An active tour to discover the rainforest, volcanoes and coastline of captivating Costa Rica
This adventure is an active tour of the best of Costa Rica. Discover volcanoes, rainforests, and the gorgeous coastline of this small by mighty country. Every stop on this trip is action-packed. Picture yourself attempting class three whitewater rafting in Sarapiqui, or biking near Lake Arenal, and then trying a zip-line through Monteverde’s misty cloud forest.
The highlight of the trip comes at the end. You’ll visit Manuel Antonio National Park to enjoy the wildlife and coastline on a catamaran excursion.
After flying into San Jose, you’ll visit so many places on this 11 day trip it will feel like a whirlwind. After rafting down the Sarapiqui, you’ll visit Arenal National Park, the Ecotermale Hot Springs, Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, and more. The reserve is known as one of Costa Rica’s ‘Seven Wonders,’ you’ll see tons of mammals, birds, reptiles, butterflies, and amphibians in this habitat.
As this is an active adventure, a reasonable level of fitness will help you get the most out of your trip. Prior whitewater rafting experience is not a requirement – if this is your first time, your guides will help you learn the basic skills needed to enjoy yourself.
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Why We Love This Adventure
- Get your adrenaline pumping on this mixed activity trip - whitewater rafting, mountain biking and zip-lining included!
- Visit the rainforest, cloud forest, volcanoes and coastline of this diverse ecological paradise
- Refresh yourself in the thermal waters of Ecotermales Hot Springs near Arenal Volcano
Please make an enquiry and we'll send you the full itinerary for each day including meals, activities, travel and accommodation.
The group flight usually arrives into San Jose this morning. Land Only clients should aim to arrive at the hotel this afternoon/evening. This evening is the perfect opportunity to meet your guide and get to know your fellow travellers. Accommodation: Balmoral Hotel (or similar) *Comfortable Hotel*.
Heading northeast of San Jose we swap the capital for the Sarapiqui region, an area blessed with abundant vegetation and the beautiful Sarapiqui River. This area is gathering a reputation as a great spot for adventure seekers! We board 6-person rafts and set off for a 1/2 day white water rafting excursion on grade II and III rapids. Starting at a section of the river called La Virgen, travel 11km through exhilarating rapids and clear pools, with rainforest towering over the river banks at either side. There will be a short stop for seasonal fruits and plenty of time for a refreshing swim in one of the calm sections of the river. After lunch, we transfer for around 3 hours to the area surrounding Arenal Volcano. Following a massive eruption in 1968, Arenal was Costa Rica's most active volcano until recently when it entered a resting phase. As well as the volcano, this region has plenty to offer, with thermal waters, waterfalls and Lake Arenal waiting to be discovered. Accommodation: Arenal Montechiari Hotel (or similar) *Comfortable Hotel*.
There is a guided hike this morning through Arenal Volcano National Park. The park has a great system of trails passing through secondary forest and near lava fields created by previous eruptions. In the afternoon we visit a local organic farm located at the foot of Arenal Volcano, where lunch is provided for us and we can learn how sugar cane and other crops are produced. In the late afternoon we visit Ecotermales Hot Springs as a group to enjoy a hot thermal bath from the volcanic spring water, a refreshing end to the day. Accommodation: Arenal Montechiari Hotel (or similar) *Comfortable Hotel*.
Following yesterday's thermal bath our muscles should be ready for today's mountain bike ride around Lake Arenal! Gear yourself up for a moderate ride this morning, mostly following quiet country roads and gravel trails that border the Arenal Volcano National Park. There are stunning views and travelling by bike is a great way to discover the beauty of the rainforest. Upon request, the tour can end at a different hotsprings nearby (entrance fee not included). The rest of the afternoon is free to sign up for an optional activity, such as the Sky Walk (canopy walk), Sky Trek (zip wire), kayaking tour or the Hanging Bridges excursion. Accommodation: Arenal Montechiari Hotel (or similar) *Comfortable Hotel*.
