Trekking, biking, horseback riding, kayaking, ziplining. Costa Rica really is the “Adventure Capital of the Americas.” Thrill-seekers will find more than enough to keep themselves busy over this trip’s 13 action-packed days. After landing in San José, embark on four days of cycling and hiking around Monteverde and Arenal Volcano. Raft down the mighty Pacuare river before crossing over to our remote rainforest lodge, surrounded on all sides by the thick, enveloping jungle. End the journey by heading down to the beach at Puerto Viejo. Phew! Tired yet? No? Time to book!
Overnight rafting trip on Pacuare River and guided hike. Guided Cycle Tour in La Fortuna. Included surf lesson in Puerto Viejo.
Paddle through world-class rapids on the Pacuare River, indulge in a wide variety of activity and adventure, mountain bike in the shadow of Arenal Volcano, chill out to the sounds of crashing Caribbean waves, attempt to stand up on a surfboard in Puerto Viejo.
Group Size Notes
Max 16, Avg 8
We believe single travellers should not have to pay more to travel so our group trips are designed for shared accommodation and do not involve a single supplement. Single travellers joining group trips are paired in twin or multi-share accommodation with someone of the same sex for the duration of the trip. Some of our Independent trips are designed differently and single travellers on these itineraries must pay the single trip price.
Day 1: San José
There are no planned activities during the day, so check in to the hotel and explore the city. If you arrive early enough, you’ll have time to explore the city.
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
Day 2: San José/Monteverde
Today’s ride can be a bumpy ride on some unpaved roads, but the views along the way are spectacular.
Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s))
Day 3: Monteverde
Your CEO will let you know about all the activities available and help you pick the best option for you.
Day 4: Monteverde/La Fortuna
The town of La Fortuna lies near the base of the Arenal Volcano, with Costa Rica’s largest lake, Arenal, located on the opposite side. La Fortuna is a perfect launch pad to go wild, and let the adrenaline flow, with a range of adventure sports.
Private Vehicle (2.00 hour(s))
Boat (0.50 hour(s))
Private Vehicle (0.75 hour(s))
Day 5: La Fortuna
Spend another day getting your adrenaline pumping, viewing local wildlife, marveling at the Arenal Volcano and getting to know more about La Fortuna’s Costa Rica.
Day 6: La Fortuna
Cycle the area around La Fortuna on a guided half-day biking tour. At night, opt to relax and soak your muscles in the hot springs at the base of Arenal Volcano.
Please note it will be necessary to repack your bags according to the rafting packing list provided for the Pacuare River trip as it is an early departure tomorrow.
Arenal Cycling Trip
Day 7: La Fortuna/Pacuare (1B, 1L, 1D)
In the morning, transfer from La Fortuna to the put-in point for rafting on the Pacuare River. On this first day, stop down river for a short hike to explore waterfalls, and scenic, hidden canyons. In the evening, stay at a jungle lodge on the banks of the Pacuare River in a scenic, but remote location.
Our accommodation is in a rustic lodge which has multi-share dormitory-style rooms, with shared bathroom facilities.
Overnight Pacuare Guided Rafting Expedition Day 1
Day 8: Pacuare (1B, 1L, 1D)
Get off the river for the day to explore the jungle by foot.
Overnight Pacuare Guided Rafting Expedition Day 2
Day 9: Pacuare/Puerto Viejo de Talamanca (1B, 1L)
Continue down river to the take-out point, then travel to the Caribbean coastal town of Puerto Viejo.
Overnight Pacuare Guided Rafting Expedition Day 3
Day 10: Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
The picturesque village of Puerto Viejo de Talamanca is known for its incomparable white- and black-sand beaches surrounded by exotic tropical vegetation. Rent a bike or hire a boat to Manzanillo, hike to Monkey Point through the Gandoca-Manzanillo National Wildlife Refuge. Try snorkelling or take it easy and and explore La Isla Botanical Gardens.
Day 11: Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
Enjoy free time in Puerto Viejo and soak up the sun on the Caribbean. The warm turquoise water is ideal for swimming, fishing, kayaking, boogie boarding, and surfing. Opt to take a boat trip, snorkel the nearby reefs, or cycle down the coast.
Day 12: Puerto Viejo de Talamanca/San José
Return to San José and take advantage of a final day to shop for souvenirs (coffee anyone?) and explore the city.
Local bus (5.00-5.50 hours, 217km)
Day 13: San José
Depart at any time.