Exciting Adventures in Costa Rica

Exciting Adventures in Costa Rica

Experience some of Costa Rica’s most exciting adventures. Challenge yourself by trying rafting and ziplining. Explore some of the country’s most impressive national parks and see rare animals and birds. Click themotorcyclers to learn more about Costa Rica.

Start the journey with a night in the capital San José before the adventure continues with rafting adventures on the Pacuare River. After rushing rivers you travel on to Sarapiqui; a perfect place for hiking and horseback riding. Do not miss a visit to the Tirimbina Nature Reserve and the area’s research center. Here you will learn all about Costa Rica’s flora and fauna – and take a walk over the 200 meter long suspension bridge that connects the river banks.

You then visit La Fortuna and the area around the Arenal Volcano, one of Costa Rica’s most beautiful places with beautiful nature, hot springs, adventure and hiking trails. The adventure continues and you travel on to Monteverde’s cloud forest. You walk on suspension bridges and see the varied wildlife from a bird’s eye view. Here you have the chance to try ziplining where you cross the jungle just like Tarzan.

On to Manuel Antonio. Here you combine sun, swimming and beach with activities and experiences in Manuel Antonio National Park. You then end your trip with a few nice days at Drake Bay before returning home. Enjoy an exciting, varied and fun vacation in Costa Rica.

Day 1: Departure from Sweden and arrival in San José

Departure from Sweden to Costa Rica, where you (depending on the airline) arrive in the evening. You will be picked up at the airport and driven to the hotel in San José. The city has a wide range of attractions such as colorful local markets, historical museums and green parks that give the city’s people pleasant places to catch their breath in the country’s capital. In the capital there is the Plaza de la Cultura which is full of small stalls, shops and street vendors who live on selling clothes, jewelry and carpets. In the city center, it is also often cheap to buy surfing equipment for the trip.

Day 2: San José – Sarapiqui – Rafting in the Pacuare River

You at the hotel early in the morning to go to the Sarapiqui area, the trip takes approx. three hours. The Sarapiqui area is located in the eastern part of Costa Rica. On the way there you will see Costa Rica’s beautiful landscape and the country’s many plantations. Around noon you will reach the Pacuare River and you will spend the next three hours on the river. Before the rafting begins, there is a thorough safety review and then it is time to take a seat in the boat. Now many exciting rapids await and you are surrounded by beautiful nature and jungle. Usually you go on through three or more out of five rapids on a trip. After an adventure on the Pacuare River, it’s time to head to your hotel where you have the rest of the day on your own. ( F , L , M )

Day 3: Sarapiqui – La Fortuna (Area around Arenal)

After breakfast, you continue to the area around the Arenal Volcano, a trip that takes approx. four to five hours. Here you stay for two nights by Costa Rica’s perhaps most beautiful volcano. Since 1995, the area around the volcano has been a national park. The hotel you are staying at can help with advice on hiking trails and the wide range of exciting activities in the area. After arriving at the hotel, you can spend the rest of the day doing what you feel like doing. ( F )

Day 4: On your own in La Fortuna by the Arenal Volcano

You design the day at Arenal Volcano on your own because the area offers a myriad of exciting activities and there are experiences for all tastes. The town of La Fortuna is beautifully situated next to the volcano and it is easy to find everything from small cozy hotels to large, lavish hotels. Here you can see volcanoes, beautiful nature, La Fortuna waterfall, hot springs and a wide range of adventure experiences. Hiking is one of the area’s most popular activities and although you can no longer see lava erupting from the top of the Arenal Volcano, it is still among Central America’s most breathtaking volcanoes. In the area around the 1,633 meter high Arenal volcano there are a variety of hiking trails with varying degrees of difficulty. One of the hiking trails is called 1966 and is named after the year when the powerful eruption that killed approx. 80 people and tens of thousands of cattle occurred. The hiking trail leads you down to the lower part of the volcano where the stream of lava destroyed several villages and farms in 1968. On the hiking tour, it is still possible to see the landscape created when lava flowed down the volcano during the eruption. The landscape is now reminiscent of the landscape on the moon. The volcano is currently monitored by volcano experts and the risk of eruptions is minimal. If you are looking for more challenging hiking routes, a hike at the Cerro Chat Volcano may be an interesting option for you. This hike takes 6-7 hours and takes you up to Arenal’s beautiful sister volcano. You walk through the dense rainforest and after several hours of challenging hiking you reach the volcano’s crater which contains an azure lake. The road on this hike can be muddy and sometimes slippery and therefore we recommend good hiking shoes or boots if you intend to participate in the hike. From La Fortuna you can also take part in several eventful mountain bike rides, horseback riding, kayaking or explore the volcanic landscape by ATV. There are also other adventure experiences to participate in. Everything from boating, cable cars, bungee jumping from a height of 40 meters and rafting await you outside the city. The activities you can participate in are many and if you find something that sounds interesting, a travel consultant can easily tailor the days to your needs and also help extend your stay in this beautiful area for a fee. Spend the day just the way you want. (F )

Day 5: La Fortuna – Monteverde

After breakfast you travel on to the beautiful rainforest of Monteverde, a drive that takes approx. 3-4 hours. On the way you pass through Costa Rica’s beautiful highlands. Some parts of the journey go on small primitive roads that make it feel like you are on a real adventure. Once you have arrived at the hotel in Monteverde, an exciting hike in the Monteverde rainforest awaits. In the rainforest you can see the park’s many animals and birds. You return to the hotel late in the afternoon and after that you can spend the rest of the day just as you like. ( F )

