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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 $1482 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

Itinerary

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

Day 2

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!)
Day 3 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.
Day 4

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.
Day 5

We'll pick you up at your Puerto Viejo hotel, bring you to Tortuguero by mini-bus and boat for a 1 night stay at a local lodge. All your meals are included as are tours of the canals and town.

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.
Day 7

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.
Day 8

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

Day 9 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!
Day 12 Explore coral reefs near the coast – we call them "rainforests of the sea" where you can enjoy the variety of different sizes of fish, starfish, snails and other forms of life associated with the coral reef. For additional fun, you will explore the snorkelling spots in Kayak!
Day 13 The Barra Honda Caves, where former coral reefs expose fossils in the caves, are the perfect place to come to understand the geological evolution of Costa Rica. It is a unique experience showing all of the cave formations full of stalagtites and stalagmites. Although only one of the 19 explored caverns is open to the public, it is more than sufficient to find unseen treasures. Descend more than 20 meters to begin to discover an unforgettable underground world at your sight.
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.
Day 15 Departure

Package information:

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 $1482 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.
Includes: • 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.
Not included: • International flights
• Beverages, most lunches and dinners
• Optional gratuities
• National park entrance fees ($10) and optional night turtle tour (June-September $35)in Tortuguero.

Reserve this tour now!

Costa Rica Full On Adventure - Booking Form

Let's get started, we'll ask you a few questions about how you want to customize this package. Don't worry if you're not sure of the answer, just take your best guess and we'll work on answering your questions and get it exactly right for you before we confirm it.
First, tell us about your arrival
Where are you arriving/starting your trip from:
Do you need airport pickup?
We will have a driver meet your flight. If you'd prefer to make your own way to the hotel we won't charge you for this service
Notes on arrival:
And what you want to do in San Jose (or Liberia if arriving Liberia)
Number of Nights San Jose (or Liberia) at beginning of trip:
San Jose (or Liberia) Hotel Choice:
What activities do you want planned during your stay in San Jose (or Liberia)?
Hold down Ctrl key while clicking to select multiple items
Notes on San Jose (other things you'd like to do, questions, etc):
Caribbean: Puerto Viejo or Cahuita. A great diversity of beaches, stunning nature and wildlife, tons to do, great dining
Transport to Caribbean:
The base package price includes $49 p/p for the shuttle. Other options will increase or decrease the total package price accordingly.
Caribbean Hotel choice: Please click Change Hotel
Number of nights Puerto Viejo: Base package includes 3 nights. Additional nights can be added or package can be shortened by selecting 2 nights.
Caribbean tours:
The base package price includes $59 p/p for the Animal Rescue Center, Chocolate House and Waterfall tour. Other options will increase or decrease the total package price accordingly.
Tortuguero option:
The base package price includes $199 p/p for the one night Tortuguero package. Other options will increase or decrease the total package price accordingly.
Notes/Questions on Caribbean (other things you'd like to do, questions, etc):
Arenal Volcano - Stunning views, a must-see if you've never been before.
Number of Nights Arenal:
The base package price includes 3 nights Arenal at Hotel San Bosco. Other options will increase or decrease the total package price and package length accordingly.
Arenal hotel choice: San Bosco: Superior Room (Cat A)
Arenal tour choices:
Hold down Ctrl key while clicking to select multiple choices. Base package includes Rio Sarapiquí rafting plus Liquid Lava Volcano hike and Tabacon Hotsprings Resort including dinner buffet. Three or more nights Arenal are needed to do both included Arenal activities. Unselecting included tours will reduce the package price, selecting additional tours will add to the package price.
Notes on Arenal (other things you'd like to do, questions, etc):
Monteverde: enchanted cloud forests
Number of Nights Monteverde:
Base package rate includes 2 nights but you can add or reduce nights here (or skip this destination) and we will adjust the package price accordingly.
Transport to Monteverde:
The base package price includes $85 p/p for the horseback ride along Lake Arenal. Other options will decrease or increase the total package price accordingly.
Hotel choice Monteverde: Hotel Claro de Luna: Standard Room
Monteverde activities:
Hold down Ctrl key while clicking to select multiple choices. Base package includes Twilight Tour and Sky Trek/Sky Tram. Unselecting included tours will reduce the package price, selecting additional tours will add to the package price.
Notes on Monteverde (other things you'd like to do, questions, etc):
Back to the Beach! Playa Samara
Transport to Samara:
Samara hotel choice:
Number of nights Samara: Base package includes 3 nights. Additional nights can be added or package can be shortened by selecting 2 nights. Only choose 1 activity if selecting 2 nights.
Samara activities:
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Notes on Samara (other things you'd like to do, questions, etc):
End of trip — All good things must come to an end!
Where will you end your trip?
Number of nights hotel at end of trip:
A final night hotel in San Jose is included in the base package price. Other options will be priced accordingly.
San Jose (or Liberia) Hotel Choice:
Notes on end of trip (other things you'd like to do, questions, etc):
Now let's get your details from you.
Number of Adults:       Number of Children: (Please advise ages of children in comments. Some adventure activities are not suitable for children and some tours may offer discounts for children.)
Number of rooms needed:
Do you prefer to have an
Air-Conditioned room?

