Active Costa Rica

Gear up and get ready to experience real and raw adventure in the lush jungles of Costa Rica! Conquer even the most challenging Class III and IV rapids in the 9-mile course of the Pacuare River Gorge. As you make your way through the dense, verdant leafage of this tropical river, watch out for jaguars, ocelots, monkeys and sloths!

Rappel down a series of misty waterfalls, ascending and descending heights of up to 165 feet at the stunning La Fortuna Arenal Volcano! Trek through the mystical rainforest of Rio Celeste before heading to the beach for a stand up paddling adventure on the Pacific Coast. Soak up some sun on the sandy beaches or ride the waves during an optional surfing expedition. Great food, loads of fun and tons of adrenalin on this unforgettable journey through Costa Rica!

What's Included?

• Accommodation
• Activities
• Transfers
• Meals, and Fees as indicated on your itinerary.
• Local and international traveler assistance during your tour
• Specialized and personalized services.


9 days

Destination Covered

San Jose, Arenal Volcano National Park, Playa Hermosa, Tenorio Volcano National Park and Liberia

Best Suited

Families, Groups, Solo travellers
Day 1: San José
Upon arrival at San Jose airport, you will be greeted by one of our local Travelous, English-speaking representatives who will be holding a sign with your name printed on it. Your representative will take you to your hotel where you will pick up your travel packet with vouchers and specific information regarding your travels.

Double Tree Cariari - Standard Room

Day 2: Arenal
Today you will take on one of the world's most scenic white water rivers! The Pacuare River is one of the best choices for your adventure treks in Costa Rica.

Following an early morning pick up from the hotel lobby, transfer approximately 2.5 hours to your destination. Enjoy a typical Costa Rican breakfast enroute. After arriving at the river, you will be geared up with a life jacket, helmet and paddle and then briefed with a safety orientation. Finally, it is time to take off down the rapids! The first 4 miles consist class II-III rapids, which allos the perfect opportunity to test your skills and gain confidence in your team. Here you will find pockets of secondary growth forest that is extremely beautiful. After about 40 minutes, you will enter the famous Pacuare River Gorge, which consists of 5 miles of some of the best white water Costa Rica has to offer.

After the gorge, the river opens up to a 5-mile stretch on the Valle del Pacuare, where the river has a different character. It is wide open, which gives you the opportunity to rest and do some wildlife spotting.

You will wrap up in Siquirres, at the privateExploration Center, where you can take a shower, change and enjoy the gardens and terrace while having a beer or two with your new friends before heading onwards to your Arenal hotel.

Arenal Kioro Suites & Spa - Couples Suite

Day 3: Arenal
Get ready for an exhilarating day of Canyoning, revealing secret gems of the mountains that few have eyes have seen!After breakfast, you will be picked pick up at your hotel in the La Fortuna area and taken on an exciting 4x4 ride on a mountain road. At the first ranch house, you will receive your gear as well as a short safety and rappelling explanation. You will then embark on a short trek through the beautiful rainforest to the first waterfall rappel where you will descend into the canyon!

The five rappels range in height: from 13 meters (25ft) to 55 meters (165ft). The Monkey Drop Zip Line is approximately 25 meters (82ft) long. After rappelling down the first waterfall, you will climb up the side of the canyon wall, 10 meters (20ft) up, to a short trail. Then zip line across the canyon and rappel down from the cable 25 meters (82ft) to the canyon floor again. Then continue on short trails from waterfall to waterfall through the canyon.

You will then have a short trek out of the canyon to the second ranch house where you return to the 4x4 vehicles and head back to the base offices for a delicious Costa Rican style lunch, just outside of La Fortuna. Enjoy an incredible view of the famous Arenal Volcano. After this tour, you will head back to your hotel for a relaxing afternoon by the pool or in the hot springs.

Arenal Kioro Suites & Spa - Couples Suite

Day 4: Río Celeste
After breakfast, you will have some time to enjoy your hotel facilities or one of the many exciting activities offered in Arenal.

After lunch, you will begin your scenic but brief journey to Rio Celeste, located in the Tenorio Volcano National Park. The jewel of the National Park is the volcano, from which it receives its name. Rio Celeste is a river found inside the Park, notable for its distinctive turquoise coloration, a phenomenon caused by a chemical reaction between sulfur and calcium carbonate. The Celeste River also borders several hot springs and has one large waterfall.

You will have an evening at leisure to explore this rich, natural area or to relax at your hotel, the stunning Rio Celeste Hideaway is located in an oasis of tranquility.

Rio Celeste Hideaway - Casita Forest

Day 5: Río Celeste
Today, you will experience an amazing four-hour rainforest hike through the Tenorio Volcano National Park! You'll witness the wealth of flora and fauna of this area, culminating in an astounding view of the main attraction, the Rio Celeste waterfall and river. You will also see the tenideros, the place where the river takes on its magical turquoise blue color. This park also has thermal springs where you can take a rejuvenating hot bath surrounded by the rainforest.

After your hike, you can enjoy the rest of your afternoon at the poolside, taking in the magnificent views of the rainforest.

Rio Celeste Hideaway - Casita Forest

Day 6: Playa Hermosa
After breakfast, you will be taken by private vehicle to the pristine beaches of Guanacaste.

Bask in the warm, golden sun on the beautiful shore of Playa Hermosa (meaning "beautiful beach" in Spanish). Stroll down the beach on the fine, sparkly grey sand or take a swim in the turquoise, clear waters that is characterized by remarkably calm waves. This beach is perched between two mountains that come to life when the sun sets behind them and seeks other horizons.

Bosque Del Mar - Garden View Suite

Day 7: Playa Hermosa
Spend the morning paddling to beautiful sand beaches, cruise the shorelines and discover little hidden coves. The tour starts from the Playa Hermosa and then makes its way around the various beaches of Playas del Coco. Return to your hotel for an afternoon at leisure.

Bosque Del Mar - Garden View Suite

Day 8: Playa Hermosa
Savour a delicious breakfast at the hotel and get ready to enjoy yet another glorious day in Guanacaste.

Spend the day at leisure: resting, swimming or perhaps take up surfing. There are many exciting activities available in this area.

Bosque Del Mar - Garden View Suite

Day 9: Liberia
Unfortunately, we say goodbye to you today. A Travelous representative and private vehicle will transfer you to Liberia airport and offer full assistance there. Keep the memories alive and we hope to see you again in Costa Rica. Pura Vida!
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