Costa Rican Adventure

Costa Rican Adventure

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Costa Rican Adventure

8 Days Starting in San Jose and ending in

Visiting: Costa Rica

Tour operator:

World Expeditions

Tour code:

CRS

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

2 - 16

Physical rating:

Introductory

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Tour Overview

This flexible itinerary is ideal for travellers looking for a bit of an adventure, mixed with time to take in the sights and relax on the palm fringed beaches. We start our journey in San Jose before heading to the Pacuare River for two days of gentle whitewater rafting through this superb natural rainforest region. We then continue to Arenal Volcano where we enjoy a hike exploring the rich flora and fauna of this tropical rainforest. We will also incorporate some time to rejuvenate in the many natural hot springs. Finally you can choose between the Monteverde Cloud Forest or exploring the beautiful Manuel Antonio National Park and it’s excellent Pacific Coast Beaches. Both areas offer a selection of optional activities which allow you to do as much or as little as you like.

Highlights

  • Raft the Pacuare River, in a superb natural rainforest region

  • Encounter exotic wildlife

  • Discover the Arenal Volcano area and incredible hanging bridges

  • Rejuvenate by soaking in natural hot springs

  • Enjoy a choice of days in Monteverde Cloud Forest or Manuel Antonio National Park

Itinerary

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Day 1 : Join Trip In San Jose

You will be met on arrival at San Jose's international airport and taken to your hotel.

Day 2 : Pacuare River Rafting
Meals Included: B, L, D

THE ADVENTURE BEGINS…with a scenic drive along the foothills of the Irazú and Turrialba volcanoes to the “put in” on the Pacuare River for our two-day whitewater rafting adventure. We will run a total of 10 kilometers of Class II-III rapids today exploring the magnificent river valley. By afternoon we arrive at our comfortable riverside camp, El Nido de Tigre (or similar) which nestles between the sounds of the rainforest and the hum of the river. This area of rainforest is maintained as much as possible in its natural state. From the center of the camp, trails radiate out to secreted areas of rainforest, take time to explore the lush environment first hand looking out for toucans overhead or simply relaxing in a hammock to the sounds of the river.

Day 3 : Pacuare River Afternoon Transfer To Arenal Area
Meals Included: B, L

Today the Pacuare takes us through virgin rainforest, cascading waterfalls and river carved canyons. We will run a total of 25 kilometers of Class III-IV rapids. We maneuver through the exhilarating rapids and point out the intricacies of the rainforest at the river’s edge. Along the way we take time out to do some hiking to spectacular waterfalls and have lunch on the shore. “Taking out” near the town of Siquirres we drive to the small town of La Fortuna, the closest town to the Arenal Volcano. There is a wide choice of restaurants to choose from in La Fortuna for dinner.

Day 4 : Half Day Hike In Arenal Volcano Area And Hot Springs
Meals Included: B, D

In the morning we enjoy a picturesque walk through the tropical rainforest. We will be around 2 hours on the Arenal hanging bridges, one of the highlights in this area. Here we'll have wonderful panoramic views of the Arenal Volcano and Lake Arenal. We continue with a visit to the breathtaking Rio Fortuna waterfall which falls 120ft to a large natural swimming pool. The descent is steep and we take the stair set down to the waterfall as we become immersed in the spectacular flora and fauna. The falls spill over into smaller gentler pour overs and swim areas which are our natural playground before we begin our ascent. The afternoon may be spent exploring the town of La Fortuna or relaxing in your hotel. Thanks to the Arenal Volcano’s geothermal activity, there is a number of natural hot springs throughout the area. They are designed to be very much in tune with their natural environment and offer a fantastic way to relax in the warm and soothing mineral waters while enjoying spectacular scenery in close proximity, that’s why you will be transfer tonight at one of these amazing thermal waters where the entrance and a delicious dinner will be also included.

Day 5 : Option A - Manuel Antonio National Park
Meals Included: B

Free time to explore Manuel Antonio and the National Park. It takes about five hours to get to the National Park. The Pacific Coast of Costa Rica is a treasure chest of natural beauty. In Manuel Antonio the rainforest dramatically meets the Pacific Ocean as it bows down to greet the white sandy beaches. It is a great place to relax or to explore the National Park. You will often be awakened by the local monkeys – howler, white-faced and squirrel are the most common in the area, as well as iguanas and land crabs.
To make the most of your time at the beach, you can book the following optional activities (additional cost): Canopy Tour, Ocean Kayaking & Snorkeling, Islas Damas Mangrove Kayak Trip or Boat Trip, Catamaran & Snorkeling Adventure, Surfing lessons. Speak with our Reservations staff for details and pricing.

Day 7 : Manuel Antonio, Transfer Back To San Jose
Meals Included: B

The morning is free to spend a few more hours enjoying the beach. In the afternoon, you will be transferred by road back to San Jose. The evening may be spent taking in the sights and sounds of San Jose.