We will try and take your preference for A/C into account but will give priority to your hotel and room choices made previously unless advised otherwise in the comments.
Your name*
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Terms and conditions
  1. Most tours and activities run daily but have reached capacity on your date or haven\'t reached a minimum number of persons required for the tour to operate. If we are unable to accommodate you on your chosen date, we will, at your option, either reschedule your date or refund your payment, less bank fees, promptly.
  2. Tours will depart daily regardless of weather unless conditions would make it unsafe so please be prepared for the possibility of rain.
  3. For tours within Costa Rica please always make sure to carry a copy of your valid passport and your last entry stamp with you. For day and multi-day trips that involve border-crossing you must carry your valid passport and a copy of it with you at all times. Border crossing fees may apply.
  4. For multi-day packages, we require a minimum 50% deposit before we start confirming hotels, tours, etc. Full payment must be received three to four weeks before the start of your tour.
  5. Should we be unable to accomodate you at your requested accommodation choice, we will offer you choice of other accommodations and advise any price difference or we will refund your payment promptly (your choice).
  6. Prices are not valid for extra-high season weeks of Christmas, New Years or Easter. Please inquire for pricing and availability for those weeks.
  7. All cancellations of multi-day package bookings will incur a minimum $25 cancellation fee, increasing with the amount of time we spent on your booking plus any bank or vendor charges, as these require substantial staff and planning time.
  8. The client is also responsible for any fees charged by the vendor as they have committed resources to your tour and may have more restrictive policies. The more notice you give us, the more likely we will be able to reaccommodate you.
  9. Any cancellation is subject to a 3 to 5% fee, depending on the payment type, to cover bank charges. Or we will be happy to apply your payment to another service.
  10. Should you need to make date, time or route changes after we have started booking your trip, we are happy to help. A Gecko Trail service charge will apply plus any vendor change fees if applicable.
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Costa Rica Full On Adventure - Terms and Conditions

  1. Most tours and activities run daily but have reached capacity on your date or haven\'t reached a minimum number of persons required for the tour to operate. If we are unable to accommodate you on your chosen date, we will, at your option, either reschedule your date or refund your payment, less bank fees, promptly.
  2. Tours will depart daily regardless of weather unless conditions would make it unsafe so please be prepared for the possibility of rain.
  3. For tours within Costa Rica please always make sure to carry a copy of your valid passport and your last entry stamp with you. For day and multi-day trips that involve border-crossing you must carry your valid passport and a copy of it with you at all times. Border crossing fees may apply.
  4. For multi-day packages, we require a minimum 50% deposit before we start confirming hotels, tours, etc. Full payment must be received three to four weeks before the start of your tour.
  5. Should we be unable to accomodate you at your requested accommodation choice, we will offer you choice of other accommodations and advise any price difference or we will refund your payment promptly (your choice).
  6. Prices are not valid for extra-high season weeks of Christmas, New Years or Easter. Please inquire for pricing and availability for those weeks.
  7. All cancellations of multi-day package bookings will incur a minimum $25 cancellation fee, increasing with the amount of time we spent on your booking plus any bank or vendor charges, as these require substantial staff and planning time.
  8. The client is also responsible for any fees charged by the vendor as they have committed resources to your tour and may have more restrictive policies. The more notice you give us, the more likely we will be able to reaccommodate you.
  9. Any cancellation is subject to a 3 to 5% fee, depending on the payment type, to cover bank charges. Or we will be happy to apply your payment to another service.
  10. Should you need to make date, time or route changes after we have started booking your trip, we are happy to help. A Gecko Trail service charge will apply plus any vendor change fees if applicable.