Costa Rica Full On Adventure
Our Full-On Adventure package is a variation on our Coast-to-Coast package with a bit more of adventure for active people. If you don't like to sit still too long, this is the package for you! We operate this package in cooperation with our business partner Desafio, using their amazing Adventure connections, in order to make sure, that you get loads of adrenaline and activities, even on the way from one destination to the other. At the same time you can enjoy the amazing landscapes of Costa Rica — the laid-back atmosphere of the Caribbean, the Tortuguero Canals, the spectacular Arenal Volcano, the Monteverde Cloudforest and the long sandy beaches of Samara on the Nicoya Peninsula.
Costa Rica may be only 122 km (76 miles) wide (from Pacific to Caribbean) at its narrowest point but between that is some of the the world's most biodiverse landscapes with an incredible variety of animal and plant life. And some of the friendliest people you'll meet anywhere!
This 15 day / 14 night package starts at only $1426 based on double-occupancy and is completely customizable to become a perfect fit for you! It includes quality accommodations in highly recommended hotels and is loaded with activities and adventure
|Day 1||Arrival San José International Airport (Liberia Airport also possible) then head to Costa Rica Guesthouse where you can relax before exploring San José downtown with the very special afternoon city tour from Barrio Bird. If you want to add days in San José there are many additional activities we can add to your itinerary in San Jose. Some of our recommendations are the Poas Volcano half day tour or the La Paz Waterfalls tour. San Jose is central to many sights so is the perfect place to do many day trips.
Should you prefer to start your package with directly heading to the Caribbean, that is not a problem too. Just let us know in your reservation request and we can give you an updated quote.
We also have lots of other hotel options if you prefer such as Adventure Inn, Grano de Oro and Casa Bella Rita
Days 2 - 5: Caribbean Coast: 3 nights Puerto Viejo, 1 night Tortuguero
On the next day you can take a comfortable shared shuttle ride that picks you up at your hotel in San Jose and drops you of in your Puerto Viejo accommodation.
Or you can start your adventure with a Whitewater Rafting trip on Rio Pacuare that includes transportation between San Jose and Puerto Viejo. We'll pick you up early in San Jose for an all-day adventure on Costa Rica's most popular river. You'll get breakfast at the rafting center where your luggage is stored. Then it's a full day river trip with lunch on the river. At the end of the day, you are transported to Puerto Viejo for a 3 night stay at your choice of hotels in Puerto Viejo (or add more nights, we love this place!)
On our Animal Rescue Center/Chocolate Lady and Waterfall combination tour you can get close to and learn about wild cats, monkeys and snakes as well as learn about the process of traditional chocolate making and visit one of the most impressive waterfalls of the area. In the afternoon you'll have some time to explore the vibrant village of Puerto Viejo with its laid-back atmosphere.
You can either use this day to get to know one of the amazing exotic beaches around Puerto Viejo or go for another tour: Get to see the amazing underwater world along Cahuita's coastline and after the boat trip go for a smooth hike in the Cahuita National park, where there is lots of wildlife to be seen.
Another option is the Full-day Jungle Adventure, where you will be exploring the mountain region around Puerto Viejo, go rappelling, zipline, tree climbing and swim in the river.
A third option is a hike through the Gandoca-Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge with our knowledgable, entertaining local guide who is famous for spotting animals and rare birds.
Tortuguero National Park is an isolated area on the north part of the Caribbean coast reachable only by boat or by air. Unspoiled nature, turtle watching and jungle canals await you.
Days 6 - 8: 3 nights Arenal Volcano Area
|Day 6||On the following day after lunch you will be brought to Arenal Volcano by shuttle and boat for a 3 night stay in Arenal. The evening is yours to explore La Fortuna town and watch the amazing light show of the Arenal Volcano.|
If you chose to not start your trip with Rafting you get another chance here (or a 2nd opportunity!): The Río Toro offers over 45-continuous class III and IV rapids along more than 16 kilometers of deep-canyon gorges and waterfalls where you can often see sloths, monkeys and tropical birds, such as toucans and the Montezuma Oropendula.
