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Costa Rica Volcanoes & Surfing
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Mountain bike along Lake Arenal with breathtaking volcanic views and catch a wave on this action-packed nine-day tour of Costa Rica. Get your adrenaline pumping with optional extreme sports like whitewater rafting, rappelling, and ziplining through the lush jungle canopy. Learn to surf the famous Pacific breaks at Playa Santa Teresa and enjoy plenty of time to relax on tropical beaches. Throw in the opportunity to see incredible rainforest wildlife and you've got a unique adventure you'll be talking about for years.

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Duration: 9 Days Guaranteed Departure: Yes
For lovers of: Parks & Nature Reserves, Local Culture & Cuisine, History, Wildlife Physical rating: 3 - Average
Accommodation standard:   Budget% Traveller Tour Rating: 80.0%  
Your Guide: English speaking Tour code: 126794
Starts: San Jose, Costa Rica Finishes: San Jose, Costa Rica
You will visit
  • San José
  • San José

Itinerary

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Day 1: San José

Arrive in San José at any time. Check into our hotel and enjoy the city.

If you arrive early, head into downtown San José to visit a museum, shop or people-watch in the main plaza, a good place to watch San José at its most lively. A mime, juggler, marimba band, magician, or storyteller may be performing for tips, and artisan booths are common, creating a regular arts and crafts fair atmosphere.

Included Activities:
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting

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Day 2: San José/La Fortuna

Travel by bus to La Fortuna, at the foot of Arenal Volcano, our next adventure base. Take an unforgettable hike around the base of the volcano, set to a soundtrack of monkeys and the rumblings of the volcano in the distance. Hike the area's nature trails, swim in chilly La Fortuna waterfall or try canyoneering.

Other optional activities include mountain biking, caving, horseback riding or a tour of the Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge. Like much of Costa Rica, the area is a birders' paradise, with over 600 species as permanent residents.

Finally, after a long day of exploring, take a relaxing soak in the lush, cascading hot springs of Tabacón or Baldi Hot Springs Resort.

Transport:
Private Vehicle

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Day 3: La Fortuna

Free time to enjoy optional activities.

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Day 4: La Fortuna/Monteverde

From La Fortuna, travel by van to the shores of Lake Arenal where our mountain bikes will be waiting for a two-hour cycling journey (challenging with some hills and bumps). Afterwards, board a boat for the half hour boat ride across the lake. When we arrive at Rio Chiquito, we switch to waiting vans to drive the final leg up into the cool, misty mountain air of the Monteverde Cloud Forest.


Included Activities:
Arenal Cycling Trip

Transport:
Boat (0.50 hour(s))
Private Vehicle (1.00 hour(s), 35km)

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Day 5: Monteverde

Guided tour of the Santa Elena Cloud Forest. Opt to fly through the jungle canopy via zipline or tour a coffee plantation.

Included Activities:
Santa Elena Cloud Forest Guided Tour

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Day 6: Monteverde/Malpais (1B, 1D)

Head to the Pacific coast for some much needed beach time and an opportunity to enjoy the waves. Playa Santa Teresa and Malpais are small towns frequented by surfers. Beginners should take advantage of the two included surf lessons to fine-tune your skills, go for a swim or just chill out on the black sand beach.

Cabo Blanco Nature Reserve is located next to Malpais, take a hike to explore the area or check out the snorkelling at Secret Beach.

Included Activities:
Surfing Lesson

Transport:
Private Vehicle (8.00 hour(s), 200km)

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Day 7: Malpais (1B, 1D)

Enjoy the beach with an included surfing lesson and other optional activities.

Included Activities:
Surfing Lesson

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Day 8: Malpais/San José

Squeeze in a morning surf before embarking on our journey back to the capital, San José. Arrive in the evening (approx 9pm) in time to shower and head out for a final night on the town.

Transport:
Local bus (8.00 hour(s))

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Day 9: San José

Depart at any time.

Included Activities:
Departure Day

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • Guided mountain biking trip from La Fortuna to Monteverde
    • Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve tour
    • Surf lessons in Playa Santa Teresa
    Accommodation
    • Hotels (8 nts)
    Meals Included
    • 2 breakfasts, 0 lunches, 2 dinners
    Transport
    • Public bus, private van, boat, mountain bike
    Group Leader
    • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides, surf instructors
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Tour Highlights:
  • Surf the waves at one of the best breaks in the country
  • Catch views of Arenal Volcano from a lakeside mountain bike ride
  • Search for the elusive quetzal bird in the cloud forest
  • Watch the sunset over the Pacific.


Reviews (15)
Amy B. Posted on: 

We had a REALLY good group and a REALLY good leader. The trip had so much adventure packed in that it felt like we were getting a lifetime's worth of fun. The accommodations were very good and I couldn't have imagined a better time.

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Gia M. Posted on: 

This trip was the perfect way to escape the Canadian winter 'blahs'. The beautiful weather combined with the active itinerary and fantastic tour mates made for an unforgettable holiday!

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Tara W. Posted on: 

Overall I was very satisfied with this trip and with G Adventures's organization.

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Tara S. Posted on: 

I had an incredible time on this tour. It was an amazing way to have a really active vacation and see and do a huge variety of activities I have always wanted. From white water rafting, canyoneering, surfing, ziplining and mountain biking this was a non-stop trip. The tour leader Michelle was really fun and helpful (have no idea where she got the energy) and we got the chance to experience a lot of the local culture.

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I would recommend this tour to anyone that wanted 9 days of adventure and fun. This tour was filled with everything from surfing to zip-lining. A great way to see all aspects of Costa Rica.

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Hideaki F. Posted on: 

I had many first experience at Costa Rica. Surfing, rafting, zip lining, and horseback riding! There were really fantastic for me! I had a good tour leader, and made many friends.

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Hollie C. Posted on: 

This tour was brilliant! Costa Rica is a beautiful country to explore in such an action packed way; the tour offered amazing experiences such as ziplining, rafting and surfing - I enjoyed every minute!

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Jay R. Posted on: 

I'm so happy that I took my first trip to Costa Rica with G Adventures. It was a wonderful way to see three different parts of the country in a short time. I found the accommodations comfortable and clean. The food was fantastic! The choices of activities were all tempting and made it hard to decide just what to do. Our guide leader, Michelle was a great help and made the trip even more fun. She has a great personality and incredible energy. My trip was one of the best vacations I've ever taken.

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Katie G. Posted on: 

Annika exceeded every expectation possible and provided for a culturally rich and meaningful experience. Memories from this trip can never be taken away! Everything was fully explained, accommodations were wonderful and things went great! I can only hope that my next G Adventures tour will be as great as the first one :)

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Brian S. Posted on: 

Tour was non-stop fun and a great way to see Costa Rica. It covered many of the key aspects of the country and the ability to get know the people and their culture.

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Brian S. Posted on: 

Very well organized. Tour guide Nanda was AMAZING! Very knowledgeable on the informal stuff you wouldn't know from reading a book, very organized, and spoke the language.

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Liane C. Posted on: 

Fantastic accommodations! Very good itinerary (perfect amount of time in each place). Excellent tour guide! - Liane C Canadian

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Naomi K. Posted on: 

Overall, I really enjoyed the tour. The tour leader was great, the hotels were clean and comfortable, and the activities were fun.

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Virginia M. Posted on: 

I have already highly recommended this trip to many individuals who would enjoy an awesome adventure! Many intense activities and the locals were very friendly!

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