This Costa Rica Adventure Trip is the perfect combination of excitement that is sure to get your adrenaline pumping and relaxation that is sure to blow your cares away.
On your trip you will experience many of the ecosystems that Costa Rica is famous for – primal rainforest, secluded beaches, volcanoes, hot springs, and the wilds of a beautiful river. Are your bags packed yet? With beauty, warmth, adventure, and ecological wonders Costa Rica offers all aspects of a magnificent excursion.
You’ll zip across the rainforest canopy, rappel down waterfalls, swim volcanic hot springs and experience a side of Costa Rica that will change your life!
While visiting the Arenal region and Manuel Antonio, you’ll stay in the best lodging in the area in terms of quality and location. Our hotels embody the spirit and nature of each location as well as the Pura Vida lifestyle of Costa Rica. With great proximity to local activities and restaurants, as well as amazing views and amenities, our lodging is sure to please!
- Costa Rica is slightly smaller than West Virginia.
- In 1502, on his fourth and last voyage to the New World, Christopher Columbus made the first European landfall in the area.
- Tourism has overtaken bananas as Costa Rica’s leading foreign exchange earner. Boasting a wide diversity of eco-climates and settings, Costa Rica is attractive to travelers seeking beaches, tropical forests, active volcanoes, mountain settings, and a wide array of activities. Surfing, canopy zip-lining, hiking, bird watching, and fishing are some of the most popular draws.
- Costa Rica protects 23% of its national territory within the Protected Areas system. It also possesses the greatest density of species in the world.
- Costa Rica means “Rich Coast”.
- Costa Rica is ranked 5th in the world in terms of Environmental Performance Index. In 2007, the Costa Rican government announced plans to become the first carbon neutral country by 2021.
- Costa Rica ranks first in the Happy Planet Index (measures how much of the Earth’s resources a nation uses and how long and happy a life their citizens enjoy as a result) and is the greenest country in the world.
- There are about 52 species of hummingbirds in Costa Rica, making Costa Rica a true North American hummingbird capitol. The Costa Rican hummingbirds are most often found in the rain forest, as they pollinate flowers in the area where bees cannot travel.
- Monkeys are one of the most common mammals in Costa Rica – next to bats. There are about four common species of monkeys in Costa Rica, including the Howler money, Spider money, white-faced capuchin, and the squirrel monkey. Most monkeys live in groups of 10 to 40 with other animals.
Costa Rica hosts more than 5% of the world’s biodiversity even though its landmass only takes up .03% of the planet’s surface.
- Instead of saying “she gave birth”, Costa Rican’s say “Ella dio a luz” or “She gave light.”
- At 7:00 am in the morning every radio station forecast a national anthem and then the most important news and announcements for the day. If somebody dies, they are usually buried the same day (no embalming). The obituaries are run on TV several times a day so everyone can learn if they lost any relatives and make it to the funeral on time
- Driving is a challenging undertaking in Costa Rica. Bridges are usually one way, there are no signs and not a lot of street lights. Even if there is a light and it is red, don’t assume that every driver will obey and stop. If somebody dies in a traffic accident, there will be a big yellow heart with a crack in it painted on the road. If you see too many of those designs while driving be more careful and drive very cautiously.
Arrive in San Jose, Costa Rica in the early afternoon. Upon arrival, transfer from Juan Santamaría International Airport to San Jose hotel with your private transportation and guide. Spend the afternoon with your guide and enjoy a welcome dinner at a traditional local restaurant in San Jose. Overnight at Crowne Plaza Corobicí Hotel or Similar (Deluxe room) (D)
Breakfast at the hotel. After an early morning start, we transfer to the Sarapiqui River put-in. The Sarapqui is a clean, clear rainforest river with fun Class III rapids and loads of refreshing swimming opportunities. We’ll have lunch on the river with the guides. After finishing the trip, we continue by road to famous Arenal volcano. We’ll arrive at the hotel in time to enjoy the sunset over the volcano from the vantage point of the al fresco restaurant and pool. Overnight at Arenal Volcano Lodge or Similar (Superior room) (B,L,D)
Breakfast at the hotel. This morning, join your guide for a guided natural history walk through the intriguing Arenal Hanging Bridges complex, set amidst pristine jungle. Walking on the bridges allows you a bird’s eye view of the forest canopy where many unique birds, epiphytes and insects call home. Then we gear up for truly classic Costa Rica experience, a rainforest canyoning tour (lunch is included). No prior experience is needed. This is a fun way to discover the inner workings of a narrow rainforest canyon – prepare to get wet! Afterwards, we’ll return to the hotel in time for rest and relaxation. Overnight at Arenal Volcano Lodge or Similar (Superior room) (B,L,D)
This morning, we transfer to the Sky Trek Park, situated in an impressive stretch of beautiful rainforest along the flanks of the peak for an exhilarating zip line experience. This is one of the best zip lines in the country that made zip lines famous! We’ll return to the hotel with a full afternoon available for you to relax by the pool, organize your photos, or stroll the grounds for hummingbirds and more. Overnight at Arenal Volcano Lodge or Similar (Superior Room) (B,L,D)
After breakfast, we begin our drive to the central Pacific coast. Along the way we’ll make some brief stops to stretch including an extended visit at the Tarcoles River to view Costa Rica’s largest colony of crocodiles. With some luck, we may see some of the scarlet macaws that are making a come-back in the country. We’ll arrive in Manuel Antonio in time to relax a bit around the hotel and catch the sunset over the Pacific Ocean. Overnight at Villa Bosque Hotel or Similar (Standard room) (B, L, D)
Today enjoy a guided naturalist walk in the Manuel Antonio National Park. You have the afternoon free to enjoy the park’s renowned beaches, practice your wildlife photography, or return to the hotel and relax. There are optional half-day tours in the area if you’re feeling active! Overnight at Vila Bosque Hotel or Similar (Standard room) (B,L,D)
Free day to enjoy the beach, take a local excursion (options, at extra cost, include a ½ day snorkeling / catamaran trip, ½ day sea kayaking, surfing lessons, or relax and enjoy the hotel facilities. Overnight at Villa Bosque Hotel or Similar (Standard room) (B, L, D)
After breakfast, you will take a private transfer to San Jose’s Juan Santamaría International airport. Your international flight out should be booked for 1:30pm or later today. Anything earlier and we’d recommend adding a night in San Jose at your own expense, allowing for an early departure the next day. (B)
The best way to stay comfortable on any active adventure is going lightweight. Wearing the right versatile layers will insure a system with great ventilation and maximum protection in any conditions. The items on this list are just suggestions, however traveling with these items will give you the best chance for comfort and protection while in the tropics against any and all conditions. Your local Backwoods employee would be glad to help determine which product is right for you!
