This eight-day Costa Rica tour is jam-packed with adventure activities, including whitewater rafting, jungle walks, horseback riding, and even the opportunity to climb into the jungle canopy. Spend the first three days exploring the tropical rainforest, and then relax on a Caribbean beach surrounded by luscious jungle greenery. Finish the trip with some adrenaline-pumping rafting along the Pacuare River – and if you want more, just let us know and we'll add an extra night at a resort right on the Pacuare!
Climb a kapok tree and enter the rainforest canopy
Raft the Class III rapids of the Pacuare River
Snorkel the largest coral reef system in Costa Rica
Hike through the rainforest bordering the beach of Cahuita National Park
The morning of day two, head east towards the Caribbean to Selva Bananito Reserve for a few days of jungle discovery and adventure. Included in your stay is an introductory tree-climbing adventure, observation platform tour with rappel, or a horseback ride through the farm. While exploring one of Costa Rica’s most pristine rainforests, you have the chance to climb a giant kapok tree and enter the fascinating world of the rainforest canopy. There’s also a horseback ride through the adjacent family farm to learn about organic tropical farming techniques. For the adventurous spend a day hiking deep into the jungle to a 70-foot waterfall and then take a dip in its cool waters. You can also add the option to rappell down the falls - Let us know if you want to add this to your adventure. For those who prefer a more relaxed day, Selva Bananito offers plenty of smaller excursions too. At the end of each day, locally grown food is served by candlelight before you retire to the tranquil retreat of your jungle cabana.
Surrounded by thick jungle, you might be lucky to wake in the morning to the loud roar of howler monkeys. Look carefully into the canopy surrounding the lodge and you might be treated to the sight of these loud tropical creatures. Today is free for you to arrange activities locally. Go snorkeling, sea kayaking, take a rainforest walk, or just hang around the beach and swim in the surf. Your hotel can arrange everything from a trip to a nearby indigenous village to boogie board rentals. You might also choose to just walk along the miles of near-deserted beach.
Today start off with a transfer to the Cahuita National Park. With the largest coral reef system in Costa Rica, you will have the chance to see a large array of colorful tropical fish, sting rays and possibly a reef shark or two while exploring the national park. After your hour long snorkel, take a break on the beach with a delicious snack of fresh local fruit and juice. Next, head out on an hour long hike with your guide through the rainforest. During the hike, your guide will point out monkeys, sloths, birds, poison dart frogs, iguanas and much more. This tour offers an excellent introduction to the flora and fauna of the Caribbean coast. This snorkeling tour is weather dependent.
This morning you are picked up and head to the Class III-IV whitewater of the Pacuare River. One of Costa Rica’s most exciting whitewater trips, the Pacuare plunges through spectacular mountain gorges and passes through virgin rainforest filled with howler monkeys, toucans, sloths, ocelots, and more. For younger travelers or those looking for a slower pace, you can opt to raft a tamer river. After lunch make your way back to San Jose to complete your Costa Rica travels. Spend the evening enjoying one of San Jose's finer restaurants or just relax in your colonial style hotel.
Kate was great to work with in the planning stage. She was prompt, helpful, and efficient. Our tour guide, Edwin, was knowledgeable and passionate. We were very happy to have traveled with Adventure Life, it made the trip easy and a true pleasure. We could concentrate on enjoying the experience rather than the details of travel.