Costa Rica Volcanoes & Surfing

Active, San José to San José

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Tour description provided by G Adventures

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.

What’s included

  • G Adventures for Good: Life Monteverde Visit, Monteverde Carte Blanche: La Fortuna Carte Blanche: Monteverde Hands-on: Surfing Lesson
  • Guided mountain biking excursion (Arenal)
  • Guided cloud forest night walk (Monteverde)
  • Beach time in Santa Teresa
  • Free time in La Fortuna
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

Highlights

  • Surf the waves at one of the best breaks in the country
  • Catch views of arenal volcano on a lakeside mountain bike ride
  • Watch the sunset over the pacific.

Itinerary

Day 1 San José Arrive in San José at any time. Check into our hotel and enjoy the city. If you arrive early, head into downtown San José to visit a museum, shop or people-watch in the main plaza, a good place to watch San José at its most lively. A mime, juggler, marimba band, magician, or storyteller may be performing for tips, and artisan booths are common, creating a regular arts and crafts fair atmosphere. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
Day 2 San José/La Fortuna Travel by bus to La Fortuna, at the foot of Arenal Volcano, our next adventure base. Hike the area’s nature trails, swim in chilly La Fortuna waterfall or try canyoneering. Other optional activities include mountain biking, caving, horseback riding or a tour of the Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge. Like much of Costa Rica, the area is a birders’ paradise, with over 600 species as permanent residents. Finally, after a day of exploring, take a relaxing soak in one of the region's lush, cascading hot springs. Transport: Private Vehicle (3.00 hour(s))
Day 3 La Fortuna Enjoy free time to fully explore the area. Opt to go for a swim in a nearby swimming hole, go kayaking, or get spoiled with a massage.
Day 4 La Fortuna/Monteverde (1L) From La Fortuna, travel by van to the shores of Lake Arenal where our mountain bikes will be waiting for a two-hour cycling journey (challenging with some hills and bumps). Afterwards, board a boat for the half hour boat ride across the lake. When we arrive at Rio Chiquito, we switch to waiting vans to drive the final leg up into the cool, misty mountain air of the Monteverde Cloud Forest. Included Activities: Arenal Cycling Trip Life Monteverde Visit Guided Cloud Forest Night Walk Transport: Boat (0.50 hour(s)) Private Vehicle (2.50 hour(s), 35km)
Day 5 Monteverde Enjoy a free day to explore the cloud forest region of Costa Rica. Opt to fly across canopy ziplines, tour a coffee plantation, or go horseback riding in the hills.
Day 6 Monteverde/Santa Teresa Head to the Pacific coast for some much needed beach time and an opportunity to enjoy the waves. Playa Santa Teresa and Malpais are small towns frequented by surfers. Beginners and intermediate surfers alike should take advantage of the two included surf lessons to fine-tune skills. Cabo Blanco Nature Reserve is located next to Malpais, take a hike to explore the area or check out the snorkelling at Secret Beach. Included Activities: Surfing Lesson Transport: Private Vehicle (8.00 hour(s), 200km)
Day 7 Santa Teresa (1B) Enjoy another included surf lesson, then spend the rest of the day relaxing or taking part in other optional activities in the area. Included Activities: Surfing Lesson
Day 8 Santa Teresa/San José (1B) Squeeze in a morning surf before embarking on our journey back to the capital, San José. Arrive in the evening (approx 9pm) in time to shower and head out for a final night on the town. Transport: Local bus (8.00 hour(s))
Day 9 San José Depart at any time. Included Activities: Departure Day
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