Adventure trip in Costa Rica

Adventure Trip in Costa Rica 15 days

We present 15 days full of adventure and fun. We begin this ¨adventure trip¨ with a smooth tour through the Tortuguero Canals to get into the animal world and plant life of Costa Rica. Little by little, the intensity of the trip is increasing and you will begin to release adrenaline in the fabulous rafting of the Pacuare River an excursion to have a good time and enjoy the green and wild environment of Costa Rica. We continue in the Caribbean and the Manzanillo tour brings us back a little tranquility but you will return to the adventurous with the arrival at La Fortuna because the hike of the Tenorio Volcano and the Rio Celeste will fascinate you. We continue on the canopies of Monteverde and Montezuma until we reach some great waterfalls where you can have a good bath. Meanwhile, you can also enjoy paradisiacal beaches in Santa Teresa, thermal surprises next to rivers, original horse routes and local people from small towns such as Las Juntas de Abangares.
15-days of adventures in Costa Rica with complete excursions designed for you to have a great time and live the experience 100% PURA VIDA.

Highlights of this trip:
  • Rafting on the Pacuare river
  • Tour in Cabo Blanco and Montezuma
  • Route through Abangares
Tour Price
$2.998 per person
Private Trip for 2 people

We are flexible with our trips, because you can adapt and customize them to your needs.
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TRIP OUTLINE

  • Detailed Itinerary

    Costa Rica arrival

    DAY 1. ARRIVAL IN THE CAPITAL OF COSTA RICA. SAN JOSE

    On your arrival at Juan Santa Maria International Airport, our partner will be waiting to welcome you and give you the travel documentation that contains detailed itinerary, flights and a Costa Rica map.
    Ivonne will accompany you to the hotel and give you an introduction about Costa Rica. We will also give you two bottles of water that are reusable.
    Night at Holiday Inn Express 4****


    Congo Bongo Lodge

    DAY 2. FLIGHT TO LIMON AND TRANSFER TO PUERTO VIEJO (Breakfast)

    Today there is a flight San Jose - Limon. This flight departs at 6:30am from San Jose. First stop at Tortuguero (10 minutes) and after other passengers boarded at Tortuguero continues to Limon with arrival at 7:30am.
    You will have to be in Juan Santa Maria airport at 5.30pm. For this transfer we will use the Hampton Inn bus that makes the tours with a frequency of about 15 minutes. If you are at reception at 5:10pm, reception will call the bus to pick you up and in 5 minutes, you are at the domestic airport.
    In Limon, our driver will be waiting for you in the Caribbean for the transfer to Congo Bongo, which is in the Manzanillo area. The journey from Limón to Manzanillo will take one hour and 15 minutes approx.
    Arrival at 9:00pm.
    We leave the day off for you to start enjoying the Caribbean.
    Night at Congo Bongo Lodge (Dream Nature House)


     Costa Rica south caribbean beaches

    DAY 3. TOUR MANZANILLO WITH GANDOCA (Lunch)

    Around 7:30am, our guide is waiting for you to go to Manzanillo. Once there, a two-hour quiet hike through the Manzanillo wildlife reserve awaits you until you reach the shore of the beach. We will take a boat for the transfer to the Punta Mona's island where you can take a good swim. From Punta Mona we take you by boat to Gandoca to enjoy around the lake by canoe. Lunch is waiting for you in Gandoca.
    We return walking along the beach about 2Km and return to Manzanillo where the driver waits for the transfer to your hotel.
    It is a complete tour takes the whole day long and ends around 3.00pm. It has everything: hiking, animals in their habitat, canoeing... one of the most complete tour that can you make in Puerto Viejo.
    Night at Congo Bongo Lodge (Dream Nature House)


    DAY 4. RAFTING ON THE PACUARE (Lunch)