✓ Large Duffel bag
✓ Luggage tags and luggage locks.
✓ Passport pouch or money pouch.Travel
✓ Casual clothing – lightweight, comfortable items for travel.
✓ Valid passport
✓ Airline tickets
✓ Electrical adapter plug.
✓ Rain jacket/pants – waterproof and breathable
✓ Hiking shorts, quick drying
✓ Light fleece
✓ Long-sleeve shirts-for evening or for extra sun/insect protection.
✓ Lightweight pants, quick drying
✓ Sun hat or visorFootwear
✓ Casual, comfortable shoes for evenings.
✓ Lightweight hiking boots or trail shoes.
✓ Water sandals/shoes
✓ Hiking socksOther
✓ Water bottles and/or Hydration Resevoir (2-3)
✓ Headlamp and/or flashlight.
✓ Sunglasses and strap.
✓ Money ($800-$1,000 in cash, including some small US or Costa Rican bills)
✓ Camera, film, tripod.
✓ Batteries-extra for headlamp and camera
✓ Small binoculars.
✓ Notebook, journal, pencil and pen
✓ Pocket knife or multi-tool.
✓ Energy bars, hard candy, snacks and comfort foods
✓ Personal first-aid kit
✓ Insect repellent
✓ Several Ziploc plastic bags
✓ Heavy duty trash bag.Toiletries
✓ Small Towel
✓ Toothbrush and toothpaste
✓ Handi-wipes (moist towels for cleaning)
✓ Hand sanitizer
✓ Personal toiletry items
All transfers to and from Juan Santamaria International Airport
Private in-country transportation with air-conditioned vehicle and driver
Expert local, English-speaking guides and U.S.-based Backwoods Adventures representative
Lodging in some of the best hotels that Costa Rica has to offer
All meals from Dinner on Day 1 through Breakfast on Day 8
All park entrance fees and guide fees
All activities listed in the itinerary
International flights to and from San Jose
Personal gear and clothing
Alcoholic beverages, extra drinks and snacks
Tips for Guides, Drivers, etc.
Extras such as laundry, massage, internet, etc.
International Airport departure tax ($29/person, payable upon departure in San Jose)
Optional tours beyond what is covered in the itinerary
At Backwoods Adventures we know that well fed travelers are happy travelers! We aim to please your palate. Here are a few examples of our daily meals:
Breakfast: Traditional breakfast generally consists of eggs, rice, black beans, natural juices, coffee and fruit.
Lunch: Meat, chicken, or seafood will be the main dish with rice & beans, vegetables, fruits and salad for side dishes.
Dinner: Seafood, chicken, steak, or fajitas with salad, vegetables, or rice & beans. Coffee and desserts to follow.
1 night at Crowne Plaza Corobici Hotel or similar
3 nights at Arenal Volcano Lodge or similar
3 nights at Villa Bosque Hotel or similar
Accommodations may vary based on availability, but all hotels are among the highest rated in the country both for location and amenities.
No tourist visa is required for stays of up to 90 days in Costa Rica. Documents required for most entries in to Costa Rica include:
•Valid Passport (must be valid for at least 6 months beyond entry)
•Pre-paid airline ticket to exit Costa Rica
If you wish to learn more about travel requirements in Costa Rica you can email the embassy at: firstname.lastname@example.org or call at 770.951.7025.
Some of the activities that you may choose to participate in while in Costa Rica are strenuous and should not be undertaken if you have any health conditions which may put you at risk. You are strongly advised to consult your physician for a thorough medical check-up and clearance before attempting the trip. If you are over 50 years old, talk to your doctor about doing a “stress EKG”. Should you require any medication whatsoever, you must provide your own and be able to administer it yourself. Medical supplies in Costa Rica are not reliable or guaranteed though we will have a fully stocked medical kit on the trip.
Talk to your doctor about appropriate vaccinations as well as prescriptions you are currently taking, or should take in case you get sick.
FROM OUR TRAVELERS
“Thanks for being the best guide ever. Your encouragement, concern, and professionalism has made this trip a truly wonderful experience. I wish you all he very best in all that you do and hope to see you soon. “
“I hope this weekend goes as well as last week. You, Joe and Billy were excellent hosts and instructors. I had a wonderful time. Thanks again for all your patient coaching and kind words. “
“Thank you for offering such an amazing life experience. From the beginning with Joe and Mike’s emails, to the store’s support on outfitting, to the actual trip, it was an overall very positive experience. I highly recommend this trip to those with a passion for wanting the challenge of this mountain.”