Costa Rican Adventure

Costa Rican Adventure information and booking

from
$1790
  • Duration
    8 days
    Days
  • Group size
    4-16
    Persons
  • Difficulty
    Introductory
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Schedule Details

Summary
  • 6 nights hotels
  • 1 night eco camp
Equipment Required
Specialist gear required include walking boots and day pack (a comprehensive gear list is provided in the pre-departure information provided on booking).

Highlights

  • Raft the Pacuare River
  • Exotic Wildlife
  • Arenal Volcano area and hanging bridges
  • Hot springs
  • Choice of days in Monteverde Cloud Forest or Manuel Antonio National Park

Tour description provided by World Expeditions

This flexible itinerary is ideal for travellers looking for a bit of an adventure, mixed with time to take in the sights and relax on the palm fringed beaches. We start of journey in San Jose before heading to the Pacuare River for two days of gentle whitewater rafting through this superb natural rainforest region. We then continue to Arenal Volcano where we enjoy a hike exploring the rich flora and fauna of this tropical rainforest. We will also incorporate some time to rejuvenate in the many natural hot springs. Finally you can choose between the Monteverde Cloud Forest or exploring the beautiful Manuel Antonio National Park and it’s excellent Pacific Coast Beaches. Both areas offer a selection of optional activities which allow you to do as much or as little as you like.

What's included

  • Accommodation on a twin-share basis
  • 7 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 2 dinners
  • Internal transport
  • Expert local guide
  • Airport transfers on day 1 and day 8
  • Group rafting equipment

Itinerary

Day 1 Join trip in San Jose
You will be met on arrival at San Jose's international airport and taken to your hotel.
Day 2 Pacuare River rafting
THE ADVENTURE BEGINS…with a scenic drive along the foothills of the Irazú and Turrialba volcanoes to the “put in” on the Pacuare River for our two-day whitewater rafting adventure. We will run a total of 27 kilometers of Class III-IV rapids exploring the magnificent river valley. By afternoon we arrive at our comfortable riverside camp, El Nido de Tigre which nestles between the sounds of the rainforest and the hum of the river. This area of rainforest is maintained as much as possible in its natural state. From the center of the camp, trails radiate out to secreted areas of rainforest, take time to explore the lush environment first hand looking out for toucans overhead or simply relaxing in a hammock to the sounds of the river.
Day 3 Pacuare River afternoon transfer to Arenal area
Today the Pacuare takes us through virgin rainforest, cascading waterfalls and river carved canyons. We maneuver through the exhilarating rapids and point out the intricacies of the rainforest at the river’s edge. Along the way we take time out to do some hiking to spectacular waterfalls and have lunch on the shore. “Taking out” near the town of Siquirres we drive to the small town of La Fortuna, the closest town to the Arenal Volcano. There is a wide choice of restaurants to choose from in La Fortuna for dinner. Raft approximately 17kms
Day 4 Half day hike in Arenal Volcano area and hot springs
In the morning we enjoy a picturesque hike through the tropical rainforest. We will be around 2 hours on the Arenal hanging bridges with wonderful panoramic views of the Arenal Volcano and Lake Arenal. We continue with a visit to the breathtaking Rio Fortuna waterfall which falls 120ft to a large natural swimming pool. The descent is steep through the undergrowth as we become immersed in the spectacular flora and fauna. The falls spill over into smaller gentler pour overs and swim areas which are our natural playground before we begin our ascent. The afternoon may be spent exploring the town of La Fortuna or relaxing in your hotel. Thanks to the Arenal Volcano’s geothermal activity, there is a number of natural hot springs throughout the area. They are designed to be very much in tune with their natural environment and offer a fantastic way to relax in the warm and soothing mineral waters while enjoying spectacular scenery in close proximity, that’s why you will be transfer tonight at one of these amazing thermal waters where the entrance and a delicious dinner will be also included.
Day 5 to 6 Option A - Manuel Antonio National Park
The Pacific Coast of Costa Rica is a treasure chest of natural beauty. In Manuel Antonio te rainforest dramatically towers over meets the Pacific Ocean as it bows down to greet the white sandy beaches. You will often be awakened by the local monkeys – howler, white-faced and squirrel are the most common in the area, as well as iguanas and land crabs. Optional activities available are listed below. These can be requested prior to your departure (or booked on arrival depending on weather conditions) but will be paid for locally in Costa Rica. Please note prices are listed in USD and are subject to change without notice at any time. Islas Damas Mangrove Kayak Trip (approx. 4 hours) ($69, lunch or dinner included) Paddle by sea kayak on protected inland waterways, which is the perfect place to learn this magical way of exploring coastal mangroves in search of wildlife such as Caimans, Sloths, Crocodiles, Boas, White-faced monkeys, egrets, and much more. Manuel Antonio National Park (21/2 hours) ($52) Get the most out of your visit to Manuel Antonio National Park with an experienced naturalist guide. Learn about the history of the park, flora, fauna, bugs and wildlife. Includes snacks and refreshments and once the tour is over find one of the many secluded beaches within the park and stay as long as you like. Snorkeling (Half Day) ($75, lunch included) Enjoy the deliciously warm waters of the Pacific while investigating the homeland of a very wide variety of tropical ocean fish. You can expect to see many varieties including eels, puffer-fish, trigger-fish, rays and many more spectacular species. Open to all abilities of snorkelers, from the never-having-done-it to the experienced.
Day 7 Manuel Antonio, transfer back to San Jose
The morning is free to spend a few more hours enjoying the beach. In the afternoon, you will be transferred by road back to San Jose. The evening may be spent taking in the sights and sounds of San Jose.
Day 8 Trip concludes in San Jose
This morning you will be transferred to San Jose airport after breakfast where the trip concludes.