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Trekking, biking, horseback riding, kayaking, ziplining. Costa Rica really is the "Adventure Capital of the Americas." Thrill-seekers will find more than enough to keep themselves busy over this trips 13 action-packed days. After landing in San Jos, embark on four days of cycling and hiking around Monteverde and Arenal Volcano. Raft down the mighty Pacuare river before crossing over to our remote rainforest lodge, surrounded on all sides by the thick, enveloping jungle. End the journey by heading down to the beach at Puerto Viejo. Phew! Tired yet? No? Time to book!

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Duration: 13 Days Guaranteed Departure: Yes
For lovers of: Hiking, Rafting, Road Cycling, Multisport, Trekking Physical rating: 3 - Average
Accommodation standard:   Budget% Traveller Tour Rating: 80.0%  
Your Guide: English speaking Tour code: 133036
Starts: San José, Costa Rica Finishes: San José, Costa Rica
You will visit
  • San José
  • San José

Itinerary

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Day 1: San José

There are no planned activities during the day, so check in to the hotel and explore the city. If you arrive early enough, you'll have time to explore the city.

Included Activities:
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting

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Day 2: San José/Monteverde

Today's ride can be a bumpy ride on some unpaved roads, but the views along the way are spectacular.

Transport:
Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s))

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Day 3: Monteverde

Your CEO will let you know about all the activities available and help you pick the best option for you.

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Day 4: Monteverde/La Fortuna

The town of La Fortuna lies near the base of the Arenal Volcano, with Costa Rica's largest lake, Arenal, located on the opposite side. La Fortuna is a perfect launch pad to go wild, and let the adrenaline flow, with a range of adventure sports.

Transport:
Private Vehicle (2.00 hour(s))
Boat (0.50 hour(s))
Private Vehicle (0.75 hour(s))

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Day 5: La Fortuna

Spend another day getting your adrenaline pumping, viewing local wildlife, marveling at the Arenal Volcano and getting to know more about La Fortuna's Costa Rica.

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Day 6: La Fortuna

Cycle the area around La Fortuna on a guided half-day biking tour. At night, opt to relax and soak your muscles in the hot springs at the base of Arenal Volcano.

Additional Notes:
Please note it will be necessary to repack your bags according to the rafting packing list provided for the Pacuare River trip as it is an early departure tomorrow.

Included Activities:
Arenal Cycling Trip

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Day 7: La Fortuna/Pacuare (1B, 1L, 1D)

In the morning, transfer from La Fortuna to the put-in point for rafting on the Pacuare River. On this first day, stop down river for a short hike to explore waterfalls, and scenic, hidden canyons. In the evening, stay at a jungle lodge on the banks of the Pacuare River in a scenic, but remote location.

Additional Notes:
Our accommodation is in a rustic lodge which has multi-share dormitory-style rooms, with shared bathroom facilities.

Included Activities:
Overnight Pacuare Guided Rafting Expedition Day 1

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Day 8: Pacuare (1B, 1L, 1D)

Get off the river for the day to explore the jungle by foot.


Included Activities:
Overnight Pacuare Guided Rafting Expedition Day 2

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Day 9: Pacuare/Puerto Viejo de Talamanca (1B, 1L)

Continue down river to the take-out point, then travel to the Caribbean coastal town of Puerto Viejo.

Included Activities:
Overnight Pacuare Guided Rafting Expedition Day 3

Transport:
Private Vehicle

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Day 10: Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

The picturesque village of Puerto Viejo de Talamanca is known for its incomparable white- and black-sand beaches surrounded by exotic tropical vegetation. Rent a bike or hire a boat to Manzanillo, hike to Monkey Point through the Gandoca-Manzanillo National Wildlife Refuge. Try snorkelling or take it easy and and explore La Isla Botanical Gardens.

Included Activities:
Surfing Lesson

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Day 11: Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Enjoy free time in Puerto Viejo and soak up the sun on the Caribbean. The warm turquoise water is ideal for swimming, fishing, kayaking, boogie boarding, and surfing. Opt to take a boat trip, snorkel the nearby reefs, or cycle down the coast.

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Day 12: Puerto Viejo de Talamanca/San José

Return to San José and take advantage of a final day to shop for souvenirs (coffee anyone?) and explore the city.

Transport:
Local bus (5.00-5.50 hours, 217km)

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Day 13: San José

Depart at any time.

Included Activities:
Departure Day

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • Overnight rafting trip on Pacuare River and guided hike
    • Guided Cycle Tour in La Fortuna
    • Included surf lesson in Puerto Viejo
    Accommodation
    • Hotels (10 nts), jungle lodge (2 nts)
    Meals Included
    • 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners
    Transport
    • Public bus, van, bike, boat, raft, hiking
    Group Leader
    • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides
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Tour Highlights:
  • Paddle through world-class rapids on the Pacuare River
  • Indulge in a wide variety of activity and adventure
  • Mountain bike in the shadow of Arenal Volcano
  • Chill out to the sounds of crashing Caribbean waves
  • Attempt to stand up on a surfboard in Puerto Viejo.


Reviews (1)
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I adored my trip for many reasons; my travel mates were great; I loved the home stays; our guides were amazing; and it was a physical holiday - which kicked my butt in getting back in to shape!

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