    Rafting on Pacuare river

    Difficulty: Class III-IV; Distances: 30 km; Number of rapids to run: 38; Approximate duration: 4 hours
    The Exploradores Outdoors partners will pick you up around 6:00am.
    You will be back at the Lodge around 5:30pm. It's an all-day adventure.
    The Pacuare tour is a perfect combination of adventure and excitement in nature.
    Pacuare is world famous for their beauty, a true river gorge, flanked by steep green walls. Immersed in the green, wild and natural, and isolated from urban life.
    The white water is equally exciting. It is not a very challenging river, but it has many rapids, so it offers you an adventure full of a lot of fun.
    We will take you from Puerto Viejo to the banks of the river and there we will equip you with vests, a helmet and an oar. Afterwards there will be a safety orientation talk.
    The first 6km consist of fun class II-III rapids, which is the perfect time to test your new fluvial skills and gain confidence in your team. After about 40 minutes, we will enter the famous Pacuare River gorge, which is 8 km from some of the best white water Costa Rica has to offer. The rapids here are "Serpiente Terciopelo", "Doble caída", "Huacas Superior e Inferior", "Pin ball"... among others. You will also see the Huacas waterfall, a dramatic 150 foot drop in the river.
    After the pass, the rivers open to a stretch of 8 km in the Pacuare Valley, where the river has a different character. It is wide open, which gives you the opportunity to rest a little and take the opportunity to make some wildlife sightings. The main rapids here are "Cimarrones", "The Play Hole", "El Indio" and "Magnetic Rock". The forest is still lush and the rapids are just as fun.
    We end up in Siquirres, an Exploration Centre belonging to Exploradores Outdoors where you can take a shower, change and enjoy the gardens and terrace a little relaxed.
    Equipment for this day: bring a light but supportive shoe. Flip-flops but with support. Sunscreen, shorts, nylon t-shirt, water bottle, change of clothes, towel, insect repellent and money or credit card if you want to buy photos, souvenirs or drinks. Protect all the backpacks in the lockers.
    Night at Congo Bongo Lodge (Dream Nature House)


    DAY 5: FROM PUERTO VIEJO TRANSFER TO MOIN AND FROM HERE TO THE CENTER OF TORTUGUERO BY BOAT (Breakfast)

    Tortuguero national park

    8:00am. today, we transfer you again near Limon to Moin. Our partner will go with you to take the boat that will take you to Tortuguero. The transfer by car to Moin is an hour and a half; from Moin to Tortuguero the boat takes three and a half hours. Departure at 10:00am, arrival in Tortuguero at 1:30pm approximately.
    In Tortuguero you will be dropped off at the main dock and there the Tortuguero Beach Lodge partners will be waiting for you to transfer to the Bungalows.
    In this area of Costa Rica, we count with Rafa who will show you the best of Tortuguero.
    He will visit you at the hotel and call you to meet for tonight's turtle nesting tour.
    In the evening, we wait for you at the hotel to go see the turtle nesting. Pick up time will be around 7:30pm or 9:30pm. It depends on how are the groups of turtle sighting excursions.
    Tortuguero Beach. Bungalow


    DAY 6. VISIT TO THE TORTUGUERO CANALS (Breakfast)

    El Tortuguero

    We have prepared a different itinerary for you. We start at 2:30pm with a walk along the canals until we reach a property. In the property, there will be a nice walk and you will be prepared some dinner. We will return to Tortuguero when it is getting dark listening to the sound of the jungle.
    It will be about two and a half hours touring the Tortuguero National Park canals. Something unique that you will enjoy with our expert guide.
    *** We don't know if we're going to make this tour because they closed one of the canals and they don't let you navigate at night. What is clear is that you are going to have the best excursion through the Tortuguero canals. We are going to specify the schedule as soon as we fix the itinerary with Rafael
    Tortuguero Beach. Bungalow


