Costa Rican Adventure: White Water Rafting, Zip Lines & Snorkeling

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Travel Style: A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level: Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment. Easy
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value (3*)
8 days
From: $ 1,513 $ 189 / day
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Overview

Highlights (Bullets)

  • Pacuare River white water rafting and lunch
  • Half-day Sky Adventures Park (Zip line)
  • Evening Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve Tour
  • Half-day Catamaran Ocean King Tour, with lunch

Short Description

Despite its small size, Costa Rica has a varied topography ranging from volcanic mountain ranges to lush rainforest, offering countless opportunities for outdoor adventures. Get in touch with nature (and your wild side!) in seven nights as you experience Costa Rica. 

Arrive in San Jose then embark on your first expedition to Pacuare River, considered one of the top rivers in the world for white water rafting. Strap on a vest and get on the strong current as you pass lush tropical vegetation and even a monkey or two!

Make your way to Costa Rica's northern plains and be greeted with the impressive (but dormant) Arenal Volcano. Visit Sky Adventures Park and ascend a mountain by aerial tram, then swoop down on an exhilarating zip line tour. Travel by boat across Arenal Lake to your next destination, Monteverde. Known for its rich tropical cloud forest, Monterverde is Costa Rica's green jewel. Experience the sights and sounds of Monteverde's wildlife as you tour the cloud forest at night.

Your last destination is Manuel Antonio National Park on the central Pacific coast. With its expansive white-sand beaches backed by evergreen forest, Manuel Antonio makes the ideal place to conclude your vacation. Sail the crystal clear waters by catamaran and see Costa Rica's rich marine life when you go snorkeling. Soak up as much sun and surf before concluding your adventure in San Jose.

Please note that unvaccinated American tourists traveling to Costa Rica must acquire mandatory travel insurance that covers lodging in the event of quarantine as well as medical expenses due to contracting COVID-19.

The insurance policy may be obtained from any international insurance company that meets the following requirements: 1)Valid for the entire stay in Costa Rica (coverage dates); 2)$50,000 USD for medical expenses, including those from COVID-19; 3)$2,000 USD for lodging expenses in the event of COVID-19 quarantine. Click here for more information.

Style Self-guided tour
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value (3*)
Flight & Transport Inclusions Roundtrip air to/from trip start & all internal transport
Start City San Jose
End City Costa Rica

Itinerary

Day 1 Welcome to San Jose!

Land at Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO) in San Jose and begin your Costa Rica adventure! A Swiss Travel representative will meet you upon your arrival and provide you with all the necessary documentation, itinerary and the main contact information. Transfer to your San Jose hotel and rest up before your vacation goes full speed tomorrow.

Day 2 San Jose - Pacuare River - Arenal Volcano

Early in the morning, drive from San Jose to the Pacuare River for a white water rafting adventure! In the afternoon, arrive in La Fortuna Village and be greeted with the mighty Arenal Volcano. Active since 1969, Arenal Volcano is one of Costa Rica's many highlights. Check into your hotel and spend the rest of the day at leisure.

Day 3 Arenal Volcano

Spend a morning zip lining through Arenal at Sky Adventures Park, then explore the area in the afternoon at your leisure. Visit Arenal Volcano National Park and hike the beautiful surroundings leading you towards waterfalls and hot springs.

Other attractions include Cano Negro Wildlife Refuge, Venado Caves, and La Fortuna Waterfall. Explore these on your own or book a guided tour from your hotel.

Day 4 Arenal Volcano - Monteverde

Depart Arenal Volcano in the morning and transfer to Monteverde Cloud Forest by boat across Arenal Lake! You’ll then travel by car through the Tilaran Mountain Range as you enjoy the beautiful mountain scenery. Check into your hotel in Monteverde, and later that night enjoy a thrilling night tour in the cloud forest.

Day 5 Monteverde - Manuel Antonio

Today you'll head to Manuel Antonio National Park on the Pacific Coast, one of the most popular beach destinations in Costa Rica. The scenic drive takes you via mountain roads leading to the majestic shores of the Pacific Ocean.

Upon arrival, check into your hotel and enjoy the rest of the day on Manuel Antonio's two amazing beaches, Playa Manuel Antonio, on the ocean side, and the slightly less visited Playa Espadilla Sur.

Day 6 Manuel Antonio

Today you'll enjoy a half-day Catamaran excursion! Sail the sea and snorkel in a secluded bay before returning to shore. Spend the rest of the day relaxing by the beach or visiting the seaside village of Quepos.

Day 7 Manuel Antonio - San Jose

Spend the morning enjoying the last bit of sun and surf before transferring back to San Jose. See Costa Rica's capital at night and visit the Plaza de la Cultura with its stunning National Theater (Teatro Nacional). Then sample the local delicacies like casado, a dish of white rice, beans, plantains, picadillo, salad and meat.

Day 8 Depart Costa Rica

Your Costa Rican adventure comes to an end today. Transfer back to San Jose airport and fly home.

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Roundtrip air to/from trip start & all internal transport

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Accommodations

  • Sleep Inn Hotel Paseo Las Damas
  • Casa Luna Hotel & Spa
  • Ficus Sunset Suites Hotel
  • Hotel Vela Bar

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