100% rustic restaurant overlooking the mountains.


Rinconcito Lodge room


Rinconcito Lodge features a garden and complimentary WiFi in public areas. The rooms offer a private bathroom with shower and free toiletries. They have wooden furniture. Rinconcito Lodge’s restaurant offers regional cuisine. The property also has a bar and can arrange tours to Rincon de la Vieja National Park and to Miravalles volcano.

Rincon de la Vieja National Park can be accesses after a 10 minutes drive from Rinconcito Lodge. Thermal springs are 15 minutes by car from the property. Miravalles Volcano can be reached with in a 30 minutes’ drive.


Parador Nature Resort & Spa


Parador Nature Resort & Spa, Manuel Antonio

The resort is located on the Punta Quepos promontory in Costa Rica, surrounded by 12 acres of wildlife-rich tropical rainforest with panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean and Manuel Antonio. This eco-luxury resort features 3 swimming pools and 3 restaurants.

Each bright, air-conditioned room at the Parador Nature Resort and Spa has a balcony with ocean, garden or jungle views. All accommodation has cable TV, a minibar and coffee maker. All rooms have free Wi-Fi.


Parador Nature Resort room


La Galeria Restaurant serves a range of innovative cuisine and overlooks the Parador’s gardens, while El Quijote and El Galeon offer lighter dishes. There is also 2 bars. The Parador’s spa offers a range of treatments, including wraps and massage. At the spa they offer a hot tub and plunge pool. With such close proximity to a national park, it receives any number of very unique visitors on a daily basis, including several species of monkeys, sloths and a wonderful variety of birds.


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Costa Rica Pura Vida Gay Group Tour Prices

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Per person
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Tour Only, Per Person, Double Occupancy

€ 3,199

Tour Only, Per Person, Single Occupancy

€ 4,299

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Prices are per person in EUR.

Deposit: €800 per person. Balance Due 90 days before departure

Price does not include 3% payment card charges. No additional charges on bank transfer payments.


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