Day 8 : Trip Concludes In San Jose
Meals Included: B

This morning you will be transferred to San Jose airport after breakfast where the trip concludes.

What's Included

  • Accommodation on a twin-share basis

  • Internal transport

  • 7 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 2 dinners

  • Expert local guide

  • Airport Transfers on Day 1 and Day 8

  • Group rafting equipment

What's Not Included

  • Drinks of any kind (e.g. bottled water, soft drinks, beers etc)

  • Items of a personal nature ie laundry, phone calls

  • International airfares and airport taxes

  • Travel insurance

  • Tips

  • Optional activities on Days 5, 6 & 7

What You Carry

In your daypack you will need to carry a rainjacket, water bottle, camera gear, valuables and personal items such as sunscreen, lip-eze etc.

Wildlife

The wilderness areas of Costa Rica are populated by a vast variety of plant and animal species attracting nature lovers from all over the world. Costa Rica’s birdlife is incredibly large with 850 species being recorded. The country boasts 50 species of the hummingbird alone. There are over 600 species of butterflies, 1,200 species of orchids and 200 species of mammals including monkey, sloth, armadillos, coatis, peccaries, skunks and otters. This trip aims to view these animals in their natural habitat.

Grading

This trips involve some activity and are suitable for people with a normal level of fitness and good health. The itinerary may take place in remote areas (with basic facilities) and may involve long travel days on various types of transport. Sightseeing may be conducted on foot and all participants should be capable of carrying their own luggage from vehicle to hotel rooms. * Suggested preparation: Two or three time a week, we recommend you walk on undulating terrain for an hour, for at least 2 -3 months prior to departure.

Check out our Q&As

  • Who will be my travelling companions on the tour?

    We have offices on three continents which means your travelling companions will be just that – international and wonderfully eclectic. Part of small group travel means that although travellers come from various locations and backgrounds, you will be travelling with like-minded companions who, like you, are keen to share the experience and forge lifelong friendships.

  • What about environmental impact?

    We believe that adventure travel revolves around establishing a strong relationship with the people and environments in which we operate. Our responsible travel policies have been carefully developed to ensure that we minimise the impact of our presence and help to protect the regions we visit while contributing positively to the local community.

  • What should I pack?

    Your pre-departure documents include a detailed packing list with items that you need to bring. While most of the equipment for daily activities is included in your tour cost, some items like helmets and hiking boots are best brought from home. The pre-departure documents also include information on layering and recommended brands for various items to ensure you are fully prepared for your trip.

  • Do you operate a “single share” option and how does it work?

    Yes. World Expeditions does not require single travellers to pay a surcharge for travelling alone on the vast majority of our trips. Our holidays are primarily on a twin share basis, so if you are joining the group as a solo traveller, we will match you with someone of your own gender. The choice is yours however; if you prefer not to share, we do offer single supplements for private occupancy.

  • Are tips included in my trip price?

    Tips are not included in the tour cost. Tipping is a personal thing, do not worry about how much, or when, to tip. Tipping guidelines are provided for certain destinations in our pre departure information upon booking, however the best advice will be provided by your tour leader.

  • Am I suited to small-group travel?

    We recognise that many of our travellers have not been on a ‘group trip’ before. Yet what our departures provide is both structure and flexibility, allowing you plenty of freedom within the framework of the itinerary. You’ll find that with our maximum group size at 16, you’ll travel in a minimal impact style with a great group of like-minded travellers.

  • Can you advise which vaccinations are recommended?

    While our pre-departure kit provides information on vaccinations, we suggest that you consult your doctor, local government inoculation centre or a travel medical specialist in order to get the most current advice regarding vaccination requirements.

Reviews from Travellers on this Tour

Rebecca Fifelski(Novi, Michigan, United States)  

Costa Rican Adventure

27 Sep 2023

Customer service with World Expeditions was fantastic. Every time I had a question, I was able to speak with a real human person and get honest answers. Thank you!!

Mark Zaremski(Michigan, United States)  

Costa Rican Adventure

19 Sep 2023

Beautiful country with friendly residents. Easy to get around and many activities!

Therese Lee(Coffee Camp, NSW Australia)  

Costa Rican Adventure

31 Mar 2023

loved it

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    World Expeditions requires a minimum deposit of 250 GBP per person or the full booking value, whichever is less, with the final balance not due until 70 days before departure.

  • Cancellation Policy

    We don't charge a cancellation fee, here is a summary of world expeditions charges.

    Up to 70 days before tour starts: Forfeit 100% of deposit.

    At 69 days before tour starts: Forfeit 50% of booking price.

    At 35 days before tour starts: Forfeit 100% of booking price.

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