    DAY 7: FLIGHT FROM TORTUGUERO TO LA FORTUNA - ARENAL (Breakfast)

     la Fortuna waterfalls

    We transfer you to the airport by a taxi boat.
    Your flight leaves at 12:45pm, arrival in La Fortuna at 1:10pm.
    At La Fortuna airport, our guide Andrés will be waiting for you and will take you to see La Fortuna Waterfalls.
    You will not go to the hotel, you will go directly to the waterfalls because it gives you time for lunch. There is a restaurant in the same waterfall area.
    The waters of La Fortuna River and its small affluents, born in the mountains of the park give life to La Catarata Rio Fortuna.
    The drop down to the Fortuna Waterfall River consists of 500 steps, through a recently remodeled trail and has rest areas. On your arrival, a spectacular 70-meter high waterfall awaits you where you can swim and enjoy (always with caution).
    After the tour, Andres will accompany you in your transfer to the hotel and you will spend the night at the Observatory Lodge.
    Night at El Secreto de La Fortuna 3***


     celeste river

    DAY 8. RIO CELESTE AND TENORIO VOLCANO TOUR

    Breakfast at the hotel and departure to the region of Tenorio Volcano. Departure at 7:00h.
    Their blue river, their bright colors, their charm, their waterfall... all in a forest very well preserved from the impact of the human being. It will take two hours by car to reach Tenorio National Park and where the car will park to start walking along the entrance trail. This trail goes to the Rio Celeste waterfall, continuing with the road you reach the blue lake, the borbollones and the teñideros, where two rivers mixed to form the alchemy that produces this special color of the Rio celeste. (It is a walk of two and a half hours aprox). If the weather allows it, you can see the Tenorio Volcano from the viewpoint.
    In addition, there will be the opportunity to swim in a special place and we have prepared a lunch that you will love it.
    Night at El Secreto de La Fortuna 3***


    DAY 9. TRANSFER TO MONTEVERDE AND VISIT TO THE ABANGARES JUNGLES (Breakfast and Lunch)

    Goldmine in Abangares

    Breakfast at the hotel and departure to the Monteverde area. At 8:00am in the morning, you will go to take the shared bus Jeep Boat Jeep wich take you to the shores of Arenal lake. It will be 40 minutes to get to the other side of the lake where our guide Victor will wait for you. Here an experience awaits you through which you will know the history of the life of the Ticos (Costa Ricans). Abangares is known as Costa Rica mining canton. This area has the largest gold mine that Costa Rica has ever had. It was there that Minor Cooper Keith set up his gold processing plant "of Gold Fields of Costa Rica". During the Gold Fever in Costa Rica (1884-1931) many people came to this city in search of fortune, some of them came from Jamaica, the Americas, Asia, Europe and Russia, creating a population of multiracial roots that are not present in other cities of Guanacaste. In fact, this immigration of Costa Ricans and people of other nationalities gave rise to the city of Abangares. The mines consisted of a large number of tunnels, narrow passages, and galleries to extract metal located 100 meters deep in the earth. With the mines, fields, factories, pharmacies, police stations, jails, coolers and mills were built. Electricity was generated thanks to the industrial technology of Europe and the United States that served not only to generate electricity, but mainly to extract and process the valuable mineral.
    In 1991, the Abangares Ecomuseo mines was founded in the place where the gold processing plant used to be, on a property of 45 hectares, the rescue of buildings and machinery used at the Gold Fever time. The museum has photographs and models characteristic of mining practices. But this is not where we are going to take you because our friend Marvin is going to teach you everything related to this job. You will see the whole area and he will show you first hand how this mining world still survives and how the gold is worked and extracted from Abangares. 75% of the population of Las Juntas is engaged in mining. Lunch will be ready at home and then we will move you to Monteverde, which is one hour away from Las Juntas.
    Los Pinos Cabañas y Jardines
    It is a very charming lodge within the Monteverde forest (They do not offer breakfasts) they are dedicated only to accommodation. For breakfast, there is a cafe just in front of the lodge that has everything. On the other hand, the rooms are equipped with kitchen, you can prepare your own breakfast that you like.


    horse riding route in Monteverde

    DAY 10. MONTEVERDE: BRIDGES AND CANOPY. HORSE RIDING ROUTES (Lunch)

