Are you looking for an eco-friendlier itinerary for Costa Rica? Then book our “Green Circle Experience”. During this trip, you’ll stay at hotels and lodges with a strong personal and sustainable character and travel with zero emissions in an electric SUV. We are sure these locations are one-of-a-kind, and the owners will make your journey unforgettable. How? Check out our travel description for more detailed information.
If you need the Green Circle Experience to be tailored to your needs, please let us know! We can adjust the itinerary that it fits your individual preferences. Together we create an unforgettable sustainable and truly one-of-a-kind experience.
Your Green Circle journey is about to start! This will be an unforgettable experience.
A taxi is waiting for you at the airport and will take you to the eco-boutique Hotel Ave del Paraiso in San Pedro which is the hippest district of San José, the starting point of this trip. The hotel combines the proximity to San José hot spots but offers also a green recreation area for a relaxing start to your holidays. You can enjoy meals at the Krokavia café restaurant next door or try the huge gastronomic offer in Barrio Escalante.
In the morning you will have breakfast at your hotel and might want to take off to explore the beautiful country. On the last day of your trip you will have some more time to get to know the vibrant capital of Costa Rica.
Your time at the Eco-Boutique Hotel in San Jose is a great start of your ‘Green Circle Experience’!
As you have a 3.5-hour drive ahead of you, you might not wait too long to take off to Rancho Margot. You will spend the next two days on this beautiful and inspiring place literally at the end of the road. Your destination is known as the most sustainable hotel in Costa Rica. Judge for yourself if you agree! The ranch is completely self-sufficient and carbon-negative (and that is very positive!)
During the farm tour, which is included, you will undoubtedly get inspired and you often be amazed. The vision and philosophy that is implemented here is unique and make your stay truly unforgettable! All meals served here are produced in a sustainable, organic way. If you want to lend a hand, you can milk cows, collect eggs, pick herbs or see how soap is made.
A beautiful natural swimming pool has been created on the grounds of the ranch. You can also join a (free) yoga class or go hiking. There is plenty to do around the Arenal volcano and from where you are you can easily make various day trips (all optional).
The three-hour drive to Monteverde takes you around lake Arenal where you can enjoy amazing views across the lake to volcano Arenal. If you like to make a coffee break, Nuevo Arenal is a charming Costa Rican village offering a few nice bakeries and cafés. After a more rustic experience at Rancho Margot you are now about to experience how sustainability and luxury are compatible. The Luxury Hotel Belmar is run carbon-neutral and you can learn a lot about sustainable practices of eco-tourism. This beautiful Austrian-style Chalet is a great place to plan your Monteverde adventures while enjoying the fantastic meals or self-brewed beer in Belmar Restaurant and eventually dip a toe into the nice hot jacuzzi.
Monteverde is known for its unique cloud forest reserve and is also home to the beautiful quetzal. The area is popular for hiking and the amazing world-famous zipline of Monteverde! Fly through the treetops and explore the area from a whole different perspective! Keep in mind that you’re staying in the mountains (1400 m above sea level) and the evenings can be fresh.
The drive to your next destination is another 4 hours drive but it is definitely worth doing and it includes a one-hour ferry ride. Do make sure you leave on time after breakfast as you will take the ferry at Puntarenas harbor at 11 am. You should be there at least 45 minutes before the ferry takes off. The route to the harbor of Puntarenas is a 1.5-hour drive and takes you all the way down to the Pacific Coast. You will have a stunning view above the cloud forest and may spot amazing rainbows on your way.
Ylang Ylang Beach Resort in Montezuma is not easy to reach, which definitely adds to the charm and exclusive feeling of this hotel! You have to drive a short way across the beach as there is no road. To be able to do this you need a 4×4 as other cars will not make it across the sand. Once you arrive at the lodge – welcome to paradise!
The lodge has been a dream come true for a Dutch / American couple. They did a fantastic job in creating their own slice of paradise and now their children are managing the hotel. The next few days are all about relaxing on and near the beach, Costa Rica’s Pura Vida could definitely have been invented here!
Unfortunately, you have to leave this beautiful spot now, but you will head to the next amazing place – Macaw Lodge. Again, please do make sure you leave on time as you need to take the ferry back to Puntarenas. You will drive along the Pacific Coast and cross Tarcoles Bridge, which is famous for the huge crocodiles that are lying lazily underneath the bridge – make a stop and have a look! The last 45 min are a rather tough gravel road into the mountains but quite fun to pass.
