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Costa Rica
  • 7 days/6 nights
  • Next Departure: Dec 28, 2014
  • From $2,898 / person
  • ($580 single supplement)

Costa Rica Vacation Packages

Costa Rica is the ideal paradise for your adventure vacation. Kayak through backwater canals while keeping an eye out for the abundant wildlife, raft the wild Pacuare River as it snakes through canyons and lush rainforest. Take in bird watching before you zip line through the forest. Rappel down a waterfall into a stunning canyon. Hike the Arenal Volcano with monkeys, toucans, and Oropendolas as your companions. Our Costa Rica Adventure vacation masterfully blends adventure and relaxation.

  • Adult Vacations
  • Cultural
  • Hiking
  • Paddling
  • Safari / Wildlife

Activity Level: Moderate

About
This Tour

Cradled between two continents and two seas lies a land as wild and primeval as any on earth: Costa Rica. Protected on this tiny isthmus are more species of wildlife and flora than any other place on the planet.

  • Rappel down thundering waterfalls and sail through the trees on an adrenaline-induced zip-line tour
  • Kayak the canals of Tortuguero National Park to a soundtrack of exotic birdsong, watching for monkeys, caimans, crocodiles and turtles
  • Paddle the exhilarating Class III-IV rapids of the Pacuare River, ranked one of the Top 10 rivers to raft in the world by National Geographic
  • Explore the trails around Arenal Volcano, on the hunt for spider monkeys, coatis and toucans
  • Enjoy a glass of wine and the stunning volcano views at the Arenal Observatory Lodge
Hanging Bridges near Arenal
Photo: Hanging Bridges near Arenal

Probably the best vacation we have been on. Guides were fantastic. This trip was over the top!

Bill & Anne Wentz Naperville, IL

Itinerary
& Map

Tour Itinerary

7 days/6 nights

San Jose, Costa Rica (SJO)

Day 1: San José
San José
Meals Included:  No meals

On Day 1, arrive at the San José Airport where you will be greeted by an Austin Adventures representative before a short transfer to the charming Hotel Bougainvillea, your home for the night.

This evening you will have a chance to meet your guides and the rest of your group at the welcome meeting.

Enjoy dinner on your own tonight as you explore the area!

About Hotel Bougainvillea
Set among 10 acres of lush gardens, the unique and comfortable Hotel Bougainvillea is a place where guests can truly experience the world famous beauty of Costa Rica.

Original pieces of Costa Rican art complement the stunning landscaped tropical gardens dominated by tall trees, plentiful flowers, ponds and mountain views.

Day 2: Tortuguero National Park
Tortuguero National Park
Meals Included:  B, L, D
Overnight: Evergreen Lodge

On Day 2, enjoy a nice breakfast before your pick-up at Hotel Bougainvillea.

After a flight to Tortuguero, begin your kayak adventure through the backwater canals of Tortuguero National Park, experiencing places not accessible by motorboat, and abundant with wildlife, including turtles and manatees.

Lunch will be served back at Evergreen Lodge, followed by a riverboat tour of more of Costa Rica’s beautiful natural canals.

Enjoy dinner and relaxation as you prepare yourself for the next day.

About the Evergreen Lodge
Accessible only by water transport and only a 5-minute boat ride from the entrance to Tortuguero National Park, this secluded and magical area is sure to amaze you.

Evergreen Lodge is the perfect combination of luxury and relaxation.

Day 3: Bird Watching / Casa Turire
Bird Watching / Casa Turire
Meals Included:  B, L, D
Overnight: Casa Turire

This morning will present an opportunity for the early risers to take a bird-watching tour by boat. A late breakfast will be served at Evergreen Lodge, followed by a boat and van transfer (~ 3 hours) to Casa Turire, your home for the night.

  • Enjoy lunch and relax during your transfer as you prepare yourself for an afternoon and evening of leisure to explore with your guide at Casa Turire
  • Perhaps opt for a massage in the spa
  • Dinner will be served at your hotel tonight

About Casa Turire
A gateway to the rain forest and to Costa Rica's world famous whitewater rafting, Casa Turire combines the gracious charm of a colonial plantation home with the relaxed refinement of a Caribbean hacienda.

In the heart of the verdant Turrialba agricultural region, this beautiful estate is flanked by the wild Reventazón River with the imposing presence of the Turrialba Mountains as a dramatic backdrop.

Day 4: Pacuare River Rafting / Transfer to Arenal
Pacuare River Rafting / Transfer to Arenal
Meals Included:  B, L, D

On Day 4, depart Casa Turire after enjoying a fresh breakfast.

  • Prepare yourself for the rafting adventure of a lifetime as you drive to your put-in spot on the Pacuare River.
  • Paddle the exhilarating class III and IV rapids of the Pacuare River as it snakes through a virgin canyon past waterfalls and lush rainforest canopy
  • National Geographic Magazine calls the Pacuare River one of the top ten river trips in the world
  • Lunch will be served at the rafting center before your departure to Mountain Paradise Hotel • Sit back and take in the scenery on your transfer to your lodging this evening (~ 5 hours)

Dinner in the town of La Fortuna: guide’s choice. You will be ready to relax and enjoy the hospitality at Mountain Paradise Hotel.

About the Mountain Paradise Hotel
With the beautiful views of the volcano and fantastic setting, Mountain Paradise Hotel offers luxurious relaxation and excellent accommodations.

The private cottages are equipped with a jacuzzi on each porch and a spacious pool that is just steps away.

