Welcome to Mal País & Santa Teresa


It's still a wonderful surfing town, though no longer a secret one, and there are plenty of great places to eat and a modicum of nightlife. The entire area unfurls along one bumpy coastal road that rambles south from Santa Teresa through Playa El Carmen and terminates in the relaxed, sleepy fishing hamlet of Mal País.


Top experiences in Mal País & Santa Teresa

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Travel guides

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Mal País & Santa Teresa activities

$1499 Active

Costa Rica Volcanoes & Surfing

Mountain bike along Lake Arenal with breathtaking volcanic views and catch a wave on this action-packed nine-day tour of Costa Rica. Get your adrenaline pumping with optional extreme sports like whitewater rafting, waterfall rappelling, and ziplining through the lush jungle canopy. Learn to surf the famous Pacific breaks at Playa Santa Teresa and enjoy plenty of time to relax on tropical beaches. Throw in the opportunity to see incredible rainforest wildlife and you've got a unique adventure you'll be talking about for years.

$899 18-to-Thirtysomethings

Inca Jungle and Rainbow Mountain Trek

Discover the many ways you can get your blood pumping in Peru's stunning natural and ancient landscapes on a seven-day tour. Take an epic mountain bike ride along rushing rivers and soar above the jungle on a zipline in Santa Teresa before you hit the famed Machu Picchu in the early morning light, and venture to the incredibly Instagrammable Rainbow Mountain. There's time in between to soak sore muscles in nearby hot springs and recharge for action-packed days ahead.

$1699 18-to-Thirtysomethings

Inca Jungle Trek, Rainbow Mountain & Salt Flats

Do more than just cross destinations off your bucket list with this action-packed 11-day tour through some of South America's most iconic destinations. You'll experience Machu Picchu in the early morning light, led by a local guide that'll share stories about the ancient Incan culture, and visit the famed Uyuni Salt Flats including a stay in a community-run salt-brick lodge with salt floors and furniture. Sure, you'll be snapping pics to prove you went to the sites, but better yet, you'll have stories to tell and genuine experiences that you'll value even more.