From the northern lowlands we travel through the Tilaran mountains to reach the cloud forest, passing breathtaking views of the Gulf of Nicoya and the islands below as we ascend the hills to Monteverde. The road climbs to this forest-cloaked region whose name literally means 'Green Mountain'. Today's drive is about three and half hours, on some bumpy roads. Monteverde is our location for the next two nights - you'll notice a real difference in the climate of this area; gone is the humidity of the lowlands and in its place is a cool mist, a steady stream of clouds and a much cooler average temperate, given the altitude of 1,440m. In the afternoon, we take a walk around the Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, an area chosen as one of Costa Rica's 'Seven Wonders' for its incredible biodiversity. The moisture in the cloud forest supports a fantastic array of plantlife, with ferns and moss growing on every available tree trunk. Hundreds of mammals, birds, butterflies, reptiles and amphibians live in this habitat and we should discover a number of them today. Accommodation: Monteverde Country Lodge (or similar) *Comfortable Hotel*.
This morning we get a completely new perspective on the cloud forest by taking a zip-lining excursion through the forest canopy. Before you fly down the zip-lines, guides will teach you the proper technique, including how to position yourself and hold the cable correctly, enabling you to safely embark on this adrenaline pumping adventure through the trees. The afternoon it's possible to join an optional excursion to the Don Juan estate to learn about the process of making coffee. Accommodation: Monteverde Country Lodge (or similar) *Comfortable Hotel*.
We travel southeast along the coast, following the Pan-Am Highway and passing plantations of African oil palms and teak to reach our next destination, Manuel Antonio. It takes around 4 hours to reach Manuel Antonio. The national park is a beautiful spot where the forest meets the sea and iguanas and White-faced monkeys can often be seen on the beach. Entrance into the park is included in our activities tomorrow, but this afternoon there will be some free time to visit the beach or join one of the optional activities available, such as sea kayaking, horse riding or a mangrove boat tour. Accommodation: Playa Espadilla / Villa Bosque (or similar) *Comfortable Hotel*.
This morning we take a guided walk in the park to reach one of the higher elevations for incredible coastal views of dramatic rocky headlands. Inside the park we may see monkeys (White-faced, Squirrel and Howler), iguana, sloths and agouti. Most of the walking trails lead to beautiful beaches within the national park. This afternoon we set sail on a catamaran excursion to discover the coastline of Manuel Antonio. The catamaran charts a picturesque course, starting in Quepos and navigating around the back of Manuel Antonio National Park, passing islands, cliffs and rock formations. There are a number of nesting grounds for birds and marine wildlife here as well as plentiful vegetation. After navigating the coastline we sail to Bisanz beach, where we can don a mask and snorkel to discover the underwater world (parrotfish, angelfish and starfish might be seen). If we are lucky, we may even spot dolphins in the water. Please note that water visibility varies depending on the season and the snorkeling activity is weather permitting. Drinks and snacks are available on board and an early dinner will be served as part of the trip. Accommodation: Playa Espadilla / Villa Bosque (or similar) *Comfortable Hotel*.
A four hour journey takes us back to San Jose, where those on group flights will be transferred to the airport in time for their return flight. Land only clients end in San Jose and are advised not to book a flight leaving San Jose before 5pm today, as arrival at the airport will be timed to co-incide with the group flight.
Price£1,799 GBP (Land Only but UK return flight option is available on request)
- All breakfasts 3 lunches and 2 dinners
- All accommodation
- All transport and listed activities
- Tour leader throughout
- Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)
Trip Duration9 days
Start LocationSan Jose
End LocationSan Jose Airport
Average Group Sizemin 4, max 16
All breakfasts, 3 lunches and 2 dinners included. Hotel breakfasts are normally buffet style, with toast, cereal, eggs, fruits and tea/coffee all available. For lunch and dinner, the tour leader will recommend various options in convenient locations, usually booking restaurants and eating with the group.
This adventure can also be booked with UK return flights by the operator – to get prices, dates and availability for the flight option please complete an enquiry form today and mention your flight interest in the message section. Thanks!
Dates & Availability
- 15 Mar 2019 – 23 Mar 2019
- 26 Jul 2019 – 03 Aug 2019
- 09 Aug 2019 – 17 Aug 2019
- 25 Oct 2019 – 02 Nov 2019
- 15 Nov 2019 – 23 Nov 2019
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