Welcome to Costa Rica

There are few places where the thrill seeker and the eco trekker come together as perfectly as they do in Costa Rica. Venture through this slice of paradise and discover some of nature’s greatest phenomena sitting alongside adrenaline fuelled adventure. This ecological lifestyle has inspired the local saying ‘pura vida’, a philosophy meaning ‘pure life’. The travellers’ holy grail is here for the taking.

This multi-activity tour in Costa Rica is perfect for thrill seekers as we have included river rafting, rappelling, zip lining and even surfing! All these exhilarating activities are enhanced by the gorgeous natural scenery and mighty wonder of nature in this green utopia.

Tour Highlights

  • Rapell down natural waterfalls
  • Zip line through Monteverde Cloud Forest
  • Raft on the exhilarating Sarapiqui River
  • Ride the waves with a surfing lesson
  • Encounter a sloth hanging upside down for a siesta
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  • Dates & Prices

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    December 5 - December 15, 2019 (11 days)

    Standard Blind Price: £2999 Book Now

    Discounted Sighted Price: £2099 Book Now

    The prices shown below are for non-UK travellers and do not include return flights and transfers. If you are travelling from within the UK, please .

    Standard Blind Price: 2549 GBP Book Now

    Discounted Sighted Price: 1649 GBP Book Now

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    Girl walking on hanging bridge in cloudforest - Monteverde, Costa Rica - adventure in central america
  • A sloth pausing for a moment in greenery

    What's Included

    • Flights and transfers from the UK (UK prices only)
    • 1 night in Radisson San Jose Hotel at San Jose
    • 2 nights in Arenal Montechiari Hotel at Arenal
    • 2 nights in Poco a Poco Hotel at Monteverde
    • 1 night in Costa Pacifica Hotel in Esterillos
    • 3 nights in Villa Bosque Hotel in Manuel Antonio
    • All breakfasts
    • 2 lunches
    • Specified excursions
    • Services of local guides
    • Services of a Traveleyes tour manager
  • Excursions

    • Rafting in Sarapiqui
    • Rappelling & Canyoning Tour
    • Trapiche (Sugar Cane) & Coffee Tour
    • Aerial Tram, Hanging Bridges & Zip-Lining Tour
    • Bat Jungle Visit
    • Manuel Antonio National Park Hike
    • Surf Lesson
    • Natural Hot Springs visit (£55)
    • Horseback Riding (£65)
    • Damas Island Mangrove tour (£55)
    A woman ziplining through the lush greenery of Costa Rica

Below is the itinerary for the holiday. Please click each day for more information.

Thursday 5th December

Upon arrival in San Jose this afternoon we’ll transfer to our hotel in the historic capital of Costa Rica.

Overnight in San Jose.

Friday 6th December

Following breakfast, we’ll leave San Jose behind for the tropical lowlands of Costa Rica. Upon arrival in Sarapiqui we’ll enjoy an adventurous and scenic river rafting experience in the Sarapiqui river, one of the cleanest and most pristine rivers in the country.

Our adventure begins from the community of La Virgen de Sarapiqui and follows the waters through impressive rainforest that towers over the banks of the river. On either side of us will be clear pools and a wide range of flora and fauna. The section of the river we’ll raft down is excellent for people who want to participate in an exciting rafting experience for the first time. However, it is important to consider your own physical condition before taking part.

The whole section of our river rafting experience is 7 miles long and normally takes about 2 and a half hours to complete. It will include a brief stop with a fruit buffet and time to swim. You’ll require river shoes or sandals with straps, a swimsuit, light clothes (that will get wet!), towel and dry clothes to change into.

We’ll tuck into an included lunch together before continuing our journey to La Fortuna, the closest town to Arenal Volcano. Once here, we’ll check into our new hotel amid lush gardens and a spectacular view of the volcano.

Breakfast and lunch included. Overnight in Arenal.

Saturday 7th December

Today we’ll explore the secrets that lie hidden in the depths of a rainforest river canyon whilst rappelling down waterfalls. Upon arrival, we’ll have a safety talk and gear up before taking a short trek to the first waterfall where our adventure begins. On the tour there are four rappels available ranging from 18 metres to 50 metres in height, all guaranteed to get your heart pumping! Following our exhilarating rainforest adventure, we’ll feast on an included lunch before heading back to our hotel.

You’ll require comfortable clothes, trousers, an extra change of clothes, walking shoes, insect repellent and a swimsuit.

This afternoon you’ll have the option to visit hot springs and relax in thermal waters. Geologically, these thermal natural springs are 97% rain-based and 3% magma-based. There are three thermal springs that naturally surface and flow in the property at different temperatures (37°C/99°F to 108°F/41°C). There are two main branches of a thermal river that flow through the gardens and one cold river spring that flows down from the rainforest into one fresh water cascade. After you have felt all of your worries and stress disappear, we’ll enjoy a dinner that is included as part of this optional tour.

Breakfast and lunch included. Overnight in Arenal.

Sunday 8th December

Enjoy breakfast and then depart from the lowlands of northern Costa Rica for the mountains of Monteverde, home of Costa Rica’s cloud forest. On the way, we’ll stop by Arenal Lake and board a pontoon boat for a journey to Rio Chiquito, a little town on the other side of the lake that is home to many migratory birds.

Once at Rio Chiquito, we’ll stretch our legs before continuing our journey to Monteverde. The last 30 minutes of this journey will be on rustic roads so expect a few bumpy moments.

