Our trip begins today in San Jose, Costa Rica. After meeting the rest of the group at 10am we hop in the van and head to Arenal. En route to our hotel, we stop at Arenal Volcano National Park to hike on a trail that takes us to an old lava flow. If it’s a clear day we’ll be rewarded with spectacular views of Arenal Volcano. In addition to the volcano, the park encompasses thousands of acres of pristine rainforest and is teeming with tropical birds and wildlife. After this impressive introduction to the region, we continue to our hotel for the next three nights. A group orientation is held at 6pm in the hotel lobby, followed by dinner.
Hiking: 3 miles, Elevation gain/loss: Minimal; Van transfer: 3 hours
After breakfast this morning, we transfer to a canyon formed on the flanks of Arenal’s volcanic slopes. Our activity this morning shows us the best of Costa Rica’s jungle beauty—with an adrenaline-filled twist! For the next two hours, we complete four rappels down canyon walls and through waterfalls, hike through crystal clear streams, clamber over rock walls, cross a series of hanging bridges, and explore the forest canopy from an exhilarating zipline—complete with incredible views of the imposing volcano itself. After that adventure filled morning, we head back to the hotel where we have the rest of the afternoon free. La Fortuna town is a great place to explore on your own and there are many restaurants to choose from for tonight’s dinner. Breakfast included.
Walking: 2 miles; Ziplining: 2 hours
Get ready for a multisport day! We start off getting fitted for our bikes in La Fortuna town. From there, we cycle sleepy back roads through local communities and breathtaking landscapes until we reach a local family’s coffee farm. We have the chance to learn about local life in this part of Costa Rica, explore the coffee farm, and try our hand at making tortillas the Costa Rican way! After lunch with the family, we head back towards our hotel, stopping to visit La Fortuna Waterfall on the way. The 200' waterfall receives its cool clear waters from the pristine forested mountains of Arenal Volcano National Park. It flows through a small canyon surrounded by lush forest, and the idyllic lagoon at the base of the falls is perfect for a quick dip! Breakfast and lunch included.
Cycling: 25 miles; Hiking: 2 hours (includes 500 steps down and back)
We bid a fond farewell to Arenal and head towards the Pacuare River—rated one of the top rivers in the world. On today’s journey, we raft through incredible rainforest on 16 miles of Class III–IV whitewater. We paddle deep into the heart of one of Costa Rica’s most impressive primary rainforests and tackle exciting rapids along the way. Lunch is included on the river. After arriving at the end of the run, we continue heading east towards the Caribbean coast and the seaside town of Puerto Viejo. Puerto Viejo is an old fishing village with a unique blend of Latino, Afro-Caribbean and Bribri indigenous cultures. It’s also renowned as one of the best surfing destinations in the world, an amazing place to catch a wave whether you’re a beginner or a pro. We check into our hotel for the next two nights and start embracing that relaxed, Caribbean coast life. All meals included.
Rafting: 16 miles, Whitewater: Class III–IV; Van transfer: 6 hours
This morning we rise and shine… whenever we feel like it! Today’s your day to do whatever you’d like. Your guide will be around to help organize activities or you can just relax on the beautiful sandy beach right outside the hotel door. You could take a morning surfing lesson, make an afternoon visit to the Jaguar Research Center, or go snorkeling and hiking in Cahuita National Park (costs not included, but payable on site). Breakfast included.
Optional activities available: Cost not included, paid on site
Enjoy one final morning at the beach. Choose to relax on your own or your guide can set up surf lessons for this morning as well (payable on site). In the early afternoon we head back to San Jose and check into our hotel. This evening, we’ll gather one last time over dinner and toast to a good trip, new friends, and pura vida. Breakfast and dinner included.
Van transfer: 4–5 hours; Optional activities available: Cost not included, paid on site
After breakfast, we take a short van ride to the San Jose Airport for homeward-bound flights. Flights can depart at any time today. Breakfast included