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Example package: Adventure and adrenaline

For those who love a little bit of adventure. Activities available for this package are:

  • Whitewater rafting (class III and IV)
  • Coral reef snorkeling
  • Rain forest canopy tour
  • Animal rescue center
  • Chocolate tour
  • Boat tour on the Tortuguero canals
  • Turtle nesting night tour
  • Thermal hot springs
  • Nature hikes
  • Horseback riding

What's included:

  • Tours and activities.
  • All transportation starting and ending at the airport, and everywhere in between. Transportation is done by shuttle bus, 4WDs, river boats, taxis or domestic air travel.
  • Accommodation every night at a recommended hotel of your desired star category
  • All meals, wherever possible. You also have the option to pick your own restaurants in locations where it is convenient, lowering your package price.

Sample itinerary

Day 1 - Welcome to Costa Rica

Be met at the airport and shuttled to Adventure Inn. If you have time, perhaps take a short bus or taxi into San Jose and its Central Market and pedestrian walkway, start to acclimatize yourself to Costa Rica, and adjust your baggage for the tour about to begin early the next morning. We have free luggage storage if you want to leave a few unnecessary items behind.

Day 2 - Your real adventure begins

Your departure begins the next morning at 6 am. You will be shuttled over the Central Cordillera Mountains, through majestic Braulio Carillo National Park, and your first stop will be an authentic Costa Rica breakfast. Shuttled down old logging roads deep into the Pacuare River gorge, you will be given a quick twenty minute crash course on whitewater rafting procedures and safety. Then you begin, arguably the finest whitewater rafting on the planet, enjoy 30 kilometers of consistent class III and IV rapids on the warm Pacuare River, you'll never forget it! Part way down you stop for a shore-side lunch. The Pacuare is ideal for the average tourist, no special skills or experience required, but what a blast!

When done, shower off, change your clothes, have a refreshment, and if you wish, buy videos of your rafting experience, and you will be shuttled to your hotel for two (or three) nights in the Caribbean's Puerto Viejo area with its warm turquoise waters, pristine clean sandy beaches and a jungle backdrop.

Day 3 - Activities around Puerto Viejo

Enjoy a snorkeling adventure around the coral reefs then a guided rain forest hike or if inclement weather prevents snorkeling, we have an excellent, highly recommended canopy tour through and over the Talamanca mountain rainforests as an alternative. Or you may decide to include the Animal Rescue Centre, Waterfall and Chocolate House tour or all of the above. Tell us what you want, and we will make the arrangements.

Day 4 - Off to Tortuguero

After breakfast today you will be shuttled then take a long canal boat for a two day / one night excursion into the biologically rich and tranquil Tortuguero Canals with covered boat rides and guides to help find and explain the exotic plants and animals, optional (June to October) night turtle nesting tour about $35 extra. Have a great night's sleep nestled in your cabin in the jungle.

Day 5 - Tortuguero to Arenal Volcano

After breakfast you explore deeper by boat into the Tortuguero canals and later you are driven back to the 'mainland' by boat and shuttled for three hours through the rolling topography of the lush green Caribbean lowlands through pineapple, banana, heart of palm, coconut and sugar cane plantations to Arenal Volcano. It is exciting to see the volcano on the horizon get closer and closer and watch it create its own micro-climate. Check into your hotel for two nights, perhaps take a little time to do some souvenir shopping in busting La Fortuna, and retire for the night.

Day 6 - The most relaxing day of your life

The next morning after a hearty breakfast, and often the best time of the day to view the top of ominous Arenal, (laying quiet since February 2011) we shuttle you by taxi to world famous Tabacon Hot Springs for a full day of basking in the therapeutic warm mineral waters. Enjoy acres of exotically manicured gardens and pathways leading to countless volcano heated waterfalls, cataracts and swimming pools, swim up bars and restaurants, paradise if ever there was one. A delicious lunch and exotic buffet dinner are provided right on the Tabacon property. Taxi back to your hotel any time up to 10 pm when Tabacon closes.

Day 7 - Arenal area and shuttle back to Adventure Inn

After breakfast opt for a guided nature hike, a horseback ride to a waterfalls, visit the hanging bridges or just relax and spend maybe a little time around touristy La Fortuna. In the early afternoon be shuttled over the scenic Cordillera de Tilaran Mountains and back into the lights of the Central Valley and Adventure Inn for a nice evening dinner in our MoonGlow Restaurant, pack, relax, catch up on your diary, contact those at home on one of our computers and have a great night's sleep.

Day 8 - Good-bye until next time!

After breakfast, depending on your flight departure time, maybe check out San Jose's Central Market, or a museum, or pick up some last minute souvenirs then we shuttle you back to the airport.

See also

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