Macaw lodge is a very unique place. The lodge is built next to beautiful lagoons in a huge botanic garden that is a refuge for many birds, reptiles and other animals. This is a place to observe the wildlife at night and day, do some hiking to the nearby waterfall and do the Cacao Tour. Their own chocolate brand Macaw Kakau is getting international attention by now and you can learn a lot about indigenous culture as well. All delicious meals are included here and can be enjoyed with a great view into the garden.
Your ‘Green Circle Experience’ is slowly but surely coming to an end. This doesn’t happen however, before exploring the amazing Savegre valley at Rafiki Safari Lodge. You reach the lodge in about 2.5 hours. After passing the Pacific Coast again you will have another exciting ride on a gravel road. Once you arrive you will definitely be amazed by this place. From the main lodge you have a great view into the valley full of green plants and the Savegre River as well as into the rainforest around you. The luxury Safari tents allow you to truly dive into the jungle and have the charm and sounds around you day and night.
There are a lot of fun activities to do at Rafiki Safari. Adventurous White-Water Rafting on the Savegre River – the cleanest river in Central America – go horseback riding in the rainforest or go hiking for yourself or on guided tours. On top of that you should try the water slide and enjoy the stunning view from the natural fresh water jacuzzi. In the restaurant you enjoy delicious meals, dinner and Breakfast are included, and you should try one of the fantastic exotic or classic cocktails that are made with high expertise by the barkeeper.
At the end of your journey you will return to San Jose: familiar territory. As in the beginning you had little time here and were excited to dive into nature you will have a last full day in San José. Hotel Grano de Oro will ensure a very comfortable end to a beautiful trip that you will never forget.
You will explore the city under the guidance of an inspired guide. There are a number of historic buildings to admire, including the Teatro National from 1928 or the national post office from 1917. But you also go to the market to taste tropical fruits and local delights and eventually shop some souvenirs. In addition, there are various museums and nice parks to sit and enjoy the busy street life.
Once you’re back at the hotel, relax in the rooftop jacuzzi and prepare for an exquisite dinner in the hotel restaurant.
We hope that The Green Circle Experience has inspired you, has amazed and surprised you, made you laugh, but also made you think. Above all, we hope you’ve experienced the soul and beauty of Costa Rica, a country with friendly residents and the place where the Green Circle hotel owners decided to live and work for the rest of their lives. A life in paradise …
Edventure has put together something really special for us with this Green Circle tour. Beautiful nature with so many special animals and plants, delicious fruit and incredibly nice, helpful people!
We really cannot say what made the biggest impression on us with regards to this trip. Every day was great when we think back. In addition, it was very special to see that the locations where we stayed all wanted to have an impact and change the world for the better. And… they were also situated in the most beautiful places in Costa Rica.
We also liked it very much we were one of the first to rent the very first hybrid rental car in Costa Rica (initiated by Edventure).
Our hotel in Montezuma is truly heaven on earth for us. Now our Green Circle is about to close! And that is extremely unfortunate because it was a great adventure from day one.
We enjoyed our trips in San Jose, and we already experienced a lot of flora and fauna in Tortuguero. Guide Mario was great. At Hacienda la Isla we completely relaxed due to our stay in the beautiful chapel room and the delicious meals. Irma and Ivan showed us around and showed great commitment and kindness.
The latter is something that every Tico and Tica naturally seem to possess. Such as Julio in Maquenque, where we saw the toucan up close. At Rancho Margot we saw the power of what conscious choices can do with people. Your Green Circle idea is very special. Thank you for letting us experience this.
Yesterday we came back from our sustainable trip to Costa Rica. How much asphalt is there in the Netherlands and so little nature. After we got back, this was something we became aware of after our holiday and had to get used to it again. We had an unforgettable journey, during which we have seen and done so much and everything was well arranged by you, thank you so much!
The Green Circle trip is a wonderful concept. What beautiful locations and we immensely enjoyed to get to know the hotel owners and hear their stories.
We had very high expectations of Costa Rica and we can definitely say our trip has fully met them!
Our accommodation in Boca Tapada was simply paradise with incredible service! Absolutely the nicest location we have stayed in so I can recommend this to anyone. We had the treehouse, which was great!
Edventure has given us a dream trip that we certainly will remember for the rest of our lives????
The Green Circle is now even greener! You explore Costa Rica driving a fully electric SUV. The car can be charged free of charge at all Green Circle hotels.
Nice fact: 100% of the electricity in Costa Rica is generated sustainably and all profits of the Green Circle are reinvested in sustainable initiatives in Costa Rica.