- Paddle through world-class rapids on the Pacuare River
- Mountain biking in the shadow of Arenal Volcano
- Chill out to the sounds of crashing Caribbean waves
- Stand up on a surfboard in Puerto Viejo
- Explore the rainforests and soak in the freshness
- Savor the awesome flavors of the Afro-Caribbean cuisine
Hiking, biking, horseback riding, kayaking, zip lining - if you've got all these in your travel bucket list, then join the Adventures in Costa Rica Tour and tick everything off it! No kidding there - this amazing tour has been curated by Go Discover Abroad to offer you the best experiences within a span of just 13 days! In case you are planning to head off to Costa Rica and spend your gap year there, then you might as well indulge in feeling the adrenaline rush. Hike up the Arenal Volcano, explore the rainforests, go for rafting on the Pacuare River, and chill on the Caribbean beaches, unless you decide to snorkel or dive!
Day 1 - Arrival in San José
Welcome to Costa Rica! You will have to arrive at Juan Santamaría International Airport in San José. Travel to your hotel and take rest after a long flight. You have a free day to explore the city's beautiful parks, museums, and an ornate National Theatre. A Welcome Meeting will be organized for you, to give you an idea of the entire trip in details.
Day 2 - San José to Monteverde
You'll fall in love with today's journey! Drive through Costa Rica's beautiful countryside to Monteverde to explore the verdant cloud forest and enjoy the surrounding area.
Day 3 - Monteverde
You have a free day to roam around Monteverde. Explore the cloud forest region, go for canopy zip lining and hanging bridge tours, visit the Monteverde Butterfly Garden to see and opt for a horse ride as well.
Day 4 - Monteverde to La Fortuna
It's time for a road trip across the countryside of the Central Valley. It's a 3 hours journey to the base of the Arenal Volcano. Once we reach our destination, you'll get enough time to relax in the hot springs that are heated by the volcano's lava. Let the adrenaline flow with a range of adventure sports.
Day 5 - 6 Exploring La Fortuna
You’ve got enough time for yourself to experience all that La Fortuna has to offer! From plenty of adventure activities like Canyoneering, Volcano Park hikes to relax-session in hot springs and soothing swims in waterfalls! You can also get a cycle and explore this picturesque town, feeling the adrenaline rush during the guided half-day biking tour.
Day 7 - La Fortuna to Pacuare
It's time to set out and explore the countryside once again, before finally reaching Pacuare! Once we reach, we'll stop down the 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.
Day 8 - Exploring Pacuare
Today, we'll explore the rainforests in this region & soak in the freshness. Hike with local guides to see waterfalls, swim in small streams and learn about the natural environment that is home to the Cabecar indigenous peoples. Relax in a hammock and enjoy the sounds of tropical birds calling above the roar of the rushing river.
Day 9 - Pacuare to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
Today, we'll head back to the river for a final morning of rafting before we kick start our journey towards Puerto Viejo de Talamanca. Once we reach, you can take your time by the shore of the Caribbean Sea in Puerto Viejo.
Day 10 - 11 Exploring Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
This town is perfect for just chillaxing or exploring the Manzanillo National Wildlife Refuge. You can also opt to snorkel in the Caribbean! Hike to Monkey Point, rent a bike or explore the La Isla Botanical Gardens, When it comes to activities, there are many options here to keep you busy for both the days. The warm turquoise water is ideal for swimming, fishing, kayaking, boogie boarding, and surfing. Also, don’t forget to try the ecstatic Afro-Caribbean Cuisine while there!
Day 12 - Travel to San Jose
Enjoy a fun morning in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca before taking a bus ride over the mountains and heading back to the capital city, San Jose for a final night with this amazing group. You can also head off to the market to buy some souvenirs that you'd like to take back home.
Day 13 - Depart from San Jose
Every good thing comes to an end and so has this trip! You can depart at any time and hop on your homebound flight. But if you’re not ready to leave yet, you can simply choose from any of our trips or talk to your trip coordinator to help make arrangements for your journey ahead!
Dates & Cost
- Exploring La Fortuna
- Guided cycling excursion (La Fortuna)
- Surfing Lessons to become a pro
- Exploring Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
- Overnight Pacuare River rafting trip
- Guided hike (Pacuare River)
- All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
- Accommodation - Hotels (10 nights), jungle lodge (2 nights)
- Meals - 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners
- International/Domestic Airfare.
- Visa Fees.
- Insurance expenses (can be purchased from us at minimal cost).
- Cost of Vaccinations.
- Additional tours and activities (not included as paid for in the itinerary).
- Airport transfers (available at extra cost).
Accommodation - Hotels (10 nts), jungle lodge (2 nts).
Our accommodation for the Pacuare Rafting Expedition is in a rustic lodge which has multi-share dormitory-style rooms, with shared bathroom facilities.
Meals Included - 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners
Eating is a big part of traveling. Travelling with Go Discover Abroad you experience the vast array of wonderful food that is available out in the world. Generally meals are not included in the trip price when there is a choice of eating options, to give you the maximum flexibility in deciding where, what and with whom to eat. It also gives you more budgeting flexibility, though generally food is cheap. Our groups tend to eat together to enable you to taste a larger variety of dishes and enjoy each other's company. There is no obligation to do this though. Your CEO will be able to suggest favourite restaurants during your trip. The above information applies to Go Discover Abroad group trips. Please refer to the meals included and budget information for included meals and meal budgets.