Costa Rica Active Adventure

Active, San José to San José

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Tour description provided by G Adventures

Trekking, biking, horseback riding, kayaking, ziplining. Costa Rica really is the "Adventure Capital of the Americas." Thrill-seekers will find more than enough to keep themselves busy over this trip’s 13 action-packed days. After landing in San José, embark on four days of exploration around Monteverde and Arenal Volcano. Raft down the mighty Pacuare River before crossing over to our remote rainforest lodge, surrounded on all sides by the thick, enveloping jungle. End the journey by heading down to the beach at Puerto Viejo. Phew! Tired yet? No? Time to book!

What’s included

  • Your Discover Moment: La Fortuna Your Hands-On Moment: Surfing Lesson Your Discover Moment: Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
  • Overnight Pacuare River rafting trip
  • Guided hike (Pacuare River)
  • Guided cycling excursion (La Fortuna)
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities


  • Paddle through world-class rapids on the pacuare river
  • Mountain bike in the shadow of arenal volcano
  • Chill out to the sounds of crashing caribbean waves
  • Stand up on a surfboard in puerto viejo.


Day 1 San José There are no planned activities during the day, so check in to the hotel and explore the city. If you arrive early enough, you'll have time to explore the city. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
Day 2 San José/Monteverde Today's ride can be a bumpy ride on some unpaved roads, but the views along the way are spectacular. Transport: Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s))
Day 3 Monteverde Your CEO will let you know about all the activities available and help you pick the best option for you. Get your adrenaline pumping and pre-book the Costa Rica Adrenaline Bundle on the checkout page to include this optional activity on your tour or ask your GCO or travel agent for assistance.
Day 4 Monteverde/La Fortuna The town of La Fortuna lies near the base of the Arenal Volcano and is a perfect launch pad to go wild and let the adrenaline flow with a range of adventure sports. Transport: Shared Van (3.50 hour(s)) Boat (0.75 hour(s)) Shared Van (0.50-0.75 hours)
Day 5 La Fortuna Enjoy a free day in La Fortuna. Opt to go whitewater rafting, waterfall rappelling, paddleboarding or one of the many other optionals this region has to offer. Spend another day getting your adrenaline pumping, viewing local wildlife, marveling at the Arenal Volcano and getting to know more about La Fortuna's Costa Rica.
Day 6 La Fortuna Cycle the area around La Fortuna on a guided half-day biking tour. At night, opt to relax and soak in hot springs at the base of Arenal Volcano. Additional Notes: Please note it will be necessary to repack your bags according to the rafting packing list provided for the Pacuare River trip as it is an early departure tomorrow. Included Activities: Arenal Cycling Trip
Day 7 La Fortuna/Pacuare (1B, 1L, 1D) In the morning, transfer from La Fortuna to the put-in point for rafting on the Pacuare River. On this first day, stop down river for a short hike to explore waterfalls, and scenic, hidden canyons. In the evening, stay at a jungle lodge on the banks of the Pacuare River in a scenic, but remote location. Additional Notes: Our accommodation is in a rustic lodge which has multi-share dormitory-style rooms, with shared bathroom facilities. Included Activities: Pacuare Guided Rafting Expedition – Day 1
Day 8 Pacuare (1B, 1L, 1D) Get off the river for the day to explore the jungle by foot. Included Activities: Pacuare Rainforest Guided Hike
Day 9 Pacuare/Puerto Viejo de Talamanca (1B, 1L) Continue down river to the take-out point, then travel to the Caribbean coastal town of Puerto Viejo. Included Activities: Pacuare Guided Rafting Expedition – Day 2 Transport: Private Vehicle
Day 10 Puerto Viejo de Talamanca The picturesque village of Puerto Viejo de Talamanca is known for its incomparable white- and black-sand beaches surrounded by exotic tropical vegetation. Rent a bike or hire a boat to Manzanillo, hike to Monkey Point through the Gandoca-Manzanillo National Wildlife Refuge. Try snorkelling or take it easy and and explore La Isla Botanical Gardens. Included Activities: Surfing Lesson
Day 11 Puerto Viejo de Talamanca Enjoy free time in Puerto Viejo and soak up the sun on the Caribbean. The warm turquoise water is ideal for swimming, fishing, kayaking, boogie boarding, and surfing. Opt to take a boat trip, snorkel the nearby reefs, or cycle down the coast.
Day 12 Puerto Viejo de Talamanca/San José Return to San José and take advantage of a final day to shop for souvenirs (coffee anyone?). Transport: Local bus (5.00-5.50 hours, 217km)
Day 13 San José Depart at any time. Included Activities: Departure Day