Costa Rica Active Adventure
Slutdestination: San Jose
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 Jose, embark on four days of cycling and hiking 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!
Paddle through world-class rapids on the Pacuare River, indulge in a wide variety of adventure, 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.
Public bus, private vehicle, bicycle, boat, raft, hiking.
Hotels (10 nts), jungle lodge (2 nts).
Hands-On: Surfing Lesson. Overnight Pacuare River rafting trip. Guided hike (Pacuare River). Guided cycling excursion (La Fortuna). Free time in Monteverde, La Fortuna, and Puerto Viejo. All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.
Day 1 San Jose
Arrive at any time.
Day 2 San Jose/Monteverde
Drive through Costa Rica's beautiful countryside to Monteverde to explore the verdant cloud forest and enjoy the surrounding area.
Day 3 Monteverde
Enjoy a free day for optional activities in and around Monteverde like ziplining, horseback riding, or touring the cloud forest.
Day 4 Monteverde/La Fortuna
Travel through rolling hills and across a lake to La Fortuna, where there is free time to explore.
Day 5 La Fortuna
Enjoy a free day in La Fortuna. Opt to go whitewater rafting, waterfall rappelling, or hike up a dormant volcano.
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.
Day 7 La Fortuna/Pacuare (1B, 1L, 1D)
Enjoy a two-day guided rafting expedition along the Pacuare River, stopping at times to explore on foot, then stay the night in rustic cabins built along the river.
Day 8 Pacuare (1B, 1L, 1D)
Get off the river for the day to explore the jungle by foot.
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.
Day 10 Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
The Caribbean is famous for its sun, sand and surf. Pull on a rash guard, grab a big board and get ready to hang ten like a local with an included surf 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 Jose
Return to San Jose and take advantage of a final day to shop for souvenirs (coffee anyone?).
Day 13 San Jose
Depart at any time.