Essential Costa Rica

Home to lush rainforests, pristine beaches, and an astonishing diversity of wildlife, Costa Rica has long been a leader in conservation and the protection of natural heritage. Experience this gorgeous Central American nation on a fun-filled adventure, taking you from the foot of an active volcano to the misty highlands and Pacific coast. Hear from a researcher at the National Geographic–supported Monteverde Institute, learn the art of tortilla-making with a local family, and seek out the country’s unique creatures—from blue morpho butterflies to howler monkeys—on hikes through the forest.


  • 8 Nights accommodations
  • Private air conditioned transportation
  • Breakfast each morning
  • 2 Lunches, 1 Dinners
  • Mi Cafecito Coffee Cooperative tour
  • Tortilla making and home dinner
  • Guided nature walk in the Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve
  • Monte Verde Institute Lecture & Reforestation project
  • Guided Manuel Antonio National Park visit
  • Arrival Transfer
  • English speaking guide throughout


**Prices are subject to change and availability. Space is limited and activities and specific hotels are subject to change. Travel insurance is strongly recommended.



Double Occupancy – $2299 CAD per person (sharing a room) – approx. $1700 USD
Single Occupancy – $3468 CAD per person (your own room) – approx. $2600 USD

If you would like the double occupancy rate but don’t have a roommate we will match you with a suitable roommate. The single occupancy rate will give you your own room. Single occupancy may be limited. CAD = Canadian dollars. USD = United States of America dollars. Conversion to USD is approximated by current exchange rates and subject to change. You will be charged in CAD and your bank may charge a slightly different rate or fees.

Payment of $350 due at time of booking.
Final Payment due – August 29, 2023

*All payments are non-refundable Please see full terms and conditions. Prices are subject to change and availability.

Booking Deadline

Book by April 21, 2023.  After this date space may be limited and subject to availability.

Activity Level

Moderate Activity

Some walking while visiting areas and a few shorter walking tours.

Roommate Matching Policy

Roommate matching is done as a courtesy and while most matches result in wonderful friendships, success is not guaranteed. If during the tour you decide you would no longer like to share a room with your roommate you will need to request (and pay for) a single room at all accommodations. This can be shared between the two people in the room if it is a mutual decision. If you are a very light sleeper or snore you may want to consider getting your own single room.


Group Size

Minimum – 8 members
Maximum – 16 members


  • International Airfare
  • Visa/passport handling fees
  • Meals not listed in itinerary
  • Alcoholic Beverages
  • Gratuities
  • Optional Activities
  • Expenses of a Personal Nature
  • Early check-in and late check-out of hotel
  • Tour Host
  • Airport Departure Transfer

Flight Information

The Women’s Travel Club recommends booking flexible/refundable air tickets when possible.
Arrive to San Jose, Costa Rica  -Juan Santamaría International Airport – SJO at any time on or before first day of tour.
Depart from San Jose, Costa Rica  -Juan Santamaría International Airport – SJO – anytime on the last day of the tour.
If you would like assistance booking international flights for your tour please use the form below. The Women’s Travel Club Flight Desk will work with you to arrange the best options.
Our Flight management fee is CAD 100.00 + HST, per tour.
Flight Quote

Travel Insurance:

Out of country medical insurance is required. We strongly recommend that you obtain cancellation and interruption insurance to protect your investment.
Use this link to request an insurance quote.

Insurance Quote


Hotel Radisson San Jose

Situated less than four kilometers outside downtown, Radisson San José-Costa Rica offers a great location. You can wander through San José’s various markets or museums, unwind at the hotel’s on-site restaurants or escape to the Gulf of Nicoya, less than a two-hour drive from the Radisson.

Hotel Monte Real

This lovely Hotel is in a superb position with great view of the Arenal Volcano, bordering the Burio River and a little forest where you will be able to observe iguanas, squirrels, sloths, colorful birds and beautiful butterflies.

El Establo Hotel

Set 1 km from the Monteverde Butterfly Gardens, this relaxed hotel is 2 km from the Curi Cancha Wildlife Refuge and 4 km from the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve.
Casual rooms offer flat-screens, safes and minifridges, plus balconies or terraces. Suites, some bi-level, add loft bedrooms, in-room whirlpool tubs and/or sitting areas.

Hotel Villas Lirio

Surrounded by tropical gardens at the edge of the Parque Nacional Manuel Antonio, this laid-back hotel is 2 km from Espadilla beach.
Casual rooms have traditional wooden decor, tiled floors and patios. All come with flat-screen TVs and minifridges.

** Occasionally, due to situations beyond our control, specific hotels may change. Any accommodation changes will be to a similar hotel.


Through our own clients and networking clubs we have realized a general desire for women to travel but they don’t always have a companion. We developed the Women’s Travel Club for these women to have a fun and safe group to travel with. We offer a wide range of destinations, so that there is something for everyone.

We have women of all ages, with the average being 45 to 65 years. However, we do have regular travelers anywhere from 30 years to over 80 years of age.

We do not include international flights in the price of our tours. Not including the cost of international flights in the cost of the tour allows members the flexibility to get the flight schedule, price and class of service that best suits them. The Women's Travel Club flight desk will be happy to help arrange your international flights.

Yes, we always negotiate the best possible single supplement rate for our trips. Single spots fill quickly and may be limited so we suggest you book early for a single spot.

Yes, each of our booking forms has an area for you to request to be matched with a roommate. We get some general information that will help us match you with a great new friend.

Canadian and US citizens do not need a visa for travel to Costa Rica for up to 90 days. However, travel requirements may change at any time. Please visit your governments travel recommendations page. Canada - Canada Travel Recommendations & Information USA - USA Travel Recommendations & Information

In November high temperatures in the lowlands and and near the beaches are around 82°F (28°C) even higher is possible and lows around 72°F (23°F). As you move up to the Central Valley around San José both the highs and lows are 5-10 degrees cooler.

Oct 28 - Nov 05 2023

Tour Level: Essential Tours,
Deposit of $350.00 due at time of booking.