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

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Travel Style: Array 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: $ 1,495 $ 187 / 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.

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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Too many flight changes, so that was a nightmire. Lost luggage, wrong seats. Couldn't upgrade hotels.
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This company seems like the right choice based on price. BEWARE! DO NOT USE! They are not helpful prior to trip. They mislead you when you speak with customer service. We took a trip to Ireland and were told by customer service that the hotel was in Sligo and Cork after asking prior to our trip. When we arrived, the hotels were both over one hour out in very small towns. This is one hour to the city we were told we were going to by customer service and one hour back.

The rental car we got prior to trip with our package, we paid to upgrade to a larger car. Then we paid extra to have an automatic car. When we arrived, we were told that we could have paid much less by just doing it onsite at Dublin airport. The car rental was in shock for how much Great Value charged us for the car rental.

You can save a lot of money if you book this Ireland trip on your own. And save many headaches. The kicker to all of this is when I got home and tried to speak with customer service. The lady told me she could not do anything to help me. I must instead email a supervisor. I did have email communication with GVV and they were quite snappy and rude. They refused to help me in any way. I asked them to change their wording so that the next customer would not be misled like we were. I would NEVER recommend nor use this company. There are too many reputable tour groups out there.

Please don't waste your money on a company that does not care about you.

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In response to the reply that GVV gave to my negative review.

It is pleasing to see how quickly you can reply to a negative review. If only you were so quick to respond to my queries prior to my trip.

To begin, my review is public. However, it is NOT OK to include my name when replying to a review when the name was not included by me in my review of you.

Next, when responding to my review you must be truthful. For you to say: "We are not surprised to receive this review as we did not agree to your request for a cash refund in exchange for you not posting a negative review." is false. In my initial phone call to customer service I was told to tell you what I wanted. Since you never asked, in my email communication toy I stated "I will be happy to complete your survey with my negative concerns and complete multiple reviews on your company if you choose to not correct this grand misleading mistake. I do not want to receive a discount for a future trip. I believe some money back to me is fair due to the amount of gas money and time I lost for travel due to the poor locations of the hotels."

I did not say I was disappointed with the hotels in Cork and Sligo. I said I was angered that I was misled by customer service prior to my trip when they did not inform me the distance to the cities on the tour. I asked if they were centrally located and was told that they were. Again, when I arrived, I discovered that they were over two hours round trip, without traffic. My initial communication to you was to inform that this was misleading. Your company seemed to be defensive of my comments from the start.

I called customer service before the trip because you switched my hotel in Dublin. My original hotel was one 45 minutes away from the city. You switched me to a hotel that was in Dublin after finding the original hotel was unable to host us. The new hotel in the city was centrally located. Great news. But the closest parking garage was 3/4 mile away. Perhaps you could suggest a hotel in the future that has closer parking so that when your flight is at 7am one does not need to walk the streets of Dublin at 5am.

My complaint to you is the absolute disdain and lack of concern that you have for customers after the trip. Even after my trip was booked I was unsuccessful at receiving any positive support.

I do not want this communication to continue. You are trying to prove your point as I am mine. But keep in mind, you should not use the name of the consumer if they did not disclose first themselves. Please check
in house legal for affirmation. Also, please be accurate and truthful when disclosing your side.

Just as you had to get the last word to our email thread by sarcastically stating "dully noted".

Your lack of professionalism speaks volumes. Perhaps this is why you get so many complaints and low stars on your reviews.
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  • Ficus Sunset Suites Hotel
  • Hotel Vela Bar

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