This is an adventure-packed Costa Rica tour with whitewater rafting, horseback riding, jungle hikes, and optional tree climbs into the rainforest canopy. After spending a few days at a unique rainforest lodge, it's off to a Caribbean beach retreat surrounded by thick tropical forest. This is a great way to see what the best of Costa Rica travel has to offer.
Day 1 : Arrive San Jose Days 2-4 : Rainforest Adventure Day 5 : Off to the Beach Days 6-7 : Caribbean Free Days Day 8 : Pacuare River Rafting Day 9 : Return Home
Climb a giant kapok tree to explore the rain forest canopy
Relax on the white sand beaches of the Caribbean coast
Snorkel and kayak in the turquoise waters of the Cahuita National Park
Raft the thrilling whitewater of the Pacuare River
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, 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 you can spend a day hiking deep into the jungle to a 70 foot waterfall and then take a dip in its cool waters. 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. One of your free days you are off to Cahuita National Park for a snorkel tour or sea kayaking tour. With the largest coral reef system in Costa Rica, you have the chance to see a large array of colorful tropical fish, sting rays and possibly a reef shark or two. Conclude the tour with an hour long hike through the rainforest that borders the beach. Keep your eyes peeled for monkeys, sloths, iguanas and the famed poisonous dart frog. The rest of the time is free for you to arrange activities locally.
For the rest of the free days 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.
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.
Day 9 Return Home
Transfer to the airport for your international flight home.
This was my first experience with Adventure Life - and I couldn't have been more pleased with the trip. The guides and local staff in both Buenos Aires and Uruguay were terrific - extremely helpful and accommodating. I really enjoyed meeting the friendly staff in Buenos Aires in person (I left my bags with them for the afternoon).
When to Go
Good to ideal period to travel, and many people choose to visit at this time.
Chance for unpredictable weather but with fewer visitors.