Multi activity adventure taking in the rainforest, volcanoes and coastline of captivating Costa Rica
From rumbling volcanoes to sweeping, sandy beaches, Costa Rica’s beauty is evident in every corner. On this action-packed adventure we try grade II, III and IV whitewater rafting on the Pacuare River, kayak around Lake Arenal, have a go at zip-lining in the forest and try canyoning and rappelling through spectacular waterfalls. Our adventure ends in the lush Manuel Antonio National Park, where we can appreciate the picture-perfect coastline on another kayak excursion before snorkelling in the Pacific.
All breakfasts, 4 lunches and 1 dinner 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. Vegetarians are generally well catered for in Costa Rica but please inform us before departure of any special dietary requests. Costa Rican specialities include 'Gallo Pinto', a black bean and rice dish considered to be a staple part of the local diet. Soups and stews are also common, and fresh fruit is abundant and will no doubt be one of the highlights of your time in the tropics.
Depart London for an overnight flight to San Jose.
The group flight usually arrives into San Jose this morning. Free arrival transfers are avaialble for all clients. This evening is the perfect opportunity to meet your guide and get to know your fellow travellers. Accommodation: Balmoral Hotel (or similar)* *
Leaving San Jose we head towards the Pacuare River, an area blessed with abundant vegetation and scenic beauty in the middle of the rainforest. This is a great spot for adventure seekers and one of the best rivers to raft in Costa Rica! After a safety briefing and instructions, we board 6-person rafts and begin our grade II and III whitewater rafting excursion. Rafting is the only way to reach this evening's accommodation - an eco-lodge surrounded completely by nature. Please note that we need to pack overnight bags for this experience, which will follow separately on another raft. We can access our main luggage again tomorrow. Our journey takes us through 13km of exhilarating rapids and clear pools of the Pacuare River, with rainforest towering over the river at either side and colourful birds flying overhead. There will be a short stop for lunch and plenty of time for a refreshing swim near a waterfall in one of the calm sections of the river. On arrival at the Rio Tropicales eco-lodge a welcome drink and snacks await us, and we'll have plenty of time to relax and soak up the tropical surroundings and vibrant sounds of the jungle. Accommodation: Rio Tropicales Lodge (or similar)
After a healthy breakfast at our eco-lodge, we pack up and prepare to continue our expedition on the Pacuare River through lush rainforest. Today see's us raft class III and IV rapids on the lower Pacuare and gorge, which is sure to be an adrenaline boost and gives us another chance to experience the intimate nature of the rainforest. Eventually we reach our exit point from the river and will continue our journey by road from here on. Today's destination is 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. The drive time takes around 3 hours. Accommodation: Arenal Montechiari Hotel, Arenal Paraiso, Volcano Lodge (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 rainforest and near lava fields created by previous eruptions. The high vantage points on this walk allow great views overlooking Lake Arenal, and the birdlife is plentiful. Waterfalls are abundant in the region of Arenal and this afternoon we visit La Fortuna Waterfall, a 65 metre cascade of water plunging into an emerald pool below. A short trail through the rainforest brings us to a relatively steep set of steps that we must descend to reach the waterfall and then ascend to the exit - the hike/climb takes around 20-30 minutes and is within the capabilities of anyone with reasonable fitness. Reward your efforts with a dip in one of the natural pools punctuating the foliage to cool off! Alternatively you could visit the lookout point and wait for the group. There is a lot of geothermal activity in the area and you'll have the chance to visit one of the excellent hot springs in the late afternoon, as part of an optional excursion. Accommodation: Arenal Montechiari Hotel, Arenal Paraiso, Volcano Lodge (or similar)
We start today with a canyoning adventure in a spectacular rainforest slot canyon around 30 minutes drive from La Fortuna. If you haven't tried canyoning before, you're in for a real adventure! Find yourself rappelling down waterfalls from 18 to 50 metres in height, and hiking along rainforest trails from waterfall to waterfall as we pass through the canyon. There are four rappels (3 waterfalls and 1 rock wall) to complete, a monkey drop (zip line and rappel) and a rock climb as part of today's adventure. All necessary equipment is included and full training and safety instructions will be given - just come prepared to get wet with a stomach for heights! In the afternoon, once we've dried off and changed clothes, we'll board the Sky Tram for a gondola ride to an observation platform across the highest point of Arenal Reserve where you can enjoy views of the volcano, lake and surrounding forests. From the observation platform our Sky Trek zip-lining adventure begins, crossing canyons and flying inbetween the tree tops as we cover around 3 miles of cables to reach the bottom. There are 10 different zip lines ranging in height from 30 metres to 200 metres. Full training and a safety briefing will be given, and all equipment is provided. There is also a free locker available to store your belongings whilst on the tour. In the late afternoon we return to our accommodation to relax after an exciting day! Accommodation: Arenal Montechiari Hotel, Arenal Paraiso, Volcano Lodge (or similar)