Day 6: Adventures in Monteverde

After breakfast, it’s time to go on what is called “Sky-Walk”, a hike performed on seven suspension bridges that are spread over a hiking trail of approx. 3 km. From the forest branch, you can see the rainforest from a bird’s eye view. You can also learn a little about some of the more than 2,500 plant and bird species found in Monteverde’s rainforest. In addition, this beautiful rainforest has the world’s highest concentration of orchids and the national park is also home to hummingbirds, toucans and colorful quetzals that many ornithologists describe as one of the most beautiful bird species in the world. After a pleasant hike in fantastic surroundings, an eventful ziplining adventure awaits. First you get safety instructions, then you get strapped into different braces and finally you can try to hover over the rainforest. On this tour you pass around 12 different zipline tracks in the rainforest which together form one of the world’s longest zipline trails. The tour can end whenever you want with a real Tarzan swing across the jungle. After a fun and adventurous day, you will then return to the hotel. You can spend the rest of the evening as you wish. Depending on when you arrive, days 5 and 6 of the Monteverde program may change locations. (F ) NOTE! Children from approx. 7-8 year olds can participate in the tour of the rainforest together with a guide. Feel free to talk to us at Winberg Travel about all activities in and around Monteverde. After a fun and adventurous day, you will then return to the hotel.

Day 7: Monteverde – Manuel Antonio

In the morning you drive on to Manuel Antonio, a drive that takes approx. four hours. This is a place where the lush rainforest meets some of Costa Rica’s most exotic sandy beaches. In addition, the national park is among the most visited national parks in the country and has four large beaches adjacent to it. The wildlife in the rainforest is very varied. Among other things, there are upwards of 184 bird species and approx. 109 species of mammals, including howler monkeys, polar bears, sloths, jaguars and the small claw that is known from the films about Astrid Lindgren’s Pippi Longstocking. This national park on the Pacific coast is adjacent to a large number of nature trails that are perfect to use for hiking among the jungle’s exotic animal species. After you arrive, you can spend the rest of the day doing what you feel like. ( F)

Day 8-9: Travel on your own in Manuel Antonio

In Manuel Antonio you can spend some fantastic days and combine a wonderful swimming holiday on the beautiful beaches of the Pacific Ocean with a wide range of exciting activities. Among other things, you can hike in Manuel Antonio National Park and take part in a variety of fun day trips that include everything from kayaking, rafting, tubing and boating. Spend the days just the way you want ( F )

Day 10: Manuel Antonio – Sierpe – The area around Drake Bay

This morning the journey continues south towards Sierpe and then by boat taxi to the area around Drake Bay. The ride can be affected by waves and currents as you cross the high seas on the last part of the road to Drake Bay. You arrive at the hotel around lunchtime and in the coming days you decide what you want to do. The hotel in Drake Bay is about an hour by boat from Corcovado National Park, Costa Rica’s largest national park with many different species of animals. The rest of the day is spent on your own. ( F )

Day 11-12: Drake Bay area and magnificent nature experiences on your own

Spend your days at Drake Bay just the way you like it. You can e.g. visit Isla del Cano which is located approx. 20 km from the coast. On the island of Isla del Cano you will find a perfect place for diving and snorkeling. You can see large shoals of exotic fish and enjoy fantastic visibility in the clear water. In addition, it is sometimes possible to see humpback whales near Drake Bay during the period from late July to November and then again from December to April. There is also a large population of wild dolphins in the area around Drake Bay. Corcovado National Park has one of the most extensive wildlife in the world. The flora and fauna found here are often compared to that found in the Amazon rainforest in South America and in the rainforests of Malaysian Borneo and the Kalimantan in Indonesia. Corcovado National Park has been described by National Geographic as one of the world’s most biologically diverse environments on the planet. In the 417 km² large national park you will find unique vegetation and eight different ecosystems with more than 500 different tree species. In Corcovado National Park there are 116 species of reptiles, 140 species of mammals, approx. 400 bird species, three species of anteaters, two different species of sloths and the rare armadillo. The national park is also home to four different types of monkeys, large saltwater crocodiles, jaguars, ozelots, tapirs, harpies and colorful parrots that make the national park an unforgettable experience on the tour of Costa Rica. ( In Corcovado National Park there are 116 species of reptiles, 140 species of mammals, approx. 400 bird species, three species of anteaters, two different species of sloths and the rare armadillo. The national park is also home to four different types of monkeys, large saltwater crocodiles, jaguars, ozelots, tapirs, harpies and colorful parrots that make the national park an unforgettable experience on the tour of Costa Rica. (F )

Day 13: Drake Bay Area – San José

It’s time to say goodbye to this exotic paradise after a wonderful and, to say the least, eventful holiday in Costa Rica. After breakfast you return to Sierpe where a car to San José awaits. The drive to San José takes approx. 5-6 hours. After arriving in the country’s capital, you can spend the rest of the day doing whatever you want.

Day 14: San José – Airport

You will be picked up at the hotel and driven to the airport. Depending on the departure time of the flight, there may be some waiting time at the airport.

Day 15: Arrival in Sweden

When you come home to Sweden depends on which airline you fly with.

Exciting Adventures in Costa Rica