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Costa Rica: Hike, Bike & Raft
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Immerse yourself in the lush beauty of Costa Rica on this 8-day active adventure. Experience the thrill of rafting down the Pacuare River's rapids, surf the waves of the Caribbean, and hike through the misty Monteverde Cloud Forest. Explore the tranquil beaches of Puerto Viejo by bike and take your pick from a range of activities in between. Costa Rica is an adventurer's paradise, and this expedition is designed to appeal to the most seasoned of active travellers. Whether you're a nature lover or an adrenaline junkie, this trip promises to provide an unforgettable experience amidst the natural splendor of one of the world's greenest countries.
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Fly from the UK to San Jose
Arrive in San Jose and meet your tour group at the hotel. The city boasts a rich history and culture, with many museums and historic landmarks to explore. San Jose is also a great base for exploring nearby national parks and nature reserves, with opportunities for hiking, wildlife viewing, and adventure activities.
Get ready for an incredible experience as you travel by bus to Monteverde. Spend your free time exploring the lush forests by taking a guided nature walk or visiting local cooperatives. For a unique perspective, walk through the canopy on suspension bridges or watch butterflies play in the Butterfly Garden. Keep an eye out for the resplendent quetzal, one of the most elusive birds in the world. With over 2,000 species of plants, 320 bird species, and 100 types of mammals, Monteverde is a must-see destination that offers something for everyone.
Monteverde Cloud Forest Hike & La Fortuna
Explore the mystical cloud forest near Monteverde on a nature hike led by a local guide. Keep an eye out for hummingbirds, quetzals, and sloths as you wander through the enchanted forest. After your hike, take a scenic 3-hour drive along the stunning Lake Arenal to the vibrant town of La Fortuna. Here, relax in the natural hot springs and pools, and enjoy a classic local dinner with your travel companions. Don't miss trying the mouth-watering Chifrijo, a traditional dish made of fried pork, salsa, beans, and tortilla chips.
Take a day to explore the beautiful region of La Fortuna at your leisure. The area offers breathtaking views of lush forests, rare plants, and wildlife sightings. Relax in the natural thermal springs surrounded by lush foliage or try stand-up paddleboarding on Lake Arenal with stunning views of the volcano and green hills. For animal lovers, a boat tour of Cano Negro Reserve provides an opportunity to spot sloths, monkeys, crocodiles, and basilisk lizards.
Pacuare River white water rafting & Puerto Viejo
Today, you’ll drive the Pacuare River, renowned for its natural beauty, where an adrenaline-packed white water rafting adventure awaits. With 52 rapids spread over 29 kilometres, you're guaranteed an exciting day on the water surrounded by lush green gorge walls, tumbling waterfalls, and tropical rainforest. Keep an eye out for sloths, parrots, toucans, and colourful butterflies and frogs. Afterwards, travel to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca for a taste of Caribbean seaside vibes – reggae bars and palm-fringed beaches await.
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca Cycling
Spend the morning exploring the area on a leisurely bike ride along the palm-fringed coastal road, stopping at various beaches and inlets as you head south. Make a pit stop at a local restaurant for lunch and witness a Caribbean cooking demonstration that showcases a unique blend of African, indigenous, and Spanish flavors. Learn about the mix of coconut milk, spices, fruits, curry, and seafood that make up this melting pot of culinary traditions and cultures.
Caribbean cooking demonstration
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca & San Jose
Enjoy a free morning to choose your favourite activity. Catch the early public bus to Manzanillo National Wildlife Refuge, home to rare habitats, including lowland rainforests, wetlands, coral reefs, and mangrove swamps. Spot monkeys, reptiles, toucans and macaws during your 2-hour exploration. Alternatively, relax on the Caribbean shores or take a beginner's surf lesson. Afterward, take the bus back to San Jose for some urban exploration. Discover the city's historic buildings and bustling food and artisan markets.
After breakfast, enjoy a free day to explore San Jose at your leisure.
Depart San Jose and return to the UK
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