Or take the chance and get to know one of Costa Rica's secret beauties - breathtaking Rio Celeste! This tour begins in the early morning with a scenic drive through rural Costa Rica to Tenorio Volcano National Park. From there you will take a 4-hour intermediate hike (approximately 7km) through the surrounding tropical rainforest. You'll arrive at "Los Teñíderos" where two rivers come together to form the celestial turquoise blue water color that gives the river its name.
On your walk back through the national park you'll pass the "ollas" mud baths and take a moment to relax in the natural hot springs. Then you arrive at the spectacular Río Celeste waterfall - the perfect place to take photos. The tour finishes off with a delicious local lunch as you head back to La Fortuna.
In the morning you can either take some free time or have the choice between any of the following half-day activities: Canyoning, Mountain bike tour along the volcano, a horseback ride to the La Fortuna waterfall, or a guided walk on the Arenal Hanging Bridges.
In the afternoon we will take you on a 2.5 hour-long Liquid Lava Volcano hike, followed by a a visit to Tabacon Hotsprings. In this hot springs resort you can enjoy a series of natural hot spring pools.There are lots of hot and cold free form pools with naturally-heated waters that have an ideal mineral content high in bicarbonate and chlorides, but low sulfur content. There are a wet bars throughout the facilities that serve all types of refreshing drinks. When you're ready to eat, you may proceed to the delicious dinner buffet for a delicious meal. The meal is automatically included when purchasing your entrance fee.
Days 9 & 10: 2 nights Monteverde
You'll travel the old-fashioned way… Our horseback ride is recommended for horse lovers and adventurers of all levels. We take a very scenic and safe trail along the Arenal Lake to Monteverde where you'll get several glimpses of the famous and very active Arenal Volcano and ride beside lush and beautiful rainforest – try and spot toucans, Montezuma Oropendolas, sloths, monkeys, the elusive "paca" and other tropical creatures. The lake trail is safe all year-round, plus we have excellently-cared-for-horses – guaranteed! Your luggage will be transported by shuttle to your destination hotel in Monteverde for a 2 night stay.
After taking a little rest in your hotel, you will have the chance to spot some nightly wildlife during an easy 2 hour twilight hike through the ecological sanctuary in Monteverde.
|Day 10||Enjoy a combination canopy and cable car tour through the Monteverde Cloud Forest in the morning and stroll around the cozy mountain village in the afternoon.|
Days 11, 12 & 13: 3 nights Playa Samara
|Day 11||Another adventure awaits you on your way from Monteverde to Playa Samara. Try the newest and easiest paddle sport... ever! SUP has its roots in ancient Polynesia and looks exactly as it sounds: you stand up on a large, wide, super buoyant surfboard & use a long paddle. Feel like you're walking in water!|
Explore coral reefs near the coast – we call them "rainforests of the sea". At Chora Island is where you can enjoy the variety of different sizes of fish, starfish, snails and other forms of life associated with the coral reef.
To get to Chora Island we paddle in our kayaks for about 30 minutes crossing the Pacific bay. While on the Chora Island, you get the chance to walk along the shores at your leisure and take in the feel of the tropics. You can then dip into the turquoise waters along the island with snorkeling equipment and be amazed by the undersea wildlife.
|Day 13||Today you have time to explore the little town of Samara. Ultimately relax at the white sand beaches, play in the waves or have drink while watching the sunset!|
|Day 14||On the last day of your Costa Rica Full On Adventure you will be brought back to San Jose in a comfortable shared shuttle mini van in order to spend your last night in a hotel of your choice there.|
|Duration:||15 days / 14 nights. Additional nights can be added or we could also shorten the trip if you don't have enough time. Please let us know!|
|Cost per person:||From $1426 USD per person based on double-occupancy for the standard options and low season hotel rates but you can customize the package in so many ways please enter your information on our booking form and let us come up with a price quote for you.|
• Airport pickup/dropoff
• Transportation inside Costa Rica
• Hotels (advertised prices are based on double occupancy but please let us know what type of rooms you'd like)
• Breakfast at most hotels daily, some other meals where indicated
• Tours and activities as indicated in itinerary
• Taxes and GTA service charge.
• International flights
• Beverages, most lunches and dinners
• Optional gratuities
• National park entrance fees ($10) and optional night turtle tour (June-September $35)in Tortuguero.