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

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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 ...
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Trip type
Self-Guided / Independent Tour
Lodging level
Standard - 3 star
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Trip pace
Flexible schedule


    • 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

What's this trip about?

    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.

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Itinerary focusClassic Highlights
Group sizeIndependent
Age rangeNo age restrictions
Flights and transportN/A
Start CitySan Jose
End CityCosta Rica

Travel Themes

  • Local Immersion & Homestays
  • National Parks
  • Nature & Wildlife
  • Rafting, Kayaking, Canoeing
  • Relaxing Retreats


  • Central America
  • Costa Rica


  • Monteverde


  • Culture
  • Hiking
  • Homestays & Cultural Immersion
  • Hot Springs
  • Nature
  • Relaxing Retreat
  • Sailing
  • Snorkeling
  • Whitewater rafting
  • Wildlife viewing

Trip includes

    • Round-trip economy class airfare to San Jose (SJO)
    • Round-trip airport transfers
    • 1 night in San Jose at the Sleep Inn San Jose Downtown, or similar
    • Full-day transfer/tour from San Jose to Arenal Volcano area, with Pacuare River white water rafting
    • 2 nights in the Arenal Volcano area at the Casa Luna Hotel & Spa, or similar
    • Half-day Sky Adventures Park (Zip line)
    • Transfer from Arenal Volcano to Monteverde Cloud Forest, including boat crossing on Arenal Lake
    • 1 night in the Monteverde Cloud Forest at the Monteverde Country Lodge, or similar
    • Evening Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve Tour
    • Transfer from Monteverde Cloud Forest to Manuel Antonio
    • 2 nights in Manuel Antonio at the Hotel Villas Lirio, or similar
    • Half-day Catamaran Ocean King Tour, with lunch
    • Transfer from Manuel Antonio hotel to San Jose hotel
    • 1 night in San Jose at the Sleep Inn San Jose Downtown, or similar
    • Breakfast daily, 2 lunches

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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 attracti...

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 ...

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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