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Costa Rica: Hike, Bike & Raft

8 Days | Get active in the wilderness of Costa Rica: hiking, rafting and cycling

5 out of 5 based on 8 reviews submitted.
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Get a thrill in Central America on this 8-day active adventure through one of the world's greenest countries: Costa Rica. Cascade down the rapids of the Pacuare River, and later opt to surf the Caribbean waves and hike misty jungle trails in the Monteverde Cloud Forest. Cycle along the Costa Rican coastline at the mellow beach refuge of Puerto Viejo and be free to choose your own adventure everywhere in between. Costa Rica is a country perfect for adventure seekers, and the ecstasies of this expedition are sure to impress even the most seasoned active traveller.

Trip overview

Map of Costa Rica: Hike, Bike & Raft including Costa Rica
Start
San Jose, Costa Rica
Finish
San Jose, Costa Rica
Theme
Multi-Active Adventures
Destinations
Costa Rica
Physical rating
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Style
Original
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1 - Max 12
Trip code
QVXC
This trip generates 15.56 kg of CO2-e per person per day.
We offset these emissions on your behalf. But we know that is not enough, so we also have a carbon reduction target.

Why you'll love this trip
  • Swap the concrete jungle for real jungle on a guided hike into the Monteverde Cloud Forest, home to Costa Rica’s amazing range of exotic animals.
  • Raft Costa Rica’s Pacuare River – an area ranked in the top five rivers of the world for whitewater rafting. You’ll tackle Class 3 and 4 rapids on an unforgettable river adventure.
  • Cycle the quiet palm-fringed roads and drop in at hidden beaches along the Caribbean coast.
  • Opt to ride some waves with surfing expedition at a local beach. You’ll be away from the crowds and hanging ten in no time!
  • Explore the rich urban centre of capital San Jose, with time before and after your active adventure to really get to know the Costa Rican way of life.
  • By travelling on this trip, you’ll directly support our Intrepid Foundation partner, World Bicycle Relief. Donations provide school kids, health workers, and farmers in far-out areas with bicycles that provide access to education, healthcare, and income.

Is this trip right for you?
  • With so many activities on offer in Costa Rica we have deliberately planned this trip so that you have ample time to explore activities that specifically interest you outside of the including hiking, cycling and rafting.
  • The included activities on this trip don't require a super high level of fitness or skill, but it’s essential to be at least moderately fit if you want to partake in all activities.
  • Most of the activities (both included and optional) on this trip take place in the great outdoors. This means you'll need to be prepared to deal with insects and occasionally rustic conditions. It's all part of immersing yourself in this natural paradise.
  • Costa Rica is generally hot year-round, and from May to October can be pretty wet too. Of course, you wouldn't get that gorgeous, emerald-green rainforest without the rain, but please carefully consider which time of the year you'll feel most comfortable travelling. Although most vehicles do have air conditioning, it has to work pretty hard to keep a full group cool.
  • With so much to see and do, Costa Rica can sometimes be expensive. Expect to pay more than you would in other Central American countries for a lot of things.

Itinerary

Map of Costa Rica: Hike, Bike & Raft including Costa Rica

Inclusions

Meals

6 breakfasts, 2 lunches

Transport

Shared vehicle, Public bus, Raft, Bicycle

Accommodation

Hotel (6 nights), Lodge (1 nights)

Activities
  • Monteverde - Cloud Forest Entrance
  • Pacuare - 4hrs. Pacuare River white water rafting - Class 3 & 4
  • Puerto Viejo de Talamanca - Coastal Bicycle ride
  • Caribbean cooking demonstration
Add on activities
  • San Jose - Pre-Colombian Gold Museum (Entrance fee) - USD16
  • San Jose - National Museum (entrance fee) - USD11
  • Monteverde - Coffee & Chocolate tour - USD45
  • Monteverde - Canopy Zip Lining (Entrance, Equipment & Transport) - USD62
  • Monteverde - Butterfly Garden and Insects Farm (entrance fee) - USD21
  • Monteverde - Suspension bridges tour - USD50
  • La Fortuna- Caño Negro boat tour - USD80
  • La Fortuna - La Fortuna Waterfall (Entrance only) - USD18
  • La Fortuna - Stand up paddle board - USD75
  • La Fortuna - Arenal hanging bridges - USD75
  • La Fortuna - Arenal 1968 Volcano View and Lava Trails (Entrance fee) - USD25
  • La Fortuna - Ecotermales Hot Springs (entrance fee) - USD45
  • Manzanillo - Beginner surf lesson or Independent surfboard rental - USD65
  • Gandoca Manzanillo National Wildlife Refuge (donation for entry) - Free
  • San Jose - San Jose Bites and Sights Tour - Urban Adventures - USD38

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Important notes

1. Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6 pm on Day 1 in San Jose. There are no activities planned for the final day so you may depart at any time.
2. A single supplement is available if you’d prefer not to share a room on this trip. Please speak to your booking agent for further information.
3. Please be careful when booking flights to/from San Jose; make sure you fly into/out of Juan Santamaria International Airport [SJO]. Please do not book flights to/from Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport [SJC] as this is located in California, United States.

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Reviews

5 out of 5 based on 8 reviews submitted.
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Anastasia · Traveled October 2023
This trio is a dream for an active person who wants to explore as much of Costa Rica as possible in a short time. The guides went above and beyond to ensure we had the time of our lives. I highly recommend this tour.
Review submitted 04 Nov 2023

Carol · Traveled August 2023
This was an active trip with a chance to bike, hike and white water raft. We were able to zip line, tour the volcano and relax in the hot springs. Our tour guide, Jenny, made us all feel educated about Costa Rica
Review submitted 21 Aug 2023

Jessie · Traveled July 2023
A trip of a lifetime! I’ve travelled to many places in the world but this is the best one yet (apart from San Jose which is pretty uninspiring). Nature, abundance of wildlife, clear beaches, vibrant culture and history. Friendly people. I hope to learn Spanish and move here one day.
Review submitted 22 Jul 2023

James · Traveled July 2023
What an amazing trip! Imalay was the perfect tour guide, she clearly loves her country and made the trip feel really fun and authentic. She’s also an expert sloth spotter - we saw 15 sloths!! We also saw quetzals, snakes, toucan, armadillo, monkeys and loads more. The activities were fun and we got to see a great variety of what this beautiful country has to offer. Recommended!!
Review submitted 22 Jul 2023

Erin · Traveled July 2023
Imalay is a born tour-leader!! The accommodations and activities were perfect and well-planned. Imalay is organized, smart, caring, thoughtful, and funny! Do not miss the opportunity for her to share her beautiful country with you ❤️
Review submitted 22 Jul 2023
Costa Rica: Hike, Bike & Raft
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ZAR  25,131