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.


Start
San Jose, Costa Rica
Finish
San Jose, Costa Rica
Country
Costa Rica
Style
Original
Theme
Explorer
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

Start with a welcome meeting at 6pm. 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.
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. Guided mainly by the shores of the Savegre River, trek through cloud forests and lowland rainforests, looking out for Quetzals on the way, to an overnight homestay (multishare accomodation) at a big wooden house. This is an area few people know about so make the most of the home-cooked meals 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 (3 nights)
Included Activities
  • Savegre - Savegre crossing 4-day hike
Meals Included
  • Breakfast (4)
  • Lunch (4)
  • Dinner (4)
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, with a visit to the stunning Manuel Antonio National Park on the way.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Manuel Antonio 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
  • Manuel Antonio National Park - entrance

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