Adventure Activities in Costa Rica

Costa Rica Adventure

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An adventure in Costa Rica from £1550pp

For anyone who likes staying active on holiday, this adventure-based trip to Costa Rica is sure to fit the bill! It has everything from zip-lining and Tarzan-swinging through the rainforest, to whitewater rafting on Costa Rica's rivers and sea-kayaking on the Pacific Coast. So strap up, dive in, and enjoy!

Outline Itinerary

  • Day One: Arrival in San Jose
  • Day Two: On to Sarapiqui
  • Day Three: Whitewater Rafting
  • Day Four: Travel to Arenal
  • Day Five: Zip-lining in Arenal
  • Day Six: La Fortuna Horse-riding
  • Day Seven: On to the Pacific Coast
  • Day Eight: Kayaking, Surfing & Snorkelling
  • Day Nine: Free day on the beach
  • Day Ten: Overnight flight back to the UK

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Detailed Itinerary

Day One – Arrival in San Jose

We'll be waiting to meet you at San Jose airport today, as you touch down in one of the world’s most beautiful and exciting countries, Costa Rica! Most international flights arrive in the evening, and we’ll take you straight to your hotel so you can freshen up and head out for dinner.

Day Two - On to Sarapiqui

After breakfast this morning, we'll pick you up and head north into the lush forests and banana plantations surrounding Sarapiqui. This is the adventure sports capital of Costa Rica, and the area is famous for its fantastic rafting opportunities. You’ll be spending the next couple of days in a lovely jungle lodge, and this afternoon you could head out for your first glimpse of some of the local wildlife! Birdwatchers might want to join a guided walk, a great introduction to some of the country’s feathered inhabitants, including macaws and toucans. (Breakfast included)

Day Three - Rafting on the Rio Sarapiqui

Prepare to get wet today! We will pick you up after breakfast and to the river, where we will spend the morning with a dedicated instructor taking on class I, II and III rapids. It’s a fairly gentle ride to begin with, which gives us the opportunity to spot monkeys and parrots in the trees on the riverbanks. The rapids will then start to gather speed, and we’ll have a thrilling couple of hours travelling downstream until we return to the lodge early this afternoon. (B)

Day Four - Travel to Arenal

From one adventure to the next! Today we will swap one jungle for another, as we travel by land to the active volcano of Arenal. Rising up at over 1,600 metres high, Arenal is a major part of the landscape here in Costa Rica, and has been active since the 1960s. Your hotel for the next few days is at the base of the volcano, close to La Fortuna, so you’re perfectly placed to explore the area. (B)

Day Five – Zip-Lining in Arenal

You’ll have some free time today to relax and enjoy the hotel, before we pick you up for a thrilling afternoon in the forest canopy! After a safety briefing, we will don helmets and harnesses, and begin our descent through the trees on a series of 13 cable systems, 25 meters high. It’s a fast ride, but a fantastic experience that allows you to enjoy the jungle from a completely different perspective. As well as ziplining, those who wish can also take on the Tarzan swing, like a bungee jump but you won’t be upside down! You’ll jump off a platform almost 40 metres high and swing through the trees, gradually coming to a stop and returning to the ground. (B)

  • There are plenty of alternative tours available in this area, so you could spend the day hiking Arenal volcano or exploring the jungle canopy in a more relaxed way at the hanging bridges park. Just ask us for more information!

Day Six - Horse Riding to La Fortuna Waterfall

La Fortuna Waterfall and its surrounding forest is a beautiful and peaceful area with an abundance of native birds and mammals. We’ll explore the area today on horseback, beginning in the cattle farms and agricultural lands just outside of town. After a couple of hour, we’ll dismount, and continue on by foot, reaching the 200-feet high La Fortuna Waterfall. After our little hike we’ll be rewarded with an ice-cold dip in the clear turquoise waters, so don’t forget your trunks! (B)

  • If you’d prefer a longer hike, you can spend most of the day trekking this area. Or why not explore by quad, raft, kayak, or bike instead?

Day Seven - On to Tamarindo

We’ll pick you up this morning and drive you to Costa Rica’s western Pacific coast, to the town of Tamarindo, with its miles and miles and beautiful beaches. This surfing haven is also a great spot to see migrating leatherback turtles, and the nearby wildlife refuge is home to a wide range of the country’s native species. We’ll arrive this afternoon, and then you’ll have the rest of the day free to relax by the pool. (B)

Day Eight - Kayaking, Snorkelling, Surfing or Paddle-boarding...

You can choose today’s itinerary, and decide whether you want to spend the morning sea kayaking or surfing. The kayaking tour departs from Playa Tamarindo, from where you’ll paddle across to the white sand of Capitan Island. Here, you can hop out of the kayak and put on your snorkelling equipment to explore the underwater coral reef. Alternatively, you can choose to take part in a surfing lesson. Our instructors guarantee they can get anyone standing up and riding a wave in their first lesson! Those who wish to can opt for the slightly less energetic stand-up paddle board instead. (B)

  • If you’d like to do all of the above, then no problem! We can organise a day jam-packed with fun activities and watersports for you, just ask!

Day Nine - Free Day in Tamarindo

We’ve left today completely free for you to enjoy the beach, or if you’d prefer another tour then just let us know! (B)

  • Perhaps you’d like to see a different side of Costa Rica today? The country is a big exporter of coffee, and a tour of a coffee plantation, to learn about every stage of the production process, makes for an interesting morning.

Day Ten - Last Day in Costa Rica

Unfortunately, today marks the end of your adventure in Costa Rica. We’ll pick you up this morning and drive all the way back to San Jose international airport, where you’ll arrive in plenty of time for your departing flight home. (B)

  • If you’re not quite ready for your holiday to end just yet, we don’t blame you! So why not extend your trip by a few days and take in some more of the country’s wildlife? The jungle area of Tortugeuro National Park, on the wild Caribbean Coast, is a fantastic place to spend a couple of days and see sloths, spider monkeys, tapirs, and even jaguars! Just ask us for more information.

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Corcovado National Park

Corcovado National Park – 3 nights from £795pp

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Amazon rainforest

Monteverde Cloud Forest Tour – 3 nights from £350pp

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What's Included?

Our standard price for these Costa Rica adventure holidays is £1550 per person, which is based on two sharing a double or twin room in our standard hotels and lodge.

That price includes all your accommodation, internal transport, transfers, tours, guides and entrance fees, plus all the specified meals.

We don't have any "local payments" or sneaky charges: everything you have read about on this itinerary is included in that price. And because everything we do is tailor-made, we don't have fixed departure dates or minimum numbers for our trips. Outside of national holidays or other special events, this price is valid for the whole of 2020.

International flights

So with the exception of a few meals, everything on your holiday is included. What we don't include as standard is your international flights, because with these you have a huge range of options depending on the date you want to travel, the route you want to fly, and your preferred departure airport in the UK.

We aren't tied to any particular airline, and we will be delighted to discuss all options with you, or you can even book the flights yourself if you prefer: it's totally up to you.

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