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Costa Rica Volcanoes & Surfing
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Until Dec 17 From Jan 18

Mountain bike along Lake Arenal with breathtaking volcanic views and catch a wave on this action-packed nine-day tour of Costa Rica. Get your adrenaline pumping with optional extreme sports like whitewater rafting, waterfall rappelling, and ziplining through the lush jungle canopy. Learn to surf the famous Pacific breaks at Playa Santa Teresa and enjoy plenty of time to relax on tropical beaches. Throw in the opportunity to see incredible rainforest wildlife and you've got a unique adventure you'll be talking about for years.

Latin America
  • Duration: 9 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
  • For lovers of: Local Culture & Cuisine, Mountain Biking, Sightseeing, Surfing, Walking Tour
  • Physical rating: Average
  • Accommodation standard:   Budget%
  • Traveller Tour Rating: 0%  
  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Supplier Tour ID/Link Tour Code: CRVS.A/201503
  • Starts: San José, Costa Rica
  • Finishes: San José, Costa Rica
You will Visit
  • San José
  • La Fortuna
  • Monteverde
  • Santa Teresa

Itinerary

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Day 1: San José

Arrive at any time.
Arrive in San José at any time. Check into our hotel and enjoy the city.

If you arrive early, head into downtown San José to visit a museum, shop or people-watch in the main plaza, a good place to watch San José at its most lively. A mime, juggler, marimba band, magician, or storyteller may be performing for tips, and artisan booths are common, creating a regular arts and crafts fair atmosphere.

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Day 2: San José/La Fortuna

Travel to Costa Rica's adrenaline capital, La Fortuna, which boasts the stunning backdrop of Arenal Volcano. Opt to try rafting, waterfall rappelling, stand-up paddleboarding, or soak in the hot springs.
Travel by bus to La Fortuna, at the foot of Arenal Volcano, our next adventure base. Hike the area's nature trails, swim in chilly La Fortuna waterfall or try canyoneering.

Other optional activities include mountain biking, caving, horseback riding or a tour of the Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge. Like much of Costa Rica, the area is a birders' paradise, with over 600 species as permanent residents.

Finally, after a day of exploring, take a relaxing soak in one of the region's lush, cascading hot springs.

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Day 3: La Fortuna

Enjoy free time to fully explore the area. Opt to go for a swim in a nearby swimming hole, go kayaking, or get spoiled with a massage.

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Day 4: La Fortuna/Monteverde

Enjoy a mountain bike excursion on the shore of Lake Arenal before travelling by boat and private vehicle to Monteverde.
From La Fortuna, travel by van to the shores of Lake Arenal where our mountain bikes will be waiting for a two-hour cycling journey (challenging with some hills and bumps). Afterwards, board a boat for the half hour boat ride across the lake. When we arrive at Rio Chiquito, we switch to waiting vans to drive the final leg up into the cool, misty mountain air of the Monteverde Cloud Forest.

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Day 5: Monteverde

Enjoy a guided tour of the Santa Elena Cloud Forest. Opt to fly through the jungle canopy via zipline or tour a coffee plantation.

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Day 6: Monteverde/Santa Teresa

Travel to the best of Costa Rica's Pacific coast. Enjoy an included surf lesson; try it for the first time or fine-tune skills. Afterwards, kick back and enjoy this beach paradise.
Head to the Pacific coast for some much needed beach time and an opportunity to enjoy the waves. Playa Santa Teresa and Malpais are small towns frequented by surfers. Beginners and intermediate surfers alike should take advantage of the two included surf lessons to fine-tune skills.

Cabo Blanco Nature Reserve is located next to Malpais, take a hike to explore the area or check out the snorkelling at Secret Beach.

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Day 7: Santa Teresa

Enjoy another included surf lesson, then spend the rest of the day relaxing or taking part in other optional activities in the area.

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Day 8: Santa Teresa/San José

Enjoy a morning at the beach, then transfer back to the capital for a final evening with the group.
Squeeze in a morning surf before embarking on our journey back to the capital, San José. Arrive in the evening (approx 9pm) in time to shower and head out for a final night on the town.

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Day 9: San José

Depart at any time.

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • La Fortuna/Arenal stay
    • Guided mountain biking excursion (Arenal)
    • Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve tour (Monteverde)
    • Two surf lessons (Playa Santa Teresa)
    • Beach time in Santa Teresa
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    Accommodation
    • Hotels (8 nts)
    • 2 breakfasts, 2 dinners
    Transport
    • Public bus, private vehicle, boat, mountain bike
    Group Leader
    • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides, surf instructors
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Tour Highlights:
  • Surf the waves at one of the best breaks in the country
  • Catch views of Arenal Volcano on a lakeside mountain bike ride
  • Watch the sunset over the Pacific.