Discover why Costa Rica is made for adventure seekers

Jump onto this active journey through the incredible wilderness of Costa Rica. Even though it’s surrounded by countries of amazing natural landscapes, Costa Rica is still a standout. From vibrant San Jose, head to the pristine San Gerardo de Dota Valley, home to endless cloud forests and a haven for unique birdlife. Pull on your boots and stretch your legs for an unforgettable 4-day hike to the Pacific coast, through misty forests and humid jungle. Stick on a helmet and savour a full day of rappelling down cliff faces and riding the rapids of the Rio Naranjo. Continue down the coast to Drakes Bay and explore the rainforests of Corcovado National Park and the Rio Claro, then look out for sloths in Miguel Antonio National Park. This trip will open the eyes and quicken the pulse.

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Terms & Conditions

Start
San Jose, Costa Rica
Finish
San Jose, Costa Rica
Country
Costa Rica
Style
Original
Code
QVXB
Physical rating
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 12

Why we love this trip

  • Get into the hidden heart of rural Costa Rica, heading out a 4-day hike through some of the most world’s most spectacular wilderness

  • Look out for toucans, quetzals, alligators, crocodiles, monkeys, iguanas, turtles, sloths and more as you explore national parks and wildlife reserves

  • Swim in hidden waterfalls and experience rural Costa Rican life and culture

  • Costa Rica offers some of the world’s best white water rafting – get your taste when you tackle the Rio Naranjo rapids

  • Don’t just look at waterfalls, jump down them – safely strapped in of course! Spend a day rappelling down jungle cascades

  • When National Geographic call a place “biologically intense”, you know it’s special. Discover the secrets and abundant wildlife of the primary rainforest of Corcovado National Park

Is this trip right for you?

  • This is an active trip packed with activities such as hiking, white-water rafting, and canyoning. To fully enjoy it, you'll need to be in a good state of health and fitness. To participate in the water-based experiences, you'll need to be a confident swimmer.

Itinerary

This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 January 2018 to 31 December 2018. View the itinerary for departures between 01 January 2017 - 31 December 2017

Hola! Welcome to Costa Rica! Your adventure begins with a Welcome Meeting at 6pm on Day 1. Please look for a note in the hotel lobby or ask the hotel reception where it will take place. If you can't arrange a flight that will arrive in time, you may wish to arrive a day early so you're able to attend. We'll be happy to book additional accommodation for you (subject to availability). If you're going to be late, please inform the hotel reception. We'll be collecting your insurance details and next of kin information at this meeting, so please ensure you have all these details to provide to your leader.

An assortment of galleries, theatres and lively central plazas set among San Jose’s glitzy modern shopping malls make this one of Central America’s most surprising capitals.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Special Information
Some departures of this trip are part of a combination trip. As such, some of your fellow travellers may have started their trip 8 days ago in San Jose on Raft, Snorkel, Kayak & Hike in Costa Rica (QVXAC).
Transfer to your lodge near San Gerardo do Dota (approx 2.5 hours). Huddled up against the Talamanca Mountain is San Gerardo de Dota, a haven for birdwatchers, hikers, and fishing enthusiasts.
Accommodation
  • Lodge (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Set off on a four day hike to the Pacific Coast. You will have the chance to pack a smaller, lighter bag you brought with only the essentials you require for the trek. Your main luggage will be transported to the next location after the trek. 

Guided mainly by the shores of the Savegre River, trek through cloud forests and lowland rainforests, looking out for Quetzals on the way (Approximately 14 kms - 6 hours trekking) to a big wooden house (multishare accomodation). This is an area few people know about so make the most of the beautifully remote area and the chance to swim in nearby waterfalls. This is the perfect chance to experience authentic Costa Rican rural life, as well be surrounded by the country's rich natural environment.

Accommodation
  • Multishare Cabin (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Savegre - Savegre crossing 4-day hike
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Special Information
Please ensure you bring a suitable backpack for this trip. The leader will answer any questions regarding what is appropriate to pack for the trek. Some items we suggest are personal hygiene products, a swimming towel, a jumper for the evenings, hiking boots or runners as well as a pair of sandals, 2 pairs of pants, 2 or 3 shirts, insect repellent, sun block and rain jacket. 
You may also like to bring some extra snacks. Keep in mind that your backpack should not weigh more than 6 kilograms.

On day two you will trek a total of 15km - approximately 8 hours. Today you will reach 2200m with some spectacular views. This evening you will hopefully get to try some heart of palm for dinner, a local speciality.
Accommodation
  • Multishare Cabin (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
On day three you will cover similar distance to the day before - 15kms trekking for approximately 8 hours. Today you will get to see the Savegre River from a different angle. This is the cleanest river in Costa Rica and one of the cleanest rivers in the world!
Accommodation
  • Multishare Cabin (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
On the second last day, trek 16km (approximately 8 hours) to Albergue Los Campesinos. You will be rewarded by getting the chance to swim in one of the waterfalls along the way.
Accommodation
  • Multishare Cabin (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Finish the trek in Quepos. Get ready for a day full of adventure, setting out on a canyoneering experience. Take a short hike to your first rappel, which will be down a dry rock face into a canyon, followed by a rappel down a free fall from the cable to a tranquil pond. From here, continue on to a further three rappelling opportunities before hopping in a raft to ride down the Rio Naranjo. The river drops down from the mountains and flows trough tight rocky canyons that boast world class rapids. This is a day to really get the heart pumping. Your local expert guides will keep you safe and ensure that you have a wonderful time.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Savegre - Rio Naranjo rafting
  • Savegre - Rappeling
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Travel by boat to Drake Bay and visit the Punta Río Claro National Wild Life Refuge, located near the Corcovado National Park. For 30 years this paradise was conserved by a Costa Rican family before being handed over to the Costa Rican government. Getting to wildlife-rich reserve is part of the adventure. Spend the night at an amazing lodge in the middle of Corcovado National Park.
Accommodation
  • Lodge (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Drake Bay - 2 night stay at Punta Río Claro National Wildlife Refuge
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Visit the amazing Corcovado National Park, the second largest in Costa Rica, on a day trip to the Sirena Ranger station. The park is one of the most biologically diverse places on Earth, with 13 different ecosystems in its boundaries – highland cloud forests, lagoons, mangrove swamps and marine habitats just a few.
Accommodation
  • Lodge (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Hit the road on the return journey to San Jose (approximately 5 hours), with a visit to the stunning Carara National Park on the way. The protected area is 4700 hectares including regenerating tropical rainforest-lowland and tropical dry forest.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Carara National Park - Entrance
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Ends after breakfast today.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast

Meals

10 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners

Transport

Local bus, Private vehicle

Accommodation

Cabin (multishare) (4 nights), Hotel (3 nights), Lodge (3 nights)

Included activities

  • Savegre - Savegre crossing 4-day hike
  • Savegre - Rio Naranjo rafting
  • Savegre - Rappeling
  • Drake Bay - 2 night stay at Punta Río Claro National Wildlife Refuge
  • Carara National Park - Entrance

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Important notes

START AND END TIME:
On Day 1 there are no activities planned until the important welcome meeting at approximately 6pm. There are no activities planned for the final day.

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT:
A Single Supplement to have your own room is available for purchase on this trip. It excludes nights 3-6 while on the trek. 

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Reviews

Our Costa Rica: Hike, Raft & Canyon trips score an average of 5 out of 5 based on 2 reviews in the last year.

Hike, Raft & Canyon in Costa Rica, July 2017

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