Upon arrival we’ll settle into our hotel and enjoy lunch at leisure. Following this, we’ll rendezvous for a trapiche (sugar cane) and coffee tour. We’ll visit a farm that grows bananas, arracacha, macadamia nuts, oranges, sugar cane and coffee. They also breed pond fish here. We’ll get to taste the freshly cut sugar cane and learn about the coffee production process. Following this, we’ll board oxcarts and journey to a mill to witness the extraction of the sugar cane’s juice, and learn the artisanal way to process the sugar cane into different products. We’ll explore an exhibit featuring some traditional Costa Rican artefacts, such as a wood stove and marimba musical instruments, before eating some arracacha and sampling some freshly made drinks made from the sugar cane.

Breakfast included. Overnight in Monteverde.

Monday 9th December

Today we’ll head to the Sky Adventure Park and commence the sky walk. This is a walking tour that combines nature trails and hanging bridges which soar above the canopy of Monteverde’s cloud forest and are up to 300 metres in length.

Afterwards, we’ll ride on the Sky Tram, an open air gondola that takes us from the ground to the mountain heights. Once at the top, we’ll disembark onto an observation platform that offers views of the forest and the Gulf of Nicoya.

We won’t be boarding the gondola to return to the ground however, as we now commence our Sky Trek (zip lining)! We’ll glide down on a zip line system stretching across canyons and treetops, admiring the magnificent natural landscape whilst enjoying an exhilarating ride. There are ten zip line cables, ranging in height from 40 metres to 100 metres and in length from 100 metres to 750 metres.

You’ll need to bring hiking shoes, comfortable clothes, a jacket or raincoat and insect repellent.

This afternoon we’ll continue our adventure with a visit to a bat jungle for a tour about these enigmatic creatures. The centre resembles the cloud forest at night so the bats are free to fly at their leisure. There are also a series of interactive sculptures and a recording system so that you can hear the live sounds of the bats as they use their echolocation.

Breakfast included. Overnight in Monteverde.

Tuesday 10th December

Leave the mountains of Monteverde behind as we journey to the Pacific Coast. Our base for this evening will be located near the world-famous Carara National Park; a sprawling sanctuary protecting the rainforest and its diverse inhabitants.

The park boasts some of the tallest rainforest trees in Costa Rica, like the kapok and wild cashew trees that can grow up to 60 metres high, as well as the magnificent umbrella-shaped Guanacaste tree; Costa Rica’s national tree. There are several flat hiking trails that make their way through Carara National Park, perfect for exploring the natural landscape at your leisure.

Alternatively, you may wish to join a horseback riding tour through the rainforest. Beginning at Herradura base, we’ll mount our steeds and ride through farms, past glistening waterfalls, and ascend through the rainforest. Amid the sounds of toucans, scarlet macaws and white faced monkeys, we’ll arrive at a waterfall and pool area where we’ll tuck into fresh fruit and have time to enjoy the waterfalls and natural slides.

You’ll need to bring long trousers, water shoes or strap on sandals, swimwear and a towel.

Breakfast included. Overnight in Esterillos.

Wednesday 11th December

Following breakfast we’ll depart Esterillos and journey further south. Along the way, we’ll visit the famous Manuel Antonio National Park where we’ll walk along a flat trail that loops through the park for approximately 2 miles with a natural tour guide who can point out sloths, birds and reptiles who call this forest home. Along the way, we’ll stop at one of the beaches located within the park to bask on the sand and enjoy the smell and sound of the sea underneath palm trees.

This afternoon there will be ample time to enjoy one of the area’s amazing beaches. With deep blue waters and white sand beaches this is the perfect place for some R&R after an action packed few days.

Breakfast included. Overnight in Manuel Antonio.

Thursday 12th December

Today we’ll embark on a surfing lesson for beginners. In this class, we’ll learn all the basics of surfing, starting with ocean knowledge, surfing etiquette, positioning on the board, how to paddle and how to stand up properly and ride a wave. The beach even has some natural fresh water pools close by so be sure to check them out! There will also be the opportunity to simply kick back and relax on the beach, watching the world go by while sipping on a refreshing coconut.

Following a morning riding the waves, we’ll enjoy an afternoon at leisure.

Breakfast included. Overnight in Manuel Antonio.

Friday 13th December

Today will be a day at leisure to rest by the pool, visit town, or take part in the optional activities that are on offer.

You may wish to join our optional Damas Island Mangrove Tour on board a small boat. This 4-hour tour takes you along soft currents under a verdant forest canopy. Along the way we’re likely to come across snakes, monkeys and many different species of birds. Monkeys are often known to board the ship and make themselves comfortable, so be prepared for a furry friend or two on this trip! After the boat trip, we will have lunch before returning to the hotel.

Breakfast included. Overnight in Manuel Antonio.

Saturday 14th December

This morning we’ll depart from Manuel Antonio and journey to San Jose Airport for our return journey home.

Breakfast included.

Sunday 15th December

Land back home and bid farewell to the group!

Single supplement – £400

Please check the visa requirements for your country of residence for Costa Rica. At time of publication of this trip the below information for British residents applied:

British nationals don’t need a visa to enter Costa Rica. You may stay as a visitor for up to 90 days under a tourist visa waiver, although the exact period is at the discretion of the immigration officer on arrival.