    Today at 8:00am, our partner Mauricio will pick up at the hotel for the transfer to Selvatura Park. Once there He will give you all the information about the activities of the day.
    You will walk along the bridges admiring the impressive landscape of the Cloud Forest of Costa Rica. Finally, the Costa Rica skies are waiting for you with a bird's eye view from tree to tree. A unique experience for everyone.
    After this activity, Mauricio will pick you up and take you to a soda to enjoy lunch and rest a little. After lunch, we will transfer you to a property from where you will start with a horse route that ends in a very nice place with natural hot springs.
    Our friend and partner Mauricio will be in charge of all the transfers of this day until the return to the hotel.
    Los Pinos Cabañas y Jardines


    quad route in Santa teresa

    DAY 11. TRANSFER TO SANTA TERESA (Breakfast)

    Around 7:00am, there will be a transfer to Puntarenas to take the ferry to Cóbanos.
    In Cóbanos they wait for you for the transfer to Santa Teresa, one of the Costa Rica paradise.
    Here our partner Ricardo will update you on everything that you can do in Santa Teresa.
    You will have to your disposition a Quad so that you can move and discover all the corners of the zone.
    It is the easiest way to move in many areas in Costa Rica, as many of the roads can be impassable by car.
    We contracted with an agency that ensures the “Confidence of Honda“ with their ATV Honda 420 TRX and guarantee the safety of our customers.
    They update the quads every year, so you get the best quads available in Santa Teresa.
    Night at Manalá Hotel Santa Teresa // Al Otro Lado Lodge


    cabo blanco National Park

    DAY 12. DAY TRIP INCLUDING CANOPY, HIKE AND WATERFALLS (Breakfast)

    Canopy, Cabo Blanco and Waterfalls
    You will start the day hanging from the jungle tree-tops of Mal Pais. Afterwards there will be a trekking in the Cabo Blanco Absolute Reserve.
    It will be one-hour walk where you will see monkeys, lizards and many other animals. We arrive at the waterfalls in the city of Montezuma and enjoy!
    Night at Manalá Hotel Santa Teresa // Al Otro Lado Lodge


    santa teresa beaches

    DAY 13. DAY OFF IN SANTA TERESA (Breakfast)

    We leave you this day to rest and relax on the beautiful Santa Teresa beaches.

    Night at Manalá Hotel Santa Teresa //
    Al Otro Lado Lodge


    San José theater

    DAY 14. TRANSFER TO TAMBOR AND FLIGHT TO SAN JOSE (Breakfast)

    At indicated time there would be a transfer of about 40 minutes to Tambor to take the flight to San Jose.
    The flight can be around 12:30pm.

    Night at Hampton Inn Suites. 4****


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    DAY 15. INTERNATIONAL FLIGHT BACK HOME (Breakfast)

    At the scheduled time, you can take the transfer from the hotel to the international airport.



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  • The Price for these 15-days Trip in Costa Rica

    $ 2.998 /person Private Trip for 2 people. 3- 4**** Hotels

    THIS TRIP INCLUDES:

    • Certified guide for excursions in Tortuguero, Puerto Viejo, La Fortuna and Monteverde
    • All private transfers are in private, except the transfer to Arenal and the transfer of boat to Moin and the private ferry from Puntarenas to Cobanos.
    • The rafting on the Pacuare River is shared with other people.
    • The transfer to the Hampton Inn (round trip) the same transfer as the hotel will apply. It is two minutes from the airport.
    • Mentioned hotels with double room
    • Indicated meals. We recommended about some restaurants.
    • Entrances fees for all National Parks
    • Entrances fees for activities on horseback, canopy, bridges, thermal baths...
    • Domestic flight San Jose – Tortuguero, La Fortuna and Tambor – San Jose
    • International travel and cancellation insurance View Coverages

    THIS TRIP EXCLUDES:

    • International flights
    • Meals and drinks are not indicated before
    • There are airports where Sansa charges a fee on arrival or departure (3 - 7 usd / person)

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