Sitting at the base of Arenal Volcano, Lake Arenal is the country's largest landlocked body of water and this morning we get to enjoy the tranquility of the lake on a kayaking excursion, combining nature with sport. An experienced guide will introduce us to the correct paddling techniques, as well as telling us about the natural history of the area and the impressive volcano. In the afternoon we set off to Manuel Antonio, located around four and half hours drive away on the Pacific Coast. Accommodation: Playa Espadilla Hotel or Karahe Hotel (or similar)* *
Manuel Antonio is one of Costa Rica's smallest national parks. This morning we take a guided nature walk in the park to reach one of the higher elevations for incredible coastal views of dramatic rocky headlands, and we'll find a beautiful spot where the forest meets the sea. With the help of our guide we'll hopefully see monkeys (White-faced, Squirrel and Howler), iguana, sloths and agouti. Most of the walking trails lead to beautiful beaches within the borders of the national park. In the afternoon we put our paddling skills to use once more, this time to try sea kayaking along the Pacific Coast, passing islands, cliffs and rock formations. There are a number of nesting grounds for birds and marine wildlife here as well as plentiful vegetation, so seeing the area by kayak is an excellent way to approach quietly. We also have the chance to visit Bisanz beach, where we can don a mask and snorkel to discover the underwater world (parrotfish, angelfish and starfish might be seen). Please note that water visibility varies depending on the season and the snorkeling activity is weather permitting. Accommodation: Playa Espadilla Hotel or Karahe Hotel (or similar)
Manuel Antonio is a great area for some free time and so today has been left free for you to choose what to do. Visit the beach or join one of the half day optional activities available, such as horse-riding, catamaran or mangrove boat tour. Accommodation: Playa Espadilla Hotel or Karahe Hotel (or similar)
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 4pm today, as arrival at the airport will be timed to co-incide with the group flight.
Arrive London. **
* All breakfasts 4 lunches and 1 dinner * All accommodation * All transport and listed activities * Tour leader throughout * Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)
A thoroughly enjoyable and exciting way to see the country - walking, cycling, boat trip, ziplining, white water rafting, and plenty of jungle and wildlife. All with a manageable amount of travelling to see very different parts of the country.
The trip was good with Exodus staff doing a great job. Even our non-English speaking driver, Roberto, always managed a warm "hello". Makes a lot of yards in starting each day and making it into a great day. Costa Rica is geared mainly for the American market - everything in dollars. Sadly all things American includes plastic cheese and processed meat - makes for a lousy omelette! Food was disappointing, largely because I expected some elements of 'spice and fire'. Food was plain on the Caribbean (how does that happen?). Sauces really shouldn't be offered in plastic bottles of 57 - no names! And beer at London prices???? Prevented the group from bonding at the bar on the first night. Some, like me, used the convenience store to stock up and no garden, meant a bedroom snifter before dinner - pity.
Excellent trip. Very busy itinerary with a variety of activities. Eduardo was a great leader and was very knowledgeable about the areas we visited and the country as a whole. His love of his country is very evident!
Stunning scenery, extraordinary and wonderful wildlife, excellent and knowledgable guide in a wonderfully diverse and enchanting country.
I loved the trip, and would highly recommend it for everyone who loves being active, being outdoors, doing different activities during your holiday, and who does not mind being rained on (lots!). The group was fantastic, the tour leader fabulous, nature and wildlife are just amazing! We saw so many birds, reptiles, bugs and butterflies (mostly due to the unbelievably good eyes of our tour guide Ozzy), the nature is breathtaking and we actually didn't mind taking lots and lots of pictures of trees and leaves and other greenery. The activities were well balanced, and you could fill every hour of spare time with additional adventures, which all most of our group did.
A fun filled trip. An amazing country, influenced slightly by USA but it has not lost any of its charm. If you are looking for wildlife then this trip is for you.
This was a great trip, with a brilliant guide and a wonderful group of people. It was a really good way to see and experience the adventures that Costa Rica has to offer. As well as the activities which were included in the price there was also time to do optional extras. It was a really active and enjoyable trip. The food was good and the accommodation very comfortable.
A unique trip to a wonderful country. Costa Rica is beautiful, its flora and fauna are gorgeous. This new itinerary covers northern and north/western areas with the diversity of rainforest, volcanic landscape, cloud forest and Pacific coastline.
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