Costa Rica Adventure & Wildlife Special — Rafting, Ziplines, Manuel Antonio (7 Days May-November)

Pure Adventure in Costa Rica – A Green Season Special (May-November 2017)

Join us this Summer or Fall for an exhilarating adventure in gorgeous Costa Rica, sampling the country’s finest outdoor adventures, while staying in comfortable mid-range hotels and lodges. This is a great trip for couples, friends and families with teenage children looking to see Costa Rican wildlife and enjoy some true adrenaline outdoor sports like rafting, ziplines, and canyoning. May through November is a fine time to visit Costa Rica and save some money by traveling in the “green season.” While rain can happen almost any day, typically mornings are fresh and clear, with only a brief thunderstorm in the afternoons and a steady, relaxing drizzle at night while you sleep.  September and October are the rainiest months on the Pacific side – especially for families or couples looking for a romantic trip, we’d generally recommend a visit to the dry Caribbean side of the country instead during those 2 months. No matter when you can go, don’t hesitate to join us and experience some of the best outdoor fun that Costa Rica has to offer!

Starting at $995/person!


  • Enjoy Costa Rica’s most famous volcano and beautiful Pacific beaches
  • Whitewater rafting, ziplines, canyoning and an outstanding wildlife hike
  • Comfortable, mid-range hotels
  • San Jose to San Jose
  • 7 days – this makes an ideal Sunday to Saturday trip, so you just use 1 week of vacation
  • Start any day of the Green Season (May 1-November 30)

*** Remember all of our trips can be customized for you! If you have questions or want to check availability, contact Dan at



DAY 1: Arrive Costa Rica

Welcome to friendly Costa Rica! Today arrive at San Jose International Airport (anytime is OK). Our arrivals representative will meet after you clear immigrations and transfer you to your central downtown San José hotel. The balance of this afternoon or evening is free at your leisure.

Overnight in San José, Presidente Hotel or similar, standard room

DAY 2: San José – Pacuare (Class III / IV Whitewater Rafting)

Prepare for an early start today – your guides will come to your hotel this morning and pick you up for the drive to the river put in.

The Pacuare River is one of the best choices for true adventure in Costa Rica. No other trip in the country exists that offers you such a perfect blend of wilderness exposure and excitement, all in one day.

The Pacuare is world famous for its sheer beauty. A true river gorge, it is flanked by steep, green walls. Here you enjoy the feeling of total isolation from urban life and the realness of being connected with nature. You see waterfalls cascade into the river from both sides as colorful, tropical birds fly right over your head. Amazing views of this virgin tropical rainforest area appear before your eyes as you descend this true exploratory land. Wildlife is abundant, with sloth, toucans, parrots, coatis, morpho butterflies and colorful frogs being common sights.

After your river trip is finished, take out and enjoy lunch with your fellow rafters. Then transfer to Arenal Volcano, with the balance of the evening free leisure to enjoy the hotel’s pools and hot springs.

Note – for families with children 13 years and younger, we can customize this trip and arrange easier, alternative rafting trips and river adventures, for example, on the Class III Sarapiqui (best for ages 9-13) or Class II Rio Balsa (best for kids aged 8-13) or the easy Class I safari float on the Pena Blancas river (ages 4 and up).

Overnight in Arenal, Arenal Manoa Hotel, Junior Suite room (BL)

DAY 3: Arenal Volcano (Zipline)

After breakfast in the hotel, head out for the outstanding Sky Trek & Sky Tram zipline tour. Your tour will start riding an open-air gondola from the ground to the heights where you’ll be dropped off at an observation area for fantastic views. From this area, you will start riding down on a zip line track stretching across canyons and in between treetops, the exhilarating adventure of zip lining down the mountainside begins; ultimately returning you to the starting point at the main building. This is the most thrilling zip line in the country.

The afternoon is free at leisure to enjoy facilities of the hotel or make a wander into interesting little La Fortuna village that is at your doorstep.

Overnight in Arenal, at the Arenal Manoa Hotel, Junior Suite Room (B)

DAY 4: Arenal Volcano (Canyoning)

Breakfast at hotel. This morning, enjoy the awesome Pure Trek canyoning tour, arguably the best of it’s kind in the country. Your Pure Trek Canyoning experience includes 4 Rappels (3 waterfalls and 1 rock wall), Monkey Drop (zip line and rappel) and a Rock Climb in a beautiful rain forest slot canyon. This tour is for young & old and everyone in between! Lunch is included. This afternoon is free to enjoy the hotel or book an optional afternoon tour.

Overnight in Arenal, Arenal Manoa Hotel, Junior Suite Room (BL)

DAY 5: Arenal – Manuel Antonio

Breakfast at hotel. This morning, transfer to Manuel Antonio, situated on the central Pacific coast. This afternoon at leisure to enjoy views and facilities of the hotel or wander to town and take in the long public beach.

Overnight in Manuel Antonio, at The Falls Hotel or similar (B)

DAY 6: Manuel Antonio (Guided wildlife walk)

Breakfast at hotel. This morning, enjoy a guided tour of Manuel Antonio National Park, one of Costa Rica’s most outstanding wildlife reserves. On this tour, a professional naturalist guide walks with you, explaining the mysteries of the rainforest and pointing out wildlife along the way. The trail we take is flat and picturesque and loops through the park making your course about 2 miles long in total. Throughout your hike, your guide will stop and discuss the park’s natural history and habits of the wildlife you’ll see. We recommend sticking around after the hike to enjoy the park’s pristine beaches.

Please note that the park is closed on Mondays.

Overnight in Manuel Antonio, at The Falls Hotel or similar (B)

DAY 7: Manuel Antonio – San José

Following breakfast at the hotel, private transfer to the San Jose International Airport. Departure should be scheduled no earlier than 1:30pm today, otherwise plan to overnight in San Jose and depart tomorrow. (B)


2017 Green Season Rates (May 1 – November 30)

  • $995/person
  • $695/child (ages 4-9, sharing with adults)

Prices are based on double occupancy.  Single rooms and triple rooms are also available. Minimum ages apply for some of the adventures above.

Rate Includes:

  • All accommodations per itinerary
  • All ground transportation per itinerary
  • All activities per itinerary
  • Services of local, professional English-speaking guides
  • Round trip transportation for all activities included
  • Meals per itinerary, including breakfast daily
  • Taxes

Does not include:

  • Flights
  • Meals not listed
  • Beverages
  • Items of a personal nature (laundry, gifts, etc.)
  • International departure tax (US$29/person)
  • Late check-in or check-outs at hotels
  • Optional tours
  • Tips

*** Remember all of our trips can be customized for you! If you have questions or want to check availability, contact Dan at





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