Day 5: Arenal National Park Canyoning / Sky Tram / Zip Line Tour / Ecotermales
Arenal National Park Canyoning / Sky Tram / Zip Line Tour / Ecotermales
Meals Included:  B, L, D

Once again this morning, early risers will have the option to go on a bird-watching tour. After fueling up with breakfast, get ready for a full day of adventure!

  • Your trip begins with a short drive to the Sky Tram
  • The aerial tram offers visitors a stunning, incomparable view of Arenal Lake and Arenal Volcano
  • Sail over the rainforest up to an observation point where you’ll start the Sky Trek zip line
  • At some points along the way you will be over 130 feet above the treetops. The 3,280 foot long zip line system gives guests an exhilarating ride and an opportunity to enjoy the rain forest with beautiful views

Following your traditional Costa Rican lunch, get ready for the excitement of a canyoning tour! From the first waterfall you will rappel down from the top into the beautiful and pristine canyon below.

The adventure includes 5 rappels, 4 of which are along waterfalls and one dry rock face. The perfect end to your busy day will come when you head to the Ecotermales Hot Springs and enjoy dinner and a soak.

At the Hot Springs at Ecotermales you can soak in a series of 4 pools, each one progressively hotter as you get closer to the natural source.

Day 6: Arenal Volcano Hike / Transfer to San José
Arenal Volcano Hike / Transfer to San José
Meals Included:  B, L, D

Spend the morning hiking the Arenal Volcano National Park through a well-protected secondary forest to see wildlife, including:

  • Spider Monkeys
  • White-throated Capuchins
  • Howler Monkeys
  • Toucans
  • Oropendolas
  • Black Guans
  • Crested Guans
  • Coatis and Collared Peccaries

Learn about key aspects of Arenal Volcano as you hike around this conical beauty. Afterward, head over to the town of San Ramón for some lunch (~1.5 hours).

Return to San José’s Finca Rosa Blanca by shuttle (~ 1.5 hours) for a farewell dinner.

About Finca Rosa Blanca
The Finca Rosa Blanca Resort is a coffee farm plantation and luxurious inn that crowns the central valley mountain highlands of Costa Rica.

Located only a short distance from the San Jose International Airport, it has long offered eco-travelers a luxurious, sustainable boutique hotel experience.

Day 7: San José
San José
Meals Included:  B

On the 7th and final day, transfer to the international airport for your flights home.

We hope you'll join us again soon!

* This trip is operated in partnership with Costa Rica Sun Tours.

** Trip itineraries are subject to change without notice due to road, weather and other factors outside of our control, for the safety and enjoyment of our guests, as deemed necessary and appropriate by Austin Adventures and Sun Tours.

Dates, Rates
& Details

Start planning your next adventure now. See the information below for the rates and selection of available dates. For additional information on dates and availability, please contact our travel specialists.

  • 7 days/6 nights
  • Next Departure: Dec 28, 2014
  • From $2,898 / person
  • ($580 single supplement)

Departure Dates

  • Dec 28, 2014
  • Mar 15, 2015
  • Mar 29, 2015
  • Apr 5, 2015
  • Dec 20, 2015
  • Dec 27, 2015

Additional Trip Information

Departure
  • Your trip begins with your arrival in San José at Costa Rica’s Juan Santamaría International Airport. A
  • fter passing through Immigration, take the right hand side exit door and look for the Sun Tours representative who will direct you to customs.
  • When you leave the building after clearing customs, look for a Sun Tours representative, who will be holding a sign that says “Costa Rica Sun Tours” with your name on it.
  • Your guide will take you to the Hotel Bougainvillea. Your trip ends with a drop-off at the San José airport three hours prior to your flight departure.
Activities
  • Hiking: Easy to moderately strenuous hikes ranging from 3 to 5 miles.
  • River rafting: Class III and IV rapids, no experience necessary.
  • Kayaking: Calm waters, no experience necessary.
  • Canyoning: No experience necessary, guides inspect all equipment and provide detailed instruction.
  • Zip Line: No experience necessary.
Meals

The hallmark of an Austin Adventures vacation is our exceptional dining. Meals are as included as indicated in the daily itinerary. (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner). Alcoholic beverages and related gratuities are not included in the trip price.

Included in Trip Price
  • Double occupancy rooms with private baths.
  • All breakfasts, lunches, dinners beginning with Breakfast on Day 2 and ending with Breakfast on Day 7.
  • Fully trained, bilingual, professional guides and knowledgeable local partners.
  • Vehicle support and land transportation during the trip.
  • Austin Adventures T-shirt & luggage tags.
  • Pre-departure and packing information.
  • Incidental expenses such as taxes, dining and housekeeping gratuities, local guide and expert gratuities,
  •   and national park fees.
Not Included in Trip Price
  • Gratuities to Austin Adventures guides.
  • Dinner on Night 1.
  • Optional activities on your afternoon spent at Casa Turire.
  • Optional night turtle tour in Tortuguero (June, July, August).
  • Alcoholic beverages and related gratuities.
  • Pre-and post-trip accommodations and associated expenses.
  • Air and land transportation to/from host cities.
  • All types of personal insurance.
  • Personal expenses.
Photos

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A few more reasons why you've gotta go…

  • 1. For a dip in Dona Mireya's private hot springs: it's the perfect way to end a long day of hiking
  • 2. Birding! Costa Rica is home to 893 recorded bird species
  • 3. Visit an organic farm in Arenal with more than 110 crops and medicinal plants
  • 4. For the heart-pounding thrill of the Pacuare River: considered to be one of the world's Top 10 river journeys
  • 5. Zip-line in the rainforest canopy at Arenal, an